Fulton Flier

Week of May 3RD

Dear Fulton Families,

Thank you very much to our entire Fulton Community for helping celebrate Principal's day last week. I am truly honored and blessed to serve our Fulton community!

"From the moment students enter a school,

the most important factor in their success is not the color of their skin

or the income of their parents.

It's the person standing at the front of the classroom."

~Barack Obama

Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that our students not only have grown academically but have sought out ways to make learning fun and consistent throughout this ever changing year. Please join me in celebrating our wonderful teachers and staff this week as apart of teacher appreciation week!! Our PTA has organized a variety of ways, your child(ren) can join in the celebration. Please see the flyer below.

As many of you have heard, on Thursday the Board of Education and Central Office announced that we will work to make every effort to enable as many students as possible to benefit from in-person opportunities while maintaining existing instructional and operational protocols. A little later this morning, we will be sending out further communication to our Fulton community around this. Included in this communication, is a google form for you to request your child to join us for in-person learning either 2 or 5 days. If you have already emailed administration, you do not need to complete the google form.

We are so excited to partner with Nothing Bundt Cakes in Columbia to have a fundraiser today. 20% of the proceeds will be returned to Fulton to help us refresh our front office and staff lounge. Thank you for your continued support!


Dr. Burks

Did your child(ren) miss pictures? No worries, we have make-ups coming your way!

We are excited to offer make-up picture sessions for any students who were unable to take their pictures previously. Please note, this portrait will be available for purchase but will not be included in the school yearbook as the deadline for finalizing the yearbook will have passed. If you have any questions regarding pictures, please contact Mrs. Leslie Brickner leslie_brickner@hcpss.org.

For Virtual Students Only:

We have scheduled make up picture sessions for virtual students on May 11 and May 14, 8:00-9:00 am.

If you would like to have a school portrait taken, please sign up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050C4BAEAE2FA3FE3-1120701

For A, B, E Students:

We have scheduled make up picture sessions for K-5 students who attend school in person. All RECC students will take a portrait on these dates, as well.

  • Group A and E Make ups: May 11
  • Group B and E Make ups: May 14

K-5, please complete this form if you wish for your child to take a portrait.

It's April and We are Celebrating heroes and other unique jobs! A Message from our Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity Team!

We are so excited to continue our Fulton Community Spotlight. Be sure to check out our website, so you can read more about a Fulton Family member serving in an heroic role.


We would love to spotlight you as well. Please complete our Parent survey to share about yourself!

Lastly, in the last year, we have documented an increase in hate bias incidents and crimes targeting AAPI groups. To that end, the members of the newly formed Howard County AAPI Workgroup, with the full support of Dr. Calvin Ball's office would like to invite our students to participate in an opportunity to submit narratives, performances, or art pieces celebrating their heritage. We want to highlight the wonderful ways in which our AAPI community has made Howard County their home.

Please contact Kai-Lin Yu (President of ASU Atholton High School) with all questions. The deadline for submissions is Monday May 10, 2021." AAPI Heritage Month Submission Form

MAP is this Week for 1st-5th Graders!

This is a reminder that MAP testing will take place over the next two weeks. Please see the dates for each grade. If you have questions about the schedule, please reach out to your homeroom teacher or Mrs. Leslie Brickner (leslie_brickner@hcpss.org).

May 5

  • Grade 1-Reading (Virtual Only students)
  • Grades 2-5 -Reading (All students will test whether in person or virtual)

May 6

  • Grade 1-Reading-Group B In-Person

May 7

  • Grade 1-Math-Group B In-Person

May 10

  • Grade 1-Reading-Group A In-Person

May 11

  • Grade 1-Math-Group A In-Person

May 12

  • Grade 1-Math (Virtual Only students)
  • Grades 2-5 -Math (All students will test whether in person or virtual)

2nd HoCo VIRTUAL Rainbow Conference

Learn more about how to be better advocates for the LGBTQ+ Community at the second HoCo Rainbow Conference. With over 24 concurrent sessions and local as well as national speakers, a full day of virtual fun and learning is lined up for Saturday, May 15, 2021. Session speakers include Jane Clementi and Joshua Patel of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, Rae Sweet of the It Gets Better Project, Maryland House Majority Leader, Eric Luedtke, Kevin Naff of The Washington Blade, Ying Matties and Robyn Page of Community Allies of Rainbow Youth (CARY), and many more!

Registration is FREE. You can browse our conference website to learn more about the sessions and view the conference schedule here.

The PTA Perch

Here are some friendly reminders from our PTA...

  1. The final PTA meeting of the year is on May 4th at 7pm. Google Code: https://meet.google.com/ijv-tvba-whg Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-484-3025‬ PIN: ‪120 653 122‬# This meeting we will be voting on:
    1. 2021-2022 - President (one year term to sync with the rest of the board positions) - If you are interested in running for President, email nomination@fespta.org
    2. 2021 Summer carry over budget - This is for items that PTA would have to fund over the summer, like Welcome Back Staff Breakfast and other things that occur prior to the 1st PTA meeting where the 21/22 Budget is voted on and adopted.
    3. Review of PTA Chair Positions - current chairs, please contact Ms. Donna Cruz ASAP with your intent for 21/22 school year.
Families, did you know we can all connect through our Facebook page? Be sure to like our “Fulton Elementary School” page and receive the latest information on upcoming school events, school fundraisers, and get reminders so we all can support each other this school year.

Great deal on Spiritwear!! Ready.Set.Shop!

We have a TIE-DYE DAY coming up in June as we get ready for our countdown to summer break. Purchase a FES tie-dye shirt for your Falcons — or choose from many other fun designs! Would also make a good end of the school year gift!


Summer Opportunities

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Upcoming Dates

  • May 3rd-7th: Teacher Appreciation Week

  • May 3rd: FES Fundraiser w/Nothing Bundt Cakes

  • May 4th: PTA Fundraiser w/ Sidamo Coffee

  • May 7th: Parent Consideration Forms due

  • May 11th & 14th: Make-Up Picture Day

  • May 13th: Schools closed for Students; PTA Fundraiser w/Kona Ice

  • May 21st: PTA Fundraiser w/Mike's Gelato

  • May 31st: Schools and Offices Closed- Memorial Day

  • June 8th: PTA Fundraiser w/Ledo's Pizza

  • June 15th: PTA Fundraiser w/Kona Ice

  • June 10th-14th: 3 hour early dismissal

  • June 15h: Last day of School for Students

Worth Repeating

Parent Consideration Form

As a reminder, we are already preparing for our students’ transition to his/her next grade level and would like to give you the opportunity to share some information that you would like for us to consider as we make class groupings for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have not already, please take a minute to complete our Parent Consideration Form for SY21-22; which is due on May 7th. We look forward to your input.

Howard County Bee City Dandelion Contest

Howard County has earned a "Bee City" designation, and the Elementary Science Coordinator serves on a county workgroup to support the environmental/pollinator initiatives as part of this. Collaboratively, they are hosting a Dandelion Contest. Please click here for more information.

Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration

Kindergarten and Pre-K registration is now open! Registration will continue to take place online and finalization will occur virtually. Grade-specific information is as follows:

Do you have a child who is joining us for in-person learning?

Please use our Daily Symptom Tracker to help conduct a daily symptom check every morning prior to sending them to FES.

Parent/guardians will assess their children for symptoms of COVID-19 illness and refrain from sending/transporting them to school until after they have been symptom-free at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, have no fever for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, and have continued improvement of symptoms and/or medical consult with their primary care physician.

If your child has any health conditions that need to be updated, please contact Ms. Christina Toler christina_toler@hcpss.org or Mrs. Kathleen Wurstner kathleen_wurstner@hcpss.org.

Commit to the HCPSS Digital Education Center for 21-22 by May 5th

The Howard County Public School System is planning for a full-time online option for students entering grades K-12 who wish to learn virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. Once finalized, the Digital Education Center (DEC) program will give students the opportunity to take classes and earn credits virtually, while receiving support services from both the DEC and their assigned home school. DEC students will continue to be enrolled in their assigned home school and will be able to participate in athletics and activities at that school if/as schedules and transportation allows. Parents/guardians who wish to commit to the DEC should log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy by Wednesday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Read more