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October 25, 2018       

PRINCIPALLY SPEAKING

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.

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SCHOOL NEWS

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5th Grade iPad Springboard

 

After a successful pilot last spring, the 5th grade iPad Take-Home Initiative will begin following parent-teacher conferences this fall. 

 

Expect your student to bring home a form regarding the initiative on Friday, October 19th. Forms should be returned completed at parent-teacher conferences the following week. The form will include additional information about the optional EanesCare+ Protection Plan for your student's device.

 

For more information, visit the 5th grade Springboard site -

 

https://www.eanesisd.net/academics/ipads/parents/5th

Invite Your Veterans

to our

 Forest Trail Elementary Veterans Day Festivities

 

 

When?  Monday, November 12

Assembly Time?  8:45 a.m.

Where?  Forest Trail Elementary Cafeteria

 

A Continental Breakfast for Veterans and Adult Guests (students can go to the cafeteria) 

begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Forest Trail Library.

 

Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, November 2nd. 

To kpurdy@eanesisd.net

Please include the number of adults attending the breakfast as well as the name(s) of the veteran(s) attending the assembly.

 

Veterans are invited to wear their uniforms.

 

Other activities include:

 

  • Photo Booth with photographer for our Veterans and their families in the FTE art foyer
  • Preferred seating for our Veterans in the assembly (front and center)
  • Special song tributes to our Veterans
  • Presentation of colors by Pack 30, Den 2 Senior Webelos Cub Scout Den
  • Special speaker at the assembly:  David Smith, Co-founder and Executive Director of Pure Joy Foundation, Former US Naval Officer and F-14 Tomcat pilot
  • Hallways adorned with special patriotic artwork

 

We once again want to line our hallways with pictures of family members

who are Veterans or current military personnel.

Please use one of the enclosed templates (your choice).

Please fill out the questions on the template and attach a picture electronically. 

If necessary, you can also fill out the template, print it, attach a picture and return it to your child's homeroom teacher.

 

All picture forms are due NO LATER than Tuesday, October 30.

(No pictures will be accepted without the template and no pictures were kept from last year.

Please return electronic versions to Forest Trail via email to:

jgoodnough@eanesisd.net

 

 
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WHY I GIVE TO EEF by Heather Sheffield

Hi! My name is Heather Sheffield. I'm a public education and dyslexia advocate but more importantly, I'm a mom to a 4th grader at FTE and a 6th grader at WRMS.

We moved from a district in the Houston area that should have been receiving money from the state due to having a large percentage of students in poverty and English learners but instead, they gave over $80 million dollars back to the state via recapture our last year there. It was my experience in that district that highlighted the need for school finance reform and made me appreciate education foundations. When we moved to Austin, I saw the amazing things that the Eanes Education Foundation does for our kids by providing teachers to help try to bridge the gap and I knew I needed to get involved and DONATE!

Despite our Eanes ISD taxes being at one of the lowest rates in Central Texas, we all pay high property taxes...but approximately 66% of those taxes will never make it back to our schools or district. This year, Eanes ISD will write checks back to the state totaling over $100 million dollars for recapture payments. Since recapture started, our district has given the state over a BILLION dollars. This might be ok if this money was actually going to other less fortunate districts like the one we moved from but unfortunately, that isn't the case anymore. The money goes straight into the state's general fund and isn't earmarked specifically for public education. On top of that, our legislators have continued to lower the amount of money they add to the budget to fund public education every session while they continue to pass unfunded mandates for districts all while charter schools continue to ask for more money too.

Thankfully, in Eanes ISD, we have engaged parents that vote for pro-public education friendly candidates, the group Eanes Advocates who fights for our district at the Capitol and the Eanes Education Foundation to fund the gap between what the state considers an adequate allotment per student and what we, as parents who moved to Eanes for the amazing schools, know it costs to properly educate our children.

It is up to us, the parents to vote, demand action from our legislators this session and to fund teachers in the meantime via EEF. Every donation, no matter the amount, is appreciated. Please donate to EEF today (and go vote)!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS


Socktober 

The sock fairy will be dropping in to reward the teacher with the most collected socks! So, keep those sock donations coming in! Please help put socks on the feet of our local homeless community.  A warm pair of socks can warm someone's heart!

Old/Used/New College T-Shirts Needed:
My niece, Lindsey Etter, is a first year teacher at Barbara Bush Middle School in Farmers Branch/Carrolton, Texas. Every Wednesday they have, "Wear Your Favorite College T-Shirt Day" to promote college preparation. Sadly, most students can't afford a shirt. Our wonderful FTE staff has donated 25 shirts, but there are 1000 students, so I'm trying to collect as many as possible. If you have a college t-shirt you could donate, please send it with your student or drop it by my office.

Thank you in advance for your help with this!
Monica Etter
School Counselor FTE

BOOSTER CLUB CORNER

 

Thank you for coming to movie night!!! A big thank you to Tim LeBlanc and Kristen Vetromile for the technical support!!

 

Come join class of 2031 parents for a one of a kind kindergarten parent social!

Saturday, November 10th at 7pm.

Camp Kinder! Come dressed in your camping chic or lumberjack wack as we enjoy an evening filled with great food, drinks and s'mores around the campfire. It will be a night you won't want to miss! Get your tickets soon for this sell-out event!

BUY TICKETS  HERE!

 

 

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THIS YEAR'S STEAM FEST IS NOVEMBER 2, 2018

 

General registration opens Thursday, October 18th, at 10:30am through Tuesday, October 23rd, at 7pm.     


Course Catalog, STEAM Fest details and registration Instructions can be found on the Booster Club website:  https://foresttrailbc.membershiptoolkit.com/

 

Please review the course catalog with your child(ren) this week to find out their course choices and at least 2 alternates in case a class becomes full.  Our new system has been designed similar to purchasing tickets to a show:  once you make your selections and check out, you will not be able to make edits.

   
1. Log into https://foresttrailbc.membershiptoolkit.com/home
2. Under Open Forms, you will see 2018 STEAM DAY  (This can also be found under the My Account-> My Forms tab) 
3.Choose the courses for your child by session. 
                                Kinder – 1st Grade = choose 2 courses (based on availability)
                                2nd – 5th Grade = choose 3 courses (based on availability)
4.These courses will be added to your cart for 10 minutes. After that time, your course selection will not be on hold for you.  You MUST 'check out' in order to reserve your child's spot in the selected class.  (There is no cost, but you will receive a confirmation email.)  


Reminders:  

 

  • Double check your class choices to make sure you haven't signed your child up for the same class twice.  You will only be able to choose one class per session.
  • Make sure your have "Checked Out" by looking at the green status bar at the top of your screen (you should not have any items in your Cart). 
  • Any child who is not registered by their parent by October 23 will be randomly assigned to classes that have availability.
  • You will receive a confirmation email with your child's course selections. If you do not receive an email, double check that your cart is empty. 


Please email ftebctech@gmail.com if you have problems. 

EISD NEWS

Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard presents highlights from last year as well as challenges & opportunities facing our District. If you missed the presentation at your child's campus, join us at any of our other campus presentations. Click title for full schedule.


Interested in discussions around Eanes ISD's instructional technology structure and plan? This fall, Eanes ISD will reconvene the Digital Learning Task Force. Join us for an opportunity for public comment and input on the future of instructional technology in Eanes ISD. Next meeting is October 30. Click title to see full schedule.


Nutcracker Spectacular

To buy tickets, click the image above or visit https://www.NutcrackerSpectacular.com




UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday - October 25, 2018
All day
 
All day
 
Friday - October 26, 2018
All day
 
All day
 
Monday - October 29, 2018
All day
 
All day
 
Tuesday - October 30, 2018
All day
 
All day
 
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Wednesday - October 31, 2018
All day
 
All day
 

COMMUNITY ED & BEYOND 

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FOREST TRAIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1203 Loop 360 South, Austin, Texas 78746

http://fte.eanesisd.net

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