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Winter Chorus Concerts - Tuesday, December 18th:
6th grade Concert - 6:30 pm 
7th/8th grade Concert - 7:30 pm
7th and 8th grade chorus students will have a rehearsal after school on Monday, December 17th from 3-4 pm
Winter break for students begins Thursday, December 20 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019.  Classes will resume at regular time on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Our offices will be closed Friday, December 21 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019.  

January 1, 2019 is the official end of the 1st semester and the 2nd nine week grading period.

The faculty and staff at Adm. Byrd want to wish each of you a safe and happy holiday season!
Students have been busy at the World Language and Culture Club! This club meets once per month with Mrs. Monahan and Miss Von Fange in order to explore different countries of the world. 

Students have begun leading the club; Kalyn Briley presented Ireland and showed the students how to play “Irish bowling” in the hallways! Jordyn Elberson taught the students words in Italian, and shared photos of her family’s relatives in Italy. Jacob Wood taught the students about Russian military history and how to make Faberge eggs! The students have participated enthusiastically in listening, creating crafts, and sampling various foods. We look forward to next month, when we will learn about Mexico from several student presenters!  
Please mark your calendars:                                                 
January 23:  Rising 7th and 8th Grade Parent Night, 6 pm      
January 30:  Rising 6th Grade Parent Night, 6 pm
FFA fruit and meat orders will be available for pick-up in the Ag. Dept. on Sunday, 12/2 from 1-5 p.m.; Monday, 12/3 from 3-5 p.m.  Orders will be held until 12/3 at 4 p.m. On 12/3 after 4:00 p.m., it will be  first come/first serve basis. Payment in full is due at the time of pick-up.  

Thank you for supporting our FFA!
STUFF-THE-TRUCK During December Athletic Events
During December home athletic events at ABMS, through December 20th, you will  receive $1 off the admission price with your donation of non-perishable food item(s) that will be donated to our  “Stuff-The-Truck” food drive to benefit CCAP.

Thank you for your support!

The Holiday Band Concerts will be held on December 12 at the following times:
6:00 p.m. - 6th gr. Band
6:30 p.m. - Jazz Band
7:15 p.m. - Concert Band
7:45 p.m. - Symphonic Band
Please come out and enjoy some holiday music.  All concerts are free and open to the public.
Parent Nights for rising 9th gr. students will be held as follows:
Millbrook Parents - January 8 @ 6:30 p.m.
Sherando Parents & Students - January 10 @ 6:15 p.m.

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, its 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 to report any suspicious activities.


Recycle your clean, dry, empty plastic bags and film packaging!  Admiral Byrd's TSA (Technology Student Association) is participating in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Program. The program promotes recycling and programs with the most plastic donations can win Trex products for their schools. Students can bring the bags to school and drop them in the receptacle located in the main entrance of the school. The following items are acceptable:

· Grocery and retail bags

· Bread bags

· Case overwraps

· Dry cleaning bags

· Newspaper sleeves

· Ice bags

· Bubble wrap

· Salt bags

· Cereal bags

· Ziploc and other recloseable bags (rinsed and clear of residues)

· Produce bags




Students that will need to ride the bus home for a one day period with another student or will be picked up at dismissal by another student’s parent, BOTH students must have a signed permission note from their parent/guardian stating their name, with whom they are to go home and the bus number that they will ride.  Permission notes must be delivered to the main office before 8:00 a.m. Students will not be allowed to call their parents during the school day or after school to make these arrangements.  Please have these arrangements made prior to the school day.



6th gr. Sapphire Team-Mary Veatch

6th gr. Emerald Team-Savannah Cook

6th gr. Ruby Team-Hannah Henshaw

7th gr. Yeti Team-Katherine Flores Chavez

7th gr. Seals Team-Ava Hardy

8th gr. Navigator Team-Maggie McCarthy

8th gr. Polar Bear Team-Angelica Sanchez Portuhondu

Byrd Learning Center-Cynthia Thomas

Computer Solutions-Taylor Weiss

Band-Morgan Sutphin

Choir-Sadie Stewart

Family & Consumer Science-Corrine Kirk

Agriculture-Sofia Frye

Tech. Ed.-Jonathan Schroer

Art-Josephine Hanks

Foreign Language-Skylar Decker

ESL-Brayan Bermudez Chopin

Please follow Mrs. O'Neill on Twitter @karynsoneill to stay updated on all of the excellent learning experiences that are happening here at ABMS!

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