Falcon Flyer - November 18, 2022

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Falcon Flyer

November 18, 2022

Dear Folly Quarter Community,
I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for the partnership we share in your child’s education.  I feel blessed to be a part of a community that values the work we do here at school.  This has been an incredible three months at Folly Quarter full of celebrations and achievements.  Our students have established routines, developed positive relationships with their peers and staff, and have shown great stamina and commitment toward their academic performance.  
November is National Gratitude Month and I want to share with you that your children created heartfelt messages that were placed on gratitude chains as a part of our ‘Choose Gratitude’ lesson last week.  It was inspiring to read all of the things they are grateful for in their lives.  I encourage you to take a look at the chain links hanging in the front hallway above student services the next time you visit school.  
I hope you have a restful and peaceful Thanksgiving full of gratitude and joy.  
Katie Clark, Principal

Important Dates

  • Schools close 3 hours early, Monday, November 21, Parent/Teacher Conferences (IN PERSON)
  • Schools close 3 hours early, Tuesday, November 22, Parent/Teacher Conferences (VIRTUAL)
  • Schools closed for students, Wednesday, November 23, Parent/Teacher Conferences (VIRTUAL)
  • Schools & offices closed, Thursday-Friday, November 24-25, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Orchestra Concert @MRHS, Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm
  • Schools close 3 hours early, Wednesday, December 14
  • Schools & offices closed, Winter Break, December 26-January 2

Folly Quarter News

Parent Teacher Conferences 

  • November 21 "in person" @ FQMS 12:00pm-6:45pm
  • November 22 "virtual" 12:00pm-6:45pm
  • November 23 "virtual" 8:00am-2:45pm
If you need assistance for virtual conferences, please click the link below to access our "virtual" Conference Help Desk. Staff will be available to assist you. (meet.google.com/unq-fgpw-qzs)

Bake Sale

Our Falcon Friends will be running a bake sale on Monday, Nov. 21st from 12:00 - 6:00 pm during parent teacher conferences. The goal of the bake sale is to raise money for supplies and activities. If you are interested in donating either a homemade or store-bought item, it would be appreciated. Donation ideas; cookies, pies, cakes, half cakes. etc... Please drop donations off to school by 11:00 on the 21st. Be sure to stop by and purchase a tasty treat. The bake sale is cash only.

Yearbook Cover Contest

All FQMS students are invited to submit YOUR OWN DESIGN for the 2022-2023 yearbook cover A panel of judges will determine the winner for the yearbook cover. Hardcopy form must be submitted to Mrs. Bader by Friday,  December 2nd.  Here is a flier with more details and requirements.  It also is available in the front office or from Ms. Bader.


Please make sure your student's chromebook is in their backpack when they come to school. We do not have enough loaners for all the students who forget.  Thank you.


The PBIS team at FQMS is very excited to share with you our new motto this year: 
  • I am a Falcon
  • This is my nest.
  • We are Falcons.
  • We do our BEST.
  • We Belong.
  • We Engage.
  • We Show Stamina.
  • We Try Hard.
One way we are recognizing students who are doing their“BEST” is through Falcon postcards being sent home.  The card is in appreciation of your child doing their best “to belong” “to engage”  “to show stamina” and “to try hard”. If your student receives a card in the mail, please congratulate them for doing their best! If you would like more information about the PBIS program, please check out the FQMS website  or the county’s website here.
Thanks so much for your support,
HCASC:  Looking for opportunities to be an involved student leader in Howard County?  Please consider joining the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC).  

Student Service Learning 6th & 7th Grade

Starting November 21 and all the subsequent 1/2 Days through March 18 6th and 7th grade students will be participating in Student Service Learning activities at school. Student Service Learning participation is a graduation requirement for students enrolled in the Howard County Public School System. 
Student Service learning takes place in Grade 6, 7 and 8 as part of the students’ regular classroom learning activities. While in middle school, students will participate in a variety of service-learning projects to fulfill the participation requirement of 25 hours of service-learning projects each year. 
A high quality curriculum-based service-learning project will be conducted under the direction of designated school personnel who must certify that students have met the requirement.
11/21/22 and 11/22/22: 6th Grade Student Service Learning focuses on supporting  Sole for Souls and Grassroots and 7th Grade Student Service Learning focuses on supporting the Maryland Book Bank and the Baltimore Curriculum Project. 
Please be on the lookout for how you can support your student in these endeavors. 
Student Service Learning 8th Grade
In May, 8th grade students will complete their 25 hour Student Service Learning experience.



  • Absences - Absence notes must be received in writing (email or note) from a parent/guardian within 5 days of an absence.  Please send all attendance correspondence to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.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 FQMSabsence@hcpss.org, 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.
  • Please email the completed form to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org.
  • For Religious Observances see the form here. Please forward this completed form to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org.
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