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Forts Pond Elementary School

March 2019

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Important Dates for March


1 Read Across America Day

6 Collaborative Planning Day - Dismiss @ 11:40

10 Day Light Savings Time Begins - set clocks ahead 1 hour

11 Mallard Moms @ 7:00 A.M.

15 Regular School Day - Not a Weather Make-Up Day

22 All Pro Dads @ 7:00 A.M.

25-29 Spring Book Fair

26 Pelion Area Schools Community Showcase 5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

27 End of Third Nine Weeks

29 PTO Dance for 5th grade students


The following students were recognized by Red Cross for recruiting family and friends to donate blood at FPES Blood Drive in January.

Alexis Flores

Alexis Williams

Andrew Reeves

Antwon Pierce

Ashley Wilson

Autumn Harrell

Benjamin Matute

Brianna Covin

Cooper Tindal

Hayley Wilson

Hunter Schwartz

Isabella Cross

Jace Hazard

Jackson Edwards

Jacob Edwards

Jacob Williams

Jasper Carson

Johnny Fulmer

Kayleigh Schwartz

Lynsey King

Nyzaiah Bryant

Realyn Coleman

Savannah Lewis

Sophia Matute

Tanner Mengedoht

Zachary Williams

Mrs. Parker has been recognized for her outstanding academic performance at Great Canyon University and nominated for The National Society of Collegiate Schools!

Mr. Shealy's class is ranked 53rd nationally, 1st in state, district, and school in First in Math!

Mr. Brantley has been named as a Lexington School District One Teacher of the Year Finalist!

Parents We Need Your Help!

Please take a moment and answer the questions on our Leader in Me Survey!


Leader in Me MRA Survey

Leaders of the Month

4k Danna Camacho and Haven Baughman

5k Steven Garcia Gonzalez, Cheyenne Nix, Kayla Whittenburg, Kaytlynn O'Briant, Wyatt Wells, Hannah Aldrich, Alaska Finch, Mia Mendez, and Lacy Craver

Grade 1 McKenzie Busbee, Dyson Gilpatrick, Jacquelynn Hawlik, Jaret Crispin-Leon, Hunter Hiers, Elsie-Marie Martinez, Jose Velasco-Zamorano, Jasmine Perryman, Tristan Trippany,

Braylee Bryant, and Ethan Knight

Grade 2 Morgan Crapps, Alissa Morris, Jason Thorton, Jaiden Chavez, Luis Reynoso- Garcia, Haley Hall, and Trey Boatwright-Larson

Grade 3 Devin Watts, Danna Paola Mariche, Porsche Palidwar, Bryan Izquierdo, Brycen Lee, Autumn Tindal, Maci Gantt, Kaitlyn Watts, Kypton Taylor, Sophia Matute, Kyler Horton

Grade 4

Judith Diaz-Martinez, Jimmy Zungia- Barahona, Elizabeth Elkins, Taylor Hanna, Colton Whitten, Hayley Wilson, Jesse Spires, and Daniel Sweat

Grade 5 Nickolas Cartwright, Lillie Roach, Katelyn Melton, Jakayla Young, Shayne Corn,

Logan Lee, Daytona Judy, Phranky Benson, Hailey Murphy, and Anthony Daughtry

Red Cross Blood Drive

The blood collected from our recent blood drive is now on its way to the below hospitals.

Every day, hospitals provide lifesaving blood to patients in need. Your willingness to open your doors and recruit blood donors remains vital to the lives of the patients that we serve, not only locally, but across the country.


While there may have been other hospitals that benefited from your efforts, the following hospitals received the majority of blood products collected from your drive.

Important Date Changes

All families received an Academic Handbook and Calendar in September. Changes were made to the calendar due to severe weather causing school closings in September and October.

The dance scheduled for February 7 has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for March 29 and this dance will be for 5th grade only.

March 15 and April 22 will be regular school days. Theses days were originally weather make up days.

June 5 is the last day for students and will be a half day with students dismissed at 11:40.

Recycle Markers and Crayons

What is Crayola ColorCycle?

Crayola is all about innovative solutions ~ in particular for kids and the environment. ColorCycle is our latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose Crayola markers.

Can any markers be sent in or just Crayola brand markers?

Crayola ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers. That includes dry erase markers and highlighters! ColorCycle will eliminate placing hundreds of tons of markers into landfills.

Bottle Caps

Please save your bottle caps and send to Ms. Siceloff. She is working with a group of students on a project to be displayed inside the school.

Run Hard

Run Hard begins on March 5th for those students who are registered.

This program builds great leadership qualities in every student due to the lessons learned at each practice and the team building exercises encouraged throughout the season.

The practices are Tuesday and Thursday after school from 2:45-3:45 beginning Tuesday, March 5th.


Check out this video to see how important school attendance is for your child's success!

Importance of School Attendance

Counselor Corner

Check out the lessons your child will receive this month from the school counselors.

Grades 5K 1 and 2

5K- Friendship Skills / Animal Friends

1st Grade- Whole Body Listening

2nd Grade- Career Skills / Communication with District Career Specialist

Grades 3, 4, and 5

3rd Grade- Leaders work together (synergize)

4th Grade- Erin's Law lesson on safety

5th Grade- Transition to Middle School

On March 11th, PMS School Counselors will visit our 5th graders to talk to them about choices for related arts and foreign languages in 6th grade.

Contact your child's school counselor if you have any questions or concerns about your child.

Cindy Hill grades 4k- 2nd 821-2510

Gina Mahoney 3rd-5th 821-2598

Daily Parent Engagement Tips

Check out FPES Daily Parent Engagement Tips on our school website. Below you can see two examples of tips that were on our website this week.

Put your child in charge of some regular self-care tasks
Sometimes, all it takes to make your child more responsible is a change in attitude. Each month, think about all the things you do for your child. Then choose one thing you can teach her to do for herself. Spend some time coaching her in the skills she needs in order to do the task. Give her a chance to practice, then make the task her responsibility. Let her know how proud you are of all she can do!

Set your child up for better behavior
Many children test their limits in little ways: by playing computer games during homework time, passing notes at school or hanging out with troublemakers. To provide a foundation for better behavior, stay connected to your child. Tell stories, take walks, read aloud. Help him practice making good choices. And extend privileges gradually. Your child will learn he gets more freedoms the better he behaves.

Show your love by setting limits
You'd never let your child play with fire or jump off a bridge. Setting limits is one of a parent's most important jobs. Limits also help children develop the discipline needed to focus and follow directions in school. When setting a limit, talk to your child about it. Tell her why it is important. Ask for her cooperation. Then set consequences for breaking the limit. Once you've established the limit, enforce it every time.

Mistakes aren't the end of the world. They are the beginning of learning
Everyone makes mistakes. But when mistakes are viewed negatively, kids learn to fear failure. This makes them less likely to take positive risks or finish things they don't think they can do perfectly. When your child makes a mistake, stay calm and help him see what he can learn from it. Try to focus the majority of your attention on the things your child does right and not on what he does wrong.

Leader in Me

Leadership Day

On Thursday, February 28 our students hosted 55 visitors from the Leader in Me Symposium which was held in Columbia. We had visitors from at least 22 different schools and three states. We also had a teacher from A.B. Combs come to our school. A.B. Combs in Wake County, North Carolina is where Leader in Me first began!

Our guests were ALL smiles. They were amazed by what they saw our students and staff doing with Leader in Me. It is evident the 7 Habits are immersed in the daily lives of our students!

Leader In Me Lighthouse Recertification

Congratulations to our school for earning re-certification as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School!!


5th Grade Masquerade Dance

Friday March 29th

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Tickets go on sale March 4. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

This event is only open to FPES 5th grade students.

Mask, snacks and drinks will be provided to each student.

Dress is semi formal or Sunday best. Age appropriate outfits only.

Thank You PTO!

A big thank you for our PTO and to families that have participated in our fundraisers. PTO was able to pay $3 toward each student's field trip and purchase new signs for the front of the school.

FPES Leadership Clubs

On collaborative planning days, students attend Leadership Clubs. Our next club day is March 15.

Each student chooses a Leadership Club at the beginning of the school year. This is great opportunity for students to explore other interest outside of academic subjects and to connect with other adults within the school. A BIG THANK YOU to our staff! Without their sponsorship of the Leadership Clubs, this would not be possible.

Mallard Moms

March 11 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

Please join us with your child/children at our Mallard Moms meeting. We invite any mom, grandmother, aunt, or any other significant female in your child's life to come with your child/children for a light breakfast and a themed discussion and activity together. Although short in length, the time is special and will make your child's day start with pride.

For further information, please contact Judy Moore at 821-2552, or email

All Pro Dads

March 22 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

This is an open invitation to dads, grandfathers, uncles, or any other significant male who may be part of your child's life. Come enjoy a light breakfast and enjoy some "special moment" time as we strive to grow in the time we spend with our children.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. McDermet at 821-2500. You may also reach him by email at

Title I Parent Engagement

Please join us on April 5 at 8:30 A.M. for our Leader in Me Parent Lighthouse Meeting. Our Title I Parent Involvement Committee will meet at 9:00 A.M. Both meetings will be held in our Title I Parent Resource Center. We will review and discuss our 2018-2019 Title I plan and begin planning for 2019-2020. We invite you to share any suggestions or concerns you may have that will help us improve our service to you and your child.

If you plan to attend, please contact Mrs. Judy Moore by calling or emailing.


If you are unable to attend, but have suggestions, please email or call Michelle Smith.


A Glance at April Dates


3 Report Cards Issued

4 4th Grade Field Trip

School House Rocks Musical Performance 6:30 P.M. at Pelion Performing Arts Center

5 5k Field Trip

Parent Lighthouse Meeting 8:30 A.M.

Title I Planning Meeting 9:00 A.M.

11 PTO Skate Night 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

12 Field Day for all Grade Levels

15-19 Spring Break

22 Regular School Day - Not Weather Make-Up

25 5th Grade Field Trip

26 1st Grade Field Trip

3rd Grade Field Trip

All Pro Dads 7:00 A.M.

27 Legos and Leaders 10:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M.

30 District Board Meeting 7:30 P.M.

Box Tops

Earn cash for our school with Box Tops for Education! It's easy. Box Tops are worth 10 cents each. We will use these funds to support our Leadership Clubs.

Here is how Box Tops work.

Buy the products + Clip the Box Tops + Send Box Tops to school = $$$$$

Community Events

Community Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13

11:00 A.M. at Pelion Community Center

Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

Revised 09-04-2018

Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law.

The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at