Fuller Family Newsletter

Vol. 2, No. 19 - January 11, 2021

At the core of Fuller Middle School is a sense of pride and unity in our diverse community, where students are innovators and architects of their own learning and future. ~ Fuller's Vision
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Schedule for the Week of January 11th

Monday, January 11 - Day 4

Tuesday, January 12 - Day 5

Wednesday, January 13 - Day 6

Thursday, January 14 - Day 1 - Half Day - Professional Development for Teachers

Friday, January 15 - Day 2

Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

Tuesday, January 19 - PD for Teachers - No School for Students

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Last Week's Attack on the Capitol

Last Wednesday's violent events will have a lasting effect on our country and all of us as individuals. Our teachers and Student Support Staff have been working with our students to help process what happened, and I wanted to share some resources that may help with conversations you may be having at home with your children.

From the Fine and Performing Arts Department

On January 21, 2021 we will be holding our grade level Winter Band Showcase. It will be held on Zoom and will feature all members of the Cameron, Fuller and Walsh Bands. The Schedule will be as follows:

6:30pm - Grade 6 Band

7:00pm - Grade 7 Band

7:30pm - Grade 8 Band


A Zoom Link will be going out shortly.

Attendance

I want to thank all the families and caregivers who are working hard to help their children engage in school every day. Our attendance rates continue to remain steady, but we need to continue to focus on making sure all of our students attend all of their classes every day.


I would like to remind families that attendance in all classes is important and mandatory. Attendance is taken in every class block, every day. It is essential that your child attends all of their classes on time and for the entire block. Your child needs to be attending school from 8:15 - 2:25 every day. However, there may be times when your child's teacher has students work independently or they are given a break (during Flex Block or Lunch).


If your child needs to be absent for the day or during a class, you must call the school to report the absence - just like when students were in the school building.


You can reach our attendance line at 508-620-4957 or our Main Office at 508-620-4956.

Return to School Commitment Form

If you haven't yet completed your child's Commitment Survey Form, please do so as soon as possible.

Dear Families,

Please complete the online Return to Learn Commitment Form using Aspen X2. This will need to be done for each individual student.

The deadline to complete the form was Friday, December 4th.

Form completion will require your child’s LASID number which is listed in this email. The Form completion instructions are attached and can be found on the FPS Website. If you have questions, please contact your student’s school or the Technology Helpdesk at 508-782-6928 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm.

Student Name: [First_Name] [Last_Name]

Student LASID: [LASID]

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Framingham Public Schools


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Estimadas familias,

Por favor, complete en línea el Formulario de compromiso de vuelta a la escuela usando Aspen X2. Esto deberá hacerse individualmente para cada estudiante .

La fecha límite para completar el formulario es este viernes 4 de diciembre.

Para completar el formulario se requerirá el número LASID de su hijo(a) que se encuentra en este correo electrónico. Las instrucciones para completar el formulario se adjuntan en este correo y también se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de FPS. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo(a) o con el servicio de asistencia técnica al 508-782-6928 de lunes a viernes de 8:00 am a 3:30 pm.

Nombre del estudiante: [First_Name] [Last_Name]

LASID del estudiante: [LASID]

¡Gracias!

Atentamente,

Escuelas Públicas de Framingham


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Prezadas Famílias,

Por favor completem o Formulário de Compromisso de Volta às Aulas usando o Aspen X2. Isso precisa ser preenchido para cada aluno(a) individualmente. A data final para completar este formulário é sexta-feira, dia 4 de dezembro.

Para preencher o formulário, você precisará do número de identificação da sua criança chamado de LASID, que está listado abaixo. Instruções de como preencher estão nos documentos anexo e também poderão ser encontradas no site das Escolas Públicas de Framingham. Caso tenha qualquer dúvida, favor entrar em contato com a escola de sua criança ou com o Departamento de Assistência Técnica no número 508-782-6928 de segunda à sexta entre 8:00h e 15:30h.

Nome do Aluno(a): [First_Name] [Last_Name]

LASID do Aluno(a): [LASID]

Obrigado!

Atenciosamente,
Framingham Public Schools

PBIS Remote Learning Expectations

Below I have attached our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Expectations for Remote Learning. Please review these Expectations with your child.

Remind App

Please check for emails from your child's teachers with instructions and your child's Class Codes for the Remind app. You will need to download the Remind app onto your phone and follow the instructions for each child's teachers.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

You can pick up FREE breakfast and lunch for your child at any public school in Framingham from 10-1 Monday through Friday. You do not need to bring your children to the school in order to pick up these meals. Simply go to any of our schools and request the number of breakfasts and lunches you need for your children.
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The Department of Health and Wellness of Framingham Public Schools sent out a Newsletter to families with important information about Vaccines, Medical Records, Masks, Social Distancing, and Preparing to Return to School in Person. I have linked the Newsletter below; please read this important information.

The Department of Health and Wellness

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Our Children's Mental Health

Recognizing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children’s mental health, the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) joined forces with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) to launch HandholdMA.org, a new family-friendly website for parents and guardians of school-aged children who are concerned about their child’s mental health.

HandholdMA.org provides families with tips, tools, and resources designed to help them navigate their child’s mental health journey with confidence. The content, which is targeted to families with kids age 6-12 years, was developed by a team of mental health and child development experts as well as family and community partners. A creative team from IDEO Cambridge designed the user experience and branding.

The content on HandholdMA.org is organized in three main sections:

  • Should I worry? This section helps parents/guardians explore if their child is just being a kid or if their behavior is something to worry about. Families can learn about signs to look for and get suggestions on what to do next.
  • What can I do? These are tips, tools, and strategies that have worked for other families in the past and are things they can learn about or do from home.
  • Who can help? The final section includes carefully selected community organizations and government resources to help families find the right mental health services.

HandholdMA.org was developed with input from individuals representing the diversity of Massachusetts’ communities, and is available in six languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.

HotSpots

We have been working hard to contact families to arrange pick-up times. If you requested a HotSpot and have not heard from us, please call us at 508-620-4956; we want to make sure every child can access their education. If you need a HotSpot or are having trouble with your child's Chromebook, please email or call Fuller MS; we are here to help.
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Curbside Pick-Up for Library Books at Fuller

You can now request books for pickup at Fuller! Simply fill out THIS FORM (or email me) to request either specific books or ask me to make recommendations for you. Check out THIS FLYER for more information.


Click HERE to browse the catalog to see the books in our collection.

Massachusetts Eviction Diversion Initiative to Keep Households Safe

Massachusetts recently announced a new Eviction Diversion Initiative to help households as the eviction moratorium in Massachusetts expires. Part of our work is reaching out to networks across the Commonwealth to reach more residents with new and expanded resources, including rental assistance and legal resources.

We are asking the local public health network to help us in our effort to reach households early – before an eviction takes place – to provide funding and mediation tools to work with landlords. We’ve launched a new website that connects residents to their local Housing Consumer Education Center, answers frequently asked questions, and more at www.mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp

COVID-19: Getting Help with Housing Costs

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has resources available to help residents impacted by COVID-19 to cover rent and mortgage payments.

www.mass.gov

Residents can also call 2-1-1, which features a language line and trained staff.

Time is of the essence – there is funding available NOW and the earlier households apply for aid, the quicker they will receive it.

We’ve also attached public information flyers here in English, Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, Vietnamese. We would appreciate if you can share this information widely. We are also active on social media and feel free to connect and share with our two accounts: @MA_DHCD and @MassEOHED

Lisa

Lisa McCarthy-Licorish, MPH

Senior Coordinator, Local Health Communications

MDPH-Office of Local and Regional Health (OLRH)

E-mail: lisa.n.mccarthy-licorish@mass.gov

COVID-19 Information for Local Boards of Health

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Turning Cameras On During Class

Although there can sometimes be reasons for students to turn off their cameras during class on Zoom, we are asking families to support us in encouraging your children to turn on their cameras during Zoom classes and keep them pointing at their faces (not the ceiling). An important part of teaching is being able to read your student's faces to see if they understand or need additional support. When the cameras are off, teachers can only see black boxes with names on them. It is extremely difficult to teach under these circumstances. We are asking students to turn on their cameras; please help us by also encouraging your children to turn on their cameras during class.


I have seen a huge improvement this week with more students turning on their cameras during class. If your child is struggling with this, please reach out to their guidance counselor, administration, and/or teachers. We want to make sure we are supporting all of our students during Remote Learning.

The Chat Feature on Zoom

The Chat Features is an extremely useful tool for students and teachers. It allows students to ask questions and to participate. However, it has also proven to be a place where students are posting inappropriate comments. I am asking families and caregivers to remind their children that what they post in the Chat Feature is not private and can be shared with the administration and with you. What is posted in the Chat Feature should always be school appropriate.
"You cannot call yourself a 'culturally responsive' educator if your purpose is to raise test scores rather than to liberate young people's spirits and ignite their intellectual curiosity" ~ Zaretta Hammond
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