Mid-Week Fulton Flier

November 11, 2020

Dear Fulton Family,


Last Friday, November 6, 2020 marked the end of our first quarter. While we recognize the many challenges that our Fulton community has faced throughout the quarter, we also want to celebrate the patience, grace, resilience, heart, and rallying together that emerged throughout our Fulton Family during this time.


Since September 8th, parents, guardians, and caregivers have worked tirelessly alongside our teachers and staff to support our students with learning in a completely new way. Our PTA has supported students throughout the 1st quarter with various activities such as our virtual fun run and KidzArt classes. Our teachers and staff have learned new technology, and engaged students virtually in their learning through both asynchronous and synchronous learning activities. Our students have benefited from these partnerships and have exuded flexibility and strength throughout. Please take a minute and reflect on what you and your child have accomplished this past quarter! It has not been easy. I am proud of you!


Our teachers are excited to meet with you during parent/teacher conferences to share what your child has been learning and discuss goals for the 2nd quarter. Please review details below regarding parent/teacher conferences and 1st quarter grades.


Lastly, please see below for a way that you can join us as we strive to raise money so we can update our staff lounge for when staff returns to brick and mortar!


If you need anything, have any questions, or suggestions- please reach out to me, tanisha_burks@hcpss.org.


Warmly,

Dr. Burks

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Wouldn't you love to share your child's artwork with family and friends? The Square 1 Art fundraiser provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art! The best news is that every step can be completed from your own home and is projected to arrive prior to winter break.


Last year, we started our efforts towards updating our faculty lounge and we are hoping that this partnership will allow us to reach our goals and prepare a nice lounge to welcome our teachers back.


Your 4 Simple Steps:

  1. Your child creates art using the Art Paper. Need ideas? Check out these Art Creation instructions and video lessons.
  2. Take a photo of your child's art with your phone or tablet.
  3. Upload the art online at square1art.com/Shop/upload anytime between now and November 20th.
  4. You may then begin to shop for keepsakes! Order by November 20th to insure delivery in time for the holidays! The sooner you order, the sooner it will arrive.


Together, we can help support the school, and create keepsake memories of your child's art to enjoy for years!


Please save your child’s artwork. We will be reaching out at a later date, so that we can create something that allows us to compile all of our students’ creative masterpieces together for all to enjoy.If you have any questions, please contact Molly Caroland @ molly_caroland@hcpss.org

Parent/Teacher Conference Scheduling Opens 11/13/20!

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences will take place November 23rd-25th. Many teachers will host conferences on the evenings of the 23rd and 24th. Teachers who do not host evening conferences will offer conferences on the 25th. There is no school for students on the 25th. Conferences with the homeroom teacher will focus on language arts. Our Gifted and Talented teachers, Mrs. Friedman and Mrs. Kanter will meet with families of the 4th grade math students this semester, and they will meet with the families of their 5th grade math students the 2nd half of the year. Mrs. Borowy will meet with her Language Arts families during this conference window and meet with her families of students who take Gifted and Talented math during the winter conference window.


How to Schedule a Virtual Parent Conference

  • Conference scheduling will open on Nov. 13th. and will close on Nov. 19th through HCPSS Connect.
  • Conferences will be scheduled with your child’s English Language Arts teacher.

-If you are in 4th grade and have Mrs. Friedman or Mrs. Kanter as a math teacher, you will

also have the option to sign up for a math conference.

  • Click this link for directions to schedule your conference.


Dates and Times for Virtual Parent Conferences

  • Monday, Nov. 23rd 1:20-7:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24th 1:20-7:20 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25th 8:20 a.m.-3:40 p.m.
    • Please note that not all teachers may be available for all dates and times


If you need support scheduling a conference after following the directions above, please email Mrs. Holland at aisha_holland@hcpss.org.

Extended Parent Support Hours & Activities for Students

In addition to meeting with your child's homeroom teacher to discuss English Language Arts, we will be offering extended hours for parent support and activities for students! Please see click here for details. Hope to see you there!
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How can I access my child’s report cards online?

Your child's report card will be accessible via HCPSS Connect Synergy on November 16th.

Parents/guardians may view/download report cards by taking the following steps:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy
  2. Select More Options from the left panel
  3. Select Report Cards from the middle
  4. Select the report card you wish to access

Grading Changes for Quarter 1

This has been a challenging 1st quarter of school for many of our families. Due to the negative impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and transition to virtual learning, the Howard County Public School System has made some changes to 1st quarter grading that you may see reflected on your child’s report card.


Students in primary grades will earn an I (Independent) or W (With assistance) if they have engaged in synchronous instruction. Students in intermediate grades will earn an A, B or C grades if they have engaged in synchronous instruction. As a result, Canvas grades may not align with quarter 1 report card grades.

These changes are in place for 1st quarter report card grades only. Asynchronous assignments complement and support synchronous learning, please support your child with task completion and with attending support sessions as needed in the second quarter.

Grades for Subjects that will be posted on 2nd Quarter Report Cards

As a reminder, you will not see 1st quarter grades for any of your child's Related Arts classes or Health. These grades will be posted on your child's 2nd quarter report card.


Additionally, if you have a child in 1st grade you will find a notation on your child's report card indicating that first grade instructional levels are not marked during Q1 virtual instruction. You will see "Reading and Math Instructional Levels" for your 1st grader in 2nd quarter.

1st Quarter Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Progress Reports

​Parents of students receiving special education services can expect to receive their child's IEP progress report ​no later than Friday, November 20 through email. If you have any questions about your child's progress ​or what to expect as we fulfill requirements for progress reporting, ​please contact your child's case manager.

Fulton Elementary School

Tanisha Burks, Principal

Molly Caroland, Assistant Principal

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal