The Fulton Flier

Week of February 7th

Dear Fulton Families,

This week is National School Counselor Week and we would like to give a big SHOUT OUT to our amazing FES school counselors, Mrs. Jessica Wilson-Carr and Mrs. Beth Shields. They are champions for student well-being and belonging and valuable members of our school community. To honor Mrs. Wilson-Carr and Mrs. Shields during School Counselor Week, please consider taking the time to send them an email ( and (


Dr. Burks

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Upcoming CoGAT Testing

Attention 3rd Grade Families-4th Grade GT Math Placements

HCPSS will administer CogAT to all 3rd grade students February 14 to March 4th. Placements for 4th grade GT Math will be made following the CogAT administration and will include all available performance and assessment data in accordance with Maryland COMAR for Gifted and Talented Education. Fulton will give the CogAT assessment on February 22-24 with make-ups being given until March 4th.

Attention 5th Grade Families-Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Testing:

Middle School GT Class Recommendations
Although the CogAT administration was postponed, all 5th grade students will be considered for potential placement in 6th GT classes using all available performance and assessment data in accordance with Maryland COMAR for Gifted and Talented Education. This includes data from students’ 3rd grade CogAT administration in December 2019, if available.

From February 14th to March 4th, HCPSS plans to administer CogAT to any 5th grade students who do not have a prior CogAT score as well as all students in 5th grade GT Math. All 5th graders will not be assessed. The data will assist with identification for Accelerated GT Math and provide an aptitude measure for students who had no previous CogAT test. Fulton will assess 5th grade designated test takers February 17-18 with make ups being given until March 4th.

Hot off the Press!!!

Don't miss our 2nd issue of The Falcon Gazette. This is a fun issued filled with "Get to know You's."
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Middle School 2022-2023 Course Registration, Feb. 8- 22, 2022

Middle school course selection for the 2022-2023 academic year will open for current 5-7 grade students Tuesday, Feb. 8 and run through Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Beginning Feb. 8, students/families may view teachers’ course recommendations, and submit course requests and alternate requests by logging into Synergy, selecting Course Request from the left panel, and following the directions available online.

See more information here:

Congratulations to Fulton's Spelling Bee Winner!

Congratulations to Emily Kim of Mrs. Gainer-Lee's class for being our winner of the Fulton school-level spelling Bee. Emily will go on to complete in the Virtual HCLS Spelling Bee online on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

It took over 20 rounds to finally crown our winner! Congratulations to the following 4th and 5th grade finalists for all their hard work.

4th Grade

  • Aram Soneson
  • Nish Patel
  • Eleanor Caltagirone
  • Jiten Tolia
  • Tavish Sinha
  • Nathan Mull
  • Nicholas Lipcon
  • Braden Cram
  • Brandon Cline
  • Simon Sicard

5th Grade

  • Veer Shah
  • Vivaan Majmundar
  • Samuel Teferi
  • Micah Ko
  • Nathan Song
  • Emily S. Kim
  • Lizzy Lin
  • Emma Timp
  • Lucas Li

Upcoming Staff Lunch- Support Needed

The PTA is sponsoring a grab and go luncheon for the teachers on February 10th. They will be providing sandwiches and chips from Pepperjacks but would love your help with drinks and desserts. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

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Send your questions for BOE Member Vicky Cutroneo

We are pleased to welcome HCPSS Board of Education Member Vicky Cutroneo to our February PTA meeting! Have questions for her? Please feel free to submit them here:

Calling all Volunteers!
Recess monitors are needed to help keep eyes on all our kiddos! Have a half hour? Please sign-up to help with active supervision on the playground, your role involves assisting students who need help and interacting with students - if you notice a student alone- encourage them to sit at the Buddy Bench or to play with someone else, scanning the parameters of the playground and help moving lunch carts. We need all hands on deck:!/showSignUp/70a084faaab2eaaf49-recess

Save the dates!!

  • Tuesday, February 8 is the next virtual board meeting with BOE Member Vicky Cutroneo! Have a unique opportunity for a candid conversation with a BOE member!
  • Wednesday, February 9 is Spirit Day at Maiwand Kabob!!

Upcoming Dates

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

  • February 8th: 7:15pm PTA Meeting

  • February 9th: PTA Maiwand Kabob Restaurant Night
  • February 10th: Early Dismissal at 12:55 ; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • February 11th: Early Dismissal at 12:55 ; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • February 15th: 100th Day of School

  • February 16th: Early Dismissal at 12:55

  • February 21st: Calendar Change-School is open

Happenings Around our Fulton Community

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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 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

2022 Summer Programs Registration Open Through February 15 at 6 p.m.

Online enrollment requests for currently enrolled HCPSS students is open now through Tuesday, February 15 at 6 p.m. Please reference the HCPSS News posting. Families can find up-to-date course information and enrollment directions on the Summer Programs web page. Direct questions to the summer program lead.

Worth Repeating

Lunar New Year

This year the 2022 Lunar New Year is on February 1, 2022. Ms. Kang, one of our parents shared this with us so we can all have a better understanding of Lunar New Years. Enjoy!

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many Asian countries as one of the biggest holidays. It's called the Lunar New Year because it begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar. Many people don't realize so many Asian countries also celebrate the Lunar New Year and that it is inaccurate to call this celebration the Chinese New Year.

We will share a presentation that Ms. Kang created over our morning announcements this week.

School on Monday, February 21st- Mark your Calendars

Monday, Feb. 21, previously closed for Presidents Day, now will be a full school day, with both schools and offices being open. Earlier this week Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury announced that districts may request permission and use the state-mandated closure on Presidents Day for an inclement weather make-up.


Quarantine is required for close contacts who are:

  • Unvaccinated.

  • Ages 5-11 who have not completed a primary vaccine series.

  • Ages 12 or older and completed the primary series of the recommended vaccine but have not received a booster shot when eligible (5 months after either Moderna or Pfizer).

These persons should:

  • Quarantine at home for 5 days (quarantine count starts the day after last exposure).

  • Test on day 5 if able.

  • Return to school day 6 IF well and able to maintain strict mask use around others for an additional 5 days.

  • Return to school day 11 IF well and unable to maintain strict mask use around others.

  • If symptoms develop, the person should stay home and test.

No quarantine is required for close contacts who are:

  • Ages 12 years or older and have completed primary vaccine series AND a booster dose.

  • Ages 5-11 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 90 days (with positive viral test).

These persons should:

  • Mask for 10 days.

  • Test on day 5.

  • If symptoms develop, the person should stay home and test.

Message from our Health Team

Thank you so much for informing me that you will be keeping your child at home. I have recorded the excused absence for today. Please note, if your child has any of the following symptoms (regardless of vaccination status), they should be evaluated by a physician and must receive a negative PCR or alternate diagnosis before returning to school:

● Fever

● Sore throat

● Cough

● Difficulty breathing

● Vomiting or diarrhea

● New loss of taste or smell

● Severe headache

Documentation must be provided to the attendance secretary at prior to your child's return. Please reach out to our School Nurse ( or Health Assistant ( at our school if you have any questions related to your child's health or return status. Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping all of our students and staff healthy and safe.

Message from our Belonging Team..

Starting tomorrow, 2/1, we will be celebrating African American/Black History month!

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

  • Please use this link to fill out a google form about African American/Black History Month! The responses will be shared on our morning announcements!

  • Enjoy these extra resources as well!

  • Students will also get to participate in an interactive bulletin board at school where they will get to guess the famous hero!

Access your child's Quarter 2 Report Cards

Parents/guardians will have access to view report cards as of 5 p.m. on January 31. Parents/guardians may view/download report cards by taking the following steps:

  • Log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy using parent/guardian credentials
  • Select More Options from the left panel
  • Select Report Cards from the middle
  • Select the report card you wish to access

Understanding your child's Report Card!

A reference sheet has been developed to support families in understanding the Elementary School Report Card

February Parent Conferences

Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences February 10th & 11th

  • Due to the limited number of available time slots, please schedule a conference if you have a concern or question in the area of Math.
  • Scheduling opens in Synergy ParentVue on Friday, January 28th and closes on Friday, February 4th.
  • Conferences are 15 minutes and will be with your child's math teacher.
  • Click here for directions to schedule a conference.
  • If you would like to have conference with your child's Related Arts teacher, please email them directly to schedule your conference.

Logging onto Google Meet for your Conference

  • You will use your child’s HCPSS credentials to join the conference.
  • To prevent “overlap” of conferences, teachers will be using Google Meet room joining security features. You may have to wait to be admitted into the Google Meet room.
  • Google Meet Codes: You will see the meeting code for your conference in Synergy when you sign up for a conference. You will receive a reminder email with the room code from the Synergy system a few days before your conference.

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,

Justine Sillers, Assistant Principal,

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal,