The Fairview Connection
December 11, 2020
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS
Dear Fairview Families,
We are all looking forward to our annual Kindness Week next week at Fairview! As you read in last week’s newsletter, there are many opportunities for students and families to get involved in next week, including daily spirit day themes, a chance to visit our Fairview Winter Windows display, create a rock for our Kindness Rock Garden, share how you have shown kindness, participate in our singalong, and much more! Please see this link for more details about our Kindness Week and how you can be involved. Also, be sure to watch this week’s video newsletter from Mrs. Durkan for more information about Kindness Week, to find out who was drawn for the next Character Card Lunch, and to hear who has an upcoming birthday to celebrate.
In addition to our Kindness Week, students will have another exciting opportunity to enjoy with our 5th grade Peer Mediators. This group of 5th grade leaders are hosting two optional lunch bunch groups next week where students are invited to join them on Zoom for 20 minutes to play games in breakout rooms led by our mediators and enjoy being together. The pandemic has decreased the amount of social interaction our students have engaged in, particularly as the weather has gotten colder, so this group under the leadership of Ms. Ciruelas and Ms. Taylor wanted to make a positive difference! Interested 2nd and 3rd grade students can join Ms. Ciruelas’s Zoom link by clicking here on Wednesday, 12/16 from 12:20-12:40 p.m. while interested 4th and 5th graders can join that same link on Thursday, 12/17 from 12:20-12:40 p.m. to participate in this experience. This link will also be included in teachers’ Google Classrooms. We hope to have more opportunities like this one in the future as well.
In light of our coming Kindness Week, now is a good time to also highlight that, in District 57, we take the prevention of bullying very seriously. While we work to build the pro-social skills of our students through opportunities like Kindness Week, we also make it a point to respond to both unkind actions and bully behavior in a sincere and restorative way. All K-8 students participate in weekly classroom meetings to build classroom community and provide strategies for students on how to prevent/handle potential bullying situations. This is done, in part, using the Olweus Bully Prevention Program. This curriculum offers an opportunity for students to share their feelings and opinions, to suggest solutions, and to learn to follow the rules and handle bullying situations appropriately. It also builds class community and cohesiveness and recognizes achievements and successes of the class as a whole.
We encourage any student or parent who is aware of a potential bullying situation to report the issue immediately to a staff member. This report will initiate an investigation. Whether or not the issue is found to be bullying, any behavior that does not follow school expectations will be addressed. We want all students to feel safe and comfortable during their time at Fairview whether we are learning remotely or at school, and we are committed to removing barriers that are preventing this for individual students or groups of students. For more resources on this topic, please visit this link.
Have a wonderful weekend ahead, and we look forward to an exciting week starting on Monday!
One of the favorite Fairview traditions is how we find ways to support fellow Fairview families in need during the holiday season with our annual Fairview Giving Tree. In a typical year, we would have a tree out in our foyer decorated with ornaments that families can take home. Each ornament has an item to purchase for a Fairview family in need that they can give to their children. Like most things, our Giving Tree process will look different this year. Instead of taking an ornament from the tree, take a moment to sign up online using this link to purchase a gift for a Fairview student whose family has limited financial resources. This gift will most certainly brighten their day when they receive it over the holidays. All wrapped gifts should be dropped off at the front office no later than December 14th so we can give them to families before we are closed over winter break. If you find yourself in a position where you can be generous with your resources, we know these families would really feel grateful for your kindness.
FAIRVIEW FALCON AWARD WINNERS
WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THIS WEEK'S FALCON AWARD WINNERS:
Safeena S. - Mrs. Commare
Darvin P. - Mrs. Lambert
Bella A. - Mr. Costello
Chloe S. - Mrs. Noll
Rook G-S - Miss Spenner
Nicky C. - Miss O'Donnell
Cole M. - Mrs. Logar
Evan K. - Mrs. Logar
Emma A. - Mrs. Logar
Austin F. - Mrs. Michalski
Noah S. - Mr. Costello
DONATE TO DISTRICT 57 FAMILIES IN NEED
COVID-19 has presented many unique hardships and challenges for some of our family members, friends and neighbors. Some parents have asked if it’s possible to make a financial donation to help support District 57 families who are currently in need. The District has set up a system to facilitate this for anyone who is interested. We will distribute the collected funds to families, based on formal requests that are made. If you would like to donate, simply go to this link and follow these steps:
- Click on “Make a one-time payment.”
- Fill in your student’s name, school and grade.
- Click “COVID-19 Donation to District 57 Families.”
- Fill in your information and donation amount, then proceed to the payment section.
Thank you so much, in advance, for your kindness and generosity.
Those who are in need of support can fill out this online form. Names will only be seen by select district personnel who are distributing the funds.
Adam Parisi, Ed.S.
Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations/CSBO and Treasurer
Mount Prospect School District 57
RESIDENTS IN MOUNT PROSPECT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND VIRTUAL "BEAT" MEETINGS.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
A simple way to help fund special Fairview programs is by clipping Box Tops. For the 2019-2020 school year, we raised $948! Help us reach our goal of $1000 by downloading the Box Top App. Click on the Box Tops logo to learn how to get the app and for additional information.
Questions? Please contact:
The District 57 Administration Office is pleased to present this information about upcoming events and news from local organizations that serve our community’s children.
Una Durkan, Assistant Principal
Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328
LET US KNOW
Please contact Fairview School’s office if your home/cell phone number, emergency contact numbers, or email address have changed.
If you have moved, please immediately contact the front office so we can update your student's records.
Chris Trezise - firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Young - email@example.com