Falcon Happenings

Faribault Middle School Family Newsletter

January 30, 2022

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Congratulations to the December Students of the Month!

Team 601 - Savannah Conway and Emmett Johnson

Team 602 - DeMaria Skelton and Caleb Lenway

Team 701 - Ani Gliem and Zach Bethune

Team 702 - Erin McDowell and Khalid Abdullahi

Team 801 -Teegan Embury and Adam Diaz-Coons

Team 802 - Ramlo Mohamud and Abdikhaliq Muhuyidin

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Great Success at the Faribault Middle School Solo and Ensemble Event!

Congratulations to the following Orchestra students for participating in Faribault MS Solo and Ensemble Event. These students dedicated a significant amout of time to practice. Every student that participated earned a Superior rating!

8th Grade:

Miles Leopold

Leah Nowaczewski

Ellie Rice

7th grade:

Madelyn Kramer

Eve Drewitz

Claire Anderson

Amira Williams

Bella White

Katianna Apling

Sigrid Holmgren

Alan Gomez Castaneda

Anika Sterling

Luella Coulter

6th grade:

Hattie Danberry

Ainsley Luettel

Brenna VanDerVeen

Elijah Luettel

Clare Nawrocki

Sydney Bauer

Chloe Chappius


Ms. Tami L. Nelson

FMS Orchestra Director

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FMS Yearbooks on Sale for $18 through March 21! Beat the Price Increase!

Buy an FMS Yearbook! We are currently in the Early Sales for our 2021-2022 yearbook for FMS. Purchase this $22 yearbook for the sale price of only $18 if you purchase by March 21. After March 21, the price will increase to $22. You don't want to miss out on all of the fun memories that will be included in the yearbook.
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Free Covid Test Kits available for FMS Students

If you are interested in a FREE Covid-19 test kit for your student, please contact FMS Attendance Secretary, Laura McColley at 507-333-3612 or by email at lmccolley@faribault.12.mn.us.
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Mark Your Calendar: Faribault Falcons Day at Target Center!

Sunday, Feb. 6, is Faribault Falcons Day at Target Center! Through a partnership with the Minnesota Timberwolves, discounted tickets are available to all Faribault Public Schools families (up to 8 tickets per order) for this game against the Detroit Pistons, while supplies last. To order tickets, go to timberwolves.com/groupoffers and enter the promo code FaribaultFalcons. You can then select your seats from one of three price points. Other things to know about this game:

-It's a rare weekend day game, so it's a great opportunity for families to get to a game.

-It's Crunch's (the Wolves mascot) birthday, which means mascots from other teams will be at the game visiting Crunch.

-It's Anthony Edwards youth jersey giveaway day, so the first 5,000 fans 12 and under get a jersey.

-After the game, all Falcons and guests get to have your picture taken on the court at Target Center.

No district transportation or supervision is provided for this event. All guests will be required to follow Target Center health and safety protocols: https://www.targetcenter.com/arena-info/covid-19-info

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Mark Your Calendar: FREE Sports Physicals for Students without Health Insurance

FMS Community School Update:

Community School and Healthfinders Clinic will be offering a FREE Sport’s Physical to any student who does not have health insurance. If you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian to come with you. The clinic will be at the Faribault Middle School on February 7th in the cafeteria from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Contact Nora Schulz with questions at 507-333-6378

Mark Your Calendar: Faribault Secondary Orchestra Concert

  • 6-12 Orchestra Concert
  • Monday, February 14 at 7:00 PM
  • Faribault HS Auditorium
  • Masks are required for audience and students
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Update on Positive Lab-Confirmed Covid Cases at FMS: Week of January 21-28

Dear FMS Families:

Our commitment to you is to keep you informed of all positive, lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases at Faribault Middle School. For this week past week, Friday, January 21 to Friday, January 28 we have been notified of 14 (fourteen) lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school.

Our district supports personal responsibility to follow the Minnesota Department of Health Recommendations for Handling a Confirmed Case of COVID-19. Please note, per this document, "In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time." (page 4)

  • Everyone who has a lab-confirmed positive COVID is encouraged to reach out to those individuals they determine to be close contacts.

  • All people in our learning environments should assume personal responsibility for their health and safety.

  • Universal precautions for interactions such as quarantining/isolation and testing are strongly recommended.

  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 frequently.

  • If you are sick, you are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to stay home until your symptoms have improved.

  • Quarantine is strongly recommended if you are unvaccinated and a household member is positive.

  • Reporting of positive cases to the program/school is required.

We understand that positive cases may create unease in our community. We are asking all members of our community to minimize the spread of illness by following the above guidelines and protocols.

We will get through this together as a community and will be stronger when we emerge.

Haley Storms

Health & Safety Manager

Buildings & Grounds Building

Faribault Public Schools

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Health Office Absence Procedures

Students are expected to stay home and will be asked to go home if any of the conditions below are present:

  • A fever over 100 degrees (stay home 24 hours after temperature is back to normal without fever reducing medicine)

  • Vomiting or diarrhea (stay home 24 hours after last episode)

  • A new persistent cough that occurs multiple times a day

  • Any undiagnosed rash

  • Strep throat (return to school 12 hours after antibiotics are started)

  • Any undiagnosed draining wounds

  • A positive COVID 19 test (stay home (isolate) until all three of the following are true: it’s been 10 days from symptom onset or date of test, and their symptoms have improved, and they have had no fever for 24 hours)

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LiveMore ScreenLess January Newsletter


January can be a hard, cold month and Covid certainly creates further challenges.

Dr. Suzuki, a neuroscientist and author of “Good Anxiety,” says her number one tip to help people feel calm is deep breathing. Deep breathing - conscious breathing - can take place anytime or anywhere, no devices needed! In addition, Dr. Suzuki points to physical activity — even a short walk outside — as a step (really, a step outside!) toward shifting heavy emotions into manageable levels.

Questions to Consider:

  • Where do you find yourself waiting? Are you on a device? While you wait, consider focusing on three deep breaths.

  • What do you need in order to take a short walk outside? Is it a friend? A warmer layer of clothing? A bit of inspiration?

Steps to Consider:

  • Practice 3 deep breaths while you wait. Count in for 3; hold for 3; release for 3.

  • Take a short walk outside to engage those good brain chemicals. Be sure to put your device on do not disturb.

As you develop practices of deep breathing and getting outside, you will be modeling these simple, healthy behaviors for your children. As the saying goes: children do what they see from parents more than what we say.

Be Well!

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