Blog – An Apple A Day

Teacher Appreciation Week: How to Show You Care

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week at Fairmont Prep! Besides the old trope of giving your teacher an apple, how can you celebrate the educators in your life? Inspiring Desk Decor From a frame with an inspirational quote about education to a potted plant with a clever...

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Clean Classrooms and Healthy Kids

It’s that time of year when many people are sniffling and sneezing and doing their best to fight off or overcome a winter cold. While schools inherently have lots of little germs from lots of little kids, there are a few easy things that we do to keep things clean and...

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Five Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Children

Get your child in the Valentine's Day spirit with these fun holiday themed activities! From crafts to baking to cuddling up on the couch for a magical night watching Disney movies, we have everything you need for a memorable Valentine's Day. Make Valentine's Day Cards...

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Homestay Students Tour University of Southern California

On February 3, eight of our Fairmont Homestay students attended a field trip to the University of Southern California (USC). The students toured the campus and heard from both student and alumni speakers. The speakers gave insight to life at the university and tips on...

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Fairmont Teacher Named Top in Orange County

Congratulations to Fairmont teacher Beverly Debreczeni who was named one of Parenting OC Magazine's 2017 Top 25 Teachers of Orange County! Mrs. Debreczeni is currently teaches junior high English and literature at Fairmont's Historic Anaheim Campus, and will be...

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5 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

Reading is a complex process of the brain. Language acquisition begins very early in infancy as children begin to make sounds. As an infant’s brain begins to catalog and interpret sounds, the child creates the foundation of language and lays the groundwork for...

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Challenging Students to Become Fairmont Fit

Hundreds of scientific studies have unequivocally shown that individuals who are physically fit perform better both academically and on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, GRE, and the MCATS. Scientists have further shown that positive changes in fitness translate...

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Accelerated Reader Helps Students Thrive

Created by Renaissance Learning, Inc., Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computerized reading program where students' reading progress is measured and monitored through an online portal or desktop software. The AR system assigns a point value to each book within their...

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Fairmont Students Compete in WordMasters Challenge

A team representing Fairmont Private Schools achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The third grade team scored an impressive 171 points out of a possible 200 in the...

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Early Childhood Enrichment: Spanish

Beginning in pre-kindergarten, Fairmont students attend Spanish class once per week. In these early years, Fairmont's Spanish teachers focus on exposing students to basic vocabulary and common phrases, while introducing the culture of Spanish speaking countries. As...

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How to Maximize Your Open House Experience

Open House season has arrived as private schools begin enrolling students and inviting new families to explore facilities, engage with teachers, and be welcomed into a new learning environment. Below are five tips to help make your Open House experience productive and...

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5 Effortless Games for Your Christmas Party

Spice up Christmas gatherings by organizing a few of these effortless party games that guests of all ages can participate in! Christmas Carol Charades - Divide guests into teams and act out the lyrics of your favorite carols. Christmas Movie Trivia - Create questions...

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Fairmont Students Win Annual Poster Contest

On December 8th, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWDSC) hosted a student art exhibit and reception in Los Angeles. Fairmont 4th grader Victoria A. and 8th grader Kaitlyn K. were both winners of the annual water conservation poster contest with...

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Historic Anaheim Students Join Coding Club

In Mrs. Kelbaugh's regular elementary classes, students are learning computer science concepts like computer hardware, binary numbers, and more. So, why not coding? Currently, all of her students participate in some form of programming during their time in the...

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Continuous Improvement through Professional Development

Fairmont Private Schools holds high expectations for our students to strive for continuous improvement and excellence. With one of Fairmont's core values embodying lifelong learning, we hold our faculty to the same expectation. Each year, with the coordination and...

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6 Handy Holiday Hacks for Parents

With the holiday season in full swing, save yourself some time and hassle by following several of these holiday hacks! Focus on spending time with your family and make lasting memories instead of sweating about the small stuff during the winter months. Make Room for...

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9 Classic Christmas Movies

‘Tis the season for holiday films! Pop the popcorn, heat some hot chocolate, and enjoy one of these great Christmas movies! A Charlie Brown Christmas (NR) Nominated to direct the Christmas pageant, then bossed out of his job by Lucy, Charlie Brown is sent to buy an...

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Thanksgiving Must-Reads for Families

The holiday season has arrived! Share the spirit and history of Thanksgiving with your child with these great children's books! Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage, Peter Arenstam Readers will learn about the realities of the Mayflower’s long voyage to...

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Fairmont Continues Growth Through Accreditations

Many public and private elementary schools, high schools, and universities are proud to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Many early childhood programs are proud to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of...

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The Importance of Learning to Code

Computer code is the language of the 21st Century. It has invaded and transformed our lives in a multitude of ways, from communications and banking, to transportation, and even eating. Yes, microwaves are computers, too! An invisible language of streaming code...

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Fostering a Strong Work Ethic in Your Child

The development of a strong work ethic begins at home. In today’s world, success is based on academic achievement, character, and determination. A strong work ethic feeds into all three of these areas. Here are four steps for teaching your young child the value of...

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A History of Veterans Day

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 resulted in the end of “the war to end all wars.” The armistice agreement of World War I between the Allies and Germany led to the creation of a day celebrating peace and honoring those who fought...

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Early Childhood Enrichment: Technology

Technology is everywhere, and while limited screen time is best for young children, it is equally important that they are exposed to the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st Century. All early childhood students at Fairmont Private Schools are engaged with...

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North Tustin Campus Shines in CSUF Debate Tournament

During the weekend of October 14, the Orange County Debate League (OCDL) participated in a tournament at California State University, Fullerton. This tournament featured public forum (2-on-2 style), popular with the National Speech and Debate Association. Fairmont's...

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Homestay Families Gather for Chinese Cuisine

What happens when you bring together Fairmont's Homestay families and a table full of food? One successful feast! On October 29th, Homestay parents and students gathered at King Harbor Seafood Restaurant to share a meal together. As dish after dish landed on the...

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A Grown-Up’s Guide to Halloween Night

"Trick or treat?" How you answer that question on Halloween night will impact your household’s reputation for the entire year. Children have a sixth sense when it comes to scouting out the best candy houses and are quick to discover which houses to swarm and which to...

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Early Childhood Enrichment: Physical Education

Each week, Fairmont Private Schools' Mr. Scott Butz and Mrs. Michelle Anderson teach physical education to Fairmont's youngest students. They engage children in fun exercises, teach them games, and provide experiences for students to develop confidence and...

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Early Childhood Enrichment: Art

Art has always been a special part of the early childhood experience. Many of us have great memories of donning a smock and getting messy with some paint. At Fairmont, we are so fortunate to have Mrs. Vogel sharing her passion for art with our young students. Each...

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Six Classic Children’s Mystery Series

Fall is a great time to start a new mystery series! Check out these titles at your local library! Nancy Drew, Carolyn Keene A mild-mannered teenager, Nancy Drew stumbles into mystery upon mystery and solves crimes with wit, gumption, and help from her trusty friends,...

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Preparing for Kindergarten: Building Listening Skills

Early childhood education teachers have observed six main skill sets that are common in children who successfully transition from preschool to kindergarten. The first of these skills is the ability to be a good listener. Good listening skills are vital, and children...

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Best DIY Kids Halloween Costumes

Halloween is only three weeks away! Does your little one still need a cute and clever costume? Check out these fun DIY get-ups guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser without breaking the bank! Photos Courtesy of Heavy, Day Out with the Kids, Breakers Resort Colorado, Bored...

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Classical Music and the Brain

For years, researchers have been searching for links between music and cognition. Many parenting resources suggest that playing classical music to your infant promotes brain stimulation and cognitive growth in hopes that the child will develop more efficiently in a...

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Manners Matter: Teaching Social Etiquette

All parents want their children to be well-behaved in social settings. The best way to help your child succeed in this area is to teach him or her proper etiquette and manners. Encouraging courteous behavior will help ensure your child respects peers and authority...

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The Importance of Sports & Physical Fitness in Students

In the pursuit of academic success, children sometimes need a break from the classroom and an opportunity to release pent-up energy. While academic success is no small feat, students who participate in at least one extracurricular physical activity are proven to reap...

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Help Your Child Learn a Second Language

Learning a second language can be a challenging and daunting experience for adults. Children, however, are linguistic sponges soaking up all the sounds and vocabulary necessary to decipher and transmit meaning. With a growing global ethos and more opportunity than...

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Take a Peak Inside a Fairmont Classroom

Fairmont teachers are constantly finding creative ways to engage students in the classroom! Working to reach each type of learner, Fairmont teachers create classroom environments that encourage, not only academic learning, but character growth, social development, and...

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How to Fall in Love with Your New School

The school year has begun and you’re the new kid at school. Adjusting to a strange building with unfamiliar faces can be tough, but one thing is certain: You won’t be the new kid forever! Here are five quick ways to make sure you have a successful and fun year at your...

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Why Participate in Fairmont’s Robotics Programs?

Beginning in 2nd grade and continuing to Fairmont Prep’s “Huskyteers” robotics program, Fairmont Private Schools is proud to maintain a program that provides students with valuable skills to carry through their academic careers, and into the future! Below are just a...

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Making Memories with #FairmontFirstDay

In an effort to welcome Fairmont families back to school, parents were encouraged to post a picture on Facebook or Instagram of their student on the first day of school! On Tuesday, the photos flooded in from across Fairmont Private Schools using the hashtag...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Junior High

Fairmont Private Schools’ junior high program teaches students the organizational and study skills necessary for student success in higher education. We believe that preparation for high school involves much more than academics. Or professional, dedicated staff and...

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Back-to-School Acrostic Advice Poem

Fun is always to be had in the classroom. Always treat classmates and teachers with respect. Incorrigible students can always learn and grow. Running in the hallway is never a good idea. Mondays can be tough, but they don’t last forever. Offer assistance to younger...

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How to Teach Your Child About Money

It’s never too early to provide your child with a strong foundation of financial wisdom and guidance. Learning financial principles at a young age will set the stage for a smoother transition into adulthood. From making small purchases with his or her own money to...

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How to Prepare for Back to School

With family vacations and lazy days by the pool coming to an end, the new school year is just around the corner. Here are some great tips to prepare you family for the back-to-school routine: Sleeping Schedule - Children love summer because of the relaxed bedtime...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Preschool

Fairmont students thrive in a safe and secure learning environment, where passionate educators are committed to students’ academic, social, and character development. Our youngest Fairmont students benefit from programs that blend advanced academics, purposeful play,...

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Five Ways to Develop Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are essential to human growth and success. Providing your toddler as many resources as possible to train their bodies is incredibly beneficial for kindergarten preparation. In the classroom, children need to hold scissors and writing utensils...

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Summer Craft: Tin Can Wind Chimes

Materials: 6 - 8 Tin Cans (Clean, label-less, and of any size) Spray Paint (A variety of colors) Acrylic Paint (A variety of colors) Paint Brush Hammer Nail Thin Rope Matches or Lighter Scissors Embroidery Hoop or Lamp Shade Frame Spray paint the outsides of each tin...

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Encouraging Digital Citizenship

Young adults represent the majority of today’s digital citizens. Students are encouraged to display digital citizenship by maintaining a positive online environment when using technology. While teaching children to use good manners in the physical world is important,...

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10 Twitter Accounts for Young Adults

Today’s world has put immense value on connectivity and instant knowledge. Studies show that most Americans turn to social media for their source of news and information. If your student has begun to engage in social media, suggest some educational, yet fun, Twitter...

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Summer Craft: Grass Heads

Materials: Old tights or stockings Compost or potting soil Grass seed Rubber band Small flower pot Hot glue gun or craft glue Googly eyes, felt, etc. Place two to three tablespoons of grass seed into the toe of a stocking. Add enough compost or potting soil to fill...

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15 Hacks for Traveling with Kids

School is out and families are embarking on vacations and traveling adventures! While making memories as a family is important, traveling can be taxing. Take some of the stress out of your summer travel plans with these simple parenting hacks! Make sure your vehicle...

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4th of July Backyard Games

Get the whole family involved during your 4th of July cookout with these great backyard games! Bocce Ball Horseshoes Cornhole Ladder Golf   Croquet Limbo Sprinkler Images by The Pinning Mama & DIY...

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Keeping Kids Hydrated during Summer Months

With the hot days of summer come outdoor activities and the risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. About 6,000 individuals are treated in emergency rooms each year for a heat illness sustained while participating in an outdoor recreational activity....

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Get Hooked on a Summer Book Series

Summer is a great time for kids and adults to do some fun reading. With long afternoons, travel lulls, and relaxing vacation days, get your elementary student hooked on a great book series! From listening to audiobooks during road trips to flipping through paperbacks...

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Five Summer Crafts for Kids

Looking to entertain and engage your kids over the summer? Break out the arts and crafts supplies and take a tip from Fairmont’s “The Art of Play” Pinterest board! Get crafty this summer with these fun, creative activities! Bird Feeder via The Resourceful Mama God’s...

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The Importance of Hobbies

People often need a productive distraction from the pressures of daily life. Deadline-free in nature, hobbies are a great solution because they allow participants to engage in the activity at their own pace. Encouraging your child to pursue a hobby is a great way to...

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Tips for Fighting Germs

Germs. They’re on every surface we touch and are quick to strike with an array of cold and flu viruses. Luckily, the transportation of germs is significantly slowed by frequent handwashing and the sanitizing of surfaces. Teaching your children - as early as possible -...

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Six Free Kid-Friendly Summer Activities in Orange County

The school year has ended and the backpacks have been stowed! Now what? Spend some time as a family and fill up those summer days with these free Orange County activities! Movie Mondays - Segerstrom Center for the Arts With free evening showings, the Segerstrom will...

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The Benefits of Snacking on Tomatoes

Home-grown or store bought, tomatoes are now in season and the selection abounds! Small or large (Cherry vs. Beefsteak variety), there’s a size and shape for everyone. Hundreds of different tomato varieties exist, and even colors can range from dark red to bright...

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10 Great Recipes for Kids in the Kitchen

Unassuming and ordinary, the kitchen might seem like an unlikely classroom. However, the kitchen acts as a hub of the American household, where family members mingle and munch together. Bringing your child into the kitchen not only teaches him or her necessary life...

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