Fulton Flier

Week of 12th

Dear Fulton Families,

We hope that everyone had a wonderful spring break! Last week was a short week for us, but it was jammed packed with fun! On Wednesday, we had our spectacular Mrs. Oaks and Mrs. Coletta share strategies on how to help support your child with writing. The presentation is below if you were unable to join. Then on Thursday, our PTA partnered with Maiwand Kabob for a fundraiser. We also celebrated our marvelous Media team for all of their hard work and ensuring that our students continue to have opportunities to access great books even during a Pandemic. We also celebrated our Phenomenal Paraeducators and Support Staff who go above and beyond every day to ensure that all of our students' needs are met and support our teaching staff on a daily basis.

Our third quarter comes to an end this Wednesday, April 14th. Please spend some time over the next few days checking Canvas for any unfinished assignments. If your child has work that he or she has not completed they have until this Wednesday, April 14th to turn it in. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher with questions about assignments and grades.

We also want to celebrate our 1st and 5th graders, who won a Kona Ice party. To help them celebrate, Kona Ice will be on our FES Campus on April 21st. If you are a parent of a 1st or 5th grader, please encourage you child to check out their grade level canvas page for specific times. Great job 1st and 5th graders!

Lastly but definitely not least- this week we will be celebrating our Amazing Assistant Principals, Mrs. Molly Caroland and Mrs. Leslie Brickner. We are so grateful for both Mrs. Caroland and Mrs. Brickner and all they do to serve our FES Community. If you have a moment this week please send them a shout out or thank you at molly_caroland@hcpss.org and leslie_brickner@hcpss.org.


Dr. Burks

Happy Ramadan to our Families Celebrating!

Ramadan begins the evening of April 12th this year. Any students who are fasting and attending school in-person may request an alternative activity during their lunch period. Please email our school counselors, Mrs. Wilson Carr (Jessica_Wilson@hcpss.org) or Ms. Stephanie Dobbs(stephanie_dobbs@hcpss.org) if you would like for your child to have an alternative activity while fasting.

It's April and We are Celebrating heroes and other unique jobs! A Message from our Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Team!

We are so excited that our students were able to learn about Irish American history and Women’s history!

We did not get any community submissions for the month of March, but we know we have some spectacular women in our school building who support us every day and we enjoyed celebrating Irish heritage this month, especially on St. Patrick’s Day!

During the month of April, we will be celebrating heroes and other unique jobs!

Enjoy the resources below:

1. Interactive Slides featuring Irish American Heritage and Women’s History!

  • Click present and click on any symbol or photograph to find information!

2. Extra resources featuring books, read aloud, and games!

3. Parent survey

  • Do you work as a firefighter, police officer, EMT, soldier, or another heroic job? Do you have a unique job like a barber, cosmetologist, etc.? Share about your job!

A Message from our Bully Busters!

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Canvas Pronouns

Starting on Monday, April 12, 2020, all Canvas users (students, teachers, staff, parents) will be able to select pronouns to be displayed on multiple Canvas pages. Canvas is currently the only technology tool used in HCPSS that allows for pronoun selection.

Each user can select an option any time after April 12. This can be done within Canvas by choosing Account > Settings > Pronoun drop down > Update Settings. Once an option is saved, pronouns will show on most Canvas pages, next to a person’s name. The default option will be blank, so if users do not opt for pronouns to show, no action is needed. Users will be able to select between:

  • None (will remain blank)
  • He/him
  • She/her
  • They/them
  • He/them
  • She/them
Some of the places pronouns will be visible in Canvas are:

  • Teacher Course People Screen - if teachers are using the groups feature
  • Teacher Gradebook
  • Discussion posts
  • Canvas Assignment Settings
  • Inbox messages

HCPSS/The Council of Elders (TCOE) Financial Education Series Budget Basics Workshop

This virtual workshop session will be on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Grades 3-12 students and their families are invited to learn about electronic and virtual financial transactions and key financial principles. Topics include financial goal setting, balancing a bank account, and understanding interest rates. The session information and online registration link can be found here.

The PTA Perch

Last week at our PTA meeting, Mrs. Oaks, one of our Kindergarten teachers, and Mrs. Coletta, one of our 2nd grade teachers, shared strategies on how to support your child's writing. In the event you were unable to make it, we have included the presentation here for your viewing.
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Click on the link for your child(ren) to submit their video: https://forms.gle/eF81yBSwGYEcYuM17

Our Mother’s Day jewelry fundraiser has started! Use this link to shop for yourself or for moms, sisters, grandmas, and friends! Our school will receive 20% of sales to help support our teachers and students.

Shop here: http://www.touchstonecrystal.com/0NEMC48N

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Summer Opportunities

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Upcoming Dates

  • April 13th-15th: Spring Pictures

  • April 14th: End of 3rd Marking Period; PTA Fundraiser w/Chick-Fil-A

  • April 22nd: Report Cards available via Parent Portal

  • May 3rd: Teacher Appreciation Week

  • May 4th: PTA Fundraiser w/ Mainwand Kabob

  • May 13th: Schools closed for Students; PTA Fundraiser w/Kona Ice

  • May 21st: PTA Fundraiser w/Mike's Gelato

  • May 31st: Schools and Offices Closed- Memorial Day

  • June 8th: PTA Fundraiser w/Ledo's Pizza

  • June 15th: PTA Fundraiser w/Kona Ice

  • June 10th-14th: 3 hour early dismissal

  • June 15h: Last day of School for Students

Worth Repeating

Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration

Kindergarten and Pre-K registration is now open! Please continue to advertise in your community via newsletter, school marquee, and/or social media. Registration fliers have been provided to schools and are also available on the Early Childhood Enrollment and Registration Canvas page. Registration will continue to take place online and finalization will occur virtually. Grade-specific information is as follows:

  • Kindergarten: please direct incoming kindergarten parents to the updated information on the Enrollment and Registration page.

  • Pre-K: families of prospective students have two options for submitting the Pre-K application. More information is available on the HCPSS Pre-K program page. Please note, MSDE requires that Pre-K be made available first to students who meet first-priority criteria. When space allows, families that meet second priority criteria will be considered. School staff are directed to keep a waitlist of these applicants and will be contacted directly by the Office of Early Childhood Programs.

Summer Programs Registration

Online enrollment requests for summer programs will reopen at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 for BSAP Summer Institute, Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development, Innovative Pathways High School, and STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp. Families can find up-to-date course information and enrollment directions on the Summer Programs web page (https://www.hcpss.org/summer-programs/

Log In to Express Your Interest in the HCPSS 2021-2022 Digital Education Center, Through April 14, 2021

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The Howard County Public School System is planning for a virtual school option for students entering grades K-12 who wish to learn virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. Once finalized, the Digital Education Center (DEC) program will give students the opportunity to take all classes and earn credits virtually, while receiving support services from the student’s designated home school. The DEC is intended to function as an additional, separate K-12 center, which will continue to operate even after fully in-person learning resumes throughout the county. The final DEC scope and options are subject to funding, staffing and final Board of Education approval. If the program is not funded, students who enroll in the DEC instead will access instruction through their designated home school.

The Digital Education Center is scheduled to begin in the 2021-2022 school year. Any student entering grades K-12 during the 2021-2022 school year will have the opportunity to enroll in the Digital Education Center. Students must commit to the DEC for the full school year to participate. Students who want to return to in-person learning at a HCPSS school location during the 2021-2022 school year should not sign up for the DEC. Decisions on the 2021-2022 academic year—in terms of students returning in person, hybrid or virtually—have not yet been determined, and will be communicated as soon as possible.

Via HCPSS Connect Synergy, HCPSS is seeking to understand families’ intentions regarding enrolling their children in a virtual school option (if that option becomes available) or having their children attend their traditional HCPSS school. This form is separate from the hybrid survey that families received earlier this school year and is not a commitment for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents/guardians will be asked to commit to enroll their children in the DEC at a later date. Your interest at this time will help facilitate planning.

Please complete this form no later than 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 14. Contact your child's school if you require assistance completing the form.

To complete the form:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy
  2. Select More Options from the left panel
  3. Select Digital Education Center Interest Survey from the bottom of the menu
  4. Complete the question in the form for each child. Families may select different school options for each child.

Details on the Digital Education Center can be found online. Additionally, answers to frequently asked questions regarding the DEC can be found online and are being continually updated as new information becomes available.