Friday, September 25, 2009

Sept 25th Bobcat Tracks ENews

PTA PLANNING MEETING Friday, October 2 at 8 AM in the Cafeteria. The PTA Planning Meeting is designed to discuss action items and needs required for support of PTA programs, events, and activities. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm!

PTA GENERAL MEETING Monday, October 5 at 7 PM in the Cafeteria. Join us for the general membership PTA meeting which will be followed by "Flu/Swine Flu: What Every Parent Should Know" presented by Dr. Mark Katalenas of the Pediatric Center of Round Rock. These are immediately following the Health & Safety Fair.

HEALTH & SAFETY FAIR Monday, October 5th 5-7 PM School-wide.

TYLENOL RECALL With the illnesses on the rise, many parents want to safely use pain relievers for their children. Nurse Brandy has checked the lot numbers against all of the Tylenol products left by parents in the clinic for as needed use. If you have Tylenol products at home and want to check the lot numbers, check this website:

MOVIE POLL Family Movie Night is October 23rd. What should we show? Indian in the Cupboard Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, or Swiss Family Robinson. Cast your vote today!

PICTURE DAY Tuesday, September 29th!

ACADEMIC NIGHTS Adults Only Please SECOND Grade: Tuesday, September 29th at 6:30 PM in cafeteria. FIRST Grade: Thursday, October 1st at 6 PM in cafeteria.

DENIM DRIVE Donate your gently used Jeans! Clothes Closet is collecting your denim as well as new socks and underwear from September 27th to October 13th for Round Rock ISD families in need.

TEXAS PTA DAY AT THE BALLPARK Houston Astros special pricing Sunday, September 27th for Texas PTA members. Contact Joe Schiavi 713-259-8314 or

SCHOOL DIRECTORY If you would like to advertise your business or service in the 2009-2010 Fern Bluff School Directory, send your business card and $10 check payable to FBE PTA. Contact Jennifer at

MARATHON KIDS KICK-OFF Plan to start your first marathon mile with other central Texas families at 11 AM Saturday, October 3rd at the UT Mike Myers Track & Field Stadium.

FERN BLUFF SUPER HEROES FIELD DAY Friday, October 16th Volunteers are needed to make this day happen! Find another parent with whom you can job-share the morning and/or afternoon shift. Without community support, this fun day will not be possible! Contact Pam Pritchard at 428-2127. Grades K-2 9AM—11:30 AM Grades 3-5 12 PM– 2:30 PM

Thursday, September 24, 2009

ATTENTION: Kinder Parent Social Postponed

Due to weather, the Kinder Parent Social will be postponed. The new date is Friday, Otober 2, 2009 at Fern Bluff Park right after school (2:45 PM).

Monday, September 21, 2009

Superheroes Field Day Support Needed!

ATTENTION ALL Fern Bluff Parents, Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles

The Physical Education Dept. is very excited about our upcoming Field day scheduled for Friday, October 16th. Our theme this year is "Fern Bluff Superheroes".

Once again, we count on your support to make our field day successful. We need SEVERAL volunteers to assist at the 12 stations. The student sessions are split. Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades are in the morning from 9:00 – 11:30am. 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are from 12 noon – 2:30pm. We know you enjoy watching your child participate in the various activities, so we suggest you sign up to work the shift when your child is not outside. You can also find a parent with whom you can job-share a shift so you can do both!

You will be receiving a volunteer and equipment donation letter in your child's Tuesday folder in the next 2 weeks. Our biggest need is for water balloons for the catapult station – we never have enough! Generally, all equipment donated will not be returned.

Please call us at 428-2127 to let Pam Pritchard know you can help out on Field Day or send in the volunteer form when you receive it in your child's Tuesday folder.

Thank you,
Pam Pritchard, Ruben Dones, Bryan Thompson
PE Faculty

Kinder Social This Friday

At our last PTA meeting a request was made to establish ways to meet new parents especially at the Kinder level. As a result, we will have a Kinder Social Friday, September 25th. We will meet right after school at Fern Bluff park so the kids can play and parents can chat.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

WANTED: Parent, Student, & Faculty Reporters

So much greatness is happening at Fern Bluff Elementary, there is no way for one newsletter editor to keep track of it all. Help us get the word out about the fun, achievements, and highlights at our school by submitting an article for the October 1st edition of the FBE PTA Bobcat Bulletin.

Deadline is end of day, Thursday, September 24th.


Get published!

Chick-fil-A Night Results

Last Monday was our first quarterly Chick-fil-A Night. Fern Bluff Elementary PTA received 15% of all sales and will receive $123. Thanks to all who participated in Chick-fil-A night and big thanks to our restaurant partner, Chick-fil-A.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekly Email Hands Down

We asked, "How do you most want to learn about what's happening with our students and PTA?" You answered:
  • 83 % Weekly Email
  • 8 % Tuesday Folder
  • 8 % Check Website

Bobcat Tracks ENews

SCHOOL SPIRIT STORE – Tuesday, September 22nd immediately after school in the main lobby. All kinds of treasures available!

STUDENT DIRECTORY –If you would like to advertise your business or service in the 2009-2010 Fern Bluff School Directory, send your business card and $5 check payable to FBE PTA. Contact Jennifer at

SCIENCE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM – Help needed! No experience necessary . . . Work with the science kit program, help plan a science family fun night, and more. Contact Ruma:

GET PUBLISHED – Grade-level reporters needed for PTA Bobcat Bulletin monthly newsletter. Great things are happening on campus! Help us share the story with our entire school community. Contact Lisa:

ACADEMIC NIGHTS – † TAG: Tuesday, September 22nd at 6 PM in TAG classrooms. † Fifth Grade: Thursday, September 24th at 6 PM in classrooms. † ADULTS only please.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION – Registration forms are due by Monday, September 21st.

RESOURCE ROOM –Do you need to clean out your playroom? Our parent support specialist is looking for a few toys for the resource room. They must be clean and in good condition. Bring them by or contact Holly:

PARENT SUMMIT – Saturday, September 26th at McNeil High School includes FREE Parenting Workshops, FREE Childcare, and a FREE Lunch with programs such as Advice for Parents on Bullying, International Families: Raising Children in Multi-Cultural Environments, Science Fair 101 for Parents, Pre-School Readiness, What Every Elementary Parent Needs to Know About Curriculum-What is Taught and Tested in RRISD, Child Lures Prevention (presented by Fern Bluff’s Counselor, Suzanne O’Brien), Ending the Parent Child Feud at Home, Love and Logic Introduction, Raising Financially Responsible Children, Journey Through a Child’s Eyes – a Dyslexia Simulation Workshop, Kindergarten Readiness. Register on-line at or contact Holly at 428-2195.

Toys for Young Children Needed

Our parent support specialist is in need of small toys for the Parent Resource Room. This is the room for our "Bobkittens" (the siblings of FBE students) play while their Moms or Dads volunteer their time. If you are planning on cleaning out and have some toys that are in good condition and clean that you would like to donate, please either contact Holly Stueve, or drop them off at the Parent Resource Room. Thanks in advance for your donation.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Chick-fil-A Restaurant Night... TONIGHT!

Monday, Sept 14th, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM go to Chick-Fil-A (620 location only) for a quick dinner or snack and 15% percent of sales will benefit Fern Bluff PTA! Your receipt must be put in the receipt box located near the registers. If you drive thru, ask your server to do this for you.

9/11/2009 Bobcat Tracks ENews

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

AGENDA: PTA Meeting "Getting To Know You"

Thursday, September 10, 2009
7 PM

Come Get to Know Fern Bluff PTA!

I. Call Meeting to Order
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Report of Officers
  • a. Treasurer’s Report
  • b. Budget Report
  • c. President’s Report
IV. Principal’s Report
V. New Business
VI. Announcements
  • 9/11&14/09 – Grandparent’s luncheon
  • 9/14/09 – Chick-fil-A Night
  • 9/16/09 – Early Release
  • 9/17/09 – Principal’s Coffee – 8:00 am – Teacher’s Lounge
  • 9/29/09 – Picture Day
  • 10/2/09 – PTA Planning Meeting - 8:00 am - Cafeteria
  • 10/5/09 – Health & Safety Fair
  • 10/5/09 – PTA Meeting – 7:00 pm – Cafeteria – Presentation on the Swine Flu/Flu
  • 10/7/09 – Pizza Hut Night
  • 10/13/09 – Direct Donation Drive Begins
  • 10/14/09 – Fuddrucker’s Night
  • 10/16/09 – FBE Field Day Program

Saturday, September 5, 2009

News & Notes

Check out this week's PTA ENews in our Bobcat Tracks section:

Read Dr. Wilson's note in our Prinicpal's Corner section:

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fern Bluff Elementary Recognized for Excellence


8 RRISD schools named to TBEC Honor Roll
Posted Date:

Eight Round Rock ISD schools have been named to the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) 2009 Honor Roll. Selected for their sustained academic excellence are: Cactus Ranch, Canyon Creek, Fern Bluff, Great Oaks, Laurel Mountain and Spicewood Elementary Schools; Canyon Vista Middle School; and Westwood High School.

"Fern Bluff Elementary is elated to be a TBEC Honor Roll recipient for 2009. This accomplishment can only be attributed to the hard work of our students, dedication and commitment of our teachers, staff members, and unwavering support of our parents and school community," Fern Bluff Principal Dr. Elizabeth Wilson said. "At Fern Bluff, we strive to meet the varied needs of our students, promote higher level thinking and cultivate a lifelong love of learning. As a campus team, our top priority is to help all students reach their highest potential...whatever it takes!"

The list represents less than 4 percent of all public schools in Texas and includes 13 High Schools, 35 middle schools and 206 elementary schools. In analyzing every public school in Texas TBEC considers only the school’s commended performance, the state’s highest standard for academic achievement, and sets specific targets for schools based on grades served and student demographics.

The 2009 standards were by far the toughest in the 10 year history of the award. All schools were expected to improve their commended performance from 2008 and every school was required to have a minimum of 20 percent of students tested performing at the commended level on all tests for 2009.

A reception and dinner for school honorees will be held on Nov. 9 in San Antonio.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pizza Hut Restaurant Night

Last evening 20 Fern Bluff Families participated in Pizza Hut Restaurant Night and earned a total of $88.28 for our school! Thanks to those who participated and thanks to Pizza Hut! Funds from Restaurant Night will be collected through out the year and will be used to fund things like Field Trip Transportation, New Library Books, Workroom Supplies and Staff Continuing Education/Training. Look at our Restaurant Night Calendar to find out when you can plan your next night out!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Reminder Forms Due

  • 4th Grade Drama Program Registrations Due Thursday, Sept 3rd
  • Math Pentathlon Registrations Due Friday, Sept 4th
  • Grandparents Lunch Form Due Friday, Sept 4th