October 2020

Adams Apple

Welcome, Fall!

“The surest path to positive self-esteem is to succeed at something which one perceived would be difficult. Each time we steal a student’s struggle by insisting they do work too easy for them, we steal their opportunity to have an esteem-building experience.”
Sylvia Rimm

This quote by Dr. Sylvia Rimm is an oldie but a goodie. As well-meaning parents we often intervene when we see our children struggling with a task, chore, or assignment. And there are certainly times that they need our assistance, especially when learning a new concept or skill. But when it is time to practice something that has already been taught sometimes a little struggle is exactly what is needed. When we (I'm including adults in this category too) persevere through something and come out on the other side of it - whether it's a situation, learning something new - we also learn something new about ourselves. Many times we feel a little better about ourselves and our capacity to grow and learn. This feeling of pride is true for children, too. When they are learning - whether it is in a virtual setting or through homework - try to allow them to opportunity to expand their knowledge and skill set by enduring a little struggle.

The High Ability program is now accepting nominations for students for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like for your child to be considered please complete the parent nomination form and send it to your child's teacher. Also please let your child's teacher know that you plan to do this so they can complete the teacher recommendation form to accompany yours. The teacher will then give the forms to our counselor, Mrs. Purvitis, who will submit them. Students in grades 1 and 3 will take the CogAT assessment in late October/early November. Any student in grade 2 with a high ability nomination will be included in the testing process. If a 2nd grade student has not been nominated they will not be considered for the high ability assessments.

Virtual learners in grades 1, 2, and 3 will have the opportunity to come into school to participate in the testing. More information will be shared later this month.

Nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 23rd. If you have questions you can refer to the FTCSC High Ability page on the website or contact your child's teacher or me.

Thank you for your participation in our parent/teacher conferences this week! If you have not been able to take advantage of this opportunity yet please reach out to your child's teacher and schedule a time to meet after fall break. I truly believe that the great start we have had this school year is partially attributed to the open lines of communication between home and school. We thank you for your support. It makes a world of difference!

We will be on fall break the weeks of Oct. 5th and Oct. 12th. I hope you are able to enjoy the beautiful fall weather we have been having and spend some relaxing time as a family. We will return to school on Monday, Oct. 19th. We are excited to welcome back several virtual learners, and we look forward to seeing those friends again!

We will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26th - Oct. 30th. Specifics can be found in the flyer posted in this newsletter.

One last public service announcement - please be sure you are registered to vote. Monday, Oct. 5th is the deadline to be registered. Regardless of your political affilitation or opinions this is a very important election, and by exercising your democratic right and responsibility you are modeling good citizenship for your children.

Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable fall break ~ Jaci Greig

Water Bottles

Water fountains have been shut off except for the water bottle refill station. Please remember to send a water bottle to school for your student. Water bottles should be clearly labeled with their name. Thank you for your help with this.

News from the PTO

No October Meeting due to Fall Break.

The PTO is planning a new and exciting fundraiser for the winter. If you have any outdoor Christmas decorations that light up, inflatables, or lights that you would donate or would let us borrow from Dec 9-11 please send an email to adamspto.ft@gmail.com.

Follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information.

Benches for Grover

Thank you for collecting bottle caps! Because of your generosity we were able to have 2 benches made to honor Grover Stone, our former friend and custodian.


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Ned's Mindset Mission

Thank you to all those who purchased a yo-yo from Ned’s Mindset Mission. We raised over $1500! This money helps to pay it forward for the next school to be able to learn from Ned. Each year we look forward to seeing what Ned has to teach us. For more information about this program please visit their website.


Compulsory attendance laws still apply!! If your child is out for any reason, it is imperative that you contact the attendance line and report the reason for the absence.
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