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Friday News
March 24, 2017

This Weekend: When Cows Fly! at Farmwell
Farmwell’s spring play, When Cows Fly!, opens tonight at 7PM and runs tomorrow night at 7PM and Sunday at 2PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door, opening one hour before each performance. The show lasts approximately one hour and forty-five minutes. For more information about When Cows Fly! click HERE.

Concessions Sales at Spring Play Benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
Volunteers from The Young Entrepreneurs Club will be selling concessions at all three shows. Each year, the students decide on a charity to receive the proceeds and this year, they have decided that St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital will be the recipient. For more info on St. Jude’s, click HERE.

Loudoun Creates Video Winners
Farmwell has six students who will be recognized at the Loudoun Creates Film Festival on March 31.  Each school in LCPS nominated the best videos from their schools for the Film Festival and Farmwell had three winning film entries:

From Mrs. Betz’s class: Shruthi Rajesh and Zeinab Elahy; Are Vaccines Necessary?

From Mr. Fielding’s class: Stephanie Corales, Naomi Dimberu and Rachel Malla; Immigration in the United States

From Mrs. Bell’s class: Ben Bressette; Meal Prep video for FACs class

Visit the Loudoun Creates YouTube Channel HERE.

Congrats to Ms. Chalke
Congratulations to 6th grade Math teacher, Ms. Chalke, who had a video portfolio entry for her National Board Certification selected for inclusion in ATLAS®, a password-protected online resource that showcases accomplished teachers in action.The National Board works with colleges of education, school districts, and other partners across the country to use ATLAS cases to introduce teachers to accomplished practice early in their careers. Ms. Chalke’s video, combined with her written commentary and instructional materials, will provide rich insight, showing the next generation of teaching professionals how accomplished teachers plan, deliver, and analyze the effectiveness of their instructional practice. Because the ATLAS site is password-protected, we are unable to link to the video. Instead, a photo captured from the video is attached to this message.


Lunch Debt Reduction Program
Last week, we told you about this new program, Loudoun Kids School Meal Debt Project. As of Monday, March 20, $4,800 had been raised towards the goal of $13,000. Donations are collected through the Loudoun Education Foundation for equitable distribution to all schools in Loudoun County. Your tax-deductible donations will go into a general fund for equitable distribution to LCPS schools. Farmwell must pay off its meal debt at the end of each school year, so this programs benefits us.

To read the article that started this, click HERE. The Loudoun Kids School Meal Debt Project also has a Facebook page, available HERE. For more information about the Loudoun Education Foundation, click HERE.

Update on Harris Teeter Together-in-Education (TIE) Earnings
Please help us close in on our goal of $2000 in earnings by May 31 in order to qualify for the Harris Teeter matching donation of $2000.  If you have Harris Teeter VIC card and have not yet linked it, send an email, with the name associated with the card and the card number, to our Assistant Principal, tonya.edwards@lcps.org, and she will be able to help you. Please encourage other family members, friends and neighbors to link their cards with us, too. For more information, click HERE. (Peachjar flyer posted HERE.) Thank you for your support.

A.B. Westrick, Author of Brotherhood, Visits March 29
All grade levels will attend assemblies presented by A.B. Westrick, author of Brotherhood. She will sign students’ personal copies. For more information about A B. Westrick, click HERE.

Broad Run High School PTSO Auction, NOW – March 31
Since Farmwell students will attend Broad Run High School, we like to support their PTSO in any way we can and the 2017 PTSO Auction is now underway. Proceeds from this year's auction will be used to help Mr. Spage, BRHS Principal, upgrade the existing BRHS Marquee to a digital marquee and upgrade the electrical supply for the sign.  Any additional proceeds will go towards the many events and programs that the BRHS PTSO supports throughout the year For more information, click HERE. To view and bid on the more than 132 items, click HERE.

Spring Pictures, April 4 and 5
Lifetouch Studios will be here again on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4 and 5 to take student pictures. All students will be photographed, but parents are under no obligation to purchase photos. Pictures will be taken in the Auxiliary Gym, during student PE classes.

Green Team Selling Reusable Bags
The Green Team is taking steps to end Loudoun County’s reliance on plastic bags by selling reusable bags. They are $5 each and are for sale in the Falcon’s Nest school store. They will also be for sale at the Trashion Show on Thursday, April 6. (Watch for more information about the Trashion Show, coming soon.)

NEST Book Collection
“It takes a pencil to write a story, a book to open minds, and a donation to make a difference.” NEST (Newer Environment Starts Today) is sponsoring a Books 4 Cause book donation drive.

NEST was founded by a small group of students at Farmwell and Broad Run with a passion for a greener earth, to create environmental awareness and to encourage the public to step up & tackle environmental problems. The non-profit organization has a website HERE, which provides effective and fun tips on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Their motto is “One small step for Loudoun County and one giant leap for the world!” (Peachjar flyer posted HERE.)

No Frills Spring Fundraiser Continues
We are still accepting contributions to our No Frills Spring fundraiser. Funds raised will help to support team activities, student recognition programs, student award ceremonies, and end-of-the-year activities, including 8th grade Field Day.

Donations are tax-deductible and may be made online with your credit card using the Online School Payments (OSP) system. To donate, click HERE. You may also make donations in any amount by. Make checks payable to FSMS and write “NO FRILLS SPRING FUNDRAISER” on the memo line.

INSPIRE Camp Morning Sessions Full
If you have not yet registered your rising 6th grader for the afternoon session of INSPIRE camp, please do so as soon as possible. (The morning session is full.) The program runs Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 4. The cost is $75, which covers the cost of materials, teacher salaries, and a daily snack. For more information, click HERE(Peachjar flyer posted HERE.)

Summer in the Arts Online Registration Closes April 14
Summer in the Arts (SIA) is still accepting online registrations. A wide range of classes including instrumental, vocal, theater, visual arts, dance, literary courses and robotics, will be offered Monday, June 19, through Thursday, June 29, at Heritage High School. Click HERE to visit the SIA website to receive more information and view the catalog of classes.

PTA Happenings
Box Tops for Education collection has ended for this year, but save your box tops for next year (Peachjar flyer posted HERE.)

Use your Amazon account to shop via Amazon Smile, designate Farmwell Station Middle School PTA and 0.5% of your purchases is donated to Farmwell. Click HERE to start shopping. (Peachjar flyer posted HERE.)

Postions are available on the PTA Board for the 2017-2018 school year. It’s a rewarding experience and a great way to be involved in our Farmwell community. (Peachjar flyer posted HERE.)

Check Out Peachjar
Why are we so excited about Peachjar? Because we have saved 149,760 sheets of paper – or 17.9 trees – since we became an early adopter of the electronic flyer distribution system last fall! We have also made it easier to communicate with parents regarding events, programs, forms, etc. You’ll find a link to Peachjar on the Farmwell homepage, or click HERE. Tip: Create a user account on Peachjar and you can sign up to view flyers from more than one school. Click HERE to visit and register on Peachjar.

Have a great weekend,
Farmwell Station Middle School


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