Annual PTO/Booster Club meeting Sat. August 9, 2014

For any new volunteers or Board officers in the Lantern Lane PTO, this is a great opportunity to learn more about how PTO works with FBISD. The meeting is open to ANYONE who wants to attend. It is FREE!!

 

FORT BEND ISD – Fort Bend ISD will host its Annual Parent Organization/Booster Club Meeting on Saturday, August 9, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, in the Main Auditorium of the Fort Bend ISD Administrative Annex (3119 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479).

The meeting will give participants an opportunity to receive a copy of the FBISD Parent Organization Manual, review the latest guidelines, and hear from and ask questions of the following speakers:
FBISD Police Officers on Parent Organization/Theft Prevention in School
FBISD Volunteers/Partnerships Coordinator on Criminal Background Checks and Reporting Volunteer Hours
FBISD Director and Assistant Director of Child Nutrition on Request for Food Sales or Food Services
Texas Comptroller’s representative on Sales Tax Compliance
Certified Public Accountant on 501(c)(3) Requirements and IRS Tax Filings
Insurance Agent on Liability Insurance Coverage

For more information, contact Serenity Lemond at serenity.lemond@fortbendisd.com or call (281)634-2812.

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Volunteer Background Checks

It’s that time of year again!

If you are interested in volunteering at Lantern Lane, then you are required to complete a background check. 

If you completed the background check last year, you MUST go back to the Ft Bend ISD website and resubmit the information. Otherwise you will not be allowed to participate as a volunteer this year.  The district inactivates all previous information on June 30th.

For our new parents (or any new volunteers) you will need to register and complete a background check for the 2014 – 2015 school year. This will allow you to help out during class parties, chaperone field trips, or volunteer at the school.

Please complete the online form on the FBISD website.

CLICK HERE

It can take a few weeks to get your approval from the district so we recommend you register earlier instead of later. That way you are ready to help out when needed!

The PTO along with the teachers and staff at Lantern Lane love our dedicated volunteers! Studies have shown time and time again that parents helping out, in any way possible – little or big, at their child’s school improves both the school overall and the individual students.

Thank you for your continued support and help!

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Tax Free Weekend! August -10, 2014

Tax Free weekend is coming! Just in time for back to school shopping for anything and everything your student(s) need. Next weekend, August 8-10, you can save 8.25% sales tax on all qualifying items for back to school.

school supplies backpack back to school

Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 8, 9 and 10 – the state’s annual tax holiday. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes. Given the few exemptions, families can take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday and purchase back-to-school items for their children, with a possible savings of $8 for every $100 they spend.

For more information on the Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend and to view lists of qualifying sale items (that can be purchased online, by telephone or mail), visit http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/taxholiday/d/.

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Your Voice Matters: FBISD Proposed 2014 Bond Public Hearings

Fort Bend ISD to hold 2014 Proposed Bond Public Hearings

Fort Bend ISD is inviting parents and community members to attend two upcoming public hearings on a 2014 Proposed Bond on Monday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 12. Attendees will learn more about the proposed bond and will have the opportunity to provide suggestions and feedback prior to any potential action by the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees to call a 2014 Bond.
The public hearing dates, location and times are:

Monday, August 4
7:00-9:00 pm
FBISD Administrative Annex – Main Auditorium
3119 Sweetwater Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Tuesday, August 12
7:00-9:00 pm
FBISD Administrative Annex – Main Auditorium
3119 Sweetwater Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Background
At the July 21 Fort Bend ISD Board meeting, the District asked the Board to consider calling a November 2014 bond election to fund significant investments to address the district’s growth, to improve safety and security in our schools, and to upgrade the district’s technology infrastructure. As proposed, there would be no tax rate increase required to fund the new bonds due to the district’s increasing tax base and sound financial management. To learn more about the 2014 Proposed Bond, go to: fortbendisd.com/2014bond.

At this time, the Board has not taken action to call a bond election. The Board will be working with the administration to review the proposal during the coming weeks, and any potential action to call an election would take place at the August 18 Board meeting.

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FBISD launchs new website

Fort Bend ISD Launches New Website

FORT BEND ISD – Fort Bend ISD recently launched a new website that contains several new features to help parents, students and community members access District information in a quick and efficient way. With more than two and a half million visitors last year from approximately 150 countries, FBISD’s website is a vital communication tool for the District.

Some of the new features include: 

  • Global Icons, representing the most visited webpages, that appear on the top right corner of every page
  • A Translate function to assist the District’s diverse population in receiving messages more clearly
  • Dedicated Tabs for Community, Parents, Students and Staff with organized information specific to their needs and interests
  • Quick Links for popular webpages
  • An Events sections highlighting upcoming districtwide happenings
  • Announcements and Headlines & Features sections with timely information
  • A Search FBISD bar to assist users in locating information quickly 

On each webpage, visitors will also find contact information for FBISD departments that will direct them to staff who can answer questions they may have.  

As parents and students regularly visit their respective campus websites for information, they will notice periodic upgrades and redesign elements, most of which will occur during Phase Two of FBISD’s new website launch, coming soon.

For optimal user experience, modern browsers (such as Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox) should be used when viewing the website. To visit the new FBISD website, go to www.fortbendisd.com.

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Smile.Amazon.com -New EZ Fundraising program!

Announcing Lantern Lane PTO’s newest addition to our EZ Fundraising program! Smile.Amazon.com is just like the regular Amazon shopping website except a portion of your purchase total will go to Lantern Lane on a quarterly basis.

All you have to do is click the link below and bookmark it. That way all your purchases will be credited to LLE automatically. You log into your regular Amazon shopping account and proceed as normal. At the top of the web page you should see the Smile.Amazon logo and a note that you are supporting Lantern Lane PTO.

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-2110848

How easy is that?!  Be sure to share the Lantern Lane PTO Smile.Amazon link with your friends and family!

There is also a link in the right sidebar of our website.

Thank you for supporting Lantern Lane and the PTO.

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Ways to stay informed and get updates about LLE!

Did you know that you can get all of the Fort Bend ISD news and updates directly in your email inbox? Just click on the link and sign up.

http://www.fortbendisdnews.com

fbisd news center

 

You can also find information on the this website – LanternLanePTO.com – concerning what is going on at Lantern Lane and the PTO. Additional information is available on the PTO Facebook page and Twitter accounts.

Sign up for emails for more up to date information. Click on the mouse in the sidebar on the right!

 

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Bonus Box Tops at HEB June 25-July 8th

HEB and General Mills are proud to bring you another exiting offer to help you earn more cash for Lantern Lane through Box Tops for Education!  Visit your neighborhood HEB store between June 25 and July 8 for another chance to earn Bonus Box Tops for our school.

Visit CashForYourEducation.com to find more ways to earn cash for Lantern Lane.

btfe bonus box tops for education heb

Earn 60 Bonus Box Tops when you buy 10 BTFE products in one visit at HEB. That is $6! Bonus coupon is delivered instantly at checkout along with a coupon for FREE 1/2 gallon of H-E-B Creamy Creations Premium ice cream.

Please continue to collect Box Tops off of your favorite products during the summer.  Have your student take them to school the first week! Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. You can print off collection sheets at www.BoxTops4Education.com as well as coupons for BTFE products.  A complete list of products that offer the Box Tops can be found there as well as contests, promotions and other information.

This is FREE money for Lantern Lane! Money that provides field trips, school t-shirts, spirit sticks, class parties, and much more to your children!

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FBISD School Buses and Transportation Services

This important transportation message is being sent to you on behalf of Max Cleaver, Chief Operations Officer

pto today clip art school bus field trip

Fort Bend ISD takes the safety of our students and staff who ride our buses very seriously. As a parent of two children who will enter Kindergarten next year, I understand that images related to a recent FBISD bus fire are disturbing and raise questions about the District’s overall bus safety practices and quite frankly, the quality of the District’s transportation services.

You may not realize that the District has 460 buses, and each day, our bus drivers transport students on approximately 375 bus routes averaging 27,000 miles per day, including extracurricular activities and field trips. Because we are responsible for transporting your children, we consistently review our systems and procedures and make adjustments that are needed to continuously improve our bus services.

In light of this recent incident, I want to share some important information with you about what we have learned and what we are doing to demonstrate that FBISD buses are safe.

The information includes:

  • Conclusions of an investigation concerning a bus fire on May 6, 2014 at Quail Valley Elementary
  • Preventative actions taken to inspect all buses of a similar model
  • Review of preventative maintenance schedules that align with industry standards
  • Follow-up meetings with bus drivers

Investigation Conclusions On May 6, 2014, at approximately 3:10 pm during dismissal, there was a bus fire involving Bus #444 while it was parked on the bus ramp at Quail Valley Elementary. All of the students who were boarding the bus were immediately evacuated, in an orderly manner, when smoke was first detected. The Missouri City Fire Department quickly came to the school to extinguish the ensuing bus fire. Both the Missouri City Fire Marshal and a forensic engineer retained by the District’s insurance adjuster investigated the cause of the bus fire and determined it was of an electrical nature.

A forensic engineer from the Haag Engineering Company, shared the following conclusions about the cause of the bus fire:

  1. The fire originated at the front of the bus, on the driver’s side, in the bottom part of the engine compartment.
  2. The cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction.
  3. The electrical malfunction created a short circuit and generated sufficient heat to ignite wiring insulation and nearby materials.

Preventative Actions Bus #444 was a 2004 Thomas-Built bus.  As a starting point, FBISD Technicians reviewed the maintenance records of Bus #444 to determine if there were any past electrical issues with the bus, and none were identified.  Next, FBISD Technicians physically checked the electrical system on approximately 30 FBISD buses of the same model in the same location where the fire originated on Bus #444.  No conditions were found that would cause another short circuit in the electrical system.  As a further precaution, and to validate the work of the FBISD Technicians, the buses will have an electrical system inspection performed by Thomas-Built technicians and any required repairs will be made to ensure there are no further problems.

FBISD Bus Preventative Maintenance Schedules Fort Bend ISD has a robust preventative maintenance schedule that aligns with industry standards.  Each bus is scheduled for a preventative maintenance inspection every 90 days on a rotating schedule, and there is a process for drivers to submit written requests if they suspect problems.  All inspections and repairs become part of the maintenance records of the bus in order to document that the work is being done.  In addition to the regularly scheduled preventative maintenance inspections, FBISD Technicians check the vehicles when they are brought in for possible tire and fluid changes.

Meetings with Bus Drivers

On May 22 and 23, 2014, we held two bus driver meetings at the Lake Olympia and Hodges Bend Bus Terminals to communicate what we know about the Bus #444 investigation and to reassure our drivers that all of our buses are safe.  For the overall safe operations of our transportation services, we expect our bus drivers to do their part to keep our students safe, and we also want them to understand what we are doing to keep them safe as well. We are committed to work together to provide the level of customer care that is expected for the students we serve.

We also discussed the District’s plan to purchase 35 new buses in the near future, as well as the plan to hire second-shift bus technicians in July 2014, at the beginning of the new budget cycle.  The additional personnel were planned and approved as part of this year’s budget process.

In our meeting with the bus drivers, we discussed the importance of conducting the pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections, a bus industry standard, even though the particular electrical malfunction which caused the fire on Bus #444 could not have been detected.  All bus drivers are required to complete a written report detailing any maintenance concerns or issues that need to be addressed immediately. As a final safety check, bus drivers are instructed to not drive any vehicle which has a maintenance problem requiring attention.

Summing it up

I am grateful for the many dedicated transportation employees who diligently serve FBISD students and staff.  We share your concerns about safely transporting our students and staff, and I wanted you to hear the conclusions of the investigation directly from me. I also want you to know what actions we are taking to keep our buses safe, while continuously improving our transportation service.

If you have questions or concerns about our transportation services, we want to hear about them directly. Please contact the Director of Transportation, David Davis at (281) 634-1971 or email him at david.davis@fortbendisd.com.

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Important Information about the STAAR from the Superintendent

Important Information about STAAR from the Superintendent
We are beginning to receive this year’s State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results, and in the near future we will share district and campus results with parents and our community. I am thankful for the efforts of all our teachers and staff who have worked to provide a high-quality education to each student this school year. And I hope that you feel good about the outcomes your children achieved this year.

When I review our results, I keep two things in mind – the test is designed to test the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and there are a lot of TEKS – so many that it’s difficult to teach them all to the appropriate depth and complexity. When the Texas Legislature convenes in January, we will be asking them to help us reduce the number of TEKS so that we may focus our time and energy on teaching the things that are most important and relevant to each student’s future.

I also keep in mind that performance on the STAAR is only one measure of our progress and success. Most important to me right now is that you understand our desire to keep the STAAR results in proper perspective relative to our overall district mission to inspire and equip our 71,000+ students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine. Daily we serve many children with varying needs and aspirations, and there are many ways in which we help our students reach their full potential. To that end, during the coming years, we will be working to establish a high-performing culture and climate in which all students are engaged and excel in learning, with our actions focused on continuous improvement and making our mission a reality.
The official STAAR reports will be sent home with elementary and middle school students this week, as soon as we receive them from the Texas Education Agency. High school students will receive their STAAR End of Course reports during the week of June 9.

We appreciate your partnership in supporting a strong culture for academic excellence in Fort Bend ISD. Our teachers and staff work hard to meet the needs of each student, but we cannot do it alone. It truly takes the entire community to help each child succeed – most especially, high-level engagement by each mom and dad on behalf of their children.

We want to reaffirm our commitment to the success of each of our students, and we are grateful for your continued support and ongoing partnership.

Dr. Charles Dupre
Superintendent of Schools

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