March 2015 Notes
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Fulton Elementary School PTA

Notes - March 2015

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Notes From the President

Falcon Follies

We would like to send a big THANK YOU to Patty Bottner for stepping up and making Falcon Follies a reality. Patty, along with Chris Pereira, Coretta Bennett, and Lei Zhang will organize a night full of fun and talent. If any one else is interested in helping with this Fulton Elementary tradition, please contact me. We will need plenty of help.The Falcon Follies will be held June 12, so mark your calendars! Think about your acts over spring break; more details will be sent home in Friday Folders after the break.

Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education

Please keep sending in your Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. Labels for Education will be ending in July, so send in whatever you have now, so they can be redeemed. Drop boxes are available in the Fulton Elementary lobby.

PTA Volunteers Needed

The Fulton Elementary School PTA has committee chair spaces to fill. Won't you please consider filling a position for next year? The FES PTA needs volunteers for the following positions:
  • Boosterthon Chair/Committee: With the amazing success of this fundraiser last year, we will be doing it again this fall (October). The board will help the chair with this event. The person to fill this position should be very organized. The committee can be co-chaired.
  • Hospitality Committee: The last of event of the year will be the teacher luncheon on May 6. If you are interested, you can shadow Kristina Leary on this to learn the ropes.
  • Cultural Arts Committee: Book Cultural Arts events for our students during the year. You will work with the administration and teachers on what types of events to book.
  • Spirit Night/ Dine Out Night Committee: Book restaurants to eat at once a month.
  • Membership Committee: This is a VERY important role. You help recruit parents to join the PTA , keep track of membership, and list our membership in our own PRIVATE database. The Membership Chair should be computer savvy with this position.
  • Spirit Wear Committee: Shadow the current committee chair and learn the ropes.
Please consider being a PTA Board Member or volunteering for a committee. Contact Cindy Johnson, FES PTA President, with any questions or to volunteer.

Thank you for supporting the Fulton Elementary School PTA!

Cindy Johnson
Fulton Elementary School PTA

Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A

Please join the Fulton Elementary PTA for the Chick-fil-A Spirit Night on April 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Kloby's Smokehouse Spirit Night and thank you to Kloby's Smokehouse for hosting us!

FES PTA Meetings

The FES PTA meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fulton Elementary School Media Center. Katie McCaughey will present "Relaxation and Stress Management Techniques for Students" at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Save the Dates

  • April 9:  Jump Rope for Heart
  • April 14:  FES PTA Meeting
  • April 28:  Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A
  • April 30:  Ecology Day
  • June 5:  Space Day
  • June 12:  Falcon Follies

After School Programs

FES Kid Empowerment Smashing ANTs plus Leadership FUNdamentals

Fostering confidence, resilience, self-management, and success... one child at a time.

We all have ANTs – Automatic Negative Thoughts - from time to time. What’s important is knowing what to do with them! Smashing ANTsTM is a unique program that gives kids the tools to recognize their ANTs, plus the language and resiliency skills to challenge them. Empower your child toward success and happiness! In this life-changing program your child will learn:
  • ANT Awareness - how to recognize ANTs (Automatic Non-Supportive Thoughts), how to guard against them & smash them!
  • Fun & enlightening strategies to improve self-confidence and to create his/her own success by conscious choices!
  • Powerful life-skills, through a variety of engaging and interactive games, activities, and short cartoon lessons!
  • How to practice leading in a way others will want to follow!
REGISTER AT WWW.SMASHINGANTS.COM. CLASSES BEGIN AFTER SPRING BREAK! Fridays, 7 weeks, from April 17 – June 5 (no class 5/1), from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., $125, Grades 1-4. For questions, contact Michelle Schwelling or 410-292-2254.

Future Lime Kiln Middle School Parents

Involvement matters! It’s that time of the year again, when we are looking for a slate of candidates to fill the 2015/16 LKMS PTA board. Get involved and run for a 2015/16 LKMS PTA leadership position! LKMS is looking for a few good men and women to serve in one of 25 executive board or committee chair positions. Like to have fun? Enjoy face-time with your student’s teachers and administration? Then we have the job for you! From drama and cultural arts, to movie nights and festivals, from staff appreciation and hospitality to fundraising, put your PAW print on LKMS and the 700 students and over 90 faculty and staff!

Why choose a leadership position? There are many reasons to lead, including being connected to your student’s (or students’) school—what better way to know what is going on, then through the PTA? Enjoy participating in the many fun programs put on by the PTA or create new ones!  We program cultural arts, move nights, festivals, monthly teacher appreciation/hospitality events, spirit wear, and drama! We also participate at the County and State levels on advocacy issues such as school funding and curriculum. But we cannot do any of this without parent volunteers!

Will you join us in our crusade to make the middle years a fun and enjoyable time? Will you help LKMS PTA parents speak out on what matters most to our school? Interested? Email Cindy Johnson, Dao Vissering, or Therese Werner to find out more.  

Nominations will be collected through April 1, 2015.

Yearbook Photos Needed

The Fulton Elementary School PTA will be compiling photos for the student yearbook. If you have photos you’d like to share with us, please send them in an e-mail to Please provide the names, grade, and teacher name, for all students pictured. If possible, please include the event name or description so that we can group the photos appropriately. If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Harms.

News from Fulton Elementary School and the Howard County Public School System

Cedar Lane's Walk for Our Stars

Cedar Lane School is a special education school located in Fulton, Maryland (next to Fulton ES, Lime Kiln MS, and Reservoir HS.)  Over 100 students are enrolled in Cedar Lane, which services the most severely and profoundly disabled students in Howard County.
Each year, the school community holds the “Walk for Our Stars.” This fundraiser is the main fundraiser for Cedar Lane PTA which allows them to purchase specialized technological equipment that allows the children to maximize their potential. The “Walk” is a wonderful opportunity for their students, staff, families and sponsors to join together to support Cedar Lane School and have fun while doing so. The 18th annual “Walk” is being held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:00a.m. It is again being hosted by the Maple Lawn Community Center.

Register NOW for the Cedar Lane PTA's 18th annual "Walk for Our Stars" on Saturday, April 18, 2015!  The Walk starts at 10am at the Maple Lawn Community Center.  CLICK HERE to download the registration form.

Other Items of Interest

Disney Monkey Kingdom & By Kids For Kids

By Kids For Kids (BKFK) creates educational programs for teachers and parents to use that are FREE because they are funded by the companies that partner with BKFK. BKFK is a partner with the National PTA and created the #ShareAwesome program for the National PTA. BKFK is doing a program with the Disney movie Monkey Kingdom and has educational resources that teachers and parents can use. Click here for more information.

Students With Disabilities Can Now Access On-Demand Children’s TV Programming
Thousands of students with visual or hearing disabilities can now access free, video-on-demand children’s television programming. Dozens of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed online featuring closed captioning and descriptions through our Accessible Television Portal project. Among the shows: “Ocean Mysteries,” “Magic School Bus,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” ... more

New Grad Rate Data Show Gap Between Minority and White Students Is Closing
New data out today show some positive signs in ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed, no matter their zip code. Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, the graduation rates for American Indian, black, and Hispanic students increased by nearly four percentage points over two years, outpacing the growth for all students. more

Falcon Patrons

Become a Falcon Patron by giving directly to the Fulton Elementary School PTA. The Falcon Patron program is a direct fundraising alternative that allows anyone to make a direct, tax deductible donation to the FES PTA. For more information or to contribute via PayPal, please visit our website.

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