Happy New Year! We hope that you all enjoyed your winter break and are ready to start the new year healthy and happy. As the second semester revs up, we return to focus on the mission and vision of Forest Park. We are very proud of our school's growth over the past several years and are committed to growing strong learners and leaders.
We want to thank you for your help and support at home. Talk with your students about their new year's goals and celebrate their achievements. FPE students are working very hard to develop action steps that will help them meet their goals. Our building-wide reading and attendance goals are just a few of the goals students and teachers are working to achieve. Every day that they are here is important, since one day builds upon the next and learning never stops. Take a look at your child's attendance tracker in their leadership binder. Help them to come up with a plan to be ready to learn and lead each day at Forest Park. Together we will continue to grow readers, writers, mathematicians, and leaders.
Dr. McKinley, Principal
Nicole Papuga, Administrative Intern
January 7, 2019
Dr. Bernard DuBray
Dr. Kim McKinley
Mrs. Nicole Papuga
O'Fallon, MO 63366
School Hours: 9am-4pm
Fort Zumwalt School District
Forest Park Elementary
FPE's current attendance is 96%. Our attendance goal is 95%. Every day counts!
Learn And Lead!
Congratulations to all of our Spelling Bee participants listed below by class. Shayna and Amelia will represent FPE at the District Spelling Bee on Jan. 17, at 7 PM at South High.
Ms. Brockmeier- Jade Sanders
Mrs. Day- Amelia Hux (2nd Place)
Ms. Diven- Shayna Mishra (1st Place)
Ms. Ferracane- Shayla Johnson
Mrs. Ferrell- Mia Matthews
Mrs. Grossius- Brandon Cawthon (3rd Place)
Mrs.Murphy- Austin Sego
Mrs. Brayton- Deanna Barker
Ms. Morris- Jose Gonzalez
Mrs. Palmer- Chance McNeal
Mrs. Popp- Kiana Noel
Mrs. Varley- Bryce Williams
Ms. Wilkins- Natalie Tran
Mrs. Wolk- Trenton Nunnally.
Forest Park's annual
Trivia Night on
March 22, 2018.
This year, we will be holding a Science Night on Jan. 29. Attendance give-aways and fun interactive science activities will be available from 6-7:30.
The next PTC meeting will be at Forest Park on Feb. 5, at 4:30 p.m.
Thank you, JL Mudd and FPE PTC
1/8- Report Cards emailed
1/9- Early Release @ 1:30 PM
1/15- West Area Parent Coffee @ West
Middle School Library 7:00 PM
1/17- District Spelling Bee 7:00 PM @
1/21- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/22- Jump Rope For Heart Kickoff
1/23- FPE Night at McAlister's Deli on HWY K from 5-9PM
1/29- Science Night- 6-7:30 PM
Elementary Parent Handbook
JLMudd and Forest PARK PTC
Additional Annual Notifications
Mark Your Calendar
From Mrs. Roth-
Teachers often receive requests from parents wondering how they can help build their child’s literacy and math skills. This is such an important question as literacy and math are the foundation of success throughout a child’s academic career.
Reading: Read to your kids, have your kids read to you, and model reading in your daily life. Make reading a priority in your home and have a variety of texts (from magazines to chapter books) available. Dive into the vocabulary of interesting or new words. Ask your child questions about the book he or she is currently reading. You don’t have to be familiar with the story to talk with your child about it. Often, it is better if you aren’t familiar with the story because you can’t guide the answers. Some questions to ask include: What is the central message or theme? Tell me about the main character? How does the character respond to challenges? How does the character change? What is the main problem? How is the problem resolved? Make sure that your child supports his or her answer with evidence from the text!
Writing: Promote writing in your home. Help your child find a penpal to correspond with or maybe write some thank you letters for gifts received during the holidays. Encourage their texts to include proper spelling, capitalization, full words, and grammar. Finally, our children write daily, but their writing is often structured and source-based. Provide a fun writing center with a variety of paper, pens, envelopes, drawing paper, stickers, and more. Put on some soft writing music and tell them to be creative during this free write time. The result will be some amazing comic books, graphic novels, short stories, poems, and plays ready for student publication and sharing during a family “Author’s Chair” night.
Look for Math tips in next month's newsletter!
From Mrs. Finney-
We had a great start to this year in the technology lab. We continue to work on typing by focusing on finger placement and accuracy. Students are working at their pace and training their fingers to be efficient typists.
During the month of October, we started our Digital Citizenship unit. We focused on how to use technology to help and benefit others, while also learning how we can protect ourselves and be safe online.
Lately we have been working with Google Docs and exploring editing features as well as sharing/collaboration features. In December, we took a break from Google Docs to celebrate Hour of Code week. Students had the opportunity to complete coding games. This activity was not only a great intro to our coding unit (taught in second semester) but also a great way to build strong problem solving skills.
Second semester is packed full of excitement. We will continue our Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Unit. Third graders will work on Google Slides and Docs, fourth grade will work on Google Forms, Drive and Gmail, and fifth grade will show off their technological skills by creating a multimedia presentation. After our GAFE Unit, students will work on Global collaboration, coding and keyboarding. We always have fun in the spring using our Spheros robots.
In addition to all this excitement, students will learn more about our 3D Printer. Students have learned how it works, have seen a print in action, and have already asked questions like, “Why does the inside look like a honeycomb” (turns out bees are amazing mathematicians!). Although third through fourth grade will get to experience the 3D printer, fifth grade will get to explore the most using Tinkercad to design their own print.