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Coming Up at SFCMS…
Published by Mary Potter on February 15, 2018
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Image of a desk calendar with the pages flipping through several dates 2/16 – Activity Day (Classes will observe Activity Day schedule.)
2/19 – Optional Staff Workday; No School for Students
2/20 – Spring Fundraiser Ends; All Orders and Money Due
2/20 – CCS Choice Application Period Ends
2/22 – Digital Learning Day 2018
2/23 – Progress Reports Go Home
2/26 – Required Staff Meeting, 2:45 p.m., in Media Center
3/2 – County Forensics Tournament, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at JGMS
3/5 – County Battle of the Books Competition, 8:00 a.m., at ERC
3/8 – Classical Basketball Challenge, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at RRCMS

        
PTA News
Published by Mary Potter on February 15, 2018
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NC PTA LogoStay informed on the latest PTA news and events at our school’s PTA page!

NEXT MEETING! Monday, March 12, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center

THIS MONTH! Throughout all of February, PTA will sponsor a Box Tops for Education competition. All grade levels are encouraged to donate Box Tops. The winning homerooms will receive ice cream parties, and the teachers of the winning homerooms will receive a gift card to School Tools.

        
Reminders from Cumberland County Schools
Published by Mary Potter on February 15, 2018
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"The Reality Is... Every Minute Counts!"Cumberland County Schools Suicide Prevention & Awareness Week, February 11-17, 2018Save the Date for Digital Learning Day on February 22, 2018!Kindergarten Beginners' Day on Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Follow the CCS Wellness Initiative on Twitter @ gottabhealthy!Find available CCS positions by visiting the CCS HR Facebook page and Twitter feed.Prime Time is on Facebook!

        
Wellness Tip: Decode the Menu
Published by Mary Potter on February 14, 2018
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A hand holding a menu featuring items like "Farm Roast Sandwich of the Day," "Free-Range Omelette," and "Soup of the Day"When eating out, it can be easy to make poor choices due to convenience. Take time while at restaurants to decode the menu. Look for items that are baked, broiled, grilled, poached, steamed, boiled, or roasted. Take advantage of the 10 Tips: Eating Foods Away from Home or ideas from MyPlate, MyWins Tips: Make Your Takeout Healthier. For more healthful tips, check out wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

        
Spring Fundraiser Underway
Published by Mary Potter on February 8, 2018
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The red and blue logo for Great American Opportunities which includes the words "Great American Opportunities" and a star with the letters "G" and "A" incorporated into the shapeThe SFCMS Spring 2018 Great American Opportunities fundraiser is in full swing, and we need your support!

How can YOU help?

Please check out our new online tool, specifically designed to help get the message out and to share the fundraiser catalog quickly with family and friends. Simply text or email the website, www.bit.do/71st, to family and friends. Consider sharing the link via social media because this online site is perfect for out-of-town friends and family to support our students as it provides a direct link to the online store. Our school code is 1322874.

The items available for purchase include college team tumblers, NFL team flags, coupon books, and magazines.

Students who sell at least one item are entered into a prize drawing. Students who sell at least seven items will get to spend time at the Rockin’ Rollin Video Game Party! Students who sell at least ten items receive a free tumbler or flag. Students who sell fifteen or more items will spin the wheel for cash prizes and can bring a friend to the video game party truck.

Checks should be made payable to “71st Middle.” All orders and money are due by February 20, 2018.

As always, thank you for your support!

        
Students to Be Honored at Awards Ceremony
Published by Mary Potter on January 27, 2018
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Three paper certificates, rolled and tied with blue, yellow, and red ribbonSFCMS will recognize those students who earned awards and honors in the first semester on Friday, February 9, 2018, according to the following schedule. Parents are encouraged to attend to support their student being honored.

8:00 a.m. – 6th graders
9:00 a.m. – 7th graders
10:00 a.m. – 8th graders

        
Yearbooks Available for Purchase
Published by Mary Potter on January 9, 2018
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The word "LifeTouch" written in blue on a white backgroundYearbooks are now available for pre-order through Monday, March 26, 2018. The cost is $22.  Please visit LifeTouch Yearbooks and enter the SFCMS Yearbook ID Code, 2036418, for more information or to order online.  Money and order forms may also be turned in to our yearbook advisor, Mrs. Anita Blue.  Please make checks payable to SFCMS.

Please note that yearbooks will be distributed after end-of-the-year testing is complete.

        
The School of Choice Application Period Now Open
Published by Mary Potter on January 2, 2018
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Image of a sphere covered with flags from countries around the worldThe Cumberland County Schools (CCS) choice application period for the 2018-2019 school year began on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Applications are available at any school, on the CCS website, or from the CCS Student Assignment Office. Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Oxendine encourage any interested eighth grader to see them for an application before school, after school, or during a class change. All applications must be mailed and postmarked by Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Any questions regarding this process should be directed to Mrs. Williams or Mrs. Oxendine. Visit the Choice Web to access the application online.

Students seeking their school records will be required to provide a completed Records Request Form, signed by their parent/guardian. Completed forms can be submitted to students’ homeroom teachers, the front office, or the guidance office.

If your child plans to return to SFCMS next year, there is no need to re-apply. However, if you have other children who would like to attend SFCMS next year, you must fill out a choice application for them and submit it per the instructions listed above by the deadline of February 20, 2018.

We will hold our annual Open House for families who are interested in making SFCMS their students’ Middle School of Choice on Wednesday, January 25, 2018, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. This special event is an excellent opportunity to meet our faculty and staff and explore our extracurricular clubs and organizations.

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WATER ISSUES: CCS has rescheduled its 2018-2019 Secondary Choice Fair to Monday, January 29, 2018, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Educational Resource Center (ERC) auditorium, located at 396 Elementary Drive in Fayetteville. The fair will highlight booths from area middle and high schools that have information about Choice schools, academies, or programs that are accepting student applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Call 910.678.2407 for more information.

CANCELLED DUE TO SCHOOL SYSTEM CLOSURE: SFCMS will hold its annual High School Choice Fair for Eighth Graders on Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Gather information about Cumberland County High Schools of Choice and have questions answered by representatives from those schools at this informational session. All eighth graders and their parents/guardians in the Seventy-First District are invited to attend.

        
SFCMS Supports Our Students After School
Published by Mary Potter on January 1, 2018
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Image of four laptops open and lined up in a row, one behind the otherStudents, do you need additional access to technology or other school resources?  Do you have a group project and need to meet? Do you need a quiet place to do homework?

SFCMS continues its tradition of offering after-school access to technology and other resources each week.

Open Media Center is supervised by Ms. Potter every Wednesday, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. beginning September 20, 2017.

Be sure to arrive on time and have transportation for prompt pickup prearranged. Students who will be walking home or biking home must have written parental permission on file with the school office to leave campus an hour later than usual.

Please note that for safety reasons, students’ rides must come inside upon arrival to sign out their students from Open Media Center.

        
Box Tops for Education
Published by Mary Potter on January 1, 2018
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Image of the Box Tops for Education logo on a black background

The SFCMS PTA is collecting Box Tops for Education. Box Tops may be dropped off in the Media Center or given to any homeroom teacher. Click on the logo to the left for more information on the Box Tops program.

        
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