Fuller Family Newsletter
Vol. 5, No 4 - September 10, 2023
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Respect, Responsibility, Resilience
Every day at Fuller, our CORE Values, or guiding principles, drive our school wide culture. These core values are taught and then reinforced daily with every student. We expect all students to demonstrate Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience towards everyone and in every situation.
Dates to Remember in September/October
September 11 - Fuller School Council (6-7pm) and Fuller PTO (7-8pm)
September 14 - Ron Burton Field Trip - Blue Team (8) and Gold Team (8)
September 15 - Ron Burton Field Trip - Green Team (8)
September 19 - Early Release @ 11:40pm (Professional Development)
September 20 - Back to School Night (6-8pm)
September 21 - Ron Burton Field Trip - Violet Team (7) and Gold Team (7)
September 22 - Ron Burton Field Trip - Platinum Team (7)
September 25 - No School (Yom Kippur)
October 2 - No School (Professional Development)
October 5 - Ron Burton Field Trip - Lime Team (6) and Gold Team (6)
October 6 - Ron Burton Field Trip - Opal Team (6) and Coral & Crimson Teams (6-8)
October 9 - No School (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
October 11 -Picture Day
October 12 - Early Release @ 11:40 (Professional Development)
October 19 - Early Release @ 11:40 (Professional Development)
We are fortunate to have the opportunity to take all of our students and staff to the Ron Burton Village in Hubbardston, MA, to engage in beginning of the year team-building & character-building activities.
FROM The Ron Burton Village:
Our goal with each retreat is to create an experience that is memorable, empowering, and impactful. We believe that each retreat can: develop and cultivate new perspectives in the lives of the youth you serve; assist your organization in experiencing greater harmony and connectedness in the context that you serve; create a space for your youth to be challenged and encouraged in the areas of teamwork, character, and leadership; and serve as a catalyst for educational experiences that can inform your youth’s world and beyond.
Our students will be attending these retreats on the following dates:
Permissions slips in Spanish will be provided to students. We apologize that there is not a Spanish translated electronic version.
Students will be transported from Fuller MS by bus or van at 9am and will return to school at appx. 2pm on the date of their trip/retreat. Transportation, food, and clothing will be provided to students FREE OF CHARGE by the Ron Burton Training Village.
In order for every student to participate in this unique and special field trip, we ask caregivers to fill out the appropriate permission slip.
*Paper copies of all permission slips will also be provided to students and families.
Framingham Public Schools' Health Form
School Expectations - Please Review
Thank you to everyone who is reviewing our expectations with their children. When there is a consistent message at home and at school, students thrive!
Please do not drop your child off at school before 7:55am. Doors do not open until 7:55.
If you arrive at school after 8:15, please drop your child off by the main doors at the top of the bus loop. The bus loop is closed to cars from 7:30-8:15am.
1. Since the weather will still be warm when we return to school, we are asking that all students come to school dressed in school appropriate clothing. Fuller is air conditioned, so there should be no reason for students to come to school in beach wear. This includes sunglasses. We are asking for these items to stay at home. Students cannot wear clothing representing alcohol, tobacco products, drugs, or pornography. We understand that there are popular stores selling these items of clothing, but we will need to ask students to change or to turn the item of clothing inside-out if it is worn to school.
2. ID Badges: All students will be given an ID badge attached to a safety lanyard; students must wear their badges at all times and use the lanyard that they are given. If a student's badge or lanyard breaks, they should go to the main office for a replacement.
3. The following items are not allowed during school hours at school without permission:
Cell phones, Airpods, and smart watches are not allowed during school hours. If students bring these items to school, they will need to be put away in lockers or backpacks before entering the school.
Electronic games or devices, laser pens or pointers, cameras, video cameras. (Taking pictures or videos of students and staff is not permitted in school or on buses.)
Pokemon cards or other trading cards
Skateboards/sneakers with built-in wheels.
3. Bringing the following items could result in a suspension or expulsion, and in some cases will be reported to the police and/or fire department.
Squirt guns, water guns, air guns, cap guns, etc. - anything that looks like a gun is not allowed in school.
Lighters, matches or lighting devices, alcohol, illegal drugs, counterfeit drugs, drug paraphernalia, tobacco (chewing or smoking, such as cigarettes and vaping devices).
Weapons, knives (including pocket or utility knives), fireworks, stink bombs.
Other devices that may create a disruption or potentially be a safety risk (i.e. shock delivering devices).
No Cell Phones in School
Additionally, it is prohibited for students to take pictures or videos of anyone (including themselves) in school.
- If a student has their cell phone out or have earbuds/AirPods in during the school day, we will hold the cell phone in the office until the end of the school day.
- If a student continues to struggle with following the cell phone policy, we will require a parent or guardian to pick up the cell phone from the school. The school will notify home.
Please help us keep your child focused on learning by either keeping their cell phone at home or talking to them about putting away their cell phone and earbuds/AirPods during the school day*.
If you need to reach your child, please call the main office at 508-620-4956.
If your child needs to reach you, they can come to the main office to call or text you.
*Unless a student is using a cell phone for medical reasons.
Students must not arrive to school before 7:55; school doors open at 7:55.
Breakfast is served from 7:55-8:10.
The school day ends at 2:25.
Bus Requests or Issues
If you need to report an issue or request with your child's bus assignment, please use the link below to access a Google Form that will be shared with the Transportation Office.
School Drop Off/Pick Up and Map
If you will be dropping off or picking up your child, please follow the traffic pattern. For the safety of all students, vehicles are not allowed in the circle in front of the school from 7:30 - 8:15 and 2:00 - 3:00. This is to allow the buses to safely drop off and pick up students. Students will be dropped off and picked up in the large parking lot nearest to the fields. Staff members will be present to assist students.
We have ordered school supplies for all students at Fuller Middle School. Families do not need to purchase school supplies for their children who attend Framingham Public Schools. Teachers will not send a supply list out to families.
7th and 8th grade students who previously attended any Framingham Public School must bring their fully charged Chromebook to school on the first day. Once a Chromebook is assigned to a student, the Chromebook is their responsibility throughout secondary school (grades 6-12). Students are expected to be responsible for their Chromebook, to bring their Chromebook to school fully charged every day, and to bring their Chromebook to the school office if their Chromebook is not working properly (we will have it fixed and give a loaner to the student while it is being repaired).
We have a very limited supply of loaner Chromebooks, so these are only given to students whose Chromebook is being repaired. Middle School students are expected to be responsible for their Chromebooks and to be ready to learn at school every day.
I have also included a link below with a list of faculty who may be able to help you with specific social emotional or academic needs.
High School Home Football Games
Important Notice for Bowditch Field Football Games:
In the interest of safety and creating a positive experience, we kindly request that middle school students be accompanied by an adult when entering Bowditch Field for our football games. Middle School students not accompanied by an adult will not be admitted to the game.
Make sure to mark your calendars for our exciting home football game dates:
- September 8th
- September 22nd
- September 29th
- October 13th
Media Opt-Out Form
The Framingham Public School District uses images and/or videos (‘media’) of students and
student work to showcase educational activities and programs (including before and after school and vacation programs), as well as to inform the community of the Framingham Public Schools experience. Photographs, videos, and/or the name of your child may be included in publications (print or digital), news releases, and on District maintained websites or social media accounts.
If you DO NOT give Framingham Public Schools permission to use your child’s name,
image, or school work in any public display or presentation, please sign below and return
this form to your child’s school (office or classroom for BLOCKS students, homeroom
for elementary students, and the school office for middle and high school students).
Free Breakfast and Lunch
How to Get Involved - PTO, School Council, Volunteering
First Meeting - September 11th
Please Join Us
We love when families and caregivers become involved at Fuller MS. It takes everyone working together to support all of our students.
If you have any questions about the PTO or would to volunteer for the PTO, please reach out to Jonna Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to join our School Council or volunteer to help out at the school, please reach out directly to me at email@example.com. This year Fuller's School Counsel will be working on ways to enhance family engagement and two-way communication. I am looking for caregivers and students to join the School Council to help us with this work; your input and ideas are invaluable.
School Council Meetings: 6:00-7:00 PM
PTO Meetings: 7:00-8:00 PM
Monthly Meeting Dates (the 2nd Monday of the month):
9/11, 10/16, 11/13, 12/11, 1/8, 2/12, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10