Fort Crook Falcon Flyer

September 16, 2016

Purpose & Direction

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills necessary to be productive and contributing citizens.

Our Direction

We will provide students with a variety of instructional approaches that actively engage students in the learning process.

Principal's Message

I cannot express enough how honored I am to serve the Fort Crook community. Our students are incredibly kind and respectful. The staff continuously go above and beyond expectations to serve our school. Thank you for all of your support during the first month of school!

-Ms. Meredith Petit

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 16: No School-Teacher Training
  • Tuesday, September 20: PTA Board meeting (3:30)
  • Tuesday, September 27: PTA Meeting (3:30) & Cook's Night Out at Arby's (4-9)
  • Friday, September 30: Spirit Store

Building Information

  • The Fort on Facebook: We recently developed a Facebook page for Fort Crook Elementary. Here you will keep updated with news, events, and school happenings.
  • Birthdays in School: As stated in the Parent-Student Handbook, "Three classroom parties, sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Associations, are approved for the Bellevue elementary schools. Sending treats for birthdays or other parties is not permitted. Also, delivering party invitations to students during the school day is not permitted...Flowers and balloons delivered to students will be kept in the office until dismissal at the end of the school day."
  • Signing Students Out of School: For documentation purposes, please ensure that you sign all students out before exiting the building. We are held accountable for monitoring both the person who checks out a student and the time they leave the building. This also helps us locate students after school.
  • Bus Lane: Please remember that vehicles are not to utilize the front bus lane for pickup or drop off. This lane is to only be used by school buses. Unfortunately, individuals are parking their vehicles in this lane and it prevents buses from parking safely for our students.

Curriculum & Assessment Information

Words Their Way

"Words Their Way" is the spelling program utilized in Bellevue Public Schools. This method of instruction differs from traditional spelling list models. Instead of memorizing a list of words, students study word patterns, sounds, and meanings. At the start of the school year, your child's level of spelling proficiency was evaluated and has determined their placement within the program. The words selected match the academic needs of your child. Throughout the week, students interact with words in a variety of ways to increase their conceptual understanding of a word's spelling. Your child should be able to show you the different sorts that they have learned in their classrooms!

Please click HERE for additional information

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

We strive for students to become successful problem solvers. In order to accomplish this goal, we teach students appropriate ways to handle conflict. Some of these strategies include: walking away, telling a person if they have hurt them or their feelings, asking a person to stop, ignoring distracting or frustrating behaviors, or reporting problems to the closest adult.

It is important that students report problems to adults because it provides the Fort Crook staff the opportunity to address concerns immediately. In addition, reporting conflicts to our staff helps us to deescalate problems before they become more serious and to identify persistent problems. We want our students to feel safe and respected at school. For this reason, please encourage your child to immediately report any problems they may be having in school to our staff members.

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Falcon Gram Winners for September 9th

Kindergarten: Danika & Axel

First: Giana & Claudene

Second: Amy & Caitlyn

Third: Ryan & Avi

Fourth: Alyssa & Rayshawn

Fifth: Pressly & Quinn

Sixth: Ryan & Karla

Kid's Time: Teagan

Staff Winner: Mrs. Laird

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Falcon Gram Winners for September 16th

Kindergarten: Trinity & Ja'Kye

First: Cole & Calab

Second: Connor & Rosie

Third: Danica & Weston

Fourth: Luke & Lila

Fifth: Keanu & Katelyn

Sixth: Jace & Kristoffer

Kid's Time: Elsie

Staff Winner: Mrs. Smith

Community Information

  • School Bond: Thank you for your support in passing the school bond for Bellevue Public Schools! This will help to provide needed renovations to our building, increased safety features, and improved access to technology.
  • Mobile Food Pantry: FoodBank for the Heartland & Bellevue Public Schools have teamed up to host a mobile food pantry on the third Wednesday of every month. The next one will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Mission Middle School (2202 Washington St., go to front side of school). The Clothing Closet will also be available with clothing for 12-18 year olds.
  • TIPS: Bellevue Public Schools has implemented a web-based incident reporting tool called TIPS. TIPS is a comprehensive platform for reporting, tracking and documenting incidents and concerns. TIPS empower students, parents, teachers and community members to be heard and to anonymously report warning signs and trouble. The goal of TIPS is prevention and to help identify red flags and warning signs before an incident occurs or escalates. If you or your child would like to report a concern, please visit the TIPS Incident Report button on the homepage of the BPS website. Please click HERE for more information.

PTA Information

  • PTA Meeting: We will be having a Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 20th and a PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 27th from 3:30-4:15. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • PTA Spirit Store: On the last Friday of each month, students can purchase items from the Spirit Store during the school day. Store items include a variety of toys and spirit sticks. Prices range from fifty cents to a few dollars. Please send money with your child if they would like to shop at our Spirit Store.
  • Fundraiser: Thank you for your hard work! We successfully sold $16,132 worth of merchandise! We will soon find out the exact amount earned for Fort Crook Elementary. Congratulations to Mrs. Schutte's class for raising the most money!

Our Beliefs

  • All students can learn.
  • Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share high expectations and responsibility for student learning.
  • A physically and emotionally safe environment promotes student learning.
  • A student’s performance is enhanced by mutual respect among students and staff.
  • All students have a right to an equal opportunity to learn including accommodations and modifications when appropriate, as well as, access to the resources necessary to improve their performance.

Together we build a strong foundation: Honor, Respect, Fairness, Citizenship, Knowledge, Responsibility