We are off and running…. we have had a few bumps and had to make a few adjustments, but we are thankful and blessed to be back in school with the students. Please be patient with us in any additional adjustments that will need to be made.
The extreme heat this past week has provided another challenge, but we have endured. The staff at the main building noticed that the building seemed cooler than it would have last year during the heat. We believe it is due to the new roof. What an added benefit to the blessing of a new roof. No more leaks and cooler classrooms.
We are NOT sending home the Falcon Connection this year by hard copy. Please check the website (Falcon Connection) for new information.
Fun Lunch Online
Look for Fun Lunch Order Form and instructions for ordering online on the website. A pink hard copy was also sent home last week to explain the new procedure.
The early release time has not allowed students to have a study hall in their schedule. We want to focus on getting the instruction times covered while they are at school and have them use the extra time provided by early release as a study hall.
See Saw is an online learning platform that we will be using this year. We will be using it to give assignments and communication with the students throughout the year. 5th-12th grade students will be getting their login codes on September 8. Students must check their See Saw accounts for homework when they are absent from school.
Due to the extra procedure needed to start the school year, we did not discuss dress code until Monday, August 31. The dress code has not changed from last year. We will need to start addressing the dress code violations this week. We would appreciate your support. If you need any further guidance, we have a dress code brochure in the office.
Listed below are some GENERAL GUIDELINES for dress code.
Clothes should be neat, clean, and MODEST.
No holes in clothing
Sleeveless is allowed with at least a 2-1/2 inch width and tight around the arm and shoulder.
No clothes should be worn inside out
No skin showing at the waist
No under garments should be showing
No unnatural hair color and hair should be neat, clean, and well groomed.
No facial hair
Hats may not be worn during the school day.
Shorts must have at least a 6 inch inseam.
Skirts or dresses- No shorter than 3 inches above knee
Tops must be modest. To check if appropriate put thumbs under your underarm and imagine a line across. You top must be at that line or above.
Tights must have a top/dress that is 3 inches above the knee.
Leggings must have a loose fitting long blouse or shirt that covers both the front and back.
Your prayers are appreciated as both students and staff continue to adjust to new procedures. We are thankful for your support!!
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in HIM I trust.”
Trusting Him for strength and protection,
Arrival time for students is 7:50- 8:10. Students temperatures will be taken by staff before they enter the building. Our current plan is to take them at the car. When students enter the building they will go directly to their lockers and then to their first hour class. First hour begins at 8:15. Students who arrive after 8:10 will have to go through the front door and wait in the foyer for their temperature check. Parents will be asked to stay until they see a green card in the window.
Dismissal time is 2:35 for 5th and 6th grade, and 2:40 for 7th-12th.
We will NOT be asking a checklist of questions regarding the COVID 19 symptoms when your child arrives. We are believing that you are all very much aware of the symptoms to look for and will keep your child(ren) home if they are exhibiting any of them. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or more when we do morning checks, they will not be able to stay. We want school to stay in session, and the best way we can do that is to work as a team.
We will be sharing much of our information this year on the school’s website – fcsfalcons.com. Our weekly Monday Note will be exclusively on the website. We will continue to do principal posts and updates to keep you informed. Please check it regularly for updates on school information.
Calendar changes – There is an updated calendar on the website.
September 3 and 4 will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. We have added these days as staff in-service days.
We are aware that some of the supplies on the supply list are very difficult to find right now. If you are unable to purchase them now, just bring them in when you can find them.
We will be offering our hot lunch program this year. We will have 2 microwaves available during lunch. Mrs. Hauck will be monitoring them and wiping the buttons after use. Keep in mind it will take longer for students to get items heated. Please limit your items to things that heat quickly in order to reduce the waiting for others.
Social Distancing and Sanitation
We have taken many steps to keep our students and staff as safe as possible during the school day. It is our desire that we can make the day feel as “normal” as possible under current restrictions and protocols required by IDPH and State. Some of the measures we are taking include: limiting class size, distancing desks, directional arrows in the hallways, limited numbers in bathrooms, sanitizing between classes and after school. We will work with students to help them understand the value of following these protocol. Please help us by encouraging cooperation and positive attitude.
Leslie Augenstine is our new athletic director. She will be posting information on the new sports schedule soon.
We are stepping into 2020-2021 school year with confidence that God is in control and He will lead us and guide us. We are facing different obstacles this year than other years, BUT God has always been faithful in helping us overcome the obstacles we face in ministry. He is FAITHFUL and HE will do it again.
Serving Him Together,
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Main Campus – 5th-12th grade
We are excited to welcome your student back to school on Monday, August 17th. The staff has worked hard to prepare for school this year. An information sheet will be coming home on Monday with your students and will be posted on the website (www.fcsfalcons.com) to share a more complete list of new protocols in response to the COVID situation.
Drop off time: Students can be dropped off between 7:50 and 8:10. Please be patient with us as we adjust to the new procedures.
Procedure for Monday drop-off: Please pull up to the drop off point as usual. Staff will come to the car and take temperatures. Students will be allowed to enter building if they have a temperature below 100 degrees. Staff will also be available to tell the students what room they report to for first hour. ALL STUDENTS MUST WEAR A MASK TO ENTER BUILDING!
When students enter the building they will:
1. Bring supplies (tissues, paper products, lunch supplies, etc.) to the gym. Tables will be set up for them to put their supplies.
2. Report to first hour class.
3. Locker assignments and schedules will be given during first hour.
New families – to drop off student, pull all the way down the driveway, and make a line along the field side. Follow the line to end of driveway…make a wide turn at the North end of the driveway and stop by the sidewalk on the building side. Follow same procedure for pick-up.
As always, we are trusting God to give us everything we need. We are seeking His wisdom through His word and prayer to help us navigate the changes we are having to make this year. Our desire is to keep students safe while we provide a “normal” school day for them. We covet your prayers and patience as we step into this school year.
Psalm 31:24 – Be STRONG and take heart, all you who HOPE in the LORD.
Trusting His leading and guiding,