Issue 29 | March 1, 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
Read Across America
Mon., March 2 - Fri., March 6

School Board Work Session and Meeting
Mon., March 2 | GMSD Administration Bldg
Work Session at 5:30 pm, Business Meeting at 6:30 pm
Click links above for agendas (note change to transfer policy in Business Meeting agenda)

"Three's a Company" Audition Workshop & Auditions
Workshop Thurs., March 5 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Auditions Fri., March 6 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
FHES Auditorium/Cafeteria

Houston Middle School Competitive Cheer Clinic
Thurs., March 5 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Houston Middle School Gym

FHES PTO Spirit Night @ Pyros
Thurs., March 5 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm
3592 S Houston Levee Rd., Suite 101, Collierville 

Women's History Week
Mon., March 9 - Fri., March 13

Spring School Pictures
March 10

Family Fox Fest Sponsorship Forms Due
Fri., Mar. 13

Spring Break - No School
Mon., Mar. 16 - Fri., Mar. 20

Houston Middle School Open House for Rising 6th Grade Parents
Thurs., March 26 at 6:00 pm

Special Education Awareness Week
Mon., March 23 - Fri., March 27
Information & Event Details
Land Swap Update
Last Monday night, the BMA approved a revised land swap agreement involving the land behind FHES. This goes before our school board tomorrow, Mon. March 2 for approval. For more details, please visit:

For any questions or comments, please email the Board of Education members your thoughts BEFORE their meeting.

FHES Celebrates Read Across America March 2-6
FHES Celebrates Women's History Month March 9-13
Our Foxes will be celebrating Women’s History next week with some fun, daily themes!

  • Mon., March 9: HEROES AND SHEROES DAY | Let’s celebrate the women we think are our heroes by dressing up as your favorite woman from history OR your favorite superhero!
  • Tues., March 10: THANK YOUR INSPIRATION | Students will create thank-you notes for a woman who inspires them!
  • Wed., March 1: THE COLORFUL WORLD OF WOMEN | Students will get to choose a coloring sheet of a famous woman in history to be posted in our hallways!
  • Thurs., March 12: WEAR WHITE FOR WOMEN DAY | All students are encouraged to wear white and join our 3rd and 4th graders for a “Women’s March” through our decorated halls!
  • Fri., March 13: WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE MUSEUM | Our 5th grade Foxes will be putting on a Living Wax Museum in the cafeteria at 9:30 am!
GMSD Information on Health Concerns
GMSD Families,

We are aware that many families are concerned about COVID-19 or coronavirus. Our district is following recommendations from the  Shelby County Health Department Tennessee Department of Health , and  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are no reported cases of the disease in Tennessee as of February 28, 2020. 
COVID -19 was first detected in Wuhan City in China. The CDC is following this rapidly evolving heath situation. On January 31, 2020, the United States declared a public health emergency to help the healthcare community respond to COVID-19. Exposure to COVID-19 comes from travel to China or direct contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Everyone can do their part to respond to this emerging public health threat. Germantown Municipal School District (GMSD) will continue to collaborate with state and local health departments as advised to update emergency operations plans in the event of a pandemic.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, and then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. 
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.

Opportunities to Take Action
Auditions Opening for "Three's a Company" for K-5th grade
  • Audition Workshop in the auditorium on Thurs., March 5 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Auditions on Fri., March 6 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
FHES PTO Spirit Night @ Pyro's this Thursday 5-9pm
Register today for the GMSD Stampede & Color Fun!
The GMSD Stampede & Color Run is around the corner!  Early registration deadline has been extended to March 8. You can use the promo code GMSD for $5 off registration fee until March 8.

Flyers were sent home with your child this week. There are school and classroom competitions for participation! 
Family Fox Fest Sponsorships + T-Shirts
Family Fox Fest is just around the corner on Sun., April 5 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm at FHES! We are looking for family and business sponsorships for our first EVER spring fundraising event!

  • If you would like to participate, please fill out this sponsorship form (also seen below) and return it with a check made out to FHES PTO to your child's homeroom teacher by Fri., March 13. You may also drop it off at the front desk.
  • T-shirt order forms are here and will be going home in your child's Wednesday folder this week, but check out this sneak peek of the t-shirt in color!

For any questions or to donate to our auction, please contact Anna Moore .
Shout Outs!
FHES 4th and 5th Grade Safety Patrol
The FHES Safety Patrol is made up of 24 fourth and fifth grade students. These students were selected from an application process and teacher recommendations.

Safety Patrol duties include helping students in morning and afternoon car line, monitoring the hallways during arrival and dismissal, and helping with preschool dismissal. 

We are so thankful to the Safety Patrol sponsors, Ms. Workman and Officer Mike, and for these students working so hard to keep our Foxes safe!
Houston Middle School Competitive Cheer Clinic
GMSD Preschool Program Accepting Applications
Germantown Municipal School District is looking for preschool students. The Peer Model Program provides an opportunity for typically developing children to be integrated into our Early Childhood classrooms to serve as positive role models for our students with disabilities. Application deadline is March 6. 

Houston Band Invites You to Colorfest Sat., March 7 at 11:30 am
COLORFEST is an annual Indoor Percussion and Color Guard Contest taking place at Houston High School.

As spectators, you will be able to watch more than 16 Color Guard Percussion teams from area schools compete. Plus come and support our very own, award winning Houston Middle School Guard, Houston Junior Varsity Guard, Houston Varsity Guard and Houston Drumlines as they perform in exhibition.

  • Tickets are $10 available at the door and concessions will be sold.
  • There will be a silent auction including theme baskets, gift cards from High Point Climbing, Buff City Soaps, Dave and Busters and more.
Germantown Municipal Council PTO Accepting Nominations
The GMC is accepting nominations for members of the PTO.
GMSD Upcoming Parent Engagement Opportunities
Strategic Plan Town Hall For Public Feedback on March 31
District staff and school board members will present the first draft of the GMSD 2025 Strategic Plan on  March 31 from 6 pm - 8 pm  at a townhall meeting.  Staff will be available to collect public feedback.  Following the town hall meeting, the draft plan will be published at .  The community is also invited to provide feedback via our online platform at that time. 
Need More Information?
Check out the  Forest Hill Elementary PTO website or email the PTO directly if you have any questions or comments.