Principal's Message


Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Principal's Message

Principal Quatrice James

October 2017

Principal Quatrice James

Hello Fairfax Tiger Families,

Welcome to another wonderful school year! We are off to a great start. Students are engaged in learning and finding ways to be open-minded. Our IB Learner Profile Attribute for the month of October is Open-minded. Ask your student how they were open-minded this week. November’s IB Learner Profile Attribute will be Reflective. An example of being reflective could be that you think about what you have learned and done and you know what you are good at and what you need to get better at.

Here are a few gentle reminders as we press on to Thanksgiving break:

· No dogs are allowed on campus before, during, or immediately after school hours. We had an unfortunate incident where a student received minor injuries from an encounter with a parent’s dog.

· When dropping off and picking up, if you need to get out of the vehicle even for a minute, please park in one of the many parking spaces. Impeding the traffic flow happens often during drop off.

· If you need to enter the building (this includes coming on the playground during lunch) please report to the main office to get a visitor’s badge first.

· And finally, we are your educational partners and we are here to ensure the success of all students! Please call or email us if you need our assistance in any way.

Thanks for a great start to the year,
Ms. James

June 2017

Hello Fairfax Families,

Summer break is here! The promotion celebration for fifth grade students was held Wednesday, May 31 at 9:30 in the Fairfax gymnasium. The last day for students is Thursday, June 1.

Over the summer, please consider encouraging your student to read for pleasure. Children enjoy reading their favorite book or being read to by a grown-up or older sibling. Reading with children fosters a lifelong love of books and builds the early literacy skills that students need to be successful in school. The more children are read to, the larger their vocabulary becomes and the better prepared they are for school. Don’t forget about the fabulous libraries throughout the Cleveland Heights and University Heights communities! Visit their website for a full calendar of events at the Heights Libraries.

Please note the new start and end times for all CH-UH Elementary Schools for the 2017-18 school year.

Student Day: 8:50-3:20
AM Bus Drop Off: 8:40
PM Bus Drop Departure: 3:30
Students that are not enrolled in the Before Care program should not arrive to school before 8:25.

For families that are looking for educational summer opportunities for children, there are still openings for students entering kindergarten, first grade second grade. These summer programs will be held at Boulevard Elementary and Noble Elementary. Free breakfast and lunch will be served.

Thank you to all family and community members for a successful 2016-17 school year! Have a wonderful and restful summer break.

Your partner in education,

Ms. James  

April/May 2017

Hello Fairfax Families,

Spring is here and summer break is near! As our Ohio State Testing period comes to a close, please make sure your student is receiving adequate rest and nutrition. American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children ages 6 to 12 receive 9-12 hours of sleep each night. Breakfast begins each day at 8:20 and is free to all students. Encourage your child to have breakfast each morning. Please do not allow your child to arrive to school before this time.

Please remember that dogs are not allowed on the playground during arrival and dismissal.

In the final six weeks of school, I would like to take this time to remind parents of the Tiger Expectations dress code. All clothing must be clean, of appropriate size and fit neatly. Any clothing that is too tight, revealing or saggy is not permitted. Students are encouraged to wear footwear that is “closed toe” and/or is secured to the back of the foot. No flip-flops please.

The IB Learner Profile for April: Thinker and for May: Risk-taker & Balanced. Illuminate ways in which your child is being a thinker, risk-taker, or balanced to them. Fairfax will have our IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) Consultation visit on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27. During this visit our consultant will observe classrooms, talk with our IB Leadership Team (which includes parents) and meet with the IB coordinator and principal. We are excited to receive feedback to ensure that we are ready for our official visit next school year!

The district and its community partners are offering many exciting camps, programs, and classes for all ages and interests this summer. Please visit the district’s website to register for summer programming.

Upcoming Events:

  • PTA Meeting & Art Show, April 19, 6:00-8:00pm

  • April PAWs Assembly is scheduled for April 27, 2:00-2:30

  • Teacher Appreciation Week, May 1-5

  • End-Of-Year Picnic, Monday, May 22, 6:00-8:00pm

  • Last Day of School, June 1

Conscious Discipline is still having a positive impact on our students. Ask your child to teach you a breathing technique or the family can create one together!

I look forward to an enjoyable close to our 2016-17 school year.

Your Partner in Education,

Ms. Quatrice James

March 2017

Dear Fairfax Families,

Spring is near! Please be sure that students are dressed in appropriate clothing. Students are not permitted to wear form-fitting tops, tank tops that expose skin or undergarments, or shorts/skirts more than four inches above the knee. Students are encouraged to wear footwear that is closed toe and/or is secured to the back of the foot. Flip flops are not permitted.

We look forward to seeing you at the St. Baldrick’s head shaving event on Sunday, March 19 from 12:00-4:00 at the Cleveland Height Recreation Center. This fundraiser benefits childhood cancer research. You are also invited to attend the 3rd-5th grades Fairfax Spelling Bee on Friday, March 24 from 1:45-3:00.

Finally, I encourage you to continue reading to your child (or having your child read to you) for at least 20 minutes each day. Research show this expands the child’s vocabulary, improves writing ability, and improves comprehension skills.

-Ms. Quatrice James, Fairfax Elementary Principal

January/February 2017

Dear Fairfax Families,

Thank you for a great start to the school year! It has been wonderful to get to know the students, families and community members. The fabulous teachers and students are working diligently each day, and it has been great to see the students grow academically and as global citizens.

Progress reports will be available on the parent portal starting Friday, January 27, after 4:00 p.m. We are halfway through the second trimester! Please continue to work with students at home with math and reading skills.

Literacy Night will be Thursday, February 9, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This will be a family-friendly evening filled with food, fun and learning! Our theme this year is “Where In the World is Shubert?” Shubert is a character from Conscious Discipline.

Conscious Discipline is a whole-school solution for social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation that is being implemented at Fairfax Elementary. Ask your student about Shubert!
You should have received a form from your student(s) to RSVP. If you have not, please contact your student’s homeroom teacher. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, contact the PTA co-presidents Nancy at or Sara at

Lastly, our monthly PAWs celebration this month will be Tuesday, January 31, at 10:00 a.m.

~Ms. Quatrice James, Fairfax Elementary Principal


August/September 2016

Hello Fairfax Families!

I want to officially welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. Fairfax staff has a tradition of providing quality support and education to each and every student. It is an honor to work with such dedicated staff and supportive families. We have high expectations for all students and have a mission to provide a challenging and engaging education to prepare all our students to become responsible citizens and succeed in college and career.

Fairfax Elementary School strives to provide each student with a personalized experience that meets the students where they are in their learning. Our students’ learning environment is one where we use technology to enhance the learning experience in the classroom. Fairfax is an IB Candidate School that goes beyond traditional learning. Through creativity, communication and collaboration, students connect with their school, their community, and the world to make a difference.

We will start the process of implementing Conscious Discipline this year. Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based, whole-school solution for social-emotional learning, discipline, and self-regulation. When you hear your student using the acronym S.T.A.R., this means smile, take a deep breathe, and relax. Our goal is to work together as a team to make school a safe and positive place for students, staff, parents, and the community.

I am very excited and honored to be the principal at Fairfax Elementary School! Elementary years are very important foundational years for students. My hope is to create life-long learners that are successful in a global economy.

Let’s work together to make the 2016-2017 school year a successful and enjoyable experience for all. Go Fairfax Tigers!


Ms. James

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