December 2, 2020
Issue 16
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
Dear Fisher Families,

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely week off. I was grateful to spend quality, quiet time with my immediate family. I hope each of you found time to relax and rejuvenate as well.

Enclosed in today’s Flyer are dates and times for upcoming Principal Chats regarding the LGUSD Re-opening. I hope you can join us for one of these informational sessions. Also, please be sure to complete the Google form to indicate your family’s plans for your child/ren. This form must be completed by December 7 at 9am. 


Thank you all for your continued support! 

Take care and stay well.

Mary Lonhart
Principal 
PRINCIPAL'S CHAT
Please join me on Zoom for a
Principal’s Chat 

Please join me to learn more about the plans for the January 2021 return. I will share a brief slide deck and answer questions.  

Tuesday, December 1, 5-6pm (already occurred)
Wednesday, December 2, 12noon-1pm (already occurred)
Friday, December 4, 9-10am 

Use this link to join the meeting: https://lgusd-org.zoom.us/j/95793671151
SPREAD THE FISHER HOLIDAY SPIRIT
December 7-13
A Week of Community Spirit and Cheer 

Please join us in supporting local Los Gatos businesses during
this holiday season and you will receive a benefit as well!
Athleta in Los Gatos is supporting our local community with the following generous offerings:
  • 20% off one item when you mention Fisher Middle School
  • Sign up for the rewards program and you will be entered into a raffle to receive one of the following items:
  • $50 gift card (total of 2 in the raffle)
  • $25 gift card (total of 2 in the raffle)
  • $15 gift card (total of 2 in the raffle)

Please note that this offer is for the the 105 N Santa Cruz, Los Gatos location only.
As a Fisher Family, receive 10% off our entire purchase
for the week of December 7-13th!

Thank you to Automobuild - locally owned toy store! Please visit in store (100 North Santa Cruz Avenue), online at automobuild.com or by phone.  

Please visit early for the best opportunities & selection. Complimentary gift wrapping! Call Automobuild to purchase by phone 408-402-3818 or text 408-655-2199. Pre arrange personal shopping times or plan ahead for curbside delivery! Please use the code Fisher2020 for your 10%. 
Receive one free bundtlet with any $20 cake purchase!

Limit one offer per guest, per day. Show Fisher ID or flyer printout to redeem offer. Must be claimed at the Los Gatos bakery during normal business hours. Not valid for online orders or with any other offer. No cash value. 

Please note that this offer is for the 421 N Santa Cruz location only.
FAMILY FUN COOKING EVENT

Looking for a fun way to spend an evening with the family? Join us for a professional chef-led cooking night on Sunday, December 13th that will engage your family and produce an amazing dinner for all. Details are on our website.
SCIENCE SHOW AND TELL NEEDS YOU!

WHAT: The 7th-grade science team is hosting a Show and Tell the week of Monday 12/14-Thursday 12/17

WHO: Fisher Community members who are in the science, tech, engineering or medical fields OR people who have been affected by these fields.

To find out more, complete the following Google form using the QR code or email Vanessa Nabokov- vnabokov@lgusd.org
HOLIDAY BREAK SCHEDULE CHANGE
December 14-17 Schedule 

The December break is fast approaching! Please make sure to put these schedule changes in your calendar so that we can accommodate a shorter remote learning week.

To note, the Period 1 Check-ins on Tuesday and Thursday are mandatory class periods. Teachers will be providing individual check-ins as well as some holiday fun! 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING UPCOMING STUDENT PRESENTATION
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, December 15th 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/y9jn3f9d
MENTAL HEALTH 101:
WHEN SHOULD PARENTS WORRY?
Mental Health 101: When Should Parents Worry?
Shashank Joshi, MD, Stanford School of Medicine
Monday, December 7, 2020, 5:00pm – 6:15pm PT, Live Event (Webinar)
Info & Tickets: https://mentalhealth2020phcd.eventbrite.com
Please note that tickets for this event are free.
How can parents support the mental health of children and teens, especially during a pandemic? With rates of anxiety and depression on the rise, many parents wonder: Should I be worried?
Join us for an important conversation with Shashank Joshi, MD, Stanford psychiatrist and an expert in mental health and suicide prevention, on how parents and schools can promote youth mental wellness. Learn how to identify and support students impacted by mental health concerns, and how to recognize the signs of suicidality.
Parents (K-12), educators, clinicians, and community members welcome! Free admission. This  special presentation is sponsored by Peninsula Health Care District, in partnership with The Parent Venture.
Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at cmargot@parentventure.org
LGUSD WELLBEING PRESENTATION
LIBRARY CORNER
The Fisher Library is now offering "Activities to Go" kits!

Take a break from screens and try a new craft with all the materials you need. December's craft is a Snow Globe Card (picture included!).

Library books and Activity Kits are available for pickup every Wednesday afternoon from 2-3 pm and Friday mornings from 8-9 am in front of the Fisher main office. Books and kits must be requested in advance. Browse the Alexandria catalog, then put your choices on hold. You will get an email notification (usually within 24 hours) that your books and/or activity kit is ready for curbside pickup. Here are a few links that can help you borrow books from our library.

FISHER LIFE NEWS
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
Follow the RJF Instagram Page to stay updated on student life, activities, clubs, and more!

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
  • 12/4 Principal's Chat, 9:00 - 10:00AM, Teleconference
  • 12/7 LGUSD Wellbeing Presentation, 9:00AM, info above
  • 12/7 Mental Health 101 Presentation, 5:00 - 6:15PM, Webinar
  • 12/7 Be Seen and Heard Presentation, 6:30PM, info above
  • 12/15 Regular Board Meeting, 6:00 - 8:30PM, Teleconference
  • 12/15 Parenting Continuum Workshop, 6:30 - 8:00PM, Teleconference
  • 12/17 - 1/3 December 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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