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NOVEMBER 2020

To All of our Wonderful Falcon Bluffs Families~

In spite of all the new procedures and the shift in learning strategies, I am happy to share… FBMS STUDENTS ARE AWESOME!  Kids continue to demonstrate our collective commitments every day (grit, growth mindset, relationships, intellectual curiosity, collaboration, and professionalism).  We are grateful to have students in the building this year. Additionally, I want to send a shout out to our staff. They continue to make significant shifts in pedagogy to adjust to all the changes. Each week they plan for full remote, hybrid, synchronous, and asynchronous lessons. It is my pleasure to be part of a team that demonstrates genuine passion and dedication for education. We have several new items in our Falcon Files including calendar updates.  Please take a few minutes to read through our October edition.  Quick reminder that although we only push out Falcon Files at the beginning of every month, I encourage you to bookmark it as we update items throughout the month.  Thank you. 

Sincerely,

Tom Burns

Principal




 
 FALCON BLUFFS HAPPENINGS:


HYBRID/ REMOTE LEARNING PREFERENCE CHANGES:
If you would like to change your students learning preference for second semester of this school year (January-May 2021), please reach out to our counseling department.  We will only be accepting change requests from Hybrid to Remote or Remote to Hybrid during the District delegated timeframe of November 9 -20. 
Please contact:
Kevin Hostetler (6Green and 7th Grade) 303-982-6052 or
Monica Mitchell (6Blue and 8th Grade) 303-982-0719 

Thank you


 


CHANGE OF DATES FOR PICTURE RE-TAKE/PICTURE MAKE-UP DAY:


Picture make-up day for those students that couldn't make it to picture day and those students who need retakes, has changed.  It was originally scheduled for Oct. 28.  The new dates are as follows:

Tuesday, November 3 - Group B (Last names L-Z) 
    Hybrid Learners - 1:00-3:00 pm
    Remote Learners - 3:00-4:00 pm (doors will close at 3:55pm)

Wednesday, November 4 - Group A (Last names A-K)
    Hybrid Learners - 1:00-3:00 pm
    Remote Learners - 3:00-4:00 pm (doors will close at 3:55)


REMOTE Learner Picture Packet Pick-Up -  A date will be set to pick up your students picture packet after we receive the pictures back from Lifetouch.



YEARBOOK NEWS:

Yearbook Staff NEEDS your help!  We will not be able to create a historic yearbook without your pictures! 
Each week there will be a link in each teacher's Google Classroom with the "theme" of the week for providing pictures that you have taken.  
Yearbook students are looking to collect photos and quotes that represent each "theme" for that week.  We are looking for creativity!  Please be sure to check Google Classroom and fill out the google form to submit your picture by accessing the link.  Here is this weeks message and link: 
 

Hello from the yearbook staff. We want to include you in the yearbook! In total, this will take less than five minutes - super easy! Please scroll back in your smartphone and share the “last normal picture” you took before COVID shut things down (odds are this picture would have been taken in the second or third week of March.) Please send us that photo AND give us a sentence or two to tell us what’s happening in the photo - what memory does it hold for you? We really thank you for taking the time to do this; we couldn’t make this book without your help...this year especially! Please send us what you can by Nov 1. THANK YOU!




 
 FBMS CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


OCTOBER

28 - FroYo Spot - PTO Spirit Night Noon-8:00pm


NOVEMBER


1 - Daylight Savings Time Ends

3 - Student/Staff Picture Retakes:
Group B (Last names L-Z) 

    Hybrid Learners - 1:00-3:00 pm
    Remote Learners - 3:00-4:00 pm (doors will close at 3:55pm)

4 - Student/Staff Picture Retakes:
Group A (Last names A-K)

    Hybrid Learners - 1:00-3:00 pm
    Remote Learners - 3:00-4:00 pm (doors will close at 3:55)


5 - Freddy's Steakburger - PTO Spirit Night 4:00-8:00 pm


 
 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:

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



 FOOD SERVICES:

Please see the link below for information regarding student school lunches from September 14 - December 31, 2020


SCHOOL MEALS UPDATE



 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:

For those of you that are still collecting the Longmont Dairy bottle caps for us for a money back to the school donation from the dairy, we thank you!

Here is the updated information from Longmont Dairy itself:

LONGMONT DAIRY BOTTLE CAPS.pdf

Thank you for holding onto your bottle caps.  We are hoping to begin collecting them in the spring or even sooner.  We will keep you updated.
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 OPPORTUNITY:

Rescheduled for spring of 2021

 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:

October 28 - FroYo Spot - PTO Spirit Night Noon-8:00 pm

November 5 - Freddy's Steakburger - PTO Spirit Night 4:00-8:00 pm

November 9-12  Food Drive (non-perishable food items) 7:30-8:00 am at each grade level entrance.  Food will be dontated Jefferson County Action Center on November 13th




 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 November 12th at 8:30 am for our second virtual PTO meeting,  We will post the Zoom link on our website under "Family Resources>PTO"

Our next virtual meeting will be on December 10th at 8:30 am, please add this to your calendar as well and please plan to join us.  


ACCOUNTABILITY MEETING DATES:


Please join us at our next meeting (TBD) at 4pm for our first virtual accountability meeting.  We will post a Zoom link on our website under "Family Resources>Accountability"

Next meeting TBA soon.


 CHATFIELD SENIOR HIGH INFORMATION:

Please follow CSHS on the following platforms:

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


DISTRICT HAPPENINGS:




 FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM & TWITTER:

 

Join Falcon Bluffs on Social Media

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Facebook Falcon Bluffs Middle School Page   

 

         Instagram           @FalconBluffsMS

    

       Twitter           @BluffMS

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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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