Wednesday, October 31

SHORT STORY halloween

Our Historic Anaheim preschoolers put on a great Halloween show for their parents performing Michael Jackson's Thriller! 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Monday, October 29

Operation Candy Drop...A to Z

Operation Candy Drop is a tradition at the Historic Anaheim Preschool. Each year we invite our families to share their extra Halloween Candy with our troops through "Operation Gratitude." Our partner ensures that our candy, pictures, and letters are safely delivered to soldiers serving in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard serving abroad. This "candy drop" means so much to our American troops.  

Candy donations will be accepted October 29 through November 9, 2012. Military personnel will attend our flag salute that day to accept the candy donated by our generous Fairmont families. Please talk with your children about this special event and encourage them to share their Halloween candy this year! 

Contributed by Alyssa, Fairmont Private Schools 

Friday, October 26

FRIDAY FOLDER october 26

Anaheim Hills students sport their red for Red Ribbon Week! 
Highlights From This Week
Anaheim Hills Welcomes New Campus Director 
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Michelle Lowe has accepted the position of Campus Director of our Anaheim Hills Campus. Ms. Lowe joined Fairmont Private Schools in 2010 as our Managing Director of P-12 Admissions. Ms. Lowe holds a Master's degree in Education from Mary Baldwin College in addition to a Bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University. She worked as a counselor with adolescents for several years before becoming a classroom teacher for Waynesboro Public Schools and Virginia Beach Public Schools in Virginia. While teaching, Ms. Lowe was responsible for all elements of classroom management and family relations including lesson plans, communications, assessments, etc. She provided leadership on her Principal's Advisory Council regarding curriculum, testing, and behavior management--and received high honors as Exemplary Teacher of the Year! In addition, Ms. Lowe worked for Kaplan as the Director of Educational Partnerships for three states. While working with Kaplan, she partnered with school districts and site level administrators to customize curriculum solutions that would help their students achieve academic success.

As a well-respected member of our Fairmont Leadership Team, Ms. Lowe has been a key advocate for student and parent satisfaction, and a driver of popular initiatives at Fairmont such as the Fairmont Expo, Husky Elite, Leader In Me, and many others.

Ms. Lowe will be immediately transitioning to her role as Campus Director. Over the next 90 days, Ms. Lowe will be working closely with Mrs. Carole Calabria (Director of Fairmont's P-8 campuses) and Mr. Bobby Mendoza (Headmaster of Fairmont Preparatory Academy), in addition to meeting regularly with Mr. Drake and Ms. Jarvis. Towards the end of the calendar year, Ms. Lowe will begin meeting with parents on our Anaheim Hills Campus. Ms. Lowe will fully assume her role as Anaheim Hills Campus Director following our Winter Break (offices re-open on January 2nd and students return to school on January 7th). At this time, Mr. Drake will fully transition to his role as Jr. High Assistant Director.   

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Lowe to the Anaheim Hills family!  

Upcoming Events & Reminders

We are looking forward to celebrating Halloween on our campuses next week! We can't wait to see our student's creative costumes! Please be respectful to everyone on campus and make sure your child's costume is appropriate and not too scary! No weapons or blood are allowed. Check out these awesome homemade costumes if you are still looking for ideas. 

Here is a list of the events going on at each campus: 
  • Anaheim Hills
    • We are so excited to show off our wonderful lil ghouls and goblins! Please join us at 8:30am for the preschool parade and at 9:15am for the JK-5th Grade parade.
  • Historic Anaheim 
      Food Trucks! DJ! Dance and Costume Contests! Game Booths!  Pumpkin Patch! Come check out the new and improved Halloween Haunt. There is something for everyone in the family!  Junior High ASB is hosting a special preschool area with fun games and activities.  Game booths are brought to you by student groups and clubs. Don't miss the delicious food trucks! The Burnt Truck featuring all types of sliders and Fire Truck Company 77 featuring homemade pizzas on a refurbished fire truck. The Haunt will take place in the Historic Anaheim Campus Gym and Cafeteria on Friday, October 26th from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Tickets can be pre-ordered or purchased at the door. Flyers and ticket order forms are available at the front office. 
    • PRESCHOOL: Halloween classroom celebrations were moved from Wednesday, October 31st to today, October 26th so children could have all their Halloween celebrations on one day. Wednesday, October 31st will be a free dress day. We ask that students NOT wear their costumes on this day.
    • ELEMENTARY: Happy Halloween! Our Kindergarten costume parade will take place on Wednesday, October 31st at 9:30 A.M. The 1st and 2nd Grade costume parade will follow at 10:00 A.M. It will take place on the blacktop behind the library building.  Please come and check out all the wonderful costumes!
  • North Tustin 
    • Next Wednesday, October 31st is North Tustin's annual Halloween Parade at 1:15 pm on the basketball court. Here are a few tips and reminders for this special day. All students must wear their school uniform to school and will change into costume after their lunch period. Classes will begin to walk out to the basketball court and sit in their assigned seating areas. The church parking lot and the school parking lot will be available to park. If attending a class Halloween party, please sign-in in the front office and wear a parent name badge while on campus. When all grades are in their assigned seating areas, each grade level will be called out to parade around the basketball court to show off their costumes. There will be an assigned seating area for parents as well. Please feel free to come and cheer on your student and their class.

Wednesday, October 24

letters alive...A TO Z

“Wow!” “Awesome!” “This is soooo cool!” When is the last time you heard your child say those words when it came to learning letters and sight words?  In reality, or better said, in “augmented reality,” you may be surprised to learn that those are actual quotes from Fairmont's preschool students who have been introduced to Fairmont’s new Letters Alive program.

We are all familiar with old-school flashcards, but imagine taking those tried-and-true two dimensional learning aids and bringing them into the age of augmented reality.  With Letter’s Alive, the bear that illustrates the letter “B” is a three-dimensional, lifelike, animated animal that moves, makes noises and responds to commands.  The shark for the letter “S” actually swims.  Kids can view video of the shark and all of his animal buddies in their natural habitat.  Children can put letters and sight words together to form basic sentences that tell the alphabet characters what to do—jump, swim, fly…

“I was so excited by Letters Alive when I saw the demo last year,” says Education Coordinator Chelsea Drake, who discovered the program at the Computer Using Teachers (CUE) Conference last March.  “It’s such a dynamic, fun way to teach phonics and I just knew our kids would love it.”

Teachers participated in a day-long training on Letters Alive in late August and are now implementing it in the classroom.  So, if your child comes home with a wild story about an elephant or a monkey coming to class, you will know it’s all part of how Fairmont is using the latest educational technology to inspire and instruct our little digital natives.

Want to see Letters Alive in action?  Check out this demo on YouTube.

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, October 22

HOW TO carve the perfect pumpkin

Halloween is almost here! Are your pumpkins showing off their toothy grins on your front step? If not, follow these few steps and round up the family to start carving! Even if your child is too young to use the carving tools, he or she can still help in other ways.

First, you will need a few things:
  • A pumpkin
  • Three tools: pen, mini screw driver, mini carving saw (available in a pumpkin carving kit) 
  • Paper pattern: make one or print one you find online
  • Tape
  • A candle

Carving Instructions: 
1. Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin, but make it big enough so you can get your hand in to pull out the guts. Save the top so it can be used as the lid.
2. Clean and scrape out the inside. Let your child dig in and get messy! This is a perfect task for the little ones. 
3. Cut out the pattern you found online or make your own out of a piece of paper. Tape it to the pumpkin.
4. Transfer the design. Using the pen, poke through the paper making dots along each outline on the pattern. Make sure to pierce the skin to give your screwdriver a starting hole. Then remove the pattern. (Save it and refer to it while you are carving.)
5. Drill the holes. Hold the pumpkin in your lap and twist the screwdriver into each hole made by the pen in step 4. Turn the drill gently until it creates a larger hole.
6. Start sawing. Move the saw steadily up and down, working from dot to dot. Always hold the saw at a right angle to the pumpkin.
7. Cut a chimney. Light a candle inside the pumpkin, then close the lid. Quickly put out the flame and look for the blackened spot inside the lid. Cut a small hole there; it will let the smoke and heat escape while a candle glows inside.

Have a great Halloween! 

Contributed by Darcy, Fairmont Private Schools 

Friday, October 19

FRIDAY FOLDER october 19

North Tustin Students Practice Photography

Highlights From This Week

North Tustin Jr. High Students Enjoy the Back to School Dance 
Last Friday, October 12th, the Junior High students at North Tustin had their first Back to School Glow Dance in Allison Hall. With the DJ playing tunes, glow sticks shinging all over the room, the students danced the night away and had a great time. Thank you chaperones, Mrs. Liess, Mrs. Letson-Drake, & Mr. Smiens. The students appreciated seeing you.

Upcoming events and reminders:
Red Ribbon Week
Fairmont's North Tustin and Anaheim Hills campuses will be recognizing Red Ribbon Week on Monday, October 22nd - Friday, October 26th.  Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity for parents and teachers to emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyles and strong character. Refer to your campus e-newsletter for specific activities for Red Ribbon Week.

Conference Month
October is conference month at Fairmont. We invite you to take advantage of this important opportunity to meet with your child's teacher. 

Wednesday, October 17

THE FAIRMONT FIVE homemade halloween costumes

Ask most kids their favorite holiday and most of them will undoubtedly say Halloween. They get to stay up late, take home tons of candy, and play dress up! This Halloween, instead of running to countless stores to find your child's costume, try making it yourself! Here are a few creative and fun DIY costumes that you and your kids can make together.

1. If your kids want to dress up as a group try making these adorable toadstool and gnome costumes. For more than one toadstool and gnome try changing the colors for each child to make a garden!

2. A beautiful butterfly is always striking and can be a great costume for a small child even up to a teenager. Let your child in on the creative process and allow her to choose her own color combinations. 

3. If your son just doesn't want to go the superhero route, have him help you make this dashing knight costume

4. For an alternative to the princess, try this creative paper doll costume. Get your child involved by letting her choose the color. She can also help by cutting and coloring. 

5. Your child will want to jump in and start exploring the deep in this crafty scuba diver costume. But put your sewing machine away, because this is a new sew costume. 

Contributed by Darcy, Fairmont Private Schools