FWHMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - April 2021

Parent Pick Up - Use of the Back Parking Lot

Until the end of this school year to help with the amount of vehicles for parent pick up, we are HIGHLY recommending families park in the back lot and have your child meet you there.


This will help us ensure that vehicles are not waiting on Federal Street.


Students will still exit from the front of the building and walk to the back lot. Buses will not be released until students are clear of the back lot.

Attendance - Parent/Guardian Calls Needed

If your child will be absent, tardy, or dismissed early, please ensure you continue to follow our typical protocol of calling the main office. This pertains to all students (hybrid and full remote).


Please let us know if absence is an illness or non-illness related.

Teachers Available for Extra Help After School on In Person Days and Virtual

All teachers are available for extra help (in person and full remote) with students for at least 30 minutes from Monday to Thursday. (*Except for the second Monday of the month due to an all staff meeting after school.) To book a day/time, please email the teacher.

6 Purple News

HAPPY SPRING

We are very excited to see our students everyday!


A few reminders:

  • please check and make sure your child has all their materials in their backpack everyday

  • this includes - pencils, notebooks and charged chromebooks

  • Student’s will have new Google Classrooms to join for a “fresh” start to quarter 4

  • Please check the “student assignment” page for more information on homework

  • Let us know if you have not been able to access the portal to see your child’s grades

  • We are available to stay after school for extra help = just email us to set up a day

  • As the days get warmer, please encourage your child to bring a water bottle

Science News - 7th Grade

Students have been exploring the concepts of thermal energy, temperature and heat energy in science. They have done some investigations to find out the scientific difference between matter that is "hot" and "cold" and experienced that while some materials may feel like they are at very different temperatures, they can-in fact-be the same. They have begun to use and create visual models to see what is happening to matter on a molecular level. Students will be examining the insulative and conductive properties of different materials as well as the three ways in which heat is transferred from one place to another. Please check out these resources if you would like to learn more about heat and what your child is learning about in science class.

8th grade wellness class doing a chicken wing dissection to learn how the muscles and joints work to help with body movement

Preview of Some Artwork Entries for Art in the Valley Virtual Expo

Strategies for Returning to School - from Support Staff

News from the School Nurse

COVID19 Protocols

If your child has any symptoms on the COVID-19 checklist, please keep them home and call the main office.


Physicals

In order for me to maintain up to date health records, whenever your child has a physical exam by his/her doctor please make sure that I get a copy of the exam and immunization record.


Thank You

I want to take this time to thank you for your diligence in monitoring your children and keeping them home from school when they are sick, letting the school know when they are sick, following advice to get them tested for COVID, and following return to school guidelines after testing, travel or close contact. I would really appreciate it if you continue to persevere and be diligent in your efforts to help keep all of our students, staff and school families as safe and healthy as possible. Please let me know if there are ways I can support you in doing this.


Sincerely,

Sue Wiegers BSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse

Student Assignments/Teacher Websites

On our school website,. under student assignments are details for all major graded work for students and families to know what was assigned by your child's teacher. All work will be graded as usual. We are not using credit/no credit.


Teachers update the grades in the parent portal on a bi-weekly basis. They also add comments as needed. Please use this information and the new teacher websites to know and track what work your child must complete.


Click here to see the new site.

PTO News - REVISE

Yearbook, yearbook, yearbook!!!

The HMS yearbook is in full swing! Please order your yearbook by April 30. We will have very few yearbooks available to purchase after that date. The yearbook is a 60 page, hardcover, full color book! Purchase price is $40.00. Click here to order your yearbook now!!!


If any families have any pictures they want to submit to the yearbook please do so by clicking this link. If you are asked for a user id, it is 416174355. Pictures will be accepted up until April 9th. We cannot guarantee that every picture will make it in to the yearbook, but in a year where pictures have been hard to come by, we are grateful for any pictures you want to submit!!!


Celebrating our 8th Graders

The PTO is planning on celebrating our 8th graders as they complete Middle School and head to High School. 8th grade parents and students - please keep your eye out for emails from the PTO for more information as we get closer to the end of the year. To help support our efforts, we are running a "What a Crock", Crockpot meal fundraiser to benefit our 8th grade class! Check it out here!


Roast House Fundraiser

The PTO is supporting a local treasure and having a Fundraising night at The Roast House on Tuesday May 18th. Flyers for the event will be handed out on school and shared on social media.


Scholastic Book Fair

The Spring Book Fair has been moved to the week of April 26th. Flyers will be sent home with students prior to April Vacation.


Please email Sara Tasker at stasker@bmrsd.net if you would like to attend so she can forward you the virtual meeting information.

Calendar of Events

Monday, April 5th

  • Full return for previous hybrid students
  • Start of Quarter 4
  • New Schedules for ALL students
Wednesday, April 6th

  • 11 am dismissal for students - Half Day

Friday, April 9th

  • Quarter 3 report cards and January STAR reports sent home

Monday, April 19th to Friday, April 23rd

  • Spring Recess - No School

Monday, April 26th

  • Scholastic Book Fair Begins - Media Center and Online

Wednesday, April 28th

  • 11 am dismissal for students - Half Day

Friday, April 30th

  • Scholastic Book Fair Ends

Wednesday, May 5th

  • 11 am dismissal for students - Half Day

School Lunch and Breakfast - Free for the ENTIRE School Year

Don't forget all students can have free breakfast and lunch every in-person day. We also have food pick up on Wednesdays from 11 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm.

School-wide Ongoing Fundraisers

Amazon - Please click here to shop on Amazon.com. A small percentage of what you purchase will go to the Hartnett Middle School PTO to help support field trips, assemblies, special events, and after school programming. It is the same Amazon.com you may use, with a small percentage supporting middle school students.

FWHMS Communication and Happenings

School website (https://www.bmrsd.net/o/fwhms)

Our website is the main hub of information. The following is key information you will find:

  • Daily Intercom Announcements
  • Monthly School Calendar
  • Homework Page
  • Monthly Family Newsletter Links
  • After-school Program Information/Registration
  • BMR Athletes Information/Registration Details
  • Staff names and emails


OneCall will be used in the following ways:

Robocalls

For Emergency only - such as unplanned early dismissals or information on an emergency in the building. They will be sent after 3:30 pm and end before 8 pm.


Roboemails - On Tuesdays and Fridays only (as needed)

For standard communication - such as portal access to progress reports, report card distribution, the monthly newsletter release, registration information for sports/after-school clubs, field trip information, and other information as needed. The emails may be by whole school or by grade level depending on the communication needs.


Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

We use all our social media to share special happenings after they have happened so that families can see what we are doing. You can find us on all platforms at @fwhms2003

It is the policy of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, foster care, or military status in its educational programs, services, activities, or employment practices; as defined and required by state and federal laws. Inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with Title IX and other civil rights laws may be directed to Dr. Janis Laporte at 508-876-0190 or jlaporte@bmrsd.net.