The Fulton Flier

Week of March 28th

Dear Fulton Families,


To wrap up March into Reading, our students were engaging in a reading challenge to tape me to the wall. As of Friday, the students still had quite a bit of reading to do to reach the goal of reading 2,000 books. Please remind your child that they still have time- read two books between now and Wednesday, have them complete their Reading Coupon and send that in ASAP! (Also, please ensure them I will not be hurt in this process ;) ).


Warmly,

Dr. Burks

MSDE School Climate Survey

Maryland requires that all public schools survey students about school climate. The purpose of the survey is to gain valuable information about the quality and character of each school’s learning environment so that schools can promote a climate that supports student learning.


Fulton 5th graders will take the survey during Technology class on March 29 or 31. The survey will take about 30 minutes and will ask students about topics such as student engagement, interactions with adults and with other students in the school, the school environment, bullying, and safety. The survey will not ask about a student’s personal experiences and students will not be asked to provide any information that might violate his or her privacy.


The survey is confidential and school personnel will not have access to the responses of specific students. The responses your child provides will be combined with the responses from other students in the school, and results will be reported for each school and district.


If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Leslie Brickner or Mrs. Justine Sillers.

Virtual Academic Supports through Evening School

The virtual academic supports being provided through the Evening School Program will conclude for this school year on April 7.

Special Education MSDE Parent Survey

​​Each year the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) surveys parents of children receiving special education services in the state. The purpose of the survey – The Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey – is to hear from parents about how well they think their child’s school is partnering with them and promoting parent involvement in their child’s education. More information can be found in this flier and on the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey site.

5th Grade Promotion Slide Show

As part of our 5th grade promotion, we would like to put together a slide slow to include a picture from when our 5th graders were kindergartners (preschool-1st grade is fine), a current picture, and a favorite memory of Fulton Elementary School. Please complete the Google form below to be included in the slide show. If your child is on the Do Not Photo list and you do not want them included in this slide show, please use the email address below to let us know.

In order to upload photos, the form requires you to have a gmail account. If you do not have a gmail account, you can email the information in the survey and your child's pictures directly to 5thgradeFES2022@gmail.com. Please do not email them to your teacher.

Google Form Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScq6ONqIJbI1raCsuHgBG-AQ12HYqgapvNTpzWTSPT2NcD2Wg/viewform?usp=sf_link

The submission deadline is Friday, April 8, 2022.

Congrats to our Carson Scholars Program Recipient

A huge shout-out to Riley R. in 5th grade. Riley is an award recipient of the Carson Scholars Program which recognizes students in grades 4 through 11 who have a 3.75 or higher GPA for the current school year and are involved in community service activities.

The PTA Perch

Chipotle Night

Tuesday, March 29th from 5-9 please visit Chipotle and mention FES and a generous 33% of the proceeds will benefit FES! See flier below for details.


Special Meeting

We hope you will join us for our next PTA meeting on April 5th. At this meeting we will have a panel of health experts: Kerrie Wagama, HCPSS Director of Health, and Natalie Hall from the Howard County Health Department.


Please use the link below to submit any questions that you may have for either guest. https://forms.gle/UoG3JmAeQJQa8Utk8


Meeting information:

Tuesday, April 5 · 7:00 – 8:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/rdx-ymgh-mog
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 540-669-0701 PIN: ‪207 015 114#


Last Day of the Spirit Wear sale!
The Fulton Shop annual spirit wear sale is going on now!! Visit: http://www.fultonspiritwear.com for free shipping on any amount!


We’re also sharing what each grade’s field day colors will be if you want to show extra spirit! (Completely optional). PreK/Recc- rainbow; Kindergarten- yellow; 1st – blue; 2nd – red; 3rd -green; 4th -orange; 5th – purple


Land Development Survey – Your input is requested
Visit:
Dynamic Neighborhoods Survey (surveymonkey.com)
Howard County is undergoing a once in a decade update of its General Plan branded as "HOCO BY DESIGN". This plan historically focused on ideas to further land development with only minor education impact considerations.


The consultant has asked for the public to fill out a survey which consists primarily of various methods to increase the pace of land development density under a variety of secondary goals. The survey generally does not provide any prompted options to ensure adequate schools can be provided concurrently to service the additional density increasing efforts proposed. Most specifically, the survey calls for additional exemptions to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance school overcrowding provisions to accelerate development density.


The PTA Council of Howard County delegates have repeatedly and unanimously approved positions that discourage the intentional overcrowding of Howard County Schools through design, funding issues, or regulatory exemptions.


Please take the time to provide critical input to this process now before the final General Plan regulations are enacted. Please submit your completed survey by 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2022.


For more information on Dynamic Neighborhoods, go to HoCo By Design website. For the survey, go to Dynamic Neighborhoods Survey.


Interested in joining the PTA Board?

In order for the PTA to continue next year, we need a PTA President! Interested in being in the know on school functions, influencing PTA events, having face time with administration and meeting and working with a group of fellow FES and greater community parents?


Please consider talking to a current board member or drop a comment below for more information. Ready to nominate yourself or someone else? Please email: nominating@fespta.org.


There is no set time commitment for being on the PTA, you give what you can, board and general meetings are attend if you can and we try to work around everyone’s best days and times. Everyone is fully understanding this is a volunteer position and are appreciative of whatever you can contribute


Middle School PTA Board
Calling all parents with students going to Lime Kiln Middle School! The PTA has some shoes to fill for the 2022/2023 school year which starts on July 1, 2022. Our Executive Board is in need of a President, Secretary and Treasurer and there are several key committee chair positions available, such as Membership, Direct Donations, Cultural Arts, Spirit Wear and more. Nominations will be open until the end of April and voting/confirmations will be done at the May 18th PTA Meeting.

The PTA is a fun and dynamic organization that makes a big difference in the Lime Kiln family. The success of our organization depends on parents, especially this year with such a large number of parents moving on. So, please don’t miss this opportunity to help your children, their teachers and our school!

Please send an email to lkmspta@gmail.com to let us know of your interest. Thank you!!


HCPSS seeks input for redistricting
Help ensure voices from FES are represented:
Redistricting Process for the 2023-2024 School Year Begins and HCPSS is soliciting input, please help by taking this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCPSS_PRC_2022


You view (or click through) a couple of informational presentations at the beginning then answer a brief 10 question survey.

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Upcoming Dates

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

  • March 29th: Chipotle Restaurant Night, 5-9pm

  • March 31st: Character Day - Dress as your favorite book character; FES Reading Night with Dr. Burks and Mrs. Wasilewski! 7:00 Code: FES-ReadingNight

  • April 1st: Schools Close 3 hours early, 12:55; No half-day Pre-K/RECC; End of 3rd Quarter

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

  • April 8th: Spring Student Picture Day and Classroom Group Photos; Report Cards Issued

  • April 11th- 18th: Spring Break

  • April 19th: 4:30pm In-Person tours for New Families joining us SY22-23;

  • Chick Fila A Restaurant Night

  • April 23rd: Fulton Beautification Day (More Details Coming Soon)

Happenings Around our Fulton Community

Public Library Summer Reading Program

Information about Summer Reading promotion with the Howard County Library System is now available.
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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.

Sports camp the week of June 27 and/or July 18

Come out to sports camp the week of June 27 and/or July 18 at Reservoir High School. Camp is hosted by Lime Kiln teacher and Reservoir coach Phil Ranker as well as other certified elementary and middle school teachers in the county and state. The camp is open to current K-8th graders and features many different sports and activities every day. If your child likes PE, they will love camp. Campers are split into age and ability groups to ensure that everyone has a fun and productive time. Full day and half day options available. For more information, please visit http://rankerssportscamp.weebly.com or email phillip_ranker@hcpss.org for questions!

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

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From our Belonging Team...

Did you know the word Nowruz means new day; its spelling and pronunciation may vary by country? Nowruz marks the first day of spring and is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on 21 March. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East, and other regions.

Did you know that today is World Down Syndrome Day? Why specifically 3/21? The date is synonymous with the "3rd copy of the 21st chromosome" which makes individuals with Ds unique! Obviously, WDSD is used to open the conversation about Ds and bring awareness to those who may know little about the most common genetic disorder.

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Winning entry for the Howard County Young Authors' Contest for 2nd Grade Short Story

Join us in congratulating Zoe for writing the winning entry for the Howard County Young Authors' Contest for 2nd Grade Short Story, Girl in Space!

The names of all winners are posted on the Howard County Literacy Association website.

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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