FBE January Newsletter

January 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you're enjoying your holiday break with family and friends. I know I am rejuvenated and ready for the second half of the school year. After Winter Break things really get going very fast. Students are finishing up the first semester of 3rd or 4th grade; the semester ends on January 18th. Teachers are in full swing and offer before or after school tutoring for students that need it. Students can also attend tutoring during the day if needed. If you have any questions on your child’s progress at this point of the year, please contact your child’s teacher. Have a great 2019 and I look forward to seeing all my students on Monday, January 7th! I miss them!

Thank you for Supporting our December Service Projects

Madison's Rainbow Project and HEB Share Your Christmas Food Drive

Report Cards Go Home on Thursday, January 24th

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Flour Bluff Elementary Calendar of Events


14 3rd Six Weeks Benchmark Math

15 3rd Six Weeks Benchmark Reading


18 Waves of Pages Reading Log due in Library

19 National Popcorn Day

21 Martin Luther King Day-Student Holiday

22-31 Humane Society Donations to Library

23 Good Choice-Jumping World

24 Report Cards Go Home

Good Choice-Jumping World

25 Good Choice-Jumping World

31 School Board Meeting

Good Choice to Jumping World

Wednesday, January 23

9:15-11:00 Harris, Daubenspeck, LaCour, Nelson, Dyckman, Wyrick, McPartlin, Banister, Gusler

11:45-1:30 Messina, Ready, Falany, Atkinson, Robinson, Clark, Kasper, Steward

Thursday, January 24

9:15-11:00 Barnec, Provence, Featherby, Sykes, Jones, McClendon, Bentz, Elliott

11:45-1:30 Flores, Alvarado, Ainsworth, Rowe, McAliley, Jackson, Cooper, Aimes

Friday, January 25

9:15-11:00 Hurst, White, Beckwith, Wilson

11:45-1:30 Tweddle, Fordyce, Lopez, Almaraz

January is School Board Appreciation Month!

Thank you to the wonderful FBISD school board! We appreciate all you do for our students!
Read more about our Board of Trustees at this link.

Shirley Thornton (President), Michael Morgan (Vice President), Jennifer Welp (Secretary), Jerry L. Hooper, Jr. (Member), Dr. Jim Needham (Member), Nicole Peters (Member), Jeff Rank (Member)

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.

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!

The sponsorship letter can also be found at this link. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fi1QBfZyRBX8a3daZiHprqxdRvDgC4WL/view?usp=sharing

Thank you!



Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks sales are now limited and are $30 per yearbook until we are sold out.

Library News by Mrs. Browning, Librarian

Remind your students to log their minutes of recreational reading on their Waves of Pages reading log. They have to read ten hours (600 minutes), and return their signed log to Mrs. Browning on or before January 18, 2019. At the end of the year they will earn an award and a free admission ticket to our Schlitterbahn water park.

The library will be collecting items for the Humane Society from January 22-31. Look for a note to come home with the details soon.

Please keep collecting and sending in the Boxtops for Education. I will mail in the next group toward the end of February.

Students have been learning about the data bases provided by the library. You can access them free from your home, and they have some great material for your students. Students received bookmarks with the usernames and passwords for each of these data bases.

Encyclopedia Britannica


Tumble Books


Positive Behavior Support by Mrs. Cristan, Assistant Principal

We appreciate you reinforcing the FBE four core expectations of the PBIS system. As we return from the Winter Break, we will continue emphasizing the four core behavior expectations and what those expectations look like in different area of the school. In January, we will focus on proper bathroom etiquette. This has been the first year our 3rd graders have had a shared restroom and not a classroom restroom. It is also always a good reminder for our 4th graders as well. Please review the following bathroom expectations with your students.

Expectation 1 is Follow Directions:

one person per stall, dispose of paper towels properly in the trash can, help keep the bathroom clean, report any concerns to an adult.

Expectation 2 is Be Polite:

keep stall door closed, flush toilet when done, use appropriate voice levels.

Expectation 3 is Be Safe:

walk in and walk out, keep water off the floor, take care of your business, wash your hands then leave, keep hands and feet to yourself.

Expectation 4 is Be Prepared:

Do not take any items into the restroom.

Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Villarreal

Happy New Year to all! Here’s hoping everyone had a joyous and restful holiday break. Since the beginning of school, we have been covering Character Traits as part of the Counseling Guidance Lessons. So far we have covered the following: Respect, Responsibility, and Kindness. Our monthly discussions with various guest speakers are going well. The students have had a great response to these talks. We will continue to discuss being KIND to one another by emphasizing generosity, empathy, and being thankful for our friends and family.

By mid-January, the new Character Trait that will be introduced is INITIATIVE. Initiative is recognizing and doing what needs to be done before being asked. Our discussions will center on study skills, punctuality, and good working habits. Initiative is so important for school success. Students who take initiative to start their homework and projects will do better than those that procrastinate or wait to the last minute. Developing initiative takes time, so celebrate the small steps your child makes to show initiative.

Things to discuss at home with your child:

*Discuss ways to improve study skills (staying organized, writing down assignment in agenda, etc.).

*Ask your child if he/she is turning in homework and assignments. Ask to see his/her agenda and sign or initial.

*Discuss the importance of being on time to school, work, etc.


Hello January!

I can't believe that half of the school year has flown by already! Before you know it testing time will be upon us, so here are some test taking strategies you can review with your child at home.

-Be Slick and Predict

Predict what the answer is before you read the choices. ( i.e. "I think the answer is...)

-Slash the Trash

Read ALL the answer choices and eliminate any answer(s) that are not the correct answer. (i.e. the "trash)

-Plug It In

Once you find the correct answer, plug it in and make sure it makes sense (this works especially well for vocabulary questions).

-Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

If the directions say read...READ! Pay close attention to signal words in the directions such as explain, order, and compare.
-Keep on Going

If you get to a couple of questions that you just don’t know, don’t give up! Keep trying your best!

-Check it Out

When you have completed the test, go back and check your work!

Strategies adapted from Matt Guffey

Nurse's Corner by Nurse Cheryl

Playing during recess is a vital part of a child’s physical and even social well being. Playground injuries do occur, however can be avoided with some simple reminders.

· Know the playground rules and follow them

· Do not push or roughhouse while on the equipment

· Use all playground equipment properly and wait for your turn

· Make sure no one is in the way when you are swinging, jumping, sliding or climbing

· Always land on both feet with your knees slightly bent

· If you notice something is broken or unsafe, report it to an adult as soon as possible

· Do not walk under playground equipment or swings

Remember to have fun at recess in a safe manner because playing is an important part of a students’ physical, social, intellectual and emotional development

Flour Bluff Elementary Academic Performance Report

This report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures.

District and Campus Report Cards Available Here

You can view information on school performance and profile data at this site.


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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