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November 11 - December 2, 2016

Upcoming Events

Nov 16

  • Thanksgiving Lunches (K, 1, 5)

Nov 17

  • Thanksgiving Lunches (2, 3, 4)

Nov 18

  • Human Growth & Development (5th)

Nov 21-25

  • Student Holidays

Nov 29

  • Progress Reports Go Home

Nov 30

  • Picture Retakes

Dec 1

  • Spirit Shop Open During Lunches
  • Nature Trails (3rd & 5th)
  • Color Me Mine Event w/Santa 5:30-7:30 pm

Dec 2

  • Nature Trails (3rd & 5th)

Dec 6

  • Farney Spelling Bee 4:30-5:30 pm

Dec 13

  • 4th Grade Musical (Large Groups A/C 6:00 pm)
  • 4th Grade Musical (Large Groups B/D 7:15 pm)

Dec 16

  • Holiday Parties (AM Pre-K & AM PPCD) 10-10:45 am
  • Holiday Parties (K-5, PM Pre-K & PM PPCD) 2-2:45 pm

Dec 19 - Jan 2

  • Student Holidays

Jan 3

  • Classes Resume

Thank You Veterans Day Volunteers!!

We would like to give a HUGE shout out to our volunteers and PTO for the FABULOUS job they did with our Veterans Day Program!!! Your time, hard work and donations are greatly appreciated. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you very much!

Thanksgiving Lunches - November 16th & 17th

The Farney Cafeteria will be serving Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 16th and Thursday, Nov. 17th. Please see attached form for more information and to pre-register.

Wed, Nov. 16th

K: 11-11:30

5th: 12-12:30

1st: 1-1:30

Thurs, Nov. 17th

3rd: 11:30-12

4th: 12:30-1

2nd: 1:30-2

Family Fun Night

You are invited to a fun-filled evening of painting pottery and photos with Santa. We will have pizza for sale for $1 a slice and milk & cookies, of course!

Please see attached for more information and order form .

Library Low Down

Author Visit

Steve Swinburne's visit to Farney Elementary was a smashing success! Thank you to the Farney PTO for providing such as wonderful opportunity for our students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.


We currently have 496 available eBooks ready for checkout online. This list includes popular series, Name that Book titles, nonfiction and fiction.

Directions for downloading on a mobile device:

To read any of our Follett eBooks on a device, download the free Brytewave K-12 Edition app by Follett. The student’s username and password is the one they use to log on to a computer at school. The FollettShelf URL is: wbb27922.

Directions for reading eBooks on a Desktop computer:

  1. Go to www.cfisd.net
  2. Click on the “Parents and Students” tab
  3. Choose “Library Resources”
  4. “Click here to find your campus library”
  5. Choose Farney Elementary
  6. Click on “Catalog”
  7. Click on “Destiny Discover”
  8. Log In using students username and password that they use at school

Birthday Book Club

Thank you Birthday Book Club members for purchasing 5 new books for the library. Please see attached form to find out how to become a member of the Birthday Book Club!

Farney Hoodies

Orders are now being accepted for Farney Hoodies at https://farneysweatshirts2016.itemorder.com/sale. The hoodies will be available in youth and adult sizes and in 5 different colors. Orders will be accepted ONLINE only until Sunday, Nov. 27th.

Counselor's Corner

Character Education November Theme

Our Core Essential theme for November is Honor.

Honor means letting someone know how valuable you think they are. Throughout history people have designed celebrations to honor those who have done something noteworthy. However, we are learning that honoring people doesn’t have to happen just one day a year. We should honor those around us every day with our actions and our words.

Seeking Community Mentors

Farney Elementary is seeking community mentors to serve as positive role models for our students. Being a community mentor is extremely rewarding and only takes a commitment of 30 minutes a week to mentor/meet with one of our Farney students.

Mentors must attend a one-time district orientation before they can mentor at the school. Once you have completed your training and background check, we will work with you to match you with a student who would be the best fit for you.

More information can be found here: www.cfisd.net Community Involvement Mentor

Please contact Shannon Zepeda, Mentor Program Coordinator at 281 373-2850

Horizons Testing Requests Accepted Through Dec. 2nd

Please see the attachment for directions on the Horizons Testing Process.

Horizons Testing requests can be made to shannon.zepeda@cfisd.net

Student Lunch Accounts

Student lunch accounts can be replenished with CHECK or CASH ONLY at school. Please make sure payments are labeled with the student's name and homeroom teacher. If you would like to add funds using a credit card please visit https://www.schoolcafe.com/initial.

The cafeteria is unable to accept credit cards for any purchases or account deposits.


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. We have sent out the link for dads to pick their date on the calendar. Please contact dhara.desai@cfisd.net if you are interested in participating and have not received the calendar link. We look forward to your participation and hope to see many dads at Farney Elementary!

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. 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.

Car Rider Tags

Please make sure you have a current 2016-2017 Farney issued yellow car tag to hang in your car when picking up your child in the car rider line. Additional tags are available at the front desk.


To set up your Zpass + account, go to www.zpassplus.com to create an account. You must have your child’s RFID number (located on the back of the badge attached to their backpack). Once you’ve created an account, you will receive a verification email from Zonar Systems. Verify your account via the email and set up your notification preferences. Download the Zpass + App. You will select enable for each of your children. You will be sent notifications as to when and where students load/unload the bus per your selected preferences. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call 281-373-2850



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.


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


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!


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!