Florence Update

March 11, 2016

Dear Florence Families,

Well, believe it or not we are headed into Spring Break! Please take a moment to review the information in this newsletter. It includes a link to the approved calendar for the next year (note the new school times), some highlights from the tech ninja club, upcoming events and information on the upcoming STAAR testing.

Hope you have a wonderful Spring Break and we will see you Monday, March 21st.



Tech Ninja Info from Ann Lallande

The FES Library Tech Ninjas meet in the library every Friday morning, at 7:30, in the library. The club members learn more about the library and technology. The Tech Ninjas have been exploring the new B Bots and BB-8 robots. They are also learning beginning coding.

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Upcoming Dates and Events

  • March 14th - 18th: Spring Break

  • March 25th: Bad Weather Make-up Day - if we do not have any bad weather between now and the 24th. We will have Friday, March 25th off.

  • March 29th: STAAR writing for Fourth Grade (Campus closed to visitors and volunteers)

  • April 1st: Put a Cap on Diabetes - pay a dollar to wear a cap to school (more information below)

Our Student Council Officers Lead the Pledge at this week's Board Meeting!

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Board of Trustees Approves 2016-17 Instructional Calendar

Keller ISD's Board of Trustees approved the 2016-17 Instructional Calendar at its Regular Meeting on Tuesday. The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 23, 2016, with the last day set for Friday, June 2, 2017.

The calendar is now based on instructional minutes vs. instructional days. Early Release days have been limited to two a year and the two bad weather days are built into the minutes and the two additional days built into the calendar.

As a result, KISD will be adding 15 minutes to the school day and our new school hours will be 7:55-3:10.

Kinder Roundup Dates for the 2016-2017 School Enrollment Have Been Set!!!

During Kinder Round-up you will register your child and pick up the information packets for Kinder Orientation and the Florence Save the Dates.

The dates for Round up are April 4th - 8th 8:30-2:30

Evening Date and Time is April 5th 5:00-7:00

Please call for an appointment beginning the week of March 28th. Thanks!

School Walk for Diabetes - note from Nurse Nelson

We are gearing up for the annual School Walk for Diabetes on Saturday, April 2nd. It is going to be a lot of fun this year! I hope you will plan to join us and support a great cause. We are raising money to support programs aimed at curing and preventing diabetes, and improving the lives of all those affected by diabetes, including many students and staff in KISD.

You should have received an email with attachments and a registration envelope in your student’s take home folder this past week. You can use the envelope to register for the walk or you can register and pay online. If you register online be sure to choose Florence as your school. Registration envelopes and t-shirt orders should be turned in to Nurse Nelson at Florence. We would love to get everyone registered as soon as possible, however, you can register up until the day of the walk.

There is also a Whip & Nae Nae Challenge going on throughout KISD in March. Students will be learning the PE version of the dance during PE. More information on the challenge was also included in the email that went out this past week. In the spirit of this wellness initiative we will also be promoting healthy habits at school in the month of March including: 5 a day of fruits and vegetables, “Rethink your drink” (Less sugary intake), More outdoor play, less screen time, and Get a good night’s rest each day.

This is going to be a great event that you won’t want to miss! Be sure to stay tuned for more opportunities to support the cause in the next few weeks. If you have any questions please call Nurse Nelson at 817-744-4720.

Please see below for some very important links and info!

Florence Elementary

Laura Lockhart - Principal - laura.lockhart@kellerisd.net

Farah Rehman - Assistant Principal - farah.rehman@kellerisd.net

Angelina Bowen - Counselor - angelina.bowen@kellerisd.net

Leigh Anne Nelson - Nurse - leigh.nelson@kellerisd.net

Dana Shumake - Secretary - dana.shumake@kellerisd.net

Pris Brown - Receptionist/Attendance - priscilla.brown@kellerisd.net

Jeanne Devine - Receptionist - jeanne.devine@kellerisd.net

Georgia Altom - PTA President - georgiaaltom@gmail.com