Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

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November 27, 2017
Fairmeadow News
Principal's Message
Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

I'm eager to welcome our stellar students back after the week-long break from school. With four weeks of learning left in 2017 at Fairmeadow, classrooms are sure to be alive with energy, curiosity, and expression! I can't wait to see our firebirds at work in classrooms this week!

Before the break our 5th grade students spent four full days with their peers and teachers in the coastal Redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains. At the Outdoor Science School of Santa Cruz County, the children studied forest ecology, conservation strategies, social responsibility, and shared leadership. I observed first-hand our students' acute growth in decision making, collaboration, ownership, and reliability through this unique outdoor education experience. I look forward to the increased positive influence our 5th grade student leaders will have on the rest of our student body at Fairmeadow after this growth at science school.

While the 5th graders learned life skills and science among the Redwoods, our kindergarteners learned about trees back at school, and contributed three new trees to our Fairmeadow landscape! A part of the kindergarten life sciences curriculum calls for the children to observe living objects in our natural world, learn what trees need to survive, and compare/contrast properties of trees and leaves. This year our teachers and students worked closely with the PAUSD landscaping department to plant three trees together, one from each class, as a culminating experience for the module. Please be sure visit the three Chanticleer pear trees by the ball wall at the back of our school, a wonderful gift from our kindergarteners and a living contribution to our school grounds.

Through the social and emotional learning experiences in Project Cornerstone, Steps to Respect/Second Step, and Responsive Classroom our students are learning to stand up for kindness, respect, and inclusive behavior. Next week we place special emphasis on standing tall for inclusion through our participation in Inclusive Schools Week 2017. Sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network, Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event where schools across the world celebrate the progress made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. Inclusive Schools Week provides for a special focus on the importance of creating a safe and supportive school environment for all regardless of gender identity, socio-economic status, disability, cultural heritage, language preference, and more. Throughout the course of the week we will provide students with the opportunity to explore the differences between us all, to discuss what qualities make each of us unique, and to practice strategies we should all employ to welcome and include all learners in our classrooms, our playground, and our community.

Our students will have numerous opportunities to learn and discuss important themes throughout Inclusive Schools Week, and parents will have the opportunity as well. I encourage you to please join me for our monthly Principal's Coffee next Friday, December 8th from 8:45-10:00 am for a presentation and discussion on Inclusion and meaningfully supporting all learners at Fairmeadow.

In closing, I'd like to thank our student council and our community for efforts to help the victims of the tragic North Bay Fires. Our student council worked to raise over $1,100 to be donated to a school in need in the North Bay. I'll share the outcomes of our contributions once they are finalized.

I'm thankful for the amazing students and families that make up our vibrant school community. I look forward to seeing you at Fairmeadow soon!

With kindest regards and appreciation,
Grant Althouse, Principal
Scholastic Book Fair
Saturday, December 2 - Friday, December 8
Come by the Scholastic Book Fair this week from Saturday to Friday, starting on Saturday morning! Please come by and enjoy some coffee and snacks as you shop. It's a great opportunity to find deals on books for gift giving or just to stock up on reading for the holidays. We will have a gift wrapping table to help wrap some of those holiday presents for a nominal fee. All proceeds benefit the Fairmeadow PTA.  Volunteers needed! Please sign up here Hours:

Saturday, December 2, 9:00-12:00 Opening Day!
Come and enjoy some coffee and snacks as you shop.
Monday-Friday, December 4-8
Morning hours: 8:00-9:00 am
Afternoon hours: 2:30-3:30 pm
Wednesday afternoon: 1:00-3:00 pm

Questions? Please contact Nirmala Patni.
Pawsome! Box Subscription
A JLS 8th Grader has created a  monthly subscription box for dogs called Pawsome! Box. Each box will have five high-quality dog products (treats, toys, and an accessory), personalized for your dog and delivered straight to your door. Profits will be donated to World Wildlife Fund which saves animals all over the world. If you are interested in subscribing, please click here for the flyer or contact pawsomebox@gmail.com.
Deciphering Labels and Busting Myths: Healthy Eating Made Simple - a Talk by Christopher Gardner
Have you ever made a resolution to start eating healthier? Not sure where to start, or what to feed your picky kids? We're faced with an often indecipherable barrage of health claims and warnings: low carb, low fat, high protein, omega 3 (flax or fish?), trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, glycemic index (or is it glycemic load?), gluten free, Paleo. What does it all mean and what's right for us?

Join us in the MP Room on November 29th at 6:30 pm and learn from Fairmeadow dad Christopher Gardner, a PhD nutrition scientist and professor of medicine from the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Christopher is the father of Zachary (4th grade) and Joshua (7th grade) and the husband of Melissa Michelson.

Christopher will offer solutions and insights to your dietary conundrums with an engaging blend of science and humor.

Childcare will be provided for the elementary school-aged children of those attending, courtesy of the PTA. Please RSVP here  by providing your name, email address and the number of children who will be with you. For any questions, please contact Tracy Ballard-Tal.
Bike Lights - See and Be Seen!
Now that the days are short, it is important for cyclists to have lights. Even if you can see, it doesn't mean you can be seen. The late afternoon/early evening hours are particularly dangerous, so please outfit your bike with a front headlight and a back red light. Stay safe!

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.
CAC Holiday Tea & Welcome Reception (Free)
Fri, Dec 15, 8:30-10 am, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd
Parenting a child with special needs has unique challenges, so taking good care of yourself is important. Join us for a healthy and tasty breakfast buffet, wellness treats and a presentation by Assistant Superintendent Lana Conaway. She will speak about equity, access, wellness and safety for all students, especially those receiving Special Education services. Ms. Conaway is one of PAUSD's new leaders and oversees Special Education, Counseling, Health, and Wellness in her role as Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives and Operations. Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome. Spanish language translation will be available. Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. For questions contact  paloaltocac@gmail.com RSVP's requested (but not required).

Community News
Society of Bookworms
Wed, Dec 20, 4-5 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
Join us in a discussion of the Louis Sachar's thrilling adventure,  Fuzzy Mud .  A limited number of copies are available for pick-up at Children's Library. Registration required. Grades 4-6 only.
STEAM Lab Sunday - LED Holiday Cards
Sun, Dec 17, 2:30-3:30 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Create holidays cards using LED lights. We will supply all the crafts! Registration opens three weeks in advance. Grades K-5 only. Please register here.
Family Movie Afternoon
Sat, Dec 9, 4-6 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Join us for a family movie afternoon the 2 nd  Saturday of each month. December movie: Toy Story. Please click here to register.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Sat, Jan 20, 9:30 am - 1 pm, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this 'best choir of the Peninsula' for himself at a free half-day minicamp where he'll learn some songs and have a blast. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2018. Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting once a week for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi's opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, Opera roles, collaborations with Stanford's choruses and the San Francisco Symphony-and even world-wide touring. SingFest is free, and spots will go fast. Register here Can't make it to SingFest but want to audition? Click here.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus' Music and Movement Classes Open
Mondays, 3:15 & 4:15 sessions, Jan 29 - May 21, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus' engaging class for active young boys is now open. It's a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi's main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys' creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning, and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting. $330 for 15 weeks; sibling discounts. Registration and more info here or contact lspaeth@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785.

Musikiwest Concert
Thu, Nov 30, 7:30 pm, Mitchell Park Library 
Art of the Fugue I-IV for string quartet by J.S. Bach; Chaconne from Fantaisie Chromatique,  Hommage à J.S. Bach  by Dave Brubeck; Mariel for cello and marimba by Oswaldo Golijov; Deciduous for violin and steelpan by Andy Akiho; Mojave for marimba, shaker and string quartet by Michael Torke.

Michelle Djokic - cello, Kristin Lee - violin, Dimitri Murrath - viola, Ian Rosenbaum - percussion, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu - violin.

Tickets: Under 18 free / Seniors $10 / Others $15. For information visit the website or email  info@musikiwest.org.
El Camino Youth Symphony New Member Auditions
Calling all French horn, saxophone, bassoon, cello, and percussion players: The El Camino Youth Symphony is inviting young, motivated musicians with at least one year of private lessons to audition for our preparatory orchestras. ECYS offers after-school music programs for all levels of ability, from our Chamber Players Orchestra, for students just beginning their musical journey, to the Senior Symphony, where players challenge themselves with professional-level repertoire. Auditions will be held in December and early January. The program runs through the spring, and groups meet weekly for rehearsal at Terman Middle School. Contact loribingham@ecys.org to learn about setting up an audition. Visit the website  for more information.
ABCD Research Study
Ongoing Recruitment
The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will enroll  10,000+ healthy children and follow them from ages 9 to 10 into early  adulthood to understand how children's experiences affect brain  development and other aspects of their lives. Researchers are conducting the
ABCD study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, across the  country. You may be eligible to participate at SRI International in Menlo  Park. Financial compensation for participation, families can earn up to  $350.  Contact information: 
Call:    Dr. Aimee Goldstone (650) 859-3320
Email:  ABCD@sri.com
Text:  (650) 687-7742
Visit the study website
Stanford University Research Study (Girls, 8-12)
Researchers at Stanford University are looking for girls ages 8-12 with learning and/or behavior challenges to participate in a study exploring brain development in relation to behavior, cognition, and mood in girls. Participation involves a comprehensive cognitive and behavioral evaluation and MRI/NIRS scan (safe, non-invasive, no x-rays/radiation). Results of the evaluation are available to all participants and there is a $100 honorarium for participation. For more information, email or call 650-724-2951.
Menlowe Ballet Presents: It's a Wonderful Nutcracker!
Dec 8-10 & 15-17, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
Blended with the storyline of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life," Menlowe Ballet's production is set in the 1940s and boasts all the magical trimmings of a traditional Nutcracker. This production stresses the importance of physical presence in the lives of those who mean something to us. This season we also added a storyline illustrating how the power of connection and generosity can overcome greed and divisiveness. This is a holiday production that you and your family will want to see! Information on show times and tickets are available on our website

Come watch 'Twas the Night Before Christmas!
Sun, Dec 3 & 10, 1 & 4 pm; Sat Dec 9, 3 pm, Woodside Performing Arts Center
Dancers Repertory Theatre presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages. Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys and a cast of over 80 children and adults. For Tickets and more information, please visit our website or Facebook page.

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.

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
Nov 28 School Site Council Meeting
Dec 2-8 Book Fair
Dec 4-8 Inclusive Schools Week
Dec 8 Principal's Coffee
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