Roaring Cougars Updates

June 18, 2020

School's Out for Summer!

You have certainly demonstrated what a community can do in the face of adversity. Your support of your children and our staff was essential during this time. Together, we made history, as we faced the challenges of Distance Learning, and figured out how to help each child succeed. From technology glitches to incorrect links to insufficient connectivity with the Internet, we survived! I am confident that FCPS will be ready for whatever lies ahead. I hope that relaxing and rejuvenating is on the top your "To Do" list now that summer is here and you can disconnect from the routines of school. Enjoy this time with your family and friends to bask in warm weather, break from structured time, and get away to a place of refuge.

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Stay tuned!

There are still many uncertainties ahead as we navigate this crisis, so FCPS is busy planning. Regular updates throughout the summer regarding our reopening can be found at

Report Cards

You should receive your child's report card after June 25, as FCPS won't be mailing them until then. Be sure to review other important information included with the report card, especially how to access Schoology, our FCPS learning management system. Every family will be given a UNIQUE code to access a Schoology account. As you already know, we used Schoology during distance learning to house learning assignments. Next year we will continue to use Schoology, and it will be a major means for us to communicate with you.

Summer Fun!

Check out the TES Beach Day Fun linked below!

In case you haven’t seen Mrs.Zumbrun's "Sing Along", you can check it out using this link!

Remaining Belongings

Thank you for picking up your child's belongings by the end of June. Any things that are still here will be donated or thrown out by July 1, so please be sure to come by the school to pick them up between 8 AM to 4 PM.

Library Books

We're still collecting library books. It's NEVER too late to turn them in, so please feel free to drop them off at any time over the summer, the sooner the better! We are still missing many of our cherished books, so we appreciate your help with collecting them!
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Next Year Inventory for Parents

This survey was sent out by Central Office. You should have received an email and unique link to the inventory for each child you have actively enrolled in FCPS. This email was sent to the first contact person for each student in eSchool. If an email address was not available for the first contact, then an email was sent to the second contact. If you can't complete the inventory online or did not receive the link, please call the front office so that we can provide you with a paper copy. You have until June 22 to complete.


"Summer Slide" is a term used to describe the decline in achievement that many children experience during breaks from school. Research shows that the amount of time children spend reading for leisure is directly linked to student achievement. Reading is like playing an instrument ~ practice improves performance! Be sure your child joins the Frederick County Public Library's reading incentive program. Go to

We also encourage your child to continue accessing Lexia through July 31, an adaptive program that develops foundational reading skills. To access Lexia have your child:

  • Log in through Clever by going to the FCPS Bookmark (using the Chrome browser) or our TES school's media page and click on the blue and white "C" icon. There is also a direct weblink:
  • Your child should access the Core5 and work independently, as this program is tailored to meet the individual needs of each child.
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Don't Slide Behind in Math!

Summer slide is a real thing in both math and reading. For that reason, we hope you'll have your child engage in these summer math learning activities! Your child can access them by going into his/her Schoology site (the platform s/he used during distance learning). Once in Schoology, click on "Groups"; then "My Groups" (in the far right hand corner). Click on "Join a Group". Enter the access code: VZMN-NHBF-RR5ZJ. Feel free to reach out to Mrs. Best, our Math Specialist, if you have any questions or concerns. Check out this video tutorial for accessing the page and take a tour of some of the resources:

Practice will help to prevent your child from sliding behind in math!

PTA Updates

Yearbooks were just ordered, so they will not be ready for pick up until later this summer. We'll contact you when they arrive. Thank you for your patience!


FCPS distributes “to-go” meals from a school bus will continue at Thurmont ES in the side parking lot.

Meal Service Schedule (10 AM-12 PM) June 29-August 20
Mondays: To-go breakfasts and lunches for Monday and Tuesday
Wednesdays: To-go breakfast and lunch for Wednesday only
Thursdays: To-go breakfasts and lunches for Thursday and Friday

From our special ed team....

What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you is nothing compared to what lies WITHIN you.

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