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  • FMS Newsletter March 9, 2018

    Posted by Wendy Cobb on 3/9/2018 10:00:00 AM

    National School WalkOut Information

    Founders Memorial School staff met this week to discuss how we might approach the National School Walkout on March 14th. The EWSD leadership team also met this week to discuss this. There are some things planned at the high school level, however EWSD elementary schools are not formally participating in a "walkout." 

    We also discussed the need for us, as educators in an elementary school to approach such matters in a developmentally appropriate manner. We are all addressing student questions and concerns they may have around safety.  In addition, there is always a great deal of work being done in classrooms around the need (and expectation) for all of us to be kind. We focus on the importance in valuing different perspectives, beliefs, ideas, and cultures. We emphasize to students that when they see something or hear something that is concerning, something they think might hurt others in some way, they should talk to an adult.

    Students and teachers are working on things such as decision-making skills, empathy, compassion, and civic responsibility, again at a level that makes sense for students in this age group. Our goal is for all students and staff to to feel safe at school and to have a strong sense of belonging in the community. It is our number one priority and one we work on every day to ensure. 

    Finally, the school safety team is meeting next week, with first responders joining us, in order to review our safety protocols and make plans for a lock down drill later in March. 
    News From the Library
    Book Fair Report
    Thank you to all for your generous support of the book fair.  It was a very successful fundraiser for the FMS Library and our school.  Here's the numbers rundown.
    • We sold approximately $10,800 worth of products
    • We added $1,150 in new books to the library directly from the book fair
    • We gave $960 in free books to FMS students and staff by way of $2 book coupons and a staff discount
    • We will have $300 to spend in the Scholastic Store for new library books
    • We earned a $1,400 in cash profit to purchase curriculum materials and digital resources for the library
    Credit Card Alert
    If you used a credit or debit card at the book fair, please check your bank or credit card statement.  There are a few customers who were double-charged for the their purchase (meaning the same dollar amount showed up twice in a row).  We were one of the first schools to use the new Scholastic registers and there have been a lot of quirks.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you were double-charged, please call 1-855-402-8871, and explain that you were double-charged at our book fair.  Scholastic accounts receivable will refund your money.  Please contact Sara Jablonski with questions, sjablonski@ewsd.org.
    Family Reading Book Club Reminder
    Please join us on Thursday, March 29th from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm for our Family Reading Book Club!  All students have received their books and we hope you are enjoying reading them!
    EWSD Fine Arts Night – March 14

    The Essex Westford School District will celebrate the achievements of our K-12 students in the arts on Wednesday, March 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Essex High School.

    For more information of ongoing events through June, please check out the Fine Arts Night web page.

    This event will feature visual art, music, film and photography from the following schools: Summit Street, Hiawatha, Essex Elementary, Thomas Fleming, Founders Memorial, Albert D. Lawton, Essex Middle School, Westford, Essex High School, and the Center for Technology, Essex.

    The visual arts exhibition will include all media of two and three dimensional art, from painting to ceramics and fiber, and photography and video presentations. Musical performances will range from choral performances, to orchestra and band ensembles.

    Visual arts will be on display throughout the entry hallways and library at EHS (see a preview in the slideshow below), while musical performances will take place in the gym. Video and photographic work will be on display in the photography classrooms.

    Our district, which includes roughly 4,000 students with a wide range of creative expression, hopes you will join us in this celebration of our youth and the creative fire that is alive and well in our schools!

    FMS Friday Fun Night

    On Friday, March 30th, join teachers and other students at FMS for a night full of fun activities and give your parents the night off!

    This event is for students who are in grades 3, 4, or 5 at FMS.
    It is on Friday, March 30.
    6:00 - 8:00 for $15 per person for activities
    5:30 - 8:00 for $20 per person for pizza, drinks, and activities.
    Sign up using the link below: http://tiny.cc/w58bry 

    Salon & Lego Night Coming March 16th

     To register online go to: http://bit.ly/SalonLegoRegistration

    Paper registration flyers went home in folders before break!!  

    Salon/Lego March 16

    Caring for our Neighbors

    Do you know about an organization called AgeWell? This organization is amazing. 

    We are Age Well – the leading experts and advocates for the aging population of Northwestern Vermont. We believe that health happens at home and focus on lifestyle, happiness and wellness—not on age. Since 1974, we have been part of Vermont’s Area Agencies on Aging, coordinating services and care for Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

    Convenience at your doorstep

    For over 40 years, we have provided Vermonters with the necessary support to manage their daily living needs, with the goal of keeping them active, healthy and independent. Our wide array of programs enhance quality of life and improve health outcomes.

    Committed to helping individuals age well, we reduce barriers by providing access to healthy meals, in-home care and community resources. Delivered by staff members and over 1,000 incredible volunteers, our sought-after services are designed to meet the diverse needs of our clients, their families and caregivers. We do not charge for services provided. As a nonprofit, we rely on donations and encourage clients to contribute if they are able to do so.

    lf you Need help? Just call our toll-free, confidential Helpline: 1-800-642-5119. Your call will be answered by one of our friendly, professional and certified staff.

    Our Helpline is the aging resource in Vermont for information and assistance. Topics of expertise include: transportation, housing, long-term care, insurance and Medicare counseling, nutritional services, in-home care, and much more. Our knowledgeable staff can find the answers you need, when you need them. You can also check ou their website for more information. 


    Important Dates for Your Calendar

    Monday, March 12 - Early Release Day - Teacher Inservice 12:00 dismissal 

    Wednesday, March 14 - Fine Arts Night 5:30-8:30

    Friday, March 23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School

    Thursday, March 29: Family Reading Night

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