The Fulton Flier

Week of March 14th

Dear Fulton Families,

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.


Dr. Burks

Arrival Reminder

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 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: 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:

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

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Upcoming Dates

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

Online enrollment requests for summer programs will reopen on March 1 at 6:00 p.m. for the BSAP Summer Institute, Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development, Innovative Pathways High School (Math and Science only), and STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp programs. Please find more information regarding these summer programs here: (


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

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 or email for questions!

Art Camps With Mrs. Wasilewski

Come out an enjoy a week of art making. These art camps are designed to enhance the skill levels of each individual. Explore and learn about different mediums and techniques. Each camp includes all new art experiences and will not repeat activities for campers who are interested in participating in more than one camp.

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

from 9:00am-12:00pm

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

from 9:00am-12:00pm

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 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

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SAVE THE DATE MAY 12! FES International Night Needs You!

After a two-year hiatus, International Night is back! International Night is an annual celebration of the diversity and multi-cultural students/families that attend Fulton Elementary. This year we will celebrate outdoors, May 12th starting at 5:30 pm, on the FES playground. The evening includes food tastings, music, informational booths, fashion, and more! But, in order to make this event happen, we need YOU! We are looking for families to volunteer to share their culture, heritage, and traditions with our FES community and/or help with the setup/breakdown of the event. In the next several weeks we will send out a sign-up for you to claim your spot. This is an opportunity to be creative, have fun and meet the wonderful families that make up our fabulous school. Stay tuned!

Chromebook Storage

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.

From our Belonging Team...

Check out this presentation celebrating Irish Heritage made by some of our teachers and students here at Fulton!

Is your child missing his/her glasses?

We have several pairs of eyeglasses that have not been claimed. If your child is missing a pair of eyeglasses, please have the student come to the office to see if we have their pair. Thank you!

Resources to chat with your child about Ukraine

Some of our students are talking and asking about the Ukraine invasion and we are supporting them by letting them know they are safe. Even if you have not shared or talked with your child about the current situation, they may be hearing information from their classmates during lunch/recess or from other students on the bus. It’s natural for children to be curious about the world and ask questions to try to make sense of what they don’t understand. At their developmental levels, it’s also not uncommon for children to fill in the blanks about what they don’t know, and they often share inaccurate information with one another. We encourage you to check in with your child to ask them what they have heard, how they are feeling, and if they have questions. There are many resources available online to help with the conversation. One resource that will be shared with our teachers is, How to Talk to Kids About the Ukraine Invasion, provides guidance for elementary age children. Should your child be experiencing overwhelming emotions about the situation, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Elizabeth Shields, one of our school counselors, or Ms. Christina Devling, one of our school psychologists, for support.

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.

More information about registering a Kindergarten student

2122 Falcon Gazette Issue 3 February 25

Are you interested in learning about Pandas? Do you love spaghetti, but maybe not meatballs? Or even want to learn more about Mrs. Ciliberti? Well you must check out our new edition of our Falcon Gazette.

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.

Nothing Bundt Cake Reading Incentive

This program rewards students with a free Bundtlet (small cake) when they read 400 minutes each month. The program is parent-led and home-based. For more information, check out the flyer here. To participate, download and print the recording sheet here. The program runs January 15th - March 31st.

Fulton Elementary School

Tanisha Burks, Principal,

Justine Sillers, Assistant Principal,

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal,