FES Parent News

3.27.22

Together We SOAR

FES Updates


April 1st is half day for students, dismissal will be at 1pm.

FES Families,

If you are sending someone to pick up your child, please be sure that they are listed as an emergency contact in power school and that they have a picture id with them. This includes anyone coming through the car rider line as well. Your child's safety is of utmost importance! Please do not be offended if a staff member asks to see your ID.

FES VISION

At FES, we will actively engage in a supportive, collaborative, and rigorous learning community that nurtures and builds a foundation for lifelong success.

Caroline County Recreation and Parks Summer Camp Registration

Caroline County Recreation and Parks camp information and links : https://www.carolineschools.org/ccps-blog/caroline-county-summer-camp-registration/. One point of clarification for folks is that they're only accepting students from the Pre-K 4 age group.

Interim Report Cards to be Issued in Printed and Digital Formats

This year, 3rd quarter interim report cards will be delivered to parents in two ways:

Printed paper report card given to students to take home and

Digital report card delivered via email. (The parent/guardian that is listed as a student’s first contact in PowerSchool will receive the email.)


Both delivery methods will continue with the interim and final report cards for the reminder of the school year. For the 2022-2023 school year, we hope to be able to offer parents the ability to opt-out of a printed paper copy.


Families needing to update their contact information in PowerSchool may do so on the CCPS website.

Comfortable Cafeteria is coming soon!

The Comfortable Cafeteria is one of several model programs developed as a part of the Every Moment Counts. The focus is on embedding strategies to help all children and youth participate and enjoy eating lunch and socializing with friends and adults.


Time spent in the cafeteria is an important part of the school day for students to enjoy their meal, take a break from classroom work and enjoy conversations with friends. When the cafeteria environment is pleasant, students eat more of their lunch, do better in their academic work, have fewer behavioral problems, and feel more connected to their school.


The purpose of this program is to create a positive cafeteria environment by providing the cafeteria staff and students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources needed to sustain a comfortable cafeteria throughout the school year.

Download and share a copy of the Comfortable Cafeteria Information Brief.

Refresh Recess is coming soon!

Refreshing Recess is one of several model programs developed as a part of the Every Moment Counts. The focus is on embedding strategies to help all children and youth participate in and enjoy playing and socializing with friends and adults.


Time spent during recess is an important part of the school day for all students to take a break from classroom work, engage in active play, make friends, and have fun. When the recess environment promotes enjoyable participation, students return to their classrooms ready to learn, have fewer behavioral problems, and feel more connected to their school.


The purpose of this 6-week program is to create a positive experience for all students (with and without disabilities) by providing the recess supervisors and students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources needed to sustain a positive recess environment. Specifically, Refreshing Recess was designed to support school personnel during recess and to give them strategies for fostering play and friendships, resolving conflicts, and promoting positive behavior.

Download and share a copy of the Refreshing Recess Information Brief.

FES Parent Guide to PBIS

Click here to see the FES Parent Guide to PBIS.

MASK UPDATE

Dear Caroline Family,

Beginning Monday, February 28, masks will be optional in all CCPS buildings.


This change comes as a result Maryland State Board of Education rescinding its emergency regulation mandating face masks in schools. This decision was upheld today by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR).


Locally, we are supported by the Caroline County Health Department (CCHD), who cite our improving local metrics and our continuation of other layered prevention strategies such as regular cleaning protocols, distancing to the extent possible, and quarantining positive cases.


Other important details:

  • Updated: Face masks are no longer required on school buses.

  • Students testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven (7) days as per CCHD guidance. No additional changes have been made to current contact tracing protocols.

  • In accordance with direction from the Bayside Conference, the vaccination-or-test program that has been in place in the winter season will not be required for spring high school student-athletes. Testing for winter student-athletes will continue through the end of the winter season.


I appreciate the State Board returning this decision to school districts, and continue to be thankful for our partnership with Health Officer Robin Cahall and the CCHD. Their expertise has been invaluable with decisions such as this, and enables us to act in the best interest of our students and staff. We will continue to work closely with CCHD, as well as follow Maryland Department of Health guidance on communicable diseases including COVID-19. Staff and students are reminded that it is vitally important to remain at home when exhibiting symptoms of COVID or other illness.


I’m also grateful for the patience and support of the CCPS staff, students and families as we have navigated these challenging times together. COVID is not over and we will no doubt continue to face difficult decisions, but today we can appreciate taking one more step towards normalcy.


Derek L. Simmons, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent

COVID-19 Testing Availability

The COVID-19 screening testing program through 20/20 GeneSystems has been discontinued at this time. Should the need arise to resume this program in the future, sign up information will be shared with staff and families.


For information about testing and vaccine availability in Caroline County, please visit the Caroline COVID-19 website.


Lost and Found items

Many families found items they were missing when they came to our Family Engagement Night. We hope to have pictures available to parents and posted on our Facebook page. If your child is missing a jacket or coat, hats, or gloves, please have your child check with the lost and found. We have a lot of items that need to find their owner!!
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Choptank Health's School Based Centers

Every child needs healthcare to thrive and SBHCs can help them get there. Did you know that Caroline County, is the only public school system in the entire state to offer school based health center services in each of their schools?


Choptank Health’s School Based Health Centers Are OPEN and IN THE OFFICE!


Appointments can be made through the school nurse’s office by sending a note to school with your child or by calling the school based health center directly.


Common medical concerns and illnesses can be addressed during visits. Visit reasons could include:

· Well Child Checks and Sports Participation Physicals

· Medication refills

· COVID-19 symptoms/testing

· Cold and allergy symptoms

· Asthma and breathing problems

· Stomachaches

· Headaches

· Rashes and other skin complaints

· UTIs

· Minor injuries

· Other common complaints

CALLING ALL FAMILIES! Family Engagement Activities

Plea complete the activities on the March family engagement page. Don't forget to write your name, teacher, grade level on the back along with your favorite activity!

Here are the general instructions:

1. Complete 5 or more activities with at least one member of your family or household

2. Color in the completed activities

4. Complete the family activity response journal on the back of your activity page (don’t forget to have an adult sign!)

5. Turn it into your teacher by the last day of the month for a small treat

6. Calendars with 5 or more completed activities and a parent signature will be entered in a monthly drawing for a family prize!


February activity sheet was sent home with each student and is due March 31st Please let us know if your child needs a new one!

After School Online Tutoring Available for Students

Caroline County Public Schools partners with an online provider to offer after school tutoring to students. Students receive tutoring in Math, Reading and Language Arts using an online program called Exact Path, which is offered through Edmentum.


Parents interested in learning more about the program and whether it would be a good fit for their child are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or email ExactPathTutoring@CCPS.org.

Trauma/Mental Health and Fitness Tidbit

Click to see 5 incredibly fun games to teach self-regulation (self-control) Social Emotional Learning.

English Language Learners helpful activities

How high can your child count? Can he/she count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s? Get out all of your coins, place them on the table, and have your child count how many coins you have. For our older students who know the value of money, they can add up how much money they have. These activities are skills your child will need and will use daily.

SAVE THE DATE

May 12th FES will be hosting a STEAM night from 6-7. S.T.E.A.M. Night is family event that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math. This is an opportunity for families to enjoy a variety of activities and to explore different S.T.E.A.M. phenomena.

Upcoming Dates of Importance

March 29: Spring picture day

March 31: Family Engagement monthly activity page due

April 1: 1/2 day for students, dismissal at 1 pm

April 4: Q4 Begins,

April 6: BOE Meeting - 6 PM

CCPS Calendar Changes

The 2021-2022 school year calendar has been amended as detailed below. Changes impacting student days are bolded

  • April 13, and May 27, 2022, have been changed to half-days for students, with April 13 and May 27, 2022, early dismissal for all staff.


For complete details of these changes, please see the news release (Board Amends 2021-22 School Year Calendar) on the CCPS website.
All school calendars can for the 2021-2022 school year be found here, at the CCPS website in English and Spanish.

FES School Improvement Plan and Family Engagement Home/School

Families,

Please take a look at our School Improvement Plan and the Family Engagement Home/School Compact. Please feel free to provide feedback by emailing alfaro.lisa@ccpsstaff.org.

FES Parent Title I Information

Parents should have received a letter form school with this information as well.

Parents Right to Know

The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains several provisions that promote a parent/school partnership through communication. One such provision gives parents the right to ask for and receive information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers. A parent may request the following information:

  • Any college or university degree, major or certification held by the teacher

  • Whether the teacher is certified by the State of Maryland to teach a particular grade level or subject area

  • Whether the teacher holds a conditional teaching certificate

  • The qualifications of the paraprofessionals serving the student

If you would like to request the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers or paraprofessionals, please submit a written request to the principal. The principal will provide the information to you within 30 business days of the date of your request.


Parents may also request information on the level of achievement and academic growth of their child, if applicable and available, on each of the State academic assessments.


Parents will receive timely notice if the student has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.


Parents May Request Teacher Information

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 provides parents of students attending Title 1 schools the opportunity to request information about the professional qualifications of their child's teachers. Parents of elementary students may request in writing to the school principal information about their child's teacher including college/university degrees of certification held, subject area of the teacher's degree or certification, and Maryland certification status. Additionally, if your child is served by paraprofessionals, parents may request their professional qualifications.


Parent Information Resource Center

Parents are encouraged to visit our Parent Information Resource Center (PIRC) located in the lobby outside of the front office. The PIRC has a variety of parenting resources and informational brochures and flyers. These materials are all free. Parents can find booklets from The Parent Institute on topics such as “Seven Habits of Highly Responsible Students; Help Your Child Balance School and Extracurricular Activities, and Helping Children Learn to Resolve Conflicts.” Parents can also find information about Adult Education, GED English as a Second Language, Parenting skills, and the Program and Activities Guide from Caroline County Recreation and Parks. Please be sure to check out our Parent Information Resource Center next time you come to the school.


If you have any questions please reach out to me via email (alfaro.lisa@ccpsstaff.org) or by calling the school directly. Please check out our website and facebook page for information.

Promoting a healthy and safe environment for ALL students and staff

CCPS is committed to providing a safe, respectful, nurturing educational environment where the worth and dignity of individuals are valued and their safety and rights are protected. Behaviors that compromise this environment, interfere with school operations or are otherwise contrary to the basic mission of our public schools will not be tolerated. Bullying, hazing, harassment or other discrimination affecting a student or a staff member should be reported by a victim, parent/guardian, witness, staff member or other person having knowledge.


Staff members with knowledge of such conduct are required to promptly report it to the building principal.

Non Discrimination Statement

Caroline County Public Schools prohibits discrimination in its educational programs, and in employment, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or disability.

FES is a Title I School

The FES Family will promote our S.O.A.R. core values by engaging in a supportive and collaborative learning community that nurtures and builds a foundation for lifelong success. To SOAR means to Stay safe and ready, Own our responsibilities, Achieve our goals, and Respect self and others.

Federalsburg Elementary School

Principal: Lisa Alfaro

Assistant Principal: Briana Walker