The Mallard Compass

Forts Pond Elementary School

December 2019

InTENTional Leading and Learning

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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

Important Dates for December

5 Grades 2 and 3 Music Performance 6:30 P.M.

16-20 Santa Shop

16 Grinch Day - wear green

17 Reindeer Read-A-Thon

18 Snowman Day - wear white

19 Pajama Day

20 Tacky Sweater Day

Half Day for Students

End of 2nd Nine Weeks

December 23 - January 7 Winter Break

January 7 Students Return to School

Calendar Changes

February 17th will now be a regular school day not a weather make-up day. This day will be used to make up for missing September 5th for Hurricane Dorian.

Please make note on your school calendar.


Congratulations to the following students! They all participated in Run Hard.

Elliot Blanton

Addison Forsyth

Bella Garnsey

Giovanni Hernandez

Haley Hall

Logan Hall

Lynsey King

Madison Kyzer

Madilyn Matthews

Tanner Mengedoht

Savanna Padgett

Logan Patterson

Ittay Rivera

Wyatt Sexton

Carter Stowe

Kypton Taylor

Lane Waters

Evan White

Colton Williams

Seth Wren

Habit Leaders of November - BE PROACTIVE

The following students earned recognition in their classroom for being an example of someone who is PROACTIVE.


Julian Ajqui-Ruiz

Casey Phillips

Elijah McLendon

Nevaeh Townson

Grade 1

Katherine Louvier

Cody Martin

Skye Berry

Mia Mendez

Emma Stutts

Grade 2

Khiele Hart

Hunter McElroy

Jasmine Ruffner

Makayla Autrey

Grade 3

Jordan Hall

Haley Cevallos

Mekenzie Steading

Jaiden Chavez

Grade 4

Bentley Towery

Joshua Sierra

Daniel Ramirez

Tanner Mengedoht

Raelyn McElroy

Grade 5

Jade Voyles

Caydence Taylor

Edilberto Roman-Villar

Cheyenne Shumpert

Why School Attendance Matters

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Checking Your Child's Grades

You may access your child’s grades at any time using PowerSchool.

If you would like your child’s PowerSchool login please, come to the school between 7:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. with your ID. You will receive the login information at that time.

How to Help Your Child in Math

Want to know how to help your child become a strong mathematician?

Turn an egg carton into a fun math game

Here's a fun game to help your child practice math facts. Get an empty egg carton. Inside each cup, write a number from 0 to 11. Now cut out several egg-shaped pieces of paper. On each, write a math problem with a solution from 0 to 11. Have your child solve the problem on each egg, and put it in the cup with the matching answer. For an older child, try writing fractions in the cups and equivalent fractions on the eggs.

Money management teaches valuable lessons

Learning to manage money teaches kids math skills. They also learn school success skills like responsibility, patience and how to set priorities. If your child gets an allowance, help him distinguish between his "needs" and his "wants." He should pay for any needs he's responsible for first. Then, he can save the rest of his money toward the cost of his wants. Give him a notebook to track his savings.

Math terms match up in a memory game

Product. Quotient. When children learn math, they also need to learn a whole new vocabulary. To make learning math words fun, play Math Concentration. Here's how: Write each term on an index card, and write its definition on another index card. Deal out five or six pairs of index cards face down, then have your child turn over two cards at a time. The goal is to make a match by turning over a term and its definition.

How to Help Your Child in Reading and Writing

Sneak some writing into your child's daily life

Being able to communicate well in writing will help your child succeed in school and in a career. So look for fun ways to help her practice. She may enjoy sending emails or texts to friends and family. You might also write her a letter about a book you've read together and ask her to write back. Challenge your child to rewrite the ending of a movie, and encourage her to express her thoughts and feelings in a journal.

Give reading an artistic dimension

Combining reading and creative activities develops your child's imagination and keeps the reading interesting. Give him some crayons and encourage him to draw pictures of characters or scenes from a favorite story. You can also ask your child to make up songs about stories and books. Ask, "What might the three little pigs sing when the wolf is coming? How would the music sound?"

Fill your home with words for your child to read

Reading with your child doesn't always have to involve books. You can help your beginning reader learn in lots of ways. For example, label furniture and household items with sticky notes (chair, table, toaster, etc.). Go around the house and read the labels with your child. Then collect the labels and ask her to replace each one on the matching item.

Counselors Corner

FPES Parent Advisory Council met on November 15. Each year Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Mahoney send home an assessment asking parents to identify areas in which their child may need assistance. These results were shared with the Parent Advisory Council and members recommended the results be shared with all parents.

The 2019- 2020 Counseling Needs Assessment Parent Results are listed below:

Kindergarten 43/79 forms returned

Parents: Top 3 needs- Decision making, Feelings, & Conflict Resolution

Outcome: Counselor will add decision making, feelings, and conflict resolution lessons for kindergarten as well as meet with kindergartners one on one and then add a feelings small group for 5K students.

1st grade 38/88 forms returned

Parents: Top 3 needs- Decision making, Conflict resolution, & Social skills

Outcome: Counselor will add decision making and conflict resolution lessons for 1st grade and a Friendship small group.

2nd grade 41/96 forms returned

Parents: Top 3 needs- Feelings, Decision making, & Conflict Resolution

Outcome: Counselor will add feelings, decision making, and conflict resolution lessons for 2nd grade and a Friendship small group.

3rd grade 38/78 forms returned

Parents: Top 3 needs- Feelings, Decision making, Respect

Outcome: Counselor will add feelings and decision making lessons for 3rd grade and Friendship, Happy Hearts, and Family Matters small groups.

4th grade 51/120 forms returned

Parents: Top 3 needs- Study skills, Feelings, Decision making

Outcome: Counselor will add feelings, coping skills, and study skills lessons in 4th grade and Friendship, Family matters, and Conflict resolution small groups as well as lunch bunch sessions on Study Skills.

5th grade 39/90 forms returned

Parents: Top 3 needs- Respect, Feelings, Study Skills

Outcome: Counselor will add feelings, and study skills lessons in 5th grade as well as lunch bunch for Study Skills and conflict resolution small group.

As always, if your child needs to see a counselor for any reason, please feel free to call one of the School Counselors.

Mrs. Hill at 821- 2510 Grades 5K- 2

Mrs. Mahoney at 821- 2598 Grades 3-5

Coca Cola Bottle Caps

The ESOL program is collecting Coca Cola Rewards. Please send in Coca Cola bottle caps and cartons with the rewards to Mrs. Pond.


FPES School Yearbooks

FPES School Yearbooks go on sale December 3. Order forms will be sent home on Tuesday, December 3.

The cost is $20.00. If you would like to add the student's name on the cover, the cost is $25.00. You can pay by check or cash.

Please make checks payable to Forts Pond Elementary School.

If you would like to pay with a debit/credit card, you can order the school yearbook online. Order online at and use Online Code YB108936.

Grades 2 and 3 Reading Challenge

The Fall Reading Challenge for Grades 2 and 3

The Fall Reading Challenge reading logs are due to Ms. Stewart no later than Friday, December 6.

Students in grade 2 must complete 15 challenges and students in grade 3 must complete 20 challenges to be eligible for prizes.

There will be one grand prize winner per grade. The grand prize will be 4 tickets (2 adult/2 children) to the Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo. Winners of the grand prize will be announced on Monday, December 9.

Daily Parent Engagement Tips

Concentrate on a short list of rules

Can you count your family's written-in-stone rules on one hand? If not, you may have too many. Although rules are essential, children (especially young ones) have a tough time remembering a long list of them. So keep things simple by regularly emphasizing a short list of the most important rules. As your children mature, you can adjust your rules without worrying that they'll forget the basics.

Give your child a chance to make the right choice

When your child has to make a big decision, it may be tempting to make it for him. But there are a few things you should do first: Listen to your child as he looks for a solution. Rephrase what you hear him say. Ask thought-provoking questions: "If you don't go to the game, how would your teammates feel?" Then be patient. Your child may come to the right conclusion, and he'll gain useful problem-solving skills.

Create a routine that gets your family ready for school

The start of a new school year is exciting, but it often means families must make a few adjustments. This year, decide on some basics for your school-year routine. Set a regular homework time. Create a chart of your child's daily tasks that he can use as a reminder until they become habits. Post a calendar and have everyone write down their activities. Then review it each week with your child and plan ahead.

Check out FPES Daily Parent Engagement Tips on our school website. Below you can see two examples of tips that were on our website this week.


We would like to thank all of our volunteers who have helped us so far this year. We appreciate everything you do!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Leaphart at

Mallard Mingle

Mallard Mingle will not meet in December. The next Mallard Mingle will be held on January 17.

All Pro Dads

All Pro Dads will not meet in December. The next All Pro Dads will be held on January 31.

Title I Parent Engagement

Please join us on January 24 at 8:30 A.M. for our 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 2019-2020 Title I plan. 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 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: $3.00

A Glance at January Dates

7 Students Return to School

13 Reports Cards

16 PTO BINGO Night 6:30 P.M.

17 Mallard Mingle 7:00 A.M.

20 No School - Martin Luther King's Day

21 Lexington One Board Meeting 7:00 A.M.

24 LIM Parent Lighthouse/Title I/SIC Meeting 8:30 A.M.

31 All Pro Dads 7:00 A.M.

PTO Mother/Son Event 6:30 P.M.


PTO Notes for December Newsletter

A big “Thank You” to all of the families that participated in our very first Daddy & Daughter movie night. We had a huge turnout & a great time was had by all. We hope you were able to enjoy that time together.

Congratulations to all of our Clemson fans for their team win of the Carolina/Clemson Football Helmet sales. We appreciate everyone’s participation in the fun!!

The PTO Santa Shop will run from 12/16-12/19. It will run from 8am – 1:30PM on each of these days. Items will range from $0.25 to $10.00. More information will be sent home with children. We are still looking for volunteers to assist students with shopping and to help with wrapping. Please let us know if you are available or interested in helping on any of these days!!!

Our next family Bingo night will be held on Thursday January 16th at 6:30PM. We look forward to another great night of family fun.

Our very first Mother & Son dinner & karate night will be held on Friday January 31st at 6:30. More information & permission slips will be sent home in January.

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You may contact the PTO by email.

Box Tops

Eventually the Box Top Program will become digital-only. You can download the Box Top App and scan your receipt to earn money for our school.

Once you download the app, you will have to register.

You may also continue to send in the old box tops.

Building Plan for FPES Through the Bond Referendum

The community can find the latest information about projects happening around the district as well as here at FPES. All of these are funded by the recently passed bond referendum for Lexington School District One.

FPES will be receiving the following:

  • Secure Entrance Upgrades
  • Additional Classrooms
  • Replacement for Folding Partition in Between Cafeteria and PE Room
  • Additional Exterior Lighting in the Front Parking Lot
  • Storage and Equipment Building
  • Future Ready Classroom Furniture and Equipment

Lexington County School District One’s Nondiscrimination Statement

Revised 09-04-2018

Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law.

The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at