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Greetings Forest Ridge Families,

As we begin the second month of the 2021-2022 school year, I look forward to opportunities to connect with families at school, which is a welcome return to how we approach teaching and learning at Forest Ridge. 

This month, we have parent/guardian-teacher conferences, which are being offered in-person and remotely, as many families enjoyed the flexibility of the virtual option. Regardless of how you will be meeting with your learner's teacher(s), it is a great opportunity for you to gain insight into the strengths of your child(ren) as well as any plans to promote their academic and social growth.

In addition to conferences, I look forward to connecting with families during our Fall Festival being run by our PTO. We truly value family involvement with school and evening celebrations are a fantastic way to make connections and build those critical trusting relationships. Should you want to extend involvement beyond fun activities, such as the Fall Festival, please feel free to attend monthly PTO meetings. If you want to come in to interact with our great learners by supervising lunch please send me an email or contact the office. Thank you to those that have already expressed interest in volunteering, someone will reach out shortly to solidify a schedule.

Have a wonderful day and if you ever have questions or concerns regarding your learner's experience at Forest Ridge, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


Geoff Pontus


(414) 574-4051

Importance of Reguar Attendance

Attending school on a regular basis is important. For your child to be successful in school they need to attend each day. The doors open at 7:50 am, students need to be in their classes at 8:00. Classes start at 8:05. When a child arrives late for school a parent/guardian needs to escort the child to the office and sign them in. Please make every effort not to bring your children in late or pick them up early. Whenever possible, schedule appointments on no-school days or after school hours.

After School Transporation

Parents, we need to know of changes in after school transportation with a note or phone call to the school office at 414-574-4050 before 2:00 pm. We can not guarantee any after school changes after 2:00 pm. Thank you for your attention to this important student safety procedure.

Cold Weather Ahead

Please make sure your children come to school dressed for the weather.  Hats, gloves, jackets, snow pants and boots should be worn everyday when the weather is cold, wet or snowy.  Please consider writing your students name on or in their clothing in case it gets lost.

The cold and flu season is sneaking up on us.  Please don’t send your child to school if he or she is ill with symptoms of fever or has been vomiting.  Reinforce good health habits with your children like covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing and participating in frequent hand washing. 

Parent-Teacher Conference

Face to Face Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 14th and Remote Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 20th. Contact your child's teacher if you have not scheduled a parent teacher conference.

PTO Information

Dear Forest Ridge Families,

Our first event of the school year, our 5th Annual Moovin’ & Groovin’ Rock-a-Thon was a huge success! Thank you to all who donated to this cause! The kids had a great time walking around the school with their classmates and dancing to some music. In addition, we surpassed our $5,000 goal and raised a total of $5,260! As a result, Mr. Pontus will be duct taped to the wall by the students. We are sure they are going to have a blast with this reward! The winners for the Fire tablets were: Connor M. in 5th grade, Ethan M. in 5K, and Meia H. in 4K Congratulations to all winners! Thank you to Mr. Mattern and Mrs. Johnson for organizing this event.

We have plenty planned for October! October 7th will be our first Smencils sale for the year! Smencils, Smarkers, Smens, and Smickers will all be sold for $1.00 each during lunch recess. Don’t forget to send $1.00 to school with your children if they are interested in purchasing any of these items.

Our Fall Book Fair runs October 12-21st. You can purchase online during that time, or we will be open for in-person sales on October 14th for families to shop during conference night. Visit our fair page at for purchasing online and more information. Our Book Fair will be held in the Media Center at school.

October 15th is our very anticipated Fall Festival! This is a fun family event that runs from 5-7pm at school. Tickets are required to purchase in advance. Flyers went home this month already, so please be sure to return your forms with payment by October 11 to RSVP for this event! We have games, food, pumpkins, pumpkin decorating, and face painting! Tickets are $5 per person. Costumes are not necessary, but are encouraged! Come enjoy some things fall has to offer at our Fall Festival on October 15!

Our first Food Night will also be held this month on Monday, October 18th, at Milwaukee Burger Company in Franklin. Treat your family to dinner anytime between 6-9pm and Milwaukee Burger Company will donate 10% back to Forest Ridge for every flyer presented. 

Finally, our first Popcorn Day of the year will be held Thursday, October 28, for grades 5K-5th grade. We are giving families the option to pay up front for the year for just $2.00. For those who do not wish to pay for the year, $.25 can still be sent in each Popcorn Day for this special treat. 

As always, please like our Facebook page @forestridgewolfpack for information on all of our events throughout the year. Our PTO meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Media Center at school. We would love to see you at our next meeting on October 12!


Forest Ridge PTO

October is School Safety Month

The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District takes the safety of all students and staff very seriously.   Given that we want to take the time needed to present safety information carefully, we have decided to conduct safety month instead of safety week for the 21/22 school year. This will allow teachers and students to spread safety lessons throughout the month.  See the safety letter from Dan Unertl, Superintendent, and Steven Anderson, Oak Creek Chief of Police.   2021-2022 Safety Month Letter to families from District & Police Department.pdf 

During Safety Month, all students will participate in age-appropriate safety lessons on remaining safe in our schools by locking down in classrooms, doing quick peeks and metering when we need to evacuate, and the See or Hear Something, Say Something campaign.  At the elementary level, students will also view a police officer video presentation from the OC Police Department and an in person Fire Prevention presentation  from the OC Fire Department.  Students in 4th -12th grade will again view the video “Be Prepared, Not Scared” featuring Captain Bolender and members of the Oak Creek Police Department.   Please plan to talk to your child throughout the month of October about what they are learning about safety. 

Recycle Art Supplies

Don’t throw away your newspapers, empty egg cartons,  toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls consider donating them to Mr. Novak’s art room.  Send your items in a bag marked art room.  Thank you!

Books Bring Us Together!

We are happy to be back in person for the Book Fair this fall! The fair will be open for families to shop on October 14th from 3:30pm-8:15pm, during conference night. . If you are not able to visit the fair in person, you can still purchase online at Scholastic

to shop the online fair.  Students will have opportunities to shop the fair during school hours from October 13th-20th. You can also visit our website listed above to set up an eWallet for your kids to shop the fair without having to worry about sending in money! Details can be found online. Our in-person fair will be held in the Media Center, upstairs by the library, at school.  Thanks for stopping by!

School Picture Days

School pictures will be taken the night of Parent Teacher conference Thursday, October 14th from 3:30 PM - 8:15 PM. If you do not have a conference scheduled for this day you can still come and take your school picture. School Pics will also be at Forest Ridge on Friday, October 29th to take pictures through out the school day.

October Artist of the Month

Congratulations to Laila in Mrs. Simmons 2nd grade class on being the Forest Ridge artist of the month for October. 2nd grade students first studied the painting Tiger in a Tropical Storm by the French artist Henri Rousseau. They then had the chance to draw their very own tigers and add details to their jungle inspired backgrounds.


Free Parent Opportunity

Unity Week/Anti-Bullying Prevention will be October 25th-29th

 Monday, October 25 - UNITY DAY: Wear blue!!!

What is Unity Day?

Wear and share blue to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Make it blue and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to showing that you believe that all youth should be safe from bullying? Come together in one giant blue message of hope and support, WEAR AND SHARE blue to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.  Forest Ridge Elementary will be participating in Unity Day to support national bullying prevention month.  

Monday - Wear Blue to say NO to bullying

Tuesday - Celebrate diversity! Be unique by wearing your favorite colors.

Wednesday - Hands are for helping. We'll identify others we can turn to in a time of need.

Thursday - Words have power! Write a note to someone and let them know you appreciate them.

Friday - Unity day! Anti-Bullying Class Pledge & read alouds 

Rebecca Vandermeuse, 

M.S.School Counselor

Forest Ridge Elementary School

P: (414)574-4050


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