FES Falcon Parent Update


Federalsburg Elementary School

Principal: Todd Nichols

Assistant Principal: Briana Walker

FES is a Title I School

The FES Family will promote our S.O.A.R. core values by engaging in a supportive and collaborative learning community that nurtures and builds a foundation for lifelong success.

To SOAR means to Stay safe and ready, Own our responsibilities, Achieve our goals, and Respect self and others.

Happy Valentine's Day and President's Day

We welcomed 4th and 5th grade A/B students back in the building. It was wonderful seeing the building filling up with more smiling faces. Overall, the week went rather smoothly given the weather.

Reminder: 4th and 5th Grade students in building schedule

Group A students are Mondays and Tuesdays only. 8:45 Arrival and 2:30 dismissal.

Group B Students are Thursdays and Fridays only. 8:45 Arrival and 2:30 dismissal.

* Feb. 15: No School President's Day

* Feb. 17: Reading and Math night will be held Feb. 17th from 6:00-7:30. Math and Reading teachers will be posting grade level Zoom links. We will send out a reminder flyer with all the zoom links attached as well. We will be giving away a $25 Walmart gift card for participating and completing the survey. Please sign-in on each zoom meeting in the virtual chat and complete the title I survey at the end of the night to be eligible. See flyer below.

* Picture Days scheduled: Flyers will be coming soon for scheduling

Day 1 – 3/16, 9am start, In School Students Group A

Day 2 – 3/19, 9am start, In School Students Group B and absent makeups

Day 3 – 4/7, 9am start, Virtual students by appointment and additional absent make-ups.

* Concerns about "snow days" being asynchronous

Please remember that students are required by law to attend school 180 days each year. By having students complete asynchronous work on these snow days, we will not need to add additional days to the calendar in June to meet this requirement; how many of us remember those years when we had to add a full week at the end of the year and take away spring break? This will avoid those changes to the school calendar. Please be reminded that all asynchronous work is given three school days before it is due; this means that you have additional time to work with your child if he/she cannot complete it during the regular school day. Keep in mind that having students turn in work is how we are able to count them as attending.

* Car Rider Drop-off and Pick up

- Car rider drop-off is in the staff parking lot loop between 8:45-9:00am for grades 1, 2, 4 and 5, and 10:00-10:15am for PreK, K and 3rd grade.

- Car rider Pick-up from the staff parking lot loop is from 2:30-2:45 for grades 1, 2, 4 and 5, and 3:45- 4:00 for PreK, K and 3rd grade.

* Walkers arrival and dismissal

- Walker should enter through the Academy Street entrance between 8:45-9:00am for grades 1, 2, 4 and 5, and 10:00-10:15am for PreK, K and 3rd grade.

- Walker Dismissal is also from teh Academy Street entrance from 2:30-2:45 for grades 1, 2, 4 and 5, and 3:45- 4:00 for PreK, K and 3rd grade.

* Once buses begin to arrive, do not enter the bus loop as you will be stuck behind buses until they leave. You may park on the street or in the staff parking lot and walk to front of the school. Do not allow students unattended between the buses. The front bus loop is off limits from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, and 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM. I appreciate you working with us to keep our Falcons safe!

** If you are not receiving phone calls or emails, please reach out to the front office with your most updated information. This way we can change it in the system. 410-479-2761 and ask for Emily Phillips.

Thank you for your continued support of Federalsburg Elementary School! Stay safe during this interesting weather pattern we are experiencing!

Together We Soar

Principal Nichols

Possible Summer Opportunities for Students

We are looking to offer summer school opportunities to many of our students. As we develop our summer school plan, we are looking to see what students may be interested in this opportunity. Your response to this survey is simply to gauge interest and at this time is not a commitment.

* Dates- June 21 - July 29, 2021
* 4 days per week
* Elementary School- 9am - 3 pm
* Middle/High School- 9am - 12 pm
* Additional support for Special Education and EL students

Transportation and lunch will be provided.
Please complete one form for each child.

We realize this year has been challenging and look forward to the opportunity for additional in-person learning time. Please complete the form below if you are interested in your child attending CCPS summer school.
Summer School Opportunities for Students Survey

Thank you,

Lindsey McCormick

Director of Instruction

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Upcoming Dates

- Feb. 15: No School Presidents Day

- Feb. 16: Group A students for 4th and 5th grade attend in building

- Feb. 17: Asynchronous Work needs to be submitted for attendance purposes

- Feb. 17: Math/Reading Night, A title I funded event 6:00-7:30

- Feb. 18 and 19: Group B students for 4th and 5th grade attend in building

Tools and Best Practices for the 2nd Semester...

Posted on February 2, 2021

Caroline students are in-person and virtual learners! First semester has taught everyone a lot, and we want to share tips and best practices learned from both staff and students that will ensure second semester success.

  • Learning Area: Students need a well-lighted, quiet place in their home for virtual learning.
  • On-Time: Students should be on time and on schedule for in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous days.
  • Charger: Devices should be charged for home and school, and kept with the device.
  • Devices: Take good care of devices when in class, at home and traveling in between.
  • Device cameras: Cameras help greatly with student engagement and connection to teachers and classmates! Try to leave them on as much as possible.
  • Headphones: Headphones or earbuds should be kept with devices and ready for use. Students should bring earbuds/headphones to school as well.
  • Downloading materials: Best practice is to download materials the day before an asynchronous learning day.
  • Google Classroom: Log in just prior to class beginning or resuming.
  • Learning materials and books: Keep these with the device for easy access.
  • PowerSchool: Families (and students) should check PowerSchool on a regular basis to check attendance, grades, and assignments.
  • Email: Students (and families) should check email on a regular basis.

Check with principals and school counselors for more tools and best practices for 2nd Semester Success.

Mid Shore Sharing Our Strength Online Support Group

Join other parents and caregivers of children with behavioral health challenges for support and conversation.

We will spend time chatting and supporting each other, share information on local resources, and have a short program on a featured topic. Discussion topics include:

· Self-care

· Mindfulness activities

· Anxiety coping skills

· Benefits of journaling

· Planful organization

For more information, contact

Jen Neithercott at JNeithercott@mdcoalition.org or 443-472-9833

Maryland Coalition of Families

410-730-8267 | www.mdcoalition.org

FES Spirit Wear Still Available

We still have the following items for sale...

Order your FES Spirit Wear on myschoolbucks.com

Parents can also contact carels.kelly@ccpsstaff.org for pick-up options.

Youth short sleeve $12.00

2 small

2 medium

2 large

Youth long sleeve $16.00 each

2 medium

2 large

Adult hoodies $26.00 each

3 medium

1 large

Adult short sleeve $15.00 each

6 medium

4 large

1 XL

Covid-19 Information

In these difficult times, it’s easy for misinformation to spread. The goal of CCPS is to ensure communication protocols are thorough and transparent, while protecting employee and student privacy. Please remember that we do have a process for advising those identified as close contacts of a person testing positive. These notifications are followed by an email that tells staff and families of a positive COVID-19 case in our building.

This communication process can be found on the CCPS website page Positive Case Reports. This page also includes a weekly report, by building, of any positive cases reported among staff or students. Feel free to share this page with anyone needing accurate, verified information.

Together We Soar