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Forts Pond Elementary School 2022 - 2023 Family Newsletter

The Home of the Mighty Mallards

  • Forts Pond Elementary students will become self-directed, collaborative, creative and caring learners who flourish in the global, competitive 21st century

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Check Out Our Family Hub

You can visit this site for quick useful links and information about our school and Mallard Family.

As always, visit our Facebook page for updates and celebrations!

Important Dates to Know


  • October 1 - National Bullying Awareness Day - Wear Blue on 10/3/22

  • October 2 - National Custodian Appreciation Day

  • October 6 - Title 1 Meeting @ 5:30pm; SIC Meeting @ 6:00 pm

  • October 6 - Fall Picture Day

  • October 6 - Conferences - School Open until 7:00 pm

  • October 7 - No School for Students

  • October 10 - No School for Students and Staff

  • October 10 - National School Lunch Week

  • October 11 - 14 - CogAt Testing - 2nd and 4th Grades

  • October 14 - Student Council Meeting - Media Center @ 7:45 am

  • October 16 - Deadline to purchase Mallard Apparel! Link to Shop

  • October 17 - National Bus Safety and Safe Schools Week

  • October 18 - 19 - IOWA Testing - 2nd Grade

  • October 19 - Collaborative Planning Day - Dismiss at 11:20 am

  • October 20 - End of the First Nine Weeks

  • October 21 - Mallard University @ 7:45 am

  • October 24 - 28 - Red Ribbon Week

  • October 24 - 28 - Fall Book Fair Week

  • October 27 - Literacy Night 6:00 pm

  • November 1 - Report Cards Go Home

Wear Blue on Monday, 10/3/22 and Let's Stomp Out Bullying

Wear Blue on October 3 for Bullying Prevention Day.

Learn more about bullying prevention at

Buy Your New Mallard Apparal Now!!

Check out our new school shop!! All orders must be complete by October 16!
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Meet Your Administrators


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Congrats to all of our TOY Finalists

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Are You Interested in being a Volunteer??

If you are interested in volunteering at FPES, please click this form for the district background check. Once completed and approved, your name has been included on the district's approved list.

Volunteer Link in Spanish

Curriculum Corner

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Journaling is a GREAT way to connect with your student!

Parents, keeping a journal is a great way to practice reading and writing skills. It also encourages creativity. There are lots of ways to journal. If your child doesn’t know what to write, give him/her a notebook and suggest they try:

  • Drawing. Many children enjoy sketching things they see or imagine. Then have your child add stories or simple captions to accompany their drawings.

  • Reviewing. What does your child think of books that they read? Would they recommend any titles to others? Why or why not?

  • Recording. Your child might like to keep track of the weather, books they read or facts they collect.

  • Creating memories. Let your child glue favorite pictures and mementos into the journal—complete with their notes about them. This will be fun to read and remember in the future.

Mrs. Spivey is our literacy coach.

Math is in the REAL World!

It is so important for our students to experience math in their real life activities. Now that fall is upon us, many of you may have family traditions that include pumpkins. If you do, here are some ways that you could incorporate some math discussions/learning into your family traditions.

Before you carve, measure your pumpkin. Think about how much it weighs, how big around it is, or how tall it is. Make some predictions and then measure your pumpkin.

Estimate how many seeds there are inside. When you scoop them out, put them into groups of ten to make it easier to count. Then count by tens to count all the seeds.

If you are making a pumpkin pie, allow your student to help with the process and practice measuring different amounts of ingredients.

Mrs. Sturkie is our math coach!

Little Mallards COMING SOON!

Use this link to register!

Our family liaison is here to connect families to resources needed between home and school to further students’ academic and social-emotional success.

Please reach out to her at (803)821-2552 or

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Counselor Corner

Welcome Mrs. Senn!

We welcome Mrs. Diane Senn to our counseling team. She is filling in at FPES part-time as we search for a new counselor. She is working with our 3rd and 4th grade students.

Mrs. Senn can be reached at or (803) 821 - 2598

October 24 - 28 is RED RIBBON WEEK!!

Red Ribbon Week is a national recognition for school to bring drug- and alcohol-free awareness and education to our students. FPES will have activities and dress-up days during the week of October 24.

Mrs. Hill is our school counselor! or (803) 821-2510.

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Important FPES Information

Attendance is Important!

Was your student absent?? Send in an excuse here!

  • Complete the form
  • Scan a medical note or parent note here.
  • Continue to send them with your students to the school.

Please remember - absences become unlawful after 3-5 unexcused days and truancy proceedings will begin. If your student is absent, please ensure the school has an excuse.

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New COVID Reporting Procedures

Go to your Parent Portal to report the positive case.

You will receive a follow-up email to let you and the school know when the quarantine is over. (5 days at home - Can return for days 6-10 wearing a mask or remain home for the ten days.)

Families are required to provide proof of the positive results. This can be submitted through the district form for at home testing or a medical notes with the diagnosis. If positive results are not provided, the absences will be excused solely as a parent note. (Students get 10 parent notes per year before it is unlawful)

There are no quarantine expectations for close contacts.

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

Check out this site to learn more!

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Any Celebrations Coming Up?

You can use this form to complete an order for celebrations!! Feel free to contact Mrs. Vicki Jenkins, our cafeteria manager, with any questions. You can also call the school at 803-821-2500

This year, families are allowed to bring in packaged items for celebrations.

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Community Events

Refer to the following sites for a calendar of events with all Pelion Area Schools:

Pelion Elementary School (

Pelion Middle School (

Pelion High School (

Pelion High School Athletics (


Lexington County School District One does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX. The Director of Middle Schools handles inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504. The Mathematics Coordinator handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title II. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072, and telephone 803-821-1000.