Falcon Happenings

Faribault Middle School Family Newsletter

October 11, 2021

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Student Fall Picture Retakes/Make-Ups

Student picture retake/make-ups will be Tuesday, October 19. Retakes will take place from 8:00-11:00 am. If you are interested in your child having a picture retake, they need to be in attendance in the morning. This is the only day retakes will be scheduled.


When: Tuesday, October 19

Where: FMS Multi-purpose Room

When: 8:00 am to 11:00 am

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Parent-Teacher Conferences are Coming! Mark Your Calendars.

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We are excited for the opportunity for you to join us on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 4-8 p.m. or Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. for parent/teacher conferences! This is a great opportunity to learn more about how your child is doing academically and socially.


We look forward to sharing and celebrating success while also addressing areas of growth for all of our scholars here at FMS.


Conferences will be conducted in individual classrooms. In order to make sure we meet the needs of each family, we would like for conferences to stay within a 10-minute time window. If you need to have an extended conversation with a teacher, please schedule an alternative conference time.


We are encouraging, but not requiring, the following visit times in order to provide ample time for each family to connect with teachers. If you are able to come during the following times we would appreciate it. However, please come when it works best for your family.


4-6 p.m. - Last names A-L

6-8 p.m. - Last names K-Z


When you arrive for conferences, you will be given a note card that has information to assist with conversations around your student. The focus of our conversations will be around skills and relationships.


In addition to parent/teacher conferences, we will also have a variety of support available for you. There will be technology support available in the media center to provide more information around the parent portal in Infinite Campus. This is the program that allows parents to track attendance, grades and behavior. In addition, we will have booths that provide information around Community Education, RISE and LiveMore ScreenLess.


We will have interpreters available for those who need them.


We look forward to seeing you and your child at our fall conferences!! Excellence is Everywhere at FMS!


Sincerely,


Joe Sage

Principal

507-333-6310


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We are Falcon Awesome Students!

Ms Paulson would like to give a shout out to Fiona, Niexel and Hanad for cheerful chair duty.

Ms. Nelson wants to give a shout out to Eve Drewitz, Madelyn Kramer, and Claire Anderson for tutoring a new violin student to help her catch up to the class and being very successful with it.

Ms. Kittlesen would like to give a shout out to her 1st hour students who work super hard. You guys rock! Keep up the good work.

Ms. Nelson wants to give a shout out to Ava Scissons for her door decorating design and being an outstanding leader putting the design in action

Mr. Armbruster would like to give a shout out to Ethan White, Edyn Sis Alvarado, Pedro Bitro-Salazar, Hattie Danberry, Ruth Norton, Ainsley Luettel, and Chrystal Trujillo for being Team 601 Students of the Month. Your teachers are proud of you ….. Way to lead by example!

Ms. Sheehy wants to give a shout out to her 1st hour class. She appreciates the respect you show each and every day.

Mr. Tinaglia would like to give a shout out to his 2nd Hour Advanced MN Studies class for practicing positive affirmations in class. Good job!

Mr. Roiger wants to give a shout out to Rain Salazar for always being willing to help others in class.

Mr. Tinaglia wants to give a shout out to all the students that worked really hard getting caught up with their missing work on Friday’s catch up day. Way to go!

Ms. Hart would like to shout out Ian Herrley for always taking time to put up the remaining chairs in the science room after 7th hour. Your help is valuable and appreciated.

Ms. Angie wants to give a shout out to Junior DeLuna for working hard in the RISE room and participating when asked to. Keep up the good work! Also, thanks for always having a positive attitude and making the RISE staff laugh@!

Ms. Splett would like to give a shout out to her 6th grade FACS students for doing absolutely awesome during their first week of sewing.

Mr. Prigge wants to give a shout out to Khang Le, Taven Samai-Thep, William Bolonas-Ayala, and Rain Salazar for absolutely crushing it in his 6th grade Language Arts class….so far!

Ms. Giles would like to recognize her Business Workshop 8 classes for doing an awesome job of asking and answering questions when Mr. Halverson, from Hometown Credit Union, presented to our classes on Wednesday.

Ms. Zwagerman would like to give a shout out to Zudeys Ali for doing such a nice job including other students in the games during Fun Friday.

Mr. Prigge wants to give a shout out to Delmi Tobar-Castillo, Savannah Conway, Gabby Marsaw, and Ayan Ahmed for absolutely crushing his 6th grade Language Arts class…..so far!

Ms. Giles would like to give a shout out to Naima Abdi and Eve Drewitz from her Falcon Time for making great use of their time and being responsible 7th graders.

Ms. Zwagerman would like to give a shout out to Beata Christianson - Your hair was awesome to look at under the microscope in science.

Mr. Harman wants to give a shout out to all of the 602 students in the Ketchup room on Friday. You did a fantastic job completing and submitting assignments, activities, and assessments! Way to be Falcon Awesome!

Ms. Zwagerman wants to give a shout out to Yurem Blancarte Hernandez - You are a really good Connect 4 player!

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Congratulations to the FMS September Students of the Month!

Team 601 - Ethan White and Ainsley Luettel

Team 602 - Nawal Madey and Joshua Westphal

Team 701 - Daneily Acuna and Liam VanThomme

Team 702 - Olivia M. Fisher and Dalen Jager-Villa

Team 801 - Ayan Abdi and Aubrie Newport

Team 802 - Eddie Yetzer and Hannah Petersen

Exploratory - Dakota Gayder and Hussein Ahmed

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Weekly Update on Lab-Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases at FMS

Dear Falcon Learning Community:


Our commitment to you is to keep you informed of all positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases at Faribault Middle School. We will provide these general notifications each week and will include the total number of cases reported during the previous week. These notifications include cases involving students and staff.


For this week, Friday to Friday we have been notified of 0 (zero) lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our Faribault school community. Of these cases, three resulted in exposure during the school day.



Our district supports personal responsibility to follow the Minnesota Department of Health Recommendations for Handling a Confirmed Case of COVID-19. Please note, per this document, "In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time." (page 4)

  • Everyone who has a lab-confirmed positive COVID is encouraged to reach out to those individuals they determine to be close contacts.

  • All people in our learning environments should assume personal responsibility for their health and safety.

  • Universal precautions for interactions such as quarantining/isolation and testing are strongly recommended.

  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 frequently.

  • If you are sick, you are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to stay home until your symptoms have improved.

  • Quarantine is strongly recommended if you are unvaccinated and a household member is positive.

  • Reporting of positive cases to the program/school is required.


We understand that positive cases may create unease in our community. We are asking all members of our community to minimize the spread of illness by following the above guidelines and protocols.


We will get through this together as a community and will be stronger when we emerge.



Haley Storms

Health & Safety Manager

Buildings & Grounds Building

Faribault Public Schools


507-333-6034
hstorms@faribault.k12.mn.us
faribault.k12.mn.us
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Health Office Absence Procedures

Students are expected to stay home and will be asked to go home if any of the conditions below are present:


  • A fever over 100 degrees (stay home 24 hours after temperature is back to normal without fever reducing medicine)

  • Vomiting or diarrhea (stay home 24 hours after last episode)

  • A new persistent cough that occurs multiple times a day

  • Any undiagnosed rash

  • Strep throat (return to school 12 hours after antibiotics are started)

  • Any undiagnosed draining wounds

  • A positive COVID 19 test (stay home (isolate) until all three of the following are true: it’s been 10 days from symptom onset or date of test, and their symptoms have improved, and they have had no fever for 24 hours)

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FMS 6th Graders take a Field Trip to River Bend Nature Center

Students had fun studying potential energy, force, and levers while using an Atlatl to throw a spear further and faster. Archery was also a big hit with students!
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Former Jefferson Jaguars help out at the Jefferson Walkathon

Mr. Hawkins took several FMS students (former Jefferson Jaguars) helped set up activities, assisted where needed, and walked with groups of Jefferson students during their annual walkathon. They all had a great time helping out their former school and seeing their former teachers! #FalconsGivingBack
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FMS Students Full of Smiles after Helping Out at McKinley Early Childhood

Mrs. Geiger takes groups of students two Fridays per month to McKinley Early Childhood Center for part of the school day. Our FMS students are placed in classrooms to help teachers and do activities with our district's youngest learners! A great way to model the fun of learning. Thank you all for being such positive role models for our McKinley family!
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From the Director, Ms. Nelson

Orchestra: 6th grade students are learning how to use the bow, on their instruments, as well as reading music!


7th and 8th grade students are working on technique as well as concert music for our December concert!


All Orchestra students need a method book for class; Artistry in Strings. (green border for 6th grade) (red border for 7th and 8th grade). If your student does not have a book, yet, then please order it on Amazon for a fast delivery.


Concert Dress clothes for all FMS Music concerts: White collared shirt, black bottoms, black shoes/socks; or all black for persons wearing full dress.

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Faribault Public Schools Presents: "Catch Me if You Can

Join us as our Chemical Health Coordinator walks parents through a mock bedroom and helps you become a detective. Learn what signs could indicate substance use or other issues.


When: Tuesday, October 12 from 5:30-8:00 PM

Where: Faribault Middle School


**Free Children's Activities and Free Dinner 18 and Under

FMS Community School Clubs/Events Running this Week

MONDAY:

RISE CLUB

--HW HELP

MESA CLUB

SPEECH CLUB

ART FACTORY CLUB

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

LEGO ENGINEERING CLUB

DIY CLUB

MALZ ART CLUB

CANFIELD CHESS/BOARD GAME CLUB

*FREE ZUMBA FROM 5-6 IN WRESTLING ROOM! COME JOIN!


TUESDAY:

RISE CLUB

--HW HELP

--ACTIVITIES

ANIME CLUB

SPEECH CLUB

ART FACTORY CLUB

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

LEGO ENGINEERING CLUB

DIY CLUB

COOKING CLUB

CANFIELD ART CLUB

ADVANCED BIKE CLUB

*FIRST EVENING EVENT FROM 5:30-7PM IN MEDIA CENTER WITH MALLORY FUCHS (FLYER ATTACHED BELOW)


WEDNESDAY:

RISE CLUB

--HW HELP

--ACTIVITIES

SPEECH CLUB

ART FACTORY CLUB

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

LEGO ENGINEERING CLUB

DIY CLUB

COOKING CLUB

MALZ ART CLUB


THURSDAY:

RISE CLUB

--HW HELP

SPEECH CLUB

ART FACTORY CLUB

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

CANFIELD ART CLUB

LEGO ENGINEERING CLUB

DIY CLUB

SELF-CARE/MENTAL HEALTH CLUB

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Mark Your Calendar! Family Technology Night, October 26, 5:30-8:00 PM

Faribault Middle School will be hosting a Technology Night along with Community School and the Family Literacy Specialists on Oct. 26th from 5:30-8:00pm.


If you know of a parent/family that could benefit from this, please share the info!


This will be a time for parents/families to learn about Infinite Campus - how it functions and how to install the app. Make sure families have/know their Apple IDs. Dinner provided for free 18 and under. Childcare/Kid's Activities provided.


Let me know if you have any questions!


Nora Schulz

Community School Coordinator | Faribault Middle School

nschulz@faribault.k12.mn.us

507-333-6378

507-403-7095

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Faribault Diversity Coalition Pre-purchased Gym Passes at the Faribault Community Center

The Faribault Diversity Coalition has pre-purchased gym passes for the Faribault Community Center as a way to promote safe, fun, after school recreation for the kids in the Faribault community. Open gym will be available on Fridays from 4-6pm, effective immediatly. The Faribault Diversity Coalition has partnered with students from St Olaf to make sure there are a couple of adults present to hang out with the students and to assist staff.


Depending on how many students show up per week, it's expected that this program will run for roughly 9 weeks, at which time it will end. No transportation is provided to or from.

If you know of young people that would enjoy or benefit from open gym, please share this information with them and their guardians.


Overview:

What: Open Gym

Where: Faribault Community Center (15 Division St W, Faribault)

Date and Time: Fridays 4-6pm

How long: Approx. 9 weeks

Who: Students in the Faribault community


Kelly Nygaard
Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

507-334-4381 | kelly@faribaultmn.org

www.faribaultmn.org | www.VisitFaribault.com

530 Wilson Avenue Faribault, MN 55021

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