Friday, October 31

FRIDAY FOLDER october 31

Highlights of the week:

Sahar K (right) North Tustin graduate at Broadcom Masters
North Tustin graduate wins at Broadcom MASTERS

At the Broadcom MASTERS this week, Fairmont North Tustin graduate Sahar K. won the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for innovation in recognition of engineering excellence for her project on wildfire early warning systems using computer science. The project was developed by Sahar when she was an eighth grader at Fairmont.

She is among the 12 top award winners hailing from all over the U.S. including California with six winners, Pennsylvania with three winners, and Arkansas, Indiana and Oregon with one winner each.

The students, faculty, staff of Fairmont congratulate Sahar for her extraordinary achievement!

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Saturday, October 25

ARTS + CRAFTS halloween paper lanterns

Halloween decorations can be a fun craft project for kids. Try making these Halloween paper lanterns to string up around your house for Halloween.

What you need:
  • sheets of orange paper or card
  • scraps of black paper or card
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • glue
  • pencil 

You can make big lanterns out of a whole A4 sheet, or cut the A4 sheet in half to make smaller ones.  A combination of big and small looks good.

Fold your sheet of orange paper in half lengthways.

Now, with the fold edge facing you, cut 1cm slits all along the length of the folded piece of paper. (Don't cut right to the edges, just make the slits sit about 4cm from each edge.)Open the piece of paper out.

Now roll it into a lantern shape - secure each short edge together with a stapler to form a cylinder.

Use your scraps of black paper to glue eyes, nose and a mouth onto your spooky lantern.

When you have at least four lanterns, you can use a hole punch to make holes in the tops and then string them together to hang up outside your house for Halloween.

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween! 

Contributed by Neha, Fairmont Private Schools
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Friday, October 24

FRIDAY FOLDER october 24

Highlights of the week:

Fourth Grade "Walk Through California"

Our fourth graders at Anaheim Hills Campus illustrated the history surrounding the discovery of California through an interactive program. Students dressed up in time related costumes and actively engaged in learning about our state. It is a wonderful educational program, and parents love watching their child embrace education and active learning!  The third graders are already looking forward to it next year!

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Thursday, October 23

A to Z having a safe Halloween

Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children of all ages. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, engage in physical activity and focus on safety.
Check out these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?

S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and  flexible. 
A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. 

H Hold a flashlight to help you see and others see you. Always WALKand don't run.
A  Always test make-up in a small area first.
L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
L  Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O Only walk on sidewalks, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. 
W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats.
E Enter homes with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses and avoid dark houses. 
N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?
Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:
  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and cheeses.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit “jack o'lanterns” and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind those driving to the party to watch out for trick-or-treaters on the streets.

Contributed by Doug Fleischli, MA Fairmont Private Schools
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Friday, October 17

FRIDAY FOLDER october 17

Highlights of the week:

Anaheim Hills DSL Football vs Heritage Oak

North Tustin Variety show

Historic Anaheim Preschool Color Fun Run

Historic Anaheim Campus Color Fun Run

Halloween Haunt Provides A Spooky Good Time

The Historic Anaheim Parent Association annually hosts the "Halloween Haunt" on the Friday before Halloween. The $6 admission helps the FPA pay for the DJ, hay rentals and decorations. The DJ plays great games with the kids! Additionally, there will be booths inside led by students in ASB, Yearbook Club and the Girl Scouts. Booths include games, face painting, snacks, a "haunted" maze, a little goblins area and much more. StuffNit Burgers will serve dinner to all the ghosts and goblins. Don't forget to get your sweet fill at the dessert truck. Join us at Historic Anaheim Campus on Friday, October 24th for a night of Halloween fun!

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Thursday, October 16

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY P-8 educational apps recommendations

Fairmont’s own Technology Enhanced Curriculum Specialist, Dr. Rebecca Osborne, recently recommended several educational apps for enhancing a child’s learning experience. She also listed apps for helping students (and parents) stay organized and enable parents to monitor a child’s iPad use.

Academic apps and games play a major role in 21st century learning. The term “gamification” is used in educational circles to refer to electronic game platforms designed to help students learn and practice academic subjects. 

With access to laptops, tablets and smartphones in the classroom and at home, teachers, students and families are integrating more digital tools into the learning process. The results include a significant increase in student motivation along with greater levels of engagement with teachers, other students and parents.

Academic Apps and Games:
Brainpop Jr - Elementary
Writing Wizard and Cursive Writing Wizard - P-2nd
Lobster Diver - Numberline Math app for 3-8
Tellagami and PuppetPals - Animation apps for all grade levels
Bill Nye the Science Guy - Elementary and JH science videos and virtual experiments

Getting Organized:
Evernote:Taking notes, tracking recipes and so much more ( for more info)
Gmail: Get your Gmail accounts on your iPad, real-time notifications, multiple account support and search across your entire inbox
Sunrise: Calendar with a variety of great features, including weather, directions and more.
Any.Do: Easy-to-use to-do list app

iPad Monitoring:
PeekTab - Monitor usage, pictures taken, etc.  (a bit pricey)
TimeLock: Limit usage of the iPad

Parents can also see purchases made in the App Store using these instructions.

Contributed by Doug Fleischli

SNACKTIME healthy eating during Halloween

Your children can still enjoy Halloween without splurging on mounds of chocolate and sugary snacks. With imagination and a bit of effort, creating spooky treats with your children can be fun and contribute nutritional value.  

Here are a few creative and creepy Halloween Treats that will bring laughter to your whole family. 

Spider Deviled Eggs-Make deviled eggs and fill as usual but decorate as spiders by using a black olive, black beet or cooked purple potato to create the "body" of the spider.  Use the same food to create the "legs" by slicing the olive, beet or potato into four tiny strips on each side.

Spider Web Cheese Pizza-Make individual pizzas from mini-pitas or English muffin halves. Spread tomato sauce on the bottom and slice cheese into strips to create a "web." Use a black olive to create the body and legs of a "spider."

Severed Hot Dog fingers-Cut flour tortillas into strips and wrap a mini-hot dog (cocktail) in each. Dab the top with ketchup and place a slivered almond on top to create the finger nail. Serve with a bowl of red ketchup.

Festive Edible Pumpkin-Carefully peel a small orange and top with a celery stem to make it look just like a pumpkin.

Halloween Stuffed Peppers-Stuff orange peppers and bake as usual but cut out the eyes, nose and mouth to look like a pumpkin. 

Eyeball Platter #1-Spread peanut, almond, hazelnut spread or soy butter on a round cracker. Top with a slice of banana for the "eye" and place a raisin for the "pupil" in the center. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon to create a "bloodshot" effect.

Eyeball Platter #2-Slice hard boiled eggs with an egg slicer and place on round or oval crackers. Top with a piece of an olive for the "eye ball" and sprinkle with paprika for the "bloodshot" look.

Gelatin Jiggles-Use pre-formed Halloween molds and fill with colored gelatin.

Cookie Cutter Sandwiches-Use Halloween cookie cutter shapes to transform regular sandwiches into seasonal surprises.

Decorating food as a fun, seasonal treat is a creative way to get kids to sample a new food. Try some of these homemade Halloween recipes for your children or create your own!

Submitted by Leslie Kay-Getzinger, MS RD
Regional Dietitian for Nutrition Management Services Company

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