Pfluger Falcon News
I’d like to introduce myself. I’ll be spending the next few weeks on campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, serving as the interim school counselor. It might be helpful for you to know a little about my background.
My name’s Patty Jones and I reside in Kyle west of IH 35. Kyle’s been home for the past 25 years. A job offer from Hays Consolidated ISD prompted my move to Hays country from San Antonio, where I first began my career as a special education teacher. I spent 21 years as a counselor in both Kyle and Buda and was hired years ago when only 3 elementary schools existed in the community and the closest H.E.B. was on Slaughter Lane, William Cannon or San Marcos. I retired from education in 2018 and have enjoyed work as an Early Learning Readiness teacher for the YMCA and as a guest counselor. I’m bilingual and speak Spanish, fluently. I’ve worn many hats in my long career in education. I’ve found that working directly with kids to better equip them for life with social emotional skills has been my most rewarding job. Working in partnership with teachers and parents to help students grow is especially rewarding, too.
When I’m not working, I devote time to friends and family, including a daughter who’s a senior at UT. I love going for walks in the park, reading, baking, being a member of St. Anthony’s in Kyle, watching baseball live or on t.v. and listening to music.
4th and 5th grade students have started learning a new instrument in music class. 4th graders are learning how to play the recorder, a simple woodwind instrument. It is much harder than you might think. Students are learning to use the correct hand placement, control their breathing, and create good diction and tone while moving their fingers to different positions to play a song. This is why we start with the very simple and well known song, Hot Cross Buns. If your child has a recorder at home, they are welcome to visit my website and print out a recorder packet to practice at home.
5th grade students are learning to play the ukulele. We started by learning the parts of the ukulele and played some very simple 1 chord songs like Harry Nilsson’s Coconut. This past week, students have learned the more complex position of G which uses 3 fingers. Then they practiced how to move from G to F to C chords while singing Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. This week we will continue improving our skills while playing these chords with Ritchie Valens’s song, La Bamba. Students can also visit my website to access videos that will help them play what they have learned at home.
PES Music Website
In Technology class we are working on building our typing skills, as this is a critical skill for our students at all age levels. This is also a skill they will develop and use as they continue to grow and learn at all levels of school. We are using the Typing Club program (www.typingclub.com) and they are signing in with their Google Accounts. Their google account is FirstNameLastName@g.hayscisd.net and their password is their lunch number. Some students need to add a 2 or 3 at the end of their last name if there are multiple students in the school district with the same name. I would encourage you to allow your children to practice their typing skills whenever they have free time at home and the ability to login. This can be done from a PC or a tablet that has an attached keyboard. The Typing Club program is a website application and does not require you to download anything to your hard drive. If you have any problems with your child logging in to their account, please don’t hesitate to email me at Travis.Tarpley@hayscisd.net and I will get your child’s information for you.
We have been having so much fun in the art room creating masterpieces! As always, it is such a pleasure to work with each and every student at Pfluger elementary!
Hays CISD’s Youth Art Month Celebration is coming up! We will have our reception on March 5th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Old Buda Elementary school where you can admire student artwork from all across Hays CISD and bid on items in the silent auction! If you are unable to make the reception you will still have the opportunity to admire student artwork as the show will be up for the whole month of March! Flyers will be going out next week!
I have some very exciting news to share, Pfluger Elementary is participating in a fundraiser with Art to Remember that gives you the opportunity to purchase keepsake items customized with your child’s artwork. Not only do the products make great gifts for friends and family members, but every order supports our school! Our students have been so busy creating beautiful pieces of art for this fundraiser and they are so excited to share them with you! Keep a lookout for more information coming soon!
March is the Month
The 12th &13th are the dates
We’re planning a field day and
The Coaches can't wait!
You could not, would not, want to miss.
A field day as fun as this!
Would you, could you, come and play?
Please volunteer for field day!
Parents please come and joins us at our Seuss themed field day PreK-2nd
on Thursday March 12
3-5 on Friday March 13.