January 25, 2018       

Forest Trail Elementary


We look forward to seeing everyone this evening at our FTE Open House!  This evening is always a highlight for me.  Our Falcons are so proud of themselves and love to share!  Your children are very excited to share their work and provide you with a glimpse into their world here at FTE.  Thank you for your support and being such an important part of their education and growth. 

Tonight is all about our students, and our teachers have been working very hard to ensure a successful event.  Our fabulous Staff Appreciation Committee has once again pampered us.  Thank you, Melissa Howitt, Alison Bogle and Karyn Reiber, for seeing to it that we are well fed and ready for this evening. 

Kudos and congratulations to all of our young scientists!  This year's Science Fair featured 72 projects presented by 84 students.  I encourage everyone to visit the library this evening to view their work.  Who knows? You may even run into one our scientists and get a VIP demonstration.  Thank you to Mr. Buthe, Mrs. Ellis, Mrs. Seelig and Jacqueline Renz for the behind the scenes dirty work needed to make this event so special.  Additional thanks to our 19 judges who absolutely made the FTE Science Fair possible.

Lastly, February 19th is now a regular school day for students and staff.  This is the determined make-up day for the January 17th Ice Day. 

Have a good evening!

Is there a FTE Staff Member You Would Like to Recognize...


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.



Forest Trail would like to congratulate all of our Science Fair participants! 

We had excellent projects from every grade level.  Our judges were very surprised with the understanding of challenging science concepts, and they were impressed with how well our children conducted themselves with respect and poise.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this event successful! 


Our Forest Trail would like to specifically congratulate our top 3 projects from every grade level.  Projects in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades have the opportunity to continue further to the Austin Regional Science Fest next month.



1st Place - Ahnushka Srinivasa
2nd Place (tie) -Katia Qualman
2nd Place (tie) - Dean Knox

1st Grade

1st Place - Tyler Jessee
2nd Place - Nico Berrios
3rd Place - Victoria Hamm

2nd Grade

1st Place - Vaibhav Venkat
2nd Place - Andrew Stout
3rd Place - Gwyneth Ross

3rd Grade

1st Place - Arnav Srinivasa
2nd Place - Eleanor Owens
3rd Place - Addie Fohn

4th Grade

1st Place - Pranit Prasanna and Rohan Augustin
2nd Place - Kate Townsend
3rd Place - Benjamin Williams

5th Grade

1st Place - Reese and Cole Taylor
2nd Place - Cameron Lindsey
3rd Place - Ellis Hay


The Ultimate team challenge…..

Sign up in teams of eight to participate in the challenge. There will be 12 stations, twelve tasks - but only one team will win. Test your skills in Shoe Fly! Catch It!, and Money, Money Money! These are only some of the challenges your team faces as it attempts to claim the number one slot. Top team wins a pizza party from Austin Pizza.  Charlie's Angels will provide snacks for the entire group. There will be a maximum of twelve teams. Sign your team up early to secure your spot.  The proceeds from this item will benefit the American Cancer Society and will be credited to FTE's Relay For Life team. Members of the Charlie's Angels team will be hosting this event.


Date: Thursday, February 22nd

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Place: FTE gym

Who: Students in Grades 2-5

Minimum Donation: $30.00 per student    Cash or Check Only


Step 1: Form a group

A team will consist of 8 members- you can join in groups of 2, 4 or 8. Your group of 8 will participate against 11 other teams. Students in grades 2-5 may participate. If you are signing up as a group of 8, please turn in all your members' forms and payment at the same time.


Step 2: Register with Mrs. Lewis on February 7th. Registration will be taken before school                (Charlie's Challenge Registration Form)


Step 3: Participate in Charlie's Challenge on Thursday February 22 from 3:30-5:00. It will be held in the gym. Snacks will be provided.




Please join us for our school's annual Open House and Science Fair tonight to be held between 5:30 and 7:00 P.M.

Early Release Day is Tuesday, January 30th, at 1:30pm.

Lunches will be served.  Buses will depart 2 hours earlier than normal.

Forest Trail Yearbooks  

Reserve your copy of the Forest Trail Elementary School ALL COLOR yearbook.  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.  


ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO GET YOUR TICKETS!  http://bit.do/fteauction2018

  • What is Vintage Vegas Attire?  Gold, glitter and fun….wear what you are comfortable in at the blackjack table!
  • I need help with ticket purchase! Look for the booth at FTE's Open House on Thursday, Jan. 25th, if you would like help purchasing tickets
  • When can I see some of the items? Class art, teacher treasurers and more OPEN FOR ONLINE BIDDING on January 25th to all who have purchased tickets along with sneak preview of the LIVE auction items
  • Don't miss the event of the year for FTE!!!


5TH Grade Parents Don't Miss This Opportunity…..


FTE Annual Food & Diaper Drive January 16th – 26th.

Benefiting Central Texas Food Bank!


Please donate healthy, non-perishable foods in non-breakable packaging each morning between January 16th and January 26th outside of the art rooms! For every 5 food items or one package of diapers your child brings, he/she will receive one of six different autographed pictures of Forest the Falcon!



Help FTE Win 50,000 ($5,000) Box Tops PLUS IT'S Bonus Box Tops Time at HEB and Walmart! 


FTE won the HEB Box Tops Contest last year with a prize of 20,000 ($2,000) Box Tops, let's win again! Contest ends February 19th!



THREE Ways to Enter for $5,000

1. Download the Box Tops Bonus App and sign up for a Box Tops for Education Account. All of this is free and only takes a few minutes of your time. https://www.boxtops4education.com/bonusapp

2. Make a qualifying purchase based on the offers available within the Box Tops Bonus App, take a photo of your receipt and click finish. This will give you Bonus Box Tops and an entry into the contest.

3.  To enter without making a purchase, hand print your name, address, phone number, email address, and date of birth, along with the Forest Trail Elementary, school address, and school phone number on a 3" x 5" piece of paper and mail it in an envelope to:

Texas Box Tops Challenge
Dept. S7524
PO Box 4006
Grand Rapids, MN 55730-4006



Get 60 BONUS BOX TOPS at HEB when you buy any 10 Box Tops for Education products, in one trip, between January 24th and February 6th.  Certificate is delivered instantly at checkout.  If you don't receive your certificate go to customer service.


Get 50 BONUS BOX TOPS at Walmart when you buy any 5 Box Tops for Education products in one trip, between January 1st to 31st.  To redeem scan your receipt through the Box Tops Bonus App by January 31st.


Thank you for supporting FTE through Box Tops.  You can download the February box top form on FTE Booster Club website.  If you have questions contact Kelley Edwards at kelley.a.edwards@gmail.com.


EEF GalaThank you table hosts




Thursday - January 25, 2018
All day
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday - January 26, 2018
All day
Saturday - January 27, 2018
All day
Monday - January 29, 2018
All day
Tuesday - January 30, 2018
All day
Wednesday - January 31, 2018
All day
Thursday - February 1, 2018
All day
Friday - February 2, 2018
All day
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM


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