PTSA Weekly News

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 9:07am

Hello from the PTSA!

Upcoming Dates/Events

  • February 29 - Folly Cultural Club
  • March 12 - Five Guys Clarksville Fundraiser
  • March 18 - PTSA Meeting (virtual)

Folly Cultural Club - Starts this Thursday, February 29 - Attention all culture enthusiasts and budding event organizers! Get ready to unleash your creativity and join the FQMS Cultural Club for an exhilarating journey of exploration and celebration! Become a part of our dynamic team as we come together to craft an evening of cultural splendor that will captivate our entire community! FQMS Cultural Club starts on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 2:35 pm to 3:35 pm in the Media Center. Sign up at the FQMS Cultural Club Google Form.

Folly Cultural Festival -  Get ready to ignite your senses and immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of cultures at the much-awaited FQMS Cultural Festival 2024!  Bring your family along and immerse yourselves in the magic of unity, diversity, and pure joy. Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the rich tapestry of global cultures, where every corner is alive with the rhythm of music, the dazzle of dance, and the aroma of mouth watering cuisines.

FQMS PTSA 2024-2025 Board Nominations - Nominations are being sought for all positions on the board.  Get involved and make a difference in the future of our community.  FQMS only benefits from parents getting involved and staying involved.  Please email fqmspta.president@gmail.com if you want to find out more information or wish to be nominated for a position.  Voting will take place at the May meeting. 

HCPSS BUDGET - Attention Parents:

Our kids need your help!  HCPSS is currently in the process of establishing the operating budget for next school year, and we are in danger of having significant cuts to include:
  • Increased class sizes at all levels
  • Reduction of Elementary GT programs
  • Loss of 3rd grade Orchestra
  • Reduction of summer school programs
  • Loss of Media positions and programming
  • Combining High School science paraeducator position with testing assistant into one position
  • Reduction in curricular field trips and sixth grade team building activities
  • Decrease in custodial positions
We need parents to advocate for more funding for our school system!  What can I do?
  1. E-mail the BOE at boe@hcpss.org and ask them to request more money from the county so that we can continue to be a world class school system.  In addition, you can let the Board know what programs are most important to you and ask them NOT to increase class sizes.
  2. Contact the County Executive, Dr. Calvin Ball at executive@howardcountymd.gov and the County Council at councilmail@howardcountymd.gov to request that the county increase the money being allocated to HCPSS.  Let them know more money is needed to avoid cutting necessary services. 
  3. Reach out to our state delegates and the governor to ask the state to increase the funding for schools so we can afford the new initiatives put forth by the Blueprint mandates. Let them know that without additional state funding positions and services critical to the operation of our schools and education of our students will be cut. Contact information and more details on advocating for the budget including sample emails can be found in the following document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tSBW3lrFhFOVzIB3wP2AckqtkKPE4UiV-JOeoiYkRSA/edit
  4. Show up to the Budget meetings, bring friends and neighbors, and testify in person if you can.  We need to demonstrate that our school system is important to us!  
Donation Shed - Just a reminder that the donation shed is located in the school parking lot and only accepts clothing donations.  No mattresses, toys, rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys or household items.   Please refrain from putting items in there that clearly do not belong.  If you have any doubt, leave it out.  Please take the time to read the signs on the outside of the shed to see what is acceptable.
New Sign - Please help us meet our fundraising goal of $25,000 for a new sign, any amount is helpful.  In honor of FQMS celebrating 20 years serving this community, PTSA is fundraising to replace the worn and damaged sign at the main entrance.  The funding has to come solely from donations.  Please consider donating to this fundraiser, and be assured any amount is greatly appreciated to reach our goal of $25k.  Click here to donate.  Thank you!
Spiritwear:
  • Glenelg High School Spiritwear -  8th grade families, get your Glenelg High Spiritwear here.  
  • River Hill High School Spiritwear - 8th grade families, get your River Hill Spiritwear here.
  • FQMS Spiritwear - Start this spring with some new Folly gear!  Check out our spirit wear for the latest deals.  https://www.follyquarterspiritwear.com/
Message from PTSA - PTSA has a lot of great things planned for the remainder of the school year, but we cannot do it without you!  
  • Join - First and foremost, we invite everyone to join the PTSA. Stop over to our website Follyquarterpta.org and join today.  Look for the Join button at the bottom of the homepage. 
  • Donate - PTSA cannot do all the fantastic things planned without the support of our community.  Please consider donating and if your company matches donations, Folly Quarter Middle School PTSA is a 501c3.  Thank you for your generosity and support!
  • Get Involved - Volunteers needed!  Looking to make a difference, gain new friends and connect with the community?  Getting involved is a great way to do it.  We have lots of opportunities, big and small, to make a difference at FQMS.   See our Signup Genius for opportunities coming up during the year.  PTSA also asks for donations of items periodically throughout the school year as well as parental volunteers for events.
  • New Ideas - Have a passion for something?  Let's chat!  Email:  FQMSpta.president@gmail.com
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