GoFairmont 2018-2-18

In this newsletter: Security on Campus, PTA Meeting and Black History Showcase, Rubio's Fundraiser, The Boot Classic, Library Donations



Security on Campus

For anyone who missed the Principal's newsletter there will be some changes to campus security over the next couple of weeks.  The hope is to make the campus more secure and create the safest possible environment for our teachers and students. Please allow adequate time at drop off and pick up as there may be increased traffic and confusion near the main entrance on Kearney. The drop off line at Kearney is only for DROPPING off your student. If you need to get out of the car to help your child, please park and then assist your child to allow traffic to flow at the drop off zone. People should NOT linger in the drop off zone. Make sure that you move down to the end of the drop-off zone as far as possible and listen to our crossing guards and teachers who assist outside. Set a good example for all our students (including your child) and show that you can follow instructions and behave in a positive and civil manner. Just remember that your children are always watching you and learning how to interact with others, so please keep that in mind when communicating with helpers during drop-off.

If you walk and have the option of crossing to the school side of the street before you reach the intersection of Kearney and Stockton, that may also be wise. At this point, parents will still be allowed to come on campus for drop-off. Please be sure to leave campus as soon as your child departs to their classroom. If you are helping on campus, be sure to wear your badge. Anyone coming on campus needs to sign in at the office and get a visitor sticker or wear their badge. The MPR gates will only be open until 8:05AM, so they will be closed for general drop off.  The Clubhouse gate will close promptly at 8:25. The Kindergarten gate will close at 8:30. Any student arriving late will have to come to the front gate. Gates will not open until dismissal at 2:40 or 2:05 on minimum days. The only exception being for special needs students. Please do not use this gate to enter the campus before dismisal time. The gate between the Kindergarten yard and Lambie plaza (near the MPR) will remain closed at the time of Kindergarten dismissal and may not be used to enter the main campus. Thank you for helping us build a safer school community!

PTA General Meeting and AASAC Black History AA Inventors Showcase

We will have a short PTA Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 26th at 6pm. At 6:30 there will be a Black History Showcase. We hope you will joing us for this joint event.

Rubio's Fundraiser

Come join us at Rubio's for a fundraiser. The fundraiser will be from 2-9pm at the El Cerrito Plaza location on February 28th. 20% of proceeds will be donated to the school.

The Boot Classic

Madera Elementary Lower Yard

Madera vs. Harding vs. Kensington vs. Fairmont

Now in it's 6th year, it's time for the Boot Classic. The Annual Unofficial Invitational Kickball Tournament between Kensington, Harding, Fairmont and Madera: The Boot Classic is back on Saturday, March 3rd from 9:00 - 1:30 at Madera Elementary School’s Lower Yard. First game starts promptly at 9:30! Teams are both girls and boys in 4th - 6th grades. 

The Boot Classic is an Olympic system or knockout tournament and each school is to field their own team. This is the kid’s game. They made the rules and started the tournament. All the players should have a great day out and the parents, alumni and friends should encourage good cheer and sportsmanship! We'll have Playworks Coaches ensuring fair play. We also would like to encourage teams who aren’t playing to participate as spectators.

We may be getting rain this year but all should note that we will take the date as it comes.

This year, rather than a taco truck, The Madera Kitchen will be preparing and serving organic healthy lunches for purchase.

The menu includes two menu options from which to purchase for $10/meal. 

*Chicken salad sandwich/chips drink


*Hearty Veggie salad/chips/drink

Please bring extra snacks, warm clothing, blankets and/or camp chairs. Come out and support your school and have fun!

Linda Geiser 510-965-7334 cell 

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 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
  • March 3 - Boot Classic Kickball Tournament 


Library Donations

The Friends of the El Cerrito Library are urging you to donate any books that you have available for that that purpose.  We appreciate your past donations and will welcome any you can bring in during the next month, as we prepare for our Spring Sale in April.


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Contact Info

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