The Mallard Compass

Forts Pond Elementary School

October 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 October


3 Fall Pictures

4 Leader in Me Parent Lighthouse Meeting 8:30 A.M.

Title I Meeting - Annual Meeting of Title I Parents 9:00 A.M.

11 Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School for Students

18 End of First Nine Weeks

PTO Fall Carnival 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

25 Report Cards Issued

30 School Staff Collaborative Planning - Students Dismissed at 11:40


Ms. Siceloff received a $250 donation from Ross Stores Giving Program. This will be used to expand the LEGO Robotics program.

Mrs. Guier was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune that aired in September!

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.

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 10 and 11 to request a copy.

Leader In Me - Habit 1 BE PROACTIVE

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.

How to Help Your Child in Math

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

These resources were collected for each grade level. Select your child's grade level from the list below and it will take you to a list of ways to help your child at home.

Grade 5K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

How to Help Your Child in Reading and Writing

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.

Counselors Corner

Every Monday in October 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.

We are celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 28 through the November 1.

Monday,October 28 #Blue up against bullying-Wear blue

Tuesday, October 29 Sock it to drugs- wear crazy socks

Wednesday, October 30 It's a sunny day when I stay drug-free- wear Hawaiian

Thursday, October 31 My future is too bright for drugs- wear neon colors

Friday, November 1 Wear red for Red Ribbon Week

If you have concerns or would like your child to meet with a counselor, please call one of us:

Mrs. Hill 821-2510 Grades 5k, 1st, 2nd

Mrs. Mahoney 821-2598 Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th

Run Hard

We are excited to be starting our ninth season of Run Hard at Forts Pond Elementary for students in grades 2-5. Run Hard is an 8-week program that will prepare participants for a 5K race by utilizing our character-based concepts to teach running, healthy lifestyle, and decision-making skills.

Regardless of your athletic bound or current fitness level, Run Hard will live out the motto: “build up, don’t teardown.”

If you are interested in joining, you can register online at Under team locations, click on Lexington 1 - White Knoll Division, then click on +Register, and fill out the form and payment information. The cost is $90 per runner. Registration closes on September 6th. Late registration will not be accepted.

Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:45 at Forts Pond Elementary.

Date Information

August 20

Registration Opens

August 16

School Commitment Deadline

September 6

Registration Closes

September 16

Week One

November 9

5K Race begins @ 8 am

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.

Put your child in charge of some regular self-care tasks
Sometimes, all it takes to make your child more responsible is a change in attitude. Each month, think about all the things you do for your child. Then choose one thing you can teach her to do for herself. Spend some time coaching her in the skills she needs in order to do the task. Give her a chance to practice, then make the task her responsibility. Let her know how proud you are of all she can do!

Set your child up for better behavior
Many children test their limits in little ways: by playing computer games during homework time, passing notes at school or hanging out with troublemakers. To provide a foundation for better behavior, stay connected to your child. Tell stories, take walks, read aloud. Help him practice making good choices. And extend privileges gradually. Your child will learn he gets more freedoms the better he behaves.

Show your love by setting limits
You'd never let your child play with fire or jump off a bridge. Setting limits is one of a parent's most important jobs. Limits also help children develop the discipline needed to focus and follow directions in school. When setting a limit, talk to your child about it. Tell her why it is important. Ask for her cooperation. Then set consequences for breaking the limit. Once you've established the limit, enforce it every time.

Mistakes aren't the end of the world. They are the beginning of learning
Everyone makes mistakes. But when mistakes are viewed negatively, kids learn to fear failure. This makes them less likely to take positive risks or finish things they don't think they can do perfectly. When your child makes a mistake, stay calm and help him see what he can learn from it. Try to focus the majority of your attention on the things your child does right and not on what he does wrong.


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

October 18 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

October 25 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 October 4 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 November Dates

7 Fall Make-Up Pictures

8 Daddy/Daughter Date Night

15 Mallard Mingle

21 Family Involvement Lunch

18-22 Book Fair

Clemson/Carolina Helmet Sales

22 All Pro Dads

27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday Break


*As everyone knows our fall fundraiser of “World’s Finest Chocolates” wrapped up Friday September 27, 2019. All money was due as of Friday. We still have a substantial amount of boxes of chocolate out that have not yet been paid for. Please send this money in with your student ASAP. We will not take back partial boxes of chocolate. Even if you have not sold your entire box, per the permission slips, you are still responsible for the full $60.00 cost of the box. We appreciate everyone’s participation & getting any outstanding money turned in immediately.

*Our Fall Carnival will be Friday October 18, 2019 from 6:30-8:00. The cost of admission will be $10.00 per family. There will be bounce houses, dance party, hayrides & face painting in addition to other activities. We will also have numerous food vendors & family photo booths on site but these are not included with the admission cost. We look forward to seeing everyone there for some good family fun!!!

*Our first daddy/daughter date night with dinner & movie will be held Thursday November 08, 2019. We will have hotdog baskets with your choice of topping, chips, desert, and drink $5 for adult, $2 for daughters (if purchased in advance). $7 for adult, and $4 for daughters (if purchased at the door). We will have extra concessions available for individual purchase such as popcorn, candy, and extra drinks. Movie will be “Toy Story 4”. This is an electronic FREE event. Adults will be asked to leave their phones at a table in the back. You will get a ticket matching your phone. This is a time to spend with our girls!! *Please remember that you do not have to be “dad”., Step dad, granddad, uncle or any other special male influence in the child’s life is welcome! We look forward to seeing you spend this time with your precious little girls. Permission slips will be sent home for advance reservation & payment soon.

Follow FPES PTO on Facebook Forts Pond Elementary PTO

You may contact the PTO by email.

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