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Forts Pond Elementary School

December 2018

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Important Dates for December


5 Collaborative Planning - Dismiss at 11:40

6 Music Performance Grades 5k & 1 at 6:30 P.M.

10 5th Grade visits PHS for music concert

11 Soul Stepping Shoe Distribution

14 LIM Parent Lighthouse Meeting at 8:30 A.M. in Parent Resource Center

School Improvement Council Meeting at 9:00 A.M. in Parent Resource Center

17-21 Santa Shop

21 All Pro Dads and Mallard Moms at 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

Half Day for Students dismiss at 11:40

24- January 6 Winter Break


Mrs. Hale's and Mr. Weber's classes had perfect attendance for 10 straight days during the month of November!

Mr. Shealy's class is ranked #1 in the state and #68 in the nation for First in Math!

The FPES Run Hard group ran on November 3. Colton Williams placed 5th for 3rd grade with 43 different schools. Ashlynn Brazell also placed.

Congratulations to Ms. Siceloff who has received the following grants this year: Seed Fairy

Publix Donation, Wood Magic Forest Fair, MCEC Bright Ideas Grant, and Lexington One Educational Foundation Grant.

Congratulations to Mrs. Garner, Mrs. Langdon, and Mrs. Bain who had projects funded through

Lego Drive

We are collecting any old LEGOs that you no longer want or use to add to our supply for use at school for workshops/classes. Please bring any that you would like to donate to our drive and give to Judy Moore, Parent Liaison.

Clean out those old ones and help us at the same time! It is a WIN-WIN!!

Thanks for your support!

Food Services News

FPES Cafeteria received the Golden Award for USDA Healthier US School. These ladies do an amazing job feeding us every day! They are the only group who received the Gold Award!


2018-2019 FPES yearbooks are on sale now. Order forms with information was sent home in November. Prices start at $20.00 for a soft cover yearbook. You can also order online from the link below.

Yearbook ID Code: 11855319


January 31 if paying by check or cash

February 28 if ordering online

Leaders of the Month

Grade 4k - Adalyn White and Brooklyn Hall

Grade 5K - Alanah Jeffcoat, Mason Johnston, Dalton Roberts, Cicley Minnick, Sophia Knight, Christian Lau, Alex Driggers and Claire Boone

Grade 1 - Carleigh Coker, Nate Berry, Karson Hall, Jackson Edwards, Hunter Thomas, Eden Baskins, Harper Baxley and McKinley Bass

Grade 2 - Emory Hall, Chloe Sutton, Bristal Roberts, Hannah Reagan, Evan White, Tristan Summers, Lovely Valentine and Ethan Wiggins

Grade 3 - Antonio Gonzales, Tara Villa, Dominick Figueroa, Alyssa Causey, Seth Wren, Kaitlin Trippany, Ja'kayla Sampson, Devin Carter, Karissa Hunt Phillips and Skarleth Vasquez-Bonilla

Grade 4
- Julexi CrispinVazquez, Justin Adams, Yoselin Fonseca, Alexis Williams, Hamilton Hartley, Laney Hively, and Charles Humphries

Grade 5 - Mathew Behnke, Hayden Williamson, Shelby Leaphart, Kolton Gleaton, Alyssa Cribb, Dayton Causey, Hayley Maxwell and Logan Isenhower

Relay For Life Shirt Sales

Many of you have asked if you could purchase the Relay for Life shirts our staff wears. These will go on sale January 16 through January 25. Order forms will be sent home.

Cash or check is due when placing the order. Turn all money into the front office.

May checks to: FPES.


Short Sleeves $10

Long Sleeves $15

Important Date Changes

All families received an Academic Handbook and Calendar in September. Changes were made to the calendar due to severe weather causing school closings in September and October.

Please make a change to the December page. December 21 is not listed as a half day but it should be a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 and lunch will be served.

January 18 is now a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 and lunch will be served.

Reports Cards for 2nd Nine weeks will be issued on January 29 instead of January 11.

February 18, March 15, and April 22 will be regular school days. Theses days were originally weather make up days.

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.

Music Performance Students in Grades 5k and 1

Parents and Guardians of our Amazing 5k and 1st Graders:

Please remember that Thursday, December 6th is our evening music performance. Students in grades 5k and 1 are asked to be at our FPES Cafeteria at 6:00 p.m., and our concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. (The concert will last no longer than 25 minutes, so you will have an enjoyable music experience AND a full evening left!)

Students are asked to wear blue jeans, khakis, dark pants, red, green silver, gold, and of course,

our young ladies may wear dresses and skirts in holiday colors.

This is always such a special concert, and we look forward to having you there. Thank you so much for your support, and I look forward to see you then!


Mary Clare Gatch, Music Teacher

Attendance Matters

Please make sure you send in a parent note or doctor's excuse if your child is absent.

Counselor Corner

A big thank you to our parents and community members who presented at our Career Fair and 3rd grade presentations. Our students enjoyed learning more about careers and talking about their future careers.

This months lesson are: 5K- Friends, 1st grade-Teasing, 2nd grade- Friendship behaviors, 3rd grade- Rock and Clay Problems, 4th grade- What to do with Worries, 5th grade- Conflict Resolution.

Exciting news: December 11th is our Shoe Day when students will receive new shoes unless their parent or guardian checked "no" on the Shoe Form.

Any further concerns or questions, please let us know.

Mrs. Hill for grades 4k-2 at (803)821-2510

Mrs. Mahoney for grades 3-5 at (803) 821- 2598

Daily Parent Engagement Tips

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

Homework isn't optional. How to do it can be

Giving your child some choices about how to do her assignments can reduce homework problems. Let her decide things like: whether to do them in her room or at the kitchen table, whether to start right after school or after relaxing a bit, and whether to start with math or reading. If a choice doesn't work out, let her experience the consequences. She'll learn she needs to make a different choice next time.

Choose software for your child carefully

Computers, tablets and smartphones are part of children's lives and learning these days. But not all software labeled "educational" really is. When choosing programs or apps for your child, look for games with levels that change as your child improves. They should encourage her to discover the content for herself, without distracting her with unnecessary flashing lights or buttons to push. Then use the software with your child and talk about it together.

Daily Parent eTips

Leader in Me Habit 3

Habit 3-Put First Things First- Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I should say no to things I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am organized.

Put first things first means to prioritize things in my life. If I have a lot of things to do, I ask myself what is most important and do that first.

A lot of times, children come home from school, go outside to play, play video games, eat dinner, and then try to do their homework at 8:00 at night. Their brains are usually tired at that point in the day. A better option would be to have a power snack when they get home and get started on their homework first to make sure it gets done. Then they can use the rest of their day for other activities.


  • Make a to-do list and prioritize important things.—Clean your room before you play outside. Help your mom with the dishes before you leave the kitchen after dinner.
  • Do your classwork before you have free time.—Check your classwork folder to make sure you've turned in all required assignments before you play on the computer or read a book.
  • Study even if you don't have a test the next day—If you study a little each day, it's better than studying for 2 hours the night before a test.


· The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

· Alejandro's Gift by Richard E. Albert

· Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter

· The TV Kid by Betsy Byars

Veterans Day Program Parent Involvement Luncheon

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Veteran's Day Program and Parent Involvement Luncheon. We had over 200 visitors for our luncheon. These would not have been a success without the amazing FPES staff members who made it happen!


Forts Pond Santa Shop 2018

Our school’s annual Santa Shop will be open December 17th until December 20th from 7:45 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Each class will have a scheduled time to shop. There will be a lots of items to choose from ranging from $0.25 to $10.

This is always a fun and exciting opportunity for your children to shop for their families and keep it a secret. We will have some of Santa’s elves here everyday helping the children shop and stay in their budgets. If any parent or grandparents would like to come shop, please come during the hours above. You will check into the front office with your ID and get a visitors badge.

PTO will send home a money envelope that must be filled out with a price limit for each family member. If you are sending a check please make it out to FPES PTO. Please limit change to no more than $3 for checks. Should you have any questions, please contact us at or Ashley Leaphart 803-917-5107.

Your Forts Pond PTO

Lost and Found

Our lost and found collection is overflowing with coats, jackets, and other items. Please help us by writing our child's name on their belongings, so we know who owns each item. This makes it easy for us to return.

If you would like to see if your child has any items in the lost and found, please come to the front office.

Mallard Moms

December 21 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

Please join us with your child/children at our Mallard Moms meeting. We invite any mom, grandmother, aunt, or any other significant female in your child's life to come with your child/children for a light breakfast and a themed discussion and activity together. Although short in length, the time is special and will make your child's day start with pride.

Moms are also invited to the All Pro Dad's Breakfast on December 21 at 7:00 A.M.

For further information, please contact Judy Moore at 821-2552, or email

All Pro Dads

December 21 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

This is an open invitation to dads, grandfathers, uncles, or any other significant male who may be part of your child's life. Come enjoy a light breakfast and enjoy some "special moment" time as we strive to grow in the time we spend with our children.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. McDermet at 821-2500. You may also reach him by email at

Title I Parent Engagement

Please join us on December 14 at 8:30 A.M. for our Leader in Me Parent Lighthouse Meeting. Our Title I Parent Involvement Committee will meet at 9:00 A.M. Both meetings will be held in our Title I Parent Resource Center. We will review and discuss our 2018-2019 Title I plan. We invite you to share any suggestions or concerns you may have that will help us improve our service to you and your child.

If you plan to attend, please contact Mrs. Judy Moore by calling or emailing.


If you are unable to attend, but have suggestions, please email or call Michelle Smith.


A Glance at January Dates


7 Students Return to School

14 Mallard Moms at 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

17 FPES Blood Drive 2:00 - 7:00 in Gym

18 End of 2nd Nine Weeks

21 No School

25 All Pro Dads at 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

29 Report Cards Issued

30 Collaborative Planning Dismiss at 11:40

Math Update

Want to know how to help your child become a strong mathematician?

Help our school meet our math fluency goal for the year by studying facts with your child.

5K--addition & subtraction within 5

1st--addition & subtraction within 10

2nd--addition & subtraction within 20

3rd--multiplication & division up to 10 x 10

4th & 5th--Students are expected to be fluent with basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. They are expected to apply these skills to solve more complex problems.

Reindeer Reading

Reindeer Reading Day will be December 20,2018. We invite all students to dress like reindeer and enjoy a day full of reading. Each class will participate in a read-a-thon and enjoy reading with their accountability class. Our teachers will be reading picture books throughout day and we even have a few guest readers lined up. Each student will have an opportunity to shop for two books to read over winter break.

We would like to invite all kindergarten parents to join us for a special reading event from 7:30-8:00 on this day as well. We will be kicking off our Take Home Reader program. Our kindergarten students will be joining us to show off their growing reader skills.

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 = $$$$$

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