FAIRMOUNT ELEMENTARY 15975 W. 50th Ave. Golden, CO 80403
Main Office: 303.982.5422 Attendance: 303.982.5400 Bus Terminal: 303.982.1998
CLICK HEREfor detailed information about how the reloadable grocery card fundraiser works and how to get your cards today!
So far for the 2017–18 school year, we have reloaded $230,632 (over $61,000 in October), with Fairmount PTA receiving $11,531. That's 43% toward our goal! Great job and keep it up! Each reload benefits our school and our children!
for being the first raffle winner of the school year.
She will receive a $25 gift card to Regal Cinema for simply buying/reloading her card.
Next month . . . it could be YOU!
FAIRMOUNT ELEMENTARY TALENT SHOW 2018
Friday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Tryouts: January 17 and 18
Dress Rehearsal: February 8
Look for more information in Friday folders in December!!!
BOARD GAME DRIVE
It’s that time of year: "out with the old and in with the new"! Donate your new or gently used board games by December 15. Bring in your games, with all pieces included, in order for them to be given to speech-language pathologists around the district. Did you know that board games are great tools that can be used to model and facilitate language and social/pragmatic skills? Board games are an amazing way for therapists to work on skills like turn-taking, topic maintenance, asking/answering questions, and so much more! Please donate your board games so that these resources can be adapted and utilized for therapy. We are accepting any type of game, even card games! Thank you!
—Mrs. Darnell, Speech-Language Pathologist
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 November 2017.
Community Trezdon Dix Ethan Orchard Brooke Miller Dani Boncich Jonah Grimes Sydney Whiteside Greyson Donaldson Keagan Huntley Jui Kukday Isabella Perez Bella Willis Leo Given Sam Bontrager
Attitude Lexi Vorthman Olivia Karolak Brooklynn Carbone Ben Smith Nieve Hooyer Ryan Christiansen Angeline Ha Violet Havens Matteo Quinto Alyssa LaMaster Ryan St. Aubin Ashlyn Gallagher
Respect Julia Becker Taylor Kelley Anabelle Twite Logan Millard Evan Drake Julia Wilson Elly Semko Jace Vinnola Vanessa Vasquez Evelyn Donaldson Branden Lee
Excellence Eli Baron Kara Hertz Finn Christ Nate Reynolds Charlotte Olson Anderson Bui Sydney Crow Natalie Helmer Collin Portie Koven Deng Lauren Griffin Lochlan Sheperd Rylee Sonnenfeld Sophie Christiansen Kailyn Korkus Nate Peters Sadie Mobley
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Yearbook packages and individual items are ONLY available for purchase online HERE through Friday, March 30, 2018.
Check the Fairmount PTA website to see if you have already purchased your yearbook(s) by Clicking Home, Previous Orders at the top right of screen, Order Number.
Thanks to the Colorado Rockies for bringing our students the Make an Impact Program in November! Students heard important messages about Staying in School, Refusing Drugs, Getting Involved, and Being Respectful, all while being entertained by Dinger! Some classes participated in a classroom door decorating contest. The winning doors were Mrs. Arleth’s and Mrs. Thomas’s kindergarten classes! Both classes got a visit by Dinger. Pictured above is Mrs. Thomas’s class.
Mountain Vista Nursing Home
Our sixth graders will be spreading holiday cheer to our friends at the Mountain Vista nursing home later this month. This is always a moving event for our students because the elderly residents are so grateful for their visit! We didn’t want our fifth graders who are transitioning to middle school next year to miss out, so Mr. DeWinkle will be planning a spring visit with them as well.
Our students’ winter break starts on December 21, and they return on January 8. We hope all our families have a magical and safe vacation! See you in 2018!
As always, if you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please call the office, stop by, or email me email@example.com.
NEWS FROM THE LMC (Library Media Center) —Andi Johnson
The 3rd Annual Hour of Code Is Coming!
For the third year, all students at Fairmount will participate in an Hour of Code at school in December or January using desktop computers or Chromebooks. They will practice computer coding in a kid-friendly way. Corporate partners such as Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon have come together to expand participation in computer science. Besides supporting our district’s technology standards, it will give students a chance to try coding and hopefully spark their interest. There are tutorials/puzzles for every age. Go to code.org to try it yourself . . . it’s fun and will work your noodle!
The Fairmount Library Robotics Club is rocking and rolling! We have 31 students who are designing and building robots to compete in a robotics scrimmage on Saturday, December 2. They will compete in the Ringmaster Challenge and will score points by having their robots move rings around the playing field and lifting the rings onto pegs. We also have two students competing in a Spheros competition that day. We are coding away!
Our kindergartners have been studying about “Long Ago and Now,” so it seemed like a great time for an old technology display in the library. It’s been great seeing all students K–6 enjoying tinkering with old tech that doesn’t seem all that old to us adults! Leave it to our principal, Sally Mills, and a kindergartner to know how to have some fun!
Some 4th graders are using Canva to share what they’ve learned in their Africa unit.
The 3rd graders shared their learning from their Day in Denver with parents. They used Google My Maps to pinpoint the placed they visited, and they included pictures they took.
Some 3rd graders are writing about My Special Place using the figurative language tools they’ve been learning.
Kindergartners learned about Long Ago and Now, including old technology.
Spelling Bee . . . Save the Date!
The Fairmount Spelling Bee written qualifying pretest for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will be held on Wednesday, January 17. Lists with practice words will be sent home after January 18 with those students who qualify. The school bee for those students who qualify will be held on Friday, January 26, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the library.
Hufford & Co. Real Estate & Property Management will make a donation to charity of client’s choice for every real estate transaction handled by us associated with Fairmount Elementary.
MOUNTAIN VISTA COMMUNITY PROJECT
All students participating in this wonderful project will have the opportunity to draw a resident name on Thursday, December 7. The wrapped gifts need to be turned in at the school lobby, as the children arrive in the morning, on either December 14, 15, or 18 so that they are ready for the sixth graders to deliver following their musical performance on the morning of Wednesday, December 20.
If you signed up to donate a gift and did not receive your resident name and gift requests, forgot to sign up and still wanted to participate, or have any other questions about this program, please contact Janna Wertz at 303.725.9712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The residents at the Mountain Vista nursing home are eagerly anticipating the beautiful program and the chance for some personal interaction with the students. Thank you all for helping the sixth graders make the residents’ holidays brighter!
Did you know that you and your family can visit the residents at Mountain Vista? The residents love receiving visitors anytime throughout the year! All you need to do is call Mountain Vista at 303.421.4161 to coordinate your visit.
FAIRMOUNT FIRST GRADERS CELEBRATE
HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD
It will be a joyous celebration filled with music, dancing, speaking, and costumes when the first graders present “Holidays Around the World” on December 19. The children will be dressed in costumes from seven different countries and share what they have learned with the audience. The holidays include Santa Lucia (Sweden), Kwanzaa (African-Americans), Hanukkah (Israel), Chinese New Year (China), Ramadan (Turkey), Las Posadas (Mexico), and of course Christmas (USA).
Each country will feature a special presentation. There will be a Santa Lucia processional, Kwanzaa candle-lighting ceremony, Hora dance, Chinese dragon dance, Turkish dinner, piñata breaking, and maybe even a visit from Santa if we’re lucky!
The first grade Social Studies curriculum provides an exposure to several cultural holidays. What a festive event to share with family and friends! Mark your calendars for December 19th!
Shalom, Salaam, Gung Hey Fat Choy, and Merry Christmas from the Fairmount first graders!
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and we are all looking for gift ideas. Did you know that your holiday Amazon.com shopping can help support Fairmount PTA! Just register with Amazon Smile, and every time you make eligible purchases, Amazon will donate to our PTA. It's easy to sign up, doesn't cost you anything, and will directly benefit our students. Click HEREto learn more.
Give the gift that keeps on giving by reloading your King Soopers or Safeway gift card, purchased from the Fairmount PTA. Every time you load money onto the card, you are helping support the Fairmount PTA and earning money to go toward your school fees for next year. Using the card does not cost you anything extra, and 2.5 percent of everything loaded onto the card goes directly into an account for your family. This just in: the benefits of the King Soopers reloadable card can be enjoyed long after your last child has graduated from Fairmount! You only need to claim your annual reimbursement within two years of its issuance. Also, King Soopers’s car-side service, ClickList, now allows you to use our reloadable cards. Just remember that the card must be preloaded before you pick up your groceries. These reloadable cards are good at the gas pump too.
To purchase a card, click HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Deb Schillie at grocerycards@FairmountPTA.org. Thank you to all our parents and teachers for your continued support of this program!
Programs & Events to Watch For
Sixth Grade to Visit Mountain Vista—Each year, our 6th grade students collect gifts from Fairmount families to give to the residents at Mountain Vista Nursing Home. Students visit Mountain Vista the day before winter break begins to present a musical program and the gifts to the residents. The residents look forward to it, and our students really enjoy the time together. Participation forms were already sent home in your student’s Friday folder. If you didn’t receive a form and your student would like to participate, please check the front page of our website, www.fairmountpta.org, or contact Janna Wertz at email@example.com.
Our next PTA meeting will be February 6, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fairmount library (child care provided). Thank you for your support of the Fairmount PTA and our wonderful school! We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Happy Holidays! —The Fairmount PTA Board
A BIG THANK-YOU TO . . .
Stacy Atkins and all the volunteers who helped with the Student/Parent Breakfast. The kids loved having breakfast with a parent at school, the food was wonderful, and what great activities!
The new online Fairmount PTA Directory is now published! We would like to thank Soumita Datta, Laura Warren, and Kristi Mladenovic for putting it together so we can all more easily keep in touch. If you wish to have access to this directory, simply purchase a PTA membership for $10 and you will have full access for free.
Last month’s Reflections art program was a wonderful success. We had so many creative and inspiring pieces. Our Fairmount students are a talented bunch! Congratulations to Delaney Cochran, Alicia Smith, Adeline Booker, Owen Grimes, Maizy Hoffman, Georgia Wade, and Gracie Gillest on their Visual Art pieces; to Aubry and Avery Grieve for their Literature pieces; to Caleb Coffing and Izzy Sprenger for their Music Composition pieces; to Tate Sonnenfeld for Photography and Sarah Griffin for Dance Choreography.
A special kudos to our Fairmount students who won the Awards of Excellence at the Jeffco Reflections competition: Sarah Griffin in Dance Choreography and Izzy Sprenger in Music Composition. These students will move on to the state level. Great job, girls!
THANK YOU to 1ST BANK of Arvada at Westwoods for their continued support of Fairmount!
Saving Milk Caps = $ MOO-LA for Fairmount!
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!
With your support, so far this school year we’ve collected 4,900 product caps, raising $245 for our school! Not only does Fairmount benefit by receiving five cents for every cap we collect, but we save many caps from going to a landfill by returning these to the dairy so they can be recycled.
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 plastic bags with the student’s name, grade, and number of caps enclosed written on the outside of the bag. Place bags of caps in the “Milk Caps for Moo-la” collection box right inside the main entrance of our school.
Our 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 received a $5 gift certificate to Dairy Queen:
August/September Max Bianco, 3rd grade October Tehya Metzinger, 6th grade
Our next Moo-la drawing will not be until after winter break, so be sure to have your caps in by January 31 to be included in the December/January drawing!
Feel free to contact the Fairmount “Moo-La” parent volunteer Kim Wheeler, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions you may have.