Originally delivered on 1/9/2024 9:00 am

SUBJECT: Fairmount Firebird PTA Newsletter - January 2024

Fairmount Focus - TL:DR

Welcome back, Firebirds! In this month's issue of the Firebird Focus Newsletter:

  • A message from Mrs. Mills
  • January Mindset Masters
  • A message from the PTA President
  • Fit Fun Club is back up and running in the new year
  • Books with the Birds - register now!
  • Still need volunteers for the Garden Club
  • Girls on the Run
  • Yearbooks - deadlines approaching! 
  • 2024 enrichment classes are open
  • Restaurant night at Bob's Atomic Burgers
  • January lunch menu
  • And more!

Your newly assigned 2024 New Years Resolution - remind all your friends and neighbors that they need to start or renew their PTA membership. Remember 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

Student Based Budgeting & Enroll JeffCo

January is the time of year that we set our budgets for the next school year. Fairmount’s budget is based on an estimate of how many students we expect to be enrolled next school year. This budget will be adjusted up or down next fall based on actual enrollment at the October count. It is important for us to have the best possible estimates so that we can plan for the ideal number of classrooms, teachers, and open-enrolled students! We also would like to avoid an unexpected budget loss next fall that would occur if we over-estimate. Please pass the word to neighbors who have incoming kindergarteners – they might not know this is the time to register for next year!

How do families help with this budgeting process? To help us determine the number of continuing students, it is important for all families to let us know if your child will be returning to Fairmount. Please visit EnrollJeffco.org and let us know by January 12th! You can access the site from the school website. If you have any questions, need to use the school computers, or need assistance with the program, please call Sue or come to the office between the hours of 7:00-3:30.

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please call the office 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

We hope everyone had a nice break. Happy 2024! As we kick off the second part of the year, we want to remind you of our upcoming fundraiser, Books with the Birds, which has become our biggest event of the year! This fundraiser not only fosters a love of reading, but also encourages a sense of community by allowing friends and family to support our students! We also compete with Westwoods Elementary--so let's bring home a win!

Fit Fun Club - TOMORROW, 1/10

We want to open up registration for 10-15 more students for our January Fit Fun Club Session. 

Join us for "The Apex Experience" at Fairmount Elementary TOMORROW, January 10th, a thrilling collaboration between Fit Fun Club and Apex Parks and Recreation District!

At Apex, we're passionate about nurturing a love for physical activity in our youth. Teaming up with Fairmount Fit Fun Club, we present an extraordinary event promising not just fitness but also fun, adventure, and lasting memories. From engaging kids' fitness sessions to the excitement of rock climbing adventures and possibly Ninja Warrior Courses or mindful yoga for kids, this event offers a diverse range of activities supervised by qualified instructors. Mark your calendar and bring your little ones for a day filled with fitness, friendship, and unparalleled fun—the Apex way!

If you have not signed your children up yet, you can sign-up here: Sign-up

Books with the Birds

Now that we are through the holidays, we are getting closer to our 4th annual read-a-thon - celebrating reading and raising 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



  • 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 continues to look for volunteers to help with tower gardens in the 5th grade classrooms starting this month. 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 between an hour every week to an hour every few weeks.  Flexible days/times can be worked out with the individual teachers. If you are interested, please email Joanna Poeck.

Girls on the Run

Reminder from last month's newsletter that Fairmount is offering Girls on the Run (GOTR) this spring. 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.


Order a yearbook before it's too late!

  • 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?

The deadline for purchasing a dedication ad is getting closer! 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

Enrichment classes start back this month. There are still a few spots open for Chess Club, on Wednesdays starting at the end of the month. These classes tend to fill quickly, so check the website soon to snag your spot!

Restaurant Night Fundraiser

Where: Bob's Atomic Burgers (1310 Ford St. Golden 80401)

When: Thursday, January 18th between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm

No need to mention Fairmount PTA to get the credit - Fairmount PTA will get 20% of all sales! 

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.

Lunch Menu
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 10
11:00a Restaurant Night | Bob's Atomic Burgers
2:45p Fun Fit Club | "The APEX Experience"
Friday, January 26
12:00a Books with the Birds! Read-A-Thon
Saturday, January 27
12:00a Books with the Birds! Read-A-Thon
Sunday, January 28
12:00a Books with the Birds! Read-A-Thon
Monday, January 29
12:00a Books with the Birds! Read-A-Thon
Tuesday, January 30
12:00a Books with the Birds! Read-A-Thon
Wednesday, January 31
12:00a Books with the Birds! Read-A-Thon
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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