THUNDERBIRD PRIDE

FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Home of the Reading Thunderbirds - committed to excellence!

4 August 2015

WELCOME TO SCHOOL YEAR 2015-2016 AT FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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CALENDAR        
Tuesday - Wednesday    August 18-19    Walk-In Registration, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday   August 20   First Day of School
Tuesday   August 25   Back-to-School Night at 5:30 pm
Friday   September 4   School Photo Day
Monday   September 7   Labor Day - No School
Tuesday   September 15   Walk To School Day - PTA Sponsored

The summer break is fast coming to an end and the staff at Fairview Elementary School is busily preparing for the coming school year! This is sure to be the greatest school year ever at Fairview Elementary -- and we are so happy that your child(ren) will be joining our school community. Attached as a PDF document is a calendar outlining the entire school year. Please post it somewhere in your home so you can take note of upcoming holidays, beginning/end of school year, Parent Teacher Conferences, etc.

Since this newsletter is going out ONLY as an email, we ask that you share the newsletter with friends and neighbors who may not be receiving it (new families, families of kindergartners, etc.) If you have new neighbors with children, be sure you let them know about registration on August 18 & 19. Or if you have had trouble with the online registration process, please come by the school on one of those two days. Janae Kubota is a true "expert" and will be able to assist you.

Here are some important things to know and do as you help your children prepare for the first day of school on Thursday, August 20!

NEWSLETTER FOR SY 2015-2016 - Parents will be receiving this newsletter by email only... If you have friends or neighbors who do not have email or do not check it regularly, please print a copy of this newsletter and share it with them. A hard copy of this newsletter will also be available in the school office. Newsletters will be sent out every other Monday starting in September. If we have your correct email address, you will receive all newsletters via email. If you need to update your email, please do so when you register online or call the school office. A hard copy of the newsletter will normally be sent home with your youngest student. Please read the newsletters carefully and note the upcoming calendar events. This newsletter is your primary communication source from the school. As always, call the school if you have questions or concerns. Or, email the principal directly, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He promises to respond within 2 school days.

 

WELCOME BACK - Welcome back to the greatest school year ever! The school doors open at 8:00 am on Thursday, August 20 and we anticipate welcoming over 270 students as they start another great school year at the Fairview Elementary School - Home of the Reading Thunderbirds. thanks to Lee R Sorensen, the school and grounds are sparkling clean. This is a school with a rich history and a tradition of excellence. We will continue to have very high expectations of every student. We will continue to do everything within our power so the EVERY child is successful. We will continue to show our Thunderbird Pride in everything we do. Our school is a community of learners that is committed to excellence. Parents, teachers, and students will all be working together to make our great school an even greater school.

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL WILL BE "EARLY OUT" - STUDENTS DISMISS AT 1:00 pm - Thursday August 20 is the first day of school for students. 

SCHOOL REGISTRATION - If you know of families that are new in the Fairview community who have not yet registered for school, please have them drop by the school from 9 to 3 on Tuesday or Wednesday, August 18 & 19. Remind them to bring birth certificates and immunization records for each student that will be attending our school. Students who are returning from last year should register online. If you are struggling with the online registration, drop by or call the school on August 18 & 19. Jane will be able to assist you.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT - Plan now to attend the one-hour "Back-to-School Night" on Tuesday, August 25 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm/ Parents and students will visit their new classrooms and will have the opportunity to meet the teachers, review classroom procedures, and learn about the curriculum and related learning materials. Please let your neighbors and friends know about this important meeting. Parents are critical members of the instructional team - so we need you there.

BEVERLY T. SORENSON ARTS LEARNING PROGRAM - We are pleased to announce that our school was able to renew and expand the Beverly T Sorenson Arts Learning Program grant which provides additional funding so we can have a part-time visual arts teacher in our school. Mr. Jason Quinn, an accomplished local artist, will once gain be providing regular art instruction to all of our students. We will also be adding music instruction along with continuing PE instruction. Great news for our Thunderbirds!

SUPPLY LIST - In August, many of the retail stores offer discounts on school supplies. If parents are able and willing, we are asking for donations of any of these supplies listed that can be brought by your student to school and given to the classroom teacher during the first week of school:

Grades K-6    Grade 6 additional items
Glue Sticks   1" three ring binder
Pencils   3 composition notebooks
Erasers   6 spiral notebooks
Crayons   Fine point washable markers (small pack
Watercolors    
Colored Pencils    
Spiral Notebooks    
Dry Erase Markers    

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS - Kindergarten families will soon be receiving a welcome letter from Carrie Christensen, our kindergarten teacher.  Please remember that parents should accompany their students on the first day of school - Thursday, August 20. Parents and students will enjoy a brief orientation at 8:20 am for morning students and 11:00 am for afternoon students. Friday, August 21 will then be the first regular day of school with kindergarten students "going solo."

SCHOOL SCHEDULE - Here is the daily schedule for our grades 1-6 students:

8:00 am School doors open and breakfast is served. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 8:00 AM
8:15 AM Students go to classrooms
8:20 am National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, attendance, and instruction begins
9:50 - 10:00 Grades K-3 Recess
10:00 - 10:10 Grades 4-6 Recess
11:35 - 12:10 Recess and Lunch for all students
1:30 - 1:45 Grades K-3 Recess (no PM recess on Early Out Days)
1:45 - 2:00 Grades 4-6 Recess (no PM recess on Early Out Days)
1:00 pm Dismissal Bell on Mondays (Early Out Day)
3:00 pm Dismissal Bell on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

 

KINDERGARTEN   MORNING   AFTERNOON
Monday (Early Out)*    8:15 am - 10:15 am    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday   8:15 am - 11:15 am   12:00 noon - 3:00 pm

*Early Out Days are always the first day of the school week - which is normally Monday but if there is a holiday on Monday, then Tuesday is the Early out day. Check the calendar in the School Newsletter for up-to-date information on Early Out Days.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL - The School Community Council is an elected group of parents and teachers who work with the school principal in strengthening our school and providing more learning opportunities for our students. They determine how the Trust Lands money will be sued. They help to build the School Improvement Plan. It is an important position and we need enthusiastic and positive parents to strengthen this Council. In September we will be electing two new parents to the Council. Please consider running and joining us! If you're interested, talk to or email the principal, John Allan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

SUMMER ELEVATOR - We hope that all students jumped on the "Summer Elevator" during the summer break and are better ready to start this school year. Hopefully, students and parents have been recording their many learning activities on the calendar that the school distributed at the end of the year. Be sure to initial each week and sign the bottom of the calendar and then send it in with your student during the first week of school. Student will have until Friday, August 28 to turn it in. Participating students will be recognized for their great efforts and will be invited to a special celebration. Thanks to the parents who supported this program. We are confident that it will make a positive difference in your children's lives.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH - Mrs. Melanie Smith is our school's amazing lunch manager. Together with her able assistant, Brookelyn Wheeler, they will continue to provide a tasty and nourishing breakfast and lunch for our students. Please remember to keep money in your child's lunch account, as we are unable to "LOAN" lunch money. Lunch prices for students have remained the same so lunch will cost $1.75, while breakfast will cost $1.25. "Reduced lunch" prices will remain the same. We encourage all families to consider applying for free or reduced lunches as there are many families in our community who are eligible but are not taking advantage of this benefit. The cost savings will make it worth the time you take to apply. And the school receives additional funding when students are eligible - so it is a "win win!" Applications for free and reduced lunch are available at the school or the district office.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE - There will be a continued emphasis on school attendance this year. STudents all need to set a goal to be in school every day! Based on Utah state Law and the North Sanpete School District Policy, students are limited on the number of days that they can be absent and/or tardy. Please do everything you can to assist your child to be in school and on time every day. Our gaol is to have all children here - every day! Let's work together for your student's 100% attendance award!

 COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY - Parents and teachers must always work as a team. And communication is the key in building that team. We have our Back-To-School Night on Tuesday, August 25 and Parent Teacher Conferences in November and February. But don't wait until then if you have questions or concerns. Call the school (435-427-9204) to make an appointment with your child's teacher - or leave a message for your child's teacher to call you back - or email your child's teacher: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also call or email the principal and he will forward messages to teachers. His email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SCHOOL WEBSITE - If you haven't yet bookmarked the Fairview Elementary School website, do it today. Go to:

www.fe.nsanpete.org

This website has all of the current information regarding Fairview Elementary School. The school handbook, calendar, past and current issues of the school newsletters, testing data, School community Council minutes, and so much more are available to you at this website. Please visit this site regularly and use it to answer questions that you may have.

READING THUNDERBIRDS - The gift of reading will help our children to soar to greater heights than we dream possible. In fact, reading is one of the greatest predictors of success in life. Fairview Elementary School and every staff member are dedicated to giving your child the gift of reading.

•Every child in grades 1-6 receives 2 1/2 - 3 hours of focused and explicit reading instruction every day.

•Every K-3 child receives a "Take Home Reader" four days a week that allows them to read at home for 20-30 minutes in a book that is on their reading level. Many of the grades 4-6 students will also receive a "Take Home Reader."

•Teachers, teacher assistants, and volunteers provide struggling readers individualized and/or small group instruction.

•Every child has access to thousands of books in their classroom and school library.

•Every child uses reading software that helps students to learn to read.

•The "Road to Success" program motivates students to read.

•As a school, we are a community of readers who call ourselves the "Reading Thunderbirds". How can you support the school in their efforts and give your children the gift of reading?

•Read with your child or to your child for a minimum of 20 minutes every single day. Make it a family ritual by planning a specific time and place for the family to sit down together and read together.

•Get involved in the Road to Success reading program that is offered by the school. Praise your child as they read and improve.

•In addition to toys and clothing, give books as gifts to your children on their birthdays, their "unbirthdays", Christmas and other special occasions.

•Use the school library, the BookMobile, and the new Fairview library regularly and immerse your children in books.

The Fairview Elementary School staff and I look forward to working with your this school year and making your child's education a TEAM effort (Together Everyone Achieves More). Be sure to "reply" to this email if you have questions or concerns. I will respond within two working days.

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