Issue 22 | Jan. 12, 2020
This weekly newsletter is the place for Forest Hill Elementary Foxes to stay up-to-date on all the news and events happening at our wonderful new school!

Forest Hill Happenings
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting
Mon., Jan. 13 | Municipal Building | 1930 Germantown Rd.
BMA Meeting at 6:00 *Land swap to be voted on

School Board Work Session and Meeting
Mon., Jan. 13 | GMSD Administration Bldg
Work Session at 5:30, Business Meeting at 6:30

Parent Vaping Awareness Workshop
Mon., Jan. 13 at 6:00 pm | Houston High School Library

Report Card Day
Wed., Jan. 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
Mon., Jan. 20

Mother-Son Event
Fri., Jan. 24
The Yard | 6001 Airline Rd, Arlington, TN 38002

FHES Choir Sings at Grizzlies Game
Tues., Jan. 28 (purchase tickets by Jan. 21)

Father-Daughter Event
Fri., Feb. 7
Information & Event Details
The Joys of Boys | Inaugural Mother-Son Event in January
Calling all “BOY MOMS”! Please join us on Fri., Jan. 24, 2020, at the Yard in Arlington at 6001 Airline Rd. for some fun games, laser tag, Nerf wars and more! Drop in any time between 5:30-9:00pm!


We're also looking for a few good Dads or Moms of daughters to help. Click here to volunteer!
FHES Night at the Grizzlies
Come hear our FHES Choir sing the National Anthem as the Grizzlies look to take on the Denver Nuggets Tues., Jan. 28, 2020

5th Graders - Sign Up for the Washington D.C. Trip
This year's Washington D.C. trip for 5th grade students is just around the corner! More students means more fun for everyone — and there’s still time to join our trip! 

There are two easy ways to sign up:
  1. Click here to sign up online 
  2. Or call 800-468-5899.
Use Trip ID 180070 to sign up.

Please click here to email Ms. Jones for more information.
Opportunities to Take Action
Forest Hill Farmers: Learning Garden & Composting | Parent Survey
We have applied for a grant with the Germantown Education Foundation to be used to install an outdoor learning garden/classroom area located between the lake and District Office. If approved, the funds would also establish a composting operation which would turn fruit and vegetable scraps into nutrient-rich soil amendments for the garden area. The garden area would have a number of raised beds for planting, and other crops would be planted directly in the ground. Ideally, we would have a large sundial as the focal point with a classroom gathering area inside the fenced-in garden area. 

We are looking for feedback from our FHES families and Germantown community residents on how this addition to our school would benefit students' learning, and/or our Germantown community. Also, since being a new school on a strict budget, we are looking for feedback on how the community would be willing to help.

We greatly appreciate you taking a few minutes to provide some feedback.  Please click here to complete the short survey.

Thank you for your participation! - Jon House & Kaitlin Sullivan (FHES teachers)
Join the First Ever FHES Book Buyers Club
The application for 3rd-5th graders to join Forest Hill's inaugural Book Buyers Club is now open! Click here to visit our library's website t o learn more about this great opportunity for students to take ownership of their library by actively participating in the library's book acquisition process.

Interested students should  click here to fill out the application by Fri., Jan. 24.
Health Room Volunteers Needed!
The Health Room is full of students, and Nurse Alison can use our help! Please consider volunteering your time, starting Mon., Jan. 12. She’s looking for help MWF 11am-1pm.
Let’s show her all the support we can!

Feedback Needed for GMSD 2020-2021 Proposed Calendar
The 2020 Calendar Committee presented three options for the Germantown Board of Education to consider for GMSD's 2020-2021 school year.   

 Click here to go to GMSD's website to view the proposed calendars and to provide your feedback if you haven't already.
Yearbooks on Sale Now
Yearbooks are available for preorder now!

Go to  www.balfour.com   and search for our school to place your order.

The price is $35 but will increase to $40 beginning February 1st.
Shout Outs
Jan. 2nd Spirit Day at STAKS
Thank you to the staff, faculty and teachers who ate at STAKS on the 2nd! And a special thank you to STAKS for their generous donation of $500 to the FHES PTO! 
GMSD News
Proposed Land Swap Update
We want you to be aware of an important issue that will directly affect our school. Last Wednesday, Germantown Parks & Recreation Commissioners agreed to give up 24+ acres of Houston Levee Park to GMSD. In exchange, GMSD would have to give the parks commission 15 acres of land behind Forest Hill Elementary.

The next step is the Germantown Board of Mayor and Alderman will vote at their meeting TOMORROW on Monday, Jan. 13 at 6:00pm.

For any questions or concerns regarding this proposed land swap, please contact the Board of Mayor and Alderman and the Board of Education.

Below are articles about the Parks & Rec Commission meeting last Wednesday as well as the agenda for tomorrow's upcoming BMA meeting:

Board of Mayor and Aldermen Agenda for TOMORROW, Monday, Jan. 13:
Parent Awareness about Vaping Workshop
GMSD Parent Engagement Opportunities
We're seeking parents to participate in strategic planning focus groups! The GMSD administrative team is assembling focus groups to help guide the new 2025 Strategic Plan for the District. 

A small number of parents will be selected through an application process. A public survey, published at a later date, will allow ALL citizens to participate in the process. 

The four tentative meetings have been scheduled for:
  • January 30th, 4 pm--Community Partnerships
  • February 3rd, 4 pm--Whole Child (Physical Health, Social-Emotional, Environment/Safety, Student Engagement/Activities)
  • February 4th, 4 pm--Innovative and Challenging Academics (Curriculum/Standards, Teaching/Learning)
  • February 6th, 4 pm--Recruit, Develop, Retain Exemplary Employees

Applicants must be able to attend the meeting date. Applicants may apply for multiple focus groups, but will only be allowed to serve on one.

Apply by clicking here:  https://form.jotform.com/200016717921144
 
Other Opportunities
  • Public viewings of English Language Arts (ELA) instructional materials up for adoption will be held on Jan. 16 and Feb.6 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in the boardroom of the GMSD district office at 3350 Forest Hill Irene Rd.
  • Public viewings of the Family Life Curriculum and instructional materials will be held on January 21st from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in the boardroom of the GMSD district office at 3350 Forest Hill Irene Rd.
Save the Date
Evening of Enchantment | Inaugural FHES Father-Daughter Dance
Please save the date for an “Evening of Enchantment" with our very first FHES Father-Daughter Dance to be held on Fri., Feb. 7.

Stay tuned for more details! If you have any questions, please email Jenaleigh Gaines .
Planning Has Begun for Fox Family Fun Day!
Planning has begun for Fox Family Fun Day, and we need YOU! Volunteers will be needed to help plan this fun event as well as help with games on April 5, 2020.  

Please click here to volunteer  and get an early start organizing your 2020 calendars! 

Email Anna Moore if you have any questions.
Need More Information?
Check out the  Forest Hill Elementary PTO website or email the PTO directly if you have any questions or comments.