Tuesday, January 31

CHALK TALK what every parent should know before your child turns 18 (pt 1)

Two years ago, Fairmont began hosting "Chalk Talks"--a bi-annual series of workshops and lectures open to Fairmont families and the community. We wanted to bring in great speakers on topics that parents care about (education, health & wellness, online safety, etc) and extend the Fairmont learning environment to parents and grown-ups, because we believe you should never stop learning. We've had some awesome events with speakers like Chef Tanya of Native Foods, Derek Sabori of Volcom, and Jack Lindquist of Disneyland. To share these speakers' knowledge with a broader audience, we've decided to start re-capping our Chalk Talks on our blog in this new "Chalk Talk" category. 

We kicked off our spring 2012 Chalk Talk series in early January with Becoming Bilingual at our Anaheim Hills campus and then heard from our Director of Education, Sandy Cosgrove about Fairmont's 2011 Academic Outcomes at our inaugural Fairmont Expo. At our third Chalk Talk last week, a panel of college admissions and child development experts shared "What Every Parent Should Know Before Your Child Turns 18." There was so much great content, we've decided to share it in a series of three posts over the next couple weeks. To start, here's an intro to our panelists and an overview of the modes of learning.

Re-Cap: What Every Child Should Know Before Your Child Turns 18
-Rajeshri Gandhi, Educational Consultant
-Denise Hunter, Admissions Counslor, West Coast University
-Dipa Gandhi, ABC School District
-Erik Gutierrez, College Counselor, Whitney High School

Introduction to Topic: Students must undergo long-term preparation for long-term success and that requires a strategic focus by parents. Thoughtful academic choices, coupled with awareness of risk taking and understanding that today's students are complex, global, digital natives, are the keys to success.

Modes of Learning: While 60% of the population is now believed to be multi-modal, it’s important for students to understand what their top mode(s) of learning are and how to capitalize on them.

  • Visual Learners – take notes on unlined paper where space is unrestricted by lines/graphs and blank space is conducive to little drawings and pictures.
  • Auditory Learners – make songs to help memorize facts or use mnemonics like ROYGBIV. Listen to music while studying to get relaxed (music without lyrics at 60 beats per minute—like classical music from the Baroque period).
  • Kinesthetic Learners LOCI method to associate locations with certain topics.  Take a walk around the neighborhood with your stack of flash cards. Memorize a fact while standing in front of a certain tree or mailbox, etc so that you recall the fact when you think of the location.
  • Read/Write Learners – Re-read text or re-write notes repetitively to memorize facts.

Next Wednesday, look for our second post on this topic, written by one of the event speakers, Rajeshri Ghandi, on the topic of self-efficacy. 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Monday, January 30

HOW TO plan a kid-friendly super bowl party

Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner, which means it's time to plan that annual football-themed extravaganza! Between the appetizers, drinks and decor, planning activities for the kids can often slip through the cracks--leaving you missing the big play or the funniest commercial while you struggle to find Mr. Rabbit or the Toy Story DVD. We're making it easy to plan ahead this year with some simple ways to ensure your kids feel like part of the party. 
  • Get the kids up to speed on their football vocabulary before the game by making flash cards with some of these football terms. Read out the definitions and see who can name the word or make it into a game of charades by giving each child one card that he or she has to act out while everyone else guesses the term. That way everyone is on the same page when the ref yells, "Touchdown!"
  • Foster a little friendly competition with the Super Bowl Smackdown game. Print copies of this worksheet for each child and have them fill it out with their Giants vs. Patriots predictions before the game begins. Then have the kids follow along with the game to see who wins each round. Reward the winners with little treats or prizes. 
  • Test the kids' NFL team knowledge with this awesome memory matching game. Download and print this document (courtesy of Toddler Approved and artist Charles Arey) and cut out the squares to make the cards. Then set up a kids table away from the main viewing area where the kiddos can play. 
  • We all look forward to the food at parties, and so do kids! Make them feel loved by having a special "kids section" of the food table with finger-food favorites like mini croissant hot dogs, veggies & ranch, fresh fruit, string cheese and mini pizzas. When in doubt, keep it simple. 
  • Make dessert a big event for the kids by having a cupcake decorating table. They can turn their cupcakes into footballs with a layer of chocolate frosting and  white icing "lace" lines, or they can decorate according to their favorite team with white icing and red or blue colored sprinkles. 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Image from TVJab.com

Friday, January 27

FRIDAY FOLDER january 27

Highlights From This Week
Mable Students Win State of California Poster Contest 
Congratulations go out to 4th Grader Alexisse Y., 3rd Grader Yiyi O., and 1st grader Courtnie B.  for winning the 2012 California Department of Boating and Waterways "Safe and Wise Water Ways" poster contest.  California  elementary and middle school students are invited to participate in this contest. The contest has run for 19 years with the  primary goal of educating students to be safe and wise in or near the water. Read more in the Mable eNewsletter

Fairmont Expo Is a Huge Success!  
The inaugural Fairmont Expo was a wonderful success. Over 400 parents, students and teachers attended this event held on the beautiful Chapman University campus. There were exhibits of the high standards of Fairmont students' classroom efforts, art projects and music programs. Kindergartener's recited the "Gettysburg Address" and there were elementary mock classroom presentations. Several of Fairmont's finest musicians performed on the violin, the Junior High Debate teams showed us an exciting live debate with a hotly contested topic regarding the NFL Helmet to Helmet Contact Issues. The award-winning Fairmont Prep Concert Choir performed a spectacular show piece, and the Edgewood cheerleaders finished off the event with an example of their trophy winning routines. We are already looking forward to next year's event! 

Weekly E-Newsletters 

January Lunch Menus 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Thursday, January 26

fairmont blackboard...A to Z

Did you know that Fairmont offers its parents and students access to a customized version of the learning management system Blackboard? Blackboard is an online dashboard that acts as a portal into the virtual version of your student's classroom. By logging in to your parent account, you can see your student's assignments, grades, upcoming class events and more. We'd like to kick off a series of posts about Blackboard, provided by our Education Department, with answers to the seven most asked parent questions our Blackboard team hears. 

7 Most Asked Parent Questions About Blackboard
Blackboard is Fairmont’s online learning management system. It facilitates communication, encourages collaboration and provides extended learning opportunities which enhance our students’ educational experience. This exciting tool allows students and parents to easily access assignments and grades, class and campus specific information, as well as enrichment activities.

You can access Blackboard directly by going to https://fairmontschools.blackboard.com. You can also go to QuickLinks on Fairmont’s website: http://www.fairmontschools.com.

The Blackboard help desk is ready to assist you Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Additional contact information is available at https://fairmontschools.blackboard.com.

When you first log into Blackboard, you will see a NetClassroom link. Simply click on the image and enter your NetClassroom username and password. If you need your NetClassroom username and password, please contact your campus registrar or the Blackboard help desk.

For students in grades four through twelve, students are asked to regularly check their Blackboard classes for assignments, important announcements and other class information. For preschool through third grade, Blackboard is used primarily as a communication tool between teacher and parent.

Information is regularly posted in Blackboard classes. Fairmont recommends that you log in at least once a week. Your student’s classroom teacher, however, may request that you log in more frequently. Your student’s teacher will provide you with more specific information regarding this during the first weeks of school.

Your student’s teacher is responsible for all information and content posted in your student’s Blackboard class. Please contact the teacher directly with any questions or concerns. Teacher contact information is provided in the class.

For more information regarding Blackboard, please visit: https://fairmontschools.blackboard.com

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Wednesday, January 25

THE FAIRMONT FIVE organizing your child's study area

With the New Year comes a refreshed sense of purpose.  It's time to tackle all of those items on the to-do list that have gathered dust over the past year.  If you've never gotten around to creating a study area that's both attractive and functional, maybe it's time to get intentional about this important area of your living space.  Here are a few suggestions from the uber-organized folks at the Container Store
  1. Find the right study area and desk. Find a desk, table or other smooth surface with room to spread out all study materials. Select a chair that’s comfortable, but not too cozy. When selecting a workspace, choose a modular system that will grow with your child through high school and even into college. Make sure the room has adequate lighting.
  2. Limit the distractions. If possible, try to create a study area in a location without a telephone or television — these may be too tempting for even the most disciplined students. For older kids, implement a cell phone-free study zone to avoid distractions like text messaging. If you set up a study area in a high traffic area of the home, set aside a firm study time where everyone in the family respects the student’s time to study and finds things to do in other areas of the home.
  3. Create a schedule and filing system. At the beginning of the school year, create a scheduling system with a large monthly calendar and place it near the workspace. Color code the calendar items, such as homework and project due dates, exams and birthday parties, in order to easily identify school versus personal entries. This makes it easy for students to manage responsibilities and is also simple for mom and dad to check on the status of kids' projects. Create a color-coded filing system that works in conjunction with the schedule.
  4. Keep the area clutter-free. A cluttered study area is not only frustrating, but also will cost valuable study time looking for items. Make sure enough room is available to adequately store books and supplies where they are visible and easily accessible, yet out of the way of the main study area. Include room for writing as well as computing when setting up the space.
  5. Keep supplies on hand. It’s frustrating to sit down for a study session and then find out you don’t have the necessary materials. Stock up on the essentials, such as pens, pencils, notepaper, printer paper, ink cartridges, index cards, construction paper and scissors, then make sure they’re organized. Keep reference materials close at hand.
photo from containerstore.com

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Tuesday, January 24

SNACK TIME kick off a healthy new year

Get a jump-start on a healthier new year by making good nutrition a regular habit.  Planning ahead and having healthy foods available and in sight are great ways to start building good nutrition habits that last.

Begin with Breakfast
Studies show that children who eat breakfast perform better on cognitive tests and in school. Balanced breakfasts include a source of protein, fat and carbohydrate, to help satisfy hunger and fuel the brain until lunch time. Low-fat meat, eggs, nuts, tofu or dairy products provide good sources of protein. A healthy breakfast doesn't need to be extravagant or take a long time to prepare. Try something simple like a hard boiled egg, whole grain toast and 100% fruit juice. Or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with banana and reduced-fat soy, rice or regular milk.
If you’re not hungry in the morning, a fruit smoothie made with yogurt can make breakfast easier to swallow and tastes great.

Get Creative With Veggies
School-age kids need between 1 1/2 to 3 cups of vegetables and 1 to 2 cups of fruit each day. After-school snacks are opportunities to help get the fruits and vegetables needed every day for good health.  Have ready: sliced fresh fruit for after-school snacks or raw veggies such as carrot or celery sticks, and bite size tomatoes for munching.

Make Smart Snacks
Edamame (young soybeans) are fun to eat and make a great and satisfying snack.  Classic “ladybugs on a log” are ever popular. Just slice celery into two- or three-bite pieces, fill with peanut or almond butter, and line with raisins or dried cranberries, and, presto, you have a high protein, high fiber snack.

Homemade mini pizzas are easily prepared with pasta sauce, grated cheese, olive or pepper slices on whole grain English muffins or pita bread popped in the toaster oven.

Yogurt smoothies are also a great way to satisfy a sweet craving while providing protein calcium and B vitamins.  

Studies show that the earlier healthful habits are formed, the easier they are to maintain. If children grow up with more healthful and flavorful snacks, it will support eating habits through their teens and young adulthood.

Contributed by Leslie Kay-Getzinger, MS RD, Regional Dietitian for Nutrition Management Services

Monday, January 23

SHORT STORY inaugural fairmont expo

We were thrilled to see the whole Fairmont family out at Chapman University yesterday for our inaugural Fairmont Expo. Here is a sneak peak of our pictures from the event...

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Thursday, January 19

HOW TO is your child ready for kindergarten?

Shelia Rafat, Admissions Director at the Citron Campus, has had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of soon-to-be kindergartners over the course of her career. She recently conducted a Fairmont Chalk Talk on how to tell when your preschooler is ready for the big "K". While there is no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for kindergarten, she shared the following checklist.  And don't worry if your little one isn't an ace with her ABCs just yet. According to Ms. Shelia, and others in early childhood, what's more important is that your child demonstrates a willingness and eagerness to learn.

Signs that your child may be ready for kindergarten:
  • Cuts with scissors.
  • Traces basic shapes.
  • Sorts similar objects by color, shape and size.
  • Can pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks.
  • Separates from parents without being upset.
  • Identifies the beginning sounds of some words.
  • Speaks in complete sentences of five to six words.
  • Manages bathroom needs.
  • Identifies alphabet letters and their sounds.
  • Counts to ten.
  • Recognizes some common sight words.
  • Recognizes groups of one, two, three, four, and five.
  • Can share and play with others.
  • Can bounce a ball.
  • Can look at a picture and then tell a story.

photo from Microsoft Office photo gallery

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools


Wednesday, January 18

ARTS AND CRAFTS chinese new year dragon

Chinese New Year celebrations begin on January 22 (Chinese New Year's Eve) and run through February 6 (Lantern Festival).    Usher in the Year of the Dragon by crafting this pint-sized dragon puppet from FamilyFun magazine.  The dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac and it is regarded as an auspicious symbol which stands for power, good luck, success, and happiness.  While you're at it, order up some dumplings from your favorite Chinese restaurant and dig in--with a lucky circular shape they represent coins and are super lucky (and delicious)!
photo from familyfun.com
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Tuesday, January 17

IN THE NEWS great teachers have lasting impact

The Teaching Channel on campus last summer filming one of Fairmont's great teachers in action. 
An article published by the New York Times on January 6th cited a recent study by Harvard and Columbia economists that shows highly effective teachers have a long-term impact on their students' success.

According to the study, students with great teachers are less likely to become pregnant as teenagers, more likely to attend college and earn more when they enter the workforce.  The study is the largest look yet at the controversial “value-added ratings,” which measure the impact individual teachers have on student test scores.

“Everybody believes that teacher quality is very, very important,” says Eric A. Hanushek, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and longtime researcher of education policy. “What this paper and other work has shown is that it’s probably more important than people think. That the variations or differences between really good and really bad teachers have lifelong impacts on children.”

Teachers unions argue that using test scores to determine teacher quality is harmful and misleading. Others say test scores are an objective measure of a teacher's effectiveness in the classroom and call for accountability.  Regardless of your viewpoint, this study is groundbreaking in assigning a monetary value to poor, average and great teaching.

In my mind, and in the minds of many Fairmont parents, a great teacher is priceless!

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, January 16

THE FAIRMONT FIVE reasons to attend the fairmont expo

We can't wait to host our inaugural Fairmont Expo this Sunday, January 22! This joint open house event will mark the first time that all five of our Orange County schools are together in one location. We're inviting the entire Fairmont family to attend to kick off the new year and celebrate Fairmont's 2011 academic achievements as we launch our 2011 Report Card. Here are all the event details and our top 5 reasons to attend:

Fairmont Private Schools Expo 
Sunday, January 22, 2012 
10am-2pm, open house format 
Chapman University, Beckman Hall 404 
One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866

Top 5 Reasons to Attend: 

  1. 2011 P-12 Academic Outcomes Presentation by Sandy Cosgrove, Director of Education and Dr. Matthew Brandstetter, Dean of Academics
  2. College Outlook Presentation by Jonathan Dunn, Fairmont Prep College Counselor
  3. Fairmont Students in Action
    • Mock Classrooms 
    • Displays of artwork, science projects, and writing samples 
    • Musical Performances 
    • Live Debates
  4. Fun Activities
    • Face Painting
    • Kids Crafts
    • Pictures with Fairmont Mascots 
    • Milk & Cookie Bar
  5. Useful Raffle Prizes 
    • Free Week of Summer Camp
    • Free Summer School Enrollment 
    • Free Transportation (2012/2013 Year) 
    • Free Extended Day (2012/2013 Year) 

Click here to RSVP. We hope to see you there! 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Friday, January 13

FRIDAY FOLDER january 13

Highlights From This Week
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Don't forget that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Read all about this national holiday in our blog post.

Fairmont Expo 
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Chapman University

We invite you to join us at our inaugural joint open house event as we kick off the New Year and launch our 2011 Report Card. This is the first time in Fairmont history that all five campuses will be together in one location, and you won't want to miss it! Preview your child's next grade level while exploring our art and science exhibits and enjoying student performances and informative presentations. Spend time with fellow parents and meet families and teachers from other Fairmont schools.

Bring your children along to play with their school friends-kid's activities will include treasure map crafts and pirate themed face painting at our Summer Programs table, photos with our mascots, and a milk and cookie bar!
Click here to RSVP

Extracurricular Classes  Our winter session of extracurricular classes begins next week. Our enrichment classes provide excellent opportunities to students to explore foreign languages, sports, and more. Be sure to check out your campus e-newsletter for the list of classes offered and sign-up details. 

Weekly E-Newsletters 
Anaheim Hills Campus 
Citron Campus 
Edgewood Campus 
Mable Campus 

January Lunch Menus 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Thursday, January 12

becoming bilingual...A to Z

We kicked off our 2012 Spring Chalk Talk series last night at the Anaheim Hills campus with an event called "Becoming Bilingual." The event began with a screening of the documentary Speaking in Tongues, which follows the story of four students in San Francisco along their path to learn a second language. The film addresses the American trend towards remaining an "English only" nation, and the limitations that trend will put on future generations in an increasingly global economy. 

After the film, we held an open forum discussion on the topic of language learning facilitated by Krystin Kim, a Fairmont parent and owner of the North Orange County division of Lango; Denise Cabanel-Bleuer, Spanish Professor at Orange Coast College; and Sandy Cosgrove, Fairmont's Director of Education. We were thrilled to have a fantastic audience that posed great questions and offered insight into the importance of language learning for children and adults alike.  

Here are some takeaways from the discussion: 

  • Learning a second language offers students a variety of developmental and cognitive benefits, including: higher self esteem, opportunities to connect with other generations, enhanced cultural awareness, reduced risk of Alzheimers,  and increased job opportunity. All of these benefits increase when students learn more than two languages. 
  • The prime window for language learning begins at birth and closes around age 13, when the child's brain is still developing and language can be absorbed rather than taught in translation mode. 
  • When learning a second language, children learn the most from their friends, not from parents, so parents don't have to fear not knowing the language their child is learning. 

The bottom line? Everyone can and should learn a second language, and the earlier you start, the better!  All Fairmont students begin taking Spanish in first grade, and Fairmont also partners with Lango to offer after school language enrichment starting at the preschool level. Contact your campus Activities Director if you're interested in signing up for Lango classes this term. 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Wednesday, January 11

THE FAIRMONT FIVE educational websites for kids

Kids love computers! Making the time they spend in front of them both fun and educational is where parents and teachers come in. Here are a few suggestions for websites that pique children's curiosity and engage their minds while providing a fun-filled online experience.
  1. Starfall is one of the best literacy sites for early childhood using games, songs and animation to introduce children to reading. Their systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool-second grade.  A new Starfall More site also features K-2 math games.
  2. PBS Kids is a wonderful companion to PBS's educational TV programming with games themed to each show that cover reading, science, math and more. Great for preschool-third grade.
  3. Fun Brain was selected by FamilyFun magazine in its September 2010 issue as one of the top ten websites for kids. It provides a safe gaming environment that bridges learning and entertainment.
  4. Weatherwizkids was designed by a meteorologist and introduces children to the fascinating world of weather. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to give them the right tools to explain the different types of weather to children. Best for kids second grade and up.
  5. National Geographic Kids website has won a number of awards for design, innovation and educational content. Games, videos, quizzes and tons of fascinating facts make this a favorite for nature and animal lovers and kids who are super curious about the world around them.
photo from Microsoft World online photo gallery

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Tuesday, January 10

martin luther king, jr day...A to Z

History (FactMonster)
It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. After the bill became stalled, petitions endorsing the holiday containing six million names were submitted to Congress.

Conyers and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Democrat of New York, resubmitted King holiday legislation each subsequent legislative session. Public pressure for the holiday mounted during the 1982 and 1983 civil rights marches in Washington.

Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. A compromise moving the holiday from Jan. 15, King's birthday, which was considered too close to Christmas and New Year's, to the third Monday in January helped overcome opposition to the law.  The federal holiday went into affect in 1986. 

Did you know?  A number of states resisted making MLK Day a holiday.  Arizona governor Evan Mecham rescinded MLK Day as his first act in office in 1986, setting off a boycott of the state.

MLK Day of Service
What better way to honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. than to roll up your sleeves and get involved in your community!  This video from the Corporation for National and Community Service  is sure to inspire you and their homepage provides links to community service projects in your area.

photo from writespirit.net

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, January 9

SHORT STORY citron tree planting

Citron Kindergartners "plant their roots" at the Mable Campus during the annual Tree Planting

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Friday, January 6


Highlights From This Week
Class of 2016 Husky Elite 
Thirty eighth graders from the Fairmont junior high program learned that they were members of the Husky Elite (Class of 2016) this week.  Students earned this honor by being among the top 10, according to grade point average, in their campus' eighth grade class. Each member of the Husky Elite receives a scholarship to be applied toward all four years of their annual tuition at Fairmont Preparatory Academy. The Husky Elite program began in 2011 as a way to recognize Fairmont’s top achieving students as they graduate from 8th grade. Husky Elite honorees and their families will celebrate at a reception hosted by Fairmont Preparatory Academy on February 8, 2012.  We are proud to recognize the Husky Elite winners and congratulate them on their achievement! See the campus e-newsletters below for the list of winners.

Basketball Season is Here! 
Our DSL and Tri-Way basketball season has begun. Be sure to check your campus e-newsletter for the rosters and game schedule. Come cheer on our teams and show your campus pride! 

Weekly E-Newsletters 
Anaheim Hills Campus 
Citron Campus 
Edgewood Campus 
Mable Campus 

January Lunch Menus 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Thursday, January 5

SCHOOL NEWS visit treasure island in summer 2012!

Online Registration Begins
February 15

Priority Registration & 10% Discount
February 15 - April 30

Summer School
(PK-12th Grade)
June 25 - August 3

Summer Camp
(P-6th Grade)
Weekly, June 18 - August 17

Counselor-in-Training Program
(7th & 8th Grade)
Weekly, June 18 - August 17

Enrichment Workshops
(JK-12th Grade)
Throughout the Summer


Each summer, Fairmont Summer Programs has a new theme and those of you who follow us on facebook and twitter have been getting hints all week long! This summer, we're excited to invite you to TREASURE ISLAND and wanted you to be the first to know!

Online enrollment kicks off mid February at www.fairmontsummerprograms.com and we're happy to extend a 10% priority registration discount to the Fairmont community on summer school and summer camp registration through April 30, 2012. 

Get ready for a summer filled with adventure and academic preparation at Fairmont's summer school, weekly day camp and subject-specific enrichment workshops. 

Please contact the Fairmont Summer Programs Team at 714.765.6300 or summer@fairmontschools.com with any questions. 

Wednesday, January 4

THE FAIRMONT FIVE: spring 2012 events

We're kicking off 2012 with five great community events. Mark your new 2012 calendars and invite your friends to come along as well! 

Fairmont Private Schools Expo 
Sunday, January 22, 10am-2pm
Chapman University, Beckman 404, Orange 

The Fairmont family invites you to join us at our inaugural expo event as we celebrate the new year and launch our 2011 Academic Report Card. Experience the Preschool-High School academic and summer programs offered by our five OC schools. Exhibits include musical performances, student panels, art gallery, academic outcomes, college outlook presentations, and more. Visit with Fairmont teachers, administrators and families to learn more about our programs.

Chalk Talk: Becoming Bilingual

Wednesday, January 11, 7-8:30pm
Anaheim Hills Campus, Anaheim Hills

In an increasingly global economy, being bilingual is a huge advantage. Speaking in Tongues, an award- winning documentary, narrates the trend of secondary language immersion starting in preschool and Kindergarten, the prime time for language learning. Join us for a special screening of the film and to participate in an open discussion about language immersion facilitated by language professor Denise Cabanel-Bleuer and Fairmont’s Director of Education, Sandy Cosgrove. Bring your children along for language learning games & activities provided by Lango (Fairmont's Mandarin extra-curricular class provider). 

Chalk Talk: Fairmont Academic Outcomes
Sunday, January 22, 11am - 12pm
Chapman University, Beckman 404, Orange

Join the Fairmont family at our inaugural Fairmont P-12 Expo event and discover how Fairmont uses data to measure and improve academic outcomes. Director of Education, Sandy Cosgrove, will share Fairmont's 2011 results as we launch our 2011 academic Report Card. The Fairmont Expo runs from 10am-2pm - come early or stay late to enjoy musical performances and special activities with your family. 

Chalk Talk: How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online
Wednesday, February 29, 7-8:30pm
Mable Campus, Anaheim

The Internet offers limitless opportunities for young learners, but it can be a dangerous place if children lack key safety rules. Join Monique Nelson, Chief Operating Officer of OC-based Web Wise Kids to learn how to keep your kids safe as they surf the web. Children are welcome - interactive Internet safety games developed by Web Wise Kids will jump start your critical conversation and provide entertainment. 

Chalk Talk: Special Week of the Young Child Workshop!
Wednesday, April 25, 5:30-7pm
Fullerton Public Library, Fullerton

Are you ready for preschool but not sure about your toddler? To celebrate the Week of the Young Child, we invite you to an Early Childhood Education workshop. Beginning with Potty Training 101, our expert will help you breeze through the process with some simple potty training tips and tricks. Our next topic is a comprehensive Preschool Readiness presentation from a seasoned early childhood educator. This event is geared for parents with children ages 1-3. Children are welcome! 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools