The Fulton Flier

Week of November 1st

Dear Fulton Families,

I hope that everyone had a fun weekend. Our students enjoyed themselves this past week during our fall spirit week sponsored by our SGA. Check out some of our decorated pumpkins from the PTA Fall Pumpkin Patch. A big shout-out to our PTA for making this a memorable time for our students and staff and hope that it becomes an FES tradition!


Dr. Burks

Upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences

Beginning, November 8th, parents/guardians may begin signing up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be held virtually through Google Meet and be held with your child's homeroom teacher.

Directions for How to Register for a Parent Teacher Conference

**If you do not see the conference option, you are most likely logged in as your child. Log out and log in again with your parent login.


This week, our school collected 477 more pairs of socks for the homeless!!! That's our largest week of this whole campaign! That brings our school total in October to 1,618 pairs of socks collected and donated!!!

Through these efforts, FES was able to donate to various different organizations such as Grassroots Day Resource Center in Jessup, MD, Grassroots 24-hour Shelter/Resource Center in Columbia, Md, as well as to our Health Room.

Thank you to Mrs. Jillian O'Brien who spearheaded these efforts.

From our Culture & Belonging Team...

In the month of November, we are going to be celebrating Native American Heritage Month and Food Traditions!

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

  • Please use this link to fill out a google form about Native American Heritage and Food Traditions. The responses will be shared on our Belonging Bulletin Board located outside of the nurses office. If you would like to participate, you are welcome to as well! Click the link to fill it out!

    • How do you celebrate Native American Heritage? Who do you look up to that is of Native American descent? Do you have a favorite food tradition? What are some of your favorite recipes and meals?

  • Please feel free to have your students send in recipes or pictures (drawn or printed) of their favorite meals or dishes! These will be shared on the announcements and on our bulletin board! If your student wants to send in a google slide with a recipe or a picture please share it with If your child wants to bring in a paper copy, please hand it in to their teacher and the teachers will pass it on to me!

Hearing and Vision Screening November 9th at FES

The Howard County Health Department and HCPSS School Health Services support your student's academic success by providing vision and hearing screenings at your child's school. These screenings are required by Maryland State Law. These screenings will be held at Fulton Elementary School on November 9, 2021. Hearing & Vision re-screening will take place on November 17, 2021.

Screenings are provided to the following students:

  • Students in Kindergarten,
  • 1st and 8th grades
  • All students K-8 new to the state of Maryland that do not have a record of prior vision and hearing screening within the last 12 months
  • High School students enrolling in the public school system in the United States for the first time

If your child has glasses, please make sure that he or she wears them on the screening day.

Your child will receive these screenings unless you object for religious reasons. Please send a letter to your child's school health room if you choose to opt out of the Health Department screenings.

If your child does not pass either the vision or hearing screen, you will receive a letter from his or her school notifying you of this result. It is then recommended that you take your child to have his or her vision evaluated by an eye care specialist or that you contact your child's medical provider for a referral to an audiologist for a complete hearing evaluation. A vision screening does not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Toler ( or the Vision and Hearing Program Supervisor at 410-313-7210. If you need information about the Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program, please contact the Howard County Health Department at 410-313-5845.

Make-up Picture day & 5th Grade Panoramic is November 3rd!

Student photographs were sent home on Monday, October 25, 2021. If your child did not bring them down, please contact your child's teacher.

Photo retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 2021. On this day, students who were absent on picture day will have their photos taken. Additionally, if you are not satisfied with the photo of your child and would like the picture to be re-taken, you must return the complete set of photos you received. Please send them in with your child on or before November 3rd.

Also on November 3rd, our 5th graders will be taking their 5th grade panoramic picture.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Leslie Brickner (

The PTA Perch

Spirit Day at Chick-fil-A Johns Hopkins Road

Tuesday, November 2, all day

Upcoming PTA Meeting

November 9th, dial-in information available next week

Book Fair Chair Needed

FES PTA is looking for a bookfair chairperson! We are planning to host the Book Fair at Futon Elementary this spring and we need an AMAZING parent volunteer (or two) in order to do so. The Chair(s) will be responsible for promoting and organizing the Book Fair, coordinating and recruiting volunteers, supervising the book fair set-up/break down, being responsible for the register and available to open and close the book fair on a daily basis during the week of the fair.

Upcoming Dates

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

  • November 3rd: End of 1st Quarter

  • November 4th: School Closed for Students-Professional Work/Learning Day

  • November 8th: Parent Teacher Conference Schedule Opens at 8:30 AM

  • November 9th: Vision & Hearing Screening; PTA Meeting- 7:00pm

  • November 10th: Report Cards Issued via Synergy @ 5:00pm

  • November 13th & 14th: Virtual Falcon Trot Fun Run (11/13 10am group run from FES)

  • November 22nd: Early Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 23rd: Early Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 24th: School Closed for Students; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 25th-26th: School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Happenings around our Fulton Community

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Gathering Input for Topics presented at PTA meetings

At our last PTA meeting, we shared that FES staff will begin presenting on a variety of different topics during our upcoming PTA meetings. To ensure that our presentations are meaningful to you, we shared a survey to gather your input on what topics you would most like to hear about. Please take a moment to share your input. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

From our Belonging & Culture Team...

Did you know Italian American Heritage Month is celebrated every year to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes, and valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans. It occurs in October to overlap with the federal holiday of Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday of each October. Italian American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1989 by a special proclamation of both Congress and President George H. W. Bush.

Celebration of Columbus and his role in the colonization of the Americas is often criticized due to the devastating consequences for Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples. Many people object to the celebration of Columbus Day and instead observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day. However, Italian American Heritage Month as a whole is seen as a time to appreciate and value the positive contributions of Italian Americans to the history and culture of the United States.

Over 5 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 2000. Currently, there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent residing in the United States. This makes Italian-Americans the fifth largest ethnic group in our nation. Each year Italians around the country take time to celebrate their heritage, history, and culture with festivals and parades.

Volunteers Must Upload Proof of Vaccination by Monday, October 25.

Effective Monday, October 25, all volunteers and chaperones who interact with students, and parents/guardians who are conducting classroom observations will be required to use the PinPoint platform to show proof of full vaccination at least five school days in advance. Learn how to access and use the PinPoint VaccineCheck platform.

Upcoming MATH MAP testing- THIS WEEK!

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment is designed to measure a student’s academic achievement and growth over time in reading and mathematics. Together with other classroom-based information, MAP results can help teachers make instructional decisions that match the needs of each child.

MAP is a computer adaptive assessment. In a computer adaptive assessment, as a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down the difficulty of the question presented to the student. This creates a personalized assessment for every student.

MAP assessment items are designed to align to objectives in the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards, which are now being taught throughout the Howard County Public School System.

Fulton will be giving the MAP assessment on the following dates:


1st- 5th: October 25th & October 26th

Students who are absent on these dates will do make ups at a later date.