Falcon Ridge Elementary Newsletter

November 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

Message from Principal Giesen

Falcon Ridge Families,

October has been another great month for us. We continue to be excited about the opportunity to have in-person learning, and are grateful for the positive energy our students bring each day.


Our Cherrydale fundraiser ended up being the most profitable in over ten years! This would not have been possible without the help of our families and the generous Falcon Ridge community. Your support is truly appreciated! We are looking forward to using some of the profits from our fundraiser to install a brand new zipline on our playground.

Fall Conferences/Book Fair

Don't forget: our fall conferences will be taking place on November 9, 11 and 12. Please use this pctfast.com link to sign up for a conference time, if you haven't done so already. You have the option to have conferences in-person, via Google Meet, or by phone. You can indicate your preference when registering your student. We will also be holding our Scholastic Book Fair in our Creative Commons all three days that our conferences are taking place. However, the book fair has differing times from the conference times. The schedule for the book fair can be found here.

Colder Weather

Our Minnesota weather is about to shift soon (high temperatures in the 40's in the first week of November!), and our kids will soon need to have their winter clothing brought to school on a daily basis. Our students will be on our playground everyday, unless our temperatures and wind chills reach dangerous levels. Please be sure that your child brings a winter jacket, hat and mittens (even in November), along with snow pants and boots, once the snow arrives. Your help is appreciated!

Job Opportunities

Looking for work? The New Prague Area School District has plenty of great opportunities, in various capacities. Check out our current openings on the employment tab of our website, if interested!

We appreciate and are thankful for everyone's continued support. Have a great November!


Mr. Dave Giesen

Falcon Ridge Elementary Principal

(952) 758-1601


Everyday Fundraising for Falcon Ridge

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.
  • Coborn's 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.

2021-2022 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)