FALCON FLYER

DECEMBER 11 - JANUARY 8, 2015

Upcoming Events

Dec 14

  • 5th Grade Choir Concert 6:30-7 pm (Cafeteria)

Dec 18

  • Holiday Parties (AM Pre-K & AM PPCD) 10-10:45 am
  • Holiday Parties (K-5, PM Pre-K & PM PPCD) 2-2:45 pm

Dec 21 - Jan 4

  • Winter Break

Jan 5

  • Classes Resume

Jan 8

  • Spirit Shop Open During Lunches

HOLIDAY PARTY INFORMATION

Our PTO has planned a wonderful Holiday Party full of yummy treats and fun activities for your child. On this day, we will not have a gift exchange nor will students be permitted to bring extra snacks for the party. Please remember we are requiring everyone to check in through our V-Soft Parent Access System and bring a photo ID. Pre-registering in advance will help us to facilitate this process. Please pre-register using the form that was sent home and emailed previously. Once we receive your pre-registration form, a sticker will be sent home with your child. Please wear your sticker to Farney on the day of the party as this will help the registration process go quickly and smoothly. Party times are as follows:


Friday, December 18th


A.M. Pre-K and PPCD 10:00 – 10:45


P.M. Pre-K and PPCD 2:00 – 2:45


Kinder – 5th Grade 2:00 – 2:45


Winter break will be from December 21st - January 4th. Students will return to school on January 5, 2016.

Help Farney's Student Council Support CAM

Farney’s Student Council is raising money for Cypress Assistance Ministries. Please help decorate the Christmas tree. Ornaments are $1.00 each. Students may purchase the ornaments every morning in the library before announcements until December 18th.

ATTENTION CAR RIDERS!!!

Beginning January 5th, the first 2 cones in the car rider line (RED & ORANGE) will be reserved for our 2 auction "fast pass" winners. When coming to pick up car riders, the first car will now park at the YELLOW cone.

Counselor's Corner

December Character Education Theme

Our theme for the month of December is COMPASSION. Compassion means caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. During this holiday season, there will be many opportunities to show compassion and the will to help others. Discuss ways that your family can demonstrate compassion throughout December.

King Arthur's Flour Kids Bake to Share

4th and 5th grade students participated in the King Arthur's Flour Kids Bake to Share program this week. Students are bringing home materials to make 2 loaves of bread - one to enjoy at home and another to donate to Cypress Assistance Ministries. This exciting program enables students to develop their baking skills while also supporting our December character theme - COMPASSION.

WATCH D.O.G.S.

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. We look forward to your participation and hope to see many dads at Farney Elementary!

LIBRARY LOWDOWN

All of our 2nd and 3rd graders enjoyed the Don Tate author/illustrator visit on Monday, December 7. He told them that each and every one of them have a special talent and with practice they can continue to get better and better at their very own special talent. He also showed some drawing techniques and shared that when you rewrite your stories you continue to make them better. Thank you to our generous PTO for funding these valuable experiences for all of our students!


Thank you to our Library Volunteers! I am glad you are able to “stick” with us! You make a huge difference in the success of our boys and girls! Thanks!!


Take some time to look for any Farney Library Books that may be “hiding” around your home! Kids need to check out new books every week and the only way that they can do that is to bring their books back!


Name That Book teams are being formed now in our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. Encourage your reader to work with the other students on the team to make their Name That Book team the best it can be!


Enjoy a holiday time with your family and friends! There is no APP to replace YOUR LAP - read to your children often!

2015-2016 Farney Yearbooks

Order a Yearbook TODAY!


It will be the story of our SUPER year, and their memories will last a lifetime with this treasured, hardcover keepsake. Now thru 12/31/15, yearbooks purchased online are $26. Click below (Balfour.com) and type Farney to begin the ordering process.


Email yearbookfarney@yahoo.com with questions or concerns.

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.

ConocoPhillips 2016 Math Teacher of the Month

Now through December 15, we are accepting nominations on the ConocoPhillips website for the 2016 Math Teacher of the Month program. Students, their parents or legal guardians, fellow teachers, and school administrators are all eligible to nominate a math teacher for recognition. Additional details about the program, including eligibility, selection process, selection criteria and awards can be found on the program’s dedicated webpage: www.conocophillips.com/MathTeacheroftheMonth

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?

VOLUNTEER

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.


TARGET RED CARD

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.


KROGER CARD

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


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

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!


SHOPAROO

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
  • SHOP, SNAP, EARN!!!