It's so hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is upon us! I recently came across quite an impactful article, "How to Raise Thankful Kids" by Dr. Thomas Lickona, a renown psychologist and character education expert. Not only did this thought-provoking article encourage and challenge me with my own daughters, but it made ME want to better myself!
As the article cites, the concept of gratitude should go well beyond the Thanksgiving holiday. A perfect example of this at Fairway Elementary? Step into the library, turn around and look above the door. You will see a "Happy Thanksgiving" banner posted. When I noticed it still posted above the door last April and made a joke to Mr. Jason Sinden; he told me that he believes we should celebrate gratitude every day of our lives, and so he keeps that "Happy Thanksgiving" banner posted above the library door all year long. That's powerful, intentional, and inspiring; and that's Fairway Elementary School. To that end, I couldn't be more thankful or blessed to be a part of this wonderful school community. I know I speak on behalf of our entire staff when I sincerely thank you for the opportunity to learn alongside of your beautiful children.
When the crazy, busyness of Thanksgiving Day settles down and you find yourself reflecting on the things that matter most to you, please take some time to read Dr. Lickona's article below. You will be glad that you did!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday and many years to follow!
Dr. Lorinda Krey
We are so proud to highlight one of our Fairway Eagles- 2nd grader Landon Gregory! This summer, Landon collected around 115 plastic bags for the "Got Your Backpack" program. The "Got Your Backpack" program houses its food pantry at Fairway Elementary and serves students in need all over the Rockwood School District.
For Landon this was a great exercise in supporting the community, practicing sorting by 5's, and counting to over 100! He loves helping others and math! We are SO Eagle-proud of you, Landon!
Parents, do you have an Eagle Pride story that you would like to share about one of our Fairway Eagles? Please send the story and a picture to me, and I will share on this blog!
Thanks so much for sharing your children with us!
Dr. Lorinda Krey
I am SO proud to honor and recognize some special Fairway Eagles!
Some of our third graders, the BookBots Robotics Team, were selected to represent Missouri at the First Lego League World Festival held annually at St. Louis Union Station. On April 28th and 29th 2017 our BookBots joined winning teams from all over the nation and from across the world to showcase the robotics projects they have worked on! We are so proud to announce that our BookBots were awarded the championship award for "Inquiring Minds!" Their trophy and team picture will soon be on display in Fairway's trophy case, located in the front lobby! Congratulations to our BookBots Robotics Team!
Dear Fairway Families,
Rockwood consistently balances its budget and works hard to be fiscally responsible. In fact, we are one of only four school districts in Missouri to earn a AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s
for this high level of financial responsibility.
Now, we are aware of 2,300 new homes being built in the district in the coming years. These projections of increases in student enrollment led district officials to review current capacity in our schools. We evaluated how much space is available in each school – realizing the calculations are different at the elementary, middle and high school levels. We also considered our curriculum and the learning spaces needed to meet the needs of instruction.
During the last few years, the district has made a concentrated effort to decrease elementary class sizes. Our preferred Rockwood class sizes have made a difference in our school as we move toward the state’s desirable class size numbers.
In the latest edition of Super Talks with our Rockwood Superintendent,
Dr. Eric Knost provides an overview of Prop T. The bond issue will address increasing enrollment and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning. Prop T is a $95.5 million bond issue that will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate.
Dear Fairway Eagles Community,
I wanted to share that our Board of Education recently voted to place a bond issue on the April 4 ballot. Rockwood voters will consider Proposition T (Thrive) to address increasing enrollment and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning. Prop T will not alter the current Rockwood tax rate.
Funds from Prop T will build a new elementary school in Rockwood. The last time Rockwood built a school was in 2004 in response to growth in the Wildwood area when we built Fairway Elementary School.
We are again experiencing increases to student enrollment. According to Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost, about 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next five years. Projections of increases in student enrollment led district officials to review current capacity in our schools. We evaluated how much space is available in each school. We also considered our curriculum and the learning spaces needed to meet the needs of instruction.
During the last few years, the district has made a concentrated effort to decrease class sizes at the elementary levels. Our preferred Rockwood class sizes have made a difference in our elementary schools as we move toward the state’s desirable class size numbers. Here is a quick overview of the projects funded by Prop T:
build a new elementary school in Eureka to address increased student enrollment
repurpose the existing school for early childhood education and RSD programs
add classrooms to schools to address increased student enrollment
create and equip innovative learning spaces in our elementary schools to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in our curriculum
complete the final phase of high school STEM lab renovations
expand the implementation of the one-to-one student/technology program
The $95.5 million bond issue requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage on April 4. I’ll continue to share more information about the bond issue in the coming weeks. You can always contact me with questions or visit the Prop T website for more information.
I am so proud to highlight the amazing accomplishments of the following Fairway Eagles:
We congratulate our 4th and 5th grade MCTM Math Team and their coach, Ms. Kara Jackson, on making it to the next round of math competition!
A huge congratulations also to our Fairway Robotics team, "The Eaglebots," who won the ACE award and Best Core Value award during the First Lego League (FLL) Robotics competition; and are now headed to the Eastern Missouri Championship round! Proud coaches are Fairway parents, Ed Wizeman and Murtuza Shakeel.
We are so proud of our Fairway Eagles and their many accomplishments! If you have any "congratulations" or proud moments to share with the Fairway community, please send them to Mrs. Krey at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This past week was just incredible! There are no words to express the genuine pride that was felt throughout our building on Thursday during Governor Jay Nixon's visit. The compliments from the Governor, his staff, Dr. Knost, and Rockwood school officials were numerous and sincere. Besides the high academic achievement that we are being recognized for; the most special part of the feedback was that it centered around one common theme: they could FEEL that this was the most LOVING and CARING school environment from the moment they walked through the front door. In fact, at one point during our conversation, Governor Nixon looked at Dr. Knost and myself and said (incredulously,) "How do you get this kind of atmosphere?" He went on to tell us that throughout his time as the Governor of Missouri he has visited many schools, and there are some schools that really stand out, where he can feel a palpable sense of family- and he felt just that while at Fairway Elementary this past Thursday!How wonderful that all of us get to experience that "family feeling" every single day here at Fairway! Thank you for your ongoing partnership in providing the best possible education for our Fairway Eagles. A sincere "Congratulations" to each of you for your contributions to Fairway's distinguished awards!
Our Fairway Eagles Love the New Fairway Bistro!
Besides the physical improvements of our new cafeteria, students are also enjoying the updated procedures and processes that we have in place to ensure a positive and efficient lunch time!
"I love the new cafeteria changes because it's quieter and cleaner. I think we pick up our trash better, because we like our new cafeteria."
~ 3rd Grade Girl
"I like the way we are doing things this year, because I used to eat by myself last year, and now that we sit with our class, I know that I will have at least four or five people at my table that I can talk to."
~ 5th Grade Boy
Much thought and research went into our new cafeteria procedures. Students and staff are so appreciative of the organization and structure of our new practices. As I continue to meet with all classrooms, I share the same message that if students wish to obtain a "free sit" environment every day in the new Fairway Bistro, that they can attain that with excellent behavior and character!
Thank you so much for all of the positive messages and feedback regarding these improvements. As will always be the case, if you have any questions or concerns, I would love to meet with you! Please do not hesitate to contact me!
Mrs. Lorinda Krey
Our Curriculum Nights Were a HUGE Success!
If you were not able to attend our Curriculum Night, you can learn more about your child's curriculum and learning this year by visiting Rockwood's public curriculum website at:
Rockwood Curriculum Website for Parents
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about our curriculum and instruction, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Mrs. Lorinda Krey
We couldn't be more excited to welcome our Fairway Eagles back!
I hope you had a wonderful summer enjoying family time, sunshine, and happiness! There were many people hard at work here at Fairway over the summer. From our dedicated custodians to our Adventure Club staff to our PTO Executive Board members- Fairway received many fresh improvements for our students to come back to! Hopefully you noticed many of these improvements during the Meet the Teacher Night Open House:
- new rock landscaping at the front entrance
- beautiful new PTO bulletin board in the main lobby
- fresh paint in the hallways and bathrooms
- new cafe mural and bistro tables
- new library shelves and arrangement
- new "Lost and Found" racks
- refreshed look in the front lobby
- reorganized and renumbered the entire building
If you couldn't join us for the Meet the Teacher Night, you have another opportunity to come visit Fairway, see all of these wonderful improvements, and learn about your child's curriculum for this school year!
I'm excited to invite you to our Curriculum Nights this week! Please note the following days/times for each grade level. We hope that this new format will allow parents to attend all grade levels' Curriculum Nights!
Wednesday, August 24:
Thursday, August 25:
- 5:00-5:20 PM: Kindergarten
- 5:30-5:50 PM: 1st Grade
- 6:00-6:20 PM: 2nd Grade
- 5:00-5:20 PM: 3rd Grade
- 5:30-5:50 PM: 4th Grade
- 6:00-6:20 PM: 5th Grade
Locations for each grade level's presentation will be displayed in the front lobby. Additionally, our Special Area Teachers and PTO representatives will be at tables in the front lobby on each evening to answer any questions you might have!
We have had a tremendous and very successful start to our new school year, and we can't wait to share curriculum information with you this week at our Curriculum Nights!
As is always the case, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns! Thank you for sharing your precious children with us! It's going to be a FANTASTIC year!
Mrs. Lorinda Krey