• 4/11 Family Message

    Mark your calendar: Thursday, April 15th:

    ­We will hold a general trivia night on Thursday, April 15th starting at 7:00pm with 3 sessions. Each session will be 15 minutes. Below is the link you will use to access the sessions. Links on the page will be live by Wednesday.

    https://bit.ly/FPDEtrivianight

     

    Reading in the Pines-RESCHEDULED for APRIL 22nd-Mark your Calendar:

    Back by popular demand! We will hold our second Virtual READING IN THE PINES NIGHT on Thursday, March 18th beginning at 6:45pm. Staff will read books for three 15-minute time slots. (6:45 – 7:00, 7:00 – 7:15, and 7:15 – 7:30). See the link to access the book titles and the google meet link.

    https://bit.ly/3cwFJxw

     

    PTA NO FUSS FUNDRAISER

    Would you like to support Forest Pines Drive Elementary without having to buy anything, sell anything, ask for pledges or volunteer?  
    If so, this is the fundraiser for you!  While this year has been different, our PTA has continued to support the FPDE learning community and we need your help! 
    100% of your donation goes to the FPDE PTA.  We are an all volunteer, 501(3)(c)  nonprofit and your donation is 100% tax deductible.  
    You can send cash or checks (made out to “FPDE PTA”) to school.  
    You can also give online using our Memberhub Store:
    https://fpde.memberhub.store

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    The registration window for next year’s Virtual Academy will be open for approximately 10 days and will begin no sooner than April 22. We will notify you of the specific dates in the coming days.

     Families who attended the WCPSS Virtual Academy this year should note some important points and some differences for the 2021-22 school year:

    Students must commit to attend the Virtual Academy for the entire school year.

    • A one-year commitment is necessary to avoid students having to change teachers, whether in the Virtual Academy or in person, during the year.
    • This will also reduce or eliminate sharing teachers with those attending in-person classes. 
    • The district will reassess this requirement if vaccination programs are expanded to include children of all ages. The district will also re-evaluate registration in Virtual Academy if the COVID-19 pandemic surges again. 

    While a virtual option will be offered for students in grades PreK-3, this is not the ideal learning environment for this age group.

    Certainly safety concerns weigh heavily on parents’ minds, but the development of academic, social and emotional learning skills needed for this age group is best taught in person.

    Virtual Academy students will be able to participate in extra- and co-curricular activities such as athletics, arts and clubs at their assigned school. 

    Transportation will not be provided because the district does not have enough bus drivers.

    Virtual Academy students will follow their assigned school’s calendar. Students in the Virtual Academy at multi-track year-round schools will follow the Track 4 calendar. 

    • Virtual Academy students enrolled in traditional calendar schools will follow the traditional calendar. Virtual Academy students in schools with modified and single-track year-round calendars will follow those calendars.
    • Students in multi-track year-round schools will follow the Track 4 calendar only. Should the district determine that Virtual Academy students are able to return to in-person learning due to the availability of vaccinations for all students, Track 4 placement for in-person classes should not be expected.

    Virtual Academy families must agree to a Statement of Understanding that outlines student expectations involving attendance and engagement. 

    Details will be provided prior to the opening of the registration window. A school may recommend that a child return to in-person instruction if the student is unwilling or unable to meet the stated expectations for the Virtual Academy.

    We will provide Virtual Academy students access to all core curriculum classes and select elective courses. 

    • A list of offerings will be provided prior to the opening of the registration period. 
    • The offering of each course will be subject to sufficient minimum student registration and adequate staffing and other resources in an effort to eliminate teachers having to teach both virtual and in-person students at the same time. 
    • Some courses and classes are dependent on the hands-on learning experiences that are provided through the in-person learning experience and therefore cannot be offered in a virtual environment at this time.

    The Virtual Academy will not be offered in our Early Colleges, Leadership Academies, Alternative Schools, Crossroads Flex High School, and SCORE Academy.

    • Special circumstances at these schools make it difficult to match the programmatic intent of each school with the goal of the Virtual Academy. 
    • The school district is currently exploring potential alternative options for these schools that will support and meet the needs of students and families.
    • The schools are: Mount Vernon Middle School, River Oaks Middle School, SCORE Academy, Connections Academy, Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy, Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy, North Wake College and Career Academy, Wake STEM Early College High School, Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, Mary Phillips High School, Longview School

    More decisions regarding Virtual Academy offerings will be shared with you over the coming days as we lead up to the window for registering your child.

    Changes to On-Site Health Screenings Begin This Week

    Help us keep staff, students and families healthy. Please do not come to school if you learn that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

    • Sick or experiencing symptoms of illness
    • 100.4° fever or higher
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • New severe headache

    We must all do our part to keep our school community healthy. Thank you for your cooperation.


    ​​​​​​​Signs have been posted at the main entrances and other common gathering areas such as gyms and auditoriums, stressing the need for students, staff, and visitors to stay home if they suspect they may be infected or exposed to COVID-19. In addition, there will be reminders during daily announcements, in principals’ messages to families, and during athletic and extracurricular activities. The goal of these changes is to ensure every person who steps onto our campuses for any reason is made aware in multiple ways that they must leave if they suspect they may be infected or exposed to COVID-19. 

    Read More.

    • Wednesday, April 14th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Thursday, April 15th: Virtual Trivia Night.  https://bit.ly/FPDEtrivianight
    • Thursday, April 22ndReading Nighthttps://bit.ly/3cwFJxw
    • Wednesday, April 28th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Tuesday, May 4th: Star Wars Family Trivia Night
    • Wednesday, May 5th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Wednesday, May 26th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Thursday, June 10th: Last day of school

     


    4/7 Family Message

    Changes to On-Site Health Screenings Begin This Week

    Starting Wednesday, April 7, we will no longer conduct on-site health screenings. In other words, we will not be asking the daily questions or taking temperatures during carpool, when students get off the bus, or when students arrive late. At this time, MASK ARE STILL REQUIRED.

    These steps are being taken to replace current health screening protocols that are no longer required by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal of our previous screening program was also to keep those infected from being on campus, our data and the guidance from health officials showed the practice could be improved. The CDC never recommended screenings and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services no longer requires it. 

    Help us keep staff, students and families healthy. Please do not come to school if you learn that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

    • Sick or experiencing symptoms of illness
    • 100.4° fever or higher
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • New severe headache

    We must all do our part to keep our school community healthy. Thank you for your cooperation.
    ​​​​This week, schools will begin placing signs at main entrances and other common gathering areas such as gyms and auditoriums, stressing the need for students, staff, and visitors to stay home if they suspect they may be infected or exposed to COVID-19. In addition, there will be reminders during daily announcements, in principals’ messages to families, and during athletic and extracurricular activities. The goal of these changes is to ensure every person who steps onto our campuses for any reason is made aware in multiple ways that they must leave if they suspect they may be infected or exposed to COVID-19. 


    3/28 Family Message

    FPDE Families,

    Next week is Spring Break! Please be safe and we will see you back on Thursday, April 8th.

    Mark your calendar: Thursday, April 15th:

    ­We will hold a general trivia night on Thursday, April 15th. Information on how to access the event will be sent after the break.

    Reading in the Pines-RESCHEDULED for APRIL 22nd-Mark your Calendar:

    Back by popular demand! We will hold our second Virtual READING IN THE PINES NIGHT on Thursday, March 18th beginning at 6:45pm. Staff will read books for three 15-minute time slots. (6:45 – 7:00, 7:00 – 7:15, and 7:15 – 7:30). See the link to access the book titles and the google meet link.

    https://bit.ly/3cwFJxw

    PTA NO FUSS FUNDRAISER

    Would you like to support Forest Pines Drive Elementary without having to buy anything, sell anything, ask for pledges or volunteer?  
    If so, this is the fundraiser for you!  While this year has been different, our PTA has continued to support the FPDE learning community and we need your help! 
    100% of your donation goes to the FPDE PTA.  We are an all volunteer, 501(3)(c)  nonprofit and your donation is 100% tax deductible.  
    You can send cash or checks (made out to “FPDE PTA”) to school.  
    You can also give online using our Memberhub Store:
    https://fpde.memberhub.store

    Attendance Reminder:

    Regular attendance is necessary to ensure success of your student. At Forest Pines Drive Elementary, we really value your child's opportunity for a quality education. Being absent from school causes missed quality classroom instruction and can have a negative effect on school performance. Under School Board Policy 4400, a student can be marked present by attending in person, remotely, turning in work asynchronously, or by participating in a school-approved two-way communication.

    If you child has 6 or more unexcused absences this year, you will receive an attendance letter.

    We understand that in these difficult circumstances, there are many challenges facing all parents. We are available to help support you and your family to ensure continued attendance and success for your child. Please contact  the school or the school social worker to discuss any ways that we can help work towards this goal. Please note the following regulations: 1. Wake County Board of Education policy requires parents provide a signed note indicating reason for absences, day(s) missed and date of return to school. 2. Absences are considered excused if a note is presented to the school within 2 days of the students return to school. 3. In situations where absences are considered excessive, a principal may require certification from a physician to verify absences. Please contact the school or school social worker for help with any problems that may interfere with your child's attendance.

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, March 29th – April 5thSpring Break-no school
    • Tuesday, April 6th: Teacher Workday-No school
    • Wednesday, April 7th: Teacher Workday
    • Wednesday, April 14th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Thursday, April 15th: Virtual Trivia Night
    • Thursday, April 22ndReading Night
    • Wednesday, April 28th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students

    3/21 Family Message

    FPDE Families,

    Spring Break will begin on Monday, March 29th through Monday, April 5th. Tuesday, April 6th is a Teacher Workday. Therefore, we will see our FPDE students back on Wedensday, April 7th. Enjoy your break and be safe!

    Mark your calendar for March 25th:

    Based on our parent survey a few weeks ago, we will hold a parent session on Thursday, March 25th from 6:30 – 7:30. The topics will be adult self-care, mindfulness, and creating/maintaining a productive school workspace for students at home. The information provided will include the various types of self-care, mindfulness strategies for parent and their students, and how to setup their student's workspace to be as academically conducive as possible. 

    Google Meet Link: Link to Parent Meeting

    Mark your calendar: Friday, March 26th:

    We will hold picture day for our Face-to-Face students on Friday, March 26th.

    Reading in the Pines-RESCHEDULED for APRIL 22nd-Mark your Calendar:

    Back by popular demand! We will hold our second Virtual READING IN THE PINES NIGHT on Thursday, March 18th beginning at 6:45pm. Staff will read books for three 15-minute time slots. (6:45 – 7:00, 7:00 – 7:15, and 7:15 – 7:30). See the link to access the book titles and the google meet link.

    https://bit.ly/3cwFJxw

    PTA NO FUSS FUNDRAISER

    Would you like to support Forest Pines Drive Elementary without having to buy anything, sell anything, ask for pledges or volunteer?  If so, this is the fundraiser for you!  While this year has been different, our PTA has continued to support the FPDE learning community and we need your help! 
    100% of your donation goes to the FPDE PTA.  PTA is an all-volunteer, 501(3)(c)  nonprofit and your donation is 100% tax deductible.  
    You can send cash or checks (made out to “FPDE PTA”) to school.  
    You can also give online using our Memberhub Store:
    https://fpde.memberhub.store

    Upcoming Events:

    • Wednesday, March 24thth: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Wednesday, March 24th: 4th quarter materials pick up 11am – 2pm
    • Thursday, March 25th: 3rd Quarter Ends
    • Thursday, March 25th: Parent Session 6:30pm – 7:30p
      • meet.google.com/mhe-fuoh-owb
    • Friday, March 26th: Picture day for Face-to-Face students
    • Monday, March 29th – April 5thSpring Break-no school
    • Tuesday, April 6th: Teacher Workday-No school
    • Tuesday, April 6th: Picture Makeup
      • Wednesday, April 14th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
      • Thursday, April 15th: Virtual Trivia Night
      • Thursday, April 22ndReading Night
      • Wednesday, April 28th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students

    3/14 Family Message

    FPDE Families,

    Students in grades 4th  and 5th  that are not in virtual academy will return to DAILY instruction on Monday, March 15th. We look forward to having our 4th and 5th grade students that are not in virtual academy return to the building.

    Mark your calendar for March 18th:

    Back by popular demand! We will hold our second Virtual READING IN THE PINES NIGHT on Thursday, March 18th beginning at 6:45pm. Staff will read books for three 15-minute time slots. (6:45 – 7:00, 7:00 – 7:15, and 7:15 – 7:30). Details on how to access the Reading in the Pines will be sent by Wednesday of this week.

    Mark your calendar for March 25th:

    Based on our parent survey a few weeks ago, we will hold a parent session on Thursday, March 25th from 6:30 – 7:30. The topics will be adult self-care, mindfulness, and creating/maintaining a productive school workspace for students at home. The information provided will include the various types of self-care, mindfulness strategies for parent and their students, and how to setup their student's workspace to be as academically conducive as possible. 

    Google Meet Code: meet.google.com/mhe-fuoh-owb

     

    PTA NO FUSS FUNDRAISER

    Would you like to support Forest Pines Drive Elementary without having to buy anything, sell anything, ask for pledges or volunteer?  
    If so, this is the fundraiser for you!  While this year has been different, our PTA has continued to support the FPDE learning community and we need your help! 
    100% of your donation goes to the FPDE PTA.  We are an all volunteer, 501(3)(c)  nonprofit and your donation is 100% tax deductible.  
    You can send cash or checks (made out to “FPDE PTA”) to school.  
    You can also give online using our Memberhub Store:
    https://fpde.memberhub.store

     

    Ordering Pizza from Papa Murphy’s online:

    Take the guesswork out of dinner! Papa Murphy's has graciously given us a code to use ANYTIME when ordering and they will give back 25% of your order to FPDE!  Our code is GIVE5 and can be entered online.  Additionally, you can show them the flyer below when ordering in store or by mentioning it when ordering by phone.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Thursday, March 18th: Reading Night
    • Saturday, March 20th: 4th quarter materials pick up 9am – 12pm
    • Wednesday, March 24thth: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Wednesday, March 24th: 4th quarter materials pick up 11am – 2pm
    • Thursday, March 25th: 3rd Quarter Ends
    • Thursday, March 25th: Parent Session
      • meet.google.com/mhe-fuoh-owb
    • Friday, March 26th: Picture day for Face-to-Face students
    • Monday, March 29th – April 5thSpring Break-no school
    • Tuesday, April 6th: Teacher Workday-No school
    • Wednesday, April 14th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Thursday, April 15th: Virtual Trivia Night
    • Wednesday, April 28th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students

    Mid-Week Update

    FPDE Families,

    Students in grades 4th  and 5th  that are not in virtual academy will return to DAILY instruction on Monday, March 15th. We look forward to having our 4th and 5th grade students that are not in virtual academy return to the building. We will send an updated school calendar as soon as they are released.

    Mark your calendar:

    Back by popular demand! We will hold our second Virtual READING IN THE PINES NIGHT on Thursday, March 18th beginning at 6:45pm. Staff will read books for three 15-minute time slots. (6:45 – 7:00, 7:00 – 7:15, and 7:15 – 7:30). Details on how to access the Reading in the Pines will be sent early next week.

    PTA NO FUSS FUNDRAISER

    PTA will be conducting a NO FUSS FUNDRAISER. Click here to find out how to participate. Money collected from the fundraiser will directly support the remaining projects that the PTA has planned for FPDE.

    Upcoming Events:

    • Friday, March 12th: Teacher Workday—no school
    • Thursday, March 18th: Reading Night
    • Saturday, March 20th: 4th quarter materials pick up 9am – 12pm
    • Wednesday, March 24thth: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Wednesday, March 24th: 4th quarter materials pick up 11am – 2pm
    • Thursday, March 25th: 3rd Quarter Ends
    • Friday, March 26th: Picture day for Face-to-Face students
    • Monday, March 29th – April 5thSpring Break-no school
    • Tuesday, April 6th: Teacher Workday-No school
    • Wednesday, April 14th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Thursday, April 15th: Virtual Trivia Night
    • Wednesday, April 28th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students

    3/7 Family Message

    FPDE Families,

    Thank you to all that joined us for Act II of our Virtual Talent Show on this past Thursday. We are proud of all our students that participated in both talent shows.

    PTA Meeting

    Our PTA board met recently to discuss plans for the rest of the school year. The board agreed that they need to amend our budget to complete their goals.  They will  propose a change to our staff appreciation expenditure line and need to have it approved by the membership in a General Session Meeting. 

    When: Tuesday, March 9th

    Time: 7 PM

    Where: meet.google.com/nmb-jwpz-qce

    The meeting will be brief and we will share updates along with the budget. 

    School Calendar:

    Below you will find an updated school calendar. Families with students in 4th and 5th grade. Please note the following.

    Cohort 1 is the same as Cohort A

    Cohort 2 is the same as Cohort B and will return this week.

    Cohort 3 is the same as Cohort C

    Single Subject Acceleration:

    If you are interested in Single Subject Acceleration in Math and/or Literacy for your child, please email your child’s teacher to let them know of your interest. The nomination window closes on Monday, March 22nd. You will receive more information after March 22nd as to the process.

    Picture Days:

    Face-to face-students:  Picture day for Face-to-Face students will be on Friday, March 26th.

    Ordering Pizza from Papa Murphy’s online:

    Papa Murphy's has graciously given us a code to use ANYTIME when ordering and they will give back 25% of your order to FPDE!  Our code is GIVE5 and can be entered online.  Additionally, you can show them the flyer below when ordering in store or by mentioning it when ordering by phone.

    Counselor Newsletter

    https://www.smore.com/uy6bc

    Upcoming Events:

    • Friday, March 12th: Teacher Workday—no school
    • Thursday, March 18th: Reading Night
    • Saturday, March 20th: 4th quarter materials pick up 9am – 12pm
    • Wednesday, March 24thth: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Wednesday, March 24th: 4th quarter materials pick up 11am – 2pm
    • Thursday, March 25th: 3rd Quarter Ends
    • Friday, March 26th: Picture day for Face-to-Face students
    • Monday, March 29th – April 5thSpring Break-no school
    • Tuesday, April 6th: Teacher Workday-No school
    • Wednesday, April 14th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students
    • Thursday, April 15th: Virtual Trivia Night
    • Wednesday, April 28th: Remote Learning Day—asynchronous learning for ALL students