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FEBRUARY 2019

Dear Falcon Bluffs Families,


Thank you for enrolling your student for next school year 2019-2010 via the EnrollJeffco link.  The District lottery is currently taking place and parents will be notified on February 26th with school offers and/or school wait list information.  Parents will have five (5) calendar days to either accept or decline the offer.  
Please visit the links below for more information. 


District ENROLL JEFFCO Website Link

Enroll Jeffco Informational Timeline

Enroll Jeffco Video


Our February edition of Falcon Files is full of information on a variety of activities and events including Parent/Teacher conferences, WISH Week, PTO and Accountability Meetings, Spirit Week, our annual Spelling Bee and much more.  Please take a few minutes to read through items listed below.  

Check back often to our website and Falcon Files for updates.
We appreciate your support!

Sincerely,

Tom Burns

Principal



 FALCON NEWS & EVENTS ~

 LATE START/EARLY RELEASE FOR TEACHER PLANNING TIME SURVEY

We need your input.  Please take a moment to provide feedback regarding implementation of once-a-week educator planning time.  Click here for more information

Our educators need more time! Thank you in advance for helping us share the survey link for everyone to complete regarding a possible weekly late start or early release. Gathering educator & family input is essential to this proposed idea.

SURVEYS:

http://tinyurl.com/JeffcoEducatorPlanning
 

http://tinyurl.com/JeffcoEducatorPlanningEspanol

 


 WASHINGTON DC OPPORTUNITY

We are excited to announce that we will be introducing a student travel opportunity for all students to participate in during the 2019/2020 school year.   This will provide your student the opportunity to connect to their learning and spark intellectual curiosity through travel.  In addition, this will foster their grit, growth mindset, collaboration, and relationship building as young professionals, setting them up for success.

This year we welcomed Karrie Hill to our staff from Shaffer Elementary.  She has been leading student trips for years and is very excited to lead this adventure.  


There are 15 spots remaining for the trip to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg for May, 2020.   If you are interested in signing up, please go to:   Washington DC and Williamsburg Trip Information


If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Kahill@jeffco.k12.co.us
Space will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  
Don't miss out on the unique opportunity!


MAKE A WISH WEEK:

Thank you FBMS students and families for being so generous during our Make-A-Wish week.  We raised $1,818 for Dane's wish to visit NASA. Way to go!  
Thanks for all you do to support our community!





PARENT/STUDENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:

Please mark your calendars for February 21st (4:00pm- 8:00pm) for all students with the last names A-L and February 22nd (8:00am- 12:00pm) with the last names of M-Z.  We realize that family schedules can change, so if you can't make a certain date, please be sure to come on the day and time that is convenient.  Note there will not be an after school lab bus on Thursday 2/21 and students will not have school on Friday 2/22. 


 JEFFCO SHERIFF'S SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER NEWS: 

Dear Falcon Bluffs Families,

 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.

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!

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

Deputy Garrett Dick, School Resource Officer

 



 

 FALCON CALENDAR ITEMS:
  • February 13 -14  - PTO - Val-O-Grams Sale @ Lunches
  • February 14 - PTO Meeting 7:30 - 8:30 am - Conference Room
  • February 15 - NO School - Staff Development
  • February 18 - President's Day - NO School
  • February 21 - Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 4-8:00 pm
  • February 21 - Chick Fil-A PTO sponsored Spirit Night 4-8:00 pm
  • February 22 - Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 8 - Noon
  • February 22 - NO School for students



YEARBOOK UPDATE:

This year, if your have a current 8th grade student,  we are again going to sell baby picture ads for the Yearbook.  If you would like your 8th grade student to have their baby picture in the yearbook, please check out the attached flyer:
Baby Picture Ads last day to turn in:  February 14th

Yearbook 8th Grade Baby Picture Ads


 


NJHS NEWS:

Next meeting - March 5th  3:00 - 3:45 pm    Room A201

 




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.




ABSENCE AND EARLY RELEASE REMINDERS:

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:

 Jeffco is rolling out a new program called "EnrollJeffco".   All students will use EnrollJeffco every year 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:

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



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 



 
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, February 14th

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

FATHOM REALTY -Paige Michaelis
MCKINNERS PIZZA
MZ ELECTRIC
FARMERS INSURANCE- Tiffany Riedesel-Romero

OLDROYD FAMILY DENTISTRY
OHMART ORTHODONTICS
REMAX - Sunny Puckett
LE STUDIO 45
THE BALLET PHYSIQUE

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 April 25


 CHATFIELD NEWS & EVENTS:




 DISTRICT HAPPENINGS ~

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



DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES~

Head Lice FAQ

Please see the attached Head Lice information from the District.  

Head Lice FAQ ENGLISH.pdf



 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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