Happy New Year! We hope that you all enjoyed your winter break and are ready to start of 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 students with outstanding leadership skills.
Dr. McKinley, Principal
Nicole Papuga, Administrative Intern
January 5, 2018
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 94%. Our attendance goal is 95%. Every day counts!
Learn And Lead!
Congratulations to all of our Spelling Bee participants listed below by class. Jasmine and Deacon will represent FPE at the District Spelling Bee on January 18, at 7:00PM at South High.
Ms. Brockmeier- Jasmine Sanchez (1st Place), Mrs. Day- Raidan Jones-Wilson, Ms. Diven- Jayden Noel, Ms. Ferracane- Lucas Veinot, Mrs. Ferrell- Nariah Bernard, Mrs. Grossius- Deacon Moran (2nd Place), Mrs.Murphy- Makayla Evans, Mrs. Brayton- Alexandria Page, Ms. Morris- Kate Cochran, Mrs. Palmer- Brody Signorelli, Mrs. Popp- Madison Richards, Mrs. Varley- Kyra Jenkins (3rd place), Mrs. Wolk- Noora Shyr
Community Awareness: Cyber Safety Summit
JAN. 20, 2018 9 am - 1:30 pm, North High
Presented in partnership with the St. Charles County Police Department, this summit will feature break-out discussions with: Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (MoICAC) Task Force, St. Charles County Police Department, Prosecuting Attorney, Crider and FZSD psychologist Dr. Jerry Cox. Parents, patrons and students ages 12 and up are invited to participate in a discussion on the role of the internet in our daily lives. Watch Peachjar for your interactive flyer.CLICK HERE to reserve your free seats now.
Holiday Cards for Soldiers
Earth Club is working on a project using old holiday cards, (either written on or not used), to create new cards for soldiers returning home from deployment. Please send in any old cards you have.
Forest Park's annual
Trivia Night on
February 2, 2018.
Get your teams registered and start planning your snacks and table decorations. We look forward to seeing you and your family for a fun filled night with Trivia and prizes. A registration form is included at the end of this newsletter.
The next PTC meeting will be at J.L. Mudd at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
Thank you, JL Mudd and FPE PTC
1/9- West Area Parent Coffee 7:00PM @
Early Childhood Center
1/11- Early Release @ 1:30 PM
1/15- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/18- District Spelling Bee 7:00 PM @
1/22-1/26- Science Fair
Elementary Parent Handbook
JLMudd and Forest PARK PTC
Additional Annual Notifications
Mark Your Calendar
The Fort Zumwalt App is free for iPhone and Android. With your help, we can fine-tune our app. Please tell us what you think, either through our survey (http://go.fzsd.us/appsurvey) or by e-mailing email@example.com. Thanks for helping us strengthen the connection between home and school.
Fort Zumwalt School District
Fort Zumwalt APP!
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 on-line.
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. Student’s 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, a generous donor gifted our school with a 3D Printer in December. 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.
Fort Zumwalt School District knows strong connections between home and school strengthen learning. That’s why we strive to keep families informed of the many components of their children’s lives at school. We use electronic flyers, newsletters, websites, our app and Twitter to help you stay current on events and opportunities for your children.
There also are times when we use email and phone calls. An email from us might be an update from your child’s teacher. It could be a note on a planned event, such as a drill. It could also be a note on something unexpected, which requires immediate notification. Similarly, but less frequently, parents will receive a phone call such as an update on a bus delay or notice of a school closure. We use our automated phone system when we need to reach you immediately, so two things are critical:
List the number you want called first as your Home Telephone in our student database, even if it is a cell number.
Check your voicemail if you miss a call from FZSD. This will save you time and frustration as so many parents immediately call back about the missed call that our lines become very busy.
To improve communication with all parents, we are updating our capabilities for those listed in the “Non-resident parent” fields of our student database. In the past, these parents might have been able to receive select communications, such as report cards only. Now these parents who have requested communications will receive all communications. This will include electronic flyers, emails, phone calls and progress reports/report cards. This change in our system will ensure that all parents receive all of the information related to their student in the timeliest fashion we can provide. Additional notes for parents:
In your email program, be sure to adjust settings so e-mails from @fz.k12.mo.usdon’t go to “spam” or “junk.” Similarly, firstname.lastname@example.org your contacts so you receive flyers.
If you would like to receive text messages, simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453: subscribe, optin, yes. You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message: You are registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. Txt stop to quit, help for help
Thank you for your help in strengthening our connections between home and school. Together we build strong learners, strong schools and strong communities.
Fort Zumwalt School District