April 8, 2022
Happy Spring Break, Falcons! We want to wish all students and staff a restful, relaxing, and enjoyable break from school. We look forward to hearing all of the wonderful things that made you happy over this much needed time.
Pajama Drive - Thanks to all the families who donated PJ's for Casey Cares!! FQMS raised a total of 330 pajamas. Way to Go!! We really appreciate you!
April 8- Report Cards issued via HCPSS Connect: https://help.hcpss.org/grades-testing/online-report-cards
April 11-18 - Schools closed, Spring Break
April 22 - PTSA Falcon Friday 6-8 pm
April 27 - Schools close 3 hours early
April 28 - PTSA Gaming Tournament 4-6 pm
May 2 - Schools Closed for students **New Date**
May 3 - Schools Open for students **New Date**
May 4 - 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
May 18 - Schools close 3 hours early
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
April Testing Dates
April 19-22 MAP Make Ups
April 25, 26, 28, 29 MCAP ELA
MCAP ELA Testing will take place in the morning for ALL students. Please avoid making morning appointments on these dates.
Congratulations to FQMS student Isabella C. who competed in the US Speedskating Age Group National Championships. Isabella has been awarded the Bronze Medal in her age group, Junior D women (11-12)! She is the champion in the 1000 meters race!
COVID-19 test kits coming home today - We are pleased to share that FQMS has taken delivery of COVID-19 test kits for distribution prior to spring break for our staff and students. All students will receive a test kit to bring home with them today.
We encourage the use of at-home tests prior to returning from Spring Break. Reminder that all students and staff are to remain home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19. Details on daily health checks are available online. If your child is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please use your test kit as an additional mitigation effort to keep our schools and offices healthy. Please see more information from the Health Room, below. Thank you for your partnership in keeping the Folly Quarter community healthy and well.
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!
Gaming Tournament - Our Next Level Gaming Tournament is back for a rematch Thursday, April 28 from 4 pm to 6pm. Who will be the top gamer this month? Top gamer will not only go home with a $25 gift certificate, but bragging rights as well! Please sign up and submit payment at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUtDb-PQb_nhdD7tlTe-mGyETgcfynzVSwNyd_i-xmFVDrrw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
The 2021-2022 Yearbook/Memory Books are now on sale! Don’t miss out on this historic keepsake! This year Lifetouch is offering different packages or you can create your own. The basic price is $25. Online ordering is available, visit: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/?JobNumber=5635922&SchoolCount=0&HasCompleteOrderLines=False
The Yearbook ID code is: 5635922. Place your order today! Order Deadline is April 25th!
IMPORTANT IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS for rising 7th grade students - Effective the first day of school, 2022-2023, 1 dose of Tdap vaccine and 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine will be required by the state of Maryland for all students entering Grade 7. If we do not receive proof of these immunizations, your child will be excluded from school. Many students may have already received these immunizations, but the Health Room may not have the updated immunization record. Please contact your child’s doctor and send, via email or fax, an updated copy of your child’s immunizations to the Health Room. Our fax # is (410) 531-2473. If you have further questions, please call our Health Room at (410) 313-1510
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.
In response to community requests for resources, HCPSS’ new Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.”
Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit https://community-programs.hcpss.org/
for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.