GoFairmont 2019-04-11

In this newsletter: Earth Day Clean-up, FASEP Session 3 Update, Science Fair, Silent Auction/Open House, EC Hillside Festival


Earthday Cleanup

Everyone is invited to the Fairmont Garden clean-up in honor of Earth Day on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 9 am to 12 noon. We'll clean up the "North Garden'' opposite the kindergarten wing and the native garden in front of the school along Stockton and Kearney, and empty soil from the raised garden beds by the old senior center so they can be moved to our NEW "East Garden." Please bring your own tools, gloves and water.

We're especially looking for people to bring wheelbarrows or buckets for moving mulch and dirt. There is also a need for cardboard for sheet-mulching, although please no cardboard with colored inks.

Volunteers are eligible for a complimentary lunch at the El Cerrito Community Center from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm.


FASEP Session 3

Enrollment update:

Classes will begin on Monday, April 15th!

Lisa di Prima's Monday Art class (K-2) is completely filled but there are plenty of other classes that need more enrollment or they could be cancelled:

- Art Explorers (new Monday art class) (grades 3-6) (needs 4 more students)

- Sculpt & Sketch (Thurs.) (grades 2-6) (needs 2 more students)

- Fun with Environmental Science (Friday) (K-1) (needs 1 more student)

- Chess (Friday) (grades 1-6) (needs 2 more students)

Other classes that still have room:

- LEGO Robotics (Tues.) (grades K-3)

- X-FIT Lil Ninja Warrior (Tues.) (grades K-6)

- Introduction to Mandarin (Wed.) (grades 2-6)

- Junior Soccer (Wed.) (K-1)

Also, we have 16 more scholarships available to award - please let Taylor Melton or Mike Levy know if you have any questions about applying.


Science Fair

Looking for some fun experiments to work on with your child over the summer? Wondering what upper grade science looks like? Join us for our annual Science Fair Showcase Tuesday, April 16th from 6-7 PM in the MPR. Hope to see you there!


Silent Auction/Open House

When: Thursday, April 18th

Food Truck Time: 4PM - 8PM

Auction Time: 5pm-8pm

Open House Time: 6-7PM

We want to make sure that teachers and staff have the opportunity to visit the food truck so it will be open early. Come and have a picnic on campus and then head in at 5 PM to check out the great items up for bid. Brand new this year, instant checkout for "buy now" items! These items may be paid for at the "by now" price immediately at the check out tables. Head to your child(s) classroom(s)  at 6PM to check out what they have been working on this trimester. Classrooms will close at 7 and auction tables will start closing at 7:15 pm. Students may NOT bid. There is no fee to enter the auction but you can register to bid online nowStudent Council will also be selling dessert so be sure to drop by the lunchroom "counter" to grab some dessert. One last note: the play structure will be roped off and students MUST be with an adult chaperone in order to enter the play structure area. 


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

  • Saturday, April 13 - Earth Day 9 AM - noon
  • Monday, April 15 - SSC Meeting 3 PM
  • Tuesday, April 16 - Science Fair 6 PM
  • Wednesday, April 18 - 4 PM Silent Auction Begins, 6 PM Open House
  • Wednesday, April 24 - WCCUSD Board Meeting
  • Thursday, April 25 - PTA General Meeting/Elections 6 PM

Community Events -6th Annual El Cerrito Hillside Festival, Friday-Sunday, May 3-5, 2019

The sixth annual El Cerrito Hillside Festival will feature a wide variety of activities, with events throughout the 100-acre Hillside Natural Area, including nature hikes and a scavenger hunt for young people; a geological hike; the Dog Scouts; walks to learn about native plants, birds, insects and wildflowers; a walk with a city firefighter focusing on preventing wild land fires; a hidden poetry-geocaching walk; a history hike; meditation in nature, and more.

Hikes range from strenuous to easy. See the full schedule at www.ectrailtrekkers.org. Sponsored by El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee. Free.

The festival is free but maintaining and restoring the Hillside is not. Please make a tax deductible donation to this effort with a check to “ECCF,” with “Hillside Restoration” in the message line. ECCF is El Cerrito Community Foundation, our fiscal agent. Send to Pam Austin, 834 Kearney St., EC 94530.

Info: Dave Weinstein, 510-529-5432, davidsweinstein@yahoo.com


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Contact Info

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