Farragut Weekly Updates - 10/14/17

From the desk of Principal Ngo

Dear Farragut Foxes,

Communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration are essential for the learning and growth of our 21st century students. This work is happening throughout our school in the collaboration of teachers and students, in the beautiful artwork and music that our students create, in the team-building activities in P.E., and in the mathematical and literary reasoning skills they practice everyday in and out of the classrooms. Furthermore, all of these skills come together in the Makerspace classroom where students apply science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to create and design projects that impact the real world. The 4 C's of the 21st century classroom are taken to the next level when we help our students develop a growth mindset, where they "believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point."


As parents, we can continue this work by asking questions, engaging our children in real life problem-solving, and encouraging them to persevere when they get stuck instead of asking us for the answer. Educational researcher, Carol Dweck, talks about the power of "yet" in her work with growth mindset. When students struggle or make mistakes (which is a necessary and essential part of learning), our job is to help them see that they are on a learning curve. And, although they haven't mastered a particular skill, it doesn't mean they never will, they just haven't mastered it yet. Framing the challenges in life in this way, gives students a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset perspective on learning and life.


To learn more about growth mindset and Carol Dweck's work, watch her Ted Talk on The power of believing that you can improve.


Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you at the Cardboard Challenge this Saturday and the PTA/Fan Club Meeting Tuesday evening (see agendas attached)!


Your proud principal,

Rebecca Ngo


P.S. - Wondering what happened to Student of the Month Awards? The Farragut Teachers and I are rethinking and revamping how awards are done at Farragut to make them more meaningful and connected to this idea of growth mindset! More info to come!

TODAY IS CAINE’S ARCADE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE WITH A VERY SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE!

Saturday, Oct. 14th, 9am-1pm

11177 Overland Avenue

Culver City, CA

Today’s special guest is the very Caine of Caine’s Arcade! Did you child jump out of bed this morning ready to play in today’s CCUSD Cardboard Challenge? Come on down!

This is CCUSD’s inaugural Makerspace event held at El Rincon today, Saturday, October 14th from 9am to 1pm. Children who’d like their game displayed must bring it between 8:30am-9am. Parent volunteers who can help set up, showcase and run games are welcome from 7:00am. Clean up helpers are also needed.

Please visit http://cainesarcade.com/cardboardchallenge or contact Eileen Pottinger at eileenpottinger@ccusd.org for further information.

Makerspace Cardboard Challenge Flier (front)

Makerspace Cardboard Challenge Flier (back)

UPCOMING EVENTS

TODAY Saturday, October 14th
CCUSD CARDBOARD CHALLENGE WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST

From 9am till 1pm at El Rincon, it’s the CCUSD Cardboard Challenge! Come and participate and meet Caine himself from Caine’s Arcade! See below for full details.

Wednesday, October 18th
GIFTS & WRAP FUNDRAISER EXTENDED!
Last chance! The Charleston Gifts and Wrap sale has been extended! All orders are now due on Wednesday, October 18!

Tuesday, October 17th
PTA/FAN CLUB EVENING MEETING
Please join us in the Library at 6:30pm for an update on our wonderful school community. Dinner and babysitting for the kiddos is provided. Both Fan Club and PTA meeting agendas are attached here.

Tuesday, October 17th
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Join us in the cafeteria from 5:30pm-6:30pm for volunteer clearance at Farragut.

Friday, October 20th
MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY

8:45am for those wanting to re-shoot their child’s pictures. Please see below for details.

Friday, October 20th
REFLECTIONS ARTS CONTEST
Submissions due October 20th. Artistic and creative students encouraged to apply. Please see below for details.

Friday, October 20th
FOX FRIDAY’S
Every Friday, show your Fox spirit by wearing your Farragut shirt, a Fox shirt or dress yourself the Farragut school colors of blue and white.

Saturday, October 21st
FARRAGUT FALL FESTIVAL
From 11am-4pm: Come one and all and enjoy class booths, live shows, bouncers, haunted house, food, vendors and much more! Make sure you contact your room parent to volunteer or Trip Forgeng at trip@somala.org for more details.

Monday to Friday, October 23rd till October 27th
RED RIBBON WEEK
The Red Ribbon campaign is a national event encouraging kids to make healthy lifestyle choices. Stay tuned for details on our coloring contest, prize table, Wear Red Day, and more!

Tuesday, October 31st
HALLOWEEN PARADE
8:45-9:15 am on the big field. Come dressed in your Halloween costume! No make-up, weapons (masks OK); no candy in lunchboxes. Drop off backpacks at your classroom and come directly to the big field.

Monday, November 6th
MONTHLY MORNING ASSEMBLY
Starting 8:45 am on the blacktop: Grades 1-5, take your children to their regular classroom line-up area; Kindergarten classes go directly to the back blacktop in the back of the school. Parents are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, November 8th
SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY, POPSICLE SALE & WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
It’s RAINBOW day for this month’s School Spirit Day. Come dressed in your favorite color! Popsicle sales on the Cafeteria patio at 1:45pm for $1 each.

Thursday, November 9th
OUTDOOR FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Starting at 6:30pm in the play yard! Food, drinks, and popcorn for sale. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a fun-filled evening under the stars! Please contact Brenda Duran-Weeks at Bd571@yahoo.com for volunteering and more details.

FARRAGUT’S ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL NEXT SATURDAY!

The BIGGEST event of the semester is finally here!!!! Farragut's Annual Fall Festival is next Saturday, October 21st from 11am-4pm. It's going to be a foxy fantastic event with your help!! We need individual drinks donated and dropped off in the front office (individual waters, juices, soda) along with goodies for the bake sale and extra pop-up tents for booths. Please also enter the chili cook-off and bring a pot of your delicious chili to share at the Festival!!

Tickets will be on sale by the school office before and after school, Monday through Friday, October 16-20th. Buy your tickets before the big day to receive the early bird discount!
* 25 tickets for $20 OR 25 tickets plus a raffle ticket for $25!!
* Pre-Sale Wristbands for unlimited bouncy time are $10
* Raffle Ticket: $5

(Prices at the door on 10/21 are $1/ticket and $15/wristband)

Raffle prizes include:
- Sylvan Learning Center scholarship for 20 hours of instruction (worth $1,399!!!)
- Robotics Class from Sylvan Learning Center for you and five friends,
- LulaRoe leggings,
- One month of unlimited cycling from Cycle Bar
- $50 gift card to Lundeens,
- Free month of Math Edge at Sylvan Learning Center

Last but definitely not least, the fun starts Friday after school. We need ALL HANDS ON DECK to set-up for this amazing event. Kids are welcome. Everyone please meet on the back blacktop immediately after school on Friday, October 20th.
Contact Trip (trip@somala.org) or Ashley (abcain@gmail.com) with questions or to offer your awesome assistance. We can't wait for the fun!!! Go team!!

INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY SUCCESS STORY

Congratulation Farragut Foxes! International Walk To School Day was a huge success. Thank you to all who participated. Together we had 174 scanned walkers, which is over 44 miles walked, 39lbs of CO2 removed from the atmosphere and 2.0 Gallons of Gasoline saved by not driving.

2017-18 Farragut PTA & Fan Club Leadership

Farragut PTA Co-Presidents

Ashley Cain – abcain@gmail.com
Shea Andreone – shea323@gmail.com


Farragut Fan Club Co-Presidents
Ellen Davidson – erdavidson112@yahoo.com
Deanna Newell – deannan@ca.rr.com