May Buffalo Buzz

Fort Riley Elementary
28000 Rifle Range Road
Fort Riley, Kansas 66442
Becky Coy, Principal
Melisa Burgess, Asst. Principal

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you all a little bit about me. Next year will be my 19th year in education. I have worked in a variety of roles to include teacher aide, after school monitor, classroom teacher, assis-tant principal, and most recently principal. I was actually born in Junction City, but grew up in northeast Kansas on a farm. My wife and I will be celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary this summer. We have been blessed with two wonderful boys. One attends JCMS, and the other Spring Valley Elementary. In our spare time, we love to travel and spend time with extended family. We also spend a lot of time out-side golfing, fishing, and riding anything with wheels on it!
I have heard many great things about the staff and families of Fort Riley Elementary. I look forward to getting to know everyone over the next several months and learn-ing what it means to have “Buffalo Pride!” If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by to say “hi.”
Please join us Friday, May 4th for our annual
5-7 PM – Food & Games
7-7:30 PM – Raffle Drawings
April 30th-May 4th
Mon-Thur 7:30 AM-4:00 PM & Fri 7:30 AM-7:30 PM
Come support our school & grab some great new titles to keep your reader busy this summer!
Our FILL YOUR FISH TANK Library Challenge is going strong! Kids have been busy trying to reach their grade’s fourth quarter reading goal, and in the process have been earning decorations for their “fish tank” in the library’s front windows. Come by and see our colorful aquatic scenes!
Last day to check out: Friday, May 11th
All books due back: Thursday, May 17th
Coming to FRE:
Summer Adventures
Around the World
Come join us for our Multi-culture and Summer Fair.
May 22, 2018
8:30 – 10:55 A.M.
16 Countries represented and lots of summer fun!
We have LOTS of items in our Lost & found this year! The items are located in the hallway, just outside the Main Office and across from the Café. If you know your child has lost something or haven’t seen an item for quite some time, PLEASE come check our Lost & found. All items remaining after May 24th will be donated to Goodwill.
WOW! What a great job done for Pennies for Patients! Thanks to the hard work of all the students and staff this year, we went over the top with a total of $2,143.66. We had four classes that raised over $100.00 each; Ms. Wilson, Ms. Burch, Miss Lacey, and Mrs. Trax-el. We had two classes that raised over $200.00 each; Mrs. Charleston and Miss Bienhoff. Finally, Mr. Reever’s class raised $374.00! We are so thankful for every penny given to help fight Leukemia and Lymphoma. Thank you FRE!
On April 27, we had our last Popcorn and Juice sales. We want to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this possible. We could not have done it without you. THANK YOU!
Warmer weather is finally here and with it comes some precautions.
Stinging insects are back – if you are stung, remove the stinger ASAP with a scraping motion. Wash with soap and water, then apply a cold compress. If trouble breathing, severe swelling, or fainting occurs, call 911 or an emergency number right away.
Poison ivy, oak, and sumac contains an oil that causes an allergic skin reaction. The affected area looks like swol-len, itchy red bumps and blisters. Check the areas around your home and teach your children to recognize and avoid it.
Ticks bites are common in this area. If one is found, use tweezers or fingers to grasp as close to the head as pos-sible and pull the tick away from where it is attached. Call the pediatrician for symptoms of a rash or fever.
Make outdoor time a safe time. Wear a helmet when riding a bike, skateboard, or scooter. Knee pads and elbow pads are easy to wear and add more protection. Have a safe and wonderful summer!!!
Box Tops for Education
Congratulations students, teachers, and parents! We have almost com-pleted another Box Top school year. Thank you to the Box Top parents who have volunteered all year long and counted thousands of Box Tops. You helped make it another successful year! The April Box Top class winners will win a pizza party! Looking ahead to next school year, we will again be looking for volunteers to serve as Box Top parents in each classroom. Look for more info in the Fall.
If you know that your family is moving AWAY from the Ft. Riley/Junction City area between now and August 2018, please fill out this form and return to the Front Office at least 15-30 days prior to your departure.
Student Name: ____________________________________________
Teacher: ____________________________________________
Last Day of Class (approximate): ______________________________
Month Day
Location (if known): _________________________________________
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.
Please call the office with any questions or concerns. 785-717-4450
Noteworthy Notes
2nd & 3rd Grade Performance
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Gym
When to use Returning Student Online Registration:
1. If your student is currently enrolled and attending a school within our district and will return to that same school for the coming school year, you will use the Returning Student Online Registration link through Family Access.
2. If your student is transitioning from 5th grade into one of the middle schools or from 8th grade into the Fresh- man Success Academy, use the Returning Student Online Registration link in Family Access; use the link for the school your child will be transitioning INTO for the coming school year. If you do not remember your login infor- mation click on the Forgot your Login/Password? link to reset your login information.
When to use the New Student Online Enrollment:
1. If your student has never attended a school in the USD 475 School District, you will enroll as a new student.
2. If your student has previously attended any school in the USD 475 school district, and has withdrawn and at tended a school outside our district, but is planning to return for the coming school year, you will enroll as a new student. Please note, if, during the sign up process, you use the same email address associated with your previous Family Access account, you will be prompted to reactivate that account. Please only use the New Student Online Enroll- ment link once you’ve logged into your Family Access Account.
3. If your student is currently enrolled and attending a school within our district, but will attend a different school within our district for the coming school year, you will use enroll as a new student. (Please see step #2 of Returning Student Registration for 5th and 8th Graders). As you go through the online process please read the instructions carefully before moving to the next section.)
New Student Requirements:
 Proof of Identity (Birth Certificate [Required for Kdg.], current passport, or driver’s license)
 Required Immunizations Any student entering Geary County Schools for the first time must present certification from a licensed physician that /he has received all immunizations as required by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. By Kan-sas state law, no student shall be permitted to attend school until s/he has received the required and most recent appropriate immunizations in all required series.
 Child Health Assessment (Physical examination for children eight years-old and younger) Parents or guardians must present the results of a Child Health Assessment at enrollment. This assessment must be completed within 12 months of school entry or within 90 days after school entry. This also applies to preschool children entering school for the first time. The Kansas Health Assessment form can be downloaded in pdf format or obtained at your child’s school.
 KSHAA Physical Examination (7th through 12th-grade students who wish to participate in athletics)
Parents/Guardians should be aware that there are additional items:
 Activity fees may be included at the time of enrollment or during the school year. Refer to the student/family hand-book for more information.
 Child Nutrition packets, including applications for free and reduced meals, are mailed out in July and can be com-pleted online. Paper packets should be filled out and returned to your child’s school.
 USD 475 students who are currently attending, or would like to attend a school, outside of their boundary area will need to obtain a transfer form from the school they would like to attend. (This must be done every year and ap-proved by the principal)
 If parents would like to make additions or corrections to their child’s emergency contact information, they will need to visit their student’s school office.
Breakfast is served to all students from 7:15am – 7:40am. 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 ar-rive to breakfast late and are still in the Café after the 7:45 bell rings, will be marked tardy that day.
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.
Pick-Up Lane Window Signs
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.
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 advance, 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.
You may reach me at 785-717-4450 or at
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!
ATTENTION: All full price meals will increase by $.10 for the 2018-2019 school year.
Student Meal Prices
Breakfast – $1.70
Lunch – $2.55
Reduced Breakfast – $.30
Reduced Lunch – $.40
Guest Meal Prices
Breakfast – $2.15
Lunch – $3.60
May 2018
Lunch Hours: K: 10:55 – 11:15 1st: 11:20 – 11:40
2nd: 11:45 – 12:05
3rd: 12:10 – 12:30
4th: 12:35 – 12:55
5th: 12:50 – 1:10
7:30-4:00 – Book Fair (Library)
7:30-4:00 – Book Fair (Library)
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Bienhoff/Gasper)
9:30-12:00 – KG Field Trip to Hildebrand Farms
7:30-4:00 – Book Fair (Library)
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Reever/Gasper)
6:30 – 2nd & 3rd Gr. Music Program (Gym)
4 School Lunch Hero Day
Spirit Day: Wear sunglasses
7:30-7:30 – Book Fair (Library)
8:45 -11:45 – 3rd Gr. AG Day Field Trip (4-H Center)
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Bienhoff/Gasper)
5:00-7:30 – Spring Carnival
Spring Carnival is Friday, May 4th!
6 National Music Week
Staff Professional Development Day
5:00 – BOE Meeting @ DC
8 National Teacher Day
8:00 – PTO Meeting (Café)
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Reever/Gasper)
9:15-2:00 – 4th Gr. Gifted field trip to Council Grove, KS
9 National Bike to School Day
National School Nurse Day
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Bienhoff/Gasper)
10:50-2:15 – Mrs. Ervin’s 2nd Gr. Class Field Trip
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Reever/Gasper)
11 Spirit Day: Wear gym shoes & Teacher’s favorite color
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Bienhoff/Gasper)
8:10 – 2:40- PE Field Day – ALL Grades
8:15 – 2:30 – Field Day Make-Up Day (Rain Day)
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Reever/Gasper)
8:00-11:00 – AR Reward Movie Field Trip (Barlow Theater)
12:35 – 3rd Gr. POD Celeb.
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Bienhoff/Gasper)
8:45-1:15 – 1st Gr. Field Trip to Sunset Zoo (MHK)
Spirit Day: Wear Hat or Cap
Talent Show
8:00-2:45 – 5th Gr. Gifted field trip to St. Marys, KS
ALL Library Books & Student Tablets are DUE
Elementary Plan Day
8:15-2:45 – 5th Gr. STARBASE (Reever/Gasper)
2:00 – 4th Gr. POD Celeb.
8:30-10:55 – Summer Adven-tures Around the World
No hot lunch today
23 Spirit Day: Wear your FRE shirt
9:00- 2nd-4th Gr. Academic Awards Ceremony
12:00 – KG POD Celeb.
2:00 – 1st Gr. POD Celeb.
2:30 – 2nd Gr. POD Celeb.
9:30 – 5th Gr. Graduation & Awards Ceremony
Last Day of School
(Full Day)
End of 4th Quarter

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