FAE Parent Newsletter - July 2022

What Parents Need to Know Vol 2.5 Ed. 2

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Welcome to Forest Acres Elementary School!

Thank you for a successful Meet-the-Teacher! It was exciting to see all of our new and returning families in the building. Our school doors will open at 7:30 a.m. daily and learning begins promptly at 8:00 am.

As you prepare for the first days of school, please be patient as every family will be experiencing some “first moments” to include car line drop-off and pick-up procedures. Please allow more time for transportation during the first few weeks while students, families and buses adjust to new routines.

For safety purposes, we want to remind everyone of these procedures. All families must strictly follow these procedures to ensure the safety of the students that attend Forest Acres daily.

The speed limit is 15 mph through the traffic loop. Please be courteous to drivers as traffic merges as you approach the building. Our SRO, Officer Morgan will be present to facilitate safety. All parent car traffic is required to move through the new loop. The entrance to the loop is on McAlister Road. Also, please refrain from being on your cell phone while in the car line. We want to make sure every eye is on our students.

The Kindergarten Lot is now a dedicated BUS LOOP. No students are allowed to be dropped off or picked up on the Kindergarten side. We refer to that lot as the BUS LOOP.

Thank you so much for your support! I am here to support you in every way. Please do not hesitate to call (864-397-1800) or email (ashleymurray@pickens.k12.sc.us) me with concerns.

In Service,

Ashley Anderson-Murray, Ed.D.


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  • ALL STUDENTS ARE TO BE DROPPED OFF IN THE CARLINE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. We will have staff members and Safety Patrol available to escort children to their classes.
  • ONE EXCEPTION - K4 and K5 on the 1st day only (Tues. 8/2)
  • K4 and K5 parents may escort students to the exterior doors of K4-K5 classes or through the Kindergarten side entrance under the awning for THE FIRST DAY ONLY between 7:45-8:00 am off of Laurel Rd. and Page Dr. Please do not enter the building through the front doors or the office doors.
  • Parents should not enter the classroom. Plan on giving your child a hug, take pictures and allow your child to enter the classroom on his/her own.
  • Time will be limited in order for every family to have the same opportunity.


FAE Parents follow these SAFETY EXPECTATIONS

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My School Bucks

Pay for school fees securely online! CLICK THE GREEN BUTTON ABOVE. Login using a computer (not the App) to view our School Store for a list of purchases like our annual $25 Tech It Home, $22 Yearbook and ASC Registration fees.

Resources for the 2022-2023 School Year

Complete your child's Lunch Application/P-EBT Benefits

P-EBT benefits will be paid in August for students that had an application on file and were Free/Reduced last year by application status (even though meals were free to all). The 2nd round of payments will be paid in October and are based on this school year’s application status. You don't want to miss these benefits! Parents, remember to complete your lunch application for the 22-23 school year as soon as possible.



PTO Officers - JOIN US! We need committed hands and hearts!

  • Erin Fellers, President
  • Joanna Griese, Vice President
  • Kathryn Jones, Recording and Communications Secretary
  • Kelly Patterson, Treasurer
  • Jamie Bryant, Parliamentary
  • Amy Mitchell, Faculty Representative
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Our Month at a Glance

July 29th - August 26th, 2021

August 2nd: Students' First Day of School

August 5th: FAE Spirit Wear

August 12th: FAE Spirit Wear

August 19th: FAE Spirit Wear

August 26th: FAE Spirit Wear

September 1st: Open House, 4-6 pm

September 5th-7th: No School/Labor Day

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Instructional Leadership Team:

  • Dr. Ashley Anderson-Murray, Principal
  • Mr. Dewain Fludd, Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Angela Nalley, School Counselor
  • Ms. Tracy Brandt, Instructional Coach
  • Mrs. Gracie Wilson, Reading Coach