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 Dear Parents/Guardians:
Happy Fall!  We welcome the fall season here at Aylor Middle School where we have some amazing things happening every day.  Our Spartan athletes participating in cross country, football, and girl's basketball have been in action and will be wrapping up their seasons with play-offs and championship competitions this month.  Our cross country athletes will compete in the FCJL meet on October 18th at James Wood Middle School.  Championship games for the 7th and 8th grade girls' basketball teams will be hosted by Admiral Byrd on October 22nd.  Our football team has one more home game left in their season on October 23rd.  Come and support our teams.  

Our student organizations are also starting to plan exciting activities for this school year.  Please encourage your student to join one of our clubs such as FFA, FCCLA and TSA.  It is a great opportunity for students to get to know one another and be a part of a larger family that creates a positive atmosphere leading to better relationships and higher academic success.  FFA will be holding their annual Harvest Dinner on October 10th at 6:30 p.m.  The Aylor Band department will be sponsoring a Halloween costume dance party on October 26th from 6-8 p.m.  The library will be hosting their annual Book Fair starting on October 26th from 5-7 p.m.  We will also be hosting an International Night on November 8th from 6-8 p.m. 

Malcolm X once said, "Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."  We also encourage you , as a parent or guardian, to become an active participant in your child's education  Staying connected by communicating frequently with your child and his/her teachers will help your child achieve academically.  Tyler Technologies is a great online resource provided as a tool to check grades, assignments, and upcoming assessments.  If you have not activated your Tyler account, it is not too late.  Contact our guidance department for more information.  If you have any questions about your child's progress in a specific class, call or email the teacher.  Our teachers are always willing to respond to questions and concerns.  October 11th will mark the end of the first quarter of the school year.  Report cards will be issued on October 24th.  Please feel free to contact the guidance department to schedule a conference if you have questions or concerns about your student's academics. 

Spartan "SpeaRRR"it is very important here at Aylor as we help our students to exhibit respect and responsibility, and build positive relationships with their peers.  Last year, we adopted a school-wide matrix focused on Respect, Responsibility, and building positive Relationships.  Our Spartan "SpeaRRR"it committee is continuing with the theme of "Opportunity versus Obligation" as part of our character education program with a lesson to kick-off our Spartan "SpeaRRR"it for the year later this month.  

We recognize that your child's education is very important to you.  Our staff here at Aylor are committed to doing whatever it takes to help each child achieve success.  We appreciate your continued help and open communication as we work together to successfully support your child's academic journey.  Please know that the Spartan staff works very hard each day to create meaningful learning experiences for your child that will contribute to his/her overall well-being.  We hope you and your child have had a great start to the school year and we look forward to the continued success of all students.  Don't forget to check out our official Facebook page to see some fantastic things happening here at Aylor.

Sincerely,
Dr. Marcella Simmons
Assistant Principal  
MATHCOUNTS CLUB
MathCounts is a club open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who enjoy math and problem solving.  We meet after school on Mondays, in room 106 from 3-4 p.m.  Students should see Mrs. McAndrew or their math teacher if they are interested in joining.  Our first scrimmage with other MathCounts teams in the area will be held at Aylor in October.  Any parent with questions about MathCounts should contact Mrs. McAndrew at mcandrem@fcpsk12.net

Library News
Get ready for an enchanting week in the library!  That's right, the Enchanted Book Fair is coming.  This year we will be having a grand opening the night of the Halloween dance.  Be the first to get your favorites from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, 10/26.  The fair will also be open from Monday, 10/29 -  Thursday, 11/1 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Friday, 11/2 from 7:30 a.m. - Noon.  Don't forget you can order online at:  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/robertaylormiddleschool

**NEWS FLASH**  The 13th "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltown" will be available during the fair!!

FFA Activities for October
Monday, October 1 - FFA Fundraiser starts
Thursday, October 4 - State FFA Leadership Rally (Virginia Tech)
Friday, October 5 - Agriscience Poster Contest (State Fair)
Wednesday, October 10 - October Harvest Dinner at 6:30 p.m. (Cafe) 
Tuesday, October 23 - Saturday, October 27 - National FFA Convention (Indiana)

Counseling Corner
 
Laonna Rauser 6th Grade rauserl@fcpsk12.net
Terry Martin 7th Grade martint@fcpsk12.net
Lexi Rogers 8th Grade rogersj@fcpsk12.net
Tonya Smith Secretary smitht@fcpsk12.net
Phone: 540-869-3736 Ext. 80193 Fax: 540-869-5180


Our first nine weeks ends Thursday, October 11th 
Report Cards will be sent home October 24th


A BIG THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING AREA BUSINESSES:

Chick-fil-A
First Bank
Walmart
Arby's 



Online Student Information Updates
In an effort to save time, paper and money, Frederick County Public Schools is asking parents/guardians to use Parent/Student 360 (Tyler) (http://bit.ly/parentstudent360) between September 28 and October 26 to review and update the contact/emergency information for each of their students or to verify that there are no changes.  Parent/Student 360 usernames and passwords for 2018-2019 are the same as they were last year.  As a reminder, emails have been sent over the past several weeks to all parents/guardians providing Parent/Student 360 login information.  Instructions on how to review and update or verify student contact information are available through the FCPS website (http://bit.ly/studentcontactupdate).  Reviewing and updating the contact/emergency information is important so the school can contact you in the vent of an emergency, you can receive messages sent via the FCPS Rapid Communication System, and items mailed to you by the school, including end-of-year report cards, can be delivered.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.  
October 2018 Calendar

10/1/2018 -   Fall Sports Pics after School
10/3/2018 -   FCCLA to Virginia State Fair
10/4/2018 -   School Picture Day
10/10/2018 - Ag Harvest Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
10/11/2018 - End of 1st Quarter
10/11/2018 - PTSO Meeting at Panera Bread from 4-8 p.m.
10/11/2018 - PTSO fundraiser at Skyline Laser Tag from 4-8 p.m.
10/12/2018 - NO SCHOOL
10/24/2018 - Report Cards Issued
10/26/2018 - Halloween Dance from 6-8 p.m. (Cafe)
10/26/2018 - Book Fair Starts from 5-7 p.m. (Library)
10/29/18 - 11/2/18 - Book Fair (library)


Speak Up, Stay Safe
Keeping schools safe is everyone's responsibility.  If you see suspicious activity, report it to school staff and the authorities.  Suspicious activity may include: a vehicle or individual in an odd or concealed location; an unattended package or backpack; individuals seeking information about a school, it's operations or security procedures beyond mere curiosity; or unusual, repeated or prolonged observation of school buildings, bus stops or students.  Contact the Frederick County Sheriff's Office at 540-662-6168.  
Lost and Found
We have numerous items such as jackets, clothing, binders, etc. in our lost and found, which is located in the hall across from the cafe.  Please have your student check for their lost items.  These items are donated to a local clothing bank at the end of each quarter if they are not picked up.  

Yearbook Sales
Don't forget to prepay for your 2018 yearbook.  The cost is $30, payable in the main office and MySchoolBucks.  The cost of the yearbook will go up January 1, 2019.  

Attention all 7th Grade Parents 
We will be doing health screenings for all 7th graders on Tuesday, November 13th.  Screenings will include height, weight, hearing and vision.  Please make sure you wear your glasses or contacts to the screening.  

November Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Please click here to view the November lunch menu.

Please click here to view the November breakfast menu.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr. (school musical)
           REAMS Performing Arts Department announces:  Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr.

         Music by                                            Lyrics by                                                 Book by
      Alan Menken                            Howard Ashman and Tim Rice                  Linda Woolverton

                                                                  Directed by
                                                           Melissa Legge Mauck

         
                                                                AUDITIONS
                                           
                                               
Wednesday, November 7 (3-5:30 p.m.)
                          Monday, November 12 (3-4:30 p.m.) CALL-BACKS (only if needed)

     **Students need to prepare a 30-second memorized monologue, prose, or poetry selection
                                         which shows off their acting strengths**

Prepared music is not necessary, but students will be taught and asked to sing a song from the show.
Students MUST have a permission slip turned in to Mrs. Legge Mauck no later than Friday, Nov. 2 in
  order to audition.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Legge Mauck in the chorus room

   *Please see the attached sheet for rehearsal schedule and MARK any rehearsal conflicts clearly*
                                                         
                                               Performances are scheduled for:
                                          Thursday, March 28 (8:30 a.m./1:15 p.m.)
                                          Friday, March 29 (8:30 a.m./7:00 p.m.)
                                          Saturday, March 30 (2:30 p.m./7:00 p.m.)

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________________________           ________________            ____________________________
(Student Name)                                  (Grade)                                (1st period teacher)

Has my permission to audition for and participate in Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  We understand that he/she must have transportation provided from auditions at 5:30 p.m. on 11/7/18 and possibly on 11/12/18.

Parent/Guardian Signature___________________________________  Date__________________
Home Phone__________________________  Cell Phone__________________________
Email_______________________________________________



"Screen Agers" Showings
Students and parents can attend any of the FREE showings of this extremely relevant documentary that focuses on the impact that excessive "screen time" has on our children through surprising insights from psychologists and neuroscience experts.  SCREENAGERS reveals how screen time impacts a child's development and offers solutions on how adults can help their children navigate this increasingly digital world.  
Homework Helpers
Homework Helpers meets every Tuesday after school until 4 p.m. If you are interested in learning about how you can get involved with Homework Helpers, please pick up a permission form from the office.  This is an ongoing program and students can sign up at anytime.  If you have any questions please email Mrs. Salvatore salvatom@fcpsk12.net




Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political
affiliation, disability or veteran status in the education program and activities, or employment and provides equal access to the Boy
Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this non-discrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), John Linaburg, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, see list of OCR enforcement offices for the addresses and phone numbers of
the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.


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