Issue 24 | Jan. 26, 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
FHES Choir Sings at Grizzlies Game
Tues., Jan. 28

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

GMSD Public Viewing of ELA Materials Up for Adoption
Thurs., Feb. 6 | 8:00 am-6:00 pm
GMSD District Office Boardroom
3350 Forest Hill Irene Rd.

Father-Daughter Evening of Enchantment
Fri., Feb. 7 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Information & Event Details
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.
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 this week.

Light refreshments will be served. Look for the formal invitation in your little princess's folder this week! If you have any questions, please contact Jenaleigh Bingham .  
January's Teacher Treat Theme: Spread Love, Not Germs!
"Spread Love, Not Germs in the New Year!” was the theme for January‘s Teacher Treat. 

Tuesday morning faculty and staff were welcomed back from the long weekend with coffee and donut bites thanks to Donut Hutt!

Cute boxes of tissues for their classroom or office were also handed out to help care for all the runny noses in the school during cold season! Thank you to everyone that helped make this treat a success!

For more information on Teacher Treats, emai l Sarah Naffziger.
Opportunities to Take Action
Yearbooks on Sale for $35 through Friday
This is the last week to pre-order your yearbook for the $35 price! The price will increase to $40 beginning Feb. 1.

Go to  www.balfour.com   and search for our school to place your order.
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!
FHES Teachers of the Year!
We are proud to announce our FHES Teachers of the Year. Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Greer and Mr. Simons. You are exceptional examples of respectful, responsible, and resourceful Foxes and we are so lucky to have you here! 
FHES featured in Germantown Magazine
In case you missed it! FHES was featured in Germantown Magazine's Winter-Spring 2020 edition! Check it out here.
GMSD News
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GMSD 2020-2021 Open Enrollment and Transfer News
GMSD's Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will begin TOMORROW on January 27 and will close on February 7. 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 years of preschool or 5th grade.
GMSD 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 with the names and a brief description of people you believe deserve this honor by February 7.  
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 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 21 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.