The Leopard Tale


Principal's Points

Welcome back! We are so happy to have our Leopards back for a magical new year. We are especially excited to welcome our students returning from temporary virtual learning.

Please join me in thanking our awesome CFISD Board of Trustees. Cypress Fairbanks ISD is fortunate to have an amazing school board committed to our students, staff and community. They volunteer countless hours each year working to ensure the success of every student.

CFISD has set aside January as School Board Appreciation Month. Please join us in thanking the following School Board members for the countless hours they give our District and our students. To honor each board member, Andre’ Elementary will dedicate a library book in each member’s name to honor the dedication they show to our students. Thank you again:

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Important Information

Stay Connected

We want to stay connected with you! Please visit our website at, select schools and facilities, elementary schools, and then Andre’. This will take you to our website. We will also regularly post photos and news on the Official Andre’ Facebook page. To locate our page, search @CFISDAndre. Make sure you follow us on Twitter, @CFISDAndre, as well.

Teacher Planning Day

This is a reminder that Friday, January 14th, is a teacher planning day and a holiday for all students.

Student and Staff Holiday

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students and staff will not attend school on Monday, January 17, 2022.

Students and staff return on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

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News From the Nurse

Hello Families,

The school clinic has a need for new boy’s underwear in all sizes and new/gently used pants for boys & girls in sizes 6-12. We use these items to reclothe students who have accidents during the school day.

Also, I wanted to share some information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine since many elementary students are now receiving it.

What are the side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for kids?

Children given the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines had side effects similar to those experienced by people age 16 and older. The most reported side effects include:

· Pain where the shot was given

· Fatigue

· Headache

· Chills

· Muscle pain

· Fever

· Joint pain

· Swollen lymph nodes

· Nausea

· Decreased appetite

Similar to adults, children have side effects within 2 days after vaccination that typically last 1 to 3 days. More children reported these side effects, except for injection site pain, after the second dose of the vaccine. However, some people have no side effects.

After your child is given a COVID-19 vaccine, he or she will be monitored for 15 to 30 minutes to see if he or she has an allergic reaction that requires treatment.

It isn't recommended that you give your child an over-the-counter pain reliever before vaccination to prevent side effects. It's OK to give this kind of medication after your child gets a COVID-19 vaccine. (Mayo Clinic, 2021)

Healthfully Yours,

Ursula Staten BSN, RN

School Nurse

Spelling Bee

Last week we held our Andre' Spelling Bee for our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. We started with 23 contestants who earned their way to the bee by scoring the highest on their qualifying test among all three grade levels. The competition concluded with our spelling champion, Jourdain Kormah, and our runner up, Maximo Vargas. Jourdain will go on to represent our campus in the district spelling bee on February 2nd at the Berry Center. We look forward to seeing him SHINE! We are so proud of Jourdain and Maximo as well as the other 21 students who participated in our Andre' Spelling Bee!

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Counselors' Corner

The Core Essential Value for January is self-control. Self-control means choosing to do what you should even when you don’t want to.

Ask your student:

  • Have you ever wanted to keep playing video games at night but your mom or dad said it was time to get a bath and get ready for bed? How did you act? What did you say?
  • Think of someone you know that lacks self-control. Think of someone that you know that has great self-control. What are the main differences in their attitudes and behaviors?

Career Week:

Calling all parents!!! We will be having career week in April and are in need of parent volunteers to present one day to Andre’ students. Please email if you are interested in presenting a short (10 min.) presentation to students about your career! We need all different types of careers and trades, so please email if you’re at all interested. We greatly appreciate all help!

Words From the Library

On Monday, January 10th, pre-k and kindergarten had a visit from Mother Goose! Students enjoyed a wonderful program with stories and activities.
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Notes From the Front Desk


If your child is absent, please send a note on the first day of your child’s return to school stating the reason for the absence. Thank you.

Transportation Changes

If a child’s end-of-day transportation changes, the parent/guardian must send a note with the date, necessary changes and parent/guardian signature. If a note is not received, the usual method of transportation will be followed.

For safety purposes, no changes will be made after 3:45 P.M. and PHONE CALLS or E-MAILS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.

Student Council

Box Tops for Education

Each Student’s Goal= 10 Box Tops in January!

Did you know that Andre’ receives 10₵ for every General Mills Box Tops for Education we collect? Please remember to scan your receipts for Box Tops from participating products. Please see the flyer below for information on how to download the app and scan receipts.

You can still send in box top clips and certificates in a bag or envelope to your child's teacher.

If each student turns in 10 box tops, our school will earn over $1,100! Wow!

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Year Books

Order forms have been sent home with students. Use the link and school code on the form to place your order through Lifetouch.

UPCOMING - Look for Day of Awesomeness shirts in the coming months

We'll be taking orders in the coming months for child and adult t-shirts for the Day of Awesomeness (April event).

PTO General Meeting

If you're interested in attending the next PTO General Meeting which is held via ZOOM please email for link and time information.

5th Grade Party Committee Opportunity

If you're interested in helping plan the 5th Grade Party please reach out via

PTO Needs YOU!

There is an open officer position: VP of Membership/VIPS. For more information about the position or about PTO in general please reach out to

PTO Contact Information - you can sign up for membership here and order t-shirts

Facebook (Andre' Elementary PTO) - follow us here for upcoming event information

Twitter (@AndreElemPTO) - follow us here for upcoming event information

Help Andre Earn “Free Money”!

My Coke Rewards:
When you make a Coca-Cola purchase, you simply enter the product codes on the website and we get a donation from Coca-Cola.

Amazon Smile:
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Andre’ PTO. Please be sure to add Andre’ PTO as your charity.

Kroger Plus:
Add Andre’ Elementary PTO Inc as your community rewards organization under “My Account.” You will need to confirm your selection if you have signed up previously.

Mark your calendar

1/13- Staff vs. Students PBIS Event

1/14- Teacher Planning Day- Student Holiday

1/17- MLK Day- Student/Staff Holiday

1/18- Cub Scout Meeting- Cafeteria

1/25- Cub Scout Meeting

1/26- Anthony Middle School Music Department Visit- 5th Grade

1/31- Kids Heart Challenge Begins

2/2- District Spelling Bee

2/7-2/11- See to Succeed

2/9- GT Community Showcase in Partnership with Cypress Springs High School

2/9- PTO Chick Fil A Spirit Night

2/11- 100th Day of School

2/18- Teacher Workday- Student Holiday

2/21- Teacher Workday- Student Holiday