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Principal’s Newsletter: April 18, 2016

22 April

Dear parents,

We are in the middle of April and with some events coming upon us. We are going to be celebrating our Second Annual Día del Niño. We have made some changes to the schedule to ensure that all our students get to enjoy the food and activities. Once again, we will have hot dogs, popcorn, fruit punch, jello, and other things. If you don’t want your child to eat the food we are going to provide, please send her or him to school with lunch. We are also fortunate to have Cascada de Flores returning to present a children’s show. Please join us. The times are 1 pm – 1:40 pm Pre-K – 2nd and 1:50pm – 2:30 pm 3rd – 5th.

But what is el Día del Niño you ask? El Día del Niño is a Mexican holiday that was created to celebrate children. Since 1925, this day and its celebration have grown in popularity throughout Mexico as the day to celebrate the well-being of children. The United Nations created an initiative in 1956 to invite other countries in celebrating children as well. The United Nations recommended this holiday to affirm the rights of children, since they are the voice of the future, individuals who have rights and who should be celebrated as well. So we invite you to join in the celebration and write a card or note for your child and tape it to the mural in front of the school in the next two weeks.

• We also have Spirit Week coming up. We have it scheduled for the last week of April to align with our celebration del Día del Niño. We will send specific information as to what we are going to have when.

• We are getting ready for our Fiestaval. I have seen parent volunteers working with their respective children’s classes getting the art ready for the big auction. I am going to be fully transparent here and admit that I did say, in public, that if our PTA and SSC presidents participated in the dunk tank that I would, too. I thought that having other people do it, that somehow I would gain enough courage to do it myself and set aside the sense of embarrassment that would come with it. After some reflection, I realized I was mistaken. I think the idea of having a dunk tank is a great one and I am sorry that I spoke too impulsively driven by the enthusiasm and desire to participate in something so different for me. I hope there are braver souls out there willing to get dunk for a good cause.

• We are very excited to share with you all two fantastic news. Three of our students: Sisto Hurtado-Solis, Jonathan Zepeda, and Josue Velasquez have been selected to have their art work displayed at the SFUSD Arts Festival at the Asian Art Museum April 28 to May 6, 2016. Also, I am happy to share that our very own art teacher Ms. Teri Scheid has been selected as San Francisco Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts Department Dreamcatcher Teacher of the Year. Our most heartfelt congratulations to our students and our wonderful teacher. Thank you for your commitment, dedication, and love for teaching, Ms. Teri.

Thank you,
Luis Rodríguez

Family Culture Climate Survey:

SFUSD has adopted a new way of rating school quality, and your opinions will be a part of that system! This survey is very important to helping us understand how we can improve the school, so please be sure you fill one. We have extended the window to complete one. We want to hear every family’s voice! Only one survey per family. Thank you.

• We will continue running the following invitation for the remaining of the school year in an effort to help raise funds for our school. Help our school by going solar! Solar City will donate $200 to Fairmount for every home that goes solar. Clean solar power is generally cheaper and can be installed for no cost to you. Help Fairmount, save the Environment, and Save money! Contact our school representative Dylan Kehoe for a free no pressure consultation to see if Solar will work for you. Remember to say that you heard about this from the Fairmount Community so the school can benefit too if installed. Call (510) 384-9206 or email dkehoe@solarcity.com. Help spread the word by telling any homeowner that you know in the bay area that you think could benefit from solar.

PBIS Corner:
• PBIS Student of the Month and Star Student Assembly in the cafeteria on Friday, May 13th because on the 29 of April we will have our children’s show. We will celebrate our students for the month of April and May. If your child is being recognized, you will receive a phone call inviting you to join us.

• We have moved our Multicultural Festival to Monday, May 23rd to give our teachers and students more time to prepare.

Important Dates:
Every Monday: Food Bank by Lower D-Pod 7:30 – 9:00 am

April 20th: SSC Meeting 5:30pm – 7:30pm
April 21th: Walk and Roll to School
Compadres de Lectura
April 25th-29th: SPIRIT WEEK
April 26th: Student Store
ELAC 9:00am-10:00am
1st collection for spring pictures due April 26
April 28th: Compadres de Lectura
April 29th: DIA DEL NINO- FREE DRESS DAY
Coffee and Principal Chat 9-10am
May 2nd-6th: Teacher Appreciation week
May 3rd: PTA Meeting 5:30am – 7:30am
May 5th: Compadres de Lectura
May 7th: FIESTAVAL
May 11th: Cience Night 6:00pm – 7:30pm
May 12th: Compadres de Lectura
May 13th: PBIS Assembly k/1 12:50 2/3 1:25 4/5 2:00
May 18th: DELAC 5:30-7:30pm
SSC 5:30-7:30pm
May 19th: Walk and Roll to School
Compadres de Lectura
Orientation for New Families
May 24th: 5th Grade Picnic at Glen Canyon Park
May 25th: 5th Grade Promotion
Kinder Picnic 9:00-1:15pm
May 26th Las Day of School
Kinder Promotion

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