Dear Families,

Classrooms are organized, lockers are labeled and the Forest team is ready to begin an exciting school year.  Our open house is scheduled for August 28 from 3-6 pm.  Stop by and meet your child’s teacher, help your child locate their desk and locker and meet new classmates.

Our office will be open daily from 8-3 pm starting August 19.

Tuesday, September 3 is our first fun filled full day of school.

DAILY SCHEDULE: Doors open at 8:00 am. Students will proceed to the cafeteria where they will be supervised until retrieved by their classroom teacher at 8:15 am.  Classroom instruction begins at 8:20 am.  We will dismiss at 3:30 pm.  Our lunch/recess/study hall block is from 11:45-1:15 pm.

 DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES: To help us make this school year a safe and fun one, it is important that we all understand the expectations of the Academy. For example, 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 through our CDC.

To help with traffic flow, we ask that all kindergarten, first, second and third graders be dropped off and picked up at the main entrance. Fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders are to be dropped off at the doors on the east side of the building (across from the church).  Siblings are to be dropped off and picked up with the oldest sibling. Please remember both lines are “kiss and go/quick hello.” Families with multiple children can drop off and pick up on the east side of the building. For the safety of our students and to keep traffic flowing we ask that you please park your car in a designated parking space if you need to talk with someone in the office or with your child’s teacher before or after school.

 EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES:

Students who need to leave early will need to provide the office the date, time and reason for early dismissal as well as the name and number of the person picking up to contact if necessary.

Parents may contact the office before 1:00 pm letting office personnel know the above information.  This will provide the office an opportunity to have your child ready to be picked up and minimize classroom interruptions.

Please understand students are expected to remain in school the full instructional day (8:20-3:30 p.m.).  We understand appointments come up and students may need to leave early.  Our goal is to ensure our students are given all opportunities to learn and maximize instruction with minimal classroom interruptions.

Parents who arrive after 2:45 will be asked to wait until our 3:30 dismissal to pick up their students.  The office is very busy at this time and students are sometimes moving in the hallways.  This will ensure the safety of all students by eliminating the risk of unknown adults in the building at that time.  This will also help prevent traffic backups during dismissal.

UNIFORM POLICY:  Students are expected to arrive on time and in uniform. Uniform violation letters will be sent home if a student is not in uniform.  Parents may be contacted to pick up their child or bring their child a change of clothes.  All students are to be dressed according to the following guidelines:

  • Navy blue pants, skirts, or walking shorts (not sweatpants or blue jeans)
  • White shirts with collars, bearing no insignias other than the Forest Academy logo (no crew neck T-shirts)
  • Shirts worn underneath a white collared shirt MUST be white bearing no insignias.
  • Navy or gray sweaters (no sweatshirts)
  • Navy, gray or white socks or tights
  • No open-toed shoes, crocs, heels or shoes with wheels.

We have a beautiful gymnasium for students to use during their scheduled time.  Street shoes are not permitted on the gym floor.  All students are required to keep a pair of tennis shoes in their lockers to wear during gym.

CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS AND SUPPLY LISTS:

While students will be able to find out who their teacher is at our back to school open house on August 28, please keep in mind that due to potential changes in enrollment and/or staffing during the first several weeks of school, all placements are considered temporary.  While every effort is made to avoid changes after the first day of school, it is occasionally necessary to make some changes to class lists.  Parents will always be notified if that is to occur.  Every effort is made to do what is in the best interest of our students.    Supply lists can be found on our website and are consistent for each grade level.

The Forest Academy team has high expectations for our students.  Each child is expected to be a responsible and respectful student.  They will strive daily to demonstrate their personal best when asked to work independently or when working with their peers. At home support is necessary for students to take ownership in the learning process. Together we will help our students develop and grow socially and academically.

Welcome to the Forest Academy family.

Meghan Watters

Principal