Forest Hill Elementary School

School News

Updated 1 min 31 sec ago

Dear Forest Hill Parents,

It is hard to believe that we just ended our second week of sheltering in place. I know that things are challenging, but I really hope that you are getting some quality family time.

The links below will take you to the suggested activities provided by your child’s grade level team for the week of 3/30/2020. I also know that many teachers have been assigning activities through Seesaw and/or Google Classroom. Please note that no updates will be shared for the week of April 6th since that is our scheduled spring break.

Teachers have shared that some families have not responded to their emails. Please try reaching out to your child’s teacher. If your teacher has been using Seesaw or Google Classroom to communicate, continue to check it daily. Do not hesitate to email them with questions or concerns.

AR testing has been opened so that students can take AR tests from home. Typically, we only allow students to take AR tests at school. Under the circumstances, we decided that we wanted to give students the option to continue taking AR tests while schools are closed. Right now, we just want our students to be motivated to read. As soon as school resumes, this option will not be available.

TK Plans for the week of 3/30/20

Kindergarten plans for the week of 3/30/20
First Grade plans for the Week of 3/30
Second grade: Resources for home learning March 23 - April 3

Third Grade: Resources Weeks of 3/23 & 3/30
Fourth Grade Resources for the week of 3/30/20
Fifth Grade Week of 3-30-2020
Additional Resources from Reading Intervention Teachers

SEL Resources

Updated Wed, Mar 25th

We hope you  are all doing well as we all do our best to Shelter in Place.  We wanted to thank you for your patience as we have been working really hard behind the scenes and on our computers to try to streamline the resources we share by grade level. The links below will take you to the suggested activities provided by your child’s grade level team for the week of 3-23-2020. You will receive an updated list weekly. 

We recognize that you may not be able to do everything, but we wanted you to have resources and suggestions available. If your teacher has been using Seesaw or Google Classroom to communicate, please be checking it daily. Do not hesitate to email them with questions, concerns, or a simple thank you for everything they are trying to do. It is also recommended that you check our district website daily for any new updates, as well.

No matter what you decide to have your child do, our strongest recommendation is to establish a daily schedule for routine, spend lots of time reading, play boardgames, cook together, and most importantly take care of each other.  

TK Plans for the week of 3/23/20

Kindergarten plans for the week of 3/23/20

First Grade plans for the Week of 3/23

Second grade: Resources for home learning March 23 - April 3

Third Grade: Resources Weeks of 3/23 & 3/30 

Fourth Grade Resources for the week of 3/23/20

Fifth Grade Week of 3-23-2020

Updated Tue, Mar 10th

On Friday, February 29th, the Children’s Discovery Museum came to Forest Hill for an evening of fun and explorations. Parents and children of all ages explored and learned together. A huge thank you to the PTA for helping organize this science event for our families.

Updated Mon, Mar 9th

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday and Read Across America than to come to school in PJs and enjoy lots of reading. We had special guests read to our students. Principal Chitwood, in pajamas and all, spent the day reading to students. Advance Theater students from Westmont High school also came to read to our students. What a fun way to foster the love of reading at Forest Hill!

Updated Mon, Mar 9th

In an effort to further integrate our Profile of a Graduate competencies and science practices, Dictionary Day has been transformed into Inquiry and Innovation Day.  A group of volunteers from the Assistance League of Los Gatos introducing Ada Lace on the Case by Emily Calandrelli in all of our third-grade classrooms. The book is about a third-grade girl who starts closely observing and asking questions about the world around her. The goal was to encourage our students to observe and to question the world around them. To ask “what if” which can lead to innovation. They observed a science experiment and were lead in a discussion between facts and fiction. All third graders received their own copy of the book to enjoy reading and to entice them to observe and ask lots of questions just like the main character in the story.


Updated Mon, Mar 9th

In an effort to meet students’ different instructional levels, rotations are planned where students work collaboratively in small groups. Volunteers come weekly into Ms. Sarsfield’s class and support students as they read non-fiction articles. As students take turns reading, the volunteers ask questions to ensure comprehension and to hold conversations about the article being read. While the volunteers work with their small group, the other students are working at other stations, freeing up Ms. Sarsfield to also pull small groups and provide intervention as needed.

Updated Mon, Feb 24th

For the month of February, our Forest Hill parent readers are focusing on the Project Cornerstone asset of "Youth as Resources", inspiring students to take on helpful roles in their community. The book we are reading is "The Long Shot" written by NBA basketball star Chris Paul. In this autobiographical children's book, Paul uses lively illustrations (by Frank Morrison) to chronicle both the barriers he encountered along his path (being teased by his brothers, being considered "too short" to play basketball) and the strengths he had (perseverance, and a very supportive grandfather) to ultimately gain a spot on the basketball team! Parent readers are focusing on inspiring students to "keep trying" in the face of barriers and to recognize what their supportive strengths are! Here is a photo of a parent reader at Forest Hill, in Ms. Sarsfield's 2nd grade class, from their reading earlier this month.

Updated Mon, Feb 24th

Our own art teacher, Doranne Hardt, introduced the work of Victor Vasarely to our kindergarten students. Victor Vasarely was a French-Hungarian artist credited as the grandfather and leader of the Op Art movement. Utilizing geometric shapes and colorful graphics, the artist created compelling illusions of spatial depth. Our students learned about him while experimenting with shapes and color to create their own Op Art.

Updated Wed, Feb 5th

What a wonderful way to celebrate the diverse culture at Forest Hill Elementary. A huge shout out and thank you to all the parents who worked so hard to make this happen. Our Forest Hill community gathered together to taste food from all over the world and learn interesting facts and traditions.

Updated Wed, Feb 5th

A large group of professors from a Brazilian University came to visit Forest Hill on Friday,
January 31st . One of our very own third grade students helped represent our school, translating in Portuguese and impressing our visitors with his charming personality and excitement about being a Forest Hill student.  As the principal, I was beyond proud to share with these pristine educators the amazing work we are doing at Forest Hill. Watching our very own use his communication skills to share his personal thoughts and experiences was what we strive to foster in our students.