Originally delivered on 3/6/2024 9:00 am

SUBJECT: Fairmount Firebird PTA Newsletter - March 2024

Fairmount Focus - TL:DR

February happened (allegedly) and it is now March. Lots to share as the school year rapidly comes to an end... 

  • A message from Mrs. Mills 
    • CMAS assessments
    • Spring Break
  • March Mindset Masters
  • Message from the PTA
  • Winning update on Books with the Birds!
  • Scholarship opportunity for current HS seniors/former Fairmount Firebirds
  • Fit Fun Club for March (March 27th with the YMCA)
  • 3rd Annual Book Drive for Lawrence Elementary (coming May)
  • Yearbooks (running out of time to get your orders in)
  • Limited enrichment openings for final session of the school year
  • Restaurant night at El Dorado (March 13th)
  • March lunch menu
  • And more!

Your friends and neighbors had 29 days to join the Fairmount PTA last month. This month, they get even more chances to join - 2 extra days! Please let them know how much they are missing by not becoming a member. We cannot stress enough that NO TIME COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED with any PTA membership. Forward them this link or have them go to fairmountpta.org to sign up.

Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Colorado Schools Testing Program: 

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) will be given in English language arts (ELA) and math for students in grades 3 through 5, and science for students in grade 5. The testing will all be given in one state testing window – April 1st through April 26th. We will send home a detailed testing schedule by grade level as we get closer to the testing window.

What is CMAS? CMAS assessments in English language arts, math and science align with the Colorado Academic Standards and measure complex critical thinking and problem solving.

What is the purpose?

  • Teachers, schools, and districts use the information to determine next steps in instruction and changes in programming in supporting learning.
  • CMAS tests are one indicator that is be used along with report cards, classroom performance and teacher feedback to provide a complete picture of student progress.
  • Growth from CMAS results provides another dimension of performance beyond just achievement. Growth data helps identify areas of strength and areas that may need more attention and support.

Spring Break: 

Spring Break is March 18th - 22nd followed by a teacher workday on Monday, March 25th. Students return on Tuesday, March 26th. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable break with your family!

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 the PTA

Each year, an army of parent volunteers steps up to successfully provide our school the support it needs through the involvement of the PTA. We are so thankful for the people who make this organization hum! The upcoming school year will have several open positions for new or continuing members to continue this great work. Please reach out to either Lauren Snow (president@fairmountpta.org) or Pamela O'Connor (vp@fairmountpta.org) if you are interested in any of these positions or if you have any questions. We would LOVE for you to join us! 

Current open positions for SY24-25: 

  • Secretary
  • Back to School Bash Committee Member (x2)
  • Garden Club Committee Member - Classroom Learning
  • Sponsorship Committee (x2)
  • Supply Drive Coordinator

We can't wait to see you all at the Fairmount 5K (register to participate here) (register to volunteer here). Have a safe and healthy spring break! 

- Lauren Snow, PTA President -

- Pamela O'Connor, PTA Vice President -

Books with the Birds - SUCCESS!

Congratulations Firebirds on another successful Books with the Birds! Here are the highlights:

  • Over $38,000 was raised for Fairmount
  • Students read 489,842 total minutes
  • 502 students registered and logged minutes
  • AND we beat West Woods Elementary School, by being the school with the most minutes read!

Great job, Firebirds!!

Campbell Deane Scholarship

Do you know a high school senior? Please encourage them to apply.

Former Fairmount Elementary School students are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship as high school seniors. This scholarship is available to any high school senior that was enrolled at Fairmount Elementary School for three years or more, and has a satisfactory grade standing, citizenship record, and community service experiences. To apply, print the Scholarship Requirements and return your application to Fairmount Elementary School by Friday, April 12th, 2024. If you have any questions, contact Deidra at scholarship@fairmountpta.org.

Fit Fun Club - March 27th

Join us on March 27th (from 2:45 - 3:45p) as the coaches from the Arvada YMCA take the lead in our Fit Fun Club sessions! Prepare for a session filled with exciting activities, including stations like mini scooter relay races, kid-friendly plastic axe throwing (guaranteed fun!), and more surprises like agility ladders and jump rope. To ensure smooth operations, we kindly request that all parents sign up for each session every month from now on. Let's make fitness fun for everyone!


Book Drive - Save Your Books!

The Third Annual Fairmount Book Drive benefiting Lawrence Elementary will be back again in 2024! This year, the book drive will be in early May, so please save your used Preschool - 5th Grade level books for our upcoming drive. We'd love to again deliver thousands of books to kids who need them! If you have questions, contact Deidra at scholarship@fairmountpta.org  


We are sitting at 75% of our contracted amount sold - order a yearbook before it is too late! 

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

Included this year's edition: "Who's Who?" Will you be able to guess the correct adult Firebird from their elementary school photo? Secure your yearbook to have a giggle at the fun hairstyles from years gone by!

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

PTA Enrichments

The last session of enrichments for the year has been open for registration and many are filled up, but we still have limited spots left for:

  • Miners Alley Theater (grades 3rd-5th) - Wednesdays
  • Summit Chess - Wednesdays
  • Discover Dance - Thursdays
  • Spanish Learning Network (grades 2-5th) - Tuesdays
  • Pottery Mini Session - Thursdays

Sign up now at our PTA enrichment site!

Restaurant Night Fundraiser

Where: El Dorado Mexican Restaurant (720 Arapahoe St. Golden)

When: Wednesday, March 13th between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm

Please mention Fairmount Elementary PTA for us to get the credit. Hope to see you there for some great Mexican food and drinks! 

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. In the 4th quarter of 2023, 343 households generated $4,926.29 in rewards for our school. Please add Fairmount as your community rewards recipient! 

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, March 13
11:00a Restaurant Night- El Dorado Mexican Restaurant
Monday, March 18
Tuesday, March 19
Wednesday, March 20
Thursday, March 21
Friday, March 22
Monday, March 25
NO SCHOOL | Non Student Contact Day
Wednesday, March 27
2:45p Fit Fun Club- March
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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