FES Falcon Family Update 12.20.20

Happy Holidays!

Important Dates

Upcoming Dates

Dec. 21: Ugly Sweater Day, Wear your favorite ugly sweater

Dec. 22: College Spirit Day, Wear your college gear and enjoy a snack

Dec 23: Asynchronous Day for students: Watch the Sing-a-long and submit the google form to your teacher to be counted for attendance..

Interims Mailed Home

Dec. 24-Jan 3rd: Winter Break

Jan. 4: Welcome 2021!

Jan. 21: Virtual STEAM Night: A Title I funded event

1st Quarter Novel Return

Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade have finished with their novels.

3rd- Peter Pan

4th- Hope Chest

5th- Esperanza

We would appreciate it if novels could be returned to school when it is convenient for you. Just drop your book in the return bin near the front door and have a great day. Happy Reading !

Kajeets/Hotspots- Friendly Reminder for Winter Break

The school issued Kajeet data devices will be deactivated over the Christmas break for students to conserve data. Beginning on December 23 at 5 pm until January 3rd at 8:00 pm students will be unable to access the Internet through these devices.

Hotspots issued by CCPS to students without connectivity have a limited/set amount of monthly data. Hotspots are only to be utilized by CCPS issued devices and are intended for school use only. In the event the data runs out, students will not be able to connect with their teachers and will not be issued an additional device. CCPS issued devices and hotspots are monitored for appropriate use. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

2020 Inclement Weather Information

Posted on December 16, 2020

Four inclement weather days are built into the 2020-2021 school calendar. If these days are not used, the school year will end earlier than June 17, currently the last day of school. If more than four days are used, the school year will be extended by the number of days used.

In an effort to avoid using inclement weather days this year, CCPS has developed the following plan:

  1. If a weather event impacts the ability to transport students safely:
    • All students will remain at home for an asynchronous distance learning day (as they experience on Wednesdays). Asynchronous lessons will be posted by 10:30 am.
    • Staff will report for a 10:00 am start time.
  2. If a weather event requires the closure of all CCPS buildings:
    • All students will remain at home for an asynchronous distance learning day (as they experience on Wednesdays). Asynchronous lessons will be posted by 10:30 am.
    • Staff do not report.

Unexpected inclement weather may result in an early dismissal for in-person students and staff. An early dismissal would impact the schedule for both in-person students and distance learners; however, it would generally not have an impact on the school calendar.

Delays openings, early closings, and all-day closings are communicated via:

  • a phone call through our notification system School Messenger
  • the CCPS website
  • Social Media: Facebook (Caroline County Public Schools), Twitter (@CarolineCoPS) and Instagram (carolineschoolsmd)
  • local and regional TV and radio stations

A reminder for families: If you are not receiving email or phone calls from your school, please contact the school office to provide or update your contact information. Having the correct information in PowerSchool is critical to receiving calls and emails from the school via School Messenger.

Free Meals

Free Meal Delivery ages 1-18

Visit carolineschools.org for info

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Posted on December 15, 2020

The school system will be closed from Wednesday, December 23 (half day) through Friday, January 1, 2021. In preparation, CCPS Food Services will deliver meals as follows:

  • Friday, December 18 – regular backpack delivery
  • Monday, December 21 – two days of meals delivered
  • Tuesday, December 22 – two days of meals delivered
  • Wednesday, December 23 – two days of meals delivered; regular backpack delivery

Regularly scheduled meal delivery will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

In addition, school meals will be available at food pantries the week of December 28, with specific details to be shared on the CCPS Facebook page as soon as scheduling is finalized.

As of this date, the following general Pop-Up Food Pantries are scheduled:

Wednesday, Dec. 16 – 4:00-6:00 pm
Aaron’s Pantry, Community Civic League
3439 Laurel Grove Road, Federalsburg
Sponsored by Aaron’s Place

Thursday, Dec. 17 – 3:00-4:00 pm
Aaron’s Place
401 Aldersgate Drive, Denton
Sponsored by Denton Christian Church

Wednesday, Dec. 23 – 11:00 am
Aaron’s Place
401 Aldersgate Drive, Denton
Sponsored by Ross Chapel Church

As others are scheduled, they will be publicized on CCPS social media.

Student Attendance

While we are completely virtual, student attendance is determined by whether or not students are logged into Zoom with their teacher. If they are not logged on, they are considered absent. When students log into class late, they often miss the most important part of instruction and therefore, are unable to complete the assignment. While we understand that sometimes things happen, please help our teachers by having your children log into Zoom with their teachers on time each day and for each class.

Tips for Parents - Virtual Learning

How can I support distance learning?

  1. Provide your children with a learning space that is as quiet and free from distractions. If possible, a chair and desk or flat surface to use for writing and schoolwork is best.

  2. Create an agreed upon set of behaviors for class time and school work. Students need to be engaged in the learning process and complete their assignments.

  3. Check to make sure that student work is complete: Teachers are working hard to provide the instruction and reminding students to come to office hours if they have questions. Check assignments in Powerschool and Google Classroom to see if there are any missing assignments or assignments that should be redone for a better grade.

  4. Make sure your child has all the necessary materials including a fully charged device and all learning materials sent home school for the second quarter.

  5. Most importantly, make sure your child logs in with his teacher ON TIME. We have a shortened day and a limited amount of time with students. Every minute counts. If they are late logging in, they are definitely going to miss something important!

Technology Help: You can get help with the classroom teacher during office hours. If the teacher can not help, you can call the school. If neither the school or teacher can help, you can call tech support at 410-479-1464.


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.

New phone number at FES: 410-479-2761