November Buffalo Buzz

Site Council Minutes

September 26, 2017

Those in attendance: Becky Coy, Melisa Burgess, Kelly Kredo, Kelley Paskow, Trishon Ramsey and Laura Starr.

The purpose of Site Council was discussed with the group. Site Council meetings occur once a month and focus on data, curriculum, and the accreditation process with the state.

Introductions were made followed by a discussion regarding the new Elementary Science Curriculum that has been implemented throughout the district. Students are provided weekly opportunities to learn through hands-on experiences and experiments. We are fortunate to have the support of a STEM coach, Mr. Dan Sells. Mr. Sells helps support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in our building. The possibility of having an after school STEM club was discussed. Volunteers would be needed to see this come to fruition.

Possible outside support systems such as the USO were shared as possibilities to bring in for future family events. The purpose would be to provide time for our families to get to know one another and the school. Another idea for a family event would be to include additional information regarding the Accelerated Reader (AR) program.

A school survey has been sent home with each family’s oldest sibling. The information obtained from the survey will help us improve our school. Past surveys helped us with providing more structure during recess and in the café. We appreciate your support in advance for completing and returning the survey. We truly value input and feedback from our community.

The next Site Council meeting is scheduled for October 24th at 3:15 PM in the library. It is an open invitation and childcare is available if needed. Agenda items to be shared/discussed include updated building data, more information regarding technology usage in our building, and information about Food Services.



Walking down the hallways throughout the day you will see many Buffaloes hard at work. Our family employs many  students throughout the day. At our first quarter Academic Awards ceremony a few of our  students were recognized for exceptional work performance. Student jobs vary from being our gardener, storyteller, mentor, library and office assistant, and school photographer. There will be an upcoming opportunity for new employees to be hired.

STUCO will be collecting food for their annual food drive from Monday, November 6th through Friday, November 17th. We encourage our students to bring in non-perishable food items. The class that brings in the most food items will be awarded with a pizza party! The Red Cross will help us distribute our donations throughout the Greater Ft. Riley area.

A BIG THANK YOU to the fantastic group of parents who have volunteered to pop popcorn for our juice and popcorn days! If you  would like to be a part of that group, please contact Mrs. Traxel. We are always looking for extra hands for this job. Our next popcorn and juice day is Friday, December 1st. Forms will be sent out on                 November 10th and need to be turned in, with money,  no later than Tuesday, November 28th.

Remember, no LATE orders will be accepted


November 9 – 16, 2017       7:15 am – 4:00 pm

November 17, 2017               7:15 am – 1:00 pm


 Wed., November 15, 2017 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


At this time, the FRE library is rid of ALL book monsters! PHEW!! Cheers to our awesome readers for saving their teachers’ favorite titles from being devoured by the terrible book-eating monsters that plagued us the past few weeks. This marks the successful completion of two Game On! Library Challenges in October; Fall Into Reading and Monster Mash, both of which the kids crushed. Now that we can read in peace, we’ve begun our next challenge. Where in the Library? will run through the start of winter break. Kids will be searching for missing puzzle pieces in texts all over the library – from poetry to periodicals, fiction to fantasy, science to series – the more books they check out, the more likely they are to complete the puzzles!

The next PTO meeting will be on

Tuesday, November 14th at 8:00 AM

ALL are welcome!

Please email FRE PTO at and

let us know if you would like to volunteer.

The Holiday Shop will be open Dec. 13th -15th. This is a great opportunity for our students to buy small gifts for their loved ones.  

A big thank you to all who donated items for the Teacher Appreciation meal during Parent-Teacher Conferences. It was a huge success and our teachers were very grateful!

This year we are collecting Coke Rewards. These come on most Coca-Cola products; single bottles, 12 packs, etc. Please visit to find out how to give back to our school!

Box Tops for Education


The FRE PTO is still looking for a few good volunteers to  help out with the collection of Box Tops! If you are willing to help, please contact me or your child’s classroom teacher.


Shawnda Erb

Box Tops Chair

615-426-9710 Septembers Box Top Pizza Party Winners

Mrs. Pickard – Kindergarten

Miss Lacey – 3rd grade


Please download the Box Top Bonus App! Register with Fort Riley Elementary, and earn even more money for FRE!! This app gives the school additional money for scanning your purchases that have box tops. It’s a

free download. Be sure to keep sending in those box tops to your teachers and start scanning box top products.

Buffalo Pride!!

Aug/Sept. Café Winners:

K – Mataruso

1st – Mayfield

2nd – Ervin & Brinker

Prize: classes received a popcorn party

Aug/Sept. Café Winners:

3rd – Lacey & Traxel

4th – Charleston

5th – Reever

Prize: classes received a popcorn party

The positive behavior incentive in the Café has been successful this year. So much so that we have introduced the “Golden Kernel” this month. Classes can earn a Golden Kernel when a staff member such as a Principal notices outstanding Buffalo PRIDE on the playground, transitioning to café, in café and/or transitioning back to class after lunch. 

Students continue to have the opportunity to earn individual tickets for showing Buffalo PRIDE, but also have the opportunity to earn popcorn kernels when an entire class shows PRIDE. Every day classes can earn popcorn kernels for making good choices. There is a weekly competition between the grade levels with the winning class earning a Café medal on their classroom window. The class that earns the most Café medals for the month will earn a prize.


Musical Notes

Fall has been busy with lots of music making!  All students have been exploring both barred instruments and unpitched percussion instruments.  1st graders are learning how to play and categorize the unpitched percussion instruments.  They are using pitched and unpitched instruments to create a Halloween “sound carpet” of sounds and also special effects to some spooky stories.  2nd grade students have been exploring melodic direction and scales.  They are learning to play and sing stepwise melodies and those with skips on the barred instruments while continuing to use our best mallet technique (“Up the Creaky Stairs” and “Five Little Pumpkins”). 3rd – 5th grade students are learning how to sing with confidence using good vocal technique (pure vowels and breathing). Some of them will be trying out for the KMEA All State Elementary Honor Choir to be held in Wichita in February.  The tryout song is “America”, also known as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.  Ask them what they have learned about good singing!  3rd graders have learned to play a “cross-over” pattern on the barred instruments as a part of the accompaniment to “Shake ‘dem Halloween Bones”, a song integrating children’s literature.  The kindergarten classes have been learning all kinds of Fall songs and movement activities exploring lots of creativity.  The 4th and 5th graders are busy working on their Christmas program, “A Christmas Line”.  It’s a fun time of year!

Several of our 4th and 5th grade students were selected to be members of the Geary County Children’s Choir this year.  This is an auditioned community choir that I direct comprised of students in 4th – 9th grades who reside in the Geary County area.  They perform many times during the year in the community.  Congratulations to the following students who will represent our school in the choir:  Giovanni Brooks, Lexi Buckley, Maria Butler, Jonas Cook, Chloe Duncan, Alexander Erb, Christian Felix, Melissa Griffus, and Evelyn Wienke.  We are so proud of you!

5th graders will soon be auditioning for the North Central Kansas Music Educators Elementary Honor Choir.  This is a special choir that will also be held in February.  It is comprised of 5th and 6th grade students from the North Central Kansas area and will be held at Junction City Middle School.  We will be able to have seven students represent us in that choir.

Finally, don’t forget to put Thursday, December 7th at 6:30 p.m. on your calendar!!!  That is the night of the 4th and 5th grade Winter Musical, “A Christmas Line”.  Once again, there will be more auditions as students may choose to try out for special speaking and singing parts!  All 4th/5th grade students are expected to be in attendance for this performance!!!  All 4th/5thgrade students will be involved!  I have been enjoying the increased confidence that the students have had trying out for all of these things!  It has been amazing!!!   Enjoy the rest of your Fall!


Mr. Gooden

Music Teacher

Picture Retakes are Nov. 6th from 9:00 AM—10:30 AM



FRE has weekly support group meetings for students who have a parent deployed. Members of this group do fun and engaging activities, including making gifts and cards for mom/dad, during their regular school hours. The group facilitator also reads books and talks to the children about coping with      deployment. Members are encouraged to support each other and remember to         respect one another’s privacy. If you have a spouse deployed and you are interested in your child attending please stop by the office for a permission slip.


This is our weekly schedule:


Kindergarten: Tuesday @ 9:00 AM First Grade: Tuesday @ 2:00 PM Second Grade: Wednesday @ 12:10 PM Third Grade: Wednesday @ 10:40 AM Fourth Grade: Thursday @ 1:00 PM Fifth Grade: Thursday @ 11:55 AM


I would like to remind parents that cold/flu season is near and to remember that your child needs to be kept home if they are experiencing fever (>99.9), vomiting, or diarrhea. They should remain out of school until they are without fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours WITHOUT medication or they must have a doctor’s note. Also, encourage  your children to wash their hands frequently or use hand sanitizer and to cough or sneeze into the bend of their elbow. Let’s do all we can to keep our kids, teachers, and staff healthy!

Cough drops are not to be brought to school unless there is a form completed by the doctor stating that it is necessary.  They will then be kept in the nurse’s office.  All over the counter medication (unless it has a pharmacy label on it with the student’s name and dosing instructions) must also have a form completed by the physician, along with a parent signature.

Nurse Pam

Lost & Found

Lost and found items can be found in the large wooden crate located in the front foyer, across from the Café. If your child has lost an item, please take a moment and check inside the wooden crate.

Red Ribbon Week

By: Braylon Hinton, 5th Grade

Red Ribbon Week was created in the 1980s, when people wore red ribbons pinned to their shirts to stop violence and destruction from drugs. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every October. Most schools still celebrate Red Ribbon Week to teach children to not make bad choices with drugs.

FRE supports Red Ribbon Week by doing something special every day, in other words Spirit Week. Also every student will receive a Red Ribbon Week bookmark with the Red Ribbon Pledge. The people who choose what each day is on Spirit Week is the Student Council.

Student Council decided we will celebrate Red Ribbon Week by…

-Monday October 23rd, “Danger-Don’t do Drugs!” – Students may wear red!

-Tuesday October 24th, “Hats Off to Being Drug Free” – students may wear hats!

-Wednesday October 25th, “Hugs Not Drugs” – students can bring their favorite stuffed animal!

-Thursday October 26th, “Buffalos Are Proud To Be Drug Free” – Wear your FRE T-shirt.

-Friday October 27th, “Fall Away From Drugs” – celebrate fall with a parade and a party!


The Story of Halloween

By:  Chloe Starr, 5th grade

As most of everybody knows Halloween is a very celebrated holiday and is spent going from house to house knocking on doors, expecting candy and wearing costumes. Though many countries celebrate different holidays at this time, like Day of the Dead, Halloween is a fun celebration.

Did you know that back in the early 1900’s children didn’t even expect candy? They didn’t know what to expect because it was always a mystery. Most times kids would get some coins or maybe even a cookie.

This day in age we celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes and parading through the streets and trick or treating.  Sometimes people will decorate their house to scare people before they get candy.  I think a lot of people will be happy this Halloween after seeing their candy haul.


Fun Halloween Facts:


-Did you know that Jellybelly company was the first to have produced Candy Corn?

-Did you know that Snickers are the most expected candy on Halloween?

-Did you know that we pass out candy on Halloween so that we don’t get tricked by the trick or treaters?


Help us stay safe and on time in the mornings!


Þ Kiss-N-Go Lane is the most time efficient.

Þ If utilizing our parking lot we ask that you park your car and                                       walk your child into the building.

Þ Students exit from the passenger side, in the right lane only.

Þ Pull all the way forward in the lane.

Þ Be efficient and ready to get out of the vehicle.

 Thank you for your support and cooperation in keeping our students and staff safe.


You are always welcome to come eat with your child.

You are also welcome to bring your own sack lunch.



Kindergarten                 1st Grade
10:55 – 11:15                      11:20 – 11:40

2nd Grade                      3rd Grade
11:45 – 12:05                   12:10 – 12:30

4th Grade                      5th Grade
12:35 – 12:55                   12:50 – 1:10


When sending in lunch/milk money, please put all money in a sealed envelope with your child’s and teacher’s name on it.  All meal and milk money comes out of the same Food Service account. If your account is negative, snack milk and milk for home lunches will not be allowed to be purchased. Please make sure you are aware of the current  balance and are up to date with all payments.

Thank you!!

Student Meal Prices

Breakfast – $1.70

Lunch – $2.55

Reduced Breakfast – $.30

Reduced Lunch – $.40

Guest Meal Prices

Breakfast – $2.15

Lunch – $3.60


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