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Falcon Files

September 2017

Hello Falcon Bluffs Families,
We are excited to embark on the 2017-18 school year together.  We are off to a great start as we begin to explore our  new Collective Commitments with staff and students.  We are also celebrating our recent State assessment scores.  Did you know FALCON BLUFFS HAD THE HIGHEST COMBINED (ELA AND MATH) GROWTH SCORES OF ANY JEFFCO MIDDLE SCHOOL LAST YEAR?  We are very proud of this accomplishment and genuinely believe it is a refection of teamwork between parents, students, and staff. Congratulation FBMS Families!

At the beginning of each month we will email you the latest information housed in our Falcon Files.  Although we will email this home once per month, we update Falcon Files regularly and ask you to consider bookmarking this location for easy access throughout the week.  
Thank you for your support and please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.
Tom Burns
Principal


Please take a look at the following link with regard to emergency situations at school - Information for Families, published by Jeffco Schools:

Jeffco Schools and Student Safety Information

6th Grade Transition Information - Information for families and our community about Jeffco's upcoming transition of 6th grade to middle school. For more information please click the link below.

District 6th Grade Transition Information

OCTOBER COUNT
Window:  September 25 - October 9 and the all important count day where we would like to have every student in our building is OCTOBER 2nd.  For more information please click on the letter from our Principal, Mr. Burns below.

October Count Important Information

For information regarding content and knowledge grades, dress code, and other Falcon Bluffs school policies, please check out the link below.  You can also find it under "Family Resources" on the tabs above in the drop down list.
Falcon Bluffs Policies and Information

Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are.  Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

 ·       Set the example. Let children see you read.

·         Have a collection of books in the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.

·         Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

 Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging a­nd affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: September 11-15

Shopping hours:   All Day and open during conferences

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help you find the right books for your child. For more information, visit: scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs. And if you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available from September 11th to September 18th. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

New Opportunities:

-In May 2017, FBMS staff were trained in Pre-AP strategies and our Language Arts department adopted the specific “SpringBoard” curriculum. Pre-AP is a comprehensive instructional program developed by CollegeBoard that provides a pathway of rigorous instruction, performance based assessments, and exemplary professional development. Our Pre-AP pathway is not about assigning MORE work but instead about diving deeper into content requiring higher order thinking skills and applications. With Chatfield Senior High School leading the way in Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment offerings, we aligned with them to give students a headstart on these classes and offer early exposure to AP curriculum. We anticipate expanding these opportunities into several subjects in the near future.

-We hope students will enjoy the huge variety of clubs offered this year. Every teacher is sponsoring a club and we encourage students to find something they are interested in and join the fun.

-Throughout the year we will be emphasising our six Collective Commitments with staff and students. These commitments include Collaboration, Grit, Growth Mindset, Intellectual Curiosity, Professionalism, and Relationships. We look forward to applying the six commitments throughout the building.

-Finally, we are excited to roll out our new Falcon Bluffs Middle School website. Jeffco is supporting all schools in this transition as we strive to improve district consistency and create a user friendly site. Relating to this change, we are also in the process of transitioning to a new school app. More information around that will be coming this fall. Please peruse our new site for more details as well as all kinds of information to help you prepare for the year. Here are a few upcoming dates to make note of: 


     
Dates to Note:

First Accountability Meeting:  September 13th 4:15 - 5:30p.m. (Library)- Please note the date change from 9/7 to 9/13.  
Parent/Teacher Conferences:  September 14th 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Parent/Teacher Conferences:  September 15th 8:00 - Noon (No school on 9/15)
K-8 Early Release:  September 22nd 12:25 p.m.


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Information:  If you are having trouble logging into our network, be sure you have logged into JEFFCO CONNECT and signed the BYOD permission (parents AND students must sign this agreement).  Please see the attached link with more information.

BYOD Log On Information Step-By-Step

Fee payments: Completed through registration(via Jeffco Connect). Debit and credit cards are accepted including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. A receipt will be emailed confirming your fee payment. If you need assistance, please contact us at 303-982-9900.

 

 


 

 

Falcon Community News and Information


Outdoor Lab 

  1. Outdoor Lab Medical forms went home last week and need to be back on or before the 9/8/17
  2. Open house for both campuses will be on Sept 16  - Blue is going to Mt Evens and Green to Windy Peak
  3. Falcon Parent meeting will be scheduled soon.  More information to come.


PTO Information and News:
Please join us for Falcon Bluffs Silent Auction on November 11th from 7 - 9 pm  
Tickets are $30 or $40 at the door.
For more information, please see the attached link: 

Bayou Bash PTO Silent Auction

PTO Student Directory: 
If you would like to purchase a copy of our FBMS Student Directory, please download the following link and return it back to school with $5.00


Student Directory




Middle School Tennis:
Join the Middle School Team Tennis sponsored by the United States Tennis Association (USTA-Colorado).  Open to 6th-8th grade students and Freshman girls.  Dates: Sept. 11 -Oct. 20
Flyers are available in the Main Office for more information and/or contact Julie Ciarvella at jcdolcevita@comcast.net or click the link here:  Middle School Tennis flyer                 and Registration Page 2

Spark and Recreation:

Spark and Recreation is our before school Physical Education program and it will start on Tuesday, September 5th. This program is open to students from all three grade levels and will emphasize cardiovascular activities, games and tournaments. The class meets Monday through Thursday morning from 7:00-7:45 in our gymnasium and the cost for the program is $55 per semester. To register, please send a check made out to ‘FBMS’ to Mr. Atadero on the first day your child attends.  If you have any additional questions, please email Mr. Atadero at Allyn.Atadero@jeffco.k12.co.us

 


 

Calendar Items:

Falcon Bluff's calendar is chock full of student happenings. 
 
Labor Day - NO SCHOOL:  September 4th

First Accountability Meeting:  September 13th 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. (Library)- Please make note of the date change from 9/7 to 9/13.  Sorry for any
inconvenience.  

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  September 14th 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  September 15th 8:00 - Noon                                                                (No school unless your student has a conference)
K-8 Early Release:  September 22nd 12:25 p.m.



GT/ ALP
Special thanks to Ronnie Ridpath who volunteered to help coordinate Gifted and Talented information for FBMS.  Please see her introduction letter below. 
My name is Ronnie Ridpath and I'm happy to be serving as the Falcon Bluffs GT Ambassador this school year. I'm hoping to help create some community among GT parents. I've found that being a GT parent can be frustrating and lead to a lot of questions. I hope to help provide some support. I will be providing information on free GT seminars provided by the district. I can get you in contact with GT resources for our school. I hope to have a couple of GT meet ups so we can discuss ideas about how to foster GT at our school.

Please feel to reach out to me at rlynnridpath@comcast.net if you would like be a part of the GT email distribution.

Sincerely,
Ronnie Ridpath



THANK YOU to our FBMS Business Partners
We would like to recognize the following companies for partnering with Falcon Bluffs Middle School. Preferred Business Partners are local community businesses that step up to assist our students by raising funds for improvements in technology.  

COMPASS INSURANCE GROUPImage result for business partnership
GEAR 'N UP
KIDS TO COLLEGE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
SUMMIT FAMILY ORTHODONTICS
SUMMIT FAMILY DENTISTRY
SUNNY PUCKETT - REMAX
OLDROYD FAMILY DENTISTRY
LITTLE THEATRE CULTURE CENTER
COLORADO CREDIT UNION
OHMART ORTHODONTICS







CHATFIELD SENIOR HIGH EVENTS ~


Homecoming Game:  September 29 @ 6th and Kipling Stadium 7:30 p.m.


 

 

Quick reminder that we will push out an email the first Friday of each month containing our Falcon Files but it is updated far more often and available 24/7. Consider creating a bookmark to easily access the latest FBMS news at:

https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/tburns/home/falcon-files

 

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