Weekly News and Updates for the Week of November 25, 2019

No School for Students November 25-29
Parent Teacher Conferences: November 25 & 26
Thanksgiving Break: November 27-29

Have a great Thanksgiving! 
Warrior of the Month
Dylan J.

Dylan has gone above and beyond in the classroom to make sure she submits high quality work the first time. She participates in class discussions on a daily basis and is a role model for others to follow! Dylan is always asking her teachers how she can help. She brings a lot of positive energy to class and enters the room with a smile. Dylan is involved in a variety of activities at the middle school, including volleyball and Builder's Club. She has mastered how to manage her time to get all of her work done in a timely manner. Overall, Dylan is a rock star and we are very proud of her! Keep up the great things you are doing Dylan - it doesn't go unnoticed!

Also nominated:
Shaya E.
Middle School Fundraiser
Fundraising items have been distributed to the selling students all week. If your student sold items and did not pick them up from the Middle School office yet, they can do so during normal school hours on Monday and Tuesday, November 25 and 26. Please contact Ms. Ristagno with any questions.

Congratulations to Marisol! She was the highest seller and won the Amazon Fire 7!
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Conferences will take place on Monday and Tuesday, November 25 and 26 during scheduled 15 minute appointments:

Monday, November 25 - 12:00 - 4:00 PM, 5:00 - 7:45 PM
Tuesday, November 26 - 7:45 -11:30 AM, 12:30 - 3:15 PM 

The Scholastic Book Fair will be set up during conferences.

Teacher Conference Luncheon
MMS/FHS PTA will be hosting lunch for our hard working teachers and staff on Tuesday, November 26th (conference day). Please click HERE to sign up to bring dessert, water or tableware.
Scholastic Book Fair
Dear Parents and Families:

Reading increases knowledge and vocabulary, lowers stress, and supports your child's emotional growth. But perhaps the best benefit is the lasting bond you create with your child when you read with them. Visit the Book Fair with your child to discover new books together!

Book Fair dates/times: 
Friday, November 22 - 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday, November 25 - 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 26 - 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

NEW In-School and Online Shopping Options! With Book Fair eWallet, a safe and convenient digital payment account, your student can shop the Fair cash-free! And if you're not able to attend the Fair, try our new online shopping option. We've partnered with The Scholastic Store to offer over 6,000 products that ship direct to your home (with free shipping on orders of $25 or more)! Visit our homepage to access eWallet or shop online.
Visit scholastic.com/fair To find our school.

Please consider helping the PTA staff the Book Fair. Sign up for half-hour or hour shifts HERE .

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! 

Mr. Chris Vicha
Lewis F. Mayer Middle School
Student News
Congratulations to the crew of the very first VIDEO of the MS Student News! Subscribe to our channel!
Food Drive
The High/Middle School Mentoring Classes will be participating in a Food Drive from December 2nd through December 18th.  Please bring in canned (tuna, soup, vegetables) or boxed food for the Fairview Food Bank. The mentoring class with the most donated food will receive a pizza party.  
Summit Personalized Learning Platform
As an educator and mother, Diane Tavenner co-founded the first Summit school in 2003. Summit Public Schools has won national recognition because 99 percent of Summit students get into a four-year college, and Summit students finish college at twice the national average. But in a radical departure from the environments created by the college admissions arms race, Summit students aren't focused on competing with their classmates for rankings or test scores. Instead, students spend their days solving real-world problems and developing the skills of self-direction, collaboration, and reflection, all of which prepare them to succeed in college, thrive in today's workplace, and lead a secure and fulfilled life. 

Today, thousands of educators, tens of thousands of students, and hundreds of schools across thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have embraced the Summit model. 

Through personal stories and the hard-earned lessons of Summit's exceptional team of educators and diverse students, Diane Tavenner shares the underlying learning philosophies and unconventional wisdom that lead to all children being prepared for school and life in her book titled Prepared . Please contact Mrs. Wightman to request a copy, provided to the school by the author.
Holiday Concert Schedule
Saturday, December 14, 2019

We are very excited about this performance and know that you will enjoy it as well.  Students need to dress up for this concert. Boy - buttoned down dress shirt, tie, dress pants, dress shoes.  Girls - long skirt and blouse or long dress. You may wear holiday clothes if you choose. This is an afternoon of giving and music.  Admission will be a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Fairview Hunger Center.
If you are able, please donate a baked item for the FPMTA to sell at the bake sale.  Items can be dropped off at 1:00 or brought to school the day before.  

2:30 Gilles Sweet 5th Grade Golden Singers
3:00 Gilles Sweet 5th Grade Band
3:15 Gilles Sweet 5th Grade Orchestra
3:30 Mayer Middle School 6th Grade Band
4:00 Mayer Middle School 6th Grade Orchestra
4:30 Mayer Middle School Concert Band (7-8)
5:00 Mayer Middle School Concert Orchestra (7-8)
5:30 FHS Jazz Band
6:00 FHS Symphonic Band
6:30 FHS Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, & Symphony Orchestra
Book Club
Middle School Book Club has a problem - a GOOD problem!  Due to the large number of students participating this year, we need to divide into two groups to allow everyone the chance to actually discuss the books AND because there are not enough copies available of many of our choices.  Here is what we will do. 7th and 8th graders will continue to meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:40 in room 204. Their next meeting will be December 10. 6th graders will have a new meeting date and place. They will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:40 in room 209, Mr. Chevalier's room.  Their next meeting will be December 18. Signs with the different meeting dates for the remainder of the school year have been posted on the bulletin board between Mrs. Frank's room and Mrs. Connor's room. Please see Mrs. Dill if you have questions or a conflict.
Math Club
LFM Math Club Meetings will be every Thursday before (7:45-8:30 AM) and after school (3:30-4:15 PM) in Room 247. LFM Math Club is available for students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th.
Math Lab
Math help is available before school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:45-8:30 AM in Room 201 for students in 6-12 grade. Students can receive help on checkpoints, power focus areas, portfolio problems, etc. 
Office Hours
Office Hours take place every Tuesday morning from 7:45-8:30 AM and are open to ALL students.
Homework Help
The Fairview Park Library is one of several branches in the Cuyahoga County Public Library system that will be once again offering free, after-school homework help Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 PM for students in grades K-8. For more information, click HERE.
Staff Highlights

Brent Fickel, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher

1. Where did you grow up?  Strongsville, OH

2. What college did you attend?  Ashland University and Baldwin Wallace University

3. What other roles have you had before your current position?  Day Camp Counselor, Warehouse Employee, Home City Ice.  

4. Children / pets?  Dog

5. What do you like to do when you're not working?  Coach wrestling and explore national parks  

6. Favorite song/artist?  Favorite country artist is Morgan Wallen
7. Favorite food?  Favorite food is pop tarts

8. What makes you passionate about your work?  I like being able to watch students grow and learn.  Seeing them learn life lessons and become better people is truly great to watch.  

Kristen Conner, 6th Grade Science Teacher

I grew up in Lakewood, Ohio.  After completing high school I attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan where I earned my teaching degree.  Later I attended Baldwin Wallace University where I earned my masters degree. I have been a sixth grade teacher for most of my career and have taught every subject including math, science, language arts and social studies.  I have 3 children. My daughter attends Cleveland State University, my older son is a senior and my younger son is a sophomore at Olmsted Falls High School. When I am not working I enjoy being outside going for walks or traveling.  My favorite place I've been is the Caribbean  because I love the crystal clear, blue waters. My favorite part about being a teacher is getting to work with so many different students and seeing the amazing work you do. You all continue to amaze each and every day!

Jess Atwood, MS Film & Fiction and HS History & Government Teacher


1. Where did you grow up?  Westlake, Ohio


2. What college did you attend?  Baldwin-Wallace and studies abroad at the University of Hull in Scarborough, England

3. What other roles have you had before your current position?  I taught at an online school for 4 years and also worked as a wedding coordinator at a church


4. Children / pets? 2 kids, Neil is 5 and Maggie is 3.  1 dog: Captain is a 13.5 year old Jack Russell

5. What do you like to do when you're not working? Oddly enough, I do a lot of theatre outside of FHS. But my ultimate fav thing to do is just relax and hang out with my kiddos.  

6. Favorite song/artist? Neil Diamond is my favorite artist (hence, my son's name), but I love so many different styles and genres of music that it is hard to narrow it down. 

7. Favorite food? French Fries with mayonnaise 


8. What makes you passionate about your work? When I watch students turn into awesome young adults.
Rewards Programs
Mayer Middle School is registered with both the Giant Eagle's Apples for Students and Heinen's Teaming Up for Education programs. When signing up for Giant Eagle's program, the code for Lewis F. Mayer Middle School is 2472.  When signing up for Heinen's program, sign in to your account on the Heinen's Tasteful Rewards Program page and select Lewis F. Mayer Middle School from a list of participating schools.
PTA - Volunteer
Basketball season is almost here and MS/HS PTA and the Junior Class are teaming up to run the concession stand for the Boy's Basketball home games. Games start December 3rd.  Volunteers are needed, so please consider signing up by clicking here.  
Box Top Earnings (2019-2020 School Year)
Fundraising - PTA
New Warrior Mascot T-Shirt Sale - Fairview Park PTA Council is selling gray, red, and black hooded sweatshirt with the new warrior mascot. Shirts range in size from 2T-4XL.  Orders are due by December 6th so you can receive them in time for the holidays.  Click for more information and to order!  
Fundraising - Class of 2020 After Prom
Fundraising - Class of 2021
The Class of 2021 have added some new items to their merchandise table:  
~Grey Holloway joggers - $30.00.  They have a pocket at the back and at the side. Fairview    Warriors is embroidered on the top of the leg.  
~Fairview Warriors car magnet.  It is 7X2 inches and is $5.00.
~Arriving Monday:  A stylish jute/burlap tote bag for $10.00. This bag is 16inX14inX7

For more information contact Mary Moore, Class Advisor
Fundraising - Class of 2023
Please consider a purchase from our Class of 2023 fundraiser. Every little bit helps! Candles make great gifts for hostess or holiday presents. Sales are done online and are shipped directly to your home. What a convenience!! Feel free to share the online code with friends and family who enjoy Yankee Candle fragrances.  

Please contact a class officer, rep, or the class advisors with any questions.

Janice Frygier and Sarah McIntyre

Fundraising - Ski Club
Fundraising - Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools 
We are so appreciative of the continued support throughout this year. Thank you all for dining to donate, purchasing pepperoni rollers, ordering Holiday Ham gift cards or Holiday wreaths. (All order forms are available on our website at friendsfpcs.org .) You can still order your Honeybaked Ham!

Also, we are very excited to bring you something new this fall. We will be selling foam fingers during the basketball season. We need volunteers to make this fundraiser a success. Please consider signing up for a shift or two. 
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Upcoming Events
Monday, November 25 - Tuesday, November 26
NO SCHOOL - Parent / Teacher Conferences
Scholastic Book Fair during Conferences

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 2
Food Drive BEGINS
3:15 PM - Ski & Snowboard Club meeting, Room 251

Tuesday, December 3
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Wednesday, December 4
6:30 PM - MS/HS PTA Meeting, Room 125 at FHS

Tuesday, December 10
7:40 AM - 7th and 8th Grade Book Club, Room 204

Thursday, December 12
6:30 PM - Learning Management System Review Meeting, Gilles-Sweet

Saturday, December 14
2:00 - 6:30 PM - District Music Concert, FHS Auditorium

Tuesday, December 17
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201
6:30 PM - Board of Education Meeting, Gilles-Sweet Cafetorium

Wednesday, December 18
7:40 AM - 6th Grade Book Club, Room 209
7:00 - 8:30 PM - Holiday Choral Concert, FHS Auditorium

Monday, December 23 - Friday, January 3
Winter Break

Monday, January 6
Return to School

Tuesday, January 7
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Tuesday, January 14
7:40 AM - 7th and 8th Grade Book Club, Room 204 

Wednesday, January 15
7:40 AM - 6th Grade Book Club, Room 209

Tuesday, January 21
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Tuesday, February 4
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Tuesday, February 11
7:40 AM - 7th and 8th Grade Book Club, Room 204 

Tuesday, February 18
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Wednesday, February 19
7:40 AM - 6th Grade Book Club, Room 209 

Tuesday, March 3
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Tuesday, March 10
7:40 AM - 7th and 8th Grade Book Club, Room 204

Tuesday, March 17
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Wednesday, March 18
7:40 AM - 6th Grade Book Club, Room 209 

Tuesday, April 1
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Tuesday, April 14
7:40 AM - 7th and 8th Grade Book Club, Room 204

Wednesday, April 15
7:40 AM - 6th Grade Book Club, Room 209 

Tuesday, May 5
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Tuesday, May 12
7:40 AM - 7th and 8th Grade Book Club, Room 204

Tuesday, May 19
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Wednesday, May 20
7:40 AM - 6th Grade Book Club, Room 209 

Friday, May 22
8th Grade Dance, Bain Park Cabin

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Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
Hello Fairview Park Families!

The holiday season is coming upon us... and you know what that means... time to get together with our family and friends  For many, it is a good time had by all, but for others, it can be a stressful time. HERE is an article offering suggestions on how to reduce stress, deal with loss or change, and enjoy the holidays on a budget. In addition, resource numbers are listed for those who find the stress of this holiday season, or any other time of year, too much to handle. 

For more information regarding reducing the holiday stress for your child, click HERE

I hope everyone has a restful and thankful Thanksgiving!

Carrie Sullivan
FACE Coordinator 
(440) 356-3510 ext. 4117
Contact Us 

Student Counseling

Mrs. Mary Cory
Middle School Student Counselor
440-356-3510 ext. 3135

Digital Request Form for students wanting to see Mrs. Cory

Follow the counseling office on Twitter: @FviewCounselors

Click HERE to sign up for our Counseling Newsletter!


Mr. Chris Vicha
Campus Principal
440-356-3500 ext. 4100

Useful Links for Middle School Parents

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