Fulton Flier Weekly Update

Week of September 21st

Dear Fulton Family,

As we say goodbye to our 2nd week of school and enter into our 3rd week of virtual learning, we hope that your family is beginning to settle into a routine and you and your children are acclimating to our synchronous and asynchronous learning schedules. We have been working with our staff to ensure that we communicate with parents as effectively as possible so that you can best support your children at home during virtual learning. Please feel free to email me with any questions and/or suggestions or you can also use our Fulton Family Feedback Form; this form can always be found on the home page of our website.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Back to School Nights. Typically, we begin our Back to School Night with a presentation from the administrative team prior to dismissing into our grade level presentations. We recognize that in addition to supporting your children with their virtual learning, you are working, keeping up with family obligations, and balancing many obligations and responsibilities. As such we have eliminated that this year, in order to maximize your time with your child's teacher. There will be upcoming opportunities for you to meet with our administrative teams- please stay tuned.

Additionally, we have tweaked our Back to School Night schedule since we originally shared the dates/times to ensure families have an opportunity to meet with many different staff members, if you choose. Please see below for the schedule and you will be receiving more detailed information to include the meeting codes via Canvas.

Back to School Night K-2 September 22nd

Time: 6:00-7:00

  • 6:00-6:25pm

    • Grade level 1st session

    • Related Arts Info (rotation schedule and asynchronous assignments) Q&A session

  • 6:30-7:00pm

    • Grade level 2nd session (repeat of session 1)

    • Related Arts Info (rotation schedule and asynchronous assignments) Q&A session

  • 7:00- 7:30 ESOL Drop-In Q&A (offered for families with students receiving ESOL services)

Back to School Night 3-5 September 24th

Time: 6:00-7:00

  • 5:30-5:55pm

    • GT general Informational session (will share an overview of the GT program)

  • 6:00-6:25pm

    • Grade level 1st session

    • Related Arts Info (rotation schedule and asynchronous assignments) Q&A session

  • 6:30-7:00pm

    • Grade level 2nd session (repeat of session 1)

    • Related Arts Info (rotation schedule and asynchronous assignments) Q&A session


Dr. Burks

Gifted and Talented Optional Seminar Classes- Grades 2nd -5th

In October, our Gifted and Talented resource teachers will begin hosting optional live weekly seminar classes for students in 2nd through 5th grades. These classes will run about 6 to 8 weeks and will focus on a specific topic. This is a great opportunity for students to explore topics they may have a specific interest in beyond what they are learning in class each day.

Seminar classes will meet outside of normal scheduled class time and will require a commitment for the duration of the course. To best serve our students, seminars will be limited in size, but we will have additional offerings of different topics as the year goes on.

Please explore the seminar offerings HERE and complete the form if your child would like to participate. Please submit your google form by Wednesday, September 30th. You will be notified of seminar placements and details by Monday, October 5th.

Feel free to contact our GT teachers, Megan Friedman, Wendy Kanter or Linda Ferrara if you have any questions. Also, you can join our GT teachers for an information session, this Thursday at 5:30pm (Please see Canvas for more detailed information).

It's time to sign up for our Fulton Elementary Chorus!

If your child is in the 4th or 5th grade, they have the opportunity to join this fantastic ensemble. Being a chorus member is a great way to make music, become a better musician, stay connected to others, and have fun! Listen to a video from Ms. Kershner and then click on the link below to learn more and to register!

Ms. Kershner's video

Fulton Elementary Chorus Information 2020-2021

Join the Orchestra and Band!

The band is available to all 4th and 5th graders and includes the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone (think baby tuba) and percussion. The orchestra is available to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and includes violin, violas, cello and bass.

All students will receive two 25 minute synchronous lessons and one 30 minute asynchronous assignment a week. Yes, you can sing in Chorus *and* play an instrument!

Please email Mr. Twigg at Richard_twigg@hcpss.org if you have questions! Hope to see you in Band or Orchestra!

Mr. Twigg's video

Do you have a question and are you wondering who you should contact to help you get the answer?

We created a Who Should I contact list, to help you know who you should contact for what. We hope you find this a useful resource!

Message from 3rd Grade

Third grade is off to a great start! We have been building our writing stamina and listening to stories to gain ideas to write about. Students have been discussing ways to problem solve conflicts and we are delving into math concepts! We want to remind families that students will need a journal for each of the following subjects; reading, writing, science, social studies, math, related arts (6 total). If you have any questions, please reach out your child's homeroom teacher.

Report Card Changes for SY20-21

On September 10th, the Board of Education voted to accept HCPSS's proposed SY20-21 changes to Policy 8010 - Grading and Reporting: Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. Please view the changes here.

Revised Due Date for Recovery Of Learning Packets

Due to HCPSS moving our start date to September 8th this year, students have until 9/30/20 (extended from 9/15/20) to turn in Learning Packets to change 4th Quarter SY19-20 grades of Incomplete to Pass. If you need any help in submitting your child's packet, please contact our front office and we can help you.

Virtual Instruction Tip Sheet

Parents and caregivers can download this quick reference tool, which includes instructions for logging in to online learning platforms and spaces to fill in their child’s class times, meeting codes and other information.

Worth Repeating!

How Does My Child Access a School Counselor?

Please visit the School Counseling Canvas Page to access activities, strategies, and more from Mrs. Shields or Mrs. Wilson-Carr! If your child needs to meet with their School Counselor individually or would like to have a Lunch Bunch, please complete the linked forms.

HCPSS Flu Clinics

HCPSS, the Howard County Health Department and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention again this year will offer flu clinics at no cost for both students and staff. Pre-registration is required, during which parents/guardians and/or staff will schedule an appointment at the clinic of their choice. Registration will open at the end of September. Flu clinics will take place outdoors and will utilize a drive-through or walk-through system. Anyone attending a clinic will be required to wear a mask or protective face covering. All clinics will be held from 4-6 p.m. at all dates and locations. Remember, you MUST pre-register! Please click here below for more details!

Dates to Remember

  • September 22nd: 6:00pm K-2nd Grade Back to School Night; 7:00pm ESOL Q&A Session
  • September 24th: 5:30pm GT Info Session, 6:00pm 3rd-5th Grade Back to School Night
  • September 28th: - Schools and offices closed - Yom Kippur
  • October 16th: Schools close 3 hours early/ No half-day PreK/RECC
  • November 3rd: Schools and offices closed- Election Day
  • November 6th: Schools close 3 hours early/ No half-day PreK/RECC; End of 1st Quarter