Fordham Family Times

March Newsletter

Meet Ms. Almgren-Our School Library Media Specialist

My name is Maggie Almgren, and I am the Library Media Specialist at Fordham! Before becoming the librarian, I was a teacher in Marion County, teaching kindergarten and first grade for the last seven years. I grew up right down the road from our school. I graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!).

I love hanging out with our students in the library and around the school. Sharing my love of books and learning has become my favorite part of my job. Reading strengthens learners by building background knowledge and encouraging creative thought.

When I don't have my nose in a good book, I enjoy crafting, going to Disney World, riding my horses with my mom, and hanging out with my dog, Kylo.

Thank you for the opportunity to build relationships and teach your children.

It's Official....

We are licensed to work with the Marion Afterschool Program to offer extended day opportunities for Fordham students for the 2023-2024 school year. This will also include aftercare programming for incoming VPK students. More information, including fee rates, will be sent in the near future.

Character Word of the Month: Fairness

March Calendar

The March Monthly Calendar has been printed and will be sent home for your convenience. The calendar can also be referenced using the link below.

We Need Your Help!

In April, the bunny will be making his way to Fordham Early Learning Academy to leave eggs for all the students. The bunny needs small individually wrapped candy (no chocolate) or small trinkets to fill all the eggs. We will be accepting donations from March 20-31, and we thank you for your continued support of our school.

If you are interested in helping fill eggs at the school, please get in touch with Linda Spencer at 352-671-4925.

Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser Night

Mark your calendars. We are planning a Chuck E. Cheese fundraiser night on Thursday, March 9. Families are invited to Chuck E. Cheese between 3:00-9:00 P.M. to purchase food and/or play games. Fordham staff will join the fun between 4:30-6:30 P.M. We hope you can celebrate with us while our school earns 20% of the profits between 3:00-9:00 P.M. that evening.
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FortifyFL-Suspicious Activity Reporting App

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.

The Free Little Library is Now Open

Our free little library is now open. It is located at the front of the school on the sidewalk. You can stop by with your child to browse our awesome book collection. You can borrow a book, trade a book, or donate a book. Happy reading!

Oh What Fun We Had in February!

Equal opportunity School District

Students in Marion County are entitled to certain rights, standards, and protections, including those of due process, equal opportunity protection, accurate and confidential recordkeeping, safeguards to health and safety, and access to suitable employment. The School Board is committed to affording students the benefits of these rights, standards, and protections.

Students who feel that they have questions concerning this matter have the right and the responsibility to discuss such questions with the school's administration.

The Marion County School District does not discriminate based on race (including anti-Semitism), ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability (including H.I.V., AIDS, or sickle cell trait), pregnancy, religion, marital status, age (except as authorized by law), military status, ancestry, or genetic information, which are classes protected by State and/or Federal law (collectively, "protected classes") in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices as required by Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Age Discrimination Act of 1967, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Florida Educational Equity Act of 1984. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation. The District also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boys Scouts of America Equal Access Act.

Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or harassment may be sent to the below-designated personnel at 1614 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, FL 34471. Retaliation against an individual who files a report is prohibited.

A.D.A., Title IX, and Equity Compliance: Dawana Gary, Director, Equity and Ethics Phone: (352) 671-7711,

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Section 504 Compliance: Anne Howie, Coordinator, E.S.E. Curriculum Phone: (352) 671-6832,

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Student Complaints: Danielle Livengood, Director, Secondary Curriculum, Instruction & Digital Learning Phone: (352) 236-0505, email address:

Thank you to our School Business Sponsor

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