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Falcon Files

NOVEMBER 2018

Dear Falcon Bluffs Families,

I want to send along a very heartfelt THANK YOU for all of your support with our auction fundraising event!  Not only did we have a great time socializing together, we raised close to $8000.  This is a significant gain from last year and the majority of proceeds will be allocated toward improving our security systems at FBMS. 

I always use the holidays as a good time to pause and reflect on those things in my life for which I am 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.  W
e have an outstanding group of kids which is a direct reflection on your guidance at home.  Thank you for your support of Falcon Bluffs Middle School!

Sincerely,

Tom Burns

Principal




 JEFFCO SHERIFF'S SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER NEWS ~

Dear Falcon Bluffs Families,

I would like to introduce myself to you all, I am Deputy Garrett Dick, the new School Resource Officer here at Falcon Bluffs Middle School.  Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader has assigned additional Deputies to middle schools this year.  My primary job is to keep our children, the staff, and the school safe…this means both inside and outside of the school.  As we continue into the second quarter, I am asking everyone for help with a few things:

1.       Please pay attention to all speed limits around the school, especially before and after school.  The speed limit is 20mph when the signs are flashing and 30mph when they are not flashing.  These speeds are designed to keep our children safe when going to and from school, so please show other drivers and lead by example.

2.       Please do not park on the north side of W. Remington Place in the “NO STOPPING STANDING PARKING” zones.  The signs are visible and the zones are designed to allow drivers to see our children when they are on the sidewalk near the crosswalk.  If you park in these zones, drivers are unable to see our children until the children are nearly standing in the lanes of traffic.  The easiest place for pick up/drop off is along S. Garrison Street or on the south side of W. Remington Place next to the school.

3.       If your child rides his or her bike to school, please help protect their bike and your investment by giving them a bike lock and insist they use it.  The bike rack will be locked during school hours, but they still need to lock their bike.  I have seen about half of all bikes UNLOCKED while at school.  Also, please ensure the bikes are not left here over the weekend.  We recently had a bike theft where a students’ unlocked bike was stolen.

Thank you for helping me keep our children and staff safe.  I look forward to working with the great children and staff here at Falcon Bluffs.

-Deputy Garrett Dick, School Resource Officer

 




 FALCON NEWS & EVENTS ~


CALENDAR ITEMS: 

  • November 2 - NO SCHOOL for students - Staff Development
  • November 4 - Daylight Saving Time Ends ~ Reminder to turn back your clocks one hour
  • November 6 - NJHS Meeting 3:00 - 3:45 pm
  • November 7 - 6 BLUE Team Field Trip to Natural Museum of Nature and Science
  • November 8 - PTO Meeting 7:30 - 8:30 am - Library
  • November 8 - 6 GREEN Team Field Trip to Natural Museum of Nature and Science
  • November 10 - PTO Sponsored Bayou Bash Silent Auction 7:00 - 10:00 pm
  • November 12 - Band & Orchestra All County Auditions at Creighton MS  4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • November 14 - Chatfield Area Choir Concert at Chatfield Sr. High School 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • November 19 - 23 - Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • November 29 - Accountability Meeting 4:00 - 5:15 pm - Library



WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!:

The Family-School Partnership (FSP) survey offers an opportunity for parents to provide feedback on schools’ communication, collaboration, and support for student learning. The survey opens Monday, November 26 and closes Friday, December 14.

The survey will be sent directly to all families via SchoolMessenger by Communication Services. The survey will also be promoted via social media and Chalk Talk.  PLEASE take a moment to complete the survey as your input will help guide future decision making.  Thank you!



NJHS NEWS:

A huge shout out to our NJHS students!  This past Saturday, our NJHS kids came together to rake leaves at our school.  This was all due to them wanting to do something for "Make a Difference Day".  They raked up 32 bags of leaves and cleaned up the streets and school.  A Big Thank You to NJHS for making our school look great!





 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 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 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:

If you are planning on enrolling your child in Falcon Bluffs for the 2019-2020 school year, but don't live in our attendance area, please mark your calendar for January 9 - January 31 for the Districts First Round Choice Enrollment Form Drop-Off period.  Forms will be available on the Jefferson County District website or on our website in mid December.

 

Second Round Choice Enrollment begins February 7th and ends August 31st.  



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 ~

2nd Annual Bayou Bash Silent Auction:

Please add November 10, 2018 
to your calendars to join us in our second annual Silent Auction at Lucile's Creole Cafe on Bowles Avenue and Santa Fe.  7:00 - 10:00 pm.


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, November 8

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.  

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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.

Thursday, November 29


 CHATFIELD NEWS & EVENTS:

Chatfield Senior High invites the community to their annual Academic Showcase November 15th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the auditorium.  For more information, please see the attached flyer.

CSHS Academic Showcase


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


 DISTRICT HAPPENINGS ~

FUTURE FUNDING FOR JEFFCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

A MESSAGE FROM DR. JASON GLASS

How can we keep the main thing – learning, conditions for learning, and readiness for learning – the main thing for the 86,000 students attending Jeffco Public Schools?

One way is to ensure our students have the resources they need, and that takes stable funding.

But right now, our per student funding is $2,500 lower than the national average. And our school buildings are, on average, 50 years old.

There are two financial supports currently under discussion locally:

  • mill levy override that would provide critical financial resources to support operations directly related to student learning and success
  • bond that would enable significant and much needed upgrades to our facilities

Additionally, there will be an amendment to the state constitution on the ballot in November, Amendment 73, that is a statewide effort to raise funds for PK-12 public education.   

Jeffco District Future Funding Link

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. C
consider creating a bookmark to easily access the latest FBMS news at:

http://jeffcofalconbluffms.ss12.sharpschool.com/our_school/falcon_files

 

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