COUNSELOR’S CORNER WITH MRS. PENDERGRASS
Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Highlights
At our Friday assembly last week, my friend Captain Cecil (a somewhat bumbling, questionable advice-giving, perhaps loveable ferryboat captain puppet) announced via video we will have a FALCON FOCUS each month.
Because October is “National Bullying Prevention Month,” our school is focusing on KINDNESS. Teachers did a skit showing how things might go on the playground if our school was “UN-Fairmount Park.” We hope kids will make connections to how important kindness is to a healthy, happy and safe learning culture here at school.
In addition to focusing on kindness in assemblies, our 3rd grade classrooms are working through a 4-part unit on Bullying. We are learning about the “3 Rs” of Bullying: Recognize, Report and Refuse. Refusal works in 2 ways—learning to stand up to it, as well as accepting responsibility for when you have been a part of it and refusing to behave that way anymore.
After we review the importance of safety and respect for our school, we watch video stories of likely school situations and decide if we can recognize the identifying factors of bullying behavior. One, two and three fingers help us remember what bullying is:
- One-sided, intentional mean words or behaviors,
- Recurring, as in happening more than once, and
- Unequal in power, such as 2 against 1, or bigger to smaller, older to younger.
These three factors help us determine if the situation is just students being mean to each other (also not OK!), or an actual bullying situation.
Meaningful discussions are happening and students are learning to examine their own roles and responsibilities. We are practicing how to report with a respectful, assertive voice and how that is different from being passive or aggressive.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE FALL FALCON FEST
The Fall Falcon Fest is nearly upon us and volunteers are needed. Whether you can sell shirts, apply body tattoos, or supervise games, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. It’s also a great time to work with other Fairmount Park parents and expand your network.
See opportunities on our official SignUpGenius page.
Hope to see you there!
SEEKING INPUT ON 2017-18 SCHOOL SCHEDULE CHANGES
Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association are partnering to increase students’ access to core content, improve instruction and accelerate student achievement.
As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement process, SEA and SPS agreed to add 20 minutes to the school day in 2017-18 and provide one hour per week of teacher collaboration time. As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time.
You may provide feedback in one of two ways:
- Complete the online survey by clicking on this link
- Complete and turn in a paper-based survey at your child’s school
To review how your preferences would change your child’s schedule please visit this page.
FUNDRAISING AND PARENTS NIGHT OUT
November 18th will be a very special fundraiser and parent’s night out at The Georgetown Collection, a wholesale sample reseller, from 4pm-8pm & Counterbalance Brewing Co. from 5pm-9pm (they are right around the corner from one another).
The Georgetown Collection will donate 10% of the night’s proceeds to FPE PTA as well as donating one book to the FPE Library for every book purchased. Counterbalance will donate $1/pint purchased. It’s sure to be a good time. Hope to see you there!
Important: Volunteers must complete the volunteer paperwork each and every year! If you are a new volunteer then you must also watch the video course on Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention. If you have already watched the video, you do not have to do so again for the remainder of your time at FPE.
All paperwork, links and sign ups and more can be found online. You can also pick up hard copies of volunteer paperwork by visiting the FPE main office.
View all Fairmount Park Elementary Volunteer opportunities
Classroom Parent Volunteers
Classroom Parent Volunteers still needed for Wilson, Ravenscroft, & Christl. Interested parties are invited to a meeting of the Classroom Parents and Volunteer Coordinator at Chaco Canyon Monday October 17, 2016 at 7:00pm.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
2016 -2017 FPEPTA DIRECT GIVE CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF
Letters are in the mail!
What makes the Fairmount Park community such a great place for our children to learn and grow? The answer is you, and the tremendous support provided by our community. Every day, parents, grandparents, and caregivers, contribute time and money to help make our school the best it can be! Since Fairmount Park reopened 3 years ago, our community has stepped up and contributed more than $300,000 to close the budget gap for critical programs such as:
- Funding for our amazing school counselor Mrs. Pendergrass
- Materials and supplies for our incomparable visual arts and music programs
- Scholarships and other support for the after school enrichment program
- Flexible grants for teachers to support the unique needs of each classroom
- Funding for exciting and enriching school assemblies such as Book-It Repertory Theatre and Massive Monkees
- This school year we need to raise $190,000 or $360 per student to meet these and other needs at Fairmount Park. Look for your direct give letter in the mail in the coming days! Any amount you can give is appreciated. Our goal is 100% participation. For more information or to make your gift today please contact email@example.com.
LOST AND FOUND COLLECTION DAY
The next round-up of left-behind items from the Lost and Found will be Friday October 21. Items that have remained there for more than two weeks will be donated to charity, so if you have an opportunity to look through to make sure your child hasn’t left anything behind, please do so!
ANNUAL LGBT FAMILIES DINNER
The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6-8pm at Washington Middle School. Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All SPS families and staff are welcome to attend!
This event is brought to you by the Health Education Office and the Office of School Family Partnerships. Dinner and entertainment will be provided.
To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Education Office at 252-0982 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.