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12 OCTOBER 2015

Thu-Fri    October 15-16    Fall Break - No School
Monday   October 19   Early Out - 1pm dismissal
Tuesday   October 20   Bus Evacuation Drill starting at 2:00 pm
Wednesday   October 21   School Photo Make-Up DAy
Thursday   October 22   Internet Safety Training
Friday   October 23   National School Lunch Day, 11:00 -11:35 am
        1st Quarter Report Cards sent home with students
Monday   October 26   Early Out - 1pm dismissal
Tuesday   October 27   TreeUtah - Tree Planting
Friday   October 30   Halloween Parade at 12:30 pm
        PTA Fall Carnival, 5:30 - 8:00 pm at Fairview Elementary School
Monday   November 2   Early Out - 1pm dismissal
Tuesday   November 3   Cinderella - HS Performance for K-6 at 12:45 pm at the High School


Mon 12 Oct    Spaghetti    Mon 19 Oct    Bean Burritos
Tues 13 Oct   Hot Dogs   Tues 20 Oct   Hamburgers
Wed 14 Oct   PB&J Sandwiches   Wed 21 Oct    Pizza
Thurs 15 Oct   No School   Thurs 22 Oct   Chicken Fried Steak
Fri 16 Oct   No School   Fri 23 Oct   Chili

No School on Thursday and Friday, October 15-16 -  The students have a well-deserved four-day weekend coming. There is no school on October 15 & 16. So, be safe, read a lot, and enjoy the long weekend.

National School Lunch Day -  Friday, October 23 is the day to "Eat Lunch With Your Kids!"  We invite all families to come and eat a delicious and nutritious lunch with their children. Chili will be served and the cost is $3.50 for adults and $1.75 for children.Parents can start picking up their children directly from the classrooms staring at 11:00 am on Friday, October 23. Parent who come between 11:35 and 11:45 am will have to pick their children up from the playground. Parents arriving after 11:45 am will likely find that their child has already eaten. So, drop by the school and enjoy a lunch with your children.

1st Quarter Report Cards -  The school's first quarter ends on Wednesday, October 14. Students will be given their report cards on Friday, October 23  so that you and your child can review the progress they are making. Be sure to use the report card as a tool to improve,

Halloween Parade -  Are you ready for the big parade down State Street in Fairview on Friday, October 30 starting at 12:30 pm? It will start on 100 South and go north to the bank and then back down again to 100 South. Please come out and celebrate the children as they show off their costumes. Here are a few things to remember as you help your children prepare for this big event:

•Students should NOT wear their costumes to school. They may get dressed after they finish eating their lunch.

•If parents need to assist their child in getting dressed, please come after 11:45 am. This will give students time to eat prior to getting dressed. And please help us to maintain a semblance of order while they dress. 

•Toy knives, swords, guns, or look alike weapons of any kind should NOT be part of the costume.

We thank the many businesses that support this annual event by providing treats for the children. And we thank the families who come out to cheer the children. Happy Halloween!

Title I Award -  Of the 326 Title I schools in the State of Utah, Fairview Elementary School was one of the 48 Title I schools to be recognized for their "outstanding performance" based on the highest levels of student achievement. On October 1 we were recognized by the Utah State Office of Education with the "Utah ESEA Federal Programs Reward School Recognition" and commended for our success in supporting our students. The letter of recognition states, "The Utah State Office of Education appreciates the dedicated service of teachers...who work hard with parents in achieving this high level of student performance." Thanks to the entire Fairview community for all that they do to support our students!

Electronic Devices -  Since the schooll does not presently have the means to monitor what is on personal electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.) they should NOT be used in school by students. We recognize that some parents want their children to have a cell phone for emergency purposes or they want them to play electronic games while riding the bus to and from school. If these devices are brought to school, they should be kept in a pocket or backpack and not be taken out during school hours (to include lunch and recess). If you have questions, please talk to Mr. Allan.

Attendance - We recently received some guidance from the federal government regarding school attendance. They stated that: "...we must acknowledge that frequent absences from school can be devastating to a child's future. For example, children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school. Research further demonstrates that completing high school is not only a strong predictor of adult success but also of adult physical and mental health  outcomes and involvement with the criminal justice system." All of this means that we need to refocus our efforts to ensure that ALL students are in schol every day. We want our children to be successful in school and in life and near 100% attendance in school is critical to making that happen. Please call the school when your student is absent. When you provide a legitimate reason for the absence we will indicate it as an "excused absence." If we do not receive a call, then we will indicate an "unexcused absence."  More importantly, do everything you can to ensure your chlld is in school and on time every day. Our goal is always 100% attendance in school.

Sunny D Promotion -  If you drink "Sunny D" please save the UPC labels and bring them to the school. For every 20 UPC codes we receive, we get 20 books for our students. This is a great way for our school to expand the number of books we have available to students, so please send those labels in.

Utah Symphony for Grades 3-6 -  Last Tuesday, our students in grades 3-6 enjoyed an "instructional concert" performed by the world-renowned Utah Synmphony. Please talk to your students about the families of instruments they learned about and the types of music they heard. Thanks to the High School music department, the Utah Symphony, and the Utah State Legislature for making this performance possible.

World Math Day 2015 - World Math Day is on October 13-14 and our students are ready to compete with students all around the world to see who is the fastest at solving the basic math facts. The students are already "warming up" in some preliminary rounds and competing against children in Britain, South AFrica, Italy, and many other countries around the world. Be sure to awsk your children about World Math Day and what they are doing!

Hospital sponsored 5K & 1K Kids Costume Run - Saturday, October 24th at 7:00 am. Meet at the Sanpete Pantry at 1080 Blackhawk Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. $10.00 entrance fee, under 12 is $5.00 and one food donation item is appreciated. Prizes for race winners and best costumes.