Falcon Ridge Family Updates
December 4, 2023
News and Tidbits
Dear Falcon Ridge Families,
We hope you had a restful weekend and enjoyed the first snowfall of the season!
It’s hard to believe, but we're already planning for our next school year! Our 2024-2025 lottery is opening on Fri., Dec. 8th. This year, we are asking all current FRPCS students wishing to re-enroll for 2024-2025 to complete an “Intent to Enroll” form to reserve their position. One form per current student is required. Returning students will NOT need to complete a lottery application, only the intent to enroll form.
Congratulations to our yearbook cover contest winners! The theme this year is, "Learn Like a Champion." This year's winners are:
- 1st - Lily Mix
- 2nd - Emelia Micheli
- 3rd - Grant Jones
We are so proud of Ms. Covell, Mrs. Turben, and the 5th grade students! They visit Starbase Idaho each week, and last week the teachers and staff commented on the amazing respect and great manners our students demonstrated. Way to go 5th grade!
Speaking of great character, the character trait for December is compassion. Please check out the newsletter for resources for reinforcing compassion at home.
Thank you for your continued support in making Falcon Ridge a nurturing and positive learning environment for our students.
Our goal is to provide an academic environment free of distractions being
conducive to learning and a social environment that supports the
development of kind and respectful relationships. Use of any electronic
devices such as cell phones or smart watches (any screened watches) must be
turned off and in your backpack at all times. Any student using their
phone or any electronic device will have them confiscated. However student(s)
may use their cell phones in the office with permission. If a student needs to
contact a parent, he or she should come to the office. Conversely, if a parent
needs to contact a student, he or she should contact the office.
Falcon Ridge Character Development
This year Miss Eason will continue teaching monthly character trait lessons in grades 1-8, and beginning October 26th, she will be partnering with Mrs. Combe from Lifespan Idaho (formerly Positive Action) to co-teach the monthly character traits in grades K-5. Lessons will include a focus on anti-bullying and the Falcon Ridge character traits, including:
- September - Respect
- October - Excellence
- November - Gratitude
- December - Compassion
- January - Responsibility
- February - Kindness
- March - Patience
- April - Honesty
- May - Integrity
Resources will include children's chapter books as well as age-appropriate videos and hands-on activities provided by Miss Eason. Survey permission slips will be coming home in 4th and 5th grade classes. If you have any questions about the lessons or resources, please contact Dr. Jorgensen or Miss Eason.
Average Daily Attendance
K - 97.39%
1st - 94.13%
2nd - 93.10%
3rd - 97.58%
4th - 94.54%
5th - 95.45%
6th - 98.12%
7th - 98.78%
8th - 96.96%
Attendance is Critical!
Students are considered tardy if they are not in the school building at the time school commences at the beginning of the day as established by the school calendar. The tardy bell rings at 8:05am. All students arriving late must be signed in at the office to ensure accurate records and lunch counts. Students leaving and returning during the school day must be signed in and out by an adult. Each time a student accrues (3) unexcused tardies, the student will also be treated as having 1 unexcused absence. Examples of an unexcused tardy include, oversleeping, late walking to school, missed school bus, parent running late, etc. Students will not be considered tardy in the event of bad weather, if buses are running late, etc.
Safe Student Pick-Up Process
As part of our continuous commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all our students, we kindly remind you of our designated student pickup protocol.
For the safety of our students, we ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines during the student pickup process:
Designated Pickup Spot: Please arrive at the designated pickup spot indicated by the school. This helps streamline the pickup process and ensures a smooth flow of traffic.
Teacher Supervision: Our teachers will be present at the pickup spot to assist with safely escorting students to your vehicles. This also allows us to verify that the student is being picked up by an authorized person.
Communication: If there are any changes to the pickup routine, such as a different authorized person picking up the student, please inform the school office in advance. This will help us avoid any confusion and ensure the safety of your child.
Patience and Courtesy: We kindly ask for your patience during the pickup process, especially during peak times. Your courtesy towards fellow parents and staff is greatly appreciated.
By adhering to these guidelines, we can collectively maintain a secure environment for all students. We sincerely thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Thank you for your ongoing support in prioritizing the safety of our students.
*BELIEVE KIDS ORDER UPDATE:
Thank you so much for your patience! We FINALLY (yay!!) have a delivery date with tracking information for our Believe Kids Fall Fundraiser Orders.
All paper orders, online orders that were marked ship to the school as well as student prizes will be delivered to the school on Monday, December 4th.
If your child is a walker/bike rider, please plan accordingly. If a child has a really large order that we know they can't carry home, you will be contacted to pick it up.
Thank you again for your patience!
We are excited to announce that the Giving Tree is now up and running at the school! You can find your teacher's wish list hanging from our beautifully decorated tree (just ask your student to find their teachers name on a tag to take home), scan the QR Code from the banner on the outside fence or click the link below.
Thank you for your generosity and support. Let's come together to make our teachers feel truly valued and cherished this holiday season.
*POLAR PALS HOLIDAY SHOPPE:
Yay!! Our Polar Pals Holiday Shoppe will be December 7th & 8th. The Shoppe will be in the gym and open from 8am to 2pm both days (with a break from 11am to 12pm for lunch).
Students will be able to checkout with cash, e-gift card, or both. Please send your envelope in with your student even if they are using an e-gift card as payment so volunteers know how much money is to be spent on each person your child is shopping for.
Don’t forget to purchase an e-gift card today to make checkout EASY and SAFE by eliminating carrying cash. The shop will feature items ranging from under $1 to $20.
Buy your e-gift card at: www.schoolshoppes.com/buy/polar-pals/U9YH47
*PTO Meeting 12/5 @ 6pm in the multi-purpose room
*Giving Tree 12/1 - 12/19
*Polar Pals Santa Shoppe 12/7 & 12/8
*PTO Meeting 1/11 @ 6pm in the multi-purpose room
*Panda Express Dining Out 1/19
**Note that the Chili Cook Off Scheduled for December has been Moved to March 15th.
REMINDER: When PTO organizes an event, school policies still need to followed by students and their families. Children need to be supervised by a parent at all times. Thank you for helping us keep things running smoothly and everyone safe.
If you have questions or concerns, please email us at email@example.com.
Thank you again for supporting your PTO
Stem Club Schedule
All times are 3:00pm-4:30pm
Kuna Pop-Up Library Schedule
Compassion Resources for Parents
Other Resources for Parents
12/5 - 5th Grade StarBase Field Trip
12/5 - Middle School Boys Basketball Open Gym 3-5pm
12/5 - PTO Meeting @ 6pm
12/6 - Middle School Boys Basketball Open Gym 3-5pm
12/7-12/8 - PTO Santa Shoppe
12/12 - 5th Grade StarBase Field Trip
12/12 - School Board Meeting @ 6:30p.m.
12/13 - STEM Club
12/14 - Elementary Holiday Concert @ 9am
12/15 - December Student Birthday Celebrations
12/15 - Middle School Choir Concert @ 2:15pm
12/20-1/3 - Christmas Break