Falcon Flyer - December 16

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 8:17am

Important Dates

  • Falcon Day, December 23, afternoon
  • Schools & offices closed, Winter Break, December 26-January 2
  • PTSA Virtual Meeting, January 9 at 7 pm
  • FQMS Choral Concert @ RHHS, January 10 at 6-8 pm
  • FQMS Band Concert at RHHS, January 11 at 6-8 pm
  • FQMS Spelling Bee, January 11, 7:40 am
  • PTSA Fundraiser at Red Bird Bar & Grill, January 17
  • PTSA Snowflake Dance, January 25, 2:30-4:30

Folly Quarter News

Toys for Tots

Thank you so much for donating toys for the Toys for Tots campaign.  FQMS is no longer collecting toys for this year.  If you still have toys to donate, visit https://baltimore-md.toysfortots.org/ to find a drop off location.  The collection campaign ends on December 17th to prepare toys for distribution.

FQMS 7th Grade Book Drive - December 12 - January 18

We are collecting new and gently used books.  Collection Bins are in the FQMS lobby.

Folly International Showcase Night

FQMS is planning the Folly International Showcase Night for March 28.  The community is asked to provide interest in planning and participation by clicking here.  Please respond by December 21.

Deadline Extended:

Federal Impact Aid Forms due by December 12: Only a few days remain for eligible parents/guardians to complete the Impact Aid section of Family File. Parents/guardians who work on a federal property in Maryland and/or are a member of a uniformed service qualify HCPSS to receive additional federal funding. The Federal Impact Aid programs provide financial assistance to school districts that enroll federally connected children. In HCPSS, Impact Aid supplements the operating budget to enhance the teaching and learning that takes place in Howard County classrooms.
In order to qualify for funding, parents who identified themselves in Family File as working on federal property in Maryland or as active duty military should log in via HCPSS Connect to complete the Impact Aid form by confirming the information and providing a digital signature before December 12. (See directions below).
If you did not complete Family File this year and work on federal property in Maryland or are active duty military, please log in and complete the Federal Impact Aid section of Family File prior to completing the Impact Aid form.  If you submitted a form before September 30, it must be redone. In instances where families are federally connected both by work location and membership in the uniformed services, the digital signature only needs to be completed by one parent.
To complete your online Impact Aid form:
Log in to HCPSS Connect using parent/guardian credentials
Select More Options from the left navigation
Select Federal Impact Aid from the middle

Magazine Donations

The art department is seeking magazine donations for collage.  If you have any old magazines (doesn't matter how old) that you'd like us to take off your hands, please drop them off in the front office.  Anything with images will work but National Geographic magazines are like gold for collage!  We will be collecting them throughout the year so please bring them in any time.  Don't forget to peel/tear off your address on the back.  Thank you for your support! 

8th Grade Art Showcase - November 8 - January 7.


HCASC Information

Are you interested in leadership opportunities?  Be a part of the conversation with HCASC!  The Howard County Association of Student Councils, more commonly known as HCASC, brings together students across the school system to talk about leadership and government in HCPSS. HCASC strives to empower students with skills and opportunities to engage with and lead their schools and communities.
  • WHO: All middle and high school students welcome from across HCPSS
  • WHAT:  A chance to 
    • Collaborate with school-based administrators
    • Provide testimony to elected officials
    • Connect to HCPSS Staff and community organizations
    • Grow and practice the habits of heart and mind it takes to serve as engaged and informed citizens
    • Collaborate with student and community leaders from across HCPSS
    • Empower students with actionable steps they can take to achieve their goals such as:
  • WHERE: Howard High School or virtual option through student HCPSS accounts use Google Meet Code: hcasc-ga
  • WHEN: December 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.


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.


  • 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. 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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