Weekly News Blast for the Week of January 14, 2019
Community Forum on Strategic Planning to be held on January 22 
Your input is needed - and greatly valued - to help shape the school district's strategic goals. We hope you will attend the Community Forum on Tuesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. at Gilles-Sweet Elementary. A short presentation will be followed by interactive group sessions on developing priorities for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, school board, and administration to implement over the next several years. Take a look at the most recent strategic plan. 

We hope to see you there.

Babysitting will be provided. 
Revised School Calendar: No School for Students on March 15 or April 18
At the January 9, 2019 Regular Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved a revised school calendar for the current school year.  
 
There will be no school for students K-12 on Friday, March 15, 2019. This will be a Staff Professional Development Day. 
 
There will be no school for students K-12 on Thursday, April 18. This will be a middle/high school Phase 2 to Phase 3 construction moving day, and a K-5 Professional Development Day. 

Please mark your calendars accordingly. The revised calendar has been updated here

Upcoming Parent University Workshops
Special Parent Presentation by the NOPE
(Narcotic Overdose Prevention Education) Task Force

Wednesday, January 23 
6:30 p.m.
FHS Auditorium 

As a follow-up to the student presentation on January 7, in this presentation, parents/caregivers will receive information on:
   - Prescription drugs - safe ways to store them or dispose them
   - How to tell if your child is using drugs
   - What to do if you think your child is using drugs. 

VERY Important information! PLEASE plan on attending... it will be worth your time!  
We will also have information from area agencies on how and where to get help.


Growth Mindset and Gifted Students 
January 28, 6:30 PM 
Gilles-Sweet Cafeteria
Presentation/discussion surrounding the ways in which mindset affects our gifted students academically, socially, and emotionally, including underachievement and perfectionism. Brief Q & A to follow.
Additional Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Events and Resources
On  Jan. 7 the MS and HS students had a separate assembly from the  NOPE Task Force  (Narcotics, Overdose, Prevention, and Education). Their mission is to diminish the frequency and impact of drug overdoes death through community education, family support and purposeful advocacy. While the presentation is at times blunt and evokes powerful emotions, all students were told at the assembly that staff is around to help in any way. Your child should have left with a lot of information. The highlight points:
    * If your friend passes out or is acting weird - GET HELP - parents or 911.  They explained the Good Samaritan Law to the students.
   * Sharing prescription drugs is illegal.
   *Carrying around prescription drugs in their bottle or loose in a pocket or purse is illegal.
   * If you or someone you know is using drugs -GET HELP - ASK!!

Two Area Districts Showing the Film "Screenagers"

January 22, 7 p.m., Avon Lake Performing Arts Center
175 Avon Belden Road

Please join the Avon Lake City School district and the Avon Lake PTA Council for a presentation to learn and discuss more about the effects of the increased screen time of our kids/students. The viewing of the movie followed by a panel of our district social worker, mental health professional, district school faculty members and high school students will take place. Parents of all ages can benefit from this program along with students ages 10 & up. 


January 31, 6 p.m., Westlake Performing Arts Center

Construction on W. 220th and Clifford
Starting Monday, the intersection of Clifford Drive and West 220th Street will be closed as part of the Clifford Drive Sewer Replacement Project.  This closure will last approximately three weeks while new manholes are set, sewer connections made, and sewer lines replaced.  Detours are posted. 
 
As a reminder Clifford Drive between West 212 and West 220 and West 227 and West 229 will be one-way westbound as the project progresses.
 
Thank you for your patience while these important upgrades are made to the City's sewer system.
Outdoor Recess
  All children will go out for recess as long as the wind chill temperature is above 20 degrees. The fresh air and freedom of movement is an excellent way to give students the needed break from the classroom and prepares them for a productive afternoon of learning.
 
So please make sure your child has a warm coat, hat, gloves and boots if appropriate!
 
Thank you for your cooperation!
Prepare for Winter Weather School Notifications
With winter weather upon us, families should prepare for winter school closing notifications. In order to receive these announcements quickly, it is important for families to have correct contact information in their students' PowerSchool accounts. This will allow the District's automated messaging system to quickly reach you--via phone, email, and text--with emergency weather information.

To Receive Weather/Emergency Calls, Text Messages, and Emails
Log in to your  PowerSchool account and Under  "Alerting" click on " SwiftReach SwiftK12" in the top left corner. 

On the screen that opens, click on  "Contact Information" to make sure your phone numbers and email address is correct. Then check your  "Alert Preferences" to make sure each category is checked for what you wish to receive under "General Information."  Weather-related closures are sent under the "General Information" category. 

Social Media & Website 
Families can follow the Fairview Park City Schools on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to receive instant weather notifications.

Local Television
FPCS will notify local TV stations WKYC (NBC), WEWS (ABC), WOIO (CBS) and Fox8 with school closing information.

Thank you!
Tips on Staying Healthy and Symptoms to Watch for During Flu Season
It's flu season! The Fairview Park City Schools nurses offer our families these tips on staying healthy and symptoms to look for during flu season. 
 
What are Symptoms of Flu ?
  • Fever-may be high and last 3-4 days
  • Headache
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue and weakness-may last 2-3 weeks
  • Exhaustion
  • Cough/chest discomfort is common
  • Sore throat-sometimes
  • Stomach upset-sometimes
I Think I May Have the Flu-Now What??
  • Go home!
  • Stay home until you are fever free for 24 hours.
  • Treat your symptoms - fluids, medication to treat fever and headache, rest
How Can I Minimize the Possibility that I Get the Flu?
  • Wash your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not share personal items like drinks, food or utensils.
  • Cover your cough/sneezes with tissues or arm when tissues not available. Dispose of used tissues in trash and wash your hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Get the flu vaccination yearly. 
Fairview Park City Schools is hiring Subs, Bus Drivers, and more
Are you or someone you know looking for flexible work? An opportunity to be more involved in your child's school experience? Check out the various job opportunities the Fairview Park City School district has to offer, including: 

- Substitute student monitors, educational aides, cleaning/custodial, daycare workers, and cafeteria workers. 
- Bus drivers (regular and substitute)
- Substitute teachers (apply through Rachel Wixey & Associates link on web site link below)

Fairview Park City Schools Partners with
Cleveland Kids' Book Bank
Builder's Club will host an outdoor book collection bin for gently-used children's books to be distributed to disadvantage children in Greater Cleveland

Gently-used children's books that might have gone in the trash will now have a second life thanks to Fairview Park's new partnership with the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.

The Kids' Book Bank has provided Gilles-Sweet Elementary with a large steel bin for the collection of children's books. "We are so grateful to Builder's Club who jumped on board with this idea without hesitation. We know there are great kids' books in the suburbs looking for a second life, and we're excited to partner with Fairview Park Schools to get them to kids who need them," said Judy Payne, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank.

The idea of the partnership is that Gilles- Sweet hosts the bin, the community donates gently-used children's books, and the Lewis F. Mayer Builder's Club, box the books, and deliver them to the Kids' Book Bank who gets them to disadvantaged kids through their network of partner organizations.

The bin is placed at Gilles Sweet.

Why Books Matter
·     Studies show that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success.
·     Two-thirds of low-income families do not own a single children's book.
·     Early access to books is critical, and the Kids' Book Bank gets books into the hands of children through:
o   WIC (Women, Infants and Children) where mothers of 16,000 children ages 5 and younger receive books when they meet with WIC nutrition counselors.
o   60,000 students in grades K-8 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and nine other districts.  pediatricians, schools, tutors, churches, libraries, food pantries, and more

Upcoming Events
January 2019
                                                                    
14-17
BROADCAST CLUB SPIRIT WEEK

14       
Bring a Stuffed Animal to School Day

15       
Cool Hat/Cool Hair Day

            
2:50 - 3:50 PM         
Tech and Broadcast Club

            
3-3:40 PM                 
Student Council Meeting: Room 213

            
11:00A-9:00 P          
Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools Dining to Donate: Applebee's Westgate

16       
Dress like your Favorite Celebrity Day

            
Bowling: Grades 4 & 5

17       
Get to Know a Friend Day

            
End of Second Quarter

            
3:00 PM                      
Kind Committee

            
6:30-8:00 PM            
Beach Dance Party: Grades 1-3

18       
Teacher Records Day: No School for students

21       
MLK Day, No School

22       
First Day of the Third Quarter
            
10:30A-1:15P            
Playhouse Square FT: Sheldon, Wolanin, Horstman
            
2:50 PM                      
Tech and Broadcast Club
            
3:00 PM                      
Eager Artists

            
7-9:00 PM                  
Strategic Planning Community Forum: GS

23       
9:15-11:50 AM          
First Grade FT to Playhouse Square

Parent University: NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention Education) 
6:30 pm., FHS Auditorium 

24       
3:00 PM                      
Eager Engineers
                                                
Kind Committee

25      
 3:00 PM                      
Eager Engineers

28       
6:30 PM                      
Parent University: Growth Mindset and Gifted Students
Gilles-Sweet Cafeteria
Presentation/discussion surrounding the ways in which mindset affects our gifted students academically, socially, and emotionally, including underachievement and perfectionism. Brief Q & A to follow.

29       
2:50 PM                      
Tech/Broadcast Club

            
3:00 PM                      
Eager Artists

31       
3:00 PM                      
Eager Engineers
                                                
Kind Committee

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