FBE February Newsletter

February 2019

A love for learning...

Students learn in a variety of fun and engaging ways at Flour Bluff Elementary. We try and get our students engaged through hands on learning, collaboration with their peers, and even just a change of environment. We hope your child LOVES coming to school and learning.

Lost Jackets

Our Lost and Found is overrun with Jackets!!! (These are not all of them!) We will be donating any jackets that are not claimed during Spring Break. We have had students look, but parents please feel free to come take a look! Just sign in at the front office first.
Big picture

Flour Bluff Elementary Calendar of Events

1st World Read Aloud Day


(Mrs. Ainsworth will be holding her Writer’s Tea on January 31st)

5th 3rd Grade Class Pictures (Free Dress)

6th 4th Grade Class Pictures (Free Dress)

6th Counselor Appreciation Day



8th 100th Day of School

100 cent Relay for Life Donation for Free Dress this day

9th UIL Competition in Gregory- Portland ISD

13th Parent Involvement Conference

14th Valentine's Day & Class Parties (Free Dress Day!)

16th Regional Science Fair

18th Run-a-Thon Kick Off

19th 4th Grade WRITING MOCK

26th Club Pictures

28th Book Fair Begins

Next Progress Report is March 7th


Flour Bluff Elementary PTO Fun Run Coming Soon!Our goal is to raise $20,000 for updated Ipad Carts and chromebooks! By partnering with Boosterthon, our students will participate in a two-week, fitness-based fundraiser where they’ll learn essential character traits through this year’s theme: MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB.

Pledging Opens - FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Log on to FUNRUN.COM

Fun Run - MARCH 1, 2019

SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!

We’ll be sharing more information over the next few weeks. Thanks so much!


Due to the generosity of the following individuals, we will be providing all our students, staff, and volunteers free t-shirts for our run.



Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks sales are now limited and are $30 per yearbook until we are sold out. We now have envelopes at the front office. Send your child to get one if you want a yearbook or go online and purchase at https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=71459

Library News by Mrs. Browning, Librarian

Our spring book fair is February 28-March 7. The book fair will be open during Open House on March 5. Look for the flyer to come home soon. Also, look for the letter asking for volunteers. Your help is vital to a successful fair.

Keep sending those Boxtops for Education! Please check the expiration dates, as many have a March 2019 or summer 2019 expiration date, and will need to be sent in with the next group I mail near the end of February. We are still collecting the labels through the end of the school year.

Thanks to all of those who participated in the Schlitterbahn Waves of Pages reading program. Students who completed the 10 hours or reading will receive an award and a free admission to our Schlitterbahn water park at the end of the year.

Positive Behavior Support by Mrs. Cristan, Assistant Principal

Many students look forward to recess all day. The goal is to ensure a healthy, safe place for students to play and to support our students’ creative, social, and emotional development.

Expectation 1 Follow Directions

Stop your activity when the teacher signals. Return to class walking in line.

Expectation 2 Be Polite

Use kind words only.

Demonstrate good sportsmanship.

Take turns and wait patiently.

Expectation 3 Be Safe

Use playground equipment appropriately (for example, sit on the swing, feet first on the slide).

Keep hands and feet to yourself. Stay in teacher's view.

Run only on the grass

Expectation 4 Be Prepared

Take necessary supplies and equipment to recess.

Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Villarreal

What an awesome time we have been having discussing Character Education during classroom guidance lessons. So far, we have discussed RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and KINDNESS. For the 4th six weeks, we will begin to discuss the character trait of INITIATIVE.

INITIATIVE means recognizing and doing what needs to be done before being asked. In other words, thinking and taking action on your own. This can be taught if we model it for our children and then let them try things on their own. Initiative is so important for school success. Students who take initiative to start their homework and projects when they are assigned will do better than those that procrastinate. This semester, we will continue with the Anchored 4 Life Club. This is a great program that will help new students transition to our campus, help build resiliency skills, help students learn to make friends, and it is all lead by student Team Leaders! Also, If you are interested in having your child test for GT in April, please contact me by email or at 361-694-9593. I will place their name on a list and send permission slips home in March. Parents, if you send in ADHD paperwork for teachers to complete, please provide them with the doctor’s name and fax number. After these forms are completed, they MUST be faxed to the doctor, per district protocol.

Things to discuss at home with your child:

*Discuss ways to improve study skills (staying organized, writing down assignments in agenda, etc)

*Ask your child if he/she is turning in homework and assignments. Ask to see his/her agenda and PBS folder.

*Discuss what it means to be independent (starting homework, chores without being asked).


In this Curriculum Corner I want to focus on writing in the classroom and writing for assessment purposes. The writing process consists of these six components:

Prewriting – rehearsal or brainstorming – help students to find the purposes and audiences

Writing the rough draft – concentrate on getting a “chunk” down on paper

Revising – writer’s craft (how to make it sound better)

Editing – proofreading/writing mechanics

Publishing – informal & formal

Conferencing -with teachers & peers throughout the writing cycle to improve writing piece

Students are expected to follow the writing process while writing on an assigned topic, to an assigned audience, for a predetermined purpose and for a defined period of time (four hours). Here are some strategies to consider when going through the writing process.

Focus on one aspect of writing at a time (rough drafts, revising, editing, etc.)

Offer lots of time to practice the various parts of the writing process

Use a chart or graph organize thoughts before writing

Encourage a variety of writing activities (writers journal, pen pals, write about past experiences, etc.)

Set a time every day for students to write about a topic of their choice and/or a writing prompt

Encourage and provide feedback about the writing piece (discuss with the student what was done well and what could be improved)

Nurse's Corner by Nurse Cheryl

February is American Heart Month! Encourage your student to lead a heart healthy lifestyle to include a variety of heart happy exercises and eating a heart healthy diet. Any activity that gets their heart pumping; like skateboarding, dancing, and basketball, should be done for at least 1 hour every day. The number one way to get your kids on the right track to a healthy diet is to lead by example. Enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors, from apples to zucchini. Focus on lean meats, like skinless chicken and fish. Choose grab-and-go snacks that are low or sugar free, like low/unsalted nuts and whole grain pretzels. Remember that eating meals as a family and having your child help you choose and prepare meals will help to build healthy food choices FOR LIFE.


I will be sharing an article each month on a topic of interest to parents. As a parent of a 4th grader that just got a phone (Ugh I swore I wouldn't do it...but I did) this article on Limiting Online Access with Parental Controls was very helpful.
Federal Report Card Parent Letter

Here is the parent letter regarding the federal reporting information for Flour Bluff Elementary.


CLICK HERE! If you are on Facebook, please join the Flour Bluff Elementary PTO Facebook Page.

Follow Dr. Youngberg on Twitter!

Dr. Youngberg loves to post all the amazing things happening at our school. Follow her on twitter by clicking this button or using her twitter handle @FB_Elementary.

Flour Bluff Elementary Contacts

Office Staff

· Dr. Nikol Youngberg, Principal, 694-9599

· Mrs. Veronica Cristan, Assistant Principal 694-9598

· Mrs. Jeanine Hoover, Curriculum Supervisor, 694-9590

· Mrs. Veronica Villarreal, Counselor, 694-9593

· Mrs. Cheryl Navar, Nurse, 694-9560

· Mrs. Nadine Grabowske, Secretary, 694-9595

· Mrs. Melissa Pena, Attendance & Registrar, 694-9587