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Fairmeadow Updates 9.30.21

Hello Fairmeadow Community~

As we wrap up the month of September and continue to honor and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month, last week in library, our youngest Firebirds had a read-aloud and lesson about a charming bilingual princess, with the book, La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, winner of the Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration. First grade enjoyed The Shadow in the Moon: a tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival by Christina Matula, sharing the folklore behind the popular Chinese Festival which began on Sept. 21st this year. While Second and Third graders were introduced to Folk Literature featuring tales from around the world.

Here are some updates:

No school- Friday, October 1st as our staff (and all PAUSD elementary teachers) will be participating in professional development training, with a focus on reading assessments.

Full-Day Kinder- On Monday, October 11th, our kindergartners will begin their full-day schedule. Therefore, the bell schedule for kinders will be the same as grades 1st through 3rd (Wednesday dismissal at 1:25 pm, and M, T, Th, F will be dismissed at 2:25 pm). The start time remains the same, with an 8:15 am start time for all grades. Please plan accordingly.

Counseling Corner-P lease take some time to review our 2nd edition of Counseling Corner authored and created by our very own Andrea Saxerud, school psychologist; click here.

Project Cornerstone- Thank you to Mari Ueda-Tao, our lead parent organizer for Project Cornerstone, for organizing and facilitating this program for our Firebirds. Thank you to our Project Cornerstone Parent Readers as well! Our first book was, Have you Filled a Bucket Today? where our parent volunteers read the book and shared a lesson with our students about incorporating positive and caring words and actions with each other. When we are kind to each other, we increase our happy feelings and good thoughts that "fill our buckets." Ask your child to tell you more about how they can fill their own bucket and of someone else's. Reinforcing this lesson (and other Project Cornerstone lessons) at home will help your child(ren) practice how to create a positive and caring school climate where students are treated respectfully.

Have a great weekend. See you all on Monday, October 4th!

Iris Wong, Fairmeadow Principal