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Fairmeadow Updates 4.15.2022

Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

The month of April is Autism Awareness month, in which we celebrate and highlight our inclusion and acceptance of all students. Here at Fairmeadow we have a variety of programs and supports for our Firebirds throughout the year. I was excited we were able to bring on the Unified Soccer event (sponsored by the Special Olympics) to our school recently and look forward to this event annually; it was fun! Thank you to PTA and the City of Palo Alto for also helping to organize our recent Walk 'n' Roll! Even though it sprinkled a little, it didn't stop many from taking a short walk to school.

Please read below for recent updates for the week:

Author Visit- Thanks to our wonderful librarian, Michelle Brown, we had another virtual author visit with Andy Griffiths on April 14th for our 2nd-5th graders. Andy Griffiths, author of the popular Tree House series shared his latest book, "The 143-Story Treehouse."

Counseling Corner- Click here for this month's edition of Counseling Corner by Andrea Saxerud. Take a peek for some wonderful and relaxing suggestions to do over the weekend, especially as we enjoy the beautiful Spring weather.

Principal Coffee- Mark your calendars for Monday, April 18th, 9:00-10:00 am for my next Principal's Coffee. I will be discussing SBAC state assessments and will be available to answer or address any questions related to this topic and other topics as they come up. Here is the Zoom link: Principal Coffee Link

School Site Council- We will have our School Site Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 19th, from 3:00-4:30 pm. All Fairmeadow families are invited to attend as we will be reviewing the Site School Plan and Safety Plan. Please email me so I can provide you with the Zoom link for attendance.

Math Night- Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 20th, from 6:00-8:00 pm for Math Night here at Fairmeadow. PTA is so excited to be able to bring back Math Night for our school. Thanks to Mathnasium, we are able to provide a fun-filled and FREE event filled with math games and giveaways for the whole family. Please RSVP here or in the flyer attached so we can plan accordingly.

Puzzle Hunt- I am excited to share about the Palo Alto Puzzle Hunt, kicking off soon. This Palo Alto contest consists of 4 weeks of fun beginning on Saturday, May 7th - 30th. It's free and filled with puzzles (filled with logic, wordplay, and creative thinking) for families and friends of all ages to solve together. Each puzzle's answer leads you to a location in Palo Alto where you'll find clues to solve the final puzzles. Enter answers for a chance to win prizes! Co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto and our friends at Solving Fun. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Art Show- PAUSD is proud to present our upcoming K-12 Youth Art Show! All PAUSD families and staff are invited to view the show. The opening night is Thursday, April 21st from 4:30-7:30 pm. It is promised to be a fun and beautiful event for all to enjoy. Please see attached flyers for more information.

Attendance letters- Several families contacted me and/or our front office regarding the attendance letters that went home over Spring Break. I wanted to note, the excessive excused (EE) absences letters that are mailed are not punitive, as in many cases students had been ill or had other excused reasons for being absent. These letters are intended to remind parents/guardians that by attending class regularly, your child is more likely to keep up with daily lessons and assignments and take quizzes and tests on time. The excused and unexcused absences can easily add up to too much time lost in the classroom. Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year or about 18 days. Once too many absences have occurred, they can affect learning, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused. Research has shown that your child's regular attendance may be the greatest factor influencing their academic success.

SBAC-We start SBAC state testing for grades 3-5th the week of April 25th. I hope you join me at the Principal's Coffee on Monday, April 18th to learn more! I will also have Melissa Hinkle, English Learner Specialist and Claudia Quiroga, Student and Family Engagement Specialist join us to help with answering any questions you may have.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend! See you soon.

Iris Wong, Fairmeadow Principal