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MARCH 2019

Notice:  PTO Meeting has been re-scheduled to Thursday, March 21st 7:30 - 8:30 am.


Dear Falcon Bluffs Families,


Thank you for enrolling your student for next school year 2019-2010 via the EnrollJeffco link.  The District lottery has been completed for first round and 2nd Round is open until August 30th.  
Please visit the links below for more information. 


District ENROLL JEFFCO Website Link

Enroll Jeffco Video


Our March edition of Falcon Files is full of information on a variety of activities and events including Choir, Band and Orchestra concerts, our monthly PTO Meeting, Carlos Miguel spirit night and student blizzard sales.  Chatfield Sr. High is offering a spring break football camp for all ages as well this month.  Check out the link under Chatfield listed below.  

Check back often to our website and Falcon Files for updates.
We appreciate your support!

Sincerely,

Tom Burns

Principal



 FALCON NEWS & EVENTS ~


 FALCON BLUFFS ON CHANNEL 7!

Have you heard about our entrepreneurs class?  They made the Channel 7 News.  Way to go students!!
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/lifestyle/education/eighth-graders-in-littleton-learn-how-to-build-a-business-while-giving-back

Guest Speakers
As part of our career exploration focus for our student body, FBMS invited some talented professionals in to share what led them to the career path they now live and love. Students enjoyed listening to a lawyer, an entrepreneur, the Jefferson County Sheriff's K9 unit, and a faculty member from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Our next two sessions will be during Advise on April 25th and May 9th and we hope to have a rocket scientist, a firefighter, and other community professionals.   Students can sign up for these opportunities during their lunchtime the week before each session. Please reach out to Mr. Longbrake (303-982-9900) if you would like to join our guest speaker line up and share details about your career.

2-Hour Delay Late Start Schedule

Jefferson County Public School recently sent home an update regarding our newly adopted  2- Hour Delay Late Start policy that may be used for inclement weather situations. A quick overview is copied below but please visit THIS LINK for all details.

The end of winter is nearing. However, as Colorado residents, we know that this does not necessarily mean an end to winter weather. In cases of inclement weather, it is unusual for our schools to close and we have not used a district late start policy in the past. This winter has been particularly snowy and cold, which has prompted us to reconsider a late start option. After careful thought and consideration regarding the impact to schools, families, and district operations, we have decided to implement a 2-Hour Delay Schedule when the weather situation indicates it is necessary.

When considering how we utilize this new delay schedule, we will continue to rely on many data sources to inform our decision. These include CDOT and Jeffco County Road & Bridge Department, Skyview Weather Service, and other real-time forecast services, first-hand road inspections by staff and community volunteers living in our neighborhoods, forecasts for later in the day, and input from Jeffco Transportation Services. We will make our decision by 4:45 a.m. in order to accommodate school bus dispatch, food services deliveries, site crews, and substitute teacher arrangements. We will publicly announce a 2-hour delay and notify families by 5:30 a.m.

Additionally, please visit our homepage and drill down under "Our School" to view our FBMS 2-Hour Delay Late Start schedule in case it comes into play this year.  Essentially, our school day would start at 10:00am and finish at our regular time of 2:55pm.


Managing Test Anxiety Seminar

March 19 @ 6:30 PM - Managing Test Anxiety- Shaffer Elementary

- Learn strategies to help your student manage his/her anxiousness in taking tests, especially standardized tests

- Get tips and your questions answered from a panel of Social/Emotional experts, from our district 

- Presented during the March 19 Shaffer Community Forum, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Shaffer LMC (LIbrary)




 

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 WASHINGTON DC OPPORTUNITY

We are excited to announce that we will be introducing a student travel opportunity for all students to participate in during the 2019/2020 school year.   This will provide your student the opportunity to connect to their learning and spark intellectual curiosity through travel.  In addition, this will foster their grit, growth mindset, collaboration, and relationship building as young professionals, setting them up for success.

This year we welcomed Karrie Hill to our staff from Shaffer Elementary.  She has been leading student trips for years and is very excited to lead this adventure.  


There are 15 spots remaining for the trip to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg for May, 2020.   If you are interested in signing up, please go to:   Washington DC and Williamsburg Trip Information


If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Kahill@jeffco.k12.co.us
Space will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  
Don't miss out on the unique opportunity!



 JEFFCO SHERIFF'S SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER NEWS: 

Dear Falcon Bluffs Families,

 Thank you all for slowing down and helping me out with the student drop off/pick up situation on W. Remington Place.  Traffic after school on W. Remington Place is still congested for about 20 minutes but it  seems to be getting better.  

Students can still be picked up along both sides of S. Garrison Street, on the south side of W. Remington Place in the Student Pick-Up Zone, and inside the north parking lot.

 Thank you for your help!

Please see the link below for more information: 
FBMS Student Pick Up Drop Off Map

Deputy Garrett Dick, School Resource Officer

 



 SOCIAL MEDIA CONCERN: 

We want to share some information, tips, and reminders about students' appropriate use of technology, both at school and beyond the walls of our building, to support learning and student safety.  We also want to inform you that we received reports of some students being concerned about the "Momo Challenge," a social media hoax (scare tactic). We want to make you aware of this news so you can help to keep a careful eye on your child's internet use.  Here is an article about the “Momo Challenge” if you want to know more, and an on-line resource on how to deal with the issue if needed.

First, to provide a framework for this communication, here is a guiding policy regarding student use of the Internet, as outlined in Jeffco Public Schools Student and Family Handbook (Code of Conduct):

"STUDENT USE OF THE INTERNET
The Internet and related electronic instructional resources are
used in schools to support student learning. The use of these
resources are for educational purposes only when on district
property, at district or school-sanctioned activities or events,
when students are being transported in vehicles dispatched by
Jeffco Public Schools, and off school property when such conduct
has a nexus to school or any district curricular or non-curricular
activity or event.

Teachers and school administration determine use of the Jeffco
Instructional Network based on educational goals of the school
and classroom, and may determine to limit access. Students are
encouraged to use the network to do homework, class-related
research, and class work when appropriate. Students should not
use this network for music, gaming, or non-educational video
streaming. In compliance with the Child Information Protection
Act (CIPA) requirements, this network will be monitored. Jeffco
Public Schools accepts no responsibility associated with loss,
damage, or theft of a device connected to the network."

Next, in terms of education, please know that we provide learning on a regular basis here at school around digital citizenship (e.g., avoiding plagiarism, appropriate use of the internet, digital footprints, etc.) as well as proper care of devices (e.g., carrying them with two hands, not having liquids near a device, having a cover on the device at all times, etc.).

Finally, here are a couple of resources you may wish to explore to help in your decision-making at home around appropriate use of technology for your family:

1)  https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students   [These are standards for the use of technology in teaching and learning.]

2)  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mvche4leOBB63aOgOR_4bR0htOitnWE7QBbyYHXu1ik/edit?usp=sharing   [This is a resource you might
choose to use as you determine what technology might "look like" in your family.] 

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.





 FALCON CALENDAR ITEMS:
 
  • March 19 - Spring Choir Concert 6:30 - 8:00 pm ~ Gym
  • March 19 - 6 Blue International Towne Field Trip
  • March 20 - Spring Band and Orchestra Concert 6:30 - 8:00 pm ~ Gym March 21 - PTO Meeting 7:30 - 8:30 am ~ Conference Room
  • March 21 - PTO meeting 7:30 - 8:30 am
  • March 21 - 6 Green International Towne Field Trip
  • March 26 - Carlos Miguel's PTO Spirit Fundraiser
  • March  25 - 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1 - All Students Return to Classes


CMAS Spirit Week:
Monday:
 Mindset - wear what takes you to your happy place
i.e. wear a Hawaiian shirt
Tuesday:
 Thinking Cap Day - wear a hat

Wednesday:
 Falcons Soar - wear your favorite superhero shirt

Thursday: Rock the Test - dress like your favorite     rockstar/band
Friday:
  Rest for the Test - pajama day





NJHS NEWS:


Next meeting - March 5th  3:00 - 3:45 pm    Room A201

 




FBMS COLLECTIVE COMMITMENTS:

 

The 6 FBMS Collective Commitments are Grit, Growth Mindset, Relationships, Intellectual Curiosity, Professionalism, and Collaboration.   We are learning how to work together, understand different perspectives and to embrace the learning process. Please take a few minutes to ask your student about our Collective Commitments.




ABSENCE AND EARLY RELEASE REMINDERS:

A couple of reminders from our office staff:  Please bring in your photo ID to pick up your student.

·   Please remember to call your child’s absence/tardy the day they are absent/tardy. Attendance line 303-982-9902. 

  •    If your child needs an early dismissal, please call the attendance line the day before, or the morning of, with the time you will want your child waiting for pick up in the office.  Please have your child stop by the attendance window before 1st period begins to pick up their early dismissal pass.  If it is a last minute request, please note it may take a few minutes for us to get your child out of class for their dismissal.   

·   For absences other than illness, family emergency, medical procedures or religious observances a Pre-Arranged Absence form is required and is to be signed by the student’s teachers, parent and student and turned into the attendance office 3 days prior to the absence. These forms are available in the office and on our website.
http://falconbluffs.jeffcopublicschools.org/

·   It is extremely important that you check your Jeffco Connect parent account and make sure that we have the most up to date contact information, especially emergency phone numbers.  We have had a few instances this week where kids have been in the clinic, didn’t know mom or dad’s phone number off the top of their head, and when we looked it up on the computer it was blank or a former phone number.  Please take a minute to see that your information is correct.  Click here to go to Jeffco Connect.



EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

Please take a look at the following link with regard to emergency situations at school - Information for Families, published by Jeffco Schools: 
Jeffco Student Safety and School Emergencies for Families



FBMS POLICIES:


For information regarding content and knowledge grades, dress code, and other Falcon Bluffs school policies, please check out the link below.  You can also find it under "Family Resources" on the tabs above in the drop down list.

FBMS Policies and Information



BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE CONNECTION INFORMATION: 

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Information:  If you are having trouble logging into our network, be sure you have logged into JEFFCO CONNECT and signed the BYOD permission (EACH SCHOOL YEAR parents AND students must sign this agreement).  Please see the attached link with more information.
BYOD Log On Information Step-By-Step



REMINDER OF FBMS FOOD AND DRINK EXPECTATIONS:

Students may only have water in classrooms/hallways throughout the day. All other food/drinks must have a spill-proof lid/cap and should only be consumed during lunch. Students are not allowed to bring coffee, soda, energy drinks, chips, candy... to classes. If your student brings a drink to school they will be asked to leave it at the attendance office desk and they can get it at lunch or after school. Thank you, in advance, for your support.

 


FALCON BLUFFS BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION & LONGMONT DAIRY BOTTLE CAPS:

As you're doing your baking and preparing those special family meals, please remember to cut out the Boxtops for Education, look for the familiar pink logo.  These are on many products, and this is an easy way to help the school.  Boxtops can be taken to the office at any time. These give us 10 cents each, which actually adds up pretty fast when we get them by the bagful!  Money raised from this is used for needed supplies.  Please check the expiration dates on the boxtops and trim around the dotted lines.  

If you get your milk delivered in glass bottles from Longmont Dairy, please bring in your bottle caps to the Main Office.  We are given a money donation from the dairy for our caps twice a year (December and May).  So get your daily dose of Vitamin D and help out our school as well!  

Thank you for supporting FBMS!




FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE SchoolCafé:


This is one-stop shopping for families that take advantage of school breakfast and lunch. Users simply need to create an online account in order to:

  • Apply for Free/Reduced meals. Remember, this must be done every year. Paper applications will also continue to be accepted.

  • Pay for meals online. Account balances will be transferred from the old system to new system.

 



FBMS CLUBS:

We hope students will enjoy the huge variety of clubs offered this year. Every teacher is sponsoring a club and we encourage students to find something they are interested in and join the fun. Please click the link below for more information.
FBMS Clubs

     PTO/ACCOUNTABILITY INFORMATION AND NEWS ~


PTO MEETING DATES AND INFORMATION:

PTO has scheduled a variety of events this month, so please be sure to scroll to the calendar below, check PTO's website (under "Family Resources" on the gray navigation bar above) or on the calendar on the home page of this website.  Please join us for our monthly PTO meetings from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in our Library. Meeting schedules are below. Thursday, March 14th
PTO SPONSORED ASHI CHILD & BABYSITTING SAFETY COURSE:

PTO is sponsoring another opportunity for your student to get trained in babysitting through the ASHI Child and Babysitting Safety Course to be held at the District Community Center 7640 S. Estes St. Littleton on Sunday, April 14th from 9am - 4 pm.  For the cost and more information, please check out the link below:

ASHI Child and Babysitting Safety Course



THANK YOU TO OUR FBMS BUSINESS PARTNERS:

We would like to recognize the following companies for partnering with Falcon Bluffs Middle School. Preferred Business Partners are local community businesses that step up to assist our students by raising funds for improvements in technology.  

Image result for business partnership

FATHOM REALTY -Paige Michaelis
MCKINNERS PIZZA
MZ ELECTRIC
FARMERS INSURANCE- Tiffany Riedesel-Romero

OLDROYD FAMILY DENTISTRY
OHMART ORTHODONTICS
REMAX - Sunny Puckett
LE STUDIO 45
THE BALLET PHYSIQUE

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR





ACCOUNTABILITY DATES AND INFORMATION: We invite you to join us at any of our upcoming meeting dates as we firmly believe in collaboration with all stakeholders.  We meet in the Falcon Bluffs library from 4:00-5:15 (note new meeting time). We invite you to join us and attend this year.

Our next meeting is April 25


 CHATFIELD NEWS & EVENTS:

Chatfield Cheer Tryout Information:

Parent Meeting:  Thursday, March 21st  6:00-7:00 pm
Room C206

Clinics:  April 2-4

Tryouts:  April 5

Chatfield Cheer Tryout Informational Flyer




Chatfield Chargers Football presents Spring Break Sports Camp
March 25 - 29  
8:30 - 11:30 am
Grades 3-5 and 6-8

Come join us for a great time.

Please see the link below for more information:

Spring Break Camp.pdf




Chatfield Charger Elite Summer Camps:

Registration is now open so find your youth sports camp and come and join us this summer.

Summer is almost here and Charger Elite Camps are back and bigger than ever! Please visit the website today and see what camps are offered for your youth, middle school or high school son or daughter.


Charger Elite Camps 2019

Also, make sure to take advantage of our Free Camps; the 6th annual one day Free Football Clinic and the 2nd Annual Free One-Day Tri-Sport Clinic (Volleyball, Basketball, Softball). 

 

Strength and Speed Camps

*Youth Speed Camp, Middle/high school speed camp *Middle School Beginner Strength Training Camps for both males and females *High School Female Athlete Strength Camp VolleyBall *Camps for youth, middle school and high school ages Football

* The very popular Free One Day Camp, Wednesday 29th from 4:30-7:30pm

* Youth/Middle School Skills Camps, 10 sessions; For anybody who loves football (Non-Contact) Softball

* Youth Skills camp

* Middle School/High School Skills Camp

Girls Basketball

* Little Hoopers Camp for 1st-4th Grade and 5th-8th Grade Lacrosse and Soccer

* Camps to be coming soon


Please see the links below for more information:

Charger Elite Camps 2019 Flyer.pdf

Charger Elite Camp Website


 DISTRICT HAPPENINGS ~

BOARD OF EDUCATION
COMMITTEE APPLICATION 2019-20

We are seeking engaged Jeffco parents, staff, and business, and community members to support the district and Board of Education by serving on advisory committees. Click here for more information on the responsibilities and functions of committee members.

We are seeking members for the following committees:

  • District Accountability Committee
  • Technology Data Privacy Advisory Committee
  • Financial Oversight Committee (FOC)
  • Capital Asset Advisory Committee

Online applications (Spanish coming soon) will be reviewed by the Board of Education in May so that members can be appointed in June to begin committee work for the 2019-20 school year. Applicants will be contacted via email after the close of the application period in April. If the application meets committee membership requirements, details on next steps will be shared.

The following are welcome to apply:

  • Teacher(s) employed by Jeffco Public Schools;
  • School administrator(s) employed by Jeffco Public Schools;
  • Individual(s) involved in business in the Jeffco Public Schools district boundary;
  • Parents of current Jeffco Public Schools students; and
  • Community members without students attending Jeffco Public Schools.
Thank you for your consideration of these vital roles to serve Jeffco Public Schools





 DANGERS OF VAPING - VIDEO FROM DR. JASON GLASS, DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT:

The attached link is a video from Dr. Glass on the dangers of vaping.  We hope all parents will watch this important video.

Dr. Jason Glass - Dangers of Vaping Video



DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES~

Head Lice FAQ

Please see the attached Head Lice information from the District.  

Head Lice FAQ ENGLISH.pdf



 The "Nico-teen" Brain:  The adolescent brain is especially vulnerble to the addictive effects of nicotine.....(continued in the link below)

RN Newspaper March 2018. final - Julie Wilken.pdf

 





 

Just a reminder that we will push out an email the first Friday of each month containing our Falcon Files but it is updated far more often and available 24/7. Consider creating a bookmark to easily access the latest FBMS news at: https://falconbluffs.jeffcopublicschools.org/our_school/falcon_files

 

 


 

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