Cardinal Family Newsletter

It's A Great Day to Be a Cardinal!

November 18-22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Your child should have brought home their interim report n Friday. I would like to point out that the attendance is in hours not days. The PTO is selling Spirit Wear! See the attached order forms for all the information to place your order. If you need an order have your child swing in the office to get one. Orders are due November 22nd.

Have a great week and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Mrs. Hiler


Mark Your Calendars

November 20 - Thanksgiving lunch

November 21- PTO Meeting

Nov. 26- Back the Blue, the Blue backs you charity basketball game

November 27-29- No School- Thanksgiving Break

December 16th- Middle School Field Trip

December 23-January 6- Winter Break

BACK the BLUE, the BLUE backs you!

FFHS is partnering with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, CC Sheriff’s Dept, Union & Miami Twp Police to host the “Back the BLUE, the BLUE Backs YOU!!!” charity basketball game with staff on Nov. 26th for students. Check out our flyer for how you can help donate and support our students and families.
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CASTING CALL- for Aladdin Jr.

There will be an audition workshop on November 19th , 2019 from 3:30-5:00 for any students interested in being in the musical production of Aladdin Jr. This workshop will get students familiar with the show's music and dialogue as we prepare for auditions on December 3, 2019 from 3:30-5:00. Permission slips went home with child . Any questions contact Mrs. Robertson 513-362-5407.
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Understanding the Teen Brain

Interesting video and article on understanding the teen's brain. Adult and teen brains work differently. Read below and watch the short video to learn more.

It doesn’t matter how smart teens are or how well they scored on the SAT or ACT. Good judgment isn’t something they can excel in, at least not yet.

The rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until age 25 or so.

In fact, recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part.

In teen’s brains, the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making center are still developing—and not always at the same rate. That’s why when teens have overwhelming emotional input, they can’t explain later what they were thinking. They weren’t thinking as much as they were feeling.

What's a parent to do?

You’re the most important role model your kids have. Sure, their friends are important to them, but the way you behave and fulfill your responsibilities will have a profound and long-lasting effect on your children.

  • Discussing the consequences of their actions can help teens link impulsive thinking with facts. This helps the brain make these connections and wires the brain to make this link more often.

  • Remind your teens that they’re resilient and competent. Because they’re so focused in the moment, adolescents have trouble seeing they can play a part in changing bad situations. It can help to remind them of times in the past they thought would be devastating, but turned out for the best.

  • Become familiar with things that are important to your teens. It doesn’t mean you have to like hip-hop music, but showing an interest in the things they’re involved in shows them they’re important to you.

  • Ask teens if they want you to respond when they come to you with problems, or if they just want you to listen.

Parents tend to jump in with advice to try to fix their children’s problems or place blame. But this can make teens less likely to be open with their parents in the future. You want to make it emotionally safe and easy for them to come to you, so you can be part of their lives.

Signs of trouble

It’s normal for teens to be down or out of sorts for a couple of days. But if you see a significant mood or behavioral change that lasts more than 2 weeks, it could mean something else is going on, such as depression.

If you think your teen could be depressed, promptly seek professional treatment for your child. Depression is serious and, if left untreated, can be life-threatening.

Your teen needs your guidance, even though they may think they don’t. Understanding their development can help you support them in becoming independent, responsible adults.

Why the Teenage Brain has an Evolutionary Advantage

Why the teenage brain has an evolutionary advantage

Thriving Learning Communities

Hopefully you had an opportunity to talk with your children about their survey results and to learning more about their strengths. Below you will find a link where you can take a free survey. It isn't as extensive as what the students took but it is still worth the time to take and to learn about your own strengths.

Final Forms

If you and/or your child haven't had the opportunity to complete your final forms please try to update them as soon as possible.

Box Tops

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Charge the Chromebooks!

Please make sure your child gets in the habit of charging their chrome books each evening. It is important that they come to school prepared and the chrome books are as important to class as bringing paper and pencils. They will need their computers to fully participate in instruction in most classes.

2019-2020 School Calendar

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Clear Water Bottles

Students are permitted to have water bottles in the classrooms. Please make sure that the water bottles are clear.


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School starts at 7:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm. Every hour of the school day counts, so please try and have your child to school on time. If your child is absent please call 513-362-5307 by 10:00 am.

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To Contact Me


Phone- 513-362-5382