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Falcon Fest Volunteers Needed

Falcon Fest is quickly approaching (Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm) and we’re in need of volunteers. This event is a wonderful opportunity to support Fairmount Park and get to know your fellow Falcon families. If you can be available to help, it would be greatly appreciated by all parties.

Falcon Fest is an annual tradition at Fairmount Park that offers arts & crafts, baked goods sales, games, and, as always, a not-to-be-missed Thriller performance. Come make new friends and help us build a stronger community of Falcons.

Come hungry and you won’t be disappointed. The following mobile food vendors will be on site with wonderful dinner options:

Come ready to support the food trucks that are coming to support us on October 21st 5:30-7:30!

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Permission Slip for Crafty Kiddos!

FallFalconFestWould your child like to showcase and sell hand-made treasures at the upcoming Fall Falcon Fest on October 24?

There will be a limited number of spaces to display and sell your wares to classmates, parents and neighbors.

Please click to print a parent/guardian permission form, which is required for your child’s participation.

Set-up in the Music and Art Rooms at 4:30 and sell from 5:00 – 7:00.

We can’t wait to see your creative crafts!

 



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Fall Falcon Fest: Calling all Crafty Kiddos!

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At the upcoming Fall Falcon Fest (October 24 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) you will have a chance to showcase and sell your hand-made treasures.

There will be a limited number of spaces to display and sell your wares to classmates, parents and neighbors.

Watch for the sign-up sheet and parent permission form.

We can’t wait to see your creative crafts!



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The Results Are In!

Photo by Sarah LenssenMany thanks to all of the kids, parents, and teachers who participated in the Falcon Fest “Kid Think” brainstorming session or the online survey. We have a fairly strong design direction about the Action, Attributes, and Aesthetics of the future falcon mascot image. It was interesting to see that the online survey results were quite similar to the first brainstorming results. We are not statisticians, but it appears that around 15% of our estimated Fairmount Park community (including kids, parents, and teachers) participated in the process —  which is pretty good “voter turnout.”

See the original blog post to learn more about the process. In addition to the written descriptions of ideas for the falcon, there is a gallery of falcon images and art which shows the amazing range of ideas generated during the two Falcon Fest sessions. (And there are some cute kid photos too!)

Here is the data of how each question’s answers were ranked, showing the input from both brainstorming and online survey…

ACTION: What should the falcon mascot be doing? What verbs convey your vision for the Fairmount Park Falcon?

ACTION Falcon Fest II
ATTRIBUTES: What characteristics or qualities should the falcon mascot have? Are there other appropriate adjectives to describe the falcon mascot you envision?

ATTRIBUTES Fairmount Park Elementary Falcon
AESTHETICS: What design elements and styles should be used to inform the look of the falcon mascot?

AESTHETICS Fairmount Park Falcon
Now it is time for us to “hit the ground running” to refine the mascot ideas and turn these concepts into an image to use on t-shirts, folders, and letterhead. Our goal is to have a mascot image that captures the creative richness that emerged during the process, as well as reflecting the ideas and priorities from the brainstorming and survey. We have a couple of parent volunteers who have already agreed to help with this process, but let us know if you have ideas or want to be involved by emailing falconfest@fpepta.org. The PTA steering committee and planning team will work to finalize the design, which is needed by the end of June to allow time for printing cool gear for the fall.Go Falcons!
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Slideshow of Images from Falcon Fests

Thanks to Sarah Lenssen and Amy Vore for capturing exquisite photographic snippets of the creative process!

If you have photos to contribute to the slideshow, please email falconfest@fpepta.org.

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Fantastic Falcon Fest II & Call for Refined Designs

Falcon Flyers in Camp Long meadowThe second Falcon Fest Creative Collaboration was another fantastic gathering of the Fairmount Park Elementary students, families, and teachers. We enjoyed sunny skies for creating falcon flyers and tested the flyers in the meadow of Camp Long. We had a chance to work together on a top secret mosaic project and to build a big papier mache falcon. We admired the amazing artwork from the first Falcon Fest, created more sketches of falcons, and brainstormed about potential lyrics for a school song.

We made good progress on our main “order of business” — brainstorming and discussing the important ideas for the falcon mascot. Three AsWe focused on the “Three A’s” –Action, Attributes, and Aesthetics and came up with some great descriptive words to guide the creation of the mascot. The top choices were: majestic, wise, soaring, diving, bold and graphic, colorful, and Native American.

Here is the data of how each question’s answers were ranked with the highly sophisticated sticky dot selection process. (Each participant got three dots to stick on the important ideas of their choice.)

ACTION: What should the falcon mascot be doing? What verbs convey your vision for the Fairmount Park Falcon?

ACTION

ATTRIBUTES: What characteristics or qualities should the falcon mascot have? Are there other appropriate adjectives to describe the falcon mascot you envision?

ATTRIBUTES

AESTHETICS: What design elements and styles should be used to inform the look of the falcon mascot?

AESTHETICS

Since not everyone could be there, there is an online survey to gather as much input as possible. The survey will be open until midnight on Wednesday the 4th of June. It is super short — only 3 questions! Since the form only allows for one answer, you can put any other family members’ feedback in the comments section, as well as write in any additional ideas that you have. Students, parents, and teachers who could not attend the brainstorming session at Falcon Fest II are welcome to join in the survey!

The quick turnaround time for the survey is so that we can “hit the ground running” to refine the mascot ideas and turn them into an image to use on t-shirts, folders, and letterhead. A couple of parents have volunteered to help with this process, but let us know if you have designs to submit or want to be involved by emailing falconfest@fpepta.org. The PTA steering committee and planning team will work to finalize the design, which is needed by the end of June to allow time for printing cool gear for the fall.

We will post some of the fabulous photos from the event shortly. It has been a truly fun and engaging way to kick off our new school community!

Go Falcons!

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The Second Falcon Fest is Saturday, May 31st!

Falcon Fest FunJoin us from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at Camp Long!
Click here to download maps and information.

The focus of Falcon Fest II is to work collaboratively to describe our visions for Fairmount Park Elementary’s falcon mascot. The final mascot image will need to be something that can be printed on t-shirts, letterhead, folders, etc., so we’ll want to translate the ideas captured in sketches, sculptures, and masks into information about the important concepts for the falcon image.

Together, we will look at all of the art from the first Falcon Fest. If you (kids, parents, and teachers) have other ideas, please bring those with you to add to the display, to increase the breadth of ideas and to inform the conversation. If you cannot attend on Saturday, please email your images and ideas to falconfest@fpepta.org.

The Sketching Station will be upstairs, close to the gallery space, should inspiration strike. Other stations at the event will provide opportunities for kids to work and play together, making falcon art and during activities:

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Inspiration Station

The Inspiration Station is back for Falcon Fest II! Come to this quiet place to read books about falcons, raptors, birds of prey, and art — and to study images of falcons.

Gallery of Creations

Surrounded by a display of art from the first Falcon Fest and anything you have created since, we will work together on fine-tuning our ideas about the falcon image, focusing on the three As:

  • Action – What should the falcon be doing? (i.e. flying, swooping, reading…)

  • Attributes – What are some words to describe the falcon? (i.e. cute, fierce, friendly…)

  • Aesthetics – What others ideas are important to the falcon design? (i.e. playful sketch, like a woodblock print, bold lines…)

After gathering ideas, we will have a chance to collaboratively select top concepts for the falcon mascot image.

Falcon Sketches

Sketching Station

If you missed sketching at the first Falcon Fest, or have new ideas, there will be a chance to sketch again. Also, feel free to bring images you created at home, to display in the Gallery of Creations.

School Song Lyrics Brainstorming

Stefan will work with students to gather ideas for the school song. In the fall, our music teacher, Mr. Pendergrass, will share the ideas with the students, as they work together to write a song that will become part of the Fairmount Park Elementary tradition.

Top Secret Falcon Art Project
– (Shhh! Don’t tell the teachers or Ms. Breidenbach) –

Mike is back (!), but instead of wire and awesome tools, he is bringing tiles and materials for making a special mosaic. Please participate in this collaborative mosaic art project that will be presented as a gift to the school at the grand opening party.

Falcon FlyerFlying Falcon Frenzy

Steve and Katy are ready to build some falcon flyers with friends! Please visit them in the outdoor shelter, where kids and adults can create their own falcon flyers and paper airplanes. As time and weather allows, there will be opportunities to test and race the creations in the skies above Camp Long meadow.

Sculpting with Shanti

Help Shanti craft a large-scale papier mache falcon! The form will be prepared in advance, so the students can participate in the gooey fun of adhering the papier mache to the model. The sculpted raptor will need some decorating when it dries, so stay tuned for a summer opportunity to make the falcon fancy.

What’s happens after Falcon Fest?

Falcon Fest Masks

We will compile and synthesize the art and information from both Falcon Fest Creative Collaborations, and will publish images and documents right away — so that anyone who could not attend one or both of the collaborations can add his or her comments as well. The interim PTA board and some planning teachers will work to incorporate ideas and comments into the creation of the falcon mascot image, which must be finalized by the end of June. Let us know if you would like to be involved in the process of refining the falcon mascot image by emailing falconfest@fpepta.org.

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Falcon Fest II Schedule

F2C2IIMay 31 from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Volunteers arrive and set up. If you would like to volunteer, please email falconfest@fpepta.org.

10:30 am – 1:00 pm – Stations Open!

  • Gallery of Falcon Creations upstairs
    10:30 – 11:00 — Falcon Art Gallery Open
    (designs from home can be added to the gallery at this time)
    11:00 – 11:30 — “Kid Think” Group Brainstorming
    11:30 – 12:00 — Gallery Open for Quiet Contemplation
    (additional brainstorming ideas welcome)
    12:00 – 1:00 — Choose Important Ideas using Sticky Dots
  • Inspiration and Sketching Stations upstairs
  • School Song Station on back patio
  • Sculpting with Papier Mache and Top Secret Projectdownstairs
  • Flying Falcon Frenzy in an adjacent outdoor shelter

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Volunteers to clean up and pack up the artistic creations.

Families are encouraged to bring a casual picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoor areas together. Other picnic items to consider bringing: blankets, folding chairs, outdoor games.

 

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First Falcon Fest Schedule

First Falcon Fest MasksMay 17 from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Volunteers arrive and set up. If you would like to volunteer, please email falconfest@fpepta.org.

10:30 am – 11:00 am – Welcome and Creative Kick-off.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Stations open!

  • Inspiration Station upstairs
  • Sketching and Sculpting downstairs
  • Mask Making in an adjacent outdoor shelter

11:00 am – 11:50 am and 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Woodland Park Zoo to present Up CLOSE Raptor Program in the upstairs lodge space
(up to 70 people per presentation).

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Volunteers to clean up and pack up the artistic creations.

Families are encouraged to bring a casual picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoor areas together. Other picnic items to consider bringing: blankets, folding chairs, outdoor games.

 

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Falcon Fest Creative Collaborations in May

- See more at: http://woodlandparkzblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/rescued-raptors-receive-special-gifts.html#sthash.daE9Jznx.dpuf

Janel Kempf holding peregrine falcon D1. Photo by Kyle Doane/Woodland Park Zoo.

Making the Mascot

May 17th and May 31st at Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave SW, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

The Falcon Fest Creative Collaborations (F2C2) are opportunities to engage in a creative and artful process to shape the design for our future falcon mascot image. Kids and adults are welcome!

May 17th F2C2 – We will learn more about the falcon as an animal and as an inspiration in art and design through the ages with a short and dynamic presentation. Then the fun begins! We’ll break into small groups to work on creating falcon images that will inform the design of our future mascot image.

May 31st F2C2 – We will look at all of the great ideas from the May 17th meeting and talk about the important attributes of the falcon. (Should it be fierce? Friendly? Funny?) You will have the chance to vote for your favorites and we’ll have art supplies available if you are inspired to add new images. (And if you missed the first meeting, feel free to bring your ideas with you to this one!)

After the meetings, we’ll have the chance to picnic together at Camp Long and get to know each other. Your creative artworks will all be saved and used to decorate the new building when we move in – a great way to make your mark and welcome all the new students.

The planning team and PTA steering committee will work with your input to develop a mascot design we can all be excited to wear on our new t-shirts when the school year begins.