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Forts Pond Elementary School 2022 - 2023 Family Newsletter

The Home of the Mighty Mallards

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

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Check Out Our Family Hub

You can visit this site for quick useful links and information about our school and Mallard Family.

As always, visit our Facebook page for updates and celebrations!

Important Dates to Know

August and September

August 16 - First Day of School

August 23 - Board Meeting at Central Service Auditorium

August 29 - iReady Testing Begins

September - National Library Card Month - Check out Pelion Branch Library

September 5 - No School - Labor Day

September 6 - Board Meeting at Central Service Auditorium

September 12 - National Arts in Education Week

September 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

September 16 - Mallard University in the Cafeteria

September 20 - Board Meeting at Central Service Auditorium

September 21 - National School Backpack Awareness Day (Clean out those book bags!)

September 21 - Collaborative Planning Day - Dismissal at 11:40

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Meet Your Administrators

Mallard University

Bring your student to Mallard University and learn about the exciting things happening at FPES!

Families - Stay after for Pastries with the Principal for a Q&A session.

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Are You Interested in being a Volunteer??

If you are interested in volunteering at FPES, please click this form for the district background check. Once completed and approved, your name has been included on the district's approved list.

Volunteer Link in Spanish

Curriculum Corner

Reading is Fun!

Get your family into a reading routine at the beginning of the school year. Reading with your child every day is one of the best ways to improve his or her reading skills. Establish a regular reading time at the beginning of the school year, and it will become routine in no time! To develop reading routines and make reading a regular part of your family’s schedule:

* Bring books anywhere: your child may need entertainment (in the car, on the bus, in line at the grocery store, etc.).

* Read favorite books at the breakfast table before school.

* Visit the library regularly and fill a special bag with new books to read.

* Celebrate what you read: Have themed book dinners as a family (Green Eggs and Ham). Hang a “reading tree” paper on the wall and add a leaf for each book your child reads.

Mrs. Spivey is our literacy coach.

Have your child do the math for a sweet summer treat!

Make "ice cream-in-a-bag" on a hot summer day together, and your child will get some measuring practice along with a treat. Have your child measure one half-cup of milk, one tablespoon of sugar and one quarter teaspoon of vanilla and seal them into a zip-top sandwich bag. Put the bag into a gallon-size zip-top bag, along with crushed ice and eight tablespoons of rock salt. Seal and shake until you get ice cream!

Mrs. Sturkie is our math coach!

We have Family Liaison - Meet Mrs. Padgett

Our family liaison is here to connect families to resources needed between home and school to further students’ academic and social-emotional success.

Please reach out to her at (803)821-2552 or

Counselor Corner

Meet Mrs. Hill

Hi, my name is Cindy Hill and this is my 15th year at FPES. As a School Counselor, one of my responsibilities is to promote academic, personal/social, and career development of all students. I look forward to offering support to your child and your child's teacher this year. Please let me know if you have any concerns about your child and if you would like for me to meet with him or her individually. I will be meeting with students individually, and in small groups. I will also go into each classroom teaching whole group lessons at least once a month. Parents and teachers can request for me to meet with a student. Students may also self-refer by filling out a counselor request form and dropping it in the counselor mailbox. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about your child.

I can be reached at or by calling (803) 821-2510. I look forward to seeing you and getting to know your child/ children.


Cindy Hill

School Counselor

Important FPES Information

Attendance is Important

Was your student absent?? Send in an excuse here!

  • Complete the form
  • Scan a medical note or parent note here.
  • Continue to send them with your students to the school.

Please remember - absences become unlawful after 3-5 unexcused days and truancy proceedings will begin. If your student is absent, please ensure the school has an excuse.

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New COVID Reporting Procedures

Go to your Parent Portal to report the positive case.

You will receive a follow-up email to let you and the school know when the quarantine is over. (5 days at home - Can return for days 6-10 wearing a mask or remain home for the ten days.)

Families are required to provide proof of the positive results. This can be submitted through the district form for at home testing or a medical notes with the diagnosis. If positive results are not provided, the absences will be excused solely as a parent note. (Students get 10 parent notes per year before it is unlawful)

There are no quarantine expectations for close contacts.

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

Check out this site to learn more!

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Any Celebrations Coming Up?

You can use this form to complete an order for celebrations!! Feel free to contact Mrs. Vicki Jenkins, our cafeteria manager, with any questions. You can also call the school at 803-821-2500

This year, families are allowed to bring in packaged items for celebrations.

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Community Events

Refer to the following sites for a calendar of events with all Pelion Area Schools:

Pelion Elementary School (

Pelion Middle School (

Pelion High School (

Pelion High School Athletics (


Lexington County School District One does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX. The Director of Middle Schools handles inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504. The Mathematics Coordinator handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title II. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072, and telephone 803-821-1000.