Eagle Express

September 21, 2023

From the Nest...

Did you know that students are considered chronically absent if they miss 10% or more (18+) days of the school year, regardless of whether they are lawful or unlawful absences?

Last year, Yellow Springs had 64 students chronically absent. That measured at 10.8% of our enrollment. While our school had the lowest chronically absent rate in the county (yay!), 64 students is still a large number of students! One of our school improvement goals this year is to decrease our chronically absent student rate. It is critically important for children to be in school so that they experience continuity of instruction.

We recognize that children get sick and some absences can't be avoided, however we ask that absences are limited only to necessary reasons. Our doors open at 8:30 am, with our school day beginning promptly at 9 am. and our day ends at 3:25 pm. Please make every effort to have children here on time and for the whole day, every day!

As always, we thank you for your support and partnership.

Warm regards,

Hannah Feldman & Lisa Wrzesinski

Save the Date


9/22 - 3.5 Hr. Early Dismissal

9/22 - Q1 Midterm

9/25 - No School - Yom Kippur

9/27 - Meet & Greet w/ YSES Staff @ Clover Hill Park 6:30-7:30 PM

9/29 - K Field Trip - Summers Farm


10/4 - Q1 Interims Issued

10/9-10/13 - Book Fair Week!

10/11 - School Begins 4 Hrs. Late - Evening Conferences

10/12 - School Begins 4 Hrs. Late - Evening Conferences

10/13 - School Dismisses 3.5 Hrs. Early - Afternoon Conferences

10/18 - 4th Gr. (Sinclair & Stanton) ESSL Field Trip

10/19 - 4th Gr. (Caro & Kastner) ESSL Field Trip

10/20 - No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers

10/26 - End Q1

10/27 - No School - Teacher Work Day

Drill Day

Tomorrow, Yellow Springs will conduct our annual Drill Day. This is a day when our school practices all of the emergency drills so that students know where to go and/or what to do in case of an actual emergency. We have found that conducting all the drills at one time reinforces for students that they are just drills and allows them to differentiate between them. Tomorrow we will be practicing the following emergency responses:

  • Lockdown
  • Evacuation
  • Reverse Evacuation
  • Shelter
  • Drop, Cover, and Hold
  • Severe Weather
  • Avoid, Deny, Defend

As a reminder you can find more information on FCPS' Standard Response Protocol below.

Standard Response Protocol Information - English

Standard Response Protocol Information - Spanish

NEW - Dismissal Change Procedures

Again this year, the front office must be notified of any dismissal changes by 3 pm, however for the safety of our students we will only be accepting these changes in writing this year. Please either send a note with your child or email dismissal changes to yses.attendance@fcps.org before 3 pm. This will ensure our front office staff gets these notes to students in a timely manner.

New this year, students must be picked up by 3:00 pm if you would like them through the front office. After that time, you will need to get into the Car Rider line to pick up your child. Thank you for your assistance in ensuring our dismissal process is as smooth as possible.

Building Update

No new updates at this time!

Schoology Updates & Tips

Reminder - you can find all your child's grades on Schoology. Here are 3 videos on how to check your student's grades in Schoology.




Schoology Ambassador: Heather Hyatt, heather.hyatt@fcps.org

Counselor's Corner

Community Resources and Support

Eviction Prevention: Rental and Energy Assistance

Food Distribution Web App: Frederick County GIS Food Distribution Public WebApp

If you are looking for immediate mental health support for yourself or a family member and aren’t sure where to begin, you can dial 211 to reach the Mental Health Association’s resource line. It is staffed 24/7 365 days a year and they do not charge for the service.

The Eagle’s Perch is up and soaring! Be sure to ask your students about their eagle bucks and what they might be saving for! If you are interested in helping to supply items for our store, please check out our Eagle Perch Wishlist

Counseling Website

Counselor Contact -

Konnar Pruett, konnar.pruett@fcps.org - Grades PK-2

Laura Hanlon, laura.hanlon@fcps.org - Grades 3-5

Community News

Community Health Fair

The 16th annual Frederick Community Health Fair is Saturday October 7th, 9:00am - 3:30pm at Frederick High School. For more information see the flier:



Citizenship Services

The Asian American Center of Frederick is offering citizenship services, from help applying for citizenship, to taking citizenship & English classes.

For English, click here

For Spanish, click here

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

SHP is an all-volunteer 501(C)(3) non-profit that builds twin beds and delivers them, FREE of CHARGE, to families in Frederick Co Maryland whose elementary, middle and high school kids ages 4-17 are sleeping on the floor, a couch or with their parents/guardians or siblings. Beds include NEW EVERYTHING: frames, mattresses, blankets, sheets, and pillows. In the last 5 years, the SHP chapter has delivered 1430+ beds to 766+ families in Frederick Co.

See the fliers for more information.



Yellow Springs Elementary

Front Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Email: Hannah.feldman@fcps.org

Website: https://education.fcps.org/yses
Location: 8717 Yellow Springs Road, Frederick, MD
Phone: 240-236-1700