GoFairmont 2017-08-12

In this newsletter: Start of School, Kindergarten Orientation and Potluck, School Wide Supply Wish List, Welcome Back Coffee, Ice Cream Social, Join PTA, 2017-2018 Calendar


Start of School, Monday, August 21 - MINIMUM DAY

It's that time again! Summer camps are wrapping up and teachers are getting their rooms ready. School opens for business Monday, August 21, at 8:30AM. Please note that it is a minimum day, so grades K-6 will be dismissed at 2:05PM. (See the daily bell schedule if you're new to Fairmont: http://fairmontschool.org/daily-bell-schedule.) 


Kindergarten Orientation and Potluck

For Kindergarteners, there will be an orientation at 2PM on Friday, August 18. This is a chance for you to ask questions of the Principal and of PTA members before school actually begins.You can also join us for the last of our kindergarten summer play dates, Saturday, August 19th, from 11:30AM -1:30PM on the Fairmont main playground, accessible from the Lexington cul-de-sac gate by the Fairmont Club House. Please let those with entering kindergarteners know about these events. These play dates are great chances for the kids to see their new school and get to know other kids coming to Fairmont.


School Wide Supply Wish List

In an effort to make sure that our upper grade teachers and students get access to just as many supplies as the lower grades, we have set up a school wide supply wish list. All you have to do is sign-up using the link below and either have the item shipped to the school or drop by the office with your donation before school starts. These items will be distributed to all the teachers on the Friday before school starts. http://signup.com/go/yPHqssQ.


Welcome Back Coffee Volunteers Needed

There will be a "Welcome Back" coffee in the multi-purpose room at 8:30 am on the first day of school, August 21st. Come mingle with other parents and enjoy some coffee and goodies. Donations of treats are welcome. Sign up to help: http://signup.com/go/grDUnra


Ice Cream Social Volunteers Needed

We will have our annual FREE Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 29 at 6:15pm. We need volunteers for lots of jobs and have created an online sign up form. So go to http://signup.com/login/entry/4370166808315740113 then click the job you'd like to help with! More details to come after school begins.


Join PTA

"Why should I join," you ask? Joining the PTA is a win-win for everyone. What is it that makes people happy? Money? Power? Fame? No, study after study tells us that the happiest and healthiest individuals are those that have great relationships and feel connected. There is not better place to make new friends and connections than the PTA! If that wasn't enough, studies also say that students whose parents are involved in their child's education are more successful in school.  Without the PTA there would be no music program for your first grader, no fieldtrips, no theatre for your sixth grade student, no multicultural festival, no potlucks, no kindergarten playdates etc. We need you to help shape our school, our community and our children!

There will be tables at all our upcoming events so please stop by and join. You may also drop by the office for a sign-up form or you can join online: https://shop-fairmont.myschoolcentral.com/ptaez/(S(tsi3014yswl1cyicsk121vdv))/apps/webstore/pages/WebStore.aspx


2017-2018 Calendar 

Here is a list of events we are planning to hold this year. Please subscribe to our Google Calendar (http://fairmontschool.org/g-calendar) using the + Google Calendar button in the lower right corner of the calendar widget. Since event details may change during the course of the year, and new events may be added, the Google Calendar (along with this newsletter) are your best bets for staying current! 

Date:2017TimeEvent
August 18, 20172pmKindergarten Orientation
August 19, 201711:30am-1:30pmKindergarten Potluck
August 21, 20178:30am-2:05First Day of School (minimum day)
August 21, 20178:30amWelcome Back Coffee
August 24, 20176-6:15pmPTA General Meeting
August 24, 20176:15-7:30pmFamily Engagement (grades 4-6)
August 25, 20178:30amPrincipal's Coffee
August 29, 20176:15amIce Cream Social
Sept 4, 2017 Labor Day (no school)
Sept 7, 20176pmBack to School Night
Sept 8, 2017All dayPizza Roma Fundraiser (2nd Friday of every month)
Sept 14, 20176pmPTA Board Meeting
Sept 16, 2017 El Cerrito Centenial Parade
Sept 17, 2017 Golden Gate Fields Fund Raiser
Sept 19, 20176:30pmFamily Tech Night
Sept 21, 20176-8pmPTA General Meeting-Study Skills
Sept 26, 20176:30pmNutrition Committee Meeting
Sept 29, 20178:30amPrinciple's Coffee
October 1, 2017 Turn in Box Tops
October 4, 2017 Walk to School Day
October 5, 20176pmPTA Board Meeting
October 6, 2017All dayWalk-a-thon
October 9, 2017 Columbus Day (no school)
October 19, 20176pmPTA General Meeting-Toolbox Training
October 20, 20176-8pmFamily Game Night
October 28, 2017 Fall Festival
October 31, 2017 Halloween (minimum day)
November 1, 2017 Teacher conferences (no school)
November 2, 2017 Teacher conferences (minimum day through 11/8)
November 2, 20176pmPTA Board Meeting
November 10, 2017 Veteran's Day (no school)
November 16, 20176pmPTA General Meeting
November 22, 2017 Thanksgiving break begins (minimum day)
November 23, 2017 Thanksgiving (no school through 11/24)
December 1, 2017 Kindergarten Tour
December 5, 20176:30pmCode Night
December 15, 2017 Winter break  (minimum day)
Date:2018TimeEvent
January 2, 2018 School resumes
January 4, 2018 PTA Board Meeting
January 8, 2018 Kindergarten Registration
January 12, 2018 Spell-a-thon Begins
January 15, 2018 MLK Jr (no school)
January 18, 20186pmPTA General Meeting
February 1, 20186pmPTA Board Meeting
February 2, 2018 Turn in Box Tops
February 15, 20186pmPTA General Meeting-math night-tentative
February 19, 2018 President's Week Break (no school)
March 1, 20186pmPTA Board Meeting
March 15, 20186pmPTA General Meeting
March 24, 20186pmFairmont Auction
March 28, 2018 Pt Bonita Field Trip(3/28-3/30)
April 2, 2018 Spring Break Week
April 12, 20186pmPTA Board Meeting
April 19, 20186pmOpen House (minimum day)
April 21, 2018 Earth Day Cleanup-tentative
April 26, 20186pmPTA General Meeting
April 27, 20186-8pmMulticultural Fair
May 3, 20186pmPTA Board Meeting
May 8, 2018 Teacher Appreciation Day
May 17, 2018 Science Fair Projects Due
May 17, 20186pmPTA General Meeting
May 28, 2018 Memorial Day (no school)
June 7, 2018 Last Day of School
June 7, 2018 6th Grade Promotion

Ways to Support Fairmont

Now is the time to get involved at 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 the PTA, you can donate any time by clicking on the green "Donate" button on the school web site. Friends and family are also encouraged to donate money to support Fairmont programs. Visit http://fairmontschool.org/donate now!

Volunteer! If you haven't already filled out 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

  • August 18 - Kindergarten Orientation 2PM
  • August 19 - Kindergarten Potluck 11:30AM-1:30PM
  • August 21 - First Day (minimum) & Welcome Back Coffee
  • August 24 - PTA General Meeting 6-6:15PM and Family Engagement (grades 4-6) 6:15-7:30PM
  • August 25 - Principal's Coffee 8:30AM
  • August 29 - Ice Cream Social 6:15PM

Richmond Museum of History-Family Free Day

The Richmond Museum of History is hosting a FAMILY FREE DAY on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in honor of Back to School season. Visit the Museum, located at 400 Nevin Ave. in Richmond, from 1-4 PM.  Enjoy facilitated educational activities, including weave a basket and make a shell bead necklace! A special lecture will take place at 2:30 about Richmond's first people, the Ohlone Indians. Don't miss this exciting chance to visit your community history museum! 


WriterCoach Connection (WCC)

WriterCoach Connection (WCC) brings teams of trained volunteers into Lavonya DeJean Middle School; Kennedy High School and Richmond High School to provide one-on-one writing support to students on their classroom writing assignments. Volunteer coaches help students develop their ideas and strengthen their writing skills. WCC’s in-depth training provides the practices you’ll need to be a strong coach. Make a commitment of 2 hours during the school day two to four times per month and enjoy the satisfaction of helping students succeed. Volunteers must attend an orientation and then complete a 3-hour training workshop to become a coach. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.writercoachconnection.org/volunteer-orientation.html


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Contact Info

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