FES Falcon Parent Update

1.18.21

Federalsburg Elementary School

Principal: Todd Nichols

Assistant Principal: Briana Walker

FES is a Title I School

The FES Family will promote our S.O.A.R. core values by engaging in a supportive and collaborative learning community that nurtures and builds a foundation for lifelong success.

To SOAR means to Stay safe and ready, Own our responsibilities, Achieve our goals, and Respect self and others.

2020-2021 Calendar Survey

The district is in the process of developing the 2021-2022 school year calendar. Three options are being considered by the Board of Education. A survey has been developed in order for staff, families and community to help inform the Board’s final decision. Please visit the CCPS website’s calendar page for more information about calendar development, and to view the three options being considered. (A comparison chart of the three options is provided, followed by the draft calendars.) Once the calendar options have been viewed and considered, please take the survey to provide feedback.

Free Webinar by The Children's Guild Alliance

For parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers, child care staff and child-serving professionals.

Join us for our January webinar as we talk about ways to tackle negative effects on your extraordinary brain during these times of great uncertainty and high stress. This short engaging session is the perfect way to start the new year and help make the brain fog disappear!

January 20, 2021
7:00PM-7:45PM (ET)
Visit our website and register to receive Zoom invite to this free webinar: childrensguild.org/webinars

Do you like to Sing? 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Choir

It is not too late to join the FES Choir.


Who? Students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th.


What? FES is going to begin holding virtual choir rehearsals with Mrs. Mills to prepare for a virtual Spring performance (recordings of individuals combined in one big performance)


When? EVERY week on Wednesdays from 3:15-3:45- started Jan 13, 2021.


Where?


Contact Mrs. Mills at mills.brooke@ccpsstaff.org if you have any questions.

Title One Update

Do you know what it means that FES is a Title I school? Title I, Part A is contained in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. Title I, Part A is contained in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides financial assistance to local school systems and schools with high percentages of poor children to support the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. All twenty-four local education agencies in Maryland receive Title I funds; in Caroline County, all five elementary schools receive Title I funding.


At Federalsburg Elementary School, our funds support a wide range of supports including a Reading Resource Teacher and Math Resource Teacher. The funding also supports our Grade level Nights, the upcoming STEAM Night and Family Reading/Math Night in February. This year, some of our Title I funds have paid for the math manipulatives and take home Fundations materials that have been sent home in our grade level resource packets.


As you can see, these funds provide additional academic support and materials to help low-achieving children who attend Title I schools master challenging curricula and meet state standards. Title I funds support extra instructional support in reading and math, and materials of instruction including technology. If you have any questions about Title I and how the FES funds are allocated, please feel free to reach out to me.


Caroline County Public Schools continues to monitor the metrics of Covid in our area. I know many of our students are ready to return to school and the teachers are anxious to have students in person again. As soon as the Covid numbers decline, CCPS will make an appropriate decision about reopening schools. I appreciate your patience and understanding as the health and safety of everyone is our main priority.

Upcoming Dates

- Jan. 18: No School-MLK Jr. Day

- Wednesday Jan. 20: Asynchronous Day- Students complete posted assignments in google classroom to get counted for attendance.

- Jan. 21: STEAM Night 6:00-7:00

- Wednesday Jan. 27: Asynchronous Day- Students complete posted assignments in google classroom to get counted for attendance.

- Jan. 27: 3rd quarter Material Pickup from 1:00-6:00.

- Jan. 28: Early Dismissal/ End of quarter 2

- Jan. 29: No School for Students/ Teacher professional development day

- Feb. 3: Start 3rd Quarter

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Virtual STEAM Night

Agenda: Jan. 21st from 6:00-7:00.

6:00 - 6:15 Media presents online coding using Scratch and Scratch Jr! (Simmons)

6:15-6:30 Music presents Quaver, an online interactive music program! (Mills)

6:30-6:45 Get ready to get moving with a fun P.E. activity! (Willoughby)

6:45-7:00 Art presents movement through art with a Flip-o-rama! (Benson)


Virtual Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/5768127746?pwd=eExMVjVLdFp3cU5pYkFhOWg2N2Ivdz09

This is a Title I funded Event.


Complete the survey at the end of the event to be entered to win a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Quarter 3 Student Resources and Material Pickup Scheduled

Teachers have been busy planning and preparing student resources and materials for quarter 3. We have scheduled Jan. 27th from 1:00-6:00 for parents to pick up your child/children's materials in the front bus loop of FES. If you cannot make it on the 27th, feel free to drop by any time from 9:00-4:00 on Thursday and Friday. We will be glad to assist you.

Repost from 1/11/21


Parents can help FES SOAR: Check your child's attendance and grades regularly.

1. Attendance has been a huge issue this year at FES. We usually have students attending school at 95% from September through December. We are currently at 84.5%.

Are you aware if your child is attending school regularly? Are they attending one class and dropping off the zoom on another? Our attendance rate has decreased with students missing portions of their classes during the day or not attending at all.

Here's how you can help:

- Please email notes to Emily Phillips at phillips.emily@ccpsstaff.org if your child is too ill to attend virtual class.

- Check the Powerschool parent portal daily to see attendance updates and to make sure your child is attending school regularly.

- Or contact the school at 410-479-2761 to speak to Mrs. Phillips or your child's teacher about their attendance.


2. Wednesday Asynchronous days are counted towards attendance. You child needs to complete and hand in assignments posted in their teachers' google classroom to get counted for attendance. They have 3 days to complete the assignment. Please make sure your child completes the assignment. Simply submitting without completing the work is still an absence.


3. Grades are also posted on the powerschool portal for grades 3-5. Many students are not handing in assignments and are receiving a "DND" which means did not do. "DND" = "0" in the grade book. One issue that we see is students are submitting blank assignments. The assignment is showing that it is submitted in the google classroom but when you open the assignment up it is actually blank.

Here's How can you help?

- Please check to see if the work was completed even after your child hit the submit button.

- Teachers email students about missing assignments that can be completed to bring their grade up. Students have till the end of the quarter to submit. Check their email for reminders.

- Teachers also have office hours to help students complete assignments. Many are scheduled with students, but students are not attending.

- Did you know students can redo an assessments that received a failing score? Again, Teachers have office hours to reteach and help student redo assignments. Contact your child's teacher if your child needs additional help on an assignment.


Iready Testing

Within the next two weeks, students will be taking the iReady mid-year assessment in reading and math. This information is critical since we have been virtual for much of the year with these grades. Encourage your child to do his/her very best on the assessment as the data from the iReady assessment will help us tailor instruction for the third and fourth quarters. Directions will be posted in your child's Google Classroom. Thank you for your support with having your child do his/her best on the assessment.

FES Spirit Wear Still Available

We still have the following items for sale...

Order your FES Spirit Wear on myschoolbucks.com

Parents can also contact carels.kelly@ccpsstaff.org for pick-up options.


Youth short sleeve $12.00

2 small

2 medium

2 large


Youth long sleeve $16.00 each

2 medium

2 large


Adult hoodies $26.00 each

3 medium

1 large


Adult short sleeve $15.00 each

6 medium

4 large

1 XL

Early Dismissal Jan. 28th

CCPS school will have an early dismissal on January 28th. We will continue to have two scheduled arrival and dismissal times for these days. On a half-day, students will have 30 minutes for lunch and 25 minutes for specials.


Half-Day for 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th:

• 9:00 AM: Instruction begins

• 1:00 PM: Dismissal begins


Half-Day for PreK, K, and 3rd:

• 10:15 AM: Instruction begins

• 2:15 PM: Dismissal begins


Teachers will be posting in Google classrooms as well.

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Covid-19 Information

In these difficult times, it’s easy for misinformation to spread. The goal of CCPS is to ensure communication protocols are thorough and transparent, while protecting employee and student privacy. Please remember that we do have a process for advising those identified as close contacts of a person testing positive. These notifications are followed by an email that tells staff and families of a positive COVID-19 case in our building.


This communication process can be found on the CCPS website page Positive Case Reports. This page also includes a weekly report, by building, of any positive cases reported among staff or students. Feel free to share this page with anyone needing accurate, verified information.

Together We Soar