Friday, February 25

FRIDAY FOLDER mable campus february 25

Fairmont Actors Bring New Play to Life  
On January 28, 2011, the junior high drama class performed in the world premier of The Peculiar Kids of Peculiar Junior High. This was an original play conceived by the students and written just for them by professional playwright, Sharyn Rothstein. This is the second play that Ms. Rothstein, based in New York City, has written for Fairmont. 

Students explored many different themes and plot ideas through a class assignment before deciding to tackle bullying. The class wanted to create a comedy with a message, and with Ms. Rothstein's help, they were very successful! 

Set in the 1980's, with a soundtrack and fashions that brought many parents and teachers "What was I thinking" memories, the play takes place in Peculiar Junior High School.  We find the five coolest students from LaSalle have recently been transferred to Peculiar.  With their hair teased high and clad in bright neon colors, they are confident that they will be just as popular at Peculiar as they were in their last school. When they enter, Peculiar feels more like the twilight zone. Pants pulled high, sweater vests, thick glasses, and flat hair are all in fashion here. If you want to be anyone important, better brush up on your spelling and math. Being a great chess player won't hurt you either.

The new students quickly find out that fitting in is not easy!  Throughout the journey of the play, the new students try to manipulate and bully the others into thinking and being what they perceive as right or wrong. In the end, they all discover that by respecting each other's differences and being true to whom they are brings happiness to all the students. 

As an audience member, you could see the actors' full commitment to the characters they created.  Interesting walks, facial expressions, and character voices were all implemented to tell the story of each character.
The tremendously talented cast worked extensively on bringing its characters to life on the stage, and focused and hilarious when telling this story. Even more impressive, each actor had a part in the back-stage elements of the production. The students accomplished building the story, costumes, sets, props, stage management, assistant directing, and running crew. Very impressive indeed! 

Article contributor: Karen O'Hanlon, Theater teacher

Fairmont's Super Spellers
Every year grades 2-8 participate in Fairmont's Spelling Bee. It is a fun and exciting time for both the students and the teachers. The words are provided to Fairmont by Scripps National Spelling Bee. They are challenging and showcase our student's ability to "perform" under pressure. This past Wednesday was the fifth grade Spelling Bee. Our students rose to the occasion as they were asked to spell words such as bereavement, seismologist, and elucidate. Nicole N, came in first place spelling the very difficult word prevaricate. Michael K. and Gurveer S. worked very hard and tied for second place. 

Another one of Fairmont's super spellers is 7th grader Michelle P. Michelle just passed the first round of the county spelling bee and will compete in the oral round on Saturday, February 26. We are so proud of all of our Fairmont spellers and look forward to next year's spelling challenge!

Article contributor: Mrs. Nicole Gilliland, 5th grade teacher

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Book Fair Carnival
Our Spring Book Fair will open on Monday, March 7th.  Monday through Thursday, the book fair will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.  On Friday, the fair will be open from 6:00 - 8:30 pm during Open House. We hope to see you there!
Friday, February 25th  
for the 2011-12 SCHOOL YEAR
Last chance for entry into "Reserved Parking for a Month" 
and "Director for a Day" Raffle   

Junior High Sadies Hawkins Dance
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Mable Cafeteria

Saturday, February 26th   
Orange County Spelling Competition Oral Round (final round)  
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Orange County Department of Education 
200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa

Monday, February 28th
Elementary Basketball: Fairmont vs. Heritage Christian
3:15 pm
Away Game

Tuesday, March 1st
Pilates for Parents
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Junior High Stage Area

Wednesday, March 2nd
FPA Used Uniform Sale
8:15 - 9:00 am
In front of JH building  

Flag Salute and Drawing for "2011-2012 Director of the Day" for Grades 1 - 6 
8:30 am 

Elementary Basketball: Fairmont vs. McDowell
3:15 pm
Away Game

Thursday, March 3rd
Elementary Basketball: Fairmont vs. Oakridge
3:15 pm
Home Game

Friday, March 4th 
12 noon dismissal

Monday, March 7th  
Book Fair Carnival 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mable Gymnasium

Tuesday, March 8th            
Book Fair Carnival
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mable Gymnasium 

Wednesday, March 9th  
Book Fair Carnival  
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mable Gymnasium

Thursday, March 10th
Parent Association Meeting
and Drawing for 2011-2012 Reserved Parking Space
8:30 am
Junior High Stage Area

Book Fair Carnival  
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mable Gymnasium

Friday, March 11th

6:30 - 8:30 pm
Everyone Welcome! 

Book Fair Carnival  
6:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mable Gymnasium

Saturday, March 12th
Sage Hill Math Invitational 
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Beach, CA

Contributed by Karen, Mable Campus 

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