The Mallard Compass

Forts Pond Elementary School

January 2020

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 January

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.

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.


Ms. Siceloff received a grant through Educational Foundation and Rawl Farms to continue our school garden!

The 1st Grade Team received a grant from Target that will decrease the cost of their field trip!

The following students have been invited to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathway to STEM.

Breanna Fallaw, Lindsey King, Kalen Ulmer, and Evan White

Habit Leaders of December - Begin with the End in Mind

The following students earned recognition in their classroom for being an example of someone who Begins with the End in Mind.


Sophia Montes-Otero

Mason Ruffner

Kaylynn Renard

David Cevallos

Grade 1

Sophia Knight

Steven Gonzalez-Garcia

Erin Powell

Kenya Preciado

Brentley Cox

Grade 2

Zoe Rosendo-Tenorio

Ella Jackson

Madilyn Matthews

Jonathon Walker

Grade 3

Madison Kyzer

Evan White

Addison Paulk

Grade 4

Kayce Bird

Karissa Hunt -Philips

Cody West

Savanna Padgett

Grade 5

Isaac Skipper

Aaron Jarreau

Shavon Noel

Karly Koerner

FPES Students and Staff are Practicing Habit 4

Habit 4 - Think Win Win

Think Win Win means everyone can win. Instead of thinking about YOU and ME, Think Win Win considers BOTH OF US. Think about a solution that will benefit everyone involved. It's easy to be selfish sometimes and to look out for what will make you happy. Think Win Win isn't about giving up what you want to make someone else happy; it's about making each side happy. It's different than the word compromise. In a compromise each person gives in a little. Think Win Win is all about taking two ideas and working together to come up with a third one that's better than each idea on its own.

Sometimes competition can happen. Unfortunately, not everyone can officially win the game. You can make everyone feel like winners though. If you win, congratulate the other team on playing a good game. Compliment them on their effort, and tell them you can't wait to play with them again. If your team doesn't win, be happy for those who did. Tell them they did a good job. Maybe ask another player to help you with your skills before the rematch. Also, try to switch teams up each time you play at recess. That way, everyone gets a chance to play with everyone.


  • Be cooperative - Have an open-minded attitude instead of a "my way or the highway" outlook.
  • Be considerate - Think about what other people want, not just what you want.
  • Be a good problem solver - Find ways to make both sides happy by choosing a third option.


The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Very Clumsy Beetle by Eric Carle

Let's Be Enemies by Janice May Udry

The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

Dragon Stew by Tom McGowen

The Checker Players by Alan Venable

Start the New Year off with Good Attendance

What are the reasons for making good attendance a priority?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. What parents does not want their child to feel good about themselves? NONE! Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

What can parents do?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

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

Play Math War Using A Deck of Cards

Using either a deck of playing cards or a deck you've made out of index cards, play "war" to practice facts. Split the cards between the two players. Turn over the top two cards – you can either add, subtract (keeping positive answers), or multiply the two cards to see who wins. The winner takes all 4 cards, and you play again just like the traditional card game of war. Whoever has the most cards at the end wins!

How to Help Your Child in Reading and Writing

Encourage your child's participation when you read aloud

Research shows that children who read at home with their parents do better in school. To make sure your child is an active part of the process, let her choose reading materials that interest her. Take turns reading aloud, and stop from time to time to discuss the reading. Ask your child for her reactions to the plot and the characters. Where does she think the story is going? Would she do what the main character did?

Break writing tasks down into easy steps

Your child likes math. But ask him to write and he freezes up. Many students have trouble putting their thoughts on paper. When your child has a report to write, help him start early. Have him make a list of everything he knows about the topic. Ask him to tell you what he'd like to say. When he writes a draft, have him put it aside for a day, then reread it and think about what he can do to make it better.

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Counselors Corner

Welcome back to the New Year 2020!

This month our main focus will be on Career Readiness. Our Career specialist is coming to work with grades 1 and 2 in classroom lessons this month. The Career Fair will be Tuesday, January 28th for grades 2, 3, 4 and 5. Kindergarten and grade 1 will have their Career Vehicle Day in the spring when the weather is warmer.

Small Groups will continue this month. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child or our school counseling program, please let us know.

5K, 1st, and 2nd graders- Cindy Hill - 803-821-2510

3rd, 4th, and 5th graders- Gina Mahoney - 803-821-2598

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 deadline to place an order is February 28.

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.

Daily Parent Engagement Tips

Emphasize progress, not perfection

Some children can be very hard on themselves. They feel like failures if they aren't the "best." To ward off this perfectionism, set reasonable goals for your child and relax about normal mistakes. And don't brush off her self-criticism. Instead, discuss it. Remind her that no one can be perfect. Point out her strengths, and teach her to use affirmative self-talk, such as "I'm proud of how hard I tried."

Improve poor study habits in 15 minutes a day

Often, children with poor study habits don't change their habits because they don't believe that a little extra effort can go a long way. To convince your child, try having him study one subject for 15 minutes longer than usual each day. He might use the time to work on difficult math problems or make up a sample test, for example. Then watch how this small extra effort affects his grades in that subject.


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

January 17 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

Please join us with your child/children at our Mallard Mingle meeting. We invite any mom, grandmother, aunt, or any other significant female in your child's life to come with your child/children for a light breakfast and a themed discussion and activity together. Although short in length, the time is special and will make your child's day start with pride.

For further information, please contact Mrs. Hill at or Mrs. Mahoney at

All Pro Dads

January 31 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 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 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 February Dates

3 Jump Rope for Heart begins

4 District Board Meeting 7:30 P.M.

13 5K and 1st Grade Music Performance 6:30 P.M.

14 No School for Students

17 All staff and students report to school

20 Spring Pictures - Class and Individual Poses

PTO Skate Night 6:00-8:00

21 Mallard Mingle 7:00 A.M.

28 All Pro Dads 7:30 A.M.


Join PTO for BINGO Night on Thursday, January 16. The cafeteria will open at 6:30.

Free to play for FPES families.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

The mother/son event scheduled for January 31st is reschedule for a later date. This event will take place in March.

We would like to thank all of the Santa Shop volunteers. Thanks to your help, the children loved shopping for their families and friends.

Follow FPES PTO on Facebook Forts Pond Elementary PTO

You may contact the PTO by email.

Thank You Radius Church

We would like to thank Radius Churches around the Midlands for their generous donation. This is the second year Radius has given a donation to our school. Mr. Derek Liferidge. pastor of the White Knoll Radius Church, made a trip to our school to deliver the news!

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.

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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