From Principal Brown

Mrs. Brown

September, 2017

Dear Forest Families;

Welcome back! Students have worked really hard this week learning new classroom procedures and routines.  They had opportunities to check out our library, gym, eat lunch in the cafeteria and play on the playground with their classmates.

To help us make this school year a safe and fun one, it is important we all understand the expectations of the Academy.

We start our day at 8:00 am.  That means that children will not be permitted in the school buildings prior to 8:00 am.  If you need to drop your children off prior to that time, you need to make arrangements either with a friend, a daycare center or sign up for our before school care program.  Dismissal is at 3:30 pm.  After school care is available on site if needed.

One goal this year is to promote, encourage, and model a positive learning environment and develop lifelong learners.  Each classroom is using Class DOJO to help track positive points earned by our students.  Parents are given the opportunity to log in and receive daily and/or weekly feedback on how many positive points their child earned each week.  Points can be banked and cashed in for a variety of different prizes that are set up by individual classroom teachers.  There are many ways you can earn Dojo points such as completing homework assignments, turning in planners or Friday Folders, being a team player, arriving to school on time and being respectful.

During our monthly Character Counts assemblies we will acknowledge a student in each class who has worked hard to demonstrate the character trait and we will crown a Dojo Champion.  Character Counts and Dojo Champion winners will receive a certificate and a no uniform coupon.

Unfortunately, DOJO messaging CANNOT be used to communicate with classroom teachers.  It is set up for teacher use to send out whole class reminders on upcoming events and/or assignments.

Another goal this year is to increase student attendance.  Last year we had 30 students who were considered truant due to excessive absences.  It is important all students arrive ON TIME and remain in school for the FULL instructional day to maximize learning. To help boost attendance we have created an Attendance Club.  Students with less than 5 absences each quarter will earn “Attendance Flare” to wear on the zippers of their coat or backpack.

Students with excessive absences will be submitted to the Kalamazoo County Truancy Officer for review.


NWEA testing is completed three times a year. Fall NWEA testing will begin the week of September 18.  Students in K-1 are testing in reading and math.  Students in second grade are tested in reading, math and language usage.  Students in grades 3-8 are tested in reading, math, language usage and science.  NWEA testing provides teachers information that support differentiated instruction and help support students to meet their spring goals.  Parents’ reports will be provided shortly after each testing window closes.

Picture Day is September 20.  All students MUST wear their school uniform for fall pictures.

Forest Academy is on Facebook.  Follow us on Facebook for information on upcoming events, pictures and announcements.  We’re looking forward to an AWESOME school year!

Amanda Brown                                                                                            Meghan Watters
Principal                                                                                                        Assistant Principal