Falcon Flyer

October 14 - 28, 2016

Upcoming Events

Oct 18

  • Kinder SRC Field Trip (LaPlant, Popp, Milbrath, Filkins)
  • Rocktober Fest (2nd) 6 pm-7 pm

Oct 19

  • Kinder SRC Field Trip (Matteson, Brashears, Morris, Terral)

Oct 20

  • Student Picture Day

Oct 21

  • End of 1st 9 week grading period

Oct 24 -28

  • Red Ribbon Week

Oct 27

  • Field Day K/1/2

Oct 28

  • Field Day 3/4/5

Oct 31

  • Report Cards Go Home

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is October 24th - 28th! See the attached flyer to see each day's activity to show that Farney Falcons are proud to be drug free!

Library Low Down

Farney Elementary Welcomes Susan Stevens Crummel

Children’s book author Susan Stevens Crummel will be visiting Grades K-2 on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Find out more about Mrs. Crummel: Susan Stevens Crummel

A Huge Thank You goes out to the Farney Elementary Community for the fabulous support of the library. Watch for upcoming updates of all the new books that will be added to the library as the result of a super successful book fair.

Want to be part of a wonderful group of Volunteers?

If you are interested in volunteering in the library, please sign up at www.farneypto.com

Thank you Birthday Book Club members for purchasing 11 new books to put in the library. Please see attached form for information about becoming a member of the Birthday Book Club!

Follett eBooks

To read any of our Follett eBooks on a device, download the free Follett Brytewave K-12 Edition app. The username and password are the same as the one your child(ren) use to log on to the computer at school with.

Field Day is Coming!

Field Day will be held on October 27th and 28th at the times shown below. Field Day Shirts are available for purchase at the link below. Orders will be accepted online only. The last day to order will be October 19th.

Thursday, October 27th

Kinder: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

1st: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

2nd: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Friday, October 28th

3rd: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

4th: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

5th: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Veterans Day - Nov. 11th

“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.

Counselor's Corner

Character Education October Theme

Our theme for the month of October is COURAGE. Courage is doing the right thing even if it is difficult. Courage is also facing your fears with confidence. As a family, think about people in history who have displayed courage. Discuss with your children times when you have had to show courage in a tough situation.

Seeking Community Mentors

Farney Elementary is seeking community mentors to serve as positive role models for our students. Being a community mentor is extremely rewarding and only takes a commitment of 30 minutes a week to mentor/meet with one of our Farney students.

Mentors must attend a one-time district orientation before they can mentor at the school. Once you have completed your training and background check, we will work with you to match you with a student who would be the best fit for you.

More information can be found here: www.cfisd.net Community Involvement Mentor

Please contact Shannon Zepeda, Mentor Program Coordinator at 281 373-2850

Horizons Testing Requests Open Referral October 3-December 2

Please see the attachment for directions on the Horizons Testing Process.

Horizons Testing requests open on October 3rd and can be made to shannon.zepeda@cfisd.net


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. We have sent out the link for dads to pick their date on the calendar. Please contact dhara.desai@cfisd.net if you are interested in participating and have not received the calendar link. We look forward to your participation and hope to see many dads at Farney Elementary!

Car Rider Tags

Please make sure you have a current 2016-2017 Farney issued yellow car tag to hang in your car when picking up your child in the car rider line. Additional tags are available at the front desk.


To set up your Zpass + account, go to www.zpassplus.com to create an account. You must have your child’s RFID number (located on the back of the badge attached to their backpack). Once you’ve created an account, you will receive a verification email from Zonar Systems. Verify your account via the email and set up your notification preferences. Download the Zpass + App. You will select enable for each of your children. You will be sent notifications as to when and where students load/unload the bus per your selected preferences. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call 281-373-2850

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.

ESL Classes for Parents

If your child is enrolled in a Cypress-Fairbanks school and you want to learn English, you are invited to enroll in the ESL classes for parents. English classes are FREE! Two levels of English are available – Beginner and Intermediate. Classes are available in Spanish and Vietnamese. Please see attached flyers for more information.



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.


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!