The Fulton Flier

Week of October 25TH

Dear Fulton Families,

At our last PTA meeting, we shared that FES staff will begin presenting on a variety of different topics during our upcoming PTA meetings. To ensure that our presentations are meaningful to you, we shared a survey to gather your input on what topics you would most like to hear about. Please take a moment to share your input. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Please join us in having your children participate in our Fall Funtivities this week, please see below. In addition to the school-wide Funitivities, each grade level will be having a Fall Party. Please check in with your child's teacher for the specific day and time.


Dr. Burks

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Pictures come home today!

Student photographs will be coming home TODAY, Monday, October 25, 2021. Please look for them in your child’s backpack.

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.

Please carefully review the instructions on the back of the envelope to learn how to purchase the photos you want to keep or return. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Leslie Brickner (

From our Belonging & Culture Team...

Did you know Italian American Heritage Month is celebrated every year to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes, and valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans. It occurs in October to overlap with the federal holiday of Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday of each October. Italian American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1989 by a special proclamation of both Congress and President George H. W. Bush.

Celebration of Columbus and his role in the colonization of the Americas is often criticized due to the devastating consequences for Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples. Many people object to the celebration of Columbus Day and instead observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day. However, Italian American Heritage Month as a whole is seen as a time to appreciate and value the positive contributions of Italian Americans to the history and culture of the United States.

Over 5 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 2000. Currently, there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent residing in the United States. This makes Italian-Americans the fifth largest ethnic group in our nation. Each year Italians around the country take time to celebrate their heritage, history, and culture with festivals and parades.

Upcoming MATH MAP testing- THIS WEEK!

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment is designed to measure a student’s academic achievement and growth over time in reading and mathematics. Together with other classroom-based information, MAP results can help teachers make instructional decisions that match the needs of each child.

MAP is a computer adaptive assessment. In a computer adaptive assessment, as a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down the difficulty of the question presented to the student. This creates a personalized assessment for every student.

MAP assessment items are designed to align to objectives in the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards, which are now being taught throughout the Howard County Public School System.

Fulton will be giving the MAP assessment on the following dates:


1st- 5th: October 25th & October 26th

Students who are absent on these dates will do make ups at a later date.

Volunteers Must Upload Proof of Vaccination by Monday, October 25.

Effective Monday, October 25, all volunteers and chaperones who interact with students, and parents/guardians who are conducting classroom observations will be required to use the PinPoint platform to show proof of full vaccination at least five school days in advance. Learn how to access and use the PinPoint VaccineCheck platform.

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Fall Festivities

Look out for a message from your student’s room parent on how to help support the activities!

Falcon Trot | Last Chance to Sign-Up!

Gather your family, classmates, friends and neighbors to join in on the Falcon Trot! Not only is it our biggest fundraiser of the year- it’s going to be FUN! Because of a last rush of sign-ups, we’ve extended the deadline, so sign-up today. Don’t miss out!

Sign up here:

Pumpkin Patch
We are excited to share: throughout the month of October, students will be visiting a pumpkin patch at school and bringing a pie pumpkin home with them to bake or decorate! This week, the fifth graders will go, the exact date is weather dependent.

A big thanks to Hometown Landscape and everyone who has participated in PTA events and fundraisers to make this possible!

Email photos to to be featured on the morning announcements.

Save the Date!

We have lots of spirit days coming up in the month of November, including Chickfila on November 2nd, see the upcoming dates section for more info!


Thanks to everyone who has participated in the recent PTA events and fundraisers- KidzArt, Maiwand Kabob, Mike’s Gelato, Pure Barre. We hope you enjoyed them and appreciate your support which goes to our children and staff!

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Upcoming Dates

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

  • October 25th: 5th Grade visit the Fall Pumpkin Patch (Exact date is weather dependent)

  • October 27th: FES Flu Clinic

  • November 3rd: End of 1st Quarter

  • November 4th: School Closed for Students-Professional Work/Learning Day

  • November 9th: PTA Meeting- 7:00pm

  • November 10th: Report Cards Issued

  • November 13th & 14th: Virtual Falcon Trot Fun Run (11/13 10am group run from FES)

  • 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

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From our Belonging & Culture Team...

Thank you for celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Disabilities and Inclusion with us this month! Be sure to keep an eye out for community spotlights!

Did you know Filipino Americans are the second-largest Asian American group in the nation and the third-largest ethnic group in California, after Latinx/Latine and African Americans. The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. In 2009, U.S. Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month in the United States. Various states, counties, and cities in the U.S. have established proclamations and resolutions declaring observance of Filipino American History Month. The late Dr. Fred Cordova, along with his wife, FANHS Founder Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova, first introduced October as Filipino American History Month in 1992 with a resolution from the FANHS National Board of Trustees.

Did you know LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.

Fulton Elementary’s Rainbow Representatives

Rainbow Representatives ensure that schools are allies and advocates for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families. The school Rainbow Representative attends quarterly meetings; receives and disseminates information regarding LGBTQIA+ topics of interest to the school and school community as appropriate; and provides instructional support for educators. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Fulton’s Rainbow Representatives Jillian O’Brien and Rebecca Otte at and


Happy mid-October! So far for #Socktober, our students' and families' generosity are truly KNOCKING MY SOCKS OFF! 😜

Week 1: We collected 340 total, 5th grade donated the most

Week 2: We collected 422 total (some others were removed as they were not new), Kindergarten & 3rd grade & 2nd grade donated the most! (totals so close to each other)

Keep up the great work!

Please know that we are hosting a school-wide Spirit Day of Crazy Sock Day on October 25th, thanks to the SGA!


Safety First!!! Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

Arrival and Dismissal at FES brings congestion: buses are dropping off/picking up students, students are on bikes, walking across the road and cars are lining up and pulling off. It's never most important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when students are present!

Please review these reminders when dropping off and picking up your child(ren):

  • Use the official crosswalks.
  • Use our designated areas to turn around, refrain from making u-turns in the middle of the street.
  • Stop at stop signs.
  • If you are using the carloop, do not get out of your cars or leave your car parked in the loop.
  • Don't load or unload children in the middle of the street.
  • If you walk your child to school, kiss and say goodbye at the designated areas. There are staff posted along the walkways to ensure your child arrives at their classroom; please don't walk your child to class.