2041-15 School Calendar Changes

2014-15 Calendar Changes
The Board also approved revisions to the 2014-2015 school calendar to address issues important to students and staff. The changes include:
• Moving the current elementary early release day from October 2, 2014 (Thursday) to October 22, 2014 (Wednesday) for all levels to continue elementary parent conferences and to provide professional learning for secondary staff.
• Providing an early release day for all levels on December 19, 2014 (Friday before Winter Break). Currently early release is for secondary only.
• Changing the January 5, 2015 campus professional development day to half campus professional development and half teacher workday.
• Changing January 6, 2015 from a district professional day to the first day of the semester classes and move the district professional development day to February 16, 2015.
• Moving the current elementary early release day from February 11, 2015 (Wednesday) to Friday, February 13 for all levels to continue elementary parent conferences and provide professional learning for secondary staff.
• Designating February 16, 2015 (President’s Day and Professional Learning Day) and May 25, 2015 as bad weather make-up days.

Here is the link to the2014-15 school year calendar that you can print – http://www.fortbendisd.com/docs/community-relations/2014-2015-calendar-a.pdf


Weather Make Up Days

On January 24 and 28, we experienced inclement weather conditions that prevented us from safely conducting school operations. Texas state law requires school districts to designate two make-up days for bad weather on its Board-approved calendar. At Monday night’s Board meeting, the Board approved important changes to the current school calendar as follows:
• The last day of school has been changed to June 6, and it will be an early release day for all students.
• Therefore, the two bad weather days will be made up on June 6 and May 26 (Memorial Day).
• We will not be in school on April 18, the scheduled Good Friday holiday.
Because the Texas Education Agency requires us to make up the two weather days, it is important that students be in attendance on the two make up days. We understand that some FBISD high school graduations are scheduled on Friday, June 6, and that some families have made plans for the May 26 holiday and for June 6. We will work with families to address prescheduled conflicts as follows:

2014 Graduation Ceremonies – The 2014 Graduation Schedule will remain the same, and you can view the 2014 Graduation Schedule here.

  • Graduating seniors will take final exams on a revised schedule that will be announced on Friday, March 21.
  • If a student wants to attend a graduation ceremony for a sibling, their absence will be excused for the day.
  • If a student has a sibling involved in graduation on Friday, June 6, the student may arrange to take final exams earlier. The revised secondary exam schedules will be released by Friday, March 21.

Early release days on June 5 and June 6, and revised final exam schedule

  • June 6 will be an early release day for all students.
  • June 5 will be an early release day for middle school and high school students only.
  • Final exams will be scheduled for June 3 – June 6. A revised final exam schedule will be released on March 21.

Pre-arranged travel on May 26 or June 6

  • If a student has pre-arranged travel on May 26 or June 6 and needs to be absent, they must show proof of pre-arranged travel to campus administration to receive an excused absence.
  • Please work with your campus administration to address other types of conflicts.

FBISD Board of Trustee candidate forums

Here are listing of the FBISD Board of Trustee candidate forums currently scheduled. The elections are May 10th. The Board of Trustees help the school district make decisions directly affecting your children’s education.

You can read more about the individual candidates running for open positions on the Board on the Ft. Bend ISD website. Their biographies are listed there as well.     http://www.fortbendisd.com/governance/board/board-elections

Please take the time to review and read about the candidates and their positions on various items in regards to the future of Ft. Bend schools.

This is not a complete listing of all forums available. Just those I have found for ALL candidates. Each candidate also hosts their own independent meet and greet sessions.

  • Fort Bend-Harris County Retired Educators Candidate Forum – Apr 10, 2014 – 10:00AM to 1:00PM @ Sugar Land United Methodist Church in the Great Hall, 431 Eldridge, Sugar Land
  • Tea Party Candidate Forum – Apr 13, 2014 – 3:00PM to 5:00PM @ HCCS Construction Software, 13151 West Airport Blvd, Sugar Land
  • Advocates for FBISD Academies – Apr 24, 2014 – 6:00PM to 8:00PM @ the Fort Bend County University Branch Library in Sugarland


***** This is NOT an endorsement of any particular FBISD Board of Trustee candidate *******



LLE Student Council visit Missouri City City Hall

On Monday, Feb. 3rd, members of the Lantern Lane Elementary School Student Council participated in a meet and greet with Missouri City Council Members. The fourth and fifth grade students learned about Council responsibilities. They also asked City staff members questions about their jobs. student council, city government,elementary school, lantern lane, missouri city

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Dr. Suess Birthday Celebration

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Join Lantern Lane for a Seussical Celebration all week long!

Mixed Up Monday - Students will celebrate throughout the day, with special guest readers in attendance! Students should wear Black and White clothes in honor of The Cat in the Hat.

Top Hat Tuesday – come to school wearing your favorite hat

Wacky Wednesday – Make sure your clothes do NOT match when you come to school today

Topsy-Turvy Thursday – Come to school wearing crazy patterns (stripes, polka dots, plaid, etc.)

The Dr. Seuss character parade will be held on Friday, March 7th. Come dressed as your favorite character from Dr. Seuss’s books!



No Brainer Fundraising – Paper Retriever Bin

There are many different ways to earn money for Lantern Lane besides the traditional selling of “product”.

I call these alternatives No Brainer Fundraising.  They provide a small but steady source of money over the course of the school year.  These alternative methods require minimal effort on the part of the students, teachers, and parents!

Here is one example of how you can help Lantern Lane and the environment.

Paper Retriever Recycling Program
Have you noticed the large green and yellow bin in the back of the parking lot? Next to the blue trash dumpster? That is our Paper Retriever bin.  Lantern Lane gets paid by the ton and the paper gets recycled. A win-win for all!

You can help by depositing all of your paper items into LLE’s Paper Retriever bin.  What goes into the Paper Retriever bin?

  • newspapers and inserts
  • magazines and catalogs
  • office/school papers
  • mail
  • phone books and soft cover books

Tell your friends and neighbors to deposit their paper recycling into Lantern Lane’s Paper Retriever Bin as well. The Bin is available year round so even during the summer you can help out by placing your recyclable paper there.

Such an easy way to earn money for fieldtrips and other things the school needs but not covered by their budget. No work is required by parents except for dropping off recycling every so often!

Other methods of No Brainer Fundraising will be discussed and explained over the next few months.


Family Game Night



Join in the fun tonight! Guaranteed fun, friends, and even laughter!

Family Game Night is in the Lantern Lane cafeteria starting at 6:30pm.  A wide variety of games for all ages and skill levels will be available for your gaming pleasure. Try a new game! Volunteers will be available to help explaining rules and play the game with you if needed.

Bring your competitive side!  What teams for Pictionary? Boys versus Girls? Adults versus Kids? The game will be played on the Big Screen.

Taboo anyone? Can you get your team to yell out the word you are trying to describe WITHOUT using the common descriptive words?

Operation for the kids – original and themed. Can you get the piece out without setting off the buzzer?

Anyone play Dominoes or 42? Dominos will be available too.

Today is the last day for the Student Council Food Drive. Bring non-perishable items tonight to receive a SPECIAL Food Drive Spirit Stick! The Food Drive Spirit Stick is ONLY available for tonight’s donations.

See you tonight!



Limited Edition Halloween Spirit Sticks available now!

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Limited Edition BOO Halloween Spirit Sticks are now available.   All the Spirit Sticks, including these, will be available for sale on Thursday, Oct. 17th at Math & Literacy Night starting at 6pm. New Spirit Sticks just arrived!

Spirit Sticks are only $1 each. Backpack Spirit Rings are now in and are $5 . They will also be available Thursday night along with Spirit Wear t-shirts. The t-shirts are only $10 and limited sizes are available.


ITBS testing this week for 3rd and 5th grades

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is being given to 3rd and 5th graders all week long.  This is a standardized test covering basic skills of reading, language and math including vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, science, social studies, and data interpretation.  Individual test scores are compared to the average score achieved by a nationwide sampling.

ITBS is just a tool used to identify your students’ progress in learning these skills, one of many.

  • Prepare your student for a good week. Testing can cause stress and you as a parent can help alleviate this. Be sure your child knows that this test is not the end all, be all of his academic career. All that is required is that he or she does their personal best!
  • Make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast (no matter what it is) perform better in school on a regular basis.
  • Encourage your child to develop good study skills all year long. Work on establishing time management skills and organization of school work.
  • Do not add pressure by threatening or promising rewards for test performance. That is counterproductive and just adds unneeded stress to the student and families.
  • Tell your child you know they will do their best and express confidence in their ability to do well.


As part of standardized testing protocol, the campus will be closed to visitors during testing hours.



Parenting Workshop: Attendance & Truancy

Regular school and classroom attendance is vital to the success of your student, enabling them to make the most of their educational opportunities.  Learning and growing intellectually is your child’s job. Daily classroom attendance is a huge part of that.

Join us in the Parent Center, Room 301, today from 2:00 – 3:00pm for an informative workshop on school attendance laws and truancy issues.

Please check in at the front desk. For more information, contact Lisa Ortiz at 281-634-0767 or lisa.yeagerortiz@fortbend.k12.tx.us

Looking forward to seeing you!