Forest Elementary

March Newsletter

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Letter from the Principal

Forest families,

It feels like school has been out for more than a week and a day. It seems like eternity when going home for who-knows-how-long is unplanned. On behalf of myself and the entire staff, we miss you. We miss the kids, we miss the parents, we miss the guarantee of health that a "normal" school day and school building was able to provide.

It was sudden and scary. And, since these are uncharted territories, we will all learn and grow from this together. I thank you all, parents especially, for being flexible, supportive, and kind. You have taken the bull by the horns and started to pick up the pieces where our teachers left off. So, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. THANK YOU!

So far, we have done a device sign out day. We have provided links that our teachers use on a regular basis that you can access from home (see our website). And, we had a day that packets were handed out per grade level. I also emailed any parents that were unable to make it, so they could have the packets as well. Thank you for your desire to assist your child learn more, every day. I can tell you from my own experience that the STEM, P.E., art and "life/social skills" activities have had the most impact in my children and family's lives. I want to thank the teachers for all they have done to communicate with parents, provide resources, reassure our community and one another in such a time of need. I knew this before but recent events have just solidified the fact that Forest Elementary staff are UNBELIEVABLE and I am grateful for them every single day!

I also want to highlight one group that has been strong through this entire process in order to provide for the needs of the children in our community. Our food service, with Jeff Edwards and Shelina Porter guiding their staff, have stepped up and provided almost 2,500 lunches DAILY to our children. They have set up guidelines that coincide with CDC recommendations. They have set schedules for each building for pick up (M, W, F from 10-12). They have worked with Gary Kennedy to establish a schedule for bus drop offs in order to be most effective to our community and their needs. This was no easy task. And, when they became short staffed, our paras and teachers stepped in to prep food and even deliver it. This staff never ceases to amaze me. PIRATE PRIDE!!!!

If you have needs during this crucial time, please reach out to me personally via email ( I will do my best to help or direct you to those that can better serve you.

Stay well, stay healthy, and continue to spread kindness. Now, more than ever!


Gianina Meli


Monday-PAJAMA DAY (photo of you in your comfiest p.j.'s)

Tuesday-SPRING HAS SPRUNG (photo outside of your favorite activity)

Wednesday-WELLNESS DAY (photo of you in your gear doing some form of movement)

Thursday-WHATCHA READIN'? (photo of you reading a book)

Friday-PIRATE PRIDE (photo of you in your maroon and gold)

*Post pics on our Facebook page or to Schoology.