After School Programs

This is a list of some popular after school programs that are held at Fulton Elementary.  We have made every attempt to be as accurate as possible, however this information is subject to change.

Abrakadoodle Art Education: Create with watercolor paints, modeling clay, canvas board, drawing, collage and more while learning about new inspiration artists. This spring highlighted artists include Claude Monet and his famous Gardens and Mola, traditional art made by the Kuna Indians in Panama made with geometric patterns. Explore the process of creating your own art and have a colorful time! Register now at www.abrakadoodle.com/md04 Questions? lmarianelli@abrakadoodle.com

Girls on the Run: A life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls in third through eighth grade. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. Registration information is posted on their website.

HowGirlsCode: It’s an after school program where girls from 3rd—5th Grade spend 8 weeks learning about coding within the safety of their own gender and have a blast doing it! We offer four course types: Foundations of Computer Science; Scratch; Tynker; and WeDo Robotics. More information is available on their website. (current flier)

KidzArt: Provides a nurturing, non competitive environment; easy-to-learn drawing techniques that bring ideas to life; introduction to contemporary and visual art that sets the stage for a lifelong appreciation of the visual art; age appropriate, safe, professional-level art supplies that easily adapt to tools of self- expression; creative activities that promote problem solving; focusing exercises that enhance learning; a recognition of individual style that is welcomed and celebrated. After participating in KidzArt, confidence grows and skills develop that carry over into other areas of study. Soon students find themselves trying things they never would have attempted before. These classes are offered multiple times during year by Howard County Parks and Rec.

Smashing ANTs™ (Kid Empowerment After-School Activity): Have you ever heard your child say, “I tried and I just CAN’T do it!” OR “This is so UNFAIR!” OR “Now my WHOLE day is ruined!”? Not to worry, so has everyone else! These thoughts are ANTs, Automatic Non-supportive Thoughts. ANTs climb into our head without our permission! In this fun and entertaining program, children discover how to use their KID POWER to be conscious decision-makers by first recognizing, then smashing their ANTs using a variety of ANT smasher tools and strategies and PETs, Positive Empowering Thoughts! Winter Session topics include the Cant ANT, the Unfair ANT, and the Mini & Maxi ANTs, plus corresponding ANT smashers for each. Registration Now Open! New & Continuing Students – Different Topics Each Session! 2nd & 3rd Graders, Fridays, 4:05 – 5:05 PM, 7 Weeks, $139, Jan 29th Start Date Details and Registration at www.SMASHINGANTS.com.

Check out Howard County Park and Recs for more information on all their programs available at Fulton as well as other nearby schools.

Schoolwide Programs

The following list is events that are sponsored by the school and/or PTA. We have made every attempt to be as accurate as possible, however this information is subject to change. The following list of events are in chronological order, starting with September.

Fall Festival: This fun family event sponsored by the PTA that is held on the school grounds on a Friday night in October every fall. There typically are games, crafts,prizes, moon bounce, and rock climbing. There is also a "cakewalk" where cakes (donated by the FES community) are awardedto a person standing on a certain number in a ring of numbers. It's a combination of musical chairs and a spinning number wheel. Check the Volunteer page for information on volunteering for this event.

Book Fair: The book fair provides students and parents an opportunity to purchase books at reasonable prices. The book fair usually runs for one week. In addition, teachers leave their wish lists for their classrooms, and parents are invited to donate a book to their classroom. FES typically hosts a book fair in October.  Check the Volunteer page for information on volunteering for this event.

Halloween Parade and Parties: On (or about) October 31, students are invited to participate in a school Halloween parade. No masks, makeup, or weapons are allowed. It's fun to see the staff and students in their costumes. Parents are welcome to see the parade around the blacktop near the elementary school playground. The time of the parade is typically between 2 and 2:30. Following the parade, students celebrate back in their classrooms. Contact your child's room parent to get information on volunteering for the party (setup, clean up, bringing food, assisting with the party, etc.).

American Education Week: American Education Week provides all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. This is a week long celebration where parents and community members visit classrooms is always held in November, typically the week before Thanksgiving.

Fulton Parent Visiting 2nd Grade during American Education Week

Fulton Parent Visiting 2nd Grade during American Education Week

  • Parents: Fulton typically invites parents to celebrate American Education week on one day and plans special activities. Look for information in your Friday folder regarding this year's celebrations.
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day: Fulton typically invites grandparents and/or special friends to to celebrate American Education week on Friday. Programs vary based on grade level so look for information in your Friday folder regarding this year's celebrations. The PTA greets guests with coffee and refreshments. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

Turkey Trot/Food Drive: Part run, part food drive. This event always takes place the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Students promote health by running a set course and collecting points for their team. They also donate non-perishable food to show they have giving hearts too! Email for more information: Kaitlin Howell or Casey Geyer, PE Teachers. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

Holiday Shoppe: Each year in late November/early December a shop is set up featuring inexpensive presents that students may purchase for their family members for the holidays. The shop is open during the school day at recess and one evening for purchases. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

Holiday/Winter Parties: Each year on the last day before Winter Break students have a holiday party with crafts and festivities in their individual classrooms. Contact your child's room parent to get information on volunteering for the party (setup, clean up, bringing food, assisting with the party, etc.).

Spelling Bee: Each year Fulton hosts a spelling bee. Students first participate in spelling bees by grade level.  Then, all the winners participate in schoolwide spelling bee. The finalist from Fulton then advances to county level spelling bee.

International Night: Each year a group of parents and staff organize the FES International Night which celebrates the many cultures at FES. The evening includes displays, performances, a Parade of Nations, etc. This event is always held in February. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

Valentine's Day: Each year on Valentine's Day students exchange cards and then have a party with crafts and festivities in their individual classrooms. Contact your child's room parent to get information on volunteering for the party (setup, clean up, bringing food, assisting with the party, etc.). 

Ecology Day: Every March, students enjoy a day celebrating and learning about ecology.  The day includes various activities to learn about conserving natural resources. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

Jump Rope 4 Heart: Each April, students support the American Heart Association in this day long event. The children jump rope and take pledges to raise funds and get fit at the same time. Each grade participates during their related arts period. Email for more information: Kaitlin Howell or Casey Geyer, PE Teachers. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

STEM Day: Schoolwide day devoted to learning about science, technology, engineering and math. Check the Volunteer page for information on helping with hands-on activities in the classrooms. Email for more information: Kim Butler, Technology Teacher. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

Space Day: Space Day is held every year in April. This day long event features activities, speakers, movie and hands on projects exploring topics about our universe. The program connects with Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) curriculum. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

5th Grade Student Participating in the Simulated Congressional Hearing.

5th Grade Student Participating in the Simulated Congressional Hearing.

Simulated Congressional Hearing: This is part of a Howard County Public School System’s annual elementary school social studies program -- We The People Simulated Congressional Hearings. The   hearings are the capstone for the fifth grade social studies curriculum in which students study American historical, political and constitutional issues. During the mock hearings, students testify, as expert witnesses, to demonstrate their understanding of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students are judged by a panel comprised of public officials, community representatives, constitutional scholars, parents, and state and local curriculum experts who sit as a congressional committee holding public hearings within each participating school. This event is usually held in May.  Email for more information: Rebecca Otte, 5th Grade Teacher. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

Fulton Finery: Each year in May, Fulton celebrates student accomplishments with an enrichment fair.The finery is a display of student work. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

Field Day: Each year in May, Fulton hosts a field day. Students have fun and learn about fitness.  Many activities promoting fitness including the Monster Run, games, team events, relays and more! Email for more information: Kaitlin Howell or Casey Geyer, PE Teachers. Check the Volunteer page for information on assisting with this event.

Kindergarten Celebration: Each year parents are invited to a casual celebration for kindergartners. This typically is held in June. Check with your room parent and/or classroom teacher for more details.  

5th Grade Graduation: Each year parents are invited to a 5th Grade graduation celebration. This typically is held in June. Check with your room parent and/or classroom teacher for more details.