The Fulton Flier

Week of February 28th

Dear Fulton Families,


We had a fun day last week celebrating 02.22.22. Many of our students were dressed in tutus, ties and/or tennis shoes. At 2:22pm, we stopped and had a dance party for 2 minutes and 22 seconds- it was a fun day by all!


Our SGA is going to kick off March with Read Across America and expand celebrating reading from one week to the entire month, March into Reading. Be on the lookout for some funtivities that we will be engaging your child in around Reading.


Warmly,

Dr. Burks

From our Belonging Team...

Starting tomorrow, 3/1, we will be celebrating Irish Heritage and Women’s History Month!


  • All grade level canvas pages will have these interactive slides uploaded by Tuesday, March 1st

  • Please use this link to fill out a google form about Irish Heritage and Women’s History Month! The responses will be shared on our morning announcements!

  • Enjoy these extra resources as well!

  • Students will also get to check out the new bulletin board in the front of the school and the display in the media center!

Nominations for 2022's HCPSS Gifted and Talented educator recognition

The annual HCPSS educator recognition program sponsored by the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee (GTAC) celebrates educators who demonstrate exemplary commitment to the needs of advanced-level learners and/or the Howard county G/T education program. Please take some time to nominate all outstanding educators that you think deserve the recognition. This is a difficult year and every bit of your encouragement goes a long way. The deadline is March 4.


Nominate an Outstanding Educator!

Nominations for 2022's Educator Recognition are due by March 4. Please see the link below for full details: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2022/01/g-t-advisory-seeks-nominations-for-educator-recognition/

HCPSS Masking and Health & Safety Updates

As you may know, the following updates were provided by Dr. Martirano on Friday, February 25th. Please see the highlights, effective Tuesday, March 1st:


  • Masks in Buildings and Buses: The universal indoor masking in HCPSS buildings as well as on school buses is no longer required. Any student, staff or visitor may choose to wear a mask, and should feel comfortable doing so.

- Masking is a personal family preference. Please take a moment to discuss your families' expectations of wearing a mask or not with your child prior to March 1st. Our staff will not remind individual students to wear or mask or not.

- If a student and/or staff member needs to visit the health room, a mask will be required to enter. Our Health Team has additional masks if needed.

-While we understand that some parents/guardians may wish for their child to work only with masked students, this is not feasible given the make up of our classes and academic programs. As such, current seating charts will remain in place and teachers will revise as needed based on instructional needs.

  • Contact Tracing: HCPSS will only be conducting household-level contact tracing. The school system will no longer identify students in close proximity to a student or staff member with COVID-19.
  • Quarantine: Persons not up-to-date on vaccinations who are household contacts or identified as part of an outbreak will be expected to quarantine for five days with the earliest return date on day six from their exposure to the infected individual.
  • Isolation: Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to isolate for five days with the earliest return date on day six from the onset of symptoms or the date of the test if asymptomatic.
  • Student Meals: Students will continue to be able to eat outdoors, as permitted by weather and staff coverage. Plexiglass dividers will no longer be in place at elementary school.


For further details on each of these highlights, please view this link.

Message from our Health Team

SPRING ALLERGY SEASON is upon us. Does your child suffer from spring allergies? The following are some things you can do to help your child during allergy season:

1) Regularly give allergy medication as prescribed by the doctor.

2) When your child comes in from outdoors, the following may help alleviate symptoms:

a) wash hands with soap and water,

b) wash off face, including glasses, with a washcloth, or splash water on face,

c) wipe down from head to toe with a wet cloth, and

d) change clothing, if not going back outside.

3) Try not to allow your child to go into the bedroom with the clothing worn outside; this will prevent pollen from falling on the bed.

The PTA Perch

In Person PTA Meeting

March 8, in the art room, we will discuss the school beautification project and more, we hope to see you there!


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Fulton!

You can also order online March 3-16th.

Check out our website, http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/fulton.

There are special evening hours on March 8th to coincide with the in-personal PTA meeting.

Please sign up to volunteer to ensure the success of the fair: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090549a9a62ba7fd0-book


Nominate an Outstanding Educator!

The annual HCPSS Educator Recognition Program sponsored by the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee (GTAC) celebrates educators who demonstrate exemplary commitment to the needs of advanced-level learners and/or the Howard County G/T Education Program.

Now through March 4, families and students have the opportunity to recognize a G/T Resource Teacher, content or classroom teacher, or administrator who has enriched the educational experience of advanced-level learners. ALL educators for whom submissions are received will be recognized.

Submissions will be accepted via an online form, which includes a minimum 150-word description of the educator’s contribution to the education of advanced-level learners. Information and submission instructions are available online.

Upcoming Dates

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

  • March 1st: Kick off to Reading - Students wear a shirt with words on it.

  • March 2nd: D.E.A.R. - Drop Everything And Read Day

  • March 4th: Fulton Friday - wear Fulton attire

  • March 4th-March 11th: Scholastic Book Fair

  • March 8th: Late Night Shopping at Book Fair; In Person PTA Meeting 7:00pm

  • March 16th: Schools Close 3 hours early

  • March 17th: Lucky to be Readers Spirit Day

  • March 22nd: 11:00am Virtual Tour for New Families

  • March 31st: Character Day - Dress as your favorite book character

  • April 1st: Schools Close 3 hours early; End of 3rd Quarter

  • April 5th: 7:00pm PTA Meeting Virtual

  • April 8th: Spring Student Picture Day; Report Cards Issued

  • April 11th- 18th: Spring Break

Happenings Around our Fulton Community

2022 Summer Programs Registration

Online enrollment requests for summer programs will reopen on March 1 at 6:00 p.m. for the BSAP Summer Institute, Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development, Innovative Pathways High School (Math and Science only), and STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp programs. Please find more information regarding these summer programs here: (https://www.hcpss.org/summer-programs/

RIVER HILL HIGH SCHOOL BOOSTERS SUMMER CAMPS

The River Hill High School Boosters are sponsoring summer camps at River Hill High School. The camps are designed to help young athletes improve their fundamental athletic skills. Over twenty different camps are offered this summer, including football, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, tennis, cheerleading, art, and weight training. Weekly camps begin on June 13th. For more information and to register, visit https://riverhill.membershiptoolkit.com/camp.

Support your Children's Mental Health!

A workshop for Asian American parents and their children on youth mental health first aid (i.e., teaching parents, family members, etc. how to help a child (ages 8-20) who is experiencing or may experience a mental health challenge).

The flyer provides all the information you should need if you are interested. Please consider attending this virtual training to become more educated on mental health in our community!

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Vaccination for Children 5-11

HCPSS/The Council of Elders (TCOE) 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 Substance Abuse on March 12 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. The session will provide information regarding substance abuse prevention and behavioral health within the Howard County community. Representatives from HC Drug Free will provide resources and education on prevention, risk factors, warning signs, and treatment. This session will be held virtually. Registration is required at: http://tinyurl.com/2p9dnz8f. Flyers are located here.

Art Camps With Mrs. Wasilewski

Come out an enjoy a week of art making. These art camps are designed to enhance the skill levels of each individual. Explore and learn about different mediums and techniques. Each camp includes all new art experiences and will not repeat activities for campers who are interested in participating in more than one camp.


Campers should bring an art smock each day. Camps are open for anyone ages 8-13. Pricing is available at each Boosters website and is school specific.


Register at: Reservoir Boosters Camps

https://rhsboosters.com/summer-camps/

When: The camp runs the week of July 11-15

from 9:00am-12:00pm

Where: Reservoir High School

11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton, MD 20759


Register at: River Hill Boosters Camps

https://riverhill.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/20003798

When: The camp runs the week of July 18-22

from 9:00am-12:00pm

Where: River Hill High School, 12101

Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029

Kids on Campus Summer Enrichment Programs

The 2022 Kids on Campus, Howard Community College (HCC), summer registration opened January 27th for ages 6-17. Our program runs from June 22 through August 19 with both half and full day options. We offer many unique and imaginative summer courses. In addition, we offer before and after care options for working parents. Brochures are in the front office at Fulton, or you can find more information at https://www.howardcc.edu/programs-courses/continuing-education/courses/kids-on-campus/. Scholarships are available for qualifying students.


Some courses include:

Advanced Robotics, Cartoon Academy, Creative Writing for Elementary School, Day in Court-Mock Trial, Investigating Invertebrates, Math Olympics, Mosaic Masterpieces, Oooo Goo and Sticky Too: Gross Science, ROBLOX Coders and Entrepreneurs, Super Suds: Soap Making

Worth Repeating

From our Belonging Team...

Do you know the history of President’s Day? Check out some details here!

Kindergarten Registration Begins March 7th

Children must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program this fall or have an approved waiver.

More information about registering a Kindergarten student

Updated Isolation and Student Quarantine Procedures Online

HCPSS Communications has updated the HCPSS 2021-2022 Health & Safety website with the most recent quarantine and isolation protocols. View the updated student and staff isolation and quarantine procedures

Our School Counselors, Mrs. Shields and Mrs. Wilson-Carr, delivered their monthly lessons recently!


  • Kindergarteners listened to the book Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal . We discussed tattling vs. telling and ways to solve kid-sized problems.
  • First grade students listened to Heartprints and created their own impressions left behind by a deliberate act of kindness to be shared for Kindness Week.
  • Each second-grade class created an alphabet kindness book. Each student within the class was assigned a letter of the alphabet, wrote a sentence, and drew a picture describing a random act of kindness.
  • Third graders watched a Kindness Boomerang video titled “One Day” and practiced giving compliments to one another.
  • Fourth graders listened to the story Weird. We discussed and practiced rewording negative thoughts into positive thoughts. We also selected positive affirmation cards to use to help support positive thinking.
  • The Rising 6th Grade Course Registration process was delivered to all current 5th graders! Middle School here we come!


For more information about how to support your child, please check out the February HCPSS Elementary School Counseling Newsletter.

Mrs. Wilson-Carr, .5 School Counselor, who works primarily with students/families in Kindergarten and 4th grade, is out on maternity leave! If you need assistance, please contact our full-time Counselor, Mrs. Shields, at Elizabeth_Shields@hcpss.org.

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Nothing Bundt Cake Reading Incentive

This program rewards students with a free Bundtlet (small cake) when they read 400 minutes each month. The program is parent-led and home-based. For more information, check out the flyer here. To participate, download and print the recording sheet here. The program runs January 15th - March 31st.

Fulton Elementary School

Tanisha Burks, Principal, tanisha_burks@hcpss.org

Justine Sillers, Assistant Principal, justine_sillers@hcpss.org

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal, leslie_brickner@hcpss.org