FES Falcon Parent Update 10/05/20

Phase 3 Begins

Welcoming Falcons Back to the Building!

Dear FES Families,


Happy first day back to the building for Pre-K and Kindergarten on Oct. 5th and 1st and 2nd grade Oct. 8th. We are extremely excited to see our little falcons in the building again.


Rest assured that staff will be ready and attentive at the walker door on Academy Ave, in the Bus loop when buses arrive, and at the car rider entry in the staff parking lot near the ball fields. They will also be available to assist students to find their way to their classrooms and back again at the end of the day.


We have been hard at work making sure our falcons will have a safe environment to work in, complete with social distancing, plastic barriers in classrooms areas, and protocols and procedures practiced by our teachers and staff to take every precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every effort has been and will continue to be made to distance students to the extent possible while they are on the bus and in school. Some classrooms have rows of desks that are spaced out, and some have tables where students may be separated by a clear barrier.

* If a person in the school has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, he or she will be sent home to isolate. In addition, appropriate staff will perform internal contact tracing which may result in other students also being sent home to isolate. The CCPS COVID-19 Response Plan is available on the website, as is more detailed information in the FAQs section.


Please see schedule changes from previous newsletter for all grade levels below. Pay attention to new arrival and dismissal times for each grade level. FES will continue to run on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday schedule with Wednesday remaining asynchronous.


Students that are returning to the building should bring their supplies with them that were issued at the technology and material pickup day from the beginning of the year. They will be using the materials in the classroom with their technology device.


Thank you for being flexible and patient with the changes we have put forth. Together we will help our little falcons soar. Please continue to reach out to the school to update your information to make sure we have updated phone numbers and email addresses.


We are ready to launch our new website www.federalsburges.org. You can also like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FederalsburgFalcons. Please visit our social media often as we will start posting a parent calendar, newsletters, and important information that pertains to FES.


Thank you for being flexible and patient with the changes we have put forth. Together we will help our little falcons soar. Please continue to reach out to the school to update your information to make sure we have updated phone numbers and email addresses.


"Together We Soar"

Principal Nichols

A "Spirited" Week at FES coming soon...

Oct. 26 PE Spirit Day- Wear sporty or athletic gear

Oct. 27 Media Spirit Day- Dress as favorite book character

Oct. 28 Virtual Music Spirit Day- Favorite band/ music genre shirts and songs.

Oct. 29 Art Spirit Day- "Express Yourself" Example: Mismatch/ topsy-turvy, awesome hair, etc.

Oct. 30 Costume Day- "If you can dream it, you can do it!"

Previous Newsletter from 10.01.20

With the beginning of Phase 3 of the CCPS Back to School Recovery Plan, FES schedules for all of our grade levels will be changing significantly. As you know, on 10/5 and 10/8, we will be welcoming back grades Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten,1st, and 2nd. We are very excited to have our little falcons back in our building with our teachers. With this comes the need for significant changes in our schedules to make sure we are accommodating for all of our students, both virtual and in-person. We understand that these new schedules will take time to adjust to and that this year has brought many challenges to both our FES families, students, and staff. Our pledge is to continue to work with our community, families, and stakeholders on a daily basis to make your student’s experience at FES the best it can be each and every day.


This document contains all of our schedules for grades Pre-K-4 to 5th. Each grade now has a unique lunchtime, specials, and breaks built into their daily routines. This has become necessary due to the return to in-person learning for grades Pre-K to 2nd. Most importantly we have different start and end times to our school day for our grade levels. These important times are as follows:


  • Grades 1,2,4, and 5 will start the school day at 9:00 AM and end the day at 2:30 PM

  • Grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 3 will start the school day at 10:15 AM and end the day at 3:45 PM


FES Learning Schedules - Grades Pre-K 4 to 5


We will be moving to a 1 ½ hour delay schedule this year. Schedule coming soon...


Here are some important details our families need to know:


  • Transportation will be provided based on the data collected from our previous questionnaire. CCPS Transportation and the individual bus drivers will be reaching out to families with specific transportation information.

  • Students ages five (5) and over are required by the Maryland State Department of Education to wear a face covering. We encourage all FES students to wear masks if possible regardless of age.

  • At this time, all students are receiving free breakfast and lunch through the US Department of Agriculture. Breakfast will be served in the classroom. Lunch will be in the cafeteria for Pk-K-1-2 one grade level at a time. You are free to pack your own lunch at your discretion.

  • Lunches will be 30 minutes for all grades and are at different times of the day for each grade. Please see your student’s grade level schedule for details.

  • FES cannot conduct recess at this time. However, elementary students will be given opportunities to go outside, be active, and take off face coverings as long as they are appropriately socially distanced. We are building in breaks to all schedules and also encouraging our teachers to have an additional outdoor break when possible. Please see your student’s grade level schedule for details.

  • Families are required to perform an at-home assessment of symptoms on their child before taking them to the bus stop or school. Information will be provided by the child’s school. All staff have been and will continue to be expected to perform the same at-home assessment of symptoms. We ask that any student with symptoms of an illness stay home.

  • If a person in the school has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, he or she will be sent home to isolate. In addition, appropriate staff will perform internal contact tracing which may result in other students also being sent home to isolate/quarantine. The CCPS COVID-19 Response Plan is available on the CCPS website, as is more detailed information in the FAQ section for this process.

  • CCPS devices should continue to be brought to school daily with chargers and teachers will continue to make use of them inside of the classroom for daily instruction in multiple ways.

  • If a student has to stay home for any reason or isolate/quarantine they can use their CCPS devices and log on virtually to learn and receive attendance credit.

  • Water fountains are closed at FES, please send your child with a pre-filled water bottle at your discretion.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the school directly at 410-754-9054 or email FES administration directly.


"Together We Soar"

Principal Nichols

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