The Patriot Post

News & Events at Freedom MS - Week of November 20th, 2022

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Welcome / Bienvenidos

Freedom Families,

The weather has been changing quickly over the past week with temperatures becoming very cold. Please make sure your student is bringing a coat, hat, and gloves to school. It is time for us to bundle up.

In the event we need to close schools due to weather this year, District 100 is planning to utilize e-learning days instead of emergency days, when possible. E-learning days will allow students to continue learning from home in the event of school closures and additional days will not be added to the school calendar in June. Please see District 100’s e-learning plan for more information.

Student hours for e-learning days are from 8:30 to 1:30. We will utilize Schoology to share lessons and resources with students and you can expect your child to be engaging with their teacher or completing assigned work during that time. Information regarding the FMS Elearning schedule will be sent out in the near future.

Please remember that there is no school next week on Wednesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 25 due to Thanksgiving Break. I wish everyone a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving break! This is a great time to connect with family and give thanks.

Check out this week's Patriot Post for classroom updates.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Freedom Staff

Enrique Ojeda – Principal –

Matthew Rivera- Assistant Principal

Familias de Freedom,

El tiempo ha cambiado rápidamente durante la semana pasada y las temperaturas se han vuelto muy frías. Por favor, asegúrese de que su estudiante está trayendo un abrigo, gorro y guantes a la escuela. Es hora de abrigarse.

En el caso de que tengamos que cerrar las escuelas debido al clima este año, el Distrito 100 está planeando utilizar días de e-learning en lugar de días de emergencia, cuando sea posible. Los días de e-learning permitirán que los estudiantes continúen aprendiendo desde casa en caso de que se cierren las escuelas y no se añadirán días adicionales al calendario escolar en junio. Por favor, vea el plan de e-learning del Distrito 100 para más información.

El horario de los estudiantes para los días de e-learning es de 8:30 a 1:30. Utilizaremos Schoology para compartir lecciones y recursos con los estudiantes y usted puede esperar que su hijo esté participando con su maestro o completando el trabajo asignado durante ese tiempo. La información sobre el horario de FMS Elearning se enviará en un futuro próximo.

Por favor, recuerde que no hay escuela la próxima semana del miércoles 23 al viernes 25 de noviembre debido a las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias. Les deseo a todos unas vacaciones de Acción de Gracias seguras y relajantes. Este es un gran tiempo para conectarse con la familia y dar gracias.

Revise el Patriot Post de esta semana para las actualizaciones de las clases.

El personal de Freedom

Enrique Ojeda - Director -


Upcoming Important Dates / Próximas fechas importantes

Morton presentation to parents 5pm-6pm-November 14th

Thanksgiving Break (No School)- November 23-25

Late Start- December 6th

Presentación de Morton a los padres 5pm-6pm-Noviembre 14

Receso de Acción de Gracias (no hay clases) - 23-25 de noviembre

Comienzo tardío- 6 de diciembre

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What's Happening in ELA/Lo que está pasando en ELA

6th grade started their informational reading unit this week! We learned about text features and text structures in nonfiction texts and practiced with an article on the history of video games!

This week in 7th grade, we are finishing up our narrative writing unit! Our focus this week is on including sensory details to describe the setting and characters and adding dialogue to move the story along the plot diagram.

In 8th grade, students finished reading The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. This week they are writing a theme analysis essay where they found multiple pieces of text evidence to support a theme they have created based on the book.

Whats Happening in AIMES ELA/ Lo que está pasando en ELA de AIMES

- 6th grade AIMES students are enjoying reading the first few chapters of their new novel Summer of the Mariposas and getting to know the characters and conflicts that are being introduced.

- 7th grade AIMES are finishing up the dystopian novel The Giver by finishing their Deleted Memory narrative.

- 8th grade AIMES students are reading Of Mice and Men and looking for text evidence to support motifs in the novella.
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Whats Happening in Science / Lo que está pasando en ciencia

This week 6th grade students are designing a health bar to meet the metabolic needs of survivors of natural disasters. Students are researching and testing which ingredients are best and submitting their optimal design.

7th grade science students are working on designing their tsunami warning systems. They have to research and develop a model to help out the people of Sri Lanka.

This week 8th grade science students designed and tested their egg drop projects! They also worked on their designs for a supply pod to deliver essential supplies to victims of natural disasters.

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Whats Happening in Social Studies / Lo que está pasando en Estudios sociales

6th Grade Social Studies

Sixth Grade Social Studies just completed our Early Humans unit and are currently studying the civilization of Mesopotamia. Students will be learning what the characteristics of a civilization are as well as important inventions that allowed them to prosper. Finally, students are continuing to work on refining their TIQA writing skills.

7th Grade Social Studies

Seventh grade students just started a unit about the Bill of Rights. We will review each of the 10 amendments and what they mean. We will also discuss how even though people have rights, those rights have limits!

8th Grade Social Studies

Eighth grade Social Studies has started looking at The Roaring Twenties and The Great Depression. Students looked at the bright side and the dark side of The Roaring Twenties. We had a blast learning the hard way what happens to your money when the banks close during a class simulation.

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This week in ART:

6 - Students are creating a piece of art using the 8 Elements of Art

7 - Students are focusing on color theory by creating a color wheel using their own design and including a Hue, Tint and Shade of each of the primary and secondary colors.

8 - Students are creating a “Stained Glass Window” focusing on positive and negative space.

This week in HEALTH:

6- Bullying and cyberbullying

7- Nutrition

8- Mental and Emotional Health (Stress Management)

This week in MUSIC:

6: Students will be learning about the different rhythms found in music, and how to count them. They will begiven opportunities to work with the boomwhackers we have at school to help them learn this skill.

7: Students will be learning how to hear the difference between major and minor scales in music, they will focus on improving their music listening skills.

8: Students will be finishing up their final playing assessment on Ukuleles, this assessment consist of them playing a full song on the ukulele using chords given to them.

This week in SOCIAL JUSTICE:

7th Grade: We are learning about social justice issues related to hosting the World Cup in Qatar. We are exploring our identities in respect to dominant culture by reading and completing activities from the book This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell. We are also exploring the importance of gratitude in building community.

8th Grade: We are continuing to work together on an action-research project to help in the observance of American Disabilities Month at Freedom Middle School. We are also participating in book groups for the book Stamped from the Beginning: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibrahm X. Kendi. We are learning about social justice issues related to hosting the World Cup in Qatar.

This week in SPANISH (7th-8th Grades)/WORLD CULTURES (6th Grade):

6th Grade: Students will learn holidays and festivals from Canada.

7th Grade: Students will learn greetings. 2. Students will learn the numbers 0-30.

8th Grade: Students will take assessment on days of the week, months of the year, seasons, weather expressions, and verbs in the present tense ending in -er/-ir.

This week in STEAM:

6th Grade: Students are creating an Ankle/Foot/Orthosis (AFO) prototype to help people with a Cerebral Palsy walk better.

7th Grade: Students are creating their own Wind Turbines to measure the energy output to see who can create the most powerful one!

8th Grade: Mission to Mars - Creating a “day in the life” of an astronaut crew for a 24-hour period.

Nurse's Corner/Rincón de la enfermera

Good afternoon, Freedom Families,

Students have been getting sick earlier than usual this fall—and in higher numbers. It’s not just from COVID-19, either. Common colds and other viruses that nearly vanished during the pandemic are back, and children are crowding emergency rooms in some parts of the country with illnesses such as flu, RSV, rhinoviruses, and other ailments.

As people of all ages remain at risk of COVID-19, flu, RSV, and other common infections, it is important to take the following precautions:

  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Cover cough and don't touch your face.

Sign up your student for FREE Weekly SHIELD (COVID -19) Testing at School-

What to look for ~ a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Fevers
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Muscle soreness
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Keep your student home from school if these symptoms occur and call your pediatrician for a medical appointment if the symptoms continue.

Call the school nurse with questions or concerns.

Nurse Villagomez




Buenas tardes, Familias de Freedom,

Los estudiantes se enfermaron antes de lo habitual este otoño, y en mayor número. Tampoco se trata sólo de COVID-19. Los resfriados comunes y otros virus que casi desaparecieron durante la pandemia han regresado, y los niños están abarrotando las salas de emergencia en algunas partes del país con enfermedades como la gripe, el RSV, los rinovirus y otras dolencias.

Dado que las personas de todas las edades siguen estando en riesgo de contraer COVID-19, gripe, RSV y otras infecciones comunes, es importante tomar las siguientes precauciones:

  • Vacúnate contra el COVID-19 y la gripe.
  • Lávese las manos con frecuencia y minuciosamente.
  • Cubra la tos y no se toque la cara.

Inscríbase a Pruebas GRATIS de SHIELD (COVID-19) para su estudiante en la escuela cada semana-

Qué buscar ~ una combinación de los siguientes síntomas:

  • fiebres
  • escalofríos
  • dolores de cabeza
  • tos
  • Dolor muscular
  • fatiga
  • vómitos
  • diarrea
  • dificultad para respirar
  • nariz que moquea
  • dolor de garganta

Mantenga a su estudiante en casa y no vaya a la escuela si se presentan estos síntomas y llame a su pediatra para programar una cita médica si los síntomas continúan.

Llame a la enfermera de la escuela si tiene preguntas o inquietudes.

Enfermera Villagomez




Freed Dental Exams/ exámenes Dentales Gratis

Freedom Families,

Per the State of Illinois health guidelines all students entering 6th grade must have a Dental Exam turned in prior to April 2023. This year we are happy to share that the Children's Clinic at Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society will be offering FREE Dental Exams to our 6th graders who still need to complete this requirement. These exams will be done at school during the school day and will be completely FREE. If you student still needs to complete this requirement and you would like to participate in this FREE program please fill out the attached permission form and return to the school no later than February 6, 2023. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.

Zuly Villagomez RN BSN

School Nurse Freedom Middle School

(708) 303-4709

WHO: ALL 6th Grade Students Without a Dental Exam

WHEN: Thursday February 9, 2023

WHERE: Freedom Middle School

Familias de Freedom,

Debido a las reglas de salud del estado de Illinois se requiere que todos los estudiantes entrando al 6to grado tengan un examen Dental antes de Abril 2023. Este año tenemos la buena noticia de que la Clinica de Niños en Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society va a ofrecer exámenes Dentales GRATIS para todos los estudiantes de 6to grado que todavía no cumplen con este requisito. Estos exámenes serán hechos en la escuela durante el día y son completamente GRATIS. Si su estudiante todavía necesita cumplir este requisito y quiere participar en este programa GRATIS, por favor llene la solicitud y regrese a la escuela antes del 6 de Febrero. Si tiene cualquier pregunta no dude en llamarme.

Zuly Villagomez RN BSN

Enfermera Freedom Middle School

(708) 303-4709

QUIEN: Todos los estudiantes de 6to grado

CUANDO: Jueves Febrero 9, 2023

DONDE: Freedom Middle School

Student IDs/ID del estudiante

A reminder that students are expected to wear their IDs every day. If a student loses an ID, they would need to purchase a new one. If a student forgets their ID, and they have it at home they will need to purchase a temporary ID from the office. The cost for a new ID is $5 and temp ID is $1. Please reach out to the office if you have any questions.

Un recordatorio de que se espera que los estudiantes usen sus identificaciones todos los días. Si un estudiante pierde su identificación, tendrá que comprar una nueva. Si un estudiante se olvida de su identificación, y lo tienen en casa tendrán que comprar una identificación temporal de la oficina. El costo de una nueva identificación es de $5 y la identificación temporal es de $1. Por favor, póngase en contacto con la oficina si tiene alguna pregunta.

Athletic program/ programa atlético

Dear Parent/Guardian:
If you child has decided to participate in the Freedom Middle School Athletic program, they will need a signed permission slip, sports physical and a paid $25.00 Athletic fee.

Estimado padre/tutor:

Si su hijo(a) ha decidido participar en el programa atlético de la Escuela Intermedia Freedom, necesitará una hoja de permiso firmada, un examen físico deportivo y el pago de una cuota atlética de $25.00.

Athletic Eligibility/Elegibilidad Atlética


Student athletes will be responsible for completing an eligibility form for sports.This will then continue for the rest of the year for the remaining seasons. The procedure for this is below.

  1. Students will get a paper copy of the blank form, no later than Wednesday of each week. The folder containing the blank form and the folder to turn them in will be located on the bulletin board by Ms. Esser's office.
  2. Students will take a blank form, write down their name and take it to all of their teachers and the office. They will have Wed-Fri to complete the form, allowing time for A and B days. If a teacher or student is absent, Friday during excel they need to ask for permission to get anything they missed.
  3. Teachers should complete the form using information from the prior week to complete this form. ( example the form turned in on the 10/7, will be based on 10/3-10/7)
  4. Students turn in completed form to the folder attached to the bulletin board by Ms. Esser's office by the end of the day on Friday.
  5. If this is not completed, the student does not participate the following week. If they have under 70 points they will not participate the following week.
  6. If a student is INELIGIBLE, parent/guardian will be notified and the sheet will be sent home and returned with a parent/guardian signature.


Los estudiantes atletas serán responsables de completar un formulario de elegibilidad para los deportes. Esto continuará por el resto del año para las temporadas restantes. El procedimiento para esto es abajo.

  1. Los estudiantes recibirán una copia en papel del formulario en blanco, a más tardar el miércoles de cada semana. La carpeta que contiene el formulario en blanco y la carpeta para entregarlos estará ubicada en el tablón de anuncios junto a la oficina de la Sra. Esser.
  2. Los estudiantes tomarán un formulario en blanco, escribirán su nombre y lo llevarán a todos sus profesores y a la oficina. Tendrán de miércoles a viernes para completar el formulario, dejando tiempo para los días A y B. Si un profesor o un alumno está ausente, el viernes durante el excel tienen que pedir permiso para conseguir todo lo que han perdido.
  3. Los profesores deben completar el formulario utilizando la información de la semana anterior para completar este formulario. ( ejemplo el formulario entregado el 10/7, se basara en el 10/3-10/7)
  4. Los estudiantes entregan el formulario completado en la carpeta adjunta al tablón de anuncios por la oficina de la Sra. Esser al final del día el viernes.
  5. Si no se completa, el estudiante no participa la semana siguiente. Si tienen menos de 70 puntos no participarán la semana siguiente.
  6. Si un estudiante es INELIGIBLE, el padre/tutor será notificado y la hoja será enviada a casa y devuelta con la firma del padre/tutor.

Para la temporada deportiva de otoño la última hoja se entregará el 21 de octubre.


Student Ambassadors - Anthony & Lentz

Student Council - Rubich

NJHS - Bomba & Aeschleman

Band- J. Clark

Choir - Cervantes

Guitar Club - Cervantes

Spring Musical - Cervantes

Robotics - Auld

Anime - Zaragoza

GSA - Humphris

Yearbook-Lavin and Michalica

Freedom Drop Off and Pick Up/ Entrega y recogida de Freedom

Freedom Families,

For parents dropping off and picking up students; the bus lane and parking lot will be closed to vehicles during drop-off and pick-up. These areas will be blocked off and only busses will be allowed access to the bus lane.

If you are coming from south of the Burlington-Northern Railroad Tracks, we ask that you cross the tracks at East Avenue and proceed to 31st Street. Travel east on 31st Street to drop off students on 31st Street at Ridgeland, south of the viaduct. If you are coming from the north, please turn right/west onto 31st street and again, drop off the students on 31st street south of the viaduct.

We also ask that you do not park on the east side of Ridgeland, across from the school. It is unsafe for students to cross across Ridgeland in the middle of the block and they should only cross at the corner.

Thank you for your help in keeping our students as safe as possible during pick-up and drop-off times.

Para los padres que dejan y recogen a los estudiantes, el carril de autobús y el estacionamiento estarán cerrados a los vehículos durante la entrega y la recogida. Estas áreas estarán bloqueadas y solo los autobuses tendrán acceso al carril de autobuses.

Si viene desde el sur de Burlington-Northern Railroad Tracks (las vías del tren), le pedimos que cruce las vías en East Avenue y continúe hasta 31st Street. Diríjase hacia el Este por 31st Street para dejar a los estudiantes en 31st Street en Ridgeland, al sur del puente. Si viene del norte, gire a la derecha / oeste en la calle 31 y, nuevamente, deje a los estudiantes en la calle 31 al sur del puente.

También le pedimos que no se estacione en el lado este de Ridgeland, frente a la escuela. No es seguro para los estudiantes cruzar Ridgeland en el medio de la cuadra y solo deben cruzar en la esquina.

Gracias por su ayuda para mantener a nuestros estudiantes lo más seguros posible durante las horas de recogida y devolución.

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P.E. Uniforms/ Uniforme de educación física

Students will wear P.E. uniforms beginning August 29th. P.E. uniforms are for sale in the Freedom Office.

Los estudiantes comenzarán a usar P.E. uniformes el 29 de agosto .Los uniformes de educación física están a la venta en la Oficina de Freedom.

  • PE Shirt/Camisa de educación física - $10
  • PE Shorts/Pantalones cortos de educación física- $15
  • Sweatshirt with no hood/Sudadera sin capucha - $20
  • Sweatpants/Pantalones deportivos- $20

Covid Testing and SHIELD Testing /Pruebas para el COVID y prueba de saliva SHIELD

District 100 will again be offering SHIELD saliva testing for weekly screening for COVID-19. The SHIELD program is voluntary and students will only participate once a signed consent is received. Please be aware that if your child participated in the SHIELD weekly screening program last year, the consent was only good for one year and a new one needs to be submitted. We ask that all interested families submit a consent prior to the start of the school year. SHIELD screening is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of August 29.


District 100 will also continue to provide BINAX-Now antigen testing to any student experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. BINAX-Now is a nasal swab that provides a result in approximately fifteen minutes and will only be administered at school at the request of a parent. If you would like to submit a consent for BINAX-Now to have on file for the upcoming school year, please complete the consent below. Again, the consent will simply be on file and a student will only be given a BINAX-Now test at school following a parent/guardian conversation with the nurse and with written consent from a parent/guardian.


Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy.

El Distrito 100 estará ofreciendo nuevamente la prueba de saliva SHIELD saliva como un control semanal para COVID-19. El programa SHIELD es voluntario y los estudiantes participarán solamente cuando se haya recibido un consentimiento firmado. Por favor sepa que si su hijo/a participó en el programa de control semanal el año pasado, el consentimiento fue válido por un año solamente y se necesita entregar uno nuevo. Pedimos que todas las familias interesadas entreguen su consentimiento antes del comienzo del año escolar. El control SHIELD está programado para comenzar la semana del 29 de agosto tentativamente.


El Distrito 100 también continuará proveyendo la prueba antígeno BINAX-Now para cualquier estudiante que esté experimentando síntomas de COVID-19. BINAX-Now es un hisopado nasal que brinda un resultado en quince minutos aproximadamente y será administrada solamente en la escuela por pedido de un padre/madre. Si a usted le gustaría entregar un consentimiento para BINAX-Now para tenerlo en archivo para el año escolar venidero, por favor complete el consentimiento debajo. Otra vez, el consentimiento estará en el archivo simplemente y un estudiante será dado una prueba BINAX-Now en la escuela después de una conversación con la enfermera y con el consentimiento escrito de un padre/madre/tutor.


Gracias por su apoyo continuo en mantener a nuestros estudiantes y personal seguros y saludables.

Student Schedule / Horario estudiantil

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Report Bullying / Informar el acoso

Please use the Stop!t App to report bulling anonymously. Students can use it to report behaviors they see in person or online.

Utilice la aplicación Stop!t para denunciar el acoso de forma anónima. Los estudiantes pueden usarlo para informar los comportamientos que ven en persona o en línea.

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Treats for Troops

FMS will be collecting Treats for Troops on November 1st. Bring any leftover Halloween candy to support our Military Troops!

FMS estará recolectando "Treats for Troops" el 1 de noviembre. ¡Traiga cualquier caramelo sobrante de Halloween para apoyar a nuestras Tropas Militares!