The Fulton Flier

Week of October 18th

Dear Fulton Families,

We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Thank you for those of you who completed our Fulton Flier Feedback. The feedback was overwhelming to continue have the our Fulton Flier, school newsletter, to come out weekly. You also provided great feedback on what is beneficial as well as ideas on what can be included.Thank you for your input!

We also received input that it would be beneficial to have the Related Arts Color Day Rotation more readily accessible. As such, that is now posted on the homepage of our FES website. We hope you find that useful.


Dr. Burks

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!

Did you know Filipino Americans are the second-largest Asian American group in the nation and the third-largest ethnic group in California, after Latinx/Latine and African Americans. The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. In 2009, U.S. Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month in the United States. Various states, counties, and cities in the U.S. have established proclamations and resolutions declaring observance of Filipino American History Month. The late Dr. Fred Cordova, along with his wife, FANHS Founder Dr. Dorothy Laigo Cordova, first introduced October as Filipino American History Month in 1992 with a resolution from the FANHS National Board of Trustees.

Did you know LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.

Upcoming MAP testing

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessment is designed to measure a student’s academic achievement and growth over time in reading and mathematics. Together with other classroom-based information, MAP results can help teachers make instructional decisions that match the needs of each child.

MAP is a computer adaptive assessment. In a computer adaptive assessment, as a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down the difficulty of the question presented to the student. This creates a personalized assessment for every student.

MAP assessment items are designed to align to objectives in the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards, which are now being taught throughout the Howard County Public School System.

Fulton will be giving the MAP assessment on the following dates:


1st & 2nd: - October 18th & 20th

3rd-5th: - October 18th & 19th


1st- 5th: October 25th & October 26th

Students who are absent on these dates will do make ups at a later date.

Fulton Elementary’s Rainbow Representatives

Rainbow Representatives ensure that schools are allies and advocates for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families. The school Rainbow Representative attends quarterly meetings; receives and disseminates information regarding LGBTQIA+ topics of interest to the school and school community as appropriate; and provides instructional support for educators. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Fulton’s Rainbow Representatives Jillian O’Brien and Rebecca Otte at and


Happy mid-October! So far for #Socktober, our students' and families' generosity are truly KNOCKING MY SOCKS OFF! 😜

Week 1: We collected 340 total, 5th grade donated the most

Week 2: We collected 422 total (some others were removed as they were not new), Kindergarten & 3rd grade & 2nd grade donated the most! (totals so close to each other)

Keep up the great work!

Please know that we are hosting a school-wide Spirit Day of Crazy Sock Day on October 25th, thanks to the SGA!


Safety First!!! Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

Arrival and Dismissal at FES brings congestion: buses are dropping off/picking up students, students are on bikes, walking across the road and cars are lining up and pulling off. It's never most important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when students are present!

Please review these reminders when dropping off and picking up your child(ren):

  • Use the official crosswalks.
  • Use our designated areas to turn around, refrain from making u-turns in the middle of the street.
  • Stop at stop signs.
  • If you are using the carloop, do not get out of your cars or leave your car parked in the loop.
  • Don't load or unload children in the middle of the street.
  • If you walk your child to school, kiss and say goodbye at the designated areas. There are staff posted along the walkways to ensure your child arrives at their classroom; please don't walk your child to class.

The PTA Perch

Last week to register for the Falcon Trot!
🏃🏽‍♂️ 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.

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Upcoming Dates

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

  • 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 to receive t-shirt

  • 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 9th: PTA Meeting- 7:00pm

  • November 10th: Report Cards Issued

  • November 13th & 14th: Virtual Falcon Trot Fun Run (11/13 10am group run from FES)

  • 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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Worth Repeating

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.