Published monthly by Fairmount PTA
Editor, Deb Hall
President, Kristi Mladenovic
2nd Vice President,
Secretary, Angie Parsons
Treasurer, Becky Asbury
3rd Vice President
4th Vice President
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Golden, CO 80403
Main Office: 303.982.5422
Bus Terminal: 303.982.1998
A big thank-you to everyone who purchased or reloaded their grocery cards in September.
Congratulations to September's Reloadable Grocery Card
Patrick and Mellisa Allen
For simply reloading their card in the month of September, they were eligible to enter our drawing for a $25 gift card to Panera.
Keep reloading those cards . . . you could win a $25 gift card to Regal Cinemas next month!
* Keep using those cards! Each time you reload, you earn money for your PTA and for your school fees. In August and September, the Fairmount PTA earned $7,450 from your reloads! That brings us to 47% toward our goal of $15,700!
All the Parent Room Representatives and other parents—for assisting with the Halloween parties in each of the classrooms. Each of you put in a spooktacular effort with all the games and treats. Between the parties and the parade, our children had a hauntingly good time.
Kendra Mauger and the Hospitality Committee—for all of the food that was prepared and served to the teachers during conference week. GREAT JOB!
To all of the parents who help with the Book Cart—this program is for the younger students and encourages reading a variety of books and pushes their reading to a higher level. Thank you for your weekly commitment to this great program!
Kristi Mladenovic and Heather Hewitt—for organizing and handling the Fairmount Spirit Wear orders and distribution. The new apparel looks great!
Molly Given—for helping us understand the 3A/3B ballot measure. Also for continually providing our Fairmount community with so much great information about legislative, judicial, and electoral issues related to education in our county and state.
Thank you to all of the volunteers in the Read Naturally Program. Your dedication is incredible. The school would not have this program without your support!
Thank you to those who donated items to the clinic last month! They are very appreciated and will be going to good use!
(from Jefferson County
In the United States, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu and related complications every year. While it is not possible to predict how severe the 2016–2017 season will be or which viruses will dominate, one constant is the need for annual vaccination to help decrease the impact of this contagious disease.
An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect you and your family from the flu. People should be vaccinated before flu activity begins. CDC recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. A few things to note for this flu season:
* Only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) are recommended for use this season.
* Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
* There will be some new vaccines on the market this season, including an immune-boosting (adjuvanted) vaccine for people 65 and older.
* The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed.
Learn more about what’s new for the 2016–'17 flu season by visiting the CDC website HERE.
You can join the effort to fight the flu by getting your flu vaccine and encouraging people to protect themselves and their families by doing the same. Jefferson County Public Health will have flu vaccines available later this month at its regular immunization clinics and at its upcoming Shots for Tots and Teens clinic on November 5th in Arvada. Please call 303.239.7078 for flu vaccine availability or to make an appointment for any other clinic services.
—Anne Gish, Clinic Aide
Fairmount Talent Show 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
at 6:00 p.m.
January 11 and 12, 2017
February 2, 2017
Look for more information in December!
NOV. 1: PTA meeting, 3:45, library
NOV. 3: Reflections Art Celebration, gym
NOV. 4: Early Release Day
NOV. 18: Student/Parent Breakfast
NOV. 21–25: Thanksgiving Break
NOV. 30: Last day for Milk Caps for Moo-La monthly drawing
At Fairmount, we believe in partnering with you to provide the best education for all of our students. So it was wonderful to see our parents at Conference Nights in October! The official end of the first trimester is November 11th, and report cards will be sent home on November 18th. If you have any questions when you receive the report, please contact your child’s teacher or me.
Family–School Communication Survey
We need your feedback on how well we are meeting your family’s need for communication and how well we are partnering with you. Please take a few minutes to give us your opinion by clicking here (or copy and paste the following link in your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbfUvs48kBf0LOh64sXKM2PzGfNuRtuRrltWqv9hvhXFO65Q/viewform).
Lunch on the Roof
What fun we had having lunch on the roof last month! I had the pleasure of eating lunch with our Silent Auction winners on a beautiful October afternoon. Thank you again for all of your support of our classrooms!
All of us at Fairmount wish our students and families a joyful Thanksgiving! Students will not have school the week of November 21st. We’ll see everyone back at school on Monday, November 28th.
As always, if you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please call the office, stop by, or email me at email@example.com.
Come and have breakfast at school with your children on
Friday, November 18th, 7:00–8:30 a.m.
We will enjoy the traditional pancakes hot off the griddle, breakfast burritos, fruit, milk, juice, and coffee!
This event is for Fairmount students only
and 1 parent/guardian.
After a yummy breakfast together, there will be an opportunity to have your picture taken with your child and a choice of supervised play on the playground or movie time in the gym
until the school day begins!
There will be a suggested donation of $3.00 taken at the door.
The RSVP came home in Friday folders on October 28th.
Please be sure to return it to the school by November 10th.
Contact Stacy Atkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
NEWS FROM THE LMC
(Library Media Center)
Bookaneer Pirate Book Fair – A Huge Success!!
Many thanks to all of you for supporting our Bookaneer Pirate Book Fair! It was fabulous to see all of the students having so much fun picking out new books to read. What a great way to support the literacy goals for our students and raise money for our school. Proceeds will be used for library and technology resources. Many thanks!!
Also, thank you, thank you to these wonderful ladies who volunteered their time to help with our Book Fair:
Charlene Baybeck Lisa Eadens Suzanne Justus
Terri Kilgroe Megan Kim Lori Komon
Kristi Mladenovic Angie Parsons Hallie Rossi
Tanya Thexton Jodi Williams Susie Wilson
Congratulations to these students for winning the Guessing Jar contest at the Book Fair! They each won a jar of pirate treasure (chocolate gold coins) and a $20 gift certificate to the book fair:
Levi Stewart (4th, Lozano)
Annie King (K, Marquardt)
* The 6th graders learned about Information Literacy including website validity and how to avoid plagiarism by citing their sources.
* The 3rd graders are working on their Figurative Language unit by writing poems with writing crafts such as alliteration, color words, and similes. Third graders are also preparing for their Day in Denver field trip and learning how to use Google My Maps to track their paths and pinpoint the places of interest that they have seen.
Spelling Bee . . . Save the Date!
The Fairmount Spelling Bee for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017. The written qualifying pretest will be held on Wednesday, January 18th. Lists with practice words will be sent home with those students who qualify after January 18th.
Did You Know . . .
. . . that in August 2015, our school did not have any Chromebooks, and we now have 226? That includes ONE cart with 30 Chromebooks for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades; THREE shared carts with 30 Chromebooks in each cart; and TWO Chromebooks for every classroom in grades 2 through 6. This is the result of student-centered collaboration between our fabulous PTA and our school.
. . . that 27 students in 5th and 6th grade have completed the necessary requirements to BYOD—Bring Your Own Device—to school? With teacher guidance, these students use their own devices for their learning. This gives them a sense of independence and ownership in their learning while also freeing up our shared devices for other students.
We know that we don’t have to tell you that good education isn’t just about teachers and school—your involvement as a parent really matters. There have been hundreds of research studies on parents and school, and they all show the same thing: when parents get involved in their children’s education, good things happen. Grades go up, test scores rise, and behavior improves. Plus, children with involved parents are more likely to pass their classes, graduate, and further their education after high school. And when lots of parents get involved, it helps teachers and the school as a whole. We, as your PTA board, are so GRATEFUL to serve a community that shows how much parent involvement matters. Currently we have some open coordinator positions we need your help with.
- Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase Media Coordinator
The committee is looking for a creative person to be the Media Coordinator for the Fairmount 5K race. This person will maintain and update our race-related Facebook page and any other social media pages. The Media Coordinator will work with the race team (co-chairs, sponsorship, and registration) to collect pertinent information. Contact Beth Ozment at email@example.com.
- Learning Landscape Coordinator
This person(s) will continue the educational procurement of the Learning Landscape vision. The next procurement is a sandpit with sunshade for the K–3 playground area.
- BBQ Co-coordinator for 2017
This person(s) will assist the coordinator with the September 2017 event to take place at Fairmount Elementary.
- Silent Auction Co-coordinator for 2017
This person(s) will assist the coordinator with the September 2017 event to take place at Fairmount Elementary in conjunction with the school BBQ. This effort begins in the spring of 2017. This is the third largest fundraising event for the school.
- PTA Co-treasurer for 2017–2018
Preferably someone with financial/bookkeeping experience, this person will assist current PTA Treasurer for the 2017–2018 school year and then take over as Treasurer in 2018.
Visit www.FairmountPTA.org today!
Programs & Events
to Watch For
Reflections Celebration of Art: This year we had so many wonderful entries for the PTA-sponsored art contest. We will be celebrating all of our students’ art in a ceremony in the Fairmount gym on November 3rd at 6:00 p.m. Then many of our talented students will have their pieces displayed in the Reflections Art Show at Red Rocks Community College on December 4th.
Student/Parent Breakfast: It will be here before you know it! Come spend some quality time with your child by having breakfast at school with us on Friday, November 18th, from 7:00–8:30 a.m. Enjoy Santiago’s burritos, pancakes hot off the griddle, OJ, and Starbucks coffee! This event is for Fairmount students only and one parent/guardian (suggested $3/person donation at the door). Return your RSVP flyer to the office by November 14th. Please contact Student/Parent Breakfast Coordinator, Stacy Atkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
PTA Meeting: Participation through attendance at PTA meetings gives you a voice. You help decide what we do as a group and where the money raised by the PTA should go. If you are new to our community, we’re always available to answer questions and ease your transition into becoming a school family. An added bonus is that you have the opportunity to meet wonderful people who can become great friends. Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, November 1st, in the library at 3:45 p.m. Free child care is provided at every meeting. Please join us; all are welcome and we would love to see you there!
—The Fairmount PTA Board
Each month, the Fairmount teachers recognize students who demonstrate CARE behaviors by posting their accomplishments on the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located in the hallway leading from the cafeteria to outside. Below are the students being recognized for the month of October 2016.
Below are the students being recognized for the month of November 2016.
Arlo Hardman Moriarty
Thank you to
1ST BANK of Arvada at Westwoods
for their continued support of Fairmount!
"ORIGINAL WORKS" FUNDRAISER
This month we will be raising money for technology in the art classroom. Having a master’s in technology in education, I have been biting at the bit to get our kids on the computer creating digital art! I even have a group of students all lined up for an animation club!
The art pieces have been created and shipped to the Original Works company. The next step is to upload them to the Original Works website so that we all may go shopping.
The items will be here BEFORE WINTER BREAK, which makes this a perfect gift-giving opportunity for you and fundraiser for Fairmount’s art program.
Be on the lookout in your student’s Friday folder for all the information you'll need to access the art and order your items.
Click HERE to check out the Original Works website and find out about the program. I am very excited to be a part of this opportunity!
To enjoy several samples of student artwork already created in each grade level, please click here!
No matter which item you place this art on, it is going to be a show stopper!
—Marilyn Day (Fairmount Art Department)
MOUNTAIN VISTA HOLIDAY PROJECT
The Tradition Continues . . .
Fairmount students began this tradition in 1969, and they are still going strong in 2016!
For over 45 years now, the students at Fairmount Elementary School have been sharing the joy and wonder of the holidays with the residents of Mountain Vista Senior Living Community in Wheat Ridge. In a couple of weeks, you will find a participation form in your child’s Friday folder. Forms will be due back to the school by Friday, December 2nd.
All students who have signed up to “adopt” a resident will be drawing a resident name on Thursday, December 8th. Please deliver all wrapped gifts to the Fairmount office on December 15th, 16th, or 19th. The 6th grade classes, along with Mr. DeWinkle, will present a wonderful music program and deliver gifts to the residents on Wednesday, December 21st.
If you have any questions about this great community program, please contact Terri Kilgroe at 303.216.2776 or email@example.com.