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MARCH 24 - APRIL 8, 2016


Upcoming Events


25 - Student Holiday

28 - Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night 5-9 pm

29 - STAAR (4th-Writing / 5th-Math) NO VISITORS

30 - STAAR (5th-Reading) NO VISITORS

31 - Kinder Oil Ranch Field Trip


4 - Report Cards Go Home

5 & 6 - Animal Odyssey Field Trip (Kinder)

7 - Kinder Graduation Pictures

11 - 5th Grade Choir Concert 6:30-7 pm

13 - Pre-K/Kinder Pre-Registration 9 am-3 pm

14 & 15 - Eco Adventure Field Trip (2nd)

Please see attachments below for information about the food drive and STUCO collection for cancer patients.

Counselor's Corner

March Character Education Theme

The theme for March is Hope. Hope is believing that something good can come out of something bad. The famous author C.S. Lewis once said: “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” Have you ever known someone who faced a very hard situation in life and overcame it to do great things because they had hope?

STAAR Testing

STAAR Testing is right around the corner for our 4th & 5th graders.

Tuesday, March 29th: 4th grade STAAR Writing & 5th grade STAAR Math

Wednesday, March 30th: 5th grade STAAR Reading

As a reminder, there will be no visitors in the building on these days.

See attachment for test-taking tips and ideas


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 dhara.desai@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!


We have MANY students who have overdue library books. As you are Spring Cleaning, and you find Farney library books, PLEASE send these back to school. Other students are waiting to read these great books that are hiding in your home.

Do you know a dog that is a Canine Good Citizen? Have you wondered what the BAK PAK program at Farney Elementary is? Email me for more information on this rewarding program that connects dogs and kids with reading.

Help Farney Win a Visit from Author Jan Brett

Farney would love to have a visit from Author Jan Brett, she is a favorite!!!! The visit will happen during the 16-17 school year. Voting ends April 4th. It’s one entry per email address. Students may vote, but will need an email address.

Farney’s Address is:

14425 Barker Cypress

Cypress, TX 77429



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 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?


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.


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.


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! 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