Newsletter 10-2-15 - Folly Quarter Middle School
Newsletter 10-2-15 - Folly Quarter Middle School
1 13500 Triadelphia Rd. | Ellicott City, MD 21042 | 410.313.1506 | 410.313.1514 - Guidance | http://fqms.hcpss.org/ October 2, 2015 NEXT WEEK Folly Quarter is proud to recognize the following students as our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Students of the Week: Hope Kendrick: 6 th grade Gurdeep Barring: 7 th grade Jessica Lala: 8 th grade FLU MIST Flu Mist will be administered on Thursday 10/22. Consent forms will be sent home with students next week. An email will be sent out the day the forms go home. Forms also will be available on our website next week. We must have a form to administer the Flu Mist. Please return consents to school by Monday 10/19 so that the Health Department can send enough doses. Thank you. STUDENT GRADE VERIFICATION SHEETS Given the challenges that we, students, parents, and staff, are experiencing with HCPSS Connect, the Folly Quarter staff has decided to utilize individual paper and pencil Student Grade Verification Sheets for each student in each class. Starting Monday, 10/5, please review these sheets with your child when you have your weekly Canvas review date. If discrepancies are uncovered, please encourage your child to speak to his or her teacher the next school day. We apologize for this additional step but feel it is necessary to ensure that accurate and timely information about academic progress is available to you and your student; our collaborative "Trust but Verify" piece. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the HCPSS continues to work hard to improve HCPSS Connect. WALK FOLLY QUARTER DAY: OCTOBER 7, 2015 Join Mrs. Fusco to honor WALK MARYLAND DAY and INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY during all lunch/recess blocks on October 7th. Let’s see how many miles we can walk as a school. Taking time out of your day to walk promotes the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices. Folly Quarter parents and families are also welcome to join. So come out on the 7th and we’ll walk together for fitness! 2 RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES /HOLIDAYS Absences for Religious Observances/Holidays will be considered for approval by the HCPSS Office of Equity Assurance with a completed form which can be found here: http://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/staticform_religiousabsence.pdf Please complete the form as soon as possible (it’s never too early to submit the form) and turn it in to the Front Office at FQMS. MUSICAL NOTES Jazz Band Auditions Auditions to be a part of the award-winning Folly Quarter Jazz Bands will take place after school on Tuesday, October 6, from 2:30 3:45pm in the Band Room. Audition music can be picked up in the Band Room or downloaded from the band website http://follyquarterband.org/greatgraything.html Concert Opportunities Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm in the Smith Theatre at Howard Community College. Back to HCC by popular demand! The U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble will perform a diverse mix of traditional big band favorites and cutting edge original music. This concert is free of charge, however advance ticket reservations are required due to popular demand. Reserve tickets at http://www.howardcc.edu/discover/arts-culture/horowitz-center/music-concerts/season/military-concerts.html Music for the Stage & Screen Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Monteabaro Recital Hall at Howard Community College: the Lyric Brass Quintet (with our own Mr. Andy Spang on Tuba). This concert features arrangements and transcriptions by the quintet’s tuba player, Andy Spang, of music originally meant for the stage and screen. From Broadway to Hollywood, hear your favorite show music come alive in original and virtuosic arrangements for brass! There is an admission fee for this performance. Buy Tickets at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/949590/prm/OCT3 LATINO NIGHT – OCTOBER 15TH Latino Night is on October 15th from 6-8 pm. This celebration was a huge access last year. All the kids and adults loved the band, the dancing, but most of all appreciated the food. Food from all different countries will be prepared by our students in 8th grade. Everyone is invited to Latino Night, (please RSVP below) however we just ask that parents donate school supplies for the needy children in Bolivia. The children of Bolivia need school supplies now more than ever, so please contribute to our cause. Come to Latino Night for great food, fun, and dancing all prepared by the Folly Quarter Middle School 8th grade Spanish students. You must RSVP to attend, please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1G3dmKXeEZtNg5qU8QtZrDYdxrfgu0D8vrsmiYekZS8/viewform?ts=56056169&edit_requested=true LOST & FOUND We have a few cell phones in the front office. If you are missing one, please bring your charger (they are dead) so you can enter the password to claim it. Also, encourage your child to check the lost and found cart outside the cafeteria for missing items. We already have quite a collection of apparel. LUNCHTIME FACTS Did you know... 35% of our students throw away at least 1/2 of their sandwich every day 50% throw away 1/2 of their lunch every day 50% of students who bring 16oz. or larger disposable bottles of water and/or other beverages only take a few sips and throw away the rest Why? The students are eager to go out to recess and have fun with their friends. Sitting quietly in class for hours at a time is hard for anyone. Fresh air and sunshine helps get out the wiggles. Solution suggestions: Communication can play a vital role in cutting down food bills and meeting your child's needs - ask your child how much of their lunch do they actually eat, let them know you want to provide what they really need and have a snack available for after school. The school has a water fountain in the cafeteria and two right outside in the foyer, they are available to them at all times. Ms. Patton - your child's custodian who sees it all :) 3 MATHCOUNTS – MATH BEE Attention, Math Lovers, Mathcounts is coming to FQMS! Mathcounts is “a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests.”- check out www.mathcounts.org Four FQMS 7th graders, Jerry Xiong, Arthur Wang, Alex Liu and Matthew Zhou has been working on forming a FQMS Mathcounts team. The team plans to meet once a week, participate in the Chapter and State competition early next year. They are seeking more teammates. More importantly, they are seeking for a coach. Students and parents who are interested, please email : [email protected], or leave contact info with Jerry, Arthur, Alex or Matthew. Come and Join the team! Have fun and learn math! This is Math Bee! FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! https://twitter.com/FQMSmedia GIANT A+ SCHOOL REWARDS - NEW LINK Welcome to the start of a new school year and a year of A+ School Rewards. Starting in October and running through March, FOLLY QUARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL – ID 04546, will have the opportunity to earn cash through GIANT A+ School Rewards Program. REGISTRATION BEGINS ON OCTOBER 9TH. All you have to do is: Log on to http://giantfood.com/savings-and-rewards/rewardsprogram/aplus/ and select CUSTOMER REGISTRATION to register online using your BONUS CARD. NEW THIS YEAR: If you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re-register this year. You can visit the website to verify correct school assignment. Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. It could mean more Cash for our school! The HCPSS Community 5K and Fun Run is Sunday, October 11, 2015. Details here: http://www.hcpss5k.com/register.html COFFEE & CONVERSATION The Board of Education of Howard County regularly holds Coffee & Conversation sessions at schools throughout the county. These meetings provide citizens with an opportunity to share a cup of coffee and chat informally with Board members. The meetings are held in various regions of the county; however, interested persons from throughout the county are invited to attend any or all of the meetings. The next Coffee & Conversation Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Deep Run ES Cafeteria 6925 Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge, MD 2107 “MATH HIGHLIGHTS” What is my child learning in Mathematics 6?Mathematics 6 focuses on five major areas of mathematics: The Number System Ratios and Proportional Relationships Expressions and Equations Geometry Statistics In Mathematics 6, students build on their understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to perform operations with fractions and decimals. They then extend this understanding of fractions to write and compare ratios and then use ratio reasoning to solve problems. In this course, students will then build fluency with writing expressions and equations to represent and solve real-world problems, including problems involving area and volume. To learn more, visit http://hcpssfamilymath.weebly.com/math-6-gr-6.html HCPSS ADHA AWARENESS EVENING The Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS) will be holding its 9th Annual ADHD Awareness Evening on October 8, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Centennial High School auditorium. Our guest speaker will be Dr. George McCloskey a professor in the Psychology Department at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. McCloskey's presentation "Executive Functions and the Gap between Knowing and Doing" will provide participants with information regarding executive functions and strategies to improve them. This event is free to the public and there is no registration required. For more information, please contact Sally Dorman at 410-313-1252 or e-mail [email protected]. 4 RIVER HILL RHHS 5k & Family Fun Run Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9am registration/packet pick up; 10am 5K start; 10:15 1-mile fun run start; 11am awards/prize ceremony Prices: $25 early bird ; $30 race day; $15 RHHS student or 12 and under How: register online at: www.riverhill.org/boosters/5k-and-family-fun-run RHHS THEATRE ARTS PRESENTS: “ALMOST, MAINE!” All performances will be held in the River Hill High School auditorium. The performance dates are October 15, 16, and 17 @ 7 p.m. and October 18 @ 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. THE ADVANCE TICKET SALE PRICE ($10) WILL BE HONORED AT THE DOOR IF YOU BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM. All food donations go to Howard County Food Bank. Advance sale of tickets: Online (now) via “Seat yourself” at http://www.seatyourself.biz/rhhs. In Front of the RHHS Dining Hall Monday, October 12 thru Thursday, October 15 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) If you have questions or need further information, contact Pam Land at [email protected] or 410-313-7120. GLENELG MARCHING BAND LEDO’S FUNDRAISER – OCT. 13th Come support the Glenelg Marching Unit restaurant fundraiser at Ledo’s Pizza, 6030 Daybreak Circle / Clarksville, MD / 443535-0599. October 13th from 4 to 9 pm / eat in or carry out. No flyer needed, just mention the Glenelg Marching Unit fundraiser! BOOSTER CLUB GOLF OUTING Held at the beautiful Cattail Creek Country Club on OCTOBER 19, 2015 with light breakfast, golf, lunch, awards & GREAT PRIZES. REGISTER HERE: http://ghsgolfoutings.com/ RUN FOR ROD Don’t forget to sign up! Run for Rod 5k/2k on October 17th, 2015. DATE: Sunday, October 17, 2015 COST: $20. TIMES: 8:00am (registrant sign-in) - 9:00am race start time *5k run or 2k walk. Those interested in registering to run can sign up via http://www.active.com/glenelg-md/running/distance-running-races/glenelg-memorial-5k-run-for-rod-2015?int Information about our No Hassle Fundraiser was sent home this week. Please ask your child for it. We are a quarter of the way to reaching our goal! Please remember that this is our ONLY fundraiser. On line donating available at www.follyquarterpta.org The School Store has posted volunteer opportunities for November and December. Find the link to sign up at www.follyquarterpta.org "BIG thanks to all of the parents and guardians who joined us for our Folly Quarter Community Coffee and Conversation yesterday morning. Mrs. Reese, PTA President and your FQMS administration, enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing your thoughts and suggestions. Please mark your calendars now for our next Coffee and Conversation on December 10th. VOLUNTEER TRAINING CERTIFICATE REQUIRED FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS AT SCHOOL In order to create a consistent process for training parent volunteers on issues of confidentiality, we’ve developed a brief training module and certificate of completion. Both the module and certificate are located here: http://www.hcpss.org/parents/volunteer-information/ Please complete the training and submit your printed certificate of completion to the school before volunteering. Thank you! These events are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System. FOOD PANTRY THE GLENELG UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (GUMC) FOOD PANTRY IS OPEN EVERY THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH 9-11am. Call 410-489-7260 or email: [email protected]. We are accepting cash donations as well. HOWARD COUNTY LIBRARY GUARDIANS: TIME CAPSULE Howard County Library System (HCLS) is seeking 6TH 7TH and 8TH grade Howard County students who are willing to carry on the HCLS legacy as Guardians of the Chapters-of-Our-Lives Time Capsule. 5 On Saturday, October 24, HCLS’ 75th Diamond Anniversary year concludes with Celebrate 75! This community-wide celebration will be held at the Miller Branch from 10 am to 2 pm. Deadline, October 12th. More info: http://hclibrary.org/about-us/hcls75/guardiansneeded-for-hcls-chapters-of-our-lives-living-time-capsules/ GLENWOOD BRANCH: LETTERS OF HOPE Choose Civility with creativity by writing and decorating heart-felt letters to the elderly. Ages 9 & up. Tuesday, Oct 9th. Drop-in between 6:00 – 7:00 pm PANCAKE BREAKFAST! OCTOBER 17, MT HEBRON HIGH SCHOOL @ 7:30AM! Mount Hebron High School is preparing for 2015 Homecoming! The Vikings Homecoming Pancake Breakfast will feature the “DugOut Zone” and “Harbin Farms” merchandise; just in time for the Holidays. The menu will include sausage, hash browns, doughnuts, bagels, fruit, and of course, PANCAKES! There will be music, games and lots of fun for the family. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $6.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from members of the Mount Hebron Football team. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Howard County will begin its free 6-session Basics course for parents and primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. On Oct. 13, 7-9:30 p.m., this supportive educational course is taught by trained volunteers who have personally experienced the impact of mental illness on their children and the family. For more information, Contact: Leslie Kain, [email protected] 410-772-9300. SMASHING ANTS AMAZING FUTURES FOUNDATIONS Kids Empowerment Fall programs, 20 HCPSS locations, after school Grades 2 and 3, evening programs grades 1-5. Details and registration www.smashingants.com THE GLEN MAR COMMUNITY CHURCH Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk will be held on Sat., Oct. 3, 9 a.m. at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City. The event will benefit the Howard County Food Bank. To register visit www.glenmar.org/gmcevents/5k/ For more information, call Connie Ballenger at 410-796-0290 or Dave Eddy at 410-465-2976. CROSSLIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH Summer’s End Jam 2015, Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Green Valley Marketplace, 7280 Montgomery Rd., Elkridge, MD, this event is a festival to raise funds for Elkridge Food Pantry & Garden. Activities, food and games. All proceeds go to the Elkridge Food Pantry. Melinda Hamilton 410-960-6301, CrossLifeEvents.org. ELLIE'S BAKE SALE Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 15211 Frederick Road, Woodbine, MD 21797, 410-489-5115. Treat yourself at Ellie's 7th Bake Sale, the annual Western Howard County event that’s become a sweet tradition to support charity! This year's baked sale proceeds benefit the purchase of a refrigerator, and monthly dairy products for the Glenelg United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry. Please join the fall fun and support the GUMC Food Pantry at Ellie's Bake Sale!