2019-20 Welcome Letter

We are excited that you will be joining the Francis Scott Key (FSK) community for the 19-20 SY and beyond! To prepare you and your child for the school-year ahead, please find some key information below. 

First day of school is September 3rd.
The school day at FSK runs from 8:15am-2:55pm daily for all students, Pre-K through 8.

Updated AM and PM Building Drop off/Pick up Protocol

Students in Pre-K through 1 will head into the gym starting at 8:00am (enter front doors and the gym is straight ahead to the left.) Parents can stay with your students until their teacher arrives at 8:15 a.m. to take them to class

Due to the enrollment increase in our lower grades, students in grades 2-8 will now be outside until 8:15am (unless eating breakfast – more details below)

  • Grades Pre-K through 1 will be picked up from the gym in the morning.  K and 1 will exit from the side door leading to the alley with Pre-K students picked up from the Pre-K Door (Ms. Rhea’s room)  *Parent pick up mandatory*
  • Grades 2 and 3 will enter and exit from the doors to the left of the main entrance
  • Grades 4 and 5 will enter and exit from the side doors to the right of the main entrance
  • Grades 6-8 will enter the doors near the bus loop and exit from the entrance near the bus loop and the Side Doors leading to the dead end of the street.

*If there is inclement weather or the temperature is below 32 degrees, students will be allowed to come into the main hallway and/or cafeteria before 8am*

Breakfast and Lunch

Baltimore City offers free breakfast and lunch to all students.  Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 8:00-8:15am (enter front doors and turn right make your next right the cafeteria in on your left).  Both menus can be found online at Baltimore City Public Schools website.  For Lunch, children are allowed to bring their own packed lunches.


Pre- K through 5th grade students are required to wear light blue (tops) and beige bottoms (skirts, jumpers, slacks or shorts).  A light blue or navy cardigans can be worn over uniform shirts as temperatures vary in the building throughout the year. Students in grades 6-8 wear dark blue tops and beige bottoms.   Helpful Hint: Label your child’s cardigan with their name!

Learn more about FSK uniforms.

Checking in at the Main Office

All parents and visitors must check in at the main office.  If you are dropping off belongings, we will have the student called to the main office.  If you must to move through the building, you must receive a visitors badge…please bring your ID!   We are asking that you limit late arrivals and early dismissals as much as possible.  Both circumstances are impactful on our instructional delay and we hope to limit disruptions as much as possible this SY.

Classroom Supply Lists

Supply Lists can be found on our website and is also available as hard copies in our main office.


FSK Launched Bloomz, an online communication system, mid-way through the 18-19 SY and will be used as our main communication system.   Administration and teachers will use the platform to send information to the school community/class community.  You will get info on how to sign up for Bloomz before the start of the school year.  In the meantime, we have an informal parent listserve called FSKParents under the yahoo-groups.  Simply email Fskparents-subscribe@ yahoogroups.com and indicate that you have a child entering FSK and we will add you to our listserve.  Also, please be sure to follow Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle on Facebook and return to our website often!

City Schools Calendar

City schools has included seven half-days into the calendar.  Please take a look at the SY calendar: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/calendar

Summer evening play date for incoming Pre-K and Kindergarteners

  • Thursday 7/11, 5:15-6:30pm at the FSK playground
  • Wednesday 8/7, 5:15-6:30pm at the FSK playground

*Bring a water bottle and a snack!  Email us at FSK076@gmail.com with any questions.

“Pop Into Pre-K@FSK” sessions will be held at the following times:

  • Monday, 7/29:  8:30-10am, or 10:30am-12noon, or 12:30-2pm
  • Wednesday, 7/31:  8:30-10am, or 10:30am-12noon, or 12:30-2pm
  • Monday, 8/19:  8:30-10am, or 10:30am-12noon, or 12:30-2pm
  • Wednesday, 8/21:   8:30-10am, or 10:30am-12noon, or 12:30-2pm

To sign up, please register here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4ca5a82ca7fb6-popinto

*Parents may sign their child up for a MAXIMUM of 2 classes.*

What happens in “Pop Into Pre-K@FSK”?

  • Meet teachers Ms. Rhea, Ms. Demski and new friends
  • Table Top Rotation Stations: learn how to rotate to the next spot when the timer goes off
  • Song and Snack
  • Take a tour of important places in the building
  • Back-to-School Craft or Story Time
  • Outdoor Play and Playground Safety

Please note: “Pop Into Pre-K@FSK” classes are designed for incoming Pre-K students at FSK only.  We ask that adults do not sit in on classes, as they are designed to help your child build the confidence and independence that will help them on the first few days of Pre-K

Also, please feel free to show & share your interest on our Facebook event but you MUST register through the SignupGenius link above to obtain an official seat in the class.

New Parent Pre-K and K Orientation: August 15th  9-11am or 4-6pm at FSK

In order to ensure a smooth transition for new Pre-K and K families, we will be hosting two parent information sessions.  More information will be sent out in the coming weeks (attend only 1 session)

Rising 6th Graders Orientation: Tuesday, August 13th 9am-12pm

We will host our annual 6th Grade orientation on Tuesday, August 13th from 9am-12:pm.  You will have a chance to see the school, meet your teachers, and learn more about what FSK has to offer during the Middle School years!  Additional information will be shared on our website.

Supply Drop Off at FSK

Families can drop off supplies to their classrooms during the following times:

Wednesday, August 28-9am-7pm
Thursday, August 29-9am-Noon

*Please ensure that you label the supplies for easy distribution on opening day.  This is NOT a time to have conversations with teachers and staff, they will be busy in Professional Development and room preparation*

Do You Need Before and Aftercare?

All Lives United is our in-school before and aftercare provider. Contact PJ Mathews and Andrea Moore at aluprogram@gmail.com for more information.

Opening Day PTO Coffee/Meet-and-Greet

On the first day of school, the PTO and Mr. Basmajian would like to invite you for coffee and a meet-and-greet immediately following drop-off from 8:30-9:15am am in the Café.

1st PTO Meeting: Wednesday, September 4th from 6:30-8pm

We will hold our first PTO on September 4th from 6:30-8pm in our Weinberg Library. Find out what is happening around the school and see where you can help support your child’s new community. Child care will be provided with a suggested donation of $5 per child for children 4 and older. 
Our regular PTO meetings will be the 3rd Wednesday of each month with some variation based on the SY calendar/holidays.  A full schedule of meetings will be shared as the SY approaches.

Save These Dates!

FSK Kick-Off Event at Little Havana: August 29, 4-8pm

All Students, Parents, and Community members are invited to Little Havana on Thursday, August 29th from 4:00-8:00pm.  This will be a kick-off event for all Students, Parents, and Community members to come together to kick-off the SY and fund raise!  More details will be shared in August.

Back to School Night: September 19, 6-8pm

More details to follow. As was the case the past two school years, we will NOT be holding an Open House during the last week of August this year.

Locust Point Festival: Saturday, September 7, 11am at Latrobe Park

Look for more details about this event on our Facebook Page and beyond!  It’s a wonderful fun filled day where FSK hosts the kid’s games and activities table.  Have gently used toys and books you would like to donate?  We can use them!  Drop them off at the Open House so we can use them at the Festival. 

If there are any questions that come up, e-mail us at FSK076@gmail.com and cbasmajian@bcps.k12.md.us and someone will be able to assist you.  Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you soon!

We look forward to seeing you at FSK!

Corey Basmajian
Francis Scott Key Elementary Middle School

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