Frost PTA News - March 1 - 5, 2021

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PTA MEETING TONIGHT:

We welcome everyone to join us for tonight’s virtual PTA Meeting. We will be providing Mr. Harris extra time to answer parent questions about the first day of in-person learning as well as vote on the Spring Teacher Grant Applications. We hope to see you there!

 

WELCOME BACK LUNCHEON:

On behalf of the Frost Faculty, Staff, and PTA, THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to Thursday’s Welcome Back Teacher Luncheon. The teachers received enough snacks and beverages for several days. A few even took advantage of last week’s great weather and ate outside! Once again, your generosity was on full display and everyone was so very appreciative!

 

AmazonSmile LINK:

Why not make all your Amazon purchases go a little further? Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the Frost PTA. Signing up 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:

TONIGHT, March 2: PTA Meeting, ALL WELCOME; 7:30pm (meeting link above)

 

4101 Pickett Rd Fairfax, VA 22032  | Main Office: 703.426.5700
Attendance: 703.426.5702 | Web | Twitter

This Week at Frost - February 26, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Families,

Today is February 26, 2021. Exactly two weeks to the date March 12, 2020 when our whole world was turned upside down and we all were in shock and amazement about something called COVID-19 and what was to come.

As we all are still engrossed in the global pandemic, and as some of us prepare to return to Frost Middle School for the first time since March 12th while others will step foot inside this building for first time, I thought it would be appropriate to remind us of what this time during the school year would typically entail (of which we have been denied for two straight seasons) and the challenges and opportunities we all have ahead of us as we embark on this new journey.

Usually at the end of February/ beginning of March, we are cruising along! Our 8th grade students are both excited and anxious to head off to high school! They would have already selected their courses, getting prepared for the end of year activities at Frost, getting geared up for the first SOL assessment, along with thinking of ways to properly thank their Frost Middle School teachers for the support they offered during their two years.

Our 7th grade students (or by this time, mini 8th graders!) have successfully figured how to navigate the school, mastered lockers, met new friends, and are already dreaming of becoming 8th graders (usually taller in their dreams)!

Our faculty and staff are in a groove as well! They have built relationships with students, we know who needs support academically, who needs encouragement socially, and who still needs help making friends after being at our school for a semester. We all would be (students, and maybe some staff :) )  constantly looking for snow around this time and, ironically, begin counting down the days to Spring Break!

As we all have moved through this week, we realize that we are experiencing August in March! And it seems as if it is times 400! There is information overload, communication exhaustion, excitement, and anxiety about getting started! You know, the typical beginning of the year jitters!

I remain confident that once Tuesday gets here, we will all breathe a collective sigh of relief and we will enjoy being back where we all want to be ultimately; back in the classroom helping our students to become critical thinkers and gifted collaborators, demonstrate their creativity and show their kindness. We get to watch them exhibit the tenets of #ONEFrost!

While there will certainly be challenges, I’m sure we could list, that would cover the entire main hall at Frost, let’s all be inspired of the possibilities that lie ahead!

We are not the same people we were on March 12, 2020! We are stronger, we are more resilient, we are global minded, we are resourceful, and we have equity at the center of our thoughts. We take the time to connect with others, we cook more often, we look to lend a hand, and we listen more deeply. I ask that we all take time to listen deeply to our students. They have so much wisdom and so much to offer. I will need to remind myself of this fact the most!

All the best. We are #ONEFrost!

Have a great weekend,

 

Anthony

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

March 2           8th Grade Students A – L    In-Person Start Date

March 4           8th Grade Students M – Z    In-Person Start Date

March 5           Two-hour early release

March 8           Staff Development Day (No school for students)

March 9           7th Grade Students A- L      In-Person Start Date

March 11         7th Grade Students M – Z     In-Person Start Date

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

Recording of Last Night’s Parent Town Hall

Here is the link to the February 25 Town Hall:

 https://frostms.fcps.edu/node/5166

Monday Check-in reminder:

Please remember that students are required to complete the online check-in/attendance form on Mondays for the remainder of the year, even as some students transition to in-person learning. All FCPS schools are required to note attendance on Mondays. Students are expected to check in and work through asynchronous assignments each Monday.  Teachers will report attendance and students will be marked with an unverified absence if they do not complete the form.  

 

In-Person Student Key Technology Items to Remember

  • Students are reminded to bring in their laptop everyday fully charged. They should bring their charging chords as well in the event the machine needs to be charged at school. Students will not be provided with “loaner” laptops. They will be provided alternate assignments by the classroom teacher and encouraged to remember to bring in their laptop each day.
  • Students should have their own set of headphones in the event they need to use technology and software on their laptops that require headphones. Headphone use will be directed by the classroom teacher.
  • Students should remember to reboot their computers every day; clear their cache; and update Chrome.

 

In-Person Student Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch will be free to all students through the end of the school year.  Both meals will be cold meals and will be grab and go.  Microwave ovens will NOT be available.  Students are reminded to bring a refillable water bottle every day, as fountains have been disabled.

If you wish to change your student's meal preference to requiring meals on in-person school days, please contact Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu

 

Reminder- Updated Bell Schedule and Family Version of our Return to School Calendar are on the Frost MS website

https://frostms.fcps.edu/about-us/frost-orientation

 

Family Guide for 2020-2021 Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools have published a guide to help families know what to expect as students return to school.  The guide includes steps families will need to take at home in preparation for the return to school.  Please download this document and take time to review the information.

Return to School Family Guide 02-2021.pdf

 

New Teacher

We are extremely excited to announce that we have hired a new addition to our Math department. Welcome to Robert Frost Middle School Mr. George Winslow!!!

“Mr. Winslow has 13 years of experience teaching mathematics. While most of his experience in traditional teaching is in teaching high school students, he has taught courses ranging from the middle school level to the college level, including terminal general education courses and up to Vector Calculus and a year of full-time experience tutoring at levels from first grade through college.

Mr. Winslow earned his  Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at the University of Mary Washington, where he was a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society, along with being a two-time all-conference cross country runner and captain of the track team, and he has a Master's degree in Mathematical Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also taught courses. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing video games, and spending time with his wife and two children. He loves teaching and helping students of all ages and levels to learn mathematics.”

Please welcome Mr. Winslow to Robert Frost Middle School!!

 

Spelling Bee Results

Recently, 27 students competed in the 5th Annual Frost Spelling Bee. There was thrilling competition. Congratulations to all our competitors!

The top bee finishers were Juliet P. (5th), Shivam K. (4th), Moubon K. (3rd), Victor G. (2nd), and Aniket N-D. (1st).  Aniket's championship word was arugula!

Fingers crossed that Aniket does well at the Fairfax County Bee on March 14th and makes it on ESPN in May!!

So Many Thanks to our Fabulous PTA!

We were so thrilled to be greeted early Thursday morning with bright and inspirational welcome signs! 

 

 

Then, we were served a delicious lunch of Jersey Mike subs and more snacks and drinks that we could finish in day!  (And we are still enjoying them!)

Thank you so much Frost PTA!

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Attendance: 703.426.5702 | Web | Twitter

Frost PTA News - February 22-26, 2021

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WELCOME BACK LUNCHEON:

Everyone at Frost has been working so hard for our students so please join us in welcoming back our teachers & staff to in-person teaching! To show our collective appreciation, the PTA will host a Grab-and-Go Staff Luncheon THIS Thursday, February 25th and we welcome your help and support. Jersey Mikes will provide the subs and we are looking for donations of pre-packaged food, snacks, and drink items.

If you are able to donate items or volunteer your time, please take a look at this Sign-Up Genius to see where you can help. Everyone who delivers a donation or volunteers must wear a mask and maintain social distance. Questions? Contact Trish Ramirez and thank you in advance for your support.

 

FROST LIBRARY LOVERS READ-a-THON:

Thanks to everyone who participated in our fundraising read-a-thon and helped us surpass our fundraising goal! We raised over $7,000 to help support many important PTA-sponsored school programs. And congratulations to the winners below - you will be contacted to receive your prize. Questions, contact Kim Grant.

 

Top Earners - 8th Grade:

  • Zain E.
  • Ben B.
  • Samuel A.

Top Earners - 7th Grade:

  • Briana G.
  • Sofie F.
  • Max E.

Raffle Winners:

  • Scott C. – Tropical Café Smoothie Gift Card
  • Nicholas D. – Peet's Coffee Gift Card
  • Thomas B. – Woody's Ice Cream Gift Card
  • Maggie H. - Nintendo eShop Gift Card
  • Bailey L. – Potbelly Gift Card

 

NEXT PTA MEETING is TUESDAY, MARCH 2nd:

We welcome everyone to join us for our next PTA Meeting. We hope to see you there!

 

AmazonSmile LINK:

Why not make all your Amazon purchases go a little further? Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the Frost PTA. Signing up 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:

Thurs., Feb. 25: Welcome Back Grab-and-Go Luncheon; (donations before 10am)

Tues., March 2: PTA Meeting, ALL WELCOME; 7:30pm (meeting link above)

 

4101 Pickett Rd Fairfax, VA 22032  | Main Office: 703.426.5700
Attendance: 703.426.5702 | Web | Twitter

Frost PTA - Help Needed! Welcome Back Luncheon for Teachers 2/25

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Please help us in welcoming our dedicated Frost Middle School teachers and staff back to the building with a Welcome Back Luncheon on Thursday, February 25th.

Everyone has been working so hard for our students, so let's show them some appreciation as they prepare for in-person learning. 

If you are able to donate items for the luncheon or volunteer your time, please take a look at this Sign-Up Genius and let us know how you can help."

 

Thanks so much,

Trish Ramirez

Frost PTA

 

 

4101 Pickett Rd Fairfax, VA 22032  | Main Office: 703.426.5700
Attendance: 703.426.5702 | Web | Twitter

"Night of One Acts" Canceled Tonight

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The Frost Theater Department announces that Night in One Acts is canceled tonight.  But the show goes on as scheduled Friday and Saturday nights!

Please see the attached flyer for details.

night of one acts 2021 final poster.jpg

Here is the link for tickets:

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15646/frost-middle-school-theatre

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Attendance: 703.426.5702 | Web | Twitter

This Week at Frost - February 17, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Families,

This week’s edition has a few more additions from last week. Since it was so dense, I’m resending it.

We are preparing for students to come back in March; 8th grade students on March 2nd and 7th grade students on March 9th. I hope you received the e-mail I sent out to you on February 5th. I sent a separate e-mail to families based on your preferences. If you have questions at this point, call the main office at 703-426-5700 if you are unclear if your student is slated to return to in-person instruction. 

Return to School Listening Sessions: 

We will hold a parent session to explain concurrent instruction tomorrow, Thursday February 18, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Use this link to join the session. We will hold additional, student specific orientation sessions during upcoming Falcon Focus.

Please submit your questions about “return-to-learn” on this Google form by 3:00pm tomorrow, Thursday February 18.

https://forms.gle/BUgDwD1jtzffHBRE8

In addition, I hosted a town hall on Return to School updates last Thursday.  This session focused on the in-person learning procedures for families. Use this link to view the recording.  

https://frostms.fcps.edu/node/5151

 

Monday Check-in reminder:

Please remember that students are required to complete the online check-in/attendance form on Mondays for the remainder of the year, even as some students transition to in-person learning. All FCPS schools are required to note attendance on Mondays. Students are expected to check in and work through asynchronous assignments each Monday.  Teachers will report attendance and students will be marked with an unverified absence if they do not complete the form.  

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns, or feedback.

All the best!

Anthony

#ONE Frost

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

February 18     Parent Session on Concurrent Learning 6:30pm

February 25     Teacher Prep Day - Asynchronous Learning for Students

February 26     Teacher Prep Day - Asynchronous Learning for Students

March 2           8th Grade Students In-Person Start Date

March 5           Two-hour early release

March 8           Staff Development Day (No school for students)

March 9           7th Grade Students In-Person Start Date

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

Frost Minds Matter “Middle School Buddies” Event Today!

Our FMM Virtual Dance Party was a huge success last Wednesday!  We had over 30 students and close to 20 VIP staff attend the event.  Club members got to show off their dance moves, pose for pictures with their friends in our photo booth, and play silly Valentine’s games.  We had a surprise treat from one of our FMM Student Leaders’ who made personalized Valentine’s cards for each club member!  Club members also gave special “shout-outs” and shared their gratitude with teachers, counselors, and one another for participating in the event and making our school a better place!  It was truly an event we will never forget.  Mr. Lantis and I will have a difficult time topping this event, but know our creative club members will help us think of something. 

Frost Minds Matter and the Food-4-Thought Program continued their partnership efforts last week to give back to our Frost community.  We want to thank Sheryl Arenholz and the Frost alumni from Senior Girl Scout Troop 4339 for their generous donations.  They truly embody the #OneFrost spirit!  Thank you so much!    

During today’s club meeting, Mr. Lantis and I will be hosting our friends at Lake Braddock and Poe Middle Schools for our “Middle School Buddies” event.  We are thrilled to partner with our other middle school OMM clubs to foster student connections, fun, and of course, positive mental health.  We want to give a big “thank you” to Laura Beth Levitt and Lauren Anderson from Our Minds Matter for donating OMM prizes for today’s event!  With their generous donation, we can award over 30 club members prizes today!  Thank you, OMM!     

Here is the link for our meeting today at 3:30 p.m.: https://meet.google.com/lookup/hgcxnkeb57?authuser=0&hs=179

**Students need to be logged into their school email account to access the link**

Credit Exam for World Languages

The 2021 Credit Exam for World Languages will take place in March of 2021.  Students who take the credit exam have the opportunity to earn up to three (3) credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam.  In order to offer the test in all languages while maintaining a safe testing environment, some languages will be tested online and some will be tested in person.

  • These languages will be tested online between March 2, 2021 and March 10, 2021:  Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • These languages will be tested in person on Sunday, March 14, 2021 and Saturday, March 20, 2021: Amharic, ASL, Bengali, Farsi, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Somali, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Registration closes on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Late registrations will not be accepted. All students must register for the exam through their school counselor by completing this form: World Language Exam Registration Form

More information can be found at: FCPS Credit Exam for World Languages

 

 

Important Update on Return to School Plan

In preparation for students’ return, schools have created staffing plans based on the number of students who selected in-person instruction earlier this school year. Students who have already selected to return to in-person instruction will be able to do so two days a week. Due to social distancing requirements, schools may not be able to accommodate additional students who wish to change their selection from virtual to in-person instruction.

For parents requesting changes from full-time virtual to in-person instruction, principals will do their best to accommodate the requests, however, it may not be possible to accommodate changes if classes are at capacity.

February 16:   Frost MS revised bell schedule will start and will be from 7:30-2:00 

March 2:           8th Grade Students return

March 9:           7th Grade Students return

 

Updated Frost Middle School Bell Schedule

Beginning February 16, 2021

Monday

Tuesday - Friday

Planning and Intervention Time

Period

Times

Minutes

Notes

1/2

7:30-8:55

85

 

Morning Announcements 

3/4

9:05-10:25

80

SEL/intervention is 4th period

5/6

10:35-11:05

11:05-12:30

30

85

Lunch

Class

7/8

12:40-2:00

80

 

 

In-Person Student Key Technology Items to Remember

  • Students are reminded to bring in their laptop everyday fully charged. They should bring their charging chords as well in the event the machine needs to be charged at school. Students will not be provided with “loaner” laptops. They will be provided alternate assignments by the classroom teacher and encouraged to remember to bring in their laptop each day.
  • Students should have their own set of headphones in the event they need to use technology and software on their laptops that require headphones. Headphone use will directed by the classroom teacher.
  • Students should remember to reboot their computers every day; clear their cache; and update Chrome.

In-Person Student Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch will be free to all students through the end of the school year.  Both meals will be cold meals and will be grab and go.  Microwave ovens will NOT be available.  Students are reminded to bring a refillable water bottle every day, as fountains have been disabled.

If you wish to change your student's meal preference to requiring meals on in-person school days, please contact Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu

 

Reminder- Updated Bell Schedule and Family Version of our Return to School Calendar are on the Frost MS website

https://frostms.fcps.edu/node/5151

 

Family Guide for 2020-2021 Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools have published a guide to help families know what to expect as students return to school.  The guide includes steps families will need to take at home in preparation for the return to school.  Please download this document and take time to review the information.

Return to School Family Guide 02-2021.pdf

 

Health Commitment Form

Parents/caregivers of students who are returning to in-person instruction on March 2 or March 9 are being asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

If you have already submitted your health commitment form, either through ParentVUE or with a paper copy, thank you!

If you have not yet had the chance to do so, the Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE). Or you may print the form, below, and scan and email it to Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu. If you need a hard copy, please call the school at 703-426-5700.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningCommitment.pdf

 

Frost Spelling Bee 2021 Results

The 2021 Frost Spelling Bee, led by Mr. Verbicar, was a stunning success, despite the challenges of distance participation.  Twenty-seven Frost students participated and demonstrated a level of competency that surpassed previous years.  The top five winners were:

5th Place – Juliet P.

4th Place – Shivan K.

3rd Place – Moubon K.

2nd Place – Victor G.

1st Place – Aniket N.

We are so proud of all our participants and winners.  A special shout-out to Aniket, who will be representing Frost MS at the Fairfax County Bee on March 14.   We are wish her all the luck and good spelling!

 

Welcome to Our New Student Resource Officer Brian Sehrer

 

We welcome PFC Brian Sehrer to Frost Middle School!  PFC Sehrer has been with the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) for over ten years. He spent much of his career working on patrol, but also has direct experience with investigations. He has served as a school resource officer in Fairfax County Public Schools and brings that experience with him. Prior to joining the FCPD, PFC Sehrer graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration.

 

TJHSST Applications Closes on February 26

Interested in applying to TJ? Read on for an important Admissions Update:

On January 7, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology posted an update to their Freshman Application webpage, https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685, announcing the Application Window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. It is anticipated that additional information will be posted beginning next week. Visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685 for up-to-date information. This information has been shared directly to Frost MS students as well through their grade level Google Classroom.

 

TJHSST Admissions Policy Update

The Fairfax County School Board voted to enact several changes to the admissions policy for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). The Board sought to develop an admissions policy that recognized and addressed cultural and socioeconomic barriers to access while maintaining the high standards for which the school is known. 

The new criteria, which will be used to select the class of 2025, is based on a holistic review aimed at improving diversity and access at the school. The changes to the current process include the following:

  • Increase of the capacity of each admitting class to 550 from 480;
  • Elimination of the Quant-Q, ACT Aspire Reading and Science tests;
  • Elimination of the application fee;
  • Elimination of the teacher recommendations;
  • The top 1.5 percent of eighth-grade students at each public middle school who meet the minimum standards will be offered admission

The holistic process will evaluate students on 1) grade point average (GPA);  2) a student portrait sheet where students will need to demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate attributes and 21st Century Skills; 3) a problem-solving essay; and 4) experience factors – which include provisions for economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, special education students, and/or students who are currently attending underrepresented middle schools. The new admissions policy also includes recruitment communications to all eligible students and targeted recruitment of students from such disadvantaged groups.

The Board also approved several follow-on motions to further strengthen the admissions policy including the administration of the essay and student information sheet to all eligible students at their middle schools. This change will be effective for the 2026 class and opts eligible students into the application process. The School Board also voted to establish a process, effective for the 2027 class, that will proportionally allocate seats to the top eligible 8th grade students in each of Fairfax County’s middle schools.

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Frost PTA News - February 15 - 19, 2021

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FROST LIBRARY LOVERS READ-a-THON:

Thanks to everyone who participated in our fundraising read-a-thon and helped us surpass our fundraising goal! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners. Questions, contact Kim Grant.

 

"LET THE GOOD TYMES ROLL" with MARDI GRAS TYME FOOD TRUCK:

Mark your calendars for TONIGHT, Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 2:30-7pm (during Lifetouch Picture Retakes) in the Frost MS Parking Lot. To get us in the spirit of Mardi Gras, Chef Craig will play lively New Orleans music outside his truck. Feel free to dress in Mardi Gras attire. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Frost PTA. Please wear a mask and social distance. Meet Chef Craig and view the menu. Questions? Contact Emmy, Frost PTA Restaurant Night Coordinator.

 

AmazonSmile LINK:

Why not make all your Amazon purchases go a little further? Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the Frost PTA. Signing up 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:

TONIGHT, Feb. 16: Mardi Gras Food Truck; 2:30-7pm

 

4101 Pickett Rd Fairfax, VA 22032  | Main Office: 703.426.5700
Attendance: 703.426.5702 | Web | Twitter

This Week at Frost - February 12, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost MS Families,

It has been a great week at Frost Middle School.  I continue to be so proud of the work of our students and staff do in the online learning environment.

This past week, we had the great fortune to have Ms. Rachel Bailey to join us at our PTA meeting. The presentation was interactive, informative and a must see! Ms. Bailey is a parenting specialist and has a podcast called “Your Parenting Long Game”. We were floored with her presentation and I am certain that all parents can gain some much-needed insight from her presentation. Kudos to the PTA for bringing her on board last week.  

Earlier this week, we welcomed 30 students back to school in-person to attend engagement and  intervention sessions. It was energizing to see students in the building! They did a great job getting acclimated to the building while maintaining safety, health and mitigation measures. We are looking forward to the larger groups of Frost MS 7th and 8th graders to return in March.

Return to School Listening Sessions: 

In preparation for the return of students to in-person learning in March, I hosted a town hall on Return to School updates at 6:30 PM last night.  This session focused on the in-person learning procedures for families. Use this link to view the recording.  

https://frostms.fcps.edu/node/5151

 

In addition, we will hold a parent session to explain concurrent instruction the following week, February 18, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Use this link to join the session. We will hold additional, student specific orientation sessions during upcoming Falcon Focus.

Monday Check-in reminder:

Please remember that students are required to complete the online check-in/attendance form on Mondays for the remainder of the year, even as some students transition to in-person learning. All FCPS schools are required to note attendance on Mondays. Students are expected to check in and work through asynchronous assignments each Monday.  Teachers will report attendance and students will be marked with an unverified absence if they do not complete the form.  

Congratulations, Ms. Balduf!

We are proud to announce that Ms. Megan Balduf has achieved renewal as a National Board-Certified Teacher.  Ms. Balduf is one of a select few educators in the nation who have succeeded in earning this distinction.  Congratulations, Ms. Balduf!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns, or feedback.

All the best!

Anthony

#ONE Frost

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

February 25     Teacher Prep Day - Asynchronous Learning for Students

February 26     Teacher Prep Day - Asynchronous Learning for Students

March 2           8th Grade Students In-Person Start Date

March 5           Two-hour early release

March 8           Staff Development Day (No school for students)

March 9           7th Grade Students In-Person Start Date

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

Important Update on Return to School Plan

In preparation for students’ return, schools have created staffing plans based on the number of students who selected in-person instruction earlier this school year. Students who have already selected to return to in-person instruction will be able to do so two days a week. Due to social distancing requirements, schools may not be able to accommodate additional students who wish to change their selection from virtual to in-person instruction.

For parents requesting changes from full-time virtual to in-person instruction, principals will do their best to accommodate the requests, however, it may not be possible to accommodate changes if classes are at capacity.

February 16:   Frost MS revised bell schedule will start and will be from 7:30-2:00 

March 2:           8th Grade Students return

March 9:           7th Grade Students return

 

Updated Frost Middle School Bell Schedule

Beginning February 16, 2021

Monday

Tuesday - Friday

Planning and Intervention Time

Period

Times

Minutes

Notes

1/2

7:30-8:55

85

 

Morning Announcements 

3/4

9:05-10:25

80

SEL/intervention is 4th period

5/6

10:35-11:05

11:05-12:30

30

85

Lunch

Class

7/8

12:40-2:00

80

 

 

In-Person Student Key Technology Items to Remember

  • Students are reminded to bring in their laptop everyday fully charged. They should bring their charging chords as well in the event the machine needs to be charged at school. Students will not be provided with “loaner” laptops. They will be provided alternate assignments by the classroom teacher and encouraged to remember to bring in their laptop each day.
  • Students should have their own set of headphones in the event they need to use technology and software on their laptops that require headphones. Headphone use will directed by the classroom teacher.
  • Students should remember to reboot their computers every day; clear their cache; and update Chrome.

In-Person Student Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch will be free to all students through the end of the school year.  Both meals will be cold meals and will be grab and go.  Microwave ovens will NOT be available.  Students are reminded to bring a refillable water bottle every day, as fountains have been disabled.

If you wish to change your student's meal preference to requiring meals on in-person school days, please contact Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu

 

Reminder- Updated Bell Schedule and  Family Version of our Return to School Calendar are on the Frost MS website

https://frostms.fcps.edu/node/5151

 

Family Guide for 2020-2021 Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools have published a guide to help families know what to expect as students return to school.  The guide includes steps families will need to take at home in preparation for the return to school.  Please download this document and take time to review the information.

Return to School Family Guide 02-2021.pdf

 

Health Commitment Form

Parents/caregivers of students who are returning to in-person instruction on March 2 or March 9 are being asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

If you have already submitted your health commitment form, either through ParentVUE or with a paper copy, thank you!

If you have not yet had the chance to do so, the Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE). Or you may print the form, below, and scan and email it to Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu. If you need a hard copy, please call the school at 703-426-5700.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningCommitment.pdf

 

TJHSST Applications Closes on February 26

Interested in applying to TJ? Read on for an important Admissions Update:

On January 7, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology posted an update to their Freshman Application webpage, https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685, announcing the Application Window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. It is anticipated that additional information will be posted beginning next week. Visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685 for up-to-date information. This information has been shared directly to Frost MS students as well through their grade level Google Classroom.

 

TJHSST Admissions Policy Update

The Fairfax County School Board voted to enact several changes to the admissions policy for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). The Board sought to develop an admissions policy that recognized and addressed cultural and socioeconomic barriers to access while maintaining the high standards for which the school is known. 

The new criteria, which will be used to select the class of 2025, is based on a holistic review aimed at improving diversity and access at the school. The changes to the current process include the following:

  • Increase of the capacity of each admitting class to 550 from 480;
  • Elimination of the Quant-Q, ACT Aspire Reading and Science tests;
  • Elimination of the application fee;
  • Elimination of the teacher recommendations;
  • The top 1.5 percent of eighth-grade students at each public middle school who meet the minimum standards will be offered admission

The holistic process will evaluate students on 1) grade point average (GPA);  2) a student portrait sheet where students will need to demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate attributes and 21st Century Skills; 3) a problem-solving essay; and 4) experience factors – which include provisions for economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, special education students, and/or students who are currently attending underrepresented middle schools. The new admissions policy also includes recruitment communications to all eligible students and targeted recruitment of students from such disadvantaged groups.

The Board also approved several follow-on motions to further strengthen the admissions policy including the administration of the essay and student information sheet to all eligible students at their middle schools. This change will be effective for the 2026 class and opts eligible students into the application process. The School Board also voted to establish a process, effective for the 2027 class, that will proportionally allocate seats to the top eligible 8th grade students in each of Fairfax County’s middle schools.

 

Student Spotlight - Mia M. Supports Frost Teachers in Earning Her Silver Award

Frost student Mia M., working toward her Girl Scout Silver Award, made re-usable cloth bags for Frost teachers.  In Mia’s words:

"I am Mia Monroe, an eighth grader at Frost, and I have been a Girl Scout since kindergarten. In middle school, Girl Scouts are able to earn the Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout my age can earn. A Silver Award is earned by taking action to make a difference in an issue you care about. For my Silver Award project I am helping teachers at Frost. I have, with the help of volunteers, made a reusable cloth bag for all the teachers at Frost." 

We are all so grateful for Mia and are looking forward to using these awesome bags!  Thank you!

 

 

Public Comment Opportunity: Review of the History and Social Science Standards of Learning

Which stories, events, individuals, and perspectives are centered in our history and social science curriculum?  Whose stories are marginalized or missing entirely?  What priorities should shape the design of curriculum standards?  These important questions are key drivers of curriculum reform for cultural responsiveness in FCPS Social Studies.  Over the next few weeks, people across Virginia have the opportunity to voice their ideas and concerns about the curriculum standards set forth by the VDOE Standards for History and Social Science, and we encourage school and community stakeholders, including students, to participate in shaping the future of social studies in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will proceed with the review and revision process of the History and Social Science Standards of Learning, scheduled to be completed before November 2022.  An important part of the review process for the History and Social Science Standards of Learning is the solicitation of comments from teachers, administrators, students, families and community stakeholders who have an interest in curriculum reform or expertise with the content of the current standards.

FCPS students, educators, families, and community members may review and comment on the current standards via VDOE’s website.  The public comment period is open from January 29, 2021 through March 1, 2021.  All comments received by March 1, 2021 will be considered for the review and revision of the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

In addition to submitting input directly to VDOE, FCPS Social Studies invites stakeholders to email their comments on the current History and Social Science Standards of Learning to FCPSsocialstudiesreform@fcps.edu to share their feedback directly with the team.  Reviewing these comments will better enable the FCPS team to advocate for our community’s priorities and to support ongoing revision curriculum resources and related professional development

Additional community engagement focused on anti-racism and anti-bias education in and beyond social studies will take place in the coming months to inform the development of related FCPS policies.  More information is forthcoming.

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Picture Day Make-Up February 16

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Picture Day Make-up on February 16 – Sign-Up Now!

Picture Day Make-up is scheduled for February 16 from 2:30 – 6:30 pm. Our first Picture Day was a great success, with 563 students moving safely and swiftly through the building. We know this Picture Day will go as smoothly!

If you were not able to attend the first picture day, please follow this link to sign-up for February 16.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945AFA62FABFC1-frost1

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Frost PTA News: February 8 - 12, 2021

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FROST LIBRARY LOVERS READ-a-THON:

The Frost PTA-sponsored Read-a-Thon ends this Friday, February 12. Thank you to all that have participated! We are very close to reaching our goal of raising $5,000 to help fund PTA-sponsored programs such as digital library books, literacy programs, world language instructional resources, academic competitions, and teacher recognition. All donations must be collected by Friday. And remind your students to submit their Reading Log via the Google Form below by the 14th to be eligible for prizes! Thank you for helping support our wonderful school! You can find additional information at the links below:

 

"LET THE GOOD TYMES ROLL" with MARDI GRAS TYME FOOD TRUCK:

Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 2:30-7pm (during Lifetouch Picture Retakes) in the Frost MS Parking Lot. To get us in the spirit of Mardi Gras, Chef Craig will play lively New Orleans music outside his truck. Feel free to dress in Mardi Gras attire. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Frost PTA. Please wear a mask and social distance. Meet Chef Craig and view the menu. Questions? Contact Emmy, Frost PTA Restaurant Night Coordinator.

 

AmazonSmile LINK:

Why not make all your Amazon purchases go a little further? Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the Frost PTA. Signing up 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:

Fri. Feb. 12: Frost Library Lover's Read-a-Thon ends

Tues., Feb. 16: Mardi Gras Food Truck; 2:30-7pm

 

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Frost PTA News - February 1 - 5, 2021

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FROST LIBRARY LOVERS READ-a-THON:

The Frost PTA-sponsored Read-a-Thon starts this week and will run from February 1-12. You should have received an e-mail from our fundraising platform 99 Pledges, with a link to your student’s personal donation page. The goal is for each student to read 200 minutes over the 12 days, and the school to raise $5,000 overall to help fund PTA-sponsored programs such as digital library books, literacy programs, world language instructional resources, academic competitions, and teacher recognition. For every $50 raised, students will earn a raffle ticket and chance to win prizes. In addition, the Top Earners in each grade will receive Amazon gift cards, and the English class with the highest participation will receive Starbucks e-gift cards. Thank you for helping support our wonderful school! You can find additional information at the links below:

 

PTA MEETING TONIGHT, FEB. 2nd at 7:30pm:

This is a not-to-be-missed workshop featuring parenting specialist, Rachel Bailey, who will present Supporting Anxious Adolescents. With all the challenges we have faced this year, adolescents may seem more anxious than ever. In this workshop, you will learn how to respond effectively to your child in the moment when they are feeling worried, shutting down, or even becoming irritable or angry. You will also learn strategies to foster their overall resilience, so they are better equipped to handle obstacles now and in the future.

  • Rachel Baileyis a Parenting Specialist who has been serving families for over a decade. Besides being a mother of two, she also has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, a certification in Positive Discipline, and has provided services as an ADHD Coach, in-home mentor, and therapist. Currently Rachel teaches parents hands-on tools for raising responsible, resilient, confident children... and helping parents find the time and energy to incorporate these tools into their lives.
  • Follow this PTA Meeting link to join us. We hope to see you there!

 

WOODSON PYRAMID PTA MEETING – FEBRUARY 3:

“The Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) and Little Run Elementary School PTA are hosting a Woodson Pyramid PTA Meeting with our elected Braddock District School Board Rep, Megan McLaughlin, on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 7-8PM.

 

"LET THE GOOD TYMES ROLL" with MARDI GRAS TYME FOOD TRUCK:

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 2:30-7pm (during Lifetouch Picture Retakes) in the Frost MS Parking Lot. To get us in the spirit of Mardi Gras, Chef Craig will play lively New Orleans music outside his truck. Feel free to dress in Mardi Gras attire. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Frost PTA. Please wear a mask and social distance. Meet Chef Craig and view the menu.

 

  • Interested in a King Cake, too? As a bonus, you can preorder a king cake/s through the Frost PTA FB page in the comment section. The cakes are $10 for a Mini King Cake from Joe Gambino's Bakery in New Orleans and all preorders are due by February 8. Your preordered cake/s will be available for payment & pickup at the Mardi Gras Tyme Food Truck. Thanks, in advance, for supporting Frost's PTA and Small Businesses!
  • Questions? Contact Emmy, Frost PTA Restaurant Night Coordinator.

 

AmazonSmile LINK:

Why not make all your Amazon purchases go a little further? Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the Frost PTA. Signing up 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:

Mon. Feb. 1:  Frost Library Lover's Read-a-Thon begins

Tues. Feb. 2: PTA Meeting with Rachel Bailey; All Welcome; 7:30pm (meeting link above)

Wed., Feb. 3: Woodson Pyramid PTA Meeting; 7-8pm (meeting link above)

Fri. Feb. 12: Frost Library Lover's Read-a-Thon ends

Tues., Feb. 16: Mardi Gras Food Truck & King Cake Preorder Pickup; 2:30-7pm

 

 

 

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Frost MS Student Tech Support

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Frost MS Student Tech Support Tips & Tricks

Hello,

Here are some tips and troubleshooting tricks for the most commonly requested technology challenges recently.

Windows License Expiring

For this to be resolved please go to any FCPS building and connect to their wifi. Wait a few moments (10-15 mins) once connected, restart your laptop, log back in and wait a few moments. Open one of your office applications.  Multiple reboots may be required. This should be resolved.

Wifi Issues

Try the following things:  Update the wireless driver in the Software Center.  Follow these directions (requires @fcpsschools.net account) to update the wireless driver. If that doesn't work, go to any FCPS school and connect to their wifi. Wait a few moments (3-5 mins) once connected, restart your laptop, log back in and wait a few moments and try step 1 again.

Microphone and Camera Access

There are many reasons there could be issues with microphone and/or camera access in BBCU or Google Meet.  Don’t let the laptop battery get lower than 20% while participating in synchronous sessions.  Make sure the camera and microphone are enabled and allowed in the browser.  Check the F4 key. This key will mute the microphone no matter the other settings on the laptop. 

Use the "Set up your camera and microphone" option under Audio and Video Settings in BBCU.

 

For majority of issues visiting any FCPS location and connecting to the FCPS wifi, allowing 10-15 minutes of connection time, and rebooting a few times while on the wifi can be the most consistent resolution.  If this does not work or if it is a hardware issue, please schedule time to visit us at Frost using this link.

Don’t forget to check out the troubleshooting resources on the Frost Student Site (requries @fcpsschools.net account).

 

Thank you for your continued teamwork as we navigate the school year.

We are #ONEFrost!

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Frost MS PTA Meeting - February 2 Guest Speaker Announcement

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Mark Your Calendars: Tuesday, February 2, 7:30 PM

....for this not-to-be-missed workshop featuring parenting specialist Rachel Bailey and brought to you by your Frost PTA.

 

Supporting Anxious Adolescents: With all of the challenges we've faced this year, adolescents may seem more anxious than ever. In this workshop, you'll learn how to respond effectively to your child in the moment when they are feeling worried, shutting down, or even becoming irritable or angry. You'll also learn strategies to foster their overall resilience so they're better equipped to handle obstacles now and in the future.

 

Rachel Bailey is a Parenting Specialist who has been serving families for over a decade. Besides being a mother of two, she also has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, a certification in Positive Discipline, and has provided services as an ADHD Coach, in-home mentor, and therapist. Currently Rachel teaches parents hands-on tools for raising responsible, resilient, confident children... and helping parents find the time and energy to incorporate these tools into their lives.

 

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This Week at Frost - January 29, 2021

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This Week in Review

 

Greetings Frost Middle School Families,

Let it snow! Let it snow!

We are all excited to see the first sign of snow in the DMV area in a couple of years! I wonder how many inches will be on the ground next week! Get your hot cocoa and warm blankets ready! And maybe your favorite chili recipe!!!

We are all anticipating the decision surrounding the Return to School plan as well. The school board will meet on February 2nd to discuss the plan and to determine if we are moving forward! February 2nd is going to be a busy day at Frost as we plan to have our faculty meeting that afternoon to review Health and Safety protocols.

The admin team has been meeting regularly with the Office of Design and Construction and architects to discuss the renovation plans! Things are moving along very quickly, and I anticipate presenting more information to the community at large in the coming weeks. This will be quite the undertaking, possibly returning to school with social distancing and preparing for renovation at once, but your admin team is up to the task.

Have a great weekend!

As always, Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen your Circle. We are #ONEFrost!

 

Take good care,

Anthony

 

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

February 15    Holiday - Presidents’ Day

February 16    Make-up Picture Day (details below)

March 5           Two-hour early release

March 8           Staff Development Day (No school for students)

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

 

In Other News....

Course Selection for 2021 – 2022

All Frost rising 8th and 9th grade students received course selection presentations through Falcon Focus on January 13 & 15. Students should be accessing resources on their counselor’s Google Classroom as well as the Frost Student Services website. Upcoming dates for course selection:

  • January 25 & February 1 – Rising 8th grade open office hours; Rising 9th grade office hours by sign-up appointment. Students can email counselors questions if unable to attend office hours. See counselor Google Classroom announcements for information specific to each grade level.
  • February 1 by 5pm – Rising 8th Grade Course Selection Assignment due in counselor Google Classroom.
  • February 9 & 10 – all Rising 8th and 9th grade students will enter course selections into SIS through all PE classes.

 

Student Services Quarter 2 Newsletter

School Counselors are an important resource to students, families, and staff. Check out Frost’s Student Services Quarter 2 Newsletter (Attached) to see what our counselors have been up to. Additional resources are also available on the Student Services Google Site

 

Frost Student Services Quarter 2 Newsletter.pdf

 

 The Principal Chew and Frost 30

There a couple of new features being rolled out this year! Mr. Harris will have a daily spot on the Frost New Show called the Frost 30…..News and announcement in 30 seconds or less! I will try to communicate important things to remember or consider. I hope the kids like it! In addition, beginning February 4th, I will have weekly chat and chews each Thursday during lunch! Students can drop by to ask me questions about Frost, share their thoughts about things, or just hang out! Information has been shared in each of the grade level Google Classrooms!

 

Classroom Monitors Needed

We are seeking individuals to serve as classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  Candidates should be comfortable with basic technology tools; have knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and have the ability to interact effectively with students.

Please reach out to Ms. Melanie Porter or Ms. Kenya Champ if you know anyone or if you are interested in interviewing for a possible classroom monitor position. To interview, you must apply through FCPS officially by following this link:

https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-seeks-classroom-monitors-and-substitute-teachers

Please contact us for more information at mnporter@fcps.edu or kschamp@fcps.edu.

  Support for Parents Concerned About Their Child’s Mental Health

Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019.

You or your staff may be hearing from parents who are concerned about their child’s emotional well-being. This one-pager (https://bit.ly/38k8Xyz) from Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and would be a valuable resource for your school community. Please consider sharing it with them in your next newsletter and/or during a virtual parent meeting. If you have questions or need additional resources, please let us know.

 

Health Commitment Form

Even though return to in-person instruction has been delayed, parents/caregivers are being asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4. Or you may print the form, below, and scan and email it to Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu. If you need a hard copy, please call the school at 703-426-5700.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningCommitment.pdf

 

TJHSST Applications Opening February 1

Interested in applying to TJ? Read on for an important Admissions Update:

On January 7, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology posted an update to their Freshman Application webpage, https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685, announcing the Application Window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. It is anticipated that additional information will be posted beginning next week. Visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685 for up-to-date information. This information has been shared directly to Frost MS students as well through their grade level Google Classroom.

 

TJHSST Admissions Policy Update

The Fairfax County School Board voted to enact several changes to the admissions policy for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). The Board sought to develop an admissions policy that recognized and addressed cultural and socioeconomic barriers to access while maintaining the high standards for which the school is known. 

The new criteria, which will be used to select the class of 2025, is based on a holistic review aimed at improving diversity and access at the school. The changes to the current process include the following:

  • Increase of the capacity of each admitting class to 550 from 480;
  • Elimination of the Quant-Q, ACT Aspire Reading and Science tests;
  • Elimination of the application fee;
  • Elimination of the teacher recommendations;
  • The top 1.5 percent of eighth-grade students at each public middle school who meet the minimum standards will be offered admission

The holistic process will evaluate students on 1) grade point average (GPA);  2) a student portrait sheet where students will need to demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate attributes and 21st Century Skills; 3) a problem-solving essay; and 4) experience factors – which include provisions for economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, special education students, and/or students who are currently attending underrepresented middle schools. The new admissions policy also includes recruitment communications to all eligible students and targeted recruitment of students from such disadvantaged groups.

The Board also approved several follow-on motions to further strengthen the admissions policy including the administration of the essay and student information sheet to all eligible students at their middle schools. This change will be effective for the 2026 class and opts eligible students into the application process. The School Board also voted to establish a process, effective for the 2027 class, that will proportionally allocate seats to the top eligible 8th grade students in each of Fairfax County’s middle schools.

 

Save the Date! Picture Day Make-up on February 16 – Sign-Up Open Now!

Picture Day Make-up is scheduled for February 16 from 2:30 – 6:30 pm. Our first Picture Day was a great success, with 563 students moving safely and swiftly through the building. We know this Picture Day will go as smoothly!

If you were not able to attend the first picture day, please follow this link to sign-up for February 16.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945AFA62FABFC1-frost1

 

Frost Middle School 2020 – 2021 Yearbook

Have you asked yourself, “Is this happening this year?” Of course, it is! There’s never been a more interesting year to document than 2020 – 2021. Make sure you reserve a copy of the Frost MS Yearbook today!

 

 

Students Recognized by Teachers and Staff

Despite our virtual setting and physical distance, Frost teachers and staff still want to recognize the wonderful contributions our students are making to their classes. Monthly drawings will be made from the submitted names. Every student entered has a chance to win. We are ONEFrost! Keep up the great work – we appreciate every student! https://frostms.fcps.edu/resources/students-being-recognized

 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summer Enrichment Program

CTE Summer Academy is a weekly enrichment program that allows students to dive deeper into CTE program areas and encourages skill development and career exploration. Students will be able to choose 4 classes related to CTE program areas and learn new content, discover interests, and build their skills. For more information on this enrichment program, please visit our website: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-CTE-summer-academy. Registration is open from February 1 through June 18, 2021.  More information is on this flyer:

CTE Summer Academy.pdf

Parent's Corner

 

Self-Care and Mental Health Resources for Students and Families

Student Services is sharing self-care tips and mental health resources with students prior to winter break. We were hoping you would include the message below in your weekly email to families:

Due to safety restrictions, we know this winter break will look and feel different for students and their families. To help support students’ wellness over the two-week break from school, we encourage students and their families to explore the mental health resources below:

Frost’s Student Services Site

Frost Zen Garden

FCPS Mental Health Resources

We wish you a safe and relaxing winter break and look forward to welcoming you back in 2021!

Please do not wait if you feel that your child is experiencing significant mental health difficulties. Please contact your child’s pediatrician or mental health provider to ask for more immediate assistance.

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Frost PTA News - January 25 - 29, 2021

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PTA Grants Awarded This Year – THANK YOU!!

Thanks to the generous support of the Frost community, the PTA has been able to fund a variety of programs this virtual school year through PTA Grants. Digital library books, literacy programs, world language instructional resources, Annual Spelling Bee, Frost Minds Matter student club, positivity project/mentorship incentives, teacher recognition are just a few of the programs funded by the PTA this year. Spring Grant Applications will be accepted soon, providing additional resources to enrich our students' education experience. Thank you, Frost Families, for supporting the PTA!

 

FROST LIBRARY LOVERS READ-a-THON:

The Frost PTA is sponsoring a Read-a-Thon fundraiser from February 1-12. Students have heard a little bit about this event on the Morning News. Students will be grouped into teams by English class on our fundraising platform, 99Pledges. The class/team with the highest participation (which includes all students that meet the reading goal of 200 minutes over the 12 days, and get at least one pledge), will earn a $5 Starbucks e-card for each participant in the class. There are also prizes for the Top Earners in each grade and a chance to win raffle items for every $50 earned. Below are all the details and links. Thank you for helping support our wonderful school!

Still have questions? Contact Kim Grant.

 

NEXT PTA MEETING – FEBRUARY 2:

Tuesday, February 2 is our next PTA Meeting and parenting coach Rachel Bailey will be the featured speaker. Follow this PTA Meeting link to join us. We hope to see you there!

 

WOODSON PYRAMID PTA MEETING – FEBRUARY 3:

“The Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) and Little Run Elementary School PTA are hosting a Woodson Pyramid PTA Meeting with our elected Braddock District School Board Rep, Megan McLaughlin, on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 7-8PM. Please send any questions to prep Ms. McLaughlin prior to the event to the Frost PTA President.

Click to JOIN THE MEETING

 

AmazonSmile LINK:

Why not make all your Amazon purchases go a little further? Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the Frost PTA. Signing up 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!

 

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This Week at Frost - January 22, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost Middle School Families,

First, I’d like to apologize as it seems we did not send out the correct bell schedule for today’s catch up day and that caused some confusion and consternation. I will do better to ensure schedule change information is communicated in multiple places for easy reference.

We did it! We’ve finally made it to the end of the first semester. I am excited to share that we are looking to return to school based on the draft revised timeline (below) provided to the School Board last night. The School Board will hear the full Return to School Plan on February 2, 2021. The School Board Work Session will be available streaming on the FCPS website, or on your local cable channel 99 (Verizon channel 11).

 

As we look towards Return to School possibilities, we will be in touch with families who have opted to come back in person. We will share details around transportation, social distancing, hallways, lunches, classrooms, and other protocols. Please stay tuned as we will be in touch.

 

FCPS Proposed Timeline

 

Student Groups

Student In-Person Start Dates

Required Work from School Dates

Prep Days

VHSL Activities and HS Co-Curriculars

January 26

NA

NA

 

Intervention Cohorts (ES, MS, HS)

As early as January 26

NA

NA

Groups 1-4

February 16 New Bell Schedule to begin

NLT Feb. 9

TBD

 

Group 5

February 23

NLT Feb. 16

Completed

Group 6

March 9

NLT March 2

March 4-5

Group 7

March 16

NLT March 9

March 11-12

Group 8

March 2

NLT Feb. 23

Feb. 25-26

 

As always, Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen your Circle. We are #ONEFrost!

 

Take good care,

Anthony

 

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

January 25      Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 26      Start of 3rd Quarter

February 15    Holiday - Presidents’ Day

February 16    Make-up Picture Day (details below)

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

Second Quarter Grades and Second Semester Schedules

Today, Friday January 22nd marks the end of the second quarter.  Report cards will be mailed to those who have not opted out of receiving a paper copy.  Families can expect these to arrive the first week of February.  As a reminder, with the rolling gradebook, the second quarter grade is a current snapshot of your child’s progress at this time.

All students should have received an email to their fcpsschools account with their second semester schedule on Thursday, January 21st.  This schedule will be able to be viewed in ParentVue beginning Friday morning.  If a student has a new class or a change in class periods, he or she will be receiving an emailed link from that teacher before the weekend.  If there is no change to a class or period, the student should continue using the links provided at the start of the year.  Please encourage your child on Monday, the student holiday, to organize his or her links.  All students will begin attending their second semester classes on Tuesday, January 26th. 

 

Course Selection for 2021 – 2022

All Frost rising 8th and 9th grade students received course selection presentations through Falcon Focus on January 13 & 15. Students should be accessing resources on their counselor’s Google Classroom as well as the Frost Student Services website. Upcoming dates for course selection:

  • January 25 & February 1 – Rising 8th grade open office hours; Rising 9th grade office hours by sign-up appointment. Students can email counselors questions if unable to attend office hours. See counselor Google Classroom announcements for information specific to each grade level.
  • February 1 by 5pm – Rising 8th Grade Course Selection Assignment due in counselor Google Classroom.
  • February 9 & 10 – all Rising 8th and 9th grade students will enter course selections into SIS through all PE classes.

 

Student Services Quarter 2 Newsletter

School Counselors are an important resource to students, families, and staff. Check out Frost’s Student Services Quarter 2 Newsletter (Attached) to see what our counselors have been up to. Additional resources are also available on the Student Services Google Site.

Frost Student Services Quarter 2 Newsletter.pdf

 

FCPS All Virtual Choir Debut!

I am excited to announce that we will have our first ever All-FCPS virtual choir premiere next week, Wednesday at 7pm. Hundreds of students from FCPS Middle and High Schools rehearsed, recorded and performed this piece, sponsored by the Fairfax County Choral Director’s Association.

It is approximately 12 minutes in length and will air on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 PM on channel 21 and 25. Click on the link below for more information and how to view. FCCDA – We are the Voices

There are included interviews from students and adults about the power and need for music, and a lovely message from the composer, Jim Papoulis.

Please join in viewing the premier live on Wednesday! Eleven students from Frost are involved in the performance!

Stay tuned to hear the first ALL FROST Virtual choir performance, coming soon! 

 

The Principal Chew and Frost 30

There a couple of new features being rolled out this year! Mr. Harris will have a daily spot on the Frost New Show called the Frost 30…..News and announcement in 30 seconds or less! I will try to communicate important things to remember or consider. I hope the kids like it! In addition, beginning February 4th, I will have weekly chat and chews each Thursday during lunch! Students can drop by to ask me questions about Frost, share their thoughts about things, or just hang out! Information has been shared in each of the grade level Google Classrooms!

 

Classroom Monitors Needed

We are seeking individuals to serve as classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  Candidates should be comfortable with basic technology tools; have knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and have the ability to interact effectively with students.

Please reach out to Ms. Melanie Porter or Ms. Kenya Champ if you know anyone or if you are interested in interviewing for a possible classroom monitor position. To interview, you must apply through FCPS officially by following this link:

https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-seeks-classroom-monitors-and-substitute-teachers

Please contact us for more information at mnporter@fcps.edu or kschamp@fcps.edu.

 

Support for Parents Concerned About Their Child's Mental Health

Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019.

You or your staff may be hearing from parents who are concerned about their child’s emotional well-being. This one-pager (https://bit.ly/38k8Xyz) from Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and would be a valuable resource for your school community. Please consider sharing it with them in your next newsletter and/or during a virtual parent meeting. If you have questions or need additional resources, please let us know.

 

Health Commitment Form

Even though return to in-person instruction has been delayed, parents/caregivers are being asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4. Or you may print the form, below, and scan and email it to Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu. If you need a hard copy, please call the school at 703-426-5700.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningCommitment.pdf

 

TJHSST Applications Opening February 1

Interested in applying to TJ? Read on for an important Admissions Update:

On January 7, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology posted an update to their Freshman Application webpage, https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685, announcing the Application Window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. It is anticipated that additional information will be posted beginning next week. Visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685 for up-to-date information. This information has been shared directly to Frost MS students as well through their grade level Google Classroom.

 

TJHSST Admissions Policy Update

The Fairfax County School Board voted to enact several changes to the admissions policy for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST). The Board sought to develop an admissions policy that recognized and addressed cultural and socioeconomic barriers to access while maintaining the high standards for which the school is known. 

The new criteria, which will be used to select the class of 2025, is based on a holistic review aimed at improving diversity and access at the school. The changes to the current process include the following:

  • Increase of the capacity of each admitting class to 550 from 480;
  • Elimination of the Quant-Q, ACT Aspire Reading and Science tests;
  • Elimination of the application fee;
  • Elimination of the teacher recommendations;
  • The top 1.5 percent of eighth-grade students at each public middle school who meet the minimum standards will be offered admission

The holistic process will evaluate students on 1) grade point average (GPA);  2) a student portrait sheet where students will need to demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate attributes and 21st Century Skills; 3) a problem-solving essay; and 4) experience factors – which include provisions for economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, special education students, and/or students who are currently attending underrepresented middle schools. The new admissions policy also includes recruitment communications to all eligible students and targeted recruitment of students from such disadvantaged groups.

The Board also approved several follow-on motions to further strengthen the admissions policy including the administration of the essay and student information sheet to all eligible students at their middle schools. This change will be effective for the 2026 class and opts eligible students into the application process. The School Board also voted to establish a process, effective for the 2027 class, that will proportionally allocate seats to the top eligible 8th grade students in each of Fairfax County’s middle schools.

 

Save the Date! Picture Day Make-up on February 16 – Sign-Up Open Now!

Picture Day Make-up is scheduled for February 16 from 2:30 – 6:30 pm. Our first Picture Day was a great success, with 563 students moving safely and swiftly through the building. We know this Picture Day will go as smoothly!

If you were not able to attend the first picture day, please follow this link to sign-up for February 16.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945AFA62FABFC1-frost1

 

Frost Middle School 2020 – 2021 Yearbook

Have you asked yourself, “Is this happening this year?” Of course, it is! There’s never been a more interesting year to document than 2020 – 2021. Make sure you reserve a copy of the Frost MS Yearbook today!

 

 

Students Recognized by Teachers and Staff

Despite our virtual setting and physical distance, Frost teachers and staff still want to recognize the wonderful contributions our students are making to their classes. Monthly drawings will be made from the submitted names. Every student entered has a chance to win. We are ONEFrost! Keep up the great work – we appreciate every student! https://frostms.fcps.edu/resources/students-being-recognized

 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summer Enrichment Program

CTE Summer Academy is a weekly enrichment program that allows students to dive deeper into CTE program areas and encourages skill development and career exploration. Students will be able to choose 4 classes related to CTE program areas and learn new content, discover interests, and build their skills. For more information on this enrichment program, please visit our website: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-CTE-summer-academy.  Registration is open from February 1 through June 18, 2021. More information is on this flyer:

CTE Summer Academy.pdf

 

Parent's Corner

Self-Care and Mental Health Resources for Students and Families

Student Services is sharing self-care tips and mental health resources with students prior to winter break. We were hoping you would include the message below in your weekly email to families:

Due to safety restrictions, we know this winter break will look and feel different for students and their families. To help support students’ wellness over the two-week break from school, we encourage students and their families to explore the mental health resources below:

Frost’s Student Services Site

Frost Zen Garden

FCPS Mental Health Resources

We wish you a safe and relaxing winter break and look forward to welcoming you back in 2021!

Please do not wait if you feel that your child is experiencing significant mental health difficulties. Please contact your child’s pediatrician or mental health provider to ask for more immediate assistance.

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Classroom Monitors Needed

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We are seeking individuals to serve as classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  Candidates should be comfortable with basic technology tools; have knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and have the ability to interact effectively with students.

Please reach out to Ms. Melanie Porter or Ms. Kenya Champ if you know anyone or if you are interested in interviewing for a possible classroom monitor position. To interview, you must apply through FCPS officially by following this link:

https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-seeks-classroom-monitors-and-substitute-teachers

Please contact us for more information at mnporter@fcps.edu or kschamp@fcps.edu

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Frost PTA News - January 18 - 22, 2021

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Food Truck Restaurant Night THIS Thursday:

New Gourmet Delight Food Truck is coming to Frost THIS Thurs. Jan. 21 from 4:30-7:30pm. Mantua-based owner offering “Asian Fusion and Classic Dishes with a Twist". 10% of proceeds go back to the PTA. Menu and Ordering Instructions are below.

Thank you for your support!

New Gourmet Delight Ordering Instructions.pdf

NewGourmetDelightMenu (1).pdf

 

UPCOMING WOODSON PYRAMID PTA MEETING:

“The Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) and Little Run Elementary School PTA are hosting a Woodson Pyramid PTA Meeting with our elected Braddock District School Board Rep, Megan McLaughlin, on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 7-8PM. Please send any questions to prep Ms. McLaughlin prior to the event to the Frost PTA President.

Click to JOIN THE MEETING

 

COMING SOON:

The PTA sponsored Frost Library Lovers Read-a-Thon fundraiser will run from February 1-12. Stay-tuned for all the details!

 

JOIN the PTA.

JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

Thurs., Jan. 21: New Gourmet Delight Food Truck; Frost Parking Lot; 4:30-7:30pm

Mon. Feb. 1:  Frost Library Lover's Read-a-Thon begins

Wed., Feb. 3: Woodson Pyramid PTA Meeting; 7-8pm (meeting link above)

Fri. Feb. 12:  Frost Library Lover's Read-a-Thon ends

 

 

 

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This Week at Frost - January 15, 2021

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This Week in Review

Greetings Frost Middle School Families,

We’ve had another busy week at Frost Middle School! Our Rising 7th grade Student Orientation was well received, our 8th grade students learned about their course offerings for high school, and our PTA had a fantastic guest speaker in Dr. Zabel, our school psychologist, to give parents helpful tools to support your students at home!

We also had a chance to take some candid pictures of a couple of our 2021 Frost MS Outstanding award winners and posted them on Twitter! We have a couple more to capture!

 

Please take a few minutes to review the updated schedule for next week. We want to ensure you know what is expected given to two student and staff holidays next week: Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day. We will have opportunities for students to catch up on missing assignments on Thursday and Friday. Students are to sign in to every class period on the catch up days for attendance purposes (even if they technically have no work to “catch up”).  The details can be found below. It is the last week of the second quarter and we want everyone to finish strong.

Thanks for your continued efforts to partner with us to support your student. The entire Frost MS staff is thankful!

As always, Work Hard. Be Nice. Widen your Circle. We are #ONEFrost!

 

Take good care,

 Anthony

Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

 

January 18                              Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

January 19                              Odd day schedule- synchronous instruction

January 20                              Holiday – Inauguration Day

January 21                              Odd day schedule-synchronous instruction- Catch Up Day

January 22                              End of Second Quarter – 2-hr Early Release-

 Even day Schedule- Catch Up Day                            

January 25                              Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

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

The Principal Chew and Frost 30

There a couple of new features being rolled out this year! Mr. Harris will have a daily spot on the Frost New Show called the Frost 30…..News and announcement in 30 seconds or less! I will try to communicate important things to remember or consider. I hope the kids like it! In addition, beginning February 4th, I will have weekly chat and chews each Thursday during lunch! Students can drop by to ask me questions about Frost, share their thoughts about things, or just hang out! Information has been shared in each of the grade level Google Classrooms!

 

Classroom Monitors Needed

Please reach out to Ms. Porter or Ms. Champ if you know anyone or if you are interested in interviewing for a possible classroom monitor position. To interview, you must apply through FCPS officially. You may contact us for more information.

 

Support for Parents Concerned About Their Child’s Mental Health

Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019.

You or your staff may be hearing from parents who are concerned about their child’s emotional well-being. This one-pager (https://bit.ly/38k8Xyz) from Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and would be a valuable resource for your school community. Please consider sharing it with them in your next newsletter and/or during a virtual parent meeting. If you have questions or need additional resources, please let us know.

 

Health Commitment Form

Even though return to in-person instruction has been delayed, parents/caregivers are being asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4.  Or you may print the form, below, and scan and email it to Susan Morningstar at sjmorningsta@fcps.edu.  If you need a hard copy, please call the school at 703-426-5700.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningCommitment.pdf

 

TJHSST Applications Opening February 1

Interested in applying to TJ? Read on for an important Admissions Update:

On January 7, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology  posted an update to their Freshman Application webpage, https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685, announcing the Application Window will begin on February 1 at 8:00 am and close on February 26 at 4:00 pm. It is anticipated that additional information will be posted beginning next week. Visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/42685 for up-to-date information. This information has been shared directly to Frost MS students as well through their grade level Google Classroom.

 

Save the Date!  Picture Day Make-up on February 16 – Sign-Up Open Now!

Picture Day Make-up is scheduled for February 16 from 2:30 – 6:30 pm.  Our first Picture Day was a great success, with 563 students moving safely and swiftly through the building.  We know this Picture Day will go as smoothly! 

If you were not able to attend the first picture day, please follow this link to sign-up for February 16.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945AFA62FABFC1-frost1

 

Frost Middle School 2020 – 2021 Yearbook

Have you asked yourself, “Is this happening this year?”  Of course, it is!  There’s never been a more interesting year to document than 2020 – 2021.  Make sure you reserve a copy of the Frost MS Yearbook today! 

 

Students Recognized by Teachers and Staff

Despite our virtual setting and physical distance, Frost teachers and staff still want to recognize the wonderful contributions our students are making to their classes. Monthly drawings will be made from the submitted names. Every student entered has a chance to win. We are ONEFrost! Keep up the great work – we appreciate every student!  https://frostms.fcps.edu/resources/students-being-recognized

 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summer Enrichment Program

CTE Summer Academy is a weekly enrichment program that allows students to dive deeper into CTE program areas and encourages skill development and career exploration. Students will be able to choose 4 classes related to CTE program areas and learn new content, discover interests, and build their skills. For more information on this enrichment program, please visit our website: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-CTE-summer-academy.   More information is on this flyer:

CTE Summer Academy.pdf

 

Parent's Corner

Self-Care and Mental Health Resources for Students and Families

Student Services is sharing self-care tips and mental health resources with students prior to winter break. We were hoping you would include the message below in your weekly email to families:

Due to safety restrictions, we know this winter break will look and feel different for students and their families. To help support students’ wellness over the two-week break from school, we encourage students and their families to explore the mental health resources below:

Frost’s Student Services Site 

Frost Zen Garden 

FCPS Mental Health Resources

We wish you a safe and relaxing winter break and look forward to welcoming you back in 2021!

Please do not wait if you feel that your child is experiencing significant mental health difficulties. Please contact your child’s pediatrician or mental health provider to ask for more immediate assistance. 

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Frost PTA News - January 11 - 15, 2021

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JANUARY PTA MEETING TONIGHT!

We hope you can join us at 7pm tonight for our next PTA meeting.

Frost Middle School Psychologist, Dr. Jen Zabel, will be joining us to talk about adolescent social-emotional development and when we should be concerned about our child’s mental health. Next steps and resources for families will be provided, including information about the new after-school club “Frost Minds Matter” which is seeking to connect students to each other and their community. Follow this PTA Meeting link to join us. We hope to see you there!

 

NEW GOURMET DELIGHT FOOD TRUCK RESTAURANT NIGHT:

New Gourmet Delight Food Truck is coming to Frost next week, Thurs. Jan. 21 from 4:30-7:30pm. 10% of the sales go to the Frost PTA. Mantua-Based Owner. More details coming soon.

 

JOIN the PTA.

JOIN the FROST PTA FB PAGE.

FOLLOW us on TWITTER @frostmsvapta.

FROST PTA WEBSITE

FROST SPIRITWEAR

 

UPCOMING Frost PTA Events:

TONIGHT., Jan. 12: PTA Meeting; ALL WELCOME; 7pm (meeting link above)

Thurs., Jan. 21: New Gourmet Delight Food Truck; Frost Parking Lot; 4:30-7:30pm

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