Falcon Flyer March 12, 2021

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 1:46pm

Falcon Flyer

March 12, 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,
This week we want to start with some celebrations!!!  

Congratulations to Adam S.- FQMS 8th grader named a Carson Scholar!!!!
Congratulations to Jihoon K.- His art work was selected for the Celebrating Art, High Merit Award.

Celebrate our School Nurses -  Week of March 15 - We are SO blessed and thankful to have Ms. Smith and Ms. McNeil in the health room.  Did you know that beyond supporting our school - they have been also serving the community with the vaccine distribution and Covid testing efforts. The FQMS staff is working to do something special each day next week to recognize their tremendous efforts for our school and on the front lines.  We are asking families to consider sending a little thank you email to them: Laura_smith1@hcpss.org or Adrian_McNeil@hcpss.org or to submit a positive staff shout out that we will compile and share with them:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZNwsewAVFF8XTXakmCp2E07xIkyD6PI7mWYwe3On4ZXsdHg/viewform 

A Few Important Reminders
Families of 6th Graders: 3/24 during SEL/FLEX -  6th grade orientation for students returning to Hybrid (will be held on google meet). Students remaining in virtual will have a special FLEX/SEL presentation tailored specifically  for them - for us to get their feedback, and discuss ways we can best support them, and provide additional social/emotional resources through the spring.  Parents/guardians are welcome to sit in on the presentations - we will also be emailing you orientation materials, as well as a 6th Grade Return Family Guidebook!

Phase In Hybrid Return Dates
Monday 29th -  6th Grade A Students
Thursday April 1 - 6th Grade B Students

Monday April 12 - 7/8th Grade A Students
Thursday April 16th - 7/8th Grade B Students

Chromebook Reminders - We strongly encourage all FQMS families to take the HCPSS school issued Chromebook.  If you have not yet received yours - feel free to reach out to Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Hewitt and we will review pick up times with you!

Megan Chrobak


Yearbook - Even though this year looks different, we are working hard to create a memorable Yearbook to offer you. We need your help.  For each student we would like one portrait (like you get taken on picture day) and at least one fun picture of what you have been doing (sports, cooking, with pets, virtual learning, outdoors, spirit days, etc.)  See attached for more information.

Yearbook Picture extension until March 26! So far, we only have 285 portraits out of 658 students!  Thank you if you have already submitted.

Please - No filters on pictures - especially your portrait.
Please - Write  name of student and grade in email

Send photos to akorman@hcpss.org.

Memory Book Photos.pdf 

Poster Contest - Interested in creatively showing off your finance skills? Participate in the Maryland Council on Economic Education Poster Contest: "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words."  Contact Mrs. Terry with questions: tara_terry@hcpss.org
DEADLINE: All entries MUST be dropped off to FQMS by Monday March 22! No exceptions, no extensions!
IMPORTANT: ALL entries MUST be mailed by Mrs. Terry.

Check out the website for more information.

Found - Prescription eyeglasses on pathway to snow hill in the back of FQMS the last time it snowed. Turquoise - Chelsea Morgan brand - child's size.



FQMS Staff Shoutout - FQMS PTSA is so appreciative of the FQMS staff and how hard they work on behalf of our students on a daily basis.  Please take a minute to share some positive encouragement for staff members that make a positive impact for you or your family.  To uplift any FQMS staff member who goes above and beyond to support, show care, connect, build community or anything else that positively impacts students and families, click on this link.  This form goes to FQMS Administration for us to celebrate the staff member.  Your comments often come at a time when staff needs that virtual hug.  


Thank you so much to our families who participated in PTSA this week and attended the Restorative Justice Information session.      

Health Staff -  PTSA wants to send a huge "THANK YOU!" to our wonderful health staff, Ms. Laura Smith, School Nurse (laura_smith1@hcpss.org) and Mrs. Adrian McNeil, Health Assistant (adrian_mcneil@hcpss.org) for all their hard work and dedication to our community.  They have been helping on the front line administering shots and keeping our staff and students healthy and safe during these times.  Please show them some love by sending a thank you note to their email addresses above.  We appreciate all you do each and every day.

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! Free shipping on all spiritwear starting Friday, March 12th until Monday March 29th. Check it out at https://www.follyquarterspiritwear.com/
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.

First Dogs Portrait Event - Student art enthusiasts and dog lovers, ages 7 to 17, are invited to join HRA on Saturday, March 20 at 1 pm, for an hour-long virtual portraiture event. Get your pencils, pastels, paints, and paper ready to create your very own official First Dogs portrait. Registered artists will receive guided instructions using photos of Champ and Major Biden. Plus, live models, perhaps long distant cousins of the famous duo, will be front and center on the screen.  This event will be held on the Zoom Meeting platform. Enrollment is limited.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT! The cost for the workshop is $10. However, no student will be denied access to participate because of inability to pay. For information on financial assistance, please contact education@humanerescuealliance.org




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.