Important Dates

January 8th - School resumes/elementary schools only
January 8th - PTA General Membership Meeting, 6:30PM
January 19th - Spirit Day-Sports Day and Flag Salute
January 23rd - ELAC meeting, Library, 2PM
January 31st - School Site Council
February 2nd - Heritage Fair, MPR 6-8PM

Message from PTA President
I was born in a country that doesn’t exist anymore. In what seemed like an overnight development the Soviet Union fell apart when I was a teenager. So suddenly I was living in a brand new country with new goals and a different future. About a decade later I left that young but struggling country, Moldova, for a new homeland. Canada was a whole new universe. It was also the country that all my kids were born in. Then four years ago we packed again, got on an airplane and six hours later landed in yet another new country - the USA.
Does my story sound familiar to you? Have you lived through immigration? Have your parents or grandparents? We are a nation of immigrants and if you dig deep enough, every single one of you reading this will find roots in a different part of the world. You might say “So what? I’m here now!”. But a tree without roots will fall, just like a person without its past will never feel whole. It is up to us, the parents, to share with our kids who we are, where we came from, so they know who they are and understand themselves better.
Last year during Heritage Night we had booths from all over the world: Mexico, Brazil, Pakistan, Egypt, China, India, Australia, Portugal, Canada, Netherlands, Korea, Taiwan and many more. You can see pictures from last year HERE.
Everyone who came not only shared their culture, but got a chance to walk by other countries’ booths and learn about other cultures as well. Tasting the delicious authentic food brought by Fairlands families was my personal favorite of the event. Some booths had games for kids. Others had crafts. It was such a mix of cultures and countries in one place that it felt like… wait…it felt like the USA, land of the immigrants! We would love to see all of last year’s families back. We would love to see new families set up booths and share with the rest of us their heritage. We know Fairlands is home to families from Ireland, Ukraine, France, Russia, Singapore, and many more. Join us - you will love it!
I personally promise to bring sweets from Moldova and Canada because one is my birth country and the other is my kids’ birth country. So make sure you stop by our booth and while you munch on the sweets I will teach you how to say hello in Romanian, Russian and French!
Click HERE to sign up for your country booth!
Heritage Night, Friday February 2nd, 6-8 pM
PTA General Membership Meeting-1/8/18
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Join us in the Fairlands Library on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM to discuss past and upcoming PTA events and projects. Help us decide what’s best for our kids. Free childcare provided for kids 4 and older.
Sports Day January 19th
Dress up in your own team uniform or show pride for your favorite professional team for spirit day on January 19th!
ELAC Meeting January 23, 2018
Are you a parent of child that is learning English as a second language? We'd love to have you attend an English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting at Fairlands on Tuesday, January 23 at 2:00 in the library.  Please RSVP if you are planning on attending.

Our agenda for this meeting is:

1. ELAC / Executive Committee purpose
2. Current enrollment & attendance of English learners at Fairlands
3. Current resources for English learners
4. Needs Survey for Parents of English learners
5. Questions regarding the new English Language Proficiency Assessments of California

If you have additional questions, please contact Vice Principal Heidi Deeringhoff at hdeeringhoff@gmail.com or Parent ELAC Chairperson Marie-Ange Precetti at maprecetti@gmail.com
Important Drop-Off Reminder
Please do not drop your student off prior to 8:00am. Student supervision is provided from 8:00 - 8:15am. Students arriving to school before 8am will be sent to the office and parents will be called. This is to ensure student safety.
Rainy Day Drop-Off Procedures
During rainy day drop-off please direct your child (1st- 5th grade) to go to the the multi-purpose room starting at 8:00am. 

TK and Kindergarten students follow normal drop-off procedures on rainy days.

Parents/Guardians, please do not wait or crowd by the entrances to the MP room as it impedes children from entering and creates an unsafe environment.
Book Fair Save the Date
Mark your calendars! The Book Fair will be February 26th-March 2nd.
2018-19 Kindergarten Registration Event-March 5th
If you have a new TK or Kindergarten student starting in the fall, plan to attend this event to get them ready for next year!
PPIE Super Match Campaign
On Giving Tuesday Pleasanton Partners In Education (PPIE) launched their SUPER MATCH CAMPAIGN, which runs until Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 4). So, you can Super Match until the Super Bowl (get it :) ?!). WHY? PPIE has secured additional funds from the broader community to boost your own contributions, and make your dollars go farther! If every Pleasanton school family gives $100 or more, PPIE can raise $1 Million for the year and fund needed supplemental staff for our students: 2 extra hours/day for librarians & site tech specialists; intervention teachers & teacher’s aides; counselors & instructional coaches; and additional class sections in Middle and High School. WHY NOW? For your end of tax year and company matching plan considerations (check here see if your company matches). If you’ve already donated to PPIE, thank you - though our schools welcome more if you’re able. If you haven’t yet donated, this is your chance to help your student and our Pleasanton schools. DONATE NOW AT WWW.PPIE.ORG  

An elementary school librarian thanks you and PPIE for your support: "I know the library is a well loved place by many students. The excitement I hear and see when the kids come into the library everyday is wonderful. I have students tell me daily that 'the library is my favorite place'! I am so thankful to PPIE for allowing us to keep the library open for longer hours each day. Thank you!” THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO PPIE - be sure to donate at WWW.PPIE.ORG  Happy Holidays!!
From PUSD-Adult Education Registration Open
Classes for Adults-Our Winter/Spring classes are open for registration, including our English language classes and Community Education. Our listings can be found at http://bit.ly/PACE-Classes. We are offering Conversational Spanish, Conversational Mandarin, Computer/Technology classes, Crochet, Knitting, Retirement classes, and a wide variety of online classes for professionals and parents. Gift certificates are now available!

High School... The Real Deal - January 17, 2018
7-8PM Pleasanton Public Library
This Community Education Series event is for 8th graders and their parents/guardians to hear from high schoolers about what it's really like to be in high school.

Parenting Forum - February 3, 2018
9:00AM-12:00PM, Harvest Park Middle School
We are pleased to invite parents/guardians and other community members to join us on February 3 for a morning of learning with Denise Pope from Challenge Success. The day will include a keynote address followed by breakout sessions on topics related to preparing for academic success while maintaining health and wellness.

Thursdays, February 22 - May 10, 6 - 9 PM
The Parent Project offers a straightforward, step-by-step plan for preventing or intervening in your adolescent's negative choices. In this program parents will receive emotional and practical support from other parents, create an action plan to improve school attendance and performance, prevent alcohol and drug use, and keep their children safe.

Loving Solutions- for Parents with Children Ages 5 - 10 
Wednesdays, February 21 - May 9, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Loving solutions is a parent-training program designed for parents raising challenging children, ages 5-10. During the program, participates will learn how to avoid arguing with their child, effectively use rules, improve success at school, stop out of control behavior, and more.
Girl Scouts Recruiting Event

Crossroads Service Unit will be holding Recruitment Events December 18th andJanuary 22nd. See HERE for more information.
Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a great way to earn money for Fairlands PTA. Go HERE to get started today!
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