The Buzz

February 19th, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, March 5th - No School (teacher professional development day)
  • March 8th-12th - No School (Spring Break)

Winter Playground Safety

Winter brings some additional challenges for us in keeping playgrounds safe. A few members of our district’s Buildings and Grounds crew are Certified Playground Safety Inspectors and they

have been making visits to school playgrounds around the district. At this point, we do not believe that snow and ice has caused enough of a problem to warrant closing the playground, however, be prepared that this status could change at any time. If the playground is closed, students will continue to have recess and use other areas of our playing field.


Why does snow and ice affect playground safety?

The loose surfacing under playgrounds (wood chips in our case) is not just for landscaping purposes. The surfacing provides a soft landing in case a student should fall off a swing or the playground. In the winter, snow and ice can become compacted within the loose surfacing and refreeze, causing it to become as hard as concrete, and no longer a safe surface to absorb falls. When this happens, the playground is no longer safe for students to play on and is closed.

Boosterthon Updates

Here is our daily update on the Forest Lake and Forest View Dance Fit Fundraiser!! The Forest Lake and Forest View Dance Fit is a program that our students are currently participating in. Each day, students are learning about different character lessons and helping our school raise funds for individual classroom needs!! Our goal this year is to raise $10,000! To help us reach our goal, register your students on funrun.com and share your student's pledge link with families and friends! We appreciate your donations, if you are able to, but just as important as giving is sharing your student's pledge link with others!!


Sports City Now Team Day 3 - COURAGE: https://vimeo.com/440693385/e3cb60f0fa


SCHOOL WIDE UPDATE:

  • Our School Goal = $10,000 for individual classroom needs!
  • We are currently at $4,961 raised!!


WEEKEND CHALLENGE: Any individual student who receives $2/dance minutes in pledges or $60 in flat donations over the weekend will earn a BONUS PRIZE!!


Thank you for all your support!

Celebrating Black History Month

In the month of February we continue to engage in learning opportunities to learn about both past and present Black Americans who have helped bring positive change to our country and to our communities. Below are some of the Black Americans featured on our Black History Month display.

P-EBT: Food Support Available for Qualifying Families

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P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer) is a food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced price meals if schools were open. To receive benefits, your child must be enrolled in free or reduced price school meals, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). Benefit amounts will be based on the time periods in which your child attended school through a distance or hybrid learning model during the 2020-21 school year.


If your child does not receive MFIP or SNAP and is not enrolled in free or reduced price school meals, but you think they may qualify for free or reduced price meals, submit an Online Application for Educational Benefits as soon as possible. If you have questions about your child’s free or reduced price meal status or to receive a paper copy of this application, please contact Judy Liebsch at jliebsch@flaschools.org or 651-982-8396. If you have questions about the P-EBT program, please visit the DHS frequently asked questions website.


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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 herecomesthebus.com
  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!


Tips:

  • 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*)

Summer School Planning

We are already planning for Summer School. Below is some general information, with more information to come as we get closer to Spring.


Summer School Dates

  • Monday, June 21st through Friday, July 30th
  • No school on Friday, July 2nd.


Daily Schedule: 7:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.


Locations for Summer School this year will be:

  • Wyoming Elementary for K-3
  • Forest Lake Area Middle School for grades 4-12.


Meals

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.


Registration Process

At April conferences, the qualifying recommendation letter

including the URL and directions on how to register will come home

to you!

Digital Backpack

Throughout the year, please check the link to the Digital Backpack that has links to programs/activities/athletic opportunities in our community.

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.

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-5103263

About Us

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