Principal's Weekly Message

January 8th, 2016

Week in Review

All of your Box Top clipping paid off! This week we received a check for $1477.90, all of which will be used to pay for field trips for our students. Thank you so much for your contributions to this fundraiser. Field trips for our school cost approximately $10-12 per student per year, for an annual average expense of $5400-6300. Our PTA has shared with me that they believe our community will be happy to rally to fund our field trips. So, if you are willing to contribute to our annual field trip fund, you can drop off or send a check or cash to the school in an envelope. Again, $10 covers the average cost of a field trip for one student. Thank you for your support!

Today we had our 1st Friday celebration. We opened the blacktop for additional parking and found that we had plenty of space for parents to park. Our students enjoyed celebrating our January birthdays. We will continue to have the blacktop open on these days to accommodate additional parent parking on 1st Fridays and special events.

There are quite a few flyers this week that have information about upcoming events and activities here in the Forest. Please take time to review them so that you don't miss out on anything that is going on here at school.

No Parking Zone added around campus by City of San Antonio

During the winter break the city of San Antonio installed a no parking zone on both sides of Wolf Creek and Silver Spruce around the campus. Please be aware that this is a "Tow Away Zone."
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Movie Making Club

The Movie Making Club is a four week club open to 3rd graders and will be held on Thursdays after school on January 14, 21, 28, February 11 from 2:50-3:40pm. In this club, the students will collaboratively work in groups of 2 or 3. Using the Lego Movie Maker app, groups will synergize to create a stop motion movie using a variety of props. Students will then share their creations on February 11th. Parents will be invited to come to the last class to see the presentations. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

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Morning Drop Off Reminders

Below is a map of our morning drop-off areas.

  • The green horseshoe area is our designated drop off. Cars may pull through, drop students at the curb, and pull out. This is the SAFEST area for student drop off. We have timed this several times and, at our peak traffic time, it takes 3-4 minutes at most from the time a vehicle gets in line until children are out of the vehicles.
  • The blue bus loop area is our designated place for parents who wish to park AND walk their students into the school. This is NOT an appropriate area for curbside drop off because we do not have staff in that area to supervise or escort students. Please do NOT use this as a curbside dropoff. It is ONLY for parents to park and walk their children into the school.
  • The orange staff parking area is designated for our employees to park in the morning. This is NOT a student drop off area or parent parking area in the morning.
  • Dropping off students on the street continues to be unsafe and will not be allowed. The City of San Antonio has informed us that it is safest for all student loading and unloading to occur on the school property.

Our daily goal is to have a SAFE and EFFICIENT student drop off. This is best accomplished when 100% of our students are dropped off in the designated areas.

This week I saw a student who was dropped off "curbside" in the bus loop. The parent did not escort the student, so the student walked between cars into the staff parking area. This has been an increasing problem in the past week. When our staff have to walk over to escort a student who is walking between cars, they are having to leave their designated areas (such as the crosswalk), which puts other students' safety at risk. Thank you for being mindful of the safety of your child as well as others.

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Hidden Forest Track - Update and Donation Opportunity

The Hidden Forest Track construction project is well underway. The only remaining work left on the track is completion of asphalt. This was delayed due to the rain during the winter break. There is still time to support the track and have your family and/or child's name be a part of the track donor recognition tree, which will be displayed on campus. For every $100 that you contribute to the project you will have the opportunity to place your name or child's name on a leaf on the tree. Be a part of this exciting project by donating today. Simply complete the attached donation form. Checks should be made payable to HF PTA and returned to the school by Friday, January 15, 2016. If you have any questions please reach out to MOPS Dayal at

We appreciate your support. Please be on the lookout for details regarding the Track dedication early in the new year.

Habit of the Week: Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind

Quote of the Week: “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” –Oprah Winfrey

Home Connection: The following are some book suggestions you could use to help incorporate Habit 2.

“The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle- Throughout the story, the determined spider spins her web. She has an end in mind—to finish her web and catch a fly for dinner.

“Click, Clack, Moo” by Doreen Cronin- The animals have an end in mind. The cows become leaders and finally get electric blankets for themselves and the chickens. However, Framer Brown’s problems are not over. The ducks now have an end in mind!

“Inch by Inch” by Leo Lionni -Inch by Inch is the story of an inchworm that has an end in mind—to not get eaten! The inchworm becomes a leader by using what is in his Circle of Control to “measure” his way out of danger. “Lucy Mastermind” by Alan Feldman- Lucy has many adventures with her friends and family as she tries to restore her family’s decrepit boathouse that has a dance floor on the second level. She retains her perspective as she works toward her desired outcome of a double birthday party for her mother and her cat.