Week of September 28, 2020
Important Information
Mr. Krivak emailed this information out on Friday, 9/25, regarding the transition to hybrid mode.

Please check your email for important information regarding the group your child is in (Scarlet or Gray).

Remote Learning Option Registration Form Deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on September 27.

Also, read about changes to food service during hybrid learning and sign up to pick-up meals for days students are not in the buildings.
Joining Google Meets
Please remind your child that they cannot join a Google Meet until the teacher first joins.  If they get an error message it is because they are attempting to join a meeting at the incorrect time. 

Returning Student Registration
The Fairview Park City School District uses InfoSnap (accessed through PowerSchool), an online registration program for both new and returning students. Please know that our online registration process for returning students replaces our yearly back-to-school-forms, such as: Emergency Medical Form, Blanket Field Trip Form, Handbook Certification Form, etc. InfoSnap will require parents to download the student handbook, review with your child, and sign off electronically that you understand our school policies. Directions on InfoSnap forms/registration were e-mailed to you when the PowerSchool parent portal opened.

If you have not already done so, please update your student's forms as soon as possible.

School Fees
School fees have been applied to your student’s PowerSchool account.  Fees this year are $70.50 for all 1st and 2nd graders.  Fees for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are $73.50.  These student fees are for Technology Insurance, Technology Licenses and Everyday Math workbooks.  A check can be sent to Gilles-Sweet (made out to Fairview Park City Schools)  for your students school fees.  They can also be paid online through the PayForIt Program link on www.fairviewparkschools.org or at www.PayForIt.net.  Cash cannot be accepted.  Please call the school office at 440.356.3525 with questions.
Quick Links
Tech Support: support@fairview.k12.oh.us
Free or reduced meals application (deadline to apply is October 1 or status will revert to full-pay.)
If your child is having trouble logging into Seesaw, please refer to this document with step-by-step instructions to sign in. If you or your child continue to have trouble after following the instructions, please email support@fairview.k12.oh.us and our Tech Support team will assist you.

Gilles-Sweet 2019-20 Yearbooks
If you ordered a yearbook last year with your student’s picture package it is available for pick up in the GS office.  We do not have extra to sell.  Please call the school office at 440-356-3525 with questions.
2020 Levy Information
To keep our schools strong and moving forward, the Fairview Park City Schools Board of Education voted to place a new, continuing operating levy on the ballot this November. 

Community Presentations
Hosted by Fairview Park City Schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Wagner and Treasurer Kim Sperling

September 30, 7 p.m.
October 14, 7 p.m.

Live stream link will be available on the Fairview Park City Schools homepage, www.FairviewParkSchools.org.

Tour the recently-renovated Fairview High School and Lewis F. Mayer Middle School and check out the amazing transformations completed in the building thanks to the community's support in 2016. Small groups will be guided through the building by staff members. Tours will depart from the front lobby every 15 minutes. Please wear a mask.
Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
Hello Fairview Park Families - 

In these ever-changing times, I wanted to let you know of some support groups/events coming up for our parents:

GS Parent Zoom Tuesday, 9/29 - 7pm - parent zoom - casual conversation on how everything is going, share ideas, etc - Join Zoom Meeting

EEC Parent Zoom - Thursday, 10/1 - 7pm - parent zoom - casual conversation on how everything is going, share ideas, etc - Join Zoom Meeting

I recently read this great article from Prepared Parents website (https://preparedparents.org/). I wanted to pass on two quick thoughts:

Routines: When kids have predictable daily routines, they feel less stressed
During times of uncertainty, regular rituals and routines can be stabilizing. Our brains are “prediction machines that like order, and when our environments are orderly, the brain is calmer.” says Cantor. When kids have predictable daily routines, they feel less stressed and more secure. Routines help families bond and provide kids with a sense of belonging.

In addition, rituals and routines:

✅ Establish expectations
✅ Create a calmer household
✅ Nurture confidence and independence
✅ Help to organize daily life

Daily routines like Check-in/Check-out pull the family together as you begin and end your day. It’s an opportunity to take your emotional temperature and support each other. Start the day with a Check-In to assess where everyone is emotionally. Take turns naming 3 adjectives that describe your feelings. And then take the time for each person to spend a minute or two explaining why they chose these. It can be hard to name emotions, especially for little kids. Ask them to make a face that mimics how they’re feeling or point to a picture that expresses their mood.

After everyone has shared for a minute or two, invite each person to say what they noticed using these sentence starters:

🤔 I noticed…
🤔 I wonder…
🤔 I feel…

This is an opportunity for everyone in the family to be a reflector/mirror and point out things the individual may not see in themselves. Wrap up the Check-In by indicating you’re ready for the day by saying, “I’m in.”  

End the day with a Check-Out. Each family member should start this process answering the question, “what’s one take away from today?” Then find something to be grateful for, and share this gratitude. The Check-Out concludes when you each say, “I’m out.”

Check-In/Check-Out can become a daily routine that builds important habits like reflection, self-awareness, empathy, and a secure attachment or bond. The more we give, the more we get, and this is a gift we can give each other.

Relationships: Deepen your relationship with your child
Maximize short bursts of time together to deepen your relationship with your kid. It only takes five to 20 minutes for a kid to feel loved and secure. They thrive on short bursts of consistent, undivided attention and since they have short attention spans, this brief time together is really satisfying.

You’re showing your kid they matter. Mattering is the belief that we make a difference in the world around us. It’s measured by responses to these questions:
  • How important am I to others?
  • How interested are others in what I have to say?
  • How much do other people depend on me?

Use this framework to create a strong, secure attachment with your child.

Helping your child feel a sense of belonging
Kids worry about finding their niche, fitting in, and ultimately belonging, especially when they’re making transitions like starting a new school year or joining a new school. It also happens when kids feel different or like an outsider due to race, ethnicity, language or even physical disability. That can trigger stress, worry, and anxiety.

The sense of belonging is so critical to our kids’ success that it is one of the 16 most powerful habits kids should develop to enable them to be successful at both academic and non-academic pursuits. It’s crucial as our kids prepare to take on life’s challenges. Their environment, culture, community, and day-to-day interactions with others all impact the sense of belonging.

Nurture belongingness at home by focusing some time and attention on these steps.

This is just one of the tips included in the Prepared Parents Back-to-School Guide. There’s lots more to help you navigate re-opening, whatever it looks like.

Have a great week!

Carrie Sullivan   
FACE Coordinator 

Homework Help
Is Someone You Know Looking for Homework Help?
Cleveland Public Library is offering tutoring to give students a boost of confidence and help them succeed in school. FREE virtual tutoring is available for students in grades K-12. Sessions will be held Monday - Thursday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Registration is required. Sign up here.  

There’s so much to do and see at Cleveland Public Library. The key to discovery is a library card. Apply for one now to read, explore, and learn.   

For information on our programs and resources, visit here (https://cpl.org/kids-teens/) or call the nearest Cleveland Public Library branch (https://cpl.org/locations/) near you.

Gilles-Sweet PTA
Welcome to a new year at Gilles-Sweet Elementary School! We are happy to have you as a part of our school community, and invite you to take this opportunity to become a member of our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). The Gilles-Sweet PTA contributes to educational and recreational activities and improvements for our school. Your membership shows your support of your PTA, and all of the events we organize to benefit the students, administrators and teachers at Gilles-Sweet. It also connects you to the organization and helps keep you informed of events and volunteer opportunities at school. Your $10 PTA membership helps support & fund the many events/activities/programs the PTA coordinates for the students and faculty throughout the school year. Our 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any other, but we will continue to strive to support our students, families and staff to the best of our abilities. If you have any questions or concerns about your membership or the Gilles-Sweet PTA, please contact Gilles-Sweet Membership Chair, Maureen McDonald at moegroves716@yahoo.com 

Fundraisers: Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools
FFPCS Sauced Fundraiser

The Friends of Fairview Park City Schools is partnering with Sauced Wood Fired Pizza to bring you make at home dinner kits. Included in your pizza kit are: 2 pizza doughs, sauce, cheese, pepperoni, 4 chocolate chip cookies, and flour to roll out your dough. This is a great go to dinner option that can be frozen for later use. Orders are due by October 1st. Pick up will be October 9th from 3-7 pm at 21820 Robinhood Ave. at Angie Cause's house. Pull up an we will run your order out to you with all Covid precautions considered. For questions email Angie @ angiekleincause@yahoo.com. Kits are $25 each. Place your order here.