The Falcon

Fieldstone Middle School * March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It's hard to believe that more than half of the school year is behind us. The second trimester will be concluding on Friday, March 13th, and report cards will be accessible via the Parent Portal on Friday, March 20th by 4:00 PM. This point of the school year is an optimal time for students to reflect on their academic efforts. With another full trimester ahead, setting attainable learning and behavioral goals can bolster confidence and focus. On behalf of our entire staff, thank you for your continued involvement at home to support our efforts.

As you will see below, we've recently had a number of outside presenters work with various grade levels. The consistent feedback is that our students far exceed expectations with regard to their focus, respectful responses, and openness to the ideas presented. We are very proud of the way in which our students conduct themselves and know that this is due to the high expectations you as parents set for them.

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

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

All the best,

Gina McCormack


Rich Scherer

Assistant Principal

Main Office Update

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All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their materials and to bring their lunches with them in the morning. However, when circumstances arise requiring that a forgotten item or lunch be dropped off, we ask that labeled items be placed in the grade level bins in the entry foyer by 12:00 P.M. In order to avoid disruption to instruction, front office staff will not call students out of class to retrieve items.

Please avoid delivering hot drinks or those in fast-food beverage cups. We are unable to accept deliveries from Uber or other outside vendors due to the security concerns that these circumstances pose.

P.S. I Love You Day

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This month 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. 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
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Our students and faculty alike had a wonderful time while making a difference by jumping rope and competing in basketball games throughout the day on Friday, February 14th. Through the generosity of the Fieldstone community, over $3700 was raised to benefit the American Heart Association in support of research and medical advances to help fight heart disease. Thank you to all members of our Health and Physical Education Department for coordinating this event.

Athletics Update

Our spring athletics season will soon be underway. Please note the following important dates:

Physicals and Athletic Forms are due by Friday, March 20th.

  • Students will NOT be permitted to try out without all applicable paperwork handed in.
  • Please check with Mrs. Donovan to see if all forms are up to date.

  • Monday, March 23- Friday, March 27th - Spring Tryouts (Baseball/Track/Softball)

More information can be accessed on our school's site by clicking on the Athletics tab, or by accessing it using the direct link:

Sixth Grade Internet Safety Program

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On Friday, Detective Sergeant Sean Gerity presented a sixth grade internet safety program sponsored by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The discussion focused on the need for students to be leaders in the online community, to seek the assistance of adults when necessary, and to understand the principles of digital citizenship. Students were provided with examples of why the following precepts should guide their online behavior:

  • Your words make an impression.
  • Your personal information is valuable.
  • Your pictures/videos will follow you forever.
  • You should exhibit integrity, dignity, and self-respect.

Pathway to Addiction Program by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

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Because of the growing concern around opioid misuse in New Jersey and Bergen County, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office provides support in educating middle school students about the dangers of heroin and opioids as well as the various paths to addiction. A team of committed members of the Bergen County Narcotics Task Force addressed our seventh and eighth grade students on Friday, February 28th. All stressed that abstinence from these powerful drugs is the only way to avoid addiction. An individual who has been in recovery for a number of year told her brave and compelling story. In order to prepare for this presentation, seventh and eighth grade students discussed the biological and sociological impacts of the opioid crisis during an advisory period. Health teachers as well as seventh and eighth grade teachers will reinforce these important messages on an ongoing basis.

More of Fieldstone's American Heart Challenge Teams

Upcoming Events

3/5 - Viewing of Screenagers - The Next Chapter - parent presentation - 1:45 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

3/13 - End of Second Trimester

3/20 - Report Cards Available on Realtime

3/26-3/27 - Model UN trip

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