FBE September Newsletter

September 2018

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Wonder the Possibilities

Welcome back to a WONDERful 2018-2019 school year! We are so excited to be back at school and to see our students. This year our theme is "FBE Wonder the Possiblities" We believe that all of our students are WONDERS! We also try to instill wonder and excitement into their lives here at Flour Bluff Elementary. We hope that we can work together and make it an amazing school year.

Back to School Night!

Tuesday, Sep. 18th 2018 at 6-7pm

Flour Bluff Elementary

We hope you can join us. T-shirts will be for sale. Book Fair will be open.
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Flour Bluff Elementary Calendar of Events

2 Happy Grandparents Day

3 Labor Day Holiday-No School

4 McTeacher Night at FB McDonalds 5pm-8pm

5 DOD Military Students Lunch Bunch

4-12 School Mall

11 Patriot Day-Student may wear any appropriate Red, White, Blue today

12 Jazzy Bee Meeting 6pm in Elementary Common Area

13-20 Book Fair in Library

14 International Dot Day Celebration

17 Constitution Day

18 Open House/Back to School Night from 6:00-7:00pm

20 Science Fair Meeting @6:00 in Elementary Common Area

21-Oct.5 Fall PTO Cheesecake & Pie Fundraiser

25 Watch D.O.G.S. Launch 6:00-7:00 in Cafeteria

27 School Board Meeting @6:00 Administration Building

28 Science Lab Coats Due

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Watch Dogs Launch

Tuesday, Sep. 25th 2018 at 6-7pm

Flour Bluff Elementary Cafeteria

We are looking for male role models to volunteer a day or two this year and be an Elementary WATCH DOG. If you are interested in learning more about Watch DOGS please attend. RSVP online or call Dr. Youngberg at 694-9599.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS by Mrs. Hoover

*Some quick things to help promote effective study habits for a successful 2018-2019 school year.

*Choose a regular time and place for homework. It should be a quiet, comfortable location free from distractions. Stock it with school supplies such as paper, pencils, and a dictionary.

*Allow for some free time first. Many kids need to blow off steam after school by exercising or talking about their days. Many also head straight for a snack.

*Postpone screen time. Watching TV and playing video games are privileges that often take time away from priorities, including reading, homework, and chores. Save all screen time for after homework and studying.

*Encourage organization. Productive studying starts with a to-do list and/or a study plan.

Pay attention. Homework time is a chance for you to learn about your child. Does he excel at reading? Have trouble with spelling? Struggle with multiplication?

*Be supportive. Don’t ever do your child’s homework for him/her. But do stay nearby to supervise. It’s okay to answer questions and guide your child through problems. However, if he needs too much help, talk with his/her teacher.

*Practice Active Listening. It’s important for students to concentrate and avoid distractions when an instructor is presenting. Some tips to share with your child include: try concentrating on the main points being made, think about what the speaker is saying and pay attention to how things are said (gestures, tone of voice, etc.). They should avoid talking or thinking about problems when listening. If a teacher says, “This is important” or “I’ll write this on the board,” there’s a good chance student will see the concept again.

*Sleep Tight! Your brain needs time to digest all the information you've given it. Try to get a good night's sleep every night.

Positive Behavior Support by Mrs. Cristan, Assistant Principal

Positive Behavior Interventions & Support is a school-wide discipline management approach that rewards our students’ positive behavior, encourages all students to continue to become more independent, and develops leadership skills. The ultimate goal is for our students to develop the skills and mindsets that will allow them to lead their own lives, to be able to work effectively with others throughout life, and to make a meaningful contribution wherever they go in life.

Flour Bluff Elementary school has four core expectations that are the pillars of our PBIS plan:

Follow Directions, Be Polite, Be Safe, Be Prepared

Students are recognized for displaying these core expectations for personal growth, and in their relationships with peers and adults. There are multiple ways we reward our students for meeting the conduct expectations:

· Participate in fun activities that are scheduled each six weeks.

· Earn Bluff Bucks and redeem them at Bluff Buy Store for fun items.

This year we will unlock the treasures within each of our students by creating a social context where leadership skills are frequently called for and positively reinforced.

Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Villarreal

Welcome back to school! I am Veronica Villarreal, the Elementary School Counselor. I will be assisting students transition back to school and provide classroom guidance lessons. I am also available to meet with students individually on a wide range of concerns, including goal setting, family issues, grief and loss, and bully prevention/intervention. I will also have small group counseling to help students with conflict resolution, social skills training, test anxiety, and anger management. This Month we will talk about RESPONISIBILITY. Being responsible means being reliable, dependable, and trustworthy. With each new grade level, we are met with new responsibilities and challenges. During this month, we will explore ways to be responsible for our homework and agendas, for our personal belongings, and for our safety and health. We will also discuss being responsible for our own actions and consequences.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me.

DOD/Military Counselor Mrs. Angel Paxton


  • DOD/Military Lunch Bunch is Wednesday September 5th for all DOD/Military students.
  • Please return the signed program letter that is being sent home if you are currently DOD or active military.

Library News by Mrs. Browning, Librarian

I am excited to welcome your students to the Elementary Library. Students will be learning strategies to select a “good” book, and I hope to foster excitement and a lifelong love of reading as they use these strategies.

The summer reading challenges are due to me on or before Wednesday, September 5. Prizes will be awarded soon.

Our fall book fair runs from September 13-20. Look for fliers to come home soon. We are always in need of great volunteers. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mrs. Browning at 694-9561. The online fair is available from September 8-21 at the following link:

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/flourbluffes.

It’s going to be a WONDERful year!

Nurse's Corner by Nurse Cheryl

BREAKFAST

Studies show that students who eat breakfast do much better in school compared to those who skip breakfast. Breakfast helps improve performance, concentration and provides extra energy needed throughout the day.

By eating a nutritious breakfast each morning, your student will be more efficient in everything they do all day long. Parents, by providing healthy and well-balanced meals, you are helping with your student’s growth and development. Students are welcome to enjoy the FREE breakfast offered daily in the cafeteria from 7:00-7:45am if they don’t eat at home in the morning.

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

Safety First!

CAMPUS VISITS

We love to have volunteers and parents as visitors on our campus, however for the safety of our students and staff ALL visitors (including parents we know) check in EVERYDAY with our Raptor system. This system will provide a BADGE and all visitors are required to have it on and visible at all times.

DROP OFF TIME

Please DO NOT drop off students earlier than 7:00 am. There is NO adult supervision until 7:00am.

EARLY PICK UP

If a student is being picked up early from school, identification is mandatory. Again, even if we recognize you, we will ALWAYS ask for your ID, verify that you are on the pick up form, and have you sign the child out.

Car Pick-Up Safety

To expedite the pick-up process, we ask that everyone follow these few reminders:

1. Cell phone usage is restricted in any school zone areas, this includes our parking lots while car pick-up lines are in motion.

2. Car tags are to be hung on your mirror, visible to the parking lot monitor as you wait in the car pick-up line. If a car tag is NOT present in the vehicle, at the time of pickup, you will be required to park and go into the building to pick up your child. For the safety of your child, an I.D. will be required

3. When joining the pick-up line, please go to the end of the line. Cutting off the car pick-up line will place your child’s number out of the numeric order that is taken by the parking lot attendant while parents are parked – please be courteous of other parents that were in line first.

4. Any time that a parent/guardian changes the student’s transportation arrangement, the office must be notified by 2:30 p.m.

As everyone gets accustomed to the pick-up process and procedures, we ask that you be patient, courteous, and vigilant while in the parking lot to maintain student, teacher, and parent safety. Our goal is to make pick-up as safe and efficient as possible – but this can only happen with your assistance.

We are looking forward to a great school year. Thank you for your help!

Emergency Procedures

Our district has updated safety procedures for all school campuses. All staff are trained to handle emergency situations. The attachment below (Standard Response Protocol) outlines the 5 types of emergency placements: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter for a Hazard, and Hold. Elementary students will receive training and practice these procedures. In addition to these safety procedures, we are also required to have a monthly fire evacuation drills. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Youngberg or Mrs. Cristan.