April 9, 2021
FQMS Attendance Policies & Procedures For Distance Learning
Please email your absence notes/questions to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org. The email should include the child's name, the date(s), or period(s) if absence is a partial day, of the absence, and the reason for the absence. The email must be received within 5 days of the absence. See HCPSS Policy 9010 for attendance policy details.
For Discretionary Absences (up to 3 per school year) see the form here: http://fqms.hcpss.org/sites/default/files/Discretionary%20Absence%20Form%20%28FILLABLE%29.pdf
Please email the completed form to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org.
For Religious Observances see the form attached here: http://fqms.hcpss.org/sites/default/files/religious-absence%20form%20%28fillable%29.pdf. Please forward this completed form to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org.
Early Dismissal - If you have to take your child out of in person school early, please call in advance. You MUST present your driver’s license when you arrive. A work ID is not valid
Good Afternoon Falcon Family,
We hope that our students, staff and families had a restful and wonderful spring break! We look forward to continuing to welcome more students back to the building next week and continuing to support our virtual students.
As a celebration this week we celebrate Kacie C. This week we found out that she won the award for Student Ideas for a Better America™ by The National Museum of Education.
As a reminder, all orientation materials, the family guidebook and school bus locator can be found here.
Thank you so much to all the students and families that attended our orientation meeting!
Important Reminders for Monday/Thursday Hybrid Return Next Week:
All Students MUST complete their required daily health check!
Please review the first day checklist to ensure you have what you need.
If you have an urgent question the morning of your first day - please call the main office (410-313-1506 OR my cell phone: 443-766-2044). We will be supporting student arrival and will not have access to email as quickly on the first two days for each group.
Spirit Days (for all students - virtual or in person)
PJ Day (to support the Casey Cares drive): April 13 and April 15th
Blue Out: (to support autism awareness): Friday April 16th
Student Service Learning - As a reminder - Student Service Learning lessons and activities (that count toward required hours for graduation) begin in homeroom/SEL periods starting on April 14th. All students must attend the SEL/FLex periods to ensure they are getting the lessons and activities.
Staff Shout Out - Have a great experience with a staff member - please let us know about it here. Please consider sending a shout out to Mrs. Hewitt (this week is AP Appreciation Week) and Mrs. Taylor and Ms. Korman (as we are also celebrating School Libraries Week).
Have a wonderful day!
Memory Books Are Now On Sale! - The 2020-2021 Yearbook/Memory Books are now on sale! Don’t miss out on this historic keepsake! This year, Lifetouch is offering different packages or you can create your own. The basic price is $25. Online ordering is available.
The Yearbook ID code is: 5635921. Place your order today! Order Deadline is April 25th!
Sign-Up for the TRES Virtual Retriever Run! - Visit to sign-up for the May 1st Family Walk/Run! https://app.memberhub.gives/392bd4
FQMS PTSA Shout out to Mrs. Michele Hewitt, FQMS Assistant Principal, this week! Thanks for all you do!
PTSA Meeting, Monday, April 12 at 7pm. Our monthly PTA meeting will be held on Monday, April 12 at 7pm, the Zoom code is FQPTSA.
Casey Cares Pajama Drive April 12-16. FQMS PTSA is partnering with students to collect pajamas for the Casey Cares organization. All sizes are accepted, but the greatest need is for pre-teens and teens in adult sizes. Donate from April 12-16. A drop-off bin will be placed outside the school next to the book return. Students can bring items to donate to school or families can donate through the drop-off line when dropping off their students. We will be having a pajama day on April 16 to celebrate. Thank you for your donations to support this wonderful organization.
PTA Board Nominations for 2021-2022 - Do you want to get involved in the FQMS community, meet people and make a difference? The PTA Nomination committee is looking for volunteers to serve a variety of positions on our 2021-2022 PTA Board. For more information or to be part of the nominating committee, please contact FQMSPTA.President@gmail.com.
Used Clothing Donation Shed - The donation shed located in the parking lot at FQMS is open. Please make sure all donations are tied off in bags and deposited inside the shed. If it is full, please do not leave your items outside as they get thrown away. Thank you for your donations!
Spirit Wear - Get ready for back to school with a Folly t-shirt, sweatshirt or facemask! Check it out here.
Drive-thru Medication and Sharps Disposal - HC DrugFree's Drive-thru Medication and Sharps Disposal is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center Parking Lot.
If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious mental health issues, please contact:
Grassroots Crisis Intervention at 410-531-6677
The Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and then choose option 1
The Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 and a trained counselor will respond.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
HCPSS Technology Help
Please see our website for technology help resources.
From the Math Team - We are aware of the concerns for students ending their current math course next month and/or students needing a refresher before they begin their math course in February. A resource recommended by our HCPSS math office is the “Getting Ready for…” courses in Khan Academy. If your child is getting ready to start a course, they should complete the “Getting Ready” for that course. These lessons and activities will review their previous math course.
If your child will finish math in January and wants to maintain skills from February to August, they can complete the “Getting ready for” the next course over this time period. This should review and reinforce the skills just taught in their Semester 1 class.
Here is the progression of courses:
Math 6 -> Math 7-> Math 8 (6th gr GT Pre Algebra) -> Algebra 1 -> Geometry -> Algebra II
To access the Getting Ready for … courses, use this link to the HCPSS Family Math Support Center and use the “Middle School Math” drop down menu. For students finishing Geometry, links for getting ready for Algebra II are on the High School drop down.