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December 4, 2020 - December 18, 2020


Upcoming Important Dates

Dec 4

  • Virtual Fall Book Fair begins (See below for more information)

Dec 9

  • Farney Festivities (6 pm-8 pm)
Dec 10
  • Spirit Night at Willie's Ice House (11 am - 10 pm)
Dec 11
  • Remote Learning Day (all F2F and Connect students learn from home)
Dec 13
  • Last Day of Virtual Fall Book Fair

Dec 18

  • Holiday Parties Pk, K - 5th (No Visitors will be allowed this year due to COVID-19 Safety Protocols the district has in place.)
Dec 21 - 31
  • Winter Break
Jan 4
  • Return to School

Jan 11- 17

  • The window opens for parents to change their child(ren)s learning option for the 3rd grading period

Jan 18

  • No School - Student Holiday

Message from Dr. Reilly

What an exciting week! We returned from the break and finished out our STEAM fundraiser. Thank you for your support and participation. See PTO info below for earnings! As soon as quotes are finalized-we will share plans for our painted hardtop which will provide additional games on our playground.

Holiday party planning is in full swing. We are going to Party in our PJ's-(see PTO details below).

I am so EXCITED about our Farney Festivities on Wednesday 12/9. We have found a way to celebrate the season with all of our Farney Families while providing an opportunity to feature our 4th-graders in a one of a kind performance. 4th-grade teachers sent parent info earlier this week. ALL of our teachers will be decked out and ready to celebrate with you. This two-hour event will be filled with lights, fun, music, and a very special guest. We hope you take the opportunity to drive through with your family. Route information is linked below.

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Spelling Bee

Our school spelling bee was filled with excitement as the final two contestants went through 27 rounds! Fifth-grader, Navaneeth Sreenivasan, came in 1st place and will represent Farney at our district spelling bee. Connor Winans, fourth-grader, was the runner up. All of our students did a great job with some very challenging words.

From the PTO

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Holiday Parties

Hi Farney Parents! It is time to prepare for the annual holiday party. This year, we are not collecting our usual $10.00 party fee, but we do need your help with party supplies. Please consider donating specific party items that have been placed on Amazon Wish List and on SignUp Genius. Amazon items can be shipped directly to the school. Items purchased from SignUp Genius can be brought into the school and left at the front desk. Or, you may send items with your student. Please note, only the specific items on the list can be collected. Items are needed by 12/8/2020. Thank you for volunteering!

“Amazon Wish List


“SignUp Genius


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Spirit Shop Door Drop

Is your student missing on-campus Spirit Shop? We are too. So our PTO came up with something new and fun to offer to our Falcons this year... Spirit Shop Door Drop! Using the link below, your student can purchase a package to be delivered to the doorstep of a Farney friend of their choice. Delivery will be Friday, December 4th. This fun surprise will be offered once a month so be sure and look out for each month's delivery date!

Click the link below to learn more:

Mark Your Calendar-Remote Learning

Please make note of remaining Remote Learning Days: December 11, January 15, February 12, March 12, April 12, and May 17. Click link below for additional details.

Free Rapid Covid-19 Tests

In CFISD, we are committed to doing all that we can to keep staff and students healthy and safe. With this goal in mind, we are pleased to share that we will be taking part in a statewide program (through the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Education Agency) offering free rapid COVID-19 tests for use in school districts. This program will allow CFISD to test individuals and reduce the risk of spread to our school community.

What COVID-19 tests are used in this program?

This program uses BinaxNOW tests, which provide results in 15 minutes and are administered using a nasal swab in the front area of the nostril. These tests have been shown to be highly accurate, with accuracy rates of 97-98% for symptomatic individuals.

Who can be tested?

All CFISD students and staff are eligible for testing if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms which are unusual for them, also known as being symptomatic. A CFISD student ID or employee badge must be presented at the testing site for verification purposes. Consent for testing is required, and parents/legal guardians must consent for students under the age of 18.

This test is not designed for asymptomatic individuals who have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

Where and when will the tests be given?

Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Old Windfern High School, 12630 Windfern Rd., Houston, TX 77064

Parking is available on the Bobcat Rd. side of the building. Please follow parking signs and remain in your vehicle.

Testing for CFISD staff is also available through our partner AFC Urgent Care on Barker Cypress.

How much does the test cost?

The test is free.

How do I sign up to be tested?


· No appointment is needed

· CFISD Employee ID required

· Must arrive at testing site no later than 30 minutes prior to closing


· Visit http://www.cfisd.net/covid19 for appointment scheduling, required information and consent forms

How will the information from the tests be used?

Test results will be provided to parents/staff before departing the testing site. The results will also be shared with the district and local health department to allow for public health reporting and contact tracing and to determine the stay-at-home period for individuals who test positive. Additionally, the total number of positive tests per school will be shared with the Texas Department of State Health Services, as is required by law.

What happens after I receive my test results?

If you test positive, this means you have COVID-19 antigens in your system. The district will provide you with a return to work/school date and information on isolating from others. It is also recommended you contact your healthcare provider.

The amount of traceable COVID-19 can vary in a person's body, so If you test negative and are symptomatic, you will be advised to contact your healthcare provider for an alternative diagnosis before returning to work/school.

If you have any testing site questions or need additional information, please contact the CFISD Office of Emergency Management at 281-897-6448 or EmergencyManagement@cfisd.net.

Library Lowdown

Library Curbside Permanent Time Change-

To learn more about curbside service, click HERE

Book Fair

Click on this link to access of Virtual Book Fair!

All orders are shipped directly to your home!

Please also note that any shipments ordered after 12/4/20 are NOT guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.

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Counselor's Corner

December Core Essential:

Generosity: Making someone’s day by giving something away.

Gifted and Talented Nominations

The deadline for nominating a student for Horizons testing has ended. The testing window for those students nominated will be January 12-February 11. A letter with more information will be sent home the first week in January.

Please contact Shannon Zepeda with any questions.

Shannon.zepeda@cfisd.net 281 373-2860

No Place For Hate

We continue to do our part to help combat bias, bullying and hatred by starting our second No Place For Hate activity. We will focus on Family and the many ways they are similar and different. Understanding these similarities and differences plays an important role in children’s identity development and their ability to observe and appreciate diversity.

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

Application Due Dates to skip grade for the 2021-2022 school year

February testing application due by January 25

Summer testing application due by May 28


Each year the district asks for input from our staff, students, and community members regarding our Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook. After reviewing the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook (available on the CFISD website), please feel free to provide feedback by filling out the attached feedback forms (attached as PDFs at the bottom of this newsletter). These feedback forms are also available online on both the district and campus websites. The deadline for submission to the Office of Student Services is Friday, December 18, 2020.


To further assist efforts in gathering valuable feedback, in addition to the hard copy versions of the feedback form, the district has established an online form that stakeholders can use to submit their responses. The links for those online forms are listed below and will also be posted to the district and campus websites.

2020-2021 Code of Conduct/Student Feedback Form

2020-2021 Code of Conduct/Student Handbook Feedback Form - Spanish

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! Past Spirit Shirts (2018-2019), Farney Mom, and more are on our site for purchase! https://farneypto.membershiptoolkit.com/store
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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 October".

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 Allison Sykes for more information.

Email: allison.sykes@cfisd.net

Girl Scouts

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

Cub Scouts

Farney Elementary Pack 978

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