FBMS Weekly Newsletter

October 28, 2022 #differencesmakeusstronger #bekind

6th Grade Halloween Dance A SUCCESS!

The Grade 6 Halloween Dance was today!

Our Grade 6 students were so excited! We saw so much creativity in costumes and LOTS OF SMILES! Students enjoyed your donated drinks, candy, chips, and more. Our 6th graders danced the afternoon away with their classmates!

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR PTO for organizing this awesome event! Also, thank you to our parent volunteers and for the items donated. The students had an amazing time, thanks to everyone!

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Costumes on Monday 10/31

On Monday, all students and staff will be allowed to wear a costume during the school day. Costumes must allow for movement and learning. Please know that we do not allow the following: face paint, fake weapons of any kind, fake blood, or inflatables. Any costume or parts of a costume that are a distraction or deemed inappropriate, will not be allowed. This is intended to be fun while safe and appropriate.


November 4th- Term I ends

November 8th- NO SCHOOL- PD Day for teachers

November 10th- Report cards will be available on ASPEN at 3pm

November 11th- NO SCHOOL- Veteran's Day

November 16th- Parent Conference (A-K) By appointment

November 21st- Parent Conferences (L-Z) By appointment

November 23rd- Early Release @ 11:55am

November 24th & 25th- NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break

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Partnership Program

A new FBMS program is pairing students together to help build a more accepting culture in school and establish a stronger connection for all students to each other, the school, and the community.

The first year of the program will consist of 17 English Language Learners and 20 Native English speaking students that will work together to build academic and social skills as well as celebrate our growing diversity.

They will meet once during a six day cycle utilizing their WIN (What I Need) block. Students will be given structured tasks that will help them learn from and about each other.

It is our hope that this program will create future mentors for incoming ELL students and accelerate achievement for those for whom language is sometimes a barrier. All students in the program will also be well on their way to becoming trilingual which will help create global-minded citizens. Thank you to the students and parents of participating students, and to Mr. Brenner and Mrs. Bohorquez, who have helped with the creation of this wonderful opportunity.

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Um novo programa FBMS está unindo os alunos para ajudar a construir uma cultura mais receptiva na escola e estabelecer uma conexão mais forte entre todos os alunos, a escola e a comunidade.

O primeiro ano do programa será composto por 17 alunos de inglês e 20 alunos nativos de inglês que trabalharão juntos para desenvolver habilidades acadêmicas e sociais, além de celebrar nossa crescente diversidade.

Eles se encontrarão uma vez durante um ciclo de seis dias utilizando seu bloco WIN (o que eu preciso). Os alunos receberão tarefas estruturadas que os ajudarão a aprender uns com os outros.

É nossa esperança que este programa crie futuros mentores para os alunos de ELL e acelere a conquista daqueles com quem o idioma às vezes é uma barreira. Todos os alunos do programa também estarão a caminho de se tornarem trilíngues, o que criará cidadãos mais fortes com uma mentalidade global. Obrigado aos alunos e pais dos alunos participantes, e ao Sr. Brenner e Sra. Bohorquez, que ajudaram na criação desta maravilhosa oportunidade.

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Guest Speaker Varsha Bajaj coming to FBMS on 11/3

We are looking forward to welcoming Varsha Bajaj, the author of "Count Me In," to FBMS on Thursday, November 3rd. "Count Me In" was one of our four summer reading selections.

Varsha Bajaj was born in Mumbai, India, and came to America to get her Master's Degree. When she first came to the United States, she had read familiar words in books like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, and that Mark Twain's writing had introduced her to things that made a foreign country seem a little less scary. She said, “Such is the power of story. It crosses boundaries and cultures. My adjustment to this country was facilitated by my knowledge of the language and my awareness of the culture through books, movies, and music.” It's no wonder she is an accomplished author!

We thank the PTO for helping to fund this visit! Stay tuned for pictures of this visit next Friday. Some pictures below are from activities related to summer reading and our theme this year, "Differences Make Us Stronger."

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Term I Ends on 11/4

Our first term will end on Friday, November 4th. Please remind your child to check his/her/their Canvas and Aspen pages to make sure assignments are completed. Students should work had this week to turn in their work and make sure they are up to date. Second Quarter begins a week from this Monday.

Late buses are available M-Th should your child want to coordinate staying after with a teacher for extra help. Below are the bus stops for both North and South bus. With your home address in mind, please identify whether your child is a "South" or "North" bus rider so that he/she knows which bus to take. These are not the normal bus routes your child takes in the morning and afternoon to get to and from school, so your child needs to know how to walk home from the late bus stop.



Report cards will be available on ASPEN on Thursday, November 10th at 3pm. Opportunities to sign up for parent-teacher conferences will also take place at this time. Information forthcoming.


Please know that each student is assigned to a bus for the purposes of transportation to and from school. Some of our students walk, some of our students obtain a parent ride, but most of our students take one of 16 busses that come to and from our school each day.

Please know that we cannot accommodate requests to ride different busses. Students can only ride a bus to which they are assigned. Bus seats are reserved for students who are coming to and from school only. Our busses do not function as public transportation or Gatra. We need to make sure every child who is assigned to bus transportation has bus transportation. Thank you for your understanding.

Additionally, any student who is going to be picked up during the school day, and dismissed from school, must be listed in the child's emergency contacts. We do not release children to people who are not already identified in ASPEN as emergency contacts. If you wish to have your child be released to another adult, a note must be received at the front office in writing. The person will also be required to show a driver's license.

Thank you for partnering with us to keep your child safe.

Mock Elections in Social Studies

This week, some of our 6th and all of our 7th grade students participated in the state-wide JFK Library sponsored Student Mock Election to exercise one of our most fundamental rights: voting. The National Student Mock Election is a program designed to teach students about the power of voting.

474 student voted-with the results:

Geoff Diehl : 62% of votes

Maura Healey: 38% of votes

A big thank you to Social Studies teacher Mrs. Clifford for organizing this event!

Students, pay attention to Election Day on November 8th to see how your votes compared!

LIBRARY NEWS: Writing Contest

Students still have time this weekend to complete the Halloween survey on the library CANVAS page...and a chance to win a gift card!

ALSO, check out the following writing challenge on CANVAS!!

Answer the following question in one of the following ways: Poem/Song/Typed Paragraph:

What does it mean to be an American?

All entries will be read by a committee of Social Studies and ELA teachers along with Mrs. DeLuca and Principals.

If your entry is chosen, you may read or perform your entry or ask a friend to present it for you on stage at one or both shows at the Veteran's Day celebration.

Resist Technique in ART

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Looking for some new Marshfield SWAG? Looking for holiday gift ideas? This is the time to purchase gifts for family and friends!

Click on the link below to order Marshfield hoodies, sweatpants, hats, and more!


Thank you to our PTO for organizing this fundraiser! The PTO helps to purchase equipment at school, fund enrichment, fund guest speakers, fund dances and other after school events, and defray the cost of field trips. WE ARE APPRECIATIVE!!!

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FBMS Cross Country Track & Upcoming Events for 11/2 and 11/5

FBMS cross country boys and girls teams continue to dominate on the courses. Congratulations to our 8th graders on their final meet at FBMS! Great way to close out the regular season yesterday with the Girls finishing undefeated at 9-0 and the Boys moving to 7-2. Great racing from all the students!

Boys end regular season 7-2 w/a 15-50 victory over Norwell! Conor R gets the win, in a near dead heat with Caleb O, both join FBMS leaderboard in 7th & 8th. Robbie J 3rd, Rowan H 4th, Colby D 5th, Hans S 6th & Colby K 7th closed out the scoring!

Girls end regular season w/a 15-45 victory over Norwell! Frankie C gets her 5th win (#3 FBMS) followed by Molly S (#7 FBMS) & Emma T (#8 FBMS) also joining the leaderboard. Katelyn M and Bella C followed in 4th & 5th, while Callie R 8th & Izzy T 10th closed out the scoring!

Well done, runners! We are proud of you!

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Veteran's Day Assembly 11/9

Our FBMS chorus and band are busy practicing so that they are ready to perform at the Veteran's Day assembly in a few weeks. We also have some guest speakers planned as well as a reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance by members of our new Partnership Program. Details on this event are forthcoming. Thank you, Mr. Brenner, for organizing!

Teachers VS Student Basketball Game 11/10 for 6th GRADE

This annual basketball game competition will take place on Thursday 11/10 after school in the gymnasium. This year we are holding one game per grade. If your 6th grade child is interested in participating, they can sign up on CANVAS. Students will be selected randomly to participate.

7th grade will take place in December and 8th grade in the Spring. Information forthcoming.


PTBOARD: Be part of our PTO! Please register for the PTBoard. Check out our website also at https://furnacebrook.ptboard.com. Use join code W85XET to sign up. You need to register to access certain parts of the website.

AMAZONSMILE: Please consider selecting Furnace Brook Middle School PTO as your designated charity on AmazonSmile. Visit https://smile.amazon.com. From the pull-down menu, select "Your AmazonSmile." The PTO helps to fund enrichment programs, speakers, and activities here at FBMS. Every bit helps!

Thank you, PTO and FBMS Parents!!!


Find out the exciting things going on around town. Click the link below for more information!

Contact Us!

If you have any needs or questions, please feel free to reach out to us using the following email addresses. We are here to help you!

Grade 6:

Mrs. Damphousse - Guidance Counselor can be reached at ldamphousse@mpsd.org

Dr. Smith - Asst. Principal can be reached at jsmith@mpsd.org

Grade 7:

Mr. Johnson - Guidance Counselor can be reached at ljohnson@mpsd.org

Mrs. Lynch - Asst. Principal can be reached at llynch@mpsd.org

Grade 8:

Mrs. Swan - Guidance Counselor can be reached at jswan@mpsd.org

Mr. Madden - Asst. Principal can be reached at smadden@mpsd.org

Clinic Staff:

Mrs. Carroll - School Nurse can be reached at mcarroll@mpsd.org

Mrs. Mellen - School Nurse can be reached at kmellen@mpsd.org

Adjustment Counselors & Social Worker

Mr. Sorenson - Adjustment Counselor can be reached at gsorensen@mpsd.org

Mrs. Spencer - Adjustment Counselor can be reached at sspencer@mpsd.org

Mrs. O'Neil - Social Worker can be reached at koneil@mpsd.org


Mrs. Kemmett can be reached at mkemmett@mpsd.org

Special Education Dept. Head :

Ms. Ryan can be reached at kryan@mpsd.org