Originally delivered on 12/4/2017 9:39 pm



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
Vice President of Finance, Kristina Klug
Vice President of Fundraising,
Jessica Nauslar
3rd Vice President
(Classroom Support),
Mara Orchard
4th Vice President
(Internal Enrichment),
Laura Warren

For additional
coordinator info,

click here.

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!





Congratulations to

Laurie Newton

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!



Friday, February 9
at 6:00 p.m.

January 17 and 18

Dress Rehearsal:
February 8

Look for more information in Friday folders in December!!!


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.

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


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

Julia Becker
Taylor Kelley
Anabelle Twite
Logan Millard
Evan Drake
Julia Wilson
Elly Semko
Jace Vinnola
Vanessa Vasquez
Evelyn Donaldson
Branden Lee


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



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.

Click here to see a list of packages and individual items!


Click here for this month's LUNCH MENU!


Save the Date:

Sunday, May 6, 2018!

Dates to


DEC. 1: Kindergarten field trip to Arvada Center

DEC. 1: K–3rd Movie Night

DEC. 6: Bell Middle School Bobcat Night

DEC. 8
: New Kindergarten Orientation

DEC. 8
: 4th–6th Movie Night

DEC. 12
: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Adams Mystery Playhouse

DEC. 14
: 5th Grade Show

DEC. 19
1st Grade Holidays Around the World Program

DEC. 20: 6th Grade to Mountain Vista

DEC. 21–JAN. 5: Winter Break





—Sally Mills

Make an Impact Program

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.

Winter Break

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 at smills@jeffco.k12.co.us.

(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!

Robotics Club

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!

Old Technology

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!

Library Collaboration

  • 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.


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 jannawertz@hotmail.com.

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.



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

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

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.

Visit www.FairmountPTA.orgtoday!
—The Fairmount PTA Board



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, afwheels@earthlink.net, with any questions you may have.

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