GoFairmont 2017-10-15

In this newsletter: PTA General Meeting, Family Game Night, Rescheduled 6500 Stockton Tour, Walk-a-thon Thanks, Fairmont Grounds Clean-up, Staff Appreciation Breakfast, Fall Festival, ECHS Tours, EC Restaurant Week, EC Music Day



PTA General Meeting

Join us for our monthly general meeting Thursday, October 19th at 6pm. Childcare will be provided. We will also have a Toolbox training right after we complete our PTA business.

Family Game Night

Mrs. Bernhardt will be hosting our family game night on Friday, October 20th from 6-8 pm in the Fairmont Multipurpose Room. Bring games to play and share. Invite family and friends. This is a really fun, free event for both kids and adults, and a great chance to try out a few games you might want to buy for the holidays.

6500 Stockton (Senior Center) site visit

Fairmont School faculty, staff, and parents are invited to join the rescheduled site visit to 6500 Stockton (the school-owned building currently in use as the City of El Cerrito's senior center) at 4 PM on Friday, Oct. 20th. No need to RSVP, just show up at the entrance at 4 PM. This visit will help all of us understand more about the condition of that building and what type of educational uses it has potential for when the City's lease is up (June 30, 2018). There are no senior activities at that time, so it's a good opportunity to poke around. For more background on this issue, please see our PTA web page with more information.

Thanks to Our Volunteers


From Dawn Miller, our awesome Walk-a-thon coordinator: "The walkathon last Friday was an absolute success.  The students had a blast!  I would like to thank all of the awesome parents who helped out (in no particular order): Aimee, Ceci, Amalia, Shelby, Tere, April, Kabina, Susana, Jackie, Zak, Scott, Rebecca, Kate, Belem, Yuli, Nicole, Demetrio, Bua (Kunchalee), Cameron, Jen and the other parents who cheered the kids around the track.  All of you worked together and made this a lovely experience for the kids.  This kind of event builds a great community for our kids and for our school.  Special thanks to Bua, who brought treats for the adults.  Thank you all so much for your energy, enthusiasm and support for our students.

It's not too late to turn donations in!  Submit them by October 20th so that we can start handing out the prizes.  You can bring them to the office or sign up online at http://pledgestar.com/fairmont.

 Volunteer Opportunities

Fairmont Grounds Clean-up

There will be a grounds clean-up October 22nd from 2-3pm. Meet up near the front steps. Please bring a garbage bag and some gloves. 

Staff Appreciation Breakfast

Our monthly staff appreciation breakfast is coming up Friday, October 27th . Drop off fruit, muffins, hard-boiled eggs, or your favorite breakfast item for the staff.  Please sign-up to bring in something tasty. Email trainerdawnmiller@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Fall Festival

Fall Festival is just under two weeks away, October 28th, and we need lots of volunteers so please sign-up to help. We are also still looking for some unique culturally-oriented fall games or traditions to add to our usual mix. If you have ideas, email Ana Torres: trrsa415@gmail.com.

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

  • October 17 - WCCUSD Facilities Subcommittee Meeting, Fairmont on agenda
  • October 18 - WCCUSD School Board Meeting, Fairmont on agenda
  • October 19 - PTA General Meeting/Toolbox Training
  • October 20 - Family Game Night
  • October 22 - Fairmont Grounds Clean-up
  • October 24 - Tech Night
  • October 27 - Staff Appreciation Breakfast
  • October 27 - Principal's Coffee
  • October 28 - Fall Festival

Community Items 

El Cerrito High School Tours

El Cerrito High School Tours for Prospective Students and Families - 540 Ashbury Ave, Main Office Lobby, 9-11 AM October 19, November 16, December 14, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 9th. Please call 510-231-1437 to reserve your space.

El Cerrito Restaurant Week

October 16-22nd is El Cerrito Restaurant Week. Check out the link for more information and participating locations: http://www.el-cerrito.org/939/Restaurant-Week. 

El Cerrito Arts Day: Celebrating Our History Through Music - October 21, 2-5 PM

This year, to celebrate El Cerrito’s centennial, Arts Day honors the history of our city through its many musical heritages. Beginning with the Chochenyo Ohlone, who developed a civilization here over 1,500 years ago, El Cerrito has been home to people who’ve come here from many other places around the world.

The event's program offers a sampling of this diversity. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy the songs, dances, and stories of the many people and communities who have lived here, now and in the past: Ohlone Indians, Spanish colonists and Mexican ranchers, the Issei generation of Japanese Americans, and the thousands of war industry workers who came here during World War II.

* Vincent Medina - traditional and contemporary Ohlone songs and stories

* Los Arribeños de San Francisco - songs and dances from California’s Spanish and Mexican eras

*SF Sakura Ren - traditional Japanese dance and music

*The Saddle Cats - World War II era country swing music

*Tia Carroll and Her Awesome Blues Band – 1940s/1950s era rhythm blues music

Free! All ages are welcome. For more information: http://www.el-cerrito.org/751/Arts-Day

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Contact Info

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