Thursday, December 8

HOW TO prevent & cure winter colds naturally

Between the chilly temperatures and Santa Ana winds, colds seem to spread like wildfire. How can you prevent and treat colds without strong medicines and trips to the doctor? Here are our top five cold prevention tips from Body Ecology

  • SLEEP! This may seem like a no-brainer, but with the busy lives we lead, it can be tough to get the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Without sleep, your body will have a much harder time fighting off cold viruses. 
  • VITAMIN C Supplements can be used to guarantee you get the right amount of vitamin C each day, but you'd be amazed how many foods can easily provide your daily dose of this cold-fighting vitamin. This list of foods with the most vitamin C is a great place to start--and you may be surprised to find that oranges aren't even at the top! 
  • AVOID SUGARS Yes, this is a tough one during the holiday cookie season, but sugars and acid-forming foods significantly increase your risk of contracting a cold, because they hinder your immune system. 
  • SMILE Seriously, studies show that people who laugh, smile and truly have fun once a day have stronger immune systems. (Plus, we all deserve a pick-me-up now and then!)
  • FERMENTED FOODS & DRINKS Overall health starts in the digestive system and these foods and drinks make sure that system is running smoothly all the time. 

And if the cold has already hit, try out this prescription of natural remedies: 

Wednesday, December 7

THE FAIRMONT FIVE toys with staying power

Goodie, goodie, gumdrops...these toy picks bring me back to my childhood holidays when Christmas morning was a magical, mind-blowing occasion for me and my three siblings.  There were the toys we asked for (thanks to the brainwashing effects of Saturday morning cartoon commercials) and the true surprises--gifts we hadn't circled in catalogues or ogled on superstore shelves.  Most of the time, these were the toys that stood the test of time and logged hours of playtime well into the New Year.  

The best toys, I think, are the ones that encourage a dynamic play experience.  So, with this in mind, here are a few suggestions for your family:

Giant Archiquest Cardboard Blocks
Ages 3 and up
These oversized blocks offer kids the opportunity to interact with their biggest construction projects. Giant blocks are made of cardboard so they're lightweight but extremely durable to hold up to years of play. Each is printed with detailed architectural designs of European castles and buildings. Includes 48 blocks.

Wok and Roll Stir Fry Set
Ages 3 and up
This wooden Wok and Roll stir fry set includes 3 shrimps, 3 mushrooms, meat, onions, pea pods, 1 pepper, 2 skewers, tongs, a dull wood knife and a spoon. It's bound to create quite a stir for the budding chef in your family.

Tin Can Robot
Ages 8 and up
It's amazing what you can build with common items found around the house and a little imagination. This kit turns an aluminum can into a walking, wobbling, googly-eyed robot. A fun project for parents and kids to create together.

Kids City Walks
All ages
Modeled after the popular city maps for adults and adapted for kids, each City Walk set includes 50 colorful map cards and a tri-fold intro card. Perfect for discovering the cities (choose from New York, San Francisco, London, Paris and Washington D.C.) while walking the real thing or recreating a cosmopolitian tour around the house.

Ages 10 and up
 A Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products Winner.  With over 750 Projects, this set includes special software that allows you to "see" the electrical signals in the circuits, just like electronics engineers do using oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers.  Kids can engineer over 750 exciting, useful electronic gadgets and play lively electronic games.

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Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Tuesday, December 6

holiday concerts...A to Z

Here at Fairmont, the annual holiday concerts have become a beloved tradition. The wintry decor, adorable costumes, bright lights and lovely music combine to create a magical experience for the audience. To help you make the most of your student's performance, here is the full schedule of shows along with a few concert-going tips. 

2011 Holiday Concert Schedule 
Anaheim Hills Preschool Sing-a-Long
-Thursday, December 8 at 9:00am for P3 Parents
-Friday, December 9 at 9:00am for P4 and M-W-F P3 Parents

Citron Holiday Caroling 
-Thursday, December 8th at 9:30am
-Friday, December 9th at 9:30am

Edgewood Holiday Caroling by Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade
-Tuesday, December 13

Mable Campus 
-Wednesday, December 7: 1st and 2nd Grade Winter Performance at 9:00 a.m. AND 6:30 p.m.
-Wednesday, December 14: 6th/JH Grade Instrumental & Ensemble Winter Concert at 9:00 a.m. AND 6:30 p.m. 

Fairmont Holiday Concert Tips 
  • Read the Fine Print. Many of the holiday shows have multiple performances to accommodate all the parents. Read the details in your campus e-newsletter and be sure to attend the right performance. 
  • Know Where to Sit. In advance of the concert, take your child into the MPR and ask him or her to show you where he or she stands during the show so you know the best place to sit to capture that perfect picture or video. 
  • Arrive Early. Parking and seating may be limited, so leave yourself some extra time to settle in and mingle with other parents. 
  • Charge Up. Camera and video camera batteries seem destined to run out at the most inopportune moments. Don't risk it...charge up  the night before and bring back-ups. 
  • Enjoy the Moment. It can be tempting to stay behind the camera the entire performance to capture every second of cuteness, but we recommend you snap a couple great pics and then put down the camera to truly take in the show. 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Monday, December 5

BOOK REPORT snowmen at night

Snowmen at Night
by Caralyn Buehner

Kids and snowmen go together like hot chocolate and mini marshmallows.  I'm not sure what it is?  I've had the opportunity to make a snowman a few times, as an adult, and it wasn't much fun.  It's cold, hard work.  And my snowmen were generally disappointing in both stature and symmetry, compared to the Frostyesque image in my mind.  But for a child, if there's snow, there's a snowman to be made.

My children love the snowmen who come to life in Caralyn Buehner's Snowmen at Night.  The book attempts to solve the mystery of why snowmen never look quite the same day to day.  Could it be that some funny business is going on at night?  Yes, indeed.  Kids love hearing about all the fun the snowmen have at night--ice skating, sledding, playing baseball--even "drinking cups of ice cold cocoa made by snowman mothers."

You won't regret purchasing this book or checking it out from your local library.  It's a delightful read-aloud and even engages the imaginations of older kids.  Just like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and The Polar Express, Snowmen at Night deserves a spot on your holiday bookshelf.

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Schools

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Friday, December 2

FRIDAY FOLDER december 2

Highlights From This Week 
CHOC Toy Drive 
The spirit of the holiday season is underway and our Annual Toy Drive kicked off this week. We would appreciate if you could help us by donating a toy for a boy or a girl who is in CHOC - Children's Hospital of Orange County. These children would truly benefit from receiving a special gift on Christmas morning and all year long. You can drop your donation off at the campus now until December 9th. The toys will be picked up at school by the Orange Coast Harley Davidson's Chapter. They will come to the campuses on Friday, December 9th via motorcycles. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. Check out these gift tips and read the history of the toy drive. 

Winter Musical Performances 
Each campus will be hosting its holiday musical performances in the upcoming weeks and you won't want to miss it! Mark your calendars for the dates below: 

Anaheim Hills Preschool Sing-a-Long
-Thursday, December 8 at 9:00am for P3 Parents
-Friday, December 9 at 9:00am for P4 and M-W-F P3 Parents

Citron Holiday Caroling 
-Thursday, December 8th - 9:30am
-Friday, December 9th - 9:30am

Edgewood Holiday Caroling by Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade
-Tuesday, December 13

Mable Campus 
-Wednesday, December 7: 1st and 2nd Grade Winter Performance at 9:00 a.m. AND 6:30 p.m.
-Wednesday, December 14: 6th/JH Grade Instrumental & Ensemble Winter Concert at 9:00 a.m. AND 6:30 p.m.  

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

December Lunch Menus 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Thursday, December 1

BULLETIN BOARD happy holidays

'Tis the season to be jolly! Ring in the holidays with these festive crafts, decor and treats. 

1. DIY Button Wreath 2. Resourceful Trader Joes Gift Wrap 3. Natural Christmas Tablescape 4. Creative Mitten Advent Calendar 5. Reindeer Cake Pops 6. Snowflake Gingerbread 

Contributed by Alyssa & Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools 

Wednesday, November 30

THE FAIRMONT FIVE online social coupons

The recent social coupon movement takes traditional "couponing" to a whole new level. Forget cutting around the dotted lines on your weekly ads. Online social coupons can be purchased directly through your email account, and they offer huge savings (often 50% or more) on a variety of local products and services. 

So here's the idea... Companies work with social coupon sites like Groupon or Living Social to offer special deals to costumers, but only if a predetermined minimum number of people purchase the coupon. If this number is met by the end of the time frame, the deal is on. If not, the deal is off and those that did purchase the coupon are reimbursed--thus the term "social coupon." 

It's a win-win situation, great deals for consumers and excellent exposure for companies to a wide, attentive audience. The catch? The coupon sites often take about half of the coupon proceeds, making the deal difficult for companies to front unless their coupon costumers return again and pay full price. But there are still plenty of great deals out there, just don't forget to read the fine print to make sure you really qualify for the deal (often returning customers do not). 

There are so many social coupon sites, so here's a round-up of our top 5 to get you started: 

  1. GROUPON The instigator of the social coupon movement. Why Groupon? Easy to use, only one e-mail per day, ability to personalize your deals, $10 referral incentive, iPhone + Android app, excellent customer service. 
  2. LIVING SOCIAL The most social of the online coupon sites. Why Living Social? Refer 3 people to the deal and you get the deal free, extensive variety of deals spanning 89 U.S. cities, only one e-mail per day, iPhone app. 
  3. YELP DEALS The most intuitive place to find deals while searching for local businesses. Why Yelp Deals? Can be purchased directly from business pages on Yelp, not required to sign up for daily e-mails, simple integration with Yelp website or app, longer window of availability. 
  4. DEAL GOODER Cause-related social couponing. Why Deal Gooder? 50% of the coupon sale goes to the local Charity of the Day, only one deal per day per city, available in Orange County and Los Angeles.
  5. OC REGISTER DEALS Coupons recommended by writers who know Orange County. Why OC Register? Specific to the Orange County area, multiple deals each day based on specific area, easy to use. 

For a more extensive list, check out this article. Happy couponing! 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools