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Today we have officially been in school for three weeks and we are in the middle of our second full week. By now, the kids are beginning to settle into the “school” routine and I’m sure that as families your schedules are also becoming more routine. Notice I didn’t say easy, or uncluttered, or manageable, just more routine. I’m not sure how some of you ever manage all that you cram into the days of the week, but I know those are choices that are made and somehow we do manage. What I did want to address today is a topic that strikes fear into the hearts of students and parents alike; homework. While I realize there is a debate as to whether or not homework is something that should even be expected, my purpose today is not to enter into that debate, but rather to address how to be the best homework helper. Your role as a parent is to be a consultant. Tell your student you are available as an ally, not an enemy. When fighting starts, learning ends. Their role as a student is to take ownership. Their homework has to be theirs. Tell your students that you are proud of them when they take ownership. Ask them how you can help. This will provide support and encouragement without doing the work for them or pushing them too hard. Never work harder than the student. Ask them if they would like some suggestions. If they tell you they don’t want the help, respect them by backing off. It’s OK if they blow it! Focus on their...

The West Wing

Two weeks ago today we gathered at 8:50 on the east playground to pray for our new school year. There was wonderful excitement in the air. It truly was a wonderful beginning to another school year here at Fairview. This Sunday we will gather once again to pray for our new school year. You may be wondering why we have this event. Perhaps you are asking, “Didn’t we just pray for the school year on the first day?” Allow me to give you a little background. Fairview Christian School is not just a school and Fairview Child Center is not just a child center. Both are major ministries of the Fairview Church. Members of the Fairview Church conceived the idea of sponsoring a Christian school more than forty years ago. That dream became a reality after the congregation was able to purchase and renovate our current building. In the fall of 1985 the first Prekindergarten class began in the basement of John and Lavinia Worthen’s home on Greenlake since the church did not have final occupancy permits in September. That class was eventually moved into the Fairview building and by the next September Fairview school had expanded to include Preschool through grade five. I’m not sure of the exact year that we began having our Convocation service on a Sunday in September during the regular morning worship, but I do know that once we started, it has been an annual event since. Some may ask why we continue this particular tradition. My answer is not original with me, but comes from Mrs. Christensen. We continue because it is a...

From the West Wing

So, Mrs. Reid asked me this morning if I am going to write articles for the Eagle News this year. If you read the Eagle News regularly, you might have noticed that I stopped writing articles sometime towards the end of last year. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, I didn’t receive many comments about how valuable the blog had been and what a empty place there was. Sadly, it has been so long since I have written that I had to ask her how I did it before. She made me smile when she replied, “you open up a word document and start writing.” That’s not EXACTLY what I meant, but I digress. We have had a wonderful start to this school year. It has been extremely different than any other year, but there is definitely and excitement in the air. One positive addition to our school has been Fairview’s new Lead Pastor and his wife, Glenn and Jo McClimans. If you haven’t already made the transition to come in the front entrance from 7 – 9a in the morning, I would encourage you to do so. Pastor Glenn is there most mornings, along with fresh coffee! He is really enjoying getting to know so many of you and I have heard from some of you that you are enjoying the personal greeting in the morning. As we continue through this year, I hope that we can all hang on to our theme verse this year; Matthew 19:26: Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” I truly believe that...

PTF Meeting Minutes, June 2, 2015

Fairview Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) Meeting Minutes June 2, 2015 Kevin Tucker, Scott and Jenn Callender, Peter Christensen, Deanna Gallichan , Amanda Olson, Jennifer Laible, Holly Reichmann, Susan Meriarty, Valerie Dominique, Jonathan Sandelin, Samuel Sandelin, Vicki Paulus, Sharilee West and Whitney Haucke The meeting was opened at 6:32 with prayer by Jonathan Sandelin. BOARD ANNOUNCEMENTS There were no comments on or changes to the May meeting minutes. Officers for 2015-2016 President: Jonathan Sandelin Treasurer: Whitney Haucke Secretary: Susan Moriarty Events Chair: Jennifer Laible Fundraising Chair: open Community Outreach/Marketing: Holly Reichmann Technology: Kevin Tucker CYO Sports: Holly Reichmann Jog-a-Thon Chair: Amanda Olson   The Fundraising Chair runs the two fall fundraisers: the Chinook book sale and the wreath sale. EVENTS Next Wednesday, June 10, is Pre-Kindergarten graduation. The melodrama performed by middle school students will be Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6. Graduation is Thursday evening, June 11. Field day is the last day of school, Friday, June 12. FUNDRAISING Jog-a-thon Amanda reported the final amounts earned by the Jog-a-Thon. Business sponsorships: $2265 Student pledges:             $6145 Expenses:                           ($1328) Net Total:                            $7082   PTF will contribute $5000 in addition to the funds earned for a total of $12,082 for the new gym floor.   Bill and the building committee continue to work toward fixing the plumbing issue that caused the flood.   TECHNOLOGY Kevin reported that the Tech Club consists of about 12-15 total students with 6-8 students attending each session. Kevin, Michael R2 and the students and families will determine whether to continue during the summer. BUDGET Whitney reviewed the budget and noted that expenses are currently under budget...

from the West Wing

It should be no secret to anyone that I love Fairview. I’ve written several articles over the years enumerating the many reasons why I love Fairview. I tell my friends about Fairview, expounding on the great things we do here. Today, however, I am not going to write another article on why I love Fairview. Instead, I want to put out a challenge to all of you. I believe that you also love Fairview. I believe that you are aware of what a wonderful place this is. I believe that many of you talk about Fairview to your friends and family. So here’s where the challenge comes in. I want to give you some tangible ideas of how we can do an even better job of spreading the good news about Fairview. Are you ready? Write your story – or better yet, have your kids write their story. We would love to have stories about how great Fairview is to publish on our website. Unless you want to add your name, or your child’s name to the story, they will be published as “a parent’s story” or “a student’s impression.” Send up pictures or short videos that can be published to our Facebook page, Twitter, or website. We are sensitive to not tag students, but this is a great way to show the world what our kids are doing. Put up a sign in your yard or in your neighborhood. We have some signs, about the size of the political signs that are seen in the fall of the year, that can be used to help get our name...

March 2-6

Today is Dr. Seuss day!! Keep brushing your teeth at home and fill in your chart! Be sure to complete and return “My Bear Book” for your oral report on Friday!!