The Fulton Flier

Week of November 8th

Dear Fulton Families,

It’s time for sweet treats! FES is having a Fundraiser at Nothing Bundt Cake! Yes, those yummy bundt cakes and just in time for Pumpkin Season! FES receives 20% of the earnings and the money will go towards Staff Appreciation. Our staff are superheroes who go above and beyond each day, and we are always looking for fun and creative ways to say thank you! This fundraiser will help us to do that. Stop by Nothing Bundt Cake in Columbia on November 15th and grab some yummy dessert, just be sure to mention FES. You can also pre-order and pick-up sweet treats on the 15th. If you are ordering online, under Special Instructions note Supporting FES.


Dr. Burks

Quarter 1 Report Cards

As a reminder, you will be able to view your child's report card on Wednesday, November 10th at 5:00pm via HCPSS Connect Synergy. To access your child's report card, please review these directions: accessing report cards online.

Please review some frequently asked questions we are receiving:

  • What will my child's report card look like? Understanding your child's report card

  • Why is there a mismatch between what is in Canvas and my child's report card? Grades in Canvas reflect a student’s mastery of instruction taught in that moment of time. Grades will NOT be averaged, rather they reflect a continuum of development and mastery based on instruction provided on the standards. For example, you may see a grade from the earlier part of the quarter where your child was just beginning to learn that standard; however, by the end of the quarter, your child may have a better understanding of that standard. Additionally, our teachers collect and record anecdotal and observational data on a daily basis; which may not be all inputted into Canvas.

  • What are learning behaviors? Learning Behaviors for Students K-5: Learning behaviors are naturally taught and reinforced throughout the school year. They are developed and reinforced at school and at home. At school, there are lessons or instructional activities to develop students’ understanding of the behaviors and practice them in authentic settings. Teachers also model and reinforce learning behaviors during daily activities. Please click here to learn more about HCPSS learning behaviors.

  • Why is my child's related arts and health grade grayed out on the report card? As a reminder, Health and Related Arts grades will be noted semesterly on your child's report card. As such, both of these areas will be grayed out on your child's report card for quarter 1.

Answers to frequently asked questions on grades and testing can be found online.

Dressing for Cooler Weather

We are having a beautiful fall and now the temperatures are getting cooler. Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess and physical education, or any other outdoor activity when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit or the heat index reading is less than 95. For outdoor seating, we will continue eating outside until the weather drops below 50degrees.

Please be sure your child is dressed warm enough for outdoor recess and outdoor lunch. Please be sure you label your child's jackets and sweatshirts.

Upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences

Beginning, TODAY, November 8th, parents/guardians may begin signing up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be held virtually through Google Meet and be held with your child's homeroom teacher. The focus of our fall conferences will be in the area of English/Language Arts.

Directions for How to Register for a Parent Teacher Conference

To schedule a conference with a related arts teacher, please contact that teacher directly via email in order to set up a time during the conference window.

**If you do not see the conference option, you are most likely logged in as your child. Log out and log in again with your parent login.

Parents and guardians will be able to schedule conferences in HCPSS Connect through Thursday, November 18. After that time, any changes to conference schedules will need to be communicated directly with the teacher.

Message from our Counseling Corner

November is National Gratitude Month! Check out the monthly HCPSS Elementary School Counseling Newsletter for ideas for how to practice gratitude every day. Mrs. Shields and Mrs. Wilson-Carr are always available to help support you and your family!

From Our Culture & Belonging Team...

Did you know Native American Heritage Month is a recognition of the significant contributions of Native peoples past and present and the influence they have had on the advancement of the United States. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.

Did you know Diwali is known as the “Festival of Lights” and is a Hindu holiday widely celebrated in India and across the Hindu Diaspora. The word Diwali derives from Sanskrit and means “a row of lights.” Festivities include the illumination of lights, candles, firecrackers, and diyas (clay lamps) to symbolize the victory of good over evil, inner light over spiritual darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali is a time for gathering with loved ones, celebrating life, and committing to making the right decisions in life!

The PTA Perch

Upcoming PTA Meeting

11/9, Tuesday 7 – 8pm

Please join us to discuss important topics at FES.

Join with Google Meet or by phone

(US) +1 402-685-0229 (PIN: 695766135)

Upcoming Events This Week

11/13 | 11am-6pm

Head over for lunch or an early dinner at Hudson Coastal, mention FES and a portion of proceeds will go to our school.

11/13 and 11/14 | 10am meeting at FES for those interested

The highly anticipated Fulton Falcon Trot is almost here! See flier below for important information including packet pick-up!

Sneak peek for next week

11/15 Poofy Cotton Candy orders begin

11/16 Taco Food Truck in Maple Lawn

Spirit Wear Sale

Visit to get FES spirit wear for the whole family! Pre holiday sale begins 11/10. See flier for details.

Food Drive
12/6 | 5-7:30PM | Reservoir High School Bus Loop
FES is teaming up with other local schools again for a Food Drive. Please bring non-perishable and canned food items to be donated to low-income older adults living in Howard County.

Book Fair Chair Needed

FES PTA is looking for a bookfair chairperson! We are planning to host the Book Fair at Futon Elementary this spring and we need an AMAZING parent volunteer (or two) in order to do so. The Chair(s) will be responsible for promoting and organizing the Book Fair, coordinating and recruiting volunteers, supervising the book fair set-up/break down, being responsible for the register and available to open and close the book fair on a daily basis during the week of the fair.

Upcoming Dates

Please visit or subscribe to the FES Calendar Webpage to view important upcoming dates:

  • November 8th: Parent Teacher Conference Schedule Opens at 8:30 AM

  • November 9th: Vision & Hearing Screening; PTA Meeting- 7:00pm

  • November 10th: Report Cards Issued via Synergy @ 5:00pm

  • November 13th: 11:00am-6:00pm PTA Fundraiser @ Hudson Coastal

  • November 13th & 14th: 10:00am @ FES Virtual Falcon Trot Fun Run

  • November 15th: PTA Poofy Cotton Candy Orders Begin

  • November 16th: PTA Taco Food Truck in Maple Lawn

  • November 22nd: Early Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 23rd: Early Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 24th: School Closed for Students; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 25th-26th: School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Happenings around our Fulton Community

Update regarding the Covid vaccination for children ages 5-11

CHD released an update regarding the Covid vaccination for children ages 5-11. The link is provided.

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Worth Repeating


This week, our school collected 477 more pairs of socks for the homeless!!! That's our largest week of this whole campaign! That brings our school total in October to 1,618 pairs of socks collected and donated!!!

Through these efforts, FES was able to donate to various different organizations such as Grassroots Day Resource Center in Jessup, MD, Grassroots 24-hour Shelter/Resource Center in Columbia, Md, as well as to our Health Room.

Thank you to Mrs. Jillian O'Brien who spearheaded these efforts.

Make-up Picture day & 5th Grade Panoramic is November 3rd!

Student photographs were sent home on Monday, October 25, 2021. If your child did not bring them down, please contact your child's teacher.

Photo retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 2021. On this day, students who were absent on picture day will have their photos taken. Additionally, if you are not satisfied with the photo of your child and would like the picture to be re-taken, you must return the complete set of photos you received. Please send them in with your child on or before November 3rd.

Also on November 3rd, our 5th graders will be taking their 5th grade panoramic picture.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Leslie Brickner (

From our Culture & Belonging Team...

In the month of November, we are going to be celebrating Native American Heritage Month and Food Traditions!

  • All grade level canvas pages will have these interactive slides uploaded by Monday, November 1st

  • Please use this link to fill out a google form about Native American Heritage and Food Traditions. The responses will be shared on our Belonging Bulletin Board located outside of the nurses office. If you would like to participate, you are welcome to as well! Click the link to fill it out!

    • How do you celebrate Native American Heritage? Who do you look up to that is of Native American descent? Do you have a favorite food tradition? What are some of your favorite recipes and meals?

  • Please feel free to have your students send in recipes or pictures (drawn or printed) of their favorite meals or dishes! These will be shared on the announcements and on our bulletin board! If your student wants to send in a google slide with a recipe or a picture please share it with If your child wants to bring in a paper copy, please hand it in to their teacher and the teachers will pass it on to me!

Hearing and Vision Screening November 9th at FES

The Howard County Health Department and HCPSS School Health Services support your student's academic success by providing vision and hearing screenings at your child's school. These screenings are required by Maryland State Law. These screenings will be held at Fulton Elementary School on November 9, 2021. Hearing & Vision re-screening will take place on November 17, 2021.

Screenings are provided to the following students:

  • Students in Kindergarten,
  • 1st and 8th grades
  • All students K-8 new to the state of Maryland that do not have a record of prior vision and hearing screening within the last 12 months
  • High School students enrolling in the public school system in the United States for the first time

If your child has glasses, please make sure that he or she wears them on the screening day.

Your child will receive these screenings unless you object for religious reasons. Please send a letter to your child's school health room if you choose to opt out of the Health Department screenings.

If your child does not pass either the vision or hearing screen, you will receive a letter from his or her school notifying you of this result. It is then recommended that you take your child to have his or her vision evaluated by an eye care specialist or that you contact your child's medical provider for a referral to an audiologist for a complete hearing evaluation. A vision screening does not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Toler ( or the Vision and Hearing Program Supervisor at 410-313-7210. If you need information about the Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program, please contact the Howard County Health Department at 410-313-5845.