March Buffalo Buzz

Happy March!!!! Love the spring weather with all the promises of hope in the season. A new opportunity has come my way in way of a job that I just couldn’t pass on at this time. After 23 years as principal at Fort Riley Elementary, I am going to be transferring to an elementary school in Junction City. It is a bittersweet decision as this has been home for me for so many years. The families, students and staff have made this a wonderful journey with lots of learn-ing, laughing and exciting activities. A lot of memorable events have occurred over the years including the building of the new school. The district is currently taking applications for my replacement and will hopefully have someone in place by the end of March. Meantime, we will continue working hard in our learning to finish the year strong. We are heading into parent/teacher conferences along with state assessments. I’m excited for you to hear the pro-gress your students are making along with them showing how much they have learned this year. Hope to see you in the building at one of our many activities.
P.S. I think I’ll always be a Buffalo in my heart!!!
~ Mrs. Coy

Our Pennies for Patients fundraiser is coming up!
 April 2nd – April 20th
 $2,000 fundraising goal
 Pasta Party courtesy of Olive Garden for the class that raises the most money!
Over the past few years, FRE has raised over $8,000 and while we have a $2,000 goal this year, we would love to exceed that goal and show our support for all the people who need us!
Pennies for Patients is a fundraising program for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS is the world’s larg-est non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers. Our Student Series’ Pennies for Patients program helps raise money to fund research for therapies that save the lives of blood cancer patients. For more information on Pennies for Patients, you may visit http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools.
Val-a-grams for Valentine’s Day was a huge success. We sold more Val-a-grams than expected, topping over 530! All Val-a-grams were delivered to the classrooms by STUCO of-ficers and reps in time for all Valentine parties. Thank you!

Kids are reading up a digital storm to complete our school-wide challenge: read 500 ebooks in one month! For every 100 ebooks students finish, we’ll purchase two new titles for our collection. We hope to add a total of ten new ebooks this spring! Good luck, buffaloes!
Students can read ebooks at home or at school, fill out tickets with the book titles, and drop tickets in the box out front of the library. A tally is posted on the big thermometer in the library window so we can see how close we are to our goal. (Psst… a small prize will also be awarded to the student in each grade who reads the most ebooks by the end of the challenge!)
Visit FRE’s homepage: web.usd475.org/school/fre/SitePages/Home.aspx
Scroll to the bottom of the page —> Click “Destiny Library Catalog (at school)” OR “(at home)” —>
“Fort Riley Elementary” —> “Catalog” —> Search “Ebook” & click “Open” on any title with a white “e”
Ebooks will autoplay & read aloud to students, or students can turn off sound to read themselves.

Please join us for the 1st Grade Music Program
Thursday, March 8th at 6:30 PM

We had our assembly to kick off Jump Rope For Heart on February 26th and we are fundraising through March 12th. Your student can become a Heart Hero by taking care of his or her own heart, spreading the message of the American Heart Association, and raising funds for lifesaving research. Visit heart.org/jump or download the Jump/Hoops app to learn more about how students can fundraise online and earn their own Scare Squad Monsters this year.
ANY STUDENT WHO GOES ONLINE AND GETS A DONATION WILL BE RECOGNIZED AND RECEIVE A SPECIAL PRIZE.

Why substitute teach at USD 475?
 $90 a day/ $45 for half days
 Your schedule – work one day or five days a week
 Work with kids
Interested yet?? Stop by the Mary Devin Center at 123 N. Eisenhow-er Dr. and let the front desk know that you’d like to substitute teach. They can get you started and will help walk you through the process!
Min. requirement: 60 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university.

Being a part of a military community gives many the opportunity to travel and meet others from around the world. Within our own school district a total of 49 different languages are spoken by students and their families. At FRE we have at least 10 different languages spoken, representing families from at least 15 differ-ent countries!
We are looking for parents willing to share their cultural heritage with stu-dents at Fort Riley Elementary through a Multicultural Fair. The focus of this activ-ity would be to celebrate our students’ diverse backgrounds, while making each student more aware of their own heritage.
If you would like to share artifacts, music, fables or legends, cultural dress, etc. with our FRE students, please fill out the form below and return it to your child’s teacher.

If you know that your family is moving AWAY from the Ft. Riley/Junction City area during the months of March – August 2018, please fill out this form and return to the Front Office at least 15-30 days prior to your departure.

If you are moving OVERSEAS, it is imperative that you inform us as soon as possible and then stop in at the office on your child’s last day of school to sign for their records and hand carry them.

The PTO is always looking for volunteers and fresh ideas.
Next PTO Meeting: March 13 at 8:00 AM in the Café.
May 4, 2018
Carnival planning is underway and we are looking for volunteers to help with this wonderful family event! If you are interested in helping out in any capacity, please contact the PTO and keep an eye on the FRE Facebook page for the Sign Up Genius. Teenage volunteers are welcome, as well! POC: Kelly Kredo at fre.pto@yahoo.com
Ft. Riley Elementary PTO needs YOU!
We are losing the entirety of our PTO Board for the 2018-2019 school year, as well as some committee chairs. Please consider volunteering for this great organization that does so much for our students and staff. It is because of their hard work and generosity that we are able to offer so many wonderful programs here at FRE! Available positions:
 President
 Vice President
 Treasurer
 Secretary
 Back to School Night Chair
 Spirit Wear Chair
 Buffalo Trading Post Chair
 Box Tops Chair
 Carnival Chair
Anyone wishing to volunteer or ask questions can contact Kelly at kmk0097@gmail.com. It’s a great way to give back to the students and FRE.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Freddy’s Fundraiser on Jan. 31st ! With your help, we raised $600.00! We saw many familiar faces and enjoyed the evening with our FRE families.

May 4, 2018
Carnival planning is underway and we are looking for volunteers to help with this wonderful family event! If you are interested in helping out in any capacity, please contact the PTO and keep an eye on the FRE Facebook page for the Sign Up Genius. Teenage volunteers are welcome, as well! POC: Kelly Kredo at fre.pto@yahoo.com

BREAKFAST REMINDERS
Breakfast is served to all students from 7:15am – 7:35am. Please do not have students arrive any later than 7:35am if they are eating breakfast. This will help ensure students are in their classroom by 7:45am and ready to learn. Students who arrive to breakfast late and are still in the Café after the 7:45 bell rings, will be marked tardy that day.
DISMISSAL
Please remember we cannot allow students to be dismissed between 2:45 – 3:00pm. If your child has an appointment, the front office will work with you with regard to dismissal. The dismissal bell rings at 3:00 and this is when the students will be dismissed.
Hug-n-Home Lane Visor Tags
If you do not have a window sign for your child, please let the teacher or the front office know. These signs help teachers to match up and identify the correct car and individual with regard to whom the student will be going home with at the end of the school day.
ABSENCES
Please remember to call the school as soon as you know that your child will be absent or tardy that day. If you know in ad-vance, please send in a note to the teacher and/or the front office so that the absence can be documented properly. If your child has a doctor/dental appt. please try to remember to ask for an appointment note and turn that into the front office, as well.
** If you know your child will be missing three or more days, please stop at the office to fill out an Extended Absence Form.
LUNCH SCHEDULES & FEES
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 account. Please make sure you are aware of the cur-rent balance and are up to date with all payments. If your student’s account is negative, snack milk and milk for home lunches will not be allowed to be purchased. Thank you for your help!
Student Meal Prices
Breakfast – $1.70
Lunch – $2.55
Reduced Breakfast – $.30
Reduced Lunch – $.40
Guest Meal Prices
Breakfast – $2.15
Lunch – $3.6

Box Tops for Education
December/January Winners February Winners
Mrs. Ervin – 2nd Mrs. Mayfield – 1st
Mrs. Charleston – 4th Mrs. Traxel – 3rd
Our February winners will win a visit from the Milford Nature Center!

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