GoFairmont 2016-09-27

In this newsletter: Walk-a-thon, Cookie Dough, Fall Festival, BoxTops, Volunteer Badge Events, GGF Fundraiser, Reflections, Candidate Forums


Walk-a-thon - Register Today!

Fairmont is off to a quick start with what we hope will be our largest Fundraiser of the year! Our Walk-A-Thon is coming up soon — Friday, October 7th. Our students will be walking around the field for about 30 minutes. Pledge donations are needed. Ask family and friends for donations by registering your child at http://pledgestar.com/fairmont. It is simple and easy, just follow the registration steps. It takes just minutes to complete and send the pledge form out to families and friends. We are raising money to support the K-3 music programs, science for 4-6, the 5th grade overnight trip to Point Bonita, materials for classes, and teachers. Prizes are available for top fundraisers and participants.

We are also looking for volunteers the day of the Walk-A-Thon. If you are able to come for an hour or longer that would be great. Contact Jenny Komaromi at sales@jennyk.com or Anita Miller at anitabmiller@yahoo.com. Look for future opportunities to sign up on Volunteer spot as well. Thank you for your support and for supporting Fairmont Elementary.

For more details about this fundraiser, please visit out 2016 Walk-a-Thon page.

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough - Orders Due Before Oct 14

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Sales have begun at Fairmont! Please share the delicious cookie dough catalog with family, friends, and co-workers. Most items are $17 each. There is a big selection of cookies, and other tasty treats. The profits from this sale will go directly back to the programs at Fairmont, the students, and the teachers.

The sales dates are from september 23rd to october 14th. No late orders will be accepted.

Items will be delivered frozen, and the PTA will not be able to store any items past the pickup day and times. The approximate date for delivery to Fairmont will be in mid-November before the Thanksgiving holiday. The PTA is also looking for volunteers to help the day of delivery to pass orders to students.

Sign up as co-coordinator or distribution helper, at http://signup.com/go/AMYH9T! If you have any questions or are able to help, please contact Anita Miller at anitabmiller@yahoo.com. Enjoy the cookies!

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/mYVQoR

Thanks for your help!

Turn in BoxTops This Week

Twice a year, we submit collected BoxTops for reimbursement and it's that time again. Please turn your collected BoxTops to the school office this week.

If you haven't been collecting BoxTops, please start doing so. Each BoxTops coupon is worth $0.10. That might not seem like a lot, but if every Fairmont family collected 20 BoxTops a year, this would raise over $600 for the school. And it's easy to collect many more. It's likely that everyone could clip 50 or more labels from the brands you probably already buy, and getting us to our $1000 goal.

Participating is easy. Just clip the BoxTops coupons and drop them off in the school office. There is a jar labeled "BoxTops" on the counter. Or you can bring them to a PTA meeting.

For more information, visit our fundraising page and look for the BoxTops section.

Help Raise $1000 for Fairmont on Dec 4

We have a chance to raise $1000 for Fairmont in just a few hours. Come help run a booth at Golden Gate Fields on December 4. There are openings in both the AM and the PM shifts. This event is a fun and easy way to help earn $1000+ for Fairmont's programs.

If you can help, please visit our sign up form at http://signup.com/go/Jw2tA3. Questions? Contact Shane Anderson at pta-volunteers@fairmontschool.org. Thanks for your help!

Upcoming Art Contest "Relections"

Each year the national PTA hosts a contest that encourages students to use their creativity. This program, called Relections, invites kids to create visual, musical, and literary expressions of a theme. This year's theme is "What is Your Story?"

This will be the first time in many years that Fairmont PTA has organized something around the Reflections program. So we're still figuring out what we want to do.

But you can help get your kids thinking about creating something today. We must send our submissions to our local PTA council at the end of October, so we'll likely ask that students complete their entries by October 16. More information will be coming soon. In the meantime, if you want to help judge entries or otherwise be involved in the program, please contact Arthur Norcome at pta-volunteers@fairmontschool.org.

Get Your Volunteer Badge - Two Fingerprinting Parties Left

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, 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

  • Oct 3 - Turn in BoxTops to Fairmont PTA
  • Oct 3 - Bayside PTA Candidates Forum at Harding, 6:30PM
  • 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
  • Oct 26 - Bayside PTA Candidates Forum at Helms, 8:45AM — Traducción en español

Community Messages

School Board Candidate Forums - The Bayside Council of PTAs is hosting two panels for the upcoming School Board elections. The forums give the community an opportunity to learn more about the candidates, and to ask questions about how they will improved the school district.

  • Mon, Oct 3, 6:30PM — Harding Elementary School Auditorium, 7230 Fairmount Avenue, El Cerrito
  • Wed, Oct 26, 8:45am - 10:15am — Helms Middle School, 2500 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA 94806 — Habrá traducción en español

To Submit Questions in Advance for the Candidates: 4WestCounty@gmail.com

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Contact Info

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