Principal's Message - 11/21/20

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Good Afternoon Stone Parents and Families, 

I am truly honored and humbled to be the new principal of Stone Middle School. As a former Stone panther, I am so excited to return “home” to serve this amazing community. I pride myself on creating a “home away from home” environment in which family, student success and growth are always at the forefront. As we continue in these uncertain times, I offer you my unwavering commitment and dedication as your leader.  

Over the last six weeks, I have really enjoyed meeting our students, staff, parents and families. It certainly is a challenge to do most of this in a virtual setting. However, it is so important opportunities continue to be provided for our students and parents/families to keep the lines of communication open. To that end, after Thanksgiving break, I will hold several Principal’s Office Hours for parents and families. I recognize it is hard to find a time that works for everyone, so I will hold two morning and two evening sessions. This will be an opportunity for me to share any new information, as well as for you to ask questions. A link will be sent out after the Thanksgiving holiday break.  Additionally, I am so excited to begin virtual Student Lunch Bunches for our students. I will post a link for students to access in Schoology. 

As I have shared in my previous principal’s newsletters, one of my favorite parts each week is observing classes and having the opportunity to recognize our students. In spite of the challenges, I am so proud of our students who continue to show up and engage in their classes. The Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 11/16 are: Welled Ahmed, Reicher Bikowski, Kylie Brown, Madison Healy, Daniel Lee, Rafael Martinez-Ventura, Ryan McGuinn, David Mehani, Aiyana Pippen and Hassan Shaeldein.

A reminder that Monday (11/23) is the usual check-in and office hours, and Tuesday (11/24) is an odd day. There is no school Wednesday (11-25) through Friday (11-27) for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for all you do to support your children and our school. I wish each of you a peaceful and relaxing holiday break. 

~Meredith Norris, Principal 

Principal’s Office Hours for Parents and Families

Monday, November 30

10:30-11:15 AM

Wednesday, December 2 

6:00-6:45 PM 

Monday, December 7

10:30-11:15 AM

Wednesday, December 9

6:00-6:45 PM 

 

Lunch Bunch with the Principal for Students

Wednesday, December 2

10:30-11:15 AM

Wednesday, December 9

10:30-11:15 AM

Wednesday, December 16

10:30-11:15 AM 

 

Student Individual Pictures on December 7 and 8

We will have Lifetouch photographers at Stone on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8 to take individual student portraits. 

  • Monday, December 7 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 8 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please use this Sign Up Genius to select a day and time for your student’s photo. 

Lifetouch staff, Stone staff, and students will adhere to social distancing and recommended health/safety procedures outlined by the health department.  All students upon arrival to Stone will complete the Covid Health Screening Questionnaire (or may bring it completed) and will have their temperature taken. A mask is required for all staff and students to participate in the event.  Parents/Guardians will wait in their cars until their student returns.  

Picture orders may be placed online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID: EVTVMRS4H.  For support with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or by email at:  UCanswers@lifetough.com.

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Principal's Message - 11/15/20

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Good Morning Stone Parents and Families~ 

In these ever-challenging times, we have gotten used to finding different ways to honor, support and celebrate one another. Staff and students honored our Veterans for their service and sacrifice on Wednesday. Students were celebrated for their first quarter successes on Friday. Our students continue to work hard as they navigate virtual learning. I want to encourage our students to utilize the chat, use their mics, and turn their cameras on if they feel comfortable to increase the level of engagement in classes.  

I am proud of the following Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 11/9:  Zulfia Aman, Isaiah Brown, Mary Fry, Cassidy Martin,  Madeline Maisel, Devin Morgan, MaryAgnes Mutumanje, Ayva Pierre, Genevieve Richards-Poore and Alex Ringhoffer. These students have done an excellent job participating in their classes this week. 

While these times of celebration for accomplishments are not the same, we will continue to create opportunities to highlight the successes of our students and staff to maintain our sense of community. 

To that end, our Student Council Association (SCA) met this week and organized our first virtual spirit week, which will be November 16-20. Please find the attached flyer.  Students should also look on their schoology account for more information on how to win prizes. We are excited to see our students and staff participation! 

I want to remind students to check out the after-school clubs and activities that are offered, as the 2nd quarter schedule has been posted. (Students will need to be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the site.) Our students who have participated thus far have really enjoyed the chance to stay connected with some level of activity and be with their peers. 

As we provide opportunities for our students to get involved and ways to celebrate them, consider acknowledging the hard work of our staff members through our FCPS Cares program and/or submit a nomination for a Stone Middle School Outstanding Employee. We truly are all in this together as a Stone community: our students, our faculty and staff, and our parents and families. I am so thankful for your partnership as you balance the needs of your individual families and support of our school. 

I hope you and your families find some time to rest and relax this weekend. 

~Meredith Norris, Acting Principal 

Computer Skills Workshop on November 19 at Stone MS at 3:30 PM

Do you need additional computer support for the following programs: Schoology, SIS Parent Vue or Google Apps? See computer skills workshop flyer attached to this message for more information. 

Student Individual Pictures on December 7 and 8

We will have Lifetouch photographers at Stone on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8 to take individual student portraits. 

  • Monday, December 7 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 8 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please use this Sign Up Genius to select a day and time for your student’s photo. 

Lifetouch staff, Stone staff, and students will adhere to social distancing and recommended health/safety procedures outlined by the health department.  All students upon arrival to Stone will complete the Covid Health Screening Questionnaire (or may bring it completed) and will have their temperature taken. A mask is required for all staff and students to participate in the event.  Parents/Guardians will wait in their cars until their student returns.  

Picture orders may be placed online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID: EVTVMRS4H.  For support with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or by email at:  UCanswers@lifetough.com.

Reminder about Office Hours on Mondays

Office Hours on Mondays are immediately after Check and Connect at 9:30 AM. Office Hours have been broken up by department (see schedule). Students should continue to utilize their individual teachers’ office hour links in Schoology. 

Stone MS Library Curbside Pickup

In addition to digital book access and the public library's LEAP program, Stone MS students also have access to books through our curbside pickup program. For more information, please see the form found here, and contact Ms. Outlaw through Schoology. 

PTSA Spirit Store The Stone Spiritwear store is officially live!  The store will remain open until 11/20 and orders will arrive within two weeks and be distributed in time before Winter Break. There is an option to pay $9.95 per order to have the merchandise shipped directly to one's home OR one can pick up their orders from the main office at Stone MS. 

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Principal's Message - 11/8/20

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Good Morning Stone Parents and Families~

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend! A few reminders as we begin the second quarter: 

  • Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day, and it is a 2 hour early-release. Please find the schedule here
    • On Wednesday, Stone Middle School will join the rest of the country to honor America’s military veterans. Our students will have the opportunity during Panther Block to understand the importance of appreciating our veterans for their service to our country. Thank you to all of our staff, community members and their families who are serving or have served in the military. We are so grateful for your sacrifice and service.

I love getting into classrooms to observe our students participating and engaging with their teachers and classmates. The Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 11/2 are: Layla Arriola Bonilla, Ceylin Baltaci, Genesis Barerra-Morillos, Reina Hanberry, Kylie Heflin-White, Aidan Hiltpold, Ebelyn Jordan-Yave Kate Nguyen, Dylan Turner and Jessica Valderrama Rojas. 

Thank you for your continued support. Have a great week!

~Meredith Norris, Acting Principal

2020 Bullying Prevention Contest Winners

Our students did an excellent job creating great flyers and videos for the 2020 Bullying Prevention Contest. Our winners are Yomaira Baygorrea Ramos, Christina Nguyen and Jahaira Katsikes. You can find their submissions featured on our website. 

Stone MS Library Curbside Pickup

In addition to digital book access and the public library's LEAP program, Stone MS students also have access to books through our curbside pickup program. Curbside pickup begins on Monday, November 9. For more information, please see the form found here, and contact Ms. Outlaw through Schoology. 

PTSA Spirit Store The Stone Spiritwear store is officially live!  The store will remain open until 11/20 and orders will arrive within two weeks and be distributed in time before Winter Break/the holidays. There is an option to pay $9.95 per order to have the merchandise shipped directly to one's home OR one can pick up their orders from the main office at Stone MS. 

Family Life Education 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.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8) grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Please note: This is not yet available in Schoology and you will need to access them through FCPS 24-7 Blackboard.

Stone Middle School will host a Virtual Parent Preview Night to meet the teachers and review where FLE curriculum resources can be found this Monday, November 9 at 6:00pm.  

BBCU Join Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/614de9e772494b85aeeca04a0531c1c5 

Program questions may be addressed by contacting instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu  

Outstanding Employee Awards 

Do you know of an outstanding Stone employee you’d like to recognize? Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Stone Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination here.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.                 

Outstanding Leader Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal) Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20th on this Google form link.If you have any questions, please contact Tami Stubblefield.

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Principal's Message - 10/31/20

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Good Morning Stone Parents and Families~

It was so nice to connect with many of you during our Return to School town halls this week. Please find information regarding the latest on Return to School here on our Stone website, including the slide deck presentations. We recognize there is a lot of information, so please reach out to any member of the administrative team if you have additional questions. 

Per the email you received from me on 10/26, we will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction with the anticipated Return to School date of 1/26. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction in accordance with the schedule above. If you chose all-virtual instruction we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please fill out this Return to School Change Request  (Spanish version) no later than November 6, 2020. We will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space.  

As the last week of the quarter came to a conclusion, it was great to observe classes and meet with students. I continue to enjoy when I see students who are engaged in class discussions and participating with their teachers and peers. The Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 10/26 are: Aaliyah Adams-Mayfield, Talen Bangerter, Frida Barrios Rodriguez, Oden Barr, Nick Bendorf, Ty Kirkwood, Casey Koncher, Cal Oakley, Nicole Patterson and Jetziel Vega Troche. Congratulations to these students for modeling the attributes of a Portrait of a Graduate. 

Please find adjustments made to Panther Block and Office Hours below effective the start of the 2nd quarter 11/4/2020. We will continue to monitor what is working well and where challenges are to best support our student needs. 

I hope your students find time to rest, relax and recharge over their long weekend. Thank you for your continued support. 

~Meredith Norris, Acting Principal 

Panther Block & Office Hours Updates

Based on the survey results we received from parents, students and staff, we have made some adjustments to Panther Block and Office Hours to maximize support and intervention from teachers. Please find the adjusted schedule here

  • Students will continue to report to their 4th period teacher for their Panther Block lesson from 9:05-9:30. Students will then be able to access teacher office hours from 9:35-10:25. Students should continue to utilize their individual teachers’ office hour links in Schoology.
  • Please Note: Some students will receive new Panther Block teachers effective the start of the 2nd quarter to support English and Math needs. If your student has a new teacher, they received an email yesterday to their fcpsschools.net account.
  • Schoology/BBCU Reminder: If your child has a new 4th period Panther Block teacher, they will see the new teacher’s course title listed in their Schoology course list. This is the course they should use to access the BBCU link needed for 4th period. The old 4th period course should be automatically removed.
  • Office Hours on Mondays will now begin immediately after Check and Connect at 9:30 AM. Office Hours have been broken up by department (see schedule). Students should continue to utilize their individual teachers’ office hour links in Schoology.

PTSA Spirit Store 

The Stone Spiritwear store is officially live!  Please include the link below in your PTSA and Principal communications this week.  The store will remain open until 11/20 and orders will arrive within two weeks and be distributed in time before Winter Break/the holidays.

There is an option to pay $9.95 per order to have the merchandise shipped directly to one's home OR one can pick up their orders from the main office at Stone MS. 

The store is similar to last year's, however, I added masks and performance t-shirts (that breathe better than the regular cotton ones).

Student Activities Update

  • Congratulations to the 73 members of our modified National Junior Honor Society program. Students met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss next steps and service opportunities during this challenging time. The students  elected the following members to leadership positions: 
    • Aaliyah Adams-Mayfield – President
    • Ella Ammons – Vice President
    • Caroline Elson – Secretary
    • Lilly Wilson – Historian

We look forward to hearing more from this group of student-leaders. A huge thank you to our faculty sponsors Marissa Bricker, Liz Deal, Trish Egbers and Tami Stubblefield.

  • Members from last year’s Student Council Association (SCA) met yesterday to discuss upcoming plans for the 2nd quarter. 
    • There will be a SCA interest meeting for any student interested in leadership opportunities after-school on Tuesday, November 10. More information will be provided to students next week.
  • Students should check out the Stone After School Activities site for a variety of opportunities to participate in after-school clubs and activities Reach out to our after-school specialist, Mr. Anderson, for more information. 

Reminder about Grab & Go Meals - 11/2 & 11/3

  • Meal distribution will be closed on Tuesday, 11/3. Meals for both 11/2 and 11/3 will be available on 11/2. In addition, if anything has changed for your in-person meal service plans, please let us know.

Reminder about Student Holidays- 11/2 & 11/3

  • Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 are student holidays. Our office will be closed on Tuesday and will reopen on Wednesday morning. 
  • Looking ahead, our next early release day will be on Wednesday, November 11 for Veterans Day.  

Outstanding Employee Awards 

Do you know of an outstanding Stone employee you’d like to recognize?

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Stone Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination here.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

 Outstanding Teacher Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.                 

Outstanding Leader Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal) Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20th on this Google form link.If you have any questions, please contact Tami Stubblefield. 

 

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Principal's Message - 10/25/20

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Good Morning Stone Students and Families~

We have reached the last week of the first quarter. As mentioned last week, please encourage your child to check their Schoology and SIS page so they have an understanding of where they are in their classes. Additionally, please find this video to guide you in your support of accessing SIS ParentVue. 

This remains a challenging time as we continue with our strong virtual instruction, while also preparing for a return to school. I want to thank you for your continued support as we partner together to meet the needs of your students and families.  You received an email from FCPS on Friday afternoon and you will receive an additional email from me tomorrow morning regarding Return to School and concurrent instruction. We recognize how overwhelming the amount of information can be, so we will be offering three Stone MS Return to School Q&A sessions with members of the administrative team. Please plan to join us if your schedule allows: 

  • Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 PM 
  • Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 PM (Spanish-Speaking Families) 
  • Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 PM

You should utilize this link to join: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/1242818466b048e79963b50abaf7a4f8 

  • I continue to be impressed with our students who are engaged and participating in their classes. Their teachers love their willingness to put their comments, remarks and questions in the chat, as well as utilize the mic and camera feature. To that end, this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 10/19 are: Scarlett Anthony, Ava Betznere, Hannah Boinske, Caroline Elson,  Alice Kremkay, Adamri Mariche Casta, Danielle Neighbors,  Zach O’Dell, Aidan Petrinjak and Derick Rodriguez. 
  • I look forward to seeing you if you are able to join us for our virtual Return to School Q & A sessions. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the administrative team if you have questions or need support. 
  • ~Meredith Norris, Acting Principal 

CALENDAR

Tuesday October 27

Return to School Q & A: 7:00 PM 

(Use link above) 

Wednesday October 28

Return to School Q & A: 7:00 PM (Spanish-Speaking families) 

(Use link above)

Thursday October 29

Return to School Q & A: 7:00 PM

(Use link above) 

Friday October 30

End of 1st Quarter 

Early Release Day

Bell Schedule for 10/30/20

Monday Nov 2

Student Holiday: No synchronous or asynchronous instruction.

Tuesday Nov 3

Student Holiday: NO synchronous or asynchronous instruction.

Wednesday Nov 4

This will be an EVEN Day!

Monday Nov 9

FLE Presentation for Parents from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

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Principal's Message - 10/17/20

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Good Afternoon Stone Students and Families~

We continue to appreciate the support and feedback you have provided as we embark on the last two weeks of the first quarter. In the coming weeks, I will provide you with a summary of the first quarter to include information from our student and parent surveys. While students have shared many successes with distance learning, there have also been challenges to include work completion.  With that said, this is a gentle reminder for students and families to review Schoology and SIS. The end of the first quarter is October 30, so students should ensure they are caught up with their assignments. Students should continue to utilize Panther Block and office hours to receive additional assistance if necessary. 

It was another great week of visiting classrooms and watching our students engage and participate during class discussions. Congratulations to the Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 10/12: Mateo Barillas, Tyler Crevoisior, Tristan Edora, Mackenzie Ehrloch, Aubrey Engel, Allan Flores-Maravilla, Conor Guiney, Madelyn Kim, Chaerie Kwak, and Lucas Raditz. I encourage you to continue to utilize the chat and turn your cameras/mic on to communicate and collaborate with your teachers and peers. 

I look forward to meeting with you on Monday evening at 7PM for our “Meet the Acting Principal” and PTSA meeting. 

Guest Link to Join- https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/779a21d91e954bb08d227b5b9736b51b 

Hope you and your families enjoy another beautiful Fall weekend. 

~Meredith Norris, Acting Principal 

SIS ParentVUE/StudentVUE

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, grade book assignments and grades, report cards, and more. 

The SIS ParentVUE Account is the official FCPS secure solution for accessing this information. While some teachers are utilizing the Schoology gradebook, they are doing so for different purposes. 

  • Please be sure to check your SIS ParentVUE account for the official gradebook of record. The end of the first quarter is fast approaching (Friday, October 30)!
  • Please help your child(ren) check for missing assignments in Schoology, review their current grades in SIS, and communicate with their teachers with questions, concerns, or supports that may be needed. 
  • If you don’t have a SIS ParentVUE account, please reach out to Amy Copeland, alcopeland1@fcps.edu, to get your account setup or by visiting this website for more information.

“GO PAPERLESS” REPORT CARD OPTION

Parents and/or guardians may opt to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless". All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level.

Digital Citizenship Week - We are all Digital Citizens!

Schools all throughout FCPS are participating in Digital Citizenship Week during the week of October 19th, 2020. Digital Citizenship Week was established by Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.Two years ago, Stone Middle School was recognized as a Common Sense Media School and we look forward to continuing our focus on explicitly teaching safe and healthy online behavior. We started lessons during Panther Block this month with a focus on digital footprints and online identity.  For Digital Citizenship Week at Stone MS, visit our school homepage where we will have a theme each day and a question to focus on. Optional activities will be shared in our Schoology Student All course. To connect at home, families can check out Wide Open School to find digital citizenship activities to do together. Be sure to check out what Stone and other schools in FCPS are up to by using #FCPSDigCit on Twitter. Food Services If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020. Please click on this website link to renew your application https://www.myschoolapps.com/  Click the word Language in the upper right hand corner of the screen and choose Spanish so that you can read all of the instructions in Spanish. The FCPS Food and Nutrition services website is as follows and the phone number is 703.813.4800.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food cards

If you received a P-EBT card last school year in the mail, your benefits should continue and you should have received monies added to the card by September 30, 2020. If you have lost it, you will need to request a new one. Directions to do this are in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) located at this website as follows: https://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/pebt.cgi   Choose the big blue bar to read everything in Spanish. Please check here to have all of your questions answered regarding the P-EBT card.

Again, it is important you renew your F/R lunch benefits by October 20, 2020 to continue to also receive any P-EBT benefits. Understand that the P-EBT benefits are temporary and may stop in the near future and once children begin returning to school in-person. Check back at this website for the most up-to-date information. 

As many schools will be used as polling places on November 3rd, Food and Nutrition Services will not be providing meal service on Election Day. We will provide two days-worth of meals on November 2nd. This is very similar to how we distribute weekend meals on Fridays.

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 on line for Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle.

Parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan and email a copy of the completed form.  An opt-out request can also be made in an email which indicates the lesson(s) the child will be opted out of.  The actual opt-out form is not required.  Opt-out emails should be addressed to Mrs. Sibley-Oshlick at jnsibleyoshl@fcps.edu with the subject line FLE opt-out: Student last name.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8) grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for, are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Please note: This is not yet available in Schoology and you will need to access them through FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. 

 There will be a Virtual Parent Preview Night for parents to meet the teachers and to ask any question pertaining to the FLE curriculum on November 9 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm  More information will be provided as the date approaches.

Program questions may be addressed by contacting instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu

CALENDAR

Monday, October 19 - “Meet the Acting Principal” and PTSA Meeting, 7PM (Use the link above)

Friday, October 30 - End of 1st Quarter / Early Release Day 

Monday, November 2 - Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 3 - Student Holiday

Wednesday, November 4 -  Even Block Day

Monday, November 9 - Family Life Education Presentation for Parents 

 

 

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Principal's Message - 10/10/20

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10/10/2020

Good Evening Stone Students and Families ~ 

It was so good to see many of you during the PTSA Chick-Fil-A fundraiser on Wednesday evening. Thank you to our PTSA, staff members, students and families who came out to support. While I had the chance to “see” some of you, I am excited to meet more of you. Please join us on Monday, October 19th at 7 PM for a Meet the Acting Principal and PTSA meeting. A link will be sent out in next week’s community message. 

I continue to be impressed with the resilience, persistence and dedication shown by our students and staff as we completed the first full week of October. In these uncertain times, it can be difficult to sustain motivation and an overall positive mindset. With that said, we are in our second year as a Positivity Project school. The Positivity Project is a program designed to highlight the importance of character strengths and positive relationships. In this virtual setting, we will highlight one or two characteristics a month. The month of October will be Hope and Optimism.  A huge thank you to our Student Services, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and Positivity Project teams for creating lessons to support our Wednesday and Friday Panther Block classes. We encourage our families to continue conversations around the characteristics of hope and optimism. 

As mentioned in last week’s letter, our staff and students completed a 1st quarter virtual learning survey. We would love to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to complete the first quarter parent virtual learning survey. 

Portrait of a Panther is a new program to recognize students who demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate (POG) skills in their classes.  Students will receive an email or phone call from me and a little something in the mail to showcase their engagement and effort. This week’s students were selected because they were very engaged in their classes and did a great job communicating and collaborating with their teacher and peers. 

Congratulations to the Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 10/5: Gabriella Bonilla, Xavier Deville, Nour El-Baba, Samantha Freestone, Michela Menella, Andrew Nyantakyi, Olivia Putnam, Gavin Robinson, Alvin Trang and Elmer Vasquez. They showed great participation and excitement in class discussions and activities. 

A reminder that Monday, October 12 is a student holiday. Students should not check in with their Panther Block teacher. Thank you for your continued support; I hope you have a relaxing weekend. 

~Meredith Norris, Acting Principal 

Free-Reduced Priced Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020. 

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year.  

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Grab and Go Food Distribution 

Stone Middle School is now offering breakfast, lunch, snacks and supper. These meals are available at no cost to ALL students through December 31.

  • Meals for Saturdays and Sundays will be distributed at all sites and on bus routes every Friday.
  • Grab and go breakfast and lunch are served at school sites and community locations from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
    • Both breakfast and lunch are served at the same time.
  • Buses are delivering grab and go meals throughout the county.
    • Any changes to bus routes are posted on the website by 5 p.m. each day. 
    • If there are bus delays while distributing grab and go meals, the information will be posted here.
    • FCPS will send a message to the affected school communities if a bus route is delayed. 
    • Several new bus routes have been added and some bus stop locations have changed.

Please visit https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food for more information.

Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention month and Stone MS is committed to raising awareness of the negative effects bullying has on a person’s life and in our community. See the attached flyer for the Bullying Prevention Media Contest brought to you by the Student Services department. 

Weekly Progress Reports began on Monday, October 5.  To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system.  It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians. Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

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CALENDAR

October 12 Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Student Holiday

October 19 7:00 PM, Meet the Acting Principal and PTSA Meeting (Link will be sent)

October 30 End of First Quarter (2 Hour Early Release - See Schedule Below)

 

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Principal's Welcome Message - 10/3/20

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Good Afternoon Stone Students and Families--

It has been an amazing first week as the acting principal at Stone MS. I want to thank Dr. Mitchell and the rest of the administrative team and staff for the very warm welcome and support during this transition. We have a wonderful Stone team who are working tirelessly to create meaningful learning experiences for our students. 

I have enjoyed getting into several classrooms this week to witness dynamic, quality instruction. I have been incredibly impressed with our teachers, who consistently create and deliver lessons to support the Portrait of a Graduate (POG)  tenets of communication, collaboration, creative and critical thinking, ethical and global citizens and goal-directed and resilient individuals. I am equally excited with how our students are working very hard to participate, stay engaged and make the most of the virtual learning experience. 

As we continue to stress the value and importance of incorporating POG skills, I would like to highlight students I observe displaying POG skills while in their classes. Each weekly newsletter will feature “Portrait of our Panthers,” where students will receive an email or phone call from me and a little something in the mail to showcase their engagement and effort. This week’s students were selected because they did an excellent job asking questions and interacting with their teachers and classmates. 

Congratulations to the Portrait of our Panthers Student Winners for the week of 9/28: Ella Ammons, Zoe Brown, Tyler Dahm, Charles Ewell, Justin Kehler, Chase Marvin, Helen Molina Ortiz, Sydney Moore, Sophia Reed and Tucker Whitacre. Keep up the great work, Panther students. I look forward to “seeing” you in classes this week. 

Finally, as we reach the halfway point of the first quarter, I invite you to share your thoughts and feedback in our first quarter parent virtual learning survey.  Our faculty and students will receive similar surveys this week as we continue to learn and grow from our distance learning successes and challenges. 

I look forward to getting to know you and your children in the coming weeks. Enjoy the beautiful Fall weather this weekend. 

Meredith Norris, Acting Principal 

Reminder about  required forms

  • Last call! We still need parents to complete the Parent Digital Consent form allowing your students to use certain online digital tools in class. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. 

At Stone Middle, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://stonems.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

SIS Weekly Progress Reports to Parents Set to Start Monday, October 5, 2020

Due to the delayed school opening and virtual start, SIS weekly progress reports to parents are now set to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  Please note this is a change from the original start date of September 21, 2020; therefore, middle and high schools may want to include the following notification and instructions for parents in their newsletters:

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.  This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter.  To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system.  It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

Calendar

October 7  Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A

October 12 Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Student Holiday

October 30 End of First Quarter 9 / 2 Hour Early Release

2 Hour Early Release Schedule for 10/30/20

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