Message From Principal Althouse

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October 9, 2017

Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

While the classrooms and playground lay quiet during last Friday’s non-school day, the Library buzzed with energy as teachers and staff engaged in our day of professional learning.  Our work in the morning focused on supporting student reading comprehension through questioning and interactive read aloud, and in the afternoon we worked with staff developers from the Math Learning Center to learn more about our new mathematics curriculum.  We experienced a productive day of learning and planning together, which will undoubtedly impact the positive learning experience for our children this year!

During our session on Bridges in Mathematics, teachers explored resources and planned upcoming lesson activities alongside grade level colleagues from five other schools in Palo Alto.  We had the opportunity to delve more deeply into the upcoming unit of instruction for each grade level as well as October Number Corner, and I was impressed by the number and quality of helpful online resources available to teachers.  There are also some fantastic online resources available to parents, including grade by grade family support links with unit overviews, information about content taught at each grade level, instructional strategies with visuals, and links to apps that children can use.  Please explore the Bridges Family Support Website, linked here through the PAUSD Curriculum Webpage.  Also, please plan to join me for the October Principal’s Coffee on Friday, October 20th from 8:45 to 10:00 am to learn more about our mathematics curriculum through a presentation, simulations, and sharing of resources.

Our fun-filled fall fundraiser, the Fairmeadow Walkathon, is less than a week away!  On Sunday, October 15th from 11 am to 3 pm please plan to join us at Fairmeadow for this exciting, family-friendly event for all Fairmeadow Firebirds!  The Walkathon will include food trucks, face paint, games, bike repair, a silent auction, and a super-fun walking course!  Please support our school and plan to attend with your children, your family, and your friends!  For more information and to sign up to participate, please visit the following link:  Be sure to practice sun safe behaviors at the Walkathon this year.  Remember our Fairmeadow ABCs of sun safety: Avoid the sun by seeking shade, use sun Block on exposed skin, and Cover up with a hat! Please join us with your family and friends!

On Monday, the school day will extend for our youngest learners, with kindergarten dismissal at 2:40 pm along with the primary grades on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and at 1:40 pm on Wednesdays.

With full day kinder starting on Monday, the 3rd grade bike rodeo on Thursday, a firetruck visit for kinder and 1st grades on Friday, and the Walkathon on Sunday…what an incredibly exciting time to be a Fairmeadow Firebird!  I look forward to walking laps with you next Sunday at the Walkathon!

With kindest regards and appreciation,
Grant Althouse