Forest Hill Elementary School

School News

Updated Wed, Aug 17th

Dear Forest Hill Families,

Tomorrow marks our first day of school for the 2022-2023 school year. We are SO excited to welcome your children back to school. Our staff have been working tirelessly to prepare for the first day of school. Our office staff continue to place new students in classrooms while helping all parents and staff who come in for assistance. Our teachers & staff have been doing pre-assessments, prepping their classrooms and materials, and doing professional learning in anticipation of the first day. Our district staff have been working hard to oversee the on-going construction to ensure play structures, our school grounds and parking lots are clean and safe for children to return. Our custodial staff have been working hard to clean, set up for events, and help teachers with any needs they have. Our PTA has been supporting the beginning of the school year needs and will hold our Coffee and Kleenex event, which we have not had since pre-COVID. We invite you to join us for coffee in the cafeteria tomorrow after drop off. TK and Kindergarten parents will be invited to join at 8:40am, after a first day activity in their child’s classroom. Please be sure to thank someone from our community when you see them for all they have done!

Friendly reminder that we have limited parking on our campus. We highly encourage you to walk if possible, and if you drive, to please find parking on the street and walk your child to campus. You also have the option to drive through our circle and drop-off your child. 

As a reminder, class lists will be sent via Parent Square at 5pm tonight, August 17th. Due to construction and safety reasons, we do ask you to refrain if possible from coming on campus tonight. 

For parents who were unable to attend our Welcome Back Orientation, we promised the link to our slides. You can find them here: TK/Kinder/New Parent Orientation Slides. If you have any questions related to COVID be sure to visit our district COVID-10 2022-23 website.

We are allowing parent volunteers on campus this year. If you are interested, please let your child’s teacher know, and they will take the next steps to get you approved as a volunteer.

Lastly, we hope you save the date for two upcoming events. We will have our first Coffee with the Principal on Friday, August 26th from 8:15-9:15am in the cafeteria and our Back to School Night on Thursday, September 1st from 6:00-7:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you around and meeting your children tomorrow.

Warmly,

Ms. Chalfant & Mrs. Armann

 

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Updated Wed, Aug 17th

Dear Forest Hill Community,

We are excited about the modernization happening at Forest Hill and look forward to welcoming families back to school. The site will be fully functional with access to all doors of all rooms and the new lunch shelter ready to use. All completed areas will be clean and ready to use, and the entire site will be safe for students and staff.

The summer construction projects were ambitious, with much of it happening underground. 

  • New phone lines, fiber optic cable, and clock/bell/paging system throughout site

  • Switchgear and wiring for new main electrical service

  • New storm drains and sanitary sewer

  • New lunch shelter, built-in lunch tables, and concrete paving and planters

Continued Construction

Our school is getting a major facelift that takes time. Work will continue while the school year is underway:

  • The area around the library will be fenced off so new decorative concrete and paving can be completed in the weeks after school opens.The library will still be able to be used.

  • Planting of trees and bushes will happen by early fall.

  • Striping on the playground will happen a couple of weeks after school starts.

  • Construction of the new Administration Wing and the parking lot next to it. (Scheduled completion is early next year. The office staff is staying in the existing office until we can move in.)  

Parking and Access

The pick-up and drop-off will be the same as last school year, which is at the curb of McCoy Ave. Parking remains the same: in front of the cafeteria and in the back lot by the softball field. (See our youtube video: Forest Hill - How to Use Drop Off Circle)

Warmly,

Ms. Chalfant & Mrs. Armann

 

Updated Thu, Aug 11th

Dear Forest Hill Community,

We are excited to see you all soon for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Our campus is busy with construction efforts as our new administrative building and shaded lunch areas are being constructed. We also have new social media accounts we hope you follow where you can get the lastest updates on construction and all things related to Forest Hill! You can find us on Instagram and Facebook @ foresthillelementary.

We will post more as the school year kickoff gets closer. For now, connect with us on social media and enjoy your last weeks of summer!

Warmly,

Ms. Chalfant and Mrs. Armann

Updated Wed, Aug 10th

This schedule will help with drop off/pick-up times, less waiting around for families who have students who get out earlier, but need to wait for the older siblings, better prep-blocks of time for teachers, and a more manageable lunch schedule for yard duty.

Please review for your information.

The first day of school will be August 18th.

Updated Mon, Jun 27th

     As we move quickly to the end of the 2021-2022 school year, I am filled with gratitude and admiration for our students, staff, and families whose dedication to one another and to the mission of learning has made educational excellence possible for our students. We have much to celebrate.

     To our fifth grade students who are being promoted to middle school, you have remained committed to your studies, grown in ways you might never have imagined, and persevered in times of challenge and great change. As you leave Forest Hill and embark on your journey to middle school, I hope you will remember with fondness the special people who’ve been alongside you in elementary school, the lessons you’ve learned, the belief that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, and always maintain a lifelong love of learning. You will be missed! 

     It is with pride that I commend our entire student body for all they have learned this year. Not just with their studies, but with each other as we reconnected  in person to build positive relationships with one another. Our families are integral to student success, and I am grateful for all of you. Your engagement is a cornerstone to your child’s educational journey and it is a joy and privilege to be educational partners with you.

     I am especially grateful to all the staff at Forest Hill for all the heartfelt dedication to students and each other during this year. I’m continually impressed and appreciative of the hard work and expertise of Team Forest Hill. It is the people who make Forest Hill a great place to learn and I truly believe that when we work together, we are stronger.

     As we’ve steadily moved to more typical school experiences, I am optimistic about what is in store for our students and community this summer and when we resume school next year.

     I also wanted to thank you for the last three years. It has been a pleasure serving as principal and for the work we did together.  There will always be a special place in my heart for Forest Hill. Setting sights for the 2022-23 school year, we look forward to welcoming the new principal, Ms. Chalfant. She is excited to join Forest Hill.  

     I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead this dynamic school. Whether you are a student, a family member, or part of the team, you inspire me every day. I wish you a wonderful summer and all the best.

 

Best Regards,

Anna Koulis Chitwood, Principal

Updated Wed, Jun 8th

Forest Hill staff celebrated and thanked our volunteers with treats and entertainment. Students performed piano pieces while our volunteers enjoyed a delicious brunch. We are so appreciative of all the volunteers who have helped our school year feel more normal, from Cornerstone readers to Living Garden teachers, assembly organizers, PTA board and committee members, field trip helpers, volunteer yard duties, and many more! We could not have had all of the fun events this year without your help and dedication. You are an amazing part of what makes Forest Hill such an amazing community. We send an enthusiastic thank you to our volunteers from Forest Hill staff and students!
Updated Wed, Jun 1st

Congratulations to our teacher of the year Julie Hart, classified employee of the year Allie Hardy, and volunteer of the year Vartika Srivastava! 

          Julie Hart is an outstanding fifth grade teacher, mentor, leader, and positive force on campus who truly believes a child's education is a partnership between home and school.  Julie dedicates a lot of her own time to professional development to support her STEAM and SEL (social-emotional learning) focused classroom. Thank you, Julie, for your dedication to Forest Hill!
          Allie Hardy is a talented behaviorist who assists many Falcons in improving their behavior. She constantly goes above and beyond with her support of students and teachers. She has a huge heart and takes the time to get to know her students' individual needs and preferences. Allie, thank you for the energy and kindness you pour into your work!
          Vartika Srivastava has done an incredible job this year spearheading a series of multicultural assemblies that our students and teachers have found to be valuable and enriching. She has given even more of her time this year as our PTA Vice President of Fundraising, she volunteers for lunch yard duty when we need extra help, she is a Living Classroom volunteer, and helps her children's teachers as well! A huge thank you to Vartika and all of our amazing volunteers here at Forest Hill. 
Updated Sun, May 22nd