Fulton Flier

Week of March 1st

Good morning Fulton Family!


We are excited to begin Phase 1 of our Hybrid experience today! Today, students participating in Group E will join us. Families will receive an email at 11:00am this morning indicating if your child will be joining us for A and/or B days. Additionally, if you have chosen for your child to remain virtual- you will also be receiving a confirmation email.


Please remember our new schedule begins tomorrow for everyone, no matter if you are joining us for in-person learning or virtually. Our school day will begin at 9:45, please view our master schedule here. Please ensure you click on the grade level tabs to view the side-by-side schedules.


Warmly,

Dr. Burks

Updated Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Please review our updated arrival and dismissal procedures at this link. It is important for families to review prior to your child’s schedule arrival if you have decided to return to in-person learning.

Daily Symptom Tracker for In-Person Learning

We are excited to welcome students back to in-person instruction at Fulton. As a reminder, parents/guardians are to perform a health check every day before the student leaves home to ensure they are healthy enough to attend in-person instruction.


Please use our Daily Symptom Tracker prior to having your child join us for in-person learning each day.

Learning more about Hybrid Learning at FES

Thanks to the many families who were able to join us at our Hybrid Orientations on Wednesday and our Parent Q&A session on Thursday. This session provided information to parents/guardians who have selected for their child to return to in-person learning. If you were unable to attend, please review the presentation and resources at this link. Specifically for our presentation, scroll down to the Falcon's Orientation of Hybrid Learning February 24, 2021.

It's February and we are celebrating African American History & Empathy- A message from our Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Team

During the month of February, we will be celebrating African American History and Empathy. Check out our parent/community spotlight for the month of February.
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Creating Independence with your Child and their Chromebook

Just a reminder, over the next few weeks students will be starting to return to school. To assist with making sure the students are able to login to their Chromebook, please have your student start (or continue) practicing typing their username and password every time they have a meet or need access to their Chromebook. The more often they login to the Chromebook, the better they will get typing their username and password. If you notice that your student needs assistance with typing their information, please write this information on a card and place it in their backpack, so it is not visible to other individuals.

Psych Corner!

Stay in the Present


Across the world, our country, state, and county, we are experiencing uncertainty. When faced with uncertainty, our brains are designed to protect us from danger by increasing our attention to negative thoughts and feelings. All this worry and stress can cause us to spiral, as we seek certainty where it does not exist. When you find yourself overwhelmed by strong emotions, try to refocus your attention on what’s going on in and around you in the current moment. Notice and attend to where you are and what you are feeling, without judgement.


How can I stay in the moment when there are so many things that are uncertain?

  • Emotions are like waves. They come on, peak, and slowly roll out. Practice riding the waves of emotion and learning to tolerate them instead of fighting them or letting them overwhelm (or drown) you.
  • Notice and name your feelings, and remind yourself that each feeling is temporary, even if the circumstances remain unchanged. Focus on accepting your feelings and your strength to tolerate them.
  • Do not try to plan for the next week or month or indefinite future; take on one moment at a time.
  • When all else fails, simply focus on your 5 senses to ground you in the present. Listen care-fully for very subtle sounds, look for all the colors in the rainbow, notice how your feet or fingertips feel, attend to a subtle taste in your mouth or scent you can find.

Kindergarten and PreK Registration coming Soon

Kindergarten Registration kicks off the week of March 8-12, 2021.
Families are encouraged to visit the Grade K Family and Community Resources page for more information about the kindergarten instructional program and ways families can support their children at home.


Pre-K Registration begins the week of March 15, 2021.
The Prekindergarten Family and Community Resources page also contains resources for families and providers for children currently in their prekindergarten year.

Chromebook Reminders

Students attending school in-person should bring their fully charged HCPSS assigned Chromebook and power adapter to school on their assigned days. Families should review the Chromebook Care web page for information on how to best care for the device. All elementary and middle schools, and many high schools will have distributed Chromebooks prior to students return to school. Schools will be communicating directions to families who do not have HCPSS Chromebooks to bring to school.

Non-instructional video streaming websites no longer accessible on HCPSS-issued device

HCPSS students and families should be aware that effective Monday, March 1, 2021, video streaming services—such as Netflix, TikTok, Hulu, Showtime, Snapchat, Tumblr, Xbox live, Fortnite and HBO—will no longer be accessible on the HCPSS network or on HCPSS-issued devices. These services are not approved instructional technology sites and use of these sites has created network performance issues.


Currently, non-instructional websites account for 65 percent of HCPSS network usage and present potential security risks. With the increased network demands for hybrid learning and the increase in the number of technology devices being used on the HCPSS network, staff and students are experiencing buffering during some of their hybrid instructional sessions due to users accessing these non-instructional sites during school hours. The use of non-instructional video streaming services is one of the major contributing factors for the reported internet performance issues.


HCPSS will continue to monitor our network usage and make adjustments as we seek to provide all staff and students an effective instructional experience that limits lag time and any frustrations related to slow bandwidth.

THE PTA PERCH

Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00pm. Mark your calendars now and join us for an update on Hybrid Learning.

UPCOMING DATES

  • March 1st: PHASE 1: In-Person Hybrid Model Begins for Identified Students in Group E

  • March 6th: KidzArt Virtual Class 10:00-11:00am

  • March 8th: Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

  • March 9th: PTA's Ledo Night for FES 4:00-8:00PM; PTA Meeting 7:00pm

  • March 15th: PHASE 2: In-Person Hybrid Model Begins for Students in Grades PK-2- Group

  • March 23rd: PTA's Chipotle Spirit Day 5:00-9:00pm

  • March 29th: PHASE 3: In-Person Hybrid Model Begins for Identified Students in Grades 3-5

  • April 2nd & 5th: Spring Break- Schools and Offices Closed

  • April 6th: Schools Closed for Students

  • April 14th: Early Dismissal- End of 3rd Marking Period

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LEARNING TOGETHER PROGRAM – PREKINDERGARTEN

The Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) prekindergarten programs are making preparations for classes for the 2021-22 school year. These classes include children with and without disabilities. The program’s focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor, and social skills. Parents of children who will be 3 by September 1st or are already 4 may learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flier . Applications will be accepted starting February 11, 2021 and priority will be given to applications received by April 1st.


HCPSS is committed to providing instruction based on the statewide Early Learning Standards which are in alignment with Kindergarten Readiness. The fees listed in the application will be collected monthly regardless of the learning model determined by HCPSS throughout the upcoming school year (virtual, hybrid, or in person).

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GREAT WAY TO MOTIVATE YOUR CHILDREN TO READ?

We are partnering with Nothing Bundt Cakes in Columbia to provide a SWEET incentive for our students to read. All you have to do is print out the Reading Tracker and use it to have your child/ren log their daily reading time. Once your child has read for at least 400 minutes, you and your child/re can bring the tracker the bakery and Nothing Bundt Cakes will reward them with their flavor choice Bundtlet.


Please review the Parent Letter for more information and you can print out the Reading Tracker here.


We will be partnering with Nothing Bundt Cakes for the month of February and March.

UPCOMING THE COUNCIL OF ELDERS/BLACK STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM WORKSHOPS

  • TCOE Workshops - Please click here for detailed flyers:
    • March 13 9-10:30 a.m. – TCOE Community Academy– Suicide Prevention & Substance Abuse
    • March 20 9-10:30 a.m. -Family Financial Education Series
  • BSAP Workshops:
    • March 6 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Re-Entry to School (more details to follow)
    • March 20 6:30-8:00 p.m. - BCAP CCON Webinar – Virtually Expanding Your Horizons – Jumpstart (more details to follow)

If you have any questions regarding any of these events, please contact Nicole Brown, nicole_brown@hcpss.org.

FULTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Tanisha Burks, Principal

Molly Caroland, Assistant Principal

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal