College Week at Farmdale was another great success. The week started of on Tuesday with a sunglasses theme "Future's So Bright". On Wednesday, the kids and teachers showed their California Love by wearing gear from our state's great colleges and universities. Then the students decorated doors for Thursday. All the while, students who submitted projects based on their visits to local colleges had them displayed on the bulletin boards. The week culminated in Friday's Pep Rally where the kids wore shirts, carried banners and sang cheers for their class college.
One of the highlights of the Pep Rally was from Ms. Eckert and Ms. Francia's 3rd graders. They danced to a parody of (Oppa) Gangnam Style but with the song explaining the courses the kids need to take to get into a school in the UC system.
It is well know that establishing healthy routines now can help your child over his or her lifetime. That's exactly why the California Department of Education developed FITNESSGRAM to test 5th, 7th and 9th grade students. With school coming to a close, it's easy for students to spend their days laying around involved in sedentary activities. Why not make summer 2013 the year the whole family gets active?
For parents of incoming 5th graders at Farmdale Elementary, this will prove beneficial to your child. The state opens the physical test in February 2014. That's 8 months to get your child running everyday or doing aerobics or a sport. Keep in mind that just because your child plays a particular sport, that not all muscle groups are used or even levels of exertion are reached. So, it's really important to see what areas are your child's strengths and why they can use some help. Luckily, the Dept. of Education has listed their testing areas on their site.
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On Friday, May 24th, Farmdale Elementary held our annual Dia del Niño celebration. This is the day where the students perform dances from around the world. Countries displayed this year were Italy, South Africa, Germany, Mexico, India and Ghana.
During lunch recess, the children were able to do crafts and play musical chairs, pin the tail on the hawk or potato sack races. They all had a lot of fun at the different stations.
In keeping with the theme, PTA sold food from around the world such as eggrolls, chilaquiles, samosas, chow mein, churros and hummus. Many thanks to the people who donated food and drinks to the PTA, the volunteers and TAs who staffed the food booth and game booths and the parents who bought the food. You all helped make it a big success.
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