FBE MAY Newsletter

May 2019


It’s hard to believe but the school year is almost over. The last day of school is Thursday, May 30th- regular school day hours for students. We hope you all have a wonderful summer break! Also don’t forget there is free breakfast and lunch available to ALL students during the summer at the High School cafeteria.


If your child is required to attend summer school you will receive notification letters by Friday, May 18th. Please talk with your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about summer school or retention. Summer school dates for the Elementary are June 5th-June 27th (Mon.-Thurs; 8am-noon) at the High School Campus.


This year our PTO approved online voting. Our official meeting naming our nominees in their positions will be on Thursday, May 2nd at 5:30 in the Library. Although nominees are uncontested, you can still vote below to show your support.

I would also like to thank our outgoing board members Rachelle Cintron and Kasi Driscoll for their time on our PTO board.

Also, thank you to ALL of our parent volunteers, especially our parents that helped with our new Watch D.O.G.S. program this year.


Next week is teacher appreciation week! We are so grateful our Flour Bluff Elementary teachers have been called to do this important work. I know how hard they work and kind words of appreciation do not go unnoticed. Thank you Flour Bluff Elementary Teachers! You rock!

A message from Dr. Youngberg

I cannot believe this year is already almost over! It really has flown by. I cherish the relationships and memories (like being slimed!) made this year with my students, staff, and parents. Flour Bluff Elementary is such a special place to work, learn, and grow. I will truly miss my 4th grade families moving on to the Intermediate campus, but I wish you all the best of luck. And to my 3rd graders, have a great summer and see you next year!


State mandated testing takes place this month at the Elementary for our 3rd and 4th graders in the areas of math and reading. Math will be on Monday, May 13th and Reading will be on Tuesday, May 14th. We appreciate your help by having your child well rested and on time to school on testing days. Breakfast will be served as usual. Warm sack lunch choices will be offered or a student may bring a sack lunch. Outside fast food will not be delivered to classrooms on testing days.

A note on STAAR testing: It’s vital that everyone that encounters students do their best, but PLEASE BE POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING. The test is challenging, however they have worked hard, their teachers have worked hard, their parents have worked hard, and now it’s just time to be their cheerleaders! Go Flour Bluff Elementary Students! We Love You! Just Relax and Do Your Best!

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2 PTO Meeting in Library at 5:30

5 Cinco De Mayo

6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

6-10 Teacher Requests

7 Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

8 School Nurse Appreciation Day!

11 Lemonade Day

12 Mother’s Day

13 STAAR MATH (3rd & 4th)

14 STAAR READING (3rd & 4th)

16 4th Grade Seashore Field Trip (Cooper, Ames, Jackson, McAliley)

16 Jazzy Bees Finale @ 6:00 in Cafeteria

17 4th Grade Seashore Field Trip (Fordyce, Lopez, Tweddle, Almaraz)

18 Armed Forces Day & Beach to Bay

20 4th Grade Seashore Field Trip (Alvarado, Flores, Ainsworth, Rowe)

21 4th Grade Seashore Field Trip (Messina, Ready, Falany, Atkinson)

22 4th Awards Ceremony


Almaraz, Fordyce, Tweddle, Lopez, Ready, Messina, Atkinson, Falany, Steward, Kaspar, Robinson, Clark


Ames, Cooper, McAliley, Jackson, Rowe, Ainsworth, Flores, Alvarado

22 SBDM Meeting

23 3rd Awards Ceremony


Gusler, Beckwith, Wilson, White, Hurst, Elliott, Bentz, Jones, McClendon, Featherby, Sykes


Daubenspeck, LaCour, Nelson, Harris, Banister, Dyckman, McPartlin, Wyrick, Provence, Barnec

23 4th Grade Seashore Field Trip (Clark, Robinson, Steward, Kaspar)

24 Good Choice Parker Pool

10:00-11:30 Harris, Nelson, LaCour, Daubenspeck, Dyckman, Banister

12:00-1:30 Featherby, Sykes, Provence, Barnec, Wyrick, McPartlin

27 Memorial Day-No School

28 Good Choice Parker Pool

10:00-11:30 Beckwith, Wilson, White, Hurst, Elliott, Bentz

12:00-1:30 Atkinson, Falany, Messina, Ready, McClendon, Jones

29 Good Choice Parker Pool

10:00-11:30 McAliley, Jackson, Cooper, Ames, Flores, Alvarado

12:00-1:30 Steward, Kaspar, Robinson, Clark, Ainsworth, Rowe

30 Good Choice Parker Pool

10:00-11:30 Fordyce, Lopez, Almaraz, Tweddle

30 Last Day of School & Report Cards

30 School Board Meeting

31 Teachers' Last Day

Next Report Cards Goes Home on the Last Day of School May 30th!


Lemonade Day Corpus Christi is on May 11th. This is a fun project for you to do with your children! Sign up at https://lemonadeday.org/coastal-bend . If your child is in Mrs. Cooper (4th) or Mrs. Jones (3rd) they will also cover some of this is class.


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

Librarian News

Our students are looking forward to our visit from children’s author, Jerry Pallotta. His presentations promise to be lively and informative. I am confident that our students’ manners will wow him!

If your student participated in the Schlitterbahn Waves of Pages reading program this year, they will receive their free admission ticket to our Schlitterbahn Water Park and a certificate at their awards ceremony in May.

Keep your child reading this summer to avoid the summer slide, a decline in reading abilities and other academic skills that can occur during the summer. The public library will have another great summer reading program. I will get the information out as soon as I receive it.

It has been a great year, and I look forward to seeing my 3rd graders next year. Best wishes to my 4th graders as they move up to Intermediate.

Positive Behavior Support by Mrs. Cristan, Assistant Principal

What a fabulous year this has been! It is hard to believe that it is almost over. May is a very busy month and we have many activities and events planned for the students. Our expectations during this exciting time will continue to follow our PBIS framework. Expectation 1: Follow Directions-Listen and follow adult directions. Expectation 2 : Be Polite-Enter quietly; Talk only with permission; Use kind words, Say "Please, thank you, and excuse me". Expectation 3: Be Safe-Respect others' personal space. Expectation 4: Be Prepared-Follow dress code, Return homework and notices on time. Please continue all of the good work that you are doing with your children. It truly helps Flour Bluff Elementary be a “Community of Champions.” Best wishes for a safe and restful summer break!

Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Villarreal

For the 6th six weeks, I will be introducing the Character Trait of COMMUNICATION-expressing our thoughts and feelings using words, listening to others, and cooperating with classmates, teachers, and friends. We will also be reviewing counseling lessons presented throughout the year. Some helpful hints to promote communication with your child include: engaging your child in meaningful conversations that encourage them to “use their words” to interact with you; taking turns speaking without interrupting; showing your child that actions speak louder than words. With summer right around the corner, just wanted to leave you with a few fun and free ideas to do with your child/children: Go to the park, Go fishing, Go biking/hiking, Take a walk around the neighborhood, Go to the public library, Do community service, Teach your child to cook or bake. These activities are free and promote communication with your child. Also, remember to help your child transition to the next grade or campus. This can be done by talking about changes, visiting the new campus, listening and validating your child’s feelings about changes and transitions, and talking about the positives of having a new teacher, making new friends, and learning new things. As always, I am available to meet with you or your child if he/she is experiencing anxiety about transition to the next grade or campus. *GT test results will not be ready until the end of May. Letters will be sent informing parents of the results.


I cannot believe the 2018-2019 school year is coming to an end. It has been a wonderful school year full of learning and growth. I hope everyone’s summer will be just as full. Summer learning opportunities are everywhere. Here are some fun activities for you and your child to do together this summer.

1. Have your child make a list of all the fun activities they would like to accomplish this summer. Then check each of the items off one by one as they are completed.

2. Help your child plan an activity to do with the entire family.

3. Make tonight a 'No TV' night with your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories, and spend some quality time together.

4. Help boost your child's self-esteem. Take pride in their achievements and accomplishments today and every day.

5. Put on a history play with your child. Help them learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.

6. Ask your child to help make lunch for the family. Put together a grocery list, buy all the items and then have them assist in the kitchen.
7. Take the family out to a water park today. Help your child put on sunscreen and explain the importance of protecting their skin.
8. Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child today. Ask them to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter)
9. Visit a community pool with your child today. Go for a dip to cool off on a hot day.
10. Help your child make a kite today. They can decorate it and fly it at the park.
11. Teach your child about recycling. Show them how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminum.
12. Take your child to a zoo or aquarium. Ask them to draw pictures and write what they learned about the various animals they encountered.
13. Visit the library with your child today. Encourage them to check out books about a different country, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of that country.
14. On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. Be sure to grab some snacks a flashlight and some good books to read together.

15. Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help them plant a tree in the yard and explain how littering harms the environment.
16. How much does your child know about their family history? On a map trace where your family is from and help them create a family tree.
17. Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.

18. When summer starts to wind down and school is starting soon! Help your child make a 'countdown to school' calendar. Ask them to cross off each day at bedtime.

19. Help your child prepare for the upcoming year by writing down goals they will set for themselves this upcoming school year.

20. Remember to be creative, safe, and enjoy your summer!!!!!!

Nurse's Corner by Nurse Cheryl

Parents/Guardians: Please stop by the health room in the upcoming weeks to pick up any medication you have dropped off at school. No medication will be sent home with your student. Any medication that is not picked up by the last day of school, Thursday, May 30th will be destroyed. Medications you are needing for summer school will need to be picked up and brought to the High School, we are unable to transfer these items to summer school for you. Thank you!


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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