From Mr. Monnin

Forest Families,

It is hard to believe that the month of September has come and gone so quickly! It has been wonderful watching our kindergarten students become acclimated with Forest and all of the new routines and changes in their lives.  It has been awesome having our preschool friends, new and old, join us and begin growing so much already.

Students in grades 1 through 3 have made steady progress since the first day of school. Establishing routines is so important early on. When those are in place, classes and other activities flow smoothly and efficiently.  Hats off to all of our staff for the hard work and enthusiasm that comes with them everyday to support all of our kids.

Are You Riding the Energy Bus?
We continue to ride the energy bus at Forest! Students are reminded on a daily basis about the 5 rules for the ride of their lives! I have had the luxury of riding all of our school buses home to see where everyone lives. I also asked each bus driver if we can hang our energy bus signs inside their buses. I am happy to say all of our signs have spots in the front of each bus. Every reminder our students see is one more opportunity to make these rules habits of life.  Have you had a chance to talk with your son or daughter about the 5 rules? Have you used any of the language in any of your conversations at home?  I encourage you to ask your son or daughter what the 5 rules of the energy bus are. Ask them to explain them to you. Thank you for your support.

Coupon Books a Hit!  Walkathon Next!

I want to thank all of our families for your support for our save around coupon book fundraiser that was completed over the past few weeks. I believe it was the most successful sale yet.  We are hosting our final large fundraiser of the school year on October 22nd.  We will have our 2nd Annual Forest PTA Walkathon in the afternoon.  During the first week in October your child will bring home information about the walkathon with a pledge form and envelope.  Last year we had less than 50% of our families participate. My goal this year is that at least 75% of all of our families participate to some level.  Again, the funds generated come right back to support all of the activities our students take part in throughout the year. Special events like assemblies, awards programs, field trips, and cultural arts day are all supported by PTA money.  Thank you for your support.

Support Reflections Program
I want to put a positive plug in for our Reflections program also. Students have the opportunity to create an art project to turn in for a local competition with the other schools. There are additional competition levels in the region and throughout the state depending how well projects are judged. A flyer about the program already came home and all students are learning more about it in library and art classes this week.  Last year I believe we had 10 students participate in the program. Our goal this year is to triple that number.

Did you say Coffee?
With the new building campaign upon us, I am reaching out to families to see if you are interested in hosting an informal gathering at your home where I could come and answer questions and provide information.  The goal is to reach out to neighbors and family to make sure they are informed about the project. I would bring the coffee! This would need to happen during October. Please contact me if you are interested.  440-779-3526.

On October 8th, we are hosting a coffee house for Forest, Spruce and Chestnut families at Chestnut in the gym.  This event will be an opportunity for you and neighbors to come out and learn more about the building project for the middle and high school. Come ask your questions, and learn more. It begins at 7:00 and will last about an hour.

I wish you a great October, and thanks for your continued support!

Brent Monnin
Forest Principal

Dates for October:

10/3        Forest School Dance @ Pine in the gym 7:00 - 8:30pm
10/6  - 10/10   Scholastic Book Fair
10/7        3rd Grade State Reading Test
10/7        Parent / Teacher Conferences
10/8        Coffeehouse at Chestnut @ 7:00pm
10/9        Parent / Teacher Conferences
10/14        Special Person's Day  Pre-K, K, & 1
10/15        Special Person's Day    Grades 2 & 3
10/17        No School - NEOEA Day
10/22        2nd Annual Walkathon
10/24        End of 1st Quarter
10/27        Forest PTA mtg @ 6:30pm in the library
10/29        Family Literacy Night @ HS Cafeteria  6:30 - 8:30pm
10/31        Halloween Parties and Parade @ 2:45pm

updated 10/1/14
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