The Fulton Flier

Week of January 10th

Dear Fulton Families,

Wow, what a first week back! We took my daughter and son sledding, made snowmen, engaged in snowball fights and drunk lots of hot chocolate with marshmallows. We tried to soak up every minute of this gift of additional family time. I hope that you were able to create some fun memories with your children in the snow as well.

Enjoy some pictures of our Fulton Falcons enjoying the snow. And a huge shout out to Mrs. Greta Luhar for putting this together.

Please ensure that you send your child in layers this week. The next couple of days are supposed to be pretty chilly outside. We appreciate your support in advance in collaborating with us to have arrival and dismissal continue to be safe as well as swift to minimize the amount of time our children are in the weather.

Have a wonderful week and stay warm,

Dr. Burks

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Outdoor Lunch

As a mitigation strategy in congruence with HCPSS, we have been hosting outdoor lunch between the temperatures of 50° and 90°. With the increase of cases throughout the County, we want to ensure we are still offering outdoor lunch as an option.

As such, if you would prefer your child to eat lunch outside daily with temperatures between 40° and 49°, please complete this form by Wednesday, January 12th.

If temperatures are 50° and above, we will continue with our class rotation, so all students have an opportunity to eat lunch outside at least once a week.

Attention 5th Grade Families - New Family Information Nights

This month, Lime Kiln, Hammond and Murray Hill Middle Schools will be hosting New Student/Family Orientation Information Nights. These presentations will be held virtually. These orientations will provide information to the families of students entering 6th grade in the fall of 2022.

Murray Hill Middle School: Wednesday, January 12th, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Snow Date: 1/25/22

Lime Kiln Middle School: Thursday, January 13th, 6:00-7:00pm, Snow date: 1/19/22

Hammond Middle School: Thursday, January 13th, 6:00-7:00pm, Snow date: 1/19/22

2021–2022 Academic Calendar Updates

To provide staff with additional time to address their increased workload and to support employee well-being, the Board of Education approved several 3-hour early dismissal days during the remainder of the school year. View the HCPSS calendar.

From our Belonging & Culture Team

This month at Fulton, students are thinking about how they want their 2022 year to look! They will be working on goals and resolutions in their classrooms! Do you have any goals you think Fulton students should strive for this year? If so, feel free to let us know by filling out this link for the announcements and our bulletin board at the front of the school!

Happy New Year!

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The PTA Perch


Need to catch up after all those snow days? Skip the kitchen January 11 for Fulton night at Ledo Pizza! Enjoy dinner from Ledo Pizza- support our school and a local restaurant!

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River House Pizza Kits and Frozen Pizzas

Now accepting orders for delicious pizza kits and frozen pizzas from Ellicott City’s River House Pizza Co! It’s an easy way to involve your students in dinner prep with these convenient, delicious pizza kits or have a meal ready to go in the freezer with their frozen pizzas. Scan QR code from the flier below.

Save the date!
January 25 is spirit day at Chick-fil-A!

Recess Volunteers Needed!

Our school and precious children are in need of parents to volunteer during recess - let's help make this happen! If you are able to assist, even just 30 minutes of your time can be very helpful (but you are very welcome to sign up for longer!).

Sign up for a day and time using this link:

Add to your calendar as repeat weekly

Commitment is for one month or more (indicate which month/s in comments)

* volunteer packet must be completed and submitted to school.

Please feel free to contact Orli Barshook at for any questions or concerns.

And, thank you to Orli for taking on this task of ensuring our kids are well supervised at recess

Upcoming Dates

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

  • January 11th: PTA Ledo's Restaurant Night 4:00-9:00pm; Virtual PTA Meeting 7:00pm

  • January 17th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Schools and Offices closed

  • January 18th: Instrumental Music Winter Concert

  • January 19th: School closes 3 hours early; No 1/2 day PreK/RECC

  • January 21st: End of 2nd Quarter

  • January 24th: Schools Closed for Students- Professional Work Day

  • January 25th: PTA Chick-fil-A's Restaurant Night

  • January 31st: Quarter 2 Report Cards Issued

  • February 1st: School Closed for Students- Professional Work Day

Happenings Around our Fulton Community

Vaccination Clinics for HCPSS Students Aged 5-11

HCPSS is working with the Howard County Health Department and several local pharmacies, to provide students ages 5-11 the opportunity to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Information about upcoming clinics is available on the HCPSS website and will be updated as new clinics are added. Vaccination remains the most effective strategy to save lives and end this pandemic so I encourage you to make an appointment for your child if you have not already done so.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the Howard County Health Department’s website. Additional information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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Extra Extra, Read All About it!

Check out The Falcon Gazette, “A paper for students written by students.”

Recess Volunteer Rotation

Our school and precious children are in need of parents to volunteer during recess - let's help make this happen! If you are able to assist, even just 30 minutes of your time can be very helpful (but you are very welcome to sign up for longer!).

* volunteer packet must be completed and submitted to school.

Please feel free to contact Orli Barshook at for any questions or concerns.

Keeping FES Healthy

To help Fulton maintain a safe and healthy learning environment we will continue to:

  • Allow students to eat lunch outside, weather permitting (Please send them to school with suitable clothing for the weather).
  • Have an operating HEPA filter in each classroom.
  • Have hand sanitizer available in each classroom as well as throughout the building
  • Have wipes available in each classroom.

The information below has been shared previously by HCPSS, but it is useful to review it again before students return to school on Monday.

Health Checks: Parents/guardians should perform a health check with their child every day and refrain from sending them to school if they show any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or any other communicable disease. Staff are to follow the same guidance. Please note that student absences due to sickness are considered excused absences. Additionally, parents/guardians please send an email to and notifying us of a positive test during the break.

Masks: Universal indoor masking remains intact for all HCPSS facilities. Families are encouraged to send their children to school with KN95 masks, which are recommended by the CDC for their effectiveness over the typical cloth masks previously recommended. HCPSS is in the process of procuring KN95 masks for students and staff to have on hand in addition to the masks already available in schools.

Vaccines: The Howard County Health Department and HCPSS encourages vaccines and boosters for all applicable residents ages 5 and older, and there are several vaccination clinics available for first doses and boosters.

New CDC Guidance: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this week announced a recommendation to shorten quarantine duration to five days. This recommendation was adopted by the Howard County Health Department (HCHD). Therefore, unvaccinated and vaccinated students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will have to isolate and may not return to school until:

  • They have been out at least 5 days from the onset of symptoms or upon receiving a positive test without symptoms, and
  • Remain fever-free for 24 hours, and
  • Show a consistent improvement of symptoms.

Students and staff who test positive may return to school on day 6 but must continue to wear a mask for an additional five days at all times while indoors except while eating.

Contact tracing will be led by the health department. Please notify people you believe may be close contacts in an effort to prevent further spread.

Fulton Elementary School

Tanisha Burks, Principal,

Justine Sillers, Assistant Principal,

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal,