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Falcon Files

October 2017 

Hello Falcon Bluffs Families,

Please take a few minutes to review our October announcements and information below. As usual, thank you for your continued support and do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.


Tom Burns
Principal



 FALCON BLUFFS NEWS AND EVENTS ~


Halloween and Dress Code: Halloween is on a Tuesday this year and we just wanted to remind our parents and students that at Falcon Bluffs, we DO NOT allow students to dress up for Halloween. It is a traditional school day and the FBMS dress code applies. Thank you, in advance, for your support.

Book Fair:
FBMS Book Donations were sent to Texas - thank you to ALL of you who donated to the cause.  Lots of kids who lost everything in the hurricane were given books that were donated from Falcon Bluffs Middle School.  

FBMS Texas Book Donation

  

Collective Commitments:

The 6 FBMS Collective Commitments are Grit, Growth Mindset, Relationships, Intellectual Curiosity, Professionalism, and Collaboration.   Since we came back in August we have been focusing on Grit with staff and students and learning 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 will shift our emphasis to Growth Mindset near the middle of October.  Please take a few minutes to ask your student about Grit.

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 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 Bluff's calendar is chock full of student happenings: 

 
October 12 - Last day of 1st Quarter
October 12 - PTO Meeting 7:30 - 8:30 am  Conference Room

October 13 - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL

October 17 - Fall Choir and Orchestra Concert 7:00- 8:00 pm   Gym

October 18 - Fall Band Concert 7:30 - 8:30 pm  Gym

October 19 - Picture Retakes - 8:00 am - Noon

October 25 - Chatfield Area Articulation Accountability Meeting at Ute Meadows Elementary  6:30 - 7:30 pm

October 26 - Trick-Or-Treat Street at Chatfield Sr. High  5:00 - 7:00 pm

October 27 - Chatfield Area Night Under the Lights  7:00 - 9:00 pm  
6th and Kipling Stadium

EARLY  RELEASE  DATES: (Dismissal  12:25 pm)
November 3 
February 16
March 16
April 27




 

 PTO/ACCOUNTABILITY INFORMATION AND NEWS ~ 


October Fund Raiser - 

The “buck-a-bag” fundraiser is the simplest of all our fundraising opportunities. You collect bags/boxes of clothing and gently used household items at your location* (100 bag minimum). ARC Thrift Stores picks up the bags/boxes and pays your organization $1 per bag or box.
Every Wednesday in October 10/4,10/11,10/18,10/25
Drop off every Wed morning 7:30am-8am or Wed afternoon 2:30pm-3pm
Drop off at Falcon Bluffs Middle School every Wednesday in October


Silent Auction - Lucille's Restaurant - 
Please join us for Falcon Bluffs Silent Auction on November 11th from 7 - 9 pm  
Tickets are $30 or $40 at the door.
For more information, please see the attached link: 
Bayou Bash PTO Silent Auction


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:

September 13

November 30

February 8

April 19


 

GT/ ALP
My name is Ronnie Ridpath and I'm happy to be serving as the Falcon Bluffs GT Ambassador this school year. I'm hoping to help create some community among GT parents. I've found that being a GT parent can be frustrating and lead to a lot of questions. I hope to help provide some support. I will be providing information on free GT seminars provided by the district. I can get you in contact with GT resources for our school. I hope to have a couple of GT meet ups so we can discuss ideas about how to foster GT at our school.

Please feel to reach out to me at rlynnridpath@comcast.net if you would like be a part of the GT email distribution.






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 ~


October 26  Trick-Or-Treat Street  5-7 pm  @ Chatfield Sr. High

October 27  Chatfield Area Night Under the Lights 7:00 -9:00 pm  6th and Kipling Stadium



 

 

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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