This year, the PTA is sponsoring a 20-week science program for 4th-6th graders. The goal is to inspire Fairmont students to be excited about science and to teach them transferrable science skills that will help them throughout their lives. Each class will meet weekly with Ms. Heather to do hands-on science. And Ms. Heather will be helping with other events, such as Bubble Science with Playworks, and Fairmont's Science Fair in the spring.
School is underway for 2014-2015 and it promises to be another great year for Fairmont's kids. This year we will have in-class music for K-3 and an in-class science program to benefit all our kids. It's thanks to the donations and fundraising that we're able to bring these programs to our students. So thank you all for your support!
What else can you do to help out? The short list is this:
- Join the PTA — Fill out the membership for and return it with your membership dues (checks preferred) to your teacher.
- Fill out a Volunteer Survey — Click the link in the upper left corner of this page to complete it online, or send in the paper you got on Friday.
- Come to the Ice Cream Social — August 27 at 6PM. Free ice cream!
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.
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:
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.
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 (email@example.com) or phone (510-384-9436).
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.
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.
This year, Fairmont School was awarded $4000 from the West County Ed Fund. Each project (see below) received $1000. The grants are: