Message From Principal Wong

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May 20, 2019

Greetings Fairmeadow Community,,

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend last Tuesday’s Learning Celebration, as our school came alive with so much enthusiasm and excitement. During the celebrations in classrooms, students confidently shared their work, projects, and knowledge with family and friends. I sincerely appreciate the dedication of our strong team of teachers and staff, as their commitment and skill fostered the growth and achievement on display that evening.  

During the first week of May, the community showed tremendous appreciation for our teachers and staff, and on Tuesday, May 21st, it is our chance to shower our volunteers with gratitude! Our many parent and community volunteers help to make Fairmeadow a welcoming, creative, and nurturing learning environment by serving as additional caring adults in our classrooms. I hope all parent and community volunteers are able to join us for a special event in your honor. On May 21st from 8:15- 8:45 am, on the 2nd story patio, our staff will assemble the annual Volunteer Breakfast, a delicious spread of sweet and savory bites and refreshments. So whether you’ve worked in your child’s classroom, spent time in science lab, the library or Spectra art, chaperoned a field trip, led a lunchtime activity or contributed time in any other way to our school, please be sure to join us for breakfast on Tuesday!

Last Thursday, May 16th, there was a small group of about 10-12 students watching the chess finals between Andrew (rm 9) and John (rm 16). It was exciting to have a 2nd and 4th grader in the chess finals for a change. Congratulations to John as he emerged the winner after a good game that lasted almost all of lunch. Apparently, he is a self-taught chess player! All grade level winners (and school champions) for chess and checkers will receive trophies at Friday's Awards Assembly.

Student Council has come up with the last spirit day of the year on Friday, May 24th. Please remind your child it will be “Beach/ Hawaiian day.” Swim trunks/shorts OK (with t-shirt top), and please no items/props bigger than a child’s backpack. 

On Thursday, May 30th, our entire school community will participate in our annual Field Day. Our Field Day committee has been hard at work planning an engaging day of outdoor activities and games for all students K-5 to enjoy. I’m looking forward to this day of physical activity, fun, and joy with our students. While the weather has been unseasonably cold, wet, and gloomy, it is sure to warm up, especially by the time we get to Field Day (fingers crossed). Please consider sending your child to school wearing sunscreen, a hat to protect their face from the sun, and with a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day. While these three practices are important sun safety habits every day, they are especially important on Field Day. 

With less than two short weeks left of school, students and teachers are preparing for the conclusion of the year. Some grade levels have culminating field trips and gatherings, plays or commemorations. All teachers are completing the process of capturing your student’s learning on the spring progress report. This includes informally and formally assessing your child’s progress in many social and emotional competencies, as well as the many academic areas outlined in the Common Core State Standards and highlighted on the progress report. You should expect to receive your child’s progress report around the final day of school. This information and much more will be shared with your child’s receiving teacher for the next school year.

Enjoy the last full week of school! On  Monday, May 27th, there is no school due to Memorial Day observation. On Friday, May 31st, school is dismissed at 1:40 pm. If you are a 5th grade family, please make sure you turn in the form indicating your plans after the promotion ceremony. 

Warm Regards,
Iris Wong