GoFairmont 2017-12-10

In this newsletter: Playworks, FASEP Winter Registration is now open, Cookie Dough Delivery, Newsletter Editor Needed, Staff Appreciation Brunch, Auction Help, Please Donate



Playworks needs your support!  

Playworks was brought to Fairmont 15 years ago by our dedicated PTA and teachers.  The PTA was funding the program until two years ago, when the school district began to fund our program.  Due to the success at Fairmont, the school district decided to expand Playworks to other schools in the district.  There are different tiers of the program; at Fairmont we have been lucky to continue our current model.  Our PTA feels strongly that we must continue our current model.

The district has proposed to bring the Playworks model in house and to only have a coach on site once a week.  Other schools that have a coach once a week have not been impressed with the program.  When the district decided to fund our current Playworks program, we expanded the offerings of the PTA to include teacher stipends, 3rd grade swim, 5th grade overnight at Pt Bonita, and 6th grade theater.  If our funding changes, we will need to re-prioritize our needs as a school.  Parents, teachers and students all are unified in the desire to keep Playworks at our current model.  We are hoping to continue to receive some financial support from the district to keep our current model, but if we were to fund it entirely on our own it would cost close to $40,000.

We need your help.  We are looking for someone to help lead the charge in coordinating parents, teachers and students to lobby the district to continue the funding to Fairmont.  We have one of the largest student bodies, we house the largest special needs population in the district, and have a small campus size.  We need someone to help schedule a presentation at a school board meeting, or coordinate public comment at the January 3rd School Board Meeting.  Are you ready to dedicate yourself to the effort? Before you decide you can’t make a difference, let me remind you that we are now looking forward to having the senior center back in educational use this summer and that was mostly from the efforts of a small group of dedicated parents. You can make a difference. We can make a difference, but only if we step up and take action now. If you are ready to help please email us: pta-volunteers@fairmontschool.org 

FASEP Winter Registration is Now Open!

FASEP Winter registration begins Friday, December 8th, 2017 and closes on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.

Classes for Session 2 begin January 8th and end March 30, 2018.

Paper registration forms went out in the Friday packets but you can also access information on the Fairmont website at: http://fairmontschool.org/fasep.

Some changes to the new class schedule:

  • In addition to Visual ArtTheaterYoga & Chess, we are very excited to offer a new class: Intro to Drumming! In this class students will learn basic concepts of rhythm from a variety of cultural sources. The students will learn about the cultural significance that music and particular instruments have within certain cultures. Instruments provided.

  • Yoga is now for grade levels 1-4 (please ignore the typo on the paper form that was sent home which mistakenly says K-4).

Click here to see the new class descriptions.

There are two ways to register:

Note: If you wish to apply credit(s) for classes that were missed due to the school closures that occurred on Thursday 10/12 & Friday 10/13, you will need to:

  1. Use the paper registration form, write at the top "Credit."  (do not use the online form, please)
  2. Deduct $15 from the price of the class(es) you wish to enroll in and please write "credit" next to the price.
  3. Write a check or pay cash for the tuition (sorry for the inconvenience, but our online system does not allow us to change the rate). 


Cookie Dough Delivery

You can pick up your Otis Spunkmeyer orders on Tuesday, December 12 at 2:40-3:15PM & 5:30-6:00PM in the multipurpose room. The cookie dough is delivered frozen, and we do not have space to store it for anyone, so please be sure to pick up your cookie dough on the delivery day. 

Staff Appreciation Brunch or Cookies

Let's send our teachers and staff off on their holiday break with some tasty food on Friday, December 15th.  Please bring either brunch items for that day, or some special cookies to take home for the break.  Drop them off in the office or teacher's lounge anytime Friday morning.  Sign up.


Volunteer Opportunities

Newsletter Editor Needed

Did you help with your high school or college paper or yearbook? Do you just enjoy writing and editing or have some time to help but can't help at school? We are looking for someone to help with the newsletter. If you are interested, please email April at pta-secretary@fairmontschool.org.

Auction - Help Needed

We still need lots of people to help plan the auction.  We need a coordinator for Merchandise Set up/ check out - we are looking for help with setting up items to bid on as well as running the checkouts at the close of the auction. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is just looking to help with one thing because the auction requires LOTS of volunteers and our chair will be graduating next school year and it is mostly run by upper grade parents. Contact Debbie 510-847-3119, d_marshall@comcast.net.

Please Donate

As 2017 wraps up, please consider a tax-deductible donation to Fairmont PTA. You can donate securely by credit card at shop-fairmont.myschoolcentral.com or by check (payable to Fairmont PTA). For your tax records, our Federal Tax ID is: 94-6171906

Direct donations are the most efficient way to support the many valuable programs that the Fairmont PTA provides, reducing the need for time-consuming fundraisers that require many volunteers. PTA programs improve the school for every student and family, providing great events such as the recent Family Math Night, the upcoming Science Day assembly, Music instruction for the K-3rd graders, the 5th grade overnight trip to Pt. Bonita, providing allocations to teachers for classroom supplies, and ensuring that every child is able to attend field trips. Please support the important work of our school community with a tax-deductible donation. 

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

  • December 15 - Last day of classes, Min day
  • December 18 - Winter Vacation begins
  • December 19 -  Pizza Mod Fundraiser
  • January 2 - School Resumes
  • January 4 - PTA Board Meeting
  • January 5 - Science Festival
  • January 8 - Kindergarten Registration

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Contact Info

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