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Message from the principal, August 2, 2019
Ross Berkowitz
Friday, August 02, 2019

Dear FMS families,                                                                                                                                                                             

What a beautiful summer we have been having! We hope your days were filled with productivity, smiles, laughter, joy and some learning.   We have been working hard to get ready for the school year and are excited to have the students return this fall.   

Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd. Our second day of school is a Late Start Wednesday (LSW). 

As we prepare for the upcoming school year it is a good idea to review the daily routine at FMS. 8:15am - 8:40am* Breakfast is served

8:15am - 8:25am* Buses, Walkers and students being dropped off enter the building 

students are not allowed to arrive on school grounds prior to 8:15am*

There is onsite YCare for before and after care. Should you be in need of these services, please coordinate with the Bath YMCA.

8:25am* or after students must be signed in by an adult

11:00am - 11:45am Third Grade Recess/Lunch

11:25am - 12:10pm Fifth Grade Recess/Lunch

11:50am - 12:35pm Fourth Grade Recess/Lunch

2:55-3:10pm Bus and Walker Dismissal (student riding buses or leaving the property on foot)

3:10pm Pick Up Dismissal (students leaving the property in a vehicle) 

*During LSWs these times are one hour later.

For more in depth information regarding students arriving and leaving FMS, please review “HERE WE COME & THERE WE GO” included with this letter.

As we start the school year, here are some dates to consider:

Set For Success on August 25th (flyer enclosed)

Open House is September 18th, 5:30-6:30

Picture Day is October 2nd 

I know that many of you are not looking forward to the annual first day of school packet. Knowing that filling out a stack of paperwork is time consuming,  we have reduced the amount of paperwork that we need you to complete. We ask that you please make these packets a priority and return them to school as soon as possible.  To simplify the packet, the following will not be included but may be found on our website under the documents section:

Handbook for Families

Student Internet and Computer Use Policy

Annual notices from Facilities Director

Homeless Students Notice

Did you know that we have students with severe life threatening allergies to nuts and peanuts? For their safety, we have a no sharing policy and we teach the students not to share snacks.  We could use your help with home reminders about not sharing snacks due to allergies.  Additionally, whole classroom snacks or treats must be pre-approved by the nurse.

We are always striving to make FMS a welcoming environment where learning is encouraged on all levels.  After each school year, like our students, we reflect on what we have learned and as a result make adjustments accordingly.

One of the exciting changes for this year is we will be using our new website that launched last spring to keep you up to date on what is happening here at FMS. If you have not already, familiarize yourself with the website. You can also take advantage of the app option where you are able to set up notifications specific to FMS.  We will be reducing our paper waste by limiting the printed material being sent home. Instead, we will be using the NEWS, LIVE FEED, & EVENTS sections of our website to keep you informed. You will find out what is being served for breakfast and lunch each day in the dining section.  For those of you who like to have the menus posted at home, they are still available under the documents section. If you are in need of printed correspondence or are unable to find something on our website, please contact Holly Spence.

We will no longer have a clothing bank at the school as the maintenance efforts outweighed the need.  Once the weather turns colder we will continue to have recess mittens and hats for recess but will not have extra coats, snow pants or boots available. Should adequate winter gear be a hardship for your family, please contact us as we may be able to help you. 

We are happy to announce that we are implementing a food pantry that will be accessible to all students and families and will include fresh produce. The pantry is a collaborative effort with the Good Shepherd Food Bank and the Bath Area Backpack Program and will replace our backpack program model. We will also be hosting numerous community-building events here at Fisher-Mitchell and hope to see you at one or all of them. Details about the pantry and our events will be posted on our website. 

I’m sure many, if not all of you, have had a slightly unstructured or more relaxed routine than when school is in session.  In order to start the year off successfully, I have found it important to start to get back into the routine SLOWLY.  As the start of school approaches, consider a more structured evening and morning routine.  Practice the breakfast, getting dressed and packing your lunch routine a day or two early so you are not rushed, stressed and frazzled on the first day of school.

See you soon!


Ross Berkowitz and the FMS Staff