FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Home of the Reading Thunderbirds - committed to excellence!
7 December 2015
|Monday||December 7||Early Out - 1pm dismissal|
|Monday||December 14||Early Out - 1pm dismissal|
|Friday||December 18||2nd Quarter Ends|
|Sing Around the Christmas Tree at 2:00 pm|
|NO MINIMUM DAY|
|M-F, M-F||Dec 21 - Jan 1||Christmas Holidays - No School|
|Monday||January 4||Students Return to School|
|Early Out Day - 1pm dismissal|
|Friday||January 8||2nd Quarter Report Cards go home with students|
|Monday||January 11||Early Out Days - 1pm dismissal|
|Monday||January 18||MLK - No School|
|Tuesday||January 19||Early Out Day - 1pm dismissal|
|Monday||January 25||Early Out Day - 1pm dismissal|
|Wednesday||January 27||School Community Council at 3:15 pm|
|Mon 7 Dec||Sloppy Joe||Mon 14 Dec||Cheese Ravioli|
|Tues 8 Dec||Chicken Strips||Tues 15 Dec||Corn Dog|
|Wed 9 Dec||Teriyaki Chicken||Wed 16 Dec||Mandarin Orange Chicken|
|Thurs 10 Dec||Chili||Thurs 17 Dec||Chicken Noodle Soup|
|Fri 11 Dec||Beef Soft Taco||Fri 18 Dec||Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich|
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - Since this is the last newsletter prior to the Christmas Break, the faculty and staff at the Fairview Elementary School wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years! We are honored to work with your beautiful children and so proud of the work they have done so far this year. They deserve the very best. Be safe. Read lot. Enjoy family and friends. Count your blessings. And love those kids - the greatest of all your blessings.
Full Day of School on December 18 - We will have a full day of school on Friday, December 18. This is the last day of school prior to the Christmas break. Students will be dismissed at 3:00 pm on this day. Then we will have two full weeks for our Christmas and New Year's holidays. We will welcome the Reading Thunderbirds back to school at 8:00 am on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Report Cards go Home on Friday, January 8 - Second quarter report crds will be sent home with the students on Friday, January 8 - which is the first Friday after students return from the Christmas Break.
Dress for the Weather - It is expected that students go outside for recess - even on colder days. So it is critical that students come to school "dressed for the weather". They should normally be wearing their heavy coats during the winter season - and it is often wise to have at least two layers of warm clothing along with hats, gloves, and scarves. Please make sure that your child has warm clothing so they can enjoy the outdoors! If for some reason you do not want your child to go outside, please write a note to the teacher and we will honor your request.
Dogs on the loose in our Playground - Almost every day Mr. Allan and Mr. Lee R have to patrol the school playground to pick up what the dogs have left on the playground. Regularly we have students step in it or fall in it - and it is becoming a real nuisance to students and staff. Please do everything you can to keep your dogs from running free on our playground. If you do bring a dog to our playground, please keep it on a leash and clean up after it. Thanks for helping us to keep our school grounds clean and ready for children to play on it.
Take-Home Readers - We encourage all parents to read to or with their children for at least 20 minutes every night. That is the challenge of our Governor and the Fairview Elementary School staff. Research is clear - families that read together have children that are more successful in school! Every day, Monday through Thursday, younger students should be brining home a "Take-Home Reader" which is selected based on your child's reading level. Make sure your student reads the book and then discuss the book with him/her. This little effort repeated four days a week will make a big difference.
Students Arriving Late to School - When students arrive late to school, their learning - as well as the learning of the other students in the class - is disrupted. We strongly recommend that parents help their students to do everything possible to arrive at school on time. Students should be at school no later that 8:15 am when the morning bell rings. After 8:20 am, students are considered "tardy". Please remember that our children develop good and bad habits early in life that carry through to high school and to the workplace. Being tardy or absent excessively are NOT habits we want our children to develop for high school and to the workplace. So please, help your children to always be in school and on time.
Educational Influence - In recent studies, it has been shown that teachers statistically account for only 10-20% of achievement outcomes. Teachers are the most important factor in the school but who has the greatest influence on a student's achievement? Not surprisingly, families account for 60% of achievement. It makes sense that parents truly are the most important teachers in children's lives. So, if we are to make education truly work in the lives of our children, we must work as a team. Volunteering at the school, making homework and reading a priority, meeting with the teacher and building a culture of learning at home are just a few of the things that parents can do to support children's achievement. Let's continue working as a TEAM knowing that: Together Everyone Achieves More.
How are you Intelligent?- Dr. Ken Robinson wrote: "We think we know the answer to the question, "How intelligent are you?" The real answer, though, is that the question itself is the wrong one to ask. The right Question to ask is, "How are you intelligent?" The difference in these questions is profound. The first one suggests that there's a finite way of gauging intelligence and that one can reduce the value of each individual's intelligence to a figure or quotient of some sort. The latter suggests a truth that we somehow don't acknowledge as much as we should -- that there are a variety of ways to express intelligence, and that no scale could ever measure this."