Note from Ms. Breidenbach

Parents- I hope you are enjoying this fabulous summer weather we have had this year.  This is my mid-summer reminder that students should be engaged in daily reading to avoid the dreaded literacy summer slide.  Also, DreamBox is available from …

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2015/16 School Supplies


For your convenience, parent volunteers have transferred the school supplies lists to Amazon. When you shop through AmazonSmile and specify Fairmount Park Elementary PTA as the beneficiary, Amazon donates a small portion of the sales to support FPEPTA (every penny …

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Not Your Parents’ PTA!


Founding a PTA in 2014 presented a lot of exciting opportunities for FPEPTA leadership to establish some contemporary tools and processes to make volunteering easier, organized, productive, and enriching. The tools used by the FPEPTA not only enhance organizational operations …

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 1 Issue 37


The final Falcon Flyer of the school year includes important information regarding tomorrow’s Field Day and Spring Fling activities, as well as a schedule of summer events and other nuts and bolts as we close out our first year together, …

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Counselor’s Corner: Teaching Kids Empathy, Antidote to Bullying

by Mrs. Pendergrass In her book, The Bully, The Bullied and The Bystander, Barbara Coloroso describes “Bullying” as “arrogance in action,” and “contempt for another person who is deemed unworthy of one’s consideration.” Sometimes bullying is physical, and sometimes it is demonstrated in …

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Captain Cecil’s Corner: Summer Movie Reviews

Captain Cecil

Thumbs UP: Pixar’s Inside Out Mrs. Pendergrass calls this her “dream movie!” What could be more helpful than seeing emotions in action, helping a girl named Riley process memories and feelings! Watch Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust work their way through …

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Summer Socials


Informal gatherings will convene at Fairmount Park (the park north of school) on Friday afternoons throughout the summer, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Please come and play! Additional dates and times may be added — look for a survey …

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Counselor’s Corner: Body Safety Rules

by Mrs. Pendergrass An average day in the life of a school counselor is rarely “average.” Unpredictable, never boring, sometimes very sad and sometimes quite funny for sure… though I can almost always use the word interesting! Because life is …

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With the end of the year fast approaching, please be sure to check for items your child may have left at school.  They will be retrievable in the lost and found through Friday, June 19.  Items left after that date will …

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Welcome, NEW Falcon Families!

Welcome, New Falcon Families!

Welcome to Fairmount Park Elementary! My name is Hillary Shaw, and I am the president of the Fairmount Park Elementary PTA, which I co-founded with some awesome parent and teacher volunteers last summer. I look forward to meeting you and …

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Join the FPE Walking School Bus Collective!

Fairmount Park Elementary has a walking school bus collective of families that have joined together to share walking their children to school in the morning. Participating parents pick up children along a designated route or central stop and walk them …

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June 1st -5th, Fairmount Park Elementary’s Student Council will run Going Green Week.  They are encouraging students to think about ways they can take care of the environment.  There will be several graphs displayed by the cafeteria that classes will walk …

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Field Day and Spring Fling


On Friday, June 12th, we will be celebrating the end of the school year with a Field Day in Fairmount Park during school hours and an evening picnic/dance party/dessert potluck (Spring Fling) in back of school between 5:30 and 7:30 (on the black …

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COUNSELOR’S CORNER: Dealing with Peer Pressure

by  Mrs. Pendergrass Many of our 2nd and 3rd graders either have heard or will soon hear a story called Peer Pressure Gauge (by prolific kid-issue author Julia Cook) as part of ourProblem Solving 2nd Steps unit. The creative story and …

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 1 Issue 34


  The school year is coming to a close, but a lot is happening in the last few weeks. Please read this week’s Falcon Flyer for important calendar items (remember to return library books!), updates from Ms. Breidenbach regarding the …

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The time is now for us to tell our legislators to fulfill the constitutional mandate of fully funding basic education.  Despite the increases offered by the House and Senate, it is still not enough.  The current budgets proposed fall far …

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PTA President’s Note


Our final PTA general membership meeting of the school year took place on Monday night, with 31 members in attendance and child care for 7 children generously provided by the YMCA. New officers were elected and a 2015/16 operating budget …

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Thanks to all who participated in Target’s Thanks A Billion campaign. While that campaign has closed, there is still an easy way to earn “free” money for the school by designating Fairmount Park Elementary as the beneficiary of 1% of your Target …

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Go, Girl, Go!

Are you a girl who is curious about the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Come to Go, Girl, Go!, an all-female Q&A panel sponsored by FIRST, WashingtonFIRST Robotics, IEEE, and ICRA. This is your chance to speak and …

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General Membership Meeting Agenda


How far have we flown in this first year, Falcons? Please join the 2014/15 Fairmount Park Elementary Board of Directors for the final general membership meeting of the school year. Details are as follows: Child care and meeting check-in will take …

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