Fulton Flier

Week of February 15th

Dear Fulton Family,


I hope that you had a wonderful weekend!


Thank you to all who were able to join us last week for our PTA meeting. During our time together, we answered some questions that families has posed prior to the meeting regarding In-Person learning via our presentation, which you can access here. Due to time, we were not able to answer all the questions, as such we have compiled all the questions and placed them in our Fulton Hybrid Model Q&A document. Keep an eye out for our website, we are currently updating it and a section on the home page will be dedicated to All Things Hybrid.


Warmly,

Dr. Burks

New Chromebook Care webpage

HCPSS has developed a new webpage for students, Chromebook Care, which includes tips on caring for and transporting Chromebooks, as well as student mobile technology duties and obligations and additional resources.

Accessing MAP Results

Winter 2021 MAP test results are entered in Synergy the Friday after a student takes the test. It can take up to 24 hours to become visible for an individual student.


To access previous test scores:

  • Log in to HCPSS Connect
  • Select More Options from the left panel
  • Select Standardized Test Scores from the middle

Detailed PDF home reports are available in Synergy. To access home reports:

  • Log in to HCPSS Connect
  • Select More Options from the left panel
  • Select Report Cards from the middle
  • Select the applicable report from the Student's MAP Reports section.

Updates to 2020-21 Calendar

At the Board of Education meeting last week, the Board approved a change to the 2020-21 academic calendar. The purpose of this change is to provide our teachers and staff with time to prepare their classrooms for students to return for in-person instruction beginning on March 1. Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 will now be 3-hour early dismissal days for students. The early dismissal schedule is posted on the HCPSS website.

New Community News and Programs Site

In response to community requests for resources, HCPSS’ new Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.


Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at publicinfo@hcpss.org.

Upcoming The Council Of Elders/Black Student Achievement Program Workshops

  • TCOE Workshops - Please click here for detailed flyers:
    • February 20 9-10:30 a.m. - Family Financial Education Series
    • March 13 9-10:30 a.m. – TCOE Community Academy– Suicide Prevention & Substance Abuse
    • March 20 9-10:30 a.m. -Family Financial Education Series
  • BSAP Workshops:
    • February 17 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Virtually Expanding Your Horizons – HBCU Experience with Yard Talk 101 (Please see flyer)
    • March 6 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Re-Entry to School (more details to follow)
    • March 20 6:30-8:00 p.m. - BCAP CCON Webinar – Virtually Expanding Your Horizons – Jumpstart (more details to follow)

If you have any questions regarding any of these events, please contact Nicole Brown, nicole_brown@hcpss.org.

The PTA Perch

As a way to provide a fun enrichment activity to all of our students (RECC through 5th), we partnered with the National Aquarium for a virtual field trip. Each grade will virtually “visit” the aquarium on different dates in mid March. There is no fee for this event. More details coming soon.


PTA is also hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, March 6 from 10-11am with KidzArt.

Join Ms. Ebbie and your friends and classmates again for a virtual art class! We had SO much fun together last time!


One lucky winner will win a cupcake decorating kit from Decadent Dessert! It will include 4 cupcakes, icing, and sprinkles. Thank you Decadent for donating this delicious prize!! We will pick a name during the live class. 🧁💕


Register using this link: www.KidzArtMD.com and click on “Register Now”

Upcoming Dates


  • February 15th Schools and Offices Closed - Presidents’ Day

  • February 24th: PTA's River House Pizza Kit Pickup

  • February 25th: Early Dismissal for Students

  • February 26th: Early Dismissal for Students

Worth Repeating

Fulton's Hours Starting March 1st

Starting March 1st, Fulton Elementary's school hours will be 9:45-4:15. These hours are for the remainder of this school year. The change is necessary for the hybrid program, but all students will be following these hours whether hybrid or virtual.

Kindness Calendar Challenge

Fulton will be participating in a Kindness Calendar Challenge during the month of February. Our goal as a school is to complete 5,000 kindness challenges.


Your child's teacher will be asking who was able to complete that challenge for the day or days prior during SEL time. If we can reach our goal, and I KNOW we can, Dr. Burks, Mrs. Caroland and Mrs. Brickner will get a PIE IN THE FACE.


Link to calendar: Kindness Calendar


Let's spread that kindness, Fulton!

Lightspeed Platform Support Tool Information

Beginning last week week, our school is participating in the use of Lightspeed, a platform and instructional support tool that helps teachers keep students on track and safe as they navigate online learning.


Lightspeed enables teachers to link students’ HCPSS or personal Chromebooks and HCPSS Dell laptops into a single virtual classroom for synchronous lessons, giving teachers the ability to monitor students’ screens and share resources.


Lightspeed allows teachers to:

  • Assist students with using the technology
  • Monitor live independent work
  • Lock screen to transition between live whole group activities and live independent work
  • Close browser tabs and automatically navigate to websites

Teachers will only have access to Lightspeed during regularly scheduled class time.

Teachers do not have the ability to control computer screens, including clicking buttons and changing settings. However, teachers can direct and lock a student’s computer to specific websites. If the website turns on the student’s camera and/or microphone, the teacher would be able to observe the video and audio the web camera picks up. For example, if a student was on a site viewing their own image via the web camera the teacher would be able to see that content.


Additionally, to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, HCPSS uses Lightspeed to filter ​inappropriate content and monitor ​general usage of the Chromebooks, during and beyond the school day.


There will be no opt-out option for Lightspeed. HCPSS-issued devices and accounts are governed primarily by HCPSS Board policies: 8080 Responsible Use of Technology, Digital Tools and Social Media, 3040 Technology Security, and 3060 Student Data Governance and Privacy.


We’re looking forward to offering this additional platform for our teachers to better provide support for our students. Thank you as always for being our educational partner during this unprecedented time of virtual learning.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Molly Caroland at molly_caroland@hcpss.org or you may call her at 410-880-5957.

It's February and we are celebrating African American History & Empathy- A message from our Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Team

We were excited that our students were able to learn about influential leaders last month! We have so many influential leaders in our community! Thank you to Mrs. Shuttleworth, Mrs. Schuman, Mrs. Ro, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Mundy, Mrs. Mull, and Mrs. Barshook for sharing your influential work! Click here to see their spotlight if you missed it!


During the month of February, we will be celebrating African American History and Empathy. Please enjoy grade specific resources below:


RECC - 3

1. Interactive Slides featuring African American History and Empathy!

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

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

3. Kindness Calendar

  • You should have received the Kindness Calendar from Mrs. Shields! To extend on our empathy focus, please check out the calendar and complete as many acts of kindness as you can!

4. Naming It: Helping Parents Talk About Racism

  • Check out this resource created by one of our paraprofessionals at FES: Wendy Usher, Licensed Master Social Worker.


4-5

1. Interactive Slides featuring African American History and Empathy!

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

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

3. Kindness Calendar

  • You should have received the Kindness Calendar from Mrs. Shields! To extend on our empathy focus, please check out the calendar and complete as many acts of kindness as you can!

4. Naming It: Helping Parents Talk About Racism

  • Check out this resource created by one of our paraprofessionals at FES: Wendy Usher, Licensed Master Social Worker


Last but not least, we are asking all Fulton Community members... How do you honor and celebrate African American history and heritage? What activities have you completed or plan to complete from the kindness calendar? Share your family’s traditions and acts of kindness by completing our Parent survey.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Caitlyn Gudenius at caitlyn_gudenius@hcpss.org.

Are you looking for a great way to motivate your children to read?

We are partnering with Nothing Bundt Cakes in Columbia to provide a SWEET incentive for our students to read. All you have to do is print out the Reading Tracker and use it to have your child/ren log their daily reading time. Once your child has read for at least 400 minutes, you and your child/re can bring the tracker the bakery and Nothing Bundt Cakes will reward them with their flavor choice Bundtlet.


Please review the Parent Letter for more information and you can print out the Reading Tracker here.


We will be partnering with Nothing Bundt Cakes for the month of February and March.

Fulton Elementary School

Tanisha Burks, Principal

Molly Caroland, Assistant Principal

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal