FURR ELEMENTARY February 20, 2022

GROWING LEADERS

What's Happening in the Furr Fold!

REMINDER:

Monday, Feb 21...School Holiday Furr Elem/Prosper ISD Closed


Another GREAT week of learning and applying our knowledge...is behind us and yet, in front of us! I'm amazed at how fast the weeks are flying by! Each week our students are being introduced to new concepts, new materials, and new programs. Speaking of new programs, our fifth graders will be selecting their courses for their 6th gr year. The Principal of Hays MS, will be visiting Furr Elementary and talking about the middle school programs. and curriculum, soon!


There are 3 weeks left in this 9 weeks. SPRING BREAK is nearing! Some upcoming events before we break for spring are...Book Fair (Feb 27-March 4); #ProsperInnovates (Feb 28-Mar 3) and OPEN HOUSE (Thursday, Mar 3rd---6:00-7:30 PM)


5th Grade Parents ! There will be a 6th GR Course Selection Informational Meeting, at Hays MS on Tuesday, Feb 22nd to discuss your child's course selections for 6th Grade. It starts at 6:00PM-6:45PM, in the Hays MS Gym. You are encouraged to attend!


OPEN HOUSE! You won't want to miss this spectacular event at Furr Elementary! Please carve out some time in your week and save Thursday, March 3rd (6:00-7:30 PM) to visit your child's classroom. Our students have been working hard and want to show you everything they have been diligently working on!


SPRING BREAK...MARCH 7-11th.....NO SCHOOL


UIL was a HUGE success! I want to congratulate all of our students who participated in this event! Competing or not, it was a great experience for all of our students. Thank you once again to Erin Easley and Kelly Savage for leading our students on this journey! They are better because of you!


We continue to recognize, celebrate and honor Black Upstanders through the month of February, here at Furr Elementary. Recognized in this newsletter are individual quotes from Black Individuals that have had a huge impact on the structure of education, today.


Our Lost & Found is GROWING! Parents, please remind your child to check the Lost & Found if they have misplaced an item of theirs. We appreciate your help!


STAAR TEST Dates are on the horizon. Parents! I wanted to make you aware of these dates. They will affect our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. I also ask that if your child has a scheduled doctor's appointment on these dates, to please reschedule it. There will be more information coming soon to brief both the in-person and virtual students on testing procedures. Thank you, in advance, for your patience and support with these testing dates.


May 10 STAAR TEST- 3rd Math; 4th Math; 5th Math

May 11 STAAR TEST- 3rd Reading; 4th Reading; 5th Reading

May 12 STAAR TEST- 5th Science



STUFF THE BUS is right around the corner. Feb 28th - March 3rd....This is an opportunity for all of us to give back to our community. Furr Elementary will be collecting 32oz or 48oz bottles of cooking oil, and size 6 diapers. Students will be able to drop their items off in the foyer.


COVID 19

As we are made aware daily of the presence of Covid, I wanted to thank our staff, our students, our parents and our community for doing their part in monitoring Covid symptoms. Here at Furr, we will continue to social distance as much as possible, wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, clean surfaces frequently and encourage all to wear a face covering. Thank you parents and staff for your support in this effort to keep ALL OF US SAFE! If your child has any symptoms of Covid, please fill the district screener out. Our nurse will get back with you as soon as she can.

COVID SCREENER


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MORNING ARRIVAL:

Parents, once you have entered into our Furr driveway, please have your student(s) exit your car. Please do not wait until you get close to our front door, for this slows our car line. My goal is to make sure ALL students are in their seat by 7:40 AM and by ALL students getting out of their car, this will help tremendously. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT WITH THIS.


LUNCH:

Parents, at this time we will not be needing a sign up sheet. Our parents are welcome to eat with their student and will need to check in with the front office. In the event our Covid numbers start to rise, we will reconsider all procedures, including the lunch signup. Thank you for your understanding.

Lunch Times:

Kinder 10:25-10:55

1st 10:55-11:25

2nd 11:25-11:55

3rd 11:55-12:25

4th 12:25-12:55

5th 12:55-1:25


BAD WEATHER:

This is a reminder that if there is a possibility of bad weather that could result in the delay of the start of school or closing school, we will use CONNECT ED to notify you. You will receive an e-mail, phone call, and text message notifying you of the delay or closing. In addition, the information will be posted on all PISD social media outlets. Moreover, the local television stations will receive notice as well. Therefore, there is no need to call your child’s campus to see if we are having school. If you do not receive any notification, we will be having school and starting at the regularly scheduled time. For this reason, it is important to make sure that your school has the most up-to-date and accurate contact information.


We have an incredibly busy week ahead of us so thank you in advance for your patience and grace! Thank you all for your support and sharing your kids with us! Thank you for entrusting us with your children so that we can make the world a better place. It starts with us...Be Kind!



Respectfully,

Cindy Zukowski

Principal, Furr Elementary

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. --

"If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today, I still have a dream."

JUMP ROPE CLUB is starting!


The Furr Elementary Spring Jump Rope Club will begin Friday, March 18th from 2:50pm-3:30pm. Please meet in the gym with Ms. Morehead. Students will be jumping rope in the gym. Jump Rope Club will be on Fridays (2:50pm-3:30pm). Our Spring Jump Rope Club will be from March 18th-April 29th. There will be NO club on March 25th and April 15th.

Jump Rope Club is organized around the activity of jumping rope, but the focus of the club is to promote the well-being of the child. The club will promote fitness and encourage sportsmanship and a positive mental attitude. Ms. Morehead will be teaching basic techniques and skills of jumping rope. Beginner and Intermediate tricks will be taught for single rope. There will also be some opportunities to practice with the long rope. Students will learn about taking chances and working hard to succeed. This will be an excellent opportunity for your child to learn about himself or herself.

Jump Rope Club is open to students in 3rd-5th grade. If your child would like to participate in Jump Rope Club please fill out the form and return promptly. The form must be completed no later than March 4th (BEFORE SPRING BREAK).


(Here is the link of the paper form parents will need to sign and send back in BEFORE spring break.)

George Washington Carver --

"Where there is no vision, there is no hope."

SCIENCE FAIR - #ProsperInnovates

#ProsperInnovates is an exciting opportunity for our students to explore, research, inquire, investigate, and create something that they are interested in. Students in Grade 2-5 will have the opportunity to participate in #ProsperInnovates. Information has been sent home with our students but is also available at https://sites.google.com/prosper-isd.net/prosperinnovates

We will have an informational meeting on February 1st at 3:00 in the Furr Library. This meeting is only intended for those who have questions about the event. Attendance at this meeting is not required for participation.

If you are interested in being a judge for #PropserInnovates please fill out this form. Judging will occur on Wednesday, March 2 from 8:00 am until approximately 1:00 pm. You will need to have a background check completed to judge.

For questions, please contact Mrs. Harkey at taharkey@prosper-isd.net.


Terri Harkey

Library Media Specialist
Furr Elementary

Michelle Obama --

"History has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can takon a life of its own."
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Alice Walker --

"The Most Common Way People Give Up Their Power is by Thinking They Don't Have Any."
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Booker T. Washington --

"You go to school, you study about the Germans and the French, but not about your own race. I hope the time will come when you study Black History too."

SCHOOL HOURS:

School Hours: 7:45AM - 2:50 PM daily. The first bell rings at 7:35, announcements will be at 7:40 and instruction will begin at 7:45. Our doors will open promptly at 7:15AM. Please remember that our class starts at 7:45 AM sharp. We ask that your child be in their classroom by 7:35 so that they are prepared to start their day.


If your child is eating breakfast at school, please plan ahead and give them ample amount of time to eat and then get to class. Thank you for helping us.

Martin Luther King Jr. --

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is "What are you doing for others?""

ATTENDANCE & ABSENCES:

If my child is absent, what should I do?


  • Parents should notify the school the morning their child will be absent. Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, all absence notifications and notes will be submitted electronically. Parents will notify the campus of a student’s absence through Skyward Family Access. This will replace calling or emailing the campus attendance clerk to notify the school of the student’s absence. Additionally, this electronic documentation satisfies the signed parent note requirement (state required documentation). When an absence request is submitted through Skyward Family Access, the attendance clerk/registrar will be notified by email.

    • When a student returns from an absence at a doctor's office: When a student returns from an absence at a doctor's office, a signed doctor’s note displaying the date on which the student was seen in the office must be sent to the school attendance email within 2 days of the absence. The parent indication that the student was at the doctor will not qualify as a doctor's note. Please go to your child's campus page and choose Attendance under the parents tab to submit a doctor's note.
    • FURR ATTENDANCE Link
    • Parents will be allowed to electronically submit (through Skyward Family Access) a total of only 5 absence notes during the school year. Please go to your Furr's campus page and choose Attendance under the parents tab to submit for an absence. Once you have exceeded this maximum, all absences will be considered unexcused. A list of acceptable absences (those that will be excused) are listed in the Student Handbook.
    • If a student is absent for more than 5 consecutive days due to illness, a parent note will not be accepted. A statement from a doctor or medical clinic explaining the reason for the absence must be submitted to the school attendance email upon their return to school. Please go to your child's campus page and choose Attendance under the parents tab to submit a doctor's note.
    • If your child leaves during the day for a doctor or dentist appointment, a doctor’s note must be submitted electronically to the school attendance email on the same day or the next morning in order for the absence(s) to be considered “medical”. Please go to your child's campus page and choose Attendance under the parents tab to submit a doctor's note.
    • FURR CAMPUS ATTENDANCE

    Nelson Mandela --

    "May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."

    What IF I Need to Change the Way My Child Gets Home?

    What IF I Need to Change the Way My Child Gets Home? If you need to change the way your child gets home, please call (469-219-2280) the front office prior to 1:30 PM. Please do not email your teacher. There is no guarantee that they will receive the message. All changes must be made through the front office.

    Adeolu Durotoye

    "Life is a choice. You are either a spectator or a participator. The choice is yours."

    DISMISSAL:

    DISMISSAL: Students will be dismissed at 2:50PM. If you are picking up your child, whether it's by car or walking, ALL PARENTS WILL NEED YOUR CAR TAG and FAMILY number. This year, your teacher will give you your family number during Meet the Teacher. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THIS! Otherwise, we will ask you to drive to the front entrance of Furr Elementary and show your ID to our SRO (Student Resource Officer). PLEASE DO NOT FORGET YOUR CAR TAG.


    Carline A-L will be in the front of the school.

    Carline M-Z will be in the back of the school.

    Walkers will be walked out of school by a teacher. Teachers will walk students to the crosswalk, starting this year.

    Parents picking up their student to walk their child home will meet at the front gym doors by the cones. This location has changed from last year.

    Maya Angelou --

    "In all my work, what I try to say is that as human beings we are more alike than we are unalike."

    After Hours Reporting for Potential Threat to Self

    What happens if a staff member or student learns that a student might be suicidal after school hours, on the weekend, or during a holiday?

    If immediate help is needed, call 911.


    Students should make a report to tip411. After the report has been made, they should follow up with the Hope Squad Advisor (if the student is in Hope Squad).


    Staff should also make a report to tip411. Once a report has been made, staff should notify the campus principal letting them know that a report has been made.


    Option 1

    Download the Prosper ISD App. Click on Tip411. Enter tip. You will receive a message back through the app once the message is received.


    Option 2

    https://www.prosper-isd.net/tip411

    PISD Express February 17, 2022

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    FEBRUARY

    21... Bad Weather MakeUp Day-No School

    22 - Mar 4...Heart Challenge

    22...Hays MS 6th GR Course Selection Meeting 6:00 PM

    24...4th Gr Field Trip

    28 - Mar 4...Stuff the Bus


    March

    Feb 27-Mar 4 Book Fair

    3...Open House (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

    4...End Of 3rd 9 weeks

    7-11...SPRING BREAK

    14...Student Holiday/ Professional Learning

    15...Beginning of 4th 9wks


    April

    15...School Holiday

    18...Bad Weather MakeUp Day

    29...Field Day


    May (Some Dates are subject to change)

    2-5...Teacher Appreciation Week

    6...Student Holiday/Professional learning

    10 STAAR TEST Mathematics 3rd-5th

    11 STAAR TEST Reading 3rd-5th

    12...STAAR TEST Science 5th

    13...Special Olympics

    16...5th GR End of Year Party

    20...Learning Celebrations 1st, 3rd

    23...Learning Celebrations 2nd, 4th

    24...End of Year Parties

    25...Learning Celebrations Kinder, 5th

    25...5th GR Walk

    25...Early Release @11:45 AM