The Fairview Connection
September 11, 2020
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS
Dear Fairview Families,
I hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend and a good week of remote learning! I’d like to extend a thank you to our students for continuing to persevere as learners while working in front of a screen for an extended time frame. We know it is a challenge and hope that you are taking advantage of the breaks that your teachers are giving you throughout the day. Parents, if you have feedback based on your child’s experience, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher and share. We want to make sure that we are doing all that we can to help our students learn and grow, but also recognize that our students may not always share if they need help, could use a break, and so on, so your input is always valuable to us! Parents, thank you also for all of the ways you have been creative and resourceful to ensure that your child is able to learn to the best of their ability while we are in this challenging situation. We appreciate your partnership and are thankful for your support! As we head into the weekend, please take a moment to watch this video from Mrs. Durkan with some Fairview updates including birthday recognitions for our upcoming birthdays over the next two weeks!
In talking to some teachers this week about how things are going, they have been very happy with the effort of their students. Keep up the great work! I also have heard about some tips that are worth sharing to continue to improve upon our remote learning practices that are listed below. Please take a look as a family!
As much as possible, we are doing all we can to promote student independence as remote learners. For things like getting out their supplies and following teacher directions, it is best for students to take on these tasks on their own rather than look to their parents for assistance.
That said, if a tech issue comes up, we know that parents may need to help and notify us using this tech form if there is a problem that is too difficult to troubleshoot.
Students, please resist the temptation to pull up a YouTube video, video game, or other means of distracting you from your learning. There is a good time for those things, but not during valuable learning time. Parents, this would be something to look out for when doing a quick spot check on your children to see how they are doing, as there have been some instances where this has occurred.
As much as is in your control, we have found that working in a quiet location where students have a wall in their background has been the most conducive for learning for classes as a whole. We realize this may not always be possible depending on a number of factors, so using the mute button when not speaking is important when this is not possible. The microphones on the computers do pick up background noise and the video picks up background visual distractions, so this is a good tip to follow when possible.
Along these same lines, some students have been using headphones with a side microphone attached, which have worked well. They can also be a bit deceiving for families because parents cannot hear what is happening in the headphones, but the microphones on those devices are sensitive to background noise. This is just something to consider if your child is using this type of headphones and microphone.
Thank you for your help with these suggestions, and, as I mentioned before, we’d love to hear from you if you have suggestions as well. Have a wonderful weekend ahead!
MARKET DAY IS BACK! See the newsletter for ordering instructions. Also, the date and link for September's PTO Zoom meeting along with PTO membership information is included in this newsletter.
HEALTHY HABITS BINGO
Do you like games, being active, and ice cream? Well look no further, come join us in a game of Healthy Habits Bingo. All participants will have a chance to make healthy choices, be active, and possibly win free ice cream! Click here for your Bingo sheet and instructions. Downloaded forms can be filled out and emailed back to email@example.com. Contact Nurse Kelly Brunning with any questions! Contest ends September 30th.
FAIRVIEW SPIRIT WEAR
Fairview spirit wear is now available. Click on the link to see the selection available this year and for online ordering instructions. Order deadline is September 25...place your order today.
Click here to shop now! Access code is FAIRVIEW (all caps no spaces)
Any questions, please contact Audrey Canavino at firstname.lastname@example.org
LUNCH/SNACK ORDERING REMINDERS FROM QUEST
The entire district now has the capability to order lunch and a la carte items off of a new ordering platform.
• Please create an account with My Meal Order (click on link below). This will allow you to select the daily meals and/or a la carte options.
• Meal orders must be submitted by Thursday at Midnight for the next week.
• You will be required to create an account and transactions will happen at the point of order.
• It is highly recommended that the “low balance” notification is set up for your My Meal order account to ensure continuous food service. Insufficient funds will result in delayed ordering and may result in your order for the next week not being processed.
Meal Distribution will take place at Lincoln Middle School in D57 between 11:10am - 12:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week
• Orders for Tuesdays will be picked up Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School
• Orders for Thursday will be picked up Thursday at Lincoln Middle School
• Meals will be labeled with the student’s name and ID number
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Quest’s District Manager Anthony Ferrazzuolo at email@example.com or Food Service Director Donna Niesen at Donna.Niesen@questfms.com
Una Durkan, Assistant Principal
Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328