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Falcon Files

OCTOBER 2018

Dear Falcon Bluffs Families,

Please mark October 3 on your calendar – it’s October Count! The most important action you can take to support school funding is to make sure your student attends school that day. Much of public education funding from the State of Colorado is based on student count, and the official student count day this year is October 3.

The “count window” the state observes is September 26 - October 10, and the key student count day is Wednesday, October 3. Please help us ensure all students are accurately counted by having your student in class that day! If your child has an unavoidable conflict on October 3 due to illness, please call our attendance line, 303.982.9902 to report the absence. Attendance during the “count window” will help counteract an absence on October 3.

Thank you for your support of Falcon Bluffs Middle School!

Sincerely,

Tom Burns

Principal



 FALCON NEWS & EVENTS ~


CALENDAR ITEMS: 

  • September 26 - October 11 - October Count Window
  • Music Department Fundraiser @ Chipolte (Ken Caryl & Simms St.) 4-8 pm
  • October 2 - NJHS Meeting in Ms. Lodwick's Room   3-3:45 pm
  • October 3 - OFFICIAL October Count Student Day
  • October 3 - PTO "Buck A Bag" Clothing Fundraiser Before and After School in the North Parking Lot
  • October 4 - Accountability Meeting - LMC   4-5:15 pm
  • October 8-11 6th Grade Outdoor Lab Week
  • October 10 - PTO "Buck A Bag" Clothing Fundraiser Before and After School in the North Parking Lot
  • October 11 - PTO Meeting - LMC   7:30-8:30 am
  • October 12 - FALL BREAK - NO SCHOOL
  • October 17 -  PTO "Buck A Bag" Clothing Fundraiser Before and After School in the North Parking Lot
  • October 18 - Picture Retakes 8am-Noon
  • October 23 - 6th Gr. Band, Orchestra, Choir Concert 6:30-8:30pm
  • October 24 - 7/8th Gr. Band, Orchestra, Choir Concert 6:30-8:00 pm
  • October 24 & 25 - PTO "Buck A Bag" Clothing Fundraiser Before and After School in the North Parking Lot
  • Music Dept. Field Trip to Fargo's Pizza in CO Spgs. 3:00 - 6:00pm
  • November 2 - NO SCHOOL for students - Staff Development


  • FALL CONFERENCES:

Thank you for joining us at our Fall Conferences on September 27th and 28th.  We truly appreciate the great conversations and collaboration with our FMBS families.  Thank you for all of your support!  


IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE BAYOU BASH:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for November 10th!  Once again our awesome PTO has organized our one school-wide fundraiser for the year.  This years fundraising focus is to improve security systems throughout the school.  The evening will offer light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a live auction.  Early bird pricing is $30/ticket if you purchase before November 1.  Click HERE to purchase your tickets and collect more information.  Thank you  



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 


 

LAST CALL TO ORDER A JEFFCO CHROMEBOOK:

Falcon Bluffs is happy to offer a one-time extension to order a Lenovo Chromebook.  Please connect with Ms. Kowalsky by Oct 8th if you are interested in purchasing a Jeffco issued Chromebook (303-982-8443).   The purchase price is $200.00 and all funds must be paid prior to distribution.  The next opportunity to order a Chromebook will be in preparation for the 2019-20 school year.  More information regarding our One to One initiative can be found HERE.



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, call the attendance line in the A.M. with the time you need them in the office waiting for pick up and have your child stop by the attendance window to pick up their early dismissal pass.  

·   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.  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.

 


MAKE A WISH UPDATE:

 

Many of you jumped in last year to raise money for Kaden, our Make-A-Wish kid. Attached you will find pictures of his trip to Disney World/Universal Studies. The efforts of the Chatfield community not only granted Kaden’s wish, but also helped to send two other kids on their wish trip.   Appreciate your support.

Please see the photo links below:

Kaden 1.JPG
Kaden 2.JPG
Kaden 3.JPG


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 CHROMEBOOK 1-1 INITIATIVE FOR FALL 2018

The schools of the Chatfield area are committed to preparing students to be college and career ready - communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills are essential to thrive in the 21st century. That is why our area elementary and middle schools are joining the Chatfield Chromebook initiative, launched this year by Chatfield Senior High, to bring a 1-to-1 Chromebook
learning environment to students grades 2-12. Ongoing access to technology will allow our students to consistently practice and apply those 21st-century skills, and prepare them for a variety of post-secondary options.
The initiative will begin at different grades at each school. For the 2018-19 school year, all students entering 6th grade at Falcon Bluffs and Deer Creek will be required to purchase a Chromebook from the school to use for educational purposes at school and at home.


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 ~


Please add November 10, 2018 
to your calendars to join us in our second annual Silent Auction at Lucille's Cajun Restaurant on Bowles Avenue and Santa Fe.  More details will be forthcoming.  Stay tuned......


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, October 11 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). Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, October 4th in our library. We invite you to join us and attend this year.

 

 CHATFIELD NEWS & EVENTS:

Chatfield information coming soon!


 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

 





 

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