Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

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January 8, 2018
Fairmeadow News
Principal's Message
Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

I'm eager to begin this new calendar year with you and your children, working closely together to ensure that all students reach their fullest academic, social, and creative potential. The start of 2018 presents the perfect opportunity to refresh our goals and aspirations for the year ahead, and to head into our learning together with renewed commitment, persistence, and resolve. Please consider asking your child about the goals he or she would like to accomplish over the first six months of this new year. Teachers and staff are poised to launch 2018 with purpose, setting the tone for what promises to be a productive year of goal-oriented learning ahead for all students at Fairmeadow.

Prior to the Winter Break from school, our Fairmeadow School Site Council finalized our school's Single Plan for Student Achievement, setting inspiring goals for our school community and our students. Made up of parents and school staff, the School Site Council considered the areas of High Quality Teaching and Learning, Equity and Access, and Wellness and Safety to set ambitious yet attainable goals for our school in each area. I'll share these goals at this week's Parent Teacher Association meeting, and we'll publish the plan on the Fairmeadow website once it gets approved by the Palo Alto Board of Education.

As the rainy days increase in frequency and intensity this winter, vehicle traffic around school will become more congested and dangerous. If you must drive your child to school, please first consider parking in the Mitchell Park parking lot, and walking the short distance in with an umbrella. If you must drop your child off at school, please follow the drop off and pick up procedures in our front driveway. Always drop students off in the far-right lane, and pull up as far as you can (all the way to the orange cone at the end of the parking area if possible) to allow for more cars to pull in the right lane behind you. Once your child exits your vehicle, please pull forward as far as possible to allow for more cars to enter the safe right lane. The driveway between Fairmeadow and JLS is not a safe nor acceptable location to drop students off for school. Thank you for your attention to road safety on and around our campus.

A fun and entertaining Fairmeadow tradition continues this January with two ice skating parties at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. Next Wednesday, January 17th our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students are invited for ice skating and dinner from 5:30-7:30 pm. The following Wednesday, January 24th our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have their chance to take the ice. Please consider joining us...students, parents, teachers, and principal are all welcome to skate! Also, encourage your students to dress warmly, bring gloves, and wear a helmet, especially for beginning skaters.

I hope that you and your family experienced an enjoyable Winter Break from school, and that you're as excited as I am to continue our learning journey together at Fairmeadow!
Grant Althouse, Principal
Roundabout Construction
The Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard Project is installing a new roundabout at East Meadow Drive and Ross Road . The work hours of this project are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. It is important that school staff, parents, and students review the educational materials on how to use the new infrastructure, which you can find here Also, Stanford University recently installed a roundabout and put together a website that includes more information, which may be beneficial to review and can be found here .

During construction, access by all road users will be maintained to the extent possible. It is very important that everyone be patient and extra careful in these construction zones and obey flaggers when present. We thank you for your patience and we appreciate your cooperation during the construction process. For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Community Relations Manager for the project, Sarah Ratliff (669-225-1617) . Additional information is available on the project 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.

2018 Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair (Mar 4, 2018)
Poster Competition: The organizers of the above event are calling  all  PAUSD students for a Poster Competition to design a brochure cover for the 2018 PA CNY Fair. Posters must be between 8.5" x 11" and 12" x 18" on unlined paper and any media (crayons, markers, paint, etc.) are accepted. Include "2018 Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair" and the theme "Year of Dog" on the poster, and write your name, grade, school, and an email contact on the back. Please submit entries to the front desk of Mitchell Park Library  by January 12, 2018 . Email  cheri161@yahoo.com  for more information. Entries may be displayed at the Fair, which is organized by Palo Alto Chinese Parent Club, a non-profit organization that serves the Palo Alto community, and co-sponsored by PTA Council.

Community News
Family Film Festival
Sat, Jan 13, 4-6 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Enjoy a movie with your family at the library on the 2nd Saturday of each month. No registration required. For all ages. January movie: Despicable Me.
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).
9 Simple Tips for Biking In The Rain
As the days get shorter and colder, fewer students are riding, leading to increased traffic congestion around schools. Check out these helpful safety tips and videos from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School
Sat & Sun, Feb to Jun, 9 am - 3 pm, Palo Alto High School's Glass Studio
These workshops are open to the public, students and parents. You learn glass blowing technique in this hands-on 2-day weekend workshop. Advanced signup is required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $425 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Boosters. Contact David Camner, founder of Paly Glass,  for more information and dates.
Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO Show
Fridays-Sundays, Dec 8 - Jan 14, 11 am - 3:30 pm, Frank Livermore Learning Center, 351 Homer Ave
The Museum of American Heritage is  welcoming back the LEGO® User Group's (BayLUG) and Bay Area LEGO® Train Club's (BayLTC) Annual Holiday LEGO® Show Pop-Up Exhibit. BayLUG and BayTLC will be displaying a variety of creative holiday scenes. Browse through the imaginative holiday creations, which include holiday trains, miniature cities and more. The displays are different each year. General admission is $3 per person; cash only at the door. BayLUG and MOAH members are free.

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 8 School Resumes
Jan 10 PTA Coffee & General Meeting
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
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