Originally delivered on 12/5/2023 11:15 am

SUBJECT: Fairmount Firebird PTA Newsletter - December 2023

Fairmount Focus - TL:DR

This month's newsletter contains:

  • A message from Mrs. Mills
  • December Mindset Masters
  • PTA President message
  • Books with the Birds is back (soon!)
  • Volunteer opportunity with the Garden Club
  • Girls on the Run
  • Ordering yearbooks and/or 5th grader dedication ads
  • Art and slogan contest for Fairmount's Firebird 5K 
  • Monthly updates on enrichments, ink recycling, and fundraisers
  • A list of the staff's favorite things (in advance of the holiday season)
  • December lunch menu
  • And more!

The best part of the holidays is the joy you receive by giving to others. What better gift to give than a reminder to your friends and neighbors to start or renew their PTA membership?!! Let them know that no time commitment is required. Forward them this link or have them go to fairmountpta.org to sign up.

Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Enroll JeffCo

EnrollJeffco is Jeffco Public Schools enrollment system. All families will need to use EnrollJeffco between December 5th and January 12th to indicate where your students will be going to school next August, including if they are returning to Fairmount. This system will digitally manage the choice/open enrollment process. It is super important for returning Fairmount families to complete this process by January 13th because we will determine staffing and open seats available for open enrollment based on your responses. If you know new kindergarten families, please let them know about this process or tell them to call the office. For our 5th graders, this is the time to let Jeffco know what your middle school plans are.

You will be getting additional information from our district soon explaining how you will access the system to complete the enrollment process for next year. You can always call our amazing Sue Bobroske in the office if you have questions about the process or if you would like to come in the office for in-person assistance.

Mountain Vista Nursing Home

Ms. Hirn and our amazing Choir Birds will be visiting our friends at Mountain Vista Nursing Home this year! They will be singing holiday tunes and helping to deliver the holiday gifts everyone brought in for the residents.  Thank you to Michelle Henriksen and Ashley Gleason for coordinating this effort and all our families who sponsored a resident!

Winter Break

Our students’ winter break starts on Wednesday, December 20th, and they return on Monday, January 8th.  We hope all of our families have a magical and safe vacation!  See you in 2024!

As always, if you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please call the office, stop by, or email me at Sally.Mills@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Proud parent of a Mindset Master? Download a copy here.

Message from Lauren Snow, PTA President

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Mt. Vista Senior Citizen Project successful. We appreciate your generosity! Also, thank you to Michelle Henrickson and the volunteers who made this project possible. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season. We'll see you in the new year! 

- Lauren

Books with the Birds

Celebrate reading with Fairmount Elementary School’s Books with the Birds! Our 4th annual read-a-thon will celebrate reading and raise funds to support the school library and PTA. Prizes will be awarded to Top Readers and Top Fundraisers in each class/school.

WHAT: Books with the Birds! Read-A-Thon

WHEN: Friday, January 26 - Friday, February 2, 2024

REGISTRATION OPENS: Early January 2024


  • Register here: www.bookswiththebirds.com 

  • Invite family and friends to sponsor you


  • Families reading to children counts too! As well as minutes read at school. Teachers will be emailing families total numbers of minutes read in school each day. 

  • All minutes must be entered by 9pm on Friday, February 2, 2024

Garden Towers - Volunteers Needed

The Garden Club is looking for volunteers to help with tower gardens in the 5th grade classrooms starting in January. Volunteers will maintenance the towers as well as teach some lessons about things related to the towers. Volunteers can help with other volunteers or teach on their own. The commitment takes about an hour every week to every few weeks.  Flexible day/time that can be worked out with the individual teachers. If you are interested, please email Joanna Poeck.

Girls on the Run

We are happy to offer Girls on the Run (GOTR) in Spring 2024. Practices will be M/W from 2:45p to 3:50p starting in March and ending on May 18th with the Girls on the Run Colfax 5K. This will be our 3rd season offering this unique program which teaches important life skills and healthy habits while building physical strength and endurance.

Registration opens Feb 5th, 2024 for 3rd-5th grade girls at Fairmount Elementary

We are in need of assistant coaches this season! Melissa Pfahl will be the head coach and she needs 2-3 assistant coaches to help with practices. There is flexibility in this voluntary position and no running experience needed. Assistant coaches can be any adult member of our community that has an interest in helping our girls grow into their best selves. If you are a parent of a child interested in joining the team, assistant coaches get discounted tuition rates, coach t-shirt and a free race bib for the 5K. Please email Melissa if you are interested or have additional questions. More information about being a GOTR assistant coach can be found at the GOTR website.


“I’ll never want to look back at all the memories we made this year,” …said no one ever. 

Need to order a yearbook?

  • visit YBPay.com
  • Enter the school code: 9984824
  • Select [Purchase a Yearbook]
  • Customize as you wish and purchase

Do you have a continuing 5th Grader?

After purchasing their yearbook, show them some congratulatory love by purchasing a dedication ad in the yearbook.  Quarter, half, and full-page ads are available for $25, $40, and $75 respectively.  Follow the instructions above, select [Purchase an Advertisement for My Student], and follow the prompts.

Please feel free to contact yearbook@fairmountpta.org with any questions.

PTA Enrichments

The next session of enrichment classes starting after winter break will be opening for registration in the next couple weeks so look out for a school wide email and always check the website

Restaurant Night Fundraiser

Where: Illegal Burger (15400 W. 64th Ave. Arvada)

When: Thursday, December 14th between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Please mention Fairmount PTA to get the credit.

Recycle Your Ink At Fairmount

Please drop off any empty printer ink cartridges for recycling in the main lobby bin.  

Fairmount will earn money for your ink cartridges.  

Help Us When You Shop

We have several business partnerships that generously donate money back to our PTA when you shop. 

King Soopers Community Rewards

Sign up for Community Rewards with King Soopers and earn money for the school every time you shop for groceries. 

Mabel's Labels

Support Fairmount PTA and keep your items out of lost and found with Mabel's Labels. Purchases connected to Fairmount earn 20% back to the PTA to help fund our amazing programs. Order here and make sure to select Fairmount Elementary (Golden).

Milk Caps for Moo-la!

In partnership with Longmont Dairy, Fairmount receives 5 cents for every cap we collect. Just as important, we rescue milk caps from the landfill by returning these to the dairy so they can be recycled.


The Fairmount PTA has partnered with Minted, an inclusive artist forum, to fundraise for a new kindergarten playground and upgraded sound systems for the school. Go to Minted.com, use the code FUNDRAISEFAIRMOUNTPTA, and receive a 20% discount on your order. Minted will also donate 15% of the total back to Fairmount.

Fairmount Staff - Favorite Things

As the holidays approach, appreciation is shared, and cheer is all around us... Let's remember our incredible staff at Fairmount Elementary!

If you are thinking about getting a gift for your child's teacher, here are a few of their favorite things

Lunch Menu
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, December 5
Mountain Vista Project Gifts Due
Wednesday, December 6
Mountain Vista Project Gifts Due
Thursday, December 14
2:00p Illegal Burger Restaurant Night
Friday, December 15
12:00a Fairmount 5K Art & Slogan Contest- Submissions DUE
Wednesday, December 20
Winter Break | No School
Thursday, December 21
Winter Break | No School
Friday, December 22
Winter Break | No School
Saturday, December 23
Winter Break | No School
Thank You Sponsors!!

Please join us in thanking our 2023-2024 Sponsors. When you visit their business, please let them know you are with Fairmount Elementary! Interested in sponsoring? Let us know!

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