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Forts Pond Elementary School

October 2018

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Important Dates for October


5 Fall Pictures

ESOL Coffee Chat 8:00 - 9:00 A.M. in Parent Resource Center

8 Mallard Moms 7:00 - 7:35 A.M. in Learning Commons

Wear Blue #blueup Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

11Parent Conferences 2:45 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.

12 Parent Conference 7:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

15 Wear Blue #blueup Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

17 Collaborative Planning - 1/2 day for students - dismiss at 11:40

18 Fundraiser Pick Up

19 All Pro Dads Meet 7:00 A.M. in Learning Commons

PTO Fall Carnival 6:30 P.M.

22 Pelion Area Schools Joint School Improvement Councils Meet at Pelion Performing Arts Center (located behind Pelion Middle School) 6:30 P.M.

23-30 CogAt 2nd grade

26 Report Cards Issued

22-26 Red Ribbon Week (see special events below)


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Mr. Shealy's 5th grade class is ranked #1 in the South Carolina in First in Math!

Mrs. Burnett's class was the first class in the entire school to fill their treasure chest for related arts teachers!

Mrs. Still's class was the first 5k class to fill their treasure chest for related arts teachers!

Mrs. Siceloff received several grants this year through Lexington One Educational Foundation, Seed Fair, Wood Magic Forest Fair, and Publix.

Mrs. Cribb received several grants this year through Seed Fairy, Donors Choose, W.P. Rawl, and Pets in the Classroom.

Mr. Weber received the Golden Apple Grant through Michelin.

Mrs. Langley and Mrs. Jett both received funding from Donors Choose.

Leaders of the Month

Grade 4k - Natalie Gay and Casey Phillips

Grade 5K - Arianna Gardner, Katherine Louvier, Cody Martin, Erin Powell, Memphis Leaphart, Skye Berry, Paxton Browder, and Michelle Weathington

Grade 1 - Jasmine Peters, Nicholas Ramirez, Carson Taylor, Rylee Hanna, J'Liyah Sims, Jeremiah Figueroa, Nolan Carnahan, and Kelsie Manning

Grade 2 - Aaron Noel, Tiyana Lawrence, Makayla Adkins, Lia Sturkie, Tripp Watkins, Jacob Edwards, Madison Kyzer, Hunter Voyles, and Addison Holman

Grade 3 - Haley Pinckney, Talen Tedder, Bella Garnsey, Colton Williams, Bristol Leaphart, Daniel Ramirez, Katie Martin, Jonathan Jackson, Laura Wooten, and Giovanni Hernandez-Esquivel

Grade 4 - Realyn Coleman, Hunter Clark, Aaron Jarreau, Lizzy Sox, Aryana Adams, Beth Pierce, Angel Noyola-Perez, and Kayden Kelly

Grade 5 - Bryson Kyzer, Emma Roof, Cole Towery, Kieranda Peele, Nathan Snipes, Keyana Tolen, Brooke Stalnaker, and Ian Heger

Important Date Changes

Last month you were notified of a mistake in our calendar. All families received an Academic Handbook and Calendar in September. Collaborative Planning will be on October 17 like originally listed in our calendar. You will be receiving a notification from Central Services explaining why collaborative planning has now been moved back to 17th.

Please make a change to the December page. December 21 is not listed as a half day but it should be a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:40.

Attendance Matters

Children who are chronicaly absent in 4k, 5k, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by 3rd grade.

Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school.

By high school, irregular attendance is a better predictor of school dropout than test scores.

A student is marked chronically absent if they miss 10% or more of the days we have been in school. This includes medical excuses. For example, if students have been in school for 50 days and your child misses 5 or more days, they are considered chronically absent.

Students must be present 205 minutes per day to be counted present. If your child arrives at school by our start time of 7:35 A.M., they will be marked absent if they are signed out before 11:00 A.M.


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

Pelion Area Schools Joint School Improvement Councils Meet

The Pelion are schools' Improvement Councils will meet on October 22 at 6:30 P.M. to review the Lexington One Building Plan. We will meet at the Pelion Performing Arts Center which is located behind Pelion Middle School.

We hope you will attend.

Counselor Corner

Every Monday in October (except 10/22) students and staff will be asked to wear BLUE in honor of World Day of Bullying Prevention. #BLUEUP Against Bullying. Students will receive a Blue Bracelet to wear on these Mondays.

Monday, October 22

Rock the RED- Wear Red

Tuesday, October 23

I Mustache You to Give Drugs the BOOT- Wear Boots

Wednesday, October 24

Dream About Your Future- Stay Drug Free -Wear Pajamas

Thursday, October 25

Sock It to Drugs- Wear Crazy Socks

Friday, October 26

Be a Jean-ius- Be Drug Free- Wear Jeans

If your child needs to see a counselor for any reason, please feel free to call:

Mrs. Hill at 821- 2510 Grades 4K- 2

Mrs. Mahoney at 821- 2598 Grades 3-5

Leader in Me Lighthouse School

Forts Pond Elementary is proud to be a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.

What does it mean to be a Leader in Me School?

This means our school follows and teaches the Franklin Covey 7 Habits Program. The program integrates leadership principles into our school culture and curriculum, providing students with practical character and life skills relevant to achieving success today and in the future. The Leader in Me provides our school with the vision and language to lead FPES in a way that addresses all areas of development.

How Can I learn more about the Leader in Me Program?

· Read the book The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, or The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey. We have copies available for check out.

· Visit the parents section of where you will find resources for parents and a fun student game area.

· Or you can ask any teacher, staff member, administrator or student at Forts Pond more about the 7 Habits.

Leader in Me Habit 1

Habit 1

Be PROACTIVE means to take responsibility for your choices and behaviors. Habit 1 is the key to all of the other habits; that’s why it comes first.

BE PROACTIVE says, “I am in charge of my own life. I am responsible for whether I am happy or sad. I can choose how I react to other people or situations. I am in the driver’s seat.” Young children can easily learn to understand that different choices yield different results. The goal is to teach them to think about those results before they decide what to do.

Discussions can focus on taking care of themselves, taking care of their things, reacting or not reacting to others’ behavior, planning ahead, and thinking about what the right thing to do is. With your child, think of ways to BE PROACTIVE at home.

Most of us react to a situation immediately, without taking time to think about the results of our actions. Part of BE PROACTIVE is being able to stop and think before we act. With your child, do some role-playing to practice the skill of stopping and thinking in different situations.

Your goal in these scenarios is to encourage your child to stop and think before reacting.

Use the following ideas to get started, and then think of some that can be immediately applicable to your child’s life.

1. (In this role play, you should play the part of your child’s friend.) Say that you have a new best friend who lives close to your house and you don’t want to play with him or her anymore. Apologize and then wait for your child’s reaction.

2. (In this role play, you should be your child’s sibling.) Tell your child that you broke his or her favorite toy by accident. Tell him or her that you don’t think it’s a big deal because he or she has many toys.

Veterans Day Program and Music Performance

On November 9 at 9:00 A.M., we will hold our annual Veteran's Day Program. FPES students and staff enjoy hosting this program for our veterans. Soon a letter will be sent home requesting COPIES of pictures of Veterans for the upcoming event. This is always such a special addition to our event, and we would love to include as many pictures as possible. Please forward your copies and the requested details (Name, branch, rank, when/where served, etc.) to Mrs. Gatch.

Our 2nd and 3rd Graders will be performing for our evening Veterans Day Concert, Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 P.M. in the cafeteria. Please have students at school in their red, white and/or blue shirts and blue jeans/khaki's no later than 6:00 P.M. to warm-up and get settled. (Earlier is really not necessary.) We will be performing a selection or two the following morning, but our BIG MOMENT for our Veterans is the EVENING of Thursday, November 8th.

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.

You may also stop by the office after your parent-teacher conference on October 11 and 12 to request a copy.


PTO Meeting

Tuesday, October 16 - 3:00 P.M.

Mallard Fall Festival

Friday, October 19 - 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

See attached Flyer.

Festival Flier

Mallard Moms

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.

Please note the change of venue for meetings. We will now meet in the Learning Commons from 7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M. For further information, please contact Judy Moore at 821-2552, or email

7:00 A.M. - 7:35 A.M. in Learning Commons

All Pro Dads Breakfast

October 19 at 7:00 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 Involvement

Please join us on December 14 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. 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 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 Important November Dates


1 Fall Make-Up Pictures

6 Election Day - No School

7 Newsletter Sent Home

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

17 Mallard Market 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M. and Santa Pictures

12-19 PTO Carolina/Clemson Helmet Sales

21-23 Thanksgiving Break

Math Resources

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

Our math coach, Dawn Jacobs, developed for each grade level a list of ways to help you child at home. Select your child's grade level from the list below and it will take you to those resources.

Grade 5K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

ELA Resources for Parents

This online resource designed to provide information for parents and caregivers in order to support your children’s early literacy development. The guide provides information and strategies that will equip parents and caregivers with tools to support children from birth through the beginning years of school.

The guide does not require a login.

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 = $$$$$

Enter for Your Chance to Win a $10 Gift Card - Habit 1

Enter for your chance to win a $10 Wal-Mart gift card by completing the sentences below. Your child’s teacher will also win a gift card.

Submit the completed google form by Tuesday, October 9. You can find the answers in the information about Habit 1.

Answers must be correct in order to qualify.

Google Form to complete

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