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Our PTA is doing a fundraiser between now and April 5th with the World's Finest Chocolate company. Depending on how much money is earned the fundraiser will be used in 4 main areas: filling teacher grants (lowering the cost of field trips, Raz Kids, math supplies, etc.), playground equipment, technology (Chromebooks), and books for our guided reading library used for classroom instruction.

I want you to have some information upfront on how this fundraiser works to help with any confusion. Students will bring home information and a permission slip today. Please look at it carefully. For your child to participate, s/he will need to have a permission slip signed. By signing the permission slip you are committing to selling 30 chocolate bars at $2 a bar and returning the $60 by April 5th. Once you receive a box of items and it is opened it may not be returned. In essence, by signing the permission slip and getting a box of chocolate bars you are committing to donate $60 to our PTA.

If you have any questions on this fundraiser please email: FreedomPTAPresident@gmail.com

Nuestro PTA está organizando una recaudación de fondos comenzando hoy hasta el 5 de abril con la compañía de chocolates World´s Finest. Los fondos recaudados se planean utilizar en 4 áreas principalmente: ayudar a los maestros con necesidades del salón (disminuir el costo de los paseos, Raz Kids, materiales de matemáticas, etc.), equipo para el parque de recreo, tecnología (computadoras Chromebook), y libros de lectura guiada para ser utilizados durante la instrucción del salón de clases.

Quiero compartir con usted la información de antemano en cómo funciona esta colecta de fondos para evitar cualquier confusión. Los alumnos llevarán a la casa la forma de permiso el día de hoy. Por favor revísela cuidadosamente. Para que su hijo pueda participar, tendrá que traer la forma firmada. Al firmar la forma usted se compromete a vender 30 barras de chocolate a $2 cada una y regresar $60 para el 15 de abril. Una vez que usted reciba una caja y ésta sea abierta no podrá ser regresada a la escuela. Básicamente, al firmar la forma de permiso y recibir la caja de chocolate usted compromete a su familia a pagar los $60

Si tiene alguna pregunta en cómo funciona esta recaudación de fondos por favor contáctenos por correo a: FreedomPTAPresident@gmail.com

  

​The Spring Book Fair opens on March 21st at 6:00 pm during Open House. It runs through Monday, March 27th at noon.  

  

​Talent Show Tryouts will be held on March 8th during co-curr rotations.  Please see the attached document for information and a sign up sheet.  Talent Show Tryouts 2017.pdf

  

​*Call the office for an appointment. 817-744-4800​

New registration for incoming Kindergartners and 1st Graders will be held April 3-7 from 8:30 - 2:30 and April 4 from 5-7 pm. Appointments are required.

  

​Congratulations to Kindergarten Teacher Jillian Burkhart for being Freedom's teacher of the year!  Angie Parker and Kelly Holt were also nominated. 

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What a great way to partner with your student to eat healthy snacks!  We sent information home this week along with a recipe book created by high school students.  The focus behind the challenge is to sign up, record what snack you eat all 21 days, and then fill out a survey at the end.  If you help your child sign up and do the survey at the end, they will receive a prize from the Medical City Children’s Hospital.  It is a totally free challenge and a win for every party involved.  Check out the website www.kids-teaching-kids.com and please contact me if you have any questions!  My email is Shelby.mccaleb@kellerisd.net.  We would love to have the most students involved to win a trophy and money for the PE department!

  

Running Club will resume on Tuesday, January 24th.  Registration is now open for new students! We would love for your child to join.  Present members do not need to reregister.  We meet on Tuesdays after school until 4:00.  Please email Shelby.McCaleb@KellerISD.Net if your child is interested!

  

​The Keller ISD Film Festival is back and looking for student filmmakers to show off their creative talents behind and in front of the camera. Entries will be accepted January 3-March 20. The festival is an opportunity for students to develop their visual literacy and expand their educational experience in Keller ISD by fostering the creativity, artistic, communication and technical skills required for producing a movie. Students have seven entry categories to choose from including: Story, Comedy, Music Video, Documentary, PSA Plus, and Animation.

Students have the chance to be honored at an Awards Ceremony on May 11th.  Students can win trophies, certificates, prizes, and more!

For more information on the Film Fest, including details on how to submit your entries, visit www.KellerISD.net/Film!

  

ComeToBookFair.pngOur Scholastic Book Fair begins on Dec. 1st and runs through Dec. 8th.  Daily hours are 7:25 - 3:10.  It will also be open during the Pancakes at the North Pole event on Saturday, December 3rd from 8:30 - 11:30.  Free holiday gift wrapping is being offered with any purchase!

Online shopping is available here​ through December 9th.  Delivery cannot be guaranteed before the holiday break.

  

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​We would like to invite you and your family members that are Veterans to come to our Veterans’ Day Celebration on Thursday, November 10th at 8:00 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Reception for Veterans will be immediately following.​

Please return the attached form along with a 5X7 photo for our tribute wall.

Veterans' Day 2016 - 2017.pdf

  

​Join us at Spring Creek Barbecue for Spirit Night on October 24th from 5-9 pm.

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Mrs. Thorson received Kirkwood's Class Act recognition today as their teacher of the month. She was nominated by one of her families and we are really proud of her!

She was given $100 gift card from the Kirkwood insurance agency, $25 gift certificate to The Local Watering Hole, 30 minute massage from Tara Hayden, Licensed Massage Therapist and a $30 gift card to DeVivo Bros. Eatery

  

​Picture Day is Tuesday, October 18th.  Here is the form for ordering pictures.​  Yearbook Picture day 2016.pdf 

  

​Students who are nominated are assessed for eligibility of Gifted and Talented Services at the campus level by our GT teacher Mrs. Douglass.  Quantitative and qualitative measures are used to determine eligibility. Here is the updated KISD Advanced Academics link:  http://campus.kellerisd.net/gt for more information about the GT program, dates and deadlines, and other good stuff before nominating. 

Students Referred by Dec. 2nd will be tested for GT between January 3-20
Students Referred by April 7th will be tested for GT between April 24-May 12

GT Parent Nomination Survey_K-4_09182016.pdf

  

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL FREEDOM CHILI COOK-OFF ON OCTOBER 17TH AT 6:00 PM. WE WILL BE SENDING HOME INFORMATION ON HOW TO ENTER YOUR FAMILY CHILI RECIPE SOON.

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​October 24 - 28th is Red Ribbon Week

Monday- Crazy Hair/Crazy Socks:  "From head to toe, be drug free"

Tuesday- Super Hero: "You have the power to say no to drugs!"

Wednesday- Sports Day: "Team up against drugs"

Thursday- Hawaiian Day:  "Lei off of drugs"​

Friday- Pajama Day: "Follow your dreams"

  

As part of the R.O.C.K. project, this years art teachers have adopted the new Keller location for the North Texas Humane Society as our charity project. Selected student artwork will be rotated on display at the shelter throughout the year and we will be making toys, pet beds, scratching posts, etc. for the animals.

Over the holidays the animals go to foster homes while they await adoptions. I am holding a drive for our school to collect items the shelter needs for the employees, animals, and foster families during this time. Students, their families, and teachers are invited to participate.

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The Casey’s Kids Program started in 1997 when Janie Casey, a former counselor with the Keller Independent School District, discovered that a student was limiting the number of school days attended per week due to a lack of clothing. It was this student’s need that led to Ms. Casey’s mission to find a way to fund the clothing needs of students in need district-wide. Named in Janie’s honor, the Casey’s Kids Fun Run began as an effort to provide clothing, initially, and has now expanded to include other items such as school supplies and household needs. Funds are kept in Keller ISD and distributed to Keller ISD families by our school counselors.
With this being the 20th anniversary, we want lots of people out there running and walking this year. Like all years this is a family event. All ages and ability levels are encouraged to attend and participate.

Casey's Kids Entry Form 2016.pdf

  
Second through fourth graders are invited to join the Garden Club.

Click here​ for more information.
  

​Mrs. Lovern will be hosting an after school art club for 3rd and 4th graders.  The club will meet on Wednesday afternoons and there will be a $25 supply fee.  

Click here​ for details.

  

Join our PTA for an Ice Cream Social on Monday, September 12th.  

Ice Cream Social.pdf

  

​Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) kick-off night will be on September 19th at 6:00 PM here at Freedom. We will serve pizza and drinks and some of our returning Watch D.O.G.S. (or TOP D.O.G.S.) will do a presentation on how you can become a Watch D.O.G. at Freedom. We will have a calendar available that night for male role models to sign-up for their preferred days to volunteer. From past experience, the calendar fills up very quickly. Come prepared to sign up on the 19th, so you won’t miss out on a fun day making a difference in the lives of our Eagles.​

  

​We will be hosting our annual Grandparent's Breakfasts on September 8 & 9.  Students in grades 3 & 4 will participate on Thursday, September 8.  Students in grades K-2 will participate on Friday, September 9.  Both events will begin at 8:00 am in the cafeteria.

We hope to see you there!

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​2016-17 Spirit T-Shirts can now be ordered!  Here's the form: Freedom TShirt.pdf

Students wear these t-shirts for spirit days and field trips.  Please send the form with payment to school with your child or deliver it to the front office.

  

Dropoff:  The first day of school is Tuesday, August 23.  Doors will open at 7:25 am and students may go straight to their classrooms if not eating breakfast.  Parents may walk their students to their classrooms on Tuesday only.

Beginning on Wednesday, August 24, parents must check in at the office before entering the building.  Students will go to breakfast or wait in the gym until 7:45, and teachers will pick them up to go to class.

Pickup:

Car riders: Kindergarten will be dismissed in the front of the building at the end of their hall.  Please do not walk up to the doors to get your child; stay in your car.

First Grade will dismiss at the end of their hallway at the rear of the building. Please do not walk up to the doors to get your child; stay in your car.

Second through Fourth Grades will dismiss at the front of the building at the end of the Third Grade hallway.  Please do not walk up to the doors to get your child; stay in your car.

Bus, Carpool, and Walkers:​ Dismissal will be at the west side of the school by the cafeteria.

  

​Mr. Mantz will be using Remind 101 to send text updates about what's happening at Freedom.  To join, text @4296g to 81010.  If you were receiving these texts last year, you WILL need to sign up again for this year.

  

​Come and meet your teacher on August 18th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  You will receive a phone call from your child's teacher beforehand so you will know where to go.  This is an excellent time for school supplies to be brought to school.

The first day of school is August 23rd.  Doors will open at 7:25. 

  

Please see the link for school supplies for this school year.

http://www.kellerisd.net/studentsandfamilies/know/Pages/SchoolSupplies.aspx

  

​School supply orders for the 2016-2017 school year will be taken through June 25th.  See flyer for more details.​  FRE105 COLOR.pdf

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