FBMS Weekly Newsletter

March 17, 2023 #differencesmakeusstronger #bekind

Spreading GREEN today!

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Everyone loves to get into the spirit!

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Greek Mythology

Students in Mrs. Clifford's Social Studies class have been studying Ancient Greece. Today they took on the role of a God/Goddesses in Greek Mythology. Some great presentations! Students interviewed each other to learn more about the Gods. Well done, students!
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CLUB 7 DANCE is next FRIDAY 3/24

The "Club 7 dance" is, Friday, March 24th in the Furnace Brook cafeteria from 7-9PM. This is a dance for 7th graders only. Tickets can be purchased online using the QR quote. Tickets can also be purchased by students in school next week from Wednesday the 22nd to Friday the 24th during lunch.

Students are encouraged to wear neon colored clothing but it is not required. There will be a DJ, snacks, and prizes.

The PTO is looking for snack and drink donations. Sign up is online at the PTO Board website. Scroll down on their page to see the information about Club 7.

This is a great time and we look forward to seeing all 7th graders there if you can make it. A ride to and from is required. No backpacks or bags allowed.

A HUGE thank you to our PTO for organizing this event, especially Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. O'Brien!

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Rube Goldberg

Students in Mrs. Nalen's small group STEM Class created a Rube Goldberg Machine! Click here to see their construction. Well done!!!!!
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Educator of the Week- MS. WENING

Congratulations to Ms. Angela Wening, a teacher here at FBMS, for being named this week's Educator of the Week. She's a dynamic teacher who gets the most out of all of her students. We are lucky to have her on our team!
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We are very excited about our After-School Enrichment programs starting on March 23rd. Late buses will be available for any student interested in taking a class after school. This list of enrichment classes and brochures are below.
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St. Patrick's Day 5K is tomorrow! Sign up on RACE DAY on-site

The Marshfield Education Foundation is excited to share that registration for the 13th Annual Marshfield St. Patrick's Day 5k is OPEN! We hope you can join us on Saturday, March 18, 2023, for another great day!

For over ten years, Marshfield Education Foundation has provided opportunities for enhanced learning by working in partnership with Marshfield’s educators to fund grants that complement the social, emotional and academic development of our students.

Sign up for the Marshfield St. Patrick's Day 5: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=13247


Project 351 needs your help

William L., our Project 351 ambassador for FBMS, will be collecting youth sized clothes, 0-20, and adult size clothes, small and medium, for his Project 351 spring service project. These clothes will be donated to Cradles to Crayons where they will be sent out to kids in need of them. If you donate clothes, please make sure they are in good condition--one thing Cradles to Crayons believes in is “Quality over quantity.”

Clothes donated can be placed in the bins scattered throughout the school. You can find these bins outside each of the 6th grade stairwells, both the 7th grade entry ways, and 1 in the main lobby. There will also be a bin in the cafeteria for students who get dropped off at parent pick up.

Lets see if we can fill these bins in 2 weeks time!

Project 351 is an independent nonprofit organization that builds a movement of youth-led service by engaging an unsung hero from each of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns. United for a year of leadership and service, Ambassadors transform communities, elevate kindness, advance social justice, and gain the courage, compassion, and capabilities to lead change.


Thank you, Matthew, for helping out in the guidance office today!

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The half way point of MARCH

Quarter III closes on March 31st. Students should check ASPEN and Canvas regularly, and stay after school for extra help. Late buses run Monday--Thursday.

Continue to work hard and reach your goals!

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Are you interested in running? Become a member of the FBMS track team!

The Introductory Meeting will be Tuesday April 4th, and the first practice April 5th.

Click on the link for the Track & Field Welcome Letter and Draft Schedule.


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Officer Hernon takes on FBMS students

Officer Hernon, our FBMS resource officer, takes on the student team all by himself in this week's Dodgeball tournament held at MHS.
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Student learning during the Superintendent's visit!


Incoming 6th Grade Presentation

This week parents/guardians of our current 5th graders attended the presentation “Incoming 6th Grade Parents Night” at FBMS. Our Leadership team was thrilled to see so many parents attend. We are looking forward to next year already!



TODAY the March Library program is meeting after school on St Patty's Day until 3:30. All students will need a ride home.

Stay tuned for details!

ALL Gold Club students will receive an email invite to this fun event with prizes!

Golds MUST reply that they are able to attend the Event.

Students who are NOT Golds can participate (and Golds can Level Up for the event) by choosing a book from the FBMS Library either print or eBook (Sora) collections. Students start with zero points.

  • You have to read a minimum of 17 pages (in honor of St. Patty's Day) of that book and share with me what happened in those first 17 pages.
  • You can share in writing, verbally, by video, or even a drawing-like a storyboard. You need to include your name and the name of the book - that's it!
  • Then come see me to get a scratch card to see how many points you will start the event with. It can be 1- 3 points!

If you CAN'T attend the event, you will be offered different Scratch cards with prizes attached- hopefully you will have the luck of the Irish and will win actual GOLD! The Event is..... a scavenger hunt in the library. Students can form teams of three, work in pairs, or work solo.

You or your team will be given clues to locate books with Shamrocks inside. Each shamrock earns the team a point.

I will post a live digital scoreboard so students will know which clues have been answered.

There will be prizes for all, at varying levels of coolness, including real GOLD.

The highest scoring team will get to tag the lowest scoring team with green silly string spray!


SEPAC Presentation 3/22- Technology Troubles

Please join the Special Education Parent Advisory Council for an important presentation.

Technology Troubles: Too much time online!

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 6:30PM

Where: Seth Ventress Building, 76 South River Street, Marshfield

Who: Parents, Educators, and Administrators

With children ages 8 to 18 spending nearly 50 hours per week in front of screens, parents are increasingly concerned that screen time is robbing them of real world experiences. Technology has become a part of everyday life in and out of the classroom. When is it too much? Is an hour a day okay? Two? Join us for an honest look at how technology is impacting our children’s health, mood and social development and learn strategies to help children interact with technology in a balanced way.

Presented by, Joanna Silverman M.Ed, CHHC from Pilgrim Area Collaborative.

For planning purposes, please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend.

Marshfield’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council is looking for volunteers! Click here to learn more about SEPAC leadership opportunities.

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The FBMS PTO is looking for new parents to take on board positions for next year. Both the President and Vice President roles are open.

Please keep up with PTO communications on PTboard. Http://furnacebrook.PTBoard.com. Join code is: W85XET

We look forward to a fun celebration with the 7th graders at Club 7 on 3/24. We still need volunteers as chaperones and on clean up crew.



Parents, please talk to your child regarding cell phone/iWatch use. Cell phones are not allowed to be used in school. As our school policy states in our handbook, cell phones must be kept in back packs and powered down. Additionally, iWatches are also not allowed. If you have an iWatch, it must stay in your backpack, not on your wrist. Best bet is to leave iWatches at home.


Families with incoming Kindergarten Students- Registration ends today!


Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 is open


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for the 2023-2024 school year!

Please complete the ONLINE registration no later than Friday, March 17, 2023.

Children entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years old by August 31, 2023.

Click here for more details.

Or click here to visit the Kindergarten Registration webpage.


Boosters looking for PARENTS to join

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Message from the FBMS Clinic

ATTENTION: Parent or Guardian: Winter 2022/23

7th Grade Physicals are due: Please forward an updated physical, via e-mail or fax, to the clinic.

The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

● Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough

● Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

● Headache

● Stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

● Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)

● Vomiting (even once)

● Diarrhea

● Chills

● General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

● Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

● Wash hands frequently

● Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

● Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands

● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin). It is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring them to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

Please also take the time to click on the links below for flu guides for parents from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Flu: A Guide for Parents

Talking to Children About Flu

Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.

Maura Carroll, RN and Karen Mellen, RN FBMS Clinic

Phone 781-319-3965



Registration for the 2023 Summer Science Academy is now open. Register by March 31,2023 and you will receive our Early Bird Discount!

The Summer Science Academy offers one-week science sessions for students entering grades 7 – 9 or 10 - 12 in the fall of 2023. Students will work as scientists and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected program. This summer, topics include criminal and animal forensic science, cancer biology, and biotechnology. Students will have the opportunity to use the tools found in state-of-the-art research facilities and learn techniques used by real scientists and researchers.

For additional information including discounts and scholarships, please visit us at: https://www.bridgew.edu/center/case/science-academy

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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