• Friday Newsletter

    October 25, 2019

     

    Important Dates:

    October 28thTeacher Work Day – No School for Students

    November 1st – End of 1st Quarter

    November 4th & 5th – Teacher Work Days – No School for Students

    November 21st – Picture Makeups/retakes New Date!

     

    3,2,1 … Contact

    On Tuesday, October 29th , at approximately 10:20 AM, Farmwell Station, along with a few students from Discovery Elementary, Cedar Lane Elementary and Broad Run High School, will be speaking with Dr. Andrew Morgan via Ham Radio on the International Space Station. This is an exciting event that we have been planning and preparing for since last October. We invite parents to watch the live stream at https://live.myvrspot.com/player?udi=bG91ZG91bg==&c=ZmFybWlzcw==.  This event is made possible with coordination from the ARISS Organization and Loudoun Amateur Radio Group. 

    Opening Speakers in October 2019 before contact:

    Sherryl Loya, Principal Farmwell Station Middle School

    Bryce Hillard, CEO of Space Dreamers

    Mr. Jeff Crawford Principal Engineer from the Aerospace Corp. and LARG point of contact

    Biography of Astronaut Drew Morgan:

    Dr. Andrew “Drew” Morgan was selected by NASA in 2013.  Dr. Morgan is an emergency physician in the U.S. Army with sub-specialty certification in primary care sports medicine.  He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.  Prior to his selection to NASA’s 21st group of astronauts, Dr. Morgan served in elite special operations units worldwide.  He is married with four children and considers New Castle, PA his hometown. He is currently serving aboard the International Space Station as a flight engineer for Expedition 60, 61 and 62.

     

    Chromebook Inventory and Refresh!! Please Read

    Parents, on Friday, November 1st , 2019, at the end of the day, all student Chromebooks will be collected for refresh and inventory.  Students will receive their Chromebooks on Wednesday morning, November 6th , during homeroom.  Please ensure your student’s Chromebook is at school on Friday, November 1st . Thank you.

     

    Scholastic Book Fair

    Farmwell Station Middle School's Scholastic Book Fair is coming! It will run from November 18th through the 22nd. The Book Fair will open early on Friday, November 22nd at 7:30 am during Donuts with Dudes. Online Book Fair shopping will run from November 10th-November 23rd. For the full schedule, including parent events, and more detailed information visit our Book Fair website (https://www.lcps.org/Page/83475).

     

    Donuts with Dudes

    Donuts with Dudes is coming up on Friday, November 22nd from 7:30 am – 8:20 am. Dads, grandfathers, uncles, and other significant men in your child's life are welcome! RSVP online or have your child grab a paper RSVP from the library. Please RSVP by November 20th.

     

    Strings Field Trip

    Yesterday 210 strings students and 40 chaperones attended a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. The students were very well behaved, and we had a wonderful day listening to and learning about music written by female composers.

     

    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.

     

    A Note from Deputy Ace – SRO at Farmwell Station

     Hi everybody, I just wanted to share a few Bullying Prevention resources with you and encourage you to talk to your kids about Bullying:Kids who know what bullying is can better identify it. They can talk about bullying if it happens to them or others. Kids need to know ways to safely stand up to bullying and how to get help. Please visit StopBullying.Gov to learn about bullying prevention techniques.

    • Encourage kids to speak to a trusted adult if they are bullied or see others being bullied. The adult can give comfort, support, and advice, even if they can’t solve the problem directly. Encourage the child to report bullying if it happens.
    • Talk about how to stand up to kids who bully. Give tips, like using humor and saying “stop” directly and confidently. Talk about what to do if those actions don’t work, like walking away.
    • Recognize the warning signs that your child is involved in bullying. They could be being bullied, bullying others, or witnessing bullying.  Although these signs could signal other issues, you should talk to your child if they display any sort of behavioral or emotional changes.  Many times kids won’t ask for help, so it is important to know what to look for. If your child is at immediate risk of harming himself or others, get help right away
    • Talk about strategies with your kids about staying safe, such as acting in a calm, respectful, confident manner.
    • Urge them to help kids who are bullied by showing kindness or getting help.

    For more information regarding child safety and other resources, visit Deputy Ace’s webpage on Farmwell Station Middle School’s website or at www.lcps.org/Domain/25691

     

    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! 

     

     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

     

    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.