California Native Garden for Earth Day
We had around 50 volunteers, consisting of Fairmont parents, students, and staff, PlayWorks coaches,neighbors and El Cerrito High School students participating in Fairmont's California Native Garden project as part of Earth Day celebration on April 24. For three hours, we planted environmentally friendly and low maintenance California native plants and spread three truckloads of mulch. Funded by a grant from Lowe's, and guided by a great design from Fairmont parent Diana Montemayor, the project had begun a month earlier with removing and transplanting existing plants along Stockton Ave and making a path through the garden. Huge thanks to the many volunteers -- the list is coming soon!
Family Reading Night
Students and their families enjoyed an evening of stories, hot cocoa, and crafts at the Family Reading Night on Nov. 19. They were entertained by Chilean storyteller and singer Mariela Herrera who sang and told stories in Spanish and English. While students listened to stories by parent volunteers, parents received tips on fostering their kids' reading habit from Ann Hotta, a librarian from the Berkeley Public Library. Everyone enjoyed hot cocoa and received free book gifts at the end of the event. Thanks to parent volunteers Leslie Adams, Greg Chang, Miriam Henneberger, Ben Klein, Anita Miller, Doug Murdock, Chris Novak, Becky Raikow, Saidah Said, Akiko Taylor, and Monica Wu. Special thanks to West County Reads for contributing gently used books to the event, and Ann Hotta and Mariela Herrera for their wonderful participation.
Walk to School Day
November's Walk to School Day, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, was another big success! We counted 145 students and families who walked to school on Wednesday. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out, including: Leslie Adams, Miriam Henneberger, Heather Hurford, Ying-tsu Loh, Bob Munir, Grace Murdock, Chris Novak, Saidah Said and Coach Lisa. There will be seven other Walk to School Days – Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 14, May 5, and June 2).
Walking and Jogging Club
The Walking and Jogging Club during lunch Wednesday is also gaining steam! Thanks Coach Lisa for leading the charge!
Fairmont PlayWorks Play Day
It was a fun day for adults and children alike at the Fairmont PlayWorks Play Day on Saturday, Nov. 7. After getting an in-depth view of the PlayWorks philosophy, grownups got a dose of playground fun from playing games such as “Capture the Flag’’ and “Animal Farm’’ while the children played “Poison Ball” and “Duck Duck Goose.” Thanks to Coach Lisa and her colleagues from PlayWorks for donating their time for this event.
Fairmont's Annual Harvest Festival
Fairmont's Annual Harvest Festival, featuring the Solar Cookout and Pumpkin Patch, on Friday, Oct. 23, raised more than $900. Students learned about the power of the sun, and had fun at the carnival. See our list of volunteers for this event here.
Family Everyday Math Night
The Family Everyday Math Night, which took place on Oct. 14 was a success. We counted more than 60 students and their families who attended the event, where they learned about the new math curriculum and fun games that help teach math skills. Each family brought home a math kit consisting of a calculator, ruler, set of dominoes, couple of dice, and deck of cards. This was the second math night that introduces the new Everyday Math curriculum to the school. The two events were made possible by an Ed Fund Grant.