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_FLTPA Newsletter- January 2020

_FLTPA Newsletter- January 2020

The Furman Forum Volume 26
January 2020

Dr. Evelyn Perry Ladaisha Ballard Rosalind Lockwood Wanda Best

Principal Assistant Principal Executive Director Board President

Polar Express at Furman L. Templeton

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

★ Vision & Mission Statement…..Pages 3-4
FLT’s Mission & Vision Statement,
Important Dates, Principal says

Furman L. Templeton Preparatory

Academy ★ Core Values………………………..Pages 5

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, FLT’s Core Value of the month
Baltimore, MD 21217

★ Content Update & Tips…………………….Page 6-7

Academic Content

Health/Wellness, & More

★ Special Recognitions/FLT News…………….Pages 8-9
School Information
FLT Clubs

Like Us On Facebook: ★ Attendance Updates……………………………..Page 10
Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy Attendance Updates, Goals, & Tips

Follow Us On Twitter @FLTprepacademy ★ Community School News……………………..Pages 11-12
Meet the CSC, School Partners, & More

Follow Us on Instagram @FLTempleton ★FLT Events………………………………………….Page 13
Events & Parent Breakfast Schedule

★Resources…………………………………………..Page 14-32
Community Resources, Upcoming Events, & More


Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy

Our Mission
To accelerate the opportunities and outcomes for our children by demanding nothing but excellence from
the students, staff, and the community.

Our Vision
Accelerating the academic achievement of all students, in partnership with the entire community, to
ensure that students have the attitudes, skills, and proficiencies needed to succeed in college and in the 21st
century global workforce.

Important Dates

● January 1: Happy New Years!- School Closed
● January 2-3: Intersession Break III- School Close
● January 3: Professional Development (PD)- Staff Only
● January 6: School Begins for Students
● January 9: Family Yoga Night
● January 17: Qtr. 2 Ends/ Parent Breakfast
● January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- School Closed
● January 21: Qtr.3 Begins
● January 21-27: Report Cards- Distribution Window

The complete 19-20 SY Calendar with important dates may be found
towards the end of this newsletter

PARENT Parent Information January 17, 2020
7:45 am - 8:45 am
January 17, 2020 Next PTO Meeting:
8:45 am - 9:45 am Cafeteria
January 21, 2020
Cafeteria 3
FLT PAC Room @4pm

For more parent information check out the resource
guide at the end of the newsletter and the parent
engagement corner next to the main office.

Principal Says

Happy, Happy New Year to Everyone!

It is the year 2020! I don’t know about you but I am happy to be around to celebrate! As I look back
on the years, I can remember making new year resolutions. I still to that, now; but when my
children were toddlers, adolescents, teens and young adults, I made new year resolutions that I
hoped would help me develop skills that would make me a better parent.

I want to share with you some of the things I learned and tried my hardest to do while raising my
children. Most of them I did as a single parent. Listed below, are the resolutions I valued the most.

Always say "I Love You". Love your

children equally, but treat them uniquely. They're individuals. Say "I love you" whenever you feel it,

even if it's 743 times a day. You simply cannot spoil a child with too many mushy words of affection

and too many smooches. Not possible.

Dedicate bonding time to your kids.

Daily life comes with endless responsibilities—at home and work. But it’s important to leave your work at work and set aside the
chores and errands to really focus on spending time with your children. They won’t care about how many dishes you washed or how
many hours you worked; but they will remember and care about the games that you play and the books that you read together.

They’ll care about the moments you spend with them having fun and creating memories. They’ll remember the day you spent at
Shake and Bake and the adventures you go on as a family. So, dedicate time to really bond with your children, and let them know
that you really cherish their company. Show (and tell) them how much joy they bring to your life and how important they are to you.

Raise Grateful Kids

Don't raise a spoiled kid. Keep this thought in mind: Every child is a treasure, but no child is the center of the universe. Teach him
accordingly. Talk about what it means to be a good person. Start early: When you read bedtime stories, for example, ask your
toddler whether characters are being mean or nice and explore why.

Explain to your kids why values are important. The simple answer: When you are kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make
the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself.

Set up a "gratitude circle" every night at dinner. Go around the table and take turns talking about the various people who were
generous and kind to each of you that day. It may sound corny, but it makes everyone feel good. And finally,

Ask for help when you need it. There comes a time when we all hit a wall in parenting, and we need a helping hand to overcome it.
And there’s no shame in that. We all get overwhelmed—between the sibling arguments, toddler tantrums and busy schedules
packed with your kids’ youth activities.

Sometimes there’s not enough time in the day to do it all. But you don’t have to do it alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you
need it from a family member or close friend. There are times when you need a break to recover from both the mental and physical
exhaustion that comes with parenting. Then, once you refresh, you can go back to being super mom or dad because you have the
energy and fortitude to get through whatever parenthood throws your way.

Those are the four “parenting resolutions” I want to share with you. just like most, I was not the perfect parent but I tried to be a
better parent “today than I was yesterday”; and, for my efforts I have been blessed to raise 3 wonderful adults.

I hope you have a year of prosperity, love, good health and peace.

Dr. Evelyn M. Perry, Principal.


Core Value of the Month

This month’s core value is tolerance. Tolerance is the ability or willingness to
allow or put up with something, in particular the existence of opinions or
behavior that one does not necessarily agree with. A person who shows tolerance
is able to think beyond their comfort zones and give individuals and/or new
things a respectful chance even if much isn’t known in the beginning. The lack of
tolerance in classrooms, schools, communities, households, etc. drive wedges
between people not only because of the cruel treatment it brings but also because
the failure of individuals to have the chance to be exactly who it is they were born
to be. The world is composed of different people. Being educated about the
differences and uniqueness of people helps each of us be more of accepting and
understanding. Although we are diverse as individuals, each and every one of us
deserves love, respect, and the opportunity to live our best lives.

Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that
one does not necessarily agree with.

Ways to Show Tolerance

1. Promote openness and respect by demonstrating empathy and compassion
through your words and actions...
2. Encourage self-confidence...
3. Honor traditions and learn about others' traditions...
4. Give them experiences with diverse populations...
5. Travel with your kids (or move to another state or country).
6. Talk about difference respectfully
7. Respond to children’s questions, even if you do not have “good” answers


Academic Content

Academic Corner
Parents as Teachers
As parents and teachers who impact children lives, whether we like or realize it or not,
children watch our every move. Every day, we have the opportunity to influence who our
students become as individuals. When students achieve, we bask in the glory and own their
accomplishments as reflections of us. In opposite moments, when our children misbehave,
although harder to say, we own some of the behavior as well. As we all strive to help our
children reach their highest levels, there are ways we can each effectively influence and teach
them to be great and productive individuals in and outside of the classroom. Read below.

· Model appropriate behaviors
· Discuss the how’s and why’s of different tasks and skills
· Talk to your children!
· Work until the teaching becomes part of their routine
· Let your kids make their own decisions when appropriate


Content Update

Illuminating Intervention

It Is hard to believe that we are already half of the way through the school year! The intervention
students have finished their second round of i-Ready and will be reviewing their scores with their
interventionists in the coming weeks.

A great way to support your child in intervention is to work on fluency at home. In math, fluency can
be number identification, counting up and down, quickly identifying 1, 10, or 100 more or less than a
given number, or facts (addition, multiplication, subtraction, or division). In reading, fluency can be
letter identification, letter-sounds identification, sight words, or vocabulary.

It is also important to read to and with your child. If you need help getting books, please contact Mrs.
Benton by email at [email protected]

Wellness Watch

Now that it is winter and exercising can be a challenge, let’s think about other types of
wellness. Wellness is more than just your body, eating healthy, and exercising.
Wellness also includes wellness of the mind. Challenge your mind by finding ways to
expand your knowledge and skills. According to Samaritan Health Services, here are
some things you can do to boost wellness of the mind for you and your family.

· Take a class or read a book.

· Research a topic that interests you.

· Work on a sodoku or crossword puzzle.

· Teach your child a new card game like go-fish, UNO or spades.

· Encourage imagination.

· Visit the library.


Special Recognitions

Pre- K Kindergarten 1st Grade

1. Chase Nobles 1. Charles Turnstall 1. Samaya Shuron
2. Jamari Long 2. Amirah Johnson 2. Genesis Diggs
3. Deon Hudson 3. Jordan Brunson

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

1. Adrien Alston 1. Kyree Samuel 1. Karim Dupree 1. Rah-myah McNeil
2. Derrick Johnson 2. Zaiire Johnson 2. Ezekiel Williams 2. Maurice Harris
3. Adrien Chavis 3. Larry Alston 3. Kyion Wheeler 3. Paige Miller
4. My’aja Silver 4. Mckenzie Benton 4. Christopher
5. Devon Pinder
6. Sariyah Parker Williams
5. Zyi’on Lyles
6. Deonae Davis
7. Steffany Shields

Crystal Arnold Melanie Oliver

Dr. Charlene Stewart Jurea Williams Mrs. Robin Bedford-Hill Tori Thomas



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 19/20.
● 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

FLT Clubs

In preparation for Spring MCAP assessments, clubs will end for the remainder of the school year.

Choir Club- After School Program- The school choir club did an excellent job representing our school at the
holiday events at Hersheypark and The Avenue Market. We are very pleased with how far this young group has
come this year and we are looking forward to working on new songs for the spring. New members are welcome to
join on Wednesdays after school in Mrs. Davis’ room from 3:00-4:00 p.m. We have finalized and scheduled our
end of year trip and we are looking forward to having a lot of families participate and travel to Niagara Falls with
us in June. If your child is interested in joining they need to get a permission slip and meet with Mrs. Rose and
attend at least one practice prior to 1/31/2020. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Rose at 443-836-6444.
Thank you!


Attendance Plans Attendance Updates

Tardy Program

Objective: Reduction of tardiness of students
w/10+ tardy in a month to 5 or less tardy in a

Perfect Attendance Incentive

Plan: Each homeroom class has developed their
own attendance plan and an incentive program.
Talk to your child’s homeroom teacher for
details on what the attendance plan, so that your
child can earn the incentive.

Attendance Percentages Grade December
FLT is serious about attendance. Our talented staff FLT Avg.
cannot teach unless students attend school. There is 93.47%
a district-wide focus on student attendance. Again Pre-K
this year, there will be mandatory hearings at school K 92.26%
headquarters for the parents of students with poor 1 90.61%
attendance. Each month the newsletter will include 2 94.05%
this chart so students and parents can review 3 93.64%
attendance averages. Parents track your student’s 4 94.59%
daily attendance. 5 94.05%
FLT’s Attendance
Goal: 94.0%


Community School News

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

Partnership Highlight

“Giving Tree”
Throughout the winter on every Thursday morning and afternoon, during arrival and dismissal, hats, gloves, and
scarves, will be given to our families by a simple sign-in and then distribution by Promise Heights staff. We will
continue the giveaway until all items are distributed. Please only take what you need and as you need the items.
The donations will also be accessible as needed to any families. Please contact Ms. Tine, 410.207.3602 if you need
winter weather items for your family.

Thank you to the following church congregations who are our dedicated community partners for donating hats,
gloves, scarves, and socks over the past month.

Douglass Memorial Church
Pennsylvania AME
Providence Baptist Church
Sharp Street Memorial Church

News from our School Social Worker

We have a lot of exciting things going on at Furman:
Heart Market- 1/23/2020- 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.- Forms to have your students sent to the pick up area to
meet you will be out by 1/10/2020.
International Day- 1/24/2020- 8:35-10:45a.m.- PARENTS are encouraged to attend with their children
be on the lookout for the invitation or fill one out in the office.
Community Health, Wellness and Job Fair as well as clothing give-away Saturday 1/25/2020- Doors will
open at noon.- Look out for the flyer.


Community School News

The Promise Heights Team at FLT

Meaghan Tine, Community School Coordinator
[email protected]

Linda Callahan, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
[email protected]

Nikea Taylor, Early Childhood Assistant Stormi Lynn, Parent Leader
443-930-0170 Cynthia Banks, Parent Leader
[email protected]

Latoria Mackey, Activate Site Coordinator Dominique Robinson, Parent Leader
443- 813- 1522
[email protected]

Promise Corps

We have experienced AmeriCorps working here at FLT. Their mission is to
address absences and provide supports and services to students and families.

● Dozetta Lewis, Student Services Coordinator

● Maoti Gborkrquellie, Student Services Coordinator

● D’Marcus Warrick-McPherson, Student Services Coordinator

Mental Health Team Updates:

The mental health team started observing and servicing their caseloads. We sponsored the training on the
Sanford Harmony Social Emotional Learning Curriculum and met with teachers to discuss individual cases
as well. Additionally, the DOPE Girlz mentoring program had their parent orientation and started their
program, there may still be spots available for interested girls in grades 3rd-5th. Finally, our C&C Advocacy
boys mentoring program has begun for boys in 2nd-5th grade.

If you are interested in any of these available programs and or have other questions for your child’s mental
health please contact Mrs.Rose at the school.

If you feel your child is in need of additional mental Health Services you can contact Mrs. Rose (room 207)
410-396-0882 to set up and meeting and referral.


Family Yoga Night Events
& Resource Fair
Event Details

January 9, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Parent Breakfast & January 17, 2020
Workshop 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

H.E.A.R.T. Cafeteria
January 23, 2020
Parent Voice 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
(PTO) Auditorium Lobby

January 21, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

PAC Room

Parent Breakfast /Workshop Schedule SY 19/20

Date Theme Location

December 13th Financial Freedom Cafeteria
January 17th Cafeteria
February 21st Stress Relief Cafeteria

Resilience, Trauma, and Black
Mental Health

March 20th Raising Strong Women Cafeteria
April 24th Healthy Living Cafeteria
May 15th Cafeteria
Summer Fun and Safety


Resource Guide

1. Workshop & Upcoming Event Flyers
○ Treasures Of the Month
○ Parent Breakfast/ Workshop
○ PTO Meeting; Parent Voice
○ Heart Market
○ Parent Consignment Shop
○ Parent Punch Card
○ Curbside Courtesy

2. Clubs & Organizations
○ Center For Urban Families

3. Menus
○ Breakfast Menu
○ Lunch Menu

4. Home & School Connections

5. 19-20 School Year Events & Calendar


















School Year 19-20 Events


School Year 19-20 Events


School Year 19-20 Events


School Year 19-20 CALENDAR


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