Originally delivered on 4/3/2017 7:12 am


Published monthly by Fairmount PTA
Editor, Deb Hall

President, Kristi Mladenovic
Vice President
(External Enrichment),
Jodi Williams
2nd Vice President,
Sally Mills
Secretary, Angie Parsons
Treasurer, Becky Asbury
Fundraising Chair,
Jessica Nauslar
3rd Vice President
(Classroom Support),
Mara Orchard
4th Vice President
(Internal Enrichment),
Laura Warren

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15975 W. 50th Ave.

Golden, CO 80403

Main Office: 303.982.5422
Attendance: 303.982.5400
Bus Terminal: 303.982.1998



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The Accountability Committee met on March 16, 2017. Mrs. Mills opened the Principal’s Report with the good news that Fairmount was awarded the John Irwin School of Excellence Award for the school’s achievement on CMAS tests. Fairmount accepted very few choice students for next year, because our kindergarten enrollment will be slightly higher, and the school will have the same number of classrooms as this year. In new programming, Mrs. Johnson has been teaching the next phase of coding with the introduction of Spheros, and Mrs. Tilton has been leading a science club for girls that is focusing on birds. Fairmount is adding more problem solving and a higher level of technology, and will offer opportunities in learning robotics.

The Committee was shown the results of the survey, entitled “Make Your Voice Heard,” taken by all students. Fairmount’s numbers were positive, especially in the areas of future aspirations and students’ perception of safety. At the end of the year, teachers will use the results concerning perceptions of discipline practices to reassess Fairmount’s practices in this area. The Committee also looked at the planned school fees for next year and found them to be reasonable.

Within the district, the School Board will be looking at the feasibility of updating Drake and other middle schools so that sixth grades can be moved. While they would like to complete the shift of sixth graders to middle school within the next three years, it will depend on funding.

The next meeting will be on May 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the LMC.  Everyone is welcome to attend.





*** May 7th ***

Sign up before April 14th and receive a discount on your registration. Online registration on the PTA website will be open until April 26th. Click HERE to register!

Smokey J's BBQ will be there from 10:00 to noon the day of the race, and 20% of the proceeds go back to the school!

Looking for race day volunteers . . . sign up HERE to volunteer!




coming up . . .

 * Wednesday,

MAY 3rd *

Click here for more details!


Welcome back, everyone! We hope everyone had a relaxing and fun spring break. We would like to invite you to attend our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 4th at 3:45 p.m. Elections for your PTA board will be held, so come and make your voice heard! Child care will be provided, so please join us.

The Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase is fast approaching. You can now register on the PTA website for the annual 5K family fun run scheduled for Sunday, May 7th. Online registration will be open until April 26. This event will be a great time for the whole family, so don’t miss out . . . register today. Registration forms will also be coming home in Friday folders, or you can pick one up in the main office.

Fairmount has been fortunate to have so many volunteers helping to make our school what it is today. We are very appreciative to all those who give of their time, energy, and effort to create the quality events and programs we are proud to have at Fairmount. There are a few open PTA positions we would like to fill before the end of the year. Please contact Laura Warren at enrichment@fairmountPTA.org if you are interested in or would like to receive any more information on any of the following open positions:

* Community BBQ Co-coordinator: This person will help plan one of our biggest community events. We need an energetic and organized person to help the rest of the team!

* Reflections Co-coordinator: We are looking for a person to train with the current Reflections Coordinator and take over the program in the 2018–19 school year.

* Learning Landscape Coordinator: This person will assist with the continued educational procurement of the Learning Landscape vision.

 The Fairmount PTA Board



Kayla Vandegrift—for continuing to collect and submit Campbell’s Soup labels to earn funds for our school. Our PE teacher, Suzanne Johnson—for keeping our kids fit in Running Club. Our school librarian, Andi Johnson—for introducing us to the new Spheros and the new Robotics program at our March PTA meeting. Thank you to all of the hardworking Read Naturally volunteers; your dedication to the students is amazing.


Programs & Events to Watch For

Monday, April 10th is the last day to turn in applications for the Campbell-Deane Scholarship.

SOCK HOP! Our fabulous Sock Hop will be presented on Friday, April 21st. It is hosted by our sixth graders, and all students will come to the gym to participate. There will be dancing, acts, and “best dressed” contests. Parents are welcome to attend. A note will be coming home indicating your student’s Sock Hop time. Dust off those poodle skirts and jean jackets, and come rock ‘n’ roll!


Dates to


APRIL 3:  5th Grade Crosspulse Duo

APRIL 4:  PTA meeting @ 3:45 in the LMC

APRIL 10Deadline to submit Campbell-Deane Scholarship application

APRIL 12School of Mines, 1st grade field trip grade field trip (Weaver/Vanlandingham)

APRIL 13:  School of Mines, 1st grade field trip (Goad/Peck)

APRIL 14Last day to purchase Summer Bridge Workbooks

APRIL 21:  Sock Hop

APRIL 25String Showcase

APRIL 26Band Showcase

APRIL 28Early Release

APRIL 28Multicultural Night


—Sally Mills

Fairmount Students and Staff!

Fairmount was awarded the 2016 John Irwin School of Excellence award based on our students’ performance last year. This is an honor and a testament to the amazing growth our students demonstrated. Congratulations to our hardworking students and staff as well as to our supportive parents!

Our dedicated custodial staff scored a perfect 100 percent on our Site Assessment! This assessment looks at the condition and maintenance of our building and our grounds. Congratulations to the best custodial staff in Jeffco: Raz, Frank, and Viljana!

Every year Jeffco recognizes staff members from each school who have demonstrated the qualities of Exemplary Performance, Integrity, Teamwork, and Valuing People. Congratulations to the following staff members for being recognized by their colleagues as Fairmount’s 2017 Value Award recipients: Kaeley Moffatt, Nancy Eckley, Becca Peters, and Gwen Nickerson.

April Events and Celebrations

Wow! We have a busy, exciting spring here at Fairmount!

Mr. DeWinkle and the sixth graders will be hosting our annual Sock Hop on April 21st. All of our students (and staff!) enjoy dressing up like the '50s and dancing to the rock-n-roll music.

We will be celebrating Multicultural Night on April 28th.  This is a wonderful evening where Fairmount families share their culture and we invite several community groups in to share dance and music from their cultures.

On April 20th we will be hosting our Volunteer Appreciation Tea to thank all of you who give us your time to make Fairmount great.

We hope you can join us for these events! Look for more information on our website community calendar and in our Sunday e-mail messengers.

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


—Andi Johnson

Robots, Robots, Robots!

We are coding robots! All students K-6th have had an opportunity to program Sphero robots using block code. It has been amazing to see the critical thinking in our students as they work to navigate their robots to go forward and back, roll in a square, rectangle, or triangle, and go through a maze. The engagement (and laughter) in the library has been fun to see and hear. Ask your student(s) about it!

Colorado Children’s Book Award Winners

All students at Fairmount voted for their favorite Colorado Children’s Book Award (CCBA) books. I have compiled and turned in the votes to the state committee and the results are in! The state winners were exactly the same as the winners here at Fairmount. It has been fun to read all of these great books!

Mustache Baby
Runner-up: Gaston

Ellie’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
Runner-up: Pax

Spring Happy Camper Book Fair: S’more Fun with books!

Our Spring Book Fair is coming! The dates are May 15–19, which includes both Field Days. We hope this Spring Book Fair will put great books into the hands of our students for summer reading and help to offset the “summer slide” when learning often takes a dip. Be sure to mark your calendars! Come on by when you’re here to cheer on your student(s) at Field Day!

Library Collaboration

  • Our kindergartners have incorporated a tech component—Pixie, to write facts and draw pictures about the sun—into their Sun and Sky science unit. Class books of the students’ work have been assembled, and after they have been shared in the classroom, they will be available for viewing in the library.
  • Our 2nd graders are researching extreme weather and animals for their Just the Facts nonfiction writing unit. Their projects—either Google Slides or Google Docs—include facts, pictures with captions, and a Works Cited section.
  • Some 2nd graders recorded their book report summaries using Vocaroo; then we created QR codes so people can scan the codes and hear the sweet voices of the kids. They’re hanging in the 2nd grade hallway if you’d like to scan the codes with your phone and hear them talking.
  • Some 3rd graders are researching countries of the world. They’re producing brochures using LucidPress to share their learning and will share them with parents on a Facts and Food Day.
  • Our “A Day Without Hate” celebration will be in April and will include presentations in every classroom led by 5th grade students. The presentations (EdPuzzle and either Google Slides or ThingLink) will teach students about an influential person in history, how they made a difference, and how we can make a difference here at Fairmount.
  • Our 5th grade students are studying Human Body Systems. They are researching noticing websites’ TLDs, using easybib.com to cite their sources. They used Google Expeditions to explore their system, and they’ll be using Google Slides to demonstrate their learning.


of Arvada at Westwoods

for their continued

support of Fairmount!



Save the Date!

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the diversity of our school community!

All are welcome to join us for this fun-filled evening. The night will include booths, music, food, and artistic expression from around the world, hosted by our very own Fairmount families.



Each month, the Fairmount teachers recognize students who demonstrate C.A.R.E. 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 April 2017.

Luke Varholdt

Ben Bontrager
Trenton Griffis
Abbey Kos
Skylar Loughran
Grace Schillie
Cole Eisenreich
Lena Sekirnjak
Brock Bruegman
Maddie Floyd
Wesleigh Stocker
Anna Hassett
Joey Lucerna
Henry Bauer
Julia Becker
Ben Wheeler

Hendrick Arnold

David Kuznetsov
Jose Juarez
Blake Grenier
Sam Klug
Cailyn O’Malley
Nola Stewart
Jeffrey Nelson-Gomez
Olivia Gonzales
Rebecca Dill
Dylan Kennamer
Sophie Sprenger
Jack Peters
Everett Konegni
Bella Stenmark

Sam Sisneros

Brooke Miller
Mikaela Foster
Jackson Primak
Julia Lee
Anabelle Twite
Henry Vecchiarelli
Walker Beal
Adia Farling
Lucas Marsh
Maddie McEahern
Natalie Garcia
Katelyn Ellison
Collin Portie
Cooper Barden
Sydney Crow
Taylor Watson
Josh Dollar

Teagan Peters

Callie McClure
Hannah Dill
Jayden Courtney
Tyler Schons
Brandon Hendricks
Violet Havens
Matthew Adams
Katie Brown
Rory Burns
Carson Pratt
Kellen Conley
Peyton Bauer
Penny Appl
Ben Clarke
Erik Le
Quentin Kronberg
Charlie Kline




We would like to offer an educational program for the summer that can help to keep your child’s skill levels current while having fun. The Summer Bridge Activities Workbooks have been developed by classroom teachers to bridge the educational gap during the summer. The first part of the book (two-thirds) provides a heavy review of the grade your child is leaving, and the last part of the book (one-third) is a preview of the next grade to prepare your child for the upcoming year.  You may order any grade from pre-K to K all the way through 7th-8th grade.

The curriculum-based activities include the following:

  • Phonics (lower grades)
  • Reading Comprehension and Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science, Social Studies, Maps & Globes (intermediate and upper grades)
  • Suggested summer reading list

The deadline to order the workbook is Friday, April 14th. The cost of each workbook is $16.00. To place your order, please visit the PTA website at www.FairmountPTA.org. If you have not already done so, you will need to create a new membership account on the website by following the steps on the home page labeled “Register Now” (signing up requires a valid e-mail account). After verifying your e-mail address, you will need to update your family information. Once finished, it will take you to the online registration page. Click on the form for “Summer Bridge Activities Workbooks” and use your credit/debit card to place your order.

We appreciate your support and are confident that your children will benefit from this wonderful educational opportunity. In addition, our supplier for these books (Jake’s Toy Box) will be donating $6.00 to our school for every book you order! Please contact Janna Wertz at jannawertz@hotmail.com with any questions. Thank you!

Fairmount Elementary PTA
15975 W. 50th Ave
Golden, CO 80403