Frost PTA News: May 10 - 14, 2021

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PTA MEETING TONIGHT - Thinking of Running for a PTA Board Position?

Many folks are unsure about the required work and time commitment. To help aide informed decisions, the PTA will host an information session during tonight’s meeting. LaTisha and Kathy will explain in detail everything that is required of the president and vice president and how anyone with a desire to serve can fill either position. Frost’s PTA is a vital part of the Frost Middle School and we NEED YOU to keep the PTA alive and thriving.

 

Please join us TONIGHT, MAY 11th for our virtual PTA Meeting at 7:30PM to learn how you can contribute to the continued success of the Frost PTA.

 

FROST TEACHERS & STAFF ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Teacher Appreciation Week GIFT CARD DRAWING & SNACK ROOM last week. The teachers and staff were so thankful!!

 

JOIN the PTA.

JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

TONIGHT, May 11: PTA Meeting, ALL WELCOME: 7:30PM (meeting link above)

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This Week at Frost - May 7, 2021

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This Week in Review

 

Greetings Frost Middle School,

What a wonderful time we had at Frost this week! I would like to first thank our amazing parent community for the incredible outpouring of love and support shown for our faculty and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week! The faculty and staff are raving about the gift card drawing and the massive snack room! We always know the Frost community supports and loves our folks, but it awesome to see it live and in living color! Thank YOU!

 

We are officially in our testing season now. For the next three Mondays our students, who have chosen to do so, will have the opportunity to show what they have learned during this year.

Please remind your student not to stress about the assessment this year, just try their best. There are no negative ramifications for students. Testing will simply be used to gauge what students have learned and what teachers can work on with students the following year. There have been a few e-mails that have gone out over the past week with all of the relevant information concerning testing. In addition, students are being provided with information during Falcon Focus today. If your child is testing and you are dropping him or her off and picking them up, please be patient and plan ahead because our kiss and ride lines can be quite long.

If you child’s testing location finishes before noon, we will allow students to call home to be picked up earlier. If your child has a cell phone, they will call or text you directly to be picked up. Once you are on campus, you can call and/or text them back to let them know, then they will be released to you. The same procedure goes for students who walk home. They should call to let you know they are finished testing before being released to walk home.

Finally, I want to wish all of the mothers and mothers-in-kind a Happy Mother’s Day! I know that the job of a mom is thankless and has been especially tough during the pandemic. You have had to do it all and I’m hoping that you are able to celebrate with your family this weekend!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! As always, “We are #ONEFrost!”

 

All the best, 

Anthony

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

 

May 10                    Reading SOL for 7th and 8th Graders

May 11                    Updated PTA Meeting at 7:30 pm-

• Guest link:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d5db73ab9a1a41c9b2947d14f051c0f3

 

May 17                    Science SOL Date for 8th Graders Only

May 24                    Math SOLs (ALL Math Courses) for 7th and 8th Graders

May 31                    Memorial Day Holiday- No School or Check- in for students

June 8                     New-Virtual Synchronous Learning for All Students- Election Day

June 11                   Last Day of School- 2 Hour Early Release

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

 

SOL Testing

We will conduct SOL testing on May 10 and 24 for 7th and 8th grade and on May 17 for 8th grade only.  Students who are testing in person must arrive at school by 7:20am.  Parents can pick their students up between 11:00 and 12:00. 

Students who have selected bus transportation should have received bus stop and pick-up information.  Buses will depart school at 12:00 noon. 

SOL Prep

Please have students restart and charge their laptops Sunday night in preparation for Monday’s SOLs.  They should bring both their laptop and charger to school for testing. 

For students who have not been assigned FCPSon laptops one will be waiting for them in their testing location.

For questions, please contact Ms. Debbie Metzker at dlmetzker@fcps.edu.

 

High School Course-Summer Opportunities and Transcript Updates

 

Credit Recovery Summer Program – Algebra 1

  • Only students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 are eligible to take the course this summer.
  • Students who are expunging the final Algebra grade (removing it from the student’s transcript) may want to consider this option.
  • Rising 9th grade students - Students who take this course in the summer will not have an option to remove it from the student’s transcript as the student is considered a high school student after June 11th.
  • Information about the program (dates, session information, transportation and lunch) and registration can be found here.

 

For Students enrolled in high school classes (World Language, Algebra, Geometry or Algebra 2)

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions

 

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year.
  •  Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year. 
  • Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by June 4, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions.

 

All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous  learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

 

Mindful May

Mindful May kickoffs started this week! The focus of each week in May will be: Relaxation, Be Physically Active, Laugh More, and Self-Care. Each week will start with a Tuesday announcement from Student Services, and on May 5th students will receive a 20-minute (teacher guided/presentation provided) Study Break Yoga lesson during Falcon Focus. Thank you for supporting this focus at home, as mindfulness and stress management are very important as we move into SOL testing and towards the end of the school year. Additional information about ways to incorporate Mindfulness into your daily practice can be found here: Seven Ideas for Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Routine

 

 

Returning Strong: Multilingual Parent Podcasts - Yes, We Want Your Child Back in School! Attendance Matters!

Last year and 2021 have posed many challenges for all of us. We miss our students who have been absent. FCPS wants your child back in school and is ready to help. Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on why we want your child back in school. We care and attendance matters.  

Podcasts hosts and guests engage in a passionate discussion on how we care, why attendance matters, common reasons for absence, school procedures regarding attendance, and what parents can do to partner with the school to get students back on track and in school.

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What Should Families Know About ESOL Services?

Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on what FCPS families should know about English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services. Nearly 49%, or 87,571 students, in Fairfax County Public Schools speak a second language. This week's podcasts include a discussion about FCPS English Language Services. Rich Pollio, director of FCPS ESOL Services, talks about why ESOL services are important, how families are notified about ESOL services, how families can help at home, new school to home communication tools, and adult English Language Classes.

Listen and Subscribe:

 

Substance Abuse Prevention Program Office Newsletter

Ms. Allyson Jacobi, MSW, the Woodson Pyramid’s contact from the Office of Student Safety and Wellness, is sharing the first ever Substance Abuse Program Office’s Newsletter. Take a look at the link, below!  

https://www.smore.com/5q4xe

 

 

Update on COVID Vaccine Appointments

Schedule COVID vaccine appointments for 16-18 year olds and get answers to your questions on the FCPS School Health Services webpage

NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year but some others are.                     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.                                  
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.                                                                                                             
  • Get more information on new immunization requirements

Face Mask Message to Update and Clarify for Your Communities

Face Masks Are Required at All Times at All FCPS Sites, Indoors and Outdoors

Despite the recent change in guidelines from the CDC on wearing face masks outdoors, Fairfax County Public Schools is still requiring that face masks are worn by spectators at all sporting events. Please make sure you have one with you when entering FCPS facilities. Universal masking is the best way to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all spectators.

Please Note: Face masks are not required for athletes when engaged in competition. 

 

Sign Up to Make Your Voice Heard on FCPS’ Budget for Next School Year

The Fairfax County School Board will hold public hearings on the FY 2022 budget Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12 (if needed). Both public hearings are at 6 p.m. To bring your voice into the room on the proposed budget, register to speak at a School Board meeting or call 571-423-1075.

See more details on the FCPS FY 2022 Budget and planning documents.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is considering an updated Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget that includes a 2% salary boost for FCPS employees, funded in part with dollars from the Commonwealth. More details about the updated FY 2022 Fairfax County budget are available here

Video: Watch Fairfax County School Board Chair Ricardy Anderson’s comments on the FY 2022 Advertised Budget

Stay up to date with FCPS’ budget calendar here

 

FCPS Seeks Input on Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Curriculum Policy

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to educational equity in which every student thrives academically, socially, and emotionally. FCPS wants to empower students as the next generation of change leaders for a more just world. To achieve educational equity, FCPS will be analyzing and addressing the beliefs and policies that inform teaching practices along with what is taught in schools. The school division will begin this process by revising the existing Controversial Issues Policy and developing a new Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy.   

Families and staff will be asked to participate in a survey seeking input on what should be included in the Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy. The survey will be sent to all families and staff in early May. In addition, FCPS will conduct a series of focus groups to gather perspectives and input of all stakeholders. 

FCPS is working with a consultant The Leadership Academy to support stakeholder engagement on the revision and development of these two curriculum policies. An update on the draft policy will be presented to the Fairfax County School Board in the summer. 

Resources:

 

 

 

Setting the Record Straight on Proposed Changes to Virginia’s Mathematics Standards—Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative

 

  • The Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI) is a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) proposal to modernize and update Virginia’s mathematics curriculum in grades K-12 to align instruction with the essential knowledge and skills students need to succeed in the 21st-century economy. Every 7 years, VDOE revises the standards in each content area and reassesses graduation requirements, and follows an established procedure for standards revisions that includes public comment windows and public hearings. 
  • A key component of VMPI is the shift from a traditional high school mathematics course sequence (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2) to an Integrated Mathematics course sequence. The VMPI initiative establishes a course sequence that integrates existing math content into blended courses for students in grades 8, 9, and 10. 
  • The content from Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 is not being eliminated by VMPI, but rather the content of these courses would be integrated into a progression of connected learning. Under VMPI, students in 11th and 12th grade would continue to have access to a wide variety of rigorous mathematics courses to meet their interests and post-secondary plans. 
  • The VDOE is proposing that this model would encourage students to connect mathematical concepts and develop a much deeper and more relevant understanding of each concept. 
  • Any changes made to the Mathematics Standards of Learning would be scheduled for classroom level implementation in the 2025-26 school year. See the complete VMPI talking points

 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Frost, Woodson, or a boundary FCPS high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf,  and return it to Emily Cheng in the Frost Student Services office, or via email ECheng@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Frost or Woodson or boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia

A school outside of the United States

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Summer VIP Camp Registration Opens Today

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Registration for VIP Summer Camp is now open

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  

FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee.  Breakfast & lunch will be served each day.

Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have fun in-house field trips activities on Fridays.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff. Transportation is provided to and from each middle school to South County Middle School.

Summer VIP camp.pdf

 

Camp Details

Dates: Monday, June 28, 2021 - Thursday, July 29, 2021 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

Location: South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Transportation:  FCPS bus pick-up and drop-off available at Frost Middle School

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/1zwrQAynAVHK9aN69

 

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information in on the registration application – Camp will fill up fast!

 

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Chris Woodby, After-School Specialist at South County MS, by emailing cwwoodby@fcps.edu prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 25, 2021.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing

 

Please note: You will receive an email confirmation, once the registration fee has been paid, from Deb Metzker that your child has been accepted into camp.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Metzker at dlmetzker@fcps.edu

 

Debbie Metzker

After School Program Specialist

School Test Coordinator

Frost Middle School

703-426-5088

dlmetzker@fcps.edu

 

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Frost MS PTA - Cinco de Mayo Food Truck at Frost Tonight

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We may need to cancel tonight's food truck if we do not have a bigger response! We need about 25 families to make this event possible

***Please let me know you plan to attend by emailing me at emmyobruba@gmail.com.

Thank you!   

Emmy

 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Frost MS! Roaming Coyote Taco Tent PTA May Fundraiser Wed, May 5th from 5-7:30pm In front of Frost's cafeteria. 

There will be Cinco de Mayo music playing while you wait for your order,  which should only be a few minutes.  Feel free to wear your Mexican attire/sombrero and get your picture taken with Señor Cactus and his Guitarra. 

Principal Harris has allowed us to eat on school property as long as we social distance, wear masks, and bring our trash home.  So, bring some comfy chairs, place them by your vehicle, and enjoy the evening (weather permitting)

Share with your kiddos the fascinating history of Cinco de Mayo with  from the History Channel https://youtu.be/QIICWQyK72Y

¡Cuídate y espero verte mañana!

Take care and see you tomorrow! -Emmy PTA Restaurant Fundraising Coordinator

 

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SOL Prep for FCPSon Devices

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SOL Prep for FCPSon Devices

Hello,

Thank you to everyone who has completed this task or reached out for support.  If you not yet please help us prep for the upcoming Spring SOLs by having your students follow these steps to ensure the laptop is ready and has received all needed updates.

Students should:
  • Restart your laptop each day.
  • Restart your laptop during Falcon Focus time whether you are in person at school or virtual at home.
  • Follow these directions:

     *directions require an @fcpsschools.net account to access.

    • TestNav is the software on your laptop that is used for SOL Testing.  Version 1.9.7 is required for this year’s testing.  These directions will help you determine which version of TestNav is installed on your laptop.

      1. While connected to the FCPS network, click on the Health Icon on your desktop. 
        1. TestNav version will be listed under Installed Applications
        2. Confirm TestNav version is 1.9.7.0

      No Health Icon? Follow these steps:

      1. Click in the Windows search box located in the lower left of the screen.  Type in Programs
      2. In the search results click on the Add or remove programs icon.
      3. On the window that comes up scroll down to TestNav and click on it once.  The version listed should say 1.9.7.0 or 1.9.7
      4. f the TestNav version listed is 1.9.7.0 or 1.9.7 you are ready for SOL testing.  Please continue to restart your laptop on a frequent basis as directed to make sure any other needed updates are installed on your laptop.
      5. If the TestNav version listed is not 1.9.7.0 or 1.9.7 an update needs to be installed on your laptop prior to SOL Testing.
Not working?

Follow these steps if you are unable to follow the directions above to resolve the most common issues.

  • If you are unable to access settings FCPS has put out an update to address access to settings.  It will require you to take your laptop to Frost parking lot or any FCPS site at any time and connect to the FCPS network for a few minutes and then restart the computer. After you login again, you should see a new background with the One Frost logo and this means you have received the update and will have access to all the settings, etc.  It may require up to 3 restarts for all updates to be applied.
  • If you don’t see TestNav in the Software Center restart your computer up to 5 times. If it still doesn’t appear, bring the computer to the Frost parking lot or any FCPS site at any time and connect to the FCPS network for a few minutes and then restart the computer. After you login again, you should see a new background with the One Frost logo and this means you have received the update and will have access to all the settings, etc. It may require up to 3 restarts for all updates to be applied.
Student Support Opportunities

The tech team will be available this week during Falcon Focus to meet with students with this process in room 415.  Virtual students are welcome to meet someone in the front lobby for support during this time as well.

If you cannot update TestNav or are uncomfortable with the directions please submit an Online Support Request.  We will contact you with the next steps.

Thank you for your support and assistance.

#ONEFrost

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Frost PTA News: May 3 - 7, 2021

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RESTAURANT NIGHT at FROST TOMORROW NIGHT!

The Frost PTA welcomes ROAMING COYOTE TACO TENT Wed., May 5, 2021 from 5-7:30PM in the Frost parking lot. As a bonus, the PTA invites families to park and eat their dinner outside at Frost (while maintaining social distance)!! To add to the ambiance, there will be decorations (see attached) and festive music, too! 10% of the proceeds will come back to the Frost PTA. Check out the MENU. We hope to see you there!

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK IS HERE!

Teacher Appreciation Week has arrived, and the PTA is showing our Frost teachers lots of love this week for their hard work and dedication this school year. With all the challenges and triumphs in 2020-2021, they deserve all the thanks we can muster!

 

On Thursday we will host a gift card drawing where every teacher will get a $10 gift card. If you can contribute to this drawing, please SIGNUP and bring your $10 gift cards to Frost no later than TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 5th

 

On Friday, we will set up a "snack table" to keep our teachers nourished and energized as they head into the last weeks of school. If you can contribute snacks or drinks for this event, please SIGNUP and bring your items to Frost no later than TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 5th

 

Parents are always the key to making these events run smoothly, so if you can donate your time, it would also be greatly appreciated!

 

Please contact Trish Ramirez with the Hospitality Committee if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

The PTA NEEDS YOU! The President and Vice President positions end in June and our Frost PTA needs new leadership. Will it be you? So many wonderful things are happening at Frost and our parent community helps support it all. The work is not hard nor very demanding. Please think about it. Do you know of some rising 7th grade parents who would enjoy helping our amazing school? LaTisha and Kathy will share everything they know with their successors. You can do this! Please contact LaTisha or Kathy. They would love to speak with you! THANK YOU!

 

NEXT PTA MEETING:

Our next PTA Meeting is next week on Tuesday, May 11th. The virtual meeting will start at 7:30PM and all are welcome to attend. Follow this PTA Meeting link to join us.

 

 

JOIN the PTA.

JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

M – F, May 3-7: Teacher Appreciation Week is Celebrated

Wed., May 5: Roaming Coyote Taco Tent; 5-7:30pm

Tues., May 11: PTA Meeting, ALL WELCOME: 7:30PM (meeting link above)

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Frost PTA Reminder - Teacher Appreciation Week is Next Week!

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Teacher Appreciation Week is quickly approaching (May 3 - May 7) and the PTA wants to show our Frost teachers lots of love for their hard work and dedication this year. With all of the challenges and triumphs in 2020-2021, they deserve all the thanks we can muster!

The PTA will host a gift card drawing on Thursday, May 6th where every teacher will get a $10 gift card. If you can contribute to this drawing, please sign up at the link below and donate your $10 gift cards before Wednesday, May 5th

We will also set up a "snack table" for teachers on Friday, May 7th to keep our teachers nourished and energized as they head into the last weeks of school. If you can contribute snacks for this event, you can sign up at the following link and take your items to Frost MS no later than Wednesday, May 5th

Parents are always the key to making these events run smoothly, so if you can donate your time, it would also be greatly appreciated!

Please contact the Hospitality Committee at trishramirez@yahoo.com if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B45A9AA22A5FE3-teacher2

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This Week at Frost - April 30, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost Middle School,

We had another great week at Frost Middle School! The hallways, cafeterias and classrooms were abuzz with activity and chatter! We are gearing up to show appreciation for our teachers and staff next week! If you have a moment, take some time out of your day to thank a teacher. I’m certain they will appreciate it! Thanks in advance the support for next week’s PTA gifts and snacks in appreciation for the faculty and staff!

Finally, as in every year as the weather gets warmer and the schedules get busier, and students may begin to dream about summer, and for our 8th grade students, high school; we wanted to ask that you support us in speaking with your students about remaining engaged in class. Whether they are receiving instruction virtually or in-person we are looking forward to finishing the year strong.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! As always, “We are #ONEFrost!”

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! As always, “We are #ONEFrost!”

 

All the best, 

Anthony

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

May 3-7                  Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 10                    Reading SOL for 7th and 8th Graders

May 17                    Science SOL Date for 8th Graders Only

May 24                    Math SOLs (ALL Math Courses) for 7th and 8th Graders

May 31                    Memorial Day Holiday- No School or Check- in for students

June 8                     New-Virtual Synchronous Learning for All Students- Election Day

June 11                   Last Day of School- 2 Hour Early Release

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

SOL Testing

We will conduct SOL testing on May 10 and 24 for 7th and 8th grade and on May 17 for 8th grade only.  Students who are testing in person must arrive at school by 7:20am.  Parents can pick their students up between 11:00 and 12:00. 

Students who have selected bus transportation will receive bus stop and pick-up information next week.  Buses will depart school at 12:00 noon. 

A detailed email about SOL testing will be sent next week.  For questions, please contact Ms. Debbie Metzker at dlmetzker@fcps.edu.

 

Frost Month of the Military Child

As April comes to an end, we want to thank all of our Military connected students and families. Thanks to everyone who posted to the map all the places you have lived, and to the students who submitted pictures and videos. Please take a few minutes to watch this compilation of all the contributions. The video was also shared with students in Falcon Focus on Friday.

Frost Month of the Military Child Video

 

Woodson Freshman Football Interest Meeting

Rising Woodson Freshman! The Freshman Football program is looking for anyone interested in playing during the 2021-2022 school year. Head Coach, Max Crush, along with his coaching staff, will be holding an interest meeting in the coming weeks (date, time and link will be provided soon). During the Interesting Meeting, Coach Crush will review program expectations, lifting and conditioning, required paperwork and forms such as the VHSL Sports Physical, and other pertinent football guidelines.

Prior to the interest meeting, they are asking for rising 9th graders to submit their information via this Football Interest Form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrCHyt0c0cHvviOTwSqZ3QLbIS5aTZ1M8gqM7SuYDxU2MAMA/viewform?usp=sf_link)

If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please feel free to email Coach Crush at mcrush@fcps.edu

 

All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous  learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

 

Frost Library Update

Due to the upcoming library move, please note the following dates:

  • LAST DAY for CURBSIDE library book pick-up for virtual students is May 3rd.
  • LAST DAY for STUDENT CHECKOUT is May 7th.

 

Mindful May

Mindful May kickoffs next week! The focus of each week in May will be: Relaxation, Be Physically Active, Laugh More, and Self-Care. Each week will start with a Tuesday announcement from Student Services, and on May 5th students will receive a 20-minute (teacher guided/presentation provided) Study Break Yoga lesson during Falcon Focus. Thank you for supporting this focus at home, as mindfulness and stress management are very important as we move into SOL testing and towards the end of the school year. Additional information about ways to incorporate Mindfulness into your daily practice can be found here: Seven Ideas for Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Routine

 

Returning Strong: Multilingual Parent Podcasts - Yes, We Want Your Child Back in School! Attendance Matters!

Last year and 2021 have posed many challenges for all of us. We miss our students who have been absent. FCPS wants your child back in school and is ready to help. Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on why we want your child back in school. We care and attendance matters.  

Podcasts hosts and guests engage in a passionate discussion on how we care, why attendance matters, common reasons for absence, school procedures regarding attendance, and what parents can do to partner with the school to get students back on track and in school.

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What Should Families Know About ESOL Services?

Listen to the latest Spanish, Arabic, and Korean podcasts on what FCPS families should know about English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services. Nearly 49%, or 87,571 students, in Fairfax County Public Schools speak a second language. This week's podcasts include a discussion about FCPS English Language Services. Rich Pollio, director of FCPS ESOL Services, talks about why ESOL services are important, how families are notified about ESOL services, how families can help at home, new school to home communication tools, and adult English Language Classes.

Listen and Subscribe:

 

Update on COVID Vaccine Appointments

Schedule COVID vaccine appointments for 16-18 year olds and get answers to your questions on the FCPS School Health Services webpage

 

NOTE: The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year but some others are.                     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.                                  
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.                                                                                                             
  • Get more information on new immunization requirements

Face Mask Message to Update and Clarify for Your Communities

Face Masks Are Required at All Times at All FCPS Sites, Indoors and Outdoors

Despite the recent change in guidelines from the CDC on wearing face masks outdoors, Fairfax County Public Schools is still requiring that face masks are worn by spectators at all sporting events. Please make sure you have one with you when entering FCPS facilities. Universal masking is the best way to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all spectators.

Please Note: Face masks are not required for athletes when engaged in competition. 

New Bus Schedules Coming May 4

The software issues with student transportation have been resolved. The Office of Transportation Services (OTS) will implement the new schedules starting Tuesday, May 4. 

Our Here Comes The Bus app will be inactive until May 4, 2021 and parents should check their ParentVue account to receive the updated schedule for their child.

 

 

 

Sign Up to Make Your Voice Heard on FCPS’ Budget for Next School Year

The Fairfax County School Board will hold public hearings on the FY 2022 budget Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12 (if needed). Both public hearings are at 6 p.m. To bring your voice into the room on the proposed budget, register to speak at a School Board meeting or call 571-423-1075.

See more details on the FCPS FY 2022 Budget and planning documents.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is considering an updated Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget that includes a 2% salary boost for FCPS employees, funded in part with dollars from the Commonwealth. More details about the updated FY 2022 Fairfax County budget are available here

Video: Watch Fairfax County School Board Chair Ricardy Anderson’s comments on the FY 2022 Advertised Budget

Stay up to date with FCPS’ budget calendar here

 

FCPS Seeks Input on Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Curriculum Policy

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to educational equity in which every student thrives academically, socially, and emotionally. FCPS wants to empower students as the next generation of change leaders for a more just world. To achieve educational equity, FCPS will be analyzing and addressing the beliefs and policies that inform teaching practices along with what is taught in schools. The school division will begin this process by revising the existing Controversial Issues Policy and developing a new Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy.   

Families and staff will be asked to participate in a survey seeking input on what should be included in the Anti-Racism, Anti-Bias Education Curriculum Policy. The survey will be sent to all families and staff in early May. In addition, FCPS will conduct a series of focus groups to gather perspectives and input of all stakeholders. 

FCPS is working with a consultant The Leadership Academy to support stakeholder engagement on the revision and development of these two curriculum policies. An update on the draft policy will be presented to the Fairfax County School Board in the summer. 

Resources:

Lewis High School Rededication Videos

 

Enjoy and share two new short videos (about two minutes each) that highlight the historic John R. Lewis High School rededication held Friday, April 23. 

Setting the Record Straight on Proposed Changes to Virginia’s Mathematics Standards—Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative

 

  • The Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI) is a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) proposal to modernize and update Virginia’s mathematics curriculum in grades K-12 to align instruction with the essential knowledge and skills students need to succeed in the 21st-century economy. Every 7 years, VDOE revises the standards in each content area and reassesses graduation requirements, and follows an established procedure for standards revisions that includes public comment windows and public hearings. 
  • A key component of VMPI is the shift from a traditional high school mathematics course sequence (Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2) to an Integrated Mathematics course sequence. The VMPI initiative establishes a course sequence that integrates existing math content into blended courses for students in grades 8, 9, and 10. 
  • The content from Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 is not being eliminated by VMPI, but rather the content of these courses would be integrated into a progression of connected learning. Under VMPI, students in 11th and 12th grade would continue to have access to a wide variety of rigorous mathematics courses to meet their interests and post-secondary plans. 
  • The VDOE is proposing that this model would encourage students to connect mathematical concepts and develop a much deeper and more relevant understanding of each concept. 
  • Any changes made to the Mathematics Standards of Learning would be scheduled for classroom level implementation in the 2025-26 school year. See the complete VMPI talking points

 

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year.
  •  Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year. 
  • Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by May 10, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions.

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Frost PTA News: April 26 - 30, 2021

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The PTA NEEDS YOU! The President and Vice President positions end in June and our Frost PTA needs new leadership. Will it be you? So many wonderful things are happening at Frost and our parent community helps support it all. The work is not hard nor very demanding. Please think about it. Do you know of some rising 7th grade parents who would enjoy helping our amazing school? LaTisha and Kathy will share everything they know with their successors. You can do this! Please contact LaTisha or Kathy. They would love to speak with you! THANK YOU!

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK:

Teacher Appreciation Week is quickly approaching (May 3 - May 7) and the PTA wants to show our Frost teachers lots of love for their hard work and dedication this year. With all of the challenges and triumphs in 2020-2021, they deserve all the thanks we can muster!

The PTA will host a gift card drawing on Thursday, May 6th where every teacher will get a $10 gift card. If you can contribute to this drawing, please sign up at the link below and donate your $10 gift cards before Wednesday, May 5th

We will also set up a "snack table" for teachers on Friday, May 7th to keep our teachers nourished and energized as they head into the last weeks of school. If you can contribute snacks for this event, you can sign up at the following link and take your items to Frost MS no later than Wednesday, May 5th

Parents are always the key to making these events run smoothly, so if you can donate your time, it would also be greatly appreciated!

Please contact the Hospitality Committee at trishramirez@yahoo.com if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

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MAY RESTAURANT NIGHT:

The Frost PTA welcomes ROAMING COYOTE TACO TENT next week on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 5-7:30PM in the Frost parking lot. 10% of the proceeds will come back to the Frost PTA. Check out the MENU. We hope to see you there!

  

JOIN the PTA.

JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Wed., May 5: Roaming Coyote Taco Tent; 5-7:30pm

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SOL Prep for FCPSon Devices

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SOL Prep for FCPSon Devices

Hello,

Please help us prep for the upcoming Spring SOLs by having your students follow these steps to ensure the laptop is ready and has received all needed updates.

Students should:
  • Restart your laptop each day.
  • Restart your laptop during Falcon Focus time whether you are in person at school or virtual at home.
  • Follow these directions to see which version of TestNav is installed on your laptop.

 Is the version shown something other than 1.9.7.0 or 1.9.7? Use these directions to update TestNav on your own.

 

 *directions require an @fcpsschools.net account to access.

Not working?

Follow these steps if you are unable to follow the directions above to resolve the most common issues.

  • If you are unable to access settings FCPS has put out an update to address access to settings.  It will require you to take your laptop to Frost parking lot or any FCPS site at any time and connect to the FCPS network for a few minutes and then restart the computer. After you login again, you should see a new background with the One Frost logo and this means you have received the update and will have access to all the settings, etc.  It may require up to 3 restarts for all updates to be applied.
  • If you don’t see TestNav in the Software Center restart your computer up to 5 times. If it still doesn’t appear, bring the computer to the Frost parking lot or any FCPS site at any time and connect to the FCPS network for a few minutes and then restart the computer. After you login again, you should see a new background with the One Frost logo and this means you have received the update and will have access to all the settings, etc. It may require up to 3 restarts for all updates to be applied.
Student Support Opportunities

The tech team will be available this week during Falcon Focus to meet with students with this process in room 415.  Virtual students can join us during this time using this link.

If you cannot update TestNav or are uncomfortable with the directions please submit an Online Support Request.  We will contact you with the next steps.

Thank you for your support and assistance.

#ONEFrost

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This Week at Frost - April 23. 2021

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This Week in Review

Greeting Frost Middle School families,

This was an emotional week at Frost Middle School. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the last 72 hours following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case earlier this week.

I know that our families, students, and staff have been carrying a lot with us, especially with the trial and its events being played non-stop for the better part of a month. I also know that there may have been anger, frustration, grief, and sadness as we listened to the testimonies and were subjected to numerous recounts of George Floyd’s murder on a constant loop. There may also have been mixed emotions after the verdict was announced as well. I want you to know that you are not alone in your feelings. I want to remind you that it’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay if you need space to process your emotions. We provided opportunities, time and space for our staff and students to process if needed. If you need resources to support your family or your student, please reach out to a counselor or an administrator. We are here to help.

We remain focused on ensuring that we have a strong finish to the school year. We are in the home stretch with about 7 weeks left to go in the 20-21 school year. We are focusing on instruction, preparing for the testing season, and starting to plan for the end of the year and next school year as well!

We are excited to welcome back a good portion of our in-person student population for four days of in-person instruction beginning next Tuesday. The admin team worked collaboratively to ensure we maximized staffing and capacity to have as many of our students as we could. As you know, I would have loved to have all of our students back for in-person instruction; however the number of students that Frost MS had receiving in-person instruction at the outset and a host of limiting factors precluded that outcome.

This week we celebrated a special group of people on Wednesday, April 21st , our AMAZING Administrative Professionals. Frost Middle School owes a debt of gratitude to Robin Pickholtz, Elena Rodriguez, Mary Berlin, Leslie Grottle, Emily Cheng, and Susan Morningstar. These hard-working Falcons keep the building running smoothly (which has been a colossal undertaking during this unique year). One day (or week) is not enough time to honor them!

Finally, please mark your calendars as May 3-7th is Teacher Appreciation Week! I know we are all excited to show our appreciation for the hard work, dedication, perseverance, love, care, and devotion our teachers have demonstrated this year!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! As always, “We are #ONEFrost!”

 

All the best.

 

Anthony

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

May 10, 17, 24        SOL Dates – More Information is Coming

May 31                    Memorial Day

June 11                   Last Day of School

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year.
  •  Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year. 
  • Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by May 10, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions.

 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Frost, Woodson, or a boundary FCPS high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf,  and return it to Emily Cheng in the Frost Student Services office, or via email ECheng@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Frost or Woodson or boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • A school outside of the United States

 

Virtual CAD and Programming for Middle School Students

The Thomas Jefferson High School FTC Robotics team worked with middle schoolers last year on Saturdays to teach about robotics using LEGO robotics kits. Unfortunately, these in-person sessions were not possible to organize this year, so the team has been working on developing their own curriculum for a free, virtual, school-year camp for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The only resource needed to access these camps are an FCPS laptop. The camp will be split into two curriculums: 1) classes on Computer Aided Design (CAD), for students to learn how to virtually design their own robots; and 2) robotics-related programming taught in the programming language Python.

Students may choose to participate in one or both classes. Each class will last for 6 weeks, making both a total of 12 weeks from March 27th to June 12th. These sessions will be on Saturdays and take place from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Students will be emailed a Blackboard Collaborate link to join at these times, similar to how one would join a regular school-day class.

Although the CAD camp has already started, they have posted recordings of the sessions in their Google Classroom (this information will be sent in an email to those who sign up) so students can watch those if they wish to participate in the CAD classes now. They can also sign up for the Programming course, which will be starting on May 1st. More information can be found on the following website: https://www.robotuprising.org/camps/. You may also Register Here.

 

Student Services Quarter 3 Newsletter

School Counselors are an important resource to students, families, and staff. Check out Frost’s Quarter 3 Newsletter to see what our counselors have been up to. Additional resources are also available on the Student Services Google Site.

Frost Quarter 3 Newsletter.pdf

 

Connection Opportunities

Virtual Table: In lieu of traditional lunchtime socialization, Frost counselors have been offering various virtual tables to give students the chance to make connections in the virtual environment. Starting 4th quarter, the virtual tables offerings will be combined into one new Google Classroom (code: 4gglvvu). Students that participate can expect an array of games and music, with chat open to connect with others. Both virtual and in-person students are encouraged to attend. Schedule: A Lunch on Tuesday-Friday and D Lunch on Friday.

 

Walk & Talk: Frost counselors invite students to the blacktop behind Frost before school on Wednesdays and Fridays for safe socializing from 7:10-7:25AM. Students will have the opportunity to meet up with peers and make new connections, in an outdoor setting. Walk & Talk will be offered starting 4th quarter, weather permitting, every Wednesday and Friday, for in-person students. Students will be expected to maintain FCPS Covid-19 mitigating measures and arrive to class on-time by 7:30AM.

Parent's Corner

Eating Disorder Parent Information

Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems.  These behaviors can begin as a child, and affect both girls and boys.  When discovered early, eating disorders are treatable.  In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system provide information to parents annually about eating disorders.  This information is given to parents of students in the fifth through twelfth grades.

It is important to note that eating disorders are not identified based on weight changes as much as behaviors and attitudes.  Signs of eating disorders may differ between males and females and in different age groups.  Often, a young person may not recognize the signs that they might have an eating disorder.  Parents/guardians and family members are in a position to notice behaviors that cause concern.  It is important that a child with an eating disorder be treated early by someone who understands this type of care.

After reviewing the information below, if you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your doctor, school nurse, or one of the resources listed below.

  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

https://www.aedweb.org/

  • Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)

www.feast-ed.org

  • National Eating Disorders Association

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237

Additional resources may be found at:

  • Virginia Department of Education

 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml, under the section titled, Eating Disorders

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are conditions that can have a serious effect on health.  They are serious behaviors that affect every aspect of the child’s life.  Eating disorders may be identified based on weight changes, but also based on behaviors and attitudes.  Be alert for any of these signs in your child.

Key things to look for around food:

  • Eating a lot of food that seems out of control (large amounts of food may disappear; you find a lot of empty wrappers hidden)
  • Develops food rules—may eat only a particular food or food group, cuts food into very small pieces, or spreads food out on the plate
  • Talks a lot about, or focuses often, on weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting
  • Often says that they are not hungry
  • Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
  • Cooks meals or treats for others but won’t eat them
  • Avoids mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Goes to the bathroom after meals often
  • Uses a lot of mouthwash, mints, and/or gum
  • Starts cutting out foods that he or she used to enjoy

Key things to look for around activity:

  • Exercises all the time, more than what is healthy or recommended – despite weather, lack of energy, illness, or injury
  • Stops doing their regular activities, spends more time alone (can be spending more time exercising)

Physical Risk Factors:

  • Feels cold all the time or complains of being tired all the time. Likely to become more irritable and/or nervous.
  • Any vomiting after eating (or see signs in the bathroom of vomiting – smell, clogged shower drain)
  • Any use of laxatives or diuretics (or you find empty packages)

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Frost PTA - Teacher Appreciation Week Coming Soon!

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Teacher Appreciation Week is quickly approaching (May 3 - May 7) and the PTA wants to show our Frost teachers lots of love for their hard work and dedication this year. With all of the challenges and triumphs in 2020-2021, they deserve all the thanks we can muster!

The PTA will host a gift card drawing on Thursday, May 6th where every teacher will get a $10 gift card. If you can contribute to this drawing, please sign up at the link below and donate your $10 gift cards before Wednesday, May 5th

We will also set up a "snack table" for teachers on Friday, May 7th to keep our teachers nourished and energized as they head into the last weeks of school. If you can contribute snacks for this event, you can sign up at the following link and take your items to Frost MS no later than Wednesday, May 5th

Parents are always the key to making these events run smoothly, so if you can donate your time, it would also be greatly appreciated!

Please contact the Hospitality Committee at trishramirez@yahoo.com if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

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FCPS Student Laptop SOL Prep

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FCPS Student Laptop SOL Preparations

Please help us prep for the upcoming Spring SOLs by having your students follow these steps to ensure the laptop is ready and has received all needed updates.

Starting now…

  • Restart your laptop at least once a week.
  • Restart your laptop during Falcon Focus time whether you are in person at school or virtual at home.
  • Follow these directions to see which version of TestNav is installed on your laptop.

 Is the version shown something other than 1.9.7.0 or 1.9.7? Use these directions to update TestNav on your own.

If you cannot update TestNav or are uncomfortable with the directions please submit an Online Support Request.  We will contact you with the next steps.

  • Continue to restart your laptop every time you have Falcon Focus time.

  
On April 24th or April 25th…

  • Restart your laptop one last time before SOL Testing.
  • Check to see which version of TestNav is installed on your laptop.  Remember, you need Version 1.9.7.0 or 1.9.7 installed for SOL Testing.

*directions require an @fcpsschools.net account to access.

 

Thank you for your support and assistance.

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Family Life Education Beginning on April 27, 2021

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Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms are available online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle.  If you have not already done so and wish to opt your student out of FLE, please fill in the opt-out form and return it to Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu prior to Family Life Education instruction, which is beginning on April 27, 2021. 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed by emailing your student’s Health and Physical Education teacher or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

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This Week at Frost - April 16, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Families,

We had a great week at Frost! There were lots of smiling eyes (behind the masks) as we have rolled into the fourth quarter! Hopefully the weather gets a bit warmer next week as we will begin to allow students the opportunity to eat outside (socially distanced of course). Frost MS in-person students are also now able to access their teachers during Falcon Focus as the bandwidth in the building and around the county has been increased! In addition, we have increased opportunities for students, both in-person and virtual, to be engaged with our morning Walk and Talks on the track and the very popular Virtual Lunch Tables! Finally, there are hot lunch items in the cafeteria! I’m told the options will be more extensive as the school year closes out.

We learned a lot about the upcoming renovation plans at the PTA meeting this past Tuesday night. You can check out the recording located here: Frost PTA Meeting 2020-21 - recording_8  There were a lot of special guests at the meeting! You may recognize some familiar faces.

Next week, students and staff will begin to see signs of the renovation inside the building! Before long, we will be in full swing! A special thank you to the taxpayers of Fairfax County for voting to approve the bond to make this happen for the Frost MS school community. The official FCPS School Board vote was on April 8th!  The renderings of the new building look amazing! Check them out:

 

Did you know that more than 14,000 military-connected youth call FCPS home? And that Frost MS has over 130 students with family members currently serving. Join Frost MS in celebrating them during Month of the Military Child. This past Wednesday was Purple Up! Day at Frost, when all were encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military-connected youth. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. At Frost MS, we are so grateful for the service of our military community.

Ramadan began on Monday evening, April 12th this year, and will continue through the evening of Tuesday, May 11th, ending with the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr beginning on May 12th. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most sacred and is marked by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset each day.  Observance of this special month is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is also marked by deep study of the Quran, increased charity and generosity, and committing more time to prayer. Families generally begin each day during Ramadan with a pre-dawn meal called Suhur and end each day with a meal called Iftar after sunset. Students who would like to be in an alternate location during lunch are provided one upon request.

We wish Ramadan Mubarak to all members of the FMS community who are observing!

Finally, today is National Librarians Day! Take a moment if you have it to let Ms. Powers and Ms. Alexander know how much you appreciate them!

 

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! As always, “We are #ONEFrost!”

 

All the best.

 

Anthony

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

TBD                        SOL Dates

May 31                    Memorial Day

June 11                   Last Day of School

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....  

MathCounts National Finalists!!

Congratulations to all 59 Virginia Mathletes who virtually participated in the 2021 MATHCOUNTS State Competition on March 25! We are pleased to report out of the FOUR HIGHEST SCORING STUDENTS who will advance to the National Competition, two are from Frost MS, both in the top 3!!!

 

State Rank

Student Name

Chapter

School

1

Calvin W.

Fairfax

Frost Middle School

2

Marina L.

Northern Va.

Longfellow Middle School

3

Alexander G.

Fairfax

Frost Middle School

4

Angeline Z.

Northern Va.

Longfellow Middle School

 

We congratulate these amazing students - good luck at the National Competition!  We will be cheering for you! The top four highest-scoring students from each state will advance to the 2021 Raytheon Technologies MATHCOUNTS National Competition.

For the safety of our participants and volunteers, MATHCOUNTS will host this year’s National Competition online from May 8-10, 2021.

 

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year.
  •  Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year. 
  • Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by May 10, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school.  High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

You can reach out to your child’s counselor if you have additional questions.

 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Frost, Woodson, or a boundary FCPS high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf,  and return it to Emily Cheng in the Frost Student Services office, or via email ECheng@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Frost or Woodson or boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • A school outside of the United States

 

Virtual CAD and Programming for Middle School Students

The Thomas Jefferson High School FTC Robotics team worked with middle schoolers last year on Saturdays to teach about robotics using LEGO robotics kits. Unfortunately, these in-person sessions were not possible to organize this year, so the team has been working on developing their own curriculum for a free, virtual, school-year camp for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The only resource needed to access these camps are an FCPS laptop. The camp will be split into two curriculums: 1) classes on Computer Aided Design (CAD), for students to learn how to virtually design their own robots; and 2) robotics-related programming taught in the programming language Python.

Students may choose to participate in one or both classes. Each class will last for 6 weeks, making both a total of 12 weeks from March 27th to June 12th. These sessions will be on Saturdays and take place from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Students will be emailed a Blackboard Collaborate link to join at these times, similar to how one would join a regular school-day class.

Although the CAD camp has already started, they have posted recordings of the sessions in their Google Classroom (this information will be sent in an email to those who sign up) so students can watch those if they wish to participate in the CAD classes now. They can also sign up for the Programming course, which will be starting on May 1st. More information can be found on the following website: https://www.robotuprising.org/camps/. You may also Register Here.

 

Student Services Quarter 3 Newsletter

School Counselors are an important resource to students, families, and staff. Check out Frost’s Quarter 3 Newsletter to see what our counselors have been up to. Additional resources are also available on the Student Services Google Site.

Frost Quarter 3 Newsletter.pdf

 

Connection Opportunities

Virtual Table: In lieu of traditional lunchtime socialization, Frost counselors have been offering various virtual tables to give students the chance to make connections in the virtual environment. Starting 4th quarter, the virtual tables offerings will be combined into one new Google Classroom (code: 4gglvvu). Students that participate can expect an array of games and music, with chat open to connect with others. Both virtual and in-person students are encouraged to attend. Schedule: A Lunch on Tuesday-Friday and D Lunch on Friday.

Walk & Talk: Frost counselors invite students to the blacktop behind Frost before school on Wednesdays and Fridays for safe socializing from 7:10-7:25AM. Students will have the opportunity to meet up with peers and make new connections, in an outdoor setting. Walk & Talk will be offered starting 4th quarter, weather permitting, every Wednesday and Friday, for in-person students. Students will be expected to maintain FCPS Covid-19 mitigating measures and arrive to class on-time by 7:30AM. 

 

“This is Quitting”

Ms. Allison Jacobi, MSW, is the Woodson Pyramid’s contact from the Office of Student Safety and Wellness.  She developed a program called “This is Quitting” which supports self-care, supporting students and medication safe disposal.  Take a look at her newsletter!

April Woodson Parent Newsletter.pdf 

 

Girl Scout Cookie Donation

Many thanks to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and Ms. Michele Randall for donating 48 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Frost Middle School staff.  We will really enjoy them! 

 

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Frost PTA News: April 12 - 16, 2021

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APRIL PTA MEETING TONIGHT:

Our next PTA Meeting is scheduled for TONIGHT, Tuesday, April 13th at 7:30pm. The renovation team from FCPS Design and Construction will be presenting information to the communityThe meeting will be recorded. Follow this PTA Meeting link to join us. We hope to see you there!

 

If you have questions for the Design and Construction team, please follow this link and ask your questions here:

https://forms.gle/Mhot2PxPiVbDqbSw5

 

The PTA NEEDS YOU! The President and Vice President positions are up for election this Spring and we need a Nominating Committee to find candidates. Do you know someone who wants to be an integral part of Frost’s PTA? Do you know of a parent who always has great ideas for events, fundraisers, or speakers? Then you should be a member of the Nominating Committee and help identify great candidates for the 2021-22 PTA Board! Please contact the current PTA President to express your interest. Feel free to recruit a few friends for the committee, too!

  

JOIN the PTA.

JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Tues., April 13: PTA Meeting, ALL WELCOME; 7:30pm

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April Frost MS PTA Meeting - Renovation Briefing

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The April PTA meeting will be held on April 13th at 7:30 pm. The renovation team from FCPS Design and Construction will be presenting information to the community on this new date. Please mark your calendars if you would like to hear the presentation. The meeting will be recorded.

If you have questions for the Design and Construction team, please follow this link and ask your questions here:

https://forms.gle/Mhot2PxPiVbDqbSw5

Guest Link for the Meeting:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d5db73ab9a1a41c9b2947d14f051c0f3

 

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This Week at Frost - April 9, 2021

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This Week in Review

 Greetings Frost MS Families,

This week has been extremely exciting as we welcomed our students back from Spring Break to the new Falcon Scrape! The 32 classrooms outside were accessed by our students with relative ease! A special thank you to Mr. Berret for his coordination efforts and to all of the staff who made the transition seamless! I am learning, when it comes to renovations, count all your successes!

You may have noticed that our in-person students are now able to access their Falcon Focus teachers for office hours during the day as the bandwidth has been increased! In addition, students will be able to pick their seats at lunch time so they can be closer to friends and we will begin to allow students to eat outside now that the weather is nice in the courtyards and on school grounds, supervised and six feet socially distanced of course!

Yesterday you received an email from Fairfax County Public Schools regarding the most updated guidance that secondary schools are able to transition to the 3’ distancing standard for in-person learning. As it relates to Frost specifically, here is where we stand: 

  • Through the MTSS process, we have invited many students to begin attending in-person learning four days a week, starting next Tuesday. This process will continue through the following week as we invite even more families in as well.
  • At this point, we are able to begin the process of gauging interest to offer additional students the option to attend four days a week beginning the week of April 27th. 
    • Current in-person families have received a separate email from me earlier today to gauge interest so we can assess capacity vs. demand. 
    • It is not a requirement for students who are currently attending 2 days a week to switch to four days a week. 
  • For our students who are currently virtual only, we are not able to offer an in-person option. 
  • No additional changes will be made after April.
  • The transition process will look different at each school.

I recognize how challenging this has been for your children and families. As always, I am so appreciative of your continued support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. 

Did you know that April is Month of the Military Child? Frost has over 130 military connected students – that’s over 10% of our students! If your family is military connected - please help us create a special way to celebrate your child. Frost counselors are posting the following information to their Google Classrooms for your student’s as well. Your help is appreciated! We are hoping to have at least one of these three tasks completed per student to get all of our students represented. Please contact your student’s counselor with any questions!

  • Padlet - please complete our Padlet with all the places you have lived - one post per location - so we can create a visual representation of where all of our military families have lived around the world. If there’s already a post at that location - add another! https://frostms.padlet.org/lrgibas/58gxt9xpyiauzn52 
  • Submit a photo - please upload a family photo to the counselor’s Google Classroom assignment.
  • Flipgrid - we are asking for military students and/or parents to please record a FlipGrid video introducing themselves, what it means to them to be a military child and/or the parent of a military child, favorite places lived, anything they are comfortable sharing. https://flipgrid.com/c52a7a5c 
  • April 14th – Frost celebrates Purple UP for military kids! Wear your purple to show support for our military students. Upload a picture to your counselor’s Google Classroom!

We will compile all of this to showcase our amazing military students at Frost in April. Thank you for your help in making this extra special this year!

 

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! As always, “We are #ONEFrost!”

 

All the best.

 

Anthony

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

April 9              SOL Testing Preference Due

April 12            English Class Book Drop-Off and Pick-Up

April 13            4-day In-Person Preference Due/PTA Meeting- Renovation Updates

  • The calendar will be updated with additional dates for parent/community events as they become available.
In Other News....

Next Week- Renovation Update

The April PTA meeting will be held on April 13th at 7:30 pm. The renovation team from FCPS Design and Construction will be presenting information to the community on this new date. Please mark your calendars if you would like to hear the presentation. The meeting will be recorded.

• Guest link:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d5db73ab9a1a41c9b2947d14f051c0f3

 

Action Required: SOL Testing

Please submit your preference for your child’s SOL tests using this link by COB today, Friday April 9th. Frost SOL Intent Form

Detailed information concerning SOL testing can be found in the email that was sent out last week and more general information can be found below:

Across Virginia, students will be taking SOL tests in-person this spring. Federal and state education departments have decided that SOL assessments will proceed as usual for reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available about SOL assessments at each grade level. For students attending school 100% virtually, school staff will work with families to schedule an appointment for in-person SOL testing.

Caregivers have the right to refuse SOL assessments if they have concerns about participation related to the pandemic, including health, social-emotional, and instructional time concerns. For questions about SOL testing or to refuse testing, contact your student’s school. A remote non-SOL test option is in development, and information will be provided for families of qualifying students in the coming weeks.

 

Monday, April 12 - English Class Book Drop-Off and Pick-Up

The next school supply pick up/drop off day will be on Monday April 12 from 8-10AM and 4-6PM.  This is for ALL students, but ONLY for their English class.  Students are not required to be present during this activity.

  • All 8th grade students will only be dropping off Semester 1 English books
  • All 7th grade students will be dropping off Semester 1 English books and picking up Semester 2 English books.

For drop-off, please place a piece of paper with your child’s name and English teacher in the front flap of the book.  Bins will be outside for book deposit.  This will allow for contact-less drop off.

For 7th grade students who need to also pick up a new novel, you will need to bring a piece of paper with your child’s name (first and last), teacher name, and period number.  Students who already own the class novel or prefer to access the book digitally may do so and are not required to receive a copy from Frost.

All drivers & passengers must remain in their vehicle at all times.

When you arrive at Frost:

  • Use the map, attached below, to follow the traffic pattern and go to the appropriate station 
  • For pick up only, show the staff member your paper with the above information
  • The staff member will place a new novel in your vehicle
  • Exit station/parking lot carefully!

Supply Traffic Map April-English only.docx

Please note that 8th grade students or those not checking out library books will use Exit 1 to leave the parking lot. 

To help traffic flow, cars will be able to move around other cars that are stopped for supplies.  Drivers will need to move slowly at all times in the parking lot and check for other vehicles while moving between stations.  Some Frost Staff will be on site to assist with traffic, but we ask for slow driving at all times for their safety and yours.   

As always, masks are required.

​​​​​​​Questions?  Please email Mr. Berret at jberret@fcps.edu.

 

Student Intention Form

For students who will NOT be attending Frost, Woodson, or a boundary FCPS high school next year, please complete the Student Intention for the Next School Year form, https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/it110.pdf,  and return it to Emily Cheng in the Frost Student Services office, or via email ECheng@fcps.edu.

This includes students who are transferring to:

  • Another FCPS school other than Frost or Woodson or boundary HS
  • A private school in Virginia or out of Virginia
  • Another Virginia public school division outside FCPS
  • Another state public school outside of Virginia
  • A school outside of the United States

 

In Person Summer Learning Opportunity

There will be a local school based in-person opportunity for Frost MS students this summer. The program will be called IMAGINE. The goal of the summer program is to address expected student learning needs in math and literacy through increased summer programming opportunities. We are excited to be able to provide fun and engaging learning activities for our students this summer. More information concerning the number of students for whom we can provide this service will be forthcoming. I wanted to put this on your radar in case you were wondering. At this time the program is scheduled to run from July 12th through July 30th. The program will run for four hours a day and there will be still be health and safety mitigation strategies in place. Once again, if this is something you may be interested in, mark your calendars and more information to come.

 

Student Services Quarter 3 Newsletter

School Counselors are an important resource to students, families, and staff. Check out Frost’s Quarter 3 Newsletter to see what our counselors have been up to. Additional resources are also available on the Student Services Google Site.

Frost Quarter 3 Newsletter.pdf

 

Connection Opportunities

Virtual Table: In lieu of traditional lunchtime socialization, Frost counselors have been offering various virtual tables to give students the chance to make connections in the virtual environment. Starting 4th quarter, the virtual tables offerings will be combined into one new Google Classroom (code: 4gglvvu). Students that participate can expect an array of games and music, with chat open to connect with others. Both virtual and in-person students are encouraged to attend. Schedule: A Lunch on Tuesday-Friday and D Lunch on Friday.

 

Walk & Talk: Frost counselors invite students to the blacktop behind Frost before school on Wednesdays and Fridays for safe socializing from 7:10-7:25AM. Students will have the opportunity to meet up with peers and make new connections, in an outdoor setting. Walk & Talk will be offered starting 4th quarter, weather permitting, every Wednesday and Friday, for in-person students. Students will be expected to maintain FCPS Covid-19 mitigating measures and arrive to class on-time by 7:30AM.

 

 

 

 

April 7 Town Hall Recap

Did you miss the superintendent’s Town Hall last night? Dr. Brabrand, along with Dr. Michael Martin, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Dr. Michelle Boyd, assistant superintendent for Special Services, answered questions from the community regarding the CDC’s guidance allowing schools to transition from 6 feet to 3 feet social distancing in some circumstances, and within certain community transmission rates. They also discussed the social-emotional impact the pandemic has had on children and the importance of returning all students to in-person learning. Watch the video.

 

 

Diversity in STEM Talk - TJHSST

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will hold its next Diversity in STEM Talk in April! This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. 

Join us Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. to hear from Julie Ann Sosa, MD, Leon Goldman MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Sosa was born in Montreal and raised in upstate New York. She received her AB at Princeton, MA at Oxford, and MD at Johns Hopkins, where she also completed the Halsted residency in general surgery and a fellowship. She previously practiced medicine and taught at Duke University Medical School and Yale University Medical School. She is published in numerous medical journals and books. Dr. Sosa’s research interests include outcomes research, health care delivery, hyperparathyroidism, and thyroid cancer, with a focus on clinical trials. Join us to hear more about a career in medicine and her experience as a surgeon, professor, and now administrator in a large teaching hospital.

- What sparked her interest in medicine?

- What does she enjoy most about practicing medicine?

- What would she recommend to students who want to pursue a medical career?

- What else would you like to know?

Parents, register at this Zoom link*: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk4 

  *To ensure you receive the Zoom link, do not use an FCPS schools student email account!

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

Information and recordings from past Diversity in STEM Talks can be found on the TJ PTSA Diversity Committee webpage: https://tjptsa.com/committees/diversity/

 

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April is the Month of the Military Child!

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Hello Frost Families,

April is Month of the Military Child! Frost has over 130 military connected students – that’s over 10% of our students! Please help us create a special way to celebrate your child this month. Families serving in the Foreign Service, State Department, and others whose families are serving our country are also welcome to participate. Frost counselors are posting the following information to their Google Classrooms for your student’s as well. Your help is appreciated!

  • Padlet - please complete our Padlet with all the places you have lived - one post per location - so we can create a visual representation of where all of our military families have lived around the world. If there’s already a post at that location - add another! https://frostms.padlet.org/lrgibas/58gxt9xpyiauzn52 
  • Submit a photo - please upload a family photo to the counselor’s Google Classroom assignment.
  • Flipgrid - we are asking for military students and/or parents to please record a FlipGrid video introducing themselves, what it means to them to be a military child and/or the parent of a military child, favorite places lived, anything they are comfortable sharing. https://flipgrid.com/c52a7a5c 
  • April 14th – Frost celebrates Purple UP for military kids! Wear your purple to show support for our military students. Upload a picture to your counselor’s Google Classroom!

We will compile all of this to showcase our amazing military students at Frost at the end of the month. Thank you for your help in making this extra special this year!

 

Frost Student Services

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Frost PTA News: April 5 - 9, 2021

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FROST PTA SPIRITWEAR at LOCAL EVENT THIS SUNDAY:

We need your help! Frost PTA Spiritwear will have a table at the Canterbury Market Event this Sunday, April 11th and we need volunteers to help collect the spiritwear items from Frost Middle School on Friday, man the table on Sunday, and then return what is left to Frost on Monday. If you can help, please click HERE to volunteer. Also, if you can stop by this fun event, please do! You can see all the fabulous vendors HERE. Questions? Contact Becky Mancuso, Spiritwear Coordinator.

 

APRIL PTA MEETING:

Our next PTA Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13th at 7:30pm. The renovation team from FCPS Design and Construction will be presenting information to the communityPlease mark your calendars if you would like to hear the presentation. The meeting will be recorded. Follow this PTA Meeting link to join us. We hope to see you there!

 

The PTA NEEDS YOU! The President and Vice President positions are up for election this Spring and we need a Nominating Committee to find candidates. Do you know someone who wants to be an integral part of Frost’s PTA? Do you know of a parent who always has great ideas for events, fundraisers, or speakers? Then you should be a member of the Nominating Committee and help identify great candidates for the 2021-22 PTA Board! Please contact the current PTA President to express your interest. Feel free to recruit a few friends for the committee, too!

 

AmazonSmile:

The Frost PTA has received $177.60 from the AmazonSmile program. This is free money for our school generated from your Amazon purchases. Sign-up to have 0.5% of your eligible Amazon purchases donated to the Frost PTA. Our collective efforts all add up! Joining is quick & easy – click AmazonSmile and choose Robert Frost Middle PTA. Every little bit helps us help our wonderful Frost teachers and staff. Thank you!

 

JOIN the PTA.

JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Wed., April 7: Part 2 Spring Grant Applications Due

Sun., April 11: Frost PTA Spiritwear at Canterbury Market Event

Tues., April 13: PTA Meeting, ALL WELCOME; 7:30pm

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