FES Parent News

1.30. 22

Together We SOAR

FES Updates


Pre-K students do not have school on Thursday, 2/3/22 or Friday, 2/4/22 for parent conferences.


We will have a half-day for students with a 1 PM dismissal on Friday, 2/4/22,

for parent conferences. Please contact your child's teacher if you would like to schedule a conference.

CALLING ALL FAMILIES! Family Engagement Activities

Please continue to complete the activities on the January family engagement page. Don't forget to write your name, teacher, grade level on the back along with your favorite activity!


Here are the general instructions:

1. Complete 5 or more activities with at least one member of your family or household

2. Color in the completed activities

4. Complete the family activity response journal on the back of your activity page (don’t forget to have an adult sign!)

5. Turn it into your teacher by the last day of the month for a small treat

6. Calendars with 5 or more completed activities and a parent signature will be entered in a monthly drawing for a family prize!


January activity sheet was sent home with each student and is due January 31st! Please let us know if your child needs a new one!

Family Learning Sessions with Family Navigator at CCPS

Who: Join Latisha Bordley, Family Navigator at Caroline County Public Schools

What: A presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences

When: February 3, 2022 at 5:30pm

Where: Caroline County Public Library Federalsburg Branch

Why: For the past two year mental health has been impacted by the Pandemic.

Link: Complete link before attending the sessions

Family Learning Sessions

Contact number 410-443-4439 for information on how to sign up for the session.


Changes to COVID Communication Protocols

Beginning this week, CCPS will now limit contact tracing notifications to siblings and household members of positive cases and students participating in school athletics. General email notifications will continue to be sent from the school when a positive case is reported, and the CCPS website dashboard will continue to be updated weekly.


CCPS continues to follow health and safety precautions as outlined in our Reopening Plan, and in consultation with the Caroline County Health Department. As always, it is vitally important to follow safety precautions and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If your student develops COVID-like symptoms or any symptoms of illness, please do not send them to school. Contact a doctor so that your student can be evaluated and tested immediately. Continue to notify the school if your child has tested positive or needs to quarantine due to a community exposure.

Vision and hearing screenings

Vision and hearing screenings began 1/18/22. All new entrants and 1st graders will be screened as required by Maryland regulations. If your child has had a vision and/or hearing exam outside of school within the prior 12 months, and you do not wish your child to be re-screened, please provide the school nurse with written verification of that visit prior to the school screening dates.

Health Department & Choptank Health COVID-19 Testing Opportunities for CCPS Students and Staff

In partnership with the Caroline County Health Department, your school-based health center will be offering screening COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic staff. There is no pre-registration required. Testing will be available at SBHCs each week on the following days and times:


Mondays

LMS 7:30 - 8am

PES 8:15 - 8:45m

RES 8:15 - 8:45am

GES 8:15 - 8:45am


Tuesdays

DES 8:15 - 8:45am

FES 8:15 - 8:45am

NCHS 7:30 - 8am

CRMS/CRHS 7:30 - 8am


The Caroline County Health Department and Choptank Community Health will be providing curbside COVID-19 testing for CCPS students and staff only on the following schedule:


  • Tuesday, Jan. 4 and Jan. 11, 4:00-5:00 pm at Greensboro Elementary

  • Wednesday, Jan. 5 and Jan. 12, 4:00-5:00 pm at Federalsburg Elementary

  • Thursday, Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, 4:00-5:00 pm at Preston Elementary


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the health department at 410-479-5880 or contact your School-Based Health Center. No on-site walk-up appointments will be accepted; appointments for CCPS staff and students only.

In preparation for possibility of short-term classroom/grade or school closures

Please see the message from Dr. Simmons regarding the possibility of short-term classroom/grade or school closures. Please note:


  • Teachers will post on their Google Classroom if the class will be synchronous (live instruction online) or asynchronous (assignments posted in Google Classroom).

  • Teachers will be taking attendance for synchronous classes just like they do for regular school days. Asynchronous class assignments will be used to record attendance for those classes. If a student is unable to log in for a synchronous class, the student should email the teacher requesting work so that the teacher knows the student is engaged in learning.

  • Students will follow the same class schedule as they do in person.


To prepare for the possibility of a virtual day:

  • Check that your child is bringing home their device each day.

  • Designate a space at home for your student to work with a power source nearby to charge the device.

  • If you do not have internet or your internet does not work well enough, please contact the front office at the school directly to ask about a Kajeet (hotspot) device.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11

For complete information about the vaccine, now available for children ages 5-11, please visit the Caroline County COVID-19 website which includes FAQs: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11 and Vaccine Clinic Information.

Learning Opportunity!

CCPS have partnered with Edmentum again this year utilizing Exact Path and their coaches to monitor, guide and support your students throughout the program. Parents will receive individual letters regarding the recommendation for their child followed by a phone call from the Exact Path coach to get started.

Attendance Modifications for Quarantined Students

Attendance procedures for quarantined students have been modified as of the 2nd quarter of this school year (Nov. 8). This modification was made based on guidelines set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).


For quarantine students who are unable to participate in academic activities:

An isolated student who is ill and unable to participate in academic activities will be reported as absent, which follows the CCPS attendance policy.


For quarantined students who are able to participate in academic activities:

Quarantined students who are healthy will be reported as present and are expected to participate in meaningful academic activities that advance student learning. CCPS will continue to use Google Classroom for access to class assignments and offer Zoom tutoring to support students who are quarantined.


If a quarantined student does not return to in-person, in-school instruction after the assigned quarantined period, the normal attendance or make-up work policies for absent students will be followed.


News Post on the CCPS Website

English Language Learners helpful activities

Story telling: Help your child build their vocabulary by telling stories. Share stories about your day, tell your favorite childhood story, or make up a story at bedtime. Your stories and words will connect to English words and help them build a big vocabulary.

WIDA

WIDA testing for our English Learning students started and will continue through February. Testing will be focused on Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. To help your child be prepared for the test please send them to school with a good night's rest and a fully charged laptop. Please encourage your child to try their best!.

Upcoming Dates of Importance

January 31: Family Engagement activity due for January


February 1: Virtual Board of Education meeting 6 PM


February 2: Tutus, ties, and tennis shoes for 2-2-22


February 3: Q2 Report Cards Distributed to students

No School For Pre-Kindergarten Students - Pre-k Parent Conference Day


February 4: No School For Pre-Kindergarten Students - Pre-k Parent Conference Day

Early dismissal at 1 pm for Grades K-5 for parent conferences.

CCPS Calendar Changes

The 2021-2022 school year calendar has been amended as detailed below. Changes impacting student days are bolded

  • March 4, April 13, and May 27, 2022, have been changed to half-days for students, with April 13 and May 27, 2022, early dismissal for all staff.


For complete details of these changes, please see the news release (Board Amends 2021-22 School Year Calendar) on the CCPS website.


All school calendars can for the 2021-2022 school year be found here, at the CCPS website in English and Spanish.

Promoting a healthy and safe environment for ALL students and staff

CCPS is committed to providing a safe, respectful, nurturing educational environment where the worth and dignity of individuals are valued and their safety and rights are protected. Behaviors that compromise this environment, interfere with school operations or are otherwise contrary to the basic mission of our public schools will not be tolerated. Bullying, hazing, harassment or other discrimination affecting a student or a staff member should be reported by a victim, parent/guardian, witness, staff member or other person having knowledge.



Staff members with knowledge of such conduct are required to promptly report it to the building principal.

Federalsburg Elementary School

Principal: Lisa Alfaro

Assistant Principal: Briana Walker

FES is a Title I School

The FES Family will promote our S.O.A.R. core values by engaging in a supportive and collaborative learning community that nurtures and builds a foundation for lifelong success. To SOAR means to Stay safe and ready, Own our responsibilities, Achieve our goals, and Respect self and others.