Project Cornerstone

Welcome back families and schools to the 2020-21 school year!
Our theme this year is EMPATHY.

In April, we are discussing :
Thank You Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco

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This book is about a young girl whose family has a love of learning. At age 5 she goes to school to learn to read. By fifth grade, she still can’t read and is bullied by other students.  She is a wonderful artist and is encouraged and supported by her family. At last, her fifth grade teacher works with her to discover her unique keys to learning. This is a story about a family’s love, a girl’s pain and what happens when an adult believes in a child’s potential to learn.

Join in the discussion with your child

This book reminds us that caring adults can create webs of support to protect and guide our children. As the most influential and caring adult in your own child’s life, look for opportunities to help guide and promote behaviors which support learning, acceptance, and achievement. Your actions will help your child learn asset building strategies to empower themselves to enjoy life-long learning.

How you approach learning new activities and skills helps your child face difficulties and use multiple strategies to learn. Your own patience, perseverance and resiliency in the face of difficulties, teaches your child all of these skills! They are watching us and learning from us every minute! When you are positive about learning something new, your child will be too. 

When your child asks for help, reassure them that you are there for them. Listen with empathy. Sometimes, simply sharing the problem helps young people figure out what to do next. Your gentle hand on a shoulder, your moment to listen intently, your smile and understanding will show your child that they are not alone and that they can count on you to help them when they need it.  

Continue to practice and reinforce the many tools our students have learned in the ABC lessons this year. These tools empower youth to choose how to react when social difficulties, like bullying arise. With your help, your child will gain confidence and resilience that are essential for success in social situations. Your role as “#1 Asset Builder” will help your child bloom!

Read more about Project Cornerstone

For over 20 years, Project Cornerstone has partnered with Silicon Valley schools, parents, and community organizations to deliver programs, trainings, and services that support youth to develop the social and emotional skills to grow into responsible, caring, and healthy adults who feel valued, respected, and known.Our children, families, and adults in our communities need support in social and emotional well-being, now more than ever.

As we pivot to new distance learning models this year, Fairmeadow’s Project Cornerstone team has adjusted the way our programs, trainings, and workshops are offered, including:

– Offering online monthly trainings to prepare classroom/grade readers the tools to connect virtually with their students.

– The YMCA is offering pre-recorded lessons and activities that are still based on our impactful, and research-proven Developmental Assets model. Teachers, school staff and/or parents can easily deliver these lessons to their students/ own children as virtual lessons in the classroom or at home

We look forward to continuing the very important Project Cornerstone at Fairmeadow Elementary.

If you have any questions, please contact your Fairmeadow Project Cornerstone Leads: Parvathi Belur or Mari Ueda-Tao.

See also our goals for the program


Discover our program book list for 2020-2021

Parent Teacher Association – Palo Alto, CA

2020-21 ABC Book List Champion Year Final