Friday, May 31


Khalil playing violin during the Instrumental Program

Highlights From This Week
Parent Survey - Due June 10
As parents, your feedback is invaluable to us in informing our decisions and plans moving forward. We invite you to share your feedback in this year's online parent survey. You should have received an email this week with the link to the survey. If you have not received the survey, please email Stephanie Green at with your updated email address, and we will send it to you right away. Each family who completes the survey by June 10 will be entered in a raffle to win $1000 off tuition next year! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.  

Instrumental Concerts
Anaheim Hills: Our amazing students entertained us with their wealth of talents and musical skills during the recent instrumental program. In September the Fifth Graders chose to learn how to play either violins, cellos, clarinets, flutes, trombones or trumpets. They have spent the past 9 months learning how to read music, about beat, about timing and playing with a group. They have learned how to take care of their instrument and about being dedicated to practice time. The improvement has been astounding! They thrilled us with their progress, and it was to wonderful to see how much they have learned. 

Junior High Instrumental group entertained us with their fun and jazzy music repertoire. We loved seeing them enjoying the music they had been learning. They played movie soundtracks like Pirates of the Caribbean and Raiders of the Lost Ark March. They also played Red Face and a jazzy blues song, and the flutes had a wonderful version of The Entertainer. Some of the Junior High students have been playing their instruments through Fairmont for four years!    

Historic Anaheim: On Wednesday, May 27, the Historic Anaheim Campus was filled with beautiful music. The eclectic mix of songs ranged from the Beatles' "Yesterday" to Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5." First off, the fifth grader strings class took the stage. They played several traditional songs including "Mary Had A Little Lamb." Their portion of the program concluded with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" by Mozart. Performing next were the brass and woodwinds classes from fifth grade. Their program consisted of folk songs from around the world. Additionally, their set featured two solo performers - Jason B. played a clarinet solo and Julia T. performed a piano solo.
After the fifth grade completed their portion of the program, a handful of students took center stage as they performed solo or in small groups. Here is a list of these performers:
Kai H. - Piano Solo - "Sonatina" by M. Clement
Daryuish K. - Violin Solo - "Concerto #3 in g-minor" by F. Seitz
Xixi L. - Piano Solo - "Sherzino" by M. Maskowsky
Ejay C. - Violin Solo - "Concerto" by J. B. Accolay
Justin L., Lauren L, and Michelle L. - Violin, Cello, and Piano Trio - "Part of Your World" from "The Little Mermaid"
Woodwind Ensemble - "We the People" by J. Williams

Finally, the combined Elementary Ensemble and Junior High Orchestra took the stage. They performed several well known songs including "Yesterday" by the Beatles and themes from "Pirates of the Caribbean." Also included in their set was "Finale" by Beethoven and "Canon in D" by  Pachelbel. The show concluded with the traditional closing number, "Can-Can" by Offenbach.

Fairmont Summer Programs: Now Enrolling! 
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Fairmont Summer Programs website is now LIVE and accepting applications for all the lords and ladies of the kingdom! Sign up before April 30th to receive a 10% discount on summer school and summer camp.  

Preschool-8th Grade: 
High School:

Wednesday, May 29

ARTS & CRAFTS fairytale summer crafts

In the spirit of Fairmont's fairytale-themed summer camp, we rounded up some of our favorite summer crafts that may or may not appear at a Fairmont campus near you this summer.  Try these at home with the kids on a lazy Sunday afternoon or leave the crafting to the professionals and enroll in Fairmont's summer camp.  Either way, we wish you and your little elves a magical summer break!

Image from Spoonful
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, May 27

BOOK REPORT the whipping boy

The Whipping Boy
by Sid Fleischman

Finding appropriate reading for my 8 year-old can be hard. I want a book that she won't want to put down but I also want it to teach her something. Luckily, I have a wonderful children's librarian at our local library and she recommended The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman for my daughter to read. Little did I know upon giving it to her she had already read it. 

"Oh yeah mom I read that already. You should read it, it's really good!" To which I replied that I have read it too, just many years ago. But I thought that it would be the perfect book to re-read and share. 

The characters in the book are very colorful and even I was sucked in from the very beginning. We are introduced to Prince Brat and an orphan boy named Jemmy who serves as the "whipping boy" who is always punished in place of the prince. The book is about the transformation we see in the two boys once problems and adventures arise. 

It is very simply written so that a child can read it on his or her own, but it is also a perfect book for a parent to read aloud. It won the well deserved Newbery Medal Award in 1987. It's a great book to kick off your summer reading list.

For more age-appropriate books and reading lists, browse through Fairmont's Pinterest boards.

Book jacket image from wikipedia
Contributed by Darcy, Fairmont Private Schools 

Wednesday, May 22

SNACK TIME gardening this summer

Give the gift of gardening this summer by introducing your child to a fun activity that can last all summer long and beyond. Let your children be dazzled by dirt and critters, inspired as seeds sprout and vegetables and fragrant herbs grow.
Benefits of Gardening
Tending to a garden, including regular watering, checking for growth, removing harmful insects, etc. can foster independence and responsibility. Allowing the child to select their own seeds or plant teaches them about expression.
Master gardeners know that exposure to gardening also shows kids the importance of food and healthy eating, as well as caring for their environment. Gardening can be a great way for children to expand their food choices since kids are more likely to eat something they have grown.
A trip to the local nursery to pick out seeds and a child’s very own gloves and tools can delight with anticipation.  Seed packets usually include instructions for caring for the plant, giving young gardeners an opportunity to practice their reading skills, too.
Kids love using their hands to create things. It can be as simple as one plant in a single pot or a full designated garden onsite. Decide on where you will plant- directly in the ground, on raised beds or in containers.
Growing tomatoes, green beans, strawberries or sunflowers are popular and easy options.
Theme gardens are fun too. You could create theme gardens with foods kids like. For example, if they like pizza, have them plant tomatoes, basil, oregano and peppers. Or stimulate their imagination by planning a fairy garden. Or plant a “hidden treasure garden” by harvesting root plants such as carrots or potatoes or radishes.
It’s also a great way to elevate a child’s self esteem. There are many benefits to gardening at home, school or as part of a community project.
Preparing the soil, planting the seeds, watching the first sign of life instills a sense of wonder and connection with the soil and plants that nourish them. Give your children an activity that will give them inspiration and a sense of accomplishment all summer long.
For tips on making gardening a family activity refer to the resources below.
Books:  "We Grew It, Let's Eat It!" (Tenley Circle Press, $15) and "Dig, Plant, Grow: The Kids Guide to Gardening," (Cool Springs Press, $16)
For nutrition education printouts for preschool and elementary school children:
Contributed by Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, MS, RD, Regional Dietitian for Nutrition Management Services Company

Monday, May 20

HOW TO make the most of your child's report card

School is almost out and that means parents will soon be receiving their child's final report card of the school year. Understandably, parents can get a little apprehensive when report card time rolls around.  Here are some tips from Fairmont's early childhood experts to help you make the most of your child's report card.

A+ for effort--“Parents should praise the effort not just the outcome. Children need to know that working hard and giving their best effort is more important than making the equivalent of straight A’s,” says Kelly Robinette, Fairmont’s Senior Education Coordinator.  “At this age parents need to reinforce the idea that working hard and practicing a skill is key to success; otherwise, children can be tempted to throw in the towel when learning doesn’t come easy.”
Avoid comparing your child to others--Since a child’s early years are so developmental in nature, it is important that you try to avoid comparing your child with other kids in the class, and keep in mind that each child is unique and will master skills in his or her own time.  Instead of comparing, celebrate your child’s achievement and focus on the areas where you know he or she worked extra hard. 
When to intervene--If your child is “below expectation” or “approaching expectation” in a certain skill at the end of the school year, check with your child’s teacher to see what you can do at home to help your child improve.  Even if your child has aced certain areas, there’s nothing wrong with reinforcing key skills over the summer so that he or she starts the new school year strong.

Simple ways parents can support learning
Language Arts--While at the grocery store, have children read as much as they can--the products listed on each aisle, the labels on canned goods, etc.  They can do a letter or word hunt while you shop.  Have them search for and count as many letter “A’s” as they can...and so forth.
Math--Count the forks and spoons as you empty the dishwasher.  Work on writing numbers that are important to your child like their age, birthday or address.  Dominos, dice, and playing cards are all great tools for teaching young children about math.
Handwriting/Penmanship--Any activity to strengthen fine motor skills helps with handwriting.  Try having your child cut a variety of materials including paper, cardboard and playdough.  Playdough is a great tool for strengthening little hands and fingers in preparation for proper pencil grip and penmanship.  Encourage little ones to trace out letters with their index finger in shaving cream or sand, or mold letters with clay or “moon sand,” which you can find at stores like Target.
Science/Social Studies--Take advantage of summer by getting outside and experiencing nature. Go on nature hikes and scavenger hunts.  Plant a garden. Visit local parks, the beach, and wonderful learning museums like the Discovery Science Center and the Aquarium of the Pacific. If you plan to travel with your family this summer, have your child chart your travels on a map and record memories in a journal.

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Friday, May 17


Our North Tustin 2nd Graders has a "wild" time at the Los Angeles Zoo!

Highlights From This Week
Fairmont Students Lead the Way in Student Led Conferences 
Fairmont Private Schools and other schools around the country are leading the charge on a new style of conferences that are student-led. We introduced Student-Led Conferences this month with wonderful, positive comments from parents, students, and teachers. We encourage you to participate in your child's conference if you have not done so already.  
Student Led Conferences help put students on "center stage" and take more responsibility for their academic achievement, self-discipline, and physical well-being. Student Led Conferences reflect the belief that students should be actively involved in their learning and assume responsibility for the learning process. We look forward to seeing you at the Student Led Conferences to celebrate your child's growth and learning!  

Bruce Hockman Carnival - May 24th 
Join your fellow Fairmont Private School students for a day full of fun, prizes, and activities at the Historic Anaheim Campus! Enjoy all carnival attractions for one low price. Snacks for all carnival guests include popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones. Pizza and drinks will be served to 2nd grade-7th grade students. Activities include inflatables, classic carnival games, hairspray, face painting and many other exciting booths. Don't miss out on the fun! The Bruce Hockman Carnival is created and staffed by 8th Grade students from the Anaheim Hills, Historic Anaheim, North Tustin, and International Academy campuses. All profits are used for 8th Grade end of the year activities. Please contact Karen Saturday ( or Christina Dodson ( with any questions.

Fairmont Summer Programs: Now Enrolling! 
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Fairmont Summer Programs website is now LIVE and accepting applications for all the lords and ladies of the kingdom! Sign up before April 30th to receive a 10% discount on summer school and summer camp.  

Preschool-8th Grade: 
High School:

Wednesday, May 15

A TO Z...21st century learning

21st century learning--it's something you hear a lot about these days, but do you really know what it means? Doesn't it  have something to do with computers, the Internet and technology? With mastering the skills necessary to compete in our rapidly changing, global society? I have to admit I was a little fuzzy on the subject before reading Edutopia's A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning. Here's what I learned.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills defines the key competencies that form the basis of 21st century learning or the "4Cs" as:

  • Collaboration: Students are able to work effectively with diverse groups and exercise flexibility in making compromises to achieve common goals.
  • Creativity: Students are able to generate and improve on original ideas and also work creatively with others.
  • Communication: Students are able to communicate effectively across multiple media and for various purposes.
  • Critical thinking: Students are able to analyze, evaluate, and understand complex systems and apply strategies to solve problems.
If you're more of a visual person, check out the video above from Thesys International to see the 4Cs in action! So that's what all the hubbub is about! 

While the 4Cs won't replace reading, writing and arithmetic, they help push parents and educators to re-think the way we teach our children. Kids today will hold dozens of jobs in the course of their lifetimes--and who knows what these jobs will be. Chances are they haven't even been "invented" yet. What we do know is that students won't succeed unless we prepare them to be highly creative, flexible thinkers with the emotional intelligence to communicate and work well with others.

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools