FMS Parent Newsletter

November 16-27 Edition

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UPDATE YOUR CALENDAR

11/16: STUDENTS IN THE BUILDING STARTING TODAY - Group A Monday & Tuesday, Group B Thursday & Friday *be patient with transportation, it will be like the first day of school all week. Be out there early (7:45 if you don't know when you will be picked up) and then we'll all figure it out as we go.


11/23: A GROUP only Monday this week


11/24: B GROUP on Tuesday this week


11/25: THIS IS AN ASYNCHRONOUS WORKDAY - STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO LOG INTO THEIR GOOGLE CLASSROOMS AND COMPLETE WORK


11/26-11/27: THANKSGIVING VACATION - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


12/21: THIS IS AN ASYNCHRONOUS WORKDAY - STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO LOG INTO THEIR GOOGLE CLASSROOMS AND COMPLETE WORK


12/22-1/1: VACATION (HAPPY HOLIDAYS!)


1/15: END OF THE SECOND QUARTER


1/18: HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL


1/19: THIS IS AN ASYNCHRONOUS WORKDAY - STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO LOG INTO THEIR GOOGLE CLASSROOMS AND COMPLETE WORK

READING THE CALENDAR BELOW

  • A or B means Group A or Group B should be in the building that day.
  • R means that it's a remote learning day, and students should log into their teachers' Google Classrooms to find out what they should be doing.
  • 1 or 2 means that it's Elective One or Elective Two that day
  • RL/W means that it's a remote learning day, and students should log into their teachers' Google Classrooms to find out what they should be doing.
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REMEMBER WE HAVE A NEW SCHEDULE!

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MAKE SURE STUDENTS HAVE THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES

  • EARBUDS/HEADPHONES (students will need to do online learning videos and such in the classroom with earbuds or headphones)
  • WATER BOTTLE - PRE-FILLED EVERY DAY BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL (fountains are closed for use and there is only one water bottle fill station in the cafeteria for use)
  • MASK ON THE FACE & AND AN EXTRA IN THE BAG JUST IN CASE
  • CHARGED FMS CHROMEBOOK


NEED PAPER AND PENCIL SUPPLIES? JUST COME BY THE SCHOOL OFFICE AND WE WILL GIVE YOU A FREE BAG WITH SUPPLIES IN IT FOR EVERYTHING YOU NEED!


**REMEMBER - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ARE FREE EVERY DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!

WATCH THE VIDEO TO FIND OUT HOW TO GET TO CLASS

FMS Welcome Back
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FMS POSITIVE VIBES MESSAGE - CLICK HERE!

Fill this form out to give a positive shout-out for an FMS guardian, student, teacher, or staff, and we will post it on Twitter and keep the happy vibe going here at FMS. Let's celebrate the positive!

COME TO THE FMS GYM THIS WEDNESDAY FOR FREE FOOD, FREE TESTING, AND FREE PPE!! 9AM-6PM

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FMS: WE ARE A COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF CHOICE!

FMS SPORTS - CHECK OUT THE DATES & INFO BELOW

VOLLEYBALL

*Varsity Only - Tryouts Nov. 17th (Group A) & 19th (Group B)

Virtual students can come on either day.

Time - 3:30pm to 5pm

Practice Nov. 21st & 22nd, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2nd


GAMES

December 8th, @ Franklinton MS

FMS vs Bunn

Bunn vs CCMS

CCMS vs FMS

December 10th, @ Terrell Lane MS

FMS vs TLMS

FMS vs Bunn

Bunn vs TLMS

December 15th, @ Cedar Creek MS

CCMS vs TLMS

TLMS vs FMS

FMS vs CCMS

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Basketball

*Tryouts Start Jan. 5th - Jan. 7th

Football

*Work Out Start Date - February 11th

Boys Soccer

*Tryouts Start Feb. 18th

Softball

*Tryouts Start Feb. 18th

Baseball

*Tryouts Start April 12th

Girls Soccer

*Tryouts Start April 12th

Track

*Tryouts Start April 12th


*WRESTLING WILL BE DECIDED AT A LATER TIME.


ADDITIONAL INFO:

*Please click the link to access location for: Sports Physical

*Please click link for NCHSAA Physical Form

*Athletic Sports Interest Form (click link and submit)

*Link to FMS Athletics Google Meet.


* What you need for tryout:

  • Water Bottle

  • Sports Physical

  • Masks

  • Transportation

  • Proper Clothes/Shoes

  • Good Attitude

* A/B and Virtual students can try out and play sports. They will however need transportation if not already on campus.


*If you have other questions or concerns, please contact: chrishartsfield@fcschools.net

MS. MOORE - GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

I’m available from 8:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. Monday-Friday.

You and your child can reach out to me using this School Counselor Request Form. Or, feel free to call me at 919-494-2971 or email me at marymoore@fcschools.net if you have questions or concerns.


My google classroom codes are: 6th Grade: sekbs3i / 7th Grade: mj4eu25 / 8th Grade: s2dew3m


Helpful Resources

NC211.org (or call 211)

Hope4NC (or call 1-855-587-3463)

TransitionsLifeCare.org (or call the Grief Line 919-719-7199)

National Domestic Violence Hotline (or call 800-799-7233)

SuicidePreventionLifeline.org (or call 800-273-8255)


Reminder about student email!

Remind your child to be in the habit of checking their student email every day. Oftentimes, students are requesting to meet with me on google meet, but they do not accept the invite I send them in an email. If I send a follow-up email to this request, I get no response. Or they ask me a question, but do not respond further in the communication. If they have not joined my google classroom, the next best way I can share info with them is through email. It’s important for them to develop good communication habits with email now as this will be very important in high school and beyond.


The Benefits of Gratitude

Science is proving that giving thanks, expressing gratitude, for something or someone, or something someone has done, can make you happier! Have you genuinely expressed gratitude today? Gratitude can help build stronger relationships at home, at work, and in the community. Making other people feel appreciated is so important to the spread of positive psychology. Try it with your kids, your spouse, your friends and family, your colleagues at work, and your neighbors!

Practicing Gratitude Daily:

  • improves physical health
  • improves psychological health
  • improves sleep
  • increases empathy
  • reduces aggression
  • builds social connections
  • enhances self esteem
  • improves mental strength

Try these activities at home:

  • Attitude of Gratitude: https://youtu.be/JMd1CcGZYwU
  • Gratitude jar: https://www.health.com/mind-body/tapping-into-gratitude when you are feeling down you can read some of the slips of paper in the jar. Try this as a family! Celebrate when the jar is full and start over again!
  • Gratitude journal: find a notebook or journal you can use to write down five sentences about one person, place or thing that you’re grateful for every day. The trick is to be specific about why you are grateful.
  • Gratitude rock: find a small smooth rock you can hold, carry, or even wear on a necklace. When you hold or touch the rock, focus your mind on people, places, or things you are grateful for.
  • My favorite** Gratitude tree: https://youtu.be/WcNoq8GL6tY What a great idea for a family project on Thanksgiving! Or any holiday!

Great article here: https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

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GRADE 8 TEAM UPDATES

7TH GRADE TEAM UPDATES

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MS. BAECHLE - 7th GRADE ELA

Happy Monday students and families and welcome back to FMS!! Today we will begin the transition to Plan B and have students back in the school. Pay close attention to the school calendar for the months of November and December as some days will change in schedule due to the Holidays. A days will be each Monday and Tuesday, Asynchronous Wednesdayswill stay the same, and B days will be each Thursday and Friday. When you are not in school and for those learning from home, you will still be on Google meets daily.


For the weeks of 11/16-11/25 we will be concluding our first text, “A Long Walk to Water,” with a strong central focus on comparing a non-fictional text “ALWTW,” to a fictional anchor film “The Good Lie,” to see what similarities occur within both. We will then be covering some background information on the “Industrial Revolution,” and beginning or second text “Lyddie.”


Parents/guardians, please make sure to have your students check Power school regularly to see what work they are missing. It is critical that ALL students take accountability for their work, come to class regularly, and turn in work on a consistent basis. Work can still be made up and students will receive full credit.


In addition, I have new office hours weekly on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am, for any additional support with work. The code on Google meets is: fmsoffice7. Please encourage your child to read a text of interest for at least 20 minutes daily to further enhance their reading comprehension skills, and to develop a lifelong love for reading and learning! If you have any further questions please contact me at: kimberlybaechle@fcschools.net

6TH GRADE TEAM UPDATES

DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT NEED A PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE? CALL THE SCHOOL AT 919-494-2971

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FROM MS. FAULKNER - DIGITAL LITERACY COACH AND MEDIA SPECIALIST

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin


If you would like to participate in a new version of BOB for this school year please send me an email and I will add you to the list.


If your student is remote learning and would like to check out a book please click on the Follet Destiny link in their fcschools.net bookmarks. I will deliver the book to your house. No distance is too far!!


SORA Tutorial(public library)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HOh4M-8aVjn7zXJ8fiPojAclf0N-MVle/view

THANK YOU FOR BEING A GREAT PARENT! WE APPRECIATE ALL YOUR HARD WORK!!

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