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FLT October Newsletter

FLT October Newsletter

The Furman Forum Volume 16
October 2018

Dr. Evelyn Perry Dr. Rashida Wilson Rosalind Lockwood Wanda Best

Principal Vice Principal Executive Director Board President

Literacy Night at
Furman L. Templeton

Look What’s New In This
Month’s Issue!

★ Vision & Mission Statement…..Page 3

Principal Says, FLT’s Mission & Vision Statement,

Important Dates

★ September’s Core Value………………………..Page 4

FLT’s Core Value of the month

★ Content Update…………………………………….Pages 5-6

Academic Content Update

Health/Wellness, & More

★ Special Recognitions…………………………….Page 7

Parent/Student/Teacher of the month

Furman L. Templeton Preparatory ★ FLT News/ Event Highlights……………….….Page 8-9

Academy School Information
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, FLT Clubs

Baltimore, MD 21217 Parent Information/Event Highlights

★ Attendance Updates……………………………..Page 10

Like Us On Facebook: Attendance Updates, Goals, & Tips
Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy ★ Community School News……………………..Pages 11-12

Meet the CSC, School Partners, & More

★ City News……………………………………………Page 13

Follow Us On Twitter @FLTprepacademy District information, School policies & Procedures

★FLT Events………………………………………….Page 14

ollow Us on Instagram @FLTempleton October Events & Parent Breakfast Schedule
★Resources…………………………………………..Page 15-30

Community Resources, Upcoming Events, & More


Welcome to Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy

Principal Says…...

Greetings, to all FLT Parents!
We are 38 school days into this academic year. Our first Intersession Break
begins on October 8th. Our students have already focused on two Core
Values—RESPECT and SELF CONTROL. This month’s Core Value is
PERSEVERANCE. Perseverance, also called grit, is being able to work
through the hard times and hard work. People who persevere don’t give up
easily; they push through the struggle. Students who are taught to
persevere are the most successful students. Research show that
perseverance may be as important to academic performance and
professional success as a person’s IQ or intellectual ability. By helping your
child develop perseverance now, you can help prepare him or her for
future failures as well as future success.
How can you help your child understand and develop perseverance?
● Talk to your child about times you or a family member have struggled and how you persevered. It can

be about big or little struggles. Examples can be about overcoming an illness or a job loss. Share how
you kept applying for jobs until you finally got one.
● Talk about a time you struggled as a child. You may have had some challenges in school trying to
make friends; learning a new subject; or, trying to make a sports team. Even if you did not handle it in
the best way, your child will understand that failing is a part of life. It’s what you do after you fail that
really matters.
Respect, self-control and perseverance---character traits that make successful students and adults. We are
creating FLT scholars through the development of our monthly Core Values.

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

Our Mission ● October 30th: 2nd Quarter Begins
To accelerate the opportunities and
outcomes for our children by demanding ● November 1-5th: Report Card
nothing but excellence from the students,
staff, and the community. Distribution

Our Vision ● November 5th: Early Release Day
Accelerating the academic achievement
of all students, in partnership with the ( Report Conference Day)
entire community, to ensure that
students have the attitudes, skills, and ● November 6: School Closed
proficiencies needed to succeed in
college and in the 21st century global ( Election Day)
● November 21st: School Closed

( Intercession)

● November 20-23rd: Thanksgiving Break

The complete 18-19 SY Calendar with 3
important dates may be found towards

the end of this newsletter

October’s Core Value

“ Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

Definition: working hard and not giving up.

Character Check:

Make sure your child is reflecting on these questions to exhibit this
month’s core value:

● Do I stay positive even when I make a mistake?
● Do I encourage others not to give up and keep trying?
● When I am confronted by problems do I work until I solve them?
● Am I patient with myself and others when something is hard?

Recommended readings that promote perseverance:
❏ Hook ( Pre-K to Adult) by Ed Young
❏ D.W. Flips ( Pre-K to 2) by Marc Brown
❏ Being Teddy Roosevelt (3rd- 5th) by Claudia Mill


Content Update

In the article titled “Learning to Read and Write: What Research Reveals, authors explain
that children began to learn about reading and writing very early in life. While they manot
be able to accurately read and write, they are making connections between letters,
sounds, and literacy.

Children learn to use symbols, combining their oral language, pictures, print, and play into
a varied form of communication. From their experiences and interactions with adults,
children begin to read words, using letter-sound relations and the alphabetic system. As
they continue to learn, children increasingly put this information together in order to
become fluent readers and writers.

The authors of the article continue to explain that the ability to read and write does not
develop naturally, without careful planning and instruction. Children need regular and
active interactions with print. Specific abilities required for reading and writing come from
immediate experiences with oral and written language. Experiences in these early years
begin to define the assumptions and expectations about becoming literate and give
children the motivation to work toward learning to read and write. From these experiences
children learn that reading and writing are valuable tools that will help them do many
things in life.

“We may take for granted that our children will inevitably learn how to add,
subtract, multiply and divide, but early math lessons establish the base for the
rest of their thinking lives. “Mathematics that kids are doing in kindergarten,
first, second and third grades lays the foundation for the work they are going
to do beyond that,” says Linda Gojak, president of the National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). “They are learning beyond just counting and
numbers.” That’s why it’s so important to help children love math while they
are still young. Parents can build on those first preschool lessons by counting
with their children, asking them to look for patterns and recognize shapes,
then moving on to numbers, Gojak says.

The goal should be to make math “real” and meaningful by pointing it out in
the world around you. That could include checking and comparing prices at
the grocery store, driving down the street counting mailboxes, reading recipes,
calculating coupons, or even measuring food or drink at the dinner table. In a
nutshell, showing students that there is a math world all around them makes it
that much easier for them to grasp and understand concepts in the classroom.
Bring math to life in daily experiences and tasks.

Just as you encourage your early reader to look for familiar letters, ask your
child to watch for math, regarding math as highly as you do reading. “Every
parent knows that it’s a good idea to read to your child every night, but they
should also realize the importance of talking about mathematical situations
with children every day,” says Mahoney.

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Content Update

Illuminating Intervention

All of the baseline assessments have been completed! Using the data from the
baseline assessments, students were identified for support in reading, math, or
both. Letters were sent home with students that qualified on Friday,
September 21st, and intervention groups began to be pulled on Monday,
September 24th. Students receiving intervention from an interventionist will
be pulled out twice a week for 40-minute small group sessions. Students
receiving support from Reading Partners will be pulled out 1 to 2 times a week
for one-on-one support with a tutor.
The students in the Gifted and Advanced Learning program began their
programming on September 24th. They will receive pull out services three
times a week from Mrs. Benton as well as in-class support from their general
educator(s). Each day the students are in their pull-out group, they will be
working on Reading, Math, or Science/Projects. The reading program is
Jacob’s Ladder, the math program is M2 or M3, and the science/project day will
be based upon the student preference sheets.
If you have any questions about what we are doing in intervention and/or want
to know how to support your child at home, please stop by room 211! Mrs.
Benton is available on Wednesdays to provide support for families. Please
contact her by email at [email protected] or phone at 443.836.6439 to
schedule an appointment.

The NewFit Kids fall sports programming is just beginning. Students in
the upper grades are playing kickball against other area teams while
students in the lower grades are on two teams and play kickball against
one another.
Last month we also had our first Fitness Day Fundraiser. It was a great
success and students enjoyed participating in the group workout and
having a healthy snack! Our next fundraiser event will be November 8th.

Now that cooler weather is upon :us, here are 6 Tips for a Healthier Fall:

1. Pumpkins are full of Vitamin A and C and their seeds may help lower your cholesterol! Rather than just

using them for decorations, check out some yummy pumpkin recipes!

2. Get your flu shot! No one wants to miss out on any fall fun with the flu.

3. Stay hydrated and eat well to prevent the cold, too! Staying hydrated and eating probiotic foods like

yogurt can help build your immune system and help you fend off the common cold. Pumpkins are also

great immune-builders!

4. Head outside to enjoy the weather before winter! Spending time outside increases your Vitamin D,

which makes you happier and improves concentration! Playing with little ones for 30 minutes burns an

average of 150 calories for a 150 lb. person. (People that weigh less would burn less while people that

weigh more would burn more.) Not only will playing outside with your children help tire them out and

improve their sleeping, but it can help you get a little healthier too! Plus everyone gets a dose of Vitamin


5. Stay aware from Halloween Cravings. Wait until the day before Halloween to buy candy or hide it in a

cupboard so that it isn’t tempting you. Spread the love of the candy over several days and weeks to

prevent becoming a sugar zombie. 6

6. Eat like an athlete, not a couch potato on game day. Instead of indulging in chips and pizza, think about

veggies and dip and baked chicken wings. Your heart and waistline will thank you!

Special Recognitions

Pre- K Kindergarten 1st Grade

1. Paige Hall 1. Dru Pauling 1.
2. Karmen Pina

2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade

1. Khaylan Samuel 1. 1. Williams Ellis 1. Dashaun Hemphill
2. Harlem Peacock 2. Paige Miller 2. Rudie Williams
3. Adrian Alston 3. Sariyah Chance 3. Mariyah Witherspoon
4. Jamira Jackson
5. Anthony Swann

Ms. Cynthia Banks Ms. McCuller

Ms. Shanna Coe Mr. Anthony Stowe Ms. Crosby Ms. E. Brown



School Information

Breakfast Start Time: 7:30 a.m. (New time)
School Start Time: 7:45 a.m.
Dismissal Time: 2:25 p.m.

● Pre-k to 1st grade pickup location: Blacktop behind brick wall on Pennsylvania Ave
● 2nd to 5th grade pickup location: Black top near basketball court off of Dolphin St
NOTE: We DO NOT follow the BCPS Early Release Days newly scheduled for SY 18/19.
● No early dismissals after 2:00 p.m.
● Must show i.d. to enter school building
● School-wide uniform: Khaki pants/short/skirt, Navy blue (or white) polo style top (or button up shirt)

and closed-toe shoes
● No double parking

Pratt Bookmobile
This year the Enoch Pratt Library Book mobile will come to
our school once a week. Students will have the opportunity to
check out books each week using their library card.
If your child has any books checked out please return them
by October 5th.

FLT Choir Club FLT Clubs

Choir club is back up and running for FLT Cheerleading
the school-year and children are Contact Ms. Harrell for more
already starting to learn songs and information
fundraise. The choir club will meet
this year on Tuesdays after school FLT Club Friday is every Friday at FLT
from 2:30p.m.-3:35p.m. As well as Basketball @ 1pm
during club times on Fridays. We are More details about FLT Basketball
looking forward to working on our and other clubs to come….
holiday music sets in preparation for
our December performances.

PARENT Parent Information 8

OCTOBER 26, 2018 Next PTO Meeting:
8:30-9:30 a.m. October 23, 2018

FLT Parent & Community Center FLT Library

Parent Event Highlights

Parent Breakfast Highlights:
❏ Discuss about attendance strategies
❏ PTO Meetings
❏ The importance of parents as they are essential to our school family
❏ Parent’s voices need to be heard

National Million Fathers March:

Father’s across the nation brought their children to school on
this special day!
Purpose: to engage, equip and empower a community network of fathers and families by
creating an environment of support, parental education, positive societal narratives and
a father-focused blueprint to elevate the awareness of responsible fatherhood


Attendance Updates

Attendance Plans Tardy Program Monthly Classroom Perfect Attendance
Objective: Reduction of tardiness of
students w/10+ tardy in a month to Plan: Each day homerooms will earn a letter
5 or less tardy in a month. if perfect attendance achieved. Receive a
letter to spell out the monthly core value.
Goal:To identify family gaps and When all letters achieved classrooms earn
where community partnerships the monthly incentive.
could support to reduce student
tardiness. Incentives: Range from extra 10-15 minutes
recess time, popsicle time. Hot chocolate,
and a movie showing at lunch.

Quarterly Incentives
Goal: 95% Club- Students with 95% cumulative
attendance for the quarter can attend the
quarterly event.

November: Pizza Party and Game Truck
February: Climb Zone White Marsh
May: African American History Museum - DC -- Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Attendance Percentages Grade Attendance
FLT is serious about attendance. Our talented staff FLT
cannot teach unless students attend school. There is Average 89.52%
a district-wide focus on student attendance. Again
this year, there will be mandatory hearings at school 3 92.3%
headquarters for the parents of students with poor 4 91.23%
attendance. Each month the newsletter will include 5 89.85%
this chart so students and parents can review Pre-K 89.81%
attendance averages. Parents track your student’s 2 88.03%
daily attendance. 1 87.731%
K 87.21%
FLT’s Attendance
Goal: 94.0%


Community School News

The Promise Heights Team at FLT Promise Corps: We have experienced
AmeriCorps working here at FLT.
Meaghan Tine, Community School Coordinator Their mission is to address absences
410-207-3602 and provide supports and services to
[email protected] students and families.

Linda Callahan, Early Childhood Mental Health Cynthia Uchendu, Student Services
Consultant Coordinator
[email protected]

Latoria Mackey, Activate Site Manager
443- 813- 1522
[email protected]

● Child First Partnerships at FLT ● Promise Heights
● B’More for Healthy Babies ● Leveling the Playing Field
● Arts Every Day For more information Contact: ● Breath Mobile
● Reading Partners Meaghan Tine, LMSW ● Greater Baltimore Urban
● New Fit Sports Program Community School Coordinator League
● ElmSeed Foundation ● MD Food Bank
● Little Flowers
● Chicago Parent

Partnership Highlight

Child First Authority is a community based organization that functions to provide
academic and social support to the youth of Baltimore. CFA works with students and
families to ensure that students:

• attend school at a high rate,

• have access to project-based learning opportunities and academic

•support have access to professional art and cultural instruction

Child First Authority, Inc. at F.L. Templeton Preparatory Academy seeks to create an
inclusive, welcoming, and diverse environment that encourages children of all abilities to
develop their skills and talents in the academic, enrichment, and social realms. Our staff
will continuously work with students and their families to identify and provide the most 11
successful experience for each student.

Community School News


City School News

Community Conversations with the CEO
Our school communities are rich with ideas about what
our students need to thrive. Please come to share your
thoughts with CEO Sonja Santelises and senior district
leaders. Sessions are scheduled around the city throughout
the 2018-19 school year. All sessions take place from 6:00
to 8:00 p.m.

2018 Dates
Thursday, October 18
Shake and Bake Family Fun Center
1601 Pennsylvania Avenue link opens new window
Focus on middle and high school choice

Thursday, November 8
Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights
Elementary/Middle School
6300 O’Donnell Street link opens new window

One Book Baltimore is a collaboration among several local
organizations to provide opportunities for Baltimore City 7th and 8th
graders, their families, and community members to connect through
literature by reading the same book. Discussions and programming will
be held across the city this fall to spark conversations focused on peace
and how to promote change in our community

2018 Selection: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Justyce McAllister is a teen who looks to the teachings of Dr. 13
Martin Luther King Jr. He writes a journal to Dr. King to find

out if the civil rights leaders’ teachings hold up in a modern

“Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins
industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she

boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New
York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award

Event Title FLT Events
Math Night
Parent Breakfast October Events

Parent Workshop Event Details

October 25, 2018

October 26, 2018 @ 7:45 am
In the main Lobby of FLT

October 26, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.
Parent and Community Room at FLT

Parent Breakfast Schedule SY 18/19

Date Theme Location

September 21st Attendance Lobby
October 26th At Home Learning Lobby

November 16th American Education Week Lobby

December 14th Holiday Library

February 15th Black History Lobby

March 15th Women’s History Lobby

April 26th PARCC Prep Lobby

May 17th Summer Learning and Library


Resource Guide 15

● Workshop & Upcoming Event Flyers
○ Parent Workshop
○ Nutrition Workshop
○ Parent Breakfast

● Clubs & Organizations
○ Enoch Library
○ Center For Urban Families
○ Employment Connection Center
○ Johns Hopkins

● Menus
○ Breakfast Menu
○ Lunch Menu

● 17-18 School Year Calendar




Reading with the CEO at the Pratt

Family Reading Night

City Schools’ students and families are invited to join us for an evening of
reading and fun with CEO, Dr. Sonja Santelises.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Enoch Pratt Free Library – Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
1531 W. North Avenue

· Get tips to support reading at home for students from pre-k to 8th grade
· Dinner and translation will be provided

· Giveaways and free take-home literacy kits
· Learn about library resources for all ages

For more information please contact:
[email protected] or 410-545-1870
















School Year 18-19 CALENDAR


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