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2019 Dr. Seuss Day at FLE

Students and staff celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday at school by dressing up as characters from his iconic stories. Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born on March 2, 1904. Children and adults all over the world have enjoyed his books. His stories have also been made into countless movies and TV shows. We are happy to celebrate the birth of such an amazing author and illustrator!
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2019 Arbor Day Program and Tree Planting

1st Graders held an Arbor Day program and planted a Japanese Magnolia tree. The students planted the tree in a bare area that will become a picnic area. A group of 3rd Graders have adopted a service project for FLE that will transform this area. Visitors from the Soil & Conservation Agency came and spoke to the students and planted the tree for us. It was a very interesting and informative program.
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MDE Guidelines for teaching typing skills to Elementary students- Information for parents

MDE (Mississippi Department of Education) has developed guidance to support teachers working with K-5 students on pre-keyboarding and keyboarding skills. This guidance has been used as a part of the Computer Science for Mississippi (CS4MS) pilot project, and MDE wanted to further share it with districts.

You may click on the link included and it will take you directly to the document. You may want to read over it and learn what is recommended. If your child has access to a keyboard at home, they may want to practice!
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Valentine's Deliveries

As of the 2018-2019 school year, Valentine's Day deliveries to students and staff will not be allowed. This is located on page 35 of the Franklin County School District Student Handbook.

From the handbook: "Delivery of non-school sale items to students and staff for the celebration of Valentine's Day is prohibited. (Franklin County School Board Policy KK)"
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Remind text service ending for Verizon customers

From the Remind Team: We’re sorry to write with disappointing news. Recently, we learned that Verizon will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for us to continue supporting free text messaging for anyone who has Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. Please read on for all the important details—we promise to keep this as short as we can.
What’s happening?
To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that our users receive or send. Now, Verizon is charging Remind an additional fee intended for companies that send spam over its network. Your Remind messages aren’t spam, but our efforts to resolve the issue with Verizon haven’t been successful.
As a result, the Verizon fee will increase our costs of providing text messaging by 11X—pushing our annual costs into the millions of dollars. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan with Verizon.
How will this affect you?
Beginning January 28, 2019, the people in your classes who normally get your Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if they have Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier.
What can you do?
To make sure people in your classes continue receiving your messages, ask them to download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge. Our team’s also working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and we’ll share more details with you before January 28.
In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to make sure educators, students, and parents have access to effective communication. To do this, we need your help: If using Remind has made a positive impact in your classroom, at your school, or anywhere in between, please ask Verizon to reverse the fee here: www.remind.com/verizon-fee
We’re very grateful for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon with an update.
Sincerely,
The Remind team
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