The Mallard Compass
Forts Pond Elementary School
InTENTional Leading and Learning
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FPES Vision and Mission
Forts Pond Elementary students will become self-directed, collaborative, creative, and caring learners who flourish in the global, competitive 21st century.
Forts Pond Elementary will Fulfill the Potential of Every Student by:
Collaborating with families and the community
Providing a safe, nurturing environment
Promoting learning through academics and the arts
Inspiring students to find their own greatness
Engaging students in goal setting
Important Dates for March
3 District School Board Meeting 7:00 P.M.
6 Parent Light House and Title I Planning Committee Meeting 8:30 A.M.
8 Daylight Savings Time Begins
10 3rd Grade Field Trip
11 End of Third Nine Weeks
12 Weather Make Up Day NO SCHOOL
13 No School
16 5th Grade Field Trip
17 District School Board Meeting 7:00 P.M.
20 Report Cards Issued
Mallard Mingle 7:00 A.M.
School Board Members Visit FPES
23-27 School Book Fair
24 Pelion Area Schools Showcase 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.
25 Collaborative Planning - Students Dismissed at 11:40 A.M.
27 All Pro Dads 7:00 A.M.
Josie, 1st grader
Medium: Tempera Paint and Oil Pastel
Jaiden, 3rd grader
Medium: Pastel and Black Glue
Griselda, 5th grader
Medium: Model Magic and Color Pencil
4k Registration for 2020-2021
Our office will be open on March 5 from 7:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. to accommodate families who need time in late afternoon.
Habit Leaders of February - Think Win Win
The following students earned recognition in their classroom for being an example of someone who Think Win - Win.
Aimar Crispin Leon
Jassiel Crispin Leon
FPES Students and Staff are Practicing Habit 6
Habit 6 - Synergize
Have you ever heard the saying "Two heads are better than one"? When you synergize, you work together to come up with a product that neither person could achieve on their own. It sounds silly, but think of it like this. 1+1=3. If I come up with one idea, and you come up with one idea, we have 2 ideas, but once we start talking and brainstorming, together we may come up with 3, 4, or even 5 great ideas.
HOW CAN I SYNERGIZE IN MY LIFE?
- Use cooperative learning strategies at school. - When you're working on a group project, share everyone's ideas. Work together to brainstorm ways to use those ideas to create a project.
- ·Help other people. - If you and your brother both need to clean your rooms before you can play, why not team up. You can both clean his room, then you can both clean yours. Both rooms will get cleaned better and faster, and then you can play.
- ·Share victories. - If you play on a sports team, don't let one player do all the action. Use each player's individual strengths to make the best team possible.
WHAT BOOKS CAN HELP ME LEARN ABOUT SYNERGY?
· A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
· Clifford's Spring Clean Up by Norman Bridwell
· The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon
· Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
4th and 5th Grade Students Music Performance
Our 4th and 5th grade students will be performing on Thursday, April 2nd at the PPAC. This is the Pelion Performing Arts Center, and is connected to Pelion Middle School. (It is on the side where buses pick up the students in the afternoons - on Magnolia Street.)
The concert will begun at 6:30 P.M. Students will be asked to be there earlier, likely at 5:30 for main characters and 6:00 for everyone else, but we will confirm closer to the performance.
Dress: Main characters will be in costume. We are working on an idea involving all of the other students. A letter about this will come home soon.
Bookopoly Reading Challenge for Grades 4 and 5
Each block on the Bookopoly board has a reading challenge. Once students complete the challenge, they will write the title of the book they read in the block. When students complete all 14 challenges, they will return the Bookopoly board to Mrs. Stewart in thel ibrary no later than Friday, March 20th for a chance to win the grand prize-4 tickets to the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the SC State Museum and general admission to the museum.
There will be one grand prize winner per grade. Winners will be announced on Monday, March 23rd.
How to Help Your Child in Math
If your child has homework in only one subject, it's likely to be math. Math builds on itself, and your child will have an easier time if you make sure he does all his assignments. Have your child read through any sample problems and explain them to you. If he's confused, remind him to ask the teacher for help right away. On days when there is no math homework, review math facts together with your child.
How to Help Your Child in Math - Spanish
Si su hijo solo tiene tarea de una materia, probablemente sea matemáticas. Las matemáticas son acumulativas, pues se construyen sobre lo aprendido. Por eso, su hijo rendirá mejor si hace todos los trabajos asignados. Dígale que lea los problemas de ejemplo y se los explique a usted. Si tiene alguna duda, recuérdele que le pida ayuda al maestro de inmediato. Y en los días que no tenga tarea, repasen juntos las operaciones matemáticas.
How to Help Your Child in Reading and Writing
As you read with your child, stop from time to time to discuss what you're reading. What does it mean? How does the story relate to things your child already knows? When new words appear, ask your child what words she knows that have similar meanings. Before you reach the end of a passage, see if she can predict what will happen next. When your child makes these connections, she gets more from her reading.
Get into character with homemade hats
You can boost your child's reading comprehension by having her act out the story. And whether she is pretending to be a magician, pirate, cowgirl or chef, the right hat adds to the fun. To make one: Place a sheet of newspaper or gift wrap on your child's head. Gather it at eyebrow level and tape the gathers with masking tape. Cut a brim from some more paper. Tape it on and let your child's imagination take over.
How to Help Your Child in Reading and Writing - Spanish
Cuando lea con su hijo, deténgase de vez en cuando para hablar sobre lo que están leyendo. ¿Qué significa? ¿Cómo se relaciona la historia con lo que su hijo ya sabe? Cuando aparezcan palabras nuevas, pregúntele qué otras palabras que tengan significados similares conoce. Antes de llegar al final del texto, vea si su hijo puede predecir lo que sucederá luego. Al hacer estas conexiones, su hijo aprovechará más la lectura.
Métanse en personaje con sombreros improvisados
Para ayudar a su hijo a mejorar la comprensión de la lectura, dígale que represente la historia. Y ya sea que deba actuar de mago, pirata, vaquero o chef, hacer un sombrero aumenta la diversión. Para hacer uno: Coloque un papel de periódico o de regalo sobre la cabeza de su hijo. Una los extremos a la altura de las cejas y sujete las uniones del papel con cinta adhesiva. Haga el ala del sombrero cortando una tira de papel. Péguela con cinta, y deje que la imaginación de su hijo se ocupe del resto.
Here are the lessons we will be teaching in March.
Grades 5K 1 and 2
5K- Everyone has a Job
1st Grade- Friendship Lesson
2nd Grade- Safety Lesson /Erin's Law
Grades 3, 4, and 5
3rd Grade- Decision Making- Responsible choices
4th Grade- Decision Making- Cause and Effect
5th Grade- Academic Lesson- Overcoming Roadblocks
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of our school counselors.
Cindy Hill grades 5k- 2nd grade 821-2510
Gina Mahoney 3rd-5th grade 821-2598
Coca Cola Bottle Caps
Daily Parent Engagement Tips
Watching TV news can upset elementary schoolers, and the older they get the more vulnerable they are. Fifth graders are old enough to understand what they see, but too young to put it into perspective. To help explain, look for news sources produced for children, such as Scholastic News. News videos for kids are available online on sites such as NBC Learn. Watch with your child, so you can answer questions and explain what he is seeing.
Use a schedule to make responsibility routine
To help your child finish homework and chores without having to nag him repeatedly, create a responsibility routine. Write down a schedule with specific times for homework, chores, free time and screen time. If you stick to the schedule, your child will know he must finish homework, set the table and lay out his clothes for tomorrow before he plays. Have him check off each task as he completes it.
Daily Parent Engagement Tips - Spanish
Ver las noticias en televisión puede perturbar a los estudiantes de la escuela primaria, y a medida que crecen, los niños son aún más vulnerables. Los estudiantes de quinto grado son lo suficientemente grandes para entender lo que ven, pero demasiado pequeños para ponerlo en perspectiva. Para ayudar a su hijo, busque fuentes de noticias destinadas a niños, tal como Scholastic News. Encontrará videos de noticias para niños en sitios web como NBC Learn. Véalos con su hijo para poder responder sus preguntas y explicarle lo que ven.
Use un cronograma para convertir la responsabilidad en una rutina
Para ayudar a su hijo a terminar sus tareas y quehaceres sin tener que darle la lata, haga una rutina de responsabilidad. Escriba un cronograma con horarios específicos para la tarea, los quehaceres, el tiempo libre y las horas frente a la pantalla. Si su hijo respeta el cronograma, sabrá que debe terminar su tarea, poner la mesa y separar su ropa para el próximo día antes de ir a jugar. Dígale que tache las tareas a medida que las completa.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Leaphart at Fortspondpto@gmail.com.
March 20 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.
Please join us with your child/children at our Mallard Mingle 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.
All Pro Dads
March 27 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title I Parent Engagement
If you are unable to attend, but have suggestions, please email or call Michelle Smith.
News From Food Services
Would you like to make online payments to your child's meal account? Go to www.k12paymentcenter.com.
Students cannot charge more than $10.
Students with outstanding balances cannot purchase special sale items.
If students have a negative $10 meal balance, an alternate meal will be served.
Breakfast: Free to all FPES students
A Glance at April Dates
1 Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge forms due to Ms. Stewart2 Musical Performance of Aladdin by 4th and 5th grade students @ PPAC @ 6:30 P.M.
3 Field Day (Rain or Shine)
6 First Day of Spring Break
13 Weather Make-Up Day NO SCHOOL
15 Grade 3 Field Trip
17 Grade 1 Field Trip
5k Field Trip
Mallard Mingle @ 7:00 A.M.
24 All Pro Dads @ 7:00 A.M.
30 PTO BINGO Night @ 6:30 P.M.
Details will be sent home mid March for the mother/son night.
Thank you to everyone who came out for skate night.
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You may contact the PTO by email. email@example.com
New Vaccinations for Students Entering 5k in 2020
All children starting 5k in 2020 will be required to have two hepatitis A shots. This requirement does not affect any of our current students. It will only affect those who come to 5k next school year.
Talk to your healthcare provider about the shots your child needs for 5k.
You can also get your child's shots at DHEc health department. For an appointment, call 855-472-3432.
Once you download the app, you will have to register.
You may also continue to send in the old box tops.
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
Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement
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 http://www.lexington1.net/contact-us.