The Fulton Flier
Week of March 14th
A HUGE shout-out and thank you to Ms. Ryee, Ms. Kim, Ms. Bai, and Ms. Gorelik as well as our Media Team, Mrs. Cerand, Mrs. Comer, and Mrs. Bernstein for a wonderful Book Fair. Our students were so excited to shop for some new books, posters, and journals to add to their collection. It was a great success in partnering with our PTA this year to help this come to fruition for our students.
Last Thursday was our first Reading Night in the month of March. It was a great turnout. As a reminder, please ensure your child is logging in with his/her HCPSS login.
Thursday, March 17th is our "Lucky to be Readers" spirit day. Our SGA is encouraging individuals to wear something that makes you feel lucky. It could be a color, number, hat, etc.
Please note that there will not be staff outside FES in the morning prior to 9:10. To ensure the safety of all our students, please do not drop your children off prior to that, as they will be unsupervised.
Our doors will be open for students to begin entering the building at 9:15. Instruction for the day begins at 9:25.
Related Arts Color Day Rotation Survey
HCPSS is seeking feedback on the elementary related arts color rotation schedule. The color rotation schedule was implemented to mitigate loss of instructional time due to school closures for related arts classes scheduled on Mondays and Fridays, sometimes up to nine classes per school year. This feedback will be utilized in conjunction with additional stakeholder input to determine the 22-23 related arts schedule model.This feedback will go directly to HCPSS, not FES and should be completed by March 25, 2022
Please share the survey with your staff and families.
From Our Belonging Team...
Did you know that Holi is a major festival in the Hindu religion? It is celebrated on the day after the last full moon of the Hindu month of Phalguna. Phalguna falls between late February and early March in Western calendars. Holi usually marks the happy transition from harsh, dark winter to brighter, warmer springtime. Bonfires remain a part of Holi rituals today. However, the most striking aspect of the festival is the spraying of brightly colored powders and water in enormous public celebrations. The colors mark both Prahlada's flickering bonfire and the bright colors associated with spring. The "Festival of Colors" is also a time for Hindus to relax social codes. Barriers between rich and poor, men and women, young and old are broken down by Holi's bright colors. A familiar saying is bura na mano, Holi hai—don't be offended, it's Holi!
Check out this video and share with your kids!
Did you know the Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates a time in the 4th century BCE when Jewish people in Shushan, Persia, were saved from a cruel fate by the bravery of a woman named Esther? Purim takes place annually on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, which this year begins at sundown on March 16 and ends at nightfall on March 17. In the Purim story, Queen Esther disclosed the evil plot of Haman, the King’s advisor, to her husband the King. Her courage ensured this plot was foiled and Jewish communities around the world continue to celebrate this victory.
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The PTA Perch
The Scholastic Book Fair is almost over!
Do you have money left in your e-wallet? Did you miss out on the book fair in person?
Shop online to benefit FES until Wednesday, March 16 by visiting http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/fulton to activate the e-wallet and for more information.
The annual Spirit Wear sale is going on now
The Fulton Shop annual spirit wear sale is going on now!! Visit: http://www.fultonspiritwear.com for free shipping on any amount!
We’re also sharing what each grade’s field day colors will be if you want to show extra spirit! (Completely optional). PreK/Recc- rainbow; Kindergarten- yellow; 1st – blue; 2nd – red; 3rd -green; 4th -orange; 5th - purple
HCPSS seeks input for redistricting
Help ensure voices from FES are represented:
Redistricting Process for the 2023-2024 School Year Begins and HCPSS is soliciting input, please help by taking this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCPSS_PRC_2022
You view (or click through) a couple of informational presentations at the beginning then answer a brief 10 question survey.
Save the Dates
3/29 Chipotle Night
4/23 School Beautification Project
Please visit or subscribe to the FES Calendar Webpage to view important upcoming dates:
March 16th: Schools Close 3 hours early, 12:55; No half-day Pre-K/RECC
March 17th: Lucky to be Readers Spirit Day
March 21st: FES Reading Night with our 4th Grade Team! 7:00 Code: FES-ReadingNight
March 22nd: 11:00am Virtual Tour for New Families; FES Reading Night with Ms. Xia and Mrs. Prather 7:00 Code: FES-ReadingNight
March 29th: Chipotle Restaurant Night, 5-9pm
March 31st: Character Day - Dress as your favorite book character; FES Reading Night with Dr. Burks and Mrs. Wasilewksi! 7:00 Code: FES-ReadingNight
April 1st: Schools Close 3 hours early, 12:55; No half-day Pre-K/RECC; End of 3rd Quarter
April 5th: 7:00pm PTA Meeting Virtual
April 8th: Spring Student Picture Day; Report Cards Issued
April 11th- 18th: Spring Break
April 19th: Chick Fila A Restaurant Night
April 23rd: Fulton Beautification Day (More Details Coming Soon)
Happenings Around our Fulton Community
2022 Summer Programs Registration
RIVER HILL HIGH SCHOOL BOOSTERS SUMMER CAMPS
The River Hill High School Boosters are sponsoring summer camps at River Hill High School. The camps are designed to help young athletes improve their fundamental athletic skills. Over twenty different camps are offered this summer, including football, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, tennis, cheerleading, art, and weight training. Weekly camps begin on June 13th. For more information and to register, visit https://riverhill.membershiptoolkit.com/camp.
Adult and pediatric Covid Vaccine Clinics
Adult and pediatric Covid Vaccine Clinics held by the HCHD at our local libraries (please click on links to register):
3/15/22 4-6pm Elkridge Library 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075
3/16/22 4-6pm Miller Library 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042
3/22/22 4-6pm Miller Library 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042
3/23/22 4-6pm Savage Library 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD 20723
3/29/22 4-6pm Glenwood Library 2350 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723
3/30/22 4-6pm Central Branch Library 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
Sports camp the week of June 27 and/or July 18
Come out to sports camp the week of June 27 and/or July 18 at Reservoir High School. Camp is hosted by Lime Kiln teacher and Reservoir coach Phil Ranker as well as other certified elementary and middle school teachers in the county and state. The camp is open to current K-8th graders and features many different sports and activities every day. If your child likes PE, they will love camp. Campers are split into age and ability groups to ensure that everyone has a fun and productive time. Full day and half day options available. For more information, please visit http://rankerssportscamp.weebly.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions!
Art Camps With Mrs. Wasilewski
Campers should bring an art smock each day. Camps are open for anyone ages 8-13. Pricing is available at each Boosters website and is school specific.
Register at: Reservoir Boosters Camps
When: The camp runs the week of July 11-15
Where: Reservoir High School
11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton, MD 20759
Register at: River Hill Boosters Camps
When: The camp runs the week of July 18-22
Where: River Hill High School, 12101
Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029
Kids on Campus Summer Enrichment Programs
The 2022 Kids on Campus, Howard Community College (HCC), summer registration opened January 27th for ages 6-17. Our program runs from June 22 through August 19 with both half and full day options. We offer many unique and imaginative summer courses. In addition, we offer before and after care options for working parents. Brochures are in the front office at Fulton, or you can find more information at https://www.howardcc.edu/programs-courses/continuing-education/courses/kids-on-campus/. Scholarships are available for qualifying students.
Some courses include:
Advanced Robotics, Cartoon Academy, Creative Writing for Elementary School, Day in Court-Mock Trial, Investigating Invertebrates, Math Olympics, Mosaic Masterpieces, Oooo Goo and Sticky Too: Gross Science, ROBLOX Coders and Entrepreneurs, Super Suds: Soap Making
SAVE THE DATE MAY 12! FES International Night Needs You!
As we move into semester 2 of the school year, we will be making a shift in how and where Chromebooks will be stored. Students in grades K-3 will be keeping their Chromebooks at school. This shift will help reduce the wear and tear of the transport of devices and allow for consistent use in instruction during the school day. Students will still be using the Chromebook assigned to them throughout the day. If a student has a specific need for the device to go home each day, special permissions may be granted. Students are expected to abide by the HCPSS Code of Conduct and Policy 8080 Responsible Use of Technology. Please continue to talk with your child about the appropriate use of technology in and out of the classroom.
Is your child missing his/her glasses?
Resources to chat with your child about Ukraine
Kindergarten Registration Begins March 7th
Children must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program this fall or have an approved waiver.
2122 Falcon Gazette Issue 3 February 25
Your child can pick up his/her own copy in our Fulton Paper Box.
A Message from our School Psychologist
A small group of Fulton parents and staff have begun to explore the idea of growth mindset learning in our students. As our learning on this topic has expanded, we wanted to take the opportunity to share a few key concepts of growth mindsets over the next few months to the whole school community.
So...What is Growth Mindset Anyway?
Growth mindset focuses on learning, growth, and improvement and less on grades or success. Growth mindset teaches our children about malleability and what can happen as a result of practice, perseverance, resiliency, and grit (all terms we'll explore in another update!) The opposite of this is a fixed mindset, which is a belief system that believes intelligence is something you are born with and although everyone can learn new things, the level at which you can succeed cannot be changed. Doesn't growth mindset sound so much more appealing to encourage our young learners?!
A shift in mindset can be difficult and an immediate shift is not realistic! Over the next few weeks, try to self-monitor how much you praise grades versus the process; or how frequently you celebrate a win or an achievement versus the time, practice and effort your child has put in. By celebrating the process and less on the end goal, you're already showing growth mindset thinking.
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