Fairmeadow Elementary School eNews

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September 4 , 2017
Fairmeadow News
Last Days of PiE Challenge Grant!
The PiE 2017-2018 fundraising campaign is happening now. Please join us in making a difference in the education of all kids in our community. PiE funds go to every PAUSD school and help principals to staff programs that deliver a well-rounded education. PiE's funding provides enrichment and support in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the Arts, and Wellness and Support. PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day. Take two minutes to see how the enriched education we want for our kids is only possible with PiE.

Every gift counts. Gifts and pledges made by September 5th will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge GrantPlease donate today!
Bringing Up Bicyclists Class
Wed, Sep 27, 6-8 pm, Hoover MP Room
Hoover and Fairmeadow PTAs are teaming up to present the inaugural "Friends Across the Field" event: Bringing Up Bicyclists! This class is for parents only and will be taught by City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Sylvia Star-Lack. Get the information and skills necessary to get your student biking to school! See our flyer to learn more and RSVP to our Facebook event! Questions? Email Fairmeadow Safe Routes to School Champion, Christy Moision.
Support Fairmeadow and Get $15 of Free Groceries!
Get $15 off your first order, and for every order you place during October and November  Good Eggs will donate 10% of the value to Fairmeadow!  Participation is easy:
  1. Fill your basket with all the best food (meal kits, fresher than fresh produce, sustainable meats and seafood, kid-friendly staples and more) for same day delivery on goodeggs.com.
  2. At checkout enter the code FAIRMEADOW to get $15 off and automatically enroll.
  3. Enjoy! You just discovered the easiest and most delicious way to support Fairmeadow.
All your orders during October and November will automatically count toward the fundraiser that gives 10% back to our school. *Sign up by October 15th and enter to win a week of free dinners.*

For any questions, contact Shae Hill.
Call for Fairmeadow Party Hosts - Deadline Extended!
Interested in having a great time while raising money for Fairmeadow AND getting to know other fabulous Firebird families? Now's your chance! We are currently looking for parents to host fundraising parties. Multiple families can co-host to divide expenses/work. Parties can be for kids, parents, or the entire family. Best selling parties from the past include Oktoberfest, Japanese Dinner, Cocktail Party, Camping Weekend, Kickball Party, Bollywood Dance Party, Spanish Tapas Party, and Wine Tasting. New ideas are welcome! Last year's parties raised $26,736 for the PTA, which was almost 80% of the entire Walkathon earnings. Thank you former party hosts for your generosity and awesome parties!

We have extended the submission deadline to Friday, September 8th.

We are still looking for parents to host the 4th grade party (party theme will be your choice). Grade-level parties are open to all children in a particular grade. Let's give our 4th graders a party too! :)

Why do we have this tradition of paying to attend parties at Fairmeadow?
  1. Community building -- The parties are a great way to get to know other families within the community.
  2. To raise funds for our school -- Monies raised for the PTA help to fund: computers and science equipment; noon sports and activities; school-wide bully prevention program; additional playground supervision; our new design studio; all new books for the school and classroom libraries; our spring theatrical production; the school garden; Green Team; many community events, plus much more.
To sign up to host a party and for party ideas and more info, please contact   Tracy Ballard-Tal .
Fairmeadow Flash Mob
We're doing it again this year -- Flash Mob at the walkathon, October 15! 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! Please come to the free, optional rehearsals in the MP Room (dates below) or sign up and view the video then join in on Oct 15!  Hope to see you, bring the kids, and please SHARE (and Like) this video link Visit  bit.ly/thrillerfaq for more info.

Rehearsal dates:
In MP Room until further notice, subject to change ( sign up  to stay updated):
  1. Sunday, September 10, 4:00 pm
  2. Wednesday, Sept 20, 7:30 pm
  3. Sunday, October 1, 4:00 pm
  4. Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 pm
  5. Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am
  6. Sunday, October 15 "The Big Day," no rehearsal but save this date (time TBD)
Come learn the routine and stay for snacks! Bring water and wear comfy (or workout) clothes.

Community News
Volunteer Opportunity for Parents & Grandparents at Palo Alto Art Center!
Sep 2017, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd
The Palo Alto Art Center is excited to announce that we will be holding new docent training sessions this September. Training will take place September 5, 8, and 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Docents help lead school tours for the Project Look program. Project Look serves K-8th graders and includes an interactive tour of our galleries and hands-on art activities. Our docent community is a vibrant one, committed to lifelong learning and inspiring a love of art in all children. This is a great volunteer opportunity for parents, especially art lovers and those who enjoy working with children! For more information or to sign up, please contact Grace Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement .
Let's Talk, A SELPA 1 CAC Support Group
Mon, Sep 11, 10 am - 12 pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Click here for more information.
Parent Chat, Mental Health Subcommittee SELPA 1 CAC Event
Tue, Sep 12, 7-8:30 pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos  
Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.
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.
5th Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale at Palo Alto High School
Fri, Sep 15, 3-6 pm, Palo Alto High School Between Old and New Theatres
Sat, Sep 16, 11 am - 4 pm, Palo Alto High School Next to the Performing Arts Center
Come see exquisite new glass designs hand-blown by instructors, alumni, and students. Over 1000 unique glass pieces - pumpkins, pears, seashells, elephants, acorns, vases, and more on sale to benefit Paly's Fiery Arts program. Come learn about the craft with live glass blowing demonstrations. For more information, contact PalyFieryArts@gmail.com or click here.
Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Sponsored by Project Safety Net and the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program
Wed, Sept 13, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Rd
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. All materials will be provided. Space is limited, so please register .
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.
Spectra Art Teacher Wanted
Duveneck Elementary (which has a dedicated art room) for Grade 2, three classes every other Friday. 16 art sessions per school year TBD with classroom teacher. Classified position, credential not required. Artist with teaching experience preferred. Paid training available. September start time.  $30.95/hour, plus one hour paid prep time for each three hours of teaching time.  Contact PAUSD Art Coordinator, Li Ezzell (650-329-3939).

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In This Issue
Important Dates
Sep 4 Labor Day - No School
Sep 6 New Family Coffee
PTA General Meeting
Sep 12 Picture Day
Sep 15 Principal's Coffee
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