Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

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May 22 , 2017
Fairmeadow News
Principal's Message
Greetings Fairmeadow Community,
The past couple of weeks held many exciting experiences where our Fairmeadow students were the stars! The Whole School Learning Celebration highlighted tremendous student growth and interest across subject areas, and I enjoyed watching our children excitedly share classroom activities and work, with confidence and pride. Our students' curious and thought-provoking science fair projects engaged and challenged attendees at our annual Science Fair. Last Thursday, 4th graders simulated life in an old gold mining camp during Gold Rush Day, deepening their historical empathy and understanding the life of a gold miner during the times of early California. This week promises to be another exciting week of learning and community as students conclude the work of the school year with their teachers and classmates. What an amazing time to be a proud Fairmeadow Firebird!
At our final Principal's Coffee last week, an engaged group of parents and community members joined in for a lively discussion about transitions, summer literacy, and our new mathematics curriculum. While discussing transitions, we emphasized the importance of modeling a growth mindset and embracing change while preparing our children to conclude the year and anticipate school-life in the next grade level. Opportunity for reading and writing over the summer is a critical piece of summer planning! Encourage purposeful writing and joyful reading to practice and maintain skills. Did you know that our PAUSD School Board recently adopted a new K-5 mathematics curriculum, Bridges in Mathematics? Teachers and staff will be working over the summer to prepare to launch our new math curriculum. Look forward to parent education opportunities at Fairmeadow in the fall to learn more about this comprehensive approach to the instruction of mathematics!
The final days of the school year include many fun, physical activities outdoors, and with temperatures and sun intensity increasing by the day it's important to practice our Fairmeadow sun-safe behaviors. Please remind your children to bring a hat to school to protect skin from sun during play times outside, and to seek shade during extended time in the sun. Field Day on May 31st promises to be an incredibly enjoyable day of outside activity and games; let's be sun-safe while we enjoy this annual day of games!
Our Fairmeadow School Site Council is a parent and teacher leadership group that meets to establish instructional goals for our school as well as assess the social and emotional climate on campus. Members of our School Site Council are asked to attend regular monthly meetings and to collaborate around initiatives, resources, and fund allocation to support all children at Fairmeadow. If you are interested in one of the open parent positions, please contact me and provide the following information: your name, grade level for your child(ren), and a brief statement explaining why you want to be a member of the Fairmeadow School Site Council. Please send me this information by the last day of school, June 1st.
In classrooms, students and teachers are concluding this busy year of learning and growth. All teachers are completing the process of capturing your student's progress from this year on the spring progress report. This includes informally and formally assessing your child's progress in many social and emotional competencies, as well as the many academic areas outlined in the Common Core State Standards and highlighted on the PAUSD progress reports. You should expect to receive your child's progress report around the final day of school. Teachers will be sharing progress reports and much more relevant information with your child's receiving teacher prior to the start of the next school year.
While we don't have school next Monday in observance of Memorial Day, we are looking forward to a busy final week of school next week! School concludes on Thursday, June 1st with the 5th grade promotion ceremony at 9 am on the field, and school ending for all grades at 1:40 pm. I look forward to seeing you at Fairmeadow at some point over the next two weeks for an upcoming activity, celebration, or commemoration!

Grant Althouse
Field Day - Volunteers Needed
Wed, May 31
Fairmeadow's annual Field Day is right around the corner and the Fairmeadow staff needs parent volunteers to help with various tasks to make this event a success. We need parents to help run/assist with stations and hand out popsicles for both the K-2 (8:40-10) session and the grades 3-5 (10:25-11:50) session. If you can help with one or both sessions, please click here to sign up . You will need to check in at the parent volunteer table when you arrive at school on May 31st to find out which station you've been assigned. The stations are simple to run, and you will be assisting a teacher or staff member or working with another parent to run the activity. Thank you in advance for making this a great day for all students!
Calling All Parents of JLS-Bound 5th Graders!
If you will have a 6th grader at JLS next year, please subscribe to the JLS CLASS 2020 list (do this even if you already have a student at JLS). This will ensure that you will receive the weekly JLS eNews during all of the years your student is at JLS and also any separate communications that are sent only to next year's 6th grade JLS parents. To be included in the JLS Class 2020 list, sign up  here.

PAUSD Annual Strategic Plan Survey
This PAUSD Research Director Christopher Kolar would like all PAUSD parents and/or guardians to know that the recent email inviting participation in the annual strategic plan survey is from the district. While the reply-to address will either be Chris Kolar or Max McGee, the sender address of noreply@qualtrics-survey.com allows email from our provider to not be marked as spam when delivered. Please fill out the survey and have your voice heard. If you receive a "reminder" email from Chris or Max this weekend you may safely follow the link. Questions? e-mail Chris Kolar.
Children's Safety Poster Contest
Sodexo Safety Poster Contest open to children ages 6-17, judging done in separate age categories with prizes of $200, $150 and $100 gift cards. Posters should illustrate safety in home, workplace, and anywhere in between. Each entrant must fill out Sodexo Release-Minor form. Entries accepted until May 26. Contact Alva Spence  for more info.

Be a PTA Special Ed/Inclusion Representative
All Schools/For the 2017-18 School Year
The Palo Alto CAC for Special Education and PTA Council are seeking parent volunteers at each school to facilitate parent-to-parent support and networking among parents of students with IEPs, 504 Plans, or special needs. We are especially looking for parents at JLS, Jordan, Addison, Palo Verde, El Carmelo, Duveneck, Briones, Nixon & Greendell. Small time commitment, no experience necessary, training and support provided. To volunteer or get more information please contact paloaltocac@gmail.com.  
Join the Palo Alto Special Ed Discuss Group
All Schools/Ongoing
Have a child with an IEP, 504 plan, special need, disability or learning difference? Join the discussion group. The list is a forum for families to share resources and experiences, ask questions, and learn about relevant events. Hosted by the Palo Alto CAC.
Opa! GiveBack Campaign
Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine, 140 University Ave
Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine in Palo Alto is proud to invite you and your family to dine at the Opa! location in downtown Palo Alto as a part of the Opa! GiveBack Campaign. When one hears the word Opa!, it usually brings with it a sense of excitement and happiness! When dining at Opa! Palo Alto, mention your relationship to the Palo Alto School District to your server and a percentage of your bill will be given back to the Palo Alto Council of PTAs At the end of each month, Opa! Palo Alto will write a check to PTAC! Dine out, and help GiveBack to the Palo Alto PTA community at the same time!

Community  News
JLS 6th Grade Orientation Volunteers Needed
Incoming JLS 6th graders have a super fun two-day orientation program called Panther Camp on August 17th and 18th. Sign up now to get involved!  Questions? Email Keva Dine or  Maria Abilock.
Design for Superheroes: Why Do Things Look the Way They Do?
Sun, Jun 4 & 11, 1-3 pm, Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave
Beginning with some of the first industrial designs, such as for cars and trains from nearly 100 years ago, students discover the continuing influences of design in today's world. Students will learn that many of today's video game designs and superhero characters were created some 70 years ago. Work on design challenges for objects such as banks, lunch boxes, bridges, and secret enemy bases. This 2-day workshop is appropriate for students age 10-16. Enrollment is $40.00 per student. Registration is required by June 3.
iSing Auditions for Girls in Grades 1-12
iSing is hosting auditions throughout the summer. We are specifically hoping to meet girls who love to sing in grades 1-4 but auditions for all ages welcome. iSing is an arts organization committed to the music education of girls in grades 1-12. We believe that singing teaches young people to strive for excellence, to work collaboratively with others, and to become passionate members of their communities. For questions, contact  info@isingsv.com.  Details here.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Spring Recital
Sat, Jun 10, 5 pm, First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
Not sure about auditioning? Hear our youngest singers! The boys of Ragazzi Boys Chorus, from small to tall, sing in their end-of-the-year Spring Recital. Many levels of the chorus are showcased, at levels from beginners through boys preparing for summer touring. The choristers are at their finest at this recital. Experience the artistry of our young singers; we're delighted to share their beautiful choral accomplishments. Sung by Primary Groups, Ragazzi Premiere and Avanti. Buy tickets here.
From Sea to Shining Sea | Ragazzi Boys Chorus
Sun, Jun 11, 5 pm, Aragon High School Theater, San Mateo
Hear our most accomplished artists at this fun season-closer. Ragazzi presents music prepared for our upcoming tours to the Baltics and Arizona. Concert highlights will include a focus on American music, featuring gospel, spirituals, and pop music. Each of our touring groups, Avanti, Concert Group, and Young Men's Ensemble, will do at least one choreographed song with the help of our dance master and choreographer, Karl Kuehn. Enjoy the excitement of live performance and celebrate the boys' artistry before they go. Buy tickets here.
Lego Friday
3rd Friday of Every Month, 3:30-5 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
Let your imagination soar and come build with us! No registration required. For all ages.
Love to Sing? Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions for 7-10 Year Olds
By appointment through June, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a CBS news 'best choir of the Peninsula,' will teach your boy to sing! Schedule your 7-10 year old boy for a fun group audition. He'll learn a song and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed to try out. Boys start slow, then grow. 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 worldwide touring. Appointments and more info here. Watch us on YouTube or check us out on Facebook.
Palo Alto World Music Day: Save the Date, Musicians and Volunteers Wanted 
Sun, June 18, 3-7:30 pm, University Ave (closed to traffic)  
The City of Palo Alto has declared June 18 as World Music Day. World Music Day is a free music festival that takes place in cities around the world every year around the Summer Solstice. Now for the eighth year in Palo Alto, 50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, etc. All performances are free and open to the public. This is a fun and unique family event not to be missed. Book the date now and tell your friends. The organizers are also looking for musicians and event volunteers from our community, including students from our schools. For information, click here or email info@pamusicday.org. World Music Day is presented by the Stanford Federal Credit Union and organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation. Event sponsors include: The City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, Live SV, and News for Chinese.

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In This Issue
Important Dates
May 29 Memorial Day - No School
May 31 Field Day
June 1 Last Day of School
(Minimum Day)

5th Grade Promotion 9-10 am
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