Update from Maisha Rounds: May 25, 2022

Update from Maisha Rounds: May 25, 2022
Posted on 05/25/2022

Asian American Month

Happy Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

Let's celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders this month! This week we honor notable scientists:

SEL Skill of the month:
Empathy - Feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling


Important Dates

  • 5/18-5/20 - Dr. Rounds out (Contact admin team for assistance)
  • 5/25 - Infection Control Team Meeting 2:30-3PM
  • 5/27 - FUN FRIDAY
  • 6/3 - School Council 8:30AM
  • 6/10 - PTO meeting
  • 6/8 - PICTURE DAY! (8:30-10:30AM individual portraits; 2PM. Staff group photo in the gym)
  • 6/13 - Courageous Conversations 6-7:30PM
  • 6/17 - FUN FRIDAY
  • 6/24 - 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony 9-10AM
  • 6/24 - FMA Talent Show 1-3:30PM


Celebrations and Shout Outs

  • Congratulations to longtime FMA custodian, Leo Soriano, on his retirement! We are thankful for Leo's committed service and wish him well in this new chapter of his life!
  • Shout out to 2nd and 3rd graders for being great friends and including others!
  • National Speech Language Pathologist day was Wednesday, May 18th. Shout out to our rockstar FMA SLPs - Lauren Finer, Stephanie York, and Caroline Crosby!
  • "Thank you to the FMA team for all that you do to support our students' communication skills everyday. You make FMA a great place to be an SLP! Here's a cool link about what an SLP does! It was shared with us by a fellow CPS SLP" - Stephanie York, Speech Language Pathologist
  • Remember to follow FMA on Twitter and Facebook
  • Do you have celebrations and shout outs to share? Please email them to [email protected] by 12noon on Thursdays to be included in the Weekly "Round"-Up.

Student Attendance
Chronic absenteeism is down to 8.1%. Keep going, FMA!

5th Grade Moving On Ceremony 6/24
The 5th grade Moving On Ceremony will take place Friday, June 24th on Zoom. We will start at 9AM and end by 10AM. More information to come as the date approaches.

Staffing Updates
Longtime FMA custodian Leo Soriano retired this week. We are eternally grateful for his years of dedicated service to the staff and students at FMA and we wish him well in his retirement!

Ms. Sarah Fisenne will be leaving FMA at the end of the year. She shares the following:

"I wanted to let you all know I won’t be returning to FMA next year. My husband was offered his dream job, and we will be relocating for that to NC in August (closer to my family which is a bonus). I am sad to be leaving you all. You all have made me feel so welcomed at the school. I will miss all of you very much, as I will also miss the students. I will be working as an OT in the public schools in NC, and am looking forward to taking all the lessons and wisdom I have learned from you all with me to my new school district.

This past year has been a challenging year, but I am so glad that I had all of you by my side for it. I am looking forward to my family’s new adventure, and will cherish the time I had working with you all."

MCAS Updates
The science MCAS for GRADE 5 is May 25th and 26th. Again please mark your calendars with these dates. Please make sure your scholars get a good night’s rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time on testing days.

Sisters With a Dream Updates
Thank you so much for your support of the girls’ inventions! We submitted the girls’ entries into the Massachusetts Invention convention, where they received feedback from judges. Over 150 students from across the state participated! You can see the girls who submitted on the slideshow in the Awards Ceremony - Marianna’s Masks earned a Merit Award for the number of iterations she submitted!

Until Next Week,

Dr. Maisha Rounds

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