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!
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 email@example.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!
JEFFCO WRITING CHALLENGE RESULTS
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!
MAY 1 & 5: Student Assessment Days (no school other than assessment appointments)
MAY 1–5: Teacher 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 4: Drake Shadow Day
MAY 4: End of Year Choir Concert
MAY 6–13: Washington, DC, Trip
MAY 7: Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase
MAY 8: Spring Conferences
MAY 9: Kindergarten Music Program
MAY 10: Fit & Fun Club
MAY 11: Kindergarten Music Program
MAY 12: Kindergarten field trip to Butterfly Pavilion
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 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!
FROM THE CAFETERIA
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.
* 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: IDemail@example.com —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! Thanks!
THANK YOU to 1ST BANK
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FAIRMOUNT ART SHOW, GALLERY WALK & RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
TUESDAY, MAY 2
Mark your calendars and join us for a great night celebrating your creative students and saying farewell to our retiring teachers!
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 October Carlie Jeffries, 6th grade November Grant Kent, 3rd grade Dec./Jan. Maddie McEahern, 6th grade February Evan Warren, 1st grade March Tenly Fenton, Kindergarten April TBD(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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
A BIG THANK-YOU TO:
—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.
Community 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
Attitude 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
Respect Harrison Lynam Charlie Lindenschmidt Hunter Arnold Ava Graves Ryan Jensen Greyson Donaldson Ryan Kim Madison Riggs Gracie Schifflet Bristol Pixler
Excellence 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