It’s Elementary by Brandy Blanton

Thank you to Mt. Moriah M.B. Church Mission Ministry for their generous donation to our clothing closet here at Fair Elementary. We are still in need of children’s khaki pants sizes 6-10. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! Congratulations to Jenna and Zack Faver on the birth of their baby girl, Livie Mae. She was born on January 28th, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 inches long. Mrs. Faver is one of our Pre-K teachers who we miss but hope she is enjoying her precious baby at home. Congratulations to Mrs. Brigitte Sheridan, Fair Elementary’s Teacher of the Year and District Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Sheridan has been teaching Kindergarten for 14 years, Pre-K for 3 years, and was a first grade and kindergarten literacy coach for 2 years. Mrs. Sheridan is currently a Pre-K teacher at Fair Elementary. She says that she tries her very best each day to make EVERY student feel special, and that she strives daily to teach and reach each student. Mrs. Sheridan’s favorite quote or motto is – “Your students may not remember everything you said, but they will ALWAYS remember how you made them FEEL! Fair Elementary would like to thank J.J. Jenkins for coming and teaching a CPR class to some of our staff members on January 31st. The use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans do not know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims, CPR can save lives. According to the American Heart Association, about 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival. Fair Elementary’s third grade students are participating in Bonnie’s 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. Bonnie Plants is sponsoring this program and has provided each third grade student with a cabbage plant. Each student will plant his or her cabbage plant in their own garden. When the student’s cabbage plant reaches maturity, they will take a picture of the cabbage and the student together and give it to their teacher. Each homeroom teacher will pick a winner from their homeroom class. These winners will then be sent into the company where they will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win $1,000.00 Scholarship. Bonnie Plants will award a Scholarship to one student from each state. The students are responsible for keeping track of their cabbage’s growth and following a check off calendar that Bonnie Plants provides. Bonnie Plants states that children have a natural curiosity about the world. Watching a plant grow can develop into a lasting love of gardening. From seeing thousands of participants each year, kids are always fascinated by a giant cabbage plant that can grow to over 40 pounds! Fair Elementary is selling $1.00 Valentine Candy Grams. Teachers will be sending home a sheet with the Candy Grams on them for parents to fill out and return to school by February 13th. The Candy Grams will be delivered to the classrooms on February 14th. The money raised from the Valentine Candy Grams will be used to purchase miscellaneous classroom supplies. Fair Elementary PTO met February 5th in the library. Shelley Thomas,President, welcomed the group and Shundal Holmes, Vice President, gave the invocation. Keesha Greer, Secretary, read the minutes from the last PTO meeting and Holly Preston, Treasurer, gave the current balance and financial report. Brandy Blanton, School Nurse, updated the group on Fair Elementary’s Wellness Committee and informed the group on the “Biggest Loser Competition” that Fair Elementary was offering to the parents as well as the staff. Mr. Goldbeck’s “Melody Makers” treated those attending the PTO meeting with a musical performance. Linda Humphries came and discussed the Summer Reading Project with the group. She discussed ways to get your child “Hooked On” Reading. • Get your older children to read daily to their younger brothers and sisters. • Limit television and video game time. Choose educational shows rather than other options for children. • Take your children to the library as often as possible. • Sit down and read to your child whenever possible. • Encourage your child to read cereal boxes and other food bags. • Keep up with your child’s AR goals and praise them when reaching their goal. • Stay in touch with your child’s teacher. Ask for ways to help your child become a better reader.