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Enriching the Lives of our FACS students

What will become of FACS???

I had an interesting conversation with a colleague today about the “Future of FACS”…  Where are we going?  How can we get more 8th grade students involved???  Are we the dying program of the schools – I would hope not – I fight too hard to keep this program going…

Some points that were brought up…

  •  Gone are the days of measuring spices and spending hours in the kitchen cooking – Fewer people cook, more people are going out for dinner or using a microwave
  • Sewing is a skill that few people have – but that is necessary for clothing repair, as well as other repairs around the home.  EX:  I recently had a bedspread that had come apart on the seam – That comforter cost over $200 when I purchased it as a set – A few cents of thread and some sewing skills prevented me from having to purchase a new one.
  • Sewing is a something that is done at the dry cleaner – Many have the opinion that if it tears, rips or otherwise is “ruined” they will just get rid of it and go buy new – But this is a very costly option.  Learning basic sewing skills allows students to save a lot of money.
  • Childcare is a skill that all students should know about – whether it is for babysitting skills, or caring for their own children when they are older, and this skill is taught in FACS.
  • Money Management is not taught in any other classes in middle school, and if a student does not take the required Business classes in high school, they will never learn that skill – and don’t you think money management is important these days???

So is FACS important in middle school and 8th grade???  What are your thoughts on this?  Do you think 8th grade FACS is necessary and needed, or is it a thing of the past?  You know my opinion will be partial on this because I am passionate about the curriculum I teach and feel all students should be prepared for the “real world” outside.  But what do you think is necessary for students to learn in FACS?  What would make it more interesting for them to participate in the program?  How can we get the word out that FACS is an important part of a students’ development into becoming a responsible adult.

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More photos from Art Night

Since I was in charge of the melted snowmen cookies in the kitchen, I was not able to go around and take pictures of the other areas of art night – I did, however, manage to get Mr. Runfola to send me some of the pictures that he took at Art night so we could post them on here…  Thank you Mr. Runfola for the wonderful pictures and thank you to all of those who participated or helped during art night!

Mrs Allen

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2nd semester FACS4FUN dates

Mrs. Duhring and I have set the dates for the rest of the year for FACS4FUN… Should there be a snow day those dates will change, and I will send out an email to let you know about that change.

The dates for FACS4FUN second semester are March 7, March 21, April 5, April 26, May 10, May 16, and June 6.  We do the same activity on months that we meet twice, so your child will only need to come to one of those during that month.  A purple paper is being sent home with your child with information about FACS4FUN and the permission slip that is needed.  If your child was in the first semester of FACS and would still like to participate in FACS4FUN, please have them come to my room for a permission slip to be completed.

We look forward to many more FUN FACS activities throughout the rest of the school year – You can se previous activities on the blog for the gummy treats, popcorn, amish friendship bread and more.

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Have a wonderful day!

~Mrs. Allen

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