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Week of December 5, 2022

Principal's Message

Have a great weekend Junior Jacket families!


Please take a second to read the message below!


Throughout the beginning of this school year, and especially over recent weeks, we have had many students in various grades doing and saying things that are highly inappropriate for both school and their age. ​A common theme we are finding is that the content of these words is adult in nature and the student themselves don't always understand exactly the meaning or context of what they are saying. They are then unknowingly exposing several other children to this inappropriate content. The one consistent piece that we have found when investigating ​further is that often what they said or did was seen first on YouTube.


Youtube is a powerful tool that can be used for many different purposes but, like any tool, if it is not used correctly it can have very serious and negative effects. As a parent of a fifth grade and second grade student, I have recently had to also really start to be aware of what my children are watching. With Youtube, it may have start off harmless but children can quickly go down a rabbit hole and be watching something that they shouldn't be.


I encourage all parents and guardians to please pay close attention to what your child is watching on Youtube and all other platforms. The current rule in the Griffin household is that our children are only allowed to watch Youtube when one of their parents are in the room with them and even then they only have a handful of accounts that they can choose to watch.


Again, please take a second to make yourself aware of what your child or children are watching. My hope is that as a school community we can continue to preserve the innocence of our Junior Jackets and also keep our community and school a physically and emotionally safe space.


I have included an article in the button below this message that has additional tips for keeping children safe online.


Our home-school partnership is of great value. Please feel free to reach out to us via email with ideas, strategies, question, or concerns so that we can work together to help improve! There is also a new form at the bottom of this newsletter called FMES Family Feedback Form that allows for families to provide feedback. Thank you for all that you do for our school, students, and staff everyday!


Below is a list of what is in this week's newsletter:


  1. Upcoming Dates
  2. Updates and Reminders
  3. Snapshots of the Week
  4. End of Year Ice Pop Treat Sign Up
  5. 12/16 - Schoolwide Ugly Sweater Day
  6. 12/20 - Schoolwide Pajama Day
  7. Literacy Night - We Could Use Your Help!
  8. Help out our school by subbing!


If you should ever have a question, please feel free to reach out to me at griffinjk@fortmillschools.org.


Together in Education,

Jad Griffin

Principal

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Updates and Reminders...Please Read!

  • Friends on the stage for lunch - When you come for lunch with your child, please remember that we are no longer inviting friends on the stage. Please only bring your child on the stage during your lunch visit.
  • Winter Performances and Lunch - Risers will be set up on the stage from 11/28 - 12/7. Please try to avoid coming for lunch on those days because there will be nowhere for parents and students to sit on the stage.
  • Dismissal changes during the school day - All dismissal changes need to be communicated prior to 1pm via email (please make sure to send the email to your child's teacher and to our school receptionist, Mrs. Mac). If it is after 1 pm and you need to make a transportation change, please call the main office. Teachers are very busy during the school day and may not have a chance to check their email at the end of the school day.
  • PTO Meetings - The next PTO meeting will take place in 2023 to coincide with the March Literacy Night. If you have questions pertaining to PTO, please make sure to check the PTO website or facebook page!
  • Upcoming STAR Assessments - The STAR reading and math winter assessments will be given to all FMES students prior to the Winter Break. Please look for communication from your student's teacher regarding the day they will be taking each of these assessments. We want all of our Junior Jackets to do their very best on these assessments. Please help support this by having your child eat a healthy breakfast and get a good night's sleep when they are scheduled to take their assessments.

Snapshots of the Week

Kindergarten Alphabet Parade!

Hooray for our kindergarten students for learning so much about the alphabet!

End of (Calendar) Year Ice Pop Treat

Our wonderful PTO is coordinating an end of year treat for our students and staff - if you are interested in donating towards our students having "Stinger" Ice Pops, please use the link in the button below!
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Literacy Night - We could use your help!

Literacy Night is Coming...


In order to make this night engaging, we need your help gathering some items. Many of these things can be found around your house, so be on the lookout!


Please consider donating the following items. If you send these items to school, please mark it with Literacy Night. Thank you for your support! We can't wait to invite families back in for our literacy night!


legos

paper towel tubes

toilet paper tubes

popsicle sticks

straws

small paper cups

old magazines

crayons, markers, colored pencils

glue sticks

small craft pom poms

pipe cleaners

Want to help our school and district? Sub!

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher in the Fort Mill School District, please contact Shari Hartley at hartleys@fortmillschools.org and complete the substitute application.


Upcoming Substitute Teacher Training Dates:

November 29

January 24

March 14

April 18


Additionally, we can also offer an expedited onboarding process to hire individuals who have recent classroom experience, who may be able to bypass the training class.


For more information on becoming a substitute teacher in our district, please check out the substitute information tab located under the Human Resources page on the FMSD website.

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FMES Counseling Website

Please use this website to access counseling resources and to contact an FMES counselor.

Classroom Celebration Baskets

FMSD Food service has celebration baskets for parents to order for special occasions. These baskets provide treats for students in a classroom. CLICK HERE to order a celebration basket for your child's class.

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