Falcon Ridge Family Updates
October 16, 2023
News and Tidbits
Dear Falcon Ridge Families,
I hope this message finds you well. Please take a moment to celebrate Falcon Ridge's ranking as one of the top 10% of schools in Idaho!
Please note there will be a schedule change in STEM Club. Rather than meeting on October 25th, STEM Club will be meeting this Wednesday, October 18th.
I also want to take a moment to update you on some exciting initiatives we're launching at Falcon Ridge to foster kindness, build character, and prevent bullying.
1. Red Ribbon Week assembly on October 25th - Focusing on Kindness and Student Safety
On October 25th, we have a special assembly planned that will focus on the importance of kindness and safety. Our special guest speakers include officers from the Kuna Police Department who will present age-appropriate information. This event will not only be informative but also fun for our students.
2. Character Trait Lessons with Miss Eason and Mrs. Combe
Starting on October 26th, Miss Eason will continue teaching character trait lessons to our students and we are also excited to announce a new partnership with Mrs. Combe, from LifeSpan Idaho, who will join us in this endeavor. These lessons are designed to help our students develop strong character traits and prevent bullying that will serve them well throughout their lives. (See newsletter for details)
3. Falcon Ridge Family Night at the Farmstead
We are thrilled to invite you to the Falcon Ridge Family Night at the Farmstead in Kuna, happening tonight. Please see the newsletter for all the exciting details. It's a fantastic opportunity for our school community to come together and have a great time.
For more information about these initiatives and other school-related updates, please check our newsletter.
Thank you for your continued support in making Falcon Ridge a nurturing and positive learning environment for our students. We believe that, together, we can make a significant impact on our children's lives.
Looking forward to seeing you tonight at the Farmstead and, as always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need further information.
Celebrate Our September Citizens of the Month!
Celebrate Cross Country!
Celebrate STEM Club Designing Pinball Machines
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
1st Grade: 98.27%
2nd Grade: 96.55%
3rd Grade: 98.85%
4th Grade: 94.94%
5th Grade: 98.98%
6th Grade: 99.47%
7th Grade: 93.93%
8th Grade: 98.98%
Year to Date ADA: 95.48%
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.
*The Kiss the Pig jars are out in the office for the kiddos to drop their spare change in to see which teacher they want to see Kiss the Pig. Who will it be....Mrs. Hill or Mrs. Grill?!
It is a tight race this year! As per Farmstead rules, there will be one clear winner as we can't have a tie. We will have the jars out at the Farmstead by the Pig Race area until 7pm to allow for additional votes.
*We will be having our Farmstead Night on Oct 16th from 4pm to 9pm. Come see who will Kiss the Pig at 730pm. Admission price is $12 for Falcon Ridge families instead of the normal $20. PTO will get back $1 from every Admission ticket purchased.
*Our Fall Fundraiser kicked off on 10/10 and will run until 10/26. Our goal is to raise funds to put in trees and benches for the playground area. Last year we raised over $8,000 with a profit of $3500. We are hoping for a similar outcome this year! This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for PTO.
*Our Annual Trunk or Treat will take place on Oct 27th from 6 to 7pm. PTO only spent $100 out of pocket, all the rest of the candy & prizes were donated from local businesses. We will also have 3 food trucks at Trunk or Treat that will give us 10% back of profits! This event is always a kid favorite!
REMINDER: When PTO puts on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for supporting your PTO!!
*10/9 - 10/26 - Believe Kids Fall Fundraiser
*10/16 - Farmstead from 4pm to 9pm - Who will Kiss the Pig...Mrs. Hill or Mrs. Grill?!
*10/27 - Trunk or Treat from 6pm to 7pm
*11/7 November Meeting at 6pm
*11/9 Skate Night at Rollerdrome in Nampa
Stem Club Schedule
All times are 3:00pm-4:30pm
Kuna Pop-Up Library Schedule
- 10/16 - PTO Farmstead Night 4:00 - 9:00
- 10/18 - XC Districts at Eagle Island State Park @ 1pm
- 10/18 - STEM Club (Schedule Change)
- 10/20 - Fall Choir Concert @ 2:15pm
- 10/20 - End of Quarter One
10/27 - October Student Birthday Celebrations
- 10/27 - PTO Truck-or-Treat @ 6pm-7pm
- 11/10: Veterans' Day Program