Monday, May 19

FAIRMONT FIVE sun protection

The summer season is almost here!  Children will be spending more and more time outdoors having fun, if they aren't already doing so.  That’s why it’s more important than ever to protect them against the sun’s harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays. Although the sun is a great source of Vitamin D, which helps us to absorb calcium for stronger and healthier bones, educating our children about good sun protection habits is essential.   

Here are a few simple tips on sun protection for the entire family:
  1. Always use sunscreen. The first thing anyone thinks of when it comes to sun protection is sunscreen.  Choosing the right sunscreen for your child is important.  Experts recommend selecting a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, and preferably one which is water or sweat-resistant. For maximum sun protection benefits, sunscreen should be applied approximately 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and re-applied every two to three hours. 
  2. Seek shade. The sun is usually at its strongest between hours of 10:00AM and 4:00PM. It is best to avoid being in the sun between those hours.  However, if children must be outdoors during those hours, it is important to take all the possible sun protection measures to keep them safe and hydrated. It is advisable to make sure there is adequate shade to avoid exposure to sun. A wide umbrella or a pop up tent to play is an alternative way to have children play in the shade.
  3. Wear sun protective clothing. One way to ward off damage from the sun is by wearing sun protective clothing or cover-ups. The best way to ensure that the clothes screen out harmful UV rays is by placing your hand inside the garment and make sure you can’t see through garment. Have your children wear dark colors, full sleeves, long pants, cover-ups, or sun protective swimwear. Wide brim hats are a wonderful way to protect the scalp and face.
  4. Don’t forget the sunglasses. Just like the skin, eyes are also susceptible to sun damage. Not all sunglasses offer UV protection, with some sunglasses giving a false sense of safety. Buy sunglasses with labels ensuring 100% UV protection. To encourage children to wear sunglasses allow them to select a style, such as designs with multicolored frames or cartoon characters.
  5. Be a good role model. Last but not the least, setting a good example for your children is a powerful way for them to pick up on sun protection habits.  These preventative measures not only reduce the risk from sun damage, but also teach your children good sun-safety sense.

Have fun and remember to be safe in the sun!

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Contributed by Neha, Fairmont Private Schools

Friday, May 16


Highlights of the week:

Bookmark Contest Winners!

During the month of April, our campuses hosted an annual Bookmark Contest. Students created their designs for the bookmarks inspired by their favorite books. The entries this year were so spectacular, the judges had a very difficult time choosing winners. Grand prize winners bookmarks are printed and distributed throughout the community.  Congratulations to our fabulous reading-artists!!

Anaheim Hills Campus Winners
North Tustin Campus Winners

Historic Anaheim Campus

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Contributed by Neha, Fairmont Private Schools

Friday, May 9


Highlights of the week:

Junior High Debaters Win Top Tournament Award at Orange County Debate Championships!
This past Saturday, May 3rd, the Fairmont Anaheim Hills Debate Team attended the last tournament of the 2013-2014 school year. The 5th Annual Orange County Regional Championship took place at Pegasus School in Huntington Beach and was attended by 150 students from 12 local public and private schools.

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BULLETIN BOARD stay hydrated this summer!

Summer is right around the corner!  This is often the most exciting time of year for children and families who enjoy spending more time outdoors playing sports, exploring nature, having fun at the beach, among other activities.  With our children spending more time outdoors and being exposed to higher temperature levels, it is more important than ever to make sure they stay hydrated.

Below are several tips to help keep your children stay hydrated in the midst of summer heat: 

Drink plenty of water.  Water is hands down the best thing you can have your child consume to stay hydrated.  Health professionals recommend drinking at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. However, some children do not enjoy drinking plain water. 

Here are a few ways to add some flavor to plain water:
  • Dilute juice with water using a ratio of at least 50:50
  • Make juice ice cubes and put them in your child’s water bottle
  • Fill a pitcher of water and toss in some fruit such as berries and lemon slices

Mix it up with flavored water.  A variety of flavored water is available at your local grocery store. It is best to avoid flavored water beverages which are heavy in sugar, as sugar slows down the body’s absorption rate of fluids. Also, be aware of beverages heavy in artificial sweeteners.  Gatorade is another great option to keep children hydrated specially those involved in sports.
Offer plenty of fruit and veggies.  Whole fruits are mostly water and are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber and also aid in hydration. Cantaloupe and strawberries are approximately 90% water. Watermelon, grapes, oranges and apples, as well as vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes and leafy greens are excellent sources of water. The naturally sweet taste of coconut water is another great way to boost hydration and is full of antioxidants too!

Make popsicle treats.  Popsicles made from fruit and water are a fun and effective way to retain fluids in your children’s system. This can be as simple as pouring juice into plastic Popsicle molds.  There are all types of creative ways to turn this into a nutritious treat.  Once again, be mindful of the amount of juice consumption, since the presence of sugar slows absorption. 

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Contributed by: Neha, Fairmont Private Schools

Wednesday, April 30

ARTS + CRAFTS may day basket surprise

May Day is tomorrow!  A fun and traditional way to celebrate May Day is to leave a basket of flowers and treats on someone's doorstep, ring the door bell, and run!  It's the perfect activity to enjoy with your kids. Here is a great tutorial on making your own basket and flowers. Kids of all ages will love helping with this craft. Have fun and happy May Day!

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Contributed by Darcy, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, April 28

BOOK REPORT books celebrating motherhood

Mother's Day is coming up on May 11th, but it's never too early to celebrate the special moms in our lives. Ask most moms what they want for Mother's Day and chances are you'll find out that moms really just want to enjoy some carefree, quality time with their kids. With meals to cook and laundry to fold and children to ferry all over town, being a mom is sometimes just about surviving until the next day.  In the spaces between the rushing and doing, moms steal time to soak in the joy of motherhood.  That's why I love this book list from Reading is Fundamental.  At the end of the day, there's something so comforting about cuddling up with your kids in your lap and reading a good book together.
hushHush! by Minfong Ho, Holly Meade (illustrator) – In this beautifully illustrated Thai lullaby, Mom must go around quieting the creatures of the night whose sounds threaten to wake her sleeping baby.
my-first-dayMy First Day by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page – Has your kid ever asked you what happened on the day they were born? Textured cut paper portraits bring 22 animals to life on their first day of existence as you learn which ones had Mom nearby to help and which were on their own from birth.
lucky-ducklingsLucky Ducklings by Eva Moore, Nancy Carpenter (illustrator) – When Mama Duck takes her little ones for a walk through town, one by one they fall down into a storm drain! Can three firemen and a tow truck driver reunite Mama Duck with her ducklings?
touch-the-skyTouch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper by Ann Malaspina, Eric Velasquez (illustrator) – Young minds will be inspired by this true story of Alice Coachman, America’s first African American Olympic gold medalist, who never forgets how hard Momma works so that Alice could rise high.
snow-schoolSnow School by Sandra Markle, Alan Marks (illustrator) – Follow two young snow leopard cubs as their mom helps them grow strong and teaches them how to survive in the snowy mountains.
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Wednesday, April 23

FAIRMONT FIVE benefits of summer school

Did you know that students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months?  When you compare standardized test scores for tests taken at the end of the school year and the same test taken at the end of summer--there's a significant dip in student achievement.  Summer brain drain is a fact, but it's not inevitable.  

Studies also show that quality summer programs keep the learning going all year long and can actually boost a child's academic achievement and confidence by the start of the new school year.  Here are five good reasons to consider summer school for your child:
  1. Extra practice and review of key concepts in reading, writing and math helps reinforce academic skills and fill in any gaps in your child's education over the past year.
  2. The smaller class sizes often available in summer school classes allow for more one-on-one time between teachers and students.  Children may feel more confident speaking up and asking for help in areas where they just don't "get it".
  3. Kid's brains actually don't need "downtime" from learning.  The steady stimulation that summer school provides is much more beneficial to your child's brain development than, say, hours of unstructured time watching TV or playing video games.
  4. The slower more relaxed pace of summer school allows kids to "play" at learning, discovering new areas of interest and ways of solving problems.
  5. Summer school helps children build confidence in their academic abilities and a little confidence can go a long way to helping your child succeed in the coming school year.
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Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools