Falcon Flyer

October 16 - 30, 2015

Upcoming Events

Oct 19

  • Emergency Drill Day
  • Rocktober Fest (2nd) 6-7 pm

Oct 22

  • Fall Individual Portraits

Oct 26

  • Family Book Fair Night 4:15-8 pm (scroll down for information)
  • Texas Roadhouse Night 5-9 pm

Oct 26-30

  • Book Fair (scroll down for schedule)
  • Red Ribbon Week

Oct 29

  • Field Day (K, 1, 2)

Oct 30

  • Field Day (3, 4, 5)

Nov 2

  • Report Cards Go Home

Nov 6

  • Spirit Shop Open at Lunches

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day Program 9-11 am

Emergency Drill Day - Monday, Oct. 19th

On the morning of October 19th, we will be practicing several different emergency scenarios. In addition to monthly fire drills, we are required by our district to practice four different crisis drills. On Monday, October 19th, we will be practicing the following drills: lock-down, shelter in place, secure the building and a reverse evacuation.

Student safety is a top priority at Farney Elementary. Our goal for performing the drills is to provide our students and staff with knowledge about possible emergency situations and to make sure they are familiar with our campus procedures. We will assure students that there is no actual emergency.

If you are planning a visit to Farney the morning of October 19th, you may experience delays as all staff members are involved in the drills. We hope to have our practice completed by 10:00 a.m. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Veterans Day Program

“A Tribute to Our Heroes” is Farney Elementary’s way of saying thank you to our students’ family members for serving our country. We would like to recognize our service men and women with a breakfast reception and a special program. Please complete all sections of the attached form if your veteran will be able to attend, and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher.

We would also like to honor our veterans by displaying their picture on our Veterans Day Hero Picture Wall. Please send a copy of a picture of the veteran you would like to honor with the Hero Picture Wall form attached.

The Veterans Day Program is a planned activity for our Farney Elementary students and special guests only. Unfortunately, we will not have ample room to accommodate other visitors.

Field Day is on the Way...THINK PINK!

Field Day will be held on October 29th & 30th:

Thursday, October 29th

K 9:30-11:00 am

1st 11:00-12:30 pm

2nd 1:30-3:00 pm

Friday, October 30th

3rd 9:00-11:00 am

4th 11:00-1:00 pm

5th 1:00-3:00 pm

Field Day T-Shirts - TODAY (10/16) IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER

Order your field day shirt at http://stores.inksoft.com/farney_field_day or by clicking the link below. Orders will be accepted online ONLY. The last day to order shirts will be Friday, October 16th. Shirts are PINK in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the cause.

Counselor's Corner

Character Education October Theme

Our theme for the month of October is INDIVIDUALITY. All of us have something that makes us a unique individual. It is important to be ourselves and not try to be like someone else. We should use our individual strengths to make our world a better place!

Horizons-GT Testing

Referral period opens October 1st – December 1st

Please see the link for more information.



Our Watch Dog program consists of Dads or Father Figures of Great Students who volunteer one day at their child’s school. They will perform a variety of tasks including assisting with the car line in the morning, monitoring the cafeteria and helping in their child’s classroom. Please contact sara.runge@cfisd.net if you are interested in participating and to schedule your date.

Library Lowdown

Farney’s Library is a BUSY place! We hosted Jeff Mack last Thursday and our Kindergarteners and First Graders learned that words AND pictures together are important for reading! They also learned that the best way to get good at anything is

1. Practice 2. Practice and 3. PRACTICE! They even drew the main character, Bear! It was a spectacular day for all!

Kirby Larson will be here November 6 speaking to all of our 4th and 5th graders. Most of her books have a connection to History and Dogs. We look forward to her visit.

Book Fair is coming! Book Fair is coming! Our Fall Book Fair will begin on Monday, October 26. Students may shop with their class according to the schedule AND everyone will want to shop on our Family Book Fair Night: Monday, October 26, 4:15 – 8:00 PM. Karen Lowery will be storytelling 3 times that evening starting at 6, 6:30 and 7 PM. The teachers will also have hotdogs, drinks and chips for sale for $3. So you can have a quick dinner, purchase great books for your family AND listen to a story – all in one visit! Hope to see you at the Book Fair!

2015-2016 Farney Yearbooks

Order a Yearbook TODAY!

It will be the story of our SUPER year, and their memories will last a lifetime with this treasured, hardcover keepsake. Now thru 12/31/15, yearbooks purchased online are $26. Go to Balfour.com and type Farney to begin the ordering process.

Email yearbookfarney@yahoo.com with questions or concerns.

Lunch Visitors

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit during lunch. Any other visitors (grandparents, siblings, friends, etc.), must be accompanied by the parent or guardian or have a note giving them permission to eat with the child. In accordance to CFISD policy, school age children are not permitted to visit the campus at any time. Due to food and nutrition guidelines, you may bring lunch for your child only. For your convenience, there are several tables reserved for you to enjoy lunch with your child. Teachers will call the “Farney Five” at the end of lunch to signal when it is time for your child to say a quick goodbye and rejoin his/her class.

ConocoPhillips 2016 Math Teacher of the Month

Now through December 15, we are accepting nominations on the ConocoPhillips website for the 2016 Math Teacher of the Month program. Students, their parents or legal guardians, fellow teachers, and school administrators are all eligible to nominate a math teacher for recognition. Additional details about the program, including eligibility, selection process, selection criteria and awards can be found on the program’s dedicated webpage: www.conocophillips.com/MathTeacheroftheMonth

Birthday Celebrations

Student birthdays are acknowledged at school during the morning announcements and in the classroom. Students are not permitted to distribute invitations to personal parties at school. We also do not allow the delivery of gifts such as flowers, balloons, etc. Due to health regulations, you cannot bring cakes, cupcakes, favors, etc. If you'd like your child to celebrate with his/her class, treats may be purchased from the cafeteria with 5 days notice. Contact martha.santacruz@cfisd.net for details.

Reserved Parking

The reserved parking spaces at the front of the school are reserved for Farney staff members who frequently leave from and/or return to the building during the school day. Please do not park in these spaces before school, after school, or during the day. For your convenience, we ask all other staff members to use the back parking lot so that there are dozens of visitor spots available to you in the front of the school. We appreciate your cooperation.

Want To Know How to Help?


We have SO many opportunities for you to volunteer at Farney! We encourage you to get involved in any way you can. If you cannot come in to the school during the day, we have brown bag projects that can be sent home. A strong home/school partnership means success for our children. For more information go to www.farneypto.com.


Open or use your existing Target Visa Card and assign FARNEY ELEMENTARY as your school of choice. Target will make a donation based on your purchases! This is an easy way for friends and family to help our school.


To earn money for our school each time you shop, simply register your Kroger card (cards have to be registered EACH year) online: www.krogercommunityrewards.com


Collecting Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for Farney. The Box Top form is included in this newsletter. Attach your Box Tops to the form and send them in. Each month, the homeroom that turns in the most will win a special treat!


Download the free app and scan your receipts. It's that easy! Shoparoo accepts receipts from grocery, clothing, home improvement, sporting good, clothing stores, restaurants and many more! Farney received $146.96 from last year's Shoparoo receipts. Here's how we can earn even more this year:

  • Snap pictures of receipts from ANY store
  • Earn extra points for every friend you "roo-cruit" to start snapping receipts

FREE Math Programs at Lone Star College

Children’s STEMtastic Stations

Children can explore Science, Technology, Engineering and MATH (STEM) this October with the “STEMtastic Stations” program at Lone Star College-CyFair. “In this fun learning event, we will explore science and engineering principles as we utilize simple materials to construct the tallest tower,” said Shamim Arastu. “In addition, we will create and race balloon powered rockets.” Two sessions will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 in the Kids’ Corner in the library at 9191 Barker Cypress. The 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. session is designed for ages 5-6, while the 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. session is designed for ages 7-10. This session is limited to 25 participants. Email Shamim.Arastu@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.3211 for information.

CyFair Math Games Days

Lone Star College-CyFair’s Mathematics Department’s Math Games Days for children ages 3 to 10 return for two Saturdays this October. Professor Sharon Stefan and her students have planned some new and innovative activities to help children of different ages have fun while learning some cool math. Parents/adults must be with their children at all times, but no registration is required for this come-and-go event. “Exit prizes will be given to all participants in this carnival of fractions, geometry, measurement, and all things numerical,” said Stefan. “Invite your family and friends to join us as we multiply the fun when arithmetic is done!” Math Games Days activities will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 at the children's library at 9191 Barker Cypress. For event information, email Sharon.K.Stefan@LoneStar.edu, call 281.290.3211 or go to LoneStar.edu.

Children’s After-School Math Programs

Children can enjoy the magic of numbers and geometry with the “Discover the Power of Numbers” program this October at Lone Star College-CyFair. Two sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 in the Kids’ Corner in the library at 9191 Barker Cypress. The math programs, designed for pre-kindergarten through second-grade students, will have different activities and themes. Parents must be present at the sessions, which are limited to 35 participants, and all are asked to arrive an hour in advance to receive a session ticket. Email Sharon.K.Stefan@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.3211 for information.