GoFairmont 2017-09-03

In this newsletter: Thanks to Our Amazing Volunteers, Labor Day,Turn in PTA Membership Forms and Volunteer Surveys, Back to School Night, Pizza Roma Fundraiser, Band Forms Due, Volunteer Fingerprinting Party at Harding, FASEP Registration & Corrections, Korematsu Band for 5th and 6th Graders, El Cerrito Centinnial Parade, Golden Gate Fields Reminder

Thanks to Our Amazing Volunteers!

The day before school started we had several parents, students, and a community member show up to help clean up the grounds. A big thank you to Dawn Miller, Aimee Williams, Al Miller, Chris O'Dea, Chieko O'Dea, Annika Dukes, April Parekh, and all the kids for making our school grounds cleaner.

We all enjoyed the fabulous ice cream provided by Lappert's on Thursday. Special thanks to Lisa King and Anthony Patire for coordinating this event and to all the teachers and volunteers: Ms. Umoru, Ms. Lerman, Ms. Lambie, Ms. O’Neill, Ms. Holterman-Docto, Ms. Hamilton, Ms. Takemoto, Tim Warner, Al Miller, Ria Abesamis, Shane Anderson, Karley Saveland, Lee Hamilton, Karen Maoz, Caroline Escalante, Alice Burton, Heather Aquilino, Angelique, The Miles Family, Leah Hitchcock, Karen Maoz, YY Lo, April Parekh, Samantha Oryall, Rain Johnson, Melanie Proctor, Amy deHart, and Mike Shire.

Labor Day

Just a reminder that Monday, September 4th is Labor Day and there will be no school.

Turn in PTA Membership Forms and Volunteer Surveys!

Please remember to complete your ONLINE PTA Membership form and volunteer survey this weekend. For links to both, as well as other resources for getting started this year, visit our Start of Year Checklist.

If you prefer the paper forms, please submit your membership and volunteer forms to your child's teacher or the school office by Tuesday, September 5.

Back to School Night

Thursday, September 7th is Back to School Night and will be a minimal day with classes dismissing at 2:05pm.

This year we have an exciting new change to our BTSN program: a food truck! La Estralle Taco Truck will be on site. Grab the family and come buy dinner or bring a picnic dinner. The play yard will be open at 5pm. More details regarding the food truck to come.

Lower grade (K-3) teachers will be introduced at 6 pm. Lower grades will move to their classrooms at 6:15 pm. Upper grade teacher introductions will be at 6:30 pm. 

Come and meet your child's teacher, meet the principal, and other faculty, check out Fairmont’s facilities, and learn a little more about what Fairmont has to offer. Having a healthy relationship with your child’s teacher goes a long way. If you get to know them, they’ll feel more comfortable emailing or calling you if your child is struggling in class. Attending back-to-school night, shows your child and your child’s teacher that you truly care about your child’s education. Have you ever wondered what your Fairmont school library is like? Now’s your chance to find out! Attend back-to-school night and you’ll get to see EVERYTHING, including the library, multi-purpose room, front office, and your child’s classroom. This event is for parents.

Pizza Roma Fundraiser

Friday, September 7th is Pizza Roma night! This is our first Pizza Roma night of the school year and is always well attended and a lot of fun. Come hang out and chat with all your friends and make some new friends too.

Band Forms Due

Forms to join the band went out to grades 4,5, & 6. These need to be return September 8th.

Volunteer Fingerprinting Party at Harding

We are always looking for volunteers to help with events but usually this requires a volunteer badge. If you don't have one, this is the perfect time to get one. Just complete the online application form and then you can drop by Harding to be fingerprinted on September 9th from 9 am-noon in the MPR. This saves you the trip to WCCUSD central office to be fingerprinted. 

FASEP Registration & Corrections

FASEP registration has begun and parents are starting to sign up for classes! If you choose to use the new online registration option, please note that you also need to fill out the Google form which asks for the same information as the paper registration form. 

There are some corrections to the paper registration form that was sent home on Friday, August 25th and is currently in the office:  

  • The scholarship fee for the Chess class should be $60 not $75.
  • Yoga and Chess will be held in Rm. 2 (not rm. 1).
  • Thanks to Ms. Hamilton, Theater will be held in P2. 
A corrected copy of the paper registration form can be found on the Fairmont website here.
Mike Levy will be sending out emails to the parents who have enrolled their kids in those classes to alert them to the changes.

Korematsu Band for 5th and 6th Graders

Good news for 5th and 6th grade musicians from Fairmont! Tiffany Carrico, band director at Korematsu Middle School will hold Wednesday evening band classes once again this year. This class provides the unique chance for musicians from different elementary schools to work together on a regular basis and develop their instrumental music skills. It has been wonderfully successful the last few years and, once again, Ms. Carrico is holding the class free of charge. Classes begin on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and will run weekly from 6-7pm in the Korematsu Middle School band room (D109). The band will have a couple of chances to perform during the school year (details to be announced later). Ms. Carrico generally does not have instruments to loan out since the Korematsu program has expanded greatly in recent years. She hopes that all kids will be signing up for in-school band classes (if they don’t own an instrument) so they can check out a district instrument. Please send Ms. Carrico a quick email (scrappyslap@hotmail.com ) or give her a call (510-717-0718) if you would like your child to participate. Questions? Contact Jen Treuting at jentreuting@yahoo.com.

El Cerrito Centinnial Parade

Fairmont will be marching in the Centinnial Parade on September 16th! We are looking for interested families to represent Fairmont. Please contact Jen Komaromi at pta-president@fairmontschool.org if you are willing to help coordinate or are intersted in participating. Check out all the fun activities the city has planned starting September 14th!

Golden Gate Fields Reminder

We are a little over 2 weeks out from our Golden Gate Fields Fundraiser, September 17th. We still need several people to help, especially for the afternoon shifts. It's just a couple of hours and it’s a lot of fun! We earn $1000 from this one day of volunteering but only if we have at least 10 people signed up for each time slot, otherwise we get only $500. We will serve alcohol, so volunteers must be 18 years old. Sign up:http://signup.com/go/DwjMcCA.

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

  • September 4 — Labor Day/No School
  • September 7 — Back to School Night/Minimal Day
  • September 8 — Pizza Roma
  • September 14 — PTA Board Meeting
  • September 16 — El Cerrito Centinnial Parade
  • September 17 — Golden Gate Fields Fundraiser
  • September 18 — SSC meeting 3pm

Community items

Families are invited to the FREE Scout-O-Rama to learn more about scouting in our area on Sunday, Sept. 24, 1PM at Camp Herms above Arlington Park ( 1100 James Place, El Cerrito - Get Directions ). Come learn about camping and outdoorsmanship, pioneering skills, nature, crafts, fun games, archery, and more. For more about scouting in El Cerrito, visit http://www.ecscouting.org/.

The El Cerrito Police and Fire Department will be hosting its first annual “Super Soaker Water Battle” event. The purpose of this event is to bring the community together while trying to stay cool in this summer heat. This will be fun and safe environment for kids and families to play water games while interacting with local public safety employees. The event will be held next Sunday, September 10th, from 12 -2pm @ Arlington Park in El Cerrito. We will have snow cones, hot dogs and a dunk booth!

Korematsu PTSA will be showing "Screenager", a movie which addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it. To see more information and to buy tickets: https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-fred-t-korematsu-middle-school-ptsa-4687 .

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Contact Info

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