Originally delivered on 1/8/2018 9:35 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
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




or 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 $364,282 ($67,650 in November and $66,000 in December), with Fairmount PTA receiving $18,581. That's 69% toward our goal! G
reat job and keep it up! Each reload benefits our school and our children!





Congratulations to


for being this month's raffle winner.

He will receive a $25 gift card to Starbucks for simply buying/reloading his card.

Next month . . .
it could be YOU!



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


JAN. 8: Students return to school

JAN. 8–31: Kindergarten registration and Open Enrollment

JAN. 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—no school

JAN. 17–18
: Talent Show Tryouts

JAN. 22
: 5th grade to Young AmeriTowne

JAN. 26
: Spelling Bee





—Sally Mills

Student-Based Budgeting and Student Enrollment

Even though this school year is only halfway over, we are already beginning the budgeting process for the 2018–19 school year! Jeffco uses a process called Student Based Budgeting, or SBB. The goal of SBB is to give schools more autonomy and flexibility to better align resources for individual school needs. For this model, we have been able to make site-based decisions for staffing and spending.

Our budget will be based on an estimate of how many students we expect to be enrolled next school year. This budget is adjusted up or down based on actual enrollment at the October count. It is important for us to have the best possible estimates so that we can plan for the ideal number of classrooms, teachers, and open-enrolled students. We also would like to avoid an unexpected budget loss next fall that would occur if we over estimate.

How do families help with this budgeting process? To help us determine the number of continuing students, we will send home a family survey on January 12. We need a quick turnaround on this survey, so we ask that you return it by the following Friday, January 19. We will ask you if, at this time, you are planning for your students to return next year. To estimate our incoming kindergarten class, please register your new student by January 31.

The first round of open enrollment is through January 31. If your student is already open enrolled at Fairmount, you do not need to do anything other than complete the family survey on whether your child will return. Students who are already accepted as open enrolled are guaranteed seats at Fairmount through fifth grade. If you have a child/sibling whom you plan to open enroll, please do that in the first round. Based on our estimate of neighborhood students, we will accept a limited number of open enrollment requests.

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


Friday, Feb. 9th
@ 6:00 p.m.

Jan. 17th and 18th
4:30–7:00 p.m. (Music Room)

Come and see some of the
most talented students
Fairmount Elementary School
has to offer!


Please direct any questions to
Mary Sinesi at 817-879-2088 or

(Library Media Center)
—Andi Johnson

The Hour of Code Is Here!

Our students are enjoying participating in the global Hour of Code project. Students in grades K–6 are learning how computer coding works in ways that are engaging yet challenging for kids. It's fun and challenging for adults too! There are over 50 free online courses available at code.org. Here are the courses that your students have or will participate in by grade level:

Grade K — https://studio.code.org/s/coursea/stage/1/puzzle/1
Grades 1 and 2 — https://studio.code.org/s/courseb/stage/1/puzzle/1
Grades 3 and 4 — https://studio.code.org/s/coursec/stage/2/puzzle/1
Grade 5https://studio.code.org/s/coursed/stage/2/puzzle/1
Grade 6https://studio.code.org/s/coursee/stage/2/puzzle/1

Students are practicing problem-solving and perseverance. Ask your students about it!

As you explore code.org, you will see the many options to extend this learning for your students. Grades 3–6 have registered and created accounts, so they can log in from home or school to continue where they left off. Feel free to register your younger students as well.

Thanks for supporting your students as they learn this valuable problem-solving skill. Please let me know if you have any questions (andi.johnson@jeffco.k12.co.us).

Spelling Bee

Our school spelling bee is this month! There will be a preliminary written test on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, for interested students in grades 4–6. Those who qualify will then participate in our school spelling bee, which will be held on Friday, January 26, at 9:00 a.m. in the library. Our school is registered with the National Spelling Bee, so we have access to practice word lists. Here is the link to a file with many pages of words to study, organized by grade level. Want more motivation? Watch Akeelah and the Bee. Happy spelling!

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.


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 December 2017.

Andrew Dries
Willow Merrigan
Amanda Thomas
Aubry Grieve
Chloe Ellis
Mason Chalupa
Asher Zahrte
Jaci Hemerda
Jack Cassano
Olivia Gonzales
Rafferty Loughran
Anna Hassett
Georgia Yocum-Del Rio
Jui Kukday
Blake Grenier
Evelyn Cheatham
Owen Korkus
Kaylee Vest

Zach Hoerr
Stella Hall
Makena Ozment
Brooklyn Turner
Samantha Dewing
Elyse Davis
Wes Loehr
Mikaela Foster
Alivia Corbo
Luke Ozment
Quentin Kronberg
Liam Cochran
Zeb Atkins
Trenton Griffis
Angeline Ha
Landon Pallotto-Vialpando
Cailyn Hirschberg
Cole Trebilcock
Megan Jerez

PJ Allison
Hendrick Arnold
Luke Longseth
Hattie Walker
Alex Knauss
Natalie Garcia
Audrina Dries
Sarah Kuznetsov
Danae Major
Cooper Wicken




Avery Harrison
Mason Trebilcock
Tatum Irwin
Ellie Le
Zoe Bradner-Fanning
Tate Sonnenfeld
Skyler Wesley
Brynn King
Levi Stewart
Max Bianco
Natalie Helmer
Collin Portie
Abbey Smith
Lela Cozzi
Ethan Carver
Cash Hansen


It has been another successful year for our Mountain Vista Community Project! Mr. DeWinkle led the sixth graders in an amazing musical program for the residents. The generous families donated enough gifts for every resident to receive one! This important program has a long tradition that could not happen without the help of all the fabulous volunteers who helped 215 kids draw resident names, the teachers who graciously allowed us to conduct the drawings, the volunteers who helped collect and transport the gifts, Sue Bobroske and Nancy Eckley for all the additional support, Mr. DeWinkle for putting together the music program, Steve and the staff at Mountain Vista for gathering the resident gift requests and everything they did to prepare for this program, the amazing Fairmount families who donated much appreciated gifts, and most importantly, our sixth grade students for bringing so much holiday spirit to the residents at Mountain Vista. This is a project where, as they say, it truly takes a village. Thank you all for everything you have done to support this amazing program.
Janna Wertz


We hope you all had a relaxing break from school and you are excited about the new year. We are positively ecstatic about the wonderful events and programs that are available to our students in 2018! The Talent Show is fast approaching, so start practicing your acts. We have so many engaging clubs and programs—you must go to our website to view them all—and of course we can’t forget about the Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase!

There will not be a PTA meeting in January. The next meeting will be February 6, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fairmount Library. Free child care will be provided. Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Adria Lucerna. Adria is the parent volunteer who has put in countless hours on the Safe Routes to School grant. From that grant, Fairmount was awarded funds for sidewalks on 50th Ave. The safety of all of our students is paramount to our PTA, and we have been strategizing ways to get these sidewalks installed. Come to our February 6th meeting to hear all the latest updates and details of this project.

Wishing you a New Year that is merry and bright!
—The PTA Board


A HUGE THANK-YOU to Janna Wertz and Terri Kilgroe, for coordinating the annual sixth grade visit to the Mountain Vista nursing home. We know those gifts are so appreciated and that it is such a great lesson of generosity for our kids. You did such a great job!

Student Council would like to extend a big thank-you to the Fairmount community for your participation in the holiday donation drive. Jeffco’s Serving Kids, which serves needy students throughout Jeffco schools, had requested necessities and received a large donation from our generous community. Fairmount is overflowing with students who CARE.

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

THANK YOU to 1ST BANK of Arvada at Westwoods for their continued support of Fairmount!

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