French Middle School

October 2022 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 30-0ct 21-- Red Wheel Fundraiser
  • Oct 5-- Last day for 1st quarter late work
  • Oct 7-- End of Quarter 1
  • Oct 10-- No School
  • Oct 11-- No School
  • Oct 12-- 2nd Quarter Begins
  • Oct 13--PTO Meeting @ 5:45pm
  • Oct 18-- PTO Night at Papa Johns
  • Oct 21-- Picture Retakes
  • Oct 21-- 7 & 8 Halloween Dance from 6:30-8:30pm
  • Oct 24-- Dental Clinic
  • Oct 26-- Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30pm
  • Oct 27-- No School--Parent Teacher Conferences 7:30am-7:30pm
  • Oct 28-- No School

Happy October Falcons! We are quickly approaching the end of our 1st quarter of the school year. First quarter ends on October 7th. Therefore late work is due by 3pm on Wednesday, October 5th. An email will notify parents when grades are finalized and posted in Tyler. We look forward to meeting with all parents during our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences toward the end of October. Dates and times are listed below. All conferences are scheduled through Advisor Base. Parents will first meet with their child’s AB teacher for the student led conference. All students will have a student created slideshow to share with parents at conferences. Once parents have finished with the AB teacher they are free to visit other classroom teachers who are available on a first come basis. Please note that parents with appointments will be given priority over drop in visits. All 6th grade teachers will be located in our gym, 7th grade teachers in the commons, and 8th grade teachers in the media center. AB teachers will send out information for conference appointment sign up soon. If you don’t hear from your student’s AB teacher please give him/her a call. We look forward to discussing your student’s progress.

Conference Dates: Wednesday, October 26th 3:30-7:30pm

Thursday, October 27th 7:30am -7:30pm (lunch break 1-2pm)

Red Wheel Fundraiser

Red Wheel fundraiser kicked off September 30. This is the largest fundraiser PTO does and the proceeds go back to French Middle School in the form of new equipment/supplies/improvements/etc. Students received order packets and are ready to start selling. Orders are due by Oct. 21, 2022. Stock up on those holiday goodies!

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes are October 21, 2022. If your student was photographed in September and would like to have them redone, please send the original picture order back with your student on retake day.

7th and 8th grade Halloween Dance

Come join us for our annual Halloween dance on October 21st from 6:30-8:30. The cost is $3.00. We are also doing a sock drive for Socktober. If you bring a new pair of socks to donate you can get $1 off your cost of admission. If you have an honors card you can get an additional $1 off. Students may wear costumes, but no costumes with weapons are allowed. Students must have eligibility points to attend the dance and must be passing all classes. Make sure your ride is here to pick you up by 8:30. We can’t wait to see everyone in costume! Only 7th & 8th grade French MS students are allowed!

School Store

The Falcon store is where students can purchase items with Falcon bucks that they have earned. Students earn Falcon bucks through positive behaviors and participation. We are always looking for donations of small prizes for students to buy. Small items like stickers, stuffed animals, pens, notebooks, books, small toys, stress balls, squishies, wrapped candy etc are some things we can use. If you would like to donate you can drop off donations in the office. If you have any questions please contact our school counselors.

Suicide Prevention

During September which is mental health month, counselors taught students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. Counselors used a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic.

SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.

Through the program, students learned:

  • that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help

  • how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend

  • to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend

  • who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it

Students watched age-appropriate video clips and participated in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. .

We encourage you to visit for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.

National Resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988

Crisis Text Line: Text ‘ACT’ to 741741 for free, 24/7 support.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) SAMHSA Treatment Locator:

Local Resources:

Stormont Vail Behavioral Health (785) 270-4600

Family Service & Guidance Center (785) 232-5005

Hospital Emergency Room | Family Physician

Heritage Mental Health Clinic (785) 272-5566

Advanced Behavioral Healthcare (785) 783-3020

KVC Health Systems (913) 322-4900

Self-Care Activities

Self-care activities are simple. Be good to yourself, do things that make you happy, and spend time with people who love and support you.

Some October self-care activities include:

Watch your favorite Halloween movie

Go to the pumpkin patch

Carve or decorate pumpkins

Pick apples

Jump in a pile of leaves

Wear a comfortable sweater

Step on crunchy leaves

Wear fuzzy socks

Bake desserts


Wear a costume

Spend time outside

Get warm and cozy

Complete a corn maze

Drink apple cider

Eat caramel apples

Roast marshmallows

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Dental Clinic

GraceMed will be at French Middle School, providing dental cleanings during the school day on Monday Oct. 24th, 2022. If you would like your student to be seen by a hygienist, please complete the following link. A representative from GraceMed will contact you directly with more information.

Hearing and Vision Screenings

Friday Oct. 7th students will have their yearly Height and Weight done at school. All 7th grade students will also have their vision screened and all 8th grade students will have their hearing screened as well. Some students will be selected to have all 3 screenings. Please make sure your student has their glasses with them on this day.

Medications At School

Students are not allowed to carry medications with them during the school day. All medication including prescription and over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen must have proper paperwork in place and all medications must be kept in the school nurse's office. (This includes cough drops.) Exceptions can be made for Inhalers and Epi-Pens, with an additional form. If you have questions please contact Nurse Besenyi for the appropriate forms. MEDICATION GUIDELINES

Request to Administer Medication This form is required for any/all medications prescribed by a physician or healthcare provider, including Inhalers, Epi-Pens, or for any medication taken on a daily basis. This form will require the prescribing physician’s signature and a parent or guardian’s signature before the medication can be administered.

Request to Take Medication This form is required for over the counter medication that a student may need to take on an as needed basis, such as tylenol, ibuprofen, or cough drops. Students may only use over the counter medications per the directions on the label, including age and dosage. This form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian.

Permission To Carry Epi-Pen (Medication Release Form) If you wish your student to carry their Epi-Pen on them during the school day, this form must be completed by the Prescribing Physician, the Parent or Guardian, the School Principal and the School Nurse. This form is in addition to the Request to Administer Medication.

Permission to Carry Inhaler (Medication Release Form) If you wish your student to carry their inhaler on them during the school day, this form must be completed by the Prescribing Physician, the Parent or Guardian, the School Principal and the School Nurse. This form is in addition to the Request to Administer Medication.

Covid 19: Reporting a Covid Illness or Exposure

Please continue to report all Covid Illnesses and Exposure to the school nurse as soon as possible. This includes Positive Tests, Close Contact and Household Exposure. In order to assure you have the most up to date Quarantine, Mask Requirements and Testing Options, information will be shared at the time of notification.

Covid Testing At School

Covid tests are available for students through the Test to Stay, Learn, Play and Participate program. Before a student can be tested, a completed Consent form must be on file with the school nurse. These tests can be performed at school. Forms can be signed electronically through Tyler SIS Parent Portal or a paper copy can be obtained from the school nurse. Parents will be contacted prior to any testing being done.

  • One consent form per student per school year.

  • Type of test will be determined by symptoms, exposure or individual situation.

  • Students with a negative test result may still need to be excluded from school based on symptoms and exclusion policy (i.e. fever, vomiting, etc.)

FREE At Home Test Kits

Project ACT offers a limited number of Free Rapid At Home Covid 19 Test Kits:

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Fundraisers are a big part of what the PTO does to help raise funds to improve the learning experience for our students at FMS to include fun activities, equipment, materials, special projects, etc. We also solicit donations from local companies to help offset costs.

· Walmart donated a $100 gift card so we could provide 400 ice cream sandwiches for the meet the teacher night held in August

· Restaurants and other businesses provided gift cards that we were able to raffle off to students, parents and teachers that attended the Meet the Teacher night.

· Parents donated snacks for our 7th and 8th grade dance

· Pepsi of Topeka donated drinks for our 7th and 8th grade dance

· Sertoma Duck Race- We sold a total of 152 ducks and raised $295!! Thank you to all who supported the Duck Race.

· Red Wheel-Kick off September 30th

Projects planned for 2022-2023

New Resin countertops for the Media Center

· This is expected to be completed by the end of October

· Thank you to _______ for donating their time and expertise to complete this project

· Estimated cost to complete this project is $900

Front of School updates/Art on the concrete blocks

· In planning phase


October 2022

October 13th-5:45pm PTO Meeting

*Held in the Media Center at French or login through Zoom

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The fall sports teams are quickly coming to an end, if not already. The heat is hopefully gone and the cool fall weather will be a welcomed change to all the teams still practicing.

The volleyball team had a large number of girls this season with 38 participating. The Varsity and JV teams currently have an undefeated season, with the final Varsity game being Wednesday Oct. 5th at Topeka West High School. The French varsity is working towards a 5th consecutive city championship.

The 7th and 8th grade girls tennis team has 11 girls combined, and finished their season Sept 28th with the city tournament at Kossover tennis complex. All the girls found success and improvement as the season progressed. the finally city results were;


#1 Madison Glenn 2nd

#2 Mariana Bernard 3rd

#3 Laneeiah Wilkens 2nd


#1 Jaidyn Jones, Briaunah Moore 3rd

#2 Sara Valera Lopez-Pintor, Kailyn Bidwell 1st

#3 Ximena Angeles-Fernandez, Analia Arreola 2nd

The football teams have been hitting it hard, and are overcoming the early heat days without pads. We had the largest number of boys go out this year from previous year with 58 starting the season. Early injuries hampered the team, but are finding success as the season goes on. The final game for Varsity will be Oct. 12th at Hummer Sports park vs Eisenhower for 3rd place with a 4:45 game start time.

Ms. Ryan was excited to have a large number of runners for the cross country team, which put in miles after school when the weather allowed. Cross country runners are a special breed and deserve applause for the way they pushed themselves at practice every day.

The city meet finished Sept 27th with the 11 runners making top 10 and many personal best(PR) in the race. Congratulations Falcon runners.

Boys Soccer and girls basketball start Oct. 13th 3-5:00 after school. Students need to make sure they have a sports physical by that date if they plan to attend practice. Students not passing 5 classes will be ineligible. In addition, students playing on a club or team outside of school are not eligible to play for the French until that season has ended. You can not practice or play with another team during the school season

Info for Athletics:

We, in Topeka Public Schools, are in position to utilize athletics as a part of a total educational program. We encourage all young people to learn the fundamentals of each game and to participate in each sport to the limit of their abilities. We further encourage all young people to learn and understand the rules of the game so that they may enjoy athletics in the future, as well as the present, as good spectators. Athletes and spectators are an important part of the game and should at all times conform to accepted standards of good sportsmanship and behavior.

Requirements for athletics:

Must pass 5 classes the previous quarter to be eligible.

Must have an updated physical signed by a licensed physician and head concussion sheet signed by parents.

Must participate in practice to participate in games/matches.

Must follow the coach's rules and guidelines to be in good standing.

Must be passing all classes the week of a game to be eligible to play in that weeks game.

Questions can be addressed by Tim Wilson- 438-4162 or or by contacting the head coach.

Most games/contests begin at 3:15 unless otherwise stated on the calendar. Please see the school calendar for updates


We would like to remind spectators that French Middle School is a member school of the Kansas State High School Athletic Association (KSHSAA) and is governed by their rules. One of those rules which, we completely support is Rule 52 which states:


Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)

Art. 1: SPORTSMANSHIP is a general way of thinking and behaving. The following sportsmanship policy items are listed below for clarification:

a. Be courteous to all. (Participants, coaches, officials, staff and fans)

b. Know the rules, abide by and respect the official’s decisions.

c. Win with character and lose with dignity.

d. Display appreciation for good performance regardless of the team.

e. Exercise self-control and reflect positively upon yourself, team and school.

f. Permit only positive sportsmanlike behavior to reflect on your school or its activities.

We hope that you can attend the games this year to cheer on the Falcons!

Bullying Policy

French Middle School will not tolerate bullying of any kind. Bullying is defined as any ongoing verbal or physical mistreatment where there is an imbalance of power, and the target/victim is exposed repeatedly to negative actions by one or more students. Bullying can be direct (physical or verbal), or indirect (exclusion, cyber-bullying, emotional). In order for everyone to feel safe and secure at school, every Topeka Public School has adopted the following rules against bullying. “I will not bully others. I will try to help students who are bullied. I will do my best to include students who are easily left out. When I know somebody is being bullied, I will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.” Students, staff, and parents should report any bullying that they are aware of to administration through the on-line bully report link on the French website. Students who bully others will receive consequences. Our counselors will be visiting 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes in August and September to remind students what bullying is, what we can do to prevent bullying, and what students should do if they or someone else is being bullied.


The Topeka Public Schools, Unified School District No. 501 is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity. No person shall, on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin or ancestry be denied lawful access to any appropriate educational service, program or activity provided by the school district. The Title VI and Title IX compliance coordinator is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching/Learning/Administration. The Section 504/Title II compliance coordinator is the Coordinator of College and Career Ready Services. For employment, the EEO/AA officer is the General Director of Human Resources. All compliance coordinators may be contacted at 624 SW 24th Street, Topeka, KS 66611-1294, (785) 295-3000. The clerk of the Board of Education has been designated to receive and redirect or handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, regulations and procedures. The clerk may be contacted by calling (785) 295-3045 or by writing to 624 SW 24th Street, Topeka, KS 66611-1294.