The Fulton Flier

Week of September 20th

Dear Fulton Families,


We have received some questions of why we had Tuesday, September 7th and Thursday, September 16th off. One of our wonderful parents, Mrs. Barshook, has written a wonderful message to help us better understand, please enjoy...


In 2021, the fall Jewish holiday season started early in September.

Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year. This year, Rosh Hashana began on Labor day (the evening of September 6), and Yom Kippur which is the Day of Atonement will begin on the evening of September 15th. All Jewish holidays begin with sundown and continue onto the next day.

On Rosh hashana it is common to eat apples and honey, symbolizing a sweet new year. A common greeting for Rosh Hashana is “Happy New Year”.

Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It is a day of fasting and prayer. A common wish is have “A meaningful fast.”

So why do we have two extra days off from school in September this year and why do the dates of Jewish holidays change from year to year? The Jewish calendar is mostly a lunar calendar. This means that from year to year, the Jewish holidays “shift” over a 3-4 week period of time.

Here's to a very sweet and happy Jewish New Year to those who celebrate, and an amazing beginning of the school year to all.


Warmly,

FES Admin

From Our Belonging and Culture Team

Next month, in the month of October, Fulton will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Disabilities and Inclusion! We would love to hear from you! Do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage? Do you look up to someone with a disability? If you shared last year on one of these topics, we will share your spotlight again on our Belonging board in the front of the school! Please use this google form to share with us so we can celebrate our Fulton Parent Community with our students! We can’t wait to hear from you!


BSAP SATURDAY MATH ACADEMY ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FAMILIES

The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program Saturday Math Academy Fall Session is approaching! This year, the BSAP Saturday Math Academy will offer a virtual enrichment program for Howard County Public School System students in all levels of math for grades 3-12. Registration will take place online September 25 from 9:00 a.m.- until capacity is reached. Class space is limited. Families can register by accessing the HCPSS Connect Website. For more information, please visit: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2021/09/bsap-saturday-math-academy-virtual-fall-2021-program/

The PTA Perch

Join the Fulton Elementary school community for the 2021 Virtual FES Falcon Trot 5k Presented by The Mathieu Group of Compass! Races are more fun with friends, so invite your friends, family, parents, and teachers to join you on this great opportunity to get physically fit and support our FES PTA! The event is open to EVERYONE, regardless of age or ability. All proceeds go to FES PTA, to help support our students and teachers.

Sign up here!! https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Fulton/FESFalconTrot

Upcoming Dates

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

  • September 21st: Fall Individual Pictures

  • September 22nd: PTA Fundraiser @ Sunset Raw Juice Bar

  • October 12th: PTA Fundraiser @ Maiwand Kabob

  • October 17th: PTA Fundraiser @ Pure Barre

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ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL REMINDERS

  • Students should be in their classrooms and ready to learn at 9:25 am daily. Students will be marked tardy if they are not in class at 9:25 am.
  • Students will be dismissed at 3:55 pm. Any changes is dismissal methods should be communicated to the front office by 3:00 pm.
  • If picking up your student early please bring your photo ID with you. You will be asked for ID every time you visit the building.

Upcoming MCAP Assessments

The Maryland Department of Education has declared that all Maryland schools will give an early fall administration of MCAP assessments.


The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) is the umbrella for annual statewide assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, and Science. HCPSS will administer the computer-based assessment in Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics to 4th and 5th graders. They will take the 3rd and 4th grade MCAP assessment since they were missed in the 2020-2021 school year.


All diploma-bound 4th and 5th grade students are required to take the tests.


The English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) assessments will focus on reading and understanding literature and informational text, as well as writing effectively when analyzing texts. The Mathematics assessment will focus on applying skills and concepts and understanding multi-step problems that require abstract reasoning and modeling real-world problems, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools. Students learn these skills through regular instruction in HCPSS. The only way to prepare for the tests is to get plenty of rest on the evenings prior to testing.


Fulton Elementary School will administer the tests the dates listed below.



Please contact Leslie Brickner (leslie_brickner@hcpss.org) or Molly Caroland (molly_caroland@hcpss.org) with any questions.

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Chromebook Obligations

Beginning Monday, September 13, HCPSS will charge families for lost, stolen, or damaged devices per the following parameters.

  • Families will be charged for any devices that are lost, stolen or damaged while in their care.
  • If devices are lost, stolen or damaged during school hours and in the school building, school administrators will conduct an investigation to determine if the incident was the result of neglect on the part of the assigned student.

Please access more information HERE.

Interested in Volunteering at FES?

In order to volunteer in the school or chaperone field trips you must complete the training required by the Howard County Public School System. There are 2 PowerPoint presentations that you must view. After viewing you will need to print out and complete certificates for each presentation.


Once the training certificates are completed and signed, they should be returned to our Front Office. You may send them in via your child’s homeroom teacher, for convenience. These certificates are kept on file throughout the school year and must be competed each new school year. Front Office must have BOTH certificates on file to allow parents, guardians or other family members to volunteer in any capacity.


Below are the links to both trainings.

Child Abuse and Neglect Training:

PowerPoint: http://www.hcpss.org/f/employees/childabuse_ppt.pdf

Certificate: http://www.hcpss.org/f/parents/abuse_certificate.pdf

Confidentiality Training:

PowerPoint: http://www.hcpss.org/f/parents/parent-volunteer-confidentiality-training.pdf

Certificate: http://www.hcpss.org/f/parents/parent-volunteer-confidentiality-certificate.pdf


Also, please review this link for information regarding volunteers and proof of Vaccination status.


We are so grateful to be in a community that shows such great interest in helping out at Fulton Elementary. We look forward to working with our volunteers this school year.

Is your child going to be absent?

Please send an email to your child's teacher as well as fesabsence@hcpss.org.

Fall School Picture Day is September 21st!

You can view the portrait packages available online. Paper copies will be sent home with students closer to our picture day! You can also order and pay for pictures online.


If you have any questions regarding our fall picture day, please contact Mrs. Leslie Brickner.

Parent/Guardian Frequently Asked Questions

To help keep you abreast of our Fulton processes and protocols this year, we have created a FES Frequently Asked Questions Document. On this sheet, you will find questions and answers sorted by topic. You will find answers to your wonderings about our cafeteria process, masks, technology related questions, quarantining, and much more.


We will be updating this frequently and it will be located on our home page of our website. Please access our Q&A document here.

Happenings around our Fulton Community