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Fairmeadow Updates 5.6.2022

Greetings Fairmeadow Families,

April showers bring May flowers. Can you believe we are well into the month of May? This month continues to be filled with so many celebrations and acknowledgments such as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Cinco de Mayo, and Eid Mubarak. Additionally, Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 8th. As many of you know, we also celebrated and honored our amazing educators here at Fairmeadow. Thank you for acknowledging and thanking an educator, especially this week. The beautiful flowers, handwritten notes and cards, and delicious treats and food warmed our hearts. We are truly so lucky to have an amazing PTA who helped to plan a whole week of festivities for Fairmeadow staff and teachers. As you all know, it takes a lot of energy, compassion, patience, and commitment to educate our future generation of adults, and we have a fabulous crew here at Fairmeadow who rock it each day. I've attached some pictures from this week!

Project Cornerstone- Our last and final Project Cornerstone lesson focused on the character traits of Ping, the main character in this month's book, The Empty Pot, by Demi. Ping demonstrated CHIRP-Courage, Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, and Perseverance. Our students participated (or will participate) in a variety of activities with their Project Cornerstone parent volunteer to help them remember to always have the courage to be honest and to do their personal best (even when things get difficult). When you get a chance, ask your child about CHIRP!

Assembly- We kicked off today with a whole-school assembly where our fabulous 5th-grade student council representatives and co-presidents shared the mini-lessons from each Project Cornerstone book that was read this year. Thank you again to Mari U., for organizing and training our parent volunteer readers. And of course, thank you to all Project Cornerstone parents who've read in a child's class this year! Additionally, at today's assembly, we talked about being an Earth Warrior to help keep our campus clean and beautiful

5th Grade Strings Concert- On Thursday, May 5th, some of our 5th graders performed in the Strings Concert over at PALY 's PAC and Gunn's Spangenberg Theatre. Check out some photos of that evening! Great job 5th graders!

Before/After School Childcare- Please refer to a Parent Square message sent by Yolanda Conaway on May 4th outlining options of childcare for PAUSD families for the 2022-23 school year. Families who qualify for free/low-cost assistance with afterschool programs may contact the provider directly.

Universal Free School Meals- We strongly encourage parents toapply for Free and Reduced Lunch as completion of these forms may bring significant additional funds to our schools, as well as, qualify students for individual benefits such as discounts and/or waivers of the college application fees, AP testing fees, internet services, summer programs, access to higher education scholarships, after-school club scholarships, holiday gifts, and many other learning and enrichment opportunities. You or your children do not have to be United States citizens to qualify. Apply online at paloalto.familyportal.cloud or return a completed application form (available at all school sites and at English and Spanish) to Food Services, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto CA 94306.

PAUSD has been offering free meals to all students for the past two years regardless of their free or reduced-price meal eligibility because, due to COVID-19, in March 2020, USDA established a waiver to allow school districts to offer free meals to all students. However, that waiver will expire on June 30, 2022. Unfortunately, universal free meals will not start until the first day of the school year 2022-23. If your student(s) will be attending summer school, and are not presently on the free lunch program but they would like free meals during summer school, please submit an application for evaluation. These benefits are only good for the current school year, parents will need to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year. Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be accepted after July 1, 2022.

Mural progress- We are almost done with our long-awaited mural project on our library wall. Last weekend, we had some staff, community members, and students came out to help paint. A huge shout-out goes out to Mrs. Easton for the amazing artwork, and thank you to Ms. Selby for helping to add a few beautiful details to the mural. We are so excited for the final outcome as it's already bringing tons of smiles and happy vibes to our campus. I've attached a picture of the progress thus far.

Palo Alto Puzzle Hunt- On Saturday, May 7th, the Palo Alto Puzzle Hunt begins! Please see attached flyer for more information.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to thank a Mom and think about a Mom on this Mother's Day weekend.

Be well,
Iris Wong, Fairmeadow Principal