Week of December 21st
In our final edition of our newsletter before the winter break and the last one in 2020, I wanted to wish all in our FES family a happy, peaceful, and healthy holiday. Over this break, please find some time to disconnect and enjoy time with your family.
On behalf of the entire Fulton staff, I wish you an enjoyable winter break and look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.
Does your child have any missing work to still complete for school?
Spelling Bee for 4th & 5th grade!
Our Gifted and Talented team will be hosting the synchronous 4th and 5th grade Spelling Bee this year. The optional Spelling Bee will be open to students in 4th and 5th grade and will take place in January. What to know more? Check out the Spelling Bee Interest Form to learn more and sign up to participate! If your child is interested, please have them sign up by December 23rd.
Winter Break Meal Services- Adjustments for December 21, 2020–January 4, 2021
Howard County public schools will be closed for winter break from Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. There will be no meal service during this time. To ensure children have access to essential nutrition during the holiday period, families may pick up additional meals in advance of the break.
The following adjustments will be made to meal services:
- There is no meal service Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1. Meal service will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.
- Meals for December 23–27 will be available for pickup at any HCPSS meal site on Wednesday, December 23.
- Pre-ordering will not be available for meals picked up December 21–23 or January 4–6. Walk up (non-pre-ordered) meals may be picked up those and other days schools are in session.
- Pre-ordering services will resume Monday, January 4 for meals to be picked up beginning Thursday, January 7. Meals are provided at no cost to any HCPSS student or any child under age 18. More information about 2020-2021 meal services is provided online.
Related Arts Schedule
*Our RECC schedule remains the same and is not impacted by the Related Arts rotation. We have included the RECC schedule here, just so you can have it handy.
Dates to Remember
December 21st: Countdown to Winter Break: GoNoodle
December 22nd: Countdown to Winter Break:Five Senses Scavenger Hunt
December 23rd: Countdown to Winter Break: Go Birdwatching
December 24th-December 31st: Winter Break
January 1st: New Year's Day - Schools & Offices Closed
January 4th: School Resumes
January 6th: FES Coffee House Opens 8:00-9:00am
January 12th: PTA Meeting 7:00pm
January 13th: Black Student Achievement Program 6:00pm
January 14th: Hammond Middle School 6th Gr Orientation
January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Schools & Offices Closed
January 28th: End of 2nd Marking Period
January 29th: Schools Closed for Students- Professional Work Day for Staff
Need your input on upcoming Parent Sessions!
A Message from our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
This is the season when people of all faiths and cultures are pushing back against the planetary darkness. We string bulbs, ignite bonfires, and light candles. And we sing.
- Anita Diamant
Our school community is rich in many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Our knowledge about other cultures, languages, and traditions is extremely important to foster understanding and mutual respect.
During this time of the year, our Fulton families celebrate a variety of different traditions. As a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, we have created slide shows that you can share with your child at home or use as a starting point to teach your child about different holidays. Once you click on the powerpoint link below, be sure to move into "present" mode. Once you are presenting, you can click on the different objects on the slide to take you to videos, arts and crafts, recipes and much more. Enjoy!
Here are some other resources that you may want to review.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Caitlyn Gudenius @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting Your Children this Winter Season
The holiday season is upon us. Families are dealing with stress from multiple sources, including COVID-19, and may not be able to celebrate the holidays as usual. Although parents/caregivers may feel the need to do more to “makeup” for such a difficult year, remember, more is not always better. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network shares strategies for supporting children this holiday season.
Sharing Student Mental Health Supports: Please find resources for mental health and wellness information and supports that are included on the HCPSS website.
In Honor of Minaal
Recently we came together as a community to grieve the loss of one of our first grade students, Minaal Ahmed. We have been working with Minaal's family to honor her in a special way.In honor of Minaal Ahmed, please consider making a donation to the John Hopkins Children's Center, which is an organization close to the Ahmed's hearts.
If you would like to consider a contribution in Minaal's memory, visit https://secure.jhu.edu/form/children and choose “Child Life” in the list of designation options. All contributions made through this site are tax deductible, as allowable by law. In the comments section, please write “On behalf of Fulton Elementary School” or "In memory of Minaal Ahmed."
To donate gifts for the children at JHCC, individuals can purchase them through http://www.myregistry.com/organization/johns-hopkins-children-s-center-baltimore-md/2602166 or purchase any of the items on the attached Wish List , and ship them to:
Brian Parkinson, Child Life Department
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
1800 Orleans Street, Suite 7217
Baltimore, MD 21287
Countdown to Winter Break!
- 12/21 Have some fun with Go Noodle
- 12/22 Engage your 5 senses in a Scavenger Hunt
- 12/23 Bird Watch- use your sense of sight and hearing to observe the birds in your neighborhood.
In January, our PTA will be hosing a martial arts fundraiser. Mark your calendars nows!
1/9: American Academy of Martial Arts
Instruction the Week of December 21
Students will have synchronous related arts as scheduled but no asynchronous related arts assignments. Likewise, synchronous social studies instruction will occur on Monday, December 21 for grades K, 2, and 4 and on Tuesday, December 22 for grades 1, 3, and 5; however, there will not be social studies asynchronous follow up lessons.