Issue 23 | Jan. 19, 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 school!

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

FHES PTO Spirit Night @ Forest Hill Grill
Thurs, Jan. 23 | 3:45-9:00 pm

Mother-Son Event
Fri., Jan. 24 | 5:30-9:00 pm (drop by any time)
The Yard | 6001 Airline Rd, Arlington, TN 38002

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

Track & Field Meeting ( 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade Students & Parents)
Tues., Feb. 4 @ 6:30pm
Forest Hill Church of Christ | 3950 Forest Hill Irene Rd, Germantown

Father-Daughter Event
Fri., Feb. 7 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Information & Event Details
Forest Hill Grill FHES PTO Spirit Night Thurs., Jan. 23
The Joys of Boys | Inaugural Mother-Son Event Fri., Jan. 24
Join us this 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.
FHES Track & Field Meeting
Evening of Enchantment | Inaugural FHES Father-Daughter Dance
Please save the date and come dressed to impress for an “Evening of Enchantment” with our very first Father-Daughter Dance! 

It will be held on Fri., Feb. 7 from 6-8pm. We have a few really fun things in the works, so you don’t want to miss it! You can RSVP through signup genius next week.

Light refreshments will be served. Below is the the formal invitation. These will also go home in your little princess's folder this week! If you have any questions, please contact Jenaleigh Bingham .  
A Note from Nurse Allison: Everyday Actions to Stop the Spread of Germs & GMSD Guidelines
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others.
  • If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your last fever (100.0 F) without fever-reducing meds except for when seeking medical care. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw your used tissue in the trash, then wash your hands.
  • Sneeze into your elbow, not your hand if you don’t have a tissue. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. 

When and How to Wash Your Hands
  • Wash your hands often to stay healthy (before eating, after toileting, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, while caring for someone sick).
  • Follow five steps: Wet your hands with clean running water; lather your hands including the backs, between fingers, and under nails; scrub for at least 20 seconds; rinse under clean running water; dry using clean towel or air dry. 
  • Use hand sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water. Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. 

When to Keep Your Child Home from School/When the Child Must Be Picked Up

Info taken from CDC.gov
Opportunities to Take Action
BMA Passes Land Exchange for Property Behind FHES
As a PTO, our goal is to keep parents informed of important issues that could affect our school and to let you know what you can do to act. While we have provided a brief summary below about the land swap, we encourage you to watch the recent BMA meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWemXgHI1C8 to hear all of the dialogue about this important issue for yourself.

Last Monday, January 13th, the Germantown Board of Mayor and Alderman (BMA) approved a land-exchange agreement and a land-use agreement between the city and GMSD involving 15 acres of land behind Forest Hill Elementary and 24.8 acres of Houston Levee Park behind Houston High School. 

Under the land swap, three of the 15 acres behind FHES would be designated for public utilities, a site they are strongly considering for a potential water tower. The additional 12 acres would be designated as a natural, passive parkland. The development of a water tower would require additional approvals and public meetings.

Both agreements will now need to be voted on by the GMSD Board of Education, which may occur as soon as their upcoming February 10th meeting. 

These articles also recap the recent BMA meeting:

If you are for or against the land-exchange agreement and the land-use agreement, it is important that you voice your opinion to the Board of Education PRIOR to the meeting date. Here are their email addresses for your reference:

Linda Fisher-  linda.fisher@gmsdk12.org
Betsy Landers-  betsy.landers@gmsdk12.org
Rebecca Luter-  rebecca.luter@gmsdk12.org
Angela Griffith-  angela.griffith@gmsdk12.org
Amy Eoff-  Amy.Eoff@gmsdk12.org
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. She’s looking for help MWF 11am-1pm. Let’s show her all the support we can!

You can also send in your gently used boy clothing for ages Pre-School to 1st grades.

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.
Have You Visited the Parent Resources Page on the FHES PTO Website?
The Parent Resources page has links to important school, PTO, and GMSD documents and websites in one easy spot! You can find things like Teacher Favorite Lists, PTO Board Meeting Minutes, and much more!

Shout Out
Germantown Education Foundation Grants Awarded
Germantown Education Foundation Grants were awarded at the Board of Education meeting on January 13. 

In total, the Germantown Municipal School District received $61,350. Teachers and staff wrote and submitted these grants based on what would enhance learning at their GMSD school. We are proud to report that two Forest Hill teachers were recipients of portions of the grant money.

  • FHES Librarian, Ms. Mock, received the Library Tech of All grant of $12,000. This money will be used to purchase iPad minis for the Forest Hill Library.
  • FHES 4th grade teacher, Ms. Graham, received the Kinesthetic Classroom grant of $5,455. This money will be used to create a kinesthetic classroom by incorporating movement equipment: under-desk bicycles, stair steppers, foot swings and stability ball chairs.
GMSD News
GMSD 2020-2021 Open Enrollment and Transfer News
GMSD's Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on January 27th and will close on February 7th, 2020. Please visit  GMSD's website   for complete information about open enrollment and FAQs.

One VERY important FAQ from the GMSD website that affects FHES families who are currently on intra-district or inter-district transfer to FHES:

I currently have a transfer to a GMSD school; do I need to reapply to stay at the school?   No, GMSD transfers are good through that school’s exit year. Unless your student is currently in the school’s exit year grade (i.e. 5th grade at Farmington, Forest Hill, or Dogwood, or 8th grade at Houston Middle or Riverdale), you do not need to reapply. If your student is in the school’s exit year grade, you will need to apply for an Open Enrollment transfer to the school you would like to attend.

We did confirm this with GMSD. Families who are currently on transfer will receive a "continuing transfer" letter that they will need to upload during registration. They will NOT have to reapply for transfer as long as their address has not changed, and they are not in FHES's exit year (5th grade).
Approved Proposed GMSD 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar
The Board of Education approved the  GMSD 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar  at their meeting this past Monday. Thank you to students, parents, teachers, faculty, and staff who submitted feedback about the three proposed calendars!
GMC PTO Awards Ceremony
Each year the Council recognizes those who go above and beyond for each of our Germantown Municipal Schools. The Awards Ceremony will be held in April, and award recipients and their families are invited to attend. Award recipients are nominated by their volunteer board, a school administrator, or anyone who recognizes the nominee's exceptional service to his or her school. The council offers two awards - the S.T.A.R. of Excellence and the Legacy of Excellence. 
 
S.T.A.R. OF EXCELLENCE
S ervice to Schools 
T ime and Talents Invested 
A ctive Involvement 
R esults Oriented 
 
Nominees for this award should demonstrate exceptional dedication and service to their schools. Whether this person chairs an amazing event each year or is a key volunteer who makes it all come together, the S.T.A.R. nominee is kind and caring, brings out the best in others, and exemplifies the four criteria of the of the S.T.A.R. Award. Nominees may be a parent, a teacher, an administrator, adult volunteer, school crossing guard, or police officer. 

The Legacy of Excellence Award was created in memory of Kristen Ames Melton, who tragically passed away in October, 2016. Kristen’s legacy is one of kindness, selflessness and tremendous work ethic. She never hesitated to go above and beyond for anyone and everyone, even those she had just met. Nominees for the Legacy of Excellence Award should be a parent volunteer that embodies the same qualities that made Kristen so very special. This award is given to one (volunteer) recipient each year.

Please email Chelsea Slabaugh at  chelsea_childers@yahoo.com    with the names and a brief description of people you believe deserve this honor by February 7th.  
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 30, 4 pm--Community Partnerships
  • February 3, 4 pm--Whole Child (Physical Health, Social-Emotional, Environment/Safety, Student Engagement/Activities)
  • February 4, 4 pm--Innovative and Challenging Academics (Curriculum/Standards, Teaching/Learning)
  • February 6, 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.
Need More Information?
Check out the  Forest Hill Elementary PTO website or email the PTO directly if you have any questions or comments.