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October 2014 Notes
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Fulton Elementary School PTA

Notes - October 2014

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From the President

Thank you all for your pledges and participation with the Boosterthon Fun Run event!! We had pledges from 43 states and 12 countries and we could not have done it without the help from our parents and students. Our students and staff had a great time at the Fun Run! We had Mrs. Lewandowski and Ms. Nickles running right along with the students. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to mark laps on the student’s t-shirts. I think the parents had just as much fun as their kids!!
Please continue to engage your students with the lessons they learned from Boosterthon. As a reminder they are...
1. Plug into Serve; 
2. Play Hard; 
3. Amplify others; 
4. Listen for Feedback; 
5. Thank your Crowd


Thank you again for all your help with this event. Once all the monies are collected we will let you know how we did with our event.

Cindy Johnson
PTA President

Volunteers Needed

  • Boosterthon. Volunteers are needed to enter the cash/check payments into the system for the Boosterthon Fun Run. Please email Rochelle Weirich if you can help for 3 hours on Monday, October 27 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Fulton Elementary School.
  • Book Fair 2014. The Kingdom of Reading Book Fair is scheduled to begin on October 27 and run through October 31. We are in need of volunteers to help make this a successful event. Please visit Sign-Up Genius or e-mail Gina Klatte to volunteer. For more information about the Fulton Book Fair visit Scholastic online.

FES PTA Meetings

The FES PTA meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is November 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fulton Elementary School Media Center. We hope to see you there!

HCPSS Family Mathematics Support Center

If you or your child need help understanding math, visit the HCPSS Family Mathematics Support Center website. The HCPSS Family Mathematics Support Center helps families: 1) Gain a better understanding of their child's mathematics program; 2) Refresh or build understanding of new (or unfamiliar) math concepts, skills, and practices; 3) Provide additional support and practice opportunities for students, as needed throughout the school year. Additionally, the support center provides links to mobile apps and grade-specific activities to make learning more exciting.


Howard County Public School System Mobile App

The Howard County Public School System has a new mobile app. Easily navigate through current news and events or check out the latest updates with social media like Facebook and Twitter. Quickly retrieve contact information, sporting scores, lunch menus, and more! The app is available on Google Play and iTunes.

Boosterthon

The PTA would like to thank all of the parent volunteers and teachers for making the Boosterthon Fun Run such a great experience. The kids had a blast while getting some great exercise. Boosterthon did a wonderful job of highlighting the character lessons daily. We've heard of some great stories of how kids have used them in real life experiences in a positive way.

As we wrap up this fundraiser, we ask the following: Students, please remember to thank everyone who gave you a pledge. Parents, please start asking the people who pledged to start making payments. An email will go out to them giving them the final tally. They can pay online (preferred) or by cash/check. Checks are to be made payable to FES PTA. Payments are due Friday, October 24, 2014.

BoxTops for Education                       

The BoxTops collection sheets are due back to Fulton Elementary on Monday, October 27. Don’t forget that you can turn in BoxTops any time you’d like by placing them in the BoxTops for Education drop box in the Fulton Elementary School lobby. All you have to do is place them in a sealed bag with a note that includes your child’s name, grade, and homeroom teacher.

2014 Winter Coat Drive

A final reminder that donations of coats, mittens, hats, and gloves are being collected until October 28. Please bring your gently used and cleaned items to the Coat Collection Box in the Fulton Elementary School lobby. Look for the snowman! Thank you for giving the gift of warmth to those in need.

Share Your Awesome Photos

Did you capture an awesome moment with your student or their classmates? Share that photo with the Fulton Elementary School PTA and it might be included in the yearbook. Share your photos all year long by sending them to photos@fespta.org. 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 or would like to be part of the Yearbook Committee, please contact Sherry Harms.

Save the Dates

October
27-31 -Book Fair
31      -Halloween Parade & Parties

November
3        -Professional Learning Day (No school)
4        -Election Day (No school)
11      -FES PTA Meeting, Fulton Elementary School Media Center (7:00 p.m.)
12      -Spirit Night (Dine Out), New York J&P Pizza (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

For more information about these and other events, please visit the Fulton Elementary School PTA website.

FES PTA Partners


Star-Light Studios

Star-Light Studios is inviting friends and families of Fulton ES to schedule their holiday family portraits now. A percentage of the portrait sales will be donated to the Fulton ES PTA. Visit their portrait gallery online and call 301-498-2524 to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to mention the Fulton Elementary School PTA!


Life Dance Studio

Life Dance Studio provides a space where your child can be more in his/her body and less in the head space. Come be creative and have fun! Register now and 10% of the registration fee for students or parents will be donated to the Fulton ES PTA. Classes include Creative Movement for Boys & Girls, Kids Quiet Time, Morning Creative Movement with Moms/Dads, Tots, and Pregnancy. For more information and class descriptions visit them online.


The Happy Yogi

You can earn 10% for the Fulton ES PTA by using Promotion Code fultonpta14 at check out when you register for any youth class at The Happy Yogi. Classes include Yogi Seeds & Mommy Too (Infants to Precrawlers), Yogi Saplings (Ages 3 to 5 years), Yogi Trees (Ages 6 to 12 Years), Saturday Kids Yoga (Ages 3 to 8 years), and Teen Yoga. Register online.

Other Items of Interest


R4K: Maryland’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System (EC-CAS) 
The Maryland State Department of Education has introduced a new kindergarten assessment. Take a look at what R4K is all about. more

Assessment Right to Support Students, Educators and Families
This op-ed piece by U.S. Department of Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, originally appeared in the Washington Post on October 17. Secretary Duncan addressed the issue of getting assessment right in conjunction with an official statement on the issue from President Obama.  Read the full letter here.

Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools
As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated—including against America's 6.5 million students with disabilities. more

Membership

There is still time to join the Fulton Elementary PTA. The annual PTA membership is $20 per family. Please visit our website for the membership form or to pay directly via PayPal.

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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