Friday, May 20

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Eighth Grade Travel Week to Washington, DC

The Eighth Graders spent an amazing week in our nation's capital, Washington, DC.  A few of the highlights of the trip were visiting the Capital, Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument, Monticello, Mount Vernon, The White House and even visiting New York to see the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building!

Last week I had the opportunity to accompany the 7th graders on their trip to the Grand Canyon. This is an amazing trip filled with adventure! We arrived in Phoenix where we boarded our busses and trekked to Montezuma's Castle just outside of Sedona, Arizona. There we learned about the native American tribes who build this amazing feat of engineering. Students learned about the lifestyle of these tribes and how environmental changes eventually led them to migrate to other areas. We continued our journey with a hike through the aspen groves on top of the San Francisco Peaks which overlook Flagstaff. Here the students saw how quickly the desert climate shifted to the mountain biome as it began to snow along our hike. That evening our group attending a tour of Powel Observatory, which is home to the telescope that helped to discover Pluto. Here students had the opportunity to view the rings of Saturn through a telescope as well as learn of NASA's most recent missions. 

The next morning we rose early to go mountain biking around Bell Rock in Sedona. We then traveled to Slide Rock where students saw how the process of erosion from running water can create a fun water slide within the bedrock. We rose early again the next morning and headed for the Grand Canyon. Students enjoyed amazing panoramic views of the Canyon as they hiked down the Kaibab trail ¾ of a mile below the rim. Students observed the sediment layers and even caught a glimpse of some ancient sea life fossils trapped within the Kaibab limestone. After our hike we enjoyed a little relaxing time on the historic Grand Canyon Railway. Along the way, students saw deer, elk, galloping antelope, and enjoyed the traditional cowboy entertainment of harmonica music. Thursday morning we headed to the Glen Canyon Dam where we boarded rafts for an amazing trip down the Colorado river. The shear cliffs of the canyon towered over our heads and revealed the long history of the canyon. Our adventure continued that evening with a visit to a local rock climbing gym. On the last day of the trip we traveled to the Hoover Dam where students toured and learned how humans have harnessed the power of the mighty Colorado river in order to provide water and power to our homes. Students then enjoyed the excitement of the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas. Our tired crew then flew home, happy to see their families and share their adventures! A wonderful time was had by all!!!

Contributed by Stephanie Conklin, JH Science Teacher

On Wednesday, May 11, the Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten students did an amazing job with their music performance! Students showed what a typical day in music class is like by singing, playing, dancing and learning with Mrs. Zavoral!

Jr. Kindergarten showed that they are learning to keep the beat, recognize the sounds of percussion instruments, and move to classical music. Parents joined the students in a fun circle game called "Bluebird."

Kindergarten students showed that they are learning to sing in tune, play drums, read a beat map, recognize rhythmic notation, and dance freely to classical music. Parents joined the students in their favorite listening and movement game, "Talking Piano."

The show ended with a Grand Finale that included all 90 students singing the West African folk song "Fanga Alafia" with African drums, rhythm sticks, maracas, bells, finger cymbals and scarves. What a show!

On May 6, Cougar Chorus volunteered their afternoon free-time to perform at the Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. A live recording of their singing in the chapel was broadcast into every room throughout the hospital. Patients, employees and doctors were uplifted by the beautiful music. The recording will be re-broadcast for patients in the coming days and months!

The Hospital Administrative Assistant, Maxine Tzur, was thrilled to have the group visit the hospital. She said, "This is such a rare occasion to have students perform here!" Her favorite piece was the students' version of "Soul Sister," a song from the popular band Train.

Cougar Chorus includes 50 students from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. They rehearse before school under the direction of our music specialist, Mrs. Zavoral.

The Orange County Department of Education choses the top 15 teachers in early childhood education and a panel of people in the education field select a winner based off of a teaching observation, a resume review and an essay describing their teaching philosophy.  

Heather received an honorable mention for the
"Early Childhood Educator of the Year 2010-2011"
We are very proud of Mrs. Lopez and her outstanding achievements in education and her continued efforts to improve her skills to better educate our Fairmont students.

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, however 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.



Monday, May 23
Mastery Testing begins

Tuesday, May 24
Mastery Testing
Fifth Grade to Riley's Farm
Sixth Grade to San Onofre Power Plant

Wednesday, May 25

Friday, May 27
Bruce Hockman Carnival at Mable Campus

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In the early morning on Monday, May 9, a group of sleepy 7th graders met at John Wayne Airport about to embark on a journey to Arizona.  What they did not realize is that the experience would be a life-changing opportunity.Waiting for them in "The Grand Canyon State" was a variety of activities ranging from rafting in the Colorado River to hiking in the Grand Canyon.The combined students of Mable, Edgewood, and Anaheim Hills made new friends along each journey. Each night there was yet another activity to enjoy. Each day, a main event was planned for the students, who eagerly took on any challenges that came their way. One of the most popular events took place on Tuesday, when students were able to hike up Bell Rock and mountain bike across the trail. Later in day the kids jumped in for a splash at Slide Rock Park, where natural water slides and currents form a fun adventure .Wide-eyed travellers were also able to marvel at the majestic wonder of the Grand Canyon.All in all, every participant enjoyed the experience and has something to remember for a lifetime.

Contributed by David Kwon and Tarek Sahyoun, 7th grade
On Thursday May 12, Mable Jr. High hosted its annual 8th grade International Luncheon. 8th grade students participated by bringing food from their respective cultures to share. Parent volunteers transformed the cafeteria into a display of multicultural celebration, and helped make this experience memorable for the departing 8th class. Students and teachers had the opportunity to enjoy dishes from all the cultures present in our 8th grade, and learn about one another's cultural background. 8th graders Lauren Huntly, Vasiliki Courelli and Stephanie Oh commented on how outstanding the variety of dishes was, and how carefully all the food was presented. Some students also dressed in traditional attire. We thank everyone who partcipated, especially the FPA, and we look forward to our next year's event.
Contributed by Mrs. Lina Gamboa, JH teacher

No matter how you spell it, Fairmont students are "A-M-A-Z-I-N-G...AMAZING!" After a week of mock Spelling Bees, five students from each second grade classroom were chosen to enter the official Spelling Bee on May 17th The enthusiatic and gut-wrenched fans listened to seven grueling rounds until Jennifer Cresap came out on top with the correct spelling of the word "kneel." In true Fairmont fashion, the other competitors cheered for our newly crowned Spelling Bee Queen. All participants were recognized for their bravery and were awarded with a warm crowd cheer, a heartfely handshake by Mrs. Calabria, and a certificate. So hats off to all of this year's second graders and good luck to next year's participants.  

Contributed by Mr. Adame, 2nd grade teacher  


Tuesday, May 24th
6th Grade Academic Pentathlon Awards
Ceremony at 6:30 pm @ Heritage Forum in Anaheim

Wednesday, May 25th
5th Grade/JH Orchestra and Ensemble
9:00 am and 6:30 pm
Mable Gymnasium 

Friday, May 27th
Bruce Hockman Carnival

Thursday, June 2nd
Junior High Drama  Production
9:30 am and 6:30 pm
Mable Gymnasium 


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"Smiles are around" with Graden Huang, Kindergartener

If you missed the earlybird registeration but would still like to enroll in Fairmont Summer Programs, our summer mascot Sunshine the Squirrel invites you to enroll in Preschool-8th Grade Summer School and Summer Camp and save 10% through the end of May! To take advantage of this special promotion, and save 10% online, enter the promotional code SUNSHINE at 


Kaitlyn and Ashley Strawbridge were the teachers for the day in first grade-and what a great job they did!  Not only were they recognized with their "Teacher of the Day" titles, but they were our special helpers all day!  Ashley even had to clean the desks at the end of the day just as Mrs. Brown does in the afternoon.  Kaitlyn was constantly up and down, just like Mrs. Fraser/Ms. Montague. The students referred to each of them as "Miss Strawbridge."  The girls got a kick out of this! Thank you, Miss Strawbridge and Miss Strawbridge, for a job well done!

Community Service Project for Kindergarten, JK, and First Grade Classes! Please donate non-perishable food for the food pantry! Date: May 16th-27th. The Project Hope School Foundation was formed in 2003 by a group of volunteers and exists to provide support and community advocacy for the children and families of Project Hope School.
Items Needed:
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Canned tuna
  • Cereal
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Canned refried beans
  • Canned fruit, corn, green beans, soup, and chili
  • Cloth carrying bags
Hosted by Mr. Smiens and Mrs. Krulisky

Elementary Forum
Thursday, May 26th
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.

Next Monday and Tuesday mornings from 7:45 AM until 8:30 AM, all unclaimed uniform items will be on display at the back gate.  For a donation (amount determined by you), you will be able to claim any uniform items from the display table.

We have collected a large number of sweatshirts and other uniform items which have no student names for identification.  We are asking for your help in avoiding this in the future.  Please be sure to write your child's name on each clothing item and to check the Lost and Found regularly for already missing articles.  Your help with this is greatly appreciated!
Edgewood students! 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.  

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,
Save the date for the Last ECPA Meeting of the 2010/11 Year on 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

Robin Gormin (Mable) and Yvonne DeVane (Edgewood) spent a sunny weekend at the Arts Alive Festival in Mission Viejo, a couple of weeks ago. The festival celebrated all avenues of art such as sidewalk chalk drawings, guitar making, throwing on a wheel, painting, drawing and even performing. The Fairmont booth featured recycled art made by our students. It was windy and hot but still fun, as Mrs. Gormin and Ms. DeVane explained the importance of recycled art and an education at Fairmont.

  1. Parents need to enter the churchparking lot from Vanderlip ONLY. We want to have one way traffic in that parking lot. If parents ask another person (grandparent, friend etc) to pick/drop off their child, they need to inform that person of the procedure.
  2. No running in the parking lots.
  3. Children need to stay by their parents' side in the parking lot at all times.
  4. Parents need to slow down in all the parking lots. Please no speeding.
  5. No parking on the red curb.
FACULTY LOUNGE edgewood features dynamic duo from 1st grade

Thursday, May 26th – 8th grade Fun Friday Field Trip
Friday, May 27th – Jr. Kindergarten-8th Grade to Mable Carnival


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

Thursday-Friday, June 2nd-3rd
8th Grade Drama Production of Hello Dolly at 7 pm

Saturday, June 4th
8th Grade Drama Production of Hello Dolly at 3 pm

Monday, June 6th
5th & 6th Instrumental Concert at 7 pm

Wednesday, June 8th
Brunch & Learn with Mrs. Reynolds at 11 am

Thursday, June 9th
5th Grade Show 12 pm

Friday, June 10th
5th Grade State Fair & JH End of the Year Dance


Save the Date! JH Sports Banquet
Wednesday, May 25th
6:00 pm - Allison Hall, Room 110

Fill out forms below and return by Friday, May 20th. All Athletes who played on Junior High Sport Teams are invited.
Coaches Gift Fund 2011
JH Sports Banquet 2011