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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3 Issue 13

A NOTE FROM MS. BREIDENBACH

I can hardly believe that the winter break is just around the corner. I would be remiss if I didn’t repeat my plea for daily reading, and you would miss it, I’m sure. The break will last sixteen days, and students who read regularly during the long break will simply make more gains than those who don’t. Reading stamina is only built through practice. A daily hour of reading would be ideal. Literacy activities will vary with the age of the child. Younger students need lap time and bedtime stories. Keep their minds engaged by stopping to ask for predictions, which will often tell you if a child is following the story. Older independent readers still love read aloud time, and sharing a good story brings us closer together. To gauge the amount of time your older child should be able to read independently and without your support, add a zero to the grade level to get the number of minutes. Visit the library once a week during the break, and ask the librarian about the latest “hot reads.” Take a look at your child’s recent progress report. Library visits and scheduled daily reading time are especially important if your child’s report showed less than a 3 in any of the reading categories.

Is your child in need of a bit of extra math support? DreamBox is available 24/7. Screen time is often tricky for parents but I would encourage you to sit next to your child during a DreamBox session. The program is interactive and able to target the specific needs of your child.

Your PTA contributions were working their magic today. Book-It Theatre was here for a performance of Last Stop on Market Street. Performances such as this would never happen without the generous support of our PTA. Ask your child about today’s performance!

Enjoy the holidays. I hope you have time to rest a bit and spend quality time with friends and families.

BOX TOPS – KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Thanks to all the Box Tops you turned in, our school has received a check from Box Tops For EducationTM for $166. Our goal for the year is $750, so please keep the Box Tops coming!

Use the attached collection sheet on the last page during this holiday season to keep track of all your clips and please turn in what you can to the school office. Every little bit makes a difference so thanks!

You can also download the collection sheet from the FPE website.

LOST AND FOUND COLLECTION DAY

The next lost and found collection will happen at the beginning of Winter Break, on Friday December 16. Items that have remained there two weeks or more will be collected at that time and donated to charity.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TOUR INFORMATION

Madison Middle School

  • February 7, 2017 from 9:30am – 11:00am
  • February 16, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8:00 pm
  • For more information call: 206-252-9200

Washington Middle School

  • January 31, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • February 8, 2017 from 8:30am – 10:00am
  • For more info call: 206-252-2600

A TIME FOR GIVING – ANNUAL APPEAL

Help us reach our goal! Are you excited and proud to have your child attend such an amazing school with an incredible music program, art program, many thought provoking assemblies with live theater and a caring, patient and hardworking counselor available to all students at FPE?

Then, support it! We need you – we need your help!

The PTA annual fund drive is off to a great start with our community stepping up to contribute $19,000 so far. We’re almost halfway to our $40,000 goal. Make your annual fund contribution today to provide FPE students and teachers with critical resources and support.

Visit the FPEPTA page or drop off a check in the FPE office to make your donation today.

FPE’s AUCTION – SAT, MARCH 4, 2017!

Mark Your Calendars, Saturday March 4th is the event of the year: Fairmount Park’s “The GREAT Gatsby” Auction!! The Auction is Fairmount Park’s main fundraiser, and all money raised will go directly to support our children! To make this event a success, you can help in a couple of key ways:

  • Buy your tickets: Seats are limited and we are expecting them to sell out. Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 22nd. Early bird tickets are $45/person.
  • Buy a table: Tickets are sold in a group of 10, sit with 10 of your friends, get preferred seating, and a bottle of champagne for our teacher toast.
  • Donate items: sporting tickets, events tickets, your vacation home, hosting a party, or procure gift certificate(s) to your favorite store or restaurant. If you need more ideas email: spirit@fpepta.org
  • Volunteer: Consider leading our joining: Dessert Dash, Procurement, Classroom Art, Set up, Clean up, or Software team.

To learn more about a role or team, email: spirit@fpepta.org

IMPORTANT NOTE: On February 12, 2017 tickets prices increase to $55/person and there will no longer be the option to buy a table.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

There really is no better way to connect with our children’s education than by becoming an active member through volunteering. Our Fairmount Park community is always in need of volunteers to assist with school activities, classroom organization, lesson preparation, and general help.

Remember, every person has a skill or talent than is welcome at Fairmount Park. Join in the fun!

New and ongoing opportunities to volunteer can be found here.

FPE FOOD DRIVE

We have made it our goal to support those in need in our community and so far each class has done an outstanding job. Let’s keep up the season of giving!

Many of us are fortunate not to worry about our next meal. Help us make ‘giving back’ part of our Fairmount Park culture! Each grade level will take on their second week of 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
  • Rice / Beans

Food Drive Week by Grade

  • 5th Grade: Dec. 12 – Dec. 16
  • 4th Grade: Jan.3 – Jan. 6
  • 3rd Grade: Jan. 9 – Jan. 13
  • 2nd Grade: Jan. 17 – Jan. 20
  • 1st Grade: Jan. 23 – Jan. 27
  • K/Pre School: Jan. 30 – Feb. 3

SEATTLE SPECIAL EDUCATION PTSA

The next Seattle Special Education PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17th from 7 – 9 PM. It will be at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (JSCEE): 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134.

Anyone who is involved with or simply interested in Special Ed at the District is welcome! For more info, go to http://seattlespecialeducationptsa.org/ or look for us on Facebook.

Thanks so much,
Daniela
Fairmount Mom & Seattle SpEd PTSA Secretary dhallz@me.com

EDUCATION UPDATE IN WA LEGISLATURE

Governor Inslee’s Education Funding Proposal on Tuesday, December 13th, Governor Jay Inslee released his proposal to fully fund education. The Governor is proposing $3.9 billion in NEW funding for K-12 schools. The proposal would increase salaries for beginning teachers, boost funding for tutoring and mentoring, enhance student support services, provide for more career-connected learning, and reduce class sizes. The funding would be provided through an increase in the state business and occupation (B&O) tax, a new tax on carbon pollution, a new capital gains tax, and closing or changing five existing tax exemptions. In addition, Governor Inslee is calling for $1 billion for school construction. Click here for more details.

Contact our State Elected Officials

The Governor has been receiving hundreds of calls and emails, urging him to make fully funding education a priority, and the Governor has responded. But our work is not over – we still need your voice! Please email or call Governor Inslee and THANK him for his leadership – and ask him to work with legislative leaders to prioritize passage of his proposal. Email our 34th district legislators and legislative leadership, and ask them to support the Governor’s proposal. We must also urge the Governor and the legislature to immediately address the levy cliff issue, so that no district has to make cuts this year.

Attend Education Lobby Day!

Washington State PTA, Washington’s Paramount Duty (WPD), Washington Education Association, and the NAACP will be converging on Olympia to advocate for fully funded public education on January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We need you to add your voice to demand full and equitable funding of public education! We need a future where every child has an equitable access to an amply funded education. Mark your calendar and join in for Lobby Day!

Governor Jay Inslee

Senator Sharon Nelson

Representative Eileen Cody

Representative Frank Chopp

Representative Joe Fitzgibbon

Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler

EQUITY, CLIMATE, AND CULTURE COMMITTEE

First Meeting: Tuesday, 1/10/17 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fairmount Park Library
Contact Althea Chow for questions: alchow@seattleschools.org

ENRICHMENT NEWS

Feminist Karate Union

Karate classes beginning January 4th and there are a few new spots! Please visit the Official Feminist Karate Union site for more information. Registration for karate is through their website only. Please note karate runs on its own schedule.

Girls on the Run!

We are still looking for a few volunteers for Girls on the Run! Classes will be held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3/6/17-5/23/17. For more information about the program or if your student is interested, visit the Official Girls on the Run website. If you’re thinking about coaching (no experience necessary!), we encourage you to watch this video.

Watch the video!

The catalog for the winter session of after school Enrichment will be posted online at http://fpepta.digitalpto.com/enrichment during winter break. Registration will be online January 9-13, 2017.

Most classes will begin the week of January 23rd. Please email any questions you may have to enrichment@fpepta.org.