The Falcon

Fieldstone Middle School * February 2020

Dear Fieldstone Families,

Hopefully this winter has been a healthy one for all of you, and you've been able to enjoy some of the unseasonably warm winter days. We've all appreciated the opportunity for students to get outside to soak in the occasional rays of sunshine.

While sometimes sequestered indoors, we are weathering these months by staying engaged in challenging and relevant learning. As evidenced by the authenticity of learning contexts, our teachers continue to focus on integrating experiences across content areas while considering the skills necessary for success in today's world. Professional development continues to focus around key literacy competencies and the need for students to discern importance, synthesize, and make meaning from the ever-increasing amount of information available to them.

On an going basis, we reinforce the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions while being sensitive to the needs of others. A number of examples of these opportunities are highlighted below, and we are looking forward to our observance of P.S. I Love You Day during which we’ll emphasize the value of our unique stories and their importance to the fabric of our school community.

As always, if we can be of assistance to you or your family, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Please see below for additional topics of interest and the many reasons why it's great to be a Falcon.

All the best,

Gina McCormack


Rich Scherer

Assistant Principal

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Health Office Update from Mrs. Donovan

If your child will be absent from school, you must contact Mrs. Donovan, the school nurse, every day your child will be absent at 201-391-9000, x2502. You may call in the early morning prior to school starting. You may also email Mrs. Donovan at When you report your child absent, please include your child’s name and the reason your child is going to be absent. Children should come to school on time, but if your child must be late, contact Mrs. Donovan and include the reason for the lateness.

In order to protect the health of others in school, students must remain home for 24 hours after a fever or if they are vomiting. If your child is sent home with a fever or because of vomiting, they must stay home for at least the next day.

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Athletics Update

Under the leadership of new coaches Mrs. Hennessy and Mr. Boyle, our Lady Falcons had one of their better seasons. After winning 3 games and making a playoff push, the future looks bright for our girls team!

Our boys basketball team improved with each game and played in front of many large crowds. Mr. Aliprantis' squad always brought a ton of energy and finished winning 4 straight and ended the season with a 6-6 record.

A special thanks to the following eighth grade student athletes for their great leadership and positive attitudes:

Maura Alden, Brianna Arendacs, Anna Gallucci, Olivia Kubicka, Christina Reineke, Alexa Sipos, Kate Sneath, Gabby Vespe, Libby Wikfors, Ryan Lee, Charles Stewart, Daniel Frustieri, Drew Geerlof, Andy Kim, Nick Lukmann, Joe McNeice, Peter Priestner, Ben Stahl, Arion Stern, Ronin Stern, and Tyler Wernick.


  • The Spring Sports Interest Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 25th
  • The deadline for spring physicals is March 24th
  • Baseball/Softball/Track tryouts will begin March 25th

Be sure to check out the athletics website. You can find it on our school's site by clicking on the Athletics tab, or by accessing it using the direct link:

Therapy Dog Visit

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A group of sixth grade language arts students recently had the opportunity to read with Jep and Monty (pictured above) who are certified through The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs.

Fifth Grade Community Service

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Last week during their Advisory period, the fifth grade had an opportunity to hear from two local heroes: Mrs. Lois Hejna and Mrs. Jane Donahue. Both women, one a former teacher and one a former nurse at Memorial School, donate their time and talents to Oasis, A Haven for Women and Children, in Paterson, NJ. ( One way they make a difference is by celebrating the birthdays of the kids (ages 6-13) in the afterschool program. For most students, this is their only birthday celebration. During their birthday month, each student receives a bag with gifts, and the group celebrates with cupcakes. Over the course of the week, fifth grade students generously donated items that could be used for the celebrations. We are so proud of their response and desire to help brighten someone’s day.

Bag a Lunch Help a Bunch Fundraiser

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Fieldstone Middle School has been recognized for our partnership with the 2019 Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch campaign which took place this past fall. Because of our school community's generosity, 9,786 healthy, fresh meals have been provided to our neighbors in need. We are all very proud of the commitment of our students to helping others and appreciate the coordination of this effort by the FMS Student Government, Mrs. Hennessy, and Mrs. Raimondi.

International Day at Memorial School

Our eighth graders did a fabulous job planning and delivering learning experiences for elementary students during International Day on January 17th. It was very impressive to see them work so well with students in kindergarten through fourth grade. They were organized, patient, and engaging.

Thank you to Mr. Merrill and Mrs. Lynch for coordinating this experience!

MathCounts Team

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Congratulations to members of our MATHCOUNTS Team who competed on Saturday, February 1st at Bergen Community College. Coached by Jill Gelalia, they placed well and enjoyed each challenge throughout the day.

FMS School Musical - The Little Mermaid

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A group of Pascack Hills High School students, many of whom are FMS graduates, have returned to produce our school musical under the direction of Ms. Austin, Mr. Nietzer, and Ms. McCann. Rehearsals are underway with the largest cast in recent history. Rehearsals run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. If your child is in the cast or crew, please be sure they check the Drama Club's Google classroom regularly for updates on which cast members are required to attend rehearsals on which days. There they will also find a link to the master schedule of rehearsal dates. Pick up is promptly at 5:00 PM, so please arrange rides home accordingly. We are all looking forward to seeing the musical The Little Mermaid on April 24 and April 25, and appreciate the commitment of time and talent being provided by all involved.

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FMS Yearbook

To purchase a yearbook, please go to and enter our school name. The cost of the yearbook is $45. The last day for ad sales is February 28th, and the yearbook price goes up $5 on March 23rd and yearbook sales end on June 11th.

Any questions should be directed to Mrs. Schlemm at and Miss Cummings at

Gaming Club

Our newest extra-curricular offering, Gaming Club is up and running. Every other Wednesday, students showcase their gaming skills, and even get to play on the big screen in the IMC.

Upcoming Eighth Grade Events

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June will arrive before we know it, and we are looking forward to celebrating the many accomplishments of our eighth graders. Please note the following dates:

February 7th - Eighth Grade cap and gown measurements - during lunch

June 3rd, 4th, and 5th : Washington D.C. Trip

June 11th : Eighth Grade Dance - 7:00 PM at Powerhouse Studios

June 18th: Graduation - 7:00 PM at Pascack Hills High School

Additional information regarding the graduation photo, commencement fees, and other important details will be sent out in April.

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American Heart Challenge Update from the Physical Education Department


It’s time for the American Heart Challenge, the American Heart Association program that teaches students in 38,000 schools nationwide valuable lessons that will last a lifetime.

YOUR CHILD will learn about the importance of taking care of his/her heart and how it works. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America? We can change that — 80 percent of risk factors for heart disease are preventable.

YOUR CHILD will learn the importance of helping others through this service learning project.

YOUR CHILD will feel good after making a difference in people’s lives! Funds raised support the American Heart Association’s research and education initiatives that save lives in our community.



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In partnership with the Montvale PTO, Fieldstone will be hosting two screenings of the documentary Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. Please join us on March 5th in the IMC at either 1:45 P.M. or 7:00 P.M. so that we can further the conversation around the impact of the use of technology and social media on children. At the conclusion of each presentation, we will be facilitating a panel discussion. For additional information, please click here.

Drop Off and Pick Up Safety Reminders

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Drop Off Reminders: In order to ensure student safety, students should be dropped off by driving around the circular drive and stopping near the front door. When students are dropped off in the main parking lot, this disrupts the flow of traffic in and out of the parking lot and can create a safety issue.

Pick-Up Reminders: At the end of the day, please be sure to follow the route outlined in “Figure A” and only pick up students along the sidewalk in the rear of the building, as shown in “Figure B. Students are not permitted to enter cars idling on the pick-up line.

• Pick-up curbside only; do not park in the parking lot

• Wait for a staff member to help your child cross the street to the car.

Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation.

Fifth Graders Explored Area and Perimeter

Upcoming Events

2/14 - American Heart Challenge/P.S. I Love You Day observed

2/17 - 2/18 - Presidents' Day Weekend - school closed

2/25 - Spring sports interest meeting

3/5 - Screenagers documentary and panel discussion 1:45 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

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