The Mallard Compass

Forts Pond Elementary School

September 2019

InTENTional Leading and Learning

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. Our theme for this school year is InTENTional Leading and Learning.

Fulfilling the Potential of Every Student is the goal of every FPES crew member. We will engage students in learning through innovative instruction and digital resources while empowering each child to design the future.

Please do not hesitate to contact with any concerns, questions, or suggestions you may have.

FPES Vision and Mission


Forts Pond Elementary students will become self-directed, collaborative, creative, and caring learners who flourish in the global, competitive 21st century.


Forts Pond Elementary will Fulfill the Potential of Every Student by:

Collaborating with families and the community

Providing a safe, nurturing environment

Promoting learning through academics and the arts

Inspiring students to find their own greatness

Engaging students in goal setting

Celebrating accomplishments

Developing LEADERS

Welcome New Staff to The Pond

You may have noticed we have some new faces around The Pond. We would like to Introduce all new staff members to The Pond.

Mr. Parker Areheart - 2nd Grade Teacher

Mr. Brett Bennett - Computer Technician

Mrs. Carolyn Cooley - Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Beverly Davis - Housekeeper

Dr. Patricia Deaver - 4th grade Teacher

Ms. Mary Kathryn Hesse - 3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Judy Frazier - Housekeeper

Ms. Kelly Herman - Special Education Instructional Assistant

Ms. Liz Magee - 4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Debra Morris - Food Service Manager

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Rocheleau - Special Education

Mrs. Leigh Toste - Math Coach

Ms. Devin Walker - 1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Rachel Whitlock - Special Education Teacher

Officer Glenn - School Resource Officer

Familiar Faces, New Places

Several of our staff members are in new roles this school year.

Mrs. Jessie Garner - Literacy Coach

Ms. Brittani Gladden - 1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Brenda Latta - Special Education Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Kimberly Wernicki - Special Education Teacher

Communication Between Home and School

Effective Family-school communication and family involvement in education contributes to improved student achievement and better learning outcomes. FPES uses a variety of ways to communicate with our families including emails. School Messenger, Facebook, school website, Peach Jar, Twitter, Tuesday folders, and newsletters. All emails and phone messages will receive a response from FPES staff within 24 hours of the initial contact.

Follow us on Twitter @FortsPond.

Like us on Facebook @FPESMallards.

Important Dates for September


2 No School - Labor Day

5 Fundraiser Kick Off Assembly

9 After School Program Begins

10 PTO Fundraiser Begins

13 PTO BINGO Night 6:30 P.M.

20 Mallard Mingle 7:00-7:35 A.M.

23 FPES Community Blood Drive 2:00-7:00 P.M.

25 School Staff Collaborative Planning - Students Dismissed at 11:40

27 PTO Fundraiser Ends

All Pro Dads 7:00 A.M.

New Families Orientation 8:00 A.M.

30 Book Fair Begins

Math Curriculum

Lexington One uses EveryDay Math Curriculum and has purchased E-Suite, which is a wonderful online resource that you and your students can use at home. Please take advantage of E-Suite.

ESuite Offers:

  • An interactive student reference book. If your student has an assignment and forgets to bring the reference book home, you can access it online. In fact, you can have your computer read the reference page to you, and even show you step by step directions.
  • Select by unit and lesson
  • Home Links and Study Links for each lesson may be printed from home if your child leaves it at school
  • Games and practice
  • Suggested books to read
  • Link to all Everyday Math online games
  • Family letter which provides overview of what your child will be learning in the unit, as well as an answer key for Home Links and Study Links.

Your child's teacher will send home your child's username and password to access

How to Help Your Child in Math

Turn an egg carton into a fun math game

Here's a fun game to help your child practice math facts. Get an empty egg carton. Inside each cup, write a number from 0 to 11. Now cut out several egg-shaped pieces of paper. On each, write a math problem with a solution from 0 to 11. Have your child solve the problem on each egg, and put it in the cup with the matching answer. For an older child, try writing fractions in the cups and equivalent fractions on the eggs.

English Language Arts Curriculum

Lexington One uses Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Teaching Reading Writing curriculum.

Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project coauthors aim to prepare students for any reading and writing task they will face and to turn kids into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence. Lucy and her colleagues have drawn on their more than 30 years of research and work in thousands of schools across the country and around the world to develop powerful curriculum resources, instructional methods, and professional learning opportunities to support teachers as they work together and with their students toward these vitally important goals.

The link below will provide you access to South Carolina State Standards for ELA and Math.

How to Help Your Child in Reading and Writing

Make the most of your read-aloud time

Reading aloud with your child builds her language and reading skills, no matter how old she is. Begin by reading the book's title and the name of the author. As you read the story, use plenty of expression in your voice and be sure to stop and talk with your child about the plot, the characters and the illustrations. Above all, read stories that you and your child enjoy.

Forts Pond Elementary - A Leader in Me Lighthouse School

What does it mean to be a Leader in Me School?

This means our school follows and teaches the Franklin Covey 7 Habits Program. The program integrates leadership principles into our school culture and curriculum, providing students with practical character and life skills relevant to achieving success today and in the future. The Leader in Me provides our school with the vision and language to lead FPES in a way that addresses all areas of development.

How Can I learn more about the Leader in Me Program?

· Read the book The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, or The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey. We have copies available for check out.

· Visit the parents section of where you will find resources for parents and a fun student game area.

· Or you can ask any teacher, staff member, administrator or student at Forts Pond more about the 7 Habits.

Stay tuned…. We will begin teaching the 7 Habits and want you to be involved. We will keep you informed by sending home parent letters sharing information about each habit!

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Safety and Security

Please be prepared to show your picture ID every time you sign out your child. If you visit FPES Campus, you will also be required to have your driver licenses scanned in order to get a visitors pass. All visitors must have a visitor' pass in order to visit the school.

Safety and security of students and staff is always our top priority. Thank you for your understanding.

Orientation for New FPES Families

Friday, Sep. 27th, 8am

7350 Fish Hatchery Road

Pelion, SC

We will meet in our Parent Resource Center. You will need to bring in your driver's license to get a visitor's pass.

If your child is new to FPES, we would love to see you at this meeting. We will provide an overview of our school and answer any questions.

Calendars Coming Soon

Each year all families receive an Academic Handbook and Calendar. This outlines important events for the year and also includes our Student Handbook.

There has been a delay in the printing of the calendar. As soon as the Academic Handbook and Calendar are ready, they will be sent home. Thank you for your patience.

Recycle Crayons and Markers

What is Crayola ColorCycle?

Crayola is all about innovative solutions ~ in particular for kids and the environment. ColorCycle is our latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose Crayola markers.

Can any markers be sent in or just Crayola brand markers?

Crayola ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers. That includes dry erase markers and highlighters! ColorCycle will eliminate placing hundreds of tons of markers into landfills.

Ms. Siceloff, FPES STEM teacher, is the contact for this program.

Run Hard

We are excited to be starting our ninth season of Run Hard at Forts Pond Elementary for students in grades 2-5. Run Hard is an 8-week program that will prepare participants for a 5K race by utilizing our character-based concepts to teach running, healthy lifestyle, and decision-making skills.

Regardless of your athletic bound or current fitness level, Run Hard will live out the motto: “build up, don’t teardown.”

If you are interested in joining, you can register online at Under team locations, click on Lexington 1 - White Knoll Division, then click on +Register, and fill out the form and payment information. The cost is $90 per runner. Registration closes on September 6th. Late registration will not be accepted.

Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:45 at Forts Pond Elementary.

Date Information

August 20

Registration Opens

August 16

School Commitment Deadline

September 6

Registration Closes

September 16

Week One

November 9

5K Race begins @ 8 am

Preparing Staff and Students for Weather Conditions

Weather conditions can be a big concern for parents and making sure their children are safe while at school. In order to prepare for serious weather conditions, all staff and students participate in fire, tornado, and earthquake drills throughout the year.

As required by the state, staff and students participate in a fire drill every month. We participate in two earthquake drills and two tornado drills during the school year. These drills are scheduled in the both in the fall and spring.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division provides information to the public on how to prepare for different types of disasters. You can visit their website at for more information.

News From Food Services

If you would like to apply for free or reduced lunch, go to

Would you like to make online payments to your child's meal account? Go to


Students cannot charge more than $10.

Students with outstanding balances cannot purchase special sale items.

If students have a negative $10 meal balance, an alternate meal will be served.


Breakfast: Free to all FPES students

Lunch: $3.00

Counselors Corner

Welcome to a new school year!

The counselor for grades Kindergarten - 2nd grade is Mrs. Cindy Hill (right) and for 3rd grade - 5th grade is Mrs. Gina Mahoney (left). We will be visiting each classroom every three weeks with various topics like bullying, getting along with others, and career skills.

Small group counseling will begin in October. Parent permission is required for students to participate in these small groups. Some topics may include divorce/ separation, friendship, self-esteem, and grief or loss. We also meet with students individually based on referrals.

If you have concerns or would like your child to meet with a counselor, please call one of us:

Mrs. Hill 821-2510 Grades 5k, 1st, 2nd

Mrs. Mahoney 821-2598 Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th

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.

Service projects boost connection and community

When you and your child volunteer in the community together, he gets quality time with you and learns the joy of helping others. Great projects to do with kids include collecting canned goods for a food pantry, or asking neighbors and friends for gently-used books and donating them to a homeless shelter or hospital. You and your child might also spend some time visiting someone who is housebound.

Help your child be a good sport, on and off the field

Sports and sportsmanship should go hand in hand. But sometimes, kids feel they can break the rules as long as they win the game. Learning to win without gloating and lose without complaining will help your child on the field and in the classroom. Ask your child if she abides by the rules of the game, plays fair and follows the coach's directions. Remind her that good sports share in the responsibilities of the team.

Help your child stop clowning around in class

A sense of humor is great. But not if it causes disruptions in class. If your child has been playing the class clown, work with the teacher to identify when the behavior started, what might have triggered it and how to handle it. Talk to your child, too. Help him understand that there are times when acting clever or silly is disrespectful. Be clear about behaviors that are not allowed, and suggest things he might do instead.


2018-2019 PTO Officers

Ashley Leaphart President

Stacy Wren Vice President

Cassie Blanton Treasurer

Shannon Mengedoht Secretary

Our fall fundraiser begins September 10 and ends September 27. Details will be coming home closer to the date.

September 13 @6:30


BINGO is free to everyone. There will be Chi-fil-A, snacks, and drinks available for purchase. First come, first serve. PTO accepts cash and debit cards.

Follow FPES PTO on Facebook Forts Pond Elementary PTO

You may contact the PTO by email.

Mallard Mingle

September 20 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

Please join us with your child/children at our Mallard Mingle 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 Mrs. Hill at or Mrs. Mahoney at

All Pro Dads

September 27 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

Building Plan for FPES Through the Bond Referendum

The community can find the latest information about projects happening around the district as well as here at FPES. All of these are funded by the recently passed bond referendum for Lexington School District One.

FPES will be receiving the following:

  • Secure Entrance Upgrades
  • Additional Classrooms
  • Replacement for Folding Partition in Between Cafeteria and PE Room
  • Additional Exterior Lighting in the Front Parking Lot
  • Storage and Equipment Building
  • Future Ready Classroom Furniture and Equipment

Title I Parent Engagement

Please join us on September 20 at 8:30 A.M. for our first Leader in Me Parent Lighthouse Meeting. Our Title I Parent Involvement Committee will meet at 9:00 A.M for our Annual Title I meeting of Title I Parents. Both meetings will be held in our Title I Parent Resource Center. We will review and discuss our 2019-2020 Title I plan, Parental Involvement Policy, and Family School Compact. We invite you to share any suggestions or concerns you may have that will help us improve our service to you and your child.

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


Helping Parents Help Their Child

Raising children is complicated and sharing ideas is a great way to make it easier. Each month the newsletter will include ideas for helping parents with home life.

Create a routine that gets your family ready for school

The start of a new school year is exciting, but it often means families must make a few adjustments. This year, decide on some basics for your school-year routine. Set a regular homework time. Create a chart of your child's daily tasks that he can use as a reminder until they become habits. Post a calendar and have everyone write down their activities. Then review it each week with your child and plan ahead.

A Glance at October Dates

3 Fall Pictures

4 Leader in Me Parent Lighthouse Meeting 8:30 A.M.

Title I Meeting - Annual Meeting of Title I Parents 9:00 A.M.

11 Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School for Students

18 End of First Nine Weeks

PTO Fall Carnival 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

25 Report Cards Issued

30 School Staff Collaborative Planning - Students Dismissed at 11:40

Community Events

FPES Red Cross Community Blood Drive

September 23, 2019

2:00-7:00 P.M.

If you would like to make an appointment to give blood, use the following link to register.

Mrs. Linda Wehrmann in the front office is the contact.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Honorary Mascots from Toy Story 4

Explore Infinity and Beyond at the Pelion Library! Don’t have a card yet?

Get your ticket to adventures with Woody and his friends with your new Library Card.

Sign-up is September 1-30, 2019 at any Lexington County Library

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