Message From Principal Wong

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November 11, 2018

Dear Fairmeadow Community,

I hope you all are enjoying your three-day weekend in observance of Veteran’s Day. Due to the Butte County Wildfires, my family remained indoors most of the weekend, but it was nice and relaxing as my son got a chance to build his Legos. We also spent some time practicing his sight-words and his little sister got to participate as well. Speaking of the wildfires, as you know, Fairmeadow (and all PAUSD elementary sites) kept students indoors as much as possible on Friday, November 9th. Our students and staff all did a fantastic job with being flexible and going about their day with restricted access outside. During recess, students ate their snacks and had indoor recess inside their classrooms. At lunchtime, students had several options after they ate inside; MP room for a movie, library for quiet reading or drawing, Art room, or stay inside their classroom (if their teacher was in there).  

Last Friday, November 9thalso marked the end of the first trimester of the 2018-19 school year, which means teachers will provide a summary of each child’s progress through the progress report. First on the progress report, you will learn about your child’s strengths and areas for growth in many social and emotional learning competencies. The academic sections of the progress report highlight key California Common Core Standards for each grade level and emphasize your child’s areas of progress and challenge for each standard that has been covered during this first trimester of school. We hope the first trimester progress report provides a helpful summary of the skills your child is progressing on this year, as well as areas to focus on in the coming months.

At our October 24th staff meeting, we were joined by our school resource officer (SRO) from the Palo Alto Police Department (PAPD) for our annual staff Lockdown Training (formerly known as Code Red). On Wednesday, November 28that 9:00 am we will engage in our annual Lockdown Drill with our students and the PAPD. During this drill, we simulate how we would respond if there was a threatening situation on our school grounds. The language we use with our students is that an ‘unwelcome and unsafe situation’ is at our school and we need to work together to keep each other safe. Students and staff will follow lockdown protocols to silently and safely barricade together in unseen parts of each classroom, and officers from the PAPD will assess how well each classroom is secured and silent. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have about this important safety practice at our school and across the district. 

Another quick reminder to all parents, that if your child remains on school grounds after school, they must be actively supervised by a parent or guardian, or an adult who is specifically in charge. School supervision of the children ends at the conclusion of the school day. As discussed at our last general PTA meeting, I’ve recently had an increase of student issues and injuries afterschool and they’ve all been with students who were unsupervised and playing a bit too “freely and wildly.” 

With warm regards,
Iris Wong