FMS Parent Newsletter
UPCOMING EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
The 2019 FCS All-County Band Concert will take place on Tuesday November 25 at Louisburg High School Auditorium.
Thanksgiving vacation will run from November 27 - November 29. We have a lot to be thankful for here at FMS!
Basketball, Cheerleading, and Wrestling are all gearing up for the season - check the school website for game information.
FMS is having a talent show! Come see our students and staff perform according to their talent. It's going to be a lot of fun! Date TBD soon!
Our next Early Release day will be on December 11.
December 17 is our Winter Extravaganza Band Concert along with our STEAM lab open house, an art exhibit, and a free spaghetti dinner. Come out to FMS from 4-7pm and celebrate with us!! There will be raffles and hands-on activities for the whole family.
Check out YEARBOOK information below - pre-orders will be available soon.
Need to sign up for FCS FindOutFirst for bus changes, school closings, important messages from the county and our school? Click here to go to the county page.
Need to sign up to pay lunch or Chromebook fees online? Click here to get started.
Traditional school calendar for 2019-2020 CLICK HERE.
FMS school day master schedule - CLICK HERE.
Mr. Smith - Band & Chorus
The 2019 FCS All-County Band Concert will take place on Tuesday November 25 at Louisburg High School Auditorium. The concert will begin at 7pm. Those students selected to perform will need to be at Louisburg High School by 6pm.
Come one, come all!! The 2019 FMS Winter Extravaganza will be held on December 17 at the FMS Auditorium beginning at 6:30pm. The concert will feature holiday favorites as performed by our Beginning Band, Symphonic Band, and FMS Singers. The event is free and open to the public.
**Attention all 6th graders and parents. There is still space for you in our 6th grade beginning band for the second semester. I encourage all who are interested to give it a try. Don’t let financial fears hold you back, we’ve got you covered! Please contact me for more information regarding our band program**
Ms. Hatten - Drama & Yearbooks
YEARBOOKS will be available for advanced order starting in December. Yearbooks will be $20 with an option to upgrade to a hard cover for an additional $5, and other upgrades available online. There is also a payment plan option so you can reserve your copy and have it paid for in full by the end of the year by making smaller payments if necessary Our yearbook this year looks like it will be 44 pages full of memories of the year. Be on the lookout for information to come home regarding ordering yearbooks soon!
6TH GRADE TEAM
MR. GENTILE - MATH
This short week we continue to work on our Unit 4: Fraction Unit that involves adding & subtracting like and unlike denominators, multiplying fractions, as well as dividing fractions. When we come back from Thanksgiving Break we will be doing a quick review before taking our Unit 4 Test. Please work with your child on reviewing as well as keeping their math vocabulary slide show up to date. If you have questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MS. MCINTOSH - ELA
*NOTE: Ms. McIntosh is out on maternity leave, but she will be in constant communication with our substitute teacher Ms. Kearney, who is being supported by our district literacy coach, using the same curriculum. Rest assured that your children are in good hands!
7TH GRADE TEAM
MS. NEUJAHR - SCIENCE
This week they are finishing up Types of Reproduction. So far in the Life Science unit they have learned the different types of protists, parts of a cell, how to use a microscope, and how to tell the difference between asexual and sexual reproduction. Students will have finalized 4 week/1 month grades in by 11/25.
MS WOODS - MATH
Students will work on adding and subtracting fractions this week. Please remember that our NC State Field Trip is Tuesday, December 3 from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Please make sure your student arrives at school on time. If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com. Students also received a progress report from me today. This was not the required school report. I just decided to send it out since many students are missing work.
MS. KEITH - SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we are finishing up our Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution Unit. When we come back from back we will be diving into the French and American Revolutions. Please do not forget that our field trip is coming up on December 3rd. If you have questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MS. BAECHLE - ELA
This week we will continue to review gaps in understanding from the 1st ELA Benchmark in order to enhance understanding of lessons as well as review games. Following Thanksgiving break, we will continue with the second half of our text Lyddie while strengthening skills with further practice with context clues, vocabulary in context, and recognizing development and growth within characters/author’s point of views. In addition, we will be deep diving into paragraph formation and incorporating selected quotes with analyzing content. Any further questions please contact me at: email@example.com, or my google classroom page which consists of weekly summaries, project info, and reminders for students.
8TH GRADE TEAM
MS. KEENAN - SCIENCE
Students were given a take home project titled “Create a Creature” They are to create a creature and it’s living environment from their own imagination. Along with the creation, they are develop the creatures adaptations that will ensure its survival in their environment. A description of the creatures adaptations, a description of the environment and a visual representation of the creature (an image or 3D model) is required for full credit. Here is a copy of the RUBRIC for reference. This project is done primarily at home, however I did assign two class periods for students to work on them as well. It’s due 12/4/19. Students will also take a Quiz on the topic of Natural Selection 12/3/19. If you have any questions or concerns. Please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my CANVAS site for class notes, assignments, and study sets.
MS. MOORE - GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
With holidays and school breaks upon us, it’s good to remember the importance of sleep on your child’s growth, development, health, learning, temperament, behavior, etc. We should all practice good sleep hygiene every day (not just on the eve of an important test) and help our children stick to a schedule, go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time, and get good quality sleep in between.
Why Sleep is so Important:
Sleep is linked to brain functions, like thinking, concentration, memory, and productivity.
Sleep affects energy levels which helps us maintain healthy levels of activity.
Sleep helps our bodies regulate blood pressure.
Sleep helps us with social emotional intelligence, especially with recognizing and understanding other people’s feelings and perspectives. We have more empathy for others when we are well rested.
Sleep helps us regulate our emotions - lack of sleep can cause irritability, aggression, frustration, poor judgement, etc.
Getting enough sleep can help us avoid depression.
Sleeps helps the body repair, recover, rejuvenate, and fight infection.
To improve sleep quality, help your child:
Avoid sleeping late when they’ve had enough sleep
Go to bed around the same time each night
Spend more time being more active during the day
Spend more time outside
Reduce stress through exercise, mindfulness (meditating, yoga, etc.), therapy or other means
Remove electronics from their bedrooms. Screens like phones, computers, video games, and TVs give off a light that triggers awake hormones in our brains.
Have a relaxed bedtime routine that includes quiet and calm activities like reading or listening to soft music.
Avoid caffeine! It’s in beverages like tea, coffee, soda, cocoa, energy drinks
Daily Sleep Recommendations:
Newborns: 14-17 hours of sleep
Infants: 12-16 hours of sleep
Toddlers: 11-14 hours of sleep
Preschool: 10-13 hours
School Age: 9-12 hours
Teens: 8-10 hours
Adults 7-9 hours
See your doctor if you:
Have trouble falling asleep at night despite trying these tips.
Wake up through the night or early in the morning and cannot get back to sleep.
Continue to feel like you have no energy despite getting enough sleep.
Are having trouble meeting your responsibilities – such as not being able to go to school, get to work on time, or spend time with your friends.
Have feelings of sadness that don't seem to go away.
Have worried feelings that make it hard to focus on other things.
Often feel sick in other ways (such as headaches, loss of appetite or other symptoms you can't explain).