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Forts Pond Elementary School

April 2019

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Important Dates for April


3 Report Cards Issued

4 4th Grade Field Trip

School House Rocks Musical Performance 6:30 P.M. at Pelion Performing Arts Center

5 5k Field Trip

Parent Lighthouse Meeting 8:30 A.M.

Title I Planning Meeting 9:00 A.M.

11 PTO Skate Night 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

12 Field Day for all Grade Levels

15-19 Spring Break

22 Regular School Day - Not Weather Make-Up

25 5th Grade Field Trip

26 1st Grade Field Trip

3rd Grade Field Trip

All Pro Dads 7:00 A.M.

27 Legos and Leaders 10:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M.

30 District Board Meeting 7:30 P.M.


Mrs. Wernicki's and Mrs. Veselak's classes have 10 days of perfect attendance!

Brooke Stalnaker and her team from Country Springs 4H Horse Club in Pelion won first place in both the State 4H Horsebowl and the Hipplogy contest which were held at Clemson University on March 9 & 10. These contests are educational contest based on horse knowledge.

Congratulations to Mr. Shealy's Class. Their class has 30 days of perfect attendance! In order to celebrate, they duck taped Mr. Shealy to the wall.

Leaders of the Month

4K Santy Baltazar, and Kaylee Dial

5k Madeline Kelly, Julian Daggerhart, Daisy Russell, David Yarborough, Brayden Stokes, Hope Pelinski, Carlee Daughtry, Sophia Beresoff, Jakoby Shaffer-Medlin, and Alaina Velazquez

Grade 1 Kayleigh Schwartz, David Jenkins Jr., Zoe Rosendo-Tenorio, Logan Wise, Maci Smith, Kaylee Bennett-Flavor, Gauge Ashworth, Chloey Weatherford Jonathan Louvier, and Mia Tubbs

Grade 2 Julian Perez-Salas, Matt Jones, Jordin Johnson, Nick Horton, Hayden Besancon, Chance Berry, Jayda Pringle, and Dakota Rowe

Grade 3 Ashlynn Brazzell, Carter Stowe, Isaac Mercado, Hunter Walker, Ayden Foutz, Raylynn Besancon, Haley Mayberry, Ainsley Rogers, Aiden Cribb, Savannah Lewis, Patricia Hunt, and Aiden Schaffer- Medlin

Grade 4 Trinity James, Jayden Harmon, Kinsley Gleaton, Clarissa Samuels, Marisol Calix, Kirstin English, Brianna Covin, and Johnny Fulmer

Grade 5 Jason Hartley, Sarina Rivenbark, Garrett Rowe, Desiree Mercado, Andy Rawls, Diego Diaz, Shania Armendariz-Chi, and Bryson Leaphart

Important Date Changes

All families received an Academic Handbook and Calendar in September. Changes were made to the calendar due to severe weather causing school closings in September and October.

April 22 will be regular school day. This day was originally a weather make up day.

June 5 is the last day for students and will be a half day with students dismissed at 11:40.

4k Screening

Screening for the 2019-2020 school year for four year old kindergarten will take place May 24, 28, 29, 30, and 31.

In order to register for screening, your child must turn 4 by September 1. You will need the following items to register for screening:

  • Long Form Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Record
  • Driver's License
  • Electric or Water Bill

Register now, so your child will not miss this great opportunity!

Recycle Markers and Crayons

What is Crayola ColorCycle?

Crayola is all about innovative solutions ~ in particular for kids and the environment. ColorCycle is our latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose Crayola markers.

Can any markers be sent in or just Crayola brand markers?

Crayola ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers. That includes dry erase markers and highlighters! ColorCycle will eliminate placing hundreds of tons of markers into landfills.

Blowfish Reading Program

During the month of April, students at FPES will participate in the Blowfish Reading Program. If students read 4 books and record the books on their Blowfish Reading Log, students will receive 2 free Bleacher Creatures general admission tickets to the June 10th game, a free Blowie Snowie Shaved Ice and get one free game of speed pitch. Reading logs will be sent home on Monday, April 1st and are due by Tuesday, April 30th.

Bottle Caps

Please save your bottle caps and send to Ms. Siceloff. She is working with a group of students on a project to be displayed inside the school.

Run Hard

The Run Hard race is May 4th at the Saluda Shoals Sporting Complex. Times will be shared as soon as those are established.

The runners are showing great leadership qualities, teamwork, and the runners are pushing themselves to get better every day!

Preparing Staff and Students for Weather Conditions

Weather conditions can be a big concern for parents and making sure their children are safe while at school. In order to prepare for serious weather conditions, all staff and students participate in fire, tornado, and earthquake drills throughout the year.

As required by the state, staff and students participate in a fire drill every month. We participate in two earthquake drills and two tornado drills during the school year. These drills are scheduled in the both in the fall and spring.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division provides information to the public on how to prepare for different types of disasters. You can visit their website at for more information.

Pelion Branch Library Poetry Contest

Entries: Due Monday April 15, 2019 by 5 PM

Where can I get an entry form?

Pelion Branch Library, All Pelion School Media Centers, and at

Who is eligible?

Adults, High School, Middle School, Elementary School, and Homeschooled students.

All winners will be announced on Thursday, April 25, in the library meeting room beginning at 6 PM. Prizes will be awarded at this time. All contestants are invited to attend and are encouraged to read their poems to the audience. Winners do not need to be present to receive prizes.

Sponsored by Friends of the Pelion Branch Library

light refreshments provided

Counselor Corner

Check out the lessons your child will receive this month from the school counselors.

Exciting news for 5K and 1st graders, they will get to explore Career Vehicles as part of Field Day rotations on April 12th. Lessons will continue through April for classrooms. Small Groups are continuing to be held- 1st grade- Family Matters, 3rd Grade- Happy Hearts. A Friendship Group for 2nd Grade will be starting soon. As always, please feel free to contact your child's school counselor, if you have any questions or concerns. Cindy Hill (4K, 5K, 1st, and 2nd Grade) Gina Mahoney (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade).

Contact your child's school counselor if you have any questions or concerns about your child.

Cindy Hill grades 4k- 2nd 821-2510

Gina Mahoney 3rd-5th 821-2598

Daily Parent Engagement Tips

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.

Service projects boost connection and community

When you and your child volunteer in the community together, he gets quality time with you and learns the joy of helping others. Great projects to do with kids include collecting canned goods for a food pantry, or asking neighbors and friends for gently-used books and donating them to a homeless shelter or hospital. You and your child might also spend some time visiting someone who is housebound.

Help your child be a good sport, on and off the field

Sports and sportsmanship should go hand in hand. But sometimes, kids feel they can break the rules as long as they win the game. Learning to win without gloating and lose without complaining will help your child on the field and in the classroom. Ask your child if she abides by the rules of the game, plays fair and follows the coach's directions. Remind her that good sports share in the responsibilities of the team.

Help your child stop clowning around in class

A sense of humor is great. But not if it causes disruptions in class. If your child has been playing the class clown, work with the teacher to identify when the behavior started, what might have triggered it and how to handle it. Talk to your child, too. Help him understand that there are times when acting clever or silly is disrespectful. Be clear about behaviors that are not allowed, and suggest things he might do instead.


All FPES students and their family members are invited to PTO Skate Night.

It will be held at Three Fountains Skating Rink on April 11 from 6:00-8:00 P.M.

A parent is required to stay with their child.

Indoor golf and skating are included at no cost. If families would like to make a donation, their will be a collection bucket. Snacks are available for purchase from the skating rink's concession stand.

FPES Leadership Clubs

Mallard Moms

May 24 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

This meeting will be combined with All Pro Dads in May

Please join us with your child/children at our Mallard Moms 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 Judy Moore at 821-2552, or email

All Pro Dads

May 24 at 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M.

This meeting will be combined with Mallard Moms

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

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

How to Help Your Child Learn Math Facts

Every student has a fact Fluency goal. Each month they set a goal for the number of facts they will get correct on their First in Math fluency assessment. Every student is helping their class, grade level, and school meet our school-wide goal in fluency. You can help your child by practicing math facts after school using flashcards. If you do not have flashcards at home, they can be printed through the links below.

Addition Flashcards

Subtraction Flashcards

Multiplication Flashcards

Division Flashcards

How to Help Your Child Read

Repetition and listening improve reading fluency

Skilled readers read fluently. They move quickly through sentences, understanding the words and the meaning. Practice builds reading fluency. Have your child read a short, fairly easy text aloud several times. Be patient and give positive feedback. And when you read aloud to your child, try to sound as though you are speaking naturally. Audiobooks also let your child hear what fluent reading sounds like.

Reading gives your child words to use when writing

To be a strong writer, your child needs a large vocabulary. To help her develop one, encourage her to read. The more she reads, the more new words she'll encounter. When she hits an unknown word, see if she can guess its meaning from the text around it. Later she can look it up. For fun and practice when she's writing, have your child see how many words she can replace without changing the meaning.

Title I Parent Engagement

Please join us on April 5 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 2018-2019 Title I plan and begin planning for 2019-2020. We will also address concerns and questions from the recent Title I Parent Evaluation. We invite you to share any suggestions or concerns you may have that will help us improve our service to you and your child.

We have a special guest coming to this meeting at 9:30. His name is Mr. Deal and he will be talking to parents about internet safety. Please spread the word.

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.


A Glance at May Dates

1 3rd grade field trip to Fireflies game

3 Super Hero Lunch Day - wear your super hero shirt

4 Fairy Tale Tea at 10:00 A.M. for grades 5K- 2

17 4k Awards Day in the Cafeteria at 8:30 A.M.

20 Last Day for 4k Students

24 All Pro Dads and Mallard Moms Combined in cafeteria at 7:00 A.M.

4k Screening by Appointment Only

27 No School - Memorial Day

28 4k Screening by Appointment Only

29 4k Screening by Appointment Only

Grade 1 Awards Day at 9:00 A.M. with Class Celebration Following

Grade 2 Awards Day at 10:00 A.M. with Class Celebration Following

30 Grade 3 Awards Day at 8:00 A.M. with Class Celebration Following

Grade 4 Awards Day at 9:00 A.M. with Class Celebration Following

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 = $$$$$

Community Events

Community Egg Hunt

The Pelion Women's Club is hosting a community egg hunt.

Date: Saturday, April 13

Time: 11:00 A.M.

Location: Pelion Community Center

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