November 30th, 2017                 

Forest Trail Elementary


Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoyed their time away. Last Tuesday, the FTE Booster Club Staff Appreciation Committee provided our staff with pies from Whole Foods. We are beyond blessed to work at a campus in which we are so well taken care of, and I cannot express how much our staff appreciates this tradition. Special thanks to Melissa Howitt, Alison Bogle and Karyn Reiber for coordinating the ordering and delivering of 85 pies.


Please be sure to check out the School News section to learn about our "Share A Story" audio library.


Reminder...Falcon Finest Acknowledgements

Please join me in spreading those feel good vibes around our campus.  Everyday our bus drivers, custodians, office staff, and teachers are doing incredible things.  If there is a FTE staff member you would like to recognize for their contributions, please let  me know by clicking the link below.



Library Links by Bonnie Seelig

The Library's Holiday Book Fair will begin on Sunday, Dec. 3rd.  This year's profit from the fair will fund additional databases, books and library seating.


The dates and hours are as follows:

Sunday,  Dec. 3rd,  from 12:00 pm  - 4:00 pm.  (Teacher Wish Lists will be available in the library at this time.)

Monday, Dec. 4th,  from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Tuesday, Dec.  5th,  from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.

Book Fair Toy Store (erasers, pens, pencils, posters, etc) is open for parents during fair times.  However, students  access is limited:  before and after school and accompanied by a parent. This store restriction will ensure that money sent by parents for books will be used to purchase only books.  Most paperbacks cost between $5.00 and $10.00 including tax.  If parents send a child with cash, they usually decide that $10 is the right amount to find a book the child wants.  See you at the Scholastic Book Fair! 

Share a Story

Forest Trail is proud to announce that we are starting an audio book library.  We have created a website that will go live later in December that will have student submissions of student read alouds. Our hope is that we can create a wide variety of stories that people can listen to on our website.  Students can tape themselves reading a short story, upload those files through a Google form, and then see their work appear on the website.  This is entirely optional, and it might be a fun way for kids to practice and promote their reading.


  • They start by taking photos of the pages inside the book they would like to read. They should practice reading their story before recording themselves. 
  • Using an app or program that allows for audio over photos, students should read the story.
  • Some apps/programs that may be useful for the activity include: Clips, QuickTime, ShadowPuppets
  • Students (or parents) should upload the audio book via the Google form.                                                    *Use the link:  goo.gl/eCpKWA

                  *Students will need to login with their school email account

                                -Login is initials, lunch number, "@eanesisd.net"

                                -Password is on the back of their school ipads (usually starts with "Trail" and is followed                                     by 3 letters and 1 number)

  • The video will be added to the new Forest Trail Audio Library.  A link to this library will be added to the Forest Trail website.  Their files will be titles by first name, last initial, and the title of the story.


These stories can be picture books, poems, or short stories, but they should not last more than about 10 minutes.  Character voices are encouraged.


For an example please click here.

Forest Trail Yearbooks

 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.  


Join us for our last NO COOK Spirit Night of the year on TUESDAY, DEC. 5th, from 5pm-10pm at Jason's Deli in Westlake!


Dine-in or take-out, just tell your cashier at the time of purchase that you're there for a GroupRaise Spirit Night! They'll push the right button and you can relax, enjoy a great meal and not have any dishes left to clean! A portion of all purchases recorded will benefit the FTE Booster Club and all of it's amazing endeavors. Thanks for your support!





Is your business interested in becoming a sponsor at the best FTE event of the year?  Several sponsorship levels available (see below for levels and information on details of sponsorship at https://sites.google.com/a/eanesisd.net/fte/booster-club/auction)


THE LEADER OF THE PACK                           $7000
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD                   $5000
THE HIGH ROLLER                                          $3000
THE HEADLINER                                             $2000
THE PIT BOSS                                                 $1000
THE DEALER                                                   $500

Do you have a second home or timeshare you would like to donate? Interested in offering a gift card or service from your business? We would love to include your donation in the auction!  All donations are tax deductible as the FTE Booster Club is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Contact our solicitation chairman, Mercedes Smith, at fteauction2017@gmail.com or (512) 422- 3110 for more details.


Calling all FTE parents! Grab your paddles and get ready for the Vintage Vegas Auction & Gala. Cocktails, dinner, and dancing in the swanky style of Sinatra's Rat Pack and the golden age of Elvis.



@  http://bit.do/fteauction2018




December 8th Coffee Talk and Booster Club Meeting has been Canceled. We will resume in 2018!


4th Grade Tacky T-Shirt Parent Social Tickets On-Sale Starting Today!


Buy Yours at: https://www.studentinfohub.net/fte/default.taf?process=&logout=now


Join your fellow 4th Grade Parents on the evening of Saturday, January 27th in your tackiest t-shirt at the home of Brian & Grayce Parker for a night of dinner, drinks and conversation!

December Digital Birthday Cards 

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. Cards can be purchased at: https://www.studentinfohub.net/fte/default.taf?process=&logout=now


October Box Tops Contest Winners!

The winning class for the October Extra Recess Contest is…Mrs. Ellis!  Mrs. Ellis has also won a $50 Gift Certificate to Embellish Nails & Boutique.  Mrs. Hitt's class also won an extra recess for turning in more than 250 box tops!


Student Prizes:

1st - Gift Certificate for 1 Large Pizza to Austin's Pizza: Ethan Nutter – 274 Box Tops

2nd - Gift Certificate to Amy's Ice Cream: Brock Whitaker – 210 Box Tops

3rd - Gift Certificate to the School Store for turning in 50 or more Box Tops: 

Frank Edwards, Elizabeth Leonard, Madelyn Rustowicz, Ian Matusiak, Samantha Hooper, Liam Vetromile, Barret Hudson, Wren Hudson, Jacob Yatim, Milla Pillips, Madison McCown, Reed Bogle, Sofia Bogle and Caleb McIntosh


Drawing winner of a Vinyl Monogram from Kelley Edwards Design: Wren Hudson


Class Totals

Kindergarten:         2nd Grade:                 4th Grade:        

Chen - 112               Bloomer - 225              Ellis - 274

Linder - 75               Hernandez - 134          Robinson - 54    

Purdy - 17                Hurst – 80                    Thornhill - 40     

Ormand - 0               Bailey - 66                   Brookshire – 0   

                                                                     Siguenza - 0


1st Grade:               3rd Grade:                   5th Grade:

Parolini - 240            Crain - 92                     Hitt - 270

Dunagan - 189         Brandenburg - 90        Berrios - 40                 

Brightwell – 52         Fromberg - 74             Wendell - 0

West – 0                   Ueckert – 0                  Lindsey - 0

Martinez - 0                                                          


We collected 2124 Box Tops in our October Box Tops Contest!  That's $212.40 for FTE!  Thank you so much for everyone that participated.  Our December contest ends Friday, December 22nd.  Box Tops questions please contact Kelley Edwards at kelley.a.edwards@gmail.com.


Thursday - November 30, 2017
All day
Friday - December 1, 2017
All day
Sunday - December 3, 2017
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday - December 4, 2017
All day
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday - December 5, 2017
All day
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday - December 6, 2017
All day
Thursday - December 7, 2017
All day


4101 Bee Cave Road, Austin, Texas 78746


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