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DECEMBER 2017

Hello Falcon Bluffs Families,

The Family School Partnership (FSP) Survey is available now until December 20th for the District to gather information to guide future family, student and school support. The FSP survey offers an opportunity for families to provide feedback on schools' communication, collaboration, and support for student learning. The survey is currently open and closes Wednesday, December 20. The survey questions ask parents about experiences with their current school. All questions are optional. Parents/Guardians should scroll down and click on each applicable level (elementary, middle, or high) which will open up a link to all schools. Families can complete a survey for each school that their children attend.  http://www.tinyurl.com/JeffcoFamilySurvey2017 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 There is a lot happening at FBMS so please take a few minutes to review our December announcements/information below. As usual, thank you for your continued support and do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

 

From our family to yours, we wish you all the best of holiday seasons and hope that you have abundant quality time with friends and family. Winter break is Thursday, December 21 through January 5, 2018. Classes will resume on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

Happy Holidays!

Tom Burns

Principal


 FALCON BLUFFS NEWS AND EVENTS ~


FUTURE FALCONS INFORMATION NIGHT:

Please join us on December 6th to learn more about Falcon Bluffs Middle School.  Students, parents, teachers, counselors and administrators are speaking about the exciting opportunities found at Falcon Bluffs Middle.  Tour the building and find out why FBMS is  "Soaring With Pride".
Our Future Falcons evening was developed for incoming 6th grade students next year (Current 5th graders) but, of course, ALL ARE WELCOME.  Check out the attached flyer and invite your neighbors!

FBMSInformationNight.pdf



NJHS SPONSORS WINTER DANCE AND SPIRIT WEEK:

The Winter Dance will be held on Friday, December 8th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Cafeteria.  Students will have the option to either pay $3.00 for a ticket or donate a brand new toy as NJHS is donating their proceeds and toys to the Salvation Army's Toy Drive this year.  So plan to come and enjoy the dance and contribute to less fortunate children this holiday with a gift of $3.00 or a new toy.

SPIRIT WEEK:  DECEMBER 4TH - 8TH

Monday - PJ Day
Tuesday - Sports Day
Wednesday - Wacky Sock Day
Thursday - Tacky Tourist Day
Friday - Winter Whiteout Day 


YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID:
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed for adults who regularly interact with young people (ages 12-18). The course introduces the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention.
Please join us in this free class on Saturday, December 16.  Please RSVP to Ms. Herrera at nicole.herrera@jeffco.k12.co.us by December 14.  

Please view the flyer here:  MHFA Jeffco Falcon Bluffs Youth 12-16-17.pdf



JEFFCO GENERATIONS:

October 11 marked Dr. Jason Glass' 100th day as superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools. To coincide with this milestone, Jeffco released a new vision document for our schools.  We invite you to become familiar with Jeffco Generations - A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community's Schools.



OUR VERY OWN KOSI RADIO'S "TUESDAY'S TEACHER", MR. JOHN TRUJILLO:

Mr. Trujillo was nominated by one of our Falcon Bluffs parents and was honored as an outstanding teacher and Tech Ed Teacher by KOSI Radio's morning show host, Steve Henry, this past Friday during 6th grade lunch.  We are extremely lucky to have Mr. Trujillo as one of our many outstanding teachers here at FBMS.  
Congratulations, Mr. Trujillo!!

Please listen to the KOSI radio announcement and interview with Mr. Trujillo here: KOSI Radio Announcement



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.  In August we focused on Grit with staff and students and learned what it mean to be “gritty”.  We explored the impact of perseverance and how productive struggle with incremental success builds positive life long lessons.   We have shifted our emphasis to Growth Mindset since the middle of October and are learning how to be open to different perspectives and embrace challenges. Please take a few minutes to ask your student about Growth Mindset.


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

As you're doing your holiday 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 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: 
 

 CALENDAR ITEMS ~

FALCON BLUFFS CALENDAR ITEMS: 



December 5 - Student Spelling Bee Prelims   3-3:45 pm Cafeteria

December 6 - Future Falcons Information Evening 6-8 pm

December 7 - PTO Meeting 7:30-8:30 Conference Room -CANCELLED

December 8 - Winter Dance  3-5 pm  Cafeteria

December 12 - Spelling Bee Finals  3-4:30 pm  Cafeteria

December 13 - Band Concert  7-8 pm  Cafeteria

December 14 - Orchestra/Choir Concert  7-8 pm  Cafeteria

December 21 - January 5 -  Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

January 8 - Classes Resume




EARLY  RELEASE  DATES: (Dismissal  12:25 pm)

February 16
March 16
April 27

 

 PTO/ACCOUNTABILITY INFORMATION AND NEWS ~ 

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 ~



CHATFIELD BOYS WINTER BASKETBALL CAMP
WHEN: DECEMBER 26 & 27th
WHERE: CHATFIELD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
TIME: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
WHO: 1st – 8th GRADES
COST AND REGISTRATION: $55 both days, $30 one day
REGISTER: To register online with a credit card: go to www.chatfieldbasketball.com. If you prefer, you can bring a check/cash on the first day of camp.
QUESTIONS: or need more information? Contact Head Coach Steve Schimpeler: sschimpe@jeffco.k12.co.us
REGISTER SOON! SPOTS WILL FILL UP FAST!

For more information:
CSH 2017 Boys Winter Camp Basketball Flyer.pdf

 

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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