5th grade students get ready to do some underwater exploring during their study trip to Catalina Island
SHOW & TELL 5th Grade Catalina Island Trip
Last week fifth graders earned their sea legs after completing another great trip to Catalina Island. Wednesday morning began with a heavy rain but dried as we arrived at the dock. We were just in time! The boat was leaving early due to heavy winds that were forecast for the afternoon. That made many of the students nervous, but Fairmont students, parents, and teachers are a hardy bunch. It was rough, but by the time we arrived the sun was out. After learning about the local fish and having a hilarious lesson on "How to put on a wetsuit," everyone headed out to snorkel. This was a new experience for many. That evening we braved the cold and wind to hear about the stars and constellations. The next morning dawned warm and sunny. We were off to the fish lab, the shark tank, the invertebrate lab (where we held several animals) and algae lab. There were games and activities for each of these. The wind picked up in the afternoon so unfortunately, there was no kayaking for two of the groups. Instead, they hiked to "Bible Peak" and had a lesson in archery. Lots of bull's-eyes! The other two groups visited the plankton lab and viewed creatures in a drop of water through electron microscopes. The most interesting was a squid dissection. Everyone was grossed out at first, but the instructors were funny and that helped. Friday morning brought more sunshine and no wind. Two groups were able to kayak. This was another new experience for most of the students. Muscles were used that had never been used before!
Great food, warm cabins, fabulous and funny instructors, a new grass field, wonderful parents, and smiling teachers all left us rather sad to leave the island. The anticipation of another rough boat ride made some of us anxious, but it turned out to be a smooth sail. Thank you to our chaperones Mrs. LaScola, Ms. Guzman, Dr. Chawla, Mr. Zoreikat, Mr. Dam, and Mr. Pinsky. We couldn't have made this trip without you!
Contributed by Mrs. Marla Kuka, 5th grade teacher
National Junior Honor Society returns to Mable
On May 17, 2011, the Mable Junior High held its National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Induction Ceremony. This year, 61 members were inducted into Mable's NJHS. This was a remarkable feat in regards to students having to meet the stringent requirements set by NJHS. National Junior Honor Society is a nationally recognized organization that is dedicated to provide a strong foundation for building leadership skills through service to the school and the surrounding community. This program also honors students who have maintained an exceptional academic record along with exemplary citizenship and concern for improving society. Eligible students included third trimester sixth grade students, seventh grade, and eighth grade students that maintained at least a 3.2 GPA. The 2011 Inductees will be asked to participate in a chapter-sponsored service project as well as an individual service project that reflects his or her personal talents and interests each year.
Contributed by Mr. Trevor Ickes, JH teacher
True Grits Gift Certificate
Congratulations to Eric Song, winner of the True Grits $50.00 gift certificate drawing. The Parent Association's used uniform program wishes to thank all who donated gently used uniforms during the year.
Junior High Readiness
On Wednesday, June 8th, at 6:00 pm, the Mable Campus will host a forum to talk about junior high readiness. The transition into junior high is both exciting and challenging for students and parents alike. This forum is designed to give you a better understanding of what to expect as your child enters the junior high years, including physical changes, social and emotional adjustments, and academic expectations. Join us for refreshments to kick off the presentation.
Contributed by Mrs. Christie DuVall, Admissions Director
8th Grade Class in Washington D.C. on the steps of the capital with Rep. Lorretta Sanchez
SHOW & TELL Teacher For The Day Miss Nielsen (aka Anika) did a wonderful job as Mrs. Lottes' replacement on Wednesday, May 18th as she assumed her title "Teacher for the Day." Miss Nielsen was on time and was professionally dressed as she got her papers ready for the beginning of class.
She not only taught a lesson to a group of students on long division, but she also graded papers, and read to the class from our on-going novel (something only the teacher does). Anika took this title very seriously; even rewarding and disciplining the class for their behavior. Mrs. Lottes was very impressed and knows that what every job Anika does in the future she will excel.
Kindergarten to the Ocean Institute On Monday, May 16th, the Kindergarten classes went on a field trip to the Ocean Institute at Dana Point Harbor. The children were able to touch sea cucumbers, sea stars, hermit crabs, etc.... The children had a wonderful time and had a "hands on" adventure. After the Ocean Institute lab and classes, the children ate lunch at the Tustin Sports Park.
Thank you to all the parent helpers.
Brunch & Learn
Mrs. Reynolds will be hosting a "Brunch and Learn" for potential new families. If you have friends, family or colleagues who might be interested in this event, please consider sharing this invite with them. You are also welcome to attend along with them.
The purpose of this time is to introduce potential new parents to Fairmont as well as learn how Fairmont makes the difference at every grade level.
During our time together, we will tour the campus, meet with some faculty members and administrators, and have a Q & A time together.
Location: Fairmont Edgewood Campus 12421 Newport Ave Santa Ana, CA 92705 Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sheryl Reynolds - Director of Admissions RSVP encouraged: 714.832.4867
Crayola Dream Makers Award Evening Monday night, May 23, first grade and third grade students attended an art exhibit/awards reception at the Orange County Department of Education. Twenty-four pieces of art were on display and fourteen students, with parents and grandparents, attend the event.
The reception feature the art work of several Orange County schools, nice cookies and lemonade (big hits with the children) and a ceremony wherein the students were presented with art certificates individually. Even though, as Maddie Gregor stated, "This is so nerve-wracking," everyone had a wonderful time being recognized as the artists they are.
Third Graders Alex K.
Andrew P. Brennan M. Jacob K. Jenna S. Matthew O. Sasha R. Shalini P. Sydney R.
First Graders Ben M. Ian M. Isabella M. Karin B. Keiko C. Kendrick C. Liam L. Madeline G. Marcus M. Olivia B. Reese P. Sam G. Sanjana K. Shivana D.
Vivian T. 3rd Grade Adventure to San Diego
Edgewood’s third grade was beaming with excitement as they learned at the beginning of the year that they would be going on an all-day field trip to San Diego. Weeks prior to the field trip students began to bubble over with anticipation. Finally, at 6:30 in the morning on Tuesday, May 11th, forty-three third grade students and their parents gathered together at the Santa Ana Amtrak station wondering what the day would hold. For some, this was the first adventure on a train. For others, this was the first time in San Diego. As the train pulled away from the station we settled into our seats and took in the beautiful scenery. After a two hour train ride, we arrived at the Downtown San Diego station. Leah our wonderful guide directed us down to the boardwalk and we started our guided tour of a Russian submarine, a replica 1800’s British sailing ship, and the Star of India (one of the oldest working sailing ship in the world). Once finished, both classes raced down the boardwalk to their next voyage. However, half of our group got left behind because our docents at the Star of India were so thorough. So, the ones left behind causally ate lunch on the dock and waited for the remaining students. The ones that got to board the California Princess began their tour of the south bay and leisurely ate lunch on the boat. Following our bay tour a chartered bus met us on the street and Louis, our driver, navigated us through the busy thoroughfare of downtown to gorgeous Balboa Park. From there we walked to the Reuben H. Fleet Science center which was a tantalizing collection of interactive exhibits and rides designed to provoke the imagination and teach scientific principles. The highlight of the Science center was the IMAX movie called Hubble, where students walked away with a better appreciation for space and what it takes to be an astronaut. After getting an hour to explore the Science center it was time to make our way to Old Town San Diego. After a tour of an old Spanish villa and some of the quaint shops we made our way back to the station. A little sad that the day was over, students however began to retell all the fun activities they had throughout the day. As we boarded the train to make our way back to the OC, you could hear the students whisper to each other, “This was the best field trip, ever!”
Talon The Traveler In 1994, Dale Hubert, a 3rd Grade teacher in Canada, began the Flat Stanley Project. He invited other teachers to take part by hosting flat visitors and to encourage their students to write their own Flat Stanley journals. (Flat Stanley Project)
The Edgewood flat "Traveling Talon" Mascot is being sent home so he can hang out with you during your summer vacation. Talon can hike a mountain, go on a cruise ship, meet Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, spend the night at grandma's house, water ski at the lake, surf at the beach, watch movies, go to birthday parties, and more. Take a picture of him everywhere you go!
During the first month of school, we will gather your pictures and have a Traveling Talon assembly.
You can share your "Traveling Talon" adventures and pictures in two ways: 1. You can post them on the Edgewood Facebook page. 2. You can send one or two of your favorite Traveling Talon pictures to Mrs. Powell's email address, email@example.com.
Parent Association News and Meeting Dates SAVE THE DATE for the Last ECPA Meeting of the 2010/11 Year: Monday, June 13, 8:30 a.m.
ECPA Board Member Opportunity & ECPA Volunteers The ECPA is has an opportunity for you! We are looking to recruit a new Ways and Means ECPA member - whose duties will include organizing special events such as the Back to School Picnic, school assemblies, fundraisers, and the Annual Spring Fun Run. We are also looking for parent volunteers to assist the Ways and Means Office to chair some of these same events. We Need You! If you are interested in working with the ECPA board, please contact Lina Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camp Preview We invite you to bring your children along for a fun filled sample camp day while you enjoy a coffee break, run some errands, or just take time to relax. The Summer Camp Preview is for children entering Preschool, Jr. Kindergarten, or Kindergarten. There is limited space so please RSVP with Mrs. Elly Santamaria at 714-533-3930 by June 1st. All attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a FREE week of Fairmont Summer Camp!
Summer Camp Preview will be held Saturday, June 4th from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Fairmont Citron Campus.
25 Mile Club I would like to congratulate all the Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students who made the 25 Mile Club. It took a lot of effort and perseverance to run the 500 laps required to earn a medal. Students must run 20 laps to equal 1 mile. I would also like to thank the parents for encouraging their children to run during the PE period. If your child made the 25 Mile Club there will be a notice in their folders May 27th inviting you to the medal ceremony. We hope you can join us on Friday, June 3rd at 8:30am during the flag salute to celebrate this remarkable achievement.
Thank you for making this a great year in PE!
Ms. Luz Vivar
Overcoming Obstacles Fundraiser In light of the many tragic, global disasters in recent months the Citron Campus would like to support all those affected. We feel the best way to do this is to have students join together in a campus spirit event to support the Red Cross of America.
In order to accommodate all age groups on the campus, and to make it fun, we have decided to have the students participate in an obstacle course event.
Pledge forms were sent home with each student. There will be extras located in the Citron office lobby. Pledge forms with money must be returned to the front office no later than Friday, June 3rd. The Overcoming Obstacles Event will take place on Wednesday, June 8th.
We want to make this as easy as possible thus we are asking for a flat sponsorship of any amount you consider appropriate.
We hope you, your family, and friends will support the students and this worthy cause.
It was the most beautiful, warm day of the week and everyone ran for "READING!" There were medals, snow cones and hundreds of 'lap-counter bracelets' in the 2011 Fun Run!
SHOW & TELL
Fourth Grade Visits Sacramento and San Francisco
Anaheim Hill's 4th grade students and parents just recently returned from their very first overnight school field trip. This was an exciting field trip, which helped to reinforce our Social Studies curriculum.
Sacramento, as well as the city of Coloma, provided our students will many learning opportunities. While in Sacramento we visited the Capitol Building, and we even met with a former Fairmont student who works4th Grade to Sacramento for Senator Huff. In the historical city of Coloma, our students and parents had an opportunity to pan for gold along the American River. This allowed them to experience how difficult and tiresome this task was for the 49ers. We also had free time to explore Old Sacramento with its OId West appearance: cobblestone streets and wooden sidewalks. Our last activity in Sacramento included a visit to the Railroad Museum which helped our students to better understand Theodore Judah and the Big Four's involvement in the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
The second day of the trip was spent in scenic San Francisco.Our day began with a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and a bus tour of Chinatown. Afterwards, we explored the California Academy of Sciences Museum which includes a three-level rainforest, an aquarium, and many other interesting exhibits. We concluded our day with a visit to Alcatraz Island and its infamous prison. As you can see, this field trip provided our 4th grade students with a unique opportunity to explore some of California's historical landmarks.
8th Grade D.C. Trip
For 8 long months, we had anticipated the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. and New York City. Finally, May 8th arrived! We met at LAX to begin what would be a fantastic week of sightseeing, bonding and just plain fun. Every day was action packed as we toured the Capitol and actually got to see the House of Representatives in action, the Smithsonians, the Newseum, Ford's Theater, Arlington National Cemetery, the Holocaust Museum, the National Cathedral, and Mount Vernon.
While waiting to enter the Newseum, we actually saw President Obama and his motorcade pass by! Evenings were for strolling around the various monuments and memorials such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the World War II memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial. One evening was special, as we visited the Kennedy Center Performance of "Shear Madness." It was hilariously funny and had everyone in stitches.
On Thursday, we headed out for New York City. We went up to the top of the Empire State Building and took a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. After a little time in Time Square and dinner, we headed back for D.C.
By the time we arrived back to LAX on Friday night, everyone was exhausted and happy about being home.
The following students won the highest honors in this year's WordMasters Challenge-a national language arts competition entered by ~220,000 students annually!
Congratulations to: Austin K., sixth grade
Austin earned a perfect score in the very difficult GOLD division. In the entire country only 124 sixth graders achieved this level!
Nicole B., fifth grade
Sherry X., fifth grade
Nicky C., seventh grade
Yannie H., seventh grade
Olivia J., seventh grade
Lauren L., seventh grade
Megan M., seventh grade
Kayla B., eighth grade
Aaron S., eighth grade
Stop by the admissions office to get your very own Champ. Take Champ with you on summer vacation! Come back and share pictures and stories of how Champ spent his summer days!!
Step One: Cut Champ out Champ
Step Two: Take Champ with you wherever you go this summer (on vacation, summer camp, by the pool, etc.)
Step Three: Post Champ in fun and interesting places and take a photo!
Step Five: Win a Visa Gift Card when you return to school! We will have an assembly to see all of the wonderful places Champ visited over the summer. The entire school will vote on the most creative and interesting Champ photos and stories. The winners (at different grade levels) will win a Visa Gift Card!!
Congratulations to our Tri-Way Soccer All-Stars!
Dylan S. Sina A., Andy N., Gordon L., and Kyle G.
Courtney D., Alyssa F. and Georgia L.
Library Changes until the end of the year...
Our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Harmon, will be having orthopedic surgery on Tuesday, May 24 and will return in the fall. In the interim, Miss Jackman, Mrs. Hall and Ms. Tria will be helping in the library. There will be no library instruction from Monday, May 23 until Friday, June 17, Sandeehowever the library will remain open before school, at snack and after school to check out books and to take Accelerated Reading tests.
All library books will be due back in the library on Friday, June 3 for year-end inventory. Students can continue to test using books from their home, their classrooms, or from the public library.
Please keep Mrs. Harmon in your thoughts and prayers during her surgery and recovery!
How many kids can
say they've played at Carnegie Hall? Not many. However, Fairmont’s
Anaheim Hills campus is home to one such talented student. Fourth grader,
Allison To, is an accomplished pianist and skilled violinist. Allison has won
multiple awards in numerous competitions such as: SYMF (Southwestern Youth
Music Festival), MTAC (Music Teachers' Association of California), and the Long
Beach Mozart Festival. She was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2010 International
Young Musician's Competition. In the same year, Allison gave her debut
performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. She currently studies piano
under the direction of Ariel Yang at Opus119, the school of music's prestigious
Conservatory Program. She shares her
musical talents with others by performing in local senior centers and giving
concerts to fund-raise for World Vision.
Her favorite subject is math and she also enjoys shopping, drawing, and
playing with her best friend Suma, her Maltese dog. Allison
remembers a time her mom took her to a concert given by a Korean doctor. He is
not only a famous surgeon, but a musician and believes that music is very
therapeutic. This has inspired Allison
to pursue a career as a doctor and use both her academic skills and her musical
talents to make a difference in the lives of others.
Natalie, is currently in Miss Kliss' Junior Kindergarten and is 5 years-old.
Some of Natalie's favorite things are: the color pink, eating rice, the song “More
Than a Song”, and the movie, “Lemonade Mouth”. Speaking of songs, Natalie also takes voice
lessons and loves to sing and dance whenever Room 102 has a dance party. She
also takes swim lessons with another classmate, Daniel Shim. We enjoy Natalie
and her amazing personality!
Ryan Gumlia, 1st Grader
Ryan Gumlia, an Edgewood first grader, takes his passion for ice hockey
beyond the local rinks. He recently returned with a bronze medal from the Alberta Championship
Cup in Canada, a large youth hockey tournament covering most of western Canada.He scored three goals in five games.More than 250 Canadian teams participated in the
tournament. Ryan’s team, the Cougars Selects, is headquartered out of Edmonton
with branch teams in the United States. Since returning from Alberta, Ryan has
been invited to return to play in a tournament in Calgary at the end of the
It’s time to celebrate a versatile food, found around the globe and eaten in a variety of ways for centuries, the egg. Eggs are well-liked in the US, and if you count all the eggs eaten for breakfast and used in cakes and other cooked foods, we eat about 250 eggs per person per year!
Why are eggs so popular? Well, for starters they help give foods a richer flavor, color and texture. Eggs are high in complete protein and easy to digest. All of the protein in eggs can be found in the egg white, or “albumen”. The albumin also contains B vitamins, which play a role in energy metabolism.
Egg yolk contains the fat soluble vitamins A and D, fat, and most of the minerals, such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. The yolk is also rich in choline, an important nutrient for development of the brain.
Lutein, a yellowish phytonutrient previously discussed on these blogs, is also found in egg yolk, and has the ability to protect the eye from damaging ultraviolet light. Corn and other yellow vegetables contain lutein, but the form of lutein found in egg yolk is much more bioavailable, meaning it is easily absorbed and used by the body.
While chicken eggs are most popular in the US, duck, goose, ostrich, emu and quail eggs can also be found mainly in specialty shops, restaurant menus, or local farms. Have you ever eaten a quail or ostrich egg?
Big egg: An ostrich or emu egg, is twenty times as large as a chicken egg. The ivory-colored shell is very thick and hard to crack open. A single emu egg is equal to about 10 -15 hen’s eggs.
Quail eggs are pretty small (five quail eggs equal to one large chicken egg) with speckled spots on the shell.
Fun facts about eggs:
White eggs come from white hens
Brown eggs come from brown-feathered hens
The egg carton was created in 1918 to prevent eggs from breaking
The egg yolk color depends on the bird’s diet and can range from pale yellow to dark orange.
If you want to hard-boil an ostrich egg, it will take about 1 hour
Free-range eggs are produced by hens that go outdoors daily where they can peck for worms, grubs and insects, and exercise their legs and wings.
Can’t remember if an egg is fresh or hard boiled? Just spin the egg. If it wobbles, it’s raw. If it spins easily, it’s hard boiled. A fresh egg will sink in water, a stale one will float.
Contributed by Leslie Kay-Getzinger, Nutrition Management
We've gone with a patriotic theme for our Fairmont book report selections this month in honor of Memorial Day, so Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! is something of a departure. Consider it our one-and-only pick for graduation season. You just can't find a more whimsical way to congratulate the new grad in your life or to motivate your little ones to keep up the good work as they approach their own big days. As Summer Burbage, Mable second grade teacher says, "I believe every student has the ability to "move mountains!"
The Pledge of Allegiance pairs pictures of America with the
words of the Pledge of Allegiance to help children better understand what the pledge
means. The text of The Pledge of Allegiance is illustrated with stunning
photographs of American landscapes, monuments, and flags. In addition to the inspiring
pictures, at end of the book, the authors include historical facts about
America that serve as a mini history lesson for students. This is a great book to share with your children
on all of the special holidays when we celebrate America.
Year of the Hangman,
by Gary Blackwood is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. In fifth grade,
we study American history and the Revolutionary War. This book is a fictional
story about what might have been had we lost the war. The story gives insight
into what life was like during this time period and also provides an
imaginative look at what life could have been like. This book is a page turner
and very hard to put down!