Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

Where Learning is a Team Sport!
October 23 , 2017
Fairmeadow News
Principal's Message
Greetings Fairmeadow Community,
 
On Friday, October 20th we welcomed Google Expeditions to our Fairmeadow Design Studio to present an augmented reality learning experience for all 2nd through 5th grade students. Through a digital camera screen that students moved around the room, children viewed a variety of objects digitally 'placed' in different spaces. Students closely observed and discussed objects specific to their grade level areas of focus, including dinosaurs, the moon, landforms, and planets of the solar system. The augmented reality lessons provided an incredible glimpse into the future of technology integration in schooling. I extend a huge thank you to our two technology lead teachers, Valerie Sabbag and Kristi Van, for coordinating this unique learning experience for our children and our school.
 
While the first classes of students were experiencing augmented reality in the Design Studio on Friday morning, an engaged group of parents joined our math instructional coach, Joe Young, and me for our Principal's Coffee in the MP Room. We modeled instructional approaches from our math curriculum, Bridges in Mathematics, reviewed a variety of in-class and at-home materials, spoke about the scope and sequence of instruction by grade level, and sampled online resources. Please check the new addition to our ' features' section of the Fairmeadow website to review the slides from this presentation, which include helpful links to online resources.
 
Unity Day, this coming Wednesday October 25th, is a nation-wide effort to highlight the importance of healthy peer relationships, with a focus on preventing bullying behavior at school. Students, staff, and community members are encouraged to wear orange, the Unity Day color, on Wednesday to show a commitment to this important message. The Unity Day slogan reads together for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Throughout the day, teachers will be reading a touchstone book with students to launch into a discussion about kindness and upstanding behavior, and commitments we can all make to support the social and emotional well-being of all students at Fairmeadow. During Wednesday's lunchtime activity, children will make a kindness generator with important passages from the books read in class.
 
On Tuesday, October 31st Fairmeadow will celebrate Halloween with our annual Halloween parade from 8:35-9:10 a.m. on the blacktop and field. Students are welcome to come to school in costumes if they wish on Halloween, however costumes must be school appropriate. Please do not send your child to school in a costume that includes any sort of weapon, or a costume that includes fake blood. While the Halloween parade is a fun opportunity to celebrate a fall tradition, October 31st is still a school day and costumes must not present a major distraction to student learning in the classroom. I look forward to seeing you at the parade!
 
Thank you to our incredible students for their patience during the school days affected by the unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area the past two weeks. As you know, our rescheduled Walkathon will be held this coming Sunday, October 29th, which promises to be an amazing day of community, camaraderie, and fun! Please plan to join us; sign your children up to participate.

As we approach the end of the first trimester, I feel it's critical to acknowledge the importance of regular and consistent school attendance. We all know that the more time students spend in school, the more they learn, but school attendance is also a protective factor, encouraging student engagement, inclusion, and overall well-being. Palo Alto Unified School District will continue to focus on efforts to align and increase attendance notifications and communication to parents from schools. To that end, should your child accumulate unexcused absences or tardies this year, you will receive a letter from the school to inform you about attendance expectations and strategies to remedy attendance concerns. Thank you for your partnership around consistent and regular school attendance for your child, and for your communication with our office staff if your child needs to be absent.
 
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Walkathon on Sunday; it promises to be a standout community highlight of the year!

With kindest regards and appreciation,  
Grant Althouse, Principal
Let's Rock the Walk! The Walkathon is THIS Sunday, October 29th, 11am-3pm
Click here to register now!
  • Please bring a copy of this signed waiver with you on Sunday!
  • Please bring your own water bottle(s) to help the earth & receive bonus laps!
  • Halloween Costumes welcome (no masks please).
How can YOU help make the Walkathon a success?
  • Register your child to walk! When 350 kids register, Mr. Althouse will have popsicles for the entire school.
  • Volunteer! Please consider giving an hour of your time to help out at the event. Click here to sign up. 
  • Sign up for a Walkathon Party! On Sunday, 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.
  • Bring a Bake Sale Treat! Bring an item for the bake sale. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
  • Bring Socks & Hats! Your child can earn bonus laps by wearing a hat and bringing 4+ pairs of new adult-sized socks & travel-size toiletries to be donated to LifeMoves.
  • Be a part of the Fairmeadow Flash Mob! Get your Thriller on -- easy for all ages! Learn the moves online! Let's have fun and show our school spirit on Sunday!
One Warm Coat Drive by Fairmeadow Girl Scouts
Collection Dates: Monday, 10/30 through Thursday 11/9
Please help Fairmeadow Girl Scouts keep our neighbors warm this winter!  Working with other Girl Scout troops in Palo Alto, Fairmeadow Girl Scouts will be collecting coats for One Warm Coat and you can help!

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need and raises awareness of the vital need for warm coats. The coats we collect will be distributed here in our local community, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation.

You can help us spread warmth! Simply go through your closets, pull out your gently worn coats and warm jackets (including raincoats) and place them in the collection bin labeled 'One Warm Coat' next to the school office. During the first week of the collection time, the Girl Scouts will be holding an information table next to the collection bin to receive your donation and to answer any questions their fellow students may have. For any questions, please contact Dana Chung or your grade's Girl Scout leader at Fairmeadow.
Parent Workshop: Introduction to Asset Building
Thu, Nov 2, 6:30-8:00 pm, Fairmeadow MP Room
Every parent wants to find ways to support and encourage kids to do well academically and socially. Please join Ziem Nguyen Neubert of YMCA/Project Cornerstone on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm in the MP room for a 1.5-hour workshop on the the data-driven developmental assets model (implemented at Fairmeadow through the ABC Reader program). Ziem will teach us about the developmental assets and how to use them to promote the positive values, relationships, skills, and experiences to help all youth thrive.

Childcare will be provided for the elementary school-aged children of those attending. Please RSVP here by providing your name, email address, and the amount of children who will be with you. For any questions, please contact Tracy Ballard-Tal.
Staff Luncheon Hosted by 4th Grade Families
Hello 4th Grade Families!

The staff luncheon this month is on Thursday, October 26th, and is being hosted by 4th grade families. These monthly luncheons give us a chance to show our appreciation for all that the Fairmeadow staff does for our children. They allow the entire faculty and staff to come together over a meal and they really enjoy and look forward to it. This month's theme is Sandwiches. 

Please consider signing up to contribute food to the luncheon. In addition, we need a few people to come to the luncheon to help with set-up and clean-up. These jobs do not take long. Click here to sign-up to contribute a dish or help out!

If you have trouble accessing the Google doc, please email Sachi Messerian with the dish you want to bring.

Is your child not in 4th grade? Click here for a list of staff luncheons scheduled for this school year.
Bike Mobile -- New Date!
Bay Area Bike Mobile is not available on the rescheduled Walkathon date, but never fear! They will be at Fairmeadow on Monday, November 6th from 2:30 to 5:30 pm to provide free tune-ups and bike repairs to the first 20 sign-ups! They will service kids or adult bikes, so please plan to take advantage of this great opportunity to get back on the road! If you have any questions, please contact Fairmeadow's Safe Routes to School Champion, Christy Moision.

PAUSD  News
Unity Day 2017 - When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone. Palo Alto's 5th Annual Unity Day! Wear Orange to Show Your Support!
Wednesday, October 25th, all PAUSD schools
PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2017 to show that our community is united against bullying, and promotes kindness towards all students. Join in sending a message that we are united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion by wearing Orange on Wednesday, October 25th!

Unity Night -- Social Emotional Learning Community Event
Wed, Oct 25, 6:30-8:00 pm, Palo Alto High School, Media Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd
You're invited to hear from special guest R. Keeth Matheny, a nationally recognized Social Emotional Learning (SEL) teacher, advocate, and author. He returns to lead participants through a selection of lessons from the School Connect program being piloted at Paly and Gunn. Participants will engage in activities focused on building the SEL soft skills of active listening, disagreeing without being disagreeable, and building understanding and empathy for others. Open to PAUSD families from all grades and schools, and all Palo Alto Community Members. Mandarin and Spanish interpretation will be available. Co-hosted by PAUSD, Palo Alto Council of PTAs and the Palo Alto CAC. Register here.
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 23 and we can give an additional $235,000 to PAUSD students. Every gift counts. Gifts and pledges made by October 23 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.

PTAC News
Legislation Update
ALL of the Palo Alto PTA Council (CA PTA approved) bills on the Click My Cause app were signed into law by the Governor:
  • Protected - immigrant students (AB 699). An important step to ensuring no child fears coming to school. School campuses are no places to conduct raids or investigate children.
  • Banned - guns in school zones (AB 424)
  • Fed - school meals for low income students (SB 138). Hungry children can't learn.
Community News
Family Service Opportunity: *New* Halloween Costume Drive
Thu, Oct 26, 3-5 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center (Matadero Room)
Get Involved Palo Alto nonprofit organization is collecting NEW Halloween costumes for children in Ronald McDonald House. Greatly needed are baby costumes sizes 0-2 and teen girl (kid type themes). Gift cards also gladly accepted. Please bring costumes in the package or on a hanger to Mitchell Park Community Center, Matadero Room, on October 26th, 3-5 pm. Get Involved Palo Alto will also pick up your donation.
Play Palooza - The Children's Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest
Submission Deadline: Fri, Dec 22
The Children's Theatre is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Play  Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest . Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents. Students can submit original work in three categories: Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children's Theatre, and winning playwrights receive prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre. To submit work, visit the website or contact  Christopher Lucian.
Cantabile Chorus Registration and Auditions (Grade K-9)
Cantabile is a community-based children's chorus serving the greater Silicon Valley area, striving to bring the highest quality musical education in a choral setting to young singers from ages 4 to 18. Singers in grades 3-9 should call 650-424-1410 immediately to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may register for a class beginning November 15To audition or to learn more about the chorus levels and the upcoming semester, contact info@cantabile.org or 650-424-1410
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Fri, Nov 3, 10, and 17 by appointment, 600 Homer Ave
Auditions for the January semester will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto. 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. For more information, email  info@svboychoir.org  or visit the website.
Developmental Assets in Palo Alto: A Community Context (Project Safety Net Community Forum)
Wed, Oct 25, 3:30-5:30 pm, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room
Project Safety Net invites you to a community forum with Project Cornerstone and other local leaders to review Palo Alto specific results from the latest Developmental Assets Survey. Developmental Assets are the positive values, relationships, skills, and experiences that help young people thrive and become caring, responsible, successful adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approaches to positive youth development in the United States. Please contact psnpaloalto@gmail.com or (650) 329-2432 with questions. For more information, visit  our website .
Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) Social Skills Study
CIBSR is recruiting for a Social Skills study and is looking for boys aged 8-18 with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on duration of social gaze. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information please click here.
Palo Alto Players present Peter Pan
Nov, 3-19, Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd
Fly along with that mischievous sprite to the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning as Palo Alto Players presents one of Broadway's most beloved family musicals, Peter Pan. Based on J.M. Barrie's classic story of the boy who refused to grow up and featuring dazzling flying effects by ZFX, Inc., Palo Alto Players' annual family offering will surely "hook" all those who truly believe. Recommended for all ages. Tickets ($25-55) can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 650-329-0891. Students/Educators enjoy $5 off regular priced tickets to any performance, except preview night. For more information, including show times, visit our website.

Shop for School Holiday Camps on ActivityHero to Raise Money for Palo Alto PTA
A reminder that PAUSD is off for Veterans Day and the full week of Thanksgiving this year. Our winter break is Dec 22 - Jan 7. High schools also have Jan 8 off. You can find holiday camps on ActivityHero and when you book online with this link, the PTA earns a % of your purchase.
Basketball Coaches Needed
The City of Palo Alto is looking for basketball coaches for the 7th and 8th grade season. Practices are Monday-Thursday, with Fridays being optional. Practices run for 90 minutes and can fall between the hours of 3:15-7:30. Games for B teams are all played in Palo Alto at our three middle schools, while the A teams play games from Palo Alto to Half Moon Bay. Pay is negotiable depending on experience, and volunteers are strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated. The City of Palo Alto is looking for coaches who can commit to their practice and game schedule, and who are dedicated to advancing these athletes' skills on and off the court. If you are or know anybody who would be interested, please email Patrick Rode to begin the hiring process. 
Festival of Lights: A Diwali Celebration
Sun, Oct 29, 12-5 pm, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Embarcadero Room
Come celebrate Diwali at the Palo Alto City Library! We'll have music, dancing, henna, crafts, and lots more for the whole family to enjoy! Join us as we celebrate the cultures of our community. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. This free event features a variety of performances and activities that reflect the celebration!
Project Cornerstone - for Parents and Caregivers!
Mon, Oct 30, 8:05-9:35 am, Hoover Elementary
The Palo Alto Unified School District is offering a free series of parent meetings open to all parents and caregivers. Join Project Cornerstone's engaging workshop, Take It Personally, starting Monday, October 30
th from 8:05 to 9:35 am at Hoover Elementary School. You do not need to be a parent from Hoover, just an adult who cares about all kids.


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In This Issue
Important Dates
Oct 24 School Site Council Meeting
Oct 25
Unity Day - Wear Orange!
Oct 29 Walkathon
Oct 31 Halloween Parade
Nov 1 PTA Coffee and General Meeting
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