Falcon Flyer, Volume 3, Issue 8


I’ve run out of different ways to express gratitude, so I’ll say a simple and heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who organized Falcon Fest. I saw a lot of excited Falcons decorating their pumpkins and enjoying a treat in the lunchroom. The neighbors weren’t too excited about the Thriller dance on the blacktop but, our students had a fantastic time moving to that iconic song.

Speaking of neighbors, let me once again ask those of you who transport your kids in private cars to please refrain from using 38th Street for drop-off and pick-up purposes. Yes, it is a public street. However, the reopening of the school came with an agreement between the City of Seattle and SPS for all school traffic to stay off of that street. I would appreciate it if we could all abide by this agreement, particularly in the morning. Please arrive early enough to unload on Fauntleroy.

November is the beginning of the rainy season. It’s imperative that students wear water resistant rain jackets with hoods during the winter months. Even though we lack a covered play area, I seldom call indoor recess/reading time. Teachers need the time before school to prepare for the day, and students need the fresh air and exercise during the day, unless there’s an absolute downpour.

Parents of current fourth and fifth grade students who attended FPE last spring should have received Smarter Balanced Assessment scores in the US mail this week.

Parent conferences are scheduled for November 21, 22, and 23. There is no school for students that week due to conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday. All parents should have a conference time scheduled with classroom teachers. Please contact the teacher directly if you are unsure of your scheduled meeting time.

Last week’s early release was a chance for teachers to have some valuable collaboration time. A consulting teacher from the English Language Learning (ELL) department provided a training for staff who work with students acquiring English as their second language. We have almost forty students who are eligible for services this year. Ms. Sherwood’s position has been increased to nearly full-time to support our ELL students. We have students whose native languages include Spanish, Somali, Italian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Japanese, Laotian, and Kikuya.
HCC teachers spent the time working with me to do some strategic planning for future years. HCC parents can expect an email from me in the next month or so with planning information for upcoming years.


The goal of this team is to facilitate institutional change within Fairmount Park Elementary by promoting diversity and equity, ensuring the equal treatment of all regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

Interested families are invited to join us on November 18th from 2:15-3:15 in the Staff Lounge!


The State PTA has adopted a legislative platform of ten issues for the 2017 session. The highest vote getter (just edging out “Amply Fund Basic Education”) was “Social Emotional Learning”, an issue of great significance to the Fairmount Park school community – and to PTAs around the state! We are working to support this issue at the state and local level and are looking for more opportunities for FP PTA members to advocate as well.

The issue description states: “The Washington State PTA shall initiate and/or support legislation or policies that integrate social emotional learning and trauma informed practices in the education system, teacher and principal preparation programs and professional learning. Ensure adequate staffing psychologists, counselors, social workers, behavioral specialists and nurses in schools and prioritize school climate.”

The supporting statement notes, in part: “Washington is failing to meeting the needs of its students in this critical area. Social emotional skills complement cognitive skills and are associated with increased academic achievement, higher income, better health, and social engagement.”

Read the full issue paper, including statistics and persuasive statement

Reminder: The Washington State PTA in the midst of planning our 2017 Focus Day, taking place January 16 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – at the Capitol in Olympia. Please put it on your calendar! We need you to come, and be prepared, to meet with our legislators. We will have more information coming soon, so please stay tuned.


October was for PAINTING. Students will be bringing home their work. When you look at your child’s work a great place to start a conversation with them is with noticing what choices they made. For example “I notice you used lots of colors in your background.” Or “I noticed you used lots of reds in your background.” As young artists they really get out of it what they put into it. I want them putting a lot of thoughts and actions into it! And sometimes, materials will get away from them. That is okay if they are trying to use the materials as an artist. If they fell down the rabbit hole of play, encourage them to be an artist for an hour a week. It’s good for them!

I did my best to post them to Artsonia, an online portfolio site. Being a new process, expect mistakes, but I’ll be ever improving. Rather than trying to improve old posts, I will work to make the next batch more timely, accurate, etc. I could only enter one email per student. Please go back and add other “fans” for your children, even if it is simply your partner or spouse. From my end, I want to get their classroom teachers access so that they can use the material as they see fit.

November is for WEAVING. If you have yarn to donate I am grateful. Simply bring to office or art room.

Thank you, Susan Maude


In honor of Veteran’s Day, a “white table” has been set up in the library. The display honors the tradition of the “white table” which began after the Vietnam War and has been set up in military dining halls across the country.

A table is set with a white table cloth and with particular symbolic items such as a rose for hope of returning soldiers and a white candle for peace. The book, “America’s White Table” is being read in library classes this week and next. All students have been invited to add a symbol of thanks or remembrance to the table. Students may draw pictures, write notes of thanks, and bring photographs of veterans.

All additions to our white table are welcome!


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


Want to get your 4th or 5th grade child excited about reading? Encourage them to sign up with Ms. Hare for the Global Reading Challenge. Sign-up begins Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

What is the Global Reading Challenge?

The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. The Challenge promotes the reading of fiction and nonfiction that celebrate the world’s diverse community and is limited to 4th- and 5th-grade classes within the Seattle Public Library District.

The goals of the program are to foster teamwork among students with diverse reading skills, to promote the love of reading, and to have fun!

How it Works

Ten books are selected each year by Seattle children’s librarians, especially suited to the reading interests of their young readers. The selected books represent a wide range of reading levels so all students can participate. Questions are based on factual and content information found within the 10 selected books.


Students will be expected to read at least 3 of the 10 books for the challenge. Students will have the opportunity to meet with their team and coaches, Ms. Hare and Ms. Kelly, on a weekly basis, and attend book study groups in the Fairmount Park Library.


A quick note to say “Thank You” to all who attended Fall Falcon Fest on Friday. Hope everyone had a great time! We (the Spirit Chairs) are so thankful to all who took part in this important community building event.

The winner of the “guess how many” is Autumn Thepvongsa, her guess was 721 (The exact number of candy corns was 727). We will get the pumpkin jar and its entire content of candy corns to Autumn, congratulations.

  • 2016 Fall Falcon Fest Stats
  • 500 Pumpkins donated
  • 350 Glow Necklaces distributed
  • 250 Goldfish crackers “fished out” of the pond
  • 121 guesses on “guess how many” in the pumpkin jar
  • 70 parent volunteers that donated items and their time
  • 33 5th grade volunteers that stepped up to lead
  • 25 Dishes of baked goods for all to share
  • 3 Teachers contributed speakers, room, and a thrilling dance

Adding all these numbers together = 1 STRONG Community of Fairmount Park Elementary

Now, SAVE THE DATE for the Holiday Craft Fair on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Elaine, Michele, and Sarah


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:

  1. families must not be receiving gifts from any other organization/source
  2. 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, November 7, 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.


Extra Halloween candy can be donated to a good cause. Ms. McChesney will have a bin just inside the gym door each morning from Thursday, November 3, 2016 to Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Donated candy is distributed into care packages for Washington State National Guard troops to enjoy during
the holidays.


The Fairmount Park 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganze will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 6:30-8:00pm. Students interested in participating should review this form along with their parents. Completed forms due by November 18, 2016.

FAQs about the Craft Fair

Who can sell at the event? All Fairmount Park students can sell at the craft fair.

What can be sold at the event? Students may sell any handmade crafts, art or baked goods made mostly by them. Examples: felt projects, drawings, bath soaps, duct tape crafts, homemade cards, cookies, etc.

What do I need to bring? Bring your items to sell, money for change, a collection bag or box, bags for packaging, calculator, and decorations for your table.

What are my table restrictions? Only use painter’s tape for your setup. Don’t tape anything to the walls or floor. Each participant will get access to a ½ table and ½ bench for set up. Please respect the space of your table mate.

What are important times/dates for this event? Permission slips are due by November 18th. The event will take place December 1st. Participant setup will be from 6:15-6:30 pm. The event will be from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Can my parents drop me off and pick me up at the end of the event? No, an adult must stay on campus throughout the event.

Where will my table be located? Participants will draw for their table assignment when they come in to set up.



Are you looking to clear out any extra kids clothing? Our school nurse could use your unwanted pants and shirts in all kids sizes at school. Coats aren’t needed. Thanks in advance for your help!

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