Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

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September 18 , 2017
Fairmeadow News
Rock the Walkathon!  
Get Your Walking Shoes Ready, Firebirds!
Sunday, October 15th, 11 am - 3 pm
The Walkathon is a fun family event! Walk with friends, teachers, and Mr. Althouse!  There will be prizes, food trucks, a bake sale, and so much more!

Don't forget! All parents can sign up for or bid on faculty events and parties for kids during the Walkathon. Registration information to follow.  Want to help with the Walkathon?   Contact Nirmala Patni.
Bike Friendly Events Coming Up!
We have lots of upcoming events to help summon your inner cyclist! Whether you and your student are experienced riders or just thinking about joining the legions of cyclists in Palo Alto, there's an event for you!
  • Bringing Up Bicyclists Class - Wednesday, September 27th, 6-8 pm at Hoover Elementary (MP Room). Learn how to get your student biking safely to school! RSVP to our Facebook event!
  • Bike Palo Alto! - Sunday, October 1st, 1-3 pm. This family-friendly event kicks off Walk & Roll Week and features three routes through Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Menlo Park.
  • Walk & Roll to School Day - Wednesday, October 4th. Give an alternative commute a try -- walk, bike, scooter, or carpool to school and let's get some cars off the road! If that's not possible, try parking a few blocks away and walking the rest. Every effort counts!
  • Third Grade Bike Rodeo - Thursday, October 12th. Third grade families, get ready for the Bike Rodeo! Students will practice the skills they've been learning in the bicycle education program when Fairmeadow's blacktop is transformed into streets and intersections.
  • Bay Area Bike Mobile at the Walkathon - Sunday, October 15th. Back by popular demand! Bring your bikes to the Walkathon and sign up for free repairs by the Bay Area Bike Mobile mechanics! 
If you have questions about any of these events, please contact Fairmeadow's Safe Routes to School Champion, Christy Moision.
Notes of Support for Mrs. Easton
Our second grade teacher, Mrs. Easton, is finishing her final rounds of chemo. We want to shower her with love and give her strength during her final push. A "mail" box will be in the office and we hope to fill it with notes from students, parents, and teachers to show her the love we all feel for her and support her through this rough time. Please drop your letters off this week!
Luncheon Hosted by 5th Grade Families
The staff luncheon this month is on Thursday, September 21st , and is being hosted by 5th grade families . These monthly luncheons give us a chance to show our 
appreciation for all that the Fairmeadow staff does for our children. It allows the  entire faculty and staff to come together over a meal and they really enjoy it and  look forward to it. This month's theme is Taco Bar.

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 setup and cleanup. 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 in the link, please email Sachi Messerian  with the dish you would like to bring.

Is your child not in 5th grade? Click here for a list of staff luncheons scheduled for this school year.

Notice of Public Hearing: Sufficiency of Textbooks and Instructional Materials
Tue, Sept 26, 6:30 pm, Board Room, District Office, 25 Churchill Ave
The Board of Education will receive input from the public relative to certification that students have sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials for the 2017-18 school year. Additional information available through Educational Services at 650-833-4242.

Healthy Habits, Healthy Lives
Wed, Oct 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, SDC Room, District Office, 25 Churchill Ave
Navigating and understanding nutrition guidelines can be challenging and confusing. At this talk, Dr. Jeanne Rosner will help to clear up some of this confusion. She will discuss healthy eating guidelines, as well as, healthy habits. Finally, she will provide ways to incorporate these suggestions into our daily lives and leave us empowered with the knowledge to lead a healthy life. Dr. Rosner is a board certified anesthesiologist who practiced at Stanford Medical Center for nearly 20 years. Since retiring from anesthesia, she has been a nutrition educator at middle schools throughout the Bay area and started a venture called SOUL (seasonal, organic, unprocessed, local) Food Salon.

Community News
"Like" Your Favorite Photos in the Enjoy! Palo Alto Photo Contest  
Vote here until Monday, September 25th
Vote for your favorite photos that were submitted to the Enjoy! Palo Alto Photo Contest hosted by the City of Palo Alto's Community Services Department. The "Overall Audience Favorite" winner will be chosen based on the number of "likes." Enjoy and Happy Voting! Quick tip: Scroll down the page  to see photos.
Paly Theatre Presents: The Miracle Worker  
Thu, Sep 28, 7:30 pm; Fri, Sep 29, 4 pm; Sun Oct 1, 2 pm and 7 pm; Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd
Please join Palo Alto High School Theatre as they present their first play of the year, the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play, The Miracle Worker. Immortalized on stage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students/seniors. Reserved seating can be purchased online or at the Box office one hour prior to curtain.
Celebration of Oneness Art Exhibition
Deadline: Sunday, Oct 1st
Call for submissions of original artwork on the theme of the oneness of humanity. Entries open to students and residents of Palo Alto of all ages and artistic levels. Selected artwork will be displayed at the Rinconada Library and other Palo Alto venues, including an opening reception on November 5th. Submission details available here , deadline October 1st. Email:  celebrateoneness@gmail.com . Event sponsored by the Palo Alto Baha'i Community.
8th Annual Bike Palo Alto!
Sun, Oct 1, 1-4 pm, Start at El Carmelo Elementary, 3024 Bryant St
Explore Palo Alto's enjoyable bike byways from Los Altos to Menlo Park to the Baylands! Free treats are offered at rest stops along each ro ute. Originated and organized by neighborhood green team volunteers, this free event provides a fun way for the community to learn about Palo Alto's great bicycling routes and resources. Bring your helmet, a water bottle for filling at water fountains, and a small pack to hold your maps and other bike goodies. Free registration,  along with any sort of bike help,  is from 1-3 at El Carmelo Elementary. Riders choose among three self-guided routes of various distances and can start filling up a Frequent Rider Card that is redeemed later for a reward.  Preregistration is recommended. Details here .
Navigating Boyhood (Elementary)
Sat, Sep 26, 7-9 pm, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave  
Let's face it. Boy behavior can be challenging. In this workshop, you'll learn how to meet your son's basic internal needs so that cooperation, confidence, and connection come easily in every area of his life. You'll gain practical tools for discipline that will help him cooperate before, during, and after any challenge. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. Register here.
Children's Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center
Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our children's classes. Classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture are offered on Monday - Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center. Registration is now open. All of our Art Classes are listed here. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (650-617-3509).
Stanford ADHD Study
Looking for children ages 7-11 with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnoses to participate in a study exploring changes in brain function in response to a novel neurofeedback training. Participation involves 6 sessions of cognitive training and 2 sessions of behavioral assessments. Contact Lindsay Chromik ( 650-724-2939)  for more information or to enroll. For general information regarding participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906 .
Palo Alto Library -- Day of the Dead Altar
Sun, Oct 15 - Sun, Nov 5 Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Submit a photo of a loved one who has passed on to honor them at the entrance of the library's altar. Display created by Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB).
FREE Mindful Moms Class with Krassi Harwell
Tue, Sep 26, 12-1:30 pm, 67 Encina Ave
Join our community of wise and caring moms as we navigate the rich and rewarding journey of raising kids into adults. We will practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness as we share stories, strength, and support. This FREE class is for moms who have kids of all ages - particularly helpful for moms who have toddlers thru teens! Registration is required for this FREE workshop as space is limited!
Titans Youth Cheer Clinic
Sat, Sep 30, 10 am - 2 pm, Gunn High School Titan Gym
Come join the Gunn High School Varsity Cheerleaders for a fun-filled Cheer Clinic for kids K-8th grade. Kids will learn cheers and a dance that they can later perform alongside the cheerleaders at the Gunn HS Football game on Friday, Oct. 13. Lunch, water, and snacks are provided at the clinic. Check-in time is 9:30 am, cost is $40 per child ($30 for siblings after the first registration), cash or check payment at the door. Email gunntitans.cheer@gmail.com to reserve your spot with "Youth Clinic" in the subject line and include the child(ren)'s name, age and grade.
Volunteers Needed for Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Teacher Programs at the Ravenswood School District!
Be a part of the exciting new things happening in Ravenswood! The Ravenswood Education Foundation (REF) is kicking off its annual Adopt-a-Teacher program for the Ravenswood City School District! The program offers the opportunity for individuals or small groups to help teachers in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park purchase much-needed supplies. REF is also launching a teacher appreciation program with an opportunity for volunteers to provide two meals honoring faculty and staff at a school. If interested, please contact Jazmin Sosa  or visit REF's website to learn more about other volunteering opportunities.
Music Classes at Cantabile Youth Singers Start this Week!
Registration is open now for classes beginning week of September 11, 2017 for kids in grades Pre-K - 4. Auditions for choirs for singers in grades 4-8 are ongoing. See attached flyer for more information or visit Cantabile's website  here .
Challenges of Dyslexia, SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event
Wed, Sep 20, 7-9 pm, Santa Rita Elementary, Los Altos 
Join Lindamood-Bell Center Director, Leila MacCurrach, for a conversation about how intensive instruction that builds the imagery-language foundation can enable students of all backgrounds and prior diagnoses to learn to read and comprehend to their potential. Lindamood-Bell's intensive, one-to-one, process-based instruction has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension. The method has been proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, and ASD.
Family Date Night - PLAY! Fort Building
Fri, Sept 22, 7:00-8:15 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
Join your friends and neighbors at the library for an evening of fort building fun in collaboration with The Art Center's PLAY! exhibit. Please register each family member separately. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.
Society of Bookworms - The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy
Wed, Sept 20, 4-5 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6. Sponsored by The Friends of the Palo Alto Library. Register here.
Palo Alto Library - Afternoon Adventure: The Science of Leaves
Wed, Sept 27, 3:30-4:30 pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Calling all kid scientists! Come to learn about different types of leaves, and do an experiment to find out why some leaves change color in the fall. Registration required. Grades 2-5 only.

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In This Issue
Important Dates
Sep 19 School Site Council Meeting
Sep 21 PTA Staff Luncheon
Sep 27 Bringing Up Bicyclists Class
Oct 4 Walk & Roll Day
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