The Fulton Flier

Week of December 6th

Dear Fulton Families,

As you know, our 1st graders and 4th graders engage in The Nora Project. Last week, Mrs. Watson's 4th Grade class was featured in the newsletter. Take a look at the great work that is taking place in Mrs. Watson's class:


Dr. Burks


A very large thank you to, Katie Johnson, Maggie Malm, Beth Broullire, Donyel Speares and Abigail Marchica, the wonderful volunteers who took on the major project of organizing the school math closet. It looks amazing. We are so grateful for their taking time to help our students.

Upcoming Book Club for Parents/Guardians

As educators and parents, our ultimate goal is to create a community of lifelong learners who embrace challenges, learn from their mistakes, and thrive and grow from productive struggle. In order to foster a lifelong love of learning, teachers and parents must work together to inspire and empower all students. Each of us plays a monumental role in the growth and development of all stakeholders in our community. When we add the addition of the return to “normalcy,” after the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that many of our students may be struggling. Because of this, Fulton Elementary staff hope to expand parent and educator knowledge with how to support the well-being and success of our students by offering a parent book club.

Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids by Mary Cay Ricci and Margaret Lee is a quick read with a powerful message that can change the way we view growth and development forever. Our goal and view for this book club is to hold two sessions. The first to share our key takeaways from the book and the second to discuss how well applying these concepts has been going.

We will be offering spots to the first 10 parents who sign up via this Google Form. If you are selected, you will receive an additional email to confirm your participation.

For a better idea of how powerful a growth mindset in children can be, we recommend watching this short Ted Talk presented by a 5th grade student!

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Christina Devling (

A Few of Favorite of Things..

We have received some requests about our staff's favorite things. Please check out this spreadsheet for ideas.

From our Student Government Association...

The Student Government Association (SGA) is sponsoring a toy drive for Toys for Tots. SGA is collecting new unwrapped toys to be donated to Toys for Tots until Wednesday, December 15th. There are two boxes located inside the school for your donation. SGA has a goal of collecting 100 toys that we can donate. If we reach our goal, then one lucky winner, who donated a toy, will be able to pie in the face Dr. Burks. Let's show kindness this season and help support Toys for Tots.

A Message from our Health Team...

Parents/guardians: Please continue to perform the following COVID-19 health check every day before the student leaves home.

Symptom Self Check

  • fever.
  • sore throat.
  • cough.
  • difficulty breathing.
  • diarrhea or vomiting.
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or.
  • new loss of taste or smell.

If your child has any of the following symptoms, they should be evaluated by a physician and must receive a negative PCR or alternate diagnosis before returning to school:

Documentation must be provided to the attendance secretary at prior to your child's return. Please reach out to our School Nurse ( or Health Assistant ( at our school if you have any questions related to your child's health or return status.

Travel guidelines: HCPSS is following the CDC guidelines. Please see the attached link.

Travel | CDC

Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people.CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping all our students and staff healthy and safe.

A Message from our Belonging Team...

In the month of November, we are going to be celebrating Holidays of Light!

  • All grade level canvas pages will have these interactive slides uploaded by Monday, December 6th.

  • Please use this link to fill out a google form about Holidays of Light such as Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Eid, St. Lucia’s Day, and more!. The responses will be shared near our Belonging Bulletin Board located outside of the nurses office. If you would like to participate, you are welcome to as well! Click the link to fill it out!

  • This week is also inclusive schools week! Your children will be learning about what it means to be inclusive and will participate in conversations and activities about this subject! Our front bulletin board will display how we all work together like puzzle pieces to make our Fulton Family! Our Bully Busters will also be sharing about this on the announcements!

Did you know Hanukkah 2021 began at sundown on November 28 and lasts until sundown on December 6. Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights. It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah, or lamp.

Do you work on a federal property in Maryland and/or are a member of a uniformed service?

Parents/guardians who work on a federal property in Maryland and/or are a member of a uniformed service can qualify to receive additional federal funding by completing an Impact Aid form (Links to an external site.)by Dec. 31. Impact Aid supplements the HCPSS operating budget to enhance the teaching and learning that takes place in Howard County classrooms.

Lost and Found

Has your child come home without his/her coat? Maybe lost a glove? Or can't find their favorite water bottle? Encourage your child to check out our Lost and Found.

Please be Mindful of Parking at FES

A friendly reminder - Please do not park in handicapped parking spots in front of FES at any time, even for a brief moment These spaces are reserved for those who have permits to park there. Thank you for helping us to make our school safe and accessible for all who visit.

Status of outdoor dining tents during winter months

This fall we provide students the opportunity to eat school meals in the outdoor dining tent that was put in place at each HCPSS elementary school as an additional health safeguard during the pandemic. Now that winter is on our doorstep, and we expect to have much colder temperatures and precipitation, the tents will soon be removed for the winter months, December through February. This is necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff, because the tents are not designed to sustain heavy snow, wind or ice accumulation; they cannot be safely heated, and lowering the sides that are currently left open would not allow adequate outdoor air ventilation to occur.

HCPSS plans to reinstall the tents outside all elementary schools at the beginning of March 2022, with the specific timing dependent on weather conditions.

We will continue to designate outdoor spaces at our school throughout the winter months where students can eat their meals as weather conditions allow. As a reminder, please send your child to school dressed appropriately for weather conditions, especially if it is their day to eat outside.

Thank you for your support and collaboration in ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment for all students. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Screener for Students With Reading Difficulties

All Howard County Public School System students in kindergarten to grade 5 were recently screened to identify potential reading difficulties using the Amplify mClass with DIBELS 8th Edition assessment. The assessment will be administered again in the winter and spring.

Performance on the literacy skills assessed on the screener is an indicator of overall reading status and gives school staff additional information about whether a student is on track for grade-level reading success. Parents/guardians will receive a report containing their child’s screening results via backpack today.

For more information about the Ready to Read Act visit HERE.

CogAT Testing in January

This year, the Howard County Public School System will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all students in grades 3 and 5. The CogAT is a group-administered abilities test that measures students’ reasoning abilities, which they develop through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student’s academic achievement, but their potential.

The test is made of three batteries – Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Each battery takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The CogAT helps educators understand a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and assists with adapting instruction to meet the needs and abilities of each student.

All students in Grades 3 and 5 will participate in the testing. The CogAT will be administered on January 10, 11, and 12. No special preparation is required. Just send your child to school ready to learn as you do daily.

The Gifted and Talented Education Program will use the data from the CogAT as one criterion for placement into fourth grade Gifted/Talented mathematics classes and middle school Gifted/Talented content classes. Students’ individual scores will be reported to parents in late February/early March.

Please contact Leslie Brickner ( if you have any questions about your child’s involvement with the CogAT assessment.

The PTA Perch

Holiday Shoppe Going on Now

This optional in-school activity gives students the chance to shop independently for family members. Each item is $2, if you choose to participate, please see schedule and send your student with money on the day they shop.

Kind reminder: volunteers should report to the front office to sign-in before going to the shop!

Food Drive Tonight
12/6 | 5-7:30PM | Reservoir High School Bus Loop
FES is teaming up with other local schools again for a Food Drive. Please bring non-perishable and canned food items to be donated to low-income older adults living in Howard County.

Chipotle Night
12/14 | Chipotle Maple Lawn | 5-9pm

Don’t forget to include code JAYBN68 for ordering ahead!

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:

Save the Date
The next PTA meeting is 12/14, save the date to get important updates on ongoing activities, fundraiser and hear an update from administration!

Book Fair Chair Needed

FES PTA is looking for a bookfair chairperson! We are planning to host the Book Fair at Futon 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 6th: Beginning of PTA Holiday Shop; PTA Food Drive @ RHS

  • December 8th: Kindergarten Field Trip to Library Central Branch

  • December 9th: Kindergarten Field Trip to Library Central Branch

  • December 14th: PTA Virtual Meeting; 5:00-9:00 PTA Chipotle Restaurant Night

  • December 15th: School Closes 3 hours early

  • December 21st: Yearbook clubs & Group Picture Day

  • December 23rd-31st: Winter Break

Happenings around our Fulton Community

Community Academy

The Council of Elders of the Black Community in Howard County (TCOE) in collaboration with the Howard County Public School System will host a TCOE Community Academy on Social Emotional Well-Being on December 11 from 9-10:30 a.m. The session will identify behaviors that affect a child’s social emotional well-being and strategies to openly discuss suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Please share this information with your school communities. Registration is required at:

Worth Repeating

Vaccination Clinics for Children 5-11

The Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force will be hosting Covid-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11 year-olds next week in Howard County. The clinics will be held Monday, November 29 in the Wilde Lake Middle School gym from 4:00pm - 7:00pm; and Tuesday, November 30 in the Ellicott Mills Middle School gym, also from 4:00pm-7:00pm. No pre-registration or insurance required. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

There will be a standing Vaccination Clinic at St John Baptist Church located at 9055 Tamar Drive. Flu shots, COVID vaccines and testing, including Pfizer shots for ages 5-11, will be provided by FirstCall Urgent Care. No registration required. Call 410-730-3399 to confirm availability.

  • Every Tuesday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Every Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.