Fairfield Elementary

Week of February 4th-February 8th

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ATTENTION: 4th & 5th Grade Parents!

ATTENTION: DATE CHANGE Wednesday, March 6th

FAIRFIELD MUSIC NEWS

To: All Fourth Grade Students and Fifth grade Chorus

Topic: Spring Music Program/READING NIGHT on Wednesday, March 6 @6pm

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

PLEASE RETURN bottom portion BY Friday, February 15th!


Dear Parents/Guardians:

  • The Fairfield fourth grade students and fifth grade chorus will perform on Wednesday, March 6th @ 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The students will be presenting Broadway for Kids: Seussical Junior.

  • We are requesting that the 4th grade students and chorus dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or wear:

Heilig/Hagerty’s Classes Wear - BLUE or GREEN (any shade)

Costulis/Mann’s Classes Wear- YELLOW, RED, or ORANGE (any shade)

The more colorful and creative the outfit the better! Please make sure the attire still complies with the school dress code.


Please make sure all students are here by 5:45 p.m. 5th grade chorus students should report to the music room. We look forward to getting everyone excited about READING and Dr. Seuss!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ashbury, Music Specialist

Emily.ashbury@vbschools.com

757-648-2480 ext. 51237

HERE COMES THE BUS

Virginia Beach City Public Schools launches

school bus tracking app


Beginning Feb. 4, Virginia Beach City Public Schools is launching Here Comes the Bus, an app that enables parents and students to see on their smartphone in real time when their school bus is near their assigned stop - before or after school.


The app, which can be downloaded free from the App Store or Google Play, can also send emails or push notifications, or both, to each registered device and user. This multiple-user feature enables parents as well as students to sign up for accounts. Instructions on how to sign up for accounts are available on vbschools.com.


"We have 630 buses on the road each day transporting 45,000 students across 3,400 routes in the city," said Executive Director of Transportation David Pace. "While we are almost always on time, this app will provide our riders, as well as their parents, real-time tracking information - something which can be particularly helpful during inclement weather."


Here Comes the Bus also includes customizable features such as English, Spanish or French language preference or bus substitutions alerts.


School bus tracking is only available for regular education transportation and academy routes before and after school. In addition, when different buses or drivers are covering routes tracking may not be available. Students are expected to be at their bus stop 10 minutes before the designated time, regardless of bus tracking availability.

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, February 11th:

Report Cards Go Home


Tuesday, February 12th:

2:45 pm-4:15 pm Good News Club


Wednesday, February 13th:

2:45 pm-4:00 pm Running Club

2:45 pm-4:30 pm Board Game Club


Thursday, February 14th:

2:45 pm-4:15 pm GLAM


Tuesday, February 19th:

2:45 pm-4:15 pm Good News Club


Wednesday, February 20th:

2:45 pm-4:00 pm Running Club


Friday, February 22nd:

6:30 pm-8:30 pm PTA Parent Prom

The American Heart Association

This year Fairfield Elementary will once again partner with The American Heart Association to raise awareness for Heart Disease and Stroke. Last year, you knew the program as Jump Rope for Heart. This year the program is called The Kids Heart Challenge. The program is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The American Heart Association collaborating with schools. This year we plan to meet or exceed our efforts from last year to raise money to support research and help the Hampton Roads Community save lives. Our kick off for the program is January the 31st and the final day will be February 28, 2019. The program will run through our Physical Education classes. Participation in the fundraising portion of the program is completely optional. Details about how students may help raise funds for The American Heart Association will be presented to the students by a representative for The American Heart Association next Thursday during the beginning minutes of each of our PE classes.


The programs coincides with our rope unit which students have been working on during PE. Our final jump rope day will conclude on the final day of The Kids Heart Challenge on February 28, 2019.

MERCY DROP

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A Big Thank You to Mercy Drop for the school supplies donated to our students from their donation drive.

PTA EVENTS

CHANGE WARS

Thank you for your generous donations to this fun PTA fundraiser. The PTA will use this money to pay for the Virginia Science Museum to bring their touch-tank program to Fairfield this Spring for all of our students to experience!

We raised a total of $2,405.08!

The winner of the popcorn party and movie,

With 13,611 points, Mrs. Hagerty 4th grade Class!

Our 1st 3 runners up will receive a popcorn party THEY ARE:


1st runner up: 9,348 points Mrs Justis's 1st grade class

2nd runner up: 9,289 points Mrs Duncan's Kindergarten class

3rd runner up: 6,734 points Mrs Resek's 2nd grade class


Breaking News – Because of the success of the Penny Wars Fundraiser and everyone’s generosity, the PTA will provide for a popcorn party for ALL of our classes

Betty Blake PTA CARES

In February, the Betty Blake PTA CARES Committee will be collecting items for "Operation Smile".


Suggested donations are:

New dental hygiene products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, etc.


Please leave donated items in the big blue tub located by the front display case in the school lobby.

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Dear Parents,


This year Fairfield Elementary has an exciting opportunity to participate in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile. This program is an extension of the Shamrock Marathon held annually in March. The goal of the final mile program is to have elementary students complete their own marathon, 26.2 miles, by running one mile at a time. Our students will run or walk 25.2 miles during P.E. class (or after school) over the next 4 months. On race day, March 16, 2019, the students have the opportunity to run the final mile of their marathon at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront with 5,000 other elementary students.


The Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile gives students an exciting goal to work towards in addition to the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Seeing the students accomplish their goal of running or walking a marathon is truly amazing. In addition, our students have an opportunity to help other children around the world through Operation Smile. This worldwide children’s medical charity is headquartered right here in Hampton Roads. Operation Smile has provided free surgeries to over 100,000 children worldwide born with cleft lips and cleft palates since 1982. As an optional but strongly recommended part of the final mile program, students may ask close friends and family for donations to help raise money for this wonderful charity.


In order to participate in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile students must register for the race. You can register your child for the race online at any time at www.shamrockmarathon.com. The Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile coordinator then contacts us to let me know your child has been registered. The registration fee is $25.00 January 15, 2019 through race week. All participants receive a race T-shirt, goody bag, surprise gift, special medal, and certificate upon completion of the race. Participants also receive coupon incentives beginning in January from various local restaurants, museums, etc.


For information on race day details or other questions, please contact Fairfield's Final Mile Coordinator, Missy Owens, at (757) 621-8612 or missy@missyowens.com.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Sprague, PE

STUDENT ILLNESS

To prevent the spread of disease and to protect your student, please keep your student home and/or make an appointment with your health care provider for the following symptoms:

  • temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • severe sore throat, headache, or cough
  • eyes with inflammation, redness, and watery or purulent drainage
  • live head lice
  • undiagnosed and/or untreated skin rash
  • communicable disease


If a student becomes ill during school, the parent/guardian of the student must be contacted before a student is allowed to leave the building. It is important to provide your student's school with updated contact numbers so parents/guardians may be reached concerning illness, as well as emergencies.

STUDENT ABSENCES

Please call in all student absences to the absentee line at 648-2482 by 9:00AM for EACH day your student will be sick or late. If your student is going to be late to school for any reason, please make sure and let our office know ahead of time (if possible) by calling our office by 9:00AM that morning. You can also email the office attendance staff directly at pemobley@vbschools.com as well as your student's teacher for any absence.


EARLY CHECKOUT....

Students will not be called out of class until a parent is present to sign them out. Please plan ahead for appointments, as we would like to minimize missed class time.

Watch D.O.G.S. Program

The PTA will be launching the Watch D.O.G.S.

(Dads of Great Students) program in January 2017.


What are the goals of a Watch D.O.G.S. program?

1. To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2. To provide extra sets of eyes and ear to enhance school security and reduce bullying.


Who are Watch D.O.G.S and how does Watch D.O.G.S. work?

Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official Watch D.O.G.s. school.


What do Watch D.O.G.S. do (while they at school)?

During the day, Watch D.O.G.S. may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.

Fundraising Opportunities

Harris Teeter: Harris Teeter's Together In Education program gives schools a chance to earn funds when you link your VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands. Harris Teeter has donated over $24.6 million to Together In Education schools since 1998! When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the school that your VIC card is linked to. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn. Link your VIC card in store or online at Harristeeter.com/togetherineducation. Our school number is 4117.


Kroger: Kroger Community Awards makes fund-raising easy. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Login or create your account at Kroger.com/communityrewards to enroll your Plus Card.

Organization Name: Fairfield Elementary PTA

Our Organization: Number: 80339


Box Tops: Look for Box Tops on products that you purchase, remove them any way you want and send them to school in your child's Star Folder.


Amazon Smile: Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support FES PTA every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

On your first visit to Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com), choose Fairfield Elementary PTA as the organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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