Message From Principal Wong

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September 16, 2018

Dear Fairmeadow Community,

The New Family Coffee and PTA general meeting (9/5) and Principal’s Coffee (9/14) had a good turnout. Updates on upcoming parent education events, previous minutes, and an overview of our curriculum were discussed at these events. 

Fairmeadow continues to use the reading assessment tool, Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) by Fountas and Pinnell to assess each student, K-5, to determine reading levels. Teachers and support staff have spent a significant amount of time and energy learning about each young reader in the last couple of weeks. It is incredibly valuable to understand each child’s strengths and challenges in their reading fluency and comprehension. BAS tells us about your child as a reader, and most importantly, the instructional steps that will nurture their continued growth this year. Teachers will be sharing more about your child’s reading strengths and areas for growth at the fall parent/teacher conferences as well as on the first trimester progress report.

Shifting to health and nutrition, our community is working to stick to dietary guidelines which recommend the types of food we provide for our children during the school day.  We request that food brought for birthdays and class celebrations include natural, healthy choices with no added sugar whenever possible. Please also keep in mind tree nuts and peanut allergies. Thank you for your efforts to promote health and wellness through food choices at Fairmeadow. In addition, Fairmeadow is lucky to be able to provide a light breakfast snack for any interested student at the start of the school day.  Breakfast snacks will be available from 8:10-8:20 am each morning near my office. This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure all students are well-fed and ready for learning!

Some of you may have already noticed me in my bright orange vest when you arrive to school each morning. If you drive your child to school, please be sure to follow our drop-off guidelines in the front parking lot. When you arrive, please pull up as far as you can in the right side drop-off lane. Remain in your vehicle while your child exits the vehicle through the right side door only. Please do not drop off your child in the left hand lane, as crossing the parking lot can be incredibly dangerous, especially in the minutes before school. If time allows, the best option is to park in the Mitchell Park parking lot and take the short walk through the park to campus. Speaking of Mitchell Park (and Magical Bridge), construction is nearly complete. Commute routes along the paths will return to normal very soon.

Lastly, I would like to invite everyone to join me and Alma Ellis, director of special education for a community conversation on Friday, September 21 at 9:00 am, in the MP Room. For more information, please refer to Fairmeadow’s website. We hope to see you there!

With warm regards,
Iris Wong