Light and Shadow Science
STEM IN ACTION
You've heard a lot about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and FC Elementary teachers have been forward-thinking and proactive in securing grants over the last several years to purchase supplies, materials and programs.

Last April, we were awarded a STEM Scale Up grant award called "Light and Shadow."

Several teachers (Heather Brown, Allison Klaassen, Lori Rollefson, Melissa Taft, Emily Beenken and Michelle Bunger) attended the required training at UNI and received kits with lots of activities to teach students about the science of light and shadow.

Check out these cool photos of kids using light tables!
SchoolMessenger
Hopefully, you know that we rolled out a new communication app over the summer called SchoolMessenger!

Here are links to a couple of communications that have already been distributed about how to sign up as well as some frequently asked questions about the app.

We encourage you to contact Kristin Heidemann, Communications Director, with any questions so we can ensure you are not missing important messages:
kheidemann@forestcity.k12.ia.us
641-585-2323 x2207

In addition to this app, we have another new app (look for it in your app store...it's called Forest City CSD). This app has the daily calendar, staff directory, lunch menus and more! Click here for a comparison of the two apps (you need both!)
PBIS Celebration
This year we are keeping track of our PBIS building point total by building our American Flag. By the end of May, our goal is to have 20,000 building points earned by our students. Each week as we meet our goals, we add stars and stripes to our flag.

On the afternoon of Oct. 23, we will have a building-wide celebration for the positive behavior points our students have earned. Students and staff will participate in activities and games as a kickoff for the four-day weekend for students.  
New and Familiar Faces
We have a number of new staff members in our building this year. Please extend a FC welcome when you see them next!

School Nurse Amber Folkerts: Amber has been at the middle school/high school as their nurse for the past couple of years. She is a Forest City graduate and has two children in our building.

PE Teacher Kent Jorgensen: Kent is a recent graduate of UNI and is an Eagle Grove native. Besides teaching and helping coach football, Kent helps his family farm.

K-Prep Teacher Brooke Hemann: Brooke is a recent graduate of UNI and is a St. Ansgar graduate. She lives in Forest City and is enjoying her time with the staff and students.

Special Education Teacher Heather Urbatsch: Heather is working in the Kindergarten wing. She has been an associate in the building for several years.

Third Grade Teacher Matt Harriman : Matt has lived in Forest City for a number of years while teaching and coaching at North Iowa. He is an Eden Prairie native and an ISU graduate. He is the son-in-law of former elementary teacher, Kim Mollenhauer.

Kindergarten Teacher Katie Schmidt: Katie also has lived in Forest City while teaching in Clear Lake. She is a graduate of Garner-Hayfield and UNI. Katie is the daughter of educator/coach Linda Keifer. 

Early Childhood Special Education Thomas Treloar: Thomas is a graduate of GHV and UNI. He completed part of his student teaching in our elementary building and subbed a lot in our building this past year.

Building Maintenance Skyler Wood: Skyler held the same position in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck school district and is a Marine veteran.

Associates: Alisa Sand, Marcia Kluver and Tammy Krieger join FC Elementary as associates. They are all familiar faces in the district!
PARENTING WORKSHOP
Mrs. Prohaska is offering a free parenting Workshop on Oct. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Forest City YMCA.

The focus of this workshop is on utilizing the power of saying “no” to end the sense of entitlement. Skills learned will be around developing effective strategies with your child. Please call the elementary school to register.
Highlights
Mrs. Baker's fourth grade classroom is going to be participating in the RSVP Pen Pal Program this year (Making Memories Through the Mail).  The program is designed to help students practice the art of writing, increase literacy skills, and build positive multi-generational relationships. In September, volunteers completed a profile form and selected a student Pen Pal based on the student's profile form. Six letters will be exchanged from October to April. A Pen Pal Party will be held in May, giving participants the opportunity to meet in person
Winnebago county naturalist Lisa Ralls is a familiar face in the Elementary. Here, she is sharing information about Bald Eagles to second grade students as part of their citizenship unit. She'll be back in October as part of the Native Americans unit.  
Thank you to Mallory Hartwig, our district's K-12 Instructional Coach and ELL (English Language Learner) Coordinator! She secured grant funding from AEA to purchase bilingual book kits and language development workbooks for every elementary school ELL family.
Teacher Twitter Accounts
@FCElementary  (Elementary)
@_mrswalker  (Mrs. Walker)
@ PinsClass  (Mrs. Pins)
@ELPFC  (Mrs. Reece)
@FCMrsBeenken  (Mrs. Beenken)
@CariLillquist  (Mrs. Lillquist)
@sam_bartlett12  (Ms. Bartlett)
@michelle_bunger  (Mrs. Bunger)
@AmyGrunhovd  (Mrs. Grunhovd)
@HarrimanMr (Mr. Harriman)