Forest Lake Elementary

Honest - Empathetic - Respectful - Own my actions

1-7-22 Principal Note

Welcome back to school and Happy New Year! It's been great having the students back in school for in person learning. I hope you and your families are staying healthy and warm. Please read below for important updates and notes about things happening in our school and around the district.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 10th: PTA Meeting (virutal)
  • January 17th: No School
  • January 21st: End of 1st Semester
  • January 24th & 25th: No School

COVID-19 cases this week

As of noon on Friday, this week we had 10 newly reported positive students case at Forest Lake Elementary this. We will continue to follow guidelines as spelled out in the district’s School-Based COVID-19 Mitigation Matrix.

Headphones for Testing

If you child has corded headphones at home that they could bring to school for upcoming testing, that would be very helpful. We encourage students to label their headphones with their name if they do bring them to school. Any model that can plug into a computer will work.


We have made a few changes to our drop-off and pick-up procedures. This is in anticipation that we will be having days of individual buses being cancelled and we want to prepare for the extra parent traffic. Thank you for your cooperation. A few items to note:

  • We will have new cones out to help with flow of traffic.
  • If you have students at both Forest View and Forest Lake Elementary, you can pick students up at the Forest View location. You do not need to come through both lines.
  • The exit for drop off and pick up time is different and will hopefully help with the congested 5-way stop at the intersection of 4th street and 4th avenue.
  • If you have friends, family or neighbors planning to drop off or pick up, please share these procedures with them as they may not be familiar with our school.
  • Please refer to map below for updated procedures.
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  • You can request a COVID rapid test for your student should he/she become symptomatic. The rapid tests are free. You will receive 1 box that contains 2 rapid tests. These tests have been provided to schools in MN and are for your convenience. All rapid tests must be administered at home by a parent. We do not test students at school.
  • Use this link to request an at home test. COVID Test Request Form
  • Students should remain home if not feeling well.
  • Students are encouraged (not required) to wear high quality face coverings during the school day. The CDC and MN Dept. Health both recommend a medical 3-ply mask or KN95/N95 as preferable to a cloth face mask.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Testing

ACCESS testing for English language learners begins January 31st and ends on March 25th. If you have questions, please contact Robert Raymond, our ELL teacher via email at or by phone at 651-982-3216.

In need of food or winter clothing?

If your family is in need of food or needs help getting winter clothing for the children in your family, please reach out to our counselor Mrs. Armitage. We have some resources that can help support your family in these areas.

Office Phone: 651-982-3234


Shortage of bus drivers

  • Learn your bus number! If any routes are canceled, a district-wide message will be sent to you saying bus # ?? is not going to be running that particular day.
  • Make a contingency plan. Decide ahead of time what you will do if your bus route is canceled.
  • If a route is canceled, students may still attend school if you can transport them.
  • If families are not able to transport student(s), students should email their homeroom teacher for assignments for that day
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FLE Educational Equity Pledge

To help set the tone of our school culture we have added this equity pledge to our morning announcements. These are the commitments we make to our students everyday.

  • We value your strengths and contributions

  • You are respected for who you are

  • Your voice will be heard and appreciated

  • You are cared about

  • We will work to represent you in our curriculum

  • We want you to feel comfortable and welcomed at school

  • We will support you to be academically confident and challenged

  • You will be empowered to achieve your goals, dreams and full potential

  • We all will take responsibility in creating a more just society

Here Comes the Bus

Here Comes the Bus for Forest Lake Area Schools

  • View the real-time location of your child’s bus
  • Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Receive push notifications or email alerts
  • Send your child to the bus stop at just the right time, every time

How to get started:

  1. Download the Here Comes the Bus app (available in the App Store and Google Play) or visit
  2. Click “Sign Up” (top right corner on the website)
  3. Enter school code 38313 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”
  4. Complete the “User Profile” box
  5. Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name and student ID number - Student ID numbers can be found on ParentVUE
  6. Once you have confirmed your information, you’re ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!


  • For their safety, we continue to request that students be at the bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives.
  • Notifications for your bus are based on a radius and distance away from your bus stop. You can customize that radius within the app to provide the best timing for notification.
  • Students who live in dual households can be added separately. One household will be entered with the regular student ID number and the other will be entered with the student ID plus * (for example, 12345*)
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Shop Amazon and Support Our Schools!

Help raise funds for our schools effortlessly! Use the link below when shopping Amazon and our AmazonSmiles program will donate to our school with each purchase. Please note that the Amazon App does not qualify for this give back program.

About Us

Thank you for your commitment in helping our students succeed. If you have any questions or need to connect, please use the resources below to connect with us!

Office Hours (School Days): 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Office Phone Number: 651-982-3200

Health Office: 651-982-3203

Attendance Line: 651-982-3203

Student School Hours:

  • Student drop off starts at 9:00 a.m.
  • School starts at 9:15 a.m.
  • School dismisses at 3:40 p.m.