Issue 16 | Nov. 10, 2019
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Forest Hill Happenings
Veterans Day Program (Students wear either red, white, or blue per grade. See below.)
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

Charity Basketball Game benefiting West Tennessee Veterans Home
Thurs., Nov. 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm | FHES Gym

Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 25 through Nov. 29
Information & Event Details
Veterans Day is Mon., Nov. 11 | Program Overview
Students should wear the following colors tomorrow:
  • Pre-K, K, and 1st wear Red
  • 2nd and 3rd wear White
  • 4th and 5th wear Navy Blue
 
Veterans' Day Overview:
  • Veterans, please report to the cafeteria between 1:30-1:50 pm to enjoy cookies and coffee. You may enter the school from the east doors or from our front entrance. No check-in will be required; instead, just grab a Guest Pass as you enter.
  • Click here to check for your Veteran's name on the Guest List. If a name is missing, just email Mr. Simons.
  • The Veterans Parade begins at 2:00 pm.
  • The Veterans Program begins at 2:15 pm in the gym.

Due to limited space, only veterans (and a family member if needed for assistance) are invited to attend. However, FHES will broadcast the program live on our Facebook page .  
Mellow Mushroom + Raise Money? That's a WIN-WIN!
Mellow Mushroom will give FHES PTO 15% back (excluding alcohol) on all purchases this Thursday evening. No need to show a flyer - just come enjoy some delicious pizza with the whole family!

If you have any questions, please  email Jenny Davis.  
We Need Blue Info Cards + Volunteers for the Health Room
The Health Room needs your students' blue Health Info Cards! If you haven't turned in your blue Health Info Cards to your teachers, please get them in ASAP . Volunteers will begin working in the Health Room next week, and they need to be able to contact you if your child becomes sick.

As cold and flu season ramps up, Nurse Alison needs our help! Let's alleviate some of the extra traffic she's been having. Please click here to sign up to be a Health Room volunteer!
Charity Basketball Game Benefiting West Tennessee Veterans Home
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 Sat., Dec. 14
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 Message 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 Out
Big Thank You for Teacher Conference Night
Thank you to everyone who made the Teacher Appreciation Meal on Monday's Conference Night a success.

We provided a grab-and-go type meal for the teachers that included sandwich roll-ups and croissants, a variety of chicken salad, chips, fruit and veggie trays, several dips with chips/crackers, decorated cookies, miniature cupcakes, soft drinks and waters. We especially want to thank the parents who provided the drinks and chips.

We also want to extend our thanks to the local businesses who generously made donations: Chicken Salad Chick, Chill Frozen Treats and Sweets, Frost Bake Shop, and Whole Foods. And a special thank you to the following volunteers who helped with food prep, donations, decorations, set up and clean up and made the night extra special: Adrienne Berry, Wendy Camamile, Courtney Conaway, Yemi Emereuwao, Anna Fagala, Sara Foley, Katie Gabb, Shawn Irving, Susan Miller, Ashley Pera, Ashley Robinson, and Laurie Wissman.
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!