Monday, December 23

FAIRMONT FIVE holiday hygge

In spite of the bitter cold and only six hours of daylight in the winter, the people of Denmark are some of the happiest and most prosperous on the planet.  One reason may be their appreciation of hygge (hue-gah) a word which is tough to translate but loosely refers to a feeling of warmth, coziness and togetherness.  Danes create hygge by burning fires and candles throughout the winter, cuddling with loved ones under warm blankets, and making time to connect with friends and family over coffee or simple meals.  

Here in America, we talk about “unplugging” and “being present”—something that is nearly impossible when we are busily preparing for holiday celebrations.  It can be so hard to make time for the simple things, but it’s so important.  Our children will forget the fabulous meals and expensive gifts, but they will remember the time they spent with you.  

This winter break, create some hygge at your home by:
  1. Enjoying a cup of warm cocoa with your child
  2. Playing puzzles or blocks near a warm fire
  3. Watching a favorite family movie together
  4. Staying in your pajamas and making pancakes together
  5. Building an indoor fort and telling stories past bedtime

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Wednesday, December 18

SNACK TIME healthy holiday snacking substitutions

Want to make some wonderful, holiday treats, but still keep it healthy and enticing? Focus on size, color and shape.  Making simple substitutions to traditional family recipes can deliver a nutritional boost without sacrificing taste.

Recipe Substitution Tips:
Substitute whole wheat flour for white flour. Replacing half of the white flour with an equal part of whole wheat flour will increase the fiber content and trace minerals such as zinc and magnesium. Works well with cakes and muffins!
To reduce calories and fat in a recipe, substitute half the fat (a recipe with 1 cup of oil would use 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce). If you can't tell the difference, try substituting a bit more of the fat each time. Applesauce adds moisture and should not change the flavor of the recipe.
Use prunes for butter. No kidding! In brownies and other dark baked goods, prune puree makes a perfect butter substitute while cutting more than half the calories and fat. Combine 3/4 cup prunes with 1/4 cup boiling water, and puree to combine. Substitute in equal amounts in most dark baked good recipes.
Fortify to boost nutrients.Toss in some nuts or ground flax seed meal to a recipe to boost fiber, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and ginger contain antioxidants and other compounds that may boost health.
Choose bite-sized vs. super sized. Holiday snacking is part of family tradition and fun. Bringing balance to the table might alleviate some guilt without foregoing flavor. Celebrate using traditional family recipes, but cut into smaller pieces or use holiday-shaped cookie cutters to create a more festive feel. Bite-size desserts such as mini-tarts and cookies automatically act as calorie monitors. Focus on quality not quantity.  

Healthy holiday snack suggestions:
  • Bite-size sandwiches in the shapes of holiday characters offer fun and intrigue. Fill with lunch meat, hummus, lite-cream cheese or peanut butter and jam.  
  • Mini-muffins with whole grains, pumpkin, dried fruit or nuts.
  • Hot spiced tea brings flavor and warms the body.
  • Cranberry, Tangerine and pomegranate punch packs flavor and even more phytonutrients!

Happy Healthy Holidays!

Image credit:
Submitted by Leslie Kay-Getzinger, MS RD
Regional Dietitian for Nutrition Management Services Company

Monday, December 16

SHORT STORY 14th annual choc toy run

Santa says thanks to Fairmont's "elves"!
Fairmont celebrated a beloved holiday tradition on Friday, Dec. 13 with the 14th annual CHOC Toy Run. Bikers from the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group (OCHOG) arrived at each of our campuses to pick up Fairmont's toy donations, meeting with students and teachers before revving up their Harleys and heading on their way.  Fairmont's donations will be delivered to CHOC hospital on Christmas Eve and will bring cheer to the children hospitalized at CHOC throughout the coming year.  Thank you to the entire Fairmont community for your generosity!
Mrs. Calabria gets in the spirit!
Contributed by Valerie & Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Wednesday, December 11

SCHOOL NEWS technology in the classroom

Fairmont Prep's 1:1 iPad program is a huge success!  We love to see what happens when great teaching meets engaging technology.  Check it out!

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, December 9

FAIRMONT FIVE winter break boredom busters

Woohoo, the winter break countdown has begun!  It's the most wonderful time of the year for children looking forward to Santa, holiday celebrations and NO SCHOOL!  For moms and dads, it can be challenging.  There are tons of holiday preparations to be made, travel to and fro, and the kids are out of school--yikes!  What can you do to keep your sanity, entertain your kids and sneak in a little fun, learning over the winter break?  Here are five ideas:
  1. Make a marshmallow tower
  2. Build a indoor fort
  3. Send the kids to the museum with grandma (great gingerbread exhibit at Discovery Science Center)
  4. Let the kids make gift tags from scrap paper or old Christmas cards
  5. Make paper chain decorations
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Wednesday, December 4

SCHOOL NEWS coach kahlweiss wins coach of the year

Congratulations are in order for Coach Katie Kahlweiss who was recently named 2013 Coach of the Year for the San Joaquin League. Coach Kahlweiss lead the young Lady Huskies volleyball team to a second place finish in the league.  She says, "When I coach I love to teach the girls about technique, teamwork, and discipline, but mostly I enjoying teaching the strategy of the game!  I also encourage my girls to live healthy and active lifestyles which are lessons they can take with them after they leave Fairmont." 

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, December 2

BULLETIN BOARD december inspiration

Children look forward to the holidays all year long, but sometimes the fun gets lost in the shuffle.  We love these four pins from our Fairmont Pinterest boards that bring out the kid in all of us.

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools