Cardinal Courier: August 28th

Where Learning Takes Flight

A Note from Mrs. Tallent

Hello Fall Creek Parents,

It has been a great first three weeks of school! Mr. Griffin and I have enjoyed visiting classrooms and students are excited to tell us about the learning they are doing. Make sure you follow with us on twitter (@humbleisd_fce) so you can get a glimpse of what goes on during the day and inside our classrooms.

We are continuously keeping an eye on the number of students/staff we have testing positive for COVID-19. We will use this information to make decisions on campus regarding programs, events, and our day to day processes. I wanted to communicate some steps we are currently taking on campus to reduce the spread of Covid.

-keeping homeroom "family groups" from mixing inside the building when possible

-increased emphasis on hand washing and disinfecting in the classrooms

-continuing the district cleaning protocols implemented last year

-working with families to ensure that students who are not feeling well stay home

-adjusting large campus events such as Grandparents' Day lunch so that families can still participate if they choose, but are able to social distance or eat outside

-using outdoor eating areas for our lunch visitors

-utilizing our outdoor learning areas as much as possible

I would ask for your help in the following areas.

-We will begin allowing lunch visitors after Labor Day, but we would like to keep this to a minimum if possible. We have 6 tables available in the foyer (one family per table) and four picnic tables out in the front area of the building that our lunch visitors will be able to use. Once those are full, parents will be asked to use the benches or bring a blanket to have a picnic outside with their student.

-Keep your children home who have any symptoms at all. This includes a runny nose, sore throat, fever, and/or headache. Especially if these symptoms are not typical for them. We appreciate parents airing on the side of caution when possible.

There is no penalty at all for keeping children home who have symptoms or whose parents choose for them to quarantine. Doing so will help keep our schools open and our Covid numbers to a minimum. We greatly appreciate your support with this. We understand it is inconvenient, and we are working hard to make it as easy as possible for you and your family. If your child is staying home for any reason our teachers will provide work for you to pick up in the front office or work for your child to complete on the grade level learning management system (Google Classroom or Seesaw).

A big thank you to Nurse Stacy and Nurse Tara, our FCE staff, and all of YOU for helping to keep our Cardinals healthy and learning during this school year.

Please reach out to me at or 281-641-3402 if you have any questions! Stay healthy Carindals!

Car Rider Dismissal

We have been able to start car rider dismissal by 3:15 every day and by 3:45 we are finished. Once we have loaded all the cars we will do an all call for all car riders to join us outside. Since we are getting done earlier, please make adjustments to come pick up your students up by 3:45pm

You can help us by:

  • Driving slowly in our parking lot and giving us your undivided attention
  • Cutting on the dotted lines and then hanging the sign on your rearview mirror
  • Writing your student’s name below the number in black marker. This will help once you get to the cone, we are not expecting students to know their numbers.

Rainy Day Biker/Walker Adjustments

Based on the feedback we got from parents and the staff we are going to make the following adjustments for Rainy Day Biker/Walker Dismissal:

  • A parent or parent designee (someone you have shared your child's dismissal number with) may come to Door 3 or Door 15 to pick up students. We ask that parents monitor the weather and determine when it is safe for them to come to school to get their student. In the meantime, they are safe inside and will be here whenever it is safe for you to come.
  • After we are done with car rider and the weather has cleared up, we will release all remaining bikers/walkers to walk home. If at that time the weather hasn't cleared up, we will make phone calls.

Boosterthon Fundraiser

We hope you've all had a chance to watch our Boosterthon video we sent out earlier this week! We can't wait to kick-off with students on September 7th! After getting some feedback from parents, we have determined that we would like to focus our fundraising efforts the next couple of years on outfitting our classrooms with the most up to date interactive technology.

When Fall Creek Elementary was build in 2008, each classroom was given a projector which was considered top of the line at the time. As technology has evolved and more options are available, we feel it is important for us to upgrade the technology in our classrooms! This ensures that we are able to provide the very best learning experiences for students possible. Since personal devices (chrome books and iPads) have been a focus in the past, we are in a good place with those. We will continue to use the allotment we get from the district to continue to add and diversify personal devices across the campus.

If we were to outfit every classroom with an Interactive Smart Board like new campuses being built now, it would cost us $117,000. So, this will be our fundraising focus for the next couple of years! Each Interactive Smart Board runs between $3,000 and $4,000. Our plan is to use all Boosterthon funds to buy as many Interactive Smart Boards as we can and spread them out across the campus so as many students as possible can use them. If you make a $4,000 donation we will ensure that a smart board is placed in your child's class and since it is on wheels, we can move it to their new classroom each year while they attend FCE.

Why Interactive Smart Boards? What do they do? Check out the video below from our Librarian, Mrs. Andrew, to find out what all the buzz is about!

Upcoming Events

Sept. 1st- Check-fil--a Spirit Night

Sept. 7th- Boosterthon PepRally Kick-Off with Students

Sept. 9th and Sept. 10th- Grandparents' Luncheon

Sept. 13th-17th- FCE Book Fair

Sept. 15th- Boosterthon Fun Run

Save the Date- Grandparents' Luncheon

One grade level will be eating with their grandparents at a time. Grandparents will be able to social distance with their grandchild if they choose or eat outside under our pavilion if they prefer. Students who don't have a grandparent coming will get to eat in their classrooms or have a picnic with their teachers. We try to make this a fun experience for everyone regardless of whether a grandparent comes or not!
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From Our Counselors

Our amazing counselors, Mrs. Jean and Mrs. Baba, have put together a Counselor Newsletter. Please check it out and get a glimpse of what your students are learning when it comes to social emotional skills as well as how our counselors are here to support! If you have any questions or want to connect please reach out to your child's grade level counselor.

From Mrs. DiRosa

Check out the information below about GT and the upcoming Parent U sessions being offered in Humble ISD!
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A Message from Mrs. Andrew our Librarian

Great news! This year, FCE is expanding our list of library-sponsored clubs open to students in grades 3-5! See the graphic below for more information.

To apply, please help your child complete the application found here:

Please note:

  • After school clubs dismiss at 4:30 PM. Walkers and bikers will be released from the back of the building. Car riders will be walked to the front for pick-up, but staff members will be unable to stay late for parents who are running behind.
  • Applications are due by September 10th, 2021.
  • For your child's safety, the number of spots in each club will be limited. Students accepted into each club will be notified by September 17th and meetings will begin during the week of September 20th.
  • All club members will be sent home with information for parents to join the library's Remind 101. This tool will be used to communicate scheduling changes such as cancelled club meetings.

If you have any questions about our library-sponsored programming, please email me at or call my office number at (281)-641-3406. Together, we can help our students grow into lifelong readers and learners!"

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Join PTO and Stay Connected

Our PTO supports us in many ways, please check out how you can join the fun and help support our campus! Also, get connected by following FCE and the PTO on their social media pages.
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Volunteers Needed for Junior Acheivement

Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. We need one parent volunteer per class to come in 5 times a year for 1 hour. Junior Achievement will provide the training and curriculum; we just need your enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to teach children about how you took chances and shot for the stars! If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions about the Junior Achievement role, email Bridget Pittman at Please include your child’s grade and teacher. Thank you!

Room Parents Needed

We need Room Parent(s) for the following classes:

K: Sullivan

1: Steadman

3: Calloway & Fernando

4: Nieto

5: Jenkins & Shepherd

Room Parents

Work collectively as a team with the other room parents for each grade to plan and set the agenda for the Winter, Friendship, and Spring (kinder only) Parties. Assist with the distribution of party supplies. Set up and lead the classroom parties. Collect donations for a class gift for the teacher’s birthday/designated celebration day and Teacher Appreciation Week in May. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about the Room Parent role, please email us and include your child’s grade/teacher.

Room Parent Coordinator (Grades K-2)-Jennifer Johnson (512) 269-7895

Room Parent Coordinator (Grades 3-5)- Janis Kamauf (713) 965-3446

Music Helper

Assist the music teacher with costumes, set decorations, dress rehearsals, and other items as needed throughout the year. Email Ms. Stephanie Galvan at for more information

Classroom Photographer

The yearbook staff needs help taking pictures during school events. If you plan to attend classroom parties and various events throughout the year and are willing to take/submit pictures to the yearbook staff, please consider signing up to be a Classroom Photographer. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about the Classroom Photographer role, please email Kimberly Ginsburg at Please include your child’s grade/teacher.

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FCE Connect Email

The email account connected to our FCE Connect will be checked three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In order to ensure that we are able to address parent concerns or questions immediately, please email Mrs. Tallent at or Mr. Griffin at directly. Thank you for your help!