Farmwell Friday Newsletter
September 6, 2019
September 10th - PTA meeting at 7pm FWS Library
September 23rd & 24th – Picture Days
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.
Spirit Nite (see attached flyer for more information)
No need to cook September 18th! Farmwell Sprit Nite at Chipotle at 43670 Greenwasy Corporate Drive in Ashburn from 4-9pm. Mention Farmwell Middle School to the cashier and a portion of the proceeds go to FSMS PTA!
SEAC Parent Representative (See attached letter for more information)
SEAC invites parents of students receiving special education services to serve as your school’s PTA/PTO representative to SEAC. The SEAC representative is expected to attend monthly SEAC business meetings and distribute important information gleaned from the meetings to SPED families and staff at your school. SEAC supplies meeting talking points to make it as easy as possible for the PTA/PTO representative to share this important information with their school community. Business meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the LCPS Administration Building where issues of importance to the Special Education community are raised by parents, teachers, administrators, PTA/PTO representatives and others through a public comment process. Issues raised will be discussed by SEAC to determine whether each issue is systemic and will be referred to the appropriate subcommittee for review.
If you are interested in serving as your school’s SEAC representative, please speak with your PTA/PTO president to volunteer to serve in this capacity and forward your contact information to SEACViceChairMembership@lcps.org as soon as possible.
Please make sure you visit ParentVue and fill out the Virtual First Day Packet. ParentVue is also where you can update phone numbers, emails, emergency contact information, student dismissal, and more. ParentVue is a vital tool in Loudoun County Schools and we recommend all parents/guardians sign up! Follow this link to the Farmwell ParentVue page for a link to ParentVue, information regarding the system, and who to contact if you need assistance with ParentVue.
Headphones for Chromebook
Please make sure your child has Chromebook compatible headphones for use at school. Most of the iPhone headphones do not have a jack that fits Chromebooks. Headphones are on sale at the school store from 8-8:30am each morning or at most local retailers.
IF YOUR CHILD IS (OR WAS) ABSENT
The easiest way to report or confirm your child’s absence is to send an email to: email@example.com . Attendance records can be updated at any time. You can also call the absentee line at: 571-252-2322
Please make sure you fill out your student’s dismissal information in ParentVue as this will aide teachers with making sure your student is where they need to be at the end of the day.
If you would like your child to be dismissed in a manner that is different from their normal dismissal procedure please send an email or written note to your student’s grade level secretary. If you would like to give permission for your child to ride a bus (or different bus) you must include the name of student they are riding with, the bus number, AND the bus stop (cross streets) in your note or email.
Grade 6 secretary Cory.Fox@lcps.org
Grade 7 secretary Irini.McGrath@lcps.org
Grade 8 secretary Donita.Hardie@lcps.org
We have made one significant change this year in our car loop procedures. Please refer to the Car Loop map. Due to safety concerns we have added a section of parking for parents. Instead of waiting in the car loop line at 3:00 p.m. please park your car in the designated areas to allow for less congestion for our buses and other cars. Please DO NOT park your car in areas that are not in the designated spots as this will cause dangerous situations. It is very important that all parents comply with this directive. Please be courteous to other parents by following simple procedures. Please do not place your student’s belongings in the trunk of your car. Students should have their backpacks and other necessary items readily available and they should exit the car quickly. Do not wait to watch them enter the building as we have staff members on duty supervising them. Please DO NOT text while your car is in motion. We are doing our best to make our car loop as safe as possible and effective so it’s a pleasant experience for everyone. Thank you so much for your cooperation! Please find a picture of the map with directions on the website or click here: Kiss and Ride
LCPS is committed to reducing the amount of paperwork we send home to you.
To achieve this goal we have implemented a service called Permission Click.
Forms that require your signature will be sent in an email from Permission Click firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be sure to check your email service to ensure delivery of these messages.
Building NOT Open Until 7:45AM
For your child’s safety, please do not drop them off before 7:45AM, as the building will not be open before then.
Yearbooks – IT'S NOT TOO EARLY TO ORDER!!
Did you order your 2020 yearbook yet? The portal to order a yearbook is open by going to the Farmwell Station website or follow the link below.
Link Your Harris Teeter Card
Your Vic Card must be relinked EVERY year! Get a jump start on the year by linking your card now and help us start fundraising for the 2019-2020 school year.
Thank you for your support.
Diverse Book Collections at LCPS
“Diverse Additions to Classroom Libraries
This year Loudoun County Public Schools is celebrating its student population with an investment in diverse text collections for all K-12 English Language Arts classrooms. In describing the texts the Division of Teaching and Learning, Elementary and Secondary Reading, noted that, “Classroom and school libraries reflect our values and contribute to developing student identities; therefore, our collections must reflect and honor our student population and those around them. Access to books in the home, school, and classroom has a strong correlation with reading proficiency. Students who read more also have stronger vocabulary, background knowledge, and empathy.” Classroom libraries complement our robust school libraries.
The addition of these texts to classroom libraries is a reflection of Loudoun County Public Schools’ commitment to providing staff, students and parents with resources and opportunities for an equitable education. As Superintendent Eric Williams said in the equity statement he issued on August 19, 2019:
“LCPS is committed to providing a safe, empathetic, respectful and supportive learning environment in order to empower every student to make meaningful contributions to the world. When students and staff experience racial insults, slurs, and/or other hate speech, we lack the positive culture and climate that supports students’ growth.
LCPS calls for all students, staff, families, and other members of our community to engage in the disruption and dismantling of white supremacy, systemic racism, and hateful language and actions based on race, religion, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or ability. LCPS rejects racist and other hateful behavior and language, recognizing that it encourages discrimination, hatred, oppression, and violence.
Every individual is valued in Loudoun County Public Schools. Let’s celebrate the diversity that helps define us as a school division.”
The diverse classroom libraries were created through the collaboration of LCPS teachers, librarians, administrators, and classroom book collection specialist teams trained to identify culturally responsive and diverse texts in accordance to LCPS School Board Policy 5-7 Regulation, Selection and Review of Instructional Materials. Several criteria were considered including representation, authorship, relevance to students’ lives, authentic voice, and developmental appropriateness.”
The LCPS district page on Diverse Libraries can be found HERE
Copies of the book lists for the Middle School Grades are below:
Grade 6 Diverse Book Collection.pdf
GRADE 7 Diverse Book Collections.pdf
GRADE 8 Diverse Book Collections.pdf
Parent Seminar Series – Prevention Alliance of Loudoun
Prevention Alliance of Loudoun is offering free parent seminars on a variety of topics. Please see the attached flyer for information regarding topics, dates, locations, and registration.
There are many resources for parents offered by LCPS throughout the year. Please read the Peach Jar flyers that come to your email and we will also post links to workshops, parent seminar series, and more here in the Friday Newsletter.
Project Horse Empowerment Center Flyers:
Gender Differences in ADHD English and Spanish Flyers:
Childhood Anxiety Parent Seminar:
Parent Resource Services Fall Workshop Schedule English and Spanish Flyers:
Adaptive Technology Parent Workshop:
Mental Health and Wellness Parent Seminar Series:
The ARC of Loudoun at Paxton Campus
Virginia Family Special Education Connection August Newsletter
A Note from Office Ace – SRO at Farmwell Station
Talking to your children about the basics of Pedestrian Safety:
- Tell them to be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes off the road.
- Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians.
- When crossing the road, look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns by going to my webpage on the Farmwell Station Middle School’s website. Just click on the link;
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!