Volume 5, Issue 8

A few messages from your PTO...

It's time for the Fall Carnival!

Mark your calendars for the Fall Carnival!

Friday October 12

There will be carnival games and prizes, JJs Red Hots, ice cream and tons of inflatables! Spirit wear will be on sale and the Book Fair will be open!

Watch for ticket order forms in this week’s Wednesday folders. $5 in advance or $8 at the gate. This is an event for the whole family!

We need your help to make this event a success, please sign up to donate water, set up or help at the event:!/showSignUp/10c0944abaa2aa3fc1-fmes3
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FMES LOVES Dessert!!!

Hello parents,

We are preparing for our first Dessert Bar of the year in support of our teachers and school staff on Friday October 5th! We are asking our families to make or bring your favorite desserts to share with our teachers after they enjoy a duty free lunch. If you’d prefer to donate money for purchased goodies, there are options for that as well. Please send money or check (made out to FMES PTO) in an envelope clearly marked “Teacher dessert bar”. Envelopes can be given to your child’s teacher or dropped at the front office.

Thanks so much for your support!

Tuesday is Topper's Night! A portion of the proceeds go to FMES! Check it out!

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We are collecting BoxTops all next week! Please send them in with your children!

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This week at FMES

Monday-Third Grade Field Trip to Camp Thunderbird

Tuesday-Topper's Night!

Wednesday-A great day at FMES!

Thursday-PTO Meeting beginning at 9:00am

Friday-Teacher Dessert Bar! Thank you for your contributions!

A great image about control for your children!

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We need your books!

The Literacy Committee is collecting donations of gently used or new books for our November 8th family literacy event, Camp Read-A-Lot. These books will be used for the Bingo game activity. We would appreciate any elementary level book donations to be dropped off at Fort Mill Elementary in the main entrance between now and November 8th. Please feel free to send them in with your student or drop them off during regular school operating times. Thank you for your support. We look forward to a fun-filled night celebrating literacy!

A message from our PowerSchool Clerk...

FMES Tardy Policy: Minutes Matter!

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Because of the new State initiative to combat Chronic Absenteeism, we are now required to report the number of minutes a student attends each day. If your student arrives late, leaves for an appointment and returns, or dismisses early, this impacts the total number of minutes accrued for the day. For students who arrive on time and leave at dismissal, this is not an issue. Elementary School hours are 7:40 AM-2:25 PM.

For the BEST start to the day, plan for a 7:30 AM arrival. A Parent/Guardian Sign in in the FRONT OFFICE is Required for all Students arriving after 7:40. An arrival to the Classroom after 7:40 will result in a Tardy.

Fort Mill Elementary School strives to maintain an orderly educational environment. A morning routine helps students get organized and prepare for a successful day of education. Please be sure your student arrives to school on time! Our school hours are 7:40 2:25 p.m. FMES Policy allows for a maximum of 10 Unexcused Tardies per school year. Tardies are excused if a Medical Note is provided. While we understand that emergencies do occur, excessive tardiness interferes with instruction and is considered an absence from school according to the South Carolina Compulsory School Attendance Act. Once a student has reached 10 Tardies, a request to schedule an Attendance Conference will be sent home to the Parent/Guardian to discuss how we may work together to ensure on-time arrival.

For students who arrive TARDY, attendance is updated as follows:

1.) UTRD – Unexcused Tardy – No medical excuse provided to show student was absent for an appointment. The student is LATE and it is Unexcused. Minutes are deducted from the overall total for the day based on when the student is Checked In.

2.) ETRD – Excused Tardy – A Medical Excuse was provided to show the student was late/absent due to an appointment. This student is Late and it is Excused. When a parent checks in through the Front Office computer, the only option is Unexcused Tardy. For these absences, the Powerschool Liaison changes the code from Unexcused Tardy to Excused Tardy.

3.) For students who leave for an appointment AFTER school starts, and then come back, the PowerSchool Liaison tracks the time they checked out and returned in Powerschool based upon the Check In/Out times and this time is Excused as long as a Medical note is provided.

For students who DISMISS EARLY:

1.) Regardless of the time a student dismisses, the Powerschool Liaison will update attendance to reflect the time the student checks out.

2.) When a student is signed out for Early Dismissal, Powerschool automatically updates the student to Dismissal. Parents will see an Absence for the day until the Powerschool Liaison updates the dismissal time.

3.) If a student dismisses before the required number of minutes are accrued, the student will have an Unexcused Absence for the day unless a Medical Excuse is provided.

If you have concerns about whether or not an Early Dismissal will result in an Unexcused Absence from school, please contact Donna Jackley, at (803)547-7546 or

Have a TERRIFIC first week of October!

Yours in Education,

Jocelyn R. Young

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