Issue 4 | Aug. 11, 2019
Welcome to the Foxes' Den! 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! Scroll to the bottom to see other ways to stay connected!
Forest Hill Happenings
Curriculum Nights for all Grades
From Aug. 15 to Aug. 27
See below for specific dates

"Boo Hoo Breakfast" for Kindergarten Parents
Mon., Aug. 19 | 9:00 am
FHES cafeteria | 3368 Forest Hill Irene Rd. Germantown, TN 38138

Germantown Board of Education Meeting
Mon., Aug. 19 | 6:30 pm
Germantown City Hall | 1930 S Germantown Rd.

FHES Community Open House & Tours
Sat., Aug. 24
FHES | 3368 Forest Hill Irene Rd. Germantown, TN 38138
First-Day Safety Tips from Mr. Percoski, Principal
Hello FHES families!

I just wanted to send a quick note as we begin the year in our new school. I am extremely excited to start the process of building our culture, traditions, and sense of community. Our goal is to create a truly unique experience for each of our students.

The faculty and staff of Forest Hill Elementary have spent countless hours preparing for tomorrow and the year ahead. I see and feel a sense of pride in their work and know that your children will be the beneficiaries of this hard working, dedicated group of people.  

We feel like we have a great plan for the first week of school. However, we obviously have not tested our plans with a full set of students and parents. Please bear with us as we tweak our processes and procedures to ensure the safest, most efficient operation possible.

Thank you in advance for your support this year. Having a highly effective school relies on partnerships among the faculty and staff, students, parents, and community. There will be times when we reach out for assistance, and we hope you are comfortable doing the same. Our doors are always open if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Feel free to contact us if there is anything we can do. 

To ensure everyone's safety, please note the following vehicle tips:
Vehicle Safety for the First Week of School
If you would like to park and come inside, you can parallel park on the outside (or right lane), closest to the curb and grass. If you would like to remain in your car and drop off, keep moving in the outside (or left lane).

We will first use the parking lot in the rear of the school. Once that lot is full, we will use the outside lane of the drive around the school. This is the lane closest to the trees and grass and farthest from the school all the way around. 

The left lane will need to remain open for traffic to exit the premises. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CIRCULAR LANE CLOSEST TO FOREST HILL IRENE. This is a fire lane and must remain clear. 

You will be allowed to walk your students to class this first week, but we will stop this after the first week. At that point, students will be asked to walk into the building independently. There will be plenty of assistance to help them find their way!

Kindergarten parents will be able to walk your students to class on their Stagger Start Day and Monday through Wednesday of the week of August 19. This option still has students and parents crossing moving traffic, which is why this is for special circumstances and events only. This will not be an option on a regular basis, so please accompany your child.   
Traffic Flow Map
Arrival and Dismissal During the School Year
Our focus is always on safety first and foremost. In the interest of safety, we will only offer three options for arrival and dismissal at this time. 

We would like for you to either choose for your students to 1) ride the district bus, 2) a daycare bus, or 3)to be dropped off and picked up in a car. 

Right now, with the continued construction both on our campus and on Forest Hill Irene, we do not feel there are safe routes on and off our campus for walkers and bike riders or down Forest Hill Irene either direction. 

Thank you in advance with your cooperation as we look to keep our Foxes safe and sound!

To all our Foxes, have a fantastic first day!

Mr. Percoski, FHES Principal
Information & Event Details
Curriculum Nights Coming this Month!
Curriculum Night is a chance to meet with your student's teacher in their classroom to preview the year's goals and objectives and complete any special kick-off assignments.
Monday Reminders from Meet the Teacher Night
Class rosters for 1st-5th grades will be posted at the front of each grade level's hallway as well as outside each teacher's door, and there are signs posted and teachers around the building on Day One to help everyone find their way!

If you need information about REACH (our before and after school program) please call Germantown Parks and Recreation or visit their website for more information. 

Any remaining pre-purchased school supply boxes have been delivered to the students' classrooms.

In the STEM Lab, room 102, you can do the following:
  • Pick up t-shirts and items purchased through My School Bucks
  • Purchase an agenda book, recorder, yard sign, car decal, flag
  • Get bus information
  • Get a car rider number (We did not have the carpool "600" or "700" numbers Thursday night, but we will have them in the classroom of one of the students in the group Monday morning, so the parents can pick them up when they bring their child to class. And they will have them for the afternoon.)
Key Dates for Kindergartners
Week of Aug. 12th:
Kindergarten students will only attend the day (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) that you signed up for at Meet the Teacher. School starts at 8:45 am and ends at 3:45 pm

Curriculum Night | Thurs., Aug. 15 | 6:00 pm:
Kindergarten parents will come to the school to find out their child's teacher and meet with the teacher for a Curriculum Night in the newly assigned classroom. Please bring your supplies to the classroom tonight.

"Boo Hoo Breakfast" | Mon., Aug. 19 | 9:00 am:
Plan on attending the "Boo Hoo Breakfast" for Kindergarten parents at the school right after drop off! It'll be at 9:00 am in the cafeteria. Bring a tissue!

Week of Aug. 19th:
It's go-time for ALL Kindergartners! This will be the first "full" week of school for our Class of 2032 - go get em' Foxes!
Support your Student, School, & Community!
I t’s time to join the FHES PTO for the 2019-2020 inaugural school year! Members of the PTO for 2019-2020 will have access to our school directory and enjoy many other great benefits! Plus, it's easier than ever to join!
FHES Helping Hands is looking for 9-week volunteers
The FHES PTO Board wants to give  all  parents and friends of FHES the opportunity to be involved and serve our school in a variety of ways and times. That's why we've created Forest Hill Helping Hands.

Sign up for a 9-week stint of being "on call" for whatever help is needed at the school. When something comes up, an email will be sent to this committee asking if you can help out. "Help" could include anything from moving furniture to donating food for an event.

In order to avoid volunteer fatigue, and since some seasons of life are busier than others, we will create a new Helping Hands list each 9 weeks. Feel free to sign up more than once!

Email Melissa Salazar to sign up!
Germantown Board of Education Meets Mon., Aug. 19
The next meeting of the Germantown Board of Education will be on Mon., Aug. 19, at 6:30 pm at Germantown City Hall at 1930 S Germantown Rd.

All are welcome to attend!
Still Time to READ-O!
There is still time to help your student start the year off with a sense of accomplishment and get some reading practice!

There are lots of ways to "win!"

Click below for your grade-specific reading BINGO sheet:
FHES Honor Choir | What Does the Fox SING?
FHES Honor Choir will be holding auditions for 3rd through 5th graders for the 2019-2020 year the last week of August.

The choir will perform the National Anthem at Grizzlies and Redbirds games, present a Holiday and Spring program, and sing at other school events!
 
To audition:

We’re excited to hear the beautiful voices of our FHES students!
Forest Hill Foxes' Running Club | Got a Fox Who Loves to Run?
The Forest Hill Foxes’ Running Club is looking for any 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who would like to participate in our upcoming Cross-Country season.

The deadline for joining is Wed., Aug. 14.

  • Our runners train to compete in 1-mile races through Memphis Youth Athletics.
  • Our first Cross-Country meet will take place on Monday, August 26 at Shelby Farms.
  • Boys 1-mile race will begin at approximately 5:45 pm
  • Girls 1-mile race will begin at approximately 6:00 pm

Practice Schedules (updated):
  • Thursdays after school at FHES until 5:15 pm (first practice Thurs., Aug. 15). 
  • Saturday mornings starting Aug. 17 from 8:15-9:15 am at Shelby Farms (Gate 8).

Mrs. Lanie Wood is happy to answer any questions! Email her at rita.wood@gmsdk12.org
Frozen, Jr. Auditions | Let's Build a Snowman!
Auditions for the fall production of Frozen, Jr will be held Sun, Aug. 25 at Farmington Elementary School.

ISO: FHES PTO Committee Members
Do you enjoy planning big events? Do you have creative ideas to raise funds for our school? Do you have a passion for taking care of our teachers and staff? If you answered "Yes!" or even "Maybe?" we would love your help in making our inaugural year at FHES a success! 

Come join us! The FHES PTO is in search of dedicated committee members to help with planning special events throughout the school year.

View our SignUpGenius list  to check out the opportunities and sign up today! The chair of the committee you sign up to help will contact you with more information.

Interested in other areas? Please visit our PTO website .
GMSD Dress Code
FHES will be following the GMSD Dress Code. Please review the guidelines posted on the website, GMSD Dress Code
Got a Question or Comment?
Please email the FHES PTO . We love to hear from you!
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