Forest Park Elementary

Good News Bears September 2022

Forest Park Elementary School

Main Office hours: 7:30-4:00

School Phone: 704-932-8121

School drop-off: 7:50-8:20 AM

School pickup: 3:20 PM

Dear Forest Park Families,

We have had a great start to the 2022-2023 school year! Already, staff and students are building positive relationships and so much learning is happening in classrooms. As we continue to address all of the academic needs of students and we thank you for your partnership in ensuring your child is well rested and prepared for school each day.

We ask that you send your child to school every day, on time unless he or she is sick so that we are not losing valuable instructional time. Following the impact the pandemic had on instruction over the last couple of years, we want to make sure we have every opportunity to make even larger gains in student growth and achievement. We can only accomplish this when students are in classrooms for instruction.

Thank you for all of your support!


Martha Motley


  • September 20 - Fall Picture Day
  • September 22- Family Night at Forest Park 6-7:15 PM
  • September 23 - Early Release Day (dismissal at 12:20)
  • October 14 - First PBIS Celebration
  • October 14 - Early Release Day (dismissal at 12:20)
  • October 31 - Teacher Workday

Fall Picture Day

A photographer from Strawbridge Studios will be at Forest Park on September 20th to photograph your child. This photo will be included in the school yearbook. You can also pre-purchase your child's photos. Please use this link to sign up to receive updates via email regarding your child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals, and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at school.

Students should follow their regular school uniform dress code for fall pictures. In the spring we will have another picture day for students to wear their dressy or non-uniform attire.

FP Family Night

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 6-7:15pm

1333 Forest Park Drive

Kannapolis, NC

Come on out to Forest Park to learn more about our school and our instructional programs!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Family Night is September 22nd

Forest Park Family Night will be held from 6-7:15 PM on Thursday, September 22nd. We will begin with a brief informational meeting in the gym at 6:00 PM. Then you will have an opportunity to move to various activities throughout Forest Park and learn about the instructional programs your child participates in!

School Wide Expectations

Please read over our Forest Park Student & Family Handbook with your child.

This school year, we will hold 5 school-wide events. Students may qualify for these events by upholding the Forest Park Bear Expectations:

  • Be Safe
  • Engage in Learning
  • Activate Kindness
  • Respect others

Students who have no major office referral and less than three minor incidents will be able to participate in our merit events! These events will take place on our early release days!

Stay tuned for more details on these merit events and encourage your child to follow our Bear Expectations so that he or she is able to participate!

  • October 14 - Hayride
  • December 19 - WinterFest
  • February 17 - Dance Party
  • March 24 - Spring Fling
  • May 12 - Water Day

School begins at 8:20.

As a reminder, instruction begins at 8:20. Please make sure your student is dropped off between 7:50 and 8:15 to ensure he or she does not miss instructional time. If you arrive in the car rider line at 8:20 or after, you will need to come into the building to sign your child in.

Early Release Days

This school year, we have six early release days. You can view these and other non-school days in our KCS Calendar. This school year, Forest Park teachers are completing state-mandated professional development on The Science of Reading. This training requires 160 hours of learning time for teachers. Although teachers are using much of their time at home completing this work, KCS has built-in Early Release Days to allow our teachers to complete some of this work with their colleagues while they are at school. Early Release Days are listed below. On these days, we will dismiss students at 12:20.

KCS 2022-2023 Early Release Days:

  • September 23, 2022
  • October 14, 2022
  • February 17, 2023
  • March 3, 2023
  • March 24, 2023
  • May 12, 2023