The Fulton Flier

Week of February 20th

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Volunteer Training

In the beginning of February, we suspended our Lunch and Recess volunteers. In consultation with Central Office, we are able to welcome back our volunteers during Lunch and Recess beginning the week of March 13th. We will have an in-person training on Friday, March 3, 2023 from 2:00-2:30 for any parent/guardian who would like to volunteer for Lunch and Recess for the remainder of the school year.

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP by Thursday, March 2, 2023.

Please note, this is only for parents/guardians interested in volunteering during lunch and/or recess.

Please Share Your Gratitude with FES Staff!

Did you know that February 27th - March 3rd is Employee Appreciation Week throughout HCPSS? We encourage you to take a moment this week to reach out to any staff members who have made a positive impact on you or your child(ren) during their time at Fulton Elementary School.

Please visit this link to find a google form in which family members can share kind words of support for those who work with your children. Each expression of gratitude will be shared with the staff member for whom it is intended. You may complete the google form more than one time as a way to show gratitude for more than one staff member! The full list of staff members including non-instructional staff (custodian staff, office staff, liaisons, nursing staff, cafeteria staff) can be found on the FES website at this link.

Thank you for taking a moment to share your appreciation for the work that is done at Fulton in support of your children! Your effort is appreciated!

Grade 5 The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) Assessment

Grade 5 students will take the MISA Assessment on March 7, 8, 9, and 10th.

The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) is administered to all students in fifth grade, eighth grade, and high school. The MISA is aligned to the Maryland Next Generation Standards (NGSS). The NGSS integrates three dimensions necessary to understand science. The dimensions are the Science and Engineering Practices, the Crosscutting Concepts, and the Disciplinary Core Ideas. To assess the three dimensions of the NGSS, a set of interrelated items is required. All items on the MISA are part of an item set.

Test Preparation and Practice

The following link provides resources that can help students prepare for the MISA.

Top 10 Things to Know about the Book Fair!

It’s time for the Scholastic Book Fair! Here’s some information to know . . .

  1. The Book Fair is a fundraiser for the Fulton Elementary PTA. All checks need to be made out to Fulton Elementary PTA. Funds raised will be used for the subscription to BrainPop, to purchase materials for our library, and to support PTA budget initiatives. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Try the E-wallet! You can preload an amount your child is able to spend so they don’t have to keep track of cash at school. This would be a huge help, especially for younger students. You can access the wallet option on our Fulton Book Fair Web Page! ***** Please note! This option is like purchasing a gift card. Unused balances can be used towards a Scholastic order, another Fair, or donated to All for Books but can’t be reimbursed to you.

  2. Some teachers have set up classroom E-wallets if you want to donate to their classroom libraries. Select this link to donate.

  3. All students have the opportunity to preview and make a wish list, but they are not required to buy anything! (Really! We tell them that, too.)

  4. Previews of the Book Fair start on Thursday, March 2nd. Students may purchase books DURING THEIR RECESS TIME from March 3rd- March 10th. We will close promptly at 3:00pm on Friday March 10th.

  5. Please remember to send enough money to cover the 6% Maryland sales tax. This is a tough concept for kids to understand. It’s a good math lesson, and we try to help them; but your support from home is appreciated!

  6. We offer Late Night Shopping from 5:30-8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 8th. You are welcome to come by and shop with your family! This is also the evening of our March PTA meeting from 7-8pm.

  7. We also offer online shopping. There’s a bigger selection online, too! If you order between March 2nd - March 15th, your purchases will be shipped to your home. Orders over $25 ship free. Fulton Book Fair Web Page

  8. We are NOT open for sales before school or after school. Public shopping isn’t available during school hours. Only students will be able to shop during school hours.

  9. Many teachers create wish lists of books for their classroom libraries. These will be on display in the media center, if you would like the opportunity to donate books to the classrooms. You can also add money to a teacher's e-Wallet and they can use that money towards any purchases they make at the fair. (See #2)

  10. We rely on fantastic volunteers to keep things running smoothly. If you are able to volunteer, sign up here:

We truly appreciate your support, not only with fundraising, but with everything you do to support literacy at home. We love to hear about how you read with your kids, and take them to the library. THANK YOU!!

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New School Start Time for the 2023-24 School Year

During its Feb. 23 meeting, the Howard County Board of Education adjusted the start times of schools for the 2023-2024 school year. There is no impact to the current school year. All changes will take effect in August.

The exact start time for each school will be determined this spring and shared with the community as transportation routes are finalized. However, Fulton Elementary is part of Tier 3, which means our school start time will be approximately 9:15 next school year. If your child will attend a different school next year, the start times for all schoolsLinks to an external site. can be found on the HCPSS website.

I want to reiterate words that HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano shared: “finalizing and fully implementing this plan will be a months-long process.” Much more information will be provided to students, staff and families from HCPSS and our school throughout that process.

I encourage you to read more about the process to evaluate school start timesLinks to an external site. on the HCPSS website. I know you may have questions; however, please note that there are many impacted pieces as a result of this decision and all details will not be available right away. We are working with HCPSS central office staff on the logistics related to the implementation, and additional information will be provided to you as it becomes available.

Thank you for your continued care and support of our students.

Get your 25th Anniversary Yearbook!

The 25th Anniversary edition of Fulton’s yearbook is available to purchase. The deadline is March 1, 2023. Online orders only. Don’t miss out on owning this special edition. Go to and use code YB26252.

Check out our Counseling Corner

Mrs. Shields, School Counselor, joined each classroom in the New Year to deliver school counseling lessons demonstrating the “Learning Strategies” essential curriculum objectives listed below.

  1. Kindergarten

    1. Identify behaviors that lead to successful learning.

    2. Students read Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook. Students demonstrated an appropriate amount of space to use while sitting in class and standing in line. Kindergarten students learned that the amount of personal space needed varies depending on the environment.

  2. 1st grade

    1. Identify how to interact and work cooperatively in teams.

    2. Students read a story called Teamwork Isn’t My Thing and I Don’t Like to Share by Julia Cook. Students then worked cooperatively with others as a team to create a tower with cup stacking.

  3. 2nd grade

    1. Demonstrate how effort and persistence positively affect learning.

    2. Students read Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and learned the difference between a growth and a fixed mindset. We reviewed the power of the word YET.

  4. 3rd grade

    1. Identify attitudes and apply behaviors that lead to successful learning.

    2. Students identified strategies to be an organized learner and understand the impact of having strong organizational skills on success. Students organized their desks, backpacks, and book bins.

  5. 4th grade

    1. Establish appropriate short- and long-term goals to develop high standards of quality.

    2. Students demonstrated that they understood the importance of effort in school through reframing negative thoughts into positive thoughts that lead to successful choices.

  6. 5th grade

    1. Demonstrate the motivation and strategies to achieve individual potential.

    2. Students received a lesson on the Rising 6th grade Course Placements in middle school.

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Upcoming Dates

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

  • February 28th: FES Math Night

  • March 3rd-10th: Book Fair

  • March 7th: Spring Picture Day

  • March 7th-10th: 5th Grade Science MCAP

  • March 8th: 4:15 School Tour for New Families; Evening Book Fair Shopping; 7:00 PTA Meeting

  • March 14th: PTA Restaurant Fundraiser- Chick-Fil-A Day 6:00am-10:00pm

  • March 15th: Early Dismissal, 12:55pm

  • March 20th: PTA Luncheon for Staff

  • March 24th: Spirit Day- Wear Maryland Colors

  • March 31st: Early Dismissal, 12:55pm, End of Quarter 3

  • April 3-10th: Spring Break

The PTA Perch

Volunteers Needed!

Please consider volunteering for the upcoming book fair beginning March 2nd. This is always a really fun and exciting event for the kids! Please find details and sign-up here:

Coming Soon:

In-Person PTA Meeting/ MAP Test Results Explained
March 8, corresponding with Book Fair Evening Hours, in the cafeteria
Please join us for a brief PTA overview followed by a presentation helping parents understand MAP test results.

FES Chick-fil-A Day!

Tuesday, 3/14 6am-10pm

KidzArt Class, check Facebook- link coming soon!

Friday, 3/24 4-5:30pm (art room)

Thank you for your support!!

Happenings in our Community

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2023 River Hill Boosters Summer Camps

The River Hill High School Boosters are sponsoring summer camps at River Hill High School. The camps are designed to help young athletes improve their fundamental athletic skills. Weekly camps begin on June 12th. Over thirty different camps are offered this summer, including football, tennis, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, weight training, wrestling, Allied sports, Youth sports, pickleball, and dance. We also offer an Art camp and two different Video Production camps. Camp schedule and registration can be found at

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Order Pictures today!

Class Pictures will take place in school today, 2/21/2023. Pictures are available to order online for $10.00 or you can send in payment to school on Picture Day. If ordering online, visit the website and use the code FM3955836

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Meaghan Liwosz.

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Thank you PTA for helping to put up our bulletin board in honor of Black History Month!

Yearbooks are Now on Sale!

The deadline for purchasing the 25th Anniversary edition of the Fulton Elementary 2022/2023 yearbook is Friday, February 24th. Don’t miss out on owning this very special edition! Online orders only. Order at using code YB26252.
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Mark your Calendars....

Check your child's bookbags, you should have received a hard copy of these calendars to put on your fridge as reminders of upcoming spring dates.