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

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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.

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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

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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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FBISD Security and Safety Planning for the Future

This important message is being sent on behalf of FBISD Chief of Police David Rider

Dear FBISD Parent:

Planning for the ongoing safety and security of FBISD students and staff is well under way in Fort Bend ISD!  Our top priority is providing safe and secure schools. We have developed a draft of the FBISD Safety and Security Master Plan designed to provide a roadmap for planning the District’s safety and security needs for the foreseeable future.  We expect the FBISD Safety and Security Master Plan to be finalized and presented to the FBISD Board of Trustees during the summer of 2014. A preliminary draft plan is available at:  FBISD Safety and Security Master Plan Proposal.

Fort Bend ISD held three Safety and Security Community Dialogue meetings on May 13, 14, and 15. Those who attended received background information about the planning process, details about the four interrelated elements of safety and security, and completed a questionnaire to provide feedback for further planning.

You can help the ongoing Safety and Security Planning Process in the following ways:

  1. If you were unable to attend one of the Safety and Security Community Dialogue meetings, please review the slide presentation, view the recorded video, and then complete the online questionnaire.  Please note it is very important that you watch the video before you provide feedback so you will be able to offer more meaningful responses when completing the questionnaire.  The questionnaire will be available through Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at midnight.

Access the Safety and Security Presentation

View the Video

Provide Feedback

  1. Please forward this message to your community contacts and encourage their feedback by June 4th at midnight.
  1. Visit the FBISD website to learn more about Safety and Security in Fort Bend ISD at:  FBISD Website

Thank you for taking the time to build consensus to do what is best for students.

Sincerely,

 

David Rider

Fort Bend ISD – Chief of Police

281-634-5501 Office

281-327-5501 Fax

 

Follow us on Twitter: @FBISDChiefRider

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Lost and Found

Please check the school stage (located in the cafeteria) for any of your children’s lost or missing items.

All lost and found articles will be on the stage starting today through June 6th. After June 11th any leftover items will either be discarded or donated to a charitable organization. This includes lunch kits, backpacks, school supplies, jackets, etc.

If your student has medication in Nurse Nicholas’s office, please pick it up by June 6th.

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Happy Memorial Day! A letter from Superintendant Dupre

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Dear Fort Bend ISD Community,

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. It has its roots in the Civil War and is now observed as the last Monday of May. Just as our schools have special celebrations and remembrances for Veterans Day, they will do similar remembrances on Memorial Day this year. We are asking our staff and community to join us in participating in the National Moment of Remembrance at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. Enclosed is more detailed information about this special remembrance.

Making tough decisions that affect our students, parents and staff is never easy.  I do not take lightly the fact that our schools and offices will be open on Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day.  This day marks the remembrance of our men and women in the United States Armed Services who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending our freedoms. Many of you have been affected personally within your family or circle of friends with first-hand experience in losing a hero. Although I have not personally experienced such loss, my father spent a lengthy career in the Air Force, including many years deployed internationally during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Through his experiences, I have gained a great respect for all who have served and sacrificed to preserve our freedoms.   

As you know, we had two bad weather days earlier this year that we are required by law to make up.  Due to this year’s calendar schedule, the options for taking our bad weather make-up days were very limited. With the rare occurrence of two bad weather days, we had to close the District for two instructional days in February.  Making up these two instructional days created a situation where we had to make some difficult decisions as how to put two instructional days back in to our school year.

Our Board of Trustees has taken action to revise the 2014-15 school year calendar to enable us to make up bad weather days at times other than Memorial Day. We are dedicated to maintaining this practice in the future.

Our goal on Monday is to ensure that our students take the opportunity to remember those who gave their life for their country.  In education, these are “teachable moments,” and we will strive to use this day to share information about Memorial Day and the brave men and women who are being honored.

Thank you for your continued support of our District.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Dupre
Superintendent of Schools  

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FBISD Extended Day Program offers Summer Camp

Fort Bend ISD’s Extended Day Program has exciting news for this summer! 

It’s not too late to register your child for summer camp, available at several schools throughout the district.  Parents with Family Access can register online through May 25.  Walk-in registration begins on May 26 at the Lakeview Extended Day Office. 

Students completing kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible for CAMP BLAST.  CAMP PEP is available for preschoolers and the SELF program is for students entering middle school in the fall.

The program offers enrichment, field trips, and learning fun!  Please visit Extended Day’s website for registration information at www.fortbendisd.com/extendedday or call 281-634-4220. 

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Volunteers needed for Field Day on Friday, May 23rd

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Coach Caldwell is looking for volunteers to help run field day for the entire school on Friday, May 23.  There will be 11 different game stations that need parent help to run.  Each grade level will visit these stations and the events run all day from 9:00-2:50, so your help is needed.  Teachers will be with their classes the entire day and can use parent volunteers to help assist their class with station rotation, restroom breaks, water breaks, lunch, etc. as well.  Two parents per class would be ideal for helping the event run smoothly.

Help each of the following games is needed:

  1. Mystery Bowl- blindfolded guessing game
  2. Hot Shot Basketball
  3. Frisbee Throw
  4. 100 yard dash
  5. Balloon pop
  6. Sponge Bottle Relay
  7. Bat relay
  8. Leap pad frog toss
  9. 3 legged race
  10. Egg on a spoon
  11. Grocery game station

If you are able to donate any time for this fun event or who choose to assist teachers need to contact Lisa Yeager-Ortiz at 281-634-0767, so your volunteer hours can be accounted for and we can ensure adequate class coverage.  This is a big event and we need lots of help from you!

As usual all volunteers MUST have completed their FBISD background check.

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