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

COUNSELOR’S CORNER WITH MS. PENDERGRASS

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!

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

PLANNING LUNAR NEW YEAR

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 volunteer@fpepta.org. We will also be asking fifth grade students to volunteer during the festival.

Becky Christl, 5th Grade

MIDDLE SCHOOL TOUR INFORMATION

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

A TIME FOR GIVING – ANNUAL APPEAL

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.

FPE’s AUCTION – SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017

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: 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.

PREPR AND CANTATE CHOIR START NEXT WEEK

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

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 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

SEATTLE SPECIAL EDUCATION PTSA

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 http://seattlespecialeducationptsa.org/ or look for us on Facebook.

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

FIRST TRIMESTER PE UPDATE

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 ksmcchesney@seattleschools.org

ENRICHMENT

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 http://fpepta.digitalpto.com/enrichment/
  • 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 enrichment@fpepta.org. 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!

PTA FOCUS DAY

Please email your PTA powered Enrichment volunteers with any questions you may have at enrichment@fpepta.org. 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 advocate@fpepta.org. 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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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.

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3 Issue 12

2017-18 SCHOOL SCHEDULES SURVEY UPDATE

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.

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3 Issue 11

A NOTE FROM MS. BREIDENBACH

Just this week a parent happened to mention her daughter’s commitment to reading during the conference and Thanksgiving break. This student read 1000 minutes! The parent asked if I could acknowledge her child’s accomplishment during lunch. Absolutely!! The child got a fist pump from me and confirmation that hard work is directly connected to growth. Please let me know if your student is working really hard and deserves recognition. I much prefer to be the Chief Cheerleading Officer rather than the Chief Administrative Officer or Chief Disciplinarian Officer.

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3 Issue 10

A NOTE FROM MS. BREIDENBACH

The State of Washington requires every public school to have a school improvement plan and to update it yearly. This means that schools must constantly review their data and take steps to ensure that all students meet grade level standards. Our recently completed plan provides an overview of both our instructional strategies and our social/emotional focus for all FPE students.

The first goal was to identify students who need additional support to meet grade level standards. In September teachers assessed all students and identified 53 (students in grades 1-5) to receive extra support from the resource room staff, the bilingual instruction staff, and/or from our reading support instructional assistant. Our goal is that every child will make 12 months’ gain over the upcoming 9 months. A handful of students have already responded positively and are far exceeding the expected gains. This goal reflects our commitment to equity by ensuring that all students achieve their grade level standards.

Our second goal is to continue to focus on core math instruction so that all students score 80% or higher on their end of the year assessment. Our school receives very little discretionary money and can only offer DreamBox for additional math support. I’m a huge fan of DreamBox for all students because it is aligned with grade level expectations. Another strength is that our core instruction and DreamBox use the same standard math terms. For example, we use the term ‘regrouping’ rather than ‘borrowing.’ Regrouping is a more accurate term and is used in all four mathematical operations.

Our third goal is a school climate goal. We used the date collected from last spring’s student surveys to create this goal. 55% of students in grades 3-5 responded positively to a question that asked if students were respectful to each other at school. This percentage is similar to other elementary schools but, it is simply not acceptable at FPE. The first action step will be to gather more information from students. We will probe to find out exactly what students are experiencing. Then we will determine how to respond to this information. We have posted the improvement plan on our website should you be interested in reading the entire document.

Hooray for the PTA volunteers running the annual giving campaign. Because of our PTA we are able to add the hottest new books to the school library, offer a comprehensive art program, and have a school counselor. I can’t imagine not having a counselor or having to eliminate art because we don’t have a budget for supplies. A well- stocked library, an art program, and a counselor significantly impact our ability to meet our school improvement goals and reinforces our commitment to equity.

Last week’s election has prompted many questions from our students. Because access to media is far greater than in prior elections, many students have heard and read things that cause them concern. At FPE we are committed to making sure that every student feels safe, that every family is valued, and that every fear or opinion expressed is handled in a civil and appropriate manner. Whether we have a Republican or Democrat sitting in the Oval Office, public school educators understand the enormous responsibility of ensuring that all students receive the best possible education no matter their citizenship status, ethnicity, gender, family structure, or learning profile.

A reminder that students do not come to school next week. Teachers will be meeting with parents for conferences Monday through Wednesday. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and time with your family and friends. And please keep books in the talons of all of our little Falcons. A week without school is not a week away from learning and reading.

LOST AND FOUND COLLECTION

If you suspect your child might have an item in the lost and found, please check the racks before Thanksgiving. Items left there longer than two weeks will be pulled after that date and will be donated to charity.

COME TO THE PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TONIGHT

Join your peers tonight, 11/17, 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!

A TIME FOR GIVING: THE 2016-2017 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 your help! Download the Annual Appeal Pledge Form. 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.

ENRICHMENT CLASSES COMING TO AN END

The last class for most after school Enrichment activities is the week following the Thanksgiving Holiday. Many Wednesday and Friday classes will continue through the week of December 3rd-9th. Karate, Prep and Cantate Choirs remain on their own schedules. Please check in with instructors if you have questions.

Enrichment volunteers are putting together the winter session schedule. It will be released before Winter Break. Registration will happen the second week of January.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us today!

FUNDRAISING AND PARENTS NIGHT OUT THIS FRIDAY

November 18th will be a very special fundraiser and parent’s night out. Come to The Georgetown Collection, a wholesale sample reseller, from 4pm-8pm and Counterbalance Brewing Co. from 5pm-9pm.

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!

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.

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

  1. 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
  2. Review the materials for the 3 finalists on display
  3. 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.

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3 Issue 9

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.

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3, Issue 7

COUNSELOR’S CORNER WITH MRS. PENDERGRASS


This week Ms. Wilkie’s 5th grade students and I discussed “perspective taking.” We watched a video where a boy and a girl had a disagreement. We saw how refusing to think about how the other person feels makes the situation worse. Then we saw two other kids truly listen to each other, disagree respectfully and reach a compromise.

In class the students practiced how to acknowledge another person’s perspective.
They practiced reflective listening by saying phrases like, “I can understand how you feel.” Or they said, “I hear what you’re saying,” or “I see your point of view,” before they expressed their own ideas. When we first acknowledge the other person’s point of view, we let them know they are heard and understood. Then we are more likely to agree on compromise and find a “win-win” solution as we respectfully express our
own understanding, wants or needs.

This is no small task for any of us, especially for parents as we interact with our children. Imagine how much better children would receive instruction or respond favorably to redirection if we’d first reflect with words and emotions that we understand how they feel. Here’s the difference.

Child: “I really want a cupcake for dinner.”

Parent: “No, that’s not healthy. Eat your broccoli!” (crying and screaming ensues!)

OR…

Child: “I really want a cupcake for dinner.”

Parent: “I know! Wouldn’t that be awesome? How about a dozen? What if we had a magic cupcake machine and we could have cupcakes all day long?”

Child: “That would be silly.” (situation diffused; reasonable solution/compromise in reach!)

Try indulging your children’s ideas and getting some buy-in as they bring YOU back to reality! Give some control and power to them by allowing them to (respectfully) correct you and bring some logic to the conversation. This is a creative way to teach kids the much needed relational tool of empathy as we reflect to them we understand how they feel. Check out the story NPR ran last week on this very issue.

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

HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM


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: families must not be receiving gifts from any other organization/source, and 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, Nov. 7th.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 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.

CLASSROOM PARENT NEEDED


Ms. Wilson needs a Classroom Parent.

FPE FOOD DRIVE


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

CALL FOR COHORT ACTIVITY ORGANIZERS


As our school population gets larger, it can sometimes be harder to connect with other families. We are looking for volunteers interested in helping coordinate cohort (grade-level) events to provide for more out- of-school opportunities for kids and parents in each grade to make personal connections through shared activities. This model has been successful at Schmitz Park/Genesee Hill as their numbers continue to rapidly increase!

What is a cohort?

A cohort is essentially a group of students (and their families) who are in school at the same grade level.

What’s involved in volunteering?

The cohort activity committees generally meet a couple times a year, and work together to select, coordinate, and announce cohort activities. Division of labor is up to the group!

What kinds of activities do cohorts do?

This is really up to the group. It could be any social activity you’d do with a large or small group – just at the scale of the cohort. Academic and volunteer tie-ins are a great opportunity, as well! Here’s a list of a few that have been successful:

  • Picnics in the park
  • Halloween Party
  • Bonfire at Alki
  • Roller skating party
  • Flashlight tag
  • Meeples game day
  • Parents’ Night Out
  • Potlatch (academic tie-in)
  • Discovery Park weed cleanup (volunteer) Good neighbor cookie delivery

How Do I Get Involved?

If you’re interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail with the subject line “Cohort” to fpcohort@gmail.com and indicate which grade level you’d like to volunteer for.

We hope this will be a fun way for Fairmount families to connect this year!

LOST AND FOUND COLLECTION DAY


Please note the next lost and found collection day will be Friday November 4, 2016. Items that have remained on the lost and found racks for longer than two weeks will be donated to charity. As a reminder, you can find the racks in the front hallway of the school, just outside the entrance to the lunch room.

A FABULOUS & FREE OPPORTUNITY WITH THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM THIS FRIDAY


This Friday, 10/28, our FPE families have an opportunity to participate in a FREE EVENING event at Seattle Art Museum for the Dia de los Muertos Community Night Out! Included in this fabulous opportunity is free, fun transportation via a charter bus arranged to transport participants to/from Fairmount Park! The bus leaves at 6:20pm and arrives back by 9:30pm. A late night sure, but well worth it! 45 seats are available. Pick up a golden bus ticket from the office to guarantee your seat! Visit this link for more information and don’t miss out!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM OUR LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY LEADERS


Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly

Hillary Shaw and Susan Saffery represented FPE PTA at the Washington state PTA legislative assembly this past weekend. State-wide legislative priorities for the 2017 session were chosen. The top five (of ten total) issues are: Social Emotional Learning, Amply Fund Basic Education, Closing the Opportunity Gap, Standards for Para-Educators, Breakfast after the Bell

We were pleased with the outcome of the vote. In the coming weeks, we will provide more information on each of these issues, as well as more information on how you can help advocate for these important priorities.

In the meantime, we hope you will add the PTA “Focus Day” to your calendar – Monday, January 16th (MLK Day) This is the day PTA members and students from all over the state converge in Olympia to lobby the legislature for our priorities. More details to come!

English Language Arts Materials a Review

The District is seeking input on the K-5 ELA instructional materials (at select schools or on-line) until November 30, 2016. Families, staff & community members are invited to review instructional materials in consideration for K-5 English Language Arts classrooms. View materials and provide feedback online or in person.

SPS Budget Presentations

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is hosting budget presentation sessions this fall to provide budget information and to gather feedback on the question, “What Do You Value?” as it relates to potential funding changes for the 2017-18 school year. An overview of the District’s budget and planning process will be provided as well as an opportunity to make recommendations to the District’s Leadership Team and School Board for possible ideas if the District receives additional funds or has funding reductions that affect the 2017-18 school year. The first meeting took place October 25th; a second will be held on November 3rd, 6-8pm, at South Shore K-8.

The Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee has posted its meeting schedule for the school year.

There are several open spots on the committee. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the short nomination form in the link below. Unfortunately, only a week was given for submittal and they are due to the committee chair by October 28th. Click here for more information.

Attend the Superintendent’s State of the District Speech at Franklin High November 7, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Click here for more information!

CALL FOR YEARBOOK VOLUNTEERS


FPEPTA is seeking volunteers to help create the 2016-17 yearbook. Specific duties include:

  • coordinating the cover design (due April 15)
  • photographing and collecting candid photos (Friday Assembly, Art, Music, PE, Field Trips, School Events, etc)
  • promoting sales (March)

Please contact Cari Lui at yearbook@fpepta.org for more information. Thank you!

CD PLAYERS NEEDED


Do you have an old portable CD player looking for a new home?

Ms. Hare and Ms. Wilkie are looking for a few small/portable (boom boxes and Walkman-type) CD players for students to use to listen to audiobooks on CDs. These would be used by 4th and 5th grade students, primarily, and they would be taken home by these students. The Global Reading Challenge for 4th and 5th graders begins in November and this would allow more of our students to participate.

Please drop your players off in the library or in room 304. Thank you!

TRANSLATORS NEEDED


Volunteer help is needed to translate PTA materials and correspondence to our Vietnamese, Mandarin, Somali, and Arabic speaking families. Please contact Ms. Sherwood if you are able to help. Let’s make sure all families are included and know what is going on in our FPE community.

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3, Issue 6

A NOTE FROM MS. BREIDENBACH


The staff had a productive day last Friday while many of our students were sleeping in! We spent the morning finishing up our school improvement plan which will be on the district website in November. We have three overall goals.

Our first goal is our gap closing goal. We are targeting readers in grades 1-5 who are not yet at grade level standards and providing additional support to effect greater than one year’s growth over the next 8 months.

Our second goal is for all students. Our continued focus on core math instruction is a priority this year as we set a goal that 100% of our students will score at least 80% on their end of year math test.

Our third goal is based on our student climate survey data. The Spring 2016 student survey indicated that only 52% of students in grades 3-5 felt that their classmates respected each other. We’ll be putting some building-wide steps in place to try to increase this percentage. We will be introducing a monthly character trait at our Friday assemblies and will be using solution based problem solving (as part of Positive Discipline) so that the students can also come up with ideas as to how we can improve in this area.

The City of Seattle has provided us with backpack reflector tags for students in grade K-3 who walk to school. Stop by the office to pick one up for your young walker.

Are you interested in participating on an interview team when staff members need to be hired for our school? There is a required training that parents must attend in order to participate on a hiring team. Our school website has information about upcoming trainings.

The office has processed all of the volunteer application forms. All volunteers will be asked to wear an official 2016-2017 volunteer badge when on a field trip or volunteering in the school. If you do not have an official volunteer badge the office staff will offer you a volunteer stickie badge when you sign in. One of these badge options must be worn to ensure a safe environment.

Have you signed up for your November parent/teacher conference? Please contact your child’s teacher immediately if you do not have an appointment scheduled.

I want to say thank you for sending students to school with rain jackets and hoods!! Rain is the price we pay to enjoy all the greenery in our area!

CALLING ALL FALCON FEST VOLUNTEERS


Fall Falcon Fest is this Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm. Fun will be had by all and we still need volunteers! Come join fellow Falcon families and let’s make this a great event.

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

  1. 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
  2. Review the materials for the 3 finalists on display
  3. Complete and submit the review feedback form(s)

Reviews should be completed from October 3, 2016 – November 30, 2016.

A REMINDER FROM THE LOST & FOUND COORDINATOR


The next round-up of left-behind items from the Lost and Found will be Friday October 21. Items that have remained there for more than two weeks will be donated to charity, so if you have an opportunity to look through to make sure your child hasn’t left anything behind, please do so!

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!

SEEKING INPUT ON 2017-18 SCHOOL BELL TIME CHANGES


Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association are partnering to increase students’ access to core content, improve instruction and accelerate student achievement.

As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement process, SEA and SPS agreed to add 20 minutes to the school day in 2017-18 and provide one hour per week of teacher collaboration time. As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time. Provide your input by Friday 10/21 to voice your thoughts regarding earlier start times, early releases, or other schedule impacting changes.

You may provide feedback in one of two ways:

  1. Complete the online survey by clicking on this link
  2. Complete and turn in a paper-based survey at your child’s school

To review how your preferences would change your child’s schedule please visit the Seattle Schools website. A NOTE FROM PETE POWELL, YOUR PTA PRESIDENT

Hello! I am amazed that we are six weeks in and one of FPE’s premier events is already upon us…the Fall Falcon Fest is THIS Friday, 10/21, from 5:30-7:30pm at school! Premier food trucks, festive activities, and the incomparable “Thriller” dance performed by all of the kids at school await you so don’t miss it! Get together with FPE families, friends, and classmates and take advantage of a fun event put together by the tireless volunteers in our midst! To those of you that invest your time and energy to make these cool things happen for us all, thank you!

While on the topic of my gratitude, I want to say thank you to the folks that have come through early and ambitiously to contribute to the Annual FPEPTA Direct Give Fund. Thanks! Your contributions take our school to the next level and I cannot wait to see us rally to achieve this goal for our kids. If you have questions or ideas about how we support the FPE staff in delivering a great experience, I encourage you to reach out to me or the PTA board. We are here to represent you, so your involvement and input is critical.

Please make note of the next PTA General Membership Meeting on your calendars. It is scheduled for 11/17 at 6:30 pm at school and complimentary on-site childcare is graciously provided by the YMCA. Are you interested in a leadership role? The next board meeting is 11/08. Let’s talk! There are some great people spurring along some new initiatives and many ways you can make a lasting impact and have influence.

Thanks to you all and don’t hesitate to reach out.

Pete Powell
206-724-6588
president@fpepta.org
board@fpepta.org
Visit www.paypal.me/FPEPTA to contribute to FPEPTA’s Direct Give campaign

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3, Issue 5

COUNSELOR’S CORNER WITH MRS. PENDERGRASS


Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Highlights

At our Friday assembly last week, my friend Captain Cecil (a somewhat bumbling, questionable advice-giving, perhaps loveable ferryboat captain puppet) announced via video we will have a FALCON FOCUS each month.

Because October is “National Bullying Prevention Month,” our school is focusing on KINDNESS. Teachers did a skit showing how things might go on the playground if our school was “UN-Fairmount Park.” We hope kids will make connections to how important kindness is to a healthy, happy and safe learning culture here at school.

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Falcon Flyer, Volume 3, Issue 4

Ms. Breidenbach’s Thursday Note


During early release time on September 28th teachers looked at student work to identify students needing academic support in addition to core classroom instruction. To meet these needs, classroom teachers offer small group instruction, and special education or ELL staff often provide extra help. We are also able to provide intervention reading support for about 35 students. I would love to be able to double this number, but we simply do not have the money. Discretionary funds are allocated according to the percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch, which for FPE is about 13%. I would also love to be able to provide additional math support from a math specialist but lack of budget prevents this. While DreamBox is certainly not perfect, it does help address gaps in students’ math skills. DreamBox also offers acceleration opportunities.

I would strongly suggest a luggage tag for backpacks of children participating in after school activities. It’s tricky for students to remember which day(s) they stay for clubs, which day(s) they go on the bus, and which day(s) they get picked up. It’s almost impossible for teachers to keep track of these comings and goings. The luggage tag method works!

Our nurse is in the process of conducting vision and hearing tests for all students in grades 1-5. She’ll be contacting parents if follow-up testing by outside vision or hearing specialists is recommended. Kindergarteners will be screened later in the year.

Classroom based reading level assessments will be slightly different this year for students reading one year or more above grade level standards. We’ll be working with these students on their depth of understanding rather than acceleration. I’m afraid we have many students far more interested in getting to level Z rather than becoming skilled readers across all genres.

I’m pleased that many of our new families have no idea that we have a special program for students needing an accelerated curriculum (the Highly Capable Cohort or HCC). This reflects deep commitment to creating a school environment that supports all students without emphasizing labels. You won’t notice any rooms with HCC signs, nor will you hear much staff chatter about the HCC label. A fifth grader is a fifth grader. It’s not important to label children as English Language Learners (ELL), special education students, or HCC. We strive to give all students what they need rather than giving all students the same services. We are considered an option HCC school as we run our program very differently from the formal pathway HCC programs. FPE’s model for highly capable students is a flexible one. We blend students from other programs into HCC classrooms when needed and particularly in the area of math.

Are you interested in HCC for your child? You must complete the online form by end of business tomorrow (October 6th) if you want your child tested for 2017-2018 program access. To access the sign up form, first visit The Source and create a free account.

Please be sure to call the office to alert Lori or Kathy if your child is going to miss school due to illness. Our state laws require that we make contact with families when a child is absent.

We have a school tradition of celebrating Book-O-Ween on October 31st. Students are invited to dress up as a favorite book character. Students not dressing up as a book character should wear their regular school clothing. Participation is totally optional. I strongly urge you to spend little or no money on your child’s outfit. Last year I was Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web. I wore all black and used a $5 foam piece to create a web pullover. It was a simple costume that reflected Charlotte’s character. Blood, gore, or weapons should not be part of the costume. Elementary school activities should always receive a “G” rating!

We’ve had glorious weather during the month of September but winter is coming! Please remove the rain jackets from the closets to ensure that they still fit your children. We go outside for recesses unless it’s a major downpour so please send students to school with the appropriate weather clothing.
I would encourage all families to adopt a family reading practice before bedtime. It’s not surprising that my most highly skilled readers always have a book in their hands before falling asleep. Practice makes progress!

Enrichment Update


Enrichment classes are in full swing! A reminder that Ropeworks has a delayed start on 10/21/2016. If you have any classes you’d like to see after school at FPE in the winter or spring sessions, please let us know!

We are working to bring an organization called Girls on the Run to FPE this spring and we need another volunteer coach to make it happen. No experience required! Please email enrichment@fpepta.org very soon for more information.