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Forts Pond Elementary School

June 2019

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Important Summer Dates


4 Half Day for Students

5th Grade Graduation Celebration at 9:00 A.M.

5 Half Day and Last Day for Students


4 Closed

5-9 Class Assignment and Registration 7:00-4:00

7 will be open until 6:00 P.M. for Class Assignment and Registration


20 First Day for Students in Grades 5k-5

* Beginning the week of June 10, we will be closed on Fridays.

We will be open 7:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. Monday through Thursday.

We will begin normal hours the week of August 5. Those hours are 7:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.


Leaders of the Month

Grade 5 Graduation Celebration

Fifth grade Graduation Celebration will be held June 4th at 9:00 A.M. An invitation will be sent home later this month.

Recycle Markers and Crayons

What is Crayola ColorCycle?

Crayola is all about innovative solutions ~ in particular for kids and the environment. ColorCycle is our latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose Crayola markers.

Can any markers be sent in or just Crayola brand markers?

Crayola ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers. That includes dry erase markers and highlighters! ColorCycle will eliminate placing hundreds of tons of markers into landfills.

Bottle Caps

Please save your bottle caps and send to Ms. Siceloff. She is working with a group of students on a project to be displayed inside the school.

Fairy Tale Tea

Counselor Corner

Cindy Hill grades 4k- 2nd 821-2510

Gina Mahoney 3rd-5th 821-2598

Daily Parent Engagement Tips

Check out FPES Daily Parent Engagement Tips on our school website. Below you can see examples of tips that were on our website in May.

Before you toss that junk mail, teach with it

Junk mail can be a great teaching tool. Have your child examine yours to find out where it came from. Then, help her locate and mark that place on a map. Does more mail come from certain areas? You can also have her sort the junk mail in a variety of ways: by state, region or how far its origin is from your home. Which piece traveled farthest? Help your child estimate how long it would take to make the drive.

Nagging kids rarely works. Here's what does

For kids, learning to carry out instructions is part of developing responsibility, at home and at school. Instead of just repeating commands over and over, stop telling and start doing. If you've asked your child to empty his pockets before putting his pants in the laundry, wash only the pants with empty pockets. When his favorite jeans stay dirty and he has to wear pants he doesn't like to school, he may be more motivated to act responsibly.

How do you talk with your child about behavior?

The way parents communicate with their children has a lot to do with how the kids behave, both at home and in the classroom. For better behavior, explain to your child why rules are needed, and involve her in setting rules and consequences. Offer praise and encouragement, and pay more attention to your child when she's being good than when she misbehaves. And be sure to set an example of respectful, law-abiding behavior.

The arts add to your child's education

Research indicates that studying music, theater and other fine arts can improve children's achievement in school. There are lots of ways to add the arts to your child's life: Sing in the car. Keep a box of art supplies handy. Visit local museums together. Check out books about art and artists at the library. Watch TV programs about the arts with your child. Look for listings of local events for kids, too.


Where has the time gone! It's already May! What a amazing year this has been at the Pond!

We are looking for someone to join our PTO board as secretary for the 2019-2020 school year.

This person would be responsible for taking notes during meetings, posting on our social media sites, creating fliers, and other duties.

We need a few more parents to join our at large committee as well. These parents will help in various jobs throughout PTO. If you are interested please contact Ashley Leaphart at or contact the front office.

Thank you all again for your support this year! Because of you we have been able to do so many things for our school!

FPES Leadership Clubs

Building Plan for FPES Through the Bond Referendum

The community can find the latest information about projects happening around the district as well as here at FPES. All of these are funded by the recently passed bond referendum for Lexington School District One.

FPES will be receiving the following:

  • Secure Entrance Upgrades
  • Additional Classrooms
  • Replacement for Folding Partition in Between Cafeteria and PE Room
  • Additional Exterior Lighting in the Front Parking Lot
  • Storage and Equipment Building
  • Future Ready Classroom Furniture and Equipment

How to Help Your Child Learn the Value of Math

Money management teaches valuable lessons

Learning to manage money teaches kids math skills. They also learn school success skills like responsibility, patience and how to set priorities. If your child gets an allowance, help him distinguish between his "needs" and his "wants." He should pay for any needs he's responsible for first. Then, he can save the rest of his money toward the cost of his wants. Give him a notebook to track his savings.

How to Help Your Child Read and Write

Before your child reads, suggest drawing a diagram

If your child struggles to make sense of textbook reading, drawing a "reading web" before he even starts to read may help. Have him write the chapter title on a piece of paper and draw lines branching out from it. Next, have him preview the text and write each section heading on a different branch. Then he can branch subheadings out from each section heading. This lets him see how details support the main idea.

Talk about real people who write

To encourage your child's interest in writing, help him think about the authors of the things he reads. What does the book say about its author? How does the author's life relate to the book, if at all? Talk with your child about the author's style: humor, short sentences, or a certain point of view, for example. Can he imitate it? Your child might also enjoy writing a letter or email to a favorite author.

At family meals, make conversation the main course

Shared meals strengthen families. Family meals also build children's vocabularies and discussion skills. Make eating together a regular habit. While you eat, engage your child in relaxed conversation by asking specific, open-ended questions. "What was the funniest thing that happened today?" will get a better response than "How was school?" Don't use mealtime to criticize your child. And do keep talking as you clean up together!

Help your child see the meaning of the reading

Some kids work so hard to read individual words that they lose the meaning of the passage. To help your child with comprehension, stop her from time to time as she reads and ask, "Does that make sense?" Suggest that she look at the pictures for clues. Rereading the passage also helps. Your child's teacher may have a list of sight words your child can study to help build reading fluency.

Box Tops

Earn cash for our school with Box Tops for Education! It's easy. Box Tops are worth 10 cents each. We will use these funds to support our Leadership Clubs.

Here is how Box Tops work.

Buy the products + Clip the Box Tops + Send Box Tops to school = $$$$$

Community Events

Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

Revised 09-04-2018

Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law.

The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at