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November 2018
Dear Parents:
Wow, the 2018-2019 school year is already a quarter of the way completed.  We hope your student is off to a great start and having a productive year so far.  Athletically we have just concluded our fall sports season.  Thanks to all our athletes and coaches for their accomplishments thus far!  Congrats again to our Lady Spartan 7th grade Basketball Team that won completed a Championship Season.  What you might not know is these young ladies, their coaches and parents had an uphill challenge this year by not having access to our gym.  They traveled daily (four locations in total) to their practice locations and to play their home games.  Thank you to all of our parents for supporting your child's participation and representing our school in a positive manner.  Boys basketball and wrestling tryouts are wrapping up and those teams will be finalized.  We are in need of wrestlers to participate in our program if your child still has an interest.  

I realize the report cards were sent home on Oct. 24, but we are already two weeks into the second marking period.  The upcoming holiday breaks are always a challenge for many students to maintain consistent work habits.  Take time to monitor your child's grades through the Tyler Parent/Student 360.  Please contact our guidance office if you need help with Tyler.  Parents can view grades on a daily basis with updates being made as soon as a teacher enters grades.  

Tyler also contains attendance information, missing assignments, make up work, and important test, quiz or project dates.  Please keep in mind that many teachers have added a "Google Classroom" as a method to hold all of their classroom info.  you should be able to make access to the Google Classroom via your child's Chromebook (with their assistance and password access).  many of our teacher Google Classroom sites can provide key materials that will allow students to maintain their studies while being out for short periods of time for illness and so forth.  

The Homework Helpers Club is meeting on Tuesdays after school for academic and tutoring support.  Teachers are available to provide tutoring and homework assistance to any student that has a parent permission to stay.  

Clubs and activities of interest include:  TSA, FBLA, FCCLA, SCA, FFA, Accents Magazine, Math Counts, School Musical, and Dance Team.  A major key to a students' success in middle school is getting involved.  Please encourage your child to participate!  Lastly, the R.E. Aylor Band and Choral Programs are all working hard in preparation for their winter concerts.  Aylor's annual musical, "Beauty and the Beast Junior" will be auditioning soon with rehearsals to follow.  

In closing, know that our faculty and staff are excited to be working with your children.  We encourage you to listen actively to your son or daughter, take the time to build independence and responsibility, to engage in thoughtful discussions, and to remain active in your child's education.  Aylor is again celebrating our academic success as a fully accredited Virginia Middle School.  We value each of our Aylor Families and we need your support in this partnership to continue to help our students be the best that they can be!  Please feel free to attend any school event or to contact your child's teacher, counselor or administrator if you have any questions regarding their progress. 


David L. Rudy II

November Calendar
November 1    Book Fair
November 1    Dance Team tryouts (3-4:30 p.m.)              
November 2    Book Fair
November 5    NO SCHOOL
November 6    NO SCHOOL
November 7    Musical Auditions (3-5:30 p.m.)                   
November 7    Cross Country Banquet (6:30 p.m.)           
November 8    International Night (6-8 p.m.)                  
November 12  Musical Call backs (3-4:30 p.m.) 
November 13  7th Grade Health Screenings (all day)
November 14  PTSO Skyline Laser Tag (6-8 p.m.)
                        Buffalo Wild Wings (parents) 6-8 p.m. 
November 19   Band Concert in cafe ( 6-8 p.m.) 
November 21   NO SCHOOL
November 22 
November 23
November 26   Old Towne Winchester Christmas Parade
Aylor Dance Team
Did you know that Aylor is the only middle school in the county that has a Dance Team?  If you love to dance and show school spirit then you should take advantage of this opportunity.  Tryouts are November 1st and 2nd in the cafeteria from 3-4:30 p.m.  Please sign-up in the main office and grab an informational flyer.  If you have any questions, please email Coach Sarppraicone at

FFA Schedule for November
Friday, November 2 - All Fundraiser Forms are Due
Wednesday, November 7 - FFA Officer Retreat at SHS - 4-6 p.m.
Friday, November 9 - Saturday, November 10 - Make Apple Butter at Marker-Miller Farm Market
Wednesday, November 14 - Aylor hosts the Ag Mechanics and FFA Quiz Bowl Contest at 3:30

Counseling Corner
Laonna Rauser              6th Grade
Terry Martin                    7th Grade
Lexi Rogers                    8th Grade
Tonya Smith                   Secretary
Phone: 540-869-3736    Ext. 80193     Fax: 540-869-5180

A big Thank you to the following companies for their generous donations:


#Aylor Reads Book Club
Join us reading Maximum Ride by James Patterson.  This is a series of books where the kids have bird like features and have to save the world!  After finishing the book we will SKYPE with the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, Alaska!!!

Meeting Dates and Times:
Wednesday,  11/14/18 - 3-4 p.m.
Thursday,      12/6/18  - 3-4 p.m.
Thursday,       1/3/19   - 3-4 p.m. 
Thursday,       1/17/19 - 3-4 p.m. 
Thursday,       1/24/19 - 3-4 p.m. 
Thursday,       1/31/19 - 3-4 p.m.

Please stop by the library for a permission slip.  These are due back to Mrs. Knox by Friday, November 9th.  

Sports Schedules for November
November 13  Johnson Williams   5:00 p.m.  (Home)
November 15  Admiral Byrd          5:00 p.m.  (Away)
November 19  Warren County       5:00 p.m.  (Home)
November 27  James Wood          5:00 p.m.  (Home)
December 4    Daniel Morgan        5:00 p.m.  (Away)
December 6    Frederick County    5:00 p.m.  (Home)
December 11  Admiral Byrd           5:00 p.m.  (SHS)
December 19  James Wood          5:00 p.m.  (Away)
January 3        Frederick County    5:00 p.m.  (Away)
January 8        Daniel Morgan and Charlestown   5:00    (Home)
January 12      FCJL                       10 a.m.     (FCMS)
January 19      Snow Date               
November 15    Admiral Byrd        (Home)
November 27   James Wood         (Away)
November 29   Skyline                  (Away)
December 4     Daniel Morgan      (Home)
December 6     FCMS                   (Away)
December 11   Johnson Williams  (Home)
December 13   Admiral Byrd         (Away)
December 17   Warren County     (Home)
December 19   James Wood        (Home)
January 3         FCMS                   (Home)
January 8         Daniel Morgan      (Away)
January 14       High Seed Playoffs
January 16       FCJL @ Admiral Byrd

The Nurses Corner
The 7th grade health screenings will be done on Tuesday, November 13th.  We will be checking height, weight, hearing and vision.  If you wear glasses or contacts please make sure you bring them with you on the 13th.  


If you're thinking about forgoing a flu shot this season, Joseph DeVeau, M.D., a primary care physician can give you 10 reason why you should reconsider:

1.  It can save your life
While the flu is common, it can cause some serious complications that sometimes require hospitalization, such as dehydration, worsening of chronic illnesses, bacterial pneumonia, and ear or sinus infections. 
"Every year, about 200,000 people are hospitalized because of the flu," says Dr. DeVeau.
In fact, influenza can lead to death in serious cases.  
"Dating back to 1971, anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people a year die from the flu," he says. "it really is a big deal."

2.  You likely won't lose as many sick days
Whether you are hospitalized or take time off to recuperate at home, it's going to cost you and your employer.  The flu accounts for 111 million lost workdays and nearly $7 billion in lost productivity and sick days annually, says

3.  You're an eligible candidate
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made it easy to know who should get a flu shot.
"Pretty much anyone over six months of age should get a flu shot," says Dr. DeVeau. 

4.  You can choose a needle-free alternative
Afraid of needles?  No problem-a needleless version is available.  

"A nasal spray can be given to people between the ages of 2 and 49, who are healthy, not pregnant and don't have asthma," he says.  

Another version, the intradermal shot, has a very small needle that can be used on people 18 to 64.  

5.  Over 65? There's one just for you
There's the regular flu shot that's given to people over the age of six months, as well as a version suitable for people 65 and over, which gives them even better protection against the flu.  

6.  You don't have to worry about getting the flu from the flu shot
A common misconception is that you can contract the flu from a flu vaccine, but Dr. DeVeau says that is not possible because the shot uses a deadened  form of the virus.

7.  You get a tailor-made flu shot every year
Before each flu season, the CDC determines which strains of influenza appear to most likely occur that year.  The vaccine will still reduce your chances of contracting certain strains of the virus and if you do get sick, having the vaccine can significantly reduce the severity of your symptoms.  

"They kill that strain and they introduce it through the flu shot into our body," he explains.  "When your immune system comes into contact with that killed virus, it activates the immune system and creates antibodies.  When you do come across the real flu, then you're ready to fight it off and not get sick from the flu." 

8.  It's very unlikely you'll have serious side effects
There are a few possible side effects from the vaccine, such as a headache, stuffy nose or sore throat.  While many people experience no side effects, if you do, they should only last for a day or so.  Considering that the flu itself typically lasts for one to two weeks and the symptoms can be severe, the flu shot is a better alternative.  

9.  You can increase your odds of staying healthy the sooner you get the vaccine
Flu season usually starts sometime in October and can last until May, so it is important to get vaccinated early.  

"We used to want to wait until later in the flu season to give the shot, but because it's so variable, the CDC now recommends that when you're able to find a flu shot, you go ahead and get the flu shot at that time," says Dr. DeVeau.

Ideally the flu shot would take effect right away, but it takes about two weeks for your body's immune system to create the necessary antibodies to fight off the flu so you're protected against getting sick.  

10.  Not only do you benefit, so do your co-workers, friends and family

"There's a concept called 'herd immunity' that refers to populations getting immunizations," he explains.  "If we all get immunizations, of course we can't spread the virus elsewhere, so we're all protected from it."

The flu virus spreads easily-you can contract it when an infected person coughs, talks or sneezes and droplets get in your nose or mouth.  You can also get the flu by touching something that has the virus germs on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  

"It's easy to give to other people, and we see people all over the place, so you really are at risk," says Dr. DeVeau.  "The bottom line is definitely get your flu shot.  It's so important not only for yourself, but for the community to get your flu shot and keep us all protected." 

It's not too late to get a flu shot.  Flu shots are available at urgent care locations, primary care offices and at many pharmacies. 

Creative Writing Club
Students will meet after school once a month to write in a variety of styles.  At the end of the year we will create a publication of some of the members best efforts.  Our first meeting will be Monday, November 26th from 3-4:30 p.m.  See Mr. Howard for more information.  

Picture Retake/Make-up Day


Breakfast/Lunch Menu for November
click here for the November breakfast menu.

click here for the November lunch menu. 

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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.

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