Ross Berkowitz
Principal

Principal Ross Berkowitz

November 21, 2021

Good evening,

This is just a quick reminder and update:

Monday and Tuesday are both half days and there is no school Wednesday-Friday.

Thank you to everyone who has brought in canned pasta for our food drive to support the Bath Area Foodbank. So far we have collected just over 400 cans! We will still be collecting cans Monday and Tuesday.

Ross

October 26, 2021

Good afternoon,

I know Halloween is an exciting time for many, however, we are not having students dress up in costume this Friday. They are encouraged to wear black and orange or a Halloween themed shirt.

There is NO PTA Halloween Dance this year!

Below are some upcoming dates:

11/11 - Veterans’ Day - No School

11/12 - Professional Development Day - No school for students

11/22 - Parent Teacher Conferences (held virtually) - ½ day for students

11/23 - ½ day for students

11/24-11/26 - Thanksgiving Break

As always, please refer to the Fisher Mitchell website Fisher Mitchell Elementary School for school and community information such as the following:

YMCA Kids Night Out!

Bath Recreation Youth Basketball

Trick or Trunk

Art Van

PTA News, especially the upcoming Makers Market!

Thank you,

Ross

October 15, 2020

Good afternoon again!

We are starting our state testing next week. As with this past spring, we are using the NWEA MAP test. This is a test that many districts, including RSU1, have used for many years in the past to measure student progress and help us to adjust our instruction when necessary. There are only three parts and each part takes between 45 minutes to 1 hour. The testing has minimal impact on the students' daily schedule.

Ross

October 15, 2020

Good afternoon,

I wanted to email you about a new show on Netflix: Squid Game.

If you haven’t heard about Squid Game yet, you probably will. It is currently the most popular show on Netflix and is breaking all sorts of records globally from viewership to searches. It has also gone viral on tiktok and is a game on Roblox.

This is one of those shows that, without viewing, may not be what one thinks it is. This email is intended to inform and to let you know our plan at FMS.  

It is basically about 400+ adults who agree to be part of a series of games with the possibility of making millions of dollars. All of the contestants are financially desperate for a variety of reasons. The games they play are regular kids games: red light green light, tug of war, marbles, ect. However, when you lose the game you are publicly and visibly killed.

From Common Sense Media: Parents need to know that the level of violence is very intense in Squid Game. Characters are systematically tortured and killed for the sadistic pleasure of a game master. Adults have sex, and there are threats of sexual violence: Women are grabbed by the hair and beaten. Themes concerning the highs one gets from gambling, winning, or conning money are a main focus. 

Age level: 16+

I am sharing this information because kids have shared that they have seen the show or played the game on Roblox. Some kids have also attempted to simulate the game at recess. Without going into detail with the kids about why, in an attempt to prevent curiosity, we are not allowing it at recess.  

Ross Berkowitz

September 26, 2021

Open House:

Wednesday 9/29 is our open house. Our plan is to have families enter classrooms from the outside classroom doors. Classroom teachers will be in their rooms and the rest of the staff, along with PTA reps will be outside. Three to four families will be able to visit the classrooms and meet the teachers at a time. Masks are required in the building, as is being mindful of social distancing. When you are not in the classroom the plan is for families and staff to mingle and chat outside. The FMS Open House is an opportunity to meet your child's teacher and to see their learning environment. As a reminder, it is not designed as a time to have a mini conference about your child, but rather to get a general feeling about the classroom. I know weeknight evenings can be hectic. The hope is that this format will create a less hectic environment.

Pooled Testing:

We completed two weeks of pooled testing and both weeks went very well. It was efficient and the whole school was completed in less than an hour. If you were wondering what happens if there is a positive pooled test, the following is our procedure. Students/staff are tested Tuesday mornings. The turnaround time for results is around 48 hours. We have not had a positive pooled test yet. However, if we did have a positive pool we would contact the families in that pool and tell them that we will be doing the Binax NOW Rapid Antigen Test and would call them with the results the same day. We are not going to be sending out a weekly email about the results. So basically, no news is good news with regard to the pooled testing at schools.

Pooled Testing Information Sheet

If you have not signed up your minor for pooled testing and would like to, here is the link: 

https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent/  

*The Fisher Mitchell School code is C7Q317

Upcoming dates:

9/30 at 6PM School Board Meeting

10/5 at 6:15 PTA Meeting (location: DNS)

Ross Berkowitz

Principal, FMS

September 15, 2021

Good afternoon,

We had two fire drills so far. The students did an outstanding job following our procedures and listening closely to our instructions.

This coming Friday, we will doing a practice lockdown. The elementary schools have not yet moved to ALICE yet so we are continuing with the past practice of having a lockdown drill. The students always do well and I do not have any concerns. I just wanted to make you aware that we will be doing the drill this Friday.

Ross Berkowitz,

Principal, FMS


September 12, 2021

Good afternoon,

Well, we made it through the first week of school! For the most part things went smoothly. I know the RSU sent out a districtwide transportation email about busing. For FMS specifically, we are continuing to monitor and review arrivals and departures. If we feel that it becomes necessary to make adjustments to our arrival and dismissal timings, we will give everyone ample notice. For now, we are still monitoring. Within the school, the students and staff worked hard together to make the first week successful. As expected, your kids were awesome and it was great to have them all filling the classrooms, cafeteria and hallways.

Here are some upcoming dates to be aware of:

9/14 - Bath Elementary PTA meeting will be at FMS from 6:15-7:30

9/18 - The Bath Book Bash: Bath Book Bash 2021

9/22 - FMS Picture Day

9/25 - PTA Movie Night

9/27 - RSU1 School Board Meeting

9/29 - FMS Open House from 5:30-6:30 *For families with students at both DNS and FMS, the schools are working on a structure that will make attending the open houses not feel hectic and rushed.

Ross Berkowitz

Principal, FMS

September 3, 2021

Greeting FMS Families, and welcome to a New School Year!

The first day of school is almost upon us. We are all very excited and ready to welcome your children. I know some of this information has already gone out, but it doesn’t hurt to send it again.

CHROMEBOOKS:

For most of our 4th and 5th graders, this is a reminder to bring your chromebooks to school fully charged on Tuesday. For our 3rd graders and our returning distance learners, it is important that you bring your chromebook to school fully charged everyday. While I know it is one more thing to think about and plan for, last year the students and families did an amazing job with this!  

BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL

You must complete the self-screener at home each day. If your child has any symptoms, they must stay home according to the self-screener document. That document can be found HERE. If you have any questions, please call our school nurse, Ricki Waltz, at 443-8265.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

Traffic access at FMS is limited, therefore we have a document devoted solely to arrivals and departures. Please refer to this document for information for arrival and departures: Come and Go

COMING TO SCHOOL - BUS

If your child is taking the bus, they must wear a face mask (not a bandana or gaiter) in order to board the bus, and they must keep it on while riding the bus. This year, students will be able to sit with another student instead of by themselves. 

MASKS

Please send your child wearing a mask, and with a spare mask in case one gets soiled or soggy. We have extra face masks for children should they need one. Here is a link to an article about how to choose a face mask:  

Article on choosing a face mask

SNACKS AND MEALS

FMS will have breakfast and lunch available in the cafeteria. Please send a healthy snack into school with your child. Please do not send your child to school with candy or soda. School breakfast and lunch are free for all children this year! 

RECESSES

While there will be times when the weather is not safe to go outside, in general we believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing for the weather. Please send your child with appropriate gear for playing safely - sneakers, and a jacket or sweatshirt in the fall, and winter gear once snow comes (boots, mittens or gloves, a warm coat, snow pants.) 

SCHOOL VISITS

Due to COVID guidelines, we are unable to allow visitors, including parents and guardians, to come inside our school building while school is in session. If you come to school to dismiss your child during school hours, or to drop off forgotten belongings, you will need to come to the front entrance and buzz the office, and someone will assist you. 

POOLED TESTING: Both vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff are encouraged to sign up for this program. For staff and students who would like to participate in pooled testing, please click HERE to read the informational letter and fill out the digital consent form.

For more information about our school, check out our website: https://fms.rsu1.org/o/fisher-mitchell-school

You can also view the RSU 1 2021-22 Health and Safety Procedures HERE.

Thank you, and we look forward to greeting the children next week!!

Ross Berkowitz

Principal, FMS