February 8, 2018       

Forest Trail Elementary


"Man, I really like Vegas" – Elvis Presley


What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas (or goes on Facebook), but what happens at Vintage Vegas stays at Forest Trail!  Thank you all for coming out to celebrate and support our FTE community!  It was successful evening for our campus and I enjoyed seeing so many parents and staff dressed to the nines and having a great time.  A very special "Thank You" to Missy Speer, Mercedes Smith, Victoria Lavi and the rest of their team for the tireless efforts and sleepless nights required in creating such a special evening.  The auction is a Herculean undertaking and they made it look easy…job well done!


Our new dismissal system goes LIVE on February 14th! 


Please make it a top priority to click on the link in the attachment, sign up in the parent portal and CHECK YOUR CHILD'S DEFAULT SETTING for accuracy (the way your child typically goes home). If your default is incorrect, please reply to me OR email Cheri Look at clook@eanesisd.net.  The system is very easy to use and will save you time in reporting absences and making changes to afternoon transportation.


Beginning February 14th, homeroom teachers will ONLY use the new Campus Dismissal Manager (CDM) system to manage how students go home. No more emails to the teacher or phone calls to the office. Accuracy is absolutely a MUST to be sure your child gets home the correct way beginning February 14th. 


Thank you in advance for signing up as soon as possible. Our teammates and parents at Eanes Elementary have been using the system all year, and they assure us the system is a time saver for parents and teachers too!


And now this…


We are asking for your assistance with our attendance, specifically our number of tardies.  Students are released to classes at 8:10am and the tardy bell rings at 8:20am.  Thank you in advance for having your children in the building by 8:10an.  Conversely, we dismiss at 3:30pm and buses depart at 3:35pm.  Our wonderful teaching assistants who monitor the children after school are hourly employees and are not paid beyond their contract.  Please help us out by picking up your children in a timely manner.

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.





Congratulations to FTE Student ...


Congratulations to FTE third grade student Andrew Sheffield!  Andrew submitted his question ("What is the difference between a debit card and a credit card?") to "ASK JEAN" at Time For Kids. His question was chosen by Jean and published in the February edition of YOUR $.

Parent & Kid Film Festival


For all of our budding film makers we would like to introduce an opportunity to participate in the Festival de Eanes.  All of the festival information is available online here.  To help build the skills that result in great story telling, Forest Trail will be offering a parent/child three hour Saturday workshop on February 10th.  We can currently only accommodate 30 teams of one parent and one child (60 bodies) so sign up today to ensure your spot.  Open to Kinder through Fifth grade students.





February 10th

9am - 12pm

Forest Trail Cafeteria




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Library Links by Bonnie Seelig


Just a reminder that BookPeople will be holding their 2018 BOOKMARK CONTEST.  Artists in grades K-6 are invited to design bookmarks based on their favorite books. Winners will have their artwork made into bookmarks distributed by BookPeople. Also, the winners will receive a $25 gift certificate from BookPeople.


This year you can make a digital submission. Digital submissions should be in JPG, PDF or TIF and must be a high quality file of at least 300 ppi. Only one entry per person. One winner per category:




Click here for the 2018 BookKids BOOKMARK CONTEST GUIDELINES






This Friday, Feb. 9th, will be our last Book Club meeting...in the FTE library from 2pm-3:30pm.  Whether you have completed the book or not, please join us as we discuss the application of the book going forward. Everyone is welcome!



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. 


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Donate Gently-Used Clothing and Help FTE Build a Second House


Our Falcons are funding a second house at the Community First! Village – and your gently-used clothing and household items can help them achieve their goal!


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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!  

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2nd Chance Auction is OPENING on Friday, February 9th and Closing on Sunday, February 11th!


Bidding: Where you too busy having fun at the Auction and miss out on bidding on that item you wanted? Here is your chance to bid on a few select items.   Bidding will open on Friday, February 9th, at 9am and will close at 10pm on Sunday, February 11th.    Access at Vintage Vegas Auction site at https://FTEBCAUCT10N.cbo.io

Didn't get a bidding number, but want to see what is offered in 2nd chance auction?:  All you need is a bidder number.  Register here (https://cbo.io/bidapp/new_user.php?slug=FTEBCAUCT10N) for your own personal bidder number.  After registration, you will receive a link to auction to login and start bidding. 


Thank YOU for Making FTE Auction & Casino Night a HUGE Success and Thank You to Our Chairs:  Missy Speer and Mercedes Smith and Their Auction Team!


Auction Co-Chairs - Mercedes Smith & Missy Speer
Software Manager – Victoria Lavi

Software Team - Sun Hoefler, Rosa Burns

Treasurers – Erin Ludwig & Daisy Cramer
Check-in Manager – Logan Pike

Check-in Team - Stephanie Buchman, Heather Campbell, Kristie Bearden & Angela McCown
Print Manager - Josh Pike
Food Manager's - Larry & Annabelle Perdido
Dessert Bar - Donated & Prepared by Allyie Carberry
Bar Manager's - Dee Wood & Susan Bartlett
Decor Manager - Kelley Edwards
Casino Manager - Carrie Lindsey
Jewelry Raffle - Laura Boone & Karen Ege
Solicitation & Silent Auction Manager - Mercedes Smith
Classroom Art Auction Manager's - Mary Kate Stout & Kate McGrath
Live Auction Manager - Michele Strain
Live Auction Host - Scott Flack
Live Auction Team Manager - Brent Gaskamp
Live Auction Special Guest - Cody Sprayberry
Technical Manager - Frank Edwards

Catalog Manager – Michele Strain
Auction Spotters -Wayne Speer, Alan Daniel, Frank Edwards, Chris Ege & Mark Odom
Check-Out Manager – Rosa Burns

Check-Out Team - Daisy Cramer & Erin Ludwig

Special Thanks To - Amy Brady, Heather McMinn, Christine Parker, Dawn Breyfogle, Katie & Doug Thomas, Kelley & Jason Inmon,

Leslie & Mark Odom and Carrie & Mark Lindsey


We owe an additional heartfelt thank you to the Forest Trail staff who supported the needs of the FTE Booster Club Executive Board and Auction Committee:


Bonnie Rosson

Cheryl Pratt

Cody Spraberry

Cheri Look

ALL the FTE Staff that contribute to the Teacher & Staff Treasurers!



FTE Cyber Spirit Days Are Back By Demand!!

February 5th through 10th

Created by a FTE mom, wundernuggets are tasty and nutritious nuggets for a hassle free lunch, tantrum free dining, and a happy experience for you and your family! 

** No preservatives / artificial ingredients, minimally processed. ** 

Varieties include Original Rosemary Chicken, Gluten-Free Rosemary Chicken, and Vegan Minty Lentil


VISIT: www.sneakyapronfoods.com   ( Use code "SPIRITDAYS" at checkout )





 Box Tops Winners!


The winning class for the December Extra Recess Contest is...Mrs. Hurst!  Mrs. Hurst has also won 2 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Tickets and Popcorn and Soda.


Student Prizes:

1st - Gift Certificate for 1 Large Austin's Pizza - Wyatt Pouarz - 326 Box Tops

2nd - Gift Certificate to Amy's Ice Cream - Taylor Chorazy - 218 Box Tops

3rd - Gift Certificate to the School Store for turning in 50 or more Box Tops - Frank Edwards, Rose Tucker, Brody Pollard, Andrew Stout, Ryan Saucier, Bryant Renz, Gray Pye, Luke Kron, Brett Anderson and Gwyneth Ross


Drawing winner of a Vinyl Monogram from Kelley Edwards Design - Rose Tucker


All classes that turned in 250 or more Box Tops won an Extra Recess as well: Ms. Ormand, Ms. West, Mrs. Hitt and Ms. Siguenza


We collected 1849 Box Tops in our December Box Tops Contest!  That's $184.90 for FTE!  Thank you so much for everyone that participated.  Our February contest ends Friday, February 23rd.  Download the February Collection Sheet on the FTE Booster Club website.  If you have any Box Tops questions please contact Kelley Edwards at kelley.a.edwards@gmail.com.


Mandatory parent information meetings will be held regarding 2018-19 Spanish immersion. THESE MEETINGS ARE ONLY REQUIRED FOR FAMILIES NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN SPANISH IMMERSION. Interested parents MUST attend any one of these meetings to be eligible for NEW application to the 2018-19 Spanish immersion program in Eanes ISD.

Easily notify campus staff of dismissal changes, absences, early dismissals and late arrivals - all online! Every parent must set up their elementary child's dismissal instructions so teachers will know where to take your child at the end of the day.

Eanes ISD will use February 19, 2018 as a student and staff weather make-up day for the January 16 inclement weather cancellation.


EEF Gala


Thursday - February 8, 2018
All day
Friday - February 9, 2018
All day
Monday - February 12, 2018
All day
Tuesday - February 13, 2018
All day
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday - February 14, 2018
All day
Thursday - February 15, 2018
All day
Friday - February 16, 2018
All day


4101 Bee Cave Road, Austin, Texas 78746


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