The Falcon

Fieldstone Middle School * December 4, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,


The past weeks here at Fieldstone Middle School have been filled with field trips, fundraisers, and of course many important learning experiences at every grade level and in all content areas. The first trimester ends next Monday, December 10th. Report cards will be available through the parent portal at 4:00 on December 19th. We encourage parents and students to utilize the information provided as the catalyst for conversation about setting both academic and personal goals. Even short term goals established around work habits and time management can have a significant impact on learning.


While focusing on academic goals, we have also sought to build community among all stakeholders. Through parent-teacher conferences, assemblies, classroom lessons, advisory experiences, and extra-curriculars, relationships are being strengthened as students are supported at critical points in their development. We are very proud of the way in which our Falcons are taking responsibility for their learning and assuming leadership roles both in and out of the classroom. Teachers work hard to establish learning environments that foster student choice and peer-to-peer collaboration, thereby preparing them for future challenges. Be sure to ask your child about all of the daily happenings at FMS.


As a reminder, parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th and Thursday, December 6th. For this reason, students will be dismissed at 12:55 and there will be no lunch periods scheduled on these days.


On behalf of the entire FMS community, we wish you a very healthy and happy holiday season. Thank you for your continued support of our programs, and please don't hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything that we can do to assist you or your children.


Please see below for the many reasons why it's great to be a Falcon.


All the best,


Gina McCormack

Principal


Richard Scherer

Assistant Principal

Robotics Club

Congratulations to our Robotics club members, The Millennium Falcons, who finished in second place out of 24 teams at the annual Bergen Brick Fest. The competition was held at Pascack Hills High School, and this qualified our students to compete at the upcoming state competition at Mount Olive High School.
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Athletics Update


Girls Basketball Tryouts took place 11/27 -11/29.


Boys Basketball Tryout Schedule

  • Tuesday, December 4th: 3:15 - 4:45 PM
  • Wednesday, December 5th: 1:15 - 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 6th: 1:15 - 3:00 PM


Our first game of the season is Tues, December 18th. Let's go Falcons!


The schedule and location of events can be found on the Athletic Homepage.

https://sites.google.com/montvalek8.org/fmsathletics

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Bus Updates

Over the past month, FMS students participated in bus drills which covered emergency exit plans and safety procedures.


The late bus is available to students on Tuesday & Wednesday at 4:00. Please click here to reference the stops which the late bus makes.
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Author Visit at FMS

Newbury honor author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley spent the day with us on November 12th. She is the author of the compelling novel entitled The War that Saved My Life which was read by sixth graders as part of their summer reading. Students at each grade level had the opportunity to meet with the author, and some joined her for conversation over lunch. Thank you to the PTO for funding this wonderful literacy experience.

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Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks can be purchased by going online at www.yearbookforever.com and entering our school name.


The following information is for parents of 8th graders:


  • The "through the years" pictures should be uploaded by January 11th.
  • Each student is asked to bring in a baby picture by January 11th for inclusion in the yearbook. Please be sure to write his/her name on the back.


Should you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Cummings or Mrs. Schlemm at ccummings@montvalek8.org & cschlemm@montvalek8.org

Spanish tutoring club

The Spanish Tutoring Club begins in December and will continue through May.

Spanish National Honor Society students from PHHS will be coming to tutor our students in Spanish two Wednesdays each month for the rest of the year.


The dates are as follows:


December 12 and 19


January 9 and 23


February 13 and 27


March 13 and 27


April 10 and 17


May 8 and 29


June 5


Location: Mrs. Levy’s room (204)

3:15 - 3:55


Students from all grades are welcome!

Please rsvp to jmlevy@montvale.k8.org each week so that we can have a tutor for each student.


This is a great opportunity to receive personalized extra help!

Upcoming Events

December 5th and 6th - Single Session Days- Parent/Teacher Conferences


December 10th - Trimester 1 ends


December 11th - FMS Winter Concert 7:30 PM


December 19th - Report Cards Available on Parent Portal


December 24th - January 1 - Winter Recess


January 21 - Professional Development Day - No School for Students

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