Falcon Flyer

September 7 - 21, 2018

Upcoming Events

Sept 11

  • Curriculum Night (3rd, 4th & 5th) 6:30-7:30 pm

Sept 18

  • Curriculum Night (PPCD, Pre K, Kinder, 1st & 2nd) 6:30-7:30 pm

Sept 21

  • Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Ends

Sept 26

  • Progress Reports Go Home

Sept 27

  • Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night 5-9 pm

Sept 27 - Oct 5

  • Book Fair

Oct 2

  • Family Book Fair Night 4:30-7:30 pm
  • 2nd Grade Rocktober Fest 6-7 pm

Oct 8

  • Student Holiday/Parent Conferences

Oct 17

  • 5th Grade Field Day 1-3 pm

Oct 18

  • 1st Grade Field Day 9:30-11:30 am
  • 3rd Grade Field Day 1-3 pm

Oct 19

  • 2nd Grade Field Day 9:30 -11:30 am
  • 4th Grade Field Day 1-3 pm

Oct 24

  • Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Delivery (Gym) 4:30-7 pm

Oct 25

  • Fall Portraits

Nov 5

  • Report Cards Go Home

Nov 9

  • Veterans Day Program 9:15-10:30 am

Nov 19 - 23

  • Thanksgiving Holidays
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Welcome Back

School Communication

We communicate in a variety of ways. The Falcon Flyer is the easiest way to stay “in the know.” You will receive it via School Messenger every two weeks. School Messenger is the district's mass notification system. If you are not enrolled, please click http://www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/contacts-communications/schoolmessenger/ to sign up. We also post it to Twitter @CFISDFarney and post to the Farney Facebook page. Our mascot, Francine the Falcon, also has her own Instagram page. Simply follow francinethefalcon on Instagram.

Each teacher has their own website which is updated every two weeks. Updates might include, weekly classroom news, homework links etc. You can access their website through our campus site or by clicking the following link https://app.cfisd.net/urlcap/campus_list_135.html.

Teachers send home weekly folders which include student work and a communication card each Friday. Please sign the card and return the folder to school each Monday.

Z-Pass

Did you know you can receive information about when your child enters and exits the bus? Go to zpassplus.com to access the parent portal and sign up for notifications. The RFID number is located on the left side of their "backpack badge" next to the barcode.

CFISD App

There is a great app for our district. Simply download it and follow the schools your children attend. With a click of a button you can see grades through the Home Access Center, check out the lunch menu, or contact your child's teacher.

Awesome Volunteers

Thanks to everyone who volunteered on the 1st day of school! You helped our students have an amazing first day!

Reserved Parking

The reserved parking spaces at the front of the school are reserved for Farney staff members who frequently leave from and/or return to the building during the school day. Please do not park in these spaces before school, after school, or during the day. For your convenience, we ask all other staff members to use the back parking lot so that there are dozens of visitor spots available to you in the front of the school. We appreciate your cooperation.

ARRIVAL TIME

As a reminder, the school day starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. each morning. In order to minimize any disruption to the instructional day, students are encouraged to arrive on time. Students who arrive after 8:45 a.m. must be walked into the building and signed in at the front desk by a parent or guardian.

Morning Drop Off Safety

If you are dropping your child off for school in the morning, please be sure to use the car rider line at the front of the school. Due to safety concerns, students are not permitted to be dropped off in bus loading zones. There are also supervised crosswalks on Spring Barker and Barker Cypress that students may use to safely cross the street if they are Hiker/Bikers. We have had several close calls where students are crossing these busy streets in places other than the crosswalks in the morning. Our #1 priority is the safety of all of our Farney Falcons.

LIBRARY LOWDOWN

Scholastic Book Fair

Family Night – Tuesday, October 2nd 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Scholastic Book Fair Online

Friends and family that aren’t able to make it to the school to shop at our fabulous book fair can shop from home. All online orders include free shipping to Farney Elementary.

Shop online – 09/26- 10/09

Link to our Scholastic home page: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/farneyelementaryschool

eBooks

Did you know that you have access to 945+ eBooks from home? This list includes popular series, Name that Book titles, nonfiction and fiction titles.

Directions for reading Follett eBooks on your home computer:

  • Go to www.cfisd.net

  • Click on the “Parents and Students” tab

  • Choose “Library Resources”

  • “Click here to find your campus library”

  • Choose Farney Elementary

  • Students will need to log in with their regular username and password to check out eBooks.

  • Click “Catalog” on the top bar.

  • Click “Destiny Discover” on the left tool bar.

  • Scroll down to the eBooks section and choose “See All”

  • Search for a book. You can use the filters on the left side or use the “Sort By” feature to narrow down your options.

  • Click open/check out – by checking the book out, you will be able to go back to your “bookbag” at any time in the next 2 weeks and continue reading where you left off. If the “check out” option is not listed, then it is a multi-user book and does not need to be checked out to continue reading.

To read your ebook on a portable device:

  • Through the App Store or Google Play, download the Destiny Discover app

  • This app works with your iPhone, iPod Touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire and Nook.

  • Log in with your school username and password. The FollettShelf URL is: wbb27922

  • Downloads will be placed in the “bookbag”. You have a 2 week checkout.

Overnight Technology Checkout in the Library

Farney students now have the opportunity to borrow a district-provided Chromebook and/or a Kajeet hotspot. Our campus has 20 Chromebooks and Kajeet hotspots for daily checkout. The Kajeet hotspot will allow your student to connect to the internet from either the district-provided Chromebook or a personally owned device. Kajeet is the leading filtered internet service in the nation and will monitor and filter your student’s access to the internet. Chromebooks and/or Kajeet hotspots will be checked out to students as needed to complete assignments or work on projects.

Attached below find the Lending-to-Learn Parent Agreement form. Please sign this form and have your child bring it to the library if you are interested in this program.

Counselor's Corner

Character Education September Theme

Our theme for the month of September is INITIATIVE. Initiative is seeing what needs to be done and doing it. Click on the link to see the Initiative Family Newsletter provided by Core Essentials.

WATCH D.O.G.S.

Our Watch Dog program consists of Dads or Father Figures of Great Students who volunteer one day at their child’s school. They will perform a variety of tasks including assisting with the car line in the morning, eating lunch with their child, monitoring the cafeteria and helping in their child’s classroom. Right now we are collecting emails for our Watch Dog data base. If you are interested and haven’t already, please complete the registration link below to add your name and email to our list. We will be sending a sign-up link towards the end of September for dads to pick their date on the calendar. Please contact Isabella.scocozza@cfisd.net if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation and hope to see many dads at Farney Elementary!

Watch Dog Registration Link

Lunch Visitors

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit during lunch. Any other visitors (grandparents, siblings, friends, etc.), must be accompanied by the parent or guardian or have a note giving them permission to eat with the child for each visit. In accordance to CFISD policy, school age children are not permitted to visit the campus at any time. Due to food and nutrition guidelines, you may bring lunch for your child only. For your convenience, there are several tables reserved for you to enjoy lunch with your child. Teachers will call the “Farney Five” at the end of lunch to signal when it is time for your child to say a quick goodbye and rejoin his/her class.

Birthday Celebrations

Student birthdays are acknowledged at school during the morning announcements and in the classroom. Students and teachers are not permitted to distribute invitations (or forward email invitations) to personal parties at school. We also do not allow the delivery of gifts such as flowers, balloons, etc. Due to health regulations, you cannot bring cakes, cupcakes, favors, etc. If you'd like your child to celebrate with his/her class, treats must be purchased from the cafeteria 5 days in advance. Contact martha.santacruz@cfisd.net for details.

WANT TO KNOW HOW TO HELP???

VOLUNTEER

We have SO many opportunities for you to volunteer at Farney! We encourage you to get involved in any way you can. If you cannot come in to the school during the day, we have brown bag projects that can be sent home. A strong home/school partnership means success for our children. For more information go to www.farneypto.com.


Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon? Simply go to smile.amazon.com and type Farney Elementary PTO in the search box. Once you select Farney a portion of your purchase will be donated to Farney every time you shop! You only have to designate Farney the first time, after that, you will go to smile.amazon.com each time to start your order.


KROGER CARD

To earn money for our school each time you shop, simply register your Kroger card (cards have to be registered EACH year) online: www.krogercommunityrewards.com


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Collecting Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for Farney. The Box Top form is included in this newsletter. Attach your Box Tops to the form and send them in. Each month, the homeroom that turns in the most will win a special treat!


SHOPAROO

Download the free app and scan your receipts. It's that easy! Shoparoo accepts receipts from grocery, clothing, home improvement, sporting good, clothing stores, restaurants and many more!