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JANUARY 2018

Hello Falcon Bluffs Families, Welcome back!



As we are now all back from a nice winter break, just a  few reminders for Cold and Flu season. There are three main reasons to keep sick children at home:

1. The child doesn’t feel well enough to take part in normal activities, (such as; overly tired, fussy or won’t stop crying).

2. The child needs more care than teachers and staff can give, and still educate other children.

3. Fever, diarrhea, or vomiting. 

And remember, the best way to prevent the spread of infection is through good hand washing.  1st Round Choice Enrollment begins Monday, January 8th and runs through January 31st. If you are planning on enrolling your child in Falcon Bluffs for the 2018-2019 school year, but don't live in our attendance area, please be sure to come in as soon as possible and fill out the Choice Enrollment Form. This first round is a lottery and we will be notifying parents of the status of their enrollment for next year based on their Choice Enrollment paperwork in the middle of February. Make Your Voice Heard (MYVH) is a student survey that Jeffco Public Schools administer to students in grade 2 through 12. MYVH has been given to Jeffco students for over a decade. MYVH is administered every other year to all Jeffco Schools students, but is available for schools to administer every year. MYVH is a survey designed to promote engagement in school, improves the school learning environment, and combats problems such as bullying. Falcon Bluffs Middle School will be giving students the survey between January 8th and February 9th, 2018. For more information, please check out the attached letter.

MYVH FamilyNotificationLetter 2017-18_English (2).pdf Please join us on Thursday, January 25th in our library for an informational meeting from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Falcon Bluffs Presents "The Teenage Years and Social Media" Parent Night Flyer Night 2.pdf There is a lot happening at FBMS so please take a few minutes to review our January announcements/information below. As usual, thank you for your continued support and do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

 

Tom Burns

Principal


 FALCON BLUFFS NEWS AND EVENTS ~


FALCON BLUFFS CHROMEBOOK 1-1 INITIATIVE FOR FALL 2018:


The schools of the Chatfield area are committed to preparing students to be college and career ready - communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills are essential to thrive in the 21st century. That is why our area elementary and middle schools are joining the Chatfield Chromebook initiative, launched this year by Chatfield Senior High, to bring a 1-to-1 Chromebook
learning environment to students grades 2-12. Having ongoing access to technology will allow our students to consistently practice and apply those 21st-century skills, and prepare them for a variety of post-secondary options.
The initiative will begin at different grades at each school. For the 2018-19 school year, all students entering 6th grade next year at Falcon Bluffs and Deer Creek will be required to purchase a Chromebook from the school to use for educational purposes at school and at home.
Please take a look at the link below for Falcon Bluffs Chromebook Letter to Parents and more information on this initiative.


FBMS Chromebook Letter to Parents



YEARBOOK BABY PICTURES:

PARENTS OF EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS
Don’t forget to congratulate your eighth grader for graduating from middle school and moving on to high school by creating a personalized baby ad dedication!
Go to:
www.yearbookordercenter.com
and enter school code 7639
Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad”
(not upload photos) and enjoy creating your personalized ad!
If you have questions, please call 877.362.7750 and choose
Option 2
For more information please check out the attached flyer link:
FBMS Baby Ad Handout.pdf



COLLECTIVE COMMITMENTS:

The 6 FBMS Collective Commitments are Grit, Growth Mindset, Relationships, Intellectual Curiosity, Professionalism, and Collaboration.  We have focused on Grit and Growth Mindset and are now working on Relationships. We are learning how to work together and to embrace each others opinion and work together as a team. Please take a few minutes to ask your student about Relationships.


FALCON BLUFFS BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION & LONGMONT DAIRY BOTTLE CAPS:

As you're doing your baking and preparing those special meals, please remember to cut out the Boxtops for Education, look for the familiar pink logo.  These are on many products, and this is an easy way to help the school.  Boxtops can be taken to the office at any time. These give us 10 cents each, which actually adds up pretty fast when we get them by the bagful!  Money raised from this is used for needed supplies.  Please check the expiration dates on the boxtops and trim around the dotted lines.  

If you get your milk delivered in glass bottles from Longmont Dairy, please bring in your bottle caps to the Main Office.  We are given a money donation from the dairy for our caps twice a year (December and May).  So get your daily dose of Vitamin D and help out our school as well!  

Thank you for supporting FBMS!




PARENT COMMUNICATION AND CURRENT INFO:

A couple of reminders from our office staff:

·   Remember to call your child’s absence/tardy the day they are absent/tardy. Attendance line 303-982-9902. 

  •    If your child needs an early dismissal, call the attendance line in the A.M. with the time you need them in the office waiting for pick up and have your child stop by the attendance window to pick up their early dismissal pass.  

·   For absences other than illness, family emergency, medical procedures or religious observances a Pre-Arranged Absence form is required and is to be signed by the student’s teachers, parent and student and turned into the attendance office 3 days prior to the absence. These forms are available in the office and on our website.
http://falconbluffs.jeffcopublicschools.org/

·   It is extremely important that you check your Jeffco Connect parent account and make sure that we have the most up to date contact information, especially emergency phone numbers.  We have had a few instances this week where kids have been in the clinic, didn’t know mom or dad’s phone number off the top of their head, and when we looked it up on the computer it was blank.  Please take a minute to see that your information is correct.  Click here to go to Jeffco Connect.



EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

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


6th GRADE TRANSITION DISTRICT 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


FBMS POLICIES:

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


BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE CONNECTION INFORMATION: 

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 (EACH SCHOOL YEAR parents AND students must sign this agreement).  Please see the attached link with more information.
BYOD Log On Information Step-By-Step



NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN 2017-18:

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 head start 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.



 CALENDAR ITEMS ~

FALCON BLUFFS CALENDAR ITEMS: 



January 1 - 31 - PTO Spirit Month at Virgilios
(save your receipts and turn them in to the Main Office)

January 8 - Classes Resume

January 8 - January 31    OPEN Enrollment 

January 11 - PTO Meeting 7:30 - 8:30 am - Conference Room

January 15 - Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL




EARLY  RELEASE  DATES: (Dismissal  12:25 pm)

February 16
March 16
April 27

 

 PTO/ACCOUNTABILITY INFORMATION AND NEWS ~ 

PTO SPIRIT MONTH - JANUARY 2018:


PTO is sponsoring spirit fundraiser the entire month of January.  Please save your receipts and turn them in at the Main Office during January.  Thank you for supporting Falcon Bluffs Middle!



PTO MEETING DATES:

Please join us in the Main Office Conference Room on any or all of our upcoming meeting dates.  We meet from 7:30 am - 8:30 am.

January 11
February 8
March 8
April 12
May 10


ACCOUNTABILITY DATES: We invite you to join us at any of our upcoming meeting dates as we firmly believe in collaboration with all stakeholders.  We meet in the Falcon Bluffs library from 4:15-5:30 on the following dates:

 

February 8

April 19


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 ~



 

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