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Principal's Message

Updated: Jul 9

End of May, Beginning of Summer!




Dear Furr Families!

We have one last week of eLearning and it's going to be a busy week! We miss, miss, miss our kiddos and families. One of the many blessings, believe it or not, is to see so many of our students and families...outside on nice weather days! Whether you are walking around the school, riding bikes or playing a game of family football in the "front yard" of the school, it's so nice to see our families and community making the most of every moment. I wanted to remind everyone that we will be collecting Chromebooks/chargers, library books and any other item that needs to be returned to the school, and giving you all bags with your students "stuff" this week, May 20-22, 8:00-4:00PM. If you ordered a yearbook, that will also be in your child's bag. We thank you in advance for your patience during this time. It would be very helpful if you were able to hand us a paper with your child's name (first, last) and the grade written on it. We will collect that information curbside (BACK CAR LINE) while we have runners inside to bring out your materials. HOW WILL THIS EXCHANGE/DROP-OFF LOOK LIKE AT FURR ELEMENTARY? My teachers and staff will be helping with this, on these days, May 20-22nd. We are asking parents to use the BACK CAR LINE for picking up your child's belongings. Please pull through to the back car-line and stop at a designated cone. Someone will come to your car and get the appropriate information needed from you. DO NOT PARK AND GET OUT OF YOUR CAR. For your safety and ours, please stay in your car. A staff member will come to your car to pick up any items you need to give back to the school and we will also give to you, your students school supplies and belongings. There will be more information concerning these exchange days coming soon. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Special Education Students Equipment and PISD Property Return If your student is in Special Education and received special materials, please await communication from your case manager with specific instructions on returning equipment and supplies. For specific questions, please contact Dr. Blair Hickey at bbhickey@prosper-isd.net. General Equipment and PISD Property Return Prosper ISD has established May 20th, 21st, and 22nd from 8 am - 4 pm each day as the time for Prosper ISD students/parents to return all Prosper ISD items in their possession to a Prosper ISD elementary campus. Any remaining student medications in the school clinics will need to be picked up by May 22nd. Please contact the campus nurse to make specific arrangements for pick up of these medications. To help the district plan accordingly for the number of staff needed, please sign up for the day and location in which you plan to return the equipment. Please see below for more detailed information and the link to sign up. Elementary School Students

Equipment and materials to return may include: Guided reading books Library books Chromebook and charging cord Hotspot (device, charger, and cable) Calculator Anything else belonging to Prosper ISD borrowed for instructional purposes Middle School Students

Equipment and materials to return may include: Guided reading textbooks Library books Chromebook and charging cord Hotspot (device, charger, and cable) Calculator Anything else belonging to Prosper ISD borrowed for instructional purposes High School Students

Equipment and materials to return may include: textbooks Library books Chromebook and charging cord Hotspot (device, charger, and cable) Calculator Anything else belonging to Prosper ISD borrowed for instructional purposes --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We will stay connected with you through our multiple communications channels and ask that you please visit our COVID-19 eLearning and Informational Updates page to receive the most current and accurate information about this extended closure and Prosper ISD's response to the COVID-19 health concern. I wanted to take this moment and say THANK YOU for making this such an AMAZING FIRST YEAR for Furr Elementary. As I reflect back on the year, opening day until now, we have laughed, loved and learned ..... A LOT, together! We have created a neighborhood school that is a SAFE place for our kids to learn and for all of us to be proud of! No one knew that we would leave for Spring Break and upon returning, elearning would commence! We all have made it through these radical times and Im most proud of "All of Us", supporting each other! Thank you parents for your generosity, your grace and patience, and for sharing your children with us, this year. This newsletter will be the last one for this year....and it's a bittersweet moment for me. Thank you for entrusting us with your children so that we can make the world a better place. Please stay safe this summer and enjoy each day, each moment! I look forward to seeing everyone next school year. It starts with us...Be Kind! Respectfully, Cindy Zukowski Principal, Furr Elementary

SUMMER READING!!! Dear Parents, As you continued the role of parent and adopted the new role as teacher, I want to thank you for your commitment to your child’s education. It’s no small task to keep the house running while simultaneously learning a new trade. Moving forward, it’s vital to your child’s success in reading that they continue to read throughout the summer. Below, you will find ideas to encourage their reading and tips to help your child continue to experience the joy of reading throughout the summer. What is the “summer slide?” Studies show that kids lose significant knowledge in both reading and math during the summer months. How can you help to lessen the impact of the summer slide?

  • Read! Read! Read!

  • Help your child choose books that interest them.

  • Read to and with your child.

  • Connect with a summer reading program/reading challenge

  • Find a penpal (friend, relative, etc) that you can write a letter to throughout the summer.

Public Library Links

Scholastic Summer Read-a-palooza Kids can build their avatar, make new friends, earn virtual rewards, and help unlock donations for kids with limited or no access to books by starting and keeping “reading streaks” in Scholastic Home Base when they read every day over the summer! https://www.scholastic.com/site/summer/home.html Brightly’s Summer Reading Challenges for Kids and Teens https://www.readbrightly.com/summer-reading-challenges-for-kids-teens/ Get more out of summer reading with your kids with Brightly’s Summer Reading Challenges. They’ve put together age-specific reading ideas — for preschoolers through teens — to help add some fun, inspiration, and great reading memories to your summer. Start with a Book - Read.Explore.Learn! https://www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning Do you know children who are fascinated by dinosaurs, planes, bugs, birds, animals, the moon and stars, art, thunder and lightning? Are there any young detectives, explorers, or superheroes at home? Do your kids love reading poetry, myths, or tall tales? Start with a book … and open up a world of discovery and learning! Browse the topic library to jumpstart your summer adventure. Tips for Parents https://www.readingrockets.org/article/summer-reading-tips-parents https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/reading-resources/developing-reading-skills/summer-reading.html https://www.readacrossamerica.org/kids-summer-reading-list/

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