Thursday, June 25, 2009

Math Pentathlon Pre-Registering Students Now

Check out the Fern Bluff Math Pentathlon blog to find out how you can pre-register your child for Math Pentathlon to be held on Thursdays after school for 2009-2010.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fern Bluff Elementary Kinder Social

Fifteen families and their incoming Kinder Bobcats met at Fern Bluff Park on Saturday, June 6th. It was a great way to for the Kinder kids to meet each other and for new and current parents to learn more about what to expect in Kindergarten. Join us for the next Kinder social scheduled for Sunday, June 14th at 5:00 PM at Fern Bluff Park (located next to the school on Park Valley Drive). For questions, contact Alexia Thex:

Friday, June 5, 2009

Share your time and talents! NEEDED:

Marketing & Communications Committee Members
Bobcat Bash Co-Chairs & Committee Members
Restaurant Night Coordinator
Family Fun Night Coordinator
GO GREEN Team Co-Chairs & Committee Members
Cultural Arts Coordinator
Partners in Education Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator
Watchdogs Coordinator

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

2009 National Champions

Photo by Nate Myers

There is only one school in the United States that can claim the title 2009 Math Pentathlon National Champions and it's Fern Bluff Elementary. Now there are one-hundred thirty-six students who will always be able to say, "We were National Champions!"

The celebration and awards ceremony was incredible and lovely in the school courtyard! Dr. Wilson, Principal, welcomed the crowd and introduced Lisa Mack, campus coordinator for the program. She shared her thanks for the strong parent support of the program and her pride in the kids growth and sportsmanship. Round Rock ISD Director of Curriculmn, Suzanne Burkman spoke on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Chavez in congratulating the students for their incredible achievement. Dr. Lorenzo Sadun of the University of Texas who is the advisor to a collegiate math team spoke about real world applications of the math program and how how hoped to meet them again in 10 or 15 years at UT. Jarrod Weaver presented a certificate of special congressional recognition on behalf of Congressman John Carter and finally, Rene LeBlanc, national director of the Pentathlon Institute honored Fern Bluff Elementary students with a trophy presentation.

Students then marched through the halls in the Parade of Champions getting high-fives from their classmates before getting their individual trophies in the gym.

5th Grade Graduation

Flowers, chocolate, cameras, and smiles were in large supply at the 5th grade graduation ceremony. Congratulations to all our fifth grade friends as they move to Junior High!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Party, Party, Party

Snow cones, circus, water slides . . . so much fun to be had at the end-of-year parties today!

Love & Logic Seminar

For: Parents of children ages 0-18
Presenters: Jenna Fleming and Joan Russell, school counselors
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Berkman Elementary School, 400 W Anderson Ave, Round Rock, TX
Fees: Class is FREE and Lunch is provided.
Registration Phone: (512) 464-4112

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Fern Bluff Elementary Named 2009 Math Pentathlon National Champions

Yesterday, Rene LeBlanc, Associate Director of the Pentathlon Institute, announced that once scores had been counted and confirmed for all schools nationwide, the Kinder —5th grade team at Fern Bluff Elementary took the Championship with 352 points.

“This is truly an incredible achievement for our kids and our coaches,” said Lisa Mack, Fern Bluff Elementary Math Pentathlon campus coordinator. “We know our kids are truly special and now the whole country knows.”

Tournaments have been held for the past 31 years with national championships awarded since 1994. Texas has been hosting tournaments since 1997 and this is only the 2nd time a school in Texas has won the national championship. Thousands of schools around the US have Math Pentathlon games in the schools either in the classroom or as an extracurricular enrichment program. In 2008-2009 there were 219 schools that participated in the national tournament.

What9 9s even more astonishing about the win is that this is the first year Fern Bluff Elementary has even had Math Pentathlon on campus. “Clearly the dedication of the coaches, rule experts, and parent volunteers working with the kids each week has made a huge difference on that campus,” noted Mr. LeBlanc. “They have an exceptional program, an exceptional staff of parents running the program, and exceptional students.”

At 8:00 AM on Wednesday, June 3rd, the campus will celebrate their victory with a presentation by Mr. LeBlanc followed by a parade of champions and reception for the pentathletes. Parents welcome to attend!