GoFairmont 2016-10-30

In this newsletter: Halloween Minimum Day, No School Tuesday and Parent-Teacher Conferences, Vote on Nov 8, Holiday Schedule

Halloween - Minimum Day

We hope that everyone has a sweet and safe Halloween! Remember that Halloween is a MINIMUM DAY, so be sure to pick up your child at 2:05pm. (PM Kindergarten has a normal schedule.)

Parents are welcome to attend the Halloween parades. For kindergarten and pre-school students, the parade begins at 9:20am. For grades 1 through 6, the parade begins at 1:15pm.

No School Tuesday — Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences begin November 1, Tuesday, and students will have the day off school. For teachers, the entire day is devoted to conferences. Parent-teacher conferences continue from Wednesday, Nov 2, through Tuesday, Nov 8. All those school days are MINIMUM days, allowing teachers to schedule conferences for all students before or after school.

What this means for picking up students is this: Minmum days from October 31 through November 8, except Tuesday, Nov 1, which is a day off for students. Please make sure you pick your child up early or make arrangements for their care.

The normal school schedule resumes with a minimum day on Wednesday, Nov 9. (But remember that Friday, November 11, is also a day off, in commeration of Veterans Day!)

Vote November 8!

There are several important school-related issues on the November 8 ballot. Fairmont's PTA has endorsed Measure T and Proposition 55.

Measure T is a local parcel tax renewal that provides vital funds for class-size reduction, libraries, core academics, and counselors, as well as sports programs. Because it is a parcel tax on real property, only those who own a home pay this tax, and for most home-owners in Fairmont's area, the total tax is less than $100 per year. Opponents are trying to confuse this tax with school bonds, but the two are completely unrelated.

Proposition 55 is a state-wide renewal of Proposition 30 approved in 2012, which increased taxes on individuals earning more than $263,000 per year ($526,000 for joint filers). These funds constitute an important part of how schools are now funded, constituting roughly 8-15% of school funding state-wide.

Another state-wide ballot item is Proposition 51, a bond measure intended to raise money to help rebuild schools. Although it is unlikely that Fairmont would be directly affected by this proposition, similar state bond money has helped build several schools in our school district. Fairmont's PTA has taken no position on Proposition 51.

Finally, there are two seats in contention on the WCCUSD School Board. Trustees Todd Groves and Randy Enos decided not to run for reelection. There are seven candidates vying for these two seats. Fairmoont's PTA cannot endorse any school board candidates, but the trustees sitting on our Board of Education make hundreds of decisions each year that affect your child's education. So we strongly urge you to research your choice and vote.

Holiday Schedule

We are getting into the busy holiday season, with many days off school. We covered the schedule changes as a result of parent-teacher conferences above. Below are other holidays you should be aware of.

  • Nov 11 - Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Eve - MINIMUM Day
  • Nov 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Dec 16 - Last Day before Winter Break - MINIMUM Day
  • Dec 19 thru Jan 2, 2017 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 3, 2017 - School Resumes

Please make arrangements for pick ups on minimum days.

Fall Festival Thanks!

Thank you to the Fairmont community for coming out and supporting our annual Fall Festival & Bike Rodeo. We had a fun filled day with a magic show, great games, the bike rodeo, and of course the pumpkin patch. We'd like to Thank the following for donations and volunteering their time to make this event happen:


  • Westbrae Nursery for donating so many wonderful pumpkins!
  • Contra Costa County Health Department for the awesome bike course!
  • GiovannDonna Abee, April Parekh, Shane Anderson, Kayla & Denise Bernhardy, Debbie Marshall, Anita Miller, Steve Raikow, Cecilia Orozco, Daisy & Natalie, Tony, Heather & Aidan Aquilino, Dawn Miller, Shelby Holguin, Samantha Oryall, Tasha Tervalon, Dasia Norcome, Kiana Hollis, Jen Komaromi, Jack, Evie & Kevin O'Neal, Steve, Becky, Sofia, Cole & Torin Raikow, Keri, Leah & Jacob Klein, Rachel Wilson, Amy de Hart, Lisa King, Lori Catlin, Sherrod Blankner, Verena Azevedo, Tere Ahmad, Tim Warner, Jamie & Henry Boreen, Ken Miles, Connie Giang, Zak McRae, & Mike Levy.


It was great to see some of the kids from the school help with games and serving sno-cones! They did a great job! We hope everyone has an awesome Halloween & fun carving those pumpkins!

If you have any questions, please contact Becky Raikow. Thanks!

Walk-a-Thon Raised Over $15,000

In case you missed the flier that went out last week: The Walk-a-thon was a huge success! Not only did the kids have a ton of fun, they raised over $15,000! The kids helped us get into the spirit with great walk-a-thon posters. There were too many great posters to choose from, we decided to have more than one winner! The poster contest class winners are: Ms. Lambie's class in Room 2, Ms. Becker's class in Room 4, Ms. Umoru's class, Mr. Ko's and Mr. Auday's class. Thanks for sharing your school spirit!

Mr. Ko's class raised the most money, raising $2,058. Mr. Rodrigue's class raised $1537. Ms. Becker's class raised $1,488. Congratulations to our top 5 fundraisers who all raised over $500: Madison Marshall, Aidan Aquilino, Ella Aquilino, Ila Belle Troy and Rosa Montes. Thank you for making a difference at Fairmont!

We will be passing prizes out in a couple weeks after we receive them. If teachers have the tally cards, please turn them into the office for lap prizes. Thanks to all the teachers and students that made this a great success!

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.

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!

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 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
  • Nov 10 - Start of Winter PTA Membership Drive
  • Nov 11 - Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 11 - Papi's Pizza Roma Fundraiser
  • Nov 14 - PTA General Meeting -- All Members -- 6:15PM in MPR
  • Nov 16 - Pt Bonita Informational Meeting, 5PM in Staff Room
  • Nov 18 - Coffee with Principal Bernhardt, 8:30AM in MPR
  • Nov 21 - SSC Meeting, 3PM, Staff Room
  • Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Eve - MINIMUM Day
  • Nov 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Dec 2 - Kindergarten Tour
  • Dec 12 - Fairmont Winter Concert, 6:30PM in MPR

Community Messages

Be sure to VOTE! November 8. http://www.cocovote.us/current-election/

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Contact Info

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