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September 11 - 25, 2020


Upcoming Important Dates

Oct 7
  • Progress Reports Go Home

Nov 16

  • Report Cards Go Home

Nov 23-27

  • Thanksgiving Holidays

Message from Dr. Reilly

We had such an amazing first week and are thankful to have all of our Falcons back (virtually and face to face)! Your children have done an exceptional job on campus following our safety protocols. Our custodial staff has been hard at work ensuring that areas are disinfected routinely throughout the day.

Fridays are spirit days at Farney. We encourage students to join us in wearing a Farney spirit shirt every Friday, even if your child is learning from home. It would be awesome to see a classroom and Zoom screen filled with Falcon pride.

Thank you for your continued patience as our students and teachers learn to navigate all of the new technology. If your child is learning via Connect, please take a minute to review this document. We have put many helpful tools all in one place for your convenience.

Speaking of technology, did you know that parents can sign up to receive notifications when your student enters or exits the bus? All students have an RFID enabled ID badge. All you have to do is sign up in the parent portal. It is free of charge to all CFISD parents.

Finally, we are working on a way to easily share our morning announcements with students at school and at home. We will update you soon.

Schoology Tips for Students and Parents

WeVideo - Schoology Tips for Students and Parents --> https://www.wevideo.com/view/1825974202

YouTube - Schoology Tips for Students and Parents --> https://youtu.be/lHA96MSxBb4

One version is on WeVideo so students can watch it on our network or if they are using a CFISD Chromebook and the second version is on YouTube if you would like to access the closed captioning or the closed captioning translation feature.

Library Lowdown

Interactive books, eBooks, and audiobooks…oh my!

Capstone Interactive has hundreds of interactive books for PK, K, 1st, & 2nd grade students

Click on this link to watch a video about how to use Capstone Interactive!

Username: farney

Password: farney

TumbleBooks has many interactive books for all ages

Username: Farney

Password: cfisd

TumbleMath has many interactive math books for all ages

Username: cfisd

Password: cfisd

Sora- has hundreds of eBooks & audiobooks for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Sora is a NEW awesome way to read eBooks and audiobooks! It is available through a browser or as an app you can download on any device. It is similar to Libby from the public library.

Click on this link to watch a video about how to get started with Sora!

Plus view the handout below for step-by-step directions on how to get started!

Return library books

We will start accepting library books from last year next week. If you have virtual students, you can drop off their library books at the front of the school. There will be a bucket outside with a sign that says return library books here.

If your student(s) are learning in person, they can bring their library books to school to return them. Thank you!

Counselor's Corner

Counselors’ Corner

Welcome back Farney Falcons!!

What a great first week we had! It was such a joy to see familiar faces in the hallways of Farney once again! Transitioning back to some normalcy may take some time so please remember to make time for self-care and to process new information. We’re so excited to be back and look forward to a great year of learning!!

September Core Essential: Friendship

Friendship: Using your words and actions to show others you care.

Release of Information Forms

If you are needing Behavior Rating Scales completed or are wanting the school to communicate with an outside entity, private tutor, doctor etc. , you will need to complete a Release of Information Form for this school year. You can request this form through the counseling office. When asking teachers to complete Behavior Rating Scales, you will need to give one week’s notice to allow teachers ample time to complete the forms. These forms will be faxed directly to the doctor’s office and you will be notified once this is completed.

Credit By Exam

Although the application window has closed to be able to skip a grade for the current 20-21 school year, there are 2 opportunities available during the year to test to skip for the 21-22 school year. Please see the district website for testing dates and application deadlines..

District Information for Credit By Exam

Credit By Exam Notice and Application

Spirit Days

Spirit Days will be on FRIDAYS! Whether you are at school or at home we hope you join us in showing your Falcon pride!! The Farney PTO Spirit Shop is open and ready to help you get the spirit wear you need for this year! Our Current Spirit Shirt (20 Years of Soaring) is a pre-order item. Orders will be taken for this shirt (in all 5 styles) until September 22nd. Orders will be delivered in mid-October. Past Spirit Shirts (2018-2019), Farney Mom, and more are on our site for purchase! https://farneypto.membershiptoolkit.com/store
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If your child is participating in our CFISD Connect format, there are many resources for you on the district website, https://www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/cfisd-connect and https://www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/cfisd-connect-1/schoology

The video below shows you how to log into Schoology. Below the video is information showing how to change your password.

Logging In to Schoology

Students can now reset their own password by visiting https://stugo.cfisd.net/.

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Breakfast and Lunch

Due to screening protocols, we will not be able to deliver lunch drop offs. Cy-Fair Nutrition Services will provide breakfast & lunch at no cost to ALL children 18 & younger, beginning September 8. Meals will be at no cost through December 31 pending funding availability in accordance with USDA regulations.

Breakfast and lunch options will be limited at this time. Breakfast choices will include the hot entree of the day or yogurt, and lunch options will include the hot entree or a sandwich with Sunbutter. The menus are shown below on the link, "What's Cooking in September?" Cookies and ice cream will not be available until further notice.

Unfortunately we will not be able to have lunch visitors this year.

All payments will be through your student's account. Information on how to create an account is below.

  • Visit www.schoolcafe.com or the SchoolCafe app to apply.

  • Call 281-897-4550 or email questions to freeandreduced@cfisd.net

  • To submit a free and reduced lunch application, please go to "benefits" and click "apply".

Curbside Meals for CONNECT Students

Cy-Fair Nutrition Services will provide breakfast & lunch at no cost to ALL children 18 & younger, beginning September 8. Meals will be at no cost through December 31 pending funding availability in accordance with USDA regulations.

All children 18 & younger who are not attending school on campus may receive Curbside CONNECT grab and go meals. Children do not need to be enrolled in school or of school age. Children are not required to be present to receive meals, but parents/guardians MUST have an approved form of ID for each of their children to receive meals.

Students who attend school on campus are not eligible to receive Curbside CONNECT meals. Receiving the same meal at multiple campuses on the same day is not permitted.

**Goodson Middle School is the closest meal pick up location to Farney

Birthday Celebrations

Student birthdays will be recognized on the announcements. Treats and/or birthday party invitations may NOT be passed out at school.

Parents may choose to purchase a birthday book donation for their students. Contact the librarian for more information.

Girl Scouts

For more information contact Ashlie at ayarborough@sjgs.org.

Cub Scouts

Farney Elementary Pack 978

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