COUNSELOR’S CORNER WITH MRS. PENDERGRASS
This week Ms. Wilkie’s 5th grade students and I discussed “perspective taking.” We watched a video where a boy and a girl had a disagreement. We saw how refusing to think about how the other person feels makes the situation worse. Then we saw two other kids truly listen to each other, disagree respectfully and reach a compromise.
In class the students practiced how to acknowledge another person’s perspective.
They practiced reflective listening by saying phrases like, “I can understand how you feel.” Or they said, “I hear what you’re saying,” or “I see your point of view,” before they expressed their own ideas. When we first acknowledge the other person’s point of view, we let them know they are heard and understood. Then we are more likely to agree on compromise and find a “win-win” solution as we respectfully express our
own understanding, wants or needs.
This is no small task for any of us, especially for parents as we interact with our children. Imagine how much better children would receive instruction or respond favorably to redirection if we’d first reflect with words and emotions that we understand how they feel. Here’s the difference.
Child: “I really want a cupcake for dinner.”
Parent: “No, that’s not healthy. Eat your broccoli!” (crying and screaming ensues!)
Child: “I really want a cupcake for dinner.”
Parent: “I know! Wouldn’t that be awesome? How about a dozen? What if we had a magic cupcake machine and we could have cupcakes all day long?”
Child: “That would be silly.” (situation diffused; reasonable solution/compromise in reach!)
Try indulging your children’s ideas and getting some buy-in as they bring YOU back to reality! Give some control and power to them by allowing them to (respectfully) correct you and bring some logic to the conversation. This is a creative way to teach kids the much needed relational tool of empathy as we reflect to them we understand how they feel. Check out the story NPR ran last week on this very issue.
FPEPTA FALCON WINTER CRAFT FAIR
Calling our artists, inventors and crafters! December 1, 2016 will be the first FPE Winter Craft Fair. Start working on inventory and planning. Sign up forms and details will go home next week.
Thank you, Edna Iglesias
HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Hope Lutheran Church would like to care for Fairmount Park families by providing holiday gifts for up to 20 children of families in need. There are 2 requirements: families must not be receiving gifts from any other organization/source, and all siblings in the family (age 18 and younger) are to receive gifts. They are asking for “2 wanted items and 3 needed items” for each child in the family. If you would like to apply for holiday gift assistance, please complete the form available in the school office and return to Mrs. Pendergrass in the school office. This is available for the first 20 names turned in to Mrs. Pendergrass by Monday, Nov. 7th.
PARENTS NIGHT OUT, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016
Shopping & Drinks at The Georgetown Collection from 4:00-8:00pm on November 18, 2016 and around the corner at Counterbalance Brewing from 5:00-9:00pm.
The Georgetown Collection will donate 10% of the night’s profits to FPE PTA. In addition, all children’s books will be priced at 50% off wholesale, 75% off retail AND for each book purchased, a book will be donated to the FPE Library!
$1/pint at Counterbalance Brewing will be donated to FPE PTA. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping, meet other FP parents, and support the PTA. Volunteers needed to provide appetizers! Follow this link to sign up.
CLASSROOM PARENT NEEDED
Ms. Wilson needs a Classroom Parent.
FPE FOOD DRIVE
Fairmount Park has made it our goal to support those in need in our community.
Many of us are fortunate not to worry about our next meal. We want to do our part to help families who face that uncertainty. Help us make ‘giving back’ part of our Fairmount Park culture!
Each grade level has taken a week to concentrate their giving. Of course this does not mean you are limited to donating only that week.
Contributions can be placed in the donation bin outside the cafeteria before and after school. We encourage our students to bring in:
- Canned products
- Juice-(boxed or canned)
- Applesauce fruit cups (no sugar)
- Whole grain Cereal/Oatmeal
- Tuna/Peanut Butter Snack Packs
- Cup of Noodle/Top Ramen,
- Individual Meals (Soup, Chili, Ravioli, Mac n’ Cheese)
- Graham Crackers, Granola Bars, Raisins, Dried Fruit
Food Drive Week by Grade
- 5th Grade: Oct. 24 – Oct. 28
- 4th Grade: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4
- 3rd Grade: Nov. 7 – Nov. 11
- 2nd Grade: Nov.14 – Nov. 18
- 1st Grade: Nov. 28 – Dec. 2
- K/Pre School: Dec. 5 – Dec. 9
CALL FOR COHORT ACTIVITY ORGANIZERS
As our school population gets larger, it can sometimes be harder to connect with other families. We are looking for volunteers interested in helping coordinate cohort (grade-level) events to provide for more out- of-school opportunities for kids and parents in each grade to make personal connections through shared activities. This model has been successful at Schmitz Park/Genesee Hill as their numbers continue to rapidly increase!
What is a cohort?
A cohort is essentially a group of students (and their families) who are in school at the same grade level.
What’s involved in volunteering?
The cohort activity committees generally meet a couple times a year, and work together to select, coordinate, and announce cohort activities. Division of labor is up to the group!
What kinds of activities do cohorts do?
This is really up to the group. It could be any social activity you’d do with a large or small group – just at the scale of the cohort. Academic and volunteer tie-ins are a great opportunity, as well! Here’s a list of a few that have been successful:
- Picnics in the park
- Halloween Party
- Bonfire at Alki
- Roller skating party
- Flashlight tag
- Meeples game day
- Parents’ Night Out
- Potlatch (academic tie-in)
- Discovery Park weed cleanup (volunteer) Good neighbor cookie delivery
How Do I Get Involved?
If you’re interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail with the subject line “Cohort” to email@example.com and indicate which grade level you’d like to volunteer for.
We hope this will be a fun way for Fairmount families to connect this year!
LOST AND FOUND COLLECTION DAY
Please note the next lost and found collection day will be Friday November 4, 2016. Items that have remained on the lost and found racks for longer than two weeks will be donated to charity. As a reminder, you can find the racks in the front hallway of the school, just outside the entrance to the lunch room.
A FABULOUS & FREE OPPORTUNITY WITH THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM THIS FRIDAY
This Friday, 10/28, our FPE families have an opportunity to participate in a FREE EVENING event at Seattle Art Museum for the Dia de los Muertos Community Night Out! Included in this fabulous opportunity is free, fun transportation via a charter bus arranged to transport participants to/from Fairmount Park! The bus leaves at 6:20pm and arrives back by 9:30pm. A late night sure, but well worth it! 45 seats are available. Pick up a golden bus ticket from the office to guarantee your seat! Visit this link for more information and don’t miss out!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM OUR LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY LEADERS
Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly
Hillary Shaw and Susan Saffery represented FPE PTA at the Washington state PTA legislative assembly this past weekend. State-wide legislative priorities for the 2017 session were chosen. The top five (of ten total) issues are: Social Emotional Learning, Amply Fund Basic Education, Closing the Opportunity Gap, Standards for Para-Educators, Breakfast after the Bell
We were pleased with the outcome of the vote. In the coming weeks, we will provide more information on each of these issues, as well as more information on how you can help advocate for these important priorities.
In the meantime, we hope you will add the PTA “Focus Day” to your calendar – Monday, January 16th (MLK Day) This is the day PTA members and students from all over the state converge in Olympia to lobby the legislature for our priorities. More details to come!
English Language Arts Materials a Review
The District is seeking input on the K-5 ELA instructional materials (at select schools or on-line) until November 30, 2016. Families, staff & community members are invited to review instructional materials in consideration for K-5 English Language Arts classrooms. View materials and provide feedback online or in person.
SPS Budget Presentations
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is hosting budget presentation sessions this fall to provide budget information and to gather feedback on the question, “What Do You Value?” as it relates to potential funding changes for the 2017-18 school year. An overview of the District’s budget and planning process will be provided as well as an opportunity to make recommendations to the District’s Leadership Team and School Board for possible ideas if the District receives additional funds or has funding reductions that affect the 2017-18 school year. The first meeting took place October 25th; a second will be held on November 3rd, 6-8pm, at South Shore K-8.
The Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee has posted its meeting schedule for the school year.
There are several open spots on the committee. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the short nomination form in the link below. Unfortunately, only a week was given for submittal and they are due to the committee chair by October 28th. Click here for more information.
Attend the Superintendent’s State of the District Speech at Franklin High November 7, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
CALL FOR YEARBOOK VOLUNTEERS
FPEPTA is seeking volunteers to help create the 2016-17 yearbook. Specific duties include:
- coordinating the cover design (due April 15)
- photographing and collecting candid photos (Friday Assembly, Art, Music, PE, Field Trips, School Events, etc)
- promoting sales (March)
Please contact Cari Lui at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you!
CD PLAYERS NEEDED
Do you have an old portable CD player looking for a new home?
Ms. Hare and Ms. Wilkie are looking for a few small/portable (boom boxes and Walkman-type) CD players for students to use to listen to audiobooks on CDs. These would be used by 4th and 5th grade students, primarily, and they would be taken home by these students. The Global Reading Challenge for 4th and 5th graders begins in November and this would allow more of our students to participate.
Please drop your players off in the library or in room 304. Thank you!
Volunteer help is needed to translate PTA materials and correspondence to our Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali, and Arabic speaking families. Please contact Ms. Sherwood if you are able to help. Let’s make sure all families are included and know what is going on in our FPE community.