Norris News!

A weekly update from campus...

March 18, 2016

Hello parents,

I am often amazed by things that happen around our campus. Most of the time, it has something to do with what a student has accomplished. This week, however, I was amazed by our Watch Dog dads, especially the ones that showed up to help us with carpool duty on Wednesday. They relieved teachers so that the teachers could prepare for the STAAR simulation.

The amazing thing Wednesday morning was to have a big ole line of gentlemen car door openers. It warmed my heart to see them talking with each other, talking with the students, and wishing the drivers a good day. I am not sure why, but having that many dads out at once changed the whole "feel" of the drop off for the students, and for me too! I think it threw people off because several of the kids said to me: "Mrs. Abney....why are all of these dads here??" And, one of our kindergartners really made me chuckle with this exchange.....

Kindergartner: "Someone must be in trouble!"

Me: "Why do you think that, sweet pea?"

Kindergartner (exasperated with me): "Mrs. Abney! Look at all of the dads!"

So fun! We may not stop and say it enough to you dads, but please KNOW that we appreciate you. We appreciate the feeling you add to our campus. We appreciate you helping us to get the job done. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules. Most importantly, we appreciate that you understand that being a good, solid dad is one of the main reasons we have good, solid students who are rock star learners.


Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Abney

Evening with the Counselor

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Kindergarten Round-Up

Kindergarten Registration for 2016-2017 is coming! See the flyer and link below for more information...
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Nelson Middle School Parent Meeting

Norris will be hosting a "Meet the Principal Night" for 5th grade parents on Tuesday, April 5th at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria. The evening will include a short presentation, a Q&A session and a meet & greet with Mitzi Garner, the newly named principal of Nelson Middle School. Please enter through the cafeteria doors.

FISD Parent Survey

Every year FISD gathers information about each campus within the district. The information comes from surveys of the faculty and the parents. The information is then shared with the campus to be used for thought, growth, and adjustments , if needed. It is time for us to participate in the survey. Below you will find the link to the parent survey.

Your time is very valuable and we would greatly appreciate you spending just a few moments to share your thoughts. The survey will automatically close at 10 pm on Sunday, March 27th.

Thanks again for your time and support with our campus!

Notes from Nurse Violet

Is My Child too Sick to Send to School?

There are times when it is difficult to tell when your child is too ill to go to school. Sometimes there is a worry that he or she will miss important school work or perfect attendance. A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover.

Here are the FISD guidelines to help you make that decision:

FEVER: A student with a temperature of greater than 100 degrees will be excluded from school. They must be below 100 for a full 24 hours without any fever reducing medications before returning to school. A child with a fever suppressed by Tylenol or Motrin is still contagious as these medications only temporarily decrease the temperature and do not treat the underlying illness.

PINK EYE (CONJUNCTIVITIS): Students with red, painful, itchy eyes, especially with discharge/crusting, should have a medical evaluation. This is very contagious, and students must be excluded from school until they have completed 24 hours of prescription antibiotic eye medication.

VOMITING AND DIARRHEA: A student with vomiting and diarrhea should be excluded from school.

Prevention is the best medicine for keeping children healthy. The following suggestions are ways to help keep your child well:

· Proper hygiene. Good hand washing techniques should be taught and encouraged. It is probably the most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of germs. Coughing or sneezing into your sleeve is a great way to decrease the spread of illnesses.

· Proper nutrition is not only a must for good health it is also necessary for the body to function so the child is better able to concentrate and learn.

· Physical activity should be done at least 3 times a week.

· Immunizations are also important in promoting a child’s well being. With flu season upon us and expected to peak after the holidays, now is the time to get the flu vaccine.

· An annual age appropriate physical, including a dental and vision exam, is recommended for maintaining good health.

Working together we will be able to have a healthier school environment for our kids to learn and succeed!

PTA News

PTA Lifetime Membership Award
It's time to honor Norris' special volunteer, teacher or staff member with a Texas Life Membership award! This is a very unique honor bestowed on an individual that truly exemplifies community at our school and has given so much of their time and effort to the Norris students, staff and families. We are accepting nominations now. Please send an email to Jennifer Alameda, Membership Chair, at:, with the name and reasons for the nomination, by Wed, March 23rd. A committee will decide the winner, and the Frisco PTA will recognize the honoree at the Membership Award Reception in April.

Box Tops and Labels Collection Week is coming up!
Bring in your Box Tops, Labels for Education and Tyson A+ Labels the week of April 4th! Each student in the class that collects the most in the school will win a Box Tops Spirit Stick. And the class that collects the most in each grade level will get to "crown" their teacher!

Kroger Community Rewards Raffle
Dylan Patel from Ms Hoffmeister's class was our winner for the Kroger Community Rewards Raffle. He won a $25 gift card to AMC! Congrats Dylan!!

Library Volunteers Needed!

The library needs your help! Haven’t volunteered in the library before? No worries. No experience needed. Sign up to volunteer in the library, today! As a reminder, all volunteers must have passed the Frisco ISD Background Check. Please see the link at the end of this section to complete the background check.

STAAR Information

STAAR Testing will be happening at Norris in March and May. Please be aware of the dates below as well as the following guidelines:
  • NO VISITORS will be allowed on campus for any grade level on STAAR Simulation or Testing dates, including the whole week of May 9-13.
  • Please have your students to school on time on these dates, as testing begins in the morning.

Upcoming STAAR Dates

  • March 29th: STAAR Test - 4th Writing; 5th Math
  • March 30th: STAAR Test - 5th Reading
  • April 1st: STAAR Make-up Testing
  • May 9th: STAAR Test - 3rd & 4th Math
  • May 10th: STAAR Test - 3rd & 4th Reading
  • May 11th: STAAR Test - 5th Science

Upcoming Events

March 21: Parent Program - Childhood Anxiety; 6:30 pm

March 22: Chick-fil-a Spirit Day; all day; 121/Custer - This is our last one of the year!

March 24: 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Railroad Museum

March 24: Norris Choir Cluster Concert @ Maus Middle School; 6:00 pm

March 25: Bad Weather Make-Up Day - No School

March 28: Online Registration begins for 2016-17 Kindergarten

March 29: STAAR TESTING - 4th: Writing; 5th: Math -- NO VISITORS ON CAMPUS



April 2-3: Frisco Arts in the Square

April 4-8: Kindergarten Round-Up; 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Daily

April 4-8: Box Top Collection Week

April 4: 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Plano Children's Theater

April 5: Nelson MS Parent Meeting (for 5th grade parents); Norris Cafeteria; 6:00 pm

April 5: Kindergarten Round-Up Extended Hours; Norris Lobby until 7:00 pm

Frisco Arts in the Square Chalk Walk

One of the booths at the upcoming Frisco "Arts in the Square " is a Chalk Walk. This booth benefits the Frisco Education Foundation which grants scholarships to students and teachers in FISD. The event takes place at the festival on April 2-3, however, you must pre-register for a slab of concrete to chalk and registration ends March 25th. Please see the flyer and links below for more information.
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FIELD DAY is Approaching!

We are very excited to start planning our 1st Annual Norris Field Day on May 20th!

Many of you have asked how you can help with Field Day this year. We have many new and fun activities planned. We would like to have as many stations as possible and we are looking for a few items to make that happen!

If you are interested in donating an item, please refer to the Amazon link that is at the end of this section. Donating items is totally optional. If you choose to donate, please send the items to Coach Burleigh in the gym by May 1st.

In using the Amazon link at the end of this section, we will eliminate any duplicates of different items. It is also a great tool to keep track of what is donated and what else we will need. There are quantities listed on the site, so please refer to the list when you make your donation.

Thank you for your support! Please click on the link below if you would like to donate:

Student and Parent Empowerment Program

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Information from the Frisco Public library

Auditions open March 1st for the 2016 Lone Star Storytellers!

Could your student elevate their public speaking skills and train to captivate an audience with a story? If you answered yes, and your student will be age 8-18 by October, 2016, we encourage them to audition for The Lone Star Storytellers. No previous experience required—just potential.

Watch one of our Lone Star Storytellers in action:

Student Teller Marianna Delgadillo Performs "The Bear and the Turtle"

What will Lone Star Storytellers do?
Lone Star Storytellers learn, craft, and perfect a five minute spoken story. They perform these stories at various venues throughout Frisco, culminating in performances at the Lone Star Storytelling Festival on Oct. 13-15, 2016. Lone Star Storytellers share the stage with professional storytellers throughout the Lone Star Storytelling Festival and may be selected to perform for thousands of students during FISD Field Trip Days at Dr. Pepper Arena.

For more information visit:

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