COUNSELOR’S CORNER WITH MS. PENDERGRASS
This week it was my privilege to start weekly visits with our three kindergarten classes. We read a story about what it means to care for others, talked about listening skills, and then played a game so I could learn each student’s name! (I almost have them down!) It will be fun to visit all my kindergarten friends on Mondays and take them through the very meaningful social-emotional skills lessons in our 2nd Step curriculum.
This month at Fairmount Park we are celebrating what it means to be good citizens. At the assembly last week, some of our student council members presented a slide show to introduce this very important Falcon Focus. Citizenship means doing your share to make your community better. It means you do your job willingly and with a smile. It means you care about our greater community by giving back. It means you stay informed about what’s happening in the world. You make your voice heard. You pick up trash even if it’s not yours. You follow the rules so everyone is safe.
Good citizens share and take care of resources, and apologize and make it right when they make mistakes. Good citizens respect authority and obey laws, protect the environment, are active in the community. They make our school a safe and happy place.
Are you wondering what else the School Counselor does? Feel free to take a few minutes to check out our newly published informational flyer.
FAIRMOUNT PARK’S WHITE TABLE
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!
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
DINNER DRIVE SHOPPING LIST
These dinners are collected and distributed to families in need in our immediate Fairmount Park Elementary community, Highland Park community and several other organizations with those in need around WS. Those that are in need in our school community can fill out the right hand side of the announcement and turn it in.
If you are able to provide a dinner for a family, please shop for the following items:
- $25 grocery gift card for perishable
- Box of mashed potatoes
- Three sweet potatoes
- Graham cracker non-refrigerated pie crust
- Pumpkin pie mix, one large can
- Cranberry sauce, one can
- Box of stuffing mix
- Kernel corn, one can
- Green beans, one can
- Gravy mix, two cans
Dinners should be packed in a brown paper bag and dropped off in the front office at school by Friday, November 18, 2016
Dinners that are not needed within our school community will be delivered to Highland Park Elementary School.
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!
CLASSROOM PHOTOGRAPHY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Every day, Fairmount Park students build memories, engage with education, and establish new relationships. What better way to catalog some of these once-in-a-lifetime moments than with pictures? The yearbook team is looking for classroom photography volunteers to help capture memories for the yearbook!
Sign Up to Volunteer
Ideal photos include:
- Class Group Photos – Book-O-Ween, field trips, classroom celebrations, etc.
- Small Group Photos – try to get photos of all students in the classroom, faces (vs backs of heads)
- Staff Photos – teachers, IAs, Specialists, etc
- Specialist Photos – photos of your classroom during Art, PE, and Music
Thank you! Email Cari Lui if you have any questions.
FPE FOOD DRIVE
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. FPEPTA has made it our goal to support those in need in our community. 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.
Items 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
- Graham Cracker Crusts, non-refrigerated
Food Drive Week by Grade
- 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
K-5 ELA ADOPTION MATERIALS REVIEW AND FEEDBACK
SPS wants your feedback on the reading and writing instructional materials being considered for the K-5 adoption! Ways to leave your feedback:
Review Materials Online
Visit the Seattle Public Schools website for links and access information to view the materials and provide feedback online.
Review Materials in Person
- Visit one of the viewing sites during normal business hours (visitors must check in at the main office; materials are on display in the library:
- Boren STEM K-8: 5950 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
- Broadview-Thomson K-8: 13052 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
- Green Lake Elementary: 2400 N 65th St, Seattle, WA 98103
- Madrona K-8: 1121 33rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
- South Shore PK-8: 4800 S Henderson St, Seattle, WA 98118
- JSCEE Professional Library (2nd floor): 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
- Review the materials for the 3 finalists on display
- Complete and submit the review feedback form(s)
Reviews should be completed from October 3, 2016 – November 30, 2016.
FPEPTA’s 1ST ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA (CRAFT FAIR)
The Fairmount Park 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza 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 1⁄2 table and 1⁄2 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.
COME TO THE PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING NEXT WEEK
Join your peers next Thursday, 11/17/2016, at school from 6:30-7:30pm. Get the latest updates regarding PTA activity and bring your ideas to the table. Complimentary childcare is provided by the YMCA. Arrive a few minutes early to check your child(ren) in at the gym if you’d like to take advantage of this benefit. Thanks and hope to see you there!