Welcome to Fairlands Elementary School
March 4, 2015
Dear Fairlands Families,
This morning at 11:00am a school lock down was initiated after the Pleasanton Police Department notified the office of police activity in the area. This activity was not on or associated with our campus. However, student safety is our number one priority and the lock down was initiated as a precaution. At 11:11am Pleasanton PD notified the school that it was safe to lift the lock down.
Thank you to our staff and students for quickly following practiced protocol and ensuring our students’ and staff safety.
Interim Principal, Fairlands Elementary
2015-16 School Year
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 is our First Day of School.
A Community of Learners
Fairlands Elementary School is committed to offering a challenging and supportive school program for all of our kindergarten through fifth grade students. Our continuing goal is to prepare students with the vital knowledge and skills they will need for success, while at the same time encouraging creativity, curiosity, and a life-long appreciation for learning.
The academic program at Fairlands reflects state curricular frameworks as well as district adopted standards in the core curricular areas of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. We are also implementing both the visual and performing arts standards and the physical education/ health standards through specialized instruction by credentialed teachers in those areas. These district standards are closely aligned with state academic standards. We believe learning is a journey. Students progress through their journey at different paces. The statewide STAR testing program is one measure that we use at Fairlands to gauge the progress of our students in their journey. In addition to the STAR tests, teachers use a variety of other assessment tools in the classroom, including reading level tests, writing portfolios, research projects and the district writing sample. The results from these assessments are used to differentiate the instruction for individual students to ensure we meet them where they are and guide them forward in their learning.
Character education is a high priority at Fairlands. The “Community of Character initiative is a partnership between the Pleasanton Unified School District and the City of Pleasanton. Six character traits are emphasized: responsibility, compassion, self-discipline, honesty, respect, and integrity. In addition, our school uses the TRIBES program to teach and reinforce expected behaviors at school. TRIBES agreements focus on demonstrating respect for oneself and others, as well as attentive listening.
Fairlands is also a member of the National Go Green Initiative, which promotes environmentally responsible practices and school recycling. Over 165 schools in nine states are currently partners in the Go Green Initiative, and Fairlands is very proud to have been awarded the “Go Green School of the Year” for 2005.
We are deeply proud of the partnerships we have with our Fairlands’ Families and our community. The commitment of our community to work together to support and enhance the learning experience of ALL students is evident when you visit our school. Parents volunteer on a regular basis in classrooms, the office and for special programs. Our Parent Teacher Association plays a vital role in this partnership.
We look forward to working in partnership with you to support our students in their journey as learners. If you have questions about our school, please feel free to contact us through e-mail, phone, or in person. Have a wonderful year!
NO SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS 14-15
We do not distribute Supply Lists at Fairlands School. Each year our PTA launches a special fund drive to help to support our classrooms. During the month of May we ask for a donation of $40.00 per child to help to offset the costs of the many supplies we use in our classrooms every day. A second opportunity to donate is available at our Walk-thru Registration day in August. The funds raised are made available to each classroom teacher to purchase the supplies they would like students to use in their classroom. Each student will be provided ALL supplies necessary for the school year. Please DO NOT purchase school supplies.
If you would like to contribute to the School Supplies Fund you may donate at any time. You may drop off your donations in the school office.
Thank you for supporting our students in their learning.
ASSEMBLY BILL 1266 - SCHOOL SUCCESS AND OPPORTUNITY ACT
Attached you will find an informational PUSD Fact Sheet for Assembly Bill 1266 - the School Success and Opportunity Act. This law is in effect.
Click here for Fact Sheet.
INSTRUCTIONAL CALENDAR OPTIONS FOR 2015-16,
The Pleasanton school district is exploring several options for modifying the current August - to - June school calendar. The change would take effect in the 2015-2016 school year.
Changes being considered include an early start/early finish calendar and several versions of a modified calendar that offer more and longer breaks with a shorter summer.
The district held three meetings for staff input and scheduled three additional meetings so that the community could learn about proposed changes and provide feedback. Year-round and extended school year calendar are not being considered. Any calendar changes would have the same number of school days as the traditional calendar that's now being considered.