The Fulton Flier

Week of November 20th

Dear Fulton Families,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Nothing Bundt Cake fundraiser last Monday. Our SGA did a wonderful job of engaging our community in our Walk to School Day on Wednesday as well as our Animal Print Day on Thursday. It was great to see so many of our students participate!

It is a true blessing to serve our Fulton Community and I am very grateful for our students, staff, parents/guardians, and community. I wish each and everyone of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Dr. Burks

Phenomenal Fulton Staff

Do you know a Fulton staff member who is:

Providing your family with resources?

Teaching engaging lessons?

Reaching out to check in?

Making your family feel welcome and apart of our Fulton family?

Helping your child feel safe and comfortable?

Making your child feel supported?

Going above and beyond?

Our staff works so hard every day to make sure students and families are happy and successful. Please take a moment to recognize any staff member who has built a relationship with you and your child by completing this form. We will share your message with them to brighten their day!

Thank you for taking the time to make our staff feel appreciated! It will mean so much to them!!

A message from our Health Team...

Covid-19 Self-Screening Symptoms:

Parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19. In addition, parents/guardians are to perform the following COVID-19 health check every day before the student leaves home.

A student should NOT come to school with any of these symptoms:

  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • For persons with chronic conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline.

Contact Tracing and Quarantining

Contact tracing is handled by Ameridial, please see more detailed information regarding this below.

Only unvaccinated students and adults who are identified as close contacts must quarantine. Vaccinated students and staff will not be required to quarantine unless they receive a positive test or are displaying symptoms, however they will be expected to monitor their symptoms closely for 14 days. It also is recommended that both vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals get tested 5-7 days after exposure, regardless of whether they are exhibiting symptoms.

For unvaccinated students and staff members, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend a 14-day quarantine, however, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives (this does not apply to children aged five and under):

  • An unvaccinated student or staff member determined to be a close contact with a person with verified COVID-19 may end quarantine after Day 10 without testing as long as the student or staff member has remained symptom-free and continues to monitor for symptoms through the full 14-day period. They must agree to immediately isolate and get tested if symptoms appear within that 14-day period.
  • An unvaccinated student or staff member determined to be a close contact with a person with verified COVID-19 may end quarantine after Day 7 with a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test on or after Day 5, if they remain symptom-free and agree to immediately isolate if symptoms appear within that 14-day period.
  • Unvaccinated or vaccinated students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate and not return to school until they have been out at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or positive test without symptoms, remain fever-free for 24 hours, and show a consistent improvement of symptoms.

If you are having your student vaccinated for Covid, please email a copy of their vaccination record to the FES health room team ( and

HCPSS Contact Tracing Procedures

This message is to remind families of a change to HCPSS contact tracing procedures In an effort to increase efficiency at notifying families, and to ease the burden on school nurses, health assistants and other school staff who had been handling contact tracing, HCPSS has contracted with Ameridial to manage contact tracing.

If your child is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will receive a phone call and follow up email from Ameridial. Parents/guardians who do not answer the call will be left a voicemail and provided with a return call number. Please do not return the call to our school. We ask that you return the call to Ameridial at 888-984-3953, which will provide you with necessary information.

Additionally, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please call Ameridail at 888-984-3953 to begin the contact tracing process. Ameridial is available to take calls from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Calls received outside of those times will be directed to a voicemail.

Ameridial deploys a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant infrastructure to protect student’s/family’s medical records and other personal health information. Details on Ameridial’s privacy policy (Links to an external site.) can be found online.

More information on HCPSS contact tracing and additional health and safety details (Links to an external site.) can be found online.

Accessing MAP Test Results

Please note that parents/guardians can access MAP test results in Synergy:

Detailed PDF home reports are available. To access home reports:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect.
  2. Select More Options from the left panel.
  3. Select Report Cards from the middle.
  4. Select the applicable report from the Student's MAP Reports section.

The PTA Perch

Food Drive
If you are inclined, please send your student to school with non-perishable and canned food items to be donated from Monday 11/29- Friday 12/3.
Your child may deposit the donation in the box that will be set-up near the front office.
Alternatively, please bring donations to the Reservoir High School Bus Loop on Monday 12/6, 5-7:30PM.
FES is teaming up with other local schools again for a Food Drive. Please bring non-perishable and canned food items to be donated to low-income older adults living in Howard County.

FINAL WEEK for Poofy Cotton Candy orders
11/15 – 11/29 Place your orders for the delicious, gourmet cotton candy, benefiting FES! Crafted using all natural ingredients and certified organic cane sugar, free of food coloring dyes.
Choose pick-up for 12/4 or 12/5 between 12-2pm
Shop Away!
Click Checkout
Apply coupon code: FES
Enter payment and Submit your order

Falcon Trot – THANK YOU!
Our Falcon Trot 2021 was last weekend and we are so excited to announce our final totals! We surpassed our goal by leaps and bounds and raised over $16,000!! We had 349 participants! This could not have been as successful without our corporate sponsors (many who are FES parents) and our FES families. Thank you to each of you! Without further ado, here are our FES Falcon Trot 2021 sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:
Jamie Mathieu, Realtor with Compass

Platinum: Window Nation, Fresh Dental, Brandon Dean's Childcare, PuraVida Med Spa

Gold: V Care Pediatrics, Vanguard Orthodontics, VhedaHealth

Silver: Ledo Pizza, HANDSHOE Brand + Design, Elite Chiropractic & Sport, Lib's Grill, Maiwand Kabob, Hudson Coastal, Best Brains Columbia, Certapro Painters of Columbia, Poofy Cotton Candy, Decadent Dessert Bar

Bronze: Steelfire Kitchen and Bar, Okinawan Karate Dojo

A special thank you to our Falcon Trot team: Tiffany Bachman, our tshirt designer (who worked tirelessly to make sure all the logos were in their correct formats and fit well together on the shirt), and Becky Nipper and Morgan Pietryka for handling the registration site, tshirt orders, and race packet distribution.

We are so grateful to you for supporting our students, teachers, and school. Please check out a video of some memories captured during our Falcon Trot. Thank you all so much!

Book Fair Chair Needed

FES PTA is looking for a bookfair chairperson! We are planning to host the Book Fair at Futon Elementary this spring and we need an AMAZING parent volunteer (or two) in order to do so. The Chair(s) will be responsible for promoting and organizing the Book Fair, coordinating and recruiting volunteers, supervising the book fair set-up/break down, being responsible for the register and available to open and close the book fair on a daily basis during the week of the fair.

Upcoming Dates

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

  • 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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HCPSS Attendance Procedures

Research is clear that showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic and social success starting from kindergarten and continuing through high school. Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school or even facing social challenges.

  • Missing 10% (or about 18 days of a school year) can drastically affect a student’s academic success.

  • By the 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that can indicate if a student is at risk for dropping out of high school.

  • In the 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Student attendance is a major point of focus for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Starting in 2018-2019, MSDE lowered the chronic absenteeism rate from 20% to 10% which means that at 10% a student should be receiving support and interventions to improve their absenteeism.

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) believes that attendance is key for student success. Per Policy 9010, HCPSS defines exemplary attendance as a final attendance rate of 96% or more of the student year.

In support of achieving Exemplary Attendance for all students, we are sharing with you a comprehensive approach for attendance supports and interventions.

  • If a student has missed 2 consecutive days, parents will receive a Care and Concern Phone Call from their child's homeroom teacher.

  • If a student has missed 10% of their monthly attendance days (this is defined as chronic absenteeism by MSDE), parents will receive a call from a member of our Student Support Team (SST)

  • If a student has missed 15% of their monthly attendance days, these students may require an attendance support plan. Students may also be referred to the Central Attendance Team.

  • If a student has missed 20% of their monthly attendance days, parents will receive a 20% Emergency Chronic Absenteeism Letter or Habitual Truancy Letter. Students may be referred to Project Attend and may be referred to the State’s Attorney’s Office for habitual truancy.

With the collaborative effort of HCPSS parents, staff and students, we are confident that all students can have successful attendance. This will improve student success in school and in future life.

Canvas Inbox for Elementary Students

Effective November 22, the ability for elementary students to message each other within the Canvas Inbox will be turned off. Elementary students can continue to use the inbox to communicate with their teachers. This is a system-wide change for all HCPSS elementary students.
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