October 5th, 2017                 

Forest Trail Elementary


EISD GT Kindergarten Identification Process Parent Information Meeting
The focus of the Eanes ISD Gifted & Talented Program is to serve students who have instructional needs due to exceptional intellectual and creative abilities. Please note the GT assessment process timeline has been revised for the 2017-18 school year. Parents requesting to have their kindergarten child assessed for Gifted & Talented Services are encouraged to attend a district-wide parent information meeting on Monday, November 6th, at 6pm at the Valley View Elementary Cafeteria. More information may be found at:

In order for your child to be assessed for the Eanes ISD GT program, parents must complete the GT Consent to Assess Form. This form will be available from November 1st - November 21st on the district and campus websites.

Library Links by Bonnie Seelig

Forest Trail Library sends a special thanks to BookPeople for bringing Dan Santat to the first, second and third grade students of Forest Trail and Valley View. The students gave their very best "whole body listening" to Mr. Santat as he shared his history as an author and illustrator.  Forest Trail Bluebonnet Readers shared a photo opportunity with the author of AFTER THE FALL and ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE.

Just a Reminder: 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST
Entry Time: Monday morning, October 30th from 7:30 am - 8:10 am

Please see the attached for detailed information.  Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Forest Trail's 5th Annual SOCKTOBER Update...

Happy Socktober!  In our first week of our sock drive, we have collected over 700 pairs of socks! Socks are the most requested, but least donated items at homeless shelters.  Our socks are supplied to Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Caritas, and many other homeless resource centers around the Austin area.  Thank you so much for your generosity!  You are making a difference in people's lives.


Next week's challenge - October 16th through the 20th – special teacher reward!  The class with the highest daily total of socks, their teacher gets a gift from the sock fairy‚Ķ and the sock fairy likes to give Starbucks gift cards and chocolate gifts!  So if you'd like to help your child's teacher win an extra surprise, bring-in those socks!




Order Your Forest Trail Yearbooks Now!

Reserve your copy of the Forest Trail Elementary School ALL COLOR yearbook. For a limited time, the yearbooks are on sale for $25. The price will increase on December 23rd. Make sure your student has their very own yearbook so the memories of this year will not be forgotten. BOOKS ALWAYS SELL OUT AND CAN ONLY BE ORDERED ONLINE!

Personalize your yearbook with your child's name on the cover for $5 until March 1st.

Go to www.balfour.com. Type "Forest Trail Elementary" to order.

Attention 5th grade parents....Pridelines are back this year! Parents must go online (www.balfour.com -- Yearbook Ads) to design your ad and pay for it. The 1/8 page ad is $15.00 and only available to 5th grade parents or family members! The hard deadline is February 16th, so don't delay as no exceptions can be made to this. There are only a certain number of spots in the yearbook for these so they are on a first come, first serve basis.



STEAMfest is a half-day annual event hosted at Forest Trail Elementary focusing on various science and art disciplines. Over thirty presenters deliver a 45-minute course on their subject of expertise. All students rotate through courses that they and their parents choose for them to attend. All courses are free and regular classes are suspended on STEAMfest participation is both mandatory and fun! All parents are asked to sign into the HUB to register their children – any children that are not registered during the registration period will be registered by the STEAMfest team.


Early Registration on the HUB (if you simultaneously sign up to be a volunteer)

Thursday, October 12th at 7PM


Step 1:  Log into the Hub, https://www.studentinfohub.net/fte

Step 2:  Sign up as a volunteer to help with STEAMfest

Step 3:  Student registration will become available and you can choose courses for your child(ren)

          Kinder – 1st Grade = choose 2 courses (based on availability)

          2nd – 5th Grade = choose 3 courses (based on availability)


General Registration on the HUB (open to everyone)

Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm  (No volunteering necessary)


         Step 1:   Log into the Hub  https://www.studentinfohub.net/fte

         Step 2:   Select courses for your child(ren)

                               Kinder – 1st Grade = choose 2 courses (based on availability)

                               2nd – 5th Grade = choose 3 courses (based on availability)



Congratulations to our Directory Winners!

Thank you to everyone that submitted art and writing pieces for our 2017/18 Directory Art and Writing Contest!   Below are our winning artists and writers along with our Cover Art Winner's piece! Also, a big thank you to this year's chair Ann Boren!

Overall Cover Art Winner – Reese Taylor (5th Grade)

K Art Winner – Ahnushka Srinivasa

1st Grade Art  and Writing Winner – Maddie McCown

2nd Grade Art Winner – Will Brady

3rd Grade Art Winner – Kelly Zhou

4th Grade Art Winner – Maggie Williamson

5th Grade Art Winner – Griffin Speer    

Calling Volunteers!

Looking for a way to get involved this year?  Our Auction team is ramping up and in need of your help.  Please email fteauction@gmail.com if you are interested in giving your time.  There are so many ways to get involved in the best party of the year!  Pick-up donated items, help organize the auction catalogue, decorate day of auction, call on potential donors or help log items into the software. 


SAVE THE DATE – Friday, November 10th, is FTE Movie Night on the Lawn (look for more details soon)!


You Say It's Your Birthday?!

Celebrate It All Month Long on FTE Communication Screens!

Purchase a digital birthday card for your child and have the image run on the FTE communication screens in the foyer and the cafeteria the month of his/her birthday!   Fun way to celebrate a special day all month long.  Digital cards can be purchased on the HUB and are $10 each. 


June/July birthdays will have option to purchase half-year birthday cards that will run in December/January.   August birthdays (this year only) have the option to purchase half-year birthday cards to run in February.  See below for an example of our digital birthday cards and the HUB for more details on ordering!  Purchase yours today (all months open for purchase at https://www.studentinfohub.net/fte/default.taf?process=&logout=now


Thursday - October 12, 2017
All day
Friday - October 13, 2017
All day
Monday - October 16, 2017
All day
Tuesday - October 17, 2017
All day
Wednesday - October 18, 2017
All day
Thursday - October 19, 2017
All day
7:30 PM
Friday - October 20, 2017
All day
Monday - October 23, 2017
All day


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