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Falcon Files

DECEMBER 2018

Dear Falcon Bluffs Families,

Happy Holidays!

The holidays are always a good time to pause and reflect on those things for which we are truly thankful.  As I have shared in the past, I have spent 13 years here at FBMS (teaching and administration) and fully appreciate this opportunity.  Not only do we have an awesome group of kids, but we also appreciate the strong family and community support.  
 
Thank you for your partnership as we strive to provide the very best education for our students. 
We wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Of note ~ if you, or one of your neighbors, will have a student here for the 2019-2020 school year, please save the date for our Future Falcons Night on Wednesday, January 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  We will be showcasing all the wonderful things we do here at Falcon Bluffs MS. 

Please be on the lookout for information from the District regarding student enrollment for next year.  Jeffco is rolling out a new program called "EnrollJeffco".   All students will use EnrollJeffco in January to indicate where they will be attending school in August. Whether students are re-enrolling at the same school, changing schools, or just starting in Jeffco — everyone will use EnrollJeffco.  Please visit the links below for more information.  Check back often to our website and Falcon Files for updates.


District ENROLL JEFFCO Website Link

Enroll Jeffco Informational Timeline

Enroll Jeffco Video

Sincerely,

Tom Burns

Principal



SCHOOL START TIME TASK FORCE SURVEY:

The School Start Time Task Force has been meeting since last spring, analyzing the research around school start times and its effect on students, especially in middle and high school.  The purpose of this survey is to get parent input and gauge interest on later start times for secondary schools given the trade-offs/ complexities.  The survey is open now and ends December 10th.  Please do take the time to fill out this easy and quick survey.  Thanks so much!

Start Time School Parent Survey


HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS:

BARNES & NOBLE On-Line Ordering:
Our Annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair Night was Tuesday, December 11th.  
To support our bookfair if you couldn't attend our Barnes & Noble night, you may visit BN.Com/bookfairs to support us online from December 12 - December 16th by entering Bookfair ID 1247511 at checkout.  

 Thank you for your support!

 JEFFCO SHERIFF'S SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER NEWS ~

Dear Falcon Bluffs Families,

Winter Break is almost upon us and I can feel the energy in the air grow each day we get closer to break!  Thank you all for slowing down and helping me out with the student drop off/pick up situation on W. Remington Place.  Traffic after school on W. Remington Place is still tough for about 20 minutes but you all have done a fantastic job!  The incidents with speeding inside of the school zones have gone down and many neighbors seem to be following your lead and driving slower.  Please continue this effort in the new year.

 Also, Principal Tom Burns and I have been discussing different options available to us regarding the traffic congestion before and after school when dropping off and picking up your children.  I know this situation is tough but Tom and I felt that a big change in the middle of the school year would just add to the problem.  However, we are working with Jefferson County Road and Bridge and with R-1 Transportation to get a better system in place for the 2019-2020 school year.

 With this in mind we are making one minor change to our drop off/pick-up locations.  “NO PARKING STOPPING OR STANDING” signs will be going up along the north side of W. Remington Place from the cross walk east all the way to S. Garrison Street.  This means students won’t be able to be picked up on Remington except in the Student Pick-Up Zone next to the school.  I know this may feel like an inconvenience to some, but the idea is to relieve some of the traffic congestion caused by parents waiting to turn left into our north parking lot.  The idea is this, if drivers on westbound Remington can get around the parents waiting to turn left into the north parking lot, then traffic congestion around the stop sign should be reduced.  This can only happen if there are no cars parked on the north side of Remington.

 The signs will be installed during the Winter Break and I will be out there this week and next to speak with parents and answering any questions you may have.  Please start now and establish a new pick-up point with your child to make this transition smoother.  Students can still be picked up along both sides of S. Garrison Street, on the south side of W. Remington Place in the Student Pick-Up Zone, and inside the north parking lot.

 Thank you for your help and have an amazing holiday season!

Please see the link below for more information: 
FBMS Student Pick Up Drop Off Map

Deputy Garrett Dick, School Resource Officer

 

 FALCON NEWS & EVENTS ~


CALENDAR ITEMS: 

  • December 12 & 13 - Papa Murphy's Spirit Day
  • December 13 - PTO Meeting 7:30 - 8:30 am - Main Office
  • December 18 - Choir Concert 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Cafeteria
  • December 19 - Band & Orchestra Concert 6:30 - 8:00 pm-Gym
  • December 24 - January 8 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
  • January 9 - Classes Resume
  • January 16 - Future Falcon Night - 6:00 - 8:00 pm         A parent night to learn all about Falcon Bluffs if you will have a new student to FBMS for the 2019-2020 school year
  • January 22nd - February 8th - Enroll in your current school or neighborhood school (K-12), or apply to another Jeffco school (choice enrollment or preschool) - ENROLL JEFFCO


DANGERS OF VAPING - VIDEO FROM DR. JASON GLASS, DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT:

The attached link is a video from Dr. Glass on the dangers of vaping.  We hope all parents will watch this important video.

Dr. Jason Glass - Dangers of Vaping Video




WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!:

Our school is committed to ensuring that your experience with our school is collaborative, successful and helps your child(ren) learn and grow. We want to know how we are doing. Below is a link to complete a survey about family school partnerships. The survey is anonymous and will only take 10 – 15 minutes. Results will be used to improve our school and your child(ren)’s learning environment. The survey is open now and closes Friday, Dec. 14. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback!

 If the link below does not work, highlight the link using your cursor.  Then copy and paste the link into your browser address window and hit the “Enter” or “Return” key on your keyboard.

 Survey Link: www.tinyurl.com/JeffcoFamilySurvey2018

 



NJHS NEWS:

December 10 - 14 is SPIRIT Week:

Monday - Solid Color Day (Wear solids colors)
Tuesday - Disney Day
Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday
Thursday - Tie Dye Day
Friday - Ugly Sweater Day




MORNING SPARK PROGRAM:

Spark and Recreation is our before school Physical Education program and it will start in September. 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 am 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 

 




PARENT COMMUNICATION AND CURRENT INFO:

A couple of reminders from our office staff:  Please bring in your photo ID to pick up your student.

·   Please 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, please call the attendance line the day before, or the morning of, with the time you will want your child waiting for pick up in the office.  Please have your child stop by the attendance window before 1st period begins to pick up their early dismissal pass.  If it is a last minute request, please note it may take a few minutes for us to get your child out of class for their dismissal.   

·   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 or a former phone number.  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


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.

FBMS 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


REMINDER OF FBMS FOOD AND DRINK EXPECTATIONS:

 

Students may only have water in classrooms/hallways throughout the day. All other food/drinks must have a spill-proof lid/cap and should only be consumed during lunch. Students are not allowed to bring coffee, soda, energy drinks, chips, candy... to classes. If your student brings a drink to school they will be asked to leave it at the attendance office desk and they can get it at lunch or after school. Thank you, in advance, for your support.



CHOICE ENROLLMENT FOR 2019-2020 IS NOW CALLED EnrollJeffco:


Please be on the lookout for information from the District regarding student enrollment for next year.  Jeffco is rolling out a new program called "EnrollJeffco".   All students will use EnrollJeffco in January to indicate where they will be attending school in August. Whether students are re-enrolling at the same school, changing schools, or just starting in Jeffco — everyone will use EnrollJeffco.  Please visit the links below for more information.  Check back often to our website and Falcon Files for updates.

Check out the links below for further information:

District EnrollJeffco Website



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

As you're doing your baking and preparing those special family 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!



FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE SchoolCafé:


This is one-stop shopping for families that take advantage of school breakfast and lunch. Users simply need to create an online account in order to:

  • Apply for Free/Reduced meals. Remember, this must be done every year. Paper applications will also continue to be accepted.

  • Pay for meals online. Account balances will be transferred from the old system to new system.

 


FBMS CLUBS:

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. Please click the link below for more information.
FBMS Clubs


FBMS COLLECTIVE COMMITMENTS:

 

The 6 FBMS Collective Commitments are Grit, Growth Mindset, Relationships, Intellectual Curiosity, Professionalism, and Collaboration.   We are learning how to work together, understand different perspectives and to embrace the learning process. Please take a few minutes to ask your student about our Collective Commitments.

 

 PTO/ACCOUNTABILITY INFORMATION AND NEWS ~


PTO MEETING DATES AND INFORMATION:

PTO has scheduled a variety of events this month, so please be sure to scroll to the calendar below, check PTO's website (under "Family Resources" on the gray navigation bar above) or on the calendar on the home page of this website.  Please join us for our monthly PTO meetings from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in our Library. Meeting schedules are below. Thursday, January 10th

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.  

Image result for business partnership


MCKINNERS PIZZA
MZ ELECTRIC
FARMERS INSURANCE TIFFANY RIEDESEL ROMERO
SUNNY PUC
KETT - REMAX
OLDROYD FAMILY DENTISTRY
OHMART ORTHODONTICS


THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR




ACCOUNTABILITY DATES AND INFORMATION: 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 4:00-5:15 (note new meeting time). We invite you to join us and attend this year.

Our next meeting is February 7th


 CHATFIELD NEWS & EVENTS:



Click here for more information on the Chatfield Holiday Youth Boys Basketball Camp 


 DISTRICT HAPPENINGS ~


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES~


The "Nico-teen" Brain:  The adolescent brain is especially vulnerble to the addictive effects of nicotine.....(continued in the link below)

RN Newspaper March 2018. final - Julie Wilken.pdf

 





 

Just a 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://falconbluffs.jeffcopublicschools.org/our_school/falcon_files

 

 


 

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