November 01, 2018       



Forest Trail has certainly been busy.  Today, our 5th graders returned to FTE following three days at Live Oak.  Today we are also supporting/offering counseling services to our teachers as they instruct your children the day after Halloween, and tomorrow is STEAM FEST!  All of this comes on the heels of conference week and a HUGE live art project our students were involved in last Friday. 


As the calendar changes to November, we tend to become more deliberate with our appreciations.  As mentioned above, our students and staff have been blessed with some amazing experiences, and none of them would be possible without our parents.  I would like to thank Amberlee Cantrell, FTE Cultural Arts Chair, for the detailed coordination of our Special Specials event(s) during our teacher conferences.  Additional thanks to Hank and Sheridan Wilson and Sunscape Landscaping for the generous donation of materials to create our bat image. Lastly, thank you to the many helpers who made themselves available to assist in supporting our art and music classes, taking pictures, organizing students in a large bat, and even doing the Cupid Shuffle.


The Forest Trail staff would also like to thank Alison Bogle, Collen Dartez and Katie Tucker, FTE Staff Appreciation Committee Co-Chairs, for all of their efforts geared towards treating our staff to lunch three days in a row.  Our teachers look forward to this annual event more than you know.  I would like to offer my most sincere gratitude to the parents who provided lasagnas, salads, soups, Taco Deli, desserts, and drinks on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday last week.

One last reminder, tomorrow is EEF Donation Day! This is your last chance to receive a match for your $365 donation, entry into the raffle for ACL tickets and the last chance to help your class earn a silly string dance party featuring some special guests. 


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.




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 -

Our FTE Picture Retake Day is Coming


Student picture retakes will be Thursday November 8th.  Students that would like their picture retaken simply need to return their original picture package on Picture Retake Day.

Those students that were absent from school on Picture Day will have their pictures taken and can place an order at  using Picture Day ID XY608176Q1.


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. 


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:





Sr. Webelos Halloween Candy Drive


FTE's 5th Grade Cub Scouts are sponsoring a Halloween Candy Drive benefitting Mobile Loaves and Fishes.


Please bring unwanted candy to Forest Trail on Wed-Fri, Nov 1-9 to donate to this amazing foundation.


Donation boxes will be available in the FTE Front Office, and the Foyer by the fish tank.


Thank you for supporting the Sr. Webelos and Mobile Loaves & Fishes!

Cleaning out your Closets? De-Cluttering ?

We may have a place for your unwanted/unneeded items!

DVDs- Community First has opened their library and are searching for DVDs to add to their collection.

Unopened travel size shampoo or soap are also wanted. This is FTE's tenth year to provide toiletry care packages to the homeless. By the end of this year we will have donated over 15,000 packages to local food pantries. If you travel and stay at a place where these are provided, please consider bringing home your unused products.

Aluminum pull tabs are being collected and donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Clean, re-usable shopping bags will be collected and brought to local food pantries so that those getting groceries may have bags to carry their items.

Any of these items may be brought to the FTE gym, There will be a collection box placed by the equipment room doors. We appreciate your generosity!

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

Care Package Project Thank You!

We would like to thank the following companies that donated travel size toiletry products to help us in our toiletry care package project:




Dr. Randall Kunik

FTE has been assembling toiletry care packages for the homeless for the past ten years. Since the introduction of Socktober to our school several years ago we have also been able to include a pair of socks with most of the toiletry packets.

We appreciate the help that we have received from the community that allows us to continue with this project.



STEAM Fest is this FRIDAY!! Get excited!!

*Eat a good breakfast as there will be NO morning snack.
*Send your child to school with a snack, closed-toed shoes, and clothing he/she can get

         dirty.  Science can be messy!
*Cafeteria service will be available this year
*Unless you are signed up to volunteer, please do not come up to school to visit your child on

         Science Fest Day.  This day is very crowded and parking is limited.

FTE Directory 


Directories will be sent home with your child this week.  Please check backpacks and make sure you received yours!  Please contact  with any questions.


CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners of the directory photo contest!  Photos will be featured in the Directory.

   *Front Cover - Ahnushka Srinivasa, 1st Grade

   *5th Grade - Grant Seade, 5th Grade
   *4th Grade - Arnav Srinivasa, 4th Grade

   *3rd Grade - Perrin Smith, 3rd Grade

   *2nd Grade - Ava Pietka, 2nd Grade

   *1st Grade - Royce Weisenberger, 1st Grade   

   *Kindergarten - Presley Whitaker, Kindergarten

Come join the 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!





The Kindergarten Gifted & Talented Assessment Information Meeting is Monday, November 5, 6:00 PM at Valley View Elementary School. For more information about the Gifted/Talented program visit:

All schools release exactly 3 hours early. Bus routes run exactly 3 hours early.

Elementary Parent Reminders: Lunch will not be served; Remember to make any necessary changes in Campus Dismissal Manager.

Join us on November 5 from 11:00 AM -12:30 PM or 5:30 PM -7:30 PM for a casual opportunity for public comment and input on the future of instructional technology. No formal presentation. Come and go as you are able. Visit to learn more.

Resilience is not something kids are born with or born without. It is a skill that can be taught. Teaching kids to be reflective is also an important skill that enables children to learn from their mistakes...

In October, the Board heard reports on several topics including an update on the Digital Learning Task Force, the selection of the Envision Eanes committee, the review of potential bond category #2 (energy efficiency & conservation) and an update on the Special Education initiative. You will notice there are numerous opportunities for discussion and involvement; please participate as you are able.

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.

Nutcracker Spectacular

To buy tickets, click the image above or visit


Thursday - November 1, 2018
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Friday - November 2, 2018
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Monday - November 5, 2018
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Tuesday - November 6, 2018
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12:30 PM
Wednesday - November 7, 2018
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Thursday - November 8, 2018
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Friday - November 9, 2018
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