The Fulton Flier

Week of December 6th

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Dear Fulton Families,

Please remember to send your child in layers. The mornings can be very chilly and students are still participating in outdoor seating for lunch. If your child is missing a coat or glove, please stop by to check out our lost and found.


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

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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:

Health Matters


Parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19.

For persons with chronic conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline.

All students, staff and visitors should perform daily health checks and do not enter an HCPSS bus or building with ANY of the following:

  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell

Federal Impact Aid Forms due by December 12

Only a few days remain for eligible parents/guardians to complete the Impact Aid section of Family File. Parents/guardians who work on a federal property in Maryland and/or are a member of a uniformed service qualify HCPSS to receive additional federal funding. The Federal Impact Aid programs provide financial assistance to school districts that enroll federally connected children. In HCPSS, Impact Aid supplements the operating budget to enhance the teaching and learning that takes place in Howard County classrooms.

In order to qualify for funding, parents who identified themselves in Family File as working on federal property in Maryland or as active duty military should log in via HCPSS Connect to complete the Impact Aid form by confirming the information and providing a digital signature before December 12. (See directions below)

If you did not complete Family File this year and work on federal property in Maryland or are active duty military, please log in and complete the Federal Impact Aid section of Family File Links to an external site.prior to completing the Impact Aid form.

If you submitted a form before September 30, it must be redone.

In instances where families are federally connected both by work location and membership in the uniformed services, the digital signature only needs to be completed by one parent.

To complete your online Impact Aid form:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect Links to an external site.using parent/guardian credentials
  2. Select More Options from the left navigation
  3. Select Federal Impact Aid from the middle

The family’s federally connected information along with the digital signature will qualify the school system for applicable funding.

Learn more about the Impact Aid program Links to an external site.and view answers to frequently asked questions online.

Upcoming Dates

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

  • 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 12th: Yearbook & Club pictures

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

  • December 24th-January 2nd: Schools closed for Winter Break

The PTA Perch

Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser CONCLUDES TODAY! (MONDAY) at 5PM
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:

Lebanese Taverna Coming to Our Area
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).
Pre-order here no later than 12/12:

December PTA Meeting Rescheduled
We will touchbase with our January meeting date and this meeting will be in person!

Each student will be receiving a Fulton T-shirt as a gift from the PTA. Look for a flier coming home with your student asking for their size and return promptly to school.

Thank you for your support!!

Happenings in our Community

HCPSS and The Council of Elders (TCOE) Community Academy - Social Emotional Well-Being

TCOE Community Academy on Social Emotional Well-Being: Join HCPSS and the Council of Elders (TCOE) virtually on December 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. for an engaging session regarding student well-being. HCPSS staff will provide information about mental health resources within the school system and representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness will share how to identify behaviors that affect your child’s social/emotional well-being and strategies to openly discuss suicide prevention and mental health awareness (such as depression and anxiety). This session is for families of students at the elementary, middle, or high level. To register, please complete the registration form linked here Links to an external site.. Please see the flier for more information: TCOE Social Emotional Well-Being

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

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:

Check out Layla Looby

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.

Fulton Elementary School

Tanisha Burks, Principal,

Justine Sillers, Assistant Principal,

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal,