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.
"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.
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!
|August 18, 2017||2pm||Kindergarten Orientation|
|August 19, 2017||11:30am-1:30pm||Kindergarten Potluck|
|August 21, 2017||8:30am-2:05||First Day of School (minimum day)|
|August 21, 2017||8:30am||Welcome Back Coffee|
|August 24, 2017||6-6:15pm||PTA General Meeting|
|August 24, 2017||6:15-7:30pm||Family Engagement (grades 4-6)|
|August 25, 2017||8:30am||Principal's Coffee|
|August 29, 2017||6:15am||Ice Cream Social|
|Sept 4, 2017||Labor Day (no school)|
|Sept 7, 2017||6pm||Back to School Night|
|Sept 8, 2017||All day||Pizza Roma Fundraiser (2nd Friday of every month)|
|Sept 14, 2017||6pm||PTA Board Meeting|
|Sept 16, 2017||El Cerrito Centenial Parade|
|Sept 17, 2017||Golden Gate Fields Fund Raiser|
|Sept 19, 2017||6:30pm||Family Tech Night|
|Sept 21, 2017||6-8pm||PTA General Meeting-Study Skills|
|Sept 26, 2017||6:30pm||Nutrition Committee Meeting|
|Sept 29, 2017||8:30am||Principle's Coffee|
|October 1, 2017||Turn in Box Tops|
|October 4, 2017||Walk to School Day|
|October 5, 2017||6pm||PTA Board Meeting|
|October 6, 2017||All day||Walk-a-thon|
|October 9, 2017||Columbus Day (no school)|
|October 19, 2017||6pm||PTA General Meeting-Toolbox Training|
|October 20, 2017||6-8pm||Family 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, 2017||6pm||PTA Board Meeting|
|November 10, 2017||Veteran's Day (no school)|
|November 16, 2017||6pm||PTA 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, 2017||6:30pm||Code Night|
|December 15, 2017||Winter break (minimum day)|
|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, 2018||6pm||PTA General Meeting|
|February 1, 2018||6pm||PTA Board Meeting|
|February 2, 2018||Turn in Box Tops|
|February 15, 2018||6pm||PTA General Meeting-math night-tentative|
|February 19, 2018||President's Week Break (no school)|
|March 1, 2018||6pm||PTA Board Meeting|
|March 15, 2018||6pm||PTA General Meeting|
|March 24, 2018||6pm||Fairmont Auction|
|March 28, 2018||Pt Bonita Field Trip(3/28-3/30)|
|April 2, 2018||Spring Break Week|
|April 12, 2018||6pm||PTA Board Meeting|
|April 19, 2018||6pm||Open House (minimum day)|
|April 21, 2018||Earth Day Cleanup-tentative|
|April 26, 2018||6pm||PTA General Meeting|
|April 27, 2018||6-8pm||Multicultural Fair|
|May 3, 2018||6pm||PTA Board Meeting|
|May 8, 2018||Teacher Appreciation Day|
|May 17, 2018||Science Fair Projects Due|
|May 17, 2018||6pm||PTA 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
- 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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