VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH: JENNY & SCOTT FICKASPosted by J.S. at 12/4/2014Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month for November: the dynamic duo of Jenny and Scott Fickas!As soon as their daughter, Sara, entered kindergarten last year, Jenny and Scott jumped right in and started helping out at school.Jenny is actively involved with PAC, serving as a Board member and chairing the Dine-Out Nite fundraising program. She also helps with PTA, attending meetings and chairing Spiritwear sales.Scott also participates in PTA, chairing both Walk to School Week and Red Ribbon Week.In addition, they both help out with their daughter's first-grade classroom, where Scott serves as both an Art Docent and Music Docent.Fremont is fortunate to have this cheerful and dedicated husband-wife team who have been working so hard to make the school better for their daughter and all students.Thanks, Jenny and Scott, for everything you do for our school!To select Fremont’s Volunteer of the Month, we reach out to Fremont Teachers and PAC/PTA Chairpersons to gather their nominations. Those nominated may include a dedicated and reliable classroom helper or may be a face you recognize who provides support to Fremont’s school-wide events and programs. Once the nominations are gathered, a selection is made based on each nominee’s outstanding contributions.
STUDENTS HONORED AS CITIZENS OF THE MONTHPosted by J.S. at 12/3/2014Congratulations to the Citizens of the Month for October and November!The theme for the month of October was Cooperation. Here is the list of October honorees:First Grade: Connor Harkins, Brooklyn Roehr, Aren Zakarian.
Second Grade: Leon Einhaus, Elena Manuelian, Leila McCarty, Aidan Santiago.
Third Grade: Jude Cole, Andrew Grigor, Liam Wilbur.
Fourth Grade: Tristan Caluag, Nathaniel Deleon, Isabella Megerdechian.
Fifth Grade: Jack Bunting, Carly Martin, Lucy Rickey.
Sixth Grade: Ciaran Pierce, Eric Rostamlou, Brynn Schilling.
Ms. Kelly's Class: Pablo DeVera-Drew.
Mr. Lee's Class: Brandon Sardo.Ms. E. Rivera's Class: Michael Aghakhani.
The theme for November was Citizenship. Here is the list of November honorees:First Grade: Cate Kell, Henry Sarkisyan, Hayden Shirvanian.
Second Grade: Jacob Forester, Evelyn Han, Jad Simon, Colin Walley.
Third Grade: Ashlin Clark, Audrey Kim, Andrew Leventhal.
Fourth Grade: Natalya Ayranjian, David Escalante, Maia Krusee-Leaver.
Fifth Grade: Avery Anderson, Nathan Kilgore, Sammy Villasenor.
Sixth Grade: Ashley Acuna, Devon Medina, Stephanie Wichman.
Ms. Kelly's Class: Caryn Yaguchi.
Mr. Lee's Class: Enrique Tzul.Ms. E. Rivera's Class: Aiden Lighthart.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH IS TRISH TABETPosted by J.S. at 11/3/2014Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month for October: Trish Tabet!With two children at Fremont -- sixth-grader Nicholas and third-grader Natashya -- Tabet has long been helping out at our school in many ways.For the past few years, Tabet has been one of the editors of the yearbook, a major undertaking that chronicles the school year at Fremont. She takes photos at many school functions, and then works at her computer every week to sort through the hundreds of photos taken by both her and other parents, then design the pages and bring the whole beautiful book together at the end.This year, Tabet also is the room parent to both Mrs. Carl and Mrs. Osment, helping their classrooms run smoothly.And as a Girl Scout troop leader, Tabet organizes meeting and outings for the girls every month so they can get their badges, sell their cookies and more.She also participates actively in PTA, she mixed pancake batter and served at the Sixth-Grade Pancake Breakfast and she has been helping her husband, Chris Filipiak, in organizing the Mother/Son Bowling Event coming up later this month. In addition, she and Filipiak both are chairing the Sixth-Grade Promotion this year.Besides her volunteer work, Tabet also works in her own paralegal business.
No wonder her husband says she is "truly supermom!"Thanks, Trish, for everything you so graciously do for our school. Your dedication, caring and hard work are very appreciated!To select Fremont’s Volunteer of the Month, we reach out to Fremont Teachers and PAC/PTA Chairpersons to gather their nominations. Those nominated may include a dedicated and reliable classroom helper or may be a face you recognize who provides support to Fremont’s school-wide events and programs. Once the nominations are gathered, a selection is made based on each nominee’s outstanding contributions.
A LETTER FROM YOUR PAC & PTA LEADERSHIPPosted by J.S. at 10/28/2014Hello Fremont Families!
Well into the school year, dedicated parents have been working for you and your children. We hope everyone enjoyed a great kick-off with Fremont’s Welcome Back Picnic and our Kindergarten Dinner – both events hosted together by PTA & PAC! As always, we strongly encourage you to jump in and see how YOU can help!
PAC has and will continue to support the Computer Lab -- we have listened to parents and teachers and are now focused on ensuring our children receive top-level, age-appropriate computer instruction! We are very excited to have hired Ms. Karyn Kemmerer who fills a new full-time position as Computer Lab Instructor.
With Common Core, it is more important than ever that our children learn to use computers proficiently. Students integrate classroom curriculum with the computer lab, creating projects that build skills in both traditional formats and technology.
Ms. Kemmerer is motivated to bring our children up-to-speed, having developed curriculum that integrates math, science, and language arts into students' computer use. The new lab schedule increases computer time for each grade level.
To continue supporting technology, teacher grants, classroom supplies, chorus, P.E., and so many great programs, PAC requests that ALL Parents and Community support our 2014 Annual Campaign happening right now and our other fun events throughout the year (Dine-Out Nights, Live Auction on Jan. 30, and Fiesta & Silent Auction on May 16).On the PTA front, we started the school year by introducing our new families to the Fremont Community with the New Parent Orientation and Kindergarten Orientation. Thanks to all the volunteers who welcomed the new families by giving campus tours and acting as Parent Buddies. PTA also welcomed new and returning staff with a delicious luncheon the Friday before the first day of school.
The first day of school was filled with excitement not only for the students’ new assignments, but also for the parents reuniting with other parents at the Howdy Coffee/PTA Association Meeting. Parents were informed that the Membership Drive began Thursday of that week, and were reminded of the many school programs that the PTA supports. They also were encouraged to sign up at the Volunteer Boards and commit to “Three for Fremont” — at least three hours of volunteer work outside of the classroom for our school. We always need more volunteers, and remember to support our fundraisers!
As of October 15, Fremont PTA has 653 members, and has logged in a total of 2,100 volunteer hours. During the first two months of the new school year, the PTA has coordinated several events. Besides those already mentioned, we had Gift Wrap Sales, Weekly Smoothie Tuesday Sales, Fall Food Drive, Book Fair, Art Docent, Music Docent, Walk to School Week, and as always, coordination of classroom parent volunteers.
Through our fundraising, the PTA has also provided a librarian and books for our school library, and in support of our Bully Prevention Program we have funded an iCare Rep, Striders and the Book & Game Club. PTA also presented the first of three educational assemblies on October 15, Bobby Rodriguez Jazz Adventure from The Music Center.
Although our Membership Drive ended, we still welcome new members (our goal is 100% participation), and we encourage all parents to be even more involved in our wonderful school and their child’s education.
FREMONT GETS JAZZY AT PTA ASSEMBLYPosted by J.S. at 10/16/2014Fremont students were treated to an amazing jazz concert and lesson in the history of jazz music during Wednesday's PTA-sponsored educational assemblies.Grammy-nominated Bobby Rodriguez, Ph.D., performed with his ensemble of seasoned professional musicians (Ryan Cross, Bass; Andre Delano, Sax; Jack LaCopte, Drums; Billy Mitchell, Piano) who are all deeply committed to expanding the musical experience of children. Their combined professional credits include performance and recording work with such legends as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Ike & Tina Turner and many more.The performance opened with a rousing riff from "When the Saints Go Marching In," then the students were led through an examination of jazz. Musical samples included blues, Dixieland, swing, be-bop, jazz rock and Latin jazz. The program also provided background and historical information about the origin and development of jazz in New Orleans; the birth of the blues; jazz legends like Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker; the big band era; and introductions to rhythmic patterns and improvisational styles. During the Blues section, Rodriguez shared his story of his humble beginnings as a child in East L.A. who saw a trumpet player on TV and decided that's what he wanted to be. He eventually earned a Masters in Music and finally a Doctorate from UCLA. His story not only encouraged the kids to continue educating themselves, but to never stop following their dreams.
The students heard demonstrations of many instruments, including drums, saxophone, bass, piano, trumpet, electric instruments and Latin percussion. The drummer did a fun rhythm exercise with the kids where he played a beat and they clapped it back. A brief history of Latin jazz was followed by hands-on participation by the kids with percussion instruments. The kids roared with applause when Mrs. Abboud, Mrs. Wooldridge and Miss Tom were brought up during their different assemblies to dance with Rodriguez during the Salsa section. At the end of the 5th/6th Grade Assembly the students kept chanting "We Want More!" until the musicians came out and did an encore.
"It was really an amazing show," says Betsy Wilbur, PTA 1st VP Assemblies. "I am so excited that our students had the chance to hear this caliber of musician play. Bobby and his musicians kept the kids captivated, enthusiastic, and dancing in their seats for the entire performance. I hope that what they heard today will help instill a love of music and an appreciation of the jazz genre.”Click here for a video clip of the performance:
Ask your kids about the assembly! Here are some questions you can ask to get your discussion started (your kids will love that you are interested!):
- What was your favorite instrument played by jazz adventure? What about its shape and sound attracted you?
- What are some of the types of jazz you remember from the performance?
- What does it mean to improvise?
- How did the musicians use their personalities in their playing?
- Describe how jazz could be considered a type of language.
Bobby Rodriguez Jazz Adventure was the first of three educational assemblies being funded this year by the PTA. The purpose of these assemblies is to augment our student curriculum with inspiring, educational, and motivational presentations that give the students an alternative outlet for learning and expose them to things they don’t normally see in the classroom environment. All of the educational assemblies include written teacher preparation materials that contain background information on the artist and specific performance, as well as pre- and post-performance activities for the classroom.The assemblies will cost the PTA a little under $7,000, the budgeted amount for the year. “The money raised through our PTA fundraisers throughout the year is so important to keep these kinds of programs available for our kids,” says Wilbur.
Next will be “A Gaelic Gathering: Irish Music and Dance” on January 14. A rich celebration of Irish culture, this lively show is a feast of Irish tunes and stars internationally award-winning dancers. Traditional instruments accompany rhythmic hard shoe Jigs and Hornpipes, as well as lyrical soft shoe Reels and Slipjig.
Finally, the students will see a condensed production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” on April 29. The multicultural ensemble Will & Company performs William Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss, set in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, with authentic costumes and dazzling swordplay.On educational assembly days, students in grades K-2 see the performance at 9 a.m., grades 5-6 see the performance at 10 a.m. and grades 3-4 see the performance at 11 a.m.
You can find more information about Rodriguez at bobbyrodriguez.com.
CITIZENS OF THE MONTH NOTED FOR RESPONSIBILITYPosted by J.S. at 10/8/2014Congratulations to the new Citizens of the Month!The theme for the month of September was Responsibility.Here is the list of honorees:First Grade: Sam Cooper, Adrian Garcia, Sadie Paur.
Second Grade: Thomas Chung, Alexcia Lopez, Lauren Patton, Hazel Vegas.
Third Grade: Miranda Graham, Kean Ryder, Tori Sunada.
Fourth Grade: Luke Koukeyan, Kate Seh, Aleek Zakarian.
Fifth Grade: Christopher Leventhal, Sydney Postelwait, Tobey Saw.
Sixth Grade: Daisie Lee, Sierra Greninger, Sarah Postelwait.
Ms. Kelly's Class: Saro Aliksan.
Mr. Lee's Class: Omar Ruiz.Ms. E. Rivera's Class: Tyler Carlander.
HEATHER GORE NAMED VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTHPosted by J.S. at 10/2/2014Congratulations to our new Volunteer of the Month: Heather Gore!With two children at Fremont -- sixth-grader Willa and second-grader Sam -- Gore has long been an active volunteer at our school. And with her cheerful spirit and sweet smile, she's a joy to all who know and work with her.This year, Gore is co-chair, along with her husband, Evan, of the Sixth-Grade Committee’s Pancake Breakfast that is happening this Saturday. They have been working to solicit donations, publicize the event and coordinate volunteers. The event raises money for the upcoming sixth-grade class trip to Camp Highland.Gore also has long co-chaired the school's Walk-A-Thon, one of PTA's major fundraisers that brings in $15,000 to $20,000 each year.She has been involved with Fremont for almost seven years since her daughter started kindergarten. She had volunteered tirelessly in Willa’s classes, and even became a room parent when needed. She did the same when her son started kindergarten. She has always taken the time to get to know her children’s classmates and friends.After school, Gore also has assisted with her children’s activities whether it is scouts, soccer, or any other activities in which her children are involved. She is the first to volunteer her time with any of their projects.She and Evan actively participate not only in the PTA, but also in Fremont’s foundation, PAC. She has volunteered in several of the PTA events: as a cashier for the Book Fair, as a helper to set up for Founders Day, or as a participant in sketches for the Honorary Service Awards. She also has assisted in PAC’s Annual Campaign for several years. She has volunteered several hours in the Fremont Fiesta in various capacities.Thanks, Heather, for everything you do for our school. You typify the fabulous and friendly in Fremont!
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH IS JENNIFER ZIMMERPosted by J.S. at 9/30/2015
By Tanya Einhaus, PTA Volunteer Coordinator
Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month for September: Jennifer Zimmer!
Being a full-time English teacher at Rosemont Middle School and single mom to her two sons is not enough for Jennifer Zimmer. No, she has always found the time to be an exceptional volunteer at Fremont.
Zimmer has served several years as PTA treasurer and also as PTA auditor. Currently she is not only a PAC Board member but also a PAC committee chair for Fiesta Ticket Sales, Teacher Holiday Gifts and the Annual Campaign.
In addition, for the second year in a row, Zimmer serves as Sixth-Grade Committee treasurer, which not only requires her to be involved in every sixth-grade fundraiser (Open House Bake Sale, Pancake Breakfast, Pumpkin Patch, Bootique) but also to keep all committee chairs on budget.
On top of all that, Zimmer still finds the time to be an art docent in her son’s class. And she's always one of the first parents to offer assistance in keeping her boys' Little League teams running smoothly.
Zimmer is the proud mom of sixth-grader Jacob and seventh-grader Jackson.
As one of the people who nominated her for Volunteer of the Month wrote: “Working full time and being a single parent, she always finds time for Fremont! And she does it with a smile!”
Thank you, Jennifer, for everything you do for Fremont!
CITIZENS OF THE MONTH HONORED FOR SELF-DISCIPLINEPosted by J.S. at 9/9/2015
Congratulations to the Citizens of the Month for August!The theme for the month was Self-Discipline. Here is the list of honorees:First Grade: Leo Barston, Marcella Caudillo, Melia Khalili, Tea Nauha.
Second Grade: Adrian Garcia, Daniel Manvelian, Katelyn Nelson, Lindsay Yoo.
Third Grade: Alexcia Lopez, Sarah Martellino, Ella McCurdy, Magy Pourgouldjian.
Fourth Grade: Tristan Howard-Ron, Colleen O'Keefe, Eddie Sion.
Fifth Grade: Jovie Ayranjian, Seraphia Gang, Kate Seh.
Sixth Grade: Makayla Graham, Lauren Karakas, Anthony Sharlakian.
Ms. Kelly's Class: Alex De Mar.
Mr. Lee's Class: Sebastian Ramirez.
WRITERS OF THE MONTH ANNOUNCEDPosted by J.S. at 9/2/2015 11:30:00 AM
Congratulations to the following students who were honored for outstanding writing!The Writers of the Month for August were:Kindergarten: Sophia Daza, Ashley Heo, Aaron Kim.First Grade: Sarah Frey, Caden Park, Hudson Pluimer, Micah Roh.Second Grade: Samuel Cooper, Leila Duplessis, Kathleen Gang, Claire Koukeyan.Third Grade: Leon Einhaus, Isabella Gilbertson, Euvene Kae, Olivia Marta.Fourth Grade: Michelle Chung, Natalia Jimenez, Tori Sunada.Fifth Grade: Gabriela Aguinaldo, Vienna Panossian, Audrey Shaverdian.
Sixth Grade: Brandon Koch, Dylan O’Meara, Noopur Satsangi.
PTA LINES UP EXCITING EDUCATIONAL ASSEMBLIESPosted by J.S. at 9/2/2015
By Betsy Wilbur, PTA 1st VP of Assemblies
Fremont students will be exposed to music, dance and theatre from around the globe this year as part of the PTA’s Educational Assembly Program.
We are excited to be bringing in some amazing performers this year who are sure to inspire our students. These performances will encourage creative thinking and introduce our students to diverse cultural traditions.
First up will be a high energy cultural performance from Capoeria Brasil Los Angeles on October 12.
Complete with live music, acrobatics, dance, and audience interaction this assembly will be both fun and informative. The CBLA Cultural Program focuses on disseminating the dynamic Afro-Brazilian culture as well as illustrating the importance of fitness, athleticism, discipline and hard work. Youth are drawn to the movements and the music and fascinated by Capoeira's unique and complex history. Because Capoeira involves music and dance-like movements, many see Capoeira as a dance. It is much more. It is a game, a dance, a martial art, a way to get fit and a form of self expression. It is also an art form that illustrates the centuries-old connection between Latin and African cultures.
Capoeira began developing some time in the 17th century. It was created by Africans brought to Brazil as slaves. This forced migration gave rise to a new and powerful identity, and the Afro-Brazilian culture was born. Capoeira is one of the empowering and iconic cultural manifestations that developed out of this new identity. Today, Capoeira is practiced by youth and adults of all ages, all over the world. The program underscores the importance of arts and tradition and their role in history. Most importantly, youth are encouraged to think outside the box and understand the world as a diverse global community.
Next will be music from INCA, The Peruvian Ensemble on January 13.
INCA offers a wonderful and colorful array of music and dances from Peru and the Andean region. The performance features traditional instruments and costumes from the native Incas (Andean style), from the Hispanic communities of the coastal areas (Criollo style) and the African people from the villages south of Lima (Afro-Peruvian style).
Finally, in March the students will be treated to an original Broadway Review called “The History of Musical Theatre in 42 Minutes.” The professional actors of the Musical Theatre Guild will present an educational and entertaining overview of the rich history of the American Musical, exposing our students to the world of live theatre.
Each year the Fremont PTA funds three to four Educational Assemblies to augment our student’s curriculum with inspiring, educational, and motivational presentations that give the students an alternative outlet for learning. The assemblies for the 2015-16 school year were budgeted at $7,000.
The money raised through our Membership Drive and fundraisers throughout the year is so important to keep these kinds of programs available for our kids.
All performances include written teacher preparation materials that contain background information on the artist and specific performance, as well as pre- and post-performance activities for the classroom. On Educational Assembly days students in Grades 5-6 will see the performance at 9 am, grades TK-2 will see the performance at 10 am and grades 3-4 will see the performance at 11 am.
To join or donate to the Fremont PTA, visit the Fremont Webstore.
5th GRADERS REPRESENT FREMONT AT JR. FIRE PICNICPosted by J.S. at 6/12/2014Several fifth-graders represented Fremont at the LA County Junior Fire Picnic at Verdugo Park.After learning about fire hazards and fire safety in their classes, all of the fifth-graders took a test about what they had learned. They also had to write an essay about fire hazards and fire safety during Write on Target.Those who scored high on the test and on the essay were invited to the Junior Fire Picnic held last month. These students included Heidi Apkarian, Grace Bennett, Isabella Cole, Hazel Escott, Kate Gilbertson, Nicole Ginoian, Eric Lee, Isabella Rocha, Leah Simon and Stephanie Wichman.Bennett, who won top honors at Fremont for her essay, went on to win third prize for her essay among all the students in public or private schools in Glendale. Besides a beautiful plaque, Bennett, who was in Mrs. Wooldridge's class, won a fancy bike!"Cooking is one of the leading causes of fires in homes, so remember to always pay attention," she wrote in her essay. "...Instead of talking on the phone and looking away, pay attention and never leave your soufflé!"
The Fire Picnic, sponsored by the Glendale Fire Department, had fun activities like trying out the firefighters' heavy gear or rolling out the long, unruly fire hoses. The hoses were even turned on the students at two different times! They had a blast!Basketballs, tickets to the group One Direction, and pogo sticks were raffled off by our local firefighters. After lunch of grilled hot dogs and chips, awards were given.Special thanks to Lorna Simon, PTA president and Leah's mom, for submitting the blog post, and to June Bennett, Grace's mom, for the photos.
DEMERY MATTHEWS IS VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTHPosted by J.S. at 6/2/2014Congratulations to our new Volunteer of the Month: Demery Matthews!In May, Matthews served as the co-chair of the fabulous Fremont Family Fiesta and also assisted with the Sixth-Grade Promotion. Earlier in the year, she coordinated the Kindergarten Dinner and acted as co-chair of Bingo Night.For the upcoming school year she not only has stepped up to be the co-president of the Sixth-Grade Committee and the co-chair of Fiesta again -- but also the president of PAC!A busy mom of four Fremont boys -- sixth-grader Devin, fifth-grader Dexter, second-grader Reid and kindergartener Aaron -- Matthews has long been actively involved in our school.As the person who nominated her for Volunteer of the Month wrote: "None of us is quite sure how she gets it all done!"Thank you, Demery, for everything you do for Fremont!
CITIZENS OF THE MONTH PRAISED FOR COURTESYPosted by J.S. at 5/23/2014Congratulations to the Citizens of the Month for May!The theme for the month was Courtesy.Here is the list of honorees:First Grade: Leila McCarty, Silus Orozco, Kristyn Roh, Colin Walley.
Second Grade: Emma Mardiroussian, Lauren Yoo.
Third Grade: Emily Lighthart, Suzan Mirzakhanyan, Jared Monougian, Christine Roe, Sanjana Sudhir.
Fourth Grade: Lori Mehdikhani, Rachel Park, Lucy Rickey.
Fifth Grade: Lauren Ryder, Jamie Santos, Carrera Shirvanian.
Sixth Grade: Jessica Choi, Anoush Pogossian, Zeal Shumate.
Ms. Anglin’s Class: Zachary DeVera-Drew.
Mrs. E. Rivera’s Class: Keira Russell.Mrs. Williams' Class: Enrique Tzul.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH IS DIANA KEENEYPosted by J.S. at 5/2/2014Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month for April: Diana Keeney!As a new parent to Fremont this school year, Keeney stepped right up and has been serving as room parent for Ms. Pano's kindergarten class, where she frequently volunteers to help with class centers.She also took the initiative and started a Daisy troop for her daughter and friends, and serves at the group's leader.In addition, Keeney volunteered to be treasurer on next year's PTA Executive Board.She will also co-chair next year's Spa Day during PTA Staff Appreciation Week. This year she helped set up for Spa Day and served as a hostess. She also helped get the PTA closet in order.As the person who nominated her for Volunteer of the Month wrote: "She is a remarkable Fremont parent!"Keeney is the proud mom of kindergartener Kacey and preschooler David.Thank you, Diana, for everything you do for Fremont!
CITIZENS OF THE MONTH LAUDED FOR LOYALTYPosted by J.S. at 4/28/2014 9:00:00 PMCongratulations to the Citizens of the Month for April!The theme for the month was Loyalty.Here is the list of honorees:First Grade: Gemma Caudillo, Troy Clark, Ella McCurdy, Trevor Sandberg.
Second Grade: Colleen O'Keefe, Kean Ryder, Kate Schlueter.
Third Grade: Samantha Bouzikian, Sooah Lee, Sara Pak, Gabriel Venezia.
Fourth Grade: Ben Elster, John Hebert, Sammy Villasenor.
Fifth Grade: Serli Amirchian, Aidan Darnell, Mira Delfino.
Sixth Grade: Claire Farmer, Arax Kalijian, Elsa Tatom.
Ms. Anglin’s Class: Natalie Yoo.
Mrs. E. Rivera’s Class: Brody Heim.Mrs. Williams' Class: Narek Vahramian.
TEACHERS, STAFF GET PAMPERED DURING SPA DAYPosted by J.S. at 4/28/2014By Betsy Wilbur, PTA President and Spa Day Chair
Last Friday during Staff Appreciation Week the PTA converted the teachers' lounge into a spa-like setting, complete with a fountain, herbal tea and peaceful music. The teachers and staff could sign up for two 10-minute appointments to enjoy a relaxing massage (donated by local therapists) or hand treatment. Many of the staff just took a few moments to sit and relax in a soothing environment. Our staff works so hard and the PTA was happy to give them a little treat.
It takes MANY parents pitching in to make the day happen. Thanks so much to all of you!
Ruth Tatom, Diana Keeney, Betsy Wilbur and sixth-graders Dylan Wilbur and Elsa Tatom worked together to transform the room. Stacy Kim, Ruth Tatom, Betsy Wilbur, Hasmik Kadimyan and Diana Keeney generously donated/loaned us the items we needed to create the spa setting. Parents Jim Schmit, Christina Martin, Dorrie Nuttall, Elizabeth Migliaccio and Liz Schentina are all credentialed teachers who volunteered their time covering the classrooms all day. Christina Martin also coordinated all the subs! Parent Annette Postelwait helped give the staff paraffin wax hand treatments.
Finally, Paige Clarke, Betsy Wilbur and Maggi Ayranjian, along with Fremont students Liam Wilbur, Jack Clarke and Kailyn Clarke, made sure it all got cleaned up and returned the lounge to normal.
PLEASE PATRONIZE THESE PROFESSIONAL THERAPISTS WHO DONATED THEIR TIME AND TALENTS FOR OUR SPA DAY (and tell them Fremont sent you!):
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THREE STUDENTS PLACE AT GUSD REFLECTIONS CONTESTPosted by J.S. at 4/21/2014Congratulations to the three Fremont students who placed in the GUSD district-wide PTA Reflections art contest:*Summer Ruyle, first place in dance choreography*Lana Darmanian, third place in photography*Rene Zahiney, third place in film
Board of Education members presented the winners with engraved medals, an award certificate and a California state legislature certificate.This year's Reflections theme was "Believe, Dream, Inspire."
STUDENTS EXPLORE SPACE TOPICS AT ASSEMBLYPosted by J.S. at 4/11/2014By Lorna Simon, PTA 1st VP/AssembliesRocket and robots were the topics of the PTA's third and last educational assembly of the school year. In the highly interactive program presented last Friday, Bob Redman, an aerospace educational specialist, took students through the history of flight and our journey to space.Students assisted with creating a hot air balloon. And with the help of his models, Redman explained how NASA's Apollo 11 spacecraft traveled to, landed on, and then returned from the moon. Students also learned from a model and a short film how the Mars Rover, a robot created at JPL, explores the surface of Mars.In concluding his presentation, Redman encouraged the students to learn as much science and math as they can in order to further our exploration of space in the future.Both students and teachers said they had enjoyed, and learned a lot from, this assembly.
KUDOS TO THE WRITERS OF THE MONTHPosted by J.S. at 4/10/2014The following students were selected as Writers of the Month for March:
Kindergarten: Scarlet Dowswell, Gracie Fuller, Alyssa Panduro.First Grade: Jordon Choi, Silus Orozco, Hazel Vegas, Colin Walley.Second Grade: Luke Lindeman, Mushegh Potikyan.Third Grade: Emilia Avetisyan, Andrew Ghazarian, Taleen Krikorian, Kaitlyn Regan, Robert Sarkisyan.Fourth Grade: Joshua Kim, Brandon Koch, Sammy Villasenor.Fifth Grade: Sarah Postelwait, Matthew Ruf, Leif Shomali.Sixth Grade: Reese Gallagher, Ethan Hizon.Congratulations to all of them for being Write on Target!
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH IS ABBEY IMBURGIAPosted by J.S. at 4/4/2014Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month for March: Abbey Imburgia!As the PTA's 2nd Vice President/Hospitality for the last two years, Imburgia has put on fabulous Founders Day Galas, including this year's Western-themed event that was a big hit. In addition, she makes sure attendees of all those early-morning PTA meetings are greeted with hot coffee and other goodies.Imburgia also spreads good cheer to our teachers. She recently coordinated the PAC Valentine Staff Luncheon and will organize Flower Day again this year during the upcoming Staff Appreciation Week.On top of all that, she is handling small games and all prizes for the upcoming Fremont Family Fiesta.As one person who nominated her for Volunteer of the Month wrote: "She is a go-getter … who has her volunteer hands in many things at Fremont. She is very willing to help anywhere you need her and almost always says 'yes' with a smile! She's a gem and Fremont is lucky to have her!"Imburgia is the proud mom of fourth-grader Ava and preschooler Francesca.Thank you, Abbey, for everything you do for Fremont!
STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONORS AT MATH FIELD DAYPosted by J.S. at 4/2/2014Fremont students took home eight wins at the GUSD Math Field Day last weekend, with two students qualifying to compete in the upcoming County Math Field Day.Sixth-grader Keegan Schmit and fourth-grader Chris Leventhal both scored among the top four out of 80 students in their grade levels in the individual competitions, advancing them to the County competition on April 26 at Glendale High.The annual Math Field Day, which involves Fremont students in the Math Club who were selected by teachers to participate, was held last Saturday at La Crescenta Elementary and awards were given at Crescenta Valley High School.
Here is the list of Fremont winners in the team competitions:Fourth Grade:*Sienna Noordermeer -- third place, conceptual skills and third place, problem solving*Chris Leventhal -- second place, conceptual skillsFifth Grade:*Reese Sunada -- third place, problem solvingSixth Grade:*Jackson Bullard -- second place, conceptual skills*Dylan Wilbur -- second place, conceptual skills (a tie)Congratulations to all of the Fremont math stars who participated in Math Field Day:
Fourth Grade: Yvalisse Ganzon, Nikitas Klapsis, Chris Leventhal, Sienna Noordermeer.Fifth Grade: Miranda Delfino, Emma Glaza, Reese Sunada, Alex Zargarian.Sixth Grade: Jackson Bullard, Keegan Schmit, Shyla Summers, Dylan Wilbur.
CITIZENS OF THE MONTH PRAISED FOR TRUSTWORTHINESSPosted by J.S. at 4/1/2014Congratulations to the Citizens of the Month for March!The theme for the month was Trustworthiness.Here is the list of honorees:First Grade: Leon Einhaus, Sam Gore, Aaron Staniels.
Second Grade: Alex Barba, Isabella Bravo, Jude Cole, Camilla Mejia.
Third Grade: Seraphia Gang, Maia Krusee-Leaver, Isabella Megerdechian, Isabella Shahinian.
Fourth Grade: Emily Aghajani, Nathan Kilgore, Carly Martin.
Fifth Grade: Anna Shahbazian, Nicholas Tabet, Katelyn Walter.
Sixth Grade: Reese Gallagher, Nathalie Lai, Rachel McKinnell.
Ms. Anglin’s Class: Christian Kalindjian.
Mrs. E. Rivera’s Class: Aiden Lighthart.Mrs. Williams' Class: Pablo DeVera Drew
SERVICE AWARDS GIVEN, PTA OFFICERS INSTALLED AT FOUNDERS DAYPosted by J.S. at 3/27/2014Seven outstanding members of the Fremont community were honored with the PTA's top service awards recently at the Western-themed Founders Day Gala.
At the annual event, which celebrates the founding of the PTA in 1897, Honorary Service Awards (HSAs) were given to:
*Physical education teacher Shannon Pondella*Choral instructor and fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Bobbi Wooldridge*The dynamic husband-wife volunteer duo of Zac and Demery Matthews*PAC fundraising chair Kristy Corlett*PTA President Betsy WilburIn addition, the "Golden Oak Service Award" was given to Mrs. Janie Roach for her work with the K-Kids, among other efforts.
*President: Lorna Simon
*1st VP/Assemblies: Betsy Wilbur
*2nd VP/Hospitality: Tamar Kousherian
*3rd VP/Fundraising: Karoliina Nauha
*Secretary: Nancy Soltero
*Treasurer: Diana Keeney
*Auditor: Tracy Leventhal
*Parliamentarian: Jacqueline Stenson
*Historian: Brenda Smith
*Membership: Emily Love*Art Docent: Armena Mirzayan
The event was organized by PTA’s current 2nd Vice President of Hospitality Abigail Imburgia and emceed by Fremont parent Evan Gore, who kept the audience entertained as always. The evening was filled with skits, songs and other tributes to the HSA recipients.New this year were the Lifetime Achievement and "VSP" - Very Special Person - Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Jim Schmit, Amy Harley and Paige Farmer. These people also received VSPs (for outstanding volunteers who are leaving Fremont after this year), along with: Tinky Schmit, Sam Farmer, Holly Bullard, Ruth Tatom, Karin Hayes, Jenia Hauser, Melanie McKinnell, Ron Scott, Maria Tweedy, Cameron Carothers and Jannette Carothers.Here are some photos from the event:Honorary Service Award recipients from left to right: Kristy Corlett, Betsy Wilbur, Zac Matthews, Demery Matthews and Mrs. Bobbi Wooldridge. Mrs. Janie Roach (far right) received the Golden Oak Service Award.
Betsy Wilbur presents Lifetime Achievement Awards to Jim Schmit, Amy Harley and Paige Farmer.
Emcee Evan Gore presides over the evening's events.Here is a video of the Very Special Person Awards:
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WRITERS OF THE MONTHPosted by J.S. at 3/24/2014The following students were selected as Writers of the Month for February:
Kindergarten: Connor Harkins, Olivia Jaramillo, Owen Pierre.
First Grade: Diana Mirzakhanyan, Owen Schroeder, Garrett Stepp.
Second Grade: Bennett Deyto, Macie Elster, Brody Ruyle, Jesse Winicki.
Third Grade: Aiyana Cordova, Lilian Khojayan, Sumin Kwon, Alex Minasyan.
Fourth Grade: Dyllan Bulaon, Jack Houghton, Ava Imburgia, Rohan Schellenbach.
Fifth Grade: Arthur Berberyan, Anna Davis, Dominique Rocha.
No sixth-graders were selected for February.
CITIZENS OF THE MONTH PRAISED FOR HONESTYPosted by J.S. at 2/25/2014 8:30:00 PMCongratulations to the Citizens of the Month for February!The theme for the month was Honesty.Here is the list of honorees:First Grade: Otto Cohen, Matthew DeVera-Drew, Isabelle Garcia, Kylee Nguyen.
Second Grade: Jordyn Lesh, Reid Matthews.
Third Grade: Natalya Ayranjian, Nathaniel DeLeon, David Escalante, Simon Glaza, Liam Macasaet.
Fourth Grade: Brandon Koch, Mercy Prather, Patrick Venezia.
Fifth Grade: Hanabi Copon, Catherine Gallagher, Willa Gore.
Sixth Grade: David Akopyan, Daniel Tweedy, Isabella Tweedy.
Ms. Anglin’s Class: Alex De Mar.
Mrs. E. Rivera’s Class: Gavin Dinger.Mrs. Williams' Class: Maxwell Greenfield
JOHN BARBA IS VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTHPosted by J.S. at 2/25/2014Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month for February: John Barba!Barba stepped forward as a volunteer at the beginning of the year to teach a free computer coding class after school. In order to teach the class he applied for and received a special credential and then modified and developed a curriculum based on Scratch, a programming language designed by MIT for children ages 8 and up.In addition to agreeing to teach four of the six-week sessions of the class to third- through sixth-graders, Barba also is serving as advisor to Fremont's Coding Club. The Coding Club is for students who have gone through his class and want to continue to improve their coding skills in an independent study environment with a curriculum he has suggested.Barba has a computer science and engineering degree from MIT and has worked as a software engineer for more than 25 years. We are incredibly lucky to have someone so knowledgeable on the subject teach our children such an important skill!
Barba has two children at Fremont and one at Rosemont. When not writing code or working with technology, he enjoys coaching youth soccer and playing chess with his children.
Thank you, John, for everything you are doing for Fremont!
WRITERS OF THE MONTH ANNOUNCEDPosted by J.S. at 2/21/2014The following students were selected as Writers of the Month for January:
Kindergarten: Sofia Bravo, Erica Kim, Aren Zakarian.First Grade: Reece Corlett, Isabelle Garcia, Jalen Guinn, Miro Nauha.Second Grade: Evan Marrero, Ryan Onanian.Third Grade: Lucy Frame, Simon Glaza, Collin Kim, Luke Koukeyan, Priscilla Ward.Fourth Grade: Gianna Caudillo, Noah Cooper, Sofia Magdaleno.
Fifth Grade: Devon Medina, Ciaran Pierce, Leah Simon.
Sixth Grade: Sarine Auvazian, Solomon Kim, Grace Suh.Congratulations to all of you for being Write on Target!
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: TRACY LEVENTHALPosted by J.S. at 1/31/2014 8:00:00 AMCongratulations to our Volunteer of the Month for January: Tracy Leventhal!As a Fremont parent for the last five years, Leventhal has shown time and again that she is a dedicated volunteer who is always ready to lend a helping hand, whether it be for PTA, PAC, Cub Scouts or in the classroom.For PTA, Leventhal has served on the Executive Board as Treasurer for the last two years, making sure all the bills get paid on time and reimbursements are made. She also modernized our payment process by creating the new Webstore that allows parents for the first time to make online purchases and donations. This school year she also helped develop the teacher classroom pages on this new school site.In the past, she's chaired the PTA's Gift Wrap Sales and helped out with various other committees.For PAC, she helped raised money by serving as one of the leaders on the Family Fiesta Silent Auction last spring.Leventhal is the proud mom of two boys: Christopher in fourth grade and Andrew in second grade. She has consistently served as room mom for both of their classes. She also co-leads Andrew's Cub Scout den.Thank you, Tracy, for all of the many things that you do for Fremont all year long!We are so grateful for your leadership, loyalty, dedication, creativity, organization, hard work and team spirit!
CITIZENS OF THE MONTH HONOREDPosted by J.S. at 1/31/2014 7:00:00 AMCongratulations to the Citizens of the Month for December and January! Both groups were honored at this month's Spirit Assembly.The theme for December was Compassion.Here is the list of December honorees:First Grade: Jacob Forester, Lauren Patton, Joel Savin.
Second Grade: Sophia Pilar Garcia, Natalie Hairapatian, Natalia Jimenez, Anais Ochoa.
Third Grade: Sydney Eck, Marlena Fenton, Alexa Khudanyan, Christopher Watson.
Fourth Grade: Leia Avakian, Makayla Graham, Tobey Saw.
Fifth Grade: Emily Sepanossian, Kathryn White, Stephanie Wichman.
Sixth Grade: Mila Bryan, Matthew Honda, Justin Park.
Ms. Anglin’s Class: Caryn Yaguchi.
Mrs. Williams' Class: Joshua Yun.
Mrs. E. Rivera’s Class: Nicholas Tabet.The theme for January was Respect.Here is the list of January honorees:First Grade: Lilly Kupelian, Alexcia Lopez, Elena Manuelian, Sophie Smith.
Second Grade: Macie Elster, Tristan Howard-Ron, Callum Searock.
Third Grade: Chris Atachian, Elisha Lee, William Picariello, Michael Shaker.
Fourth Grade: Ava Imburgia, Whitney Noh, Anthony Sharlakian.
Fifth Grade: Eric Rostamlou, Matthew Ruf, Aaron Voskani.
Sixth Grade: Joonsu Kwon, Lauren Mansour, Anika Ogalde.
Ms. Anglin’s Class: Merna Nazareat.
Mrs. Williams' Class: Pablo De Vera-Drew.
Mrs. E. Rivera’s Class: Dylan Valdez.
FREMONT'S TOP SPELLER: NIKO PRAVIKOFFPosted by J.S. at 1/25/2014Sixth-grader Nikolai Pravikoff won the annual Fremont Spelling Bee earlier this month after correctly spelling the word “incubate.”He will represent Fremont at the GUSD Spelling Bee coming up on Feb. 3.The Fremont Spelling Bee runner-up was fifth-grader Wendell O'Bryan.Each year students in grades 4 through 6 participate in the Spelling Bee. First, each classroom has its own spelling contest to determine a student who will represent the class. Then those winners go on to compete against each other in the school-wide Spelling Bee.The winners from each classroom, all of whom receive a certificate for their accomplishments, are:Fourth Grade: Noah Cooper, Christian Han, Garrett Li.Fifth Grade: Paul Kim, Andre Mirzayan, Wendell O'Bryan.Sixth Grade: Catherine Carothers, Nikolai Pravikoff, Dylan Wilbur.Congratulations to all of Fremont’s fabulous spellers!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WRITERS OF THE MONTHPosted by J.S. at 1/17/2014The following students were selected as Writers of the Month for December:Kindergarten: Tyler Albert, Kacey Keeney, Tatum Shearer.First Grade: Yuna Chang, Roman Lara, Luca Terenzi.
Second Grade: Sophia Pilar Garcia, Justis Hussein, Alec Khudanyan.
Third Grade: Elisha Lee, Sienna Nola-Karapetian, Kali Paur, William Picariello, Tori Sunada.Fourth Grade: John Hebert, Nathan Kilgore, Rachel Park.Fifth Grade: Eric Lee, Andre Mirzayan, Kathryn White.Sixth Grade: Elissa Jorgensen, Kayleigh Scott, Chase Smith.Congratulations to all of you for being Write on Target!