January 11, 2019
Volleyball on 2 February!
Farmwell Station and Trailside will face off in a can't-miss-this volleyball game on the 2nd of February in the Broad Run HS Gym. Doors open at 6pm with a game time of 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 and sold at the door. Come decked out in your Falcon Spirit Wear and cheer on our amazing staff as they take on Trailside. See flyer:
End of Semester – Long Weekend
Reminder: The first semester ends Thursday, January 17. Friday, January 18 is a student holiday and Monday, January 21, is a federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and school is closed. Enjoy the 4 day weekend and see everyone on Tuesday, January 22, for the start of the second semester, it is an A Day!
Purchase Your Yearbook:
Time is starting to run out to order a yearbook. A yearbook pre-order sale will take place from 8 to 8:25 a.m. this Tuesday through Thursday in the area in front of the auditorium. The cost of a basic yearbook is $35. Orders for personalizing the yearbooks at an additional cost can only be done online by clicking on the link on the school web site or below. Students have until Feb. 1 to order a yearbook.
To order a yearbook click the link below:
Student Supplies – Readiness for Second Semester
As we start the second semester of the year please make sure your student(s) are prepared. Pencils, paper, notebooks, earbuds, and other supplies get used, lost, broken over time and may need to be replaced. The Falcon’s Nest school store is available each morning from 8-8:30 and has a large supply of items if you want an easy option. We are looking forward to our second semester here at Farmwell!!
First semester report cards will be available in ParentVue after 3pm on Friday, January 25th.
Technology Tips for Parents – Stay Informed and Get Connected
There are two tools parents need to be familiar with to stay connected with their child’s school progress. Please take a few minutes to learn about accessing Google Classroom and using ParentVUE notifications. Farmwell teachers frequently use Google Classroom to share content and to organize and collect assignments. Here’s a short video to help parents learn about Google Classroom.
Did you know ParentVUE can send parents a weekly grade report? It’s simple to set up. Log into ParentVUE and click on “My Account”. Navigate to the notifications section and check the box for Grade Book notifications. More detailed directions can be found on this Quick Tips Guide.
Important: 8th Grade Writing SOL March 5, 6, & 7
Grade 8 students will be taking their writing SOL March 5-7. Attendance by ALL students is important, so we ask for parents/guardians to NOT schedule appointments, travel, or other events that will require students to be tardy, absent, or have early dismissal, during this period. Your assistance and understanding are appreciated.
Attention RISING 9th Grade Parents/Students:
CAMPUS Applications are now available on the LCPS Website. CAMPUS is an academic and college preparatory program designed to meet the specific needs of LCPS students who are prospective first generation college students. Interested students should check out the CAMPUS website for more information or see Mrs. Carra. The CAMPUS application deadline is February 22
Link to application: https://www.lcps.org/Page/120796
COURSE SELECTION PROCESS 2019-2020
The course selection process is underway for next year. Here are some key event dates to put on your calendar. If you have any questions, please contact your grade level Counselor.
PARENT/STUDENT VUE COURSE REQUEST PORTAL OPENS Jan 25
- View Teacher Recommendations
- View and make/change ELECTIVE courses
PORTAL CLOSES February 28
- Any changes after that date must be in writing to the counselor
PARENT MEETINGS 6:30pm. in the FSMS Auditorium
- Rising 6th grade, January 22
- Rising 8th grade, January 24
- Rising 7th grade, January 29
- Rising 9th grade, February 20 (snow date: Feb 21) at BRHS 6-8pm.
For parents and students.
BAND NIGHTS FOR RISING 6th Grade 6:30pm. in the FSMS Cafeteria
- January 28-Dominion Trail ES
- February 6-Ashburn ES
- February 12-Discovery ES
- Students from other schools with a small population coming to Farmwell should pick a convenient night to attend
Additional Orientation Dates:
March 28 8th Grade Expo at Broad Run HS
April 12 5th Grade Orientation at FWS
Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee (MSAAC)
The next MSAAC Meeting: An Evening with Halo RACE and #REALTALK
A Music-Based Experience Confronting Racism and Social Issues with Healthy Dialogue
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00 - 9:00pm
LCPS Administration Building
The new Spirit Wear has arrived! We have maroon zip front hoodies for $30, and black sweatpants with the same logo as the black hoodies for $25. They are in the Nest and available for purchase!
Parent Coffee: Thursday, February 7 –Building Teen Resiliency 8-8:45 am
Come join us for our second Parent Coffee. The talk will last 45 minutes and there will be coffee and a light breakfast for you to enjoy. If you are unable to join us in person we will be Live Streaming on our Facebook page.
Topic: Building Teen Resiliency – presented by Robin Myers (founder, Navigate2Empower)
6th Grade Field Trip Opportunity
35 sixth grade students will have the opportunity for a Field Trip on Friday, March 1, 2019. They will be visiting the Loudoun County Courthouse and:
- Meet a Judge
- Meet the Commonwealth Attorney
- Visit Holding Cells
- Eat Out at Chick-fil-A
Interested students should see their Social Studies teacher for the permission slip. Turn in your permission slip starting January 22 and we will take the first 35 students who turn in their completed form.
ESL Financial Literacy Workshop – January 17, 7-8:30pm BRHS Library
More Than Money: What to put in your Financial Literacy Backpack. Come join us for a Financial Literacy Workshop custom to adult ESL Students. We will be discussing Savings, Mortgages, Taxes, Investing, & More. Brought to you by the Broad Run HS DECA. For question, email: Maldonadosofia13@gmail.com (available to email in Spanish) See flyer:
Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase
Great opportunity for Students!! Create a project on reducing waste, conserving energy, improving water quality, preserving natural habitat, or other sustainability-minded endeavors, and share with Loudoun Schools and the community. All K-12 students in Loudoun County representing public and private schools, homeschoolers, and members of community based organizations such as 4-H clubs and Scout troops, are welcome to participate.
Register by February 26 and the showcase will occur on March 26, from 5-8pm, at Heritage High School. See flyer for more information and to register: https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/636210/schools/36800
Nature Camp Scholarship – Leesburg Garden Club: (see flyer at end for more info)
The Leesburg Garden Club is offering a scholarship to Nature Camp (www.naturecamp.net) in the George Washington National Forest near Vesuvius, VA. The summer camp is a co-educational, residential camp that emphasizes hands-on education in natural history and environmental studies. Dates depend upon grade of student. Applications and the associated teacher letter of recommendation must be sent to Ellie Daley at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent to:
P.O. Box 56
Lincoln, VA 20160
The scholarship application and teacher recommendation must be received by January 15, 2019.
** Change of Venue: Now at Stone Bridge HS - Pupil Services Seminar Series: Protecting Our Youth: A Conversation about teen trafficking for parents and teens – Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 6:30-8:30pm
Due to overwhelming interest, the seminar "Protecting Our Youth: A Conversation about Teen Trafficking for Parents and Teens" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17th, will now take place at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA 20147.
Traffickers are targeting young people from every socio-economic group, race, and gender, across the country and right here in Loudoun County. We will hear from former Detective Bill Woolf and Ms. Jodi O’Hern of the Just Ask Prevention Project.
See flyer for more information and to register:
NJROTC Admissions window for the 2019 – 2020 school year is now open! (see flyer)
For the rising 9th graders, the NJROTC Admissions window for the 2019 – 2020 school year is now open!
Interested students should visit www.lcps.org/cte (Military Science Admissions) to compete the Military Science Application for the 2019 - 2020 School Year.
Rising 9th grade applicants will also need two letters of recommendations completed and submitted to email@example.com prior to the Friday, February 8, 2019 deadline.
Spring Musical – Hairspray
Monday, Jan. 28 Grade 6
Tuesday, Jan. 29 Grade 7
Wednesday, Jan. 30 Grade 8
Thursday, Jan 31. Call Backs (if needed)
Together we Can Make a Difference!
Why join the PTA? It provides funds that will directly impact your child’s education and gives you a vote at PTO meetings. Membership is $15 per family and $5 per staff member. Our goal for the 2018-2019 school year is to have 500 families join!
PTA Membership fees will be applied towards many different school projects!
IF YOUR CHILD IS (OR WAS) ABSENT
The easiest way to confirm your child’s absence is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Attendance records can be updated at any time. You may also use this email address to let us know about daily absences, or absences in the future.
READ THE MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Do you want to know what your child is hearing every morning on the Breakfast Bunch morning announcements? Our announcements will be posted on our website every morning.
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