September 14, 2014
Our 1st Full Week!
Congratulations to all students and staff for the successful completion of week 2 - our first five day week! I always do think is a challenge at the beginning of the year as we all acclimate to the school schedule and get our school rhythm. I know I was not alone as I left Friday looking forward to a quiet, restful weekend. It is important that all of us have a chance to recharge after a busy and productive week.
As I visited classrooms students were engaged and focused and it was clear we were back into the swing of things! I saw students conferencing with their teachers to make sure that the Book Talk is just right. Students working together on their personal narratives giving very specific feedback on transitions and sequencing. Students in math class were solving algebraic equations and setting personal target goals and eight graders were wrapping up their first unit on ancient Rome, ready to move on to the Byzantine Empire.
I wanted to remind everyone that Tuesday, September 16th is Back To School Night at ASMS. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:20 p.m. We start off the evening in the Cafetorium where I will say a few words, do some necessary housekeeping, and get you off to your child's classes. Your child should be bringing home a copy of his/her schedule for you to follow so be on the lookout Tuesday for your child's schedule. This night is a great way to put a name to a face and hear about curriculum and many of the exciting activities planned in each subject and team wide. Please remember this is not a time to ask individual questions about your child.
Thursday, September 18th we have our first PCC meeting of the year at 8:30 a.m. in our Cafetorium - please join us if you can. I am so grateful for our supportive parent organization who help us in so many ways from sponsoring our enrichment programs, field trips and our student driven initiatives such as Winter Wonderland and "Are You Smarter Than A Teacher?"
I included three new articles worth reading on technology and our children's use. "Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent" and a second article, "When Your Teen Wants to Tweet." The final article is on a a relatively new App called Yik Yak - a very dangerous and anonymous App. All three articles address the importance of setting limits with our children and technology and are worth the read!
On a final note this week several of our clubs are starting and then we should be in full gear the week of September 22nd. Sign Language Club is meeting this Thursday, Our Read Aloud Poetry Club and Book Club will be up welcoming interested students Friday. Please remember that there is a flat $50.00 club fee which entitles your student to participate in as many clubs as he or she would like.
We have another beautiful Sunday, enjoy! Go PATS!
Important Dates to Remember
Tuesday, September 16
Back To School Night 6:30 PM
Thursday, September 18
ASMS PCC Meeting 8:30 – 10:00
Friday, September 19
Annual ASMS Cookout 10:30 - 12:30 PM
Saturday, September 20
Franklin High School Premiere Concert
Sunday, September 21
Franklin High School Dedication
Tuesday, September 23
Picture Day 7:30 – 10:30 AM
Thursday, September 25
Rosh Hashanah – No School
Other Important News
Franklin Public School Dress Code Policy
Appropriate dress is required to maintain safety and to ensure that there is no disruption to the educational process in all middle schools. Items such as waist chains and apparel which is deemed vulgar, provocative, or which advertises/advocates the use of alcohol, drugs and/or tobacco products is unacceptable and inconsistent with a safe and orderly educational environment. In addition clothing or jewelry that is disruptive to the educational process (e.g. low-cut pants, low necklines, shirts exposing midriffs, short skirts or shorts) is not acceptable in school. Flip-flops are not permitted as they pose a safety risk on stairs and in the event of an emergency evacuation. Additionally, sneakers with wheels are not permitted as they too pose a safety risk.
The rules are as follows:
· No undergarments should be visible
· No bare midriffs- (back and/or stomach cannot be exposed)
· No halter-tops, tube-tops, camisoles, low-cut necklines (height of blouse or shirts is appropriate when measured at the top of the arm-pit and no lower) and no underwear-type tank tops
· No skirts and/or shorts that are shorter than six inches above the knee (measured from the middle of the knee)
· No apparel should be worn that inappropriately leave parts of the body exposed. This may include short shorts/skirts, tights, and pants with excessive rips/holes
· Tights, yoga pants, and/or stretch pants may be worn when the top worn with them meets the six inch rule for skirts and shorts
· No clothing with logos that promote the use/sale of drugs, alcohol, and/or tobacco products
· No clothing that discriminates, demeans or that is derogatory towards any group or individual. Apparel that contains statements or symbols that make negative statements about race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, stereotypes or that has sexual connotations, or sexual innuendo
· No studded wallets/belts/chains/jewelry
· No slippers or flip flops/beach shoes (shoes that are easily bendable, able to be folded or that may be penetrated by a dangerous object such as a nail or tack)
· No pajamas or flannel loungewear will be worn
· No hats or bandanas or any kind will be worn in classes but may be worn to school and removed upon entering the building and placed in the locker until dismissal
· No outside clothing such as a winter jacket will be worn during classes
· No jewelry will be worn during physical education classes (e.g. rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, watches and nose-rings)
Please drop off appropriate paperwork for over the counter and prescription medications to the Nurse’s Office as soon as possible if you anticipate your child may need medications during the school day. In order for the Nurse to administer any medications she needs a Doctor’s Order and the medications in their original bottles. Any questions please contact Lisa Daly @ extension 3421