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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year at Fairburn Avenue Elementary School.  I am so happy to be returning this school year as your child’s Principal.  We are going to have another exciting school year filled with amazing learning experiences provided by our phenomenal teachers and support staff.  This year we welcome some fantastic TK and K Teachers to our staff.  Our FAB (Fairburn Avenue Boosters) parent group is planning some wonderful events to connect families to our school, as a true community that works together to support the programs and instructional needs of the school.  Every activity will be designed to engage you in your child’s education, but also to help our school provide enriching programs and much needed supports for the instructional program that your child will be offered at Fairburn. 

 

Fairburn has a proud history of being one of the finest public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Our teachers, administration, and support staff are committed to helping each child reach his/her maximum potential. Recognizing that you, the parents of our wonderful students, are their first and most important teachers, we look forward to working in partnership with you and your children.

 

The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 15, 2017 with a 1:28 PM Dismissal.  School hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 2:28 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This year we will dismiss at 1:28 p.m. every Tuesday to allow teachers to meet for Professional Development. 

 

The gates will open each day at 7:40 a.m.  Please do not drop off your child before 7:40 a.m. due to safety concerns.  Full price meal prices will be $2.25 for nutrition snack and $2.75 for lunch. Reduced meal prices will be $.30 for nutrition and $.40 for lunch.  Milk is $.75 and orange juice is $.50.

 

Classroom assignments will be posted on charts located on the Front Door – Fairburn Avenue Entrance after 5 pm on Monday, August 14th.  On Tuesday, August 15th, students are to line up in their new room assignments.  Teachers will have Room numbers signs on the playground.  Just as last year, Parents are welcome to walk their children into school using the Rochester, Parent Patio Gate.  Staff will be available on the yard if you need assistance in finding your child’s room assignment. Kindergarten and TK families will meet their teachers on the Kindergarten Play yard.  Enter the gate on Ohio Ave. 

 

As we begin a new year, we want to emphasize that student achievement is the focus of our instructional team.  As a parent you are a key member of that team.  Our staff is dedicated to the belief that each child will be provided opportunities to reach their full academic and social potential.  In support of that belief our staff is committed to do the following:

    Have high expectations for all of our learners.

    Provide motivation for the learning process.

    Arrange opportunities for all learners to be successful.

    Provide a caring and positive class atmosphere for all students.

    Implement a rigorous core curriculum

    Strive to be aware of the individual needs of your child.

    Communicate with you regularly regarding your child’s progress.

 

We rely on your support in all areas of the learning process in order for your child to truly excel.  We need the dedication of our parents to do the following:

     Have high expectations for your child.

     Provide a quiet place for your child to study.

     Encourage your child to complete his/her homework.

     Make sure your child gets an adequate night's sleep.

     See that your child arrives at school on time every day.

     Spend at least 20 minutes per day reading with your child.

     Attend Back to School Day, Parent Conferences & Open House.

     Encourage your child to be positive in his or her learning.    

 

Again, welcome to the new school year.  Together we’ll make it a fun and productive year of learning for all children and adults.  I am looking forward to meeting your child(ren) and each of you.  Please get involved and help us make this year an amazing experience for your whole family!

 

Sincerely,

 

Pam Marton

Pam Marton                           

Principal

pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 6/15/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

      The days are long, but the years are short…once again I am caught by surprise when the school year draws to a close.  I always feel nostalgic as culmination approaches.  We are sending off a whole group of fifth graders, many of whom have been here since kindergarten, to a variety of middle schools all over the city.  What a wonderful, talented group of young people they are!  We will miss them, and our deeply felt wishes for their success can’t be put into words.

      This year – as every year – we also say goodbye to parents who have truly given their hearts to Fairburn.  At the Volunteer Appreciation breakfast, we were privileged to honor parents who have been active participants in our community for many, many years!  Without them – and all of you – Fairburn would simply not be the school it is today.  We also say goodbye to Ms. Vicki Trevena who has been a wonderful Kindergarten teacher for 21 years at Fairburn!         

     On behalf of the staff at Fairburn Avenue Elementary School, I want to thank you for the privilege of working with you and your children.  On my own behalf, I want to thank the staff for the privilege of being on their team.  I am so proud to be a part of the dedication and talent that our teachers and staff bring to Fairburn.  In my first year back at a school site I have looked forward to coming to work each and every day!  Each of you have made my decision to return to a school site as a Principal be the best decision of my working life!  I am looking forward to all the fun that next school year will bring.

       Now it is time for summer.  Have a great one that is filled with relaxation, good health, and good family time. 

See you on August 15th!

 

Sincerely,

 

Pam Marton, Principal     pmarton@lausd.net

 

Don’t Miss Fairburn’s Awards Assembly

Thursday, June 8 – 8:20 AM on the Yard

Attendance Awards

Physical Education Awards

Math Olympiad Awards

5th Grade Parade

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 6/7/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

Join us on Friday, June 2 at 8:30 AM for the end of the year Celebration of Dance Student Performance.  Parents are welcome to join us on the yard at 8:30 AM this Friday for the festival where every grade level will perform. Please bring camp chairs, beach chairs or a blanket to sit on. You may enter the school through the Rochester Gate in the morning.  

 

As we wind down this school year and look towards some wonderful easy days of summer, I am thinking that one of my pleasures of summer is reading a good book.  I began to think about the importance of building vocabulary and creating proficient readers. As you know, if kids can’t read well, learning suffers – and not just in language arts.  Math, Science, Social studies – no other subject can be mastered until children learn to read successfully.  And their test scores prove this fact.  But it’s tough to raise test scores and create lifelong readers unless parents do their part:  reading aloud, playing word games, helping kids get excited about language.  That’s how the groundwork is laid.

This summer you can help your child build vocabulary with these activities.

  • Word of the Week – Ask your child to find one word each week that’s new to her.  Post the word on the refrigerator, and challenge her to use it as often as possible during the week.
  • Mixed-up definitions – Write down a new word. Then, write out two phony definitions for it, along with the true meaning.  Read the tree choices to your youngster and see if she can guess which definition is the real one.

Reading for Meaning – Who? What? Where? Why? Experienced readers ask themselves these questions as they read.  Finding the answers helps them understand the story.  To boost your child’s comprehension, ask a few simple questions before and after reading.

  • What do you know? Together, look at the cover of the book before you begin reading.  Read the title and talk about the cover’s picture. For example, a book called “Polar Bears and Their Cubs” may have a picture of a mother polar bear with her baby. Ask your child, “What do you already know about polar bears?” She may say: “They are white. They eat fish.”  This gets your child thinking about polar bears before she starts to read the story.
  • What do you want to know? Have your youngster think of questions she has about the story.  She might ask: “How much do polar bears weigh?” ”Do they teach their babies to fish?” By deciding what she wants to know, she has set a goal to reach by reading.
  • What did you learn? Ask your child questions about the story after you’ve finished reading it together.  “Did you find out what you wanted to know about polar bears?” “Did you learn some new things?” What were they?”  This will reinforce what she has learned and perhaps provide motivation for further research on the subject.

See Me Read! – It’s a fact of life – children watch what their parents do. To encourage your kids to read, let them see that you like to read, too.  Try these suggestions.

  • Make it easy.  Keep good books, magazines, and newspapers around the house for all of you.  You’ll give everyone plenty of opportunities to read.
  • Let’s hear it.  Read interesting things aloud:  news stories, funny jokes, a delicious recipe, or words to a song.  You’ll boost your kids’ excitement for the written word.
  • Do it.  Let your children see you read for pleasure every day.  You’ll set a good example for them to follow!

       Happy Reading One And All!

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Pam Marton, Principal

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 5/30/17




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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.

Sincerely,

Pam Marton – Principa

pmarton@lausd.net

 

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 5/22/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

I hope many of you will participate in this week's new event - Art Night on Thursday, May 18th!  It should be a wonderful enriching evening full of creativity for students and parents. 

 

Last week I wrote about the new Smarter Balanced Test that our 3rd-5h graders are participating in this month.  This is an online assessment and I began thinking about the subject of media and technology and internet safety.  It seems that each passing year, our lives are more and more entwined in technology.  The internet is a valuable educational and social resource for children.  However, it can also expose our children to danger, through their discovery of inappropriate materials and experiences.  Let’s take a look at internet benefits and risks.

Benefits

  • The internet is a great learning resource
  • The internet is a great tool for social and entertainment planning
  • The internet is a great communication and networking tool

Risks

  • The internet is a common place for predators
  • Cyber-bullying is a growing problem on the internet
  • Schools are concerned with plagiarism, as well as abundant access to inaccurate sources of information

What Can You Do

  • Make sure your children feel comfortable talking to you about their online experiences
  • Keep your family’s computer in an open space in a common room.  You want to be able to casually monitor what your child is doing
  • Educate yourself about what your child is doing online, and make sure you are comfortable using the programs your child uses
  • Periodically review with your child his/her list of online contacts.  If you don’t know someone listed, ask your child about that person
  • Install blocking or monitoring software on your family’s computer
  • Establish a Media Use Contract with each child in your family.  It is important that you have a conversation with each child to set rules and limits that are appropriate for him or her. 

Sincerely,

Pam Marton, Principal

pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 5/15/17




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Dear Parents,

 

The Fairburn Staff so appreciates all of the wonderful surprises and generous gestures of appreciation shown to all of us last week. It is truly a pleasure to work here at Fairburn and serve your beautiful children. 

 

This week  and next the words we are focused on are Respect and Caring.  There is one issue that comes to my attention when I think about how students show respect and care for one another.  When things go wrong with student interactions often the term Bullying is brought up. 

 

I feel that there is a real need to draw a distinction between behavior that is rude, behavior that is mean and behavior that is characteristic of bullying.  Signe Whitson, in the Huffington Post and Trudy Ludwig, bestselling children’s author, http://www.trudyludwig.com , talk about distinguishing these terms:

Rude = Inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.

From kids, rudeness might look more like burping in someone’s face, jumping ahead in line, bragging about achieving the highest grade or even throwing a crushed up pile of leaves in someone’s face. On their own, any of these behaviors could appear as elements of bullying, but when looked at in context, incidents of rudeness are usually spontaneous, unplanned inconsideration, based on thoughtlessness, poor manners or narcissism, but not meant to actually hurt someone.

Mean = Purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).

The main distinction between “rude” and “mean” behavior has to do with intention; while rudeness is often unintentional, mean behavior very much aims to hurt or depreciate someone. Kids are mean to each other when they criticize clothing, appearance, intelligence, coolness or just about anything else they can find to denigrate. Meanness also sounds like words spoken in anger — impulsive cruelty that is often regretted in short order. Very often, mean behavior in kids is motivated by angry feelings and/or the misguided goal of propping themselves up in comparison to the person they are putting down.

Make no mistake; mean behaviors can wound deeply and adults can make a huge difference in the lives of young people when they hold kids accountable for being mean. Yet, meanness is different from bullying in important ways that should be understood and differentiated when it comes to intervention.

Bullying = Intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power. 


Experts agree that bullying entails three key elements: an intent to harm, a power imbalance and repeated acts or threats of aggressive behavior. Kids who bully say or do something intentionally hurtful to others and they keep doing it, with no sense of regret or remorse — even when targets of bullying show or express their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop.

Bullying may be physical, verbal, relational or carried out via technology:

Physical aggression was once the gold standard of bullying— the “sticks and stones” that made adults in charge stand up and take notice. This kind of bullying includes hitting, punching, kicking, spitting, tripping, hair pulling, slamming a child into a locker and a range of other behaviors that involve physical aggression.

Verbal aggression is what our parents used to advise us to “just ignore.” We now know that despite the old adage, words and threats can, indeed, hurt and can even cause profound, lasting harm.

Relational aggression is a form of bullying in which kids use their friendship—or the threat of taking their friendship away—to hurt someone. Social exclusion, shunning, hazing, and rumor spreading are all forms of this pervasive type of bullying that can be especially beguiling and crushing to kids.

Cyberbullying is a specific form of bullying that involves technology. According to Hinduja and Patchin of the Cyberbullying Research Center, it is the “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” Notably, the likelihood of repeated harm is especially high with cyberbullying because electronic messages can be accessed by multiple parties, resulting in repeated exposure and repeated harm.

So, why is it so important to make the distinction between rude, mean and bullying? Here’s the thing;

In our society, experts already have begun to see that gratuitous references to bullying is creating a bit of a “little boy who cried wolf” phenomena. In other words, if kids and parents improperly classify rudeness and mean behavior as bullying — whether to simply make conversation or to bring attention to their short-term discomfort — we all run the risk of becoming immune to the word that can actually be a  life-and-death issue among young people. It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and how to intervene.

 

For your information, here at Fairburn, we do not tolerate Bullying Behavior.  If you believe your child is the victim of bullying, there is an LAUSD Bully Compliant form available from the office.  More prevalent here at Fairburn and at other schools is that we want to help our students refrain from being Rude or Mean to other students.

 

Please know that helping every child feel safe and supported here at Fairburn is the top priority for me, and our Fairburn staff.  Creating a school culture that celebrates kind, caring and respectful behavior is our goal. 

 

Respectfully,

 

Pam Marton, Principal

pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 5/8/17




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This week we are appreciating our wonderful teachers and staff.  It is the people that give their time to work with children who are celebrated this week at Fairburn.  I can’t say enough about the stellar teachers and support staff that work tirelessly to make sure that each and every Fairburn student is successful. I know they will feel appreciated this week, thanks to our super FAB Staff Appreciation committee.

 

It's That Time of Year Again! This year, between May 1st to May 26th, Fairburn will once again participate in the mandated state standardized testing program. All students in Grades 3 through 5 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) in both English Language Arts and Math. This week our 5th graders have started their Smarter Balanced testing.  The Smarter Balanced Assessments are new, next-generation assessments that will measure the full understanding of the Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts/literacy.  In addition, our 5th graders will also be tested in Science on the new pilot edition of the SBAC.

 

Although there are a variety of views and opinions about the importance, accuracy and necessity of standardized testing, the reality is that our students will take the test, and their resulting scores will be used to evaluate the performance and progress of individual students, classes, and grade levels  The information can be helpful for both parents and schools alike to measure student ability and help create an appropriate plan for future instruction.

In order for a child to maximize his or her potential on these rigorous tests, there are a few basic tips and strategies that parent can follow. Please make sure that your child:

1.         Attends school every day during the testing window.

2.         Gets a good night's sleep every night.

3.         Wakes up at an appropriate time so that he/she is not   rushed in the morning. Please, NO TARDIES! Students will not be allowed to enter testing classrooms after 8:20 a.m.

4.         Eats a healthy breakfast each morning.

5.         Brings a snack to school to prevent late morning hunger. 6.         Is not stressed or anxious. In other words, do not place too much pressure on your child about the tests. Also, refrain from discussing family problems or getting angry with your child on the way to school.

Following these parent suggestions will help to make sure that no outside factors affect your child's test scores. When you receive your child's scores, it is a good idea to discuss them with him/her so that they are able to recognize their areas of strengths, as well as areas that need improvement in the coming school year. Good luck to all of our outstanding students!

 

Sincerely,

Pam Marton     pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 5/3/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

It is time for 2017-18 Enrollment for new students. The enrollment applications will be available in the office on Thursday, April 27 to any incoming family that can prove residency in our attendance boundaries. Sibling priority enrollment will begin Friday April 28.  New families may pick up applications on April 27 and enroll on May 1st

 

Tuesday morning we honored our special parent volunteers.   I know not all of you could stop by the Library, but I hope you know how much our staff and our students appreciate all you do for our school.  It would be so easy just to ignore our pleas for help, but you took action and stepped up to make a difference, and you have made that difference for our 436 students this school year.  THANK YOU!!!!

 

Wednesday, April 26 is Secretaries’ Day and I cannot express enough how fortunate we are to have Shawntee Montez, as our SAA, and Arminder Walker in our Fairburn Office.  They help your students feel comfortable at school, they expertly handle many tasks at once all while keeping a smile on their faces and a positive “can do” attitude!   I hope you have let them know how much you appreciate them this week!

 

Next week, May 1 - 5 is STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK. FAB and our Parent led Staff Appreciation Committee are planning several events and special treats for all of our Teachers, Administrators, Assistants, Itinerants, Custodial and Cafeteria staff members.

Finally, thank you to everyone that had a part in making last

 

Friday was such an amazing Birthday celebration!   I honestly was so overwhelmed with the outpouring of kindness and generosity!  The best part of my day was when the Fire Drill turned into a Flash Mob Dance party!  I feel so fortunate every time I walk onto our campus!  The stellar students, phenomenal teachers and expert staff make this school a very special place.   The parents here give us all so much and we appreciate all of your help!

 

Your Principal,

 

Pam Marton                 

pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 4/25/17




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Fairburn Facelift!

This Saturday, April 22!   10am – 3pm   Join us!

Dear Fairburn Families,

 

Friday, April 21st  is Coffee with The Principal. Please join me in the MPR on Friday morning, at 8:15 AM on April 21st for some coffee and lots of great information.  

 

Today was our last Prospective Parent Tour of the year.    The enrollment applications will be available in the office on Thursday, April 27 to any incoming family that can prove residency in our attendance boundaries. Sibling priority enrollment will begin Friday April 28.  New families may pick up applications on April 27 and enroll on May 1st.

 

Next week, Tuesday, April 25th we will honor our fabulous parent volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast from 7:40 - 8:15 AM in the Library - Adults only please. If you have volunteered this year up at school or for FAB, please join us!

 

I’d like to continue to share some guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children, that I received from the Harvard Graduate School of Education project “Making Caring Common”, along with tips for putting them into action.

This week’s focus:  Help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively

Why?   Often the ability to care for others is overwhelmed by anger, shame, envy, or other negative feelings.

How?   We can teach children that all feelings are OK, but some ways of dealing with them are not useful. Children need our help learning to cope with feelings in productive ways. 

Try this:

  • Identifying feelings. Name for children their difficult feelings such as frustration, sadness and anger and encourage them to talk to you about why they’re feeling that way.
  • Three steps to self-control. A simple way to help children to manage their feelings is to practice three easy steps together: stop, take a deep breath through the nose and exhale through the mouth, and count to five. Try it when your child is calm. Then, when you see her getting upset, remind her about the steps and do them together.
  • Resolving conflicts. Practice with your child how to resolve conflicts. Consider a conflict you or your child witnessed or experienced that turned out badly, and role play different ways of responding. Try to achieve mutual understanding—listening to and paraphrasing each other’s feelings until both people feel understood. If your child observes you experiencing a difficult feeling and is concerned, talk to your child about how you are handling it.
  • Clear limits. Use authority wisely to set clear boundaries. Explain how your limits are based on a reasonable and loving concern for your child’s welfare.

I hope you and your family had a restful and fun Spring Break.  We are now gearing up for our SBAC testing in Grade 3 – 5.  Testing will take place in the month of May.  Please try to limit absences during testing. 

 

Pam Marton – Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 4/20/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

Welcome Back from Spring Break! Save the date this Saturday, April 22 for our Fairburn Facelift Day! We will be on campus from 10 AM - 3 PM join us and help beautify our campus. Help with gardening, painting bookshelves, powerwashing and special teacher requests. 

 

Thursday, April 20 at 8:30 AM is our last Prospective Parent Tour of the year.  Please encourage any incoming families to attend.  The enrollment applications will be available in the office on Thursday, April 27 to any incoming family that can prove residency in our attendance boundaries. Sibling priority enrollment will begin Friday April 28.  New families may pick up applications on April 27 and enroll on May 1st.

 

Friday is Coffee with The Principal. Please join me in the MPR on Friday morning at 8:15 AM on April 21st for some coffee and lots of great information.  

 

 I’d like to continue to share some guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children, that I received from the Harvard Graduate School of Education project “Making Caring Common”, along with tips for putting them into action.

This week’s focus:  Help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively

Why?   Often the ability to care for others is overwhelmed by anger, shame, envy, or other negative feelings.

How?   We can teach children that all feelings are OK, but some ways of dealing with them are not useful. Children need our help learning to cope with feelings in productive ways. 

Try this:

  • Identifying feelings. Name for children their difficult feelings such as frustration, sadness and anger and encourage them to talk to you about why they’re feeling that way.
  • Three steps to self-control. A simple way to help children to manage their feelings is to practice three easy steps together: stop, take a deep breath through the nose and exhale through the mouth, and count to five. Try it when your child is calm. Then, when you see her getting upset, remind her about the steps and do them together.
  • Resolving conflicts. Practice with your child how to resolve conflicts. Consider a conflict you or your child witnessed or experienced that turned out badly, and role play different ways of responding. Try to achieve mutual understanding—listening to and paraphrasing each other’s feelings until both people feel understood. If your child observes you experiencing a difficult feeling and is concerned, talk to your child about how you are handling it.
  • Clear limits. Use authority wisely to set clear boundaries. Explain how your limits are based on a reasonable and loving concern for your child’s welfare.

 

I hope you and your family had a restful and fun Spring Break.  We are now gearing up for our SBAC testing in Grade 3 – 5.  Testing will take place in the month of May.  Please try to limit absences during testing. 

 

Pam Marton – Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 4/17/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

In this week last week before our week-long Spring Break we will hold our annual Open House from 6 – 7 PM on Thursday, April 6th. The following day, Friday, April 7th will be a Minimum Day with at 12:29 Dismissal to start off our Spring Break Week of vacation from April 10 - 14.   

 

We had such an amazing Career Day last week on Thursday. Students got a chance to meet at least 4 different career professionals in their classrooms and all kids participated in a Parade of Careers in the afternoon.  Thanks to all of the parents we gave their time to share their professions with our students.  Thanks to FAB for hosting the breakfast and lunch for the speakers and special thanks to third grade teacher, Carolyn Wells, for organizing this fantastic event!

 

Did you know we are looking for some exceptional teachers to join our Fairburn staff next year.  Specifically we are looking to hire a Transitional Kindergarten and a Kindergarten teacher.  If you know any amazing teacher candidates please let me know.  Applications for our positions will be accepted until April 17.

 

 I’d like to continue to share some guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children, that I received from the Harvard Graduate School of Education project “Making Caring Common”, along with tips for putting them into action.

This week’s focus:  Promote children's ability to be ethical thinkers and positive change-makers in their communities

Why? 

Children are naturally interested in ethical questions and grappling with these ethical questions can help them figure out, for example, what fairness is, what they owe others, and what to do when they have conflicting loyalties. Children are also often interested in taking leadership roles to improve their communities. They want to be forces for good. Many of the most impressive programs to build caring and respect and to stop bullying and cruelty, for example, have been started by children and youth.  

How?

You can help children become ethical thinkers and leaders by listening to and helping them think through their own ethical dilemmas, such as, “Should I invite a new neighbor to my birthday party when my best friend doesn’t like her?” At the same time, you can provide opportunities for your children to fight injustice in their communities and to strengthen their communities in other ways.

Try this:

  • Taking action. Encourage children to take action against problems that affect them, such as cyberbullying or an unsafe street corner.
  • Joining up. Provide opportunities for children to join causes, whether it’s reducing homelessness, supporting girls’ education in developing countries, calling attention to the plight of abused animals, or any area that is of interest to them.
  • Doing “with.” Encourage children not just to “do for” others, but to “do with” others, working with diverse groups of students to respond to community problems.
  • Thinking out loud with your child. Start a conversation about ethical dilemmas that arise on TV shows or give children ethical dilemmas to grapple with at meal times or in other situations. What should they do when a schoolmate tells them bad things about another child? When they see someone cheating on a test or stealing? When they’ve done something wrong and are afraid to admit it to their parents or caretakers?

 

I hope you and your family have a restful and fun Spring Break.  When we get back we will be gearing up for our SBAC testing in Grade 3 – 5.  Testing will take place in the month of May.  Please try to limit absences during testing. 

 

Pam Marton – Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 3/31/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

This week is a short week as we have a holiday on Friday in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

This Thursday, March 30th, our school will participate in our first school-wide Career Day.  Students will meet career professionals in their classrooms and all kids will participate in a Parade of Careers at 1:45 PM. Parents are welcome to join us on the yard for the Parade.  We will open the Parent Patio Gate for parents to sign in and get a Visitor’s pass at 1:40 PM.  Please send your child to school dressed as the career of their choice.  Please make sure they know about the career so they can share what they want to be with their friends and teachers.  I hope you have all put our Open House on your calendars and plan to attend from 6 – 7 PM on Thursday, April 6th.  The following day, Friday, April 7th will be a Minimum Day with at 12:29 dismissal to start off our Spring Break week of vacation from April 10 - 14.  

I’d like to continue to share some guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children, that I received from the Harvard Graduate School of Education project “Making Caring Common”, along with tips for putting them into action.

This week’s focus: Expand your child's circle of concern.

Why? 

Almost all children empathize with and care about a small circle of families and friends.  Our challenge is help children learn to have empathy and care about someone outside that circle, such as a new child in class, someone who doesn’t speak their language, the school custodian, or someone who lives in a distant country. 

 

How?

It is important that children learn to zoom in, listening closely and attending to those in their immediate circle, and to zoom out, taking in the big picture and considering the range of people they interact with every day. Children also need to consider how their decisions impact a community. Breaking a school rule, for example, can make it easier for others to break rules.  Especially in our more global world, it’s important, too, for children to develop concern for people who live in other cultures and communities.

Try this:

  • Children facing challenges. Encourage children to consider the perspectives and feelings of those who may be vulnerable, such as a new child at school or a child experiencing some family trouble. Give children some simple ideas for taking action, like comforting a classmate who was teased or reaching out to a new student.
  • Zooming out. Use newspaper or TV stories to start conversations with children about other people’s hardships and challenges, or simply the different experiences of children in another country or community.
  • Listening. Emphasize with your child the importance of really listening to others, especially those people who may seem unfamiliar and who may be harder to immediately understand.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the FAB Online Auction and special thanks to super Auction organizers Allison Bloom, Kara Kirk and Laura Rogers!  We raised over $32,000! Our school receives such amazing benefits from all of your generosity.

 

Pam Marton – Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Published: 3/27/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

I hope you will participate in one of the most important fundraisers of the year the Fairburn Online Auction is going strong now until March 26!  Visit http://tinyurl.com/1tmckbs. Over three hundred items to bid on, including summer camps and classes, theater tickets, hotel stays, a range of useful services and items, and food and drink for whatever your mood.  Be sure to check out our special Fund a Need category, which includes critical items for use in classrooms and around campus (pencils, paper, first aid supplies, sports equipment, and our new play structure).  The teachers and Staff have donated their time to host students.  Check out the Teacher Dates.  I am looking forward to see who wins the coveted Principal for the Day!

 

 I’d like to continue to share some guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children, that I received from the Harvard Graduate School of Education project “Making Caring Common”, along with tips for putting them into action.

This week’s focus: Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude

Why? 

Children need practice caring for others and being grateful—it’s important for them to express appreciation for the many people who contribute to their lives. Studies show that people who engage in the habit of expressing gratitude are more likely to be helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving—and they’re also more likely to be happy and healthy. 

How?

Learning to be grateful and caring is in certain respects like learning to play a sport or an instrument. Daily repetition—whether it’s helping a friend with homework, pitching in around the house, having a classroom job, or routinely reflecting on what we appreciate about others—and increasing challenges make caring and gratitude second nature and develop children’s caregiving capacities. Hold family meetings that give children practice helping to solve family problems such as squabbles between siblings, hassles getting off to school, and making meals more pleasant. Although as parents and caretakers we always need to stand firmly behind key values such as caring and fairness, we can make our home democratic in key respects, asking our children to express their views while they listen to ours. Involving children in making plans to improve family life teaches perspective-taking and problem-solving skills and gives them an authentic responsibility: becoming co-creators of a happy family.

Try this:

  • Real responsibilities. Expect children to routinely help, for example, with household chores and siblings, and only praise uncommon acts of kindness. When these kinds of routine actions are simply expected and not rewarded, they’re more likely to become ingrained in every day actions.
  • Make caring and justice a focus. Start conversations with children about the caring and uncaring acts they see in their daily lives or on television and about acts of justice and injustice they might witness or hear about in the news, such as a person who stood up for an important cause. Ask children how they see these actions and explain why you think these actions are caring or uncaring, just or unjust.
  • Expressing thanks. Consider making expressing gratitude a daily ritual at dinnertime, bedtime, or in the car. Encourage children to express appreciation for family members, teachers, or others who contribute to their lives.

In gratitude,

Pam Marton – Principal pmarton@lausd.net 

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Published: 3/20/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

Fairburn students are showing lots of school spirit.  Crazy Hair Day on Tueday is just one example of how creative our students can be.

 

I’d like to continue to share some guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children, that I received from the Harvard Graduate School of Education project “Making Caring Common”, along with tips for putting them into action.

This week’s focus:   Make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations

Why? 

It’s very important that children hear from their parents and caretakers that caring about others is a top priority and that it is just as important as their own happiness. Even though most parents and caretakers say that their children being caring is a top priority, often children aren’t hearing that message.

How?

A big part of prioritizing caring is holding children to high ethical expectations, such as honoring their commitments, doing the right thing even when it is hard, standing up for important principles of fairness and justice, and insisting that they’re respectful, even if it makes them unhappy and even if their peers or others aren't behaving that way. 

Try this:

  • A clear message. Consider the daily messages you send to children about the importance of caring. For example, instead of saying to children “The most important thing is that you’re happy,” you might say “The most important thing is that you’re kind and that you’re happy.”
  • Prioritize caring when you talk with other key adults in your children’s lives. For example, ask teachers and coaches whether your children are good community members in addition to asking about their academic skills, grades, or performance.
  • Encourage kids to “work it out.” Before letting your child quit a sports team, band, or a friendship, ask them to consider their obligations to the group or the friend, and encourage them to work out problems.

 

I need to make a strong reminder about parking, drop off and safety around the school.  Lately we have had many parents not following the drop off and pick up safety rules and many of the neighbors are concerned.

DO drop off the students using the Carline on Ohio if you do not wish to come on campus in the morning.

DO park and walk into campus using the Rochester – Parent Patio Gate when you wish to accompany your child into the campus in the morning.

DO stop at all crosswalks and stop signs

DO NOT ever double park on either Ohio or Rochester

DO NOT move trash cans or block the neighbor’s driveways

DO NOT turn around in the middle of a street

 

Let’s keep all of our precious Fairburn students safe - Sincerely,

 

Pam Marton – Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Published: 3/14/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

Thank you for attending your child’s Parent-Teacher conference this weekAs a reminder school will dismiss early with Minimum Days, 12:29 PM, on Monday, March 6, Wednesday, March 8, Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10.  On each of these is a Minimum Day and there is no lunch period.  If students stay after school, they can eat their lunch after school dismisses at 12:29 PM.  On Tuesday March 7th  we will have a regular Banked time day with a 1:24 PM dismissal.  Lunch will be served during the school day on Tuesday.

 

I’d like to continue to share some guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children, that I received from the Harvard Graduate School of Education project “Making Caring Common”, along with tips for putting them into action.

This week’s focus:  Be a strong moral role model and mentor

Why? 

Children learn ethical values and behaviors by watching our actions and the actions of other adults they respect. Children will listen to our teaching when we walk the talk.

How?

Pay close attention to whether you are practicing honesty, fairness, and caring yourself and modeling skills like solving conflicts peacefully and managing anger and other difficult emotions effectively. But, nobody is perfect all the time. That is why it’s important for us, in fact, to model for children humility, self-awareness, and honesty by acknowledging and working on our mistakes and flaws. It‘s also important for us to recognize what might be getting in the way of our own caring. Are we, for example, exhausted or stressed? Does our child push our buttons in a specific way that makes caring for her or him hard at times? And remember, children will only want to become like us if they trust and respect us. Adults can reflect on whether our children respect us and, if we think they don’t, consider why, and how we might repair the relationship.

Try this: 

- Service. Regularly engage in community service or model other ways of contributing to a community. Even better, consider doing this with your child.

- Honesty and humility. Talk with your child when you make a mistake that affects them about why you think you made it, apologize for the mistake, and explain how you plan to avoid making the mistake next time.

- Check-in with others. Reflect and consult with people you trust when you’re finding it hard to be caring or to model important ethical qualities like fairness.

- Take care of yourself. Whether it’s spending time with a friend, going for a walk, praying or meditating, try to make time to relieve your stress both because it’s important for you and because it will enable you to be more attentive to and caring with others.

 

Finally next week we will have some fun by showing our School Spirit with Crazy Hair Day on Tuesday, March 14.  Break out the temporary hair colors and find some fun hair accessories. 

 

Sincerely,

Pam Marton – Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Published: 3/6/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

This week I’d like to share some ideas for how to develop some important qualities in your child. Research in human development clearly shows that the seeds of empathy, caring, and compassion are present from early in life, but that to become caring, ethical people, children need adults to help them at every stage of childhood to nurture these seeds into full development.

 

We should work to cultivate children’s concern for others because it’s fundamentally the right thing to do, and also because when children can empathize with and take responsibility for others, they’re likely to be happier and more successful. They’ll have better relationships their entire lives, and strong relationships are a key ingredient of happiness. In today’s workplace, success often depends on collaborating effectively with others, and children who are empathic and socially aware are also better collaborators.

 

For the next few weeks I will share some guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children, that I received from the Harvard Graduate School of Education project “Making Caring Common”, along with tips for putting them into action.

Tip # 1 - Work to develop caring, loving relationships with your kids

Why?

Children learn caring and respect when they are treated that way. When our children feel loved, they also become attached to us. That attachment makes them more receptive to our values and teaching. 

 

How? 

Loving our children takes many forms, such as tending to their physical and emotional needs, providing a stable and secure family environment, showing affection, respecting their individual personalities, taking a genuine interest in their lives, talking about things that matter, and affirming their efforts and achievements.

Try this: 

Regular time together. Plan regular, emotionally intimate time with your children. Some parents and caretakers do this through nightly bedtime reading or other shared activity. Some build one-on-one time with their children into their weekly schedules rather than leaving it to chance. You might, for example, spend one Saturday afternoon a month with each of your children doing something you both enjoy.

 

Meaningful conversation. Whenever you have time with your child, take turns asking each other questions that bring out your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Ask questions such as:

  • “What was the best part of your day? The hardest part?”
  • “What did you accomplish today that you feel good about?”
  • “What’s something nice someone did for you today? What’s something nice you did?”
  • “What’s something you learned today—in school or outside of school?”

Give these a try and we look forward to seeing all of you up at school next week for you Parent Teacher Conferences.  As a reminder school will dismiss early with Minimum Days, 12:24 PM, on Monday, March 6, Wednesday, March 8, Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10.  On each of these is a Minimum Day and there is no lunch period.  If students stay after school, they can eat their lunch after school dismisses at 12:24 PM.  On Tuesday March t we will have a regular Banked time day with a 1:24 PM dismissal.  Lunch will be served during the school day on Tuesday.

 

Happy Conferencing,

 

Pam Marton, Principal

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Published: 2/28/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

I hope you had a restful long weekend.  These last weeks of February we will focus on our Read-a-thon and how we can encourage our students to read for pleasure at home.  Shortly your child’s teacher will be making appointments for our upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences which will take place the March 6 – 10, 2017.  

This week our focus attitude is Empathy and our Learner Profile is Principled. Students who are principled have a sense of fairness and are honest with themselves and with others. They understand that sometimes there are rules and they follow them. They have an understanding of moral reasoning.

 How can parents help to develop students who are Principled at home?

  • Involve your child in deciding on the rules for a game or activity and then ensure that they stick to the ones that have been decided upon.
  • Encourage your child to play games that involve teams. Discuss with your child the qualities of a team player. What sort of person would they want on their team?
  • When your child wins a game insist that he or she is a well-mannered winner. They might thank their opponent or shake hands with them if it’s appropriate.
  • When playing a game, don’t change the rules or let your child win. Being a gracious loser is just as important as being a good winner.

I am so thankful to the many parents who have helped us clean out and organize the Book Room.  Special recognition to head Room Parent Tracy Alvy for her tireless leadership in this huge endeavor.  We have great educational materials available to parents to use at home, stop by the Library next time you are at school and take some home.

Thank you for your continued support of our school!

 

Pam Marton, Principal

pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 2/21/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

It was so great seeing so many of you up at school this last Sunday for our Fairburn Facelift Day.  We got so much accomplished thanks to the super volunteers!  The next date is April 22, 2017 so mark your calendars so you can take part.

 

Our wonderful 4th grade teacher, Patricia O’Connor, a Fairburn teacher since 2010, has been offered and has accepted a new assignment with the Los Angeles City Fire Department as a Firefighter.  Ms. O’Connor has been interested in becoming a firefighter for the City of Los Angeles for some time.  A position for her to attend the Firefighter training has become immediately available and she is taking this unique opportunity.  Ms. O’Connor’s last day will be Friday, February 17th. I know you will join our staff in wishing Ms. O’Connor the best of luck in her future endeavors.  Hopefully she can return on Career Day in her firefighting gear! 

 

I hope you and your family enjoyed Valentine’s Day!  We had such a fun day here at school.                                        

 

Sincerely,

 

Pam Marton, Principal pmarton@lausd.net 

 

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Published: 2/16/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

Our school has suffered a tremendous loss this week. Our dedicated parent volunteer, Brian Simon “Mr. Carline”, passed away from complications of a recent illness early Tuesday morning at UCLA Hospital.  Brian was such an amazing supporter of our students and school. He happily greeted students at the morning Carline, served as FAB Co-Treasurer and of course as the loving father of Kaelyn Simon, grade 4, Room 15. Our school psychologist, Katie Kong and I spoke to the 4th grade classes yesterday about this loss.  All of our teachers have shared the news with all students and they are making cards for the family. We will let you know when we have more information regarding a memorial for Brian. Your cards and expressions of sympathy are most welcome to be brought to the school office and we will make sure the family receives them. We appreciate your allowing his wife Donna & family a private time to grieve.   Additional counseling for students is available on request if needed. 

 

It was so great seeing over 60 of you at last Friday’s Coffee with the Principal. As it was pouring rain, your attendance was even more appreciated.  If you missed the session, we discussed important things you need to know regarding your child’s academic readiness for college. A copy of the powerpoint slide presentation is available below for download.

 

The one take away that is apropos for the month of February is that increasing the number of minutes that your child reads for pleasure makes a significant impact on their long-term literacy achievement.  Get in the habit this month of encouraging 30 minutes of reading for pleasure at home.  Even if it is hard in the beginning, set a timer for 30 minutes, turn off all electronics and read.  You can model this by reading your favorite book, magazine or newspaper as well during this time. I also encouraged getting in the habit of playing an audiobook in the car. Check out the Audible app for your phone, which you can play on your car on the Bluetooth. They have almost every book imaginable as an audiobook. This is a great way to introduce great stories to your child. They may enjoy hearing a book prior to reading it or after reading it.  Listening comprehension and vocabulary development increase remarkably when children hear a story read aloud. With you listening as well, you can have discussions with your child about the characters and the story events. Listening is also a tested skill on the SBAC starting in grade 3 and usually the lowest area for most kids, so give them a head start and bring the magic of literature to your daily lives.  Give it a try and let me know how it works!

 

This week and next our focus words are Tolerance and Well-Balanced. Students who are well-balanced are healthy and are aware that eating properly and exercising is important in their lives. They understand that it is important to have a balance between the physical and mental aspects of their bodies. They spend time doing many different things.

 

How can parents help to develop students who are well-balanced at home?

 

  • Encourage your child to participate in a wide variety of structured activities.
  • During less structured time, also be aware of the activities that your child is participating in. Too much time in front of the computer or television is obviously not desirable, but all kids need to do a variety of things. Generally active kids should take time for quiet reading or reflection; students who spend a lot of time drawing or reading, should be encouraged to also exercise and play.
  • Discuss the food groups with your child. Spend a few minutes during a mealtime deciding if what your family is eating is balanced.
  • Model this attribute. Spend time as a parent or family doing many different activities.

 

Do you have any friends with children that will be ready for K or TK, or any other grade next year? We will host our second Prospective Parent School Tour on Thursday, February 9 at 8:30 AM. Please arrive at the front door of the school at 8:15 AM to be greeted and escorted to the Library to meet with me and parent leaders, then tour our school. Next school year the plan is to offer a new TK (Transitional Kindergarten) class for students born between September 2 and December 2, 2012.  So send your neighbors and friends to checkout our wonderful school!

 

Happy Reading,

 

Pam Marton, Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 2/8/17




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Dear Fairburn families, 

 

I hope I'll see many of you on Friday morning, February 3rd at my coffee with the principal which will take place in the MPR at 8:15 am. This month's topics will include A-G everything you need to know about preparing your child for college, our GATE program, a discussion about homework, playground retrofit, plans for our Sunday, February 12th Facelift Day, and any other topics you wish to discuss. 

 

Read-a-thon has started! The goal for this month of February is for all Fairburn kids to read for 30 minutes a day. Please encourage your child to participate by reading at home for 30 minutes each day. All the research shows that kids who read more often for pleasure become better readers. So find those books that interest your child, because when they get hooked on a series of books, or particular characters, or a particular author, chances are they'll want to read more!  Parents can model reading along with your child by reading your favorite books as well. Let's turn off TV's and Read, Read, Read! 

 

Welcome! Our new Office Manager - SAA, Shawntee Montez, will begin Friday, February 3rd.  She is an experienced SAA and we welcome her to our wonderful school.  Please stop by the office and say hello.  

 

Have a great Week!

 

Pam Marton, Principal. pmarton@lausd.net 

 

Pam Marton

Principal 

Fairburn Avenue Elementary School

pmarton@lausd.net

1403 Fairburn Avenue,

Los Angeles, CA.  90024

(310) 470-1344

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 2/1/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

Today you are receiving a paper copy of Fairburn’s 2015-16 School Report Card. The card shows how well our school and students are meeting the LAUSD Goals in the areas of Graduation, Proficiency, Attendance, Engagement and Safety.  Please take time to read the Report Card and feel free to email me with any questions you have.  Some of the data collected for this Report Card comes directly from last year’s School Experience Survey, which I am hoping every parent will fill out this year. 

Thank you to those of you that have already filled out the School Experience Survey.  This is a reminder to send in your completed survey that came home with one of your children in an envelope last week.  The deadline to return the survey for credit is Friday, January 27. Please send a note to the teachers of siblings in the school if you completed the survey so each child gets credit!

This week and next our students are focused on being Open-Minded and Creative. 

An Open-Minded student knows that all people are different. They listen to the points of view of others and consider many possibilities before making a decision. They celebrate the differences that make all people unique.

How can parents help to develop this Open-Minded trait at home?

  • Encourage your child to try new things – new foods, new games and new activities.

  • Expose your child to different festivals, celebrations and traditions and be sure to present them in a non-judgmental way.

  • Encourage your child to really listen to others when they speak.

  • Introduce literature about many different cultures into your home library. Be sure that it is appropriate and reflects the culture in an appropriate way.

  • Reflect on their experiences during our Multi-cultural holiday program. How were they Open-Minded during that week? What did they learn about other countries or cultures that they didn’t know before?

  • When you observe your child being Open-Minded, reinforce this positive behavior.

To add a little fun to the end of our month, Tuesday, January 31st will be BACKWARDS DAY!  Let’s show our school spirit and get creative in how we can make our day backwards!

Sincerely,

Pam Marton, Principal pmarton@lausd.net

 

 

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Published: 1/24/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

Enthusiasm in learning is so important! Our school is filled with Enthusiastic students, teachers and staff. Please encourage enthusiastic participation in class and at school from your child every day!

LAUSD’s ninth annual “School Experience Survey” will document the experiences and perceptions of parents, staff and students at their schools. The Districts survey window is January 17 – February 10, 2017. Fairburn will distribute the Survey to parents Wednesday January 18, 2017 and request that they are sent back to school by February 10, 2017.  We will provide a drop box in the office for you to deposit the Surveys or you may return them to your child’s teacher. To incentivize the return of the survey, the class that has the highest percentage of surveys returned by Friday, January 27 will receive a special surprise from ME!  If you have more than one child at the school, please complete the one survey and send a note to the other classrooms that you completed the survey so they can get credit!

 The School Experience Survey provides valuable information to stakeholders about LAUSD schools each year. Parents, staff and students (grades 3-12), will answer survey questions designed to measure our schools’ climate. The survey focuses on student social and emotional learning; the opportunity to learn; school cleanliness and safety; and parent involvement.

 The data gathered through this survey will be reported in detail for each school this fall. In addition, the data will also be reported in each school’s School Report Card.

 Fairburn would like100% participation from our parents; please help us reach our goal.

There was an error in the last Wednesday Wire, the next Fairburn Facelift Day will be held on Sunday, February 12, not February 5, due to the Super Bowl Sunday. 

Finally on a sad note, we will be saying goodbye to our wonderful Office Manager, LaTonya Williams.  Tonya has been a wonderful support to Fairburn ES for the last 11 years!  Tonya is taking an opportunity to serve a school closer to her home.  We will miss her and wish her good luck.  Tonya’s last day will be January 26.

Pam Marton
Principal 
Fairburn Elementary School
pmarton@lausd.net
1403 Fairburn Avenue, Los Angeles 90024
(310) 470-1344
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Published: 1/21/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

Enthusiasm in learning is so important! Our school is filled with Enthusiastic students, teachers and staff. Please encourage enthusiastic participation in class and at school from your child every day!

LAUSD’s ninth annual “School Experience Survey” will document the experiences and perceptions of parents, staff and students at their schools. The District's survey window is January 17 – February 10, 2017. Fairburn will distribute the Survey to parents Wednesday January 18, 2017 and request that they are sent back to school by February 10, 2017.  We will provide a drop box in the office for you to deposit the Surveys or you may return them to your child’s teacher. To incentivize the return of the survey, the class that has the highest percentage of surveys returned by Friday, January 27 will receive a special surprise from ME!  If you have more than one child at the school, please complete the one survey and send a note to the other classrooms that you completed the survey so they can get credit!

 The School Experience Survey provides valuable information to stakeholders about LAUSD schools each year. Parents, staff and students (grades 3-12), will answer survey questions designed to measure our schools’ climate. The survey focuses on student social and emotional learning; the opportunity to learn; school cleanliness and safety; and parent involvement.

 The data gathered through this survey will be reported in detail for each school this fall. In addition, the data will also be reported in each school’s School Report Card.

 Fairburn would like 100% participation from our parents; please help us reach our goal.

There was an error in the last Wednesday Wire, the next Fairburn Facelift Day will be held on Sunday, February 12, not February 5, due to the Super Bowl Sunday. 

Finally on a sad note, we will be saying goodbye to our wonderful Office Manager, LaTonya Williams.  Tonya has been a wonderful support to Fairburn ES for the last 11 years!  Tonya is taking an opportunity to serve a school closer to her home.  We will miss her and wish her good luck.  Tonya’s last day will be January 26.

Pam Marton
Principal 
Fairburn Elementary School
pmarton@lausd.net
1403 Fairburn Avenue, Los Angeles 90024
(310) 470-1344
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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 1/14/17




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

I can’t believe it is already time for our three week winter break.  I am looking forward to some time to relax and reconnect with family and friends. I am sure you will also enjoy this well deserved break from the school year. 

 

Don’t miss this year’s Winter Holiday Performances where our students will celebrate the holidays of Lunar New Year, Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadan, Kwanzaa and Christmas though song.  All students will perform each morning, but to make sure there is space for everyone to view the program we are encouraging parents to attend the following performances by grade level:

 

Wednesday, December 14 from 8:30  – 9:30 AM – Grades 1 & 5 Parents

Thursday December 15 from 8:30  – 9:30 AM - Grades 2 & 3 Parents

Friday, December 16 from 8:30  – 9:30 AM – Grades K & 4 Parents

 

Parents are encouraged to line up on Ohio Ave. outside the entrance gate behind our Auditorium. Seating will be provided first come first serve, with no saving seats.  The gate will open at 8:15 AM.  

 

This year the STAR program will videotape the entire program.  So if you leave your cameras at home, we will make the video available to parents on the STAR website. 

 

When you are at school for the performance, please check the LOST AND FOUND in the back of the Auditorium and find what you have been mossing.  There are beautiful warm jackets, lunch boxes and hats.  All items not claimed before the winter break will be donated after school on Friday, December 16, 2016

 

I want to congratulate all of our grade 2 – 5 students and parents for all of your efforts this last month to learn your MATH FACTS.  We have concluded the fall Math Masters Challenge and I am so excited to report that practically every student was able to demonstrate their mastery of their math facts. This week, congratulatory certificates will be presented to students in honor of their expertise and incredible efforts. 

 

Happy Holidays to all of our amazing students and their families,

 

Pam Marton, Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

I can’t believe it is already time for our three week winter break.  I am looking forward to some time to relax and reconnect with family and friends. I am sure you will also enjoy this well deserved break from the school year. 

 

Don’t miss this year’s Winter Holiday Performances where our students will celebrate the holidays of Lunar New Year, Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadan, Kwanzaa and Christmas though song.  All students will perform each morning, but to make sure there is space for everyone to view the program we are encouraging parents to attend the following performances by grade level:

 

Wednesday, December 14 from 8:30  – 9:30 AM – Grades 1 & 5 Parents

Thursday December 15 from 8:30  – 9:30 AM - Grades 2 & 3 Parents

Friday, December 16 from 8:30  – 9:30 AM – Grades K & 4 Parents

 

Parents are encouraged to line up on Ohio Ave. outside the entrance gate behind our Auditorium. Seating will be provided first come first serve, with no saving seats.  The gate will open at 8:15 AM.  

 

This year the STAR program will videotape the entire program.  So if you leave your cameras at home, we will make the video available to parents on the STAR website. 

 

When you are at school for the performance, please check the LOST AND FOUND in the back of the Auditorium and find what you have been mossing.  There are beautiful warm jackets, lunch boxes and hats.  All items not claimed before the winter break will be donated after school on Friday, December 16, 2016

 

I want to congratulate all of our grade 2 – 5 students and parents for all of your efforts this last month to learn your MATH FACTS.  We have concluded the fall Math Masters Challenge and I am so excited to report that practically every student was able to demonstrate their mastery of their math facts. This week, congratulatory certificates will be presented to students in honor of their expertise and incredible efforts. 

 

Happy Holidays to all of our amazing students and their families,

 

Pam Marton, Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Published: 12/20/16




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

I can’t believe it is already time for our three week winter break.  I am looking forward to some time to relax and reconnect with family and friends. I am sure you will also enjoy this well deserved break from the school year. 

 

Don’t miss this year’s Winter Holiday Performances where our students will celebrate the holidays of Lunar New Year, Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadan, Kwanzaa and Christmas though song.  All students will perform each morning, but to make sure there is space for everyone to view the program we are encouraging parents to attend the following performances by grade level:

 

Wednesday, December 14 from 8:30  – 9:30 AM – Grades 1 & 5 Parents

Thursday December 15 from 8:30  – 9:30 AM - Grades 2 & 3 Parents

Friday, December 16 from 8:30  – 9:30 AM – Grades K & 4 Parents

 

Parents are encouraged to line up on Ohio Ave. outside the entrance gate behind our Auditorium. Seating will be provided first come first serve, with no saving seats.  The gate will open at 8:15 AM.  

 

This year the STAR program will videotape the entire program.  So if you leave your cameras at home, we will make the video available to parents on the STAR website. 

 

When you are at school for the performance, please check the LOST AND FOUND in the back of the Auditorium and find what you have been missing.  There are beautiful warm jackets, lunch boxes and hats.  All items not claimed before the winter break will be donated after school on Friday, December 16, 2016

 

I want to congratulate all of our grade 2 – 5 students and parents for all of your efforts this last month to learn your MATH FACTS.  We have concluded the fall Math Masters Challenge and I am so excited to report that practically every student was able to demonstrate their mastery of their math facts. This week, congratulatory certificates will be presented to students in honor of their expertise and incredible efforts. 

 

Happy Holidays to all of our amazing students and their families,

 

Pam Marton, Principal pmarton@lausd.net

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Published: 12/11/16




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Dear Fairburn Families

It was so great seeing so many of you at my Friday Coffee with the Principal.  If you missed the meeting there were two topics that we discussed that I would like to share with all of you.  First was a new format for the Winter Holiday Student Performance.  This year our students will be singing songs and sharing information about the many cultures represented at Fairburn and the Winter Holidays that each celebrate.  We will have a program that is balanced, educational and celebrates the holidays of Lunar New Year, Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadan, Kwanzaa and Christmas. This year the parents are invited to view our show as follows:  Grades 1 & 5 families are invited on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:30 AM.  Grades 2 & 3 families are invited on Thursday, December 15 at 8:30 AM. Grade K & 4 families are invited on Friday, December 16 at 8:30 AM. Parents are encouraged to line up on Ohio Ave. outside the entrance gate behind our Auditorium. Seating will be provided first come first serve, with no saving seats.  The gate will open at 8:15 AM. 

The other topic discussed at my Coffee was the need for new Play Structures on the Fairburn yards.  There were many opinions about this topic, so we are creating an ad hoc committee of parents and staff to gather information, survey parents, students and staff and present options to our school for the addition of play structures or play areas for our students.  If you are interested in this committee, you are encouraged to join me in the MPR, tomorrow, Thursday morning, December 8 at 8:15 – 9:15 to begin our work.

In my ongoing efforts to keep you in the know, the Attitude we are studying this week and next is Commitment.  Our focus is on students doing their best, and never giving up.   We encourage them to try their hardest, even when a task is difficult.  The Learner Profile for this week and next is being Reflective, Students who are Reflective know what their strengths and areas to improve are. They try to think about these things, and they make changes where they can. They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and consider their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

How can parents help to develop students who are Reflective at home?

  • Spend some time reviewing your child’s report card with them. They should have the opportunity to look at this document and consider it as well. Discuss it with them and truly consider their thoughts on their strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Consider the goals that your child could set for this next trimester. Make a list not only of the goals, but of specific actions that can be taken to achieve these goals. You might want to list action that your child will take independently as well as action parents will take to support them. For example, if one of the goals your child sets for herself is to improve her writing, her action might be to keep a journal and write in it for at least 10 minutes each night. As a parent, you might decide that the two of you will participate in shared writing, for 30 minutes each week and produce a book of narratives together.

Finally this week it’s that time of year once again! “Hour of Code” (and more specifically code.org) has evolved to be a year-round favorite website of children everywhere. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the 2nd week of December is annually Computer Science Education Week (to coincide with the birthday of computer programmer Grace Murray Hopper - Dec. 9, 1906). Celebrities and founders of huge website/software companies continue to back this movement, and Planet Bravo couldn’t agree more. That’s why the Planet Bravo curriculum that we already utilize has regular programming units as early as 2nd grade (using the tool called Scratch). Later students use graphical coding tools such as Fusion and Stencyl, with actual coding languages being taught as early as 5th grade (Python, HTML/CSS, JavaScript). Planet Bravo WILL be running Hour of Code activities the week of December 5th in the regularly scheduled classes with Fairburn students. Some of those activities can be seen here:  www.code.org/learn. Please watch a video, which explains the mission far better than I could: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc

Thanks for Reading,

Pam Marton, Principal  - pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 12/11/16