Howdy! In music class, Kindergarten, first grade and second grade students are working on the various dances and songs that will be performed in this year’s Hoedown on Friday, March 6. Parents are welcome to attend this special 50 minutes and enjoy some good Texas fun!
Kindergarten performs from 12:55-1:45pm
First grade performs from 8:40-9:30am
Second grade performs from 10:30-11:20am
If y’all parents are planning on coming, mosey on in to the cafeteria. If you need to mosey into the rest of the school, you’ll have to come on by the office and get a visitor’s badge. Due to limited seating, and to be in compliance with the fire code, siblings in other grade levels will not be allowed to attend.
A Message from our School Nurse
Please remember when sending medications to school with your child you must adhere to the RRISD medication policy. For more information please visit my website
Google Apps for Kindergarten and 1st Grade
On Monday, Forest Creek Elementary School sent home a letter regarding Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade. This is a change in students' online access. GAFE are online tools that teachers and students use to equip students with the electronic communication and digital citizenship skills necessary for lifelong success. The letter sent home on Monday can be found by clicking HERE.
If you wish for your child to have this access to be used in the classroom and at home, no action is necessary. If you do not wish for your child to have access to Google Apps for Education tools managed by RRISD, please sign and return this form by Friday, March 6.
Do you have an incoming Kindergartener? We are soon preparing to welcome our youngest learners for the 2015-2016 school year! If you have a student eligible for Kindergarten beginning next school year, please visit Forest Creek Elementary on Monday, March 9th, anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the library. Bring your driver’s license, so that we may provide you with a visitor’s badge as you enter our school. We look forward to seeing you!
Please bring to registration:
-Your child’s certified birth certificate. If you do not already have one, you can obtain one by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
-Immunization Record. (Please see RRISD Health Services webpage for list of required vaccinations)
-Proof of Residence in the Forest Creek boundary. Examples include, a copy of a current utility bill, a lease agreement, a current property tax statement, settlement statement or contract of sale.
-A copy of your child’s Social Security Card.
Please visit the RRISD Kindergarten Roundup page for a list of other important documents, school boundaries and maps, FAQs, and a list of elementary schools.
Parent Climate Survey
Please take a few moments to participate in the 2015 Parent Climate Survey today. Each day staff, students and volunteers at Forest Creek Elementary work hard to ensure academic programs and the campus environment meet the needs of all children.
You are a critical part of our success! The survey will only be available for a short time, please participate today.
Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will be given the opportunity to take a survey as well. It is the primary way for the district to gather information from students about what they link about school and the things that could be better. The anonymous results will be returned to each principal and posted on the district website. The results will also be used as part of the campus improvement planning (CIP) process.
Do you have an idea for the PTA in how to use extra funding? This is your opportunity to share what you would like to see in our classrooms and with our children. Complete this FAST survey to help us in planning funding. Thank you!
Transition to Middle School
Thursday, April 30th at 9:00am - Fifth grade students will visit Ridgeview Middle School.
Upcoming Art Events
Save the Date for the Forest Creek Elementary Art-to-Me Show, featuring the creative artwork of each student on display! This event will be held on Thursday, February 26 from 2:45-7:00pm in the FCE Cafeteria. You can come and view your child's framed artwork and choose to purchase for $25.
5th Grade students have the opportunity to win a summer art camp scholarship! Round Rock Art Education Association Presents the First Annual Elementary 5x5 Juried Exhibition. Create an original piece of art using any materials on a 5x5 piece of paper. Write your name and classroom teacher’s name on the back and give it to Mrs. Arnold by February 27, 2015. After being judged by a local artist, the best five from Forest Creek will go to the next level of judging at the RRISD Elementary Art Show on March 23, 2015 at the RRISD Performing Art Center. District winners will be chosen at that event.
Make time to make art!! Call Mrs. Arnold -512-464-5381- if you have any questions.
Walk to Read Program
CLICK HERE to view the RRISD press release!
We had a great turnout for our Walk to Read for Libraries of Love! Thank you to everyone who donated, walked, sang, and spread the word! We raised over $765 and donated 626 books! Mrs. Trudy Marshall came to our walk and Jessica K. and Hannah B. did a wonderful job explaining a Powerpoint presentation to the group and we all listened to "Every Book is Awesome!" The weather cooperated and we had a beautiful day to walk and read outside. Service Club members and others stayed to help count books and carry them out to Ms. Marshall's car. She leaves for Uganda on Sunday. Thank you so much for helping us make a difference for many children in Africa!
A Note from Mrs. Trudy Marshall:
"Libraries of Love offers its deepest gratitude to the Forest Creek Service Club, Mrs. Bartholomew, Ms. Fry, FC students, and the community. Donated books hold special meaning when they are 'student to student.' Thank you for understanding the need for literacy through libraries in Uganda. Students who have no books, will enjoy your donated books. The funding is also appreciated. It will be well used in creating new libraries in 2015, serving an additional 5,000 students.
Trudy Marshall Director - Libraries of Love"
Project-Based Learning *UPDATED*
Project-Based Learning, or PBL, is a method of teaching and learning that we practice at Forest Creek Elementary. Students gain knowledge and skills through the experience of problem solving. All grade levels have been working hard to complete a fall project. CLICK HERE to view details and pictures of completed projects.
Healthy Schools Initiative
We want students to be at school to learn all they can. But we also want to make sure that they are well and healthy to participate to their highest potential. The students and staff at Forest Creek Elementary will fight against germs this school year with an arsenal of kid-friendly sanitizer, tissues, surface wipes and a series of lessons targeted to keep kids healthy. The Healthy Schools Project aims to reduce absenteeism by limiting the number of instructional days lost to colds, flus and stomach illnesses that are common in schools. FCE students have been deputized as “Super Germ Fighters!” Please see the nurse’s website for helpful information about when you keep your child home from school during and after an illness. CLICK HERE to read the full article and view pictures from our Healthy Schools Project Kickoff!
PTA funds, including from the Direct Donation Drive, is services and programs as well as a school focus on technology in our classrooms.
Volunteer Information and Procedures
If you would like to be a volunteer at any point on campus or for a field trip this year, please complete the RRISD application now to be approved as an official volunteer. The process must be completed yearly, and can take some time. CLICK HERE to renew or complete the application. After being approved by the district, you can volunteer in many capacities at Forest Creek Elementary. CLICK HERE to see the opportunities in the classrooms, library, and with special events. Thank you for helping make FCE a great place to be!
Community Education Classes
In less than two weeks, our RRISD Community Education Session II After-School classes will begin. If you haven't registered your child(ren) yet, it's not too late! Please take a look at the RRISD Community Education website and choose a class your child(ren) would be interested in. Classes are beginning to fill, don't procrastinate!
FCE would like to thank some special volunteers for helping us get phase one of our outdoor classroom ready. On September 26th, a group of 12 volunteers from Hired Texas Job Club joined The United Way’s Day of Caring and spent the morning cleaning out an outdoor classroom area located at the back of the playground area. They pulled weeds, hauled out debris, put in a walkway leading from the track to the classroom, and built a sitting area. Stepping stones that were created by a project from our very own art teacher, Pam Arnold and the FCE Service Club and Green Paw Garden Club were used to mark the beginning of the path. Supplies for the project were funded from a generous donation from our very own Forest Creek PTA. The group worked hard and even fire ants did not stop them from completing the assigned task. Using sand, cement blocks, landscape fabric, and limestone edging stones, the area was transformed into a classroom where FCE students will be able to observe and learn from the great outdoors. This is helping teachers bring science to life for our students and we applaud everyone who helped bring this project to reality.
The Forest Creek Coyotes would like to thank our wonderful volunteers from Clean Scapes Landscaping for donating the mulch carpet for our outdoor classroom. Volunteers also worked to create a level seating and placed the rest of edging. Clean Scapes Landscaping is owned by a Forest Creek Elementary parent, Ivan Giraldo, and had many people working to help!
After School Clubs
Running Club meets every Monday after school from 2:45-3:15. Meet at the track behind the playground. This club will not meet on days of inclement weather. Parents can pick up their children at 3:15 at the back driveway.
Scrabble Club is open to 4th and 5th graders who like to play word games. Meet in the library every Friday from 2:50 to 4:00pm. Contact our FCE librarian, Mariah Smith for questions or more information: Mariah_Smith@roundrockisd.org.
The Garden Club, or Green Paw Gardeners will meet on Mondays after school from 2:45-3:30. Contact Mrs. Cindy Loftis for more information: Cindy_Loftis@roundrockisd.org .
The FCE Service Club organizes school-wide service projects, as well as doing some projects on our own. They also volunteer one Saturday morning a month at the Round Rock Serving Center. This club meets every other Thursday from 2:45-3:45pm in room 512. Contact Mrs. Bartholomew or Mrs. Fry with any questions: Pam_Bartholomew@roundrockisd.org or Elizabeth_Fry@roundrockisd.org.
FCE Writing Club is open to all 2-5 graders who love to write! Students may work on class assignments, writing for Reflections, writing for Rising Star, or free writing. This club meets every other Thursday from 2:45-3:45pm in the library. Contact Mrs. Bartholomew or Mrs. Fry with any questions: Pam_Bartholomew@roundrockisd.org or Elizabeth_Fry@roundrockisd.org.
The Computer Lab will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:45pm to 3:30pm for After School Computer Access. Students in grades 3-5 may come into the lab to work on iStation, Think Through Math, or any assignment / project, which requires the use of technology.
Please check the After School Club Calendar on our website to see meeting times or contact your club coordinator to see start dates and if an application is required.