Falcon Flyer

October 28 - November 11, 2016

Upcoming Events

Oct 31

  • Report Cards Go Home

Nov 4

  • Spirit Shop Open During Lunches

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day Program

Nov 16

  • Thanksgiving Lunches (K, 1, 5)

Nov 17

  • Thanksgiving Lunches (2, 3, 4)

Nov 18

  • Human Growth & Development (5th)

Nov 21-25

  • Student Holidays

Nov 29

  • Progress Reports Go Home

Nov 30

  • Picture Retakes

Veterans Day - Nov. 11th

“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.

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.

Veterans Day Attire

On this day, we would like our students to help us celebrate by dressing in patriotic colors. Listed below you will find the colors for each grade level:

Life Skills: BLUE


Kindergarten: RED

First Grade: BLUE

Second Grade: WHITE

Third Grade: RED

Fourth Grade: BLUE

Fifth Grade: WHITE

Thanksgiving Lunches - Nov 16th & 17th

The Farney Cafeteria will be serving Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 16th and Thursday, Nov. 17th. Please see attached form for more information and to pre-register.

Wed, Nov. 16th

K: 11-11:30

5th: 12-12:30

1st: 1-1:30

Thurs, Nov. 17th

3rd: 11:30-12

4th: 12:30-1

2nd: 1:30-2

Library Low Down

Steve Swinburne will be presenting to students in 3rd – 5th grade on November 3rd. Find out more about this amazing author: Steve Swinburne

Susan Stevens Crummel visit to Farney Elementary was a smashing success! Thank you to the Farney PTO for providing such as wonderful opportunity for our students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd.

We currently have 496 available eBooks ready for checkout online. This list includes popular series, Name that Book titles, nonfiction and fiction.

Directions for downloading on a mobile device:

To read any of our Follett eBooks on a device, download the free Brytewave K-12 Edition app by Follett. The student’s username and password is the one they use to log on to a computer at school. The FollettShelf URL is: wbb27922.

Directions for reading eBooks on a Desktop computer:

  1. Go to www.cfisd.net
  2. Click on the “Parents and Students” tab
  3. Choose “Library Resources”
  4. “Click here to find your campus library”
  5. Choose Farney Elementary
  6. Click on “Catalog”
  7. Click on “Destiny Discover”
  8. Log In using students username and password that they use at school

Counselor's Corner

Character Education October Theme

Our theme for the month of October is COURAGE. Courage is doing the right thing even if it is difficult. Courage is also facing your fears with confidence. As a family, think about people in history who have displayed courage. Discuss with your children times when you have had to show courage in a tough situation.

Seeking Community Mentors

Farney Elementary is seeking community mentors to serve as positive role models for our students. Being a community mentor is extremely rewarding and only takes a commitment of 30 minutes a week to mentor/meet with one of our Farney students.

Mentors must attend a one-time district orientation before they can mentor at the school. Once you have completed your training and background check, we will work with you to match you with a student who would be the best fit for you.

More information can be found here: www.cfisd.net Community Involvement Mentor

Please contact Shannon Zepeda, Mentor Program Coordinator at 281 373-2850

Horizons Testing Requests Open Referral October 3-December 2

Please see the attachment for directions on the Horizons Testing Process.

Horizons Testing requests open on October 3rd and can be made to shannon.zepeda@cfisd.net


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, eating lunch with their child, monitoring the cafeteria and helping in their child’s classroom. We have sent out the link for dads to pick their date on the calendar. Please contact dhara.desai@cfisd.net if you are interested in participating and have not received the calendar link. We look forward to your participation and hope to see many dads at Farney Elementary!

Car Rider Tags

Please make sure you have a current 2016-2017 Farney issued yellow car tag to hang in your car when picking up your child in the car rider line. Additional tags are available at the front desk.


To set up your Zpass + account, go to www.zpassplus.com to create an account. You must have your child’s RFID number (located on the back of the badge attached to their backpack). Once you’ve created an account, you will receive a verification email from Zonar Systems. Verify your account via the email and set up your notification preferences. Download the Zpass + App. You will select enable for each of your children. You will be sent notifications as to when and where students load/unload the bus per your selected preferences. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call 281-373-2850

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 and teachers are not permitted to distribute invitations (or forward email 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 must be purchased from the cafeteria 5 days in advance. Contact martha.santacruz@cfisd.net for details.

ESL Classes for Parents

If your child is enrolled in a Cypress-Fairbanks school and you want to learn English, you are invited to enroll in the ESL classes for parents. English classes are FREE! Two levels of English are available – Beginner and Intermediate. Classes are available in Spanish and Vietnamese. Please see attached flyers for more information.



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.


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!