Message From Principal Althouse

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March 19, 2018

Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

Last Friday, March 16th, the students of Rooms 2 and 7 presented the final Buddy Assembly for the school year with a lively celebration of the works of Theodore Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss.  Every Friday since last December, two ‘buddy’ classes partnered together to present performance-based assemblies for excited Firebird audiences.  Buddy Assemblies this school year featured poems, plays, skits, songs, and even dances designed to teach audiences about important events, influential people, changing seasons, and works of art.  Through preparing and presenting these performances, our students practiced creative expression and lots of perseverance, displaying great courage to stand up in front of the school and perform.  Buddy Assemblies have been an important confidence builder for our students, and a unifying experience for buddy classes and for our community as a whole.  Starting after spring break, we will return outside to the blacktop for our Whole School assemblies!

This coming Wednesday, March 21st Fairmeadow will participate in our spring Walk and Roll to School Day.  During Walk and Roll to School Day, children and families work to reduce pollution in our environment and lessen traffic congestion by walking, biking, scootering, carpooling, or busing to school.  On Wednesday morning, parent and staff volunteers will be working with students as they arrive to school to build a ‘Greening the School Commute’ Tree, made of individual green leaf cutouts with pictures and words that show students’ favorite ways to get to school.  Walk and Roll to School Day will occur this Wednesday rain or shine; thanks in advance for considering alternative methods to single family car trips.  Your school principal will be in a secret costume to welcome students to school on Wednesday!

We have a wide range of activities during the lunch period at Fairmeadow, designed to provide structured choices for children, if they prefer.  On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, parent volunteers lead our noon tables with activities ranging from legos to arts and crafts.  On Tuesdays in Room 24, staff members run our Board Games Club.  On Wednesdays, children are invited to participate in Walking Club, and in the kindergarten playground JLS Leadership class students come to run games and play with the kinders.  On Fridays, parent volunteers run our Garden Club in our bountiful school garden along East Meadow.  Frequently, Mrs. Lenke opens the art room for our young artists, and throughout the week, we have Noon Sports matches for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, run by teacher coaches.  Please check-in with your child about what they enjoy about lunchtime, and encourage participation in one or more of these fun activities.

Spring is finally here!  I’m eager to experience this time of renewal and growth with you and your children!

Warm Regards,

Grant Althouse, Principal