Falcon Flyer, Volume 3, Issue 3

Stay up to date on what’s happening at Fairmount Park Elementary with our weekly publication, the Falcon Flyer. In it you’ll hear from teachers and administration as well as find out about school events, fundraisers, and meetups. For those who prefer the .pdf version of the flyer, you can download it here.

School Calendar

September 30, 2016 Picture Day
Lost & Found Collection Day
October 6, 2016 Last day to sign up for advanced learning testing
October 14, 2016 In-Service Day (no school)
October 21, 2016 Fall Falcon Fest (5:30 – 7:30pm)
October 31, 2016 Book-O-Ween

Counselor’s Corner with Mrs. Pendergrass

By the end of this week I will have visited every classroom, introducing myself to new students and reminding returning Falcons what the school counselor does here at Fairmount Park. My “Counselor Tool Kit” helped me explain what a school counselor does. For example, with an “Inside Out” characters box of Band-Aids, we processed why it’s important to pay attention to our feelings and emotions at school. Students were very insightful about how it’s nearly impossible to focus on learning if we’re feeling sad or angry, fearful, or even overly excited about something.

I shared a rock to show that sometimes we come to school with a heavy heart, or with worries that make us feel like we have a rock in our tummy. It can be helpful to talk things out with a counselor. A jumbled number puzzle helped us think about how we might be all mixed up about something, and a silly thumb wrestling book reminded us that sometimes we need help figuring out a problem we might be having with someone else. The counselor doesn’t have an “easy button,” or a magic wand to make problems disappear. But it can be helpful to brainstorm solutions and talk through issues with the school counselor so that in class we can focus on learning. Ask your children what other objects I used to help them understand how the counselor is here to support them.

I communicated to students that they can ask their teacher to set up an appointment with the counselor, or they can fill out a blue slip request on the window sill in the office and place it in the coffee cup (our high-budget security!) and I will invite them to my office as soon as I can. I hope I made it clear how I partner with teachers and parents as we all become the best learners we can be. I attempted to help them understand confidentiality as well. With age-appropriate explanations, I shared there is a poster in my office that says, “What you say in here, stays in here, except if: someone is hurting you, you want to hurt someone, or you want to hurt yourself.”

Tomorrow is Picture Day

Send your little ones to school with their biggest, brightest smiles tomorrow because tomorrow (9/30/2016) is picture day! As a reminder, there will be no classroom retakes – only individual retakes.

Photo packages may be ordered online from Yuen Lui Studios.
An order form may also be downloaded online from the FPE website.

Enrichment Update

Most of the after school Enrichment classes start next week! Karate, Prep Choir, and Cantante Choir are already underway, and Ropeworks has a delayed start of 10/21. You should have received confirmations for classes this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us!

Teacher Childcare Wanted

Ms. West, Ms. Griffin and Ms. Sherwood are looking for childcare for early release Wednesdays and teacher work days. Students could be watched together or at separate households. If you are interested, please email Amy West.

Back to the Studio with Ms. Maude

September heralds back to school & back to the studio. Our student artists needed a summer away to rest, play and adventure. Rejuvenated, we are enjoying the return to an ever improving art studio. Let me share out a few upcoming features I don’t want you to miss.

Field Trips

Field trips, with possible exception, will be independent Friends & Family Trips this year. In a school our size, providing all school field trips that do not severely impact classroom time, is logistically challenging. So I am trying a new approach. I will promote, coordinate and encourage many art outings for you to take on your own. Decide what’s right for you, with the knowledge that your children have learned extensively about these exhibitions and can lead the way. I hope you continue your friends & family’s life long art education. Just like music, where we develop our playing ability and listening appreciation, in the visual arts we are artists who make art sometimes but see art always!

Art Walk & Artsonia

Two great ways for your student artists to share their work. Our annual Art Walk Exhibition will be May 19, 5-7pm . It’s never too early to put that on your calendar! We are also going to try a new online, ongoing exhibition. Artsonia is the World’s Largest Student Art Museum. Yet it’s so much more than that. It’s a free, safe, educational program designed to connect parents and families with their child’s creative activities at school. Every child can have an online art gallery and keep their masterpieces in a digital portfolio. I am in the process of setting up portfolios for all students. They will post when you accept an invitation to participate. If you are curious, go to A great place to start is to click on the parent tab at the top.

iPads in the Art Room

Our students need 3 iPads, protected in four Otterbox cases to jumpstart using technology along side their hands-on art mediums. I created a classroom request. Please take a moment to view the project and decide if it is something you can support either personally, promote or simply have on your radar as something we are working toward offering in our studio that will positively ripple to homes and home rooms. I want kids doing more, and viewing less, on these incredible learning, making machines!

Ms. Maude

Friends of Sanislo Elementary

Many are aware that some of the Sanislo Elementary’s families were impacted by the fire at the Lam Bow Apartment building this week. Our extended school community will be collecting items to help support these families at the Multi- Cultural Potluck event Thursday at 6 o’clock at school located at 1812 SW Myrtle St, Seattle 98106. Please review the list below and consider donating gently used items and canned goods if you are able. Thank you in advance for the support!

General Needs
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Suit cases
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Aveeno shampoo for eczema
For 18-month Old Boy Diapers – size 5
  • Wipes
  • Shoes – size 6 or Boots – size 7 Socks
  • Fleece or sweat shirt clothing – size 24 months Onesies – size 24 months
  • Jacket – size 24 months
  • Toddler toys
  • High chair Swing
  • Vitamin D Drops Bibs
For Men
  • Pants – size 32 X 32
  • Shirts – size medium (29-42) Large Jackets
  • Shoes – size 9
  • Socks
For 10-year Old Boy
  • Socks
  • Pants – size 9
  • Shirts – size M
  • Boxer shorts – size M
For Women
  • Small jacket
  • Medium jackets (at least 2) Shoes – size 7 and size 6 Medium clothing
  • Socks
  • Underwear
For 11-year Old Boy
  • Pants – size 11 Shirts – size M
  • Socks
  • Boxer shorts – size M Shoes – size 6 1/2 Back packs
  • School supplies

Thank you in advance for your support of our families impacted by yesterday’s tragedy and we hope to see you tomorrow night.

Erika Ayer, Principal

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