Falcon Ridge Elementary Newsletter

August/September 2021

Important Information:

Office/Main Line: 952-758-1600

24/7 Attendance Line: 952-758-1605

FR Nurse: 952-758-1606

Fax: 952-758-1699

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

I am excited to welcome everyone back for the start of another school year. The 2021-22 school year will be my twenty-fourth year in education, and I have spent twenty-two of those years in the New Prague district. I began my career by teaching fifth grade and serving as dean of students at the former New Prague Intermediate School. I also taught sixth grade for three years at the New Prague Middle School. After spending two years in Farmington at Boeckman Middle School as an assistant principal, I am excited to work with all staff and students in my eleventh year as principal at Falcon Ridge.


Outside of school, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and following all of the local sports teams. I'm married to Kerry, and we have three boys who keep us busy: Tyler (11th grader at NPHS), Wyatt (9th grader at NPHS) and Ryan (5th grader at Falcon Ridge).


As a building, we are committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for everyone. Falcon Ridge is home to students in Grades K-5. Our core subjects revolve around the areas of reading, math, science and social studies. All students will receive specialist instruction in music, art, media and physical education. Additionally, our staff places a strong emphasis on the P.B.I.S. and Responsive Classroom philosophies, which support students in making responsible choices and being a part of a school-wide community. Falcon Ridge staff are also engaged as members of Professional Learning Communities, working collaboratively to use student data to better guide our daily instruction and classroom decisions. We take a great deal of pride in providing a safe and welcoming environment for our students to learn in each day. I look forward to the opportunity to work together with parents and make a positive difference for our children. Please do not hesitate to call or email when a question arises.


A few notes and reminders to share:

  • 90-Minute Late Starts - Please note that we will once again be resuming late starts the second Thursday of every month. These can be found on our NPAS District Calendar.
  • School Supplies - School supply lists can be found here. You may bring supplies with you during the Fall Assessment Conferences.
  • Visitors/Volunteers - Please see these links for more information: Visitor/Volunteer Information and/or Return to School Guide.
  • Social Media - As a district, we ask that you please come to us with concerns, instead of sharing on social media. Thank you in advance for your help!
  • Nutrition Services - More information about meal prices and how to apply for free or reduced-price meals is available at https://www.npaschools.org/food-service.
  • Student End-of-Day Pickup Request Form - If applicable, please fill this online form out as soon as possible. If you plan to regularly have your child walk home from school, please contact our main office at 952-758-1600.
  • Assessment Conferences and Picture Days:
    • Tuesday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 25
    • Meet your child’s teacher and drop off supplies.
    • Sign up for a conference time online at PTC Fast by Monday, August 23.
    • Strawbridge Studios will be taking student pictures on these days. You can order your photos directly online through this Strawbridge link (Falcon Ridge’s Picture Day ID is: FM362980).


Sincerely,

David Giesen

(952) 758-1601

dgiesen@isd721.org

2021-2022 Falcon Ridge Monthly Character Traits

R-espect (September)

E-ffort (October)

A-ttitude (November)

P-ride (December)

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C-ooperation (January)

A-ssertion (February)

R-esponsibility (March)

E-mpathy (April)

S-elf Control (May)