The Fulton Flier

Week of December 20th

Dear Fulton Families,

We feel so fortunate to have such a generous and caring community. We would like to thank our families on behalf of our entire staff for the gifts of gratitude, treats, and kind words/emails this month. Additionally, our PTA outdid themselves with a wonderful lunch for staff last week. We would also like to thank our community for supporting our Toys for Tots efforts, we exceeded our goals twice and 3 staff members will be getting pied in the face this week, including me. :)

On behalf of the entire FES staff, we wish all of our families a safe, healthy, and happy winter break! We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!


Dr. Burks

The Bully Buster Bulletin

The students in Kindergarten listened to the story Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen. We discussed how it is important to be a good listener and ways to be a good listener. The students practiced a chant using their eyes, ears, hands, feet, mouth, and mind to help them remember how to be a good listener.

Students in the first grade learned that post-it notes, chocolate cookies, and the slinky were all created from someone making a mistake. Mistakes can be discoveries! Students then read Beautiful Oops and created their own art masterpieces. We can overcome mistakes by being positive and finding something good that can come from our own mistakes.

Second grade students learned the difference between put ups and put downs. Put ups are kind words that we say to one another and put downs are unkind words. This concept was demonstrated by crumbling a large red heart and showing how the put downs leave an imprint. Students then listened to Stephanie’s Ponytail, which highlights positive self-esteem.

Third graders reviewed the 3 key players in a bullying situation (Target, Bully, Bystander) and what bullying really entails vs. a typical conflict.

  • P-purposeful
  • I-imbalance of power
  • C-continual

Students then listened to a book, Nobody Knew What to Do, and received ways to stay bully free. Students promised to be active bystanders and stand up to the bullies!

In fourth grade, we read No Excuses! We discussed how excuses can get in the way of reaching our goals. We talked about how negative words (garbage words) are excuses and positive words (power words) can help us reach our goals. The students created short-term or long-term goals.

Students in 5th grade played Conflict Resolution Bingo to help resolve problems in a peaceful manner. Some of the strategies discussed were using an “I” statement, acknowledging feelings, practicing empathy, and listening to the other person’s side.

Check out the December issue of the HCPSS School Counseling Connection for more ideas.

Technology Support Center Update

The HCPSS Technology Support Centers are regularly scheduled to be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note the hours of operation for the remainder of the 2021 calendar year.

  • Monday, Dec. 20, Open from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 22, Open from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, Dec. 24, CLOSED

  • Monday, Dec. 27, CLOSED

  • Wednesday, Dec. 29, CLOSED

  • Friday, Dec. 31, CLOSED

The Technology Support Centers will resume regular operations beginning Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

Students and staff may visit Technology Support Centers when they are open at:

  • Old Bushy Park Elementary School, Room E2 (door to the left of the front entrance), 2690 Route 97, Glenwood (Building is between Glenwood Middle School and Bushy Park Elementary School)

  • Old Cedar Lane Gymnasium (follow signs to door around left side of building), 5451 Beaverkill Road, Columbia

The PTA Perch

As many of you know, Mrs. Caroland has been promoted to Principal of Ducketts Lane Elementary. The PTA, parents and student body want to wish her good luck. It is of course very bittersweet, as Mrs. Caroland has been such a wonderful presence at FES! Her dedication to the students and her passion to ensure students and their families have what they need to succeed, will be greatly missed. And, we’d be remiss not to mention her fierce ability to control the morning and afternoon drop off and pick up crowds. :)

Mrs. Caroland, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your service to FES and hope you come back to visit soon!

In the works

Coming up in January- orders will open for delicious pizza kits and frozen pizzas from Ellicott City’s River House Pizza Co! This is 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. More to follow after winter break!

Holiday Shoppe Thank You!!
A massive thank you to Grayce Kim and Bridgett Bobowiec for chairing the Holiday Shoppe. It was such a success, they had to repeatedly go out and purchase more toys to keep the shop filled. From coordinating volunteers, to logistics, to entertaining the students once they finished shopping with games - Grayce and Bridgett went so far above and beyond to provide our children with a such a fun in- school special shop!

We’d also like to thank the many parent/caregiver volunteers who gave their time to help run the shop during the day!
We saw many smiles during the event!

Staff Luncheon
Thank you to Donyell Speares and Jennifer Bogus for planning teachers snacks over conferences and a holiday luncheon this Friday! Not only did they coordinate a catered lunch, they got the community involved to provide snacks and drinks and more! Thank you so much Donyell and Jen!

Spirit Wear Promotion Going on Now
Spirit wear makes the best gift! Make a purchase and be automatically entered to win a $100 gift card, drawings are weekly! Visit:

Book Fair Chair Needed

FES PTA is still looking for a bookfair chairperson! We are planning to host the Book Fair at Fulton Elementary this spring and we need an AMAZING parent volunteer (or two) in order to do so. The Chair(s) will be responsible for promoting and organizing the Book Fair, coordinating and recruiting volunteers, supervising the book fair set-up/break down, being responsible for the register and available to open and close the book fair on a daily basis during the week of the fair.

Upcoming Dates

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

  • December 21st: Yearbook clubs & Group Picture Day

  • December 23rd: Pop-up PJ Day!!!

  • December 23rd-31st: Winter Break

  • January 1st: Happy New Year

  • 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 31st: Quarter 2 Report Cards Issued

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

Happenings Around our Fulton Community

Black Student Achievement Program Saturday Math Academy Virtual Spring 2022 Session

The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) Saturday Math Academy (SMA) Spring Registration is approaching! The virtual enrichment program will be offered for Howard County Public School System students in all levels of Mathematics (pending course availability) for Grades 3-12. Online registration will take place via HCPSS Connect on Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. - until capacity is reached.

BSAP SMA Spring 2022 Flyer (English) (Links to an external site.)

BSAP SMA Spring 2022 Flyer (Spanish) (Links to an external site.)

HCPSS Connect Instructions (Links to an external site.)

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.

Worth Repeating

A Message from our Health Team....

COVID-19 Self Screening Symptoms Reminder

Parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19. In addition, parents/guardians are to perform the following COVID-19 health check every day before the student leaves home.

A student should NOT come to school with any of these symptoms:

  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher

  • sore throat

  • cough

  • difficulty breathing

  • diarrhea or vomiting

  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or

  • new loss of taste or smell

For persons with chronic conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline.