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Fairmeadow Updates 4.14.21

Good afternoon Fairmeadow Community,

I hope you all had a restful Spring Break and were able take a moment to refresh and reset yourselves. Sometimes we all need a reminder to slow down in our hectic lives and remember to be kind to ourselves and to each other.I personally enjoyed the quality time with my family and was able to go on a few walks and bike rides. With less than 35 days of school remaining for this school year, our long-awaited summer vacation will be here before we know it. I'd like to wish everyone celebrating Ramadan a happy holy month (Ramadan Kareem) to you and your family!

Below are some important updates and reminders:

Driving Safety - Please be cognizant of your surroundings when driving to and from Fairmeadow campus. There have been several cars that drive quickly and/or adults are on their phones when driving through our campus. Thank you so much for keeping our children and staff members safe!

In-Person Five-day Return - Current hybrid families will come back for five days starting with 3rd - 5th graders on Monday, April 19th, followed by Kinder - 2nd graders on Monday, April 26th. Please note, Mrs. McNinch's Kinder Bell Schedule will change and mirror the whole-school bell schedule starting on Monday, April 26th. This means grades K-5 will start school promptly at 8:30 AM and is dismissed at 1:55 PM each day, except Wednesdays which is 8:30-1:45 PM. All parents/guardians, please continue to complete the Daily Health Screener on Parent Square each morning, have your child bring their mask, water bottle, and snack. A complimentary lunch is available for any student who would like it.

After School Childcare - I wanted to share some before and after school childcare information with our families. Please check out this link: Fairmeadow for more information if you are interested in Right at School. (Fairmeadow/PAUSD is in no way endorsing or affiliated with Right at School, other than they are on our campus utilizing our rooms).

CAASPP - 3rd-5th grade families, please see the informational email that was sent out through Parent Square from Irma Gonzales (Alicia-secretary) earlier today.

Parent Ed. Event - On April 28th, there is a free event through Common Sense Media called "Parenting Through the Pandemic: What's Next" featuring Dr. Madeline Lavine. Topics include anxiety, resilience, social media, and rules for tech use. All PAUSD parents can attend. Registration is required and the session is for parents of younger and older children. Please see attached for more information.

Earth Week - Starting on Monday, April 19th, please join our amazing community in celebrating and honoring our planet Earth! We will start the week off with Tim Guinee, actor and climate activist. He's a trained Climate Reality Leader who works closely with Al Gore. We are incredibly lucky to have this opportunity! To participate in the free session, please sign up here. A few days before the event, you will receive an email with the details on how to join. Thanks so much to our PTA for developing, supporting, and sharing fun activities and facts about our Earth. There are a variety of activities you are welcome to do with your family at home each day of next week. Please be on the lookout for an email from PTA through Konstella.

Site Council - On Tuesday, April 20th, we will have a Fairmeadow Site Council meeting at 3:00-4:30 PM. As always, all are invited and welcome to join. Please email me so I can provide you with the Zoom link.

Enrollment Survey - In order to better help us plan for the 2021-22 school year in the fall, please take a moment to complete the enrollment survey that was emailed to you this afternoon.

Counseling Corner-Want to relax, reconnect, and get a cardio workout at the same time?

Making hiking in nature a part of your life can improve your physical health and increase feelings of well-being, both socially and emotionally, which is a major antidote to the stressors of the modern world. Especially if going to the gym isn't your idea of fun, hiking is a great workout for the whole body. Hiking is great exercise for almost every major muscle group in the body! Walking uphill engages the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves while hiking downhill engages the ankles, hips, and core. In fact, Stanford researchers have found that being in nature makes us feel better. Their study suggests that walking in nature yields measurable mental health benefits and may reduce risk of depression. So, feeling down? Take a hike!

Peninsula Open Space Trust maintains a website and mailing list highlighting trails and resources available minutes away from your front door.

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.

Articles supporting this latest installment:

Benefits of Hiking-Trail and Hiking US National Park Service

Mind & Body: What Hiking Does for Your Mental and Physical Health

11 Benefits of Hiking for Health and Well-Being-Bearfoot Theory

The Benefits of Hiking for Mental Health

Top Five Mental Health Benefits of Hiking: Take a Hike for Peace of Mind

Stanford Researchers Find Mental Health Prescription: Nature

Take care!

Iris Wong

Principal, Fairmeadow Elementary School

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