Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

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October 30 , 2017
Fairmeadow News
Walkathon 2017
A special thank you to those families and dedicated volunteers who came out to support this year's Walkathon! If you were unable to make it yesterday and are interested in signing up for any of the offerings in our catalog, please email Nirmala Patni.
PTA General Meeting - New Date!
The date for the PTA Coffee and General Meeting has been changed to Wednesday, November 8th. Join us for coffee on the blacktop beforehand and come to the meeting in Room 27 at 8:45 am!
Movie Night Fundraiser for 5th Grade Scholarship Fund
Buy tickets now and help raise money for the 5th Grade Scholarship fund: This month we are raising money to support their "Outdoor Science School" field trip.

We will show Monsters University (rated G), on Friday November 3rd, from 5:30-7:45 pm. Pizza, popcorn, and water will be provided.  Bring a sleeping bag, blanket, or pillow - PJs if desired! See flyer for details.

How to buy tickets:
  • Complete a registration / waiver form, available from the Front Office  
  • Make checks payable to "Fairmeadow Fifth Grade"
  • Give form and check to Alicia or leave in the PTA drawer marked "Fifth Grade Scholarship Fund"
Please submit your form and check before Thursday 3pm!  Fairmeadow students only please.

Questions? Contact Nadia Priestley 650-665-3066.
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.
Bike Mobile -- Free Bike Repairs!
Bay Area Bike Mobile 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.

Community News
Learn How to Exercise the Power of Your Voice (2/3 Grade Girls)  
Wed, Nov 8, 15, 29, & Dec 6; 6-7:30 pm, Duveneck Elementary
Registration is now open for "2/3: Nine Tools for True Friendship," a workshop for pairs of one adult plus their 2nd or 3rd grade girl.   In the workshops, adult and girl pairs will learn about identifying healthy relationships, finding their voices, and communicating more effectively.   Girls also develop resilient responses to conflict, drama, challenges, and mistakes.   The series costs $220 per girl/adult pair.   Register online. Password: duveneck23. Scholarships are available.
Paly Theatre performs "Heaven Can Wait"
Nov 3-11, Palo Alto High School Performance Arts Center
A romantic comedy and delightful fantasy rolled into one. Joe Pendleton, an aspiring young boxer, is taken to heaven before his time and then forced to switch bodies in order to live out his destiny back on earth, where he finds true love. You're invited to laugh, sympathize, cheer, and celebrate as murder, ambition and greed meet their match in lighthearted and unexpected ways. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. $15 adults, $10 students/senior.
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.
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.

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In This Issue
Important Dates
Oct 31 Halloween Parade
Nov 6 Third Grade Bike Rodeo

Bike Mobile at Fairmeadow
Nov 8 PTA Coffee and General Meeting (New Date)
Nov 10 Veterans Day - No School
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