December 20, 2018       


As the semester comes to a close, our minds and hearts are filled to the brim. Together we've learned much and shared experiences that will make for an equally awesome spring.  The strength of our community and wholehearted passion to make our school a wonderful place of learning makes FTE truly a special place.


Special thanks to our parents who have contributed in ways small, large, and unimaginable! Thanks for getting your kids to school on time each day and helping your kids in the learning process; the partnership between home and school is important.


I would like to thank our hard-working and caring staff members who have made a huge difference to our students.  Their commitment is outstanding and our kids are the beneficiaries. Thank you for providing rich, engaging, and well-rounded experiences for our kids and knowing that education is about joy, wonder and fostering curiosity, along with the development of social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we are truly grateful.  Additionally, thanks to the our FTE Booster Club for the very thoughtful gifts to staff.  We are truly fortunate; you spoil us.  One more round of thanks to the FTE elf helpers who gathered props to make our morning drop-offs fun this week.  Thanks to the Wilson family for the use of their super sweet golf cart.  It didn't help his game, but the elf was riding in style.


I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  Please use this time to recharge and relax.  May your travels be safe and hearts be warm.  Personally, my crew will be staying local and "Griswaldian" as my family will be joining us from little ol' Anson to stay with us for a few days.  We're excited and very thankful for the time our kids will have with Nana and Pops.


Lastly, a few housekeeping items.  Tomorrow marks the deadline for Science Fair.  Please see the website/newsletter for details.  Forest Trail Open House will be held on Thursday, January 31.  Please mark your calendars and I hope to see everyone there.


Thank you for sharing your children with us; they are making you proud every day. 

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.



 FTE Rock Reminder...


All six elementary schools in Eanes ISD are participating in a site-specific art installation which will be displayed outside the Central Administration building this spring. The Forest Trail art teachers have designed a work of art that utilizes river rocks or landscaping rocks. This is an intentional "nod" to the Forest Trail tradition of giving students Character Rocks. Students will paint the rocks in art class, and the installation will be moved to the Forest Trail property after the district-wide show is over. Please have your child bring in one smooth, round-edged river rock or landscaping rock. They may be delivered to the art rooms no later than Friday, January 11th!


(See image below for approximate size).




Sign Up for the 2018-2019 FTE Science Fair by December 21st!  

The FTE Science Fair sign-up link and informational packet is posted on the front page of our Forest Trail website. Interested participants must sign up on-line by December 21st at the latest. The Forest Trail Science Fair will take place on January 30th for grades K-5. The top projects in grades 3-5 will be eligible to compete in the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair on February 23, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Buthe at


Science Fair Sign Up


FTE Science Fair Packet 2018 - 2019


How to do a Science Fair Project

Purchase Your FTE Yearbook Now


Purchase your yearbook online at: They are on sale for $25. Price will increase on December 22nd. Yearbooks are a first come first basis and can ONLY be purchased online and no extras are ordered.


Additionally, the 5th grade pridelines are for sale! There is a hard deadline of February 15, 2019 and no exceptions will be made. Visit and select "yearbook ads" and follow the instructions online.


If you have any questions please contact Kim Fromberg @




SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 FTE Auction Party

Get ready to shake your palm-palms, FTE parents! Our adults-only 2019 Forest Trail Auction Party will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7PM-12AM at The Belmont on 6th Street in downtown Austin. So break out your fedoras and palm-print apparel and get ready to beat those winter blues with a night of great food & drinks, fundraising, and flamingling with your fellow FTE parents.


Early Release, December 21
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.

Winter Break, December 24 - January 7
Students return Tuesday, January 8; Staff return Monday, January 7

As we move closer to the Board's consideration to call a bond election in January, the Board heard more information on bond-related topics such as the final category review, bond capacity and a report from the Digital Learning Task Force. 


Thursday - December 20, 2018
All day
Friday - December 21, 2018
All day
All day
All day
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Monday - December 24, 2018
All day
Tuesday - December 25, 2018
All day
Wednesday - December 26, 2018
All day
Thursday - December 27, 2018
All day
Friday - December 28, 2018
All day


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