The Falcon

Fieldstone Middle School * February 8, 2019

Dear Fieldstone Families,

Hopefully this winter has been a healthy one for all of you and you've been able to avoid the scourge of the ailments circulating. Our students have faced these cold and rainy weeks by staying busy during indoor recess and enjoying the fresh air when we are able to spend time outdoors.

While often sequestered indoors, we are weathering these months by staying engaged in challenging and relevant learning. Our teachers continue to focus on integrating experiences across content areas and consider the competencies necessary for success in today's world. An important aspect has been social and emotional learning which was the topic around which our recent professional development day was centered. On an going basis, we reinforce the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions while being sensitive to the needs of others.

Most recently, we participated in the "P.S. I Love You" movement along with Memorial Elementary School and the Montvale Police Department. This district-wide observance highlighted the critical competency of social awareness, which will be the focus of our advisory day later this month. Students and staff were encouraged to show our connectedness by wearing purple which represented our ongoing effort to spread kindness in order to decrease social isolation as well as to promote mental health awareness.

As always, if we can be of assistance to you or your family, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Please see below for additional topics of interest and the many reasons why it's great to be a Falcon.

All the best,

Gina McCormack


Rich Scherer

Assistant Principal

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Health Office Update from Mrs. Halder

If your child will be absent from school, you must call Mrs. Halder, the school nurse, every day in the early morning before school starts. When you call, please include your child’s name and the reason your child is going to be absent. Children should come to school on time, but if your child must be late, call Mrs. Halder and include the reason for the lateness.

In order to protect the health of others in school, students must remain home for 24 hours after a fever or vomiting. If your child is sent home with a fever or because of vomiting, they must stay home for at least the next day.

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Athletics Update

The Lady Falcons showed tremendous growth and grit throughout the season. The girls came together and rallied around one another playing hard and competitive in each game. The future looks bright for our girls team!

Our boys basketball squad came into a hot streak, winning 4 games in a row! They improved with each practice and made a run at the playoffs, finishing with a 5-6 record.

A special thanks to the following eighth grade student athletes for their great leadership and positive attitudes:

Spencer Kosoy, Cameron Schmidt, Dominick Musco, Justin Ohnikian, Justin Glazer, John Stewart, Sean Donahue, Roee Ronen, Trayee Jha, Rachel Kim, Rebecca Lovett, Stephanie Ye, and Jaime Fanizzi.


  • The Spring Sports Interest Meeting will take place Tuesday, February 26th
  • The deadline for spring physicals is March 25, 2019.

Be sure to check out the athletics website. You can find it on our school's site by clicking on the Athletics tab, or by accessing it using the direct link:

Fifth Grade Hero Projects

Our fifth graders recently completed an interdisciplinary project through which they researched a person they consider to be a hero. They were inspired to share their profiles on a very special website which you can access by clicking below.

My Hero

Click here to read inspirational stories of those who have made our world a better place.

FMS Students Made the Most Out of Arctic Temperatures!

Montvale Marvels Versus the Harlem Wizards

Congratulations to all who played in the biennial rematch between the Harlem Wizards and the Montvale Marvels. While not exactly a nail-biter in terms of the outcome, the Marvels played hard and held their own throughout the game. This was also an opportunity for members of our staff to reveal their hidden talents - three-point shooting, alley-oops, and highly skilled ball-handling abounded. Of course it was our student-athletes who outdid themselves during the third quarter. Thank you to the Montvale Education Association for coordinating this wonderful community event.

International Day at Memorial School

Our eighth graders did a fabulous job planning and delivering learning experiences for elementary students during International Day on January 18th. It was very impressive to see them work so well with students in kindergarten through fourth grade. They were organized, patient, and engaging.

Thank you to Mr. Jopp for coordinating this experience!

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FMS School Musical - Mary Poppins

A group of Pascack Hills High School students, many of whom are FMS graduates, will be producing our school musical under the direction of Ms. Austin, Mr. Nietzer, and Ms. McCann.

FMS Students will have the opportunity to participate in all areas of theater production including singing, dancing, acting, set design, event promotion, and stage crew. An interest meeting will be held on February 21st immediately after school in the cafeteria. Auditions will be held on March 5, 7, and 8. Rehearsals will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout March, April, and May. We are all looking forward to seeing the musical Mary Poppins on May 17th and 18th and appreciate the commitment of time and talent being provided by all involved.

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FMS Yearbook

To purchase a yearbook, please go to and enter our school name. The cost of the yearbook is $45, and the last day to purchase one is May 24th.

Any questions should be directed to Mrs. Schlemm at and Miss Cummings at

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American Heart Challenge Update from the Physical Education Department


It’s time for the American Heart Challenge, the American Heart Association program that teaches students in 38,000 schools nationwide valuable lessons that will last a lifetime.

YOUR CHILD will learn about the importance of taking care of his/her heart and how it works. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America? We can change that — 80 percent of risk factors for heart disease are preventable.

YOUR CHILD will learn the importance of helping others through this service learning project.

YOUR CHILD will feel good after making a difference in people’s lives! Funds raised support the American Heart Association’s research and education initiatives that save lives in our community.



FMS Students Enjoy the IMC Maker-Space and Blind Date with a Book Event

Drop Off and Pick Up Safety Reminders

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Drop Off Reminders: In order to ensure student safety, students should be dropped off by driving around the circular drive and stopping near the front door. When students are dropped off in the main parking lot, this disrupts the flow of traffic in and out of the parking lot and can create a safety issue.

Pick-Up Reminders: At the end of the day, please be sure to follow the route outlined in “Figure A” and only pick up students along the sidewalk in the rear of the building, as shown in “Figure B. Students are not permitted to enter cars idling on the pick-up line.

• Pick-up curbside only; do not park in the parking lot

• Wait for a staff member to help your child cross the street to the car.

Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation.

Fifth Graders Study Proportion Through Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

Upcoming Events

2/15 - American Heart Challenge

2/18-2/19 - Mid-Winter Recess

2/21 - School Musical Interest Meeting

2/22 - Eighth Grade Cap and Gown Measurements

2/26 - Spring Sports Interest Meeting

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