Falcon Flyer

September 2 - September 16, 2016

Welcome Back

School Communication

We communicate in a variety of ways. The Falcon Flyer is the easiest way to stay “in the know.” You will receive it via School Messenger every two weeks. School Messenger is the district's mass notification system. If you are not enrolled, please click http://www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/contacts-communications/schoolmessenger/ to sign up. We also post it to Twitter @CFISDFarney and post to Farney PTO's Facebook page. This year our mascot, Francine the Falcon, has started her own Instagram page. Simply follow francinethefalcon on Instagram.

Each teacher has their own website which is updated every two weeks. Updates might include, weekly classroom news, homework links etc. You can access their website through our campus site or by clicking the following link https://app.cfisd.net/urlcap/campus_list_135.html.

Teachers send home weekly folders which include student work and a communication card each Friday. Please sign the card and return the folder to school each Monday.

Z-Pass

Did you know you can receive information about when your child enters and exits the bus? Go to zpassplus.com to access the parent portal and sign up for notifications.

CFISD App

There is a great app for our district. Simply download it and follow the schools your children attend. With a click of a button you can see grades through the Home Access Center, check out the lunch menu, or contact your child's teacher.

Awesome Volunteers

We had over 39 SUPER volunteers the first day of school. Thanks to everyone who helped our students have an amazing first day!

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.

Upcoming Events

Sept 6

  • Curriculum Night (LS, 3, 4, 5) 6:30-7:30 pm

Sept 7

  • Boy Scout Rally 6:45-8:45 pm

Sept 9

  • Spirit Shop open during all lunches

Sept 13

  • Curriculum Night (PPCD, PK, K, 1, 2) 6:30-7:30 pm

Sept 15

  • Girl Scout Rally 6:45-8:30 pm

Sept 16

  • Yankee Candle Fundraiser Ends

Sept 19

  • Emergency Drill Day

Sept 28

  • Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night 5-9 pm

Emergency Drill Day - September 19th

On the morning of September 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, September 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 September 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.

Counselor's Corner

Character Education September Theme

Our theme for the month of September is RESPONSIBILITY. Responsibility is proving that you can be trusted with what is expected of you. Talk with your children to discuss things they can do at home to show responsibility.

WATCH D.O.G.S.

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, eating lunch with their child, monitoring the cafeteria and helping in their child’s classroom. Please contact dhara.desai@cfisd.net if you are interested in participating. We will be sending out a sign-up link the week of September 19th with the volunteering beginning in October. We look forward to your participation and hope to see many dads at Farney Elementary!

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.

Birthday Celebrations

Student birthdays are acknowledged at school during the morning announcements and in the classroom. Students and teachers are not permitted to distribute invitations (or forward email 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 must be purchased from the cafeteria 5 days in advance. Contact martha.santacruz@cfisd.net for details.

WANT TO KNOW HOW TO HELP???

VOLUNTEER

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.


KROGER CARD

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


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

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!


SHOPAROO

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!