Fulmore Middle School Newsletter

Week of 12-14-2015

From the Principal's Office

Greetings Falcon Families,

The year 2015 is rapidly drawing to a close. Fulmore Middle School has enjoyed over 125 wonderful years of educating our future leaders and we look forward to many more rewarding years. Thank you, families, for being a major part of this success.

This week our Falcons choir and guitar all performed with enthusiasm and a bit of vibrato. It’s amazing to see and hear the beautiful talent our Falcons bring to our community.

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball teams who have made it to the playoffs. Come out and show your pride by cheering for our Falcons.

Hats off to our PTA who treated us once again to an amazing holiday luncheon this afternoon in the Anderson Lounge. Thank you PTA for bringing us together.

Last weekend Fulmore hosted Austin ISD’s Choice Fair for all middle schools. Thank you to all our amazing Falcon ambassadors for sharing your experiences with Fulmore to our Austin community. We appreciate your time supporting Fulmore.

As we approach the Winter Break, school attendance is very important. Key instruction and projects will be covered these last remaining school days prior to the break so it is critical that your child be here every day and on time. In addition, please continue to encourage your child to read for 30 minutes every day. This holiday is a great time to give a gift that will last forever…a book. As always, thank you for your ongoing support of the Fulmore Middle School teachers and staff. You are appreciated!

Wishing you a terrific weekend,

-Lisa A. Bush

Note from Austin ISD:

As a result of the Trustees’ discussion at the November 9, 2015 Board Work Session, the administration will convene a planning committee to develop proposals for a magnet at a south Austin ISD high school to provide students greater access to advanced academic programming. Since a potential magnet may impact students district-wide, the committee will include parent representation from each vertical teams and current magnet programs.


Committee work will occur from January – May 2016. At least eight committee meetings and at least four community information sessions will occur. Committee members who are selected are expected to attend both meetings in January. Members are allowed up to two absences. Selected committee members are expected to attend both January meetings and attend and assist with at least one community information session.

Selected committee members will be notified by January 7, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Asha Dane’el at 414-1522 or asha.daneel@austinisd.org.

From the Counselor's Office

Coats for Kids

Although the last few days have not felt quite like winter, the cold weather will be here before we know it! Does your child have a warm winter coat? If not, please consider Coats for Kids. KVUE, the Junior League of Austin, and Jack Brown Cleaners have teamed up to provide FREE winter coats to children under 17 years old, who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program! The event will be held this Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 8am-3pm.

Austin ISD will be providing buses from Travis Heights Elementary to the Palmer Events Center (where the coats will be distributed to families) and back, starting at 7am, with the last bus leaving Travis Heights at 9am. Please be prepared to show proof of income (ie: pay stub,WIC card, CHIP card, Medicaid Card, MAP Card, Lonestar Debit Card, Social Security Income Card, or receipt for free and reduced lunch) and proof of age for your student (ie: birth certificate, CHIP card, Medical/Immunization record, or Student ID with picture). Over 30,000 coats will be provided to Central Texas Children through this event! If you would like more information, please contact Julio Guerra, our parent support specialist at 512-414- 6493, the Junior League of Austin website: jlaustin.org, your child’s guidance counselor, or go to the Fulmore Website and click the “Counseling” link!

Box Tops

Our Fall Semester Box Top Collection wrapped up on Friday, December 11th!! The winning SEL’s will be announced on Tuesday, December 15th!! Do you still have Box Tops to turn in?!?! Not to worry!!!! We will be doing a Spring collection starting in January!! Please help support Fulmore raise money for a full-body falcon mascot costume by participating in our Box Tops for Education fundraiser! There is no extra cost to you, simply choose groceries with a pink “Box Top for Education” stamp on it, clip the Box Top Stamp, and send it to school with your student! General Mills will give us $.10 for every Box Top we collect!

Gifted and Talented

Letters regarding the Fall Identification of Gifted and Talented students will be sent out before the Winter Break! All parents of students who participated in the Identification Process will be notified of their child’s results, and whether or not their child qualifies for GT in Austin ISD! Necessary schedule changes for identified students (all GT students must be in an honors or magnet course for the areas that they have been identified as GT) will go into effect the first day of the Spring semester (January 5th). If you have any questions, please contact Eloy Paredes, at 512-414-3429.

From the PTA

Fellow Fulmore Families:

We are in the home stretch, a week away from winter break! But before we briefly say goodbye, there are a couple of upcoming activities we'd like to share:

1. PTA General Meeting: 12/14 at 5:15 in the Fulmore library. Come hear representatives of Torchy's describe their plans and answer some questions.

2. Last teacher breakfast of the year: 12/17 at 7:45 in teachers' lounge. As usual, we thank Jo's Coffee for its generous support. This month, Whataburger will donate breakfast tacos & cinnamon buns. Parents of 6th graders are asked to provide fruit and other protein items to augment these generous gifts.

PTA sends out a big thank you to all members for your support this year as we inaugurated the monthly teacher breakfasts. These have been well-received and great opportunities for parents and teachers to interact. We will be continuing these into next semester.

Have a wonderful winter break and we will see you in the New Year! Best wishes to all!!

Diane Parker

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Calendar for the week

Monday, Dec. 14th

7:45 - 9:00 a.m. PTA Board Meeting - Main Office Conference Room

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. CAC Meeting - Library

5:30 - 6:30 p.m Girls Basketball - Fulmore vs Lamar - 7th Gr. A Team - Fulmore MS

6:30 - 7:30 p.m Girls Basketball - Webb vs Fulmore - 8th Gr. A Team - Fulmore MS

6:30 - 7:30 p.m Orchestra Concert - Big Gym/Cafeteria

Tuesday, Dec. 15th

8:00 - 4:00 p.m. Advanced Band - All City Band Performance - AISD PAC

3:45 - 7:00 p.m. Spotlight on Dance - Big Gym/Cafeteria

3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Beginning Band Rehearsal - Band Hall

Wednesday, Dec. 16th

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Beginning Band Winter Concert - Large Gym (Band Hall/Cafeteria)

Friday, Dec. 18th

8:00 - 1:00 p.m. Special Education Bowling Day - Westgate Lanes