Forest Lake Elementary

Honest - Empathetic - Respectful - Own my actions


Important Upcoming Dates

  • September 26th: PTA Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. in Forest View Media Center
  • October 3rd: No School for Students
  • October 11th: Picture Day
  • October 13th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (evening)
  • October 18th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (evening)
  • October 19th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (daytime - No School for Students)
  • October 20th-21st: MEA Break (No School for Students)


Our PTA would love to have you join us in supporting our schools this year! We will have a kick off meeting this coming Monday, September 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Forest View Elementary media center.

Important Attendance Information

School attendance is so important for students to have success so thank you for getting our students to school on time each day!

If there are any concerns you have about your child's attendance you can call our attendance line at 651-982-3203.

De-Escalation Tip of the Week

Whether at work or at home, you might deal with angry, hostile, or noncompliant behavior every day. Your response to defensive behavior is often the key to avoiding a physical confrontation with someone who has lost control of their behavior. In the coming weeks we will share 10 De-Escalation Tips that will help you respond to difficult behavior in the safest, most effective way possible. These tips come from the Crisis Prevention Institute.

TIP 3 - Use Nonthreatening Nonverbals

The more a person loses control, the less they hear your words - and the more they react to your nonverbal communication. Be mindful of your gestures, facial expressions, movements, and tone of voice.

Keeping your tone and body language neutral will go a long way toward defusing a situation.

Special Education Para Professional Jobs

A note from our Special Education department for Forest Lake Schools wants us to let everyone know that we still have several ECSE and elementary sped para positions to fill. If interested please contact our ECSE/Elementary Special Education Coordinator Sara Heckel at

Bus Drivers Needed

Help drive our students safely back and forth to school. Our drivers have a very important job, and they love what they do! Training is paid for and benefits are available. Morning and/or afternoon shifts are available. Contact the Bus Garage at 651-982-8190 for more information or apply online at

School Meals

Student Drop Off (by parent/guardian)

  • Students should be dropped off from 9:00-9:15 a.m. Please see map below for drop off instructions.
  • We do not have supervision for students before 9:00 a.m. Students are to remain outside until the 9:00 a.m. bell rings
  • No parents entering the school building without checking into the office
  • There will be a staff member(s) outside and inside to ensure students make it to their specific classroom safely
  • Please be careful in our parking lots

Student Pick Up (By Parent/Guardian)

  • Students will be release at 3:40 p.m.
  • FLE students who ride the bus home will walk over to Forest View Elementary to get on their bus (unless your student rides special education transportation, those buses will pick up in front of FLE)
  • FLE students who have younger siblings at Forest View and are getting picked up by their parent/guardian should walk over to Forest View and be picked up in that parent pick up line
  • FLE students who are getting picked up at our school will walk to the sidewalk to the north side of our building to find their ride in the pick up line.
  • Please be careful in our parking lots
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2022-2023 Parent & Student Handbook

Attached here is our handbook for the school year. Included will be a lot of important information including; school calendar, letter days, contact information, school policies and much more. If you would like to receive a hard copy, please notify our office and we can send one home with your student!

Link to 2022-2023 Handbook

Community Closet

The Forest Lake Area School's STEP Program has a clothing support option for families that are in need. Most of the clothing has been donated by school staff and is provided at no cost to families. If your family is currently in need of clothing, please reach out to one of the following people to schedule an appointment:

Nicole Flaherty: 651-982-8655

Molly Nemec: 651-982-8667

Location: 200 SW 4th Street, Forest Lake, MN Door #7


Digital Backpack

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


Bus assignments with pick-up and take-home locations and times will be sent to you from the transportation department approximately ONE WEEK prior to the start of school.

View the real-time locations of your child’s bus by logging into our Here Comes the Bus app.

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
  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!


  • 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*)

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

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.

About Us

Thank you for your commitment in helping our students succeed. If you have any questions or need to connect, please use the resources below to connect with us!

Office Hours (School Days): 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Office Phone Number: 651-982-3200

Health Office: 651-982-3203

Attendance Line: 651-982-3203

Student School Hours:

  • Student drop off starts at 9:00 a.m.
  • School starts at 9:15 a.m.
  • School dismisses at 3:40 p.m.