FBE December Newsletter

December 2019

Happy Holidays

Our Winter Break will be from December 23-January 3rd. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our Flour Bluff Elementary students and families a wonderful Holiday Season!

The students and staff have been working so hard and the time off to enjoy friends and family is well deserved. It is my hope that students and staff will take this time to renew, refresh, reflect, and truly enjoy their time with family and friends.

Personally, our deployed soldiers and their families are always on the forefront of my thoughts during the holiday season and I want to especially thank them for their sacrifice for our country. I wish them, and all of you, the blessings of Joy, Love, and Peace.

Happy Holidays!!!! -Dr. Youngberg


Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 11:30am-1:30pm

Flour Bluff Elementary

We are hoping to give all teachers and hour lunch on December 18th but we need your help!!!! If you have a cleared background check (or can get us one soon!!!), we would love for you to help us cover teachers classes so they could enjoy an hour long lunch. Please RSVP if you can help and I will send you a follow up email with the available shifts. THANK YOU FOR HELPING IF YOU CAN!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Our canned food/non-perishable food drive ends Friday. We will make our donation and Mrs. Williams recorder group will perform on Kiii Newscast at 9am this Friday! We are trying to fill Mr. Youngberg's truck. Any students that donate 10 or more items will earn a week of free dress (the last week before Christmas Break). WE ARE ALMOST THERE!


Flour Bluff Elementary will be participating in a toy drive to benefit Madison’s Rainbow Project. This project was started in 2011 by FB Intermediate 5th grader Madison Beckwith while she was being treated for leukemia. The purpose of the project is to collect toys and other items for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. All donations must be dropped off in the front office by Thursday, December 19th. For more information: www.facebook.com/Madis.Rainbow.Project or contact Mrs. Beckwith at mjkmbeckwith@gmail.com

The following items for cancer patients (age infant-teen) will be accepted :

* crayons/markers/colored pencils/watercolor paints

* coloring books/activity books/word search books

* craft kits *board games *puzzles

* play-doh *dolls and action figures *Hot Wheels




Thank you for Pie Donations! The response was amazing! We had enough pies for the entire Elementary Staff! Thank you for your support!

Thank you!!!

Thank you for your donations for the Military Care Packages! This picture was taken two days before the last day and our box was FULL!!! By the time they came to pick up the office was packed. Thank you for your KINDNESS!

Fun Run Business Sponsors


This Spring, we are so excited to host a Fun Run (powered by Boosterthon) to help our school! Boosterthon in a fun, nine-day program that combines world-class character content with a highly-profitable fundraiser.

This is a great way to get your business recognized by over 800 families!

To increase the excitement and school spirit of this event, we’re hoping to provide each student with a FREE custom FLOUR BLUFF Elementary t-shirt to wear the day of the Fun Run event, at no cost to our students or school.

In order to make this happen, we need your help! We’re hoping to partner with local businesses to help sponsor these shirts. If you know of or are a part of a business that would like to sponsor our t-shirts, please see email or contact Dr. Youngberg at nyoungberg@flourbluffschools.net or 694-9599 for more information!

Thank you!


Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks are on sale for $25 ONLY UNTIL December 20th. Please purchase a yearbook for your child by this deadline online or at the front desk. Click on the link below to order online.

Also, congratulations to our Yearbook Cover Contest Winner 3rd grader, Karolina Varella, from Mrs. Wilson's class!

Yearbook Love Lines

If you would like to create a love line for your child in the yearbook, it is an additional $10 and can only be done online. When you go to the website and products you need to select "business ad" (see picture) and proceed from there.

Math and Science Night

Families enjoyed a night of math and science on November 16th. Teachers and special guests taught students about the hands-on-fun that science and math can bring! We’d like to thank the following community participant as well! They made the night even more exciting.

-Linda Fuiman- UT Marine Science Institute

-John Bishop-Get in the Game

-Eva Sepulveda- Del Mar Dental Programs

-Kim Ogden & Kathryn Tunnell-Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program

-William Colson- Ceasar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

-Brenda E. – South Texas Botanical Gardens

-Holly Grand- Texas Parks and Wildlife

Progress Reports Go Home on December 19th

Family Literacy Night

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 6-7pm

Flour Bluff Elementary Common Area

We hope you can join us for an evening of reading activities as a family!


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Flour Bluff Elementary Calendar of Events

1-7Positivity Project Kindness

3Family Literacy Night 6pm-7pm

5 Science Project Due

6 Science Fair Judging

6 HEB Share Your Christmas 9:00 AM Performance on Kiii

8-14 Positivity Project Humility

10 Science Fair Display & Awards 6:00 PM

10 Jingle Bell Jukebox Music Program 9:15 Performing Classes: Cooper, Ames, Ready, A. Morgan

11 Jingle Bell Jukebox Music Program 9:15 Performing Classes: Messina, Tweddle, Flores

12 Jingle Bell Jukebox Music Program 9:15 Performing Classes: Alvarado, Clark, Robinson

15-21 Positivity Project Self-Control

18 Intermediate Choir performs at Elementary

19 Progress Reports sent home

20 Holiday Sing-A-Long 8am-8:30Cafeteria

23-3 Winter Break

Library News by Mrs. Browning, Librarian

Please have your child bring a picture of them “getting caught reading” at home for our bulletin board. We’d love to fill up the bulletin board with our Readers Today-Leaders Tomorrow.

I am also still accepting pictures for our Military Wall of Honor. We want to honor our men and women who are active or retired military.

Please continue to send in the Boxtops for Education labels that you clip from products. Also, download the free app and remember to scan your receipts when you purchase a product with the scan label. Don’t scan the label. You scan your receipt. It’s really easy to set up and use.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. It’s a great time to enjoy reading with your child.

Positive Behavior Support by Mrs. Cristan, Assistant Principal

Communication is a key component of a successful Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) program. There are several ways parents and teachers routinely communicate at Flour Bluff Elementary. Student agendas and the blue PBIS folders are used to send information about assignments, activities, and notes about behavior. The notes about behavior allow the teacher and parent to communicate how well the student is meeting the four core PBIS expectations for the classroom. These are:

Expectation 1 - Follow Directions

*Stop, look, and listen when directions are given. Follow directions quickly.

Expectation 2 - Be Polite

*Raise your hand for permission to talk. Use appropriate voice levels.

*Say “Please, thank you, and excuse me.” Speak to others with kind words.

Expectation 3 - Be Safe

*Respect others’ space. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

Expectation 4 - Be Prepared

*Return folders and homework on time. Have all school supplies.

Accountability: Set goals with your child.

Equally important, the agenda and PBIS folder help to establish a cadence of accountability. Our students are far more likely to achieve goals when a trusted person checks in with him/her on a consistent basis. Setting regular “check-in” times is what author, Steven Covey, calls establishing a cadence of accountability. By asking your child “How are things going?”, “How can I help you?”, “What do you feel will help you?”, you can help ensure that your child feels supported, involved, accountable, and responsible. You can then become your child’s cheerleader and motivator as you help him/her to self-reflect on the progress that he/she has made. Please make it a practice to review the agenda and the blue PBIS folder with your child. Set goals with your child, have meaningful conversation about his/her progression toward achieving the goals, and celebrate the successes. Compliments are great ways of celebrating. The time that you spend developing these habits will have immeasurable effects not only this school year, but in years to come.

Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Villarreal

This month, we will continue to discuss KINDNESS and EMPATHY. We have been talking about showing kindness to our classmates by including them at recess, using kind words when speaking to others, and trying to understand how others feel. Our students are doing a great job and have shared such heartfelt stories with me.

This month, we will also continue to discuss bullying and negative peer pressure. All students have been taught the S.W.A.T. method to protect themselves from bullying. They also have been taught Conflict Resolution skills through role plays. Our students have shown great progress at applying these skills.

Things to discuss at home with your child:

* Ask your child what S.W.A.T. stands for

*Discuss ways to show kindness at home, school, and in the community

*Think about ways to help in the community by volunteering, donating toys or clothing to a local charity, and spending time with the family.

As always, I am available to speak with your child on various topics. Please contact me at 361-694-9593


Reading matters. Encourage your child to read during winter break and document your reading for our library "Waves of Pages" reading program. Just 20 minutes a day adds up.
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Nurse's Corner by Nurse Cheryl

With cooler temps approaching (hopefully), wearing the appropriate winter clothing is a must if you are planning to venture out in cold weather. This is especially true for children. Be sure to dress in several layers of clothing. These layers can easily be removed once indoors. The outermost layer should be wind and water resistant; this will help to keep students warm and dry as they play outdoors. Don’t forget to wear a good pair of shoes and always wear socks.

Just before going outside, make sure you put on gloves/mittens, and especially a hat. Body heat is lost through the top of our head.

Did you know that drinking liquids is important even in colder weather? As people breathe in and out, the body loses a large volume of water. Giving your child soup or warm cider to drink will not only help to warm them up from the inside out, but will keep them well hydrated. Winter can be an exciting time to play outside, so make sure you and your children are well-prepared and well-dressed for the occasion.


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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