Falcon Flyer - January 22, 2021

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Falcon Flyer

January 22, 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.




Good Afternoon,
We continue to celebrate the hard work of our students and are so proud of them!   
A few important reminders and updates for our families this week include:

January 28th is the last day of Semester 1/Quarter 2.  Students should submit all work by that time.  There is no school for students on January 29th and report cards are posted on February 5th.  If you have any questions or your student needs any support, please feel free to reach out to me directly.  

No Changes to Daily Schedules for Quarter 3 - Please refer to the communication from HCPSS retracting the changes shared earlier this week.

We understand that there are a lot of questions moving forward.  Our administration team remains committed to sharing updates and collaborating with our families as soon as we are able to.  Thank you so much for your continued partnership.

Megan Chrobak


Youth Art Month - One way the MAEA celebrates Youth Art Month (March) each year is to participate in the state flag design contest sponsored by the Council For Art Education. The YAM 2021 theme is "Art Connects Us."  State winners will be honored at both the state and national  virtual conferences. One overall winning student's school will receive a flag created from their design. Submit your design by January 29, 2021

Additional details about YAM is available online here.

Online Submission form.

Junior All-State Band - Congratulations to Samuel Y. (clarinet) and Eli K. (euphonium) for being selected for the 2021 Maryland Junior All State Band!  The Junior All State Band is made up of the top 7th, 8th, and 9th grade musicians from all over the state who prepare and take a challenging audition.  We are so proud of our musicians for earning a spot in the All State Band!

FQMS Spelling BEE Results - Our 2020-2021 FQMS Spelling Bee Champion is Tanay P.!  Our runner up is Emily S. who was in a close second-place tie breaker with Aditya B.  Congratulations to all of our Spelling BEE Participants!  Great job to Grayson H., Gideon E., Maia H., Sai D., Zayyan A., Sophia C., Abhinav R., Chiara S., Aiden Z., Kenneth W., and Sanjeev B.  We wish Tanay the best of luck as he represents FQMS at the Howard County Level Spelling Bee March 20, 2021.

Staff Nominations and Celebrations - Please join me in celebrating the following staff on their local and state nominations:

Ms. Soojung Kim - Nominee for HCPSS Teacher of the Year
Mr. Gregg Stein - Nominee for Maryland Para Educator of the Year
Ms. Emy Coonts - Nominee for HCPSS Counselor of the Year
Ms. Robin Luongo - Nominee for HCPSS Counselor of the Year
Ms. Tara Terry - Nominee for MSDE Financial Literacy Education Award
Ms. Michele Hewitt - Nominee for HCPSS School Counseling Advocate of the Year

School Wide Celebrations - We have more 360 Positive Office Referrals for our AMAZING students just in Semester 1!

We have more 146 Random Acts of Kindness submitted by students and staff for Janu”CARE”y.  We are encouraging our students to recognize random acts of kindness of their families and to share them with us here 



Used Clothing Donation Shed - The donation shed located in the parking lot at FQMS is now 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!  



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.