FES Parent News

4.24.22

Together We SOAR

FES Updates


A Reminder: Due to Pre-K and K registration on Tuesday, April 26th, there will be NO SCHOOL for Pre-K students on April 26th.

FES VISION

At FES, we will actively engage in a supportive, collaborative, and rigorous learning community that nurtures and builds a foundation for lifelong success.

Attention 5th grade families.

Please be sure that you have provided our office with proof of residency. When transitioning to a new school, you are required to submit a current, valid proof of your residency in Caroline County. This is in support of Caroline County Public School enrollment procedures and Maryland Law. No student will receive a schedule not begin the school year at the new school until proof of residency is received and approved.

Every Kids Healthy Week

All specials will meet in the gym every day for Every Kids Healthy Week. All of the special area teachers will have something active planned for each day for every grade. Please have your child wear their sneakers all next week!


Mr. Herring

RAISING A READER PROGRAM EXPANDS TO KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

Kindergarten students will soon be receiving a Raising A Reader bag each week filled with great books to take home and share with their families. Families should spend the week enjoying the books and reading with their kindergartener. Your child’s teacher will designate a day for the bag to be returned to class. On that day, the bag will be filled with a new supply of books for your child to once again bring home and share.


The Raising a Reader Program has been a big hit with Pre-K students, and we are happy to be able to offer it to our kindergarteners too. Enjoy taking time to relax and read good books together!

Attendance Reminder

When a student (ages 5-18) is absent from school, a written explanation of each absence is required from the parent/guardian within 10 school days of the student's return. Notes received after this deadline may be considered by the principal.

FES STEAM and Paint Night with our FES Chorus & Band Concert

Save the date! Friday, May 13th! RSVP's were sent home. Please let us know if you need another copy or print the RSVP link. Please RSVP by May 6. Paint Night is open to the first 50 people who RSVP. (We will pass out tickets to those 50 people)

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Enrollment for the 2022-2023 School Year Now Open

PowerSchool Online Enrollment (English) (Spanish) is now open for all new pre-kindergarten

through 12th grade students for the 2022-2023 school year.

For complete details, please visit the CCPS website news post page and, as needed, the PreK

and Kindergarten information page.

Caroline County Recreation and Parks Summer Camp Registration

Caroline County Recreation and Parks camp information and links : https://www.carolineschools.org/ccps-blog/caroline-county-summer-camp-registration/. One point of clarification for folks is that they're only accepting students from the Pre-K 4 age group.

Interim Report Cards to be Issued in Printed and Digital Formats

This year, 3rd quarter interim report cards will be delivered to parents in two ways:

Printed paper report card given to students to take home and

Digital report card delivered via email. (The parent/guardian that is listed as a student’s first contact in PowerSchool will receive the email.)


Both delivery methods will continue with the interim and final report cards for the reminder of the school year. For the 2022-2023 school year, we hope to be able to offer parents the ability to opt-out of a printed paper copy.


Families needing to update their contact information in PowerSchool may do so on the CCPS website.

FES Parent Guide to PBIS

Click here to see the FES Parent Guide to PBIS.

Picking up a student

If you are sending someone to pick up your child, please be sure that they are listed as an emergency contact in power school and that they have a picture id with them. This includes anyone coming through the car rider line as well. Your child's safety is of utmost importance! Please do not be offended if a staff member asks to see your ID.

Lost and Found items

If your child is missing a jacket or coat, hats, or gloves, please have your child check with the lost and found. We have a lot of items that need to find their owner.
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Choptank Health's School Based Centers

Every child needs healthcare to thrive and SBHCs can help them get there. Did you know that Caroline County, is the only public school system in the entire state to offer school based health center services in each of their schools?


Choptank Health’s School Based Health Centers Are OPEN and IN THE OFFICE!


Appointments can be made through the school nurse’s office by sending a note to school with your child or by calling the school based health center directly.


Common medical concerns and illnesses can be addressed during visits. Visit reasons could include:

· Well Child Checks and Sports Participation Physicals

· Medication refills

· COVID-19 symptoms/testing

· Cold and allergy symptoms

· Asthma and breathing problems

· Stomachaches

· Headaches

· Rashes and other skin complaints

· UTIs

· Minor injuries

· Other common complaints

CALLING ALL FAMILIES! Family Engagement Activities

Plea complete the activities on the April family engagement page. Don't forget to write your name, teacher, grade level on the back along with your favorite activity!

Here are the general instructions:

1. Complete 5 or more activities with at least one member of your family or household

2. Color in the completed activities

4. Complete the family activity response journal on the back of your activity page (don’t forget to have an adult sign!)

5. Turn it into your teacher by the last day of the month for a small treat

6. Calendars with 5 or more completed activities and a parent signature will be entered in a monthly drawing for a family prize!


February activity sheet was sent home with each student and is due April 30th. Please let us know if your child needs a new one!

After School Online Tutoring Available for Students

Caroline County Public Schools partners with an online provider to offer after school tutoring to students. Students receive tutoring in Math, Reading and Language Arts using an online program called Exact Path, which is offered through Edmentum.


Parents interested in learning more about the program and whether it would be a good fit for their child are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or email ExactPathTutoring@CCPS.org.

EL News

How can the English Learner Teachers help you? Do you have any questions about your child’s school work? Ms. Wurtz and Ms. Willoughby are here to help. We work with your children daily to help build their English language vocabulary and we can answer any questions you may have. Do you need an interpreter? Mrs. Loulou is also available to answer any of your questions. Please email us at Wurtz.Michelle@ccpsstaff.org , Harris.Elizabeth@ccpsstaff.org , or gelardmerilus24@gmail.com. You may also call us at 410-479-2761. We will be glad to help you!

Upcoming Dates of Importance

April 25: MCAP testing for fourth grade, all students wear sneakers

April 26: Pre-K and K registration, no school for Pre-k students, all students wear your sneakers

April 27: MCAP testing for fourth grade, all students wear sneakers

April 28: MCAP testing for fourth grade, all students wear sneakers

April 29: MCAP testing for fourth grade, all students wear sneakers


May 13: STEAM Night 6-7:30

CCPS Calendar Changes

The 2021-2022 school year calendar has been amended as detailed below. Changes impacting student days are bolded

  • May 27, 2022, has been changed to half-day for students, with May 27, 2022, early dismissal for all staff.


For complete details of these changes, please see the news release (Board Amends 2021-22 School Year Calendar) on the CCPS website.
All school calendars can for the 2021-2022 school year be found here, at the CCPS website in English and Spanish.

FES School Improvement Plan and Family Engagement Home/School

Please take a look at our School Improvement Plan and the Family Engagement Home/School Compact. Please feel free to provide feedback by emailing alfaro.lisa@ccpsstaff.org.

FES Parent Title I Information

Parents should have received a letter form school with this information as well.

Parents Right to Know

The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains several provisions that promote a parent/school partnership through communication. One such provision gives parents the right to ask for and receive information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers. A parent may request the following information:

  • Any college or university degree, major or certification held by the teacher

  • Whether the teacher is certified by the State of Maryland to teach a particular grade level or subject area

  • Whether the teacher holds a conditional teaching certificate

  • The qualifications of the paraprofessionals serving the student

If you would like to request the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers or paraprofessionals, please submit a written request to the principal. The principal will provide the information to you within 30 business days of the date of your request.


Parents may also request information on the level of achievement and academic growth of their child, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments.


Parents will receive timely notice if the student has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.


Parents May Request Teacher Information

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 provides parents of students attending Title 1 schools the opportunity to request information about the professional qualifications of their child's teachers. Parents of elementary students may request in writing to the school principal information about their child's teacher including college/university degrees of certification held, subject area of the teacher's degree or certification, and Maryland certification status. Additionally, if your child is served by paraprofessionals, parents may request their professional qualifications.


Parent Information Resource Center

Parents are encouraged to visit our Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) located in the lobby outside of the front office. The PIRC has a variety of parenting resources and informational brochures and flyers. These materials are all free. Parents can find booklets from The Parent Institute on topics such as “Seven Habits of Highly Responsible Students; Help Your Child Balance School and Extracurricular Activities, and Helping Children Learn to Resolve Conflicts.” Parents can also find information about Adult Education, GED English as a Second Language, Parenting skills, and the Program and Activities Guide from Caroline County Recreation and Parks. Please be sure to check out our Parent Information Resource Center next time you come to the school.


If you have any questions please reach out to me via email (alfaro.lisa@ccpsstaff.org) or by calling the school directly. Please check out our website and facebook page for information.

Promoting a healthy and safe environment for ALL students and staff

CCPS is committed to providing a safe, respectful, nurturing educational environment where the worth and dignity of individuals are valued and their safety and rights are protected. Behaviors that compromise this environment, interfere with school operations or are otherwise contrary to the basic mission of our public schools will not be tolerated. Bullying, hazing, harassment or other discrimination affecting a student or a staff member should be reported by a victim, parent/guardian, witness, staff member or other person having knowledge.


Staff members with knowledge of such conduct are required to promptly report it to the building principal.

Non Discrimination Statement

Caroline County Public Schools prohibits discrimination in its educational programs, and in employment, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or disability.

FES is a Title I School

The FES Family will promote our S.O.A.R. core values by engaging in a supportive and collaborative learning community that nurtures and builds a foundation for lifelong success. To SOAR means to Stay safe and ready, Own our responsibilities, Achieve our goals, and Respect self and others.

Federalsburg Elementary School

Principal: Lisa Alfaro

Assistant Principal: Briana Walker