Principal's Welcome Letter for 2017-18

By Lynn Mayer, Principal
September 07, 2017

Dear Fairview Families and Friends;

On behalf of the entire Fairview Elementary School staff, we would like to welcome you and your children to Fairview ES for the 2017-18 school year. We are excited for this new school year as we continue to grow and learn together.

Our theme for this school year is “Do What Matters for Yourself and Others” as we focus on both cognitive and social/emotional development of our students and ourselves. Within our classrooms we will continue our journey in becoming more student–inquiry focused, helping our students to become resilient problem solvers, and more empathetic, kind, and caring towards others. Some of what your children will be doing this year includes the following:

¨ All students will engage in a minimum of three Project Based Learning opportunities where they will be presented with an authentic problem, identify what they need to learn in order to solve the problem, use both online and print resources for their research, and engage in critical and creative thinking with their peers in order to collaboratively design a solution to the presented problem.

¨ AAP Coach, Mrs. Moser, will continue to work with all teachers and classes with the use of a variety of Advanced Academic Curriculum material resources enabling AAP opportunities for all students.

¨ Literacy Coach, Mrs. Stallings, will continue to support teachers in the use of the Lucy Calkins writing program to help students to communicate thoughts and ideas in writing meaningfully, clearly, concisely, and expressively.

¨ Technology Specialist, Mr. Flint, will support teachers and students with the use of collaborative software and applications such as Google Classroom for students to learn, communicate, and collaborate with one another daily within the classroom.

¨ Outdoor Learning Specialist, Mrs. Wotowiec, will continue to work with each grade level to provide rich outdoor science related learning experiences for students throughout the year.

¨ We are refreshing our school-wide Positive Behavior Approach to emphasize important character traits such as empathy, kindness, perseverance, and resiliency. Important character traits will be experienced through children’s literature as a way of learning perspective taking.

¨ We will begin a student-to-student mentoring program where some students in grades 4-6 will have an opportunity to work with or be a mentor to a younger student in grades K-2.

 

Please join your child in this exciting year by attending one of many school events, volunteering within the school and/or PTA, and/or discussing the monthly Classroom Chatter blogs/videos with your child. Wishing everyone a fabulous year of learning together.

Lynn Mayer and Tim Paper