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A special note for 8th grade parents!


Please remember that the 8th Grade Awards and Promotion Ceremony is this Thursday, June 13 at Watkins Mill High School. The ceremony begins at 7:00 pm (students should arrive at 6:30.) Parents and family members are encouraged to attend to honor student and recognize their achievements.

Watkins Mill High School
10301 Apple Ridge Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

The school is just off Watkins Mill Rd. in Montgomery Village.

The ceremony will begin with a video tribute to all 8th grade students, followed by a musical selection performed by the band and chorus. Students will receive a Certificate of Promotion and individual students will be presented awards for excellent achievements in specific categories. Our staff has worked hard to put this event together and we hope you can attend.

Also, please note that the 8th grade cruise and dance is Friday, June 14, dress is semi-formal.

Students should meet at FOMS at the usual start of the school day (by 7:55 a.m.) Buses will leave for the cruise shortly after roll and GMFO.

Parents must be at FOMS to pick up students at 2:15 p.m.


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Parent volunteers needed!


The Forest Oak Middle School Health Room is looking for volunteers from May 28 - 30 (1 per day or 2 to share the day) to help out with the Hearing and Vision screening of Grade 8 students and students who are "newly enrolled" at MCPS.

If you can help, please contact Lorelei Irons at Forest Oak at 301-670-8242 or Lorelei_Irons@mcpsmd.org.


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The Forest Oak PTA Book Fair is this week! May 20 -24


Students will have an opportunity to purchase books during the school day.

Family Book Fair night is on Tuesday, May 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m., the same evening as the students' End of Year Music concert.

Come out and support the school and buy some summer reading material!


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Principal Williams receives Ph.D from University of Maryland! Congratulations!
Click HERE for the picture


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COME TO THE LAST PTA MEETING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!


The last FOMS PTA meeting for 2012-13 is Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center.

Please come and participate to support our students. We need ideas and comments from everyone!

We will discuss:
Monthly Meeting Flyer May 14

Don't miss this very important meeting. If you know the family of any incoming 6th graders, invite them to come!

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We're almost at the end of the school year! Please let us know if you would be willing to help FOMS PTA next year. There are positions open with various time and effort requirements. Even if you have a demanding daytime schedule or travel frequently, you can still help our school to help our students.

1. This Saturday, April 20 is our Forest Oak Earth Day Clean up from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. There are limited volunteers openings for students and they MUST sign up with Ms. Stovicek in the front office this week. We would love parental volunteers, too. And we are also happy to accept any donations of flowers and mulch. We will be weeding, mulching and planting flowers to beautify the Forest Oak grounds.

2. The April FOMS Newsletter is here: April 2013 Newsletter. Please take a few minutes to download and read it. Thanks to Laura Weihrauch for putting this together!

3. The last PTA meeting of the year will be Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. Among other items, we will elect our PTA leaders for next year. If you are interested in helping in any way with the PTA next year, please email or call Val Rivers (vicepresident@forestoakpta.org). It's so much easier to plan NOW for next year than to scramble at the start of next school year.

4. Teacher Appreciation week is May 6-10, 2013. The PTA is planning an event for our staff, but please plan to send a special thank you to your student's teachers, if possible. Thank you notes, emails, small gift cards, flowers - anything at all! They work so hard all year and it's nice to say a special thanks. (NOTE: Ms. Terri Foster, FOMS Administrative Secretary, will be retiring at the end of the school year. She has been with MCPS for 20+ years and at Forest Oak since it opened!)

5. Spring Donation Drive - A flyer went home this week asking for financial donations to the PTA. Spring 2013 Donation Letter We do not have another major fundraiser planned this year, and we are requesting financial donations of any amount as an alternative. Thank you for your consideration.

6. 8th Grade End of Year Activities - There are several end of year activities remaining. Go here for specific information.

Stay tuned for more details from the school. And a reminder that a brand new, state-of-the-art Gaithersburg High School will be opening next year! What a great improvement for our students, the GHS staff and our community. It's been a LONG time coming!

Please let Val Rivers (vicepresident@forestoakpta.org) know if you have any questions.


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Please come to the final Forest Oak PTA Meetings!


Tuesday, April 9, and Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at7:00 p.m. in the Media Center

There is a lot to be done for this year and next. Please come to these important meetings!

Updates and discussions on:
Parents of 6th and 7th graders needed for PTA roles next year! Contact V. Rivers.
If you know the parent of an incoming 6th grader who would like to help, contact V. Rivers
A review of Pi Day (March 21), donations, volunteers, and the PTA.
Continued discussion about a cell phone tower on FOMS property.
Earth Day clean-up/beautification; Sat., April 20, 2013; volunteers needed. Contact B. Karray.

April PTA Flyer

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Pi Day Comes to FOMS! We need pies and volunteers!


Thursday, March 21, 2013 is Pi Day at Forest Oak. We need your donated pies. This is a big deal at the school. Every student receives a piece of pie at lunch on March 21. But we need you to donate pies to make this happen. The school has only received about 25% of the pies needed so that each student can have a piece of pie on Pi Day.

Pies must store bought, non refrigerated and NO NUTS.

Pies should be brought to the school between March 18-20.

Click here for details.

Questions can be directed to Lorraine Freeman at FOMS at Lorraine_A_Freeman@mcpsmd.org. Thank you!

Pi Day across the country is March 14th (3.14, the digits of pi); Pi Day is a day to celebrate math across the US. Since we were having MSA tests on the 14th, we had to move the date to March 21. Please help our students show that we all love math by bringing some pie and helping to serve if you can!

In addition to desperately needing pies, we also need VOLUNTEERS to help on Thursday, March 21. The PTA volunteers cut and serve the pies. We need help in the morning and all three lunch shifts. Please volunteer if you can! Click here to sign up! If you have any questions, please let Valerie Rivers, PTA VP, know asap at rivwood@verizon.net or the number on the Contact Us page.


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Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year!


From Montgomery County Public Schools

EMERGENCY MESSAGE: 3/6/2013 at 4:30 AM


Montgomery County Public Schools and all administrative offices are closed today (3/6) due to emergency weather conditions. All school and community activities in school buildings are canceled.

MENSAJES DE EMERGENCIA: 3/6/2013, 4:30 AM



Todas las escuelas y oficinas administrativas de MCPS permanecerán cerradas el día de hoy debido a las condiciones de emergencia por tiempo inclemente. Todas las actividades escolares y comunitarias en los edificios escolares quedan canceladas.


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Come to our February PTA Meeting!


Tuesday, February 12, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center

We will be discussing:

FOMS has asked for donations of individual Fruit Snack packets to support our students as they take the MSA tests in March. If you can contribute any Fruit Snacks, please drop them off at the FOMS office during business hours.

8th Grade parents are needed to support spring activities. If you are able to help, please contact Val Rivers (vicepresident@forestoakpta.org).

6th and 7th Grade parents are needed to fill positions in the PTA for next year (2013-14 school year). If you can donate a few hours to support our students, please contact Val Rivers (vicepresident@forestoakpta.org).

We have several upcoming PTA activities and volunteers would be welcome. Some of our spring events are spring fundraisers, spring membership drive, spring Bookfair, staff appreciation activities, end of year and graduation events and test support activities. Please contact Becky Karray (volunteercoord@forestoakpta.org) if you can help with any of these activities. Watch this web page for details as we get into our spring semester.

A proposal that the PTA and the FOMS PE Department work together to create a family activity night has been discussed, to be used as a fundraiser and to encourage families to be active together. There could be various activities at FOMS for families to try, supervised and supported by parent volunteers and by PE staff. Mark Alexander, a FOMS PTA parent, took the action item from the December meeting to be creative with some spring fundraising; he contacted the FOMS PE Department and together they will present the possibilities for family activity night. As always, we can use the event to promote membership and have car magnets available.

The spring 2013 PTA Newsletter has been published! Thanks to Laura Weihrauch for her super work. If you have any info on FOMS students to publish in the next newsletter, please contact her at newsletter@forestoakpta.org.

At the meeting, we will hear from PTA President Marisel Schank, Treasurer Kelly Schelling, and Principal Art Williams. December meeting minutes will be posted on the PTA Documents page to refresh memories about action items. If you have any corrections, please contact Lisa Hobbs (secretary@forestoakpta.org).

Please be sure to check out the Support FOMS page of the website for information about helping FOMS by registering your store loyalty cards. Also, please be sure to collect Box Tops coupons on Box Tops products. We received about $200.00 in the fall from the Box Tops for Education program. Keep looking for those Box Tops!

Be there at 7:00 p.m. to hear all about plans for the new year and how we can all help our kids do their best.

PTA Meeting Flyer

Parking

Please park in our school lots: in front of the school (use blue lines) and in back of the school on the basketball blacktop. You may also park in the Saybrooke Homeowners Association Swimming Pool Lot (Thank you SHA!) Please do not park in the Saybrooke neighborhood!


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Dear FOMS PTA:

The January 2013 Forest Oak Middle School Newsletter is attached! Our PTA email list is somewhat limited, so please feel free to share with other parents. We do NOT send home hard copies. Thanks to Laura Weihrauch for her time and effort in putting the newsletter together.

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm. Please join us.

Spring 2013 Newsletter

Thanks,

Valerie Rivers, FOMS PTA Vice President

P.S. If you are the parent of a 6th or 7th grader, please consider volunteering with the PTA next year. We need your help! Please email me if you can help in any way.


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Come to our February PTA Meeting!


Tuesday, February 12, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center

We will be discussing spring fundraisers, spring membership, spring Bookfair, the spring budget and upcoming PTA activities.

We will discuss a proposal that the PTA and the FOMS PE Department work together to create a family activity night to be used as a fundraiser and to encourage families to be active together. There could be various activities at FOMS for families to try, supervised and supported by parent volunteers and by PE staff. Mark Alexander, a FOMS PTA parent, took the action item from the December meeting to be creative with some spring fundraising; he contacted the FOMS PE Department and together they will present the possibilities for family activity night. As always, we can use the event to promote membership and have car magnets available.

We will hear from PTA President Marisel Schank, Treasurer Kelly Schelling, and Principal Art Williams. December meeting minutes will be posted on the PTA Documents page.

Be there at 7:00 p.m. to hear all about plans for the new year and how we can all help our kids do their best.

PTA Meeting Flyer (will come home in backpacks on February 6, last call for items to be included in the flyer is February 5, 2013).

Parking

Please park in our school lots: in front of the school (use blue lines) and in back of the school on the basketball blacktop. You may also park in the Saybrooke Homeowners Association Swimming Pool Lot (Thank you SHA!) Please do not park in the Saybrooke neighborhood!


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News for Monday, January 28, 2013
Due to weather conditions MCPS, including FOMS, will open 2 hours late.

Readiness Tone 9:50 am

GMFO and Tone 9:55 - 10:00 am

School Starts 10:00 am

Classes are about 30 minutes each. School ends at the regular time 2:40 pm

Here is the bell schedule page


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EMERGENCY MESSAGE: 1/25/2013 at 10:14 AM


Montgomery County Public Schools will close early today (Jan. 25) due to emergency weather conditions. Schools will dismiss students two and one-half hours earlier than the regular closing time. Students in morning pre-kindergarten programs and morning half-day Head Start will be dismissed at 10:30 a.m. Afternoon pre-kindergarten and other early childhood programs are canceled. All school activities also are canceled. Day care programs in school buildings will remain open as scheduled. A decision about community activities in school buildings has not been made.


MENSAJES DE EMERGENCIA: 1/25/2013, 10:14 AM


Montgomery County Public Schools cerrarán temprano hoy debido a las condiciones de emergencia por tiempo inclemente. Los estudiantes saldrán dos horas y media más temprano del horario habitual. Los estudiantes en programas de pre-kindergarten de la mañana y los estudiantes de las clases de media jornada por la mañana de Head Start saldrán a las 10:30 a.m. Los programas de pre-kindergarten de la tarde y otros programas para niños de temprana edad quedan cancelados. Todas las actividades escolares quedan canceladas. Los programas de cuidado infantil que operan en edificios escolares permanecerán abiertos según su horario programado.


Forest Oak Middle School Closes at 12:10 pm

This is the FOMS bell schedule page

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News for Thursday, January 24, 2013


Due to weather conditions MCPS, including FOMS, will open 2 hours late.


Readiness Tone 9:50 am

GMFO and Tone 9:55 - 10:00 am

School Starts 10:00 am

Classes are about 30 minutes each. School ends at the regular time 2:40 pm

Here is the bell schedule page


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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
FOMS PTA wishes all students, parents, staff and all interested FOMS supporters a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year. We all send our best wishes to the teachers and staff at FOMS for a super spring to follow such a fabulous fall. Everyone who works at Forest Oak Middle School has our deepest appreciation for the excellent instruction, support, help and guidance they provide to our students every day.

Winter break starts after school on Friday, December 21, 2012, and ends with a new school day on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Our first full PTA meeting of the new year will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center. More details on speakers and topics are to come, watch for the PTA meeting flyer in your student's backpack.

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, you're not too late! Please click on the PTA membership form link on the PTA Documents tab or below on this page, fill out the form and return it to FOMS with your check. Support your students and join the PTA for the new year.

Thanks to everyone for a very successful 2012 year!


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Come to our December PTA Meeting!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center


We will be discussing fall fundraisers, fall membership, fall Bookfair, the spring budget and upcoming PTA activities.

Our next membership opportunity will be at FOMS Talent Night on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. We will have a table with membership forms and car magnets available. If you can help the Drama Club with selling tickets (6:00 p.m.) please contact Ms. Natale or Ms. Hamilton.

We will hear from PTA President Marisel Schank, Treasurer Kelly Schelling, and Principal Art Williams.

Our special topic speakers will be the Science Department Chair, Anita O'Neill, and the Math Department Chair, Rebecca Corey. They will be discussing changes in the Science and Math programs as part of the restructuring. Restructuring has affected department goals, prompted curriculum changes, changed teaching models and strengthened staff development efforts. Come and hear about how our students are progressing!

Be there at 7:00 p.m. to hear all about the new school year and how we can all help our kids do their best.

PTA Meeting Flyer

Parking

Please park in our school lots: in front of the school (use blue lines) and in back of the school on the basketball blacktop. You may also park in the Saybrooke Homeowners Association Swimming Pool Lot (Thank you SHA!) Please do not park in the Saybrooke neighborhood!


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Fall Book Fair is Here! Online Ordering Has Started!

Parents and Students are Welcome!

Our Fall Bookfair is coming the week of November 26-30! This year's theme is All Star Readers. Students are encouraged to wear a team jersey on the day they buy books to win a free prize.

Click here for a link to our information Book Fair website and the option to buy books online. You can shop online November 19 - December 7.

The Book Fair is Open the week of November 26-30 from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Family Night is Friday, November 29 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Questions can be directed to our Book Fair Chairperson, Tessa Dalton.

Letter from the Bookfair Chairperson

Please come and support our school and our students! A portion of all book sales helps FOMS PTA buy books for the FOMS library. Parents may purchase gift certificates to help teachers build up classroom libraries.


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From Montgomery County Public Schools

EMERGENCY MESSAGE: 10/28/2012 at 2:45 PM


Montgomery County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30, due to emergency weather conditions. All school and community activities in school buildings are canceled. Administrative offices are closed Monday October 29.

EMERGENCY MESSAGE: 10/30/2012 at 10:42 AM
Refresh page to update message


Montgomery County Public Schools are opening on time Wednesday (10/31). Administrative offices also are opening on time.
How to Receive Emergency Announcements from MCPS


MENSAJES DE EMERGENCIA: 10/28/2012, 2:45 PM


Todas las escuelas de MCPS estarácerradas el dílunes, 29 de octubre y el dímartes, 30 de octubre, debido a las condiciones de emergencia por tiempo inclemente. Todas las actividades escolares y comunitarias en los edificios escolares quedan canceladas. Oficinas administrativas de MCPS permanecerácerradas el dílunes, 29 de octubre.

MENSAJES DE EMERGENCIA: 10/30/2012, 10:42 AM
Refresque la página para actualizar mensaj


Montgomery County Public Schools abrirán en su horario habitual mañana (10/31). Las oficinas administrativas también abrirán en su horario habital.
Como Recibir Anuncios de Emergencia de MCPS

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Come to our first PTA Meeting tonight!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center

We will be discussing the fall fundraisers, fall membership drive, fall bookfair, the dine-out events, and other upcoming PTA activities.

We will also hear from our President, Marisel Schank, Treasurer Kelly Schelling, and Principal Art Williams.

Be there at 7:00 p.m. to hear all about the new school year and how we can all help our kids do their best.

PTA Meeting Flyer

Parking

Please park in our school lots: in front of the school (use blue lines) and in back of the school on the basketball blacktop. You may also park in the Saybrooke Homeowners Association Swimming Pool Lot (Thank you SHA!) Please do not park in the Saybrooke neighborhood!

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Come to the Lakeforest Silver Diner for the first Dine-Out fundraiser for FOMS PTA!


FOMS PTA is partnering with the Silver Diner in Lakeforest Mall to have a Dine-Out fundraiser. A portion of the profits at the Lakeforest Silver Diner from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2012, will be donated to FOMS PTA. Come and support your students, teachers, and staff and have a wonderful family dinner at the same time. Some of our students' older siblings (High School age) will be helping at the Silver Diner as part of our fundraiser to gain SSL hours, be sure to say "hi".


Here is the link to Silver Diner for directions and a menu

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Come to Back to School Night September 6th!

Join the PTA to help FOMS staff and students!

We hope you will come and meet your student's teachers and staff and learn about the new year at FOMS. You can also meet other parents and get information about various support groups for your student. There will also be a PTA table with car magnets and membership forms; all are welcome to stop by and find out more about PTA. For only $20 per family you can support an entire year of activities at Forest Oak; in appreciation of all your hard work, teachers and FOMS staff only pay $10. Join now!

Arrive by 6:40 p.m. because parking areas can fill up quickly.

6:00 p.m. Health Class meeting in the Dining Room

6:55 p.m. Go to your student's first period class to hear a special Good Morning Forest Oak and begin your evening.

7-9:00 p.m. Go to your student's classes and see what your student's day is like.

9:00 p.m. Dismissal


Parking

Please park in our school lots: in front of the school (use blue lines) and in back of the school on the basketball blacktop. You may also park in the Saybrooke Homeowners Association Swimming Pool Lot (Thank you SHA!)
Please do not park in the Saybrooke neighborhood!

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We hope you join the PTA to help us support our students at FOMS!

Some early dates:

August 22 - PTA Board Meeting

August 23 - Practice Bus Run for incoming students, morning
Open House at FOMS 3-4:00 pm

August 27 - First Day of School

September 6 - Back to School Night at FOMS 7-9:00 pm

October 9 - First PTA Meeting at FOMS 7:00 Media Center

December 11 - PTA Meeting at FOMS 7:00 Media Center

February 12 - PTA Meeting at FOMS 7:00 Media Center

April 9 - PTA Meeting at FOMS 7:00 Media Center

May 14 - PTA Meeting at FOMS 7:00 Media Center, voting for 2013-14 PTA business

Parking

Please park in our school lots: in front of the school (use blue lines) and in back of the school on the basketball blacktop. You may also park in the Saybrooke Homeowners Association Swimming Pool Lot (Thank you SHA!)
Please do not park in the Saybrooke neighborhood!

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Join FOMS PTA!


For only $20 per family, you can help support your student(s), Forest Oak Middle School, Montgomery County PTA, and Maryland State PTA. Membership funds support PTA activities such as scholarships for students to activities, student events throughout the year, staff appreciation events, etc. If you have any questions, please contact our membership chairs Marisel and Valerie (membership( at )forestoakpta.org ).

Link to 2012-13 PTA Membership Form

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If you have any questions about FOMS PTA activities, please contact any of the PTA Officers and event chairs, email addresses are shown on the Contact Us web page.

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