GoFairmont 2016-10-12

In this newsletter: Cookie Dough Orders Due, Fall Festival Saturday, Still Time for BoxTops, Walk-a-Thon Wow, Reflections Art Contest

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough - Orders Due Before Oct 14

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Sales are nearing the end! Orders are due NO LATER than Friday, October 14.

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 is this Saturday, October 15. We have lots of fun things happening this year, from games and pumpkin sales, to magic performances and bicycle events.

We still need help for this event! Please sign up online using our sign-up form: http://signup.com/go/mYVQoR. Or just show up; we'll find some way for you to help!

Thanks for your support!

Papi's Pizza Roma This Friday

This Friday, October 14, is our monthly Papi's Pizza Roma fundraiser. Come in and join Fairmont families, take a pizza out, or order for a party. Just mention "Fairmont" when you make your order, and they will give a share to our PTA. All proceeds benefit Fairmont students.

Last Call for BoxTops

If you haven't yet turned in BoxTops you've been collecting, this is the time. Please turn your collected BoxTops to the school office by Friday. We can still accept BoxTops that expire 11/1/16 or later; all earlier dates cannot be sent in.

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.

Get your kids looking for the BoxTops icon. It's a fun way for students, especially younger students, to help Fairmont. You'll be surprised at how many products you currently buy have BoxTops!

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

Walk-a-Thon a Huge Success

Thanks to Fairmont's community for your tremendous support of our Walk-a-Thon last Friday! Not only did the kids have a great time, this event raised over $14,000 for our students, making it the second biggest fundraiser of our year!

We won't know until next week what the final tally is. In fact, we are still taking pledges until this Friday, October 14. So keep up the great work! One hundred percent of every dollar after $16,000 benefits our students and programs. Online donations can be made through this Friday.

Thanks to Mrs. Bernhardt and their teachers for the support! Also, thanks to Anita Miller for helping coordinate and secure donations, and to April Parekh for helping seek donations. Thanks to all the parents and community volunteers that helped count laps, pass out snacks and have fun on the day of the event.

We would also like to thank our sponsors: B&T Bookkeeping and Jenny K., along with donations from Premier Graphics, Trader Joes, Safeway, Target, Berkeley Rep, Contra Costa Civic Theater, Cheese Board Pizza, Crema Restaurant and Well Grounded.

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!

"Relections" Art Contest Entries Due Oct 25

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's PTA has organized something around the Reflections program. We have decided to focus on the Visual Art and Photography categories, but will not be holding a specific event. We will be encouraging teachers to support the event in their classrooms, and asking parents to work with their children at home on entries. Please have students bring their entries to teachers on or before October 25. We will announce winners on October 28.

For more about the entry categories, judging at the higher levels of PTA, and inspiration, visit the Reflections web site at http://www.pta.org/reflections. If you can help judge entries or otherwise be involved in the program, please contact Arthur Norcome at pta-volunteers@fairmontschool.org.

Get Your Volunteer Badge - One Fingerprinting Party Left

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

  • Saturday, October 22 - Lavonya DeJean Middle School - 3400 Macdonald Ave., Richmond 94805 - MPR 9:00 am -12:00 pm

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.

11th Annual Parents as Partners & Leaders Conference - Oct 15

The WCCUSD is holding its annual Parents as Partners & Leaders Conference this Saturday, October 15, at DeJean Middle School in Richmond. Each year hundreds of parents attend to participate in workshops that will help them support their child's education.

For much more information, and to register for the event, visit the Conference web site.

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 14 - Cookie Orders Due - NO LATE ORDERS/strong>
  • Oct 14 - Pizza Roma Fundraiser
  • Oct 15 - Fall Festival and Bike Rodeo
  • Oct 15 - 11th Annual Parents as Partners & Leaders Conference
  • Oct 17 - SSC Meeting, 3pm in Staff Room
  • Oct 21 - Coffee with Principal Bernhardt, 8:30am in MPR
  • Oct 21 - Family Game Night
  • Oct 26 - Bayside PTA Candidates Forum at Helms, 8:45AM — Traducción en español
  • Oct 31 - Halloween - MINIMUM DAY
  • Nov 1 - Parent Teacher Conferences Begin - NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 1 - Korematsu PTSA Meeting, 7pm in Korematsu MPR on Donal
  • Nov 2 thru 8 - Parent Teacher Conferences - MINIMUM DAYS
  • Nov 4 - ELAC Meeting, 8:30am in MPR

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. The first was held October 3 at Harding.

  • 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

To view this newsletter in Spanish and many other languages, use the Translate drop-down menu.

Contact Info

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