Monday, October 19, 2009

Fairview Newsletter October 14, 2009

Fairview News
Nancy Beck, Principal
October 14, 2009

Fall Fitness 2009
Fairview students participated in Fall Fitness Day 2009 activities on Friday, October 9. Since the weather did not cooperate for outside activities, students exercised for thirty minutes in the hallways by walking on balance beams, hopping from circle to circle, jumping in hula-hoops, and in the gym, students and staff exercised to an aerobics DVD. Fall Fitness Day, a one-day event for Iowa schools, is an opportunity to bring awareness to the need for increased physical activities for young students. Tony Farmer, elementary physical education teacher, organized the activities for the three elementary schools.

Walmart awards $100 gift cards to Fairview teachers
Five Fairview teachers were awarded $100 gift cards by Walmart manager, Jeremy Lyons, at the October 7 faculty meetings as part of Walmart’s Teacher Rewards programs. The gift cards are to be used to help teachers purchase needed materials for their classrooms. The donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you, Walmart, for your generosity.

Fairview Fall Festival
The Fairview Fall Festival is a long time tradition at Fairview. On October 9 students and their families gathered on the grassy areas north of the Fairview Elementary School for hotdogs, sack races, a petting zoo, trike riding, and hayrides. Hosted by the Fairview Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), the event focused on family fun and building connections to the school and other school families. Everyone who attended enjoyed the evening, even though it was definitely cooler than usual.
Hosting the Fall Festival is only one of the many services provided by the Fairview PTO. The PTO is very active and gives vital support for Fairview. The PTO provides funding for field trips for the students, teacher vouchers so teachers can purchase needed classroom supplies, treats for the three seasonal parties, meals for teachers during parent-teacher conferences, and volunteers for other activities. Several fundraisers are held each year, including Fairview Fun Night in the spring. The help of the PTO is greatly appreciated.

Elementary Students attend Molecules that Matter Art Exhibit
Molecules that Matter, the current exhibit at the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College, highlights ten organic molecules, one important molecule from each decade of the twentieth century. The exhibit includes large models of the selected molecules, including aspirin, penicillin G, DNA, nylon 6, and other molecules. The selected molecules have all had enormous historical impact. Grinnell-Newburg elementary students viewed the exhibit at Grinnell College and created their own artwork, which will then be displayed as part of the exhibit. Students also made silly putty and viewed other science experiments as part of their experiences at the gallery. Several K-4 classes have already attended the exhibit and more will attend in the next several weeks.
On Saturday, November 14, Grinnell College will host a reception for the young artists, their families and the community. Visitors will be able to view the entire exhibit, including the artwork of the elementary students. There will also be hands-on activities, refreshments, and Save Our Avian Resources (SOAR) will bring a live bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and osprey. Kay Neumann, a raptor specialist, will talk about the impact DDT had on these species and the population recovery that has occurred. The raptor presentations will take place at 1 pm and 2:30 pm and raptors may be viewed from 1:30 – 2:30 pm and 3 - 4 pm as well.
The Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College is open to the public at no charge.

Davis and Fairview Elementar Pan Fundraiser

The PTOs at Davis and Fairview Elementary Schools are combining for an elementary fundraiser. Students are invited to sell commercial grade bakeware with proceeds from the sale going to each elementary school’s PTO. These items will be handy to have on hand for holiday baking and make great gifts for family and friends. Contact a Fairview or Davis student to place an order.

Upcoming events:
October 14 School Board
October 19-23 CAT tests for second graders
October 27 Picture retakes
October 28 School Board
October 29 Fall parties
October 30 No school, teacher professional development/work day
November 4 Noon dismissal, Parent-Teacher conferences
November 5-6 Parent-Teacher conferences