Tuesday, May 17

FACULTY LOUNGE citron sings ms. teresa beilman's praises

Music teacher Ms. Teresa Beilman has been working with young children since 2006 and will complete her first year as Citron campus music teacher at the end of this school year.  She loves being able to combine her passion for teaching young people and her passion for creating, experiencing and leading music. "I wake up every morning knowing I have the joy of teaching children using music and movement," she says.  One of the highlights of her year was working on the spring musical.  In her free time, Teresa enjoys reading, crocheting, jewelry making, singing, and camping.  She is also an active community volunteer, donating her time at UCI Medical Center and at local prisons.

Contributed by Elly, Citron campus

FACULTY LOUNGE anaheim hills' stephanie conklin loves the fairmont adventure

Anaheim Hills’ science teacher extraordinaire Ms. Stephanie Conklin discovered a love of teaching while she was attending UC Davis interning at an inner city school as a 7th grade science teacher.  She transferred to Cal State Fullerton where she earned her Biology degree in 2006.  Shortly after graduating, she joined Fairmont’s team as a guest teacher and extended day staff member.  Channeling her passion for science and education, she now teaches 6th grade earth science, the Animal Behavior elective, and elementary science lab (1st-5th grade).  Additionally, she serves as head pentathlon coach for 6th grade, DSL soccer coach, science curriculum coordinator for Anaheim Hills, and the new elementary science curriculum coordinator for all of Fairmont.

When we asked Stephanie what she liked most about teaching at Fairmont, here’s what she had to say:

“I love that the students challenge me to learn new concepts in science and explore areas I might not have otherwise. Working with 500+ students, each with his/her own ideas and interests leads me to amazing discussions on extremely varied topics. I love seeing the excitement on the students’ faces when they are completely engaged in the scientific process and their curiosity takes on a life of its own. 

I also have the opportunity to join the students on several amazing fieldtrips throughout the year. In October, I accompanied the 6th graders up to the San Bernardino Mountains for five days of hiking and learning in the great outdoors. Students learn about the many ecosystems here in California while enjoying team building and leadership activities. In March, I had the pleasure of journeying to Catalina Island with the fifth graders to enjoy snorkeling and kayaking while learning about California costal ecosystems. 

In April, the sixth graders and I went to the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to get a firsthand account of how our facilities have prepared to keep us safe in the event of a disaster such as the one experienced this spring in Japan. During our visit, the students’ level of questions and knowledge prompted the tour guide to bring in several experts. As we left, one senior engineer commented, “I’ll be keeping your names and numbers since I will be looking forward to hiring many of you when you are old enough!” I could not have been more proud of my students for their enthusiasm, manners, and level of engagement. 

Most recently, I attending the 7th grade trip to the Grand Canyon where we enjoyed hiking, biking, rafting, rock climbing, star gazing, and so many amazing experiences! There is no end to the list of awesome opportunities I have had here at Fairmont! I cannot wait to see what adventure I will have next!”

Contributed by Vicky, Anaheim Hills campus

FACULTY LOUNGE mable spotlights junior high history teacher

Seventh and 8th grade World and US History teacher Alena Pettit started her career with Fairmont at the Prep Academy where she taught 7th, 8th, and 9th grade history for 5 years.  She’s been with Mable Junior High for the past two years where, in addition to teaching history, she also serves as Yearbook Advisor and Pentathlon coach for 7th and 8th grade.  Ms. Pettit earned her degree and California credential in Social Science from Cal State Long Beach.  When she’s not preparing lesson plans, working on yearbook layouts or quizzing her pentathlon team members, she enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and watching movies. Her favorite part of teaching at Fairmont is getting a chance to bond with her students.  “I love the interaction with the kids.  Working at Fairmont allows teachers to have a personal connection to both the students and parents.  Many of the teachers at Fairmont have created and maintained a lasting relationship with our students.  I really enjoy it when my old students come back to visit,” she says.

Contributed by Karen, Mable campus

FACULTY LOUNGE edgewood features dynamic duo from first grade

My name is Cynthia Fraser and I have been teaching at the Primary Level on the Edgewood Campus since 1986. I have my California LIFE Credential(K-8), CBEST Certificate, and CLAD 1 and CLAD 2 training.  During my years on this campus, I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade, combinations of Kindergarten and First, and, finally, Second Grade. Each year I try to tweak the curriculum to fit the needs of the students, while bringing in new ideas to update my teaching. These past two years have been marked by a rapid acceleration of bringing new technology into the classroom! My current First Graders and I are  Promethean Partners as we actively learn new skills on our board.

A few years ago I assumed the responsibilities of Fairmont’s Master Teacher at the elementary level. One of the requirements of this position is that I maintain part-time responsibilities in the regular classroom. For this reason, I share a contract with Ms. Montague while dividing my time in and out of the classroom. “Job-sharing” is truly more than a 50-50 share. I have been very fortunate to work with both Ms. Montague and Mrs. Brown during these years.   My duties outside of the classroom lead me to the other Fairmont campuses where I look forward to continue using my experience and knowledge to the fullest.  

Additionally, I am the Language Arts Coordinator for the elementary grades and a member of the Tiger Team. In both capacities, I work with other coordinators and team members to explore and implement new ideas. For the past and current WASC Accreditations, I have been on the Leadership Team. I am very proud of our documentation for the WASC committee.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy reading, movies, and sewing. With my new NookColor I find myself browsing and adding to my future reading more often than not!  Revisiting Europe is definitely on my wish list, with my taste of Northern Ireland, Germany, Scotland, and England still fresh. Of course, my favorite, current pastime is being with my four grandchildren, Kate, Jack, Matthew, and Aubrey. With our new Annual Disneyland passes, we will have plenty of Mickey Mouse Time!

I have an unyielding passion for teaching that not even the rainiest season can dampen. My teaching is not limited to Monday-Friday.  I pick up and create ideas EVERYDAY in ANYPLACE with ANYONE. A market, a restaurant, a museum, or a mall....I am thinking, “Hey, this would work for....”  My planning is nonstop and I love it.

My name is Megan Brown.  I come from a family of teachers and knew as a young child that this was the career I wanted.  After beginning as a substitute teacher at the Edgewood campus 9 years ago, I am now completing my 8th year teaching first grade at the Edgewood Campus.  How time flies!  This year’s 8th graders were my first group of 6 year old students, and it is amazing to see how big they have become (many tower over me when I walk the hallways), and it's hard to believe they are off to high school.  In addition to my position as a first grade teacher, I am also the Grade Level coordinator for first grade and a member of Fairmont’s Promethean Tiger team.

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Long Beach State, and my California Teaching Credential from National University.  I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible with my family, and I have recently learned how wonderful it is to have Disneyland passes!  I have a 6 year old son, Jack, and a 3 year old daughter, Aubrey, who both attend Fairmont’s Anaheim Hills campus. My husband and I recently started a Gourmet Food Truck business which keeps our family busy!  We will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary this summer.  Working with my young students and their families is the best part of my job here at Fairmont!  It is so invigorating to watch my first graders grow leaps and bounds during their first grade year.  I love being part of the Fairmont Edgewood family!

Contributed by Jonna, Edgewood campus

Friday, May 13

FRIDAY FOLDER citron campus may 13

Photo of the Week: Science experiment-Owl Pellets

Spring Musical Information
Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will travel to the Mable Campus on Monday, May 16thand Tuesday, May 17th. Spring Musical rehearsal will be held at Mable from 9:30am to 10:30am on Monday and 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Tuesday. It is important that students attend school on both days and arrive on time. 
Preschool students will rehearse as a group at the Citron Campus on Wednesday morning from 9:00am to 10:00am. It is important that students arrive to school by 8:30am. If this is not your child’s normal day and you would like them to practice with their class you may bring them and stay for the rehearsal time.
As a reminder songs and lyrics can be found on Mrs. Beilman’s blackboard page including costume information. To locate use the tab on the left side under “Songs for the Family”. You are strongly encouraged to visit the page to engage your student in extra practice time and becoming confident in their song. If your blackboard log-in has been misplaced contact Ms. Dodson at the Citron office. Please try to set May 18th for Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergartenand May 19th for preschool so that you can come and enjoy the musical talents that have been serenading the Citron Campus for the past few weeks. 

Summer Promotion
How did you spend your summer vacation? Don't let your kids answer this classic question with a mumbled "playing video games." Instead, check out today's deal from Fairmont Summer Programs: For only $149, you'll receive one week of summer camp for students from pre-school to 6th grade (regularly $300). Parents will enjoy free early drop-off and late pick-up from 7:00am to 9:00am and 4:00pm to 6:00pm inspire your little ones with fun activities -- they'll discover nature through outdoor adventures and learn the importance of teamwork through sports. Not only do Fairmont's programs prepare your children for the upcoming school year with a curriculum focused on art, science, and music, they also incorporate a healthy dose of recreation into the week with cooking classes, sports, swimming, and field trips. Score this deal and your kids are sure to be happy campers.
Make sure you visit www.livingsocial.com for this great summer deal and don’t forget to “like” our summer Facebook page for more information and other promotions. 

In Other Fairmont-wide News…
Each year the Mable Campus enters the Imagination Celebration Art Show. Imagination Celebrationis a countywide art festival; it takes place May 11th-May 25th, 2011.
There are 31 pieces of art representing the Fairmont Mable Campus, the most ever showcased for the campus. The Citron Campus is very proud of Mrs. Gormin and all the students that participated. Many of whom attended the Citron Campus. We encourage you to visit the Imagination Celebration Art Show!

The location for this art show is:
South Coast Plaza’s Crate and Barrel Wing
There are three shows there:
1,000 pieces of Art- approximately 100 pieces from each grade level
All District Show- represents all the districts that enter  
Laguna Festival- art shown all summer at the Festival grounds in Laguna Beach   

Citron FPA Nominations
Attention ALL Parents:
We’re looking for Parents to become involved with the FPA Board.  Nomination forms will be sent home this afternoon with your child.
Please take a moment to nominate parents for ALL positions; President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Ways& Means.  You can also nominate yourself! 
Nominations deadline is Friday, May 20, 2011. 


SNACK TIME top six things to have in your kitchen

Monday, May 16th
Jr. K and Kdg Spring Rehearsal
Mable Campus

Tuesday, May 17th
Jr. K and Kdg Spring Rehearsal
Mable Campus
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Wednesday, May 18th
FPA Bake Sale
Citron Campus
8:00am – 10:00am

Mable Campus
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Preschool Music Rehearsal
Citron Patio
9:00am -10:00am

Jr. K and Kindergarten Spring Musical 
Mable Campus –Cafeteria
5:00pm - check-in
5:30pm – performance

Thursday, May 19th
P3 and P4 Spring Musical
Citron Campus – patio
9:30am – performance 

Contributed by Elly, Citron Campus 

FRIDAY FOLDER mable campus may 13

Photo of the Week:4th Grade Students Visit Our State Capitol 

4th Grade Study Trip to Sacramento  
On Thursday, April 29,  fourth grade students went on a field trip to Sacramento. We met at Ontario Airport at 5:30 A.M. First we met our tour guide, Michelle. We got on a bus and drove to Old Town Sacramento. We saw the American River, walked around the town, and even rode on a stage coach. We also visited an old school room from the 1800's. One of the best parts was the stop at Candy Heaven, where I tried a REAL chocolate covered cricket! After Old Sacramento, we rode the bus to the Capitol building and toured the place where the California laws are made. Then we headed to Sutter's Fort, ate at Old Spaghetti Factory, and saw a magic show. The next day, we got back on the bus and drove to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, where we fed the fish. Next, it was up to Coloma to pan for gold on the American River. Unfortunately, I didn't find even one flake of gold, nor silver, nor copper. So most of us just went to a gift shop and bought little bottles of gold flakes. Finally, we went back to the airport, ate a quick dinner, and boarded the plane back to Southern California. We were all met by hugs, kisses, and words of kindness from our families. Home, sweet, home!

Contributed by Lina Kim, 4th grade student 

Junior High Artist Showcase
This year has been an exciting year for our junior high artists. We entered many local and state contests with wonderful results.The following are some of our showcase examples:

The Safe and Wise Water Ways 2011 Poster Contest
The Department of Boating and Waterways sponsors the Safe and Wise Water Ways poster contest each year, promoting safe boating and waterways rules. Eighth grader Kile Y. was one of the winners for the entire state of California, and his artwork is showcased in the organization's 2011 calendar for the month of February. To view his entry, click here.  

2nd Annual Council on Aging - Orange County Intergenerational 2011 Poster Art Contest
Eighth grader Kile Y. won 1st place for the second time in the 7th-9th grade category.  His entry is pictured above. Kile will be recognized Friday, May 6th, at the Irvine Marriott. His art will be featured on Council on Aging note cards as well as receiving a cash prize.

2011 Imagination Celebration Poster Contest
This local contest sponsored by Arts Orange County attracts over 500 entries each year. To be chosen as one of the 24 finalists is a very big honor. Seventh grader Katie M. was one of the 24 finalists for this contest. Her work was professionally exhibited from April 20 through May 7 at the Showcase Gallery of Orange County Fine Arts Center in South Coast Plaza Village. A reception and recognition ceremony was held on May 7 for the talented artists.   

Color It Orange Annual Art Exhibit
Color It Orange encourages and celebrates youth art and creativity. It is an annual juried exhibition of student work from Orange County in public and private schools from kindergarten through grade 12. The Color It Orange exhibit was held at the Laguna College of Art and Design.   On March 13, a reception was held to honor the students and their families and teachers.  The Mable students listed below had their artwork on display:  

Jesse C. - 3-D Alexander Calder-inspired sculpture  
Joyce C. - Waterfall  
Joyce C. - Lonely Man*  
Kitty J. -  Man With Dog  
Frankie T. - The Eyes of Leo  
Jesse W. - Jacob Lawrence  

* Recipients of special Color It Orange ribbon

Imagination Celebration 
Each year the Mable Campus enters artwork into the Imagination Celebration juried art show. This year the Mable Campus Junior High has three pieces of our student's art in the exhibit.  A reception honoring the students will take place this Saturday, May 14th at 12:30 p.m. in the Crate and Barrel Wing of South Coast Plaza. Be sure to stop by and visit the exhibit if you are in the neighborhood.  

Junior High Art Students Showcased:
Jade A.
Frankie T.
Joyce C. 

Arts Alive  
This annual event highlights the arts in Orange County. Fairmont had a booth displaying their "Go Green Art Projects" completed in the junior high art class. All of these art projects were inspired by a famous artist and created with only recycled objects or papers. The Arts Alive exhibit held in Mission Viejo ran from April 30 through May 1. The following students had their art on display:

Jeneca G.
Stevey B.
Oliver S.
Frankie T.
Jesse C.
Sheryne N.
Shivali R.

Contributed by Mrs. Robin Gormin, Art Teacher


SCOREBOARD game highlights: mable dsl soccer vs. mission hills

Saturday, May 14th
Free Assessment for Prospective Students
9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Mable Campus Offices

Monday, May 16th
Pep Rally
2:00 pm
Mable Gymnasium  

Tuesday, May 17th
2nd  Grade Spelling Bee
8:30 am
Mable Cafeteria Stage 

National Junior Honor Society Assembly
2:00 pm
Mable Gymnasium  

Wednesday, May 18th through Friday, May 20th
5th Grade Study Trip
Catalina Island

Friday, May 20
Sports Banquet for Junior High
6:00 pm 
Mable Gymnasium 

Wednesday, May 25
6th Grade / Junior High Instrumental Concert and Ensemble
9:00 am, repeat performance at 6:30 pm
Mable Cafeteria Stage 

Friday, May 27
Bruce Hockman Carnival
Mable Campus Field 

Contributed by Christie, Mable Campus 

FRIDAY FOLDER edgewood campus may 13

Photo of the Week: Kindergarten Musical - Circus Circus  

Photo of the Week: Edgewood 4th Grade Street Hockey Team
"1st Place Champs in the Consulation Round"
Ronak V.
Allyson R.
Emin T.
Max Y.
Nadia A.
Eunice R.
Rayan H.
Bora O.
Shreyas P.
Lilliana W.
Emily M.
Zach R.
Coach P.
Photo of the Week: Edgewood VIP Picnic Lunch

Photo of the Week: Assistant Director For The Day - Allyson R.

Fairmont 2011 Summer Programs
Check out the Edgewood Summer Programs Video

Summer School
June 27-August 4
Monday - Thursday, 9:00-12:00 pm
Preschool - 8th Grade

Summer Camp
June 20 - August 19
Monday - Friday, 9:00-4:00 pm & 12:00-4:00 pm
Junior Kindergarten - 6th Grade

Enroll Online Today!

Parent Morning Coffee & Forum 
Hosted by: Mr. Smiens and Mrs. Krulisky

Junior High Forum
Date:Thursday, May 19th 
Time: 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.

Elementary Forum
Date: Thursday, May 26th 
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

We want to extend an invitation to parents of all preschool through eighth grade students to join us for an hour of coffee and conversation.  This might be a good time to ask questions about your child's next grade level, to share insights about this past school year, or just "pick our brain." There is no set agenda - just whatever interests you about Edgewood. Please join us for coffee and donuts on the above dates.

Doyle and Darcy

Parent Association News and Meeting Dates 
Monday, May 16th at  8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Special Guest Speaker:  Scott Hendrickson, FPS IT Director

Fairmont's IT Director, Scott Hendrickson, will be attending the May 16th ECPA meeting to give you an overview of our technology initiatives at Fairmont! Scott will recap the previous year, discuss where we are today, and let you know where we are going in regards to Technology at Fairmont.  Scott will be available for questions and looks forward to meeting you!

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 fresitalina@hotmail.com.

ANNUAL FUN RUN - May 20th - Sponsored by ECPA
Please turn in the pledge form that is sent home with your child this week. 

May  Field Trips        
Kindergarten to Ocean Institute
Monday, May 16th

Junior Kindergarten-Eighth Grade to Mable Carnival
Friday, May 24th

Edgewood's Sports Corner
DSL Soccer Team Record
vs. Mission Hills (2) tie
vs. Mable lost
vs. Heritage Oak won
vs. Anaheim Hills won
vs. McDowell won
vs. Mission Hills (1) won
vs. Camelot won
vs. Oakridge won
Eagles DSL Soccer 6-1 record.
Way to go Eagles! 
Save the Date!
Wednesday, May 25th
JH Sports Banquet @ 6:00 pm
Allison Hall, Room 110

Monday, May 16th & Tuesday, May 17th
5th Grade Move-Up Day

Tuesday -Thursday, May 17th-19th
Cheer Tryouts

Friday, May 20th
ECPA - Fun Run
Box Tops Due

Wednesday, May 25th
JH Sports Banquet

Friday, May 27th
Mable Carnival 

Monday, May 30th
Memorial Day - No School

Tuesday- Wednesday, May 31st-June 1st
Cheer Clinic

Contributed by Jonna, Edgewood Campus