GoFairmont 2016-09-18

In this newsletter: Walk-a-thon, FASEP Registration Ends Tuesday, Fall Festival, Volunteer Badge Events, State Test Results, Cross-School Band


Walk-a-thon - Register Today!

For our Walk-A-Thon, we're using an awesome, web-based fundraising system that makes it much easier for you to request pledges from your family and friends, and for them to make secure credit card donations online. It's fun, it's easy, and people who use it typically raise twice as much as those who don't!

Remember, our Walk-A-Thon is October 7, so please register now to help our school raise as much as we can for our PTA funded programs like K-3 music, Science for grades 4-6, Point Bonita Overnight Trip for all 5th graders, plus field trip and classroom stipends for all grade levels. The PTA also funds in school visits for things like anti-bullying programs, PlayWorks and more. In addition, the PTA funds a garden program and other special programs like reading night, math night, science fair and science night:

When you finish, the system sends email pledge requests to your family and friends, and allows them to make secure credit card donations online. You get notified each time a pledge is made, and you can track your pledge progress online.

Call 1-888-598-7510 if you need help.


FASEP Registration Closes Tuesday, Sept 20

The Fall session of Fairmont's After School Enrichment Program (FASEP) is still open for registration, and most classes still have openings. But registration ends September 20. So register today! Lists of classes 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.


Fall Festival October 15 -- Volunteers Needed

Fairmont's annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch will be Saturday, October 15. We have lots of fun things happening this year, from games and pumpkin sales, to performances and bicycle events.

We need lots of help for this event! If you have some time, please sign up online using our sign-up form: http://signup.com/go/h6ndHJ

Thanks for your help!


Standardized Test Results for 2016

If you have already, check out the results of the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Assessment, the annual standardized tests our students take in the spring.  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

If you want to help with field trips, or work with students in their classroom of the library, take advantage of one of the remaining Saturday fingerprinting parties for parents and community members who want to volunteer at WCCUSD Schools.

Events are “drop-in” days, no appointment needed. Online applications 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 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

Reminder: 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.


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 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

School Board Candidate Forums - The League of Women Voters and the WWCUSD have scheduled three forums for upcoming school board elections. The first is Monday, September 19, at 6:30PM, at Lovonya DeJean Middle School in Richmond. See details and other dates here. We expect other organizations to hold similar events, and we will announce these soon.


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Contact Info

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