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Fairmont Fiesta Pulls in Profits and Community

The Fairmont Fiesta last Saturday evening brought in almost $7,000, which tripled the money raised last year. Around 200 people of all ages came to enjoy the concert, which featured the enthusiastic Fairmont Intermediate Band and fabulously talented Mark Rosenthal/Caribbean Steel Drums, and dined on fresh and delicious Latin American food catered by Fusion Latina Cooperative. For two hours, families browsed around the auction which offered over 200 items. This is only the second year that our PTA has hosted an auction.

Spell-a-Thon 2014 Final Count

As an update, the 2014 Spell-A-Thon raised around $6,200. Thanks so much to all teachers, students, and families who participated in the fundraiser. The PTA would like to thank the families of the following students for their outstanding contributions:

Fairmont Pilot Music Program With MUST – Winter 2014

Music is known to aid in learning across all subjects of study, and encourages self expression. This semester the PTA is sponsoring a pilot program to help integrate music back into our school for all students. This first series will be with our first grade students – three sessions per classroom beginning February 24. In the long term we plan to significantly extend the course, and include all grades. Through the work of volunteers, and the MUST organization, we plan to find funding and donations to support this project for the long term.

Reducing Fairmont's Waste

Fairmont School is going Waste Free! The Watershed Project is working with students to keep compostables and recyclables out of the landfill. We are testing a new system for sorting lunchroom waste with one 4th grade classroom and could use some help from parents. If you are able to lend a hand during lunch from 12:05-12:25, please contact Paula White by e-mail (paula@thewatershedproject.org) or phone (510-384-9436).

Pumpkin Patch and Global Cardboard Challenge

Saturday, October 5, was a really fun day for Fairmont Families at the Pumpkin Patch & Caine's Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge. It featured lots of games and events, as well as pumpkin sales, treats, and carnival fun. We ran this event in conjunction with our Caine's Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge. Students were invited to make their own cardboard games. In anticipation of the event, volunteers helped bring the project-based learning in workshops for the students to make things from their own imaginations.

Watershed Project Benefits Garden and School

Fairmont teachers and parents are working with The Watershed Project to make the Fairmont garden more useable to larger numbers of students. Removal of clutter and a few unnecessary plants will provide more space so entire classes can work in the garden. The new straw bale seating circle will allow classes to be divided into smaller groups for multiple learning stations.

Finding Resources for Our Students

This year, Fairmont School was awarded $4000 from the West County Ed Fund.  Each project (see below) received $1000.  The grants are:


Reading to Your Child

Why read aloud to very young children? — Because children who are read to:

  • Discover the books are fun
  • Become better listeners
  • Understand the world better

Update eScrip Info

eScrip may be the easiest way to give to Fairmont, short of having someone else do it for you. And that's about what it is. When you sign up, the stores that you shop at (Safeway, in particular) donate a small percentage of your total to whomever you designate—in our case Fairmont Elementary.

Anyone can do this. You can even have relatives and friends sign up to benefit our school. It's basically free money. Some schools and educational organizations have raised thousands of dollars per year just having members, friends, and relatives register for eScrip.

Let's make Fairmont one of those schools! You can find instructions here.

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The Fairmont PTA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.