Falcon Flyer Vol 3, Issue 14 (1/5/17)


Reflections on Islandwood Camp

Just before winter break, it was a privilege to join awesome teachers Ms. Wilkie, Ms. Christl, and Ms. Ravenscroft along with most of our fifth graders at IslandWood Camp. Just a ferry-ride across the bay is this magical place with spacious yet warm and cozy cabin rooms, well-organized activities and even tasty meals!

Though it was very cold, I enjoyed day-trips with many different small student groups, experiencing various field studies each day. Highlights included seeing a group of kids work through very challenging team-building activities such as balancing on a huge teetering board. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure they d ever figure out how to communicate and work through getting everyone on and off the board while keeping it balanced. But they did it! What a joy it was to see them all so proud of their united effort. Students bravely performed skits and musical numbers at the talent show in front of their peers. We studied native plants, learned the ancient art of story-telling and drawing from a First Nations artist, and even saw some wildlife. It’s good to get out of the city!

I saw kids learn to respect each other and the world around them as they trusted their guide to lead them on a pitch-black hike at night. Quite a few kids struggle with missing home, but they came to realize they were surrounded by caring adults and actually had the confidence and skills to make it just fine. What a huge growth opportunity and community-building experience!

I stayed in the lodge with Ms. Wilkie’s class and she facilitated a nightly circle-up time where compliments were given and fun moments were celebrated. This is what doing life together as a community is all about…being stretched, encouraging each other, making it right if mistakes happen and moving on. I’m thankful to be working on a team who go the extra mile to give kids rich experiences like we had at camp. A big thanks to the parent chaperones who gave of their time and were able to support the effort as well!


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


Save the date! The Lunar New Year celebration is scheduled for February 10, 2017 from 5:30-7:00pm. We are in need of certain paper supplies and volunteers to prepare the supplies for activities. If you can either donate supplies or your time please email We will also be asking fifth grade students to volunteer during the festival.

Becky Christl, 5th Grade


Madison Middle School

  • February 7, 2017 from :30am – 11:00am
  • February 16, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • For more information call: 206-252-2000

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


Help us reach our goal! Are you e cited 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 $1 ,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.


Mark Your Calendars, Saturday March 4, 2017 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 e pecting them to sell out. Tickets will go on sale Friday, anuary 22nd. Early bird tickets are $45 per 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.
  • Volunteer: Consider leading our oining: Dessert Dash, Procurement, Classroom Art, Set up, Clean up, or Software team.

To learn more about a role or team or to donate an item, please email:

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


Happy New Year and thanks again for a great Winter Concert. We are starting choir rehearsals again ne t week, not tomorrow or Thursday of this week.

  • Prep Choir for Students grades 1-2 will start Tuesday January 10, 2017, 2:10-3:10pm
  • Cantate Choir for Students grades 3-5 will start Thursday January 12, 2017, 2:10-3:10pm

** You do not need to sign-up for choir again if you enrolled in September **

See you next week! Thanks, Mr. Pendergrass


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.


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 ne t 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


Food Drive Week by Grade

The next Seattle Special Education PTSA meeting will be on Tuesday, anuary 17th from 7 – PM. It will be at the ohn Stanford Center for Educational E cellence SCEE : 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 8134.

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

Thanks so much,
Fairmount Mom & Seattle SpEd PTSA Secretary


Students at Fairmount Park have been working hard (and having lots of fun!) with a variety of physical activities and that includes positive character and health enhancing values. Here is summary of what has been going on the last few months.

Motor skills and movement patterns:

  • Golf– Our gym was turned into “Fairmount Fairway” and students experienced the lifelong sport of golf while learning the basic golf motor skills of putt, chip, pitch, and full swing. In addition, 9 core values connected with the game of golf were included as objectives integrated into lesson activities. These core values were: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgement.
  • Juggling– Students have been working very hard learning to juggle and have made tremendous improvement. Each student works at his/her own pace using scarves and moving on to bean bags, rings or clubs.
  • Jumprope– Students are building their list of jump rope skills and applied that knowledge to build a jump rope routine that they were able to perform for their peers.
  • Station work– Rock climbing, using opposition with under and overhand throwing, dribbling, hula hoop skills, juggling, jumprope, and eye hand coordination activities.
  • Dance– Space, time, force, body, time, and rhythm when learning various dances- Hamster, Thriller, Cha Cha slide, chicken dance.

Responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others:

  • Cooperation– parachute, find a partner, PE buddies, robots, clean up your own backyard
  • Move with control in self and general space– creative movement, locomotor skills of jumping, hopping, skipping, galloping and scooterboard challenges.
  • Fleeing, dodging, chasing, and spatial awareness– fire and ice, push-up tag, tunnel tag, snowmen at night, bee hive.

Knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness:

  • Students are taught meaningful fitness concepts and vocabulary through fitness exercises. The five components of fitness- cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscle endurance, body composition, and flexibility.
  • Grades 3-5 were given a pre-test to measure these fitness components. These tests consisted of the 20-meter pacer, push-up, curl-up and sit and reach flexibility test and were included with their report card. Students will be setting goals for the year in these areas and will be given post-tests in the Spring.

Upcoming PE

We will begin a razor scooter unit in PE from January 9, 2017 – January 20, 2017. Students are welcome to bring their own helmet to school on PE days during this time. If a student does not have a helmet, one will be provided for them. A reminder was sent home with students this week as well tips for proper helmet fitting. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kristi McChesney


We’re happy to announce the release of the Winter Session Enrichment Catalog. As always, there are many interesting and engaging opportunities. Take a moment to visit the Enrichment page and download it today.

Registration will be online and starts this coming Monday, January , 2017 at NOON. The registration period ends Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:5 pm. Karate resumed yesterday. There may be spots open. Register directly on their website.

  • Choir resumes next week. Students that registered in the fall are enrolled for the entire year. There are a few spots open for new registrations.
  • The new catalog for the Winter Enrichment Session is now online
  • Registration will be online and starts at noon this coming Monday, anuary 2, 2017. The registration period ends Friday, January 13 at 11:5 pm.
  • Most but not all! classes will begin the week of anuary 23rd. Check individual class schedules for more information.
  • Registration for Girls on the Run is live! Parents of any girls in grades 3-5 that would like to register for the spring session beginning March 7, please email us at We are still looking for volunteers age 16 and up to help make this program run smoothly!
  • Families that have participated in E tracurricular Enrichment will notice the number of sports offered declined this winter. With school at capacity, the PTA does not have access to the gym and we are unable to use the fields during the winter months per city rules. We will bring back many sports in the spring!


Please email your PTA powered Enrichment volunteers with any questions you may have at Thanks for your interest and support!

Each year, the PTA hosts a Focus Day, where PTA members travel to Olympia to meet with their legislators and show support for state education funding. PTA Focus Day in Olympia will be Monday January 16, MLK Day. The deadline for ordering a box lunch and getting a T-shirt is January 9. PTA members are encouraged to register but not required to attend. Highlights of the day will include:

  • A rally on the steps at 10:30, co-hosted by WSPTA, the Washington Education Association, NAACP, Washington’s Paramount Duty and others.
  • A 12:45 with the three legislators from the 34th legislative district in the Senate Democrat caucus room.
    If you are planning to attend, please email Susan Saffery, our PTA legislative chair at Our legislators have requested a head count for the meeting.

View the full Agenda and get registered!
Learn more about the PTA legislative agenda.

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Volunteer for Teacher Appreciation Week!

Help show your gratitude for our outstanding teachers. Visit the link below to have a look at some easy ways you can let them know we appreciate all that they do for our kids at FPE. Thanks in advance from your Teacher Appreciation Team Members and Volunteer Coordinator!


Reminder! Enrichment Registration opens Monday at noon!

We have added a NEW CLASS!
Click here to see the details for the new Model Airplanes 101 class!


    MONDAY March 27, 2017 at noon
    FRIDAY March 31, 2017 at 11:59pm
  • Session runs from April 17rd, 2017 through June 14th, 2017.  Some class dates vary, please check individual class listing

Registration for spring is now closed.

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**catalog updated ** Click here to download a copy of the new Extracurricular Enrichment Catalog and plan for the Spring Session.

A few important notes:

    MONDAY March 27, 2017 at noon
    FRIDAY March 31, 2017 at 11:59pm
  • Session runs from April 17th, 2017 through June 14th, 2017.  Some class dates vary, please check individual class listing
  • The registration link will go live during the registration period.



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Whether you attended Ms Breidenbach’s Budget Meeting last night or not, you are encouraged to download and make use of the succinct, helpful information pulled together by Fairmount Park Elementary PTA’s tireless Advocacy volunteers. Click here to access a two-page pdf which explains what’s going on with the SPS budget issues and some easy things you can do to help.

Donations and financial support are always welcome too! Visit the PTA’s online auction, or make a tax-deductible, in-kind donation.

Thanks for doing your part to stay informed and help! -FPEPTA




Anyone can bid on items after creating an account. You may have already created an account if you registered for the Gala event this Saturday. Check out a host of items from vacation getaways to gift cards to local stores and restaurants. There is something for everyone! Remember, all proceeds support our kids’ school and dollars in excess of fair market value are tax-deductible!

NOTE: online auction is open through Sunday, March 5 at 4pm. Thanks for your support! –

Prefer in-kind, cash donations? CLICK HERE… and thank you!!


Education Advocacy – Our kids need ALL of us to act!

Education Funding in Washington State is at a critical juncture. Due to lack of State investment and impending cuts to local levy funds, the Seattle School District is looking at a $74 million deficit that will impact all our schools in the coming school year. At Fairmount Park, it means cutbacks in staff and programs, including counseling, vice principal support, instrumental music and other areas that make Fairmount Park such and amazing school.

We need each of you to take action now! Click here for easy next steps and valuable information…



Learn more about the MLK Jr Day rally and workshops taking place! Visit .

Learn more about critically important activity taking place in Olympia in support of education! Visit


Falcon Flyer, Volume 3 Issue 12


Last month over 11,000 respondents provided input on how to incorporate 20 minutes of instruction per day and one hour of teacher collaboration per week for the ‘17/’18 SPS school year. These changes stem from the recent contract negotiations between SPS and SEA.

Below is a summary of the recommendations informed by stakeholders and community engagement:

In 2017-18, all K-12 students would be dismissed one hour early, one day per week in support of teacher collaboration. Every stakeholder group (families, partners, teachers and principals) preferred the one-hour a week early release over late arrival.

Read More


Falcon Flyer, Volume 2 Issue 33


Reminder to come to Literacy Night TONIGHT (which has been expertly planned by Ms. Hare and the teachers), a message from Ms. Breidenbach that includes important dates for the upcoming school year, Counselor’s Corner by Mrs. Pendergrass, and many more calendar items and information of note — in this week’s Falcon Flyer!