The Fulton Flier

Week of November 28th

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Dear Fulton Families,

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As Fulton administrators, we have a lot to be thankful for. At the top of our list is our students, families and staff. Fulton is great because of you and we are so grateful to be apart of our Fulton community.

Speaking of our students... did you see/read about the generosity and big heart of one of our 1st graders? Layla Looby is making a difference in our community and we are so proud of her. Check out the article here.


Dr. Burks, Mrs. Sillers, & Mrs. Brickner

Upcoming CogAT testing

This year, the Howard County Public School System will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all students in grades 3 and 5. The CogAT is a group-administered

abilities test that measures students’ reasoning abilities, which they develop through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student’s academic achievement, but their potential.

The test is made of three batteries – Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Each battery takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The CogAT helps educators understand a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and assists with adapting instruction to meet the needs and abilities of each student.

All students in Grades 3 and 5 will participate in the testing. The CogAT will be administered according to the schedule below. There will be make-up opportunities for students who are absent. No special preparation is required. Just send your child to school ready to learn as you do daily.

The Gifted and Talented Education Program will use the data from the CogAT as one criterion for placement into fourth grade Gifted/Talented mathematics classes and middle school Gifted/Talented content classes. Students’ individual scores will be reported to parents in late February/early March.

12/14 (1/2 day) - Verbal

3rd test 11:30-12:30

5th test 11:00-12:00

12/15 - Quantitative

5th - 9:45-10:45
3rd 2:30-3:55

12/16 - Nonverbal

5th - 9:45-10:45

3rd 2:30-3:55

If you have questions regarding CogAT, please reach out to Mrs. Leslie Brickner:

A few of our favorite things...

Wondering what your child's teacher's favorite treats are, where they like to eat, favorite snack, etc.? We've added on to the list from last year and updated it with new staff members. Take a look:

Upcoming Fall Dates

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

  • November 30th: 5th Grade Field Trip

  • December 1st: Kindergarten Stories Galore in-house assembly

  • December 5th: 3rd Grade Aquarium Field Trip; PTA Holiday Shoppe Begins

  • December 7th: Kindergarten HoCo Library Field Trip; Council of Elders Night of Celebration

  • December 8th: Kindergarten HoCo Library Field Trip

  • December 9th: 2nd Grade Field Trip

  • December 12th: Yearbook & Club pictures

  • December 14th: 3 hour early dismissal, School dismisses at 12:55; Eric Energy Assemblies

The PTA Perch

Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser
12/1 (5pm)–12/5
Delicious popcorn delivered to your home! Buy individual mouth-watering flavors like caramel crunch or In Queso Fire or collections. A portion of every order will be donated back to FES!

Holiday Shoppe
Week of 12/5, during recess, each class has a pre-assigned day (please see schedule below)
This is strictly optional

What it is:
An in school store to give students a chance to independently shop for members of their families (and/or themselves).
There is a large assortment of small gifts, each conveniently priced at $2
What is needed:
If you want your student to participate, please send MONEY in an envelope LABELLED with your student’s name, staff will help keep track of the money during the day until they shop.

Will you join us?
Volunteers needed. We need help running the shop, it’s easy but we do need people there! If you’re available please sign up here:

Coming Soon – Lebanese Taverna!
12/13 Lebanese Taverna – pre order delicious Mediterranean food from one of Baltimore’s best restaurants for local delivery (on Harrison Street in Maple Lawn). Look for the link to order in next week’s newsletter or on Facebook.

Thank you for your support!!

Happenings in our Community

The Nora Project’s 2022 Giving Tuesday

Thank you for celebrating #GivingTuesday with The Nora Project! Established in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that encourages people to do good and give back on a dedicated day annually.

Being a @TheNoraProject school has made us better educators and better allies and advocates for all of our students. Check out for more details.

Worth Repeating

Cold Weather is Here - Please Dress for Outdoor Recess

The temperatures are getting cooler. Please be sure your child is dressed warm enough for outdoor recess every day. This includes coats, gloves, and hats. Consider labeling your child's belongings as we already have many items in the lost and found. Please note that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. You can read more about weather guidelines/recess in the HCPSS Student Handbook under Student Health and Well-Being.

Fulton Elementary School

Tanisha Burks, Principal,

Justine Sillers, Assistant Principal,

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal,