Fulton Flier

Week of October 19th

Dear Fulton Families,

This week is National School Bus Safety Week and is designed to promote school bus safety. Typically during this week, we have a bus evacuation drill and share protocols with students of what to do in the event of an emergency. This year, during Bus Safety Week, we want to lift up our Bus Drivers. They are sometimes the first smiling adult our students see each morning and the last before they get home. They always brave the weather to get our students safely where they need to be and we miss their smiling faces. If you know a bus driver, please say thank you this week!

Thank you for supporting your 2nd-5th grader during MAP the past two weeks. Mrs. Brickner and Mrs. Caroland have reached out to any student who did not complete the assessment for an opportunity to participate in a make-up this week, Wednesday, October 21st. To access your child’s Reading and Math MAP score, you will need to log in to HCPSS connect as a parent. Please click here for directions on how to access your child's report and a more detailed home report will be available in Synergy by early November. We also wanted to share a MAP Family Toolkit, you may find helpful in navigating your child's scores. For additional questions, please reach out to Mrs. Caroland (molly_caroland@hcpss.org) or Mrs. Brickner (leslie_brickner@hcpss.org).


Dr. Burks

Updates on School Meals

Free school meals previously due to expire at the end of December, have been extended through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Thus, HCPSS will be able to provide meals at no cost to any HCPSS student, and all children 18 and under, through the entire school year, assuming continued availability of USDA funding.

Do you have a 4th or 5th grader who loves to dance?

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Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay, Poster and Oral Competitions

The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is hosting an elementary school poster contest. This is a great opportunity for our students to express themselves orally, in writing, or on poster.

The deadline for the poster, video, and/or essay is October 30 at 5:00 p.m. Each applicant must submit an application and their submission by the deadline, to be eligible for the cash prizes.

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A message from our Bully Busters

In honor of Bully Prevention Month, we are going to be celebrating Pink Shirt Day on Friday, October 30th!! In case you haven’t heard yet, Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying initiative that began a few years back in Nova Scotia when a 9th grade boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Two other boys who witnessed the bullying organized the first Pink Shirt Day in support of the bullied student. Everyone they knew came to school wearing pink to show that they take a stand against bullying.

Please dig out your favorite pink shirt to wear to school on Friday 10/30!!

Opportunities to connect with other Parent/Guardians in your child's class

A huge thank you goes out to our room parents, who are gearing up to build those social connections for parents and for students. Because the teachers cannot provide parents with other parents’ contact information, we need your help! Please complete this form so your room parent has your information for virtual play dates, virtual parties or other virtual social gatherings! We don’t want you or your child left out of the classroom community and fun!

Contact Information for Room Parents

Calvin Ball's Annual Toys for Tots

We are happy to announce that County Executive, Calvin Ball, will continue to host his annual Toys for Tots event. While they are still working out the logistics (day/time/location of pick-up), to protect the safety of everyone, this distribution event will be hosted as a drive-thru event.

If you are not receiving holiday assistance from another community source, and would like us to register you, please complete the Calvin Ball’s Annual Toy for Tots Registration form using the request link below. Your request must be received by October 28th and submissions made after this date cannot be accepted.

Once you have registered and the logistics are finalized, you will receive an email confirmation with pick-up detail. It is encouraged to “like” the HoCo ToT Facebook page, where they will begin to post up-to-the minute information soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jessica Wilson-Carr at jessica_wilson@hcpss.org.

Additionally, Toys for Tots is actively looking for volunteers to help with the event set-up and during the drive-thru distribution. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Kimberly Pruim at kpruim@howardcountymd.gov.

Dates to remember

  • October 21st: MAP make-ups
  • October 24th: PTA Online KidzArt Class 10:00am
  • October 25th: PTA Virtual Fun Run
  • November 3rd: Schools and offices closed- Election Day
  • November 6th: Schools close 3 hours early

Worth Repeating

Battle of the Books

We are excited to partner with the Howard County Public Library and Howard County Public Schools to promote reading, teamwork, vocabulary and good sportsmanship through the Battle of the Books. This year the event will be presented in a virtual format and we have shared this information with all 5th grade students during their media class!

  • Teams of 3-5 students and one adult coach each read the same 11 pre-determined books.
  • Students must have a coach that will be responsible for registration and attending the mandatory meetings.
  • Thanks to generous sponsors, all teams receive a set of books. In addition, copies of each year's titles are available for borrowing at the Howard County Library System.
  • More information about how the virtual event will run are forthcoming.
There will be a general informational Zoom meeting offered on October 20, 2020 2019 at 7pm.

Other Important Dates:

  • Oct. 23 – Nov 6, 2020: Online Registration for BoB *Registration will close on Nov 6 or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first
  • Nov. 18, 19 & 21, 2020 Mandatory Coaches’ Meetings via Zoom Curbside pickup of books
  • Mar. 23, 24 & 25, 2021, 7:00 pm Mandatory Logistics Meetings for coaches via Zoom
  • April 16, 2021 Battle of the Books!.

Our Media staff can answer any questions you might have. If you are interested in coaching a team please contact Mrs. Cerand (lcerand@hcpss.org) or Mrs. Fischer (margaret_fischer@hcpss.org ) so they can support your enrollment in this great program.

More information can be found by visiting.


Intent to Participate in Hybrid In-Person Instruction, Survey Open Through Oct. 23, 2020

Last week, HCPSS distributed a short survey to all HCPSS families to gather data on whether families intend to send their student(s) back to school or continue fully virtual learning through the end of the current school year. No decision has been made regarding the learning format for the second semester. The data from this will facilitate planning and is not a commitment for the second semester. This information will assist the Board and HCPSS leadership during discussions about possible models for the second semester.

Families will have the opportunity to formally select a learning option following the Board's deliberation and final decision on second semester plans. This survey will be available to families through October 23rd at 4:00pm. To learn more please click here.

Canvas Calendar Update

Students can now view up to 20 calendars within Canvas! There are a variety of views of the calendar (month, week, and agenda). We encourage you to explore the best setting for you and your family. Learn more about the Canvas Calendar.
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Fulton elementary school

Tanisha Burks, Principal

Molly Caroland, Assistant Principal

Leslie Brickner, Assistant Principal