Originally delivered on 5/1/2017 7:41 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

For additional
coordinator info,

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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




MAY 3rd

4:00–8:00 p.m.

Click here for more details!


Many thanks to all the loyal participants of our reloadable gift card program. Those reloads are really making a difference for our school and your students! 

Congratulations to our
Raffle Winner:

A $25 gift card to Starbucks goes to:

Cathie Rhodes

Earnings Update:
In March and April, Fairmount PTA raised a combined total of $7,015 with your reloads!

Keep using those cards. Each time you reload, you earn money for your PTA and for your school fees!




May 7th

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!

We're still looking for
race day volunteers.
Sign up HERE to volunteer!




Attention, parents:

Order your EduKit school supply kit soon!

Everything your student needs for the school year comes packaged in one convenient box customized to your teacher’s requests!

Click HERE to order!


The PTA would love your feedback about our after-school enrichment programs. Please go to the link below to take a short survey evaluating your child’s experiences with the different programs or to suggest something new!

Click HERE to take the survey!





There are a limited number of student directories available at a discounted rate of $5. You can purchase yours in the office. The directories are perfect for arranging summer playdates!

Learning Garden Update

Spring has sprung and there are fun and exciting things happening in the Learning Garden. We have Learning Garden Committee liaisons working with each grade to provide materials, support, and volunteer time to get the garden planted and growing.

Each of the grades has decided on a theme for their bed. Kindergarten is planting a spaghetti and salad garden, pumpkins, and odd vegetables. First grade is planting a friends garden—plants that will grow well together. Second grade is planting a “Stone Soup” garden that fits in perfectly with their curriculum. Third grade is planting a 3 Sisters Garden, which ties in with their Native American curriculum unit. Fourth grade is planting a garden based on lunar phases. Fifth grade will be adding to their perennial butterfly garden and learning about the importance of insect pollinators. Sixth grade gave up their bed to kindergarten; instead they are growing plants indoors and will be giving their plants to other grades to put in their beds.

The Learning Garden Committee is also working towards its goal to have fresh vegetable tastings available to students in our garden-to-cafeteria program.

Is anyone in our school community a plumber? Lowe's gave our school a spigot that we are hoping to get installed at a discounted rate. Please contact Angie Parsons at angiemparsons@gmail.com if you're interested in helping out.

The Learning Garden Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Mills and all the wonderful Fairmount staff for all their participation and support. THANK YOU!


Over 1,100 Jefferson county students participated in the 2017 Jeffco Writing Challenge, submitting short fiction and poetry describing how books can change the world. The contest is sponsored by Education Nonprofit Corporation (ENC), a Golden-based nonprofit, in collaboration with Jefferson county educators.
Entries were judged by a panel of elementary to post-secondary educators. First place winners will receive $100. Second place, third place, and honorable mention awards are gift certificates.

Several Fairmount students are featured as winners in the JWC Writing Contest results:
* Vivian Pearson (Kindergarten, 2nd Place)
* Eli Baron (Kindergarten, 3rd Place)
* Allison Le-Fontelle Pham (First grade, 1st Place)

Fairmount Elementary was also recognized as the school with the highest percentage of winners for entries submitted!


Dates to


MAY 1 & 5:  Student Assessment Days (no school other than assessment appointments)

MAY 1–5Teacher Appreciation Week

MAY 2:  PTA Meeting @ 3:45 in the LMC

MAY 2:  Fairmount Art Show/Gallery Walk & Retiree Farewell

MAY 3:  1st grade field trip to NOAA (Weaver/Vanlandingham)

MAY 4:  1st grade field trip to NOAA (Goad/Peck)

MAY 4Drake Shadow Day

MAY 4End of Year Choir Concert

MAY 6–13:  Washington, DC, Trip

MAY 7Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase

MAY 8:  Spring Conferences

MAY 9Kindergarten Music Program

MAY 10Fit & Fun Club

MAY 11Kindergarten Music Program

MAY 12:  Kindergarten field trip to Butterfly Pavilion

MAY 15Lakeside Night

MAY 16Field Day K–2nd

MAY 17Field Day 3rd–6th

MAY 17:  2nd grade field trip to Children's Museum

MAY 18Accountability Meeting

MAY 22Native American Sand Painters/Dancers

MAY 24Tilton Colorado Mountain Club

MAY 24Kindergarten End of Year Celebration

MAY 25Last Day of School


—Sally Mills

May Events and Celebrations

Wow! May is chock-full of special events! Assessment days are May 1st and 5th.  Attendance is by appointment only those days. On May 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., we will have the Fairmount Art Show and Retirement Celebration. Every student will have a piece of artwork displayed throughout the school, and our choir will be showcasing their talents at 6:30. We will recognize our staff retirees: Mrs. Day, Mrs. Fauble, and Mrs. Nelson at 6:00. May 7th is our annual Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase. We hope to see everyone out at Fairmount Park! Mrs. Johnson is hosting a summer book fair from May 15th through May 19th. K–2 Field Day is May 16th in the morning, and Grades 3–6 Field Day is all day on May 17th. Continuation for 6th graders is May 24th, and the last day for K–5 students is May 25th at 1:05. Whew! It will be busy! Please continue to check our Sunday messages, the school calendar on our website, and the marquee for reminders and details.

Summer Is Coming!

Everyone at Fairmount wishes to thank our fabulous families for a successful school year! It has been our passion and pleasure to work with you to help our students grow in so many ways! We hope everyone has a happy summer vacation! This is a great time for everyone to play, relax, and spend time with family and friends.

The school office will be open until June 14th and reopening on July 20th for next school year. Summer office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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


May 1–5

Show your appreciation for your classroom teachers, specials teachers and staff anytime throughout the week!

Some ideas are . . .

  • Note, card, e-mail or banner of thanks (E-mail addresses are in the school directory or website.)
  • Classroom needs such as books, construction paper, glue sticks, dry erase markers, scotch tape refills, Band-Aids, Kleenex boxes, sticky note pads, paper clips, etc.
  • Gift certificate to a bookstore, school supply store, general merchandise store, coffee or juice shop, etc.
  • Anything you can think of—feel free to be creative!

Your Fairmount PTA is showing the staff and teachers our appreciation throughout the week with tons of great food and gifts that will show them how very much we do appreciate them!



The last day for lunch loans is Friday, May 5th. An alternate meal will be provided if there are not sufficient funds in the account. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 303.982.5393 or stop in the kitchen, and I will be happy to help you. Thank you.

—Leanne Alton, Cafeteria Manager

Go to the May LUNCH MENU here!


(Library Media Center)
—Andi Johnson

Happy Campers!

Our Happy Camper Book Fair: S’more Fun with Books is coming soon! The dates are May 15–19, which includes both Field Days.

Mon., May 15    8:30–4:30 p.m.
Tue., May 16     8:30– 4:30 p.m. (open during Field Day!)
Wed., May 17    8:30–4:30 p.m. (open during Field Day!)
Thur., May 18    8:30–4:30 p.m.

Fri., May 19       8:30–12:00 p.m.

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. We need your help!

Please sign up HERE!

Library Collaboration

* Robots! All students in grades K–6 have come to the library twice to program Sphero robots. They have made their robots roll in a square and a rectangle, some students have mastered equilateral triangles, and some have worked on programming their robots to roll through a maze. It has been exciting to see their problem-solving programming skills grow!

* Our 1st graders completed their class books about the sun. They used Pixie to type three facts and draw three pictures about the sun. Stop by the library to check out their amazing work!

* Our 2nd graders are creating digital books using Google Slides called My Favorite Things. They can log in from home and show you their work!
   —Go to google.com.
   —Kids log in with the e-mail of their student: ID#@jeffcoschools.us
   —Their password is their 8-digit birthday: mmddyyyy

* Our 3rd graders are researching Native Americans and different countries. Some students will be sharing their learning using Google Slides, which can be worked on and accessed from home.

* Our 4th graders are creating digital scrapbooks of their school year using Google Docs. Families can upload pictures to their student’s classroom’s folder in Google Drive for students to copy and paste into their scrapbooks.

* Our “A Day Without Hate” celebration on April 28 will include presentations in every classroom led by 5th grade students. The presentations in 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.

All library books are due
Friday, May 12!


of Arvada at Westwoods

for their continued

support of Fairmount!




5:00–7:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars and join us for a great night celebrating your creative students and saying farewell to our retiring teachers!

Click HERE for more details!



Fair-moo-ount earns Moo-la!

Thank you to those families who have contributed to the success of our partnership with Longmont Dairy for the “Milk Caps for Moo-la” program—we receive 5 cents for every cap we collect!

With your support, so far this school year we’ve collected 9,900 caps, raising $495 for our school!

How can you help if you aren’t already participating? Just start saving Longmont Dairy product caps if you already have products delivered to your home (or sign up with Longmont Dairy if you wish to be part of their delivery program @ http://www.longmontdairy.com/sign-up.php). Collect caps from family, friends, and neighbors, too! Clean caps should be placed in bags with the student’s name, grade, and number of caps enclosed written on the outside of the bag. Please place bags of caps in the “Milk Caps for Moo-la” container right inside the main entrance of our school.

The Fairmount PTA sponsors the monthly prize drawing from students who have collected and contributed caps. To compete in the monthly drawing, students must place caps in the collection container by the last school day of each month. The monthly winner is then revealed the next week during the morning announcements. This school year’s “Moo-la” monthly winners have each received a $5 gift certificate to Little Caesars Pizza:

Aug./Sept.     Nieve Hooyer, 1st grade
Carlie Jeffries, 6th grade
Grant Kent, 3rd grade
Maddie McEahern, 6th grade
Evan Warren, 1st grade
Tenly Fenton, Kindergarten
(caps due April 28, drawing May 1)
May                  TBD (caps due May 19, drawing May 22)

Be sure to have your caps in by May 19 for the last drawing of the school year, and keep saving those caps over summer break! Feel free to contact the Fairmount “Moo-la” parent volunteer Kim Wheeler, afwheels@earthlink.net, with any questions you may have.



It is hard to believe we have less than one month of school left. As your PTA, we are very excited to have raised enough money this year to fund an entire set of Chromebooks available for classrooms to check out from the library, as well as a new shade structure and playground equipment to be installed this summer, classroom and specials support, field trip funding, Multicultural Night, and the many other PTA programs that support our children throughout the school year. Thank you so much to the Fairmount Community for helping make these things happen!

During the April PTA meeting, the election for the 2017–18 PTA Board was conducted. The PTA members elected Kristi Mladenovic as President, Jodi Williams as Vice President, Becky Asbury as Treasurer, and Angie Parsons as Secretary. The PTA Board then appointed Muriel Teeter as VP of Finance, Jessica Nauslar as VP of Fundraising, Mara Orchard as VP of Classroom Support, and Laura Warren as VP of Internal Enrichment. Each of these positions will take effect on July 1, 2017.

Our Learning Garden is being prepared for planting. Each grade has a plan for their garden and have already started their seeds. Please see the Learning Garden Update for more information. Watch for a Sign-Up Genius that will come out soon to help pull weeds and pick produce over the summer! Thanks so much to Liz Bravman and those on the Learning Garden Committee who helped make our garden a reality!

The following Coordinator/Co-coordinator positions are open for the 2017–18 school year: BBQ Co-coordinator · Reflections Co-coordinator · Summer Bridge Books Coordinator · Firebird 5K Chase Co-coordinator. Please contact Laura Warren at enrichment@fairmountPTA.org if you are interested or have questions.

Please plan to attend our final PTA meeting of the school year scheduled for Tuesday, May 2nd at 3:45 p.m. There will be updates from various committees brainstorming ideas for next year’s PTA fundraising goals. Child care will be provided. Our annual summer PTA meeting is scheduled for August 15th at 12:00 p.m. at Fairmount Park. Hope to see you there!

—The PTA Board


Kayla Vandergrift and Kendra Mauger for organizing the root beer floats on the day of the Sock Hop. What a tasty treat for all the students! Mr. DeWinkle and the 6th-grade students for putting together such a fun event!
Brenda Hussen for the many hours that went into pulling together the Fairmount Yearbook. It is something our students will keep and cherish for a long time, especially our 6th graders and their baby pages.
Molly Given for serving as our Legislative Liaison and attending our PTA meetings to keep us abreast of what is happening with our School Board and State Legislature.
Xan Davidson for doing all the legwork related to the scholarships that our PTA provides to students. This is important and valuable work.
Daniella Grieves for doing a fabulous job running the Fit and Fun Club this year



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 May 2017.

Sophie Sprenger
Paige Asbury
Rylee Zweifel
Elizabeth Rietz
Brooks Blevins
Cailyn O’Malley
Braden Baybeck
Jackson Rogers
Owen Earl
Aidan Johansen
Ian Boeckman
London Coronado

Corbin Kellermeyer
Tatum Irwin

Blake Ferguson
Joey Cross
Nathan Riggs
Sadie Parker
Willow Merrigan
Evan Warren
Sam Bierbrauer
Aaron Hewitt
Annie King
Mac Swanson
Kaylie Scott
John Bullock
Jonathan Lombardo
Andrew Ravegum
Gavin Watson
Josh Coover

Harrison Lynam

Charlie Lindenschmidt
Hunter Arnold
Ava Graves
Ryan Jensen
Greyson Donaldson
Ryan Kim
Madison Riggs
Gracie Schifflet
Bristol Pixler

Colton Armitage

Addie Christ
Isaiah Gonzales
Kody Deng
Charlotte Jones
Jace Vinnola
Rory Carver
Jake Miller
Cory Gilbert
Maggie Sisneros
Zak Dollar
Preston Williams
Alex Payne
Lauren Griffin
Peyton Davis
Cole Chandler

Fairmount Elementary PTA
15975 W. 50th Ave
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