GoFairmont 2016-09-06

In this newsletter: Back to School Night, FASEP Registration Now Open, T-Shirt Sales, Volunteer Badge Events, State Test Results Released, Cross-School Band

Back to School Night

Just a reminder that this Thursday, Sept. 8, is Back to School Night. Remember that thursday is a minimum day, so make arrangements to pick up your child at 2:05pm. (PM Kindergarten has a normal schedule.)

The schedule for Thursday is as follows:

  • 6:00 pm - All First grade parents meet in the Multipurpose Room.
  • 6:00 - 6:30 pm - Classroom presentation for morning kindergarten and grades 1 through 3.
  • 6:30 - 7:00 pm - All grades: Meet the staff in the Multipurpose Room. Short PTA presentation.
  • 7:00 - 7:30 pm - Classroom presentation for afternoon kindergarten and grades 4 through 6.

The PTA will also be selling T-shirts, taking FASEP registrations, and accepting PTA donations and membership dues, and answering questions at a table outside the Multipurpose Room.

FASEP Registration Now Open

The Fall session of Fairmont's After School Enrichment Program (FASEP) is now open for registration. Lists of classes went home in folders last week and are available online. This session we're offering Ukelele, Visual Art, Yoga, Drama, Chorus, and Chess. See the class list for days and grade levels, as well as course descriptions.

Visit our FASEP page to find links to lists and registration.

Registration closes September 20, so reserve your child's spot today!

Fairmont T-Shirt Sales

Fairmont PTA will be selling Fairmont t-shirts to continue to spread our school spirit. T-Shirts are $12.00 for adult and child sizes. There will be a table at the Ice Cream Social on August 30th and on Back To School Night on September 8th. We will also have a limited amount of canvas tote bags for sale for $13.00. They are great for grocery shopping around town or for bringing home library books. Hoodie sweatshirts, long sleeved shirts, and larger adult sized shirts will also be available to order. Sweat shirts are $25.00 and long sleeved shirts are $20.00. An order form will be sent home soon in your child's Friday folder. Order forms and the correct amount of money will be due to the office September 12th. Late orders or orders with the incorrect payment will not be accepted. If you have any questions contact Anita Miller at anitabmiller@yahoo.com. Thanks for your support and for spreading fabulous Fairmont pride.

Standardized Test Results Available for 2016

The results of the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Assessment, the annual standardized tests our students take in the spring, are now available. Fairmont had gains, with more students are exceeding standards. The online format allows you to view various factors and make comparisons on your own. Take a look! http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/sb2016/ViewReport?ps=true&lstTestYear=2016&lstTestType=B&lstGroup=1&lstCounty=07&lstDistrict=61796-000&lstSchool=6004758

Get Your Volunteer Badge - Upcoming Fingerprinting Parties

The West Contra Costa Unified School District will host four Saturday fingerprinting parties for parents and community members who want to volunteer at WCCUSD Schools.

This is a “drop-in” day no appointment needed. Online application must be completed BEFORE the date of the event; click here to begin. If you don’t have access to the internet, you may call (510) 342-7176 to have a paper application mailed to you.

Who needs to complete the volunteer process? All parents/legal guardians and community members who wish to volunteer at a WCCUSD school who do not currently have a WCCUSD Volunteer badge. If you already have a WCCUSD volunteer badge, you do not need to apply again.

Upcoming Fingerprinting Events:

  • Saturday, September 10 - Harding Elementary - 7230 Fairmount Avenue, El Cerrito 94530 - MPR 9:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 24 - Collins Elementary - 1224 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole 94564 - MPR 9:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 1 - Lupine Hills Elementary - 1919 Lupine Rd. Hercules 94547 - MPR 9:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 22 - Lavonya DeJean Middle School - 3400 Macdonald Ave., Richmond 94805 - MPR 9:00 am -12:00 pm

5th and 6th Grade Band at Korematsu

Good news for 5th and 6th grade musicians from Fairmont, Kensington, Madera, Harding, Washington, Mira Vista and Riverside Elementary Schools! Tiffany Carrico, band director at Korematsu Middle School, will be holding Wednesday night band classes once again this year. This class provides the unique chance for musicians from different elementary schools to work together on a regular basis. It has been wonderfully successful the last couple of years and is run free of charge.

The class will start on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and will run weekly from 6-7 pm in the Korematsu band room (D109). The band will have at least a couple of performances during the year (details to be announced later).

Ms. Carrico generally does not have instruments to loan out since the Korematsu program has expanded greatly in recent years. She hopes that all kids will be signing up for in-school band class (if they don’t own an instrument) so they can check out a district instrument that way.

Please send Ms. Carrico a quick email (scrappyslap@hotmail.com) or give her a quick call (510-717-0718) if you would like your child to participate.

Questions? Contact Jen Treuting at jentreuting@yahoo.com.

Thank You!!

A triple-scoop thank you to Lisa King for organizing the Ice Cream Social, and to all the teachers and volunteers who set up, brought toppings, served, guided, and cleaned up. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 people enjoyed ice cream with toppings! Thanks also to Anita Miller for managing the T-shirt sales!!

Ways to Support Fairmont

Join the PTA! It's easy and a great way to show your child that you support their education. Membership forms are available in the school office. Join today!

Donate! While you can donate when you join PTA, you can donate any time by click on the green Donate button on the school web site. Friends and family are also encouraged to donate to money to support Fairmont programs. Visit http://fairmontschool.org/donate now!

Volunteer! If you haven't already filled our annual Volunteer Survey, please complete it online. Just go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r3Q13_RqJ5msFvidsfq_hfiJywe_8QeZ16zDX2ynJWA/viewform. Send questions to volunteers@fairmontschool.org

Get Your Badge! Apply today for your volunteer badge. These badges let you help in class, on field trips, and more. Start your application at: http://bit.ly/1IUagO8

Thanks so much for your help and for getting involved with Fairmont!

Upcoming Events

  • Sep 8 - Back to School Night (MINIMUM DAY), 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Sep 10 - Volunteer Badge Fingerprinting Event at Harding, see above for details
  • Sep 12 - PTA Board Meeting, 6:00pm - 7:00PM NOTE New Time!
  • Sep 20 - FASEP Registration Closes
  • Oct 3 - Turn in BoxTops to Fairmont PTA
  • Oct 5 - International Walk to School Day
  • Oct 5 - First Cross-School Band Meeting, see details above
  • Oct 7 - Walk-a-Thon
  • Oct 10 - NO SCHOOL
  • Oct 10 - PTA Board Meeting, 6:00pm - 7:00PM NOTE New Time!
  • Oct 15 - Fall Festival and Bike Rodeo
  • Oct 21 - Family Game Night

Community Messages

Coastal Cleanup Day - September 17 - Join volunteers in protecting our coasts from trash at Shimada Friendship Park 9am - 12pm on September 17. Meet at Marina Bay Parkway and Peninsula Drive, Richmond. Bring your own bag, gloves, water, hat and shoes. For more information, send email to coastalcleanup@thewatershedproject.org. Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference - October 15 - You are cordially invited to the 11TH annual Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference, October 15th, 2016! This conference draws over 500+ parents every year and provides parents with information through interactive, engaging workshops that will help them support their child’s academic career. If you have never participated in our conference, below is a link to last year’s conference program.

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Contact Info

Fairmont Elementary School - 724 Kearney St., El Cerrito, CA 94530 - Phone: 510.231.1448