September Buffalo Buzz

Photo of Calendar. Printed copy is available at the school.

Dear Family and Friends,

The first few weeks of school have flown by. It’s hard to believe it is September already! I have really enjoyed getting to know the students and families of Fort Riley Elementary. I hope you all had a great summer and were able to spend time with your family and relax. I enjoyed my summer coaching/watching my boys play baseball, spending time with my family, and was even able to squeeze in a quick trip to Colorado.
We have a few things to celebrate as we start the year:
We’ve welcomed several new staff to the FRE family. They, along with the rest of the staff, have been working hard getting the year started off on the right foot.
We have a Behavioral Health Specialist from IACH, Melissa Davis, in the building 4.5 days a week. She is a great re-source, and is even able to work with families at the school.
Our Back to School night was well attended and the energy from both staff and families was very positive!
FRE is known to have a great relationship with our families.

There are many ways to be involved as everyone’s schedule looks different. Some suggestions are:
Volunteer in the classrooms or library
Eat lunch with your child
Help a classroom teacher at home by cutting out letters, etc…
Sign up for PTO – many opportunities to help with activities/students throughout the year
Sign up for Site Council – only meets once a month for an hour (more information in newsletter)
Spending time with your child before school and after school
Other … just ask and we’ll be happy to find a way to use your talent!

If you need anything, Mrs. Burgess (Assistant Principal) and I will be happy to help. If we are not available, please schedule a time for us to meet by contacting the main office. We know it’s a privilege that you share your child with us and it’s our promise to try to provide the best educational experience for your family. It has been a wonderful start to what I know will be an amazing year! We are the Buffaloes, big and strong!

Kenneth Upham
School Principal

Help us stay safe and on time in the mornings!
 Kiss-N-Go Lane is the most time efficient.
 Students exit from the passenger side, in the right lane only.
 Pull all the way forward in the lane.
 Be efficient and ready to get out of the vehicle.
 If utilizing our parking lot we ask that you park your car and walk your child to the building.
 If your student struggles with getting out of the vehicle in a timely manner, please feel free to pull up beyond the crosswalk to drop off your student(s) and allow you and them a little more time. Mrs. Nelson will be out there to help guide them into the building, if needed.

Visiting the Building
All visitors entering the building, at any time of day, must enter through the front office, sign in on the visitor’s log, and obtain a visitor’s badge. Upon departure from the building, visitors will sign out.
When students arrive to school and are walked to the building, parents/guardians will say goodbye in the foyer or office and students will walk to their class.
Items dropped off for students during the school day will be left in the front office and then delivered by a staff member.
We appreciate your support in helping to minimize class-room disruptions. Thank you for your cooperation!

Join us at PTO and Site Council!
Ft. Riley Elementary PTO is planning for another great year and with your help, we are sure to make it happen! Please consider joining us on Monday, September 10th at 3:15 PM in the Library for our first PTO meeting of the 2018 – 2019 school year.
We will be discussing upcoming events and are still looking for volunteers to fill major board positions. The only requirements are a willingness to serve and a desire to be part of a great team of volunteers!

The Site Council Meeting will follow the PTO Meeting on Monday, September 10th at 4:30 PM in the Library
Are you a concerned parent, problem solver, or simply want to be part of a team at Ft. Riley Elementary? If so, Site Council is for you!  If you are interested in learning about curriculum, test scores, and activities at Fort Riley Elementary please join us for this informational meeting.
If you have any questions about Site Council, please call Fort Riley Elementary at 785-717-4450.
We look forward to a great year of working together and making this a wonderful year for the students of Fort Riley Elementary!!

Library Adventures
The adventure begins in the FRE library, starting with our first quarter Great Balloon Race check out challenge!
Students in each grade are competing to see whose hot air balloon will reach the finish line first! As stu-dents check out great books, they’ll add to their to-tals and move their balloons through all four sea-sons across the library’s front windows.
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We’re looking for library volunteers to help with Tuesday & Thursday morning Kindergarten story times at 9:30 and 11:30. If you’d like to join our youngest library patrons and help get them excited for reading, please contact Kari Duntz, FRE’s librarian, at or stop by the library!

Join us for the Freedom Walk!
You’re invited to join us on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 1:45 PM for our Annual Freedom Walk!

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.

Student Meal Prices
Breakfast – $1.80
Lunch – $2.65
Reduced Breakfast – $.30
Reduced Lunch – $.40
Guest Meal Prices
Breakfast – $2.25
Lunch – $3.70

Our first contest will end in September and will include all box tops brought in during both August and September. We have monthly contests, through April, with two prizes awarded each month; one each for K-2nd & 3rd-5th grades. Contests end on the last Friday of each month and winners will be announced the following week during morning announcements.
All classrooms have a Box Top container to collect Box Tops. Each classroom is in need of a par-ent volunteer who can gather and count Box Tops. Please consider volunteering. Collecting and counting Box Tops requires minimal commitment, but has the opportunity to make a huge dif-ference for our school! You may contact your child’s teacher or the Box Tops Chair.
Kelly Propst
Box Tops Chair

Our Buffalo PRIDE is shining bright in the school café this year. We are very proud of our students and the positive choices they are making during the lunch break. Students are showing great table manners and will be recognized for making good choices.
In our café this year our students will continue to have the opportunity to earn individual tickets for showing Buffalo PRIDE. Like last year, they will 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 will be a weekly competition between the grade levels with the winning class earning a Café medal to be displayed on their classroom window. The class that earns the most Café medals for the month will earn a popcorn party.

 A physical exam dated within one year of the first day of school is required for all students aged eight and under. This exam is only required once, upon arrival to the district. You have 90 days from your child’s first day of school to turn in this form.
 Immunizations must be up to date and turned in upon entry to school. The school nurse will review all student shot records and contact parents with any discrepancies in requirements. Shot records must be updated within 30 days of enrollment.
 The nurse will begin vision screenings over the next couple of months. Your student will be bringing home their results and if there was anything abnormal, you will also receive a detailed print out with those results.
 If your student has asthma or any life threatening allergies, please make sure the nurse is aware and has an ac-tion plan, as well as any medications.
 If there are medications (prescribed or over-the-counter) that will be taken at school, a medication permission form will need to be completed and signed/dated by you and/or the physician. The form will need to accompany the medication and be dropped off in the nurse’s office. If the medication is over the counter, please have a li-censed physician, dentist, nurse practitioner or physician assistant sign/date the form. Even cough drops have to go through this process.
If you have any questions about the above information please contact
our school nurse, Pamela Grace, at 785-717-4450.

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.

Breakfast is served to all students from 7:15 am – 7:35 am. Please do not have students arrive any later than 7:35 am if they are eating breakfast. This will help ensure students are in their classroom by 7:45 am and ready to learn.

If you drop off your child by car in the morning, please utilize the Kiss-N-Go drop off lane in front of the school. The five minute reminder bell rings at 7:40 am with the tardy bell ringing at 7:45 am. Please be sure to allow enough time in the family’s morning routine, so that your child arrives to school a few minutes prior to 7:45 am. If your child arrives after 7:45 am, please bring them into the front office to be signed in and to receive a pass to class.

Please remember we cannot allow students to be dismissed between 2:45 – 3:00 pm. If your child has an appointment, the front office will work with you in regard to dismissal. The dismissal bell rings at 3:00 and this is when the students will be dismissed.

If you do not have a window sign for your child, please let the teacher or the front office know. These signs help teach-ers match up and identify the correct car and individual with regard to who 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 ask for an appointment note and turn that into the front office, as well. If your child will be gone for an extended amount of time (3 or more days), stop in the office and fill out an Extended Absence Form. Any questions, please call 785-717-4450.
State Statute and USD 475’s Board of Education
In compliance of Kansas Stature 72-1113 & 72-111 as de-scribed in Senate Bill No. 38, schools must report students not in compliance with Kansas Compulsory Attendance Laws. The guidelines state a student is not in compliance if any of the following occur:
 He/She accumulates three consecutive unexcused ab-sences
 He/She has five unexcused absences in a semester
 He/She has seven unexcused absences in a school year
 He/She has accumulated excessive amount of unexcused tardiness
 He/She has excessive (over 6) excused absences and does not provide a note from a doctor. The state requires school districts to determine the definition of unexcused ab-sences and/or tardiness. Geary County USD 475 Policy JBD designates building principals determine unexcused absenc-es as follows:
 Any absences or tardy not called in or noted by a parent the morning of the absence
 A note from a doctor is requested and not received
 Keeping a child home to babysit
 Keeping a child out of school because of parent’s dis- satisfaction with the school
 Leaving school without permission
 Non-emergency personal family leaves
 Other reasons determined as unexcused (i.e. shopping, visits to friends, etc.)
 Please make sure your child is on time every day so that they can be in their classroom seat no later than 7:45 a.m.

Let’s all work to prevent necessitating any truancy actions from taking place.

Mr. Upham
September 2018