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Forts Pond Elementary School

January 2019

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Important Dates for January


7 Students Return to School

14 Mallard Moms at 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

17 FPES Blood Drive 2:00 - 7:00 in Gym and PTO BINGO Night 6:30 P.M.

18 End of 2nd Nine Weeks

21 No School

25 All Pro Dads at 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

29 Report Cards Issued

30 Collaborative Planning Dismiss at 11:40


Brooke Stalnaker attended the Trotting Round the Tree horse show in Clemson on December 1st and 2nd. She came home with two 1st place ribbons which she won in western classes and 3rd and 5th place ribbons in the English classes.

Mr. Shealy's 5th grade class just celebrated 20 days of perfect attendance!

Mrs. Burnett received the Target Field Trip Grant to help 1st grade families with the cost of their field trip.

Ms. Siceloff received the W. P. Rawl School to Garden Mini-Grant.

Hour of Code

Grades 1 through 5, students joined schools around the world for Hour of Code the week of December 3. The students performed one hour of coding and received a certificate for their hard work!

If you would like to know about coding, you may go to the link below.

Hour of Code

Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy

When reviewing parent responses to our Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy, several parents asked if additional time could be added to our lunch block.

Unfortunately, we do not have any extra time within our schedule to add time to lunch.

The times for instruction which are required by Lexington One School Board and compliant with state regulations are listed below.

All elementary schools are required to provide 405 minutes of instruction time per day.

120 minutes of ELA instruction

70 minutes of Math instruction

40 minutes of Science instruction

40 minutes of Social Studies instruction

60 minutes for related art subjects (For PE students are scheduled for 60 minutes)

20 minutes for recess

20 minutes for lunch

25 minutes for Lead Time and Breakfast

This is a total of 395 minutes. This leaves 10 minutes a day for transition time to and from recess, lunch, and related arts.

If you would like additional information about this, please do not hesitate to call Michelle Smith, principal at 821-2500.

Lego Drive

We are collecting any old LEGOs that you no longer want or use to add to our supply for use at school for workshops/classes. Please bring any that you would like to donate to our drive and give to Judy Moore, Parent Liaison.

Clean out those old ones and help us at the same time! It is a WIN-WIN!!

Thanks for your support!


2018-2019 FPES yearbooks are on sale now. Order forms with information was sent home in November. Prices start at $20.00 for a soft cover yearbook. You can also order online from the link below.

Yearbook ID Code: 11855319


January 31 if paying by check or cash

February 28 if ordering online

Leaders of the Month

Grade 4k - Elijah McLendon and Kierra Jackson

Grade 5K - Alaina Brockington, Rossie Hall, Robert Fabian, Celeste Miles, Mac Dunbar, Arian Skipper, Josie Jeffcoat, and Eli Prince

Grade 1 - Jaxson Stevens, Makayla Autrey, Fayth Gordon, Emmanuel Jimenez-Rodriguez, Mack Webb, Payton Kirby, Giavanie Bartlett, and Aaron Shisler

Grade 2 - Nicholas Miles, Aimar Crispin-Leon, Hayden Hall, Kenslee Wise, Bryley Jeffcoat, Isaiah McLendon, Kensley Godfrey, and Masyn Wingard

Grade 3 - Kimberly Tomas-Morales, Bentley Towery, Jassiel Crispin Leon, Maddison Derby,

Brooke Meador, Brea Worthy, Aidan McGinniss, Abigale Dolezel, Adrianne Perza, and Ellanore Cooke

Grade 4
- Ray Ann Berry, Blane Meador, Luke Johnson, Eli Rawls , Allyssa York, Willow Baker,

Jade Voyles, Jacob Osborn, Johnny Fulmer

Grade 5
- Drew White, Brieanna McCarter, Mary Beth Isenhower, Breanna Harris, Mason Williams, Jaylyn Hoffman, Chandler Frickling, DeMilo Russell, Hunter Rawl, and Victoria Borges

Relay For Life Shirt Sales

Many of you have asked if you could purchase the Relay for Life shirts our staff wears. These will go on sale January 16 through January 25. Order forms will be sent home.

Cash or check is due when placing the order. Turn all money into the front office.

Make checks payable to FPES.


Short Sleeves $10

Long Sleeves $15

Important Date Changes

All families received an Academic Handbook and Calendar in September. Changes were made to the calendar due to severe weather causing school closings in September and October.

January 18 is now a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 and lunch will be served.

Reports Cards for 2nd Nine weeks will be issued on January 29 instead of January 11.

February 18, March 15, and April 22 will be regular school days. Theses days were originally weather make up days.

June 5 is the last day for students and will be a half day with students dismissed at 11:40.

Bottle Caps

Please save your bottle caps and send to Ms. Siceloff. She is working with a group of students on a project to be displayed inside the school.

Start the New Year Off with Good Attendance

What are the reasons for making good attendance a priority?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. What parents does not want their child to feel good about themselves? NONE! Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

What can parents do?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Counselor Corner

Welcome back to the New Year!

Our classroom lessons this month will be:

Grade 5k - Teddy Bear Friends and friendship skills

Grade 1 - Bug and A Wish to work on conflict resolution

Grade 3 - Attractors and Repellers and Friendship Skills

Grades 3-5 - Coping Skill Stations

Small Groups for grades 1 and 3 will begin soon.

Contact your child's school counselor if you have any questions or concerns about your child.

Cindy Hill grades 4k- 821-2510

Gina Mahoney 3rd-5th 821-2598

Daily Parent Engagement Tips

Check out FPES Daily Parent Engagement Tips on our school website. Below you can see two examples of tips that were on our website this week.

Emphasize progress, not perfection

Some children can be very hard on themselves. They feel like failures if they aren't the "best." To ward off this perfectionism, set reasonable goals for your child and relax about normal mistakes. And don't brush off her self-criticism. Instead, discuss it. Remind her that no one can be perfect. Point out her strengths, and teach her to use affirmative self-talk, such as "I'm proud of how hard I tried."

Improve poor study habits in 15 minutes a day

Often, children with poor study habits don't change their habits because they don't believe that a little extra effort can go a long way. To convince your child, try having him study one subject for 15 minutes longer than usual each day. He might use the time to work on difficult math problems or make up a sample test, for example. Then watch how this small extra effort affects his grades in that subject.

Leader in Me Habit 4

Habit 4 - Think Win Win

Think Win Win means everyone can win. Instead of thinking about YOU and ME, Think Win Win considers BOTH OF US. Think about a solution that will benefit everyone involved. It's easy to be selfish sometimes and to look out for what will make you happy. Think Win Win isn't about giving up what you want to make someone else happy; it's about making each side happy. It's different than the word compromise. In a compromise each person gives in a little. Think Win Win is all about taking two ideas and working together to come up with a third one that's better than each idea on its own.

Sometimes competition can happen. Unfortunately, not everyone can officially win the game. You can make everyone feel like winners though. If you win, congratulate the other team on playing a good game. Compliment them on their effort, and tell them you can't wait to play with them again. If your team doesn't win, be happy for those who did. Tell them they did a good job. Maybe ask another player to help you with your skills before the rematch. Also, try to switch teams up each time you play at recess. That way, everyone gets a chance to play with everyone.


  • Be cooperative - Have an open-minded attitude instead of a "my way or the highway" outlook.
  • Be considerate - Think about what other people want, not just what you want.
  • Be a good problem solver - Find ways to make both sides happy by choosing a third option.


The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Very Clumsy Beetle by Eric Carle

Let's Be Enemies by Janice May Udry

The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

Dragon Stew by Tom McGowen

The Checker Players by Alan Venable

Leader in Me Habit 5

Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood


I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.


· Listen with your eyes, ears, and heart. -Try to make eye contact when someone is talking to show them that you're paying attention. Use your ears to hear what they have to say and how they feel. Lastly, use your heart to empathize with them and care about what they are sharing with you.

· Repeat back what you hear. -To make sure you really understand, repeat what the other person said.


Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Veronica Knows Best by Nancy Robinson


January 15 PTO Meeting at 3:00 P.M. in cafeteria

January 17 BINGO Night at 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. Chick-Fil-A will be available for purchase.

If you are interested in serving on the dance committee for the upcoming dances, please text 803-917-5107 or email

Lost and Found

Our lost and found collection is overflowing with coats, jackets, and other items. Please help us by writing our child's name on their belongings, so we know who owns each item. This makes it easy for us to return.

If you would like to see if your child has any items in the lost and found, please come to the front office. You will be given a visitor's badge so you can look for lost items in lost and found.

Mallard Moms

January 14 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

Please join us with your child/children at our Mallard Moms meeting. We invite any mom, grandmother, aunt, or any other significant female in your child's life to come with your child/children for a light breakfast and a themed discussion and activity together. Although short in length, the time is special and will make your child's day start with pride.

For further information, please contact Judy Moore at 821-2552, or email

All Pro Dads

January 25 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

This is an open invitation to dads, grandfathers, uncles, or any other significant male who may be part of your child's life. Come enjoy a light breakfast and enjoy some "special moment" time as we strive to grow in the time we spend with our children.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. McDermet at 821-2500. You may also reach him by email at

Title I Parent Engagement

Please join us on February 1 at 8:30 A.M. for our Leader in Me Parent Lighthouse Meeting. Our Title I Parent Involvement Committee will meet at 9:00 A.M. Both meetings will be held in our Title I Parent Resource Center. We will review and discuss our 2018-2019 Title I plan and begin planning for 2019-2020. We invite you to share any suggestions or concerns you may have that will help us improve our service to you and your child.

We would like to extend a special invitation to any parents who are new to FPES. Your feedback is important and this small group setting will allow us to answer any questions you may have about Forts Pond.

If you plan to attend, please contact Mrs. Judy Moore by calling or emailing.


If you are unable to attend, but have suggestions, please email or call Michelle Smith.


A Glance at February Dates


1 LIM Parent Lighthouse Meeting at 8:30 A.M. in Parent Resource Center

School Improvement Council Meeting at 9:00 A.M. in Parent Resource Center

2 Legos and Leaders 10:00-11:30 A.M. in Learning Commons

4-8 School Counselor Week

7 4k, 5k, and 1st grade registration for 2019-2020 school year 7:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

PTO Dance for grades 3-5 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

11-15 Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Mallard Moms 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

15 No School for Students

18 Regular School Day - Not a weather make-up day

22 All Pro Dads 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

25-March 1 Read Across America Week

Math Update

Want to know how to help your child become a strong mathematician?

Help our school meet our math fluency goal for the year by studying facts with your child.

5K--addition & subtraction within 5

1st--addition & subtraction within 10

2nd--addition & subtraction within 20

3rd--multiplication & division up to 10 x 10

4th & 5th--Students are expected to be fluent with basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. They are expected to apply these skills to solve more complex problems.

ELA Academic Information

When we look back on our childhood, many of us have fond memories of being read to, of snuggling up and enjoying a favorite story with the people who love us. And it's not so much the story that we remember, but the feeling of love and security that it gave us.

It turns out that reading aloud, a time-honored tradition in so many families, is actually a wonderful way of helping children to reach their full potential.

Reading aloud to your child:

  • Builds motivation, curiosity and memory
  • Helps children cope during times of stress or anxiety
  • Takes children to places and times they have never been - enlarging and enhancing their worlds
  • Creates a positive association with books and reading

Do you need resources to be able to read aloud to your child? If so contact Judy Moore, our Title I Parent Liaison. She will be glad to help you get these resources. You may reach her by email at or by phone at 821-2552.

Reading with Boys

At FPES our data team studied last year's SC Ready ELA scores. We found that 43% of our girls in grades 3-5 scored met or exceeds in ELA while only 28% of our boys in these same grades scored met or exceeds.

There has been a lot of talk about boys and reading. Why don’t boys like to read? What can we do to encourage them to read? What is the difference in learning for boys and girls?

Here are some tips for encouraging boys to read.

1. Make Reading Active

Boys thrive on activity. Provide opportunities for boys to “act out” what they have read. For younger children, after reading a book, create puppets and put on a puppet show. For older boys, create a Readers Theater script. Have boys act out parts of the book.

2. Provide plenty of informational/nonfiction texts

Choose books based on interests. If a child is going through a truck phase, borrow books from the library about different kinds of trucks. Provide boys with nonfiction subscription magazines. There are some great ones out there: Animal Baby (National Wildlife Federation), National Geographic for Little Kids, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Ranger Rick, National Geographic for Kids.

3. Provide Male Reading Role Models

This is probably one of the most important tips! Have dad or another male read to your son every night and. They enjoy the time together and this gives them the opportunity to read gross, silly, fun books that mom might not necessarily read with her son. Equally important is for boys to see men in their lives reading themselves.

4. Graphic Novels are Boy Friendly

Boys tend to be visual learners. Therefore, graphic novels/books are excellent for boys. These are typically books that have been written in comic book form, but are not comic books (like your traditional Marvel comics). You can also find Phonic Comics by Innovative Kids. They are written on various levels for your emergent reader all the way to your independent reader. More publishers are beginning to see the need for graphic novels and are translating known stories into graphic novels for all levels of readers.

5. Make Literacy Hands-On

For the preschool age child, put pudding or flour on a cookie sheet and allow him to practice writing his name in the pudding. This is a great pre-literacy activity. For older boys, allow them to practice writing their spelling words in pudding. When they are done, they can eat the pudding!

Box Tops

Earn cash for our school with Box Tops for Education! It's easy. Box Tops are worth 10 cents each. We will use these funds to support our Leadership Clubs.

Here is how Box Tops work.

Buy the products + Clip the Box Tops + Send Box Tops to school = $$$$$

Community Events

Come Join us for the Pelion High School Varsity Baseball Team Yard Sale

Proceeds benefit the Pelion High Baseball Team

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 7A.M.-12P.M.

Where: Pelion High School Gymnasium

510 Main St Pelion, SC

Yard Sale Tables are $20 each...Vendor tables are $20. Prepaid only. Please contact Jessica Holland (821-2010), Lisa Shumpert (821-2164) or Dana Boozer (821-2058) to rent a table, or stop by the front office of Pelion High School. Tables are first come first serve and must be paid in full to secure your spot!

We will also have a silent auction, baked goods sale, concessions, and 50/50 raffle (you will not need to be present to win!)

If you have items to donate, or can donate to our bake sale, please contact Lisa or Jessica. We will start taking item donations in January and will collect baked good donations on Friday, February 1st!

Thank you for your support! Go Panthers!!!

Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

Revised 09-04-2018

Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law.

The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at