The Fulton Flier

Week of October 11th

Dear Fulton Families,

We have been sending out our Fulton Flier, school newsletter, out once a week. The purpose of our weekly newsletter is to help keep you informed in all things FES on a frequent basis. As we move into our 7th week of school, we wanted to check in with you to ensure it is meeting your needs and the frequency of our newsletter is sufficient. Please take a moment to complete our Fulton Feedback form to provide use feedback.

Have an awesome week,

FES Admin

Screener for Students with Reading Difficulties

In accordance with Maryland’s Ready to Read Act (2019), COMAR(2021), and the request from the Howard County Board of Education, all Howard County Public School System students1 in grades kindergarten to 5th grade will participate in a screener for identifying potential reading difficulties.

Please view this document to learn more about the screener that will be administered to students in Kindergarten-5th grade.

From our Belonging & Culture Team

Thank you for celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Disabilities and Inclusion with us this month! Be sure to keep an eye out for community spotlights!

Here are a few belonging and cultural happenings…

Did you know that Monday, October 11, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day? This celebration is celebrated in place of or in addition to Columbus Day! As mentioned in Smithsonian Magazine, Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates “the survival and contemporary experience of Native peoples.”

Did you know that Navratri is a Hindu festival that is celebrated for nine consecutive nights. This year Navratri will begin on October 7th?

This festival is observed in honor of a Hindu goddess’ “Devi Durga or Kali” victory over evil based on a famous legend. This festival is celebrated in different ways throughout India and neighboring countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh. Fasting is how some of the followers celebrate, while in other parts of India, it is celebrated with great pomp and show with garba and dandiya (form of Indian traditional dance). We also have many families at Fulton that celebrate this festival as well!


First week down of Socktober!

As a school, we collected 340 pairs of socks for people in need. Fifth grade collected the most- shout out to them- they filled their sock collection box two times over!

Counseling Corner....

The School Counselors, Mrs. Shields (Grades 1, 2, 3, and 5) and Mrs. Wilson-Carr (Grades K and 4) have begun to join each grade for counseling lessons this month.

  • In kindergarten, we discussed feelings and how it is important to share our feelings. We feel better when we share our feelings and people understand us better. We identified different feelings and times we feel that way.
  • First grade students learned what a School Counselor does, using the body parts of Mr.. Potato Head. For example, Mrs. Shields uses her eyes to look out for her students and help them in any way she can.
  • In second grade, students learned the DEBUG steps when someone is bothering, bugging, or bullying them. They listened to the story Becky's Buggy Day. Afterwards, the students practiced which strategy they would use in each situation. (D-decide to ignore, E-exit and walk away, B-be friendly, U-use firm words, G-get adult help).
  • Third grade students learned the differences between two types of health, mental health, and physical health and how to keep both mind and body healthy and strong. Third grade students also learned about the quarantine process if students need to stay home.
  • Fourth graders read and discussed the story “Mr. Peabody’s Apples”. We discussed the power of our words, gossip, and how powerful words can be used when solving conflicts. We practiced giving and receiving compliments and the students wrote a compliment to a classmate on a paper feather.
  • October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. Fifth grade students learned about indirect bullying and were able to share when they have heard indirect bullying in school or out in the community. Students listened to a story, Just Kidding, and learned about ways students can be affected by indirect bullying.

Please find more information about what's happening this month and resources in the October Elementary School Counseling Connection.

The PTA Perch


Get in the know on all things PTA related and learn what fun opportunities your student and your family can participate in!
Tuesday, October 12 · 7:00 – 8:00pm
Google Meet Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 614-992-2389 PIN: ‪297 935 007#


Grab lunch or dinner at Maiwand Kabob Maple Lawn – yummy, convenient food and a portion of the proceeds will benefit FES!

Looking to get out and feel good? Grab your yoga mat and join a special Pure Barre class, benefiting FES. No experience needed.

Reserve your spot today:

FALCON TROT | Sign-Up Now!

Gather your family, classmates, friends and neighbors to join in on the Falcon Trot! Not only is it our biggest fundraiser of the year- it’s going to be FUN! Sign-up by October 20 to receive a special t-shirt and a token for a free donut at Decadent. Don’t miss out!

Sign up here:

We are excited to share: throughout the month of October, students will be visiting a pumpkin patch at school and bringing a pie pumpkin home with them to bake or decorate!

1st/2nd- week of 10/11

3rd/4th- week of 10/18

5th- week of 10/25

(Exact date is weather dependent)

A big thanks to Hometown Landscape and everyone who has participated in PTA events and fundraisers to make this possible!

Email photos to to be featured on the morning announcements.

Upcoming Dates

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

  • October 11th: 1st/2nd Grade visit the Fall Pumpkin Patch (Exact date is weather dependent)

  • October 12th: PTA Fundraiser @ Maiwand Kabob; 7:00pm PTA Meeting

  • October 14th: PTA Fundraiser Mike's Gelato

  • October 15th: No School for Students- Professional Learning Day

  • October 17th: PTA Fundraiser @ Pure Barre

  • October 18th: 3rd/4th Grade visit the Fall Pumpkin Patch (Exact date is weather dependent)

  • October 20th: Deadline to sign-up for the Falcon Trot

  • October 25th: 5th Grade visit the Fall Pumpkin Patch (Exact date is weather dependent)

  • October 27th: FES Flu Clinic

  • November 3rd: End of 1st Quarter

  • November 4th: School Closed for Students-Professional Work/Learning Day

  • November 10th: Report Cards Issued

  • November 22nd: Early Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 23rd: Early Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 24th: School Closed for Students; Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 25th-26th: School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Happenings around our Fulton Community

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HCPSS families interested in the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program are invited to come learn about the advanced-level offerings available and how their students can become involved. The evening will begin with an overview of GT Education Program offerings followed by a question and answer session with Central Office GT Education Program staff. Elementary and Secondary programs will be covered on separate days. Families may attend one or both nights. Registration is required for these events.

Elementary Focus: Wednesday, October 13, 7 – 8:00 p.m., being held virtually via Microsoft Teams

For more information and to register, please visit the HCPSS GT Program Parent Academy announcement.


We are need of Room Parents for the 2021-2022 school year! If you have already touched base with you child's teacher and signed up, don't worry- we have your name. But if you haven't signed up and are interested, please take a moment to read what an FES Room Parent entails.

What is a Room Parent?

A Room Parent is a volunteer who helps out in their child's homeroom class to support the teacher. Room parents help with classroom events and facilitate communication between the teacher and the other parents in the class as well as our PTA.

What does a Room Parent do throughout the year?

  • Supporting your teacher by providing assistance with teacher needs.

  • Reaching out to all classroom families to welcome them to the class and encourage interaction

  • Organizing classroom communication and creating an email distribution list for other parents

  • Coordinating Social Events for classroom parents/guardians in the Fall – ideally before the end of November. It could be a virtual happy hour, small group meetings, a game night.

  • Collaborating with the teacher to coordinate social activities for the kids as well, like lunch bunches, play groups

  • Researching in-school field trips, virtual field trips or other curriculum extensions with curriculum guidance from the teacher

  • Be a member of the PTA

  • Communicating with parents about the PTA, meetings, updates and events; forwarding notifications to your class from PTA meetings.

  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers for PTA events

  • Manage the classroom hub in PTA MemberHub

  • Complete the Volunteer Trainings

If you are interested in becoming a Room Parent (YAY!), please complete this form.

We look forward to partnering with you!


The Howard County Health Department and HCPSS School Health Services support your student's academic success by providing vision and hearing screenings at your child's school. These screenings are required by Maryland State Law. Vision and Hearing screenings will be coming to FES on November 9 with rescreening on November 17.

Please take moment to review this document for details.


Now is the time to join instrumental music!!!!! Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass) is available to ALL 3rd 4th and 5th graders. Band (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion) is available to ALL 4th and 5th graders!

Mr. Twigg will be speaking at each class with more information. He is available for questions at

If you already know which instrument you would like to sign up for, you can register at the links below.