GoFairmont 2017-10-22

In this newsletter: Principal's Coffee, Get Online!, Fall Festival, Halloween, Schedule News, Discussion List for Student Growth, Thanks Family Game Night, Staff Appreciation Breakfast, Fall Festival Volunteers Needed


Events & Info

Principal's Coffee

After you drop something off for our Staff Appreciation Breakfast (see volunteer oppts), join us for coffee and pastries on Friday the 27th at 8:30am in the MPR . Hear all the latest news from Mrs. Bernhardt.

Get Online!

Learn about all things "online" at this informal meeting Friday 27th after the Principal's Coffee (around 9am) in the MPR. This will be a basic computer tutorial which will cover things related to school such as how to download applications your teacher may be using, how to set up an email account, how to use the tablets being sent home, how to register to be a classroom volunteer, and how to translate the newsletter. For questions please email April: pta-secretary@fairmontschool.org or Dawn: trainerdawnmiller@gmail.com.

Fall Festival

Saturday, October 28th is the annual Fall Festival at Fairmont from 4pm-7pm.  This will be a fun filled family event with a Día de los Muertos theme.  Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween Costumes.  There will be fun games, face painting, cornhusk doll making, the cake walk & more!  Please join us with your families.  Wristbands & Tickets will be sold at the ticket booth! Hope to see you there!


The El Cerrito High School Marching Band will be at our school on October 31st at 9:20 AM for the first parade of the day. ONLY kindergarten students should wear their costumes to school so they will be ready for the parade. They are the only classes that actively participate in the first parade. Grades 1-6 will be on the yard to view the parade. The second parade will be at 1:15 PM. Parents wishing to view this parade may come on campus at 1:05 PM. Students in grades 1-6 are to bring (not wear) their costume to school. There will be time for them to put on their costumes in the classroom (not the bathroom) AFTER lunch recess. Please note that their costumes should be worn over their clothes. No masks or toy weapons (plastic swords/guns/knives) are allowed. Check with your teacher for any classroom activities. Student's will be dismissed at 2:05 PM.

Schedule News: Many Minimum Days Coming Up

As teacher conferences dates approach (November 1-8), make sure you have an appointment with your child’s teacher to meet one-on-one to review your child’s progress. Also be aware that during conference “season”, there is no school on November 1, and there are extra minimum days to give the faculty time to meet with parents. November 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 are all minimum days, and there are no FASEP classes on these dates to allow the classrooms to be used for conferences. If your child is regularly picked up at 2:40 from school, or attends a FASEP

class, please make arrangements for pickup at 2:05 on these dates. Finally, to avoid distraction, children are not recommended to attend the teacher conferences. If this creates a hardship for you, please discuss it with the teacher in advance.

Don’t be caught off guard by a school schedule issue again! Subscribe to the Fairmont School calendar using your Google Calendar or other online calendar program.

Discussion List for Student Growth

Are you looking for growth opportunities for your child? Museum experiences, enrichment classes, cultural events, articles and tips about student learning? Or do you know of events or resources that you’d like to share with other Fairmont families?

Join Fairmont’s APEX discussion list where you can connect with other parents about events and subjects that may enhance the growth of your child. Simply send an email to “apex-join@fairmontschool.org” and you will be added to the APEX discussion mailing list. Some past topics include GATE (Gifted and Talented Education), Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset, ATPD classes, Berkeley’s Math Circle, Richmond Art Center events, happenings at the East Bay Center for Performing Art, recommendations on summer/vacation camps, and much more. Your suggestions, questions, and recommendations are appreciated!

Email “apex-join@fairmontschool.org” to become part of the conversation!

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Family Game Night

Thanks to Mrs. Bernhardt and Jen Komaromi for hosting Family Game night. Thanks to all who attended!

 Volunteer Opportunities

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

Do you make a mean cupcake?  Do your kids always beg you to draw things for them? Have you got game? We need bakers, facepainters, and everything in between. Please volunteer if you can http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0845aea72fa4f94-family.

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 26 - African-American Site Advisory Team Potluck
  • October 27 - Staff Appreciation Breakfast
  • October 27 - Principal's Coffee
  • October 27 - Get Online!
  • October 28 - Fall Festival
  • November 1 - Teacher Conferences NO SCHOOL
  • November 2 - PTA Board Meeting MIN DAY

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Contact Info

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