November 4, 2020
Issue 13
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
Dear Fisher Families,

Welcome to November and our days of giving thanks. There is so much going on in the world around us and the steadfastness of Fisher Middle School fills me with gratitude. Thank you to our parents, students and staff for your continued support.  

Today’s Fisher Flyer is filled with lots of important information! Please read on for more.  

Take care and stay well.

Mary Lonhart
Principal 
VETERAN'S DAY HOLIDAY WEEK SCHEDULE
November 9-13, 2020
In an effort to provide equitable instructional time during a holiday week, students will be following the schedule below. We recognize that change is difficult, and we have had many of them. In an effort to help with this, this schedule will be posted on our website, will be posted in teachers’ Google classrooms, and we will send a daily email reminder to families. Thank you for your flexibility and support.  

To note, the period 1 “Special Program” on Tuesday and Thursday are mandatory class periods. Teachers will be providing activities focused on Veterans’ Day and the election process.
FISHER PILOT PROGRAMS
November - December 2020
Thank you to our staff and teachers who have volunteered to support small group, pilot programs on campus. Thus far, we are supporting the following small group programs: 
*Yearbook Class
*CASSY Counseling 
*After School Sports Conditioning
*English Language Learners Study Hall
*Spanish Conversation Group 
*STEAM Lab 
*Stringed instruments 
 
We continue to explore our options and add to our list. Thank you for your continued support! 
PHOTO DAYS ARE COMING!
We are thrilled to be offering picture days for all of our students. It is imperative that your child participate in this important event to be included in the yearbook and to receive their 20.21 student ID card.  
Picture Days: 
November 12, 13, 16, and 19
11:00-4pm 

This will be a drive-thru, picture day plan. Parents will drive through the Fisher parking lot and follow the signs for this touchless event. Please come on any of the above days, between 11-4, that works for you and your family. Picture order forms will be available on our website and at this link.
PARENTING CONTINUUM WORKSHOP
Preparing our Children for Tomorrow’s Headlines
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Brought to you by Parenting Continuum

A workshop for parents and guardians of Elementary to Middle School children
Free- Thanks to your One Community LG donations

Date: Thursday, Nov 12th 2020
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: On-line via this zoom link


A global pandemic, wildfires, political elections, and school re-opening are just a few hot topics in the headlines today. Hearing and engaging in the conversations around these things can have us all feeling a little anxious. Are you prepared to effectively talk with your family about these current news events? 

Parenting Continuum is hosting a 90-minute workshop with Common Sense Education and Project Cornerstone on tips and techniques to prepare our children for tomorrow's headlines. You will leave this highly interactive session with:

  • Strategies for better communication with your family using the research-based Developmental Assets framework to help children and teens gain skills needed to make good choices, take responsibility and become independent and fulfilled adults. (For more information on the Developmental Assets framework, go to: https://www.ymcasv.org/ymca-project-cornerstone/developmental-assets)
  • Tips and techniques for navigating potentially sensitive topics with elementary and middle school children in a complex media environment
  • Greater confidence as a parent or guardian to acquire healthy mind habits and digital citizenship- how to use technology in a safe, responsible and effective way

Come to this session to ready yourself as a parent/guardian, improve your family relationships & dynamics, and help create a calm and supportive home environment where children can become their best.

Register for this on-line zoom event now using this link:https://tinyurl.com/y5enqzb7
SWAG BAGS!
For those students who missed the opportunity to pick one of our awesome swag bags, please stop by the school to get yours! Swag bags will be available outside the school on:
Monday, November 9 from 11AM - 2PM
Tuesday, November 10 from 11AM - 2PM
HALLOWEEN CONTEST WINNERS
Thank you to all of our Halloween Costume Contest participants. Your positive spirit and enthusiasm made for a great day!  

Congratulations to our Halloween Costume Contest Winners

Best Homemade Costume
Oliver O as Smarty Pants

Most Clever Costume
Medha S as “Working from Home”

Sweetest Sisters Costume
Sophie and Georgina C 

Scariest Costume (tie)
Kabir K and SJ E

Loveliest Costume (tie)
Maddie N and Noe W 

Most Contemporary Costume
Kaley D as the Tik Tok Juice Guy and Minwoo K as a bottle of Purell

Coolest Costume
Roobins S as a CSI Detective 

Most Retro Costume (tie)
Ashton R as Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future and Yasuke T as the Karate Kid

Funniest Costume
Darcy A and her shark dog 

Best Family Costume
Aliana and Iliana F  

Prizes, generously donated by our Home and School Club, will be mailed to the winners’ homes. Thanks!!
JOIN A CLUB @ FISHER
Fisher Clubs
Get involved
Stay connected
Bring a friend
Meet new friends!

Interested in joining a club? ​There are so many clubs to choose from! Baking, traveling, airplanes, social impact, robotics, and more...!  ​To learn more about specific clubs and when they meet, visit our Clubs page. Specific information on how to join and login to a club can be found on your student's Fisher Life page in Google Classroom.

*New Club Coming Soon*
Discourse Club
Do you like to express your opinion and prove to people that you are right? Then this is the club for you. Each Monday we will meet to discuss a new topic. We will have lots of fun and at the same time, we will improve our speaking skills.
Moderator: Ms. Weiss
Start date: Monday, November 16th
Meetings schedule: Mondays during lunch
COMMUNITY SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Thank you to the Los Gatos Lions Club for their generous support and donation of our CASSY program. On 10.30.20, the chairpersons of the Lions Club presented Fisher with a check for $8467.37 to support our CASSY program. 

Thank you LG Lions!!
FISHER FUNDRAISING NIGHTS AT FIRENZA
Tuesday 11/17 and Thursday 11/19
Fisher Fundraiser with Firenza Pizza!

Please stop in at Firenza Pizza on November 17th and/or November 19th for a terrific bite to eat.

20% of all sales associated with Fisher will come back to us so that we can support our students and faculty!

Here is what you need to do:
  • Head on over to Firenza on November 17th and/or November 19th.
  • Place an order for some delicious food.
  • Mention Fisher Middle school when ordering in person or online.
  • You can even purchase gift cards and Fisher still gets the 20% credit!
  • An added bonus - anyone who orders will also receive a coupon for a future order.
FISHER LIFE NEWS
Follow the RJF Instagram Page to stay updated on student life, activities, clubs, and more!

FISHER YEARBOOKS ON SALE
Fisher Yearbooks on Sale NOW!

Don't miss your chance to purchase the historic 2020-2021 yearbook! This is the first yearbook that will be created with help from the ENTIRE student body. Not only that, but this book will also document a time in our history that will not be forgotten for generations to come. 
 
8th-Grade parents - you may also purchase a yearbook recognition ad for your student to commemorate their success and achievements as a Trojan. 

Click HERE to get your Yearbook
LIBRARY CORNER
Easy Curbside Book Pick-Up at Fisher !

Curbside pick-up from the Fisher Library is available on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3 pm and Friday mornings from 8-9 am. Browse the Alexandria catalog for all the books the Fisher Library has to offer, then put your choices on hold for curbside pickup each week! This video will show you how to find and request books for curbside pickup.

You can also borrow e-books from the Fisher Library (and the Santa Clara County library system) using Sora. Check the library website for more information.
REMOTE LEARNING ATTENDANCE

Please contact Fisher Attendance for any of the following reasons during remote learning:

  • Your student cannot log into class — email the teacher and Fisher Attendance immediately. 
  • Your student was delayed logging into class.
  • Your student is absent, at an appointment, or leaving class early.

Be sure to provide the student’s full name and reason that s/he is absent or leaving class early. This will help us accurately track attendance. 

Please note: After 72 hours, any absence that has not been confirmed by a parent will be considered an unexcused absence.

Attendance Line: 408-335-2385

Thank you,
Molly and Nancy, Fisher Attendance Office 
IMPORTANT LINKS
When you have questions and concerns about your specific student... we have awesome people to help! Please contact the appropriate person for your student: 
Assistant Principal Clare Vickers: students’ last name A-K
Assistant Principal Paul Brennan: students’ last name L-Z 
Counselor Kristie Mullikin: students’ last name A-K
Counselor Jolie Rutledge: students’ last name L-Z 

Watch our LGUSD District Meetings live to learn more about what goes on in our district. The schedule, agendas, and teleconference links for both regular and special board meetings are located via LGUSD.

Chromebook Reminder
All Fisher students should be using an LGUSD-provisioned Chromebook. Purchase, loaner, and repair information can be found on our website.

Want to help your student navigate Google Classroom?
We've put together some tips and tricks that might make life easier. 
CALENDAR
Never miss an important date!
View and subscribe to the Fisher H&SC Google calendar
Daily school schedule information can be found on the RJ Fisher calendar
UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 11/9 and 11/10 Swag Bag pick up @ Fisher, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • 11/11 Veterans Day, no classes (schedule change information above)


  • 11/12, 11/13, 11/16, 11/19 Fisher Student Photo Days, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, information above

  • 11/17 and 11/19 Fisher Fundraiser at Firenza Pizza, more information above



  • 11/23 - 11/27 Thanksgiving Recess, no classes
RJ Fisher Middle School
19195 Fisher Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Mary Lonhart, Principal
Phone: 408-335-2300 | Attendance Line: 408-335-2385
Fisher Home and School Club
Heather LeRoy, President president@fisherhsc.org

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