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Fairmeadow Updates 2.10.21

Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

We are well into February and this month is packed with events, celebrations, and acknowledgements. Did you know that in addition to celebrating and honoring Black History Month, Lunar New Year, and Valentine's Day, February is also American Heart Month? American Heart Association's national awareness campaign wants to remind us all about the importance of maintaining not only a happy heart, but a healthy heart. You can visit heart.org for more information.

At our last whole school assembly, our wonderful school psychologist, Andrea Saxerud, and I shared with Firebirds about the importance of being kind to each other. We talked about how being kind to someone can make their day, and your own day better! Thank you all for continuing to spread kindness and gratitude to each other and to our wonderful community.

No School- Monday, February 15th, there will be no school as we observe President's Day. School resumes on Tuesday, February 16th, 8:30 AM.

Elementary Full Return PILOT- As many of you read in last week's Superintendent's Update, PAUSD identified 15 elementary school cohorts across the District that contain 17 or less students. A small number of classes will be asked to serve as pilot returns for in-person instruction five days per week beginning as early as February 16. The classes have already been identified and are not open for transfers. I wanted to clarify with our community that at this time, Fairmeadow will not be a part of this pilot program. When/if this changes, I will definitely let our community and specific classrooms know.

21-Day Equity Challenge- PAUSD will be hosting a weekly Thursday Night Live event from 6:30 - 7:30 PM tomorrow. This week, we are lucky to have the Superintendent and Board members who will be sharing their perspectives on Educational Equity and the role of schools. Also, Special Guest, Dr. Lori Watson will join us for a bold talk about race, equity and justice in education and in our community. Read Dr. Watson's Bio for more information. Please use this Zoom link, to attend and participate later today! Questions? Reach out to equityhelp@pausd.org.

School Photos-We are going to move forward with having our Fairmeadow school photos on Friday, February 26th. I will send out a separate email with just photo information. Please be on the lookout for this email to come.

Counseling Corner-As we teach our children the importance of feeling thankful for the good things and wonderful people in our lives, we must also help them practice expressing their gratitude. Overall, be intentional about modeling appreciation and gratitude, especially when your kids are in earshot. Fortunately, there are many gratitude activities you can do with your kids to help them practice expressing their appreciation. You can try a thankfulness tree, a gratitude jar, making a collage, playing gratitude games, volunteering, donating, making gratitude journals for kids, a family gratitude book, and so much more. Also, simply going around the dinner table saying what you are thankful for or reflecting on the day by noting the small things you enjoyed can help cultivate appreciation in your home and make gratitude one of the healthy habits for kids in your home. You can read more on "How to Raise an Appreciative Child" here.

A recent study highlights the direct relationship between gratitude and happiness among young children. Here are some tips the author likes to use to help build a habit of gratitude in their own children:

By focusing on the positive parts of the day, gratitude helps set us up for a positive outlook for the day to come.

Creating a habit of thankful expression helps to increase self-esteem, mental strength and positive social behaviors-such as helping, sharing and volunteering. All of these are vital to strengthening our resiliency, a trait that we all need right now.

Spending just a few minutes a day to practice gratitude with our families can have a positive impact on how we address stressful situations life unexpectedly throws our way. You can read the full article here.

For Valentine's Day we wanted to share an activity you and your family can do together. We hope you can take a moment to thank and appreciate important people who have made our lives easier over this past difficult year. In the following link, you will find blank Valentine's Cards you can make with your child. Some of the cards are blank and some are for essential workers. Feel free to use them to thank grocery store clerks, medical staff, delivery drivers, teachers, etc. to pass on a little kindness in the world and our wonderful community! 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 here.

PTA Virtual Meet Up- Our amazing Fairmeadow PTA is hosting an online meetup for all Fairmeadow parents and caretakers this Friday, February 12th at 4:00 PM. Come connect with other members of our community, hear from our Specials teachers, and learn how to make a special Valentine's drink to kick-off our long weekend! Let's celebrate Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend! Zoom info linked in the email sent through Konstella today.

School News- If you haven't already, take a peek at the latest edition of School News,here's the link: https://schoolnewsrollcall.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/PAL_02_21.pdf. I've attached it as a PDF as well.

Second Harvest Food Bank- Thank you so much for all of those who've donated and supported our community service project. To date, we've raised over $800 for the Second Harvest Food Bank, which will feed families in our community. Every $1 provides enough food for two meals. We hope you will join us by donating today! The fundraiser is now active and will be live until 2/28. Here's the link to the page: https://impact.shfb.org/fairmeadow.

Thank you for reading this weekly update. I hope you enjoy your three-day weekend and it's especially filled with love!

Take good care,

Iris Wong, Fairmeadow Principal