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Fairmeadow Updates 5.13.2022

Greetings Fairmeadow Community!

As we continue to dive into Mental Health Awareness Month, it's a perfect time to be reminded of the importance of engaging in conversations about mental health. Increasing awareness and understanding of mental health is a step in a positive direction to build equitable and uplifting support systems in order to overcome the stigma tied to mental illness. In addition to Andrea Saxerud's special edition of Counseling Corner and in-class activities this month, here are additional steps you can try out to improve your mental health (tips provided from Santa Clara County of Education offices):

  • Find Some Quiet Time: Take 10 minutes to yourself. This short time can yield lasting benefits and help recharge our internal batteries. Making time for yourself is important and shouldn't be seen as a luxury.
  • Go Outside: Go for a walk, ride, or sit in the yard. Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. It's supposed to be hotter this weekend!
  • Take A Break from Social Media: Whether 24 hours or 24 days, a social media detox can remove the unnecessary noise and the negative emotional triggers often caused by social platforms.
  • Connect with your loved ones: Be an active listener. If they signal any indication of needing help, let them know there are resources available.
  • Start a conversation with your family: The National Federation of Families has activity books, worksheets, and additional online resources for children and families.

During Mental Health Awareness Month, I encourage you to reduce the stigma by helping to debunk false beliefs about mental illness. Every conversation about the importance of prioritizing mental health creates a ripple that reaches people in your circle and beyond.

Here are some updates:

Puzzle Challenge and Fun- We hope you and your family are enjoying the Palo Alto Puzzle Hunt. Week 2 puzzles were released yesterday. Be sure to check them out and feel free to share with friends. Click here.

Bike Rodeo-Our third graders were all so excited to experience the annual Bike Rodeo here on campus yesterday! There were 7 organized stations (driveway yielding, helmet fitting, stop sign loop, controlled riding, to name a few) all throughout our blacktop for our third graders to experience. Thank you so much to the huge group of parent and community volunteers and our third grade teachers, especially Mrs. Tsuruda for helping to make this important event about bike safety possible for us. I've attached some photos for your reference.

5th Grade Bike Safety-Our fifth graders also experienced and learned about bike safety this week! We had a Bike Safety presentation with all three fifth grade classes this afternoon where students learned about all things related to bike safety and commuting to middle school. I've attached a photo for your reference.

Bringing up Bicyclists - For another opportunity to learn about bike safety, there will be a Parent Education Seminar on Monday, May 16, 7:00-8:00 pm via ZOOM

REGISTER HERE: This is a free parent education seminar about safe cycling, hosted by Palo Verde PTA and Safe Routes to School, and open to all PAUSD parents. The seminar is a great opportunity to introduce parents to cycling, or as a refresher on road safety for cyclists and drivers in school zones, giving families the tools they need to cycle in their neighborhoods.

Final Dine Out- Our fundraiser with Mountain Mike's Pizzas was so successful in the Fall that we are planning another two-night event this month! Below are the details. Flyer is coming soon.

  • What: 30% of orders will be donated to Fairmeadow.
  • Where: Mountain Mike's Pizza at 3918 B Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • When: All day Wednesday 5/18 and Thursday 5/19 (11am-9pm)
  • How: Present a flyer or mention the fundraiser to the cashier when ordering in person or over the phone (650) 856-7855 for dining in or to-go orders. If ordering online, go directly to the website and mention the fundraiser in the "Special Instructions" box during checkout. DoorDash or GrubHub orders will not be accepted for the fundraiser.
  • Pro Tip: Place your order a few days before your scheduled Wednesday or Thursday pickup to help staff with the flow of orders.
  • Questions? Email PTA member Katie Gentry at katiesgentry@gmail.com or message her through Konstella.

Staffing Update-Please read a message from our school psychologist, Andrea Saxerud: click here and attached.

That's a wrap for this week. Have a wonderful weekend!

Iris Wong, Fairmeadow Principal