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Fairmeadow Updates 11.18.20

Greetings Fairmeadow Community!

I can't believe it's been over one month since we've had students back on campus for hybrid (in-person) learning. Now that all grade levels are back and the reshuffling of classes are complete, I am hoping we can all finally be more settled in with our day-to-day routines for the rest of the school year. I've been able to visit with each FDL (full distance learning) class in addition to seeing our hybrid students back on campus. Today, two different FDL classrooms had their Project Cornerstone parent readers read the book Big by Coleen Paratore. Parent volunteers generated a class discussion about intentional acts of caring, kindness, and gratitude. I've attached this month's Project Cornerstone parent letter for your reference in hopes you can have a follow up discussion with your child(ren) at home. Thank you again to our amazing Faimeadow community for supporting our school and programs regardless if we are in hybrid or FDL!

Here are some updates for this week:

Progress Reports: Parents can access progress reports through Infinite Campus starting on Friday, November 20th after 3:00 PM. Please follow the instructions listed on the pausd.org website, and keep in mind, parents MUST be logged in to their Rapid ID account (not your child's account). https://www.pausd.org/school-life/educational-technology/ic (then click on Elementary Progress Reports).

School Photos: I am thrilled to announce that we finally have a date for school pictures here at Fairmeadow! Please save the date and mark your calendars to have your child's school photo taken on Friday, December 11th. We will be adhering to Covid-19 related safety protocols, including individually scheduling a time for FDL students to come on to campus to take their photo. In addition, the following protocols will be followed:

  • Social distancing will be adhered to at all times
  • There will be a designated outdoor area on campus for picture-taking
  • Each student will be photographed individually, no group photos will be taken
  • Families who can't come to campus are given Mobile Capture option
  • To assist with limiting contact all print package orders will be shipped directly to family homes for a small shipping fee

For more detailed information on Picture Day, please see attached.

Fairmeadow Scholastic Virtual Book Fair: We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Online Book Fair from 11/16 through 11/29! The Fair will connect kids to notable books and inspiring characters, helping them become lifelong readers. And you'll love the new option to experience the magic of the shopping experience through a Virtual Book Fair! Plus, enjoy special online shopping features. FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25. All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards. Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/fairmeadow. If you need a scholarship please contact our Fairmeadow front office staff by Thursday, November 19th.

Counseling Corner: With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wanted to share an activity that will help you and your child practice gratitude. An abundance of research shows gratitude is positively correlated with greater feelings of happiness. "Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships" (Harvard, 2020). Froh et al conducted a study in 2008, in which "221 adolescents were assigned to either a gratitude exercise (i.e., counting one's blessings), a hassles condition, or a control condition". As Froh et al predicted, the adolescents in the gratitude group experienced greater life satisfaction compared to the other groups. The authors concluded that practicing gratitude seems to be an effective intervention for enhancing well-being in adolescents.

References:

Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2010). Gratitude and well being: the benefits of appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 7(11), 18-22.

Harvard Health Publishing (2020). Giving thanks can make you happier. Healthbeat. Retrieved from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

The activity this week is to create a gratitude pumpkin! The gratitude pumpkin will help your kids practice gratitude, and celebrate what they're thankful for. Directions can be found here: https://coffeeandcarpool.com/celebrate-thanksgiving-with-gratitude-pumpkin/

Don't have a pumpkin? No problem! Use this pumpkin print out: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bm7iPUTiSNEavLpL7keKIFY5wA2XRRfS/

Every week we will include a feedback survey so you can share your experience and feedback on the tools we provide. The survey can be found at: https://forms.gle/rKt8VT9orK7Qzp39A

Supporting Learning at Home: What is Instruction? The first module in the new PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home, is entitled "What is Instruction?". To learn, human brains need time to interact with and apply new skills and information. Effective instruction is organized to provide time for students to practice, collaborate, and receive feedback about their progress. The module includes an overview of the elements of instruction, how those elements fit with synchronous and asynchronous instruction, and ideas for supporting learning at home.

In partnership with Children's Health Council, our Palo Alto Elementary PTAs invite you to a virtual webinar and discussion focusing on PAUSD students' mental health and learning. Our presenters will discuss how our children are impacted during this unusual time, and what you can do to support your children so that they feel safe and supported. The event will include a virtual panel of experts, followed by a live Q & A, where experts will answer the audience's questions.

This 90 minute session will be offered twice - please choose ONE to attend:

  • December 1st, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • December 7th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Click here for more information and to register for ONE of the two evening sessions. (First session's panel will be repeated on second night, questions will be answered live on each evening.) Registration required, and space is limited. Questions? Contact Stacey Clifton, at parented@fairmeadowpta.org

COVID and Flu Testing: There will be free COVID and Flu testing for all PAUSD families being offered at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and City-Based sites. You will not be billed for any co-pay, deductible or any other cost for testing. Those without health insurance can still get a test. Appointments can be made at sccfreetest.org. More details about locations can be found by going to https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/press-release-11-14-2020-free-influenza-test-scc-fairgrounds-city-based-sites.aspx. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving break next week! Remember there is no school on November 23-27th.