Forest Lake Elementary

Honest - Empathetic - Respectful - Own my actions

5-6-22

Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 9th: PTA Meeting (held virtually)
  • May 16th: 6th Grade Choir Concert @ High School
  • May 19th: 6th Grade Band Concert @ High School
  • May 23rd: PTA Family Fun Night
  • May 24th: 6th Grade Orchestra Concert @ High School
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PTA Family Fun Night

Our PTA is planning a Family Fun Night coming up on Monday, May 23rd from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. We will have food trucks, yard games, bouncy houses and other fun activities for families. This is a free event and we hope you join us!


We are looking for donations for a pop ring toss game. If you are willing and able, we will be collecting 2 liter bottles of pop for this game. These can be dropped off in the office leading up to the event.

Middle School Information for 6th Families

In preparation for your student starting at Forest Lake Area Middle School in the 2022-2023 school year, 6th graders complete a number of tasks each spring. Included within those tasks are FAST tests that students take each fall, winter, and spring and the statewide MCA tests that take place each April. This letter is to inform you that your student will also be testing/working with their 6th grade teacher for placement in the following courses:


MATH

All 6th grade students will be taking the 7th Grade Math Readiness test. This test is timed and will be completed via a Google Form in class. Students who score above a 65% will be eligible to take the Algebra Readiness test. Both tests are timed and will be scored by middle school Math teachers.


  • For "Single Acceleration" (inclusion in Algebra 8 with other single accelerated 7th graders and 8th graders) a score of at least 70% on the Algebraic Readiness test is needed.

  • To qualify for "Double Acceleration" (inclusion in a 7th grade only Alg 1 course) a student must score 85% or better on both tests.


Other factors that will be considered in making this placement decision include:

  • MCA Mathematics scores from previous four years

  • FAST Math scores from previous two years

  • Teacher recommendation


Helpful information:

  • Students may retake the test through the end of July by making an appointment with Mary Beth Johnson at 651-982-3004

  • All classes address all Math standards at that level, are taught by highly skilled teachers, and offer a rigorous academic experience.


ENGLISH

For placement in Advanced English, the following criteria will factor into the decision:


  • MCA Reading scores from previous four years

  • FAST Reading scores from previous two years

  • Teacher evaluation of student writing scores from their 6th grade year

  • Teacher recommendation


Helpful information:

  • All English classes address all English Language Arts standards, are taught by highly skilled teachers, and offer a rigorous academic experience.

  • Placement or non-placement DOES NOT impact future acceleration opportunities at Forest Lake Area Middle School or the Forest Lake Area High School.

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: nflaherty@flaschools.org. 651-982-8655

Molly Nemec: mnemec@flaschools.org 651-982-8667


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

Noon Duty Supervisor - We Need Your Help!

We need your help! Are you looking for a part time job during the day when your kids are at school and only work on days when school is session? We are looking looking to fill a 2.5 hour/day position. If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to Mr. Newby!

STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES

We have made a few changes to our drop-off and pick-up procedures. This is in anticipation that we will be having days of individual buses being cancelled and we want to prepare for the extra parent traffic. Thank you for your cooperation. A few items to note:


  • We will have new cones out to help with flow of traffic.
  • If you have students at both Forest View and Forest Lake Elementary, you can pick students up at the Forest View location. You do not need to come through both lines.
  • The exit for drop off and pick up time is different and will hopefully help with the congested 5-way stop at the intersection of 4th street and 4th avenue.
  • If you have friends, family or neighbors planning to drop off or pick up, please share these procedures with them as they may not be familiar with our school.
  • Please refer to map below for updated procedures.
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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

Here Comes the Bus

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 herecomesthebus.com
  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!


Tips:

  • 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*)
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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.

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-5103263

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.