GoFairmont 2017-01-12

In this newsletter: Spell-a-thon, Auction & Raffle, PTA Board Meeting, ELAC Potluck & Math Games, Pizza Roma, Ice Cream Help Needed, New Books for Exchange, Practice Toolbox, Thanks!

Spell-a-thon Begins!

Help your kids become great spellers while encouraging their support of their school! Our annual Spell-a-thon begins this week. In past years, we have raised $5000-7000 for Fairmont's programs through this academic fundraiser, showing how much our community values student learning. Encourage friends and family to support your child with $1-2 per correctly spelled word.

If you have questions, please contact Dawn Miller at pta-financialsecretary@fairmontschool.org.

Auction & Raffle!

Today our wonderful PTA volunteers distributed packets with raffle tickets and information about our annual Fairmont Auction, March 11, at 6PM. Once again we have some great raffle prizes, including Disneyland tickets. In past years, our raffle has brought in as much as $7000, so it is a very important part of the fundraising that supports our PTA student programs.

We will have more information about the auction in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Marshall at pta-auction@fairmontschool.org.

PTA Board Meeting Tomorrow Jan 13, 2:45PM, in Library

Our January PTA Board meeting has been rescheduled to this Friday, Jan 13, at 2:45PM, in the school library (P-1). All are welcome to attend. Our next association meeting will be in early February.

ELAC Potluck Jan 23 at 6PM!

Join Fairmont families January 23 at 6PM in the Multipurpose Room for a potluck with the English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC). Bring an interesting cultural food item to share. There will be activities, as well, including some math games.

Pizza Roma this Friday - Jan 13!

Hungry for pizza? Why not share a bit of that dough with Fairmont's students. A part of what you pay for your tab at Papi's Pizza Roma this Friday, Jan 13, goes to support Fairmont's programs. It's a great chance to get out and socialize with Fairmont families as well. Thank you for your support!

Help Need for Wednesday Ice Cream Sales

We could use a few more helpers with Wednesday ice cream sales. If you can spare 30-45 minute after pick up on Wednesdays, please contact Kabina Shrestha at kabina4@yahoo.com.

Collect and Submit BoxTops

A great way to get your kids involved in raising money for Fairmont is collecting Box Tops coupons! Each coupon is worth $0.10, which doesn't seem like a lot, but we've raised nearly $800 in past years! The kids — especially the younger ones — enjoy spying these coupons on products you didn't even know had Box Tops; there are a lot of them! Make it a contest at your house to see who can find the most.

You can bring your Box Tops to the school office by February 15. We turn in Box Tops twice each year -- mid-October and mid-February. Make sure you turn in anything that will expire soon! Note that we have to throw out any expired coupons, so check those dates!!

If you want to learn more about Box Tops fundraising, you can visit Fairmont's Fundraising page or the Box Tops FAQ.

Visit Fairmont's Book Exchange for Free Books

The Fairmont Book Exchange, located in the hallway near Room 4, has been refreshed. Come have a look and take a book to keep for free!

Donations of books in good or excellent condition are also being sought. Here is a wish list of especially desirable books:

Easy Readers, including books by these authors: Ted Arnold (Fly Guy), P.D. Eastman (Go Dog Go), Kevin Henkes (Penny), Arnold Lobel (Frog and Toad), Grace Lin (Ling and Ting), Peggy or Herman Parish (Amelia Bedelia), Cynthia Rylant (Henry and Mudge/ Annie and Snowball), Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat/ Hop on Pop), Erica Silverman (Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa), Mo Willems (Elephant and Piggie), Toon Books (Benny and Penny), and non-fiction Easy Readers such as National Geographic Kids.

Chapter books, including books by these authors: Kate DiCamillo (Mercy Watson), Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House), Barbara Park (Junie B. Jones), Dav Pilkey (Ricky Rocotta, Captain Underpants), Megan McDonald (Judy Moody/ Stink), Katherine Applegate (Roscoe Riley Rules/ One and Only Ivan), Shannon Hale (Princess in Black), Nancy Krulik (Magic Bone), Annie Barrows (Ivy and Bean), Sara Pennypacker (Clementine), Andrew Clements, Bruce Coville, Patrick Jennings (Guinea Dog), Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), David Adler (Cam Jansen), Nicki Grimes (Dyamonde Daniel), Lenore Look (Alvin Ho), Roald Dahl, Mitali Perkins (Rickshaw Girl), Pam Munoz Ryan, Rita Garcia Williams (One Crazy Summer). Books published or reprinted since 2000 are preferred.

Graphic novels, including books by these authors: Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Raina Telegemeier (Smile/ Sisters/ Ghosts).

For more ideas, or just some reading suggestions, see www.berkeleypubliclibary.org/kids.

Practicing Toolbox at Home

Remember to practice the life skills that Fairmont's Toolbox program provides!

Don't know what Toolbox is? In a nutshell, it is a 12-skill program for coping with and resolving stresses and conflict that arise from our relationships. Fairmont's teachers have been training students in using these skills at school, and last month there was a brief training for parents. We highly recommend parents unfamiliar with or just learning these tools visit the Toolbox web site for more information: https://dovetaillearning.org/. There are several videos that provide details on the goals and outcomes of learning the toolbox.


Kindergarten Registration — Thank you everyone who helped with Kindergarten Registration last Monday. It was the first year with online registration, and while we still had 30+ parents enroll on-site, things went much more smoothly than expected. Thanks to Amy Miles, Jamie Boreen, Jen Komaromi, Galen Murphy, and our wonderful office staff for helping things go smoothly for new Fairmont families!

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

  • Jan 13 - PTA Board Meeting, 2:45PM in School Library
  • Jan 13 - Papi's Pizza Roma Fundraiser
  • Jan 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday, NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 20 - Principal's Coffee, 8:30AM, MPR
  • Jan 23 - SSC Meeting, 3PM, Staff Room
  • Feb 1 - 100th Day
  • Feb 1 - Healthy Kids Survey Begins
  • Feb 10 - Papi's Pizza Roma Fundraiser
  • Feb 13 - PTA Meeting, 6:30PM in MPR (Board mtg at 6:15PM)
  • Feb 15 - Last Day for Box Tops
  • Feb 20 - 24 - President's Week, NO SCHOOL

Community Messages

Clean Up El Cerrito's Northern Greeway - Jan 14, 10am - 12:30pm. Join El Cerrito's Green Team as we clean up the northern entryways to town. Help keep trash from polluting the bay and creeks. Meet at Ohlone Greenway & Hill Street. Heavy rain cancels. Wear a hat and bring water. Questions? Contact 510-215-4350 or green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

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Contact Info

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