Message From Principal Wong

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January 7, 2019

Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

Happy 2019 to you and your family! I personally spent the last two weeks learning tons about different types of primer and paint color choices. Who knew there were so many shades of one paint color? Not to mention, the different types of sheen to choose from. I am happy to say that my husband and I successfully completed our kitchen cabinet and wall painting project and are enjoying our refreshed kitchen. I am also excited to begin this new calendar year with you and your children. The start of the new year brings the perfect opportunity to refresh our goals and aspirations for the year ahead, and to continue our learning together with renewed commitment, persistence, and positivity. Consider asking your child about the goals they would like to accomplish over the first six months of this new year. In addition, this is also a good time to review Fairmeadow’s Playground Behavior Expectations with your child. Thank you in advance for reminding them how to have fun at school safely. Please be on the lookout for the Expectations in the Friday Folder (also available on our school’s website in the Parent Handbook), and once you’ve reviewed it with your child, please return it to your child’s teacherWe are all committed to setting the new year on a safe and positive tone for what promises to be a productive year of goal-oriented learning ahead for all students at Fairmeadow.

On January 12, 2019, PAUSD is hosting one of the biggest Family Summits in our history. This event is packed with informative sessions for elementary, middle, and high school parents with both a general education and special education focus. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with childcare for children ages 3-10. Spanish and Mandarin translators are also available. To register, you can visit the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/UPRfQy9IRqTMzMP73.An email with more information was also sent out to PAUSD families at the end of December. I hope to see you there!

Through the social and emotional learning experiences in Project Cornerstone, Steps to Respect/Second Step, and Responsive Classroom, our students are learning to stand up for kindness, respect, and inclusive behavior.  Fairmeadow will place special emphasis on inclusion through our participation in Inclusive Schools Week starting on January 14th through the 18th. Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event where schools across the world celebrate the progress made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. Inclusive Schools Week provides for a special focus on the importance of creating a safe and supportive school environment for all, regardless of gender identity, socio-economic status, disability, cultural heritage, language preference, and more. This year’s theme, as stated and sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) and Stetson & Associates, Inc. is “Kaleidoscope of Friends.” “If you look into a kaleidoscope, you see an infinite array of patterns of brilliant light created by repeated reflection. Kaleidoscope comes from two Greek words: kalos, meaning “beautiful,” and eidos, “shape.” And indeed, education takes on a beautiful shape when all children belong and are valued as contributing members of the school community.” 

Throughout the course of the week we will provide students with the opportunity to explore the differences between us all, to discuss what qualities make each of us unique, and to practice strategies we should all employ to welcome and include all learners in our classrooms, our playground, and our community.

Our students will have numerous opportunities to learn and discuss important themes throughout Inclusive Schools Week, and parents will have the opportunity as well. I encourage you to please join me for our monthly Principal’s Coffee on January 18th from 8:45-10:00 am for a presentation and discussion on inclusion and meaningfully supporting all learners at Fairmeadow.

A fun and entertaining Fairmeadow tradition continues with two ice skating parties at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. Next Wednesday, January 16th our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students are invited for ice-skating and dinner from 5:30-7:30 pm. The following Wednesday, January 23th our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have their chance to take the ice. Please consider joining us, as students, parents, teachers, and principal are all welcome to skate!  Also, please dress warmly, bring gloves, and wear a helmet, especially for beginning skaters.

As we all return to our routines of the school day and wet weather ahead, please keep in mind vehicle traffic around school will become more congested and dangerous. If you must drive your child to school, please first consider parking in the Mitchell Park parking lot, and walking the short distance in with an umbrella. If you must drop your child off at school, please follow the drop off and pick up procedures in our front driveway. Always drop students off in the far-right lane, and pull up as far as you can(towards the end of the parking lot area if possible) to allow for more cars to pull in the right lane behind you. Once your child exits your vehicle, please pull forward as far as possible to allow for more cars to enter the safe right lane. This helps everyone out with the flow of traffic. Thank you for your attention to road safety on and around our campus.

I hope you and your family experienced an enjoyable Winter Break from school, and you are as excited as I am to continue our learning journey together at Fairmeadow. Not to mention, the need to get used to writing down the new year in my letters! See you soon!

Sincerely,
Iris Wong
Principal