• Friday Newsletter

    October 11, 2019

     

    Important Dates:

    October 14th - Federal Holiday - No School

    October 25th – Halloween Dance 4-6pm

    October 28thTeacher Work Day – No School for Students

    November 21st  – Picture Makeups/retakes New Date!

     

    Chrome book information

    We have a number of Chromebooks with power issues.  Lenovo, LCPS DDI & our repair company have been in discussion on how best to get this problem fixed.  The issue with the CBs is Lenovo received an inferior keyboard assembly from a particular vendor (it’s the connection with the screen that causes the issue).  Lenovo has supplied our repair company replacement keyboards to resolve this issue.

    If your student is having difficulty with their LCPS Chromebook, please submit a Falcon Help Desk report then ask your student to bring their device to Lab3 during Falcon Help Desk Hours.

    Falcon Help Desk Hours are before school, the last 20 minutes of each block and all of 3rd block.  There are no after school hours.

     

    Halloween Dance Oct. 25th 4-6pm

    Farmwell will be hosting a Halloween Dance for students on October 25th afterschool from 4-6pm.  Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at lunch on Oct. 23, 24 & 25, and at the door.  Students may wear costumes to the dance, but not to school, they can change after the bell, before the dance.  No masks or weapons, and all costumes must follow the school dress policy.

     

    Spirit Night - October 14th, 4-6pm:

    Come out for an evening of fun, while supporting our school!   October 14th, 4-6pm, Atomic Trampoline, Rita's, and Rocket Fizz are supporting FSMS!  Make sure to mention that you are from Farmwell Station Middle School when checking out at the counter.  Purchases must all be made in-store.   Have fun and don't forget to mention FSMS!!

     

    Thank you to our AMAZING Custodians, Cafeteria Worker, and Bus Drivers!!

    This past week we celebrated Custodians day and want to send out a thank you to our wonderful crew at Farmwell who work sooo hard to keep our school clean and safe.  October 16th is Cafeteria Workers day, and October 23rd is Bus Driver Appreciation Day.  Our school could not be what it is without the hard work of ALL of these hard-working individuals.  Each and every one of us benefit from the work our custodians, cafeteria workers, and bus drivers do.  THANK YOU!!

     

    Stop by the NEST!

    We have a new style of maroon T-shirt available and more sizes of the gray hoodies! Stop by and pick yours up today! 

     

    Clubs and Activities

    Farmwell offers many great clubs and activities for our students.  Check out the Activities page on our Website.  You will also find the listing of Activities Buses on this page if your student stays after and needs transportation home.

    https://www.lcps.org/site/

     

    Virginia Department of Education Parent Survey

    The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is asking for families who have a child with a disability and is provided special education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to participate in the 2018-2019 Indicator 8 Parent Involvement Survey. The online survey is now open and available for completion in English and Spanish at the following websites:

     

     

     

    Families who have more than one child receiving special education services are requested to complete a survey for each of their children. It is important to note that your responses are recorded anonymously and cannot be personally linked to your child.  The survey concludes January 31, 2020.

     

    Yearbooks – ORDER NOW!!

    Order the 2019-2020 Yearbook before the price increases! Go to the Farmwell Station website or follow the link below.

    http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01013315

     

    Parent Workshops/Seminars

    LCPS offers many learning opportunities for parents.  Remember to check out the Farmwell Peachjar flyers for upcoming opportunities, the Farmwell website, and this newsletter for all the latest information.

     Farmwell Peachjar: https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/all/schools/36800

    Farmwell Website: https://www.lcps.org/site/default.aspx?DomainID=1613

     Upcoming Workshops:

     

    Raising Resilient Youth

    Raising resilient youth in the face of today’s school and social pressures is a common concern for parents today.  “Born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.”  This Ted Talk features the renowned psychologist, Jean Twenge, Ph.D., who discusses contemporary cultural dynamics and outcomes for youth.  Please take a few minutes to view.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA8kZZS_bzc

     

    Digital Agenda Information for Parents

     New this year, Farmwell Station Middle School has moved to a digital format for students to track their homework and assignments. Students are using Google Calendar to stay organized this year. Parents can view the Google calendar for each class in ParentVUE by clicking on the link to Class Website. Each teacher has posted a link to the Google Calendar for their Google Classroom. Another way to stay informed is to check your student’s Google Classroom for assignments, resources and class announcements. Only students have Google Classroom accounts so talk to your student to get the login information. Here’s some videos to help you become familiar with Google Calendar and Google Classroom to support your students in their learning.

     Google Calendar Basics 

    Google Classroom for Parents

     

    IF YOUR CHILD IS (OR WAS) ABSENT

    The easiest way to report or confirm your child’s absence is to send an email to: fwsattendance@lcps.org .  Attendance records can be updated at any time. You can also call the absentee line at: 571-252-2322

     

    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! 

    You may join through our website or contact our membership chair Nancy at Nancyshah2@gmail.com for more information.