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Dear Fairburn Families,

What an amazing evening we had last Thursday, Art Night was so much fun!   Thanks to super mom Alissa Mafrice for her expert organization. No detail was left to chance.  I also appreciate all of the amazing parent and staff volunteers who helped our lucky students engage in some fantastic art activities!

This Thursday is Movie Night!  I hope to see all of our families up on campus starting at 5:30 PM, with the movie beginning at 7:30 PM for this fun end of the year event!  Friday morning is our last GATE / SAS (School for Advanced Studies) parent meeting which will begin at 8 AM in the MPR.  Any parent interested in knowing more about the GATE and SAS Program here at Fairburn and the Book Mindset are encouraged to attend.  Everyone is welcome!

 At Fairburn ES, the staff and parents work as a team to focus on your child’s successes.  Strong parent-teacher partnerships are needed to reach the common goal of maximizing your child’s academic and social emotional growth.  I would like to share with you 10 Ways for Parents to Help Teachers from the National PTA.  So here goes…

  1. Create a smooth takeoff each day.  Give your child a hug before she ventures out the door and you head to work.  Look her in the eye, and tell her how proud you are of her.  Your child’s self-confidence and security ill help her do well both in school and in life.
  2. Prepare for a happy landing at the end of the day when you reconvene.  Create a predictable ritual such as 10-20 minutes listening to your child talk about his day – before you check phone messages, read the mail, or begin dinner. That way you are fully present to listen, and your child has a touchstone he can count on between school and home.
  3. Fill your child’s lunchbox with healthy snacks and lunches.  Have dinner at a reasonable our and a healthy breakfast.  A well-balanced diet maximizes your child’s learning potential.
  4. Include calm, peaceful times in your children’s   afternoons and evenings.  Maintain a schedule that allows them to go to school rested and if they are sick, have a system in place so they are able to stay home.
  5. Remember it’s your children’s homework, not yours.  Create a specific homework space that clutter-free and quiet.  Encourage editing and double-checking work, but allow your kids to make mistakes, as it’s the only way teachers can gauge if they understand the material.  It’s also how children learn responsibility for the quality of their work.
  6. Fill your child’s life with a love for learning by showing him your own curiosity, respecting his question, and encouraging his efforts.
  7. Fill your home with books to read, books simply to look at, and books that provide answers to life’s many questions.  The public or school library is an excellent resource.
  8. Be a partner with your child’s teacher.  When you need to speak to him or her in reference to a specific issue with your child, do it privately, not in front of your child.  Make a point never to criticize your child’s teacher in front of your child.
  9. Set up a system where routine items are easily located – such as backpacks, shoes, signed notices.  Create a central calendar for upcoming events to avoid the unexpected.
  10. Tuck a “love note” in your child’s lunch bag to let her know how special she is.  Knowing they are loved makes it easier for children to be kind to others.


Pam Marton – Principa





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