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January 15, 2018
Fairmeadow News
K-2nd Grade Ice Skating Party
Wed, Jan 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, Winter Lodge, 3009 Middlefield Rd
Please join us for our annual ice skating party! The K-2nd grade party is this Wednesday! If you haven't already, please purchase your admission ticket ($20 charged by Winter Lodge) before Wednesday as we need an accurate count for pizza. You can drop it off in the office or pay online . We need volunteers help as well. Signup here.
After School Programs Posted
Winter/Spring after school programs have been posted to the Fairmeadow PTA website.  Information and signup sheets available here or click here for a summary of the offerings.
Roundabout Construction - Timeline Extended
The Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard Project is constructing a new roundabout at East Meadow Drive and Ross Road to improve the safety of student cyclists and help moderate speeds along the route. The roundabout is scheduled for completion by early February. We do not foresee any street closures at the moment. If this does occur, flaggers will direct student cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicular traffic during construction. Construction work hours are between 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. There should be no obstructions to the road outside of these work hours. If you see anything that may be a hazard, like a vehicle blocking a bicycle lane, please call the PAPD non-emergency line at (650) 329-2406. Please direct questions to Sarah Ratliff, Neighborhood Traffic Safety Bicycle Boulevard Community Relations Manager, (669) 225-1617. More information about the Neighborhood Traffic Safety & Bicycle Boulevard project, including FAQs, are available here.

PAUSD Superintendent Survey
The school district is interested in your input as they seek to hire a new Superintendent. This survey is designed to gather your perceptions of the school district and the importance of various characteristics found in effective superintendents. The information will be used to determine the desired characteristics of the next Superintendent. The survey closes on January 16th. The survey is conducted by a search firm, which ensures that your individual responses are kept anonymous and confidential. To take the survey, click here. The Superintendent Search Timeline is available on the District website.
Superintendent's Weekly Message
We will re-post Karen Hendricks' Weekly Message here  each week, in case you missed it on her previous Infinite Campus email to you.

Special Education Workshop: The ABCs of the IEP
Tue, Jan 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, Sobrato Center, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City
Do you have questions about your child's IEP? Would you like to know how to advocate for your child's special education rights? Ms. Karis Daggs, an attorney with OCRA (Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy) will be our speaker. Hosted by Opening Doors PTA, the Palo Alto CAC for Special Education, and PTAC. Cantonese and Mandarin translation available. Register here For questions or to carpool, contact  paloaltocac@gmail.com.
How Does Sugar Affect Your Health and What You Can Do About It
Wed, Feb 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, SDC Room, District Office, 25 Churchill Ave
Join us for an educational night on sugar. Learn how sugar came to be ubiquitous in everything we eat, and became a number one health issue due to its harmful effects on the human body. As parents, you will also get some great tips on how to combat sugar in your household and diet, and reintroduce great nutrition to your kids. Patricia Caldera, Ph.D will be presenting on behalf of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation and Dr. Lustig education program dedicated to changing our views of processed food with the purpose of ending food related illnesses and promote good health. We encourage parents to bring their children.

Community News
STEAM Lab Sunday
Sun, Jan 21, 2:30-3:30 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Snowstorm in the Library - An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects in the Midtown Room. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Registration required. Grades K-5 only.
Afternoon Adventure
Wed, Jan 24, 3:30-4:30 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.
International Puzzle Day - January 29 is International Puzzle Day, so we will be celebrating in the library by putting together puzzles as well as making some in the Tree Top Room. Registration required. Grades K-5 only.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Mon, Jan 15, 11 am - 2 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center
Please join Youth Community Service, the City of Palo Alto, and community members of all ages to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be service projects, youth entertainment, speakers, and more. The purpose of the event is to honor the legacy of justice and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to celebrate connectedness and community. For more information, contact Youth Community Service or call 650-858-8019.

"Rock" Your World with Chemistry
Sun, Jan 21, 12-1 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Join us if you are interested in nature and general chemistry. Meet new friends and learn new things. Registration required. Grades 5-8.
Ongoing Stanford University Brain Study on Executive Function Skills
Looking for children ages 7 and up with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnoses to participate in a study exploring changes in brain function in response to a novel neurofeedback training. Participation involves 6 sessions of neurofeedback training and 2 sessions of behavioral assessments. Contact Lindsay Chromik (650-724-2939) for more information or to enroll. For general information regarding participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Thu & Fri, Jan 18 & 19 by appointment, Palo Alto
Auditions for the January semester will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to 2nd-5th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families. In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.  Email  info@svboychoir.org  or visit the website.
Children's Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center
Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our children's classes. We offer classes in ceramics, painting, and sculpture on Monday - Saturday. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Online Registration is open. All art classes are listed on the website. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (650-617-3509).

Archives and Publication Guidelines
Fairmeadow eNews is a publication of the Fairmeadow PTA. Previous editions of eNews can be found at the  eNews archive  page.  Please see the PTA website for the eNews Publication Guidelines If you have any questions or would like to make a submission, please contact  Christy Moision , Fairmeadow's eNews editor.

In This Issue
Important Dates
Jan 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
Jan 17 K-2nd Ice Skating Party
Jan 19 Kinder 12 pm Release
Jan 24 3rd-5th Ice Skating Party
Jan 25 Principal's Coffee
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