Issue 15 | Nov. 3, 2019
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Forest Hill Happenings
Parent-Teacher Conference Night
Mon., Nov. 4

Last Day to Order Individual School Portraits
Mon., Nov. 4

Professional Development Day for Teachers
Tues., Nov. 5
No school for students

Veterans Day Program
Mon., Nov. 11

Board of Education Meeting
Tues., Nov.12 at 6:30 pm | New GMSD Administration Building, next to FHES

Individual School Portrait Make-Up
Wed., Nov. 13

Spirit Night @ Mellow Mushroom
Thurs., Nov. 14 | 4:00 - 10:00 pm

Veteran's Charity Basketball Event
Thurs., Nov. 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm | FHES Gym

Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 25 through Nov. 29
Information & Event Details
Red Ribbon Week Winners!
This last week was Red Ribbon Week at Forest Hill Elementary! The theme was "Send A Message. Stay Drug Free." Each class decorated a pumpkin to go along with the Drug Free theme! Thank you so much to all of our Room Parents and volunteers for helping to make this such a huge success! Also a big thank you to our judges Mr. Percoski, Mrs. Pickens, and Officer Mike! 

The winners are:

Preschool - Greer
Kindergarten - Bononno
1st Grade - Berggren and Dowdle
2nd Grade - Banks
3rd Grade - Gretke
4th Grade - Howard
5th Grade - Lewis
Nurse Alison Needs You!
Nurse Alison is looking for for help. Let's alleviate some of the extra traffic she's been having! Please check the dates on the SignUpGenius & volunteer if you can.

If you haven't yet, please send in your completed Blue Health Room card-ASAP. This is what our volunteers will be using to contact parents when necessary.

Please click here to sign up to be a Health Room volunteer!
Forest Hill K-Kids Club Needs Your Help
We are having a donation drive to benefit the West Tennessee Veteran’s Home. The drive will begin Mon., Oct. 28 and go through Fri., Nov. 4. If you would like to donate, please send money to your child’s homeroom teacher.
Prep for our Veterans Day Program
Veterans Day is an important day for us to express our gratitude and recognize veterans we have represented at Forest Hill Elementary. We want to recognize and include all veterans in our Forest Hill family who can be present. 

Please click here to open the form to fill out and turn it in to your child's teacher or to Mr. Simons. You can also  email it to Mr. Simons. Turn in forms by Nov. 8.

Due to limited space, only veterans (and a family member if needed to assist a veteran) are invited to attend. For those wishing to see the program, FHES will broadcast it live on our Facebook page .  
Veterans' Charity Basketball Event at FHES Thurs., Nov. 21
Forest Hill Elementary will be hosting a Charity Basketball game with all proceeds benefiting the West Tennessee Veterans Home.

The event will take place on Thurs., Nov. 21 from 6-8:00 pm in the FHES gym. Tickets will be $5 at the door, and concessions will be available to purchase. 

Check out some fun events you don't want to miss!
  • Basketball game featuring GMSD students, teachers, local celebrities, and basketball players.
  • Surprise appearances from several Memphis basketball legends!
  • Meet Pouncer from the Memphis Tigers!
  • Halftime 3-point and slam dunk contest!
  • Hot wing eating contest courtesy of "Let it Fly” - winner gets a free hour of play in the "Full Swing” golf simulator.
  • Giving away 8 tickets to a Memphis Tigers basketball game this season!

More surprises to come!
Fox Family Pancake Party in December
We would like to invite all of our Forest Hill Families to a free* Pancake Party on Sat., Dec., 14 from 7:30-10:30 am. 
Join us for pancakes, a hot chocolate bar, face painting, and more. Our very own Flash the Fox will be on the cafeteria stage to take winter pictures! Come warm up with a good breakfast and tons of fun before you head to the Germantown Parade!

*This breakfast is donation only and complimentary to all of our Fox Families.
Cold & Flu Prevention from Nurse Alison
Greetings from your School Nurse—Nurse Alison. I have enjoyed meeting some of you and your young Foxes already. Your children are a delight to me. I wanted to share a word about the upcoming flu and cold season (and strep) and things that we can do to keep our kids well.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory virus. Each year flu causes millions of illnesses and thousands of hospitalizations. Flu is spread mainly by droplets made when someone with flu coughs, sneezes, or talks, or by touching something that has flu virus on it and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.

The best way to protects against flu is to get a yearly flu vaccine for yourself and your child. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend an annual flu vaccine for all children 6 months and older.

In addition, stay away from people who are sick as much as possible. If you or your child are sick, avoid others as much as possible. Cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and clean surfaces that might be contaminated with flu viruses.

If you are concerned that your child might have the flu, talk to your doctor early. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and fluids. If flu symptoms develop (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, feeling tired, and sometimes vomiting/diarrhea)…call your doctor or take your child to the doctor right away.

If your child develops a fever, keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine like Tylenol or Ibuprofen). A FEVER IS DEFINED AS 100.0 OR HIGHER. Also use your judgement regarding keeping a child home with a frequent cough or who feels lethargic or irritable.

Strep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by Group A Strep. (However, viruses—not bacteria—cause most sore throats). Group A Strep spreads in the same way that flu does. A doctor must swab your throat to determine if you have strep throat.

People with strep throat should stay home from school until they have no fever and have taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours. Remember: strep throat usually produces a fever, but not always. 

To avoid strep throat/flu and their spread, wash your hands often. Handwashing involves five steps: Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, and Dry. Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent germ spread.

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Do not drink from the same glass, or share plates or utensils with someone who is sick.

Promoting healthy behaviors in your child can also help reduce illness. Help them to make healthy food choices. Encourage them to get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. Finally, helping to ensure that they are getting 9-12 hours of sleep per day can contribute to the overall health and well-being of your child.

*All information listed here was taken directly from the Centers for Disease Control Website CDC.Gov.
Shout Outs
Thank You, Bella Caffe!
Halloween morning sure was cold, but thanks to Bella Caffe, our FHES faculty and staff had a warm start to their day! Seasonal mochas, coffees, cappuccinos, and ciders were served to warm up everyone and put some extra pep in their step to power through the Halloween school day!

Shout out to Bella Caffe for making this well-deserved treat possible for our Forest Hill family!

If you aren’t already part of the teacher treat committee, and showing appreciation to our wonderful faculty and staff is something you want to do, please email Sarah Naffziger , Teacher Treat committee chair. We have many more fun teacher treats planned for November and December and could use your help!
Need More Information?
Check out the  Forest Hill Elementary PTO website or email the PTO directly if you have any questions or comments. We love to hear from you!