FBE OCTOBER Newsletter

October 2018

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New Elementary Entrance (Pictured Above)

This is what it will look like when completed. Right now scheduled completion is at Thanksgiving Break.
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And Just Like that...

....OCTOBER IS HERE! As we enter October, Fall, and the second six weeks of school, FBE teachers and students have been working hard on a smooth transition to the 2018-2019 school year. We also want to thank you parents for your help with this transition. Communication between teachers and parents is crucial to our students’ success.

As a campus we meet regularly to discuss and problem solve specific concerns that arise; we want each and every student to have a positive year. The key to work through any concerns that may arise is to address them early and as a collaborative team. Official parent conference day is November 12th, however don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you need to meet before then.

We also are HUGE believers that fun activities together during and even after school is a wonderful way to help build our school community. There are a several activities planned for the year we encourage you and your child to join in on the fun! (See the "fun" from September in our Animoto video below).


Family Literacy Night

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd 2018 at 6-7pm

Flour Bluff Elementary Common Area

We hope you can join us. Students may wear their Halloween costumes.

Flour Bluff Elementary Calendar of Events

1-5 First Six Weeks Math Benchmark During Class

8-12 Fire Prevention Week

8 Good Choice-Funtrackers

Featherby, Sykes, Barnec, Provence, Beckwith, Wilson, Hurst, White, McClendon, Jones

9 3rd Grade Running Club Try outs

9 Good Choice-Funtrackers

Daubenspeck, LaCour, Harris, Nelson, Banister, McPartlin, Dyckman, Wyrick, Elliott, Bentz

10 Good Choice-Funtrackers

Atkinson, Falany, Jackson, McAliley, Ames, Cooper, Alvarado, Rowe, Flores, Ainsworth

11 Fall Pictures

11 4th Grade Running Club Tryouts

11 Report Cards Go Home

12 Good Choice-Funtrackers

Fordyce, Tweddle, Lopez, Almaraz, Robinson, Steward, Halliburton, Clark, Messina, Ready

15 Homecoming Parade

15 Science Fair Packets Go Home

16 National Boss' Day

18 Bus Transportation/Maintenance/Custodian Appreciation Day

19 Homecoming Game

22-26 Red Ribbon Week-See RRW Schedule Below

23 Family Literacy Night 6pm-7pm (begins in Elementary Common Area)

25 3rd GRADE Agriculture Awareness Field Trip to Robstown (Tentative)

25 Board Meeting

30 4th Grade Writing Benchmark

31 Halloween (NO COSTUMES)

October 22-26 Red Ribbon Week

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When parents say positive things about math, kids feel more capable and confident — and they tend to succeed at higher rates. Here are some ways to sneak math (and your positive attitude toward math) into your child’s day.

1. Ask why

Kids love to ask Why? Now, you can turn it back on them! Ask your child to explain her reasoning about everyday things: Why did you make that move (in a game)? Why did you build the Lego tower that way? Why is that the right amount of change? This will help get your child in the habit of explaining her thought process.

2. Practice those times tables!

If you practice together, it really can be fun. Focus on 1-12, but feel free to go a little higher if your child can handle it. When your child has trouble solving one, ask What answer would be reasonable? Listen to your child’s reasoning — and share your own. For example, if 4 times 6 is hard, think about 4 times 5 — what is that? Would 4 times 6 be more or less? Why?

3. MultiPLAY!

Pick a number target, like the number 24. Ask your child what pairs of numbers can be multiplied to equal 24 (3 x 8, 6 x 4, 2 x 12, and 1 x 24). If this is tough for your child, use beans or coins to build models placed in columns and rows (like 3 rows of 8 pennies). Take turns picking the target number and trying to stump each other with numbers that have many factor pairs.

4. Problem Solving

When your child encounters a problem — in homework or in real life — resist the urge to jump in and solve it for him. Instead, ask him What do think you should try first? Working through challenges on his own is one way he’ll boost his problem-solving skills

5. How many, how much?

At the store, ask your child how much it’ll cost to buy six boxes of cereal if each one costs $3.99. Or ask how many loaves of bread you can buy with $16 if each loaf costs $4.25.

6. How tall are you?

Hand your child a tape measure and have her figure out everyone in the family’s height down to the 1⁄4 inch. Then, have her plot the numbers on a number line and see how everyone’s heights compare.

7. Sports stats!

If your child is into sports, look at a website together for some great data analysis and modeling. The practice you’re looking for here is with the four operations. For example, How many more points did this team score than that team? For now, steer clear of anything involving averages or decimals — save that for fifth grade.

8. Reading chart

If reading is your child’s favorite thing, help her make a table that shows how many pages she reads each day. Analyze the data together. On which day does your child read the most? Can she estimate how many pages she’ll read in the next week?


Positive Behavior Support by Mrs. Cristan, Assistant Principal

Lunch time is always an exciting time for our students. Not only are they ready to eat, but they are also ready to talk with their friends. It is important for our students to know that in the cafeteria, we instill the same core expectations from Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) that we have for all areas of the school. Here is how these expectations manifest themselves in the cafeteria:

Follow Directions - Stand in line patiently and quietly. Watch and listen for your turn to enter the kitchen area. Raise your hand for permission before getting up. Leave your area clean. When your teacher arrives, watch and listen for instructions. Dismiss quietly.

Be Polite - Eat using good manners. Say please and thank you. Use inside voices. Keep your lunch box or tray neat and tidy in front of you.

Be Safe - Keep your hands and feet to yourself. Walk. Sit properly with feet under the table. Eat your own food. If you spill something, be sure to clean it up or ask for help.

Be Prepared - Remember your lunch and or lunch money. Be ready to make your selections in the cafeteria line. Before you leave the kitchen area, pick up your condiments and utensils.

By helping students practice good behavior, we build a school community where all students have an environment in which they can succeed and grow.

Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Villarreal

We have been exploring ways to show RESPECT in our classroom, homes, and environment. We have also discussed RESPECT for ourselves and our families. We will continue to discuss RESPECT and practice it throughout the year. Our new Character Education trait for October is RESPONSIBILITY. During my classroom guidance lessons, the students and I will discuss how to be responsible for ourselves and our belongings, how to be responsible for our homework and agenda, and how being a responsible student builds trust and self confidence. Students will be sharing what some of their responsibilities are at home and at school.

Things to Discuss at Home

*Share with your child how completing chores and other duties can help build confidence and trustworthiness.

*Share with your child what you are responsible for at home and at work.

*Discuss what can happen when we don’t follow through with our responsibilities.

During October 22-26th, we will be taking a stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Each day of the week will have a theme. Please see below for more information.

As always, I am available to speak with your child on various topics, individually or in groups. If you have any questions, please contact me at 361-694-9593.

DOD/Military Counselor Mrs. Angel Paxton

  • DOD/Military Lunch Bunch
  • 3rd Grade: Thursday, October 11th
  • 4th Grade: Tuesday, October 16th
  • 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

A big thank you to all of our wonderful book fair volunteers. There is no way the book fair could run successfully without your dedication, time, and effort.

Please continue to send Box Tops for Education labels. A collection sheet went home a few weeks ago. I will be sending in the first group the middle of October. Please check expiration dates. If you have any that expire between now and January, 2019, please send these now. The next mailing date with be in February, 2019.

Pizza Hut Book-It Program runs from October 1, 2018-March 31, 2019. Students may earn a personal-size pizza if they meet their classroom goal each month the program runs. Check with your child to see if their class is participating.

Each year we do a special bulletin board in the library to honor our military. Please send a picture of a friend or family member who has served in the military, or who is currently serving. Include any information that you can, and I will put the picture and information on our Wall of Honor board. Please only send 5X7 size or smaller. I will return the pictures at the end of the year.

Nurse's Corner by Nurse Cheryl


According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and November. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and March and can last as late as May. It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October. There are few new things about the flu vaccine this year, one new aspect being only an injectable form is available; the nasal spray that has been offered in past years is potentially not effective this season. www.cdc.gov/flu Part of keeping all of our children healthy and learning is to encourage frequent hand washing, sneezing/coughing into elbows, and drinking plenty of fluids.

We also have a district wide fever policy: If a child has a fever they may not return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.).

Please contact your campus nurse if you have any questions about policies or keeping medications at school.


Science Lab is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get extra hands on science with our lab teacher, Mrs. Biggerstaff. Students created science lab coats to help them feel like the REAL scientists they are! See this month's animoto video to enjoy our science lab coat pictures!

Congratulations to our top lab coats!

3rd Grade: Maddy Albriech, Leah Briseno, Skylar Mayne, and Emily Rivera

4th Grade: Luke Wyrick, Jewelissa Jocson, Jonathan Green, and Kylie Lee

There are other science opportunities for our students including Math and Science Night in November and Science Fair in December.


CLICK HERE! If you are on Facebook, please join the Flour Bluff Elementary PTO Facebook Page.


If you can, please help our school with our Fall PTO Fundraiser. We are working for a new iPad cart, soccer goals, and basketball hoops! Thank you!

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SEPTEMBER in Pictures...

Watch this animoto video to see what exciting things we've been up to this month.

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