Message From Principal Althouse

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May 29, 2017

Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

This week we celebrate our amazing Fairmeadow Firebirds and the effort, persistence, and perseverance that led to incredible student growth over the 2016/17 school year.  I’m exceptionally proud of all of our students for the social and academic progress they’ve achieved this year, and I have the utmost confidence for all they will achieve next year and beyond.  This week, I encourage us all to enjoy each other’s company, appreciate one another, and to celebrate the conclusion of the school year and the start of summer vacation.

Two notable events this week include our annual Field Day on Wednesday and 5th Grade Promotion on Thursday.  On Wednesday morning all students head outside to participate in a variety of field games and physical activities.  K-2 students participate from 8:30 to 10 am and 3-5 students participate from 10:30-11:50 am.  At 12:50 pm we all come together to watch the 5th grade water balloon toss on the field!  On Thursday morning, we gather on the field for the 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony from 9-10 am.  It promises to be a week full of activity, celebration and commemoration.

As we prepare to transition our 5th graders to middle school, we also say ‘good-bye for now’ to a group of Fairmeadow staff members who will move on from Fairmeadow next year.  Honore Lau will be retiring from teaching this spring after a long and successful career in education.  Mindy Dodsworth will be leaving Fairmeadow as her family relocates to sunny Southern California.  Esther Hollander has recently accepted a position teaching orchestra for a High School in San Francisco and will not be returning to Fairmeadow in the fall.  Clubhouse Counselor Megan Lait will be pursuing a private practice this fall.  Instructional aide Liz Mann retires from education this spring, and instructional aide Yogi Saxena will be pursuing a master’s degree across the country.  Each of these amazing educators has influenced our students in enumerable ways and we wish them all success in their next adventures!

For the next school year a number of our teachers are exploring new opportunities and challenges through changes in grade level assignmentsCarolyn Jones and Kristi Van will contribute to our skillful kindergarten team.  Heidi Deveau will move up one grade to join the experienced 1st grade team.  Susan Hoff will also move up one grade to join the veteran 3rd grade team.  Kristin Hart will bump up a few grade levels to round out the strong 4th grade team.  These changes present wonderful opportunities for our staff and students, and create strong, knowledgeable teams at each grade level K-5.

This Thursday is the last day of school for students.  Classes will be celebrating the conclusion of the school year in a variety of ways.  Thursday is an early dismissal day for students, with Kindergarten through through 4th grade dismissing students at 1:40 pm.

For returning families, please mark your calendars for the following welcome back activities scheduled for the fall:

°Wednesday, August 9thFairmeadow 101 Parent Information Presentation, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Fairmeadow MP Room

°Friday, August 11thClass Assignments Posted, 4:30 pm, Principal’s Office Window

°Tuesday, August 15thFirst Day of School, 8:30 am, Classrooms

°Friday, August 18thWelcome Back Social, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Blacktop and Field

We wish our graduating class of 5th graders and their families a smooth and successful transition into middle school.  For our returning and new Firebirds, we’ll see you back at school on August 15th!  May your summer season hold joyful activity and connection with those you love…and some special time set aside to enjoy many good books!

All my best,

Grant Althouse
Principal

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