Falcon Ridge Elementary Newsletter

May 2021

Important Information:

Office/Main Line: 952-758-1600

24/7 Attendance Line: 952-758-1605

FR Nurse: 952-758-1606

Fax: 952-758-1699

Attendance/Absences, Vacations and Pickup Messages

Just a reminder about messages regarding your child(ren):

  • The office needs to be notified about attendance (illness, running late, appointments, etc.). Calls should be made by 9:10 am on the day that your child(ren) will be absent to be considered excused. The 24-hour attendance line is 952-758-1605.
  • If your child will be absent for any reason, please call 952-758-1605 or send a note prior to them being absent.
  • Pickup (during or at end of day) emails should be sent to the three office assistants: lbisek@isd721.org, nschmitz@isd721.org, and amusil@isd721.org. This will ensure that the office, teachers, or substitute teachers will receive the message. Sending a note to school or calling the main line (952-758-1600) are also great options.

If you email the teacher about any of the above, it is important that you also notify the office (952-758-1600) or attendance line (952-758-1605). Thank you!

Principal's Perspective - David Giesen

Falcon Ridge Families,

The month of May is nearly upon us, and the ending of a unique, but I believe successful year, is nearly upon us. Below is some information in regards to our final month of the year, along with some thoughts as we look ahead to next year.

End of Year Celebrations

With many of our COVID-19 restrictions still in place, we will be without many of the traditional year-end culminating events that we are typically used to. 5th grade track and field day, various field trips and our all-school picnic will not be able to be held the way that they have been in the past. We are still hoping to hold a modified version of our A.C.E.S. day, which allows all kids to be outside exercising at the same time. Stay tuned, as information will be shared at a later date.

Next School Year

As I talk with our staff and parents, there are inevitably questions in regards to what we believe the start of the 2021-22 schoolyear will look like. Will we be requiring masks to be worn? Will we need to consider distance learning or hybrid options for our students? If the last year has taught me anything, it's that making predictions is a bad idea!

While we are optimistic that the fall can be "normal" again, the summer months will be telling in what can be anticipated. Whatever the case, we will be as ready as we can be to welcome students back!

Appreciation and Gratitude

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our parents, guardians and caregivers for the tremendous amount of support that we have received over the course of the schoolyear. Nobody really knew what to expect when our schoolyear began back in August, and I have been so impressed by the dedication and flexibility that has been shown. From introducing a new learning platform that allowed for students to learn from home full-time (for families who chose distance learning), to the many changes for our in-person learners at Falcon Ridge: starting off in a hybrid model, switching to distance learning, then coming back to full-time, in-person learning and adding in 2-hour early releases and extra days off, the many changes we have experienced could not have been predicted. There is no way we could have been able to accomplish all that we did without your help! I am so incredibly proud of the staff at Falcon Ridge and the way that everyone here was able to meet the needs of our students, but this could not have been done on our own. On behalf of the Falcon Ridge Staff, thank you for everything this year!

Mr. David Giesen

Falcon Ridge Elementary Principal

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

Staff Perspective - LeeAnn Eischens, 3rd Grade Teacher

Hello Falcon Ridge Families,

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. As a school community, we have been through so much together this year, and I can’t help but want to celebrate each and every person for all we have accomplished together during these unprecedented times.

Let’s start with our students. These kids are absolutely resilient! They started the school year only being able to attend school in a hybrid model, two to three days a week. Their lives at school changed dramatically, including limited exposure to friends in other classes, eating lunch in the classroom and wearing a mask throughout the day. Yet through it all, they expressed joy and thankfulness each and every day they could attend school. They grew close with those in their hybrid cohort and worked hard during the time they were at school. Shift to November, and distance learning was our new way of learning: the kids adjusted beautifully to our online classes; they were so happy to see the faces of all of their classmates on the screen; and they worked hard to learn from home. Fast forward to January, and everybody was back in the classroom: kids made new friends, welcomed new faces to our classroom community and cherished the fact that they could come to school each day. Through it all, these kids have spent the year relishing in the moments that we have taken for granted. Because of this, the 2020-2021 school year will be one they will never forget.

Parents, your year is just as important to celebrate as your child’s. You have made accommodations and arrangements through each learning model to help your child have a safe and steady place to learn. You have encouraged them from home and smiled a big smile as they left the house to come to school again. As teachers, we are so grateful for your support this school year. We have worked hard to ensure that learning is the top priority throughout the year; and because of you, it was possible for us to do so. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being our partners in educating your children this year.

As you head into summer, take the time to celebrate how far you have come this year as a family. Celebrate your child’s dedication to learning, and celebrate your accomplishments as a parent who showed encouragement, love and support during this school year. Most importantly, don’t forget to celebrate that you lived through it! The staff at Falcon Ridge will do the same, always celebrating the school year that we all leaned on each other more than ever to do what was best for our kids.

LeeAnn Eischens

Third Grade Teacher

Falcon Ridge Elementary

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:

  • Shutterfly - Simply click on this Shutterfly link and start shopping. A percentage will go directly to our Falcon Ridge PAC.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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)