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Forts Pond Elementary School

September 2018

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Welcome Back

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year. Our theme for this school year is All Aboard the LEADERship!

Fulfilling the Potential of Every Student is the goal of every FPES crew member. We will engage students in learning through innovative instruction and digital resources while empowering each child to design the future.

Please do not hesitate to contact with any concerns, questions, or suggestions you may have.

Important Dates for September


3 Labor Day—No School

7 All 4k Students Attend

10 Mallard Moms 7:00-8:00 A.M. in Parent Resource Center

Run Hard Begins

14 Parent Lighthouse Meeting 8:30 A.M. in Parent Resource Center

Title I Planning Committee Meeting 9:00 A.M.

Last Day to Walk 4k Students to Class

Fundraiser Ends

17 Red Cross Blood Drive 2:00 - 7:00 PM. in Gym

18 District Board Meeting 7:30 P.M.

19 Collaborative Planning – 1/2 day for students–dismiss at 11:40AM

21 All Pro Dads 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

PTO BINGO Night 6:30 P.M. in cafeteria

27 Family Literacy Night 6:00-7:00 P.M.

FPES Vision and Mission


Forts Pond Elementary students will become self-directed, collaborative, creative, and caring learners who flourish in the global, competitive 21st century.


Forts Pond Elementary will Fulfill the Potential of Every Student by:

Collaborating with families and the community

Providing a safe, nurturing environment

Promoting learning through academics and the arts

Inspiring students to find their own greatness

Engaging students in goal setting

Celebrating accomplishments

Developing LEADERS

Communication Between School and Home

Effective Family-school communication and family involvement in education contributes to improved student achievement and better learning outcomes. FPES uses a variety of ways to communicate with our families including emails. School Messenger, Facebook, school website, Peach Jar, Twitter, Tuesday folders, and newsletters. All emails and phone messages will receive a response from FPES staff within 24 hours of the initial contact.

Follow us on Twitter @FortsPond.

Like us on Facebook @FPESMallards.

Important Date Change

All families received an Academic Handbook and Calendar. Please make a change to the October page. Collaborative Planning is listed as October 17 but that is not correct. The correct date is October 24.

FPES Literacy Night

Join us Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in the Learning Commons. Langston Moore and Preston Thorne authors of Just A Chicken will be at Forts Pond Elementary.

Box Tops

Earn cash for our school with Box Tops for Education! It's easy. Box Tops are worth 10 cents each. We will use these funds to support our Leadership Clubs.

Here is how Box Tops work.

Buy the products + Clip the Box Tops + Send Box Tops to school = $$$$$

Counselor Corner

Welcome to a new school year!

The counselor for grades 4k-2 is Mrs. Cindy Hill (right) and for grades 3-5 Mrs. Gina Mahoney (left). We will be visiting each classroom every three weeks with various topics like goal setting, bullying, and friendship.

Small group counseling will begin in October. Parent permission is required for students to participate in these small groups. Some topics may include family matters, conflict resolution, and self-esteem. We also meet with students individually based on referrals.

If you have concerns or would like your child to meet with a counselor, please call:

Mrs. Hill 821-2510 Grades 4k-2

Mrs. Mahoney 821-2598 Grades 3-5

PTO News

2018-2019 PTO Officers

Ashley Leaphart President

Stacy Wren Vice President

Christina Hanna Treasurer

Katelyn Jernigan Secretary

Our fall fundraiser begins August 31 and ends September 14.

Earn amazing prizes while showing your support for the PTO. Funds earned will be used to improve the environment of our school and support field trips.

September 21@6:30


BINGO is free to everyone. There will be pizza, snacks, and drinks available for purchase. First come, first serve. PTO accepts cash and debit cards.

Follow FPES PTO on Facebook Forts Pond Elementary PTO

All Pro Dads Breakfast

September 21 at 7:00 A.M.

This is an open invitation to dads, grandfathers, uncles, or any other significant male who may be part of your child's life. Come enjoy a light breakfast and enjoy some "special moment" time as we strive to grow in the time we spend with our children.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. McDermet at 821-2500. You may also reach him by email at

Title I Parent Involvement

Please join us on September 14 at 8:30 A.M. for our first Leader in Me Parent Lighthouse Meeting. Our Title I Parent Involvement Committee will meet at 9:00 A.M. Both meetings will be held in our Title I Parent Resource Center. We will review and discuss our 2018-2019 Title I plan, Parental Involvement Policy, and Family School Compact. We invite you to share any suggestions or concerns you may have that will help us improve our service to you and your child.

If you plan to attend, please contact Mrs. Judy Moore by calling or emailing.


If you are unable to attend, but have suggestions, please email or call Michelle Smith.


News From Food Services

If you would like to apply for free or reduced lunch, go to

Would you like to make online payments to your child's meal account? Go to


Students cannot charge more than $10.

Students with outstanding balances cannot purchase special sale items.

If students have a negative $10 meal balance, an alternate meal will be served.


Breakfast: Free to all FPES students

Lunch: $2.85

Math News

Lexington One uses EveryDay Math Curriculum and has purchased E-Suite, which is a wonderful online resource that you and your students can use at home. Please take advantage of E-Suite.

ESuite Offers:

  • An interactive student reference book. If your student has an assignment and forgets to bring the reference book home, you can access it online. In fact, you can have your computer read the reference page to you, and even show you step by step directions.
  • Select by unit and lesson
  • Home Links and Study Links for each lesson may be printed from home if your child leaves it at school
  • Games and practice
  • Suggested books to read
  • Link to all Everyday Math online games
  • Family letter which provides overview of what your child will be learning in the unit, as well as an answer key for Home Links and Study Links.

Your child's teacher will send home your child's username and password to access

English Language Arts News

Lexington One uses Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Teaching Reading Writing curriculum.

Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project coauthors aim to prepare students for any reading and writing task they will face and to turn kids into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence. Lucy and her colleagues have drawn on their more than 30 years of research and work in thousands of schools across the country and around the world to develop powerful curriculum resources, instructional methods, and professional learning opportunities to support teachers as they work together and with their students toward these vitally important goals.

The link below will provide you access to South Carolina State Standards for ELA and Math.

What I Did On Summer Vacation

Julie Hill went zip lining/repelling/bungee jumping through the Ohio Valley.

Mrs. Schultz visited Athens, Mykonos and Santorini on her vacation to Greece.

Janet Callahan celebrated the birth of her new granddaughter, Kendall in June.

Mrs. Veselak went to Colorado to visit her daughter, to New York to visit her brother, and saw “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, which she says is a must see event.

Gina Mahoney and her family took a road trip to California, stopping in New Orleans, San Antonio, Albuquerque, the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, Monterrey, Carmel, and Sacramento!

Mrs. Hale went to Sanibel Island and visited in Ohio. She and Mrs. Bain went

to New York City as part of a learning adventure.

Lindsey Simon and her husband celebrated their 10th anniversary in Charleston and visited Pittsburgh. She and her daughters visited Charleston, as well.

What did you do on your summer vacation?

Forts Pond Elementary - A Leader in Me Lighthouse School

What does it mean to be a Leader in Me School?

This means our school follows and teaches the Franklin Covey 7 Habits Program. The program integrates leadership principles into our school culture and curriculum, providing students with practical character and life skills relevant to achieving success today and in the future. The Leader in Me provides our school with the vision and language to lead FPES in a way that addresses all areas of development.

How Can I learn more about the Leader in Me Program?

· Read the book The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, or The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey. We have copies available for check out.

· Visit the parents section of where you will find resources for parents and a fun student game area.

· Or you can ask any teacher, staff member, administrator or student at Forts Pond more about the 7 Habits.

Stay tuned…. We will begin teaching the 7 Habits and want you to be involved. We will keep you informed by sending home parent letters sharing information about each habit! Starting next month you will have the opportunity to win a $10 gift card for yourself and also win one for your chid's teacher.

A Glance at Important October Dates


5 Fall Pictures

ESOL Coffee Chat 8:00 - 9:00 A.M. in Parent Resource Center

8 Mallard Moms 7:00 - 8:00 A.M. in Parent Resource Center

Wear Blue #blueup Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

12 Parent Conference

15 Wear Blue #blueup Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

18 Fundraiser Pick Up

19 All Pro Dads Meet 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

PTO Fall Carnival 6:30 P.M.

22 Wear Blue #blueup Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

24 Collaborative Planning - 1/2 day for students - dismiss at 11:40

26 Report Cards Issued

22-26 Red Ribbon Week

Friday, Sep. 21st 2018 at 5:45pm

7350 Fish Hatchery Road

Pelion, SC

Orientation for New FPES Families

We will meet in FPES Learning Commons before PTO BINGO Night begins.

If your child is new to FPES, we would love to see you at this meeting. We will provide an overview of our school and answer any questions.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

Revised 08-27-2018

Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), disability, genetic information or age (40 or older) in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities.

The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. Chief Human Resources Officer Michael L. Stacey handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act with respect to employment, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act with respect to public access to buildings and grounds; Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964; and the age discrimination.

Inquiries/complaints regarding IDEA for students K–12 go to Director of Special Services Wendy Balough, Ed.D.

Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for students go to 504 Coordinator Ann O’Cain.

Inquiries/complaints regarding ESSA Title II implementation go to Coordinator of ESSA Title II Part A Hilary Morgan.

If you have questions regarding these issues, contact these people by mail at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 or by telephone at 803-821-1000.