The Mallard Compass

Forts Pond Elementary School

March 2020

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

Celebrating accomplishments

Developing LEADERS

Important Dates for March

2-5 Read Across America Week

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

Identi Kid

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.

Calendar Changes

No calendar changes at this time.


The following students' pieces of art were selected for display at Lexington District One Art Showcase at the Lexington Public Library. We have some amazing artist!

4k Registration for 2020-2021

Registration for our 4 year old kindergarten program for next school year is now open. Information concerning dates and times are provided in the flyers below.

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.

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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.


Kayden Gaymon

Logan Cates

Nevaeh Rodriguez

Sam Smith

Grade 1

Wilmer Rivera-Oseguera

Walker Maynard

Memphis Leaphart

BJ Simmons

Kyleigh Smoak

Grade 2

Kirra Wise

Olivia Thomas

Rylee Hanna

Rylea Franks

Grade 3

Jordin Johnson

Aimar Crispin Leon

Nick Miles

Grade 4

Dominick Figueria

Brenna Fallaw

Kaitlyn Thomas

Jassiel Crispin Leon

Aiden Cribb

Grade 5

Eduardo Castellanos

Lizzy Sox

Abby Summers

Luke Johnson

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.


  • 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.


· 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

Fourth and fifth grade students have the chance to go on a reading adventure. These students will receive a Bookoply board.

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.

Happy Reading!

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Checking Your Child's Grades

You may access your child’s grades at any time using PowerSchool.

If you would like your child’s PowerSchool login please, come to the school between 7:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. with your ID. You will receive the login information at that time.

How to Help Your Child in Math

Keeping up with homework adds up to math success
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

Estar al día con la tarea aumenta el éxito en matemáticas
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

Make talking and thinking part of reading aloud
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 lean en voz alta, hablen y piensen
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.

Counselors Corner

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

The ESOL program is collecting Coca Cola Rewards. Please send in Coca Cola bottle caps and cartons with the rewards to Mrs. Pond.

Daily Parent Engagement Tips

Choose age-appropriate news sources
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

Escoja fuentes de noticias apropiadas para su hijo
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.


We would like to thank all of our volunteers who have helped us so far this year. We appreciate everything you do!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Leaphart at

Mallard Mingle

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.

For further information, please contact Mrs. Hill at or Mrs. Mahoney at

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

Title I Parent Engagement

Please join us on April 3 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 2019-2020 Title I plan. We also would like your input on our 2020-2021 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 are unable to attend, but have suggestions, please email or call Michelle Smith.


News From Food Services

If you would like to apply for free or reduced lunch, go to

Would you like to make online payments to your child's meal account? Go to


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

Lunch: $3.00

A Glance at April Dates

1 Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge forms due to Ms. Stewart

2 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.

Follow FPES PTO on Facebook Forts Pond Elementary PTO

You may contact the PTO by email.

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.

Box Tops

Eventually the Box Top Program will become digital-only. You can download the Box Top App and scan your receipt to earn money for our school.

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

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