Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

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September 25 , 2017
Fairmeadow News
Principal's Message
Greetings Fairmeadow,
Teachers are implementing a new, comprehensive K-5 mathematics program called Bridges in Mathematics in classrooms across our school district this year. Fully aligned to the California Common Core State Standards in mathematics, Bridges presents students with a balanced combination of whole-group, small-group, and independent activities. Many lessons start with the Problems and Investigations component, where students think and work individually or in pairs on problems before sharing solutions and strategies with their whole class. Another curriculum component is Work Places, engaging exploration activities that reinforce and practice key skills. Number Corner revolves around the classroom calendar to provide daily practice in skill-building and broader mathematical concepts, a component of the curriculum that usually happens at a different time of day than the scheduled math lesson.
A highlight of my year so far has been watching our students talk about math, problem solve, observe, explain methods, and ask questions during each component of our new curriculum. It's been a significant change for our teachers and students as they learn to teach and progress within a new curriculum, and teachers are working exceedingly hard for our children. Through these rich experiences children are developing and honing their mathematical habits of mind, and truly living the famous quote, 'the only way to know mathematics is to do mathematics.' If you would like to do some mathematics of your own while learning about our Bridges in Mathematics curriculum, please plan on joining the PAUSD Department of Elementary Education for a Parent Night on Bridges in Mathematics tonight, Monday September 25th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the PAUSD District Office. I hope to see you there!
In reading, we have spent a significant amount of time and energy learning about each young reader this fall. It's been incredibly valuable to work to understand children's strength and challenges in their reading fluency and comprehension using our new reading assessment tool, the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) by Fountas and Pinnell. There is great value in what our new assessment tells us about your child as a reader, and most importantly, the instructional steps that will nurture their continued growth this year. Teachers will be sharing more about your child's reading strengths and areas for growth at the fall parent/teacher conferences as well as on the first trimester progress report.
Shifting to health and nutrition, our community is working to implement PAUSD dietary guidelines which recommend the types of food that we provide for our children during the school day. We request that food brought for birthdays and class celebrations include natural, healthy choices with no added sugar whenever possible. Thank you for your efforts to promote health and wellness through food choices at Fairmeadow.
It's an exciting time to be a Firebird, as learning abounds in each and every classroom! I look forward to seeing you at Fairmeadow soon.
Grant Althouse
Fairmeadow Flash Mob Reminder
Please come join the Fairmeadow Flash Mob! This is a fun, unique Fairmeadow event and a great way to support and get to know your Fairmeadow community! And this time, KIDS are welcome to join in! It doesn't have to be perfectly reversed-just come join the fun and dance with us either at the Walkathon or beforehand. We will be holding free, optional rehearsals (dates and locations below), sign up for updates or just view the video then join in on Oct 15! Click here for more info.
  • Friday, Sept 29, 3:15 pm (Fairmeadow Black top)
  • Sunday, Oct 1, 5:00 pm (MP Room)
  • Sunday, Oct 8, 5:00 pm (join us for wine and cheese at Anjali Joshi's house: 285 San Antonio Ave)
  • Wednesday, Oct 11, 7:30 pm (MP Room)
  • Saturday, Oct 14, 10:00 am (MP Room)
  • Sunday, Oct 15 "The Big Day" no rehearsal but save this date (time TBD)
Please contact any of the following with questions: 
Join Us for PiE Rally Days this Thursday and Friday!
The next big fundraising event for our school is called  PiE Rally Days and it's happening this week on   Thursday, September 28th  and Friday, September 29th . Please stop by our blue table outside the main office at Fairmeadow during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times. You'll see us with balloons, free coffee, treats, and maybe even fresh baked mini pies to eat!!!

All donations received during PiE Rally Days will be matched by a community grant, so it's a huge opportunity for Fairmeadow to reach its PiE fundraising goal this year. Please consider donating before October 15th to take advantage of this matching grant. Any amount helps!!! No donation is insignificant.

If you have already donated to PiE--THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Your donations will keep Science Lab, Music, Spectra Art, and Teaching Aides at Fairmeadow.
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.
Street Improvements Coming!
The Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevards project is projected to start on Monday, October 2nd . The concept plans for this project were approved by the Council on May 9, 2016 and derived from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan that was also approved by the Council in 2012. Over the next few months, we will be working hard to improve streets that are near Fairmeadow, specifically on Ross Road, between Corina Way and Talisman Drive. The work hours of this project are Monday-Friday, 8:45 am-5:00 pm. This project will build better infrastructure for all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. During construction, access by all road users will be maintained to the extent possible. It is very important for everyone to be patient and extra careful in these construction zones and to obey flaggers when present. We appreciate your cooperation during the construction process. For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Community Relations Manager for the project, Sarah Ratliff ( 669-225-1617) . Additional information is available on the project website.
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.
Superintendent's Weekly Message
We will re-post Dr. McGee's weekly communications here each week, in case you missed it on his previous Infinite Campus email to you. Click here for the message from September 22nd.
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
8th Annual Bike Palo Alto!
Sun, Oct 1, 1-4 pm, Start at El Carmelo Elementary, 3024 Bryant St
Get ready to ride and explore Palo Alto's enjoyable bike byways from Los Altos to Menlo Park to the Baylands! Bring your helmet, a water bottle for filling at water fountains, and a small pack to hold your maps and other bike goodies.  Start at El Carmelo for registration, route maps, helmet fitting, and an ABC Quick Bike Safety Check. Choose from three routes with shorter and longer options with treats at special stops along the routes and start filling up a Frequent Rider Card that is redeemed later for a reward. For more details visit bikepaloalto.org or #bikepaloalto. O riginated 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. Bike Palo Alto encourages biking safely to more places more often and kicks off Walk & Roll week in PAUSD schools.
Presentation by Acterra: Hear How the Clean Energy Economy is Addressing Climate Change
Thu, Sep 28, 6:30 pm, Foster Art and Wilderness Foundation, 940 Commercial St, Palo Alto
Parents and students are invited to join Acterra for a lecture with former California Controller Steve Westly. Now managing partner for the Westly Group, a sustainability venture firm in Menlo Park, Westly will discuss how developments in the clean energy economy are helping to address climate change. $10 for non-members. FREE for Acterra members. Register here.
Free Math Festival for Girls
Sat, Oct 21, 10 am - 12 pm; 555 Post Street, San Francisco
Hands-on, collaborative activities that inspire a love for math, for girls grades 4 through 9. Please plan to stay for the entire duration of the festival, to participate in a sequence of scheduled activities rather than a drop in format. For more information, click here.
Basketball Registration Is Open!
Attention girls and boys interested in playing basketball: Palo Alto National Junior Basketball aims to build individual skills, teamwork, character, friendly competition, and compassion. We offer K-2 clinics, leagues for grades 3-8 with professional coaching on Super Saturdays, and a high school program. As a community non-profit, we depend on parents to help coach-a magnificent way to positively impact and spend time with our children. Practices begin in late October, and games run from December through a tournament in late February. Scholarships available. Find out more and register here.
"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.
Navigating Boyhood (Elementary)
Tue, 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 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.
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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Important Dates
Sep 27 Bringing Up Bicyclists Class
Oct 4 Walk & Roll Day
Oct 6 No School
Oct 9 Full Day Kindergarten Begins
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