November Buffalo Buzz

November Buffalo Buzz with information about library book fairBuzz page 2 with PTO informationPage 3 Buzz with information about lunch schedule changes

Dear Families,
Parent/Teacher conferences were a success! The staff enjoyed having time to speak in person about the progress students are making! Thank you to everyone who helped with the meal provided to staff. The food was great and allowed staff to grab a quick bite to eat between conferences! We are about to kick-off our fall book fair. Please see below for a note from the library.
Scholastic’s Enchanted Forest of Books is in the FRE Library Nov. 8-16 from 7:15 AM-4:00 PM daily, plus evening hours 5:30-7:00 PM during Family Game Night on November 15. You can also shop the book fair online from Nov. 3-11, and sign up to volunteer for a shift at the register. We greatly appreciate your support! Our fall book fair is raising money for our school’s author visit this February.
The updated lunch schedule is attached. Lunch times for some grades changed slightly to accommodate our new specials schedule. The schedule change was made to increase the amount of PE/Music students receive in a week. Students in grades 1-5 are now getting PE/Music three out of five days a week. This gives those students more exposure to organized physical activity and music. Students are also receiving one 2nd Step lesson weekly delivered by a teacher’s assistant (TA). These lessons promote social-emotional development, safety, and the overall well-being of students. Kindergarten students will be receiving their 2nd Step lesson within their classroom.
Go Buffaloes!
Mr. Upham Mrs. Burgess

The next PTO meeting will be on
Tuesday, November 13th at 3:15 PM

Thank you for all who submitted box tops for the August/September collection! Mrs. Burch (K-2nd) and Mrs. Robinson (3rd-5th) were the two classes who collected the most box tops and were rewarded with a pizza party. The collective effort of all classes brought in $281.20 worth of box tops. We are well on our way towards reaching the goal of $1,000 for the school year! Each box top does indeed add up to valuable funds for our school to use on our wonderful students at Fort Riley Elementary.
The next collection will be on Friday October 26th. The winning class will get the honor of accompanying the principal, Mr. Upham, as he leads the school wide Halloween parade on October 31st! And, of course, Mr. Upham will be in costume! So please keep the box tops coming and help us reach our goal!
Thank you to each of our classroom reps who bundled, sorted and submitted box tops for their classes. We have a great team!

Kelly Propst

Please join us for our next meeting on November 13 at 4:00. SITE Council meets immediately after PTO. SITE Council is a great place to learn about things like school curriculum, procedures, and expectations. All parents are encouraged to attend to learn more about our great school, and to give input on future decisions.

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 12:40 – 1:00 12:55 – 1:15

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.
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.
Flu update: Kansas regulation now states, any individual having TESTED POSITIVE for influenza, must be isolated for seven (7) days following the onset of symptoms.
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.

Any questions for the nurse— call: (785) 717-6667
Nurse Pam