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JANUARY 2021

Hello Falcon Bluffs Families,

Happy new year!  We are excited to begin 2nd semester and looking forward to shifting back into our hybrid environment in February.  To put it simply, WE MISS OUR STUDENTS and can't wait to see them soon!  A reminder that Hybrid learning will resume on Monday, January 25th.

As usual, we have several new items posted below including a few important calendar updates for January. First round of Choice Enrollment has now closed and those that have choice enrolled, you will be receiving your offer letters on January 26 from the District.  Remember you will only have three days to decide and submit your decision on EnrollJeffco.  If you missed round two, it begins on January 19.  If you have not had a chance to get into Enroll Jeffco and update your preferences for next school year, please do so now.  Take a moment to review information and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.  

  

Sincerely,

Tom Burns

Principal

 

 DISTRICT MAP TESTING (Measure of Academic Progress) UPDATE:

Our district MAP Testing (Measure of Academic Progress) continues through Friday, January 22nd.  Though we tested many students prior to the winter break, we still have several students who need to complete tests.  These make-up sessions will occur each Friday until the window closes.  We will provide individual student test results to families in early February.  Thank you for your patience.




 FUTURE FALCON PARENT NIGHT:

If you missed our Future Falcon Night where we highlight a variety of information for incoming 6th grade students (current 5th graders), please check the front page of our website as you can still access this presentation.  Families learn from students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators about the exciting opportunities provided at FBMS.  This year our Future Falcon Night has shifted to a virtual platform.  We have incorporated several videos including our Principal introduction, GT/ALP information, department overviews, student panel discussions, teacher panel discussions, and a building tour.  Please share with any "future falcons".






 ALL SCHOOL ENROLLMENT AND CHOICE ENROLLMENT - 2nd Round Begins January 19


All families in Jefferson County that have students in school will need to go to EnrollJeffco to be sure they are set to attend their current school.  This procedure begins the enrollment process for the 2021-2022 school year. 
 
The Round 1 enrollment window  is now closed and offer letters will be set from the District on January 26th.

 



 FOOD SERVICE GRAB-N-GO MEALS:

Update: January 13, 2021

Food and Nutrition Services Information for Families

v  All school meals will remain free to all students through June 30, 2021!

v  Meals remain available and free to all youth ages 1-18.

v  Elementary (PK-5th grades)

o   In-person meal service will resume January 19th for students returning to in-person learning.

o   Remote meals will be available to 100% remote learners at their home elementary school site on the school-specific schedule starting January 19, 2021

o   Remote meal service occurs Tuesday and Thursday on school specific time schedule.

v  Secondary (6-12 grades)

o   Remote Learning Transition Period

§  Secondary remote distribution sites will remain open for remote meals during the time period between PK-5th return to in-person and 6-12

§  Bear Creek HS and Jefferson Jr/S will be added for remote meal distribution during this time period.

§  Schedule for remote meal pickup is Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-4:30pm (until in-person learning resumes)

§  The list of remote distribution sites remaining open for remote meals during this transition time period is below.

§  A 6-12 grade student may access remote meals at an Elementary school if needed and more convenient during this time. Please contact the Elementary school for their remote meal schedule.

o   Return to In-Person Learning

§  Once in-person learning resumes for grades 6-12, in-person meal service will resume for in-person learners.

§  100% remote learners in these grade levels will access remote meals at their home site on the school-specific schedule once in-person learning resumes.

§  In-person learners on the hybrid learning schedule will be able to take home meals for the days they are not at the school site on their second hybrid day of the week.

v  Additional Information

o   Younger siblings and those in Preschools that do not serve meals may access meals at area schools. Please contact the school for their remote meal service schedule.

o   While meals are available to all students at no cost, students will be charged for a la carte items.

Transition Remote Meal Distribution Sites

·         Alameda Jr/Sr, Arvada HS, Arvada West HS, Bear Creek HS, Columbine HS, Creighton MS, Green Mountain HS, Jefferson Jr/Sr, Pomona HS, Ralston Valley HS, Summit Ridge MS, Wayne Carle MS



 CHROMEBOOK INFORMATION FOR ASSISTANCE:

Parents & Students: Please complete this form if you are experiencing tech issues with your district issued device. This form is intended to walk you through steps that will help you troubleshoot some of the common Lenovo Chromebook problems. If you are still experiencing technical issues with your Chromebook after following the steps outlined in this form, you will be instructed to email the Digital Teacher Librarian (Ms. Kowalsky) about how to obtain a loner device from FBMS while your device is forwarded to the district IT rep.



Google Form for Chromebook Assistance 



 
 FBMS CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

 Remote Learning for ALL students through JAN. 22nd
HYBRID Learning resumes on January 25th


JANUARY

Week of January 19-21

Tues - Thurs

100% Remote - Daily Bell Schedule

Thur. January 21  Virtual Gifted and Talented Parent Night 4:00 -5:00 pm 

Fri, January 22

100% Remote - Friday Schedule - Advise/Academic Support Sessions 

Week of January 25-28

Mon - Thurs

HYBRID Learning Resumes - Daily Bell Schedule

Fri, January 29

100% Remote - Friday Schedule - Advise/Academic Support Sessions 

 Tuesday, February 2  8th Grade Only - Chatfield counselors here for registration information
 




 
 FBMS COLLECTIVE COMMITMENTS:

The Six Falcon Bluffs 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.

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


 JEFFCOCONNECT:

As JeffcoConnect is the "go to" for your students emergency information, please be sure that you have updated and/or checked all of your information in your JeffcoConnect account for each of your student(s), saved each page and hit the submit button.  This ensures your new digital signature for 2020-2021.  




 SCHOOL BUSES:  COVID-19 May Affect Availability of Transportation Services

For many Jeffco students, the first person they see in the morning is their bus driver. In our district, we are proud to have so many dedicated employees who welcome students to the day with a smile and ensure they arrive safely at school. 

Every year we have ongoing challenges hiring bus drivers and typically we have just enough to run our routes. With the arrival of COVID-19, our challenges are even greater. If our transportation staff are affected by a positive COVID-19 case or a quarantine situation and we are short drivers, we will have to make changes to the availability of student transportation, like canceling specific routes or an entire area for a period of time. If your family uses the district’s transportation system, please be aware this may occur at any time and possibly, on very short notice. You may be asked to arrange for transportation for your student, so please have an alternative plan to get your student to school. We understand this is inconvenient and frustrating, but please know, we will do everything in our power to provide transportation reliably and safely.

Consider Joining #TeamJeffco as a bus driver

As mentioned, hiring bus drivers is one of our district’s most challenging tasks. A CDL-BPS license is required, but as long as a candidate has a clean driving record, can pass a background check and a drug test the district will help with training and testing to get the appropriate license. Drivers generally work split shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A 30-hour per week position qualifies for full benefits and offers opportunities to add field trips and athletic trips.

Our drivers are treasured by our students and families! Consider this opportunity to join #TeamJeffco. Know somebody who might be interested? Let them know we are hiring.


 CHROMEBOOK GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE:

Chromebook Charger Example

Many students have lost their chargers.  Unfortunately, we do not carry spare chargers for students.  You will need to purchase another one from Amazon.  Please see the picture above for the correct charger to purchase, should you ever need to.


Please be sure to check out the following link if you are having any issues with technology and remote learning.  You may also call the District Parent Support for Chromebooks at (303) 982-3438.


Remote Learning Technology Guide



 SECURLYHOME App:

After launching the district-wide TechForEd program this fall, the district is now providing families with the ability to monitor and control their student’s internet and app activity on district devices at home using the free SecurlyHome app

The SecurlyHome app offers parents the ability to both monitor and control students’ internet activity outside of the Jeffco Public Schools network. If your student’s device is eligible for this program, you received a welcome email last spring asking you to download the SecurlyHome app and to create an account.

Please check out the link below for more information:
SECURLYHOME App




 COFID-19 And ILLNESS INFORMATION:
   

In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important to promptly identify, separate, and ensure that symptomatic students are evaluated and treated as necessary. Many possible COVID-19 symptoms may be similar to common allergy symptoms and it is often difficult to tell the difference.                           

If your child experiences known seasonal allergies, please request a note from your child’s medical provider stating what typical symptoms your child may exhibit when experiencing allergies. This will allow the district RN to have a baseline of possible symptoms for your child and will be less likely to send your student home for suspected illness.

The medical provider must be licensed in the state of Colorado and have current prescriptive privileges.

The medical provider note should include the following:

  • What the child is allergic to
  • What symptoms are typical for the child
  • What allergy medications the child takes to treat symptoms

 Each symptomatic child will be evaluated on a case by case basis and the district RN may be contacting you for more information.

Thank you very much for your understanding and patience during this unusual time.



 COUNSELING:

Take a moment to check out these Counseling Department Resources that were created during this time of remote learning.




 LONGMONT DAIRY CAPS:

Do you get milk from Longmont Dairy? If so please save your milk caps for FBMS as we receive 5 cents for every cap!

Starting January 25th, students may drop off milk caps in the collection box just inside the front door. Porch drop off is also available - please message us for details.

To learn more about the Milk Caps for Mooola program visit our website. https://sites.google.com/jeffcoschools.us/pto. Thank you for supporting Falcon Bluffs Middle School!!



We appreciate your support!


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


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


 WASHINGTON DC  and PANAMA TRIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Panama - Rescheduled for Spring 2022
Washington DC - Rescheduled for May/June of 2022

 SOCIAL MEDIA CONCERN: 

We want to share some information, tips, and reminders about students' appropriate use of technology, both at school and beyond the walls of our building, to support learning and student safety.  We also want to inform you that we received reports of some students being concerned about the "Momo Challenge," a social media hoax (scare tactic). We want to make you aware of this news so you can help to keep a careful eye on your child's internet use.  Here is an article about the “Momo Challenge” if you want to know more, and an on-line resource on how to deal with the issue if needed.

First, to provide a framework for this communication, here is a guiding policy regarding student use of the Internet, as outlined in Jeffco Public Schools Student and Family Handbook (Code of Conduct):

"STUDENT USE OF THE INTERNET
The Internet and related electronic instructional resources are
used in schools to support student learning. The use of these
resources are for educational purposes only when on district
property, at district or school-sanctioned activities or events,
when students are being transported in vehicles dispatched by
Jeffco Public Schools, and off school property when such conduct
has a nexus to school or any district curricular or non-curricular
activity or event.

Teachers and school administration determine use of the Jeffco
Instructional Network based on educational goals of the school
and classroom, and may determine to limit access. Students are
encouraged to use the network to do homework, class-related
research, and class work when appropriate. Students should not
use this network for music, gaming, or non-educational video
streaming. In compliance with the Child Information Protection
Act (CIPA) requirements, this network will be monitored. Jeffco
Public Schools accepts no responsibility associated with loss,
damage, or theft of a device connected to the network."

Next, in terms of education, please know that we provide learning on a regular basis here at school around digital citizenship (e.g., avoiding plagiarism, appropriate use of the internet, digital footprints, etc.) as well as proper care of devices (e.g., carrying them with two hands, not having liquids near a device, having a cover on the device at all times, etc.).

Finally, here are a couple of resources you may wish to explore to help in your decision-making at home around appropriate use of technology for your family:

1)  https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students   [These are standards for the use of technology in teaching and learning.]

2)  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mvche4leOBB63aOgOR_4bR0htOitnWE7QBbyYHXu1ik/edit?usp=sharing   [This is a resource you might
choose to use as you determine what technology might "look like" in your family.] 

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns

 PTO/ACCOUNTABILITY INFORMATION AND NEWS:

Thank you to our PTO Business Sponsors:  
Please think of them if you need any of these services.

Premier Mountain Insurance

 

ReNew Home Innovations

 

 



 PTO EVENT CALENDAR:

February 11 - Virtual PTO Meeting 8:30-9:30 AM

Zoom Link:  
Time: Feb. 11, 2021 08:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 819 4688 2182
Passcode: 070655
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 PTO MEETING DATES:

We would love to have you join us.  Please check out our link on the Falcon Bluffs Website.
Please join us on February 11 at 8:30 am for our next virtual PTO meeting,  We will post the Zoom link on our website under "Family Resources>PTO"

Our March virtual meeting will be on March 11 at 8:30 am, please add this to your calendar as well and please plan to join us.  

2021 Meeting Dates:

Feb.11
Mar. 11
Apr 8
May 13



ACCOUNTABILITY MEETING DATES:

Please join us from 4-5:15pm on February 11 for our virtual accountability meeting.  We will post a Zoom link on our website under "FamilyResources>Accountability".  The link is also posted here:  
Accountability Info

Future meetings:

February 11, 2021
April 8, 2021


 CHATFIELD SENIOR HIGH INFORMATION:



ATTN:  8th Grade
Chatfield Senior High School counselors will be at Falcon Bluffs on February 2, 2021 to give a presentation on registering for classes for the 2021-2022 school year.  Please mark your calendars!


Please follow CSHS on the following platforms:


Follow Chatfield Sr. High on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.


DISTRICT HAPPENINGS:

Please plan to join the District's Special Education Team to learn, share and connect.  Check out the flyer below for dates and times.


SPED Comm Forum - ENG.pdf



 FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM & TWITTER:

 

Join Falcon Bluffs on Social Media

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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


 

 FALCON CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
   
  • October 23, 30- PTO "Buck a Bag" Clothing Drive - South Parking Lot Before and After School
  • October 22 - Band & Orchestra Concert - FBMS Gym 6:30 - 8pm
  • October 23 - Choir Concert - FBMS Cafeteria 6:30-7:30pm
  • October 25 - One Day District Fall Break
  • October 28 - Staff Development Day - NO School for Students
  • October 30 - Trick-Or-Treat Street @ Chatfield Sr. High in conjunction with FBMS National Jr. Honor Society

NOVEMBER - Kick-Off ALL Month @ Virgilio's Pizza Spirit Month sponsored by PTO

 

** Please keep November 9th open for our annual PTO's fundraiser at Lucille's Creole Cafe from 7-10 pm

Buy your tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-bayou-bash-tickets-70101691045


 FALCON CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
   
  • October 23, 30- PTO "Buck a Bag" Clothing Drive - South Parking Lot Before and After School
  • October 22 - Band & Orchestra Concert - FBMS Gym 6:30 - 8pm
  • October 23 - Choir Concert - FBMS Cafeteria 6:30-7:30pm
  • October 25 - One Day District Fall Break
  • October 28 - Staff Development Day - NO School for Students
  • October 30 - Trick-Or-Treat Street @ Chatfield Sr. High in conjunction with FBMS National Jr. Honor Society

NOVEMBER - Kick-Off ALL Month @ Virgilio's Pizza Spirit Month sponsored by PTO

 

** Please keep November 9th open for our annual PTO's fundraiser at Lucille's Creole Cafe from 7-10 pm

Buy your tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-bayou-bash-tickets-70101691045

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