Message From Principal Althouse

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February 5, 2018

Greetings Fairmeadow Community,

Students are hitting their mid-winter stride in classrooms and it’s an exciting time to note the significant progress students have made so far during this school year. Classrooms are heating up with rigorous teaching and learning, while this warm weather has us all wanting to get outside and get moving!

I hope that you’ll join the Fairmeadow community this Wednesday, February 7th for our annual Family Math Games Night with K-2 students invited from 5-6:30 pm and 3-5 students invited from 6:30-8:00 pm. During Math Games Night, we present many challenging math puzzles and problem-solving scenarios to challenge participants of all levels, from our youngest learners to our most accomplished mathematicians. While Math Games Night is a fun and engaging event, it also emphasizes some of the key mathematical practices that we use through mathematics instruction daily at Fairmeadow. To make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, to make sense of structure, to reason abstractly and quantitatively, and to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, are all important habits of mind to embrace and practice while working to solve problem scenarios. The 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice provide helpful guidance for skills to emphasize at home with your child’s mathematics as well. We hope to see you at Fairmeadow next Wednesday evening!

Over the last month, our Asset Building Champion parent readers have presented the book When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry... with all of our students. The theme of self-control and safely monitoring one’s emotions is an important social and emotional learning competency, and one that we can all benefit from working on personally, and with our families. The book tells the story of Sophie who becomes enraged by her sister, then compares her explosive expression of anger with coping strategies that she uses to eventually calm down. Following a discussion of the book, children brainstormed strategies to recognize emotions in themselves, and how to respond to extreme emotions using safe and healthy strategies. Teachers and school staff regularly revisit themes explored during our ABC Reader Program in classrooms and on the playground. You can help reinforce concepts too by talking with your child about recognizing and responding to emotions, and practice a role play as a family. Most importantly, we all must model the behavior we expect to see from our children!

Please take note of the long weekend coming up in February with two non-school days first on February 16th for our Staff Development Day and February 19th for Presidents’ Day. Thank you or the many ways that you contribute to our school community! 

With appreciation,

Grant Althouse, Principal