April 29, 2022
Happy Friday Falcon Family,
We are thrilled to share with you that we have successfully completed the MCAP ELA this week. Thank you for your partnership to make sure your child was in attendance at school and ready for testing. We do appreciate it.
Over the next several weeks, your student will engage in Student Service Learning (SSL). Maryland State requires that every student graduating from the school system fulfill 75 hours of student service learning. Our goal is to have students complete this requirement prior to entering high school. We are educating our students about the importance of giving back to their community. Please take time to review the Student Service Learning Presentation that all students received regarding this requirement.
Students will have assignments and projects to complete each week. Students can access the lesson slides and assignments via the Canvas FQMS Student Resources Course. Assignments and lesson slides are organized by grade in the Modules section of the FQMS Student Resources Course.
Our school projects will support the following organizations:
6th Grade: Soles 4 Souls and Grassroots
7th & 8th Grades: Read Aloud, Totes for Hope, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
We wish you a wonderful long weekend. Just a reminder that students do not have school on Monday, May 2nd.
April Students of the Month - Congratulations to these outstanding FQMS students! Keep up the good work! 8th Grade: Annchi Liu, Tatyana Chasen, Anna Zhao, Maria Brown, Shreyash Gajam. 7th Grade: Lia Dolce, Brandon-Jacob Magbulos, Alexis Fath, Luca Mannino, Lauren Boma, Nithya Srikumaran, Alexis Pages, Jude Rideoutt, Orlando Wright, Michelle Yeung, Lisa Richardson, Anveeksha Beeram. 6th Grade: Raina Ruby, Rachel Bouma, Liv Jakobsson, Max Dapko, Lillian Chen, Katelyn Lindberg, Wilson Koonce.
May 2 - Schools Closed for students **New Date**
May 3 - Schools Open for students **New Date**
May 4 - 8th Grade Panoramic Picture (students should wear 8th grade tie dye shirt)
May 5, 6 - MCAP Social Studies (8th Grade)
May 9, 10 - MCAP Social Studies (8th Grade)
May 9 - Virtual PTSA Meeting
May 18 - Schools close 3 hours early
May 23, 24 - MCAP Math
May 30 - Schools & offices closed, Memorial Day
June 3 - 6th Grade Field Trip
June 10 - 8th Grade Celebration, 6-7 pm / 8th Grade Dance, 7-9 pm
June 14 - 8th Grade Picnic Field Trip to Piney Run Park
Shoe Drive! - FQMS 6th grade will be hosting a Shoe Drive for Soles 4 Souls, collecting gently used shoes. All the shoes from our drive will go into micro-enterprise programs in developing countries around the world. These programs serve as long-term opportunities to break the cycle of poverty for those in need.
Collections Bins will be in the front lobby!
The shoe drive runs from 4/20/22 - 5/4/22 and anyone can donate to Soles 4 Souls. ALL styles, types and sizes of shoes are accepted, if they are gently worn! Mismatched shoes and single shoes are accepted too! **Pairs need to be tied together(either shoelaces or with a rubber band)**
FROM THE HEALTH ROOM - Students who exhibit COVID-like symptoms, may submit any of the following to show proof of a negative test and return to the building: negative PCR test result, negative rapid test result, or a negative *at-home test result.
*Parents - Negative at-home test result - A photo of the negative test, along with the student's full name, date of birth, and the date and time the test was taken should be emailed to the school nurse, who will follow up with parents/guardians as necessary. Send these results to Laura_Smith1@hcpss.org, the school nurse, prior to bringing your child to school. Please note that tests without this documentation will not be accepted. Thank you!
Google Translate and YouTube Consent - Google Translate is now available in Google’s menu of additional services on HCPSS issued Chromebooks. Parent or guardian consent is required for students to access Google additional services such a YouTube and Google Translate.
If you desire to provide consent for your child to access to Google Translate and YouTube, complete the following steps:
1. Log in to HCPSS Connect.
2. Select More Options from the left panel.
3. Select HCPSS Google Menu from the middle of the page.
4. Click the check box to provide consent. Changes are automatically saved.
The Google Additional services will include:
YouTube - This is an authorized Supplementary Digital Tool, for searching and accessing online videos.
Google Translate - This additional service or authorized Supplementary Digital Tool, offers free service to instantly translate words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages. Students will be informed when this service is allowable for use during classwork, independent assignments, and/or World Language assessments.
If you have questions, please reach out to our media specialist, Mrs. Taylor.
GHS Booster Camps: https://www.glenelgboosters.com/summer-sport-camps/
RHHS Booster Camps: https://riverhill.membershiptoolkit.com/camp
Damaged Chromebooks - If a student has a damaged Chromebook, please have them bring the device to Mrs. Taylor in the media center. A repair request will be entered for the Chromebook. If the technology office finds the device has been damaged by the student and the family has a financial obligation, they will be notified by HCPSS. Most families will receive two emails. One will come from firstname.lastname@example.org alerting the family about the financial obligation. The second email will be an invoice sent from the My School Bucks website. Students will not be issued a replacement Chromebook until the invoice is paid.
Parents who have questions regarding the technical assessment are directed to contact DeviceDeployment@hcpss.org and if they have questions regarding the invoice, they can contact email@example.com. FQMS does not play a part in making decisions on these financial obligations or collecting payment.
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.
Absences - Absence notes must be received in writing from a parent/guardian within 5 days of an absence. Please send all attendance correspondence to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Late Arrivals - Students must be in first period by 7:40 am. Please make sure your child is accompanied into the building by either an adult or a note explaining the reason for the late arrival.
Early Dismissal - If you have to take your child out of school early, please email email@example.com, send your child in with a note for the front office, or call in advance. You MUST present your driver’s license when you arrive. A work ID is not valid.
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.