Weekly News Blast for the Week of January 28, 2019
Upcoming Parent University Workshop
Supporting Your Student's Growth Mindset  
Monday, 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.
Community Film Screening of
"Most Likely To Succeed" 
Join us on Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium for a community film screening of Most Likely to Succeed

Most Likely To Succeed  is a thought-provoking documentary feature film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing. To date, MLTS has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change along the way. 

Creating a Comfortable Cafeteria
This past week, students in third grade were introduced to the skills, resources and knowledge needed to create and sustain a comfortable cafeteria environment where students can enjoy their meal and socialize with their peers.  Comfortable Cafeteria is a six-week program developed as a part of an Ohio Department of Education funded project entitled Every Moment Counts. The program includes embedding weekly activities one day a week which encourage students to have meaningful conversations, demonstrate positive behavior and mealtime manners, and be a good friend.  This is a joint effort between 3rd grade students, cafeteria staff, teachers, occupational and speech therapists, school counselors, psychologists, and administration who model positive social interactions and help students problem solve behavior challenges. More information about Comfortable Cafe can be found here .     
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!
Spring Box Tops Drive
It's time for our second and final Box Tops drive of this school year! The spring Box Tops drive will run from January 14th through February 15th. The winning class in each grade will receive a popcorn party. Gilles-Sweet has raised over $1,400.00 already so far this year. Please keep clipping and send in those Box Tops!
Contact Jessica Simmons with any questions. 
Lost and Found
PLEASE have your child check Lost and Found if they are missing any items. We have coats, hats, gloves, jeans, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. Items not picked up by the end of the year will be donated.
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. 
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Corner
By Carrie Sullivan 
Family and Community Engagement Coordinator 

A good way to get through this cold weather is to plan ahead! So thinking that we have around 85 more days til summer vacation sounds very warm! 

Now that we are in the middle of the school year, it is always a good time to do the following with your child:

1)   Supplies  - do they need to get some more school supplies? (new folders, pencils, paper, etc.)

2)   Sleep  - is your child getting enough sleep?  Do they have a good routine on getting to bed at a decent time so they get 8-10 hours of sleep?

3)   Work  - is your child finding a time each night (Monday-Thursday) to spend time reviewing work, finishing some work up or reading?  There is always something to do for school!

II.  If you or someone you know is a Federal Employees that are affected by the government shut down, please contact me as I have some resources that can help get food on the table. 

III.  Please don't forget to check out the FACE page (from parent tab, under F, click on FACE).  Listed are all upcoming events and many resources for all!!!  

If you missed the NOPE presentation this past week, please click on their website for valuable information for ALL PARENTS to see.....  http://www.nopetaskforce.org/
Please contact me as I have some helpful information if you have any concerns about your child.

***Don't forget about the upcoming Parent University at GS on Growth Mindset at 6:30pm this coming Monday, January 28th.  Free babysitting available!

Fairview Park Early Childhood PTA   New To You Kids Resale  
Spring Tag Sale  
Saturday, April 6, 2019  

This tag resale is set up consignment-style, by category, with a central checkout.  
Sellers use special price tags purchased through FPECPTA to mark their items with a price and personal code. Sellers keep 85% of their proceeds, while FPECPTA receives 15%.  Interested in selling? Register here.

8 AM - 12 PM  
8-9AM Early Bird ($5 Admission)  
9AM-12PM General ($2 General Admission)  
Seller pick-up: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (closed to public)  

Bag Sale:  
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ($5 per bag of clothes AND 50% off toys/large items)  

4320 West 220th Street, Fairview Park  

For additional information about the spring tag resale, please visit our website at www.fpecpta.org or contact us at fpecpta.resale@gmail.com 
Travel Soccer
If your daughter or son is interested in participating in a competitive travel soccer program,  the Fairview Park Soccer Association is currently having registration for this upcoming spring season.  In order to register, your child must have been born in 2011 or older.  The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 1.  For further information on registering, please visit www.fairviewparksoccer.com.

Upcoming Events
January 2019
6:30 PM                      
Parent University: GS Cafeteria: Supporting Your Student's Growth Mindset

2:50 PM                      
Tech/Broadcast Club
3:00 PM                      
Eager Artists

3:00 PM                      
Eager Engineers
 Kind Committee


2:00 PM                     
Pennies for Patients Assembly
3:00 PM                       
Eager Engineers

Pennies for Patients Fundraiser

Flash 48 ONLINE Fundraiser for Pennies for Patients

2:50 PM                      
Tech/Broadcast Club

3-4:00 PM                  
Eager Artists

6:00 PM                      
Special Board of Education Meeting/Work Session

Flash 48 ONLINE Fundraiser for Pennies for Patients

All Lunches                  
Keith the "Magic Man" to promote February Food Drive  during all lunches
3:00 PM                      
Eager Engineers
Kind Committee

3:00 PM                      
Eager Engineers

Student Council Food Drive

2:50 PM                      
Tech/Broadcast Club

3:00-3:40 PM            
Student Council Meeting: Second Semester Reps: Room 113

3-4:00 PM                  
Eager Artists

5:30 PM                      
Regular Board of Education Meeting, Board of Education Conference Room 

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