Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

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August 14 , 2017
Fairmeadow News
Principal's Message
Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

Welcome to a new school year at Fairmeadow Elementary School! This year promises to be full of exploration, curiosity, engagement, and learning for every single one of our Fairmeadow Firebird students. Let's partner together to ensure that your child experiences a positive year of academic, social, and creative growth, and that joy and intrigue are a regular part of the school day. Come Tuesday, it's time to get started!
 
I hope to see you at two upcoming events this week, the Welcome Back Coffee on Tuesday and the Welcome Back Social on Friday. Right after drop off on the first day of school the PTA will host a Welcome Back gathering with warm drinks and great conversation. Come on out to the blacktop at 8:30 am on Tuesday! This Friday, August 18th we welcome our whole school community for the Welcome Back Social from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Fairmeadow. Please join us to celebrate the start of another school year with tacos, a side-dish potluck, games, and self-guided tours of some of the unique learning environments at Fairmeadow. Please plan to bring back your PTA one-check form from your welcome packet, and you will be entered into a raffle full of fun and exciting prizes! I hope to see you and your family there!
 
On the morning of Monday, August 21st we will be able to view a partial solar eclipse in Palo Alto. This is a unique and rare opportunity to see this special occurrence, and one that we plan to acknowledge and celebrate at our school. We are planning for a community eclipse viewing from 10 am to 10:30 am on August 21st. Each child will be provided with an eclipse viewer to protect their eyes, and all classes with gather on the field at 10 am to observe the eclipse. At 10:30 am classes will return to their rooms. Parents are invited to participate with each class, helping to ensure that students keep their eclipse viewers over their eyes when viewing the eclipse and discussing observations with students in the class. At 10:30 am I will welcome parents to join me in the MP Room and discuss strategies to continue the scientific conversation at home, and to write eclipse-day-letters to the children. Please communicate with your child's teacher if you plan to attend with the class.
 
I look forward to welcoming our children back to school this Tuesday. Let's have a joyful year ahead!

Grant Althouse
Principal
Welcome Back/Back-to-School Social
This Friday, August 18th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Will you be there? The PTA is sponsoring the new Welcome Back/Back-to-School Social!  Please RSVP to  tacoRSVP@gmail.com  or message/call Mei-Hsia Tan  (415) 819- 5890  to reserve your free tacos now. More info in this  flyer  (also in your Back-to-School packet).

Last chance to win prizes when you hand in your One Check form. The PTA will be showcasing all that is special about Fairmeadow. Come with family to enjoy friends, food, noon tables, the design studio, the Science Lab, and much more! 

Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Help us put on a great event and sign up here if you have some time to spare:  bit.ly/BTSteam.
Top Tips to Stay Informed at Fairmeadow
  • Fairmeadow eNews is the main source of school information. The eNews is distributed on Mondays and contains school and activity information from the principal, the Fairmeadow PTA and the community. You are automatically signed up to receive the eNews at the email address given to Infinite Campus. If you do not receive the eNews, contact our eNews editor, Christy Moision.
  • Be sure to read through your child's Friday Folder. It will contain school projects, permission slips for upcoming field trips, reminders for Back to School Night and other school events, opportunities to join after-school activities, flyers for upcoming PTA events, and more.
  • The Fairmeadow website is a great source of information about the school, its staff, and the PTA. In addition, several teachers have their own webpages.
  • Add or check your contact information on the Fairmeadow Online Student Directory with Konstella. A flyer will be sent home the first week of school with detailed instructions. You can use the directory to search for student and parent email addresses and phone numbers.
  • Join the Official Fairmeadow Facebook Group to connect with your fellow Fairmeadow parents.
Safe Routes to School
Palo Alto is fortunate to have an active and dedicated Safe Routes to School partnership between the City, the School District, and the PTA. City and District staff, along with parent volunteers at each school, provide a number of programs to encourage students and parents to use safe, active transportation. Every year, we team up to provide:
This year, Fairmeadow families can also look forward to a "Bringing Up Bicyclists" class for parents and free bike repairs when Bay Area Bike Mobile makes a return visit to our Walk-a-Thon!

For tips and more information on our Safe Routes program, please click on the "Getting to School" tab on Fairmeadow's website.

If you would like help to find the best route to school, email Fairmeadow's Safe Routes representative, Christy Moision.

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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
Aug 15 First Day of School
Welcome Back Coffee
Aug 18 Back to School Social
Aug 29 Back to School Night
Sep 4 Labor Day - No School
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