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14 March 2016


Monday    March 21    Report Cards sent home with students
        Early Out Day - 1pm dismissal
Tuesday   March 22   6th Grade visits Middle School at 1:00 pm
        Caucus Night
Wednesday   March 23   School Community Council at 3:15 pm
Thursday   March 24   McDonalds' Fund Raiser -- 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Friday   March 25   Minimum Day - 12 Noon dismissal
        Morning Kindergarten concelled. PM Kindergarten only
Mon - Fri   Mar 28 - Apr 1   Spring Break - No School
Monday   April 4   Early Out Day - 1 pm dismissal
Tuesday   April 5   Grade 6 - 7th grade class selection at 6 pm at Middle School
Thursday   April 7   Grade 4 - Watershed Education Day study trip
        Grade 6 - Middle School registration at 11:00 am
Friday   April 8   K-2 Trip Hogle Zoo, leave at 8:30 am
Monday   April 11   Early Out Day - 1pm dismissal
Tuesday   April 12   5th Grade Maturation Program at 1:00 pm
Tues, Wed, Thu   April 12-14   Scholastic Book Fair - PTA sponsored


Mon 14 March    Tacos, Soft Beef      Mon 21 March    Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
Tues 15 March   Hot Dogs   Tues 22 March   Ham Deli Sandwiches
Wed 16 March   Mandarin Orange Chicken   Wed 23 March   Pizza
Thu 17 March   Hamburger Gravy   Thu 24 March   Breaded Pork Patties & Mashed
Fri 18 March   Baked Cheese Sandwich   Fri 25 March   Hamburgers

SPRING BREAK (MARCH 28 - APRIL 1) AND MINIMUM DAY ON FRIDAY, MARCH 25 - Friday, March 25 (the day before the start of our Spring break) will be a "minimum Day" and all students will be dismissed at 12 noon. There will be no morning kindergarten on that day - but afternoon kindergarteners will have school from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. The Spring Break goes from March 28 to April 1. Enjoy this time with your families and make sure the students are ready for the spring to the finish of the school year.

MCDONALDS FUND RAISER - We are excited to announce that the PTA is teaming up with the McDonalds in Ephraim for the Fairview Elementary School PTA fundraiser. We are inviting the entire Fairview community to have dinner with us at the Ephraim McDonalds on Thursday, March 24 anytime from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. It will be a great time to visit with neighbors, friends, and family. And the best news is that 50% of all sales will be given back to our PTA. So, come hungry with your entire family, extended family, neighbors, and friends. And if you like chocolate chip cookies, plan on eating a lot of them because the PTA will receive 100% of funds collected on cookie sales. Do NOT use the drive-thru as the PTA only gets credit for the "inside the restaurant" sales. The money raised will be going towards the purchase of some new playground equipment.

SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017 CALENDAR - Here is the school calendar for next school year. Please take careful note of these dates as you plan family trips and vacations. Remember our goal is to always have students in school every single day of the school year. Thanks for your support.

Thursday   August 18   First Day of School
Monday    September 5    Labor Day - No School
Friday   Ocrtober 14   1st Quarter Ends
Thursday-Friday   October 20-21   Fall Break - No School
Monday   October 24   No School
Wednesday   November 23   Minimum Day - 12 Noon Dismissal
Thursday-Friday   November 24-25   Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
Tuesday   December 20   Minimum Day - 12 Noon Dismissal
        2nd Quarter Ends
Wednesday-Tuesday   Dec 21-Jan 3   Christmas Holidays
Wednesday   January 4   Students Return to School
Monday   January 16   MLK Day - No School
Friday   February 17   No School
Monday   February 20   Presidents' Day - No School
Friday   March 10   3rd Quarter Ends
Monday-Friday   March 27-31   Spring Break - No School
Friday   May 26   Minimum Day - 12 Noon Dismissal
        Last Day of School

REPORT CARDS SENT HOME ON MONDAY, MARCH 21 - Originally, we announced that report cards would be sent home on Friday, March 18. Instead, they will be sent home next Monday, March 21. Please let these report cards be a guide as to how your student can be even more successful in their schooling. Be sure to talk to your student's teacher if you have questions or concerns.

UPSTART KINDERGARTEN READINESS PROGRAM - UpStart is a free, at-home, technology-delivered kindergarten readiness program that gives children a fun start in reading, math, and science in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. It is for children who will be starting Kindergarten in August 2017. It supplements any pre-school program or activities that your child may be involved in. It is a state sponsored program so there is absolutely no cost involved. Go to: www.waterfordupstart.org or call 1-800-669-4533 for more information.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017 - Children who will be five on or before September 1, 2016 need to begin the kindergarten registration process today. If you haven't already done so, please call the school today (427-9204) if you have a child or know of a child (neighbor or friend) who is eligible for kindergarten next year. At this point, all we need is the name of our new little Thunderbird along with a mailing address and phone number.

SUMMER READING - In a research article, Richard Allington and A. McGill-Franze said, "Summer reading loss accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap.//so, sending books home with children over the summer yields greater achievement gain." The difference between a student who is successful in school and one who is struggling in school is related strongly to whether or not that student reads during the summer. Knowing this, parents should insist on their children reading every day of the summer vacation - for at least 30 minutes. Hopefully, parents can make reading a pleasurable experience for the entire family. have students read aloud to you while preparing dinner. Turn off the TV and read a good book together. Read around the campfire. Read before going to bed each night. Read whenever - but read every day. We all want our children to be successful in school and in life - and reading (especially in the summer) is one of the keys to that success. Summer is coming so plan now to make it a summer of reading. And the Scholastic Book Fair is coming from April 12-14 - so be sure to get lots of books for summer reading.