The Bobcat Bulletin
Founders Memorial School News: November 18, 2022
From the Principal
Dear Families and Caregivers,
I hope this fall is finding you all well.
I had prepared this monthly update and was ready to send it it you all. We then received heavy news last night about the loss of a former member of our FMS community. The loss of a child is unthinkable. We arrived today ready to support our students who may be struggling, as well as our staff. Our school counselors, David Hoppe and Katie Mayer, have been and continue to be available for student support. Many students will seek help - some will not. We are keeping a close eye on our students. If you know your child is struggling, please let us know. We are here to help. Below you will find some short grief resources - you are welcome to use them.
At school and at home, we know that routine is important, particularly when something tragic happens. Today, we started our day with a schoolwide read-in (our first this year). We came together as a community for shared silent reading. Many classrooms had a planned a variety of "day before break" fun celebrations. It's been a positive day at FMS.
We hope that all of our students have a chance to relax and recharge over this upcoming break - and that you (our students' MOST important people!) get some downtime too.
With appreciation for our FMS families,
A Day in the Life at FMS
We then focused on our goals within our newly adopted P.B.I.S (Positive Behavior Intervention System) system. Our staff are working on keeping track of genuine positive acknowledgments that are provided to students throughout the day. We have a variety of methods for keeping track of this data, and are celebrating growth in this area each week. In addition, we are keeping detailed reports of behavior referrals, so we can identify and intervene on distracting behaviors in a proactive way.
More exciting to students to hear at this meeting, however, was about our new Student Jobs program. Your student may have been hired for one of any number of available jobs we have at FMS. These jobs include: morning announcers, playground sweepers, recycling collectors, student council representatives, library helpers, and more. Students filled out official job applications and received notices that say "you're hired!" Be sure to ask your student about the student job program. We are always taking applications.
Students should bring:
hats, waterproof gloves, warm jackets, snow pants and boots.
Please label all of your student's belongings. We have a large collection of lost and found items. We will donate accumulated lost and found items before the winter break in December. Please encourage your student to look in the lost and found for any missing belongings!
With the winter months approaching we wanted to reach out and remind our families of resources the Town of Essex and State of Vermont have to help during challenging times.
Please click here for information on food assistance, fuel assistance, housing supports, and statewide resources.
Important Dates: Mark Your Calendars!
Monday-Friday, November 21-25, 2022: Fall Break, No School for Students
December 23, 2022 - January 2, 2023: Early Winter Break, No School for Students