Fulton Flier Update

Week of September 29th

Dear Fulton Family,

Thank you to everyone who attended Back to School Night last week. We hope these presentations were helpful to you and your family in answering questions about virtual learning. A big shout-out to the FES Staff for their time and preparation on the presentations.

We know that you may not have been able to attend every session you wanted, so we have each of the presentations below as well as have posted them on our website.

Kindergarten BTSN Presentation

1st Gr BTSN Presentation

2nd Gr BTSN Presentation

3rd Gr BTSN Presentation

4th Gr BTSN Presentation

5th Gr BTSN Presentation

Related Arts BTSN Presentation

Gifted/Talented BTSN Presentation

Additionally, we will host our first Coffee and Chat of the 2020-2021 school year on October 7th from 8:00am-9:00am. This will be a time for parents/guardians to drop in and ask any questions you may have. We are looking forward to spending time chatting and connecting with you; please stay tuned for more information.


Dr. Burks

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

On Wednesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 14, students in grades 2-5 will take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. The data from the MAP assessment will help teachers measure where your child is starting the year academically. We also intend to administer MAP in winter and spring to measure how your child’s learning is progressing throughout the year. The MAP test does not affect grades and the difficulty adjusts depending on how your child responds. It is normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly. To learn more about the MAP assessment, please visit: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/common-questions-families/


  • October 7th: 9:00am and 1:00pm MAP-Reading
  • October 14th: 9:00am and 1:00pm MAP-Math

These are both Wednesdays.

Students may choose to attend either the morning or afternoon session. If your child is unable to attend, makeup testing will be offered during asynchronous learning times. Teachers will share Google Meet information and your student’s testing group as we get closer to the October 7th testing date. If you have any questions about the MAP Assessments, please contact Leslie Brickner leslie_brickner@hcpss.org or Molly Caroland molly_caroland@hcpss.org.

Back to Music Night

Is your student already signed up for Band, Strings, and/or Chorus?

If so, come learn more about what it will look like this year.

If not but they are interested- don't worry, this session is for you too!

Come join Mr. Twigg and Ms. Kershner on Thursday, October 1 at 6:00 pm

for Back to Music Night!

You will learn all about the opportunities and expectations for our Fulton musicians this year.

Google meet code: fes-music

Are you and your child tired of reading the same books?

Well, wait no longer! Curbside Pickup is Coming to FES!

Starting October 9th, the Fulton Elementary School Library

will begin curbside pickup of library books.

Things to Know

  • In order for students to put books on hold an account will need to be set up in the Public Access Catalog (PAC). This is a one time step that will require parental help. Directions for setting up the PAC account.

  • Once an account in the PAC has been set up, books can be requested using the following directions. Directions for Requesting Books

  • Curbside pickup will be contactless.

  • Books will be labeled and ordered by last name.

  • We are currently allowing students to request 2 books for pick up. In addition, some books may be listed as NOT AVAILABLE. Students can request to hold "not available" books in order to be put on the waiting list. Books on a hold list will not count as books to be picked up for the week.

  • All book requests need to be submitted in the PAC by Thursday at 8:00 am to be available for pick up on Friday.

  • If you miss the pick up window, we will have your books available for pick up on the following Friday. If they are not picked up by that time, they will be returned for another student to check out.

  • Return bins will be available weekly for returns. All returned books will be quarantined for one week. We will work on the honor system when filling week to week book requests. We trust that you will not check out new books until the previous ones have been returned.

  • Please note: We will be teaching students how to do this in media class during the week of Oct. 5th.

Our first curbside pickup is scheduled for Friday, October 9th from 12:00 - 3:30.

Please contact one of the media staff if you have any questions.

Liz Cerand - lcerand@hcpss.org

Maggie Fischer - margaret_fischer@hcpss.org

Carol Berstein - carol_berstein@hcpss.org

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Virtual Online Tips from the Bully Busters and The School Counseling Connection!

Check out these great resources from our Bully Busters!

Face to Face Small Group Instruction

In the coming weeks, HCPSS will begin providing face-to-face support to small groups of students. Identified students and staff have been invited to complete an interest survey. If you did not receive a survey, it is because your child has not yet been identified for in-person support.

All students who receive special education services should have received an email with directions to complete a interest survey. If your child receives special education services, and you have not received an email, then please reach out to Ann Scholz (ann_scholz@hcpss.org) from the Office of Special Education Compliance, Non-Public Services, and Family Support.

More information about the HCPSS In-Person Support initiative can be found here: https://www.hcpss.org/2020-2021/small-groups/ .

Food Distribution

The Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine has partnered with Lancaster Foods and Feed America, and HCPSS has received a grant to distribute boxes of food that contain 36 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat. The boxes will be distributed on Saturdays during the month of October beginning at 10:00 am at Duckett's Lane Elementary. For more information, please access the flyer below.

Dates to Remember

  • October 1st: Back to Music Night with Ms. Kershner and Mr. Twigg
  • October 6th: Chipotle Fundraiser 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • October 7th: Coffee & Chat with Admin 8:00am-9:00am; MAP-Reading administration for grades 2-5
  • October 9th: Curbside Pick-up for library books
  • October 13th: Virtual PTA Meeting 7:00pm
  • October 14th: MAP-Math administration for grades 2-5
  • October 16th: Schools close 3 hours early/ No half-day PreK/RECC
  • October 24th: PTA Online KidzArt Class 10:00am
  • October 25th: PTA Virtual Fun Run
  • November 3rd: Schools and offices closed- Election Day
  • November 6th: Schools close 3 hours early/ No half-day PreK/RECC; End of 1st Quarter
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Free Flu Clinics

HCPSS, the Howard County Health Department and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention again this year will offer clinics at no cost for both students and staff. Students/staff do not have to go to a clinic at their home school and may attend any clinic. Pre-registration is required, during which parents/guardians and/or staff will schedule an appointment at the clinic of their choice. Registration will be open September 21-30 at www.vaccineconsent.com. Additional information is online for staff and families.

Clinic dates, times and locations are available online.