Falcon Ridge Elementary Newsletter

September 2020

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 2020-21 School Year!

Falcon Ridge Families,

We are very excited to get our 2020-21 school year underway, and look forward to partnering together with you. Our staff has been working very hard to set up schedules and routines that will be accommodating as we begin the year in a hybrid model. It was great to see so many families at last week's Meet-and-Greet Conferences! We have set up procedures and expectations that will help to keep our students and staff safe, and provide for meaningful learning opportunities for your students. Below is information that will help in getting our year off to a great start, with information specifically for our hybrid learners and our distance learners.

Hybrid Learners

Transportation: Transportation information for regular education students can be found on your child's Campus Portal. Please be sure to check it often, as adjustments may be made to routes frequently. Parents of special education students will be contacted by phone with transportation information. In addition, children will be required to wear a mask when being transported on school vehicles.

Nutrition Services Updates:

  • Snack - By signing your child up for snacks through the Infinite Campus School Store, you are ensuring that your child will get a snack each day. If your child declines the snack, or if they are absent on a day they are supposed to be in school, their meal account will not be charged.
  • Lunch Menu - Due to an industry supply & demand issue with pre-wrapped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, we will not be able to offer a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a daily second option on the elementary lunch menu to start the year. We know this is a popular choice for many students, so as soon as they become available, we will return the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the lunch menu as a daily second option.

Attendance: When your child is attending via a hybrid at home day, grades K-5 parents will log into Campus Portal to “check-in” the child’s daily participation between the hours of 5:00 am-11:59 pm. Instructions are linked on page 5 of this document.

Arrival/dismissal: We are asking that parents not drop their child off at school before 8:50 am. We will begin dismissing students at 3:42 pm each day; please see our website and video for information on the arrival/dismissal process. As a reminder, visitors are not being allowed in the building, and our office pick-up will not be utilized until further notice.

Communication: We ask that understanding be given to our teaching staff on your student's hybrid at home learning days. Although staff should be able to return phone calls and emails within 24 hours, they may be able to get back to you sooner than that regarding questions you may have on your child's assigned work. We appreciate your understanding.

Distance Learners

Material Pick-Up: This past week, we had our student material pick-up in the front entryway of our building. Moving forward, the fourth Wednesday of every month will be our material pick-up day where you will be able to receive new materials from your child’s teacher. We will continue to offer this grab-and-go opportunity in the front entryway of the building.

Attendance: Grades K-5 parents will log into Campus Parent to “check-in” the child’s daily participation each day between the hours of 5:00 am and 11:59 pm. Instructions are linked on page 5 of this document.

Looking forward to a great school year!


David Giesen

Falcon Ridge Elementary Principal

(952) 758-1601 and dgiesen@isd721.org

Fundraising Made Simple

In working with our Falcon Ridge PAC, I want to make all of our families aware of some easy ways to support our students at Falcon Ridge by using a few simple steps with businesses that you may already be spending money with:

  • Coborns School Rewards - Coborn's, Inc. is committed to donating $150,000 to local entities during the 2019-2020 school year. The points your school earns will help grow their share of the $150,000 total. It's like a pie; the size of your school's slice will depend on how many points they have received. Schools should encourage their supporters to register for their location at moreRewards.com: 1. Go to moreRewards.com, 2. create a login, 3. proceed to login, 4. go to "manage my membership," 5. choose school rewards, 6. select Falcon Ridge, and you are done! It is just that easy! You can also easily add it through the More Rewards phone app: 1. go to rewards, 2. slide the school rewards button to green, 3. below the button there should be an option for you to change to your school, 4. search for Falcon Ridge, and 5. select Falcon Ridge.
  • Amazon Smile - when you shop online at Amazon. This will help raise money for the Falcon Ridge PAC, which supports all students and all staff! Again, it's easy to do so: 1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com in your desktop or mobile phone browser, 2. from your desktop, go to "Your Account" from the navigation at the top of the page, 3. select the option to "Change your Charity" from the options at the bottom of the page, 4. choose Falcon Ridge Elementary PAC. For every eligible purchase you make on smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% directly to our Falcon Ridge PAC.

2020-21 Falcon Ridge Monthly Character Traits

R-espect (September)

E-ffort (October)

A-ttitude (November)

P-ride (December)


C-ooperation (January)

A-ssertion (February)

R-esponsibility (March)

E-mpathy (April)

S-elf Control (May)