GoFairmont 2018-2-11

In this newsletter: Valentine Grams, Spelling Bee, Facilities Update, Teacher Appreciation Brunch, Auction - Pixar Tour, Auction - Sign up, Lunch Yard Duty Helpers, BoxTops Deadline Extended



Valentine Grams

5th graders are selling Valentine’s Grams February 12th and 13th after school. See attached flyer for more information.

Two Fourth Graders Face-off in 2018 Spelling Bee

Wednesday last week, twenty of Fairmont’s top spellers in grades 4, 5 and 6 took the stage in Fairmont’s annual Spelling Bee. Students in the packed multipurpose room could barely contain their excitement as the older students fell, leaving two fourth graders—first timers to the spelling contest—remaining in the championship rounds.

In the end, Gloria O. outlasted runner-up Andrew Y. by successfully spelling the word “sphinx”. The contest starts with the Scripps National Spelling Bee list of 450 words for grades 4 through 9. Students can start studying as early as October, if so inclined. For the day of the school bee, our randomly selected list included words as diverse as “musician” and “miracle", which everyone knows; to more difficult (and less common) words like “sinewy” (meaning tendinous), “merengue” (a type of ballroom dance), “atoll” (a ring island formed by corals), and “reprobate” (to disapprove of); and finally to difficult and tricky words such as “pièce de résistance” (a showpiece of a collection) and “generalissimo” (a grand marshal over several military branches).

Gloria now has the opportunity to compete in the County Spelling Bee on March 24 in Walnut Creek sponsored by the East Bay Times. The winner of that contest continues on and has the chance to compete in the National Bee in May.

Congratulations to Gloria, Andrew, and all of our spelling bee contestants. And kudos to all of Fairmont’s students for their hard work learning spelling words for the Spell-a-thon and for the Spelling Bee!

Facilities Update

We are happy to report that the board voted to make the architects bill their time to a different fund (Fund 40, Capital Project Outlay) for the share of the work for 6500 Stockton (Senior Center). This plants our flag firmly in the ground to establish 6500 Stockton as a capital project outside the bond allocation. Each of the board members was on point in their remarks, and more than one referenced the comments they got from "the Fairmont community". THANK YOU.

If you have time in the next couple of days, it is always nice to shoot them a quick note thanking them for their action supporting Fairmont and our kids.

If you want to watch and hear the comments, it starts at 4:14 and ends around 4:20. WCCUSD Board of Education Meeting (click Feb 17th).



Volunteer/ Fundraising Opportunities

Teacher Appreciation Brunch

Fairmont teachers and staff work hard for our students.  Let's show them some love this week with a tasty brunch on Friday.  Please drop your goodies off in the office anytime after 8 am on Friday morning.  You can sign up here or just bring in something.

Auction - Pixar Tour

Our Auction has been fortunate to have Ramon Cardona donate a Pixar tour the last couple of years! Ramon was a former student & employee at Fairmont, so it was extra special that he donated his time to give back! He has now moved on to a new adventure & so we are looking for anyone who has any contacts to donate a Pixar Tour to this year’s Auction! Please contact Debbie: d_marshall@comcast.net

Auction - Sign up

Volunteer sign-up is now available. Help us make our biggest fundraiser of the year a huge success! 

Lunch yard duty helpers

Sign up for yard duty volunteer and help keep our students safe and happy during their lunch recess.  Spring is a challenging time on the yard and we can always use more help.

BoxTops Deadline Extended to Feb 16

Please submit your BoxTops to your teacher or the school office ASAP. We are extending the deadline to Feb 16 since we are a little behind on our goal. Remember that we cannot submit expired BoxTops coupons, and our next submission is not until November. So if you have anything that expires before Nov 2018, send it in now.

If you’re new to clipping BoxTops, it is a fun and easy way for students to help raise money for Fairmont’s programs. Teach your kindergarten and first grade child what a BoxTops coupon looks like, and before you know it, they will see the BoxTops logo on lots of products you already buy! For more information, please visit our BoxTops pages at http://fairmontschool.org/raise-money-fairmont#box-tops and http://fairmontschool.org/more-about-boxtops.

Thanks for supporting Fairmont’s students!

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

  • February 14 - Valentine's Day Friendship Dance 1:00 for lower grades -1:30-2:00 for 4-6
  • February 15 - Black History Read Aloud 9:00 am- come and read a favorite black history story to a class at school
  • February 15 - Safe School Community Meeting 6:30 PM- MPR
  • February 16 - BoxTops due
  • February 19-23 - President's Day Break (NO SCHOOL)
  • February 21 - 6:30pm WCCUSD Board Mtg
  • February 27 - AASAC Black History AA Inventors Showcase Assemblies 1:00, 2:00 and 6:30 PM , PTA General Meeting at 6:00 PM in the MPR
  • February 28 - Rubio's Fundraiser 2-9PM
  • March 1 - 6:00pm PTA Board Meeting

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Contact Info

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