Fulton Flier

Week of 19th

Dear Fulton Families,

As we begin to prepare for fall 2021, we will be working with our staff to engage in the articulation process later this spring. Parent input is an integral part of our articulation process. While plans for fall 2021 have not been finalized, we will begin seeking parent input next week so that we can include this information with our academic, observational, and social-emotional data as we plan for student placement for the upcoming school year. An electronic input form will be sent out next week with directions on how to provide input on your child’s placement for the 21-22 school year. As plans for 2021-22 evolve and are finalized, we will continue to inform you.

Additionally, I wanted share with you the upcoming emergence of the Periodical Cicada! This particular type of cicada is a fascinating insect that only emerges out of the ground once every 17 years. Your child(ren) will be learning about cicadas along with their Quarter 4 science unit. We encourage you to talk with your child(dren) about what they have learned and what they continue to wonder about.

Whenever natural occurrences such as this take place, there is understandably some uneasiness, worry, or even fear associated. If you did not live in Maryland in 2004, you may not have experienced this phenomenon before either! We want to assure you that this Brood X Cicada is completely harmless, and is a fascinating insect to investigate. We are encouraging students to touch them, observe their body parts up close, listen to them, and even observe their behaviors. Click here to learn more and to preview some of the lesson materials teachers will be using with students to learn about the Cicadas!


Dr. Burks

It's April and We are Celebrating heroes and other unique jobs! A Message from our Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Team!

We are so excited that our students were able to learn about Irish American history and Women’s history!

We did not get any community submissions for the month of March, but we know we have some spectacular women in our school building who support us every day and we enjoyed celebrating Irish heritage this month, especially on St. Patrick’s Day!

During the month of April, we will be celebrating heroes and other unique jobs!

Enjoy the resources below:

1. Interactive Slides featuring Irish American Heritage and Women’s History!

  • Click present and click on any symbol or photograph to find information!

2. Extra resources featuring books, read aloud, and games!

3. Parent survey

  • Do you work as a firefighter, police officer, EMT, soldier, or another heroic job? Do you have a unique job like a barber, cosmetologist, etc.? Share about your job!

Do you have a child who is joining us for in-person learning?

Please remember to conduct a daily symptom check every morning prior to sending them to FES.

Parent/guardians will assess their children for symptoms of COVID-19 illness and refrain from sending/transporting them to school until after they have been symptom-free at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, have no fever for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, and have continued improvement of symptoms and/or medical consult with their primary care physician.

If your child has any health conditions that need to be updated, please contact Ms. Christina Toler christina_toler@hcpss.org or Mrs. Kathleen Wurstner kathleen_wurstner@hcpss.org.

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Canvas Pronouns

Starting on Monday, April 12, 2020, all Canvas users (students, teachers, staff, parents) will be able to select pronouns to be displayed on multiple Canvas pages. Canvas is currently the only technology tool used in HCPSS that allows for pronoun selection.

Each user can select an option any time after April 12. This can be done within Canvas by choosing Account > Settings > Pronoun drop down > Update Settings. Once an option is saved, pronouns will show on most Canvas pages, next to a person’s name. The default option will be blank, so if users do not opt for pronouns to show, no action is needed. Users will be able to select between:

  • None (will remain blank)
  • He/him
  • She/her
  • They/them
  • He/them
  • She/them
Some of the places pronouns will be visible in Canvas are:

  • Teacher Course People Screen - if teachers are using the groups feature
  • Teacher Gradebook
  • Discussion posts
  • Canvas Assignment Settings
  • Inbox messages

The School Counseling Connection

Please enjoy this month's issue of the HCPSS Elementary School Counseling Monthly Newsletter! There are some great titles of Read Alouds, videos and much more!

HCPSS Digital Education Center Level-Specific Virtual Information Sessions, April 20-22, 2021

The Howard County Public School System is planning for a virtual school option for students in grades K-12 who wish to remain virtual for the 2021-2022 (upcoming) school year. The Digital Education Center (DEC) is currently in the planning and design phase. The DEC would allow students to take all classes and earn credits virtually while maintaining a relationship with their designated home school. The final DEC scope and options are subject to funding, staffing and Board of Education approval.

Virtual information sessions specific to school level will be offered on April 22 for Elementary School

Details on the Digital Education Center can be found online. Additionally, answers to frequently asked questions regarding the DEC can be found online and are being continually updated.

HCPSS/The Council of Elders (TCOE) Financial Education Series Budget Basics Workshop

This virtual workshop session will be on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Grades 3-12 students and their families are invited to learn about electronic and virtual financial transactions and key financial principles. Topics include financial goal setting, balancing a bank account, and understanding interest rates. The session information and online registration link can be found here.

The PTA Perch

Families, did you know we can all connect through our Facebook page? Be sure to like our “Fulton Elementary School” page and receive the latest information on upcoming school events, school fundraisers, and get reminders so we all can support each other this school year. On behalf of the PTA, we hope our Fulton Falcons, families, teachers, and staff have a joyful spring break
Click on the link for your child(ren) to submit their video: https://forms.gle/eF81yBSwGYEcYuM17

Our Mother’s Day jewelry fundraiser has started! Use this link to shop for yourself or for moms, sisters, grandmas, and friends! Our school will receive 20% of sales to help support our teachers and students.

Shop here: http://www.touchstonecrystal.com/0NEMC48N

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Summer Opportunities

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Upcoming Dates

  • April 22nd: Report Cards available via Parent Portal

  • May 3rd-7th: Teacher Appreciation Week

  • May 4th: PTA Fundraiser w/ Sidamo Coffee

  • May 13th: Schools closed for Students; PTA Fundraiser w/Kona Ice

  • May 21st: PTA Fundraiser w/Mike's Gelato

  • May 31st: Schools and Offices Closed- Memorial Day

  • June 8th: PTA Fundraiser w/Ledo's Pizza

  • June 15th: PTA Fundraiser w/Kona Ice

  • June 10th-14th: 3 hour early dismissal

  • June 15h: Last day of School for Students

Worth Repeating

A Message from our Bully Busters!

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Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration

Kindergarten and Pre-K registration is now open! Please continue to advertise in your community via newsletter, school marquee, and/or social media. Registration fliers have been provided to schools and are also available on the Early Childhood Enrollment and Registration Canvas page. Registration will continue to take place online and finalization will occur virtually. Grade-specific information is as follows:

  • Kindergarten: please direct incoming kindergarten parents to the updated information on the Enrollment and Registration page.

  • Pre-K: families of prospective students have two options for submitting the Pre-K application. More information is available on the HCPSS Pre-K program page. Please note, MSDE requires that Pre-K be made available first to students who meet first-priority criteria. When space allows, families that meet second priority criteria will be considered. School staff are directed to keep a waitlist of these applicants and will be contacted directly by the Office of Early Childhood Programs.

Summer Programs Registration

Online enrollment requests for summer programs will reopen at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 for BSAP Summer Institute, Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development, Innovative Pathways High School, and STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp. Families can find up-to-date course information and enrollment directions on the Summer Programs web page (https://www.hcpss.org/summer-programs/