Falcon Flyer October 30, 2020

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 1:47pm





Happy Friday to Our Falcon Family!        

End of Quarter 1 - As a reminder, the end of Quarter 1 is November 6th.   

Over the last few weeks teachers, administration and counselors have been in touch with lots of students and families about missing work. If your student is still having difficulty, needs more help etc- I am offering support sessions next Monday and Thursday from 12-1 the login is MCCheckIn. Students can drop in to get extra help with assignments, submission etc. This does NOT take the place of attending the teacher support sessions, but is an additional opportunity to get help!

Next week’s schedule is as follows:

Monday -  Normal virtual school schedule
Tuesday- Schools/Offices closed (state mandated holiday)
Wednesday - Asynchronous Work Day
Thursday - Normal virtual school schedule
Friday -  ½ day for students
Academic Life Skills Program - We are very proud of our FQMS planning team and excited to share that our Academic Life Skills Program students will be returning to Folly Quarter for small group Face to Face instruction beginning November 9th.  We are very grateful to Ms. Kay, Ms. Visco, Mr. Stein, Ms. Patton, Ms. Fritsch, Ms. Hewitt, Ms. Smith and Ms. McNeil for all of the hard work and planning that has gone into the start of this program.  Families specifically involved in this program have been contacted via phone, email and mail!  


SEL Lessons - We wanted to ensure there was clarity and information about SEL Lessons and topics over the last few weeks and upcoming weeks. To ensure you have all information we will be sharing our weekly and monthly lesson topics and objectives with you! Please note that HCPSS has lessons created that teachers can pull from but we also have an FQMS team that creates lessons that align with our PBIS focus each month that we share for all teacher use. The October focus was on celebrating something about yourself and being a welcoming and inclusive peer in the virtual setting. For example, some of our student leaders used what they learned and planned a virtual lunch bunch for our special needs program students that was specific to encouraging communication and making sure those students are having regular interaction with peers in the virtual setting.  


November’s Objective is Focused on Kindness and Gratitude to Self and Others
The objective is:  Students will engage in activities and discussion in order to incorporate kindness and gratitude for self and others into daily interactions. We will focus on self kindness and self care, as well as random acts of kindness and showing gratitude to those in your family, school, community, etc.   


On 11/2 we will also do a quarter 1 reflection, virtual learning best practices review, and personal goal setting activities for quarter 2. Students will also take a survey that gives us information about what virtual tools they feel work best for them, what strategies help them stay most engaged and how we can best support them for Quarter 2. 


If you have questions about SEL lessons at any time, please reach out to me directly and I will gladly share the lessons with you!


Have a wonderful weekend,
Megan Chrobak


Media Center Book Check-Out - Curbside Pickup. Students place books on hold using the PAC, wait until items are ready by checking their outlook email*, then come get them on the next pick up day.

Pick up Days:  Mondays and Thursdays
Time:  10am - 2pm
Location:  Rolling cart under overhang by the main entrance. Books will be in a large orange envelope labeled with the student name.
Returns: Return your books on the same days/times, on the same cart.

OVERDUE BOOKS - Please return overdue books as soon as possible so we can refill our library shelves for the 20-21 school year. 6th-grade students may return overdue books which were borrowed from elementary school right here at FQMS.

*To check your outlook email, go to HCPSS.me and choose Office365 then login with your HCPSS account.  Click on the Outlook icon on the left side. Check your student Outlook emails regularly to see what is ready to pick up and what you need to return!  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Taylor at heather_taylor@hcpss.org


From the PTSA

Pumpkin Contest Winners - Thank you to all who submitted a pumpkin picture for the pumpkin challenge.  We had some pretty awesome pumpkins entered and it was a close call between many of the submissions.  Congratulations to the following winners!

1st Place: Katherine K., 8th (pumpkin #10)
2nd Place: Chloe H., 6th (pumpkin #19)
3rd Place: Danielle B., 6th (pumpkin #1)

1st Place: Ms. Kuykendall (pumpkin #5)

A member of the PTA will be in touch with the winners soon to distribute prizes.


BJ’s Membership - FQMS PTA is having a BJ's membership fundraiser for renewals and new memberships at significantly discounted prices.  Call BJ's representative, Angie Engle at 410-299-0229 to sign up or renew your membership today.  Fundraiser runs from October 19 to November 2.  Please make sure you tell her it is for Folly Quarter Middle School. Thank you!


Reflections - The Reflections Program allows our students to express themselves through their talents in the ARTS!  Each year Maryland students participate in Reflections and produce amazing entries in all six Reflections arts areas.  The Theme for 2020-2021 is ”I Matter Because…”.   If you are interested in submitting in one of the categories (dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and/or visual arts), please email: fqmspta.president@gmail.comEntries are due by December 1. Note the new rule changes for this year:

  • Dance Choreography and Film Production entries must be submitted in AVI or MP4 format.
  • Music Composition entries must be submitted in MP3 or WAV format.
  • Photography and Visual Arts entries must be submitted in JPEG, JPG or PNG format.
  • Literature and scores as required for Music Compositions must be submitted in PDF format.


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