FBMS Weekly Newsletter
September 22, 2023 #wearemarshfield
A look ahead to OCTOBER
Next Friday- 9/29 is mid term which means that progress reports will be posted the following week. A progress report is a report of progress thus far for first quarter. It is a good time to discuss with your child the progress he/she/they have made so far. It is also a good time to reach out to teachers if you have any concerns. You can message teachers here. Email addresses are located on each teacher's CANVAS page (which is visible to students). On the 29th, we will be half way through Q1, and there is still plenty of time for improvement.
Parent teacher conferences will be held 11/16 and 11/21. That being said, you can still reach out to teachers at any time.
START WITH HELLO WEEK
Thank you for an excellent Start With Hello Week! We truly value the dedication of our staff and the participation of our students. It's important to understand that we are an inclusive school, and our goal is to ensure that every individual feels both welcomed and supported. Let's carry this spirit with us as we journey through the rest of the school year.
Mrs Bonney Social Studies
Mr. Brenner's Band Class
Is your student interested in South Shore Vocational Technical High School?
Winnie making the rounds
Mr. Nalen's Stem Class
Gr. 7 Math Groups
CRIMINAL JUSTICE CLUB
Officer Reidy and his K9 "Fox" of the Marshfield Police Department visited the Criminal Justice Club this week. Students observed a K9 demonstration and learned about Marshfield’s K-9 unit.
If you are interested in joining the Club, please see Officer Hernon or Mrs. Clifford with any questions. Late bus will be available.
ZENTAGLES IN Grade 7 Art!
The Green Team Club
Meetings take place 1 or 2 times a month.
Email Mr. Casavant if you have any questions.
Captains Cluster Teamwork!
Captains Cluster recognized the hard work of both Nick and Lauren, two great superstars at Furnace Brook!
Golden Boot FUNDRAISER
LATE BUSES ARE AVAILABLE
Grade 6 Analyzing Text in English
Gr 6 Halloween Party -10/27
Our entire student body will have an opportunity to dress for Halloween on 10/31 (including the teachers!). Information forthcoming.
FROM THE CLINIC
Hello From the Clinic!
We are still missing some medications. If you haven't dropped off any medications your child needs, please do so next week.
Guidelines prior to bringing in the MEDICATIONS: Physician order(s) and written parent permission must accompany the medication. All medications must be hand delivered by the parent and given directly to the Nurse. Medications are not permitted to be sent in with students- this is unsafe as medication could get lost or contaminated. The permission form to give medications is here. Please contact the clinic with any questions, 781-834-5020.
ANNUAL PHYSICALS: provide up to date information and indicate that students are receiving adequate care at and home and by their pediatrician, and clearance for participation in gym class. Please report any changes in health status e.g. health conditions, new medication, illnesses, and injuries to the clinic. Students in Grade 7 are required to submit an updated physical with proof of immunizations for their health record at the beginning of the school year. Our Fax number is 781-319-1780.
ABSENT NOTES/INJURY NOTES: please provide written documentation for any important issues such as attendance, absences due to illness, injury, medical appointments, travel plans that result in missing school. MD notes are required for out of PE and for return to PE. MD notes are required for concussion protocol.
ABSENCES: Safe-to-School Program is implemented so that all children are known to be safe and accounted for. When your child is marked absent from school, you will receive a connect-ed notification from the school stating that they have been marked absent. Upon your child's return to school they should provide a written note as to the date(s) and reason for the absence. For a student's absence to be medically excused, there must be a note from the child's physician/clinician.
INJURIES: Please notify the school of an injury, major or minor, and provide written documentation from a doctor if gym needs to be restricted. If the injury is MAJOR (stitches/fractures/concussion) and your child has been seen by a MD, please provide the medical note to school upon returning to class. An additional note of medical clearance must be presented for students to return to gym following injury.
ANNUAL SCREENINGS: the following mandated health screenings are done annually in the health office:
Vision/ Hearing 7th grade Fall/Winter
BMI 7th grade Fall/Winter
Postural 6th, 7th & 8th grades Fall/Winter
SBIRT 7th Spring
We look forward to assisting families and students in achieving optimal health and wellness during the academic school year. Please feel free to contact us at any time with concerns or questions.
Maura Carroll, RN, BSN: email@example.com
Karen Mellen, RN, BSN: firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Owren RN,BSN: email@example.com
BUS PASSES WILL BE CHECKED
Bus passes have been handed out to all students who registered to ride the bus. Please be sure that bus passes are attached to the outside of your child's backpack when traveling to and from school. Bus drivers and school administrators will be checking bus passes. Students will not be allowed to ride a bus that does not match their bus pass or cannot ride a bus if they do not have a pass. Please contact our front office at 781-834-5020 if you need to obtain a bus pass.
BREAKFAST MENU--for students who are dropped off early to cafe, (7:15-7:40AM)
FURNACE BROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What time is bus pick up? Bus pick up varies. Typically, you want to be out earlier than normal to make sure you catch the bus the first week. An email regarding bus times will be sent to you from Central Office shortly. Busses arrive at school by 7:35AM.
What if I did not register my child for a bus? How can I? If you still need to register for a spot on a bus, please use this link to pay a bus fee. This will initiate a bus registration. Please note that it takes 24 hours to process.
What time is dismissal? Dismissal is at 2:20PM. Busses pull away to begin their routes at 2:30PM.
What if I am picking up my child? You will pull up or park in the student drop off area on the cafeteria side of the building. Please see the article in this newsletter about pick up/drop off.
Will there be an Open House in September? Yes! Please join us and follow your child’s schedule for the night—meet your child’s teachers and see our school on September 14th, 6-8PM. Information forthcoming. Important events are detailed here.
What is the earliest time and where can I drop my child off to school in the morning?
We open early so that students may be dropped off at 7:15 AM at the cafeteria entrance – students will remain in the cafeteria with staff on duty until the 7:40 AM school entrance bell. Starting at 7:15AM, students can obtain a free breakfast and socialize with friends until the bell rings. Opening early allows students to be dropped off for a span of 25 minutes in order to minimize drop off traffic.
What if my child has made prior arrangements to meet a teacher in the morning for extra help? Your child still must report to the cafeteria. They will sign out in the cafeteria to go to their destination.
What do I do if my child is late for school? Students must either have a note from their parent or guardian stating the reason for their tardiness (please write the student’s full name on the note) or be accompanied by a parent into school. If your child is tardy due to a doctor or dentist appointment, the tardy will be excused with a slip from the medical professional. Students must be in homeroom by 7:50 AM or they are considered tardy. If a child is tardy more than three times, they receive an after school detention for each subsequent tardy.
Do I have to call FBMS if my child is going to be absent? No, you will receive an automated message notifying you that your child has been marked absent. Upon returning to school after an absence the child must bring a note to their homeroom teacher which should include:
Student’s name, grade, homeroom
Date(s) of absence
Reason for absence
If sick, a physician’s note is required for an absence to be medically excused and/or if the absence has been for five (5) or more consecutive days.
How much is lunch? Once again this year, lunch will be free to all students. Students only need to pay for lunch if they would like a second lunch ($3) or second breakfast ($2). Every student is entitled to one free lunch per day. A milk on its own is .75 and a water is $1.
What if I need to dismiss my child during the school day? Students should bring the dismissal note from the parent to the main office upon arrival to school where they will receive a dismissal slip. The note should state the time and reason for dismissal. The student will give the dismissal slip to the teacher at the beginning of the class they will be leaving. It is the student’s responsibility to report to the office at the requested dismissal time. A parent/guardian must come into the main office to sign out the student. The only exception to this process is for a student who has an appointment at the doctor or dentist nearby and the parent writes that the student will be walking to the appointment. The student will dismiss themselves and walk.
What if I forgot to send a dismissal note? Please call the office as soon as possible. The front office staff will locate your child at the least disruptive time to give him/her a dismissal slip. They will follow the same dismissal procedures as above.
Who can dismiss my child? We can only dismiss a student to a parent/guardian unless you write in the note that you are giving permission for the named person to dismiss him/her (this includes grandparents, siblings – anyone other than a parent). Please remember that emergency contacts are only for the school to call in case we cannot reach you.
Can my child ride a friend’s bus home? No. Students are registered for one bus, and one bus only. Please make other arrangements if students are going to other locations after school.
How does my child obtain a Chromebook? Each new incoming student receives a Chromebook which he/she cares for the three years at the middle school. It is highly recommended parents purchase Chromebook insurance. Students are responsible to bring their charged Chromebook to school each day. Additionally, students are expected to care for their Chromebook and handle it responsibly. Any damage to a Chromebook is the responsibility of the child and parent. Incoming Grade 6 students will receive new Chromebooks the first week of school.
What if my child becomes sick at school? A child will ask a teacher’s permission to go to the nurse. If the nurse feels the student needs to go home, a parent/guardian will be notified. The parent/guardian will come to the office to sign his/her child out of school. The office staff will contact the nurse who will either bring or send your child to the office. This is the protocol for going home sick.
What if I have to drop something off for my child? If your child has contacted you from our school phone to bring in a forgotten item – homework, lunch, money, musical instrument etc., we will be mirroring Marshfield High School’s procedure:
You will need to wait in the vestibule until we can locate your child and they can come to meet you to obtain the item. We do not have a place to “leave” items.
Please remember that there are certain times that it is difficult to reach your child. They may be taking a test or a quiz or in the middle of phys.ed. You will either have to wait until your child is available or return at a later time.
Who do I contact if I have a concern about my child’s lunch account? Please call food services at 781-319-3812.
What is the policy regarding cell phones? Cell phones are to be turned off and placed in students' lockers. Students are not permitted to carry or use cell phones during the day unless a teacher has authorized them to use them in class. If there is a need for a student to use a cell phone to call home, the student should ask his/her teacher. A student may also ask to use a school phone to call home (so the use of a cell phone is not needed). If a student violates these rules, the teacher may confiscate the phone and the parent will need to collect the phone after the school. Repeated violations will result in progressive discipline starting with an after school detention. Such policies are detailed in our FBMS Student Handbook.
How do I keep track of my child’s academic progress? All parents are given access to our online gradebook, ASPEN. Both students and families may log into ASPEN to check academic progress. It is highly recommended that ASPEN be checked regularly to keep track of academic progress. Parents may email or call teachers for clarification on student’s progress at any time.
Are progress reports and report cards available electronically? Yes, all progress reports and report cards are available on Aspen each designated marking period. Please contact the guidance office with progress report or report card questions. We will alert you to this posting in our weekly newsletters.
How do I contact a teacher? The best way to initially contact a teacher is via email. You can then arrange a phone call or other manner to discuss based upon your needs. Teachers’ emails are shared on CANVAS, course syllabi, and on the district website. Please understand that teachers are teaching during the day and will not be able to respond immediately during the day. If an issue arises that requires immediate attention, please contact your child’s guidance counselor or the front office.
Do you have parent teacher conferences? We have parent teacher conferences Quarter 1 and 2, and halfway through Quarter 4. See this calendar for specific dates.
How long is a quarter or term? It is about eight weeks. Quarters are outlined here on this calendar.
When are half days? There is typically one half day a month for teacher professional development. Dismissal is at 11:55AM. Students are encouraged to take a bus home. Dates are on this calendar.
Do I need a computer and internet access at home? Does my child need to have a cell phone? With the growing online resources and use of technology, it is important that we try to establish computer and internet access for all students. If you need assistance, please contact your child’s guidance counselor or administrator. Students are given Chromebooks to use during instruction and at home so there is no need for a cell phone.
Do students need to change for PE? No, they do not. During the first week, PE teachers will discuss with students what they should wear to be able to participate in PE effectively (such as sneakers, etc.).
Please bookmark and frequent the school’s website - mpsd.org and choose Furnace Brook Middle School. It contains many important pieces of information including:
Updated weekly bulletins and school calendars
School and district policies
Contact numbers and emails addresses
Please make sure your ASPEN information, name, address, emails, and phone numbers are up to date. We send out a weekly newsletter, and we will be utilizing the email addresses in ASPEN.
All parents/guardians are required to sign off on the Student Handbook and Acceptable Use Policy for technology in ASPEN.