Falcon Ridge Family Updates
October 11, 2021
News and Tidbits
I hope you had a fantastic fall break with your families! Thank you again for your support during parent/teacher conferences. We had record turnout this year and we value and appreciate your partnership.
Fall is in the air! Please remember to send warm clothing for the chilly mornings. Speaking of fall, the PTO is hosting some fun family fall events this month. Be sure to check out the PTO Corner at the bottom of this flyer.
Ms. Covell's 5th grade students have been invited to join Idaho Starbase this year. This program will provide field trip opportunities for our students to engage in inquiry based, hands-on, minds-on STEM activities at Gowen Field. (See PDF Starbase calendar at bottom of flyer)
Speaking of STEM opportunities, the Falcon Ridge Charter STEM Club will be starting soon. Mr. Wallas and Miss Heckathorn have been sending updated club information.
This year's theme is "How Full is Your Bucket." We are learning ways to be bucket fillers through words and actions that demonstrate kindness and compassion.
Our character trait for October is excellence, which means "a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements."
We will share a weekly update of the number of students/staff who are either in quarantine due to a possible exposure of Covid, or who have tested positive for Covid. Please see the graphic at the bottom of the newsletter.
Resources for Parents
Important Bus Information
As you know, there is a state-wide shortage of bus drivers and Falcon Ridge is no different. We are short one bus driver this year and have consolidated the four routes into three.
In the event that one of our three drivers needs to be out, we will need to cancel a route for that day. If we need to cancel a bus, you will receive a text and/or email as soon as we receive notification from the bus company. Please be prepared to make other arrangements if this occurs. If the bus driver is sick, the notice may come as late as the school morning.
Please have an emergency contact available who can transport your children if you are unavailable.
October 8-22 - PTO Believe Kids Virtual Fundraiser
- October 13th at 3pm- STEM Club for 6th-8th grade
- October 18th 4pm-9pm - PTO Family Night at the Farmstead
- October 19th at 6:30pm- School Board Meeting
- October 22nd- End of 1st Quarter
- October 27th at 3pm- STEM Club for 6th -8th grade
- October 28th at 4pm- Girls Basketball game at Falcon Ridge
- October 29th- Student October Birthday Celebrations
- October 29th 6pm-7pm - PTO Trunk or Treat
- Early release days every Monday (1st-8th grades dismiss at 1:30 p.m.)
**Check out our website for the most updated information
Check out what's happening at school
Third graders created pumpkin globes for geography!
Fall Break Fun
Imagine running into Falcon Ridge Friends in San Diego! That's just what happened when Dr. J. and the Clark Family saw each other during fall break.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Shapiro as our new Learning Lab coordinator/teacher. We are so glad he has arrived!
Fall Break Fun
October Character Trait: Excellence
Average Daily Attendance
1st grade: 96.55%
2nd grade: 95.86%
3rd grade: 92.07%
4th grade: 90.91%
5th grade: 91.82%
6th grade: 93.29%
7th grade: 93.94%
8th grade: 96.97%
ADA year to date: 99.41%
Before School Procedure
Self-Screening: If a student or staff member has any of the following symptoms, it indicates a possible illness that puts them at risk of spreading illness to others.
Symptoms requiring a student or staff member to stay home
A temperature of 100.0 degrees F or higher. Students and staff need to be fever free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours before attending school.
Sore throat with a fever greater than 100.0°. If they are diagnosed with Strep throat, then they should stay home until they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
Excessive coughing, which could include a cough that is prolonged, lasting more than a few weeks; any shortness of breath; difficulty breathing or wheezing; cough associated with fever, chills, sweating, or ill appearance; chest pain or painful cough; coughing up phlegm that is green, yellow, blood-stained, or foul smelling.
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis). Keep the child home until a doctor has given the OK to return to school. Pink eye is highly contagious and in most cases is caused by a virus, which will not respond to an antibiotic. Bacterial conjunctivitis will require an antibiotic; your doctor will be able to determine if this is the case.
Other symptoms where students or staff members may need to stay at home
New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
Parents and staff are expected to review these symptoms daily. It is up to the individual parent and staff member to determine if a person needs to stay home.