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The Principal Perspective

 

Dear Fairburn Families,

It was great seeing so many of you at our Back to School Day event yesterday morning.  I know you enjoyed having a chance to meet your child’s teacher, see their classroom and hear about our instructional program and classroom expectations. 

 

Thursday night,August 30 from 5:00 to 7:00pm, come kick off the new school year with the entire Fairburn community. We have planned an evening of FUN, FOOD, AND SHARING to celebrate the diverse cultures and heritages that we have here at Fairburn Avenue Elementary! It will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, find out about volunteer opportunities, and learn more about what’s in store for the coming

year.  Fresh Brothers is sponsoring pizza for all and families are

invited to bring an appetizer, side dish or desert representing your culture to share.

Fairburn’s school spirit is strong!  Last Friday, the following classrooms showed the most school spirit by wearing their Fairburn T- Shirts. 

Grade 1-          Rm 3 had 100% wearing Fairburn Shirts!

Grade 3 -         Rm 18 had 100%

Grade TK -      Rm 9 had 91%

Grade K -        Rm 10 had 87%

Grade K -        Rm 8 had 84%

Who will win this Thursday?  Wear your Fairburn shirts Thursday as there is no school on Friday!

SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED on Friday, August 31 and Monday, September 3.  Students return back on Tuesday, September 4, with a 1:28pm dismissal.  I hope you enjoy the long Labor Day weekend!

            We will VOTE for the 5 parent representatives to serve on SSC and Leadership Council on Thursday September 6th.  Please stop by the MPR to vote.  More information will be sent home next week.  If you wish to self nominate for a position on the Council, please call Ms. Marton.

 

Thank you for all of your support!

 

Pam Marton, Principal   pmarton@lausd.net

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Published: 8/29/18




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ENROLLMENT UPDATE for 2018-19

We have a few spaces left for August!  

We are still enrolling resident Kindergarten and 3rd or 4th Grade students.  Please come into the Fairburn office before August 9th!

 

For our Fairburn Families:

Welcome to the 2018-19 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. Our FAB (Fairburn Avenue Boosters) parent group is planning some wonderful events to connect families, as a 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 14, 2018 with a 1:28 p.m. Dismissal.  School hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 2:28 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Again this year we will dismiss at 1:28 p.m. every Tuesday to allow teachers to meet for Professional Development. See attached calendar for the ten days when school will dismiss at 12:30 p.m.  

 

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 $3.00 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 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 13th.  On Tuesday, August 14th, 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 through the gate on Ohio Ave. behind the Kinder Yard.

 

We request that parents refrain from requesting class changes once the rosters have been published. At Fairburn, the classroom assignment process involves the following steps:

At the end of each year, the teachers at each grade level meet to create equal classes for the coming year.  Factors considered in class placement include balance of gender, ethnicity, English language proficiency, academic ability, gifted/talented identification, behavior and social interaction. All student assignment decisions are made with the best interest of our children in mind.  In order to find the environment that is right for each of our children, the faculty, staff and administration work together to create the class rosters.  We believe that our teachers, certificated employees and administrators are best positioned to determine the composition of our classrooms.  While we understand that parents want to assist in determining the ideal environment for their children, we believe that the best decisions are reached by trusting the expertise of our faculty, staff and administration.  We believe that this allows us to meet the needs of each individual student while also doing what is best for our school as a whole.  The decision to place a child in the classroom of a particular teacher is not made based on parent requests or preferences.  We remind you that at this time all room assignments are tentative.  Changes may occur based on students’ instructional needs or to meet District policy on classroom numbers.  Our teachers have worked very hard to assure that each child is placed with consideration to their instructional and social needs. All schools are expected to complete this process by "Norm Day," Sept. 14, 2018.  You will be advised if it is necessary to change your child’s room assignment.  Every effort will be made to keep changes to a minimum.

 

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 that includes the Grade Level Standards.

        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.    

 

In addition we need every parent to volunteer at least 10 hours during the school year.  There are many opportunities for volunteering at home or school. Together we can do a great job preparing our students. We look forward to this new year with great enthusiasm, refreshed energy, and high expectations.  We’ll make it a fun and productive year of learning for all children and adults.  I am looking forward to meeting, or reconnecting with 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                           

Principal

pmarton@lausd.net

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Published: 7/31/18




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ENROLLMENT UPDATE for 2018-19

We have a few spaces left for August! 

We are still enrolling resident Kindergarten students. We are also accepting SAS (School for Advanced Studies) permits for grades 3, 4 & 5 for 2018-19 school year.  

 

Please come into the Fairburn office before June 22nd or after July 20th to enroll.

 

Dear Fairburn Families,

 

Thank you all for an amazing school year!  It has been such a pleasure working with your talented children and your supportive family this school year at Fairburn Avenue Elementary School!   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 a few of our Aides who has been so helpful at Fairburn:  Marissa, Tristan and Gigi.  We will also miss our OT – Efrian.  We wish them all well.      

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. 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.

 

Your child in grades TK – 4 will be brought home a My Math Interactive Guide for your child to use over the summer, if you like, to brush up on their Math and Reading skills before next school year.

 

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 14h!

 

Sincerely,

Pam Marton, Principal    

pmarton@lausd.net 

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Published: 6/14/18




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Dear Fairburn Families,

 

Thank you all for an amazing school year!  It has been such a pleasure working with your talented children and your supportive family this school year at Fairburn Avenue Elementary School!   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 a few of our Aides who has been so helpful at Fairburn:  Marissa, Tristan and Gigi.  We will also miss our OT – Efrian.  We wish them all well.      

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. 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.

 

Today your child in grades TK – 4 will be bringing home a My Math Interactive Guide for your child to use over the summer, if you like, to brush up on their Math and Reading skills before next school year.

 

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 14h!

 

Sincerely,

Pam Marton, Principal    

pmarton@lausd.net 

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Published: 6/5/18




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Join us on Friday, June 1 at  8:15 AM for the end of the year Celebration of Dance Student Performance.  Parents are welcome to join us on the yard at 8:15 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.  

 

 

We are collecting gently used shoes for the homeless. Please look for the yellow bins decorated by our 2nd Graders -- this is such an easy way to give back so please participate. Look thru your closet and under your bed and couch and find the shoes your family can no longer use, but will be of great use to homeless people throughout Los Angeles. Shoe drive will continue thru Friday, June 1! Thank you for your generosity, Fairburn Families!” 

 

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

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

June

1                Dance Festival -8:15 AM (new date)

5                Grade 2 Spelling Bee 8:30 AM – MPR

6                5th Grade Culmination Ceremony – 8:30 AM

6                5th Gr Party -UCLA Rec Center 2:30 – 6:30P

7                5th Gr Luncheon – 11:30 – 12:15– K Yard

7                Last Day of School & Minimum Day 12:30

August

11             Incoming Kinder Ice Cream Social–Holmby Pk 3– 4:30 PM

13             Pupil free day & New student orientation – 8:30 AM - Aud.

14             First day of school for students 1:28 PM Dismissal

15             FAB Booster Club Meeting– 8:00 AM

23             ELAC/SSC Orientation – 8:00 AM

28             Back to School Day 8:00 – 9:00 AM

30             International Welcome Festival 5:00 – 7:00 PM

31             NO SCHOOL – Admissions Day

 

 

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Published: 5/29/18




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Dear Fairburn Families,

Thursday, May 24th 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!  The Fairburn Elementary music teacher, Dr. Singer, invites the parents of his music students for two brief showcase concerts. The TK, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade students are dancing and singing three songs about how fun it is to be young. The chorus will be performing a challenging piece based on four Japanese haiku poems and an old favorite song brought back by high demand. Schedule: Date: May 25, 2018. Concert 1: 8:30 AM for TK, Kindergarten and Chorus. Concert 2: 9:00 AM for1st Grade and Chorus.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Grade 2 students are preparing for their Spelling Bee.  the finals are scheduled for June 5th in the morning.  All of the students are practicing for the June 1st 8:30 AM Dance Festival, and we hope you can attend. Our 5th grade students will begin preparing for their Culmination which will be held on June 6th in the morning. 

 

 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 – Principal

pmarton@lausd.net

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Posted by: Pamela Marton
Published: 5/22/18