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Falcon's Eye View Newsletter February 9, 2018

View our bi-weekly Falcon's Eye View Newsletter for parents and the community. Included this week is information about Kindergarten registration, Kindness Week Activities, Makerspace Olympics in the library, International Night and more!

February's Theme is KINDNESS!

From the Bully Busters! February's theme is KINDNESS! During counseling lessons, kindergarten students will read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Students will learn how they can show respect, make responsible choices, and how to care about one another. Students will learn that everyone carries around an invisible bucket and to fill someone’s bucket we need to say and do kind things. First graders read Heartprints and created their own impressions left behind by a deliberate act of kindness to be shared on the “Great Wall of Kindness” around the media center. Second grade classes created an alphabet kindness book. Third grade students watched 20 Things You Should Say More Often by Kid President and practiced writing compliments for one another. Fourth graders watched a Kindness Boomerang clip and then practiced giving verbal compliments to their classmates. And lastly, 5th graders will listen to the story Dare which is a part of the Weird Series. Students will be able to recognize when they see someone being bullied. Students will prepare and perform a Kindness Rap that will identify ways to be kind and to spread kindness around whenever possible. Help us celebrate with our 2nd annual Kindness Spirit Week next week!

HCPSS Calendar Changes

At the Howard County Board of Education meeting on February 8th, the Board of Education approved the following schedule to make-up for the inclement weather days off: President’s Day is no longer an inclement weather make-up day and will remain a day off of school. May 18 is now a half day for students. (9:25 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.) April 4th, 5th and 6th are also now full days of school. Spring Break will be Friday, March 30-Tuesday, April 3. If there is another inclement weather day off of school this year, June 15 will be the make-up student day. Note that no final exams or end-of-the-year promotion ceremonies may be scheduled on June 15, as June 15 is Eid al-Fitr. View or print the updated calendar The Fulton Staff

Kindergarten & New First Grade Registration Starts March 5

Kindergarten registration begins Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9 at Fulton Elementary School. Children who will be five as of September 1, 2018, must enroll in Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. No appointment is necessary.

Friendly Reminders:

In general, students participate in outside recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Having hats, gloves, and coats assures students have the opportunity to be comfortable as they engage in physical activities and get fresh air. We kindly request that you write your child’s last name on the inside tag of his/her coat. This will help ensure that the coat will get returned to your child if it is found in the school, on the bus, or in the lost and found. Please do not drop students off prior to 9:15 a.m. as they do not enter the building until then.

International Night is coming to Fulton Elementary in March!

This is a wonderful event for our students to celebrate the diversity of our school - where we're from, where we've lived or visited, as well as places that simply interest us.

Career Day 2018

Fulton Elementary will be hosting career day this year on Thursday March 29, 2018. We are in the process of looking for parents and volunteers to come present about their wonderful careers to our students! If you would like to present, please contact our School Counselors Beth Shields or Lisa Bach so that we can add you to our presenter list!

Reminder - In times of emergencies/school closings...

In times of emergencies/school closings, information will be shared with the community through the following: • The school system’s homepage, • HCPSS News email and text message alerts • Twitter - @hcpss • Facebook – Howard County School System • HCPSS Cable TV-Comcast95/Verizon 42

Family File - Please Keep Current

Update Your Family File Information - Keep Current! Please keep your information updated in your HCPSS Family File Account, especially phone numbers and email accounts. This is the information that would be used to communicate to the community in case of an emergency. HCPSS uses Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect and selecting the Family File tab and then clicking on Family File. Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide or update the following information: Student information Parent/guardian contact Emergency contacts Medical information Arrival/dismissal procedures Media release (photo approval) Data confidentiality PTA/PTSA directory Changes of address may not be made through Family File. If you have recently moved, please contact your child’s school as soon as possible. Resources on how to access Family File may be found online. Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill out this Connect Help Form.

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