The Fulton Flier

Week of September 13th

Dear Fulton Families,


We hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed this beautiful weather!


We are very excited to see you for Back to School Week. If you are unable to attend, we will be sending out all slide shows at the end of each evening (Tuesday for Grades K-3 and Friday for Grades 4 &5), so you can access the information. If you are unable to attend, after viewing the slideshow, please contact your child's teacher for more information.


Warmly,

FES Admin

Back to School Nights

We are excited to see you for our in-person back to school nights. Please ensure you wear a mask and sign-in once you enter your child’s homeroom. We are asking that only parents/guardians attend. You will have the opportunity to learn a little more about your child’s grade and teacher.


Classroom presentations will be shared with all families after the events on Tuesday and Friday, as well as posted to our website.

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Arrival and Dismissal Reminders


  • Students should be in their classrooms and ready to learn at 9:25 am daily. Students will be marked tardy if they are not in class at 9:25 am.
  • Students will be dismissed at 3:55 pm. Any changes is dismissal methods should be communicated to the front office by 3:00 pm.
  • If picking up your student early please bring your photo ID with you. You will be asked for ID every time you visit the building.

Upcoming MCAP Assessments

The Maryland Department of Education has declared that all Maryland schools will give an early fall administration of MCAP assessments.


The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) is the umbrella for annual statewide assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, and Science. HCPSS will administer the computer-based assessment in Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics to 4th and 5th graders. They will take the 3rd and 4th grade MCAP assessment since they were missed in the 2020-2021 school year.


All diploma-bound 4th and 5th grade students are required to take the tests.


The English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) assessments will focus on reading and understanding literature and informational text, as well as writing effectively when analyzing texts. The Mathematics assessment will focus on applying skills and concepts and understanding multi-step problems that require abstract reasoning and modeling real-world problems, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools. Students learn these skills through regular instruction in HCPSS. The only way to prepare for the tests is to get plenty of rest on the evenings prior to testing.


Fulton Elementary School will administer the tests the dates listed below.



Please contact Leslie Brickner (leslie_brickner@hcpss.org) or Molly Caroland (molly_caroland@hcpss.org) with any questions.

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Chromebook Obligations

Beginning Monday, September 13, HCPSS will charge families for lost, stolen, or damaged devices per the following parameters.

  • Families will be charged for any devices that are lost, stolen or damaged while in their care.
  • If devices are lost, stolen or damaged during school hours and in the school building, school administrators will conduct an investigation to determine if the incident was the result of neglect on the part of the assigned student.

Please access more information HERE.

Is your child going to be absent?

Please send an email to your child's teacher as well as fesabsence@hcpss.org.

Interested in Volunteering at FES?

In order to volunteer in the school or chaperone field trips you must complete the training required by the Howard County Public School System. There are 2 PowerPoint presentations that you must view. After viewing you will need to print out and complete certificates for each presentation.


Once the training certificates are completed and signed, they should be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher. These certificates are kept on file throughout the school year and must be competed each new school year. Teachers must have BOTH certificates on file to allow parents, guardians or other family members to volunteer in any capacity.


Below are the links to both trainings.

Child Abuse and Neglect Training:

PowerPoint: http://www.hcpss.org/f/employees/childabuse_ppt.pdf

Certificate: http://www.hcpss.org/f/parents/abuse_certificate.pdf

Confidentiality Training:

PowerPoint: http://www.hcpss.org/f/parents/parent-volunteer-confidentiality-training.pdf

Certificate: http://www.hcpss.org/f/parents/parent-volunteer-confidentiality-certificate.pdf


Also, please review this link for information regarding volunteers and proof of Vaccination status.


We are so grateful to be in a community that shows such great interest in helping out at Fulton Elementary. We look forward to working with our volunteers this school year.

The PTA Perch

Join us for our PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00pm in the cafeteria!

Upcoming Dates

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

  • September 14th: Back to School Night Grades K-3; PTA meeting 7:00pm (FES Cafeteria); PTA Fundraiser @ Ledos Pizza 4:00-8:00pm

  • September 17th: Back to School Night Grades 4 & 5

  • September 21st: Fall Individual Pictures

  • September 22nd: PTA Fundraiser @ Sunset Raw Juice Bar

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Arrival & Dismissal Changes and Reminders

Due to the congestion during dismissal, we have revised our car loop path to use Cedar Lane School Parking lot instead of Lime Kiln. If you will be dropping your child(ren) off or picking them up, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our revised process.


To ensure the safety of all students during arrival and dismissal, dogs are not permitted on school grounds.


If you are meeting your child(ren) who is a walker- please meet him/her at the flagpole if you live in South Maple Lawn and across the street if you live in Maple Lawn. This will help to reduce the congestion in our carloop waiting area and within our bus loop.

Fall School Picture Day is September 21st!

You can view the portrait packages available online. Paper copies will be sent home with students closer to our picture day! You can also order and pay for pictures online.


If you have any questions regarding our fall picture day, please contact Mrs. Leslie Brickner.

Headphones!!!

Students will begin using their Chromebooks in Technology as well as other parts of their day. Please send in a pair of ear buds or headphones for your child to use. If you don't have any to send in, we have some for students to share.

FES School Counseling Connection

School Counselors, Mrs. Shields and Mrs. Wilson-Carr, are SO excited that everyone is back in school! They can support students and families in a variety of ways, such as processing feelings, assisting with the transition back, and helping students be successful in school. Please click this link to access the monthly HCPSS School Counseling Connection.

Grade Level Instructional Packets

Central Office has created choice board packets for each grade-level PK-5th to include content-specific instructional activities to help keep students intellectually active while at home when schools are closed for inclement weather, during quarantine, or other unexpected events.


The tasks that students complete at home will not be used for assessment purposes or counted as part of the students’ grade. Each instructional area included has a “choice board” of task options. During each day of quarantine or when we are closed for inclement weather, students should select and complete a variety of tasks from each instructional area “choice board”.


We wanted to ensure you had access to these instructional packets; however, in the event your child has to quarantine or we close for inclement weather, FES administration will share your child's grade level packet with you:


Parent/Guardian Frequently Asked Questions

To help keep you abreast of our Fulton processes and protocols this year, we have created a FES Frequently Asked Questions Document. On this sheet, you will find questions and answers sorted by topic. You will find answers to your wonderings about our cafeteria process, masks, technology related questions, quarantining, and much more.


We will be updating this frequently and it will be located on our home page of our website. Please access our Q&A document here.

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