November 2019


Flour Bluff Elementary would like to thank all of our veterans and our military families for their devotion, service, and sacrifice for our country. In November, and always, we appreciate you! If you get a chance stop by and see our Military Wall of Honor in the Library.

Share Your Christmas

The Elementary Campus will be participating in Share Your Christmas with HEB. We will be collecting the food items below until Thursday, December 5th. We will deliver our collection LIVE on Share Your Christmas at HEB in Flour Bluff the morning of December 6th. We hope you will help us support us in this support!


These are also items that are considered non-perishable and needed.

  • Whole grains, such as quinoa and spelt
  • Rice (brown, wild)
  • Steel-cut or rolled oats
  • Whole grain dry cereals with at least 5 grams fiber/serving
  • Whole grain pastas, such as whole wheat, brown rice flour or quinoa
  • Fruits in natural juice with no sugar added
  • Dried or canned legumes, such as peas, lentils, peanuts and beans
  • Pureed foods, such as sweet potato, pumpkin and applesauce
  • Low-fat dry or shelf-stable milk
  • Nut butters, including peanut, almond, walnut
  • Dried herbs and spices and no-salt spice blends
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Dried fruits (preferably no added sugar), such as prunes, mangoes, apricots and raisins
  • Granola, muesli
  • Shelf-stable milk alternatives such as soy, almond, rice
  • Seeds, such as sesame, sunflower or pumpkin
  • Healthy oils, such as olive and grape seed
  • Green, white and herbal tea
  • Plain, unsalted nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios and pecans
  • Natural sweeteners, such as honey
  • 100 percent fruit juice


Flour Bluff PTO will be having a pie drive on Friday, November 22nd. Please consider donating a pie. Teachers and Staff will get to choose from donated pies as they leave for their Thanksgiving Holiday. Thank you for appreciating Flour Bluff Elementary staff.
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Flour Bluff Elementary Calendar of Events

3-9 Positivity Project: Bravery

4 Nueces Delta Field Trip (Cooper, Ames, Jackson, McAliley)

5 Nueces Delta Field Trip (A. Morgan, Ready, Atkinson, Falany)

6 Nueces Delta Field Trip (Fordyce, S. Morgan, Tweddle, Messina)

7 Nueces Delta Field Trip (Flores, Alvarado, Rowe, Ainsworth)

15 Nueces Delta Field Trip (Steward, Kaspar, Robinson, Clark)

6 Paraprofessionals Appreciation Day

10-16 Positivity Project: Knowing words & actions affect others

11 Veteran's Day No School for Students

11 Parent Conference Day

11-15 2nd Six Week Math Test

13 World Kindness Day

13 Elementary Feast

14 Diabetes Awareness Day-Wear Blue

14 Primary Feast-Elementary Students will Eat in Classrooms

15 Good Choice Club Movie in Classroom

17-23 Positivity Project: Gratitude

19 Math and Science Night 6pm-7pm in Cafeteria

20 Picture Make Up Day

21 Report Cards Go Home

25-29 Thanksgiving Break

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Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6-7pm

Flour Bluff Elementary Cafeteria

We hope you can join us for an evening of fun science and math activities!


Fun Run Business Sponsors


This Spring, we are so excited to host a Fun Run (powered by Boosterthon) to help our school! Boosterthon in a fun, nine-day program that combines world-class character content with a highly-profitable fundraiser.

To increase the excitement and school spirit of this event, we’re hoping to provide each student with a FREE custom FLOUR BLUFF Elementary t-shirt to wear the day of the Fun Run event, at no cost to our students or school.

In order to make this happen, we need your help! We’re hoping to partner with local businesses to help sponsor these shirts. If you know of or are a part of a business that would like to sponsor our t-shirts, please see email or contact Dr. Youngberg at nyoungberg@flourbluffschools.net or 694-9599 for more information!

Thank you!

Skyward Family Access

Skyward is your access to your students information on grades and attendance. If you need more information or your access to Skyward, please email or call Mrs. Pena at mpena@flourbluffschools.net or 694-9587.


You can purchase your child's yearbook online at https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=71459 . We will also be sending home order form envelopes this week. Yearbooks are $25 and on sale until December, so buy your child's copy today!

Also, if you want to put a "love line" in the yearbook for your child, please go to the website and choose "business ad 1/8 page".

Library News by Mrs. Browning, Librarian

A big thank you to everyone for a successful fall book fair. I especially want to thank my wonderful volunteers for their time. I couldn’t run the book fair without you!

I am still accepting pictures for our Military Wall of Honor bulletin board. There is no deadline. As pictures and information come in, I will add them to the bulletin board. Please don’t send huge pictures so we have room for all of the ones that come in. I will return the picture to you at the end of the year.

Remember to help us with boxtops for education. There will still be some of the “clip and send” boxtops, but these are being phased out. Please don’t send the “scan your receipt” ones. For us to get credit for these, you need to download the boxtops for education app and scan your receipt. It is really very easy.

I still have a few science display boards in limited colors for $4.00.

Positive Behavior Support by Mrs. Cristan, Assistant Principal

Flour Bluff Elementary has many exciting learning opportunities that students participate in around the school. This includes classes in the science lab, library, computer labs, music room, counselor’s corner, and gym.

In order to get to these different places, we ask them to follow the same four core expectations from Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) in the hallway as we do in all other areas of the school:

1. Follow Directions – Listen and follow instructions the first time given

2. Be Polite – Use kind words, talk only with permission, use inside voices

3. Be Safe – Respect others’ space, keep distance between you and other students, keep your hands and feet to yourself, and walk.

4. Be Prepared – Keep hall passes visible, move toward your destination, and be on time.

As you review your child’s day at school, express your desire for him/her to meet the hallway expectations. By all students following our four core expectations, we create safe and orderly transitions in the hallway.

Counselor's Corner by Mrs. Villarreal

This month, we will be covering a new character trait—KINDNESS. We will focus on using polite words when speaking with one another, thinking about the needs of other people, and showing concern and compassion for others. We have started a discussion on Empathy-what it means, what it looks like, and how to show empathy to one another. Empathy means putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and imagining what they are feeling. Listening to a friend, reaching out to a new student, and trying to understand other people are ways of showing empathy and kindness.

We have also completed our Bullying Prevention lessons and the students were taught to use S.W.A.T. to help themselves and others who may be victims of bullying. S.W.A.T. stands for STOP, WALK AWAY, AVOID, and TELL.

Things to discuss at home with your child:

Discuss ways to show kindness at home, school, and in the community.

Ask your child to define Empathy for you. Discuss thankfulness and appreciation for family and friends. Discuss ways to be generous to family, friends, and people in the community and ask your children about S.W.A.T.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


5 Ways to Help Your Child Be Successful

1. Attend School Night Activities and Parent-Teacher Conferences

Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending school night activities is a great way to get to know your child's teachers, the school, and their expectations. Parent-teacher conferences are usually held once or twice a year. The conferences are a chance to start or continue conversations with your child's teacher and discuss strategies to help your child do his or her best in class. Meeting with the teacher also lets your child know that what goes on in school will be shared at home. Keep in mind that parents or guardians can request meetings with teachers, principals, school counselors, or other school staff any time during the school year.

2. Visit the School and Its Website

On our school website, you can find information about: the school calendars, staff contacts, information about upcoming events, and testing dates. Many teachers maintain their own websites that detail homework assignments, test dates, and classroom events and trips. Special resources for parents and students are also usually available on the district, school, or teacher websites.

3. Support Homework Expectations

Homework reinforces and extends classroom learning and helps kids practice important study skills. It also helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a work ethic that will benefit them beyond the classroom.

In addition to making sure your child knows that you see homework as a priority, you can help by creating an effective study environment. Any well-lit, comfortable, and quiet workspace with the necessary supplies will do. Avoiding distractions (like a TV in the background) and setting up a start and end time can also help.

While your child does homework, be available to interpret assignment instructions, offer guidance, answer questions, and review the completed work. But resist the urge to provide the correct answers or complete the assignments yourself. Learning from mistakes is part of the process and you don't want to take this away from your child.

4. Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn

Kids need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready to learn all day. Most school-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports, after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules, can contribute to kids not getting enough sleep.

Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyperactive behavior and might make it hard for kids to pay attention in class. It's important to have a consistent bedtime routine, especially on school nights. Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out and limit stimulating diversions like TV, video games, and Internet access.

5. Teach Organizational Skills

When kids are organized, they can stay focused instead of spending time hunting things down and getting sidetracked. Check your child's assignment book and homework folder every school night so you're familiar with assignments and your child doesn't fall behind. Set up a bin for papers that you need to check or sign. Also, keep a special box or bin for completed and graded projects and toss papers that you don't need to keep. Talk to your child about keeping his or her school desk orderly so papers that need to come home don't get lost. Teach your child how to use a calendar or personal planner to help stay organized.

It's also helpful to teach your child how to make a to-do list to help prioritize and get things done. It can be as simple as:

1. homework

2. soccer

3. put clothes away

No one is born with great organizational skills — they need to be learned and practiced.

Online Resources at Home

Please allow your students to practice their math and reading at home with some exciting online resources. Our students have access to EDUCATION GALAXY. You should have received information on how to use these programs at home. If not, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Hoover for more information.

Nurse's Corner by Nurse Cheryl

Flu season is in session! Remember to wash hands frequently and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth; these are all places that viruses can enter your body.

November means THANKSGIVING and FOOD!! What more can we be thankful for than our children? Studies show that eating meals as a family has numerous benefits. Children who eat meals as a family; eat more fruits and vegetables, are exposed to a larger variety of foods, have better portioning control, bring home higher grades, have a larger vocabulary, experiment less with tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other risky activities, and experience less depression, suicidal considerations and eating disorders. Parents are also shown to have less stress as well as saving about 50% on food as compared to eating at restaurants. So heat up the oven and call the kids in to a warm meal around the family table. (www.health.com)

Positivity Project

We hope your child has been sharing our character traits with you each week! If they ordered a shirt they should have received it today (4th) or tomorrow. We would like students to wear them on Mondays when we kick off our new trait, but they are welcome to wear any day of the week. Here are the traits we have covered so far.

  • Other People Matter Mindset
  • Curiosity
  • Teamwork
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Being Present and Giving other My Attention
  • Integrity
  • Perspective
  • Creativity
  • Bravery (this week)


Some fun pictures from the past couple months submitted by teachers.


Family Literacy Night

Family Literacy Night brought out several students and their families to enjoy an evening developing the Love of Reading! Thank you Mrs. Quesada

Thank You Peter Piper Pizza for your Donation of Dictionaries!

Thank You Dominique and Tony from the Fleet Your Donation!

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

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