Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

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October 2 , 2017
Fairmeadow News
Walk & Roll to School Day
This Wednesday, October 4th, Fairmeadow will join students all over the globe for International Walk to School Day! This is a great day to ditch the solo car commute and try an alternative -- walking, biking, scootering, carpooling, or taking the bus!  If that's not possible, try parking a few blocks away and walking the rest. Every effort counts!

Active transportation is not only good for the environment but also great for students! Check out this article about research into physical activity and academic achievement!

Come to school a little early on Wednesday for bicycle hand-stamps, commute sticker chart, and a raffle! If you're new to walking or biking to school, see Fairmeadow's Walk & Roll Map for the best route (it's likely different from the route you drive).  If you have questions or need help finding a route, please contact Fairmeadow's Safe Routes to School Champion, Christy Moision .
Raffle Winners
Again a big thank you to those families who've returned the PTA One Check Donation Form! All forms returned by the end of September were entered into our second raffle and here are the winners:
  • Mona and Steven Wood - Chocolate Tour and Tasting for 6 at Alegio Chocolate
  • Emily and Arthur Coviello - Tech Rocks Minecraft Friday Night Play and Pizza for your child and a friend
As promised, due to the success of our campaign we'll run another raffle and announce the winners in December. If you forgot to bring back your  One Check Form please return it to school. All donations go directly to our school and help with a wide range of supplies, activities, events, and enriching programs. Every donation counts, and all returned  forms get entered in our  raffle.
Get Your Walking Shoes Ready, Firebirds!
Sunday, October 15, 11am-3pm 
Click here to register now!
Our Walkathon is a fun, family event which raises money for a good cause: our school! Our goal is to have as many kids participate as possible. Everyone who walks earns prizes. Everyone who participates will have a great time! There will be face painting, tattoos, a bake sale, food trucks, prizes, and so much more!
  • Want to earn bonus laps? Wear a hat (be sun smart!) or donate socks and travel-size toiletries (bring 4 or more new pairs of women's and/or men's socks size 10 and up) to be donated to LifeMoves.
  • Have you heard? If 350 kids come and walk, Mr. Althouse will have popsicles for the entire school!
  • Don't forget! During the Walkathon, all parents can sign up for or bid on faculty events for kids and parties hosted by Fairmeadow parents. The catalog of faculty events and parties is online, and will be in this week's Friday folder. Check it out!
  • Want to help with the Walkathon? Click here to sign up. There are many ways to contribute - something for everyone.
  • Love to bake? Bring an item for the bake sale. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
Free Class: Getting Ready for the Bike Rodeo
Sat, Oct 7, Hoover Elementary Blacktop
Third grade parents! The City is offering a free beginner's class to prepare your third grader for the Bike Rodeo! There are two classes and they are offered to third graders only:

10:00 am - 11:00 am - Learn to Ride Class
11:10 am - 12:10 pm - Rodeo Beginners' Class

Space is limited.  See flyer for more details and sign up information!
Family Dine-Out Fundraiser
Family Dine-Out is back! Take your friends and family out to eat and raise money for Fairmeadow fifth graders' trip to Outdoor Science School.  This month we have a double Dine-Out: have lunch or dinner at Mountain Mike's Pizza and then go to Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream for dessert!  How it works:
  1. Watch out for Dine-Out dates and flyers in your Friday Folders.
  2. Hand over a ticket when you pay full price, and these establishments will make a donation to our school. (Mountain Mike's will donate 20%. Rick's will donate 25%.)
Get ready to Dine-Out with our Fairmeadow community on Wednesday, October 11 th. Whether it's lunch or dinner (or both!) we hope to see you there!  For more details, contact Nadia Priestley  (650-665-3066).
Fairmeadow Flash Mob Reminder
Please come join the Fairmeadow Flash Mob! This is a fun, unique Fairmeadow event and a great way to support and get to know your Fairmeadow community! And this time, KIDS are welcome to join in! It doesn't have to be perfectly rehearsed -- just come join the fun and dance with us either at the Walkathon or beforehand. 

Optional rehearsal dates below, or just view the video   then join in on October 15th!
  • Sunday, Oct 8, 5:00 pm (Wine & cheese at Anjali Joshi's house: 285 San Antonio Ave)
  • Wednesday, Oct 11, 7:30 pm (MP Room)
  • Saturday, Oct 14, 10:00 am (MP Room)
  • Sunday, Oct 15 "The Big Day": Flash Mob at 12:30 pm
Please contact any of the following with questions: 
Support Fairmeadow and get $25 of Free Groceries!
Our Good Eggs Fundraiser has now started!   Get $25 off your first order, and for every order you place during October and November, Good Eggs will donate 10% of the value to our school!  Participation is easy:
  1. Fill your basket with all the best food (kids lunch kits, fresher than fresh produce, sustainable meats and seafood, pantry staples, meal kits and more) for same day delivery on goodeggs.com.
  2. At checkout enter the code FAIRMEADOW to get $25 off and automatically enroll -- you only need to enter this code once.
  3. Enjoy! You just discovered the easiest and most delicious way to support Fairmeadow.
Sign up by October 15th and enter to win a week of free dinners!

Questions? Contact Shae Hill.
Street Improvements Coming!
The Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevards project is projected to start on Monday, October 2nd . The concept plans for this project were approved by the Council on May 9, 2016 and derived from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan that was also approved by the Council in 2012. Over the next few months, we will be working hard to improve streets that are near Fairmeadow, specifically on Ross Road, between Corina Way and Talisman Drive. The work hours of this project are Monday-Friday, 8:45 am-5:00 pm. This project will build better infrastructure for all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. During construction, access by all road users will be maintained to the extent possible. It is very important for everyone to be patient and extra careful in these construction zones and to obey flaggers when present. 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 this flyer or on the project website.

Superintendent's Weekly Message
Please click here for the Superintendent's Weekly Message from September 29th.
PiE Rally Days - Challenge Grant
Generous PiE supporters have offered a brand new Challenge Grant to PiE. Please donate or make a pledge by October 16th  and we can give an additional $235,000 to PAUSD students. Every gift counts. Gifts and pledges made by October 16th will be matched by a $235,000 Rally Days Challenge Grant. This is the final Challenge Grant for the year, so please join PiE in supporting our children. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much! If not, now is a great time to make your impact!

Movie & Discussion for Families. The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
Tue, Oct 17, 6:30 - 8 pm, Palo Alto High School, Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Rd  
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Join us for this new eye-opening movie: a dyslexic high schooler pursues admission to a leading college - a challenge for a child who didn't learn to read until 4th grade. Additional accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts, and iconic leaders at the top of their fields help us to understand that dyslexia, a persistent problem with reading, can be both a gift and an obstacle. Discussion and Q&A following the film. Students and teachers are welcome to attend. Co-sponsored by Palo Alto CAC and PTAC. For questions contact paloaltocac@gmail.com.

"The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation"
Tue, Oct 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, PAUSD Boardroom, 25 Churchill Ave
Join us for the screening of "The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation." Kim Kruckel, Executive Director of the Child Care Law Center based in San Francisco, and a leader in early childhood education will moderate the discussion and questions following the film. You can watch the 11 minute trailer at here.  Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 and the program begins at 7:00.
Healthy Habits, Healthy Lives
Wed, Oct 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, SDC Room, District Office, 25 Churchill Ave
Navigating and understanding nutrition guidelines can be challenging and confusing. At this talk, Dr. Jeanne Rosner will help to clear up some of this confusion. She will discuss healthy eating guidelines, as well as, healthy habits. Finally, she will provide ways to incorporate these suggestions into our daily lives and leave us empowered with the knowledge to lead a healthy life. Dr. Rosner is a board certified anesthesiologist who practiced at Stanford Medical Center for nearly 20 years. Since retiring from anesthesia, she has been a nutrition educator at middle schools throughout the Bay area and started a venture called SOUL (seasonal, organic, unprocessed, local) Food Salon.

Community News
Information Nights for Parents of Rising 5th and 8th Graders
Are you wondering about the next big step in school for your child? Come learn about what to expect for the move to 6th grade and 9th grade! These evening events are hosted by PiE and replace their former fall middle and high school tours.

8th Grade Rising - Parent Info Evenings
  • Gunn:  Wed, Oct 11, 7-9 pm, Gunn Bow Gym
  • Paly:  Wed, Oct 11, 7-9 pm, Paly Perf. Arts Center  
5th Grade Rising - Parent Info Evenings 
  • Terman:  Wed, Oct 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, Terman Cafetorium
  • Jordan:  Wed, Oct 18, 7-9 pm, Jordan Multi-Purpose Room
  • JLS*:  Thu, Oct 19, 7-9 pm, JLS Cafetorium
At each school site, the Principal and other staff will provide insight on the school and what you can look forward to in this new chapter. Parents will share tips for a smooth transition. For more info, click here Open to all current 5th grade and 8th grade parents, respectively. No reservations needed. Translators will be available for Spanish and Mandarin speakers. This evening is geared for adults. Childcare will not be provided.

* The JLS information night will not include specifics on the choice program, Connections. Detailed information on that program will be shared at a special Connections Information Night on Thursday, February 8, at 7:00 pm, hosted by JLS.
Special Education Administration Panel
Wed, Oct 18, 7-9 pm, Santa Rita Elementary, 200 Los Altos Ave, Los Altos
Staff from the Special Education Departments from Los Altos SD (Jennifer Keicher, Director), Mountain View Whisman SD (Gary Johnson, Director), Mountain View Los Altos High SD (Kara Oettinger, Program Specialist) and Palo Alto Unified SD (Jennifer Baker, School Psychologist) will participate in a moderated panel discussion and respond to questions about issues in special education. A great way for new families to learn more! If you have questions now to start the evening, please submit them to 

Let's Talk, Hosted by SELPA 1 CAC
Mon, Oct 9, 7-9 pm, 190 Arbuelo Way, Los Altos
Let's Talk Support Group is a chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.
Parent Chat, Hosted by SELPA 1 CAC
Tue, Oct 10, 7-8:30 pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
Are you concerned about the emotional well-being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.
Whole Foods (Downtown Palo Alto) Nickels for Non-Profits
Now through Jan 15th
Each time you shop at the Whole Foods Market Downtown Palo Alto between now and January 15th and bring in your own bags, Whole Foods will donate 5 cents per bag to our Palo Alto PTA Council. The PTAC will be able to use these funds for more programs and events for our PAUSD students, staff, and parents!
Do You Know a Child Who Loves to Sing?
Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley serves the youth of Silicon Valley with 23 years of choral music instruction and performance excellence. Auditions are now open for our 2017-2018 Season.

Cantabile singers, which includes PAUSD students ages 4-18, enjoy weekly rehearsals, seasonal concerts, participation in the annual Cantabile Festival for Young Voices, and domestic and international tours. Cantabile Youth Singers offers a Training Division based on skill level and age: three levels of Preparatory Classes for students ages 4-9 and a fun and high-energy Intermediate Choir for students ages 9-12. Our Performance Division has four senior choirs: Ensemble , for young people ages 12-15 and Vocalise, Cantabile's most advanced group for youth aged 14-18. Cantabile has a Young Men's Division that supports boys' voice change (Bravi and Vocal Training Group) and an A Cappella girls' ensemble, Aria.Training Division Demo classes are held in August and January and auditions are held by appointment throughout each semester.  To audition please contact  info@cantabile.org or call  650-424-1410.
Free Math Festival for Girls
Sat, Oct 21, 10 am - 12 pm; 555 Post Street, San Francisco
Hands-on, collaborative activities that inspire a love for math, for girls grades 4 through 9. Please plan to stay for the entire duration of the festival, to participate in a sequence of scheduled activities rather than a drop in format. For more information, click here.
Basketball Registration Is Open!
Attention girls and boys interested in playing basketball: Palo Alto National Junior Basketball aims to build individual skills, teamwork, character, friendly competition, and compassion. We offer K-2 clinics, leagues for grades 3-8 with professional coaching on Super Saturdays, and a high school program. As a community non-profit, we depend on parents to help coach-a magnificent way to positively impact and spend time with our children. Practices begin in late October, and games run from December through a tournament in late February. Scholarships available. Find out more and register here.
Palo Alto Library -- Day of the Dead Altar
Sun, Oct 15 - Sun, Nov 5, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Submit a photo of a loved one who has passed on to honor them at the entrance of the library's altar. Display created by Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB).

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In This Issue
Important Dates
Oct 4 Walk & Roll Day
Oct 6 No School
Oct 9 Full Day Kindergarten Begins
Oct 12 Third Grade Bike Rodeo
Oct 15 Walkathon
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