Falcon Flyer

October 2 - 16, 2015

Upcoming Events

Oct 2

  • Spirit Shop Open at Lunches

Oct 5

  • Nature Trails Field Trip (3rd & 5th)
  • Kinder Night 6-7 pm

Oct 6

  • Nature Trails Field Trip (3rd & 5th)

Oct 7

  • College Day-Wear Your Favorite College Shirt
  • Spring Creek BBQ Night 5-8 pm

Oct 8

  • Author Jeff Mack Visits (Kinder & 1st)

Oct 12

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences (Student Holiday)

Oct 15

  • 5th Grade Trip - Cy-Woods Theater 9-11:30 am

Oct 19

  • Rocktober Fest (2nd) 6-7 pm

Oct 22

  • Fall Individual Portraits

Nature Trails Field Trip (3rd & 5th)

3rd and 5th graders will attend a field trip to Nature Trails on Monday, Oct. 5th and Tuesday, Oct. 6th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Students will attend with their homeroom classes as follows:

  • Mon, Oct 5th - Abramowitz, Alonso, Custer, Halvorson, Johnson, Jones, Murphy, Peterson
  • Tues, Oct 6th - Castanon, Dickison, Leathers, Loveless, Piechota, Propes, Rucker, Terry, Truong, Widmer

Parent/Teacher Conference Day - Oct 12th

Parent-teacher conferences for all elementary schools are scheduled in Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. for Monday, October 12, 2015. If you were unable to schedule a conference via Signup Genius, please contact your child's teacher. Attached to this newsletter is a letter from Dr. Henry, CFISD Superintendent, regarding parent/teacher conferences.

Veterans Day Program

“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 by Friday, October 16, 2015.

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.

The Veterans Day Program is a planned activity for our Farney Elementary students and special guests only. Unfortunately, we will not have ample room to accommodate other visitors.

Field Day is on the Way...THINK PINK!

Field Day will be held on October 29th & 30th:

Thursday, October 29th

K 9:30-11:00 am

1st 11:00-12:30 pm

2nd 1:30-3:00 pm

Friday, October 30th

3rd 9:00-11:00 am

4th 11:00-1:00 pm

5th 1:00-3:00 pm

Field Day T-Shirts

Order your field day shirt at http://stores.inksoft.com/farney_field_day or by clicking the link below. Orders will be accepted online ONLY. The last day to order shirts will be Friday, October 16th. Shirts are PINK in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the cause.

Counselor's Corner

Character Education October Theme

Our theme for the month of October is INDIVIDUALITY. All of us have something that makes us a unique individual. It is important to be ourselves and not try to be like someone else. We should use our individual strengths to make our world a better place!

Horizons-GT Testing

Referral period opens October 1st – December 1st

Please see the link for more information.


College Day

On Wednesday, October 7th, Farney Elementary will celebrate College and Career Readiness by wearing college shirts! Students will be involved in various college-themed activities throughout the day. This celebration is an effort to support and encourage continuing education and attending college.


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, monitoring the cafeteria and helping in their child’s classroom. Please contact sara.runge@cfisd.net if you are interested in participating and to schedule your date.

Library Lowdown

What activity offers sixteen advantages to a child in twenty minutes?

What helps to level the academic playing field for all children regardless of what statistical group they fall under?

What approach has ten thousand research reports by the U.S. Department of Education backing it?


There is NO more valuable time than time spent reading aloud to children, of all ages. Some hints for GREAT Read-Aloud time:

  • Love the book yourself before you read it to the children
  • Choose a book that lends itself to reading out loud
  • Make read aloud time special
  • Show the pictures while you read
  • Read with expression!
  • Leave them asking for MORE!!!

Kindergarten and First graders will all be meeting author and illustrator Jeff Mack on October 8. Thanks to our generous PTO for giving this opportunity to our students. First, they LOVE reading the author books, but second, they are inspired to write like the authors they hear. We are ALL excited to meet this talented writer!

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 are not permitted to distribute 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 may be purchased from the cafeteria with 5 days notice. Contact martha.santacruz@cfisd.net for details.

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.

Want To Know How to Help?


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.


Open or use your existing Target Visa Card and assign FARNEY ELEMENTARY as your school of choice. Target will make a donation based on your purchases! This is an easy way for friends and family to help our school.


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! Farney received $146.96 from last year's Shoparoo receipts. Here's how we can earn even more this year:

  • Snap pictures of receipts from ANY store
  • Earn extra points for every friend you "roo-cruit" to start snapping receipts

FREE Math Programs at Lone Star College

Children’s STEMtastic Stations

Children can explore Science, Technology, Engineering and MATH (STEM) this October with the “STEMtastic Stations” program at Lone Star College-CyFair. “In this fun learning event, we will explore science and engineering principles as we utilize simple materials to construct the tallest tower,” said Shamim Arastu. “In addition, we will create and race balloon powered rockets.” Two sessions will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 in the Kids’ Corner in the library at 9191 Barker Cypress. The 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. session is designed for ages 5-6, while the 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. session is designed for ages 7-10. This session is limited to 25 participants. Email Shamim.Arastu@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.3211 for information.

CyFair Math Games Days

Lone Star College-CyFair’s Mathematics Department’s Math Games Days for children ages 3 to 10 return for two Saturdays this October. Professor Sharon Stefan and her students have planned some new and innovative activities to help children of different ages have fun while learning some cool math. Parents/adults must be with their children at all times, but no registration is required for this come-and-go event. “Exit prizes will be given to all participants in this carnival of fractions, geometry, measurement, and all things numerical,” said Stefan. “Invite your family and friends to join us as we multiply the fun when arithmetic is done!” Math Games Days activities will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 at the children's library at 9191 Barker Cypress. For event information, email Sharon.K.Stefan@LoneStar.edu, call 281.290.3211 or go to LoneStar.edu.

Children’s After-School Math Programs

Children can enjoy the magic of numbers and geometry with the “Discover the Power of Numbers” program this October at Lone Star College-CyFair. Two sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 in the Kids’ Corner in the library at 9191 Barker Cypress. The math programs, designed for pre-kindergarten through second-grade students, will have different activities and themes. Parents must be present at the sessions, which are limited to 35 participants, and all are asked to arrive an hour in advance to receive a session ticket. Email Sharon.K.Stefan@LoneStar.edu or call 281.290.3211 for information.