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October 2018
DATES TO REMEMBER
10/8-11  National School Lunch Week at Gainesboro Elementary
10/12  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Flexible Workday
10/15-19  Book Fair
10/17  Book Fair - Family Night, 5:30pm-7:30pm
10/18  PTO Meeting, 5:30pm-6:30pm
10/23  Preschool @Handley Library, 6:00pm-7:00pm
10/24  Report Cards Issued
10/27  PTO Fall Hoedown, 5:00pm-9:00pm
10/29  Student Recognition Assemblies - Grades 4, 3 & K  
           4th Grade-9:15am-9:50am; 3rd Grade-10:00am-10:35am; Kindergarten10:45am-11:20am
10/30  Student Recognition Assemblies - Grades 2, 1 & 5 
           2nd Grade-9:15am-9:50am; 1st Grade-10:00am-10:35am; 5th Grade-10:45am-11:20am

Looking Ahead:
11/5  NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
11/6  NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
11/6  Parent/Teacher Conferences

 
2018-2019 SCA Officers
Congratulations to our 2018-2019 SCA Officers:
President-Thomas Newman
Vice President-Hannah Kemer
Secretary-Ashlyn Evans
Treasurer-Joshua Salyer


Gifted Education Information Series
The first session of the Gifted Education Information Series will be held October 15, 2018, from 7-8 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building. It will address Governor's Schools (Regional, Residential, & Academic-Year). The session is open to the public, but will be specifically geared toward the parents of FCPS students in grades 5-12 that are eligible for gifted services.

Messages From Our School Board Office
Enhanced School Safety and Security for 2018-19
Frederick County Public Schools is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and staff. For the 2018-19 school year, all schools have been equipped with a buzz-in entry system which requires everyone visiting a school to identify themselves and the reason for their visit prior to being granted access to the inside of the building. Once visitors are granted access to the school office, they will have to present a valid, government-issued ID which will be scanned through the Raptor Visitor Management System and checked against registered sex offender and other databases that may include custody orders and information on any individuals prohibited from visiting school grounds. Those who are cleared by the system will be issued a badge bearing their name and photo as well as the date, time of entry and destination.
(LINK TO BUZZ-IN ENTRY SYSTEM VIDEO  RAPTOR VISITOR SYSTEM VIDEO  )


FCPS Rapid Communication System Text Messages
The Frederick County Public Schools’ Rapid Communication System includes a SMS text message function. In order to receive text messages sent through the FCPS Rapid Communication System, parents must have the phone number of the device on which they want to receive text alerts included on their child’s student record. In addition, they must opt-in to receiving the text messages if they have not done so previously. To opt-in, text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587 from the device on which you want to receive text messages. Once the opt-in process has been completed, you will receive a confirmation text message. The FCPS Rapid Communication System is used to contact parents in a variety of situations ranging from severe weather and power outages to other emergencies that may cause a school to evacuate, relocate or go on lockdown. The system also is utilized to inform parents when schools are closed, opening late or closing early due to inclement weather. Individual schools also utilize the system to communicate information to their school communities.  

Do You Have the FCPS Mobile App?
Frederick County Public Schools has a custom mobile app that provides instant access to a variety of school and division information including lunch menus, the school calendar, student assignments/grades, MySchoolBucks and school news. The app is available at no cost from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Peachjar
Frederick County Public Schools uses Peachjar to distribute eflyers about important school events as well as activities sponsored by non-profit and governmental organizations. Peachjar delivers these flyers to FCPS families via email. You can also view the flyers by clicking on the Peachjar icon on the bottom, left-hand corner of all school websites. FCPS has saved more than 6.5 million sheets of paper since starting to use Peachjar to distribute eflyers in March 2016.

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 2018-19 are the same was they were last year. As a reminder, e-mails 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 event 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.

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, 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.



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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