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Week of November 21, 2022

Principal's Message

Have a great weekend Junior Jacket families!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Throughout this month, many of our classes have been discussing many of our WINGS behaviors and gratitude during their morning meetings and throughout the day. Now is a great time for families to show gratitude to a staff member. You can do this by sharing an email or writing a note to your child's teacher telling them how much you appreciate all the hard work they do to impact the lives of our students. Gratitude doesn't just have to be to your child's current teacher. It could be to past teachers, related arts teachers, or any teacher that you feel has had a positive impact on your child's educational journey.

I would also like to extend gratitude to all of our families for their support of our school! You entrust us with your children each day and it's our pleasure to provide them with a wonderful education experience. We appreciate you!

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

  1. Upcoming Dates
  2. Snapshots of the Week
  3. A message for chorus parents
  4. A message from our nurse, Mrs. Caldwell
  5. Help out our school by subbing!
  6. Holiday Season - Giving and Receiving
  7. Upcoming winter performances

Thank you for your continued support of our staff, students, and school. We are so excited to have your child with us at FMES and are looking forward to many wonderful adventures this year!!

If you should ever have a question, please feel free to reach out to me at

Together in Education,

Jad Griffin


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Snapshots of the Week

For our chorus parents...

From Ms. Newsom:

ADDED REHEARSALS are coming up to prepare for the upcoming concert! Please note that chorus will be held on the following added mornings (7:20am): Tue. 11/22, Tue. 11/29, Wed. 11/30, and Thurs. 12/1. Please look for an email from Ms. Newsom with additional information regarding the Tree Lighting and winter concert. If you did not receive an email, please email her at as this info is very important. If you are traveling on 11/22, no worries! The kids have been working hard and it’s been such a pleasure making music together this semester!

A Message from our nurse, Mrs. Caldwell...

Welcome to the season of normal childhood illnesses! For the past 2 ½ years we were seeing primarily Covid, however, this year, we have returned to “normal” childhood illnesses.

Currently At FMES, we are seeing rising cases of FLU and Strep. These increasing number of Flu cases are occurring much earlier than in past years where the typical flu season didn’t begin until late December, January, and February.

Flu Symptoms:

  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Per the CDC:

The CDC now lists 16 states or major metropolitan areas as having the highest possible label ("very high") for outpatient respiratory illness visit levels. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and New York City.

The prior week, only four of those were listed as very high: Alabama, District of Columbia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The CDC recommends anyone age 6 months are older get a flu vaccine.

Symptoms of Strep Throat:

· Sore throat that can start very quickly.

· Pain when swallowing.

· Fever.

· Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus.

· Tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth.

· Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck.

Please make sure to keep your child at home if they are running a fever or are just unable to participate in their normal daily activities. If your child does have a fever, he/she will need to remain out of school until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. With the holidays approaching and families traveling and being with other family members we will see additional increases in illnesses.

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 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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