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January 2020
DATES TO REMEMBER
1/1-1/2  NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
1/3        NO SCHOOL - Teacher Flexible Workday
1/5        End of 2nd 9 Weeks - End of 1st Semester)
1/6        School Reopens
1/6        Girl Scout Daisy Troop, 3:45-4:45p
1/7        Girls Who Code, in Library, 3:30-4:45p
1/8        Girl Scout Troop #14041, 6:00-7:00p
1/10      SCA Bandana Day
1/13      Girl Scout Daisy Troop, 3:45-4:45p
1/14      Report Cards Issued
1/15      Girl Scout Troop #14041, 6:00-7:00p
1/16      PTO Meeting, in Library, 5:30-6:30p
1/20      NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
1/21      Student Recognition Assemblies - Grades 4, 3 & 5
             4th Grade-9:15am-9:50am; 3rd Grade-10:00am-10:35am; 5th Grade-10:45am-11:20am
1/22      Student Recognition Assemblies - Grades 2, 1 & K
             2nd Grade-9:15am-9:50am; 1st Grade-10:00am-10:35am; Kindergarten-10:45am-11:20am
1/27     Girl Scout Daisy Troop, 3:45-4:45p
1/29     Girl Scout Troop #14041, 6:00-7:00p
1/31     SCA - Jersey Day
2/3      Girl Scout Daisy Troop, 3:45-4:45p
2/4      Girls Who Code, 3:30-4:45p

 
GAINESBORO DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Newcome have been covering digital citizenship themes with grades 3-5 in both library and classrooms.

A responsible digital citizen has Media Balance and Well Being in their lives. They know when to unplug and spend time without devices!

Five tips to help families keep tech use in balance are:

1.  Create screen-free times and zones.

2.  Try parental controls. 

3.  Establish clear family rules. 

4.  Watch and play together. 

5.  Help kids identify healthy behaviors. 

For more information about these tips, go to http://bit.ly/CSbalance

A healthy media diet balances three things: what kids do, how much time they spend doing it, and whether their content choices are age-appropriate. The Family Media Agreement is one tool to help your family set realistic rules that make sense for your family so you and your kids can make the most out of media and tech time. Find the Family Media Agreement at http://bit.ly/CSFMA

Raising kids in the digital age can be challenging! If you would like more tips about how to practice healthy media habits at home with your family, you can sign up for the Common Sense Tech Balance text program  by texting the word “kids” to number 21555. 

*Free to sign up. Message and data rates may apply.

Common Sense Education is the education arm of Common Sense Media, the independent, national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology https://www.commonsense.org/


GIFTED EDUCATION INFORMATION SERIES

The second session of the Gifted Education Information Series will be held January 13, 2020, from 7-8 p.m. in the James Wood Middle School library.  It will address "Transitions for Gifted Students from Middle School to High School." The session is open to the public, but will be specifically geared toward the parents of FCPS students in 8th grade that are eligible for gifted services.

The final session of the Gifted Education Information Series will be held February 3, 2020, from 7-8 p.m. in the James Wood Middle School library.  It will address "Transitions for Gifted Students from Elementary School to Middle School." The session is open to the public, but will be specifically geared toward the parents of FCPS students in 5th grade that are eligible for gifted services.

--> Reminder: If inclement weather cancels school for the entire day, students are released early from school because of inclement weather, or evening activities are canceled because of inclement weather, the Gifted Education Information Session will not be held nor rescheduled. Further questions can be directed to Dr. Judi Greathouse greathoj@fcpsk12.net

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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), Jennifer Rydholm, 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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