Welcome to a great new school year! The staff has been working hard assessing students and preparing instruction to meet our students where they are. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new staff members: Mrs. Chris Kruse—Assistant Principal, Ms. Karie Phillips—Social Worker, and Ms. Susie Wilson—1st Grade Teacher.
Assessments and School Goals
Great news! We have received our students’ CMAS data from last year, and their achievement continues to lead the area, district, and state in almost all content areas and in all grades. In fact, our students scored in the top 4% of Colorado schools for English language arts and the top 2% for math! Congratulations to our students, staff, and families for such great learning results!
For this new school year, teachers have spent the first few weeks of the year getting to know all of our students and gathering assessment data so that effective instruction can be planned. All of this information will be shared with parents at our October conferences. Sign-Up Genius forms will be sent out to you the last week in September to sign up for an appointment.
We have two school goals this year in reading. One is to increase student growth as measured by MAP data, and the other is to increase the number of K–3rd grade students who reach benchmark on the DIBELS by the end of the year. Teachers who teach reading will set their Individual Educator Goal around reading instruction for their students. Other staff members, such as our school psychologist and STEM, DTL, Art, Music, and PE teachers, will set goals that best represent their work with students. Goals for Mrs. Kruse, our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Nickerson, our Instructional Coach, and me are directly tied to the teachers’ goals.
Class of 2031
Our kindergartners are the Class of 2031! We participated in the Arvada Harvest Parade with the other Arvada West elementary schools. It was a beautiful day, and our kiddos made it the whole route! They had a wonderful time passing out candy to the spectators and perhaps keeping a piece or two for themselves! Thanks to all the parents who joined us.
As always, if you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please call the office, stop by, or email me at email@example.com.
GROCERY CARD PROGRAM
August gift card raffle winner! Thank you to everyone who purchased or reloaded their grocery cards in August. A $25 gift card to Amazon goes to: Joanna Wagner! Congratulations, Joanna!
Who wants to win a $25 gift card to Target next month?
All you need to do is purchase a reloadable gift card OR reload the card you already have, and you will automatically be entered to win! It is so easy to help the PTA fund school projects, earn cash back, and even win a gift card! If you don’t have your reloadable gift card yet, visit the PTA website for more information. If you have a card from last year, keep using it! We pick a winner each month, so don’t miss out!
So far this year, Fairmount has raised $4,472 with your reloads. That’s 11% toward our goal of $39,916 for the year. Great job and keep it up! Each reload benefits our school and our children!
Welcome back!! We hope you had a great summer and are back into the groove of things at school. We have lots to accomplish this year, but the PTA is excited about the year ahead. Please see below for the programs, events, and other support that our PTA is able to provide to our students with your help:
Events: The annual Fairmount BBQ along with our Silent Auction on Sept. 21 from 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Fairmount 5K Chase; Talent Show; Lakeside Night; 5th Grade Continuation and Staff Appreciation.
Programs: Grade-level support, Music/PE/Art support, Special Education support, Excel programs, Book Cart, Reflections, Fit Fun Club. Please check out all our Enrichment Programs listed on the PTA website.
Other: Directory, Newsletters, Yearbooks, Apparel Sales, Child Watch at PTA meetings, Scholarships, Learning Garden, Mountain Vista Program.
Fundraising efforts this year with a $60,600 goal: Our fundraising efforts this year will go toward the purchase of security cameras and window film, parking lot improvements, classroom furniture, water bottle refill fountain, the Read Naturally and Interventions programs, additional playground enhancements, funding of social emotional training/programs, author visit, and classroom support. These are just a few of the things we have identified at this point. Stay tuned to hear more about some other great ideas we have in the hopper!
As the new school year begins, we would once again ask for your support so that we can continue making resources and learning opportunities available to our students. One way to support the work that we do as a PTA is by simply joining our membership ranks. Membership is only $10 per member and includes access to the online school directory! Please sign up for your membership on our PTA website at www.fairmountpta.org. In addition to being able to join the PTA on the website, you will also be able to purchase Fairmount spirit apparel as well as tickets to various events held throughout the year, volunteer to help with our many activities and fundraising efforts listed above, keep up to date with important PTA happenings such as meetings, monthly PTA newsletters, national/Colorado/Jeffco legislative educational updates, and more!
Fairmount BBQ and Silent Auction: Don't miss this exciting annual Fairmount event coming up on September 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The BBQ will feature Frank's BBQ, DJ Drake, inflatables, activity and game booths all outside behind the school, and of course the silent auction going on inside the cafeteria. The Silent Auction will begin on Sunday, September 16 online. Purchase your meal tickets for Frank's BBQ buffet by Friday, September 14 and SAVE! Tickets are $11.50 for adults and $7.50 for kids. Prices will increase if bought at the event, so buy your meal tickets now, as well as your attraction tickets ($1 each), at www.fairmountpta.org!
Also, we're still looking for volunteers for all aspects of the BBQ & Silent Auction. And if one of your students is in the classroom with the most parent volunteers, this child will receive a FREE attraction wristband as long as you volunteered!! Please go to www.fairmountpta.org to sign up to volunteer today!
Fairmount Spirit Wear Sales: Fairmount’s annual spirit wear sales start on Wednesday, September 12! This is your only opportunity to purchase your Fairmount apparel for the 2018–19 school year. Check out the samples in the office (available starting Wednesday, Sept. 12) to see colors and sizes and to feel the new soft fabrics! Click HERE for more information (or contact Kyle Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org). Every Friday is Spirit Day at Fairmount!
Book Cart: Parents of all K–2nd graders, your PTA-sponsored Book Cart program needs your help! Book Cart is a volunteer-staffed program that sends books home with every student in grades K–2 at that child's independent reading level every day. Obviously, we couldn't do this without the help of many parent volunteers, and currently we don’t have enough! If you have a couple of hours a week and are looking for a great volunteer opportunity with some flexibility (you commit to the same day each week, but can complete your task at any time during the school day), we would love to have you join our team! Sign up today at www.fairmountpta.org or email MARIA_L_KING@yahoo.com to learn more. We hope you’ll join us!
October Conferences: Parent-teacher conferences will be held October 9–11. Sign-Up Genius forms will be emailed soon. Childcare is provided free of charge during conferences. Please reserve your childcare needs on the PTA website.
Parenting Safe Children: Fairmount PTA would like to host a Parenting Safe Children workshop at our school. Feather Berkower presented at Fairmount a few years ago, and it was a great experience for the families who were able to attend. Her highly regarded workshop, Parenting Safe Children, empowers adults to keep children safe from sexual predators. Here is a link to her website: https://parentingsafechildren.com. If you would like to be a part of planning this event, please contact Laura Warren at email@example.com.
A BIG THANK-YOU TO:
All of the Fairmount Staff—for all of your help, patience, and support with PTA activities. We could not do anything without your help—thank you!!
NEWS FROM THE LMC—Library Media Center
—Andi Johnson, Digital Teacher Librarian
Hello! My name is Andi Johnson, and this is my fourth year as the Digital Teacher Librarian (DTL) here at Fairmount. Digital represents my role in helping integrate technology into instruction, Teacher reflects my teaching role, and Librarian means I still manage the library’s resources, both print and digital. This is my 19th year working in Jeffco school libraries, all here in the north area. Helping students use tech tools to enhance their learning as well as fostering a love of reading, an important key to being a lifelong learner, are two of my passions. I also get to work with ALL students in grades K–5. I'm a lucky gal! Here’s to another great year at Fairmount!
This year, for the first time, every student has access to a device. Our kindergartners will soon have access to iPads, and our 1st–5th graders already have access to Chromebooks. This is an exciting time for teachers to plan engaging learning opportunities that make the most use of all of the digital content available on the internet and for students who get to do the learning!
Save the Dates—Enchanted Forest Book Fair: Let Your Imagination Grow!
Our Fall Book Fair is coming soon! It will begin on Friday, October 5 and wrap up at noon at Thursday, October 11. There is no school on Friday, October 12. This is a great way for students to buy books they are interested in as well as pick up a holiday gift or two!
Both the fall and spring Book Fairs are HUGE events that are integral to the funding of many important resources for all of our students. Here is an overview of what the all-important Book Fair proceeds help purchase:
* Books, to keep our library collection current and interesting! * Magazines * Discovery Education Streaming—educational videos vetted for students * PebbleGo—Online database with nonfiction facts geared for student use * Spelling Bee * Library supplies
C.A.R.E. & MINDSETS
At Fairmount, “We CARE” (Community, Attitude, Respect, and Excellence) has been a standing phrase through our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports system (PBIS). As a community of learners we decided more was needed. A team of teachers participated in a “Mindsets for Learning: Teaching Strategies for Joyful, Independent Growth” seminar by Kristine Mraz. As a school, we will be promoting and teaching five mindsets: optimism, persistence, flexibility, resilience, and empathy within the classrooms. These mindsets focus on a growth versus fixed mindset. Teachers have already started discussing these attributes during their daily class meetings. Once the overview is complete, teachers will continue to weave the mindsets into their classrooms and class meetings.
In the past we have recognized students for demonstrating attributes around CARE. This year students will be recognized as “Mindset Masters” for their use of the different mindsets. The recognition will begin in the month of October.
This year Food Service has a new software program that requires all students to enter their student ID numbers for anything purchased in the cafeteria. If you could help your student memorize their number, it would be greatly appreciated. We will be working closely with each student to make this a smooth transition for them.
All grade levels are offered our a la carte program at lunch. These are snacks that can be purchased in addition to lunch. They follow the federal Smart Snack Guidelines. If you do not want your child to participate, you can email me at Leanne.Alton@jeffco.k12.co.us. Also, we don’t want the students buying extra snacks for their friends. Please stop in the kitchen if you have any questions or call me at 303-982-5393. Thanks for your help!
Saving Milk Caps=$ MOO-LA FOR Fairmount!
Thank you to those families who have contribute to the success of our partnership with Longmont Dairy for the “Milk Caps for Moo-la” program!
With your support, during the 2017–2018 school year we collected 14,249 product caps, raising $712 for our school! Not only does Fairmount benefit by receiving 5 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. “Moo-la” monthly winners each receive a $5 gift card to Little Caesars Pizza.
Be sure to have your milk caps in by September 30th for the first drawing of the school year! Feel free to contact the Fairmount “Moo-la” parent volunteer, Candace Vorthman, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions you may have.
CELEBRATION OF ART
The PTA-sponsored art contest is calling for entries. Students will have until October 3rd to complete their pieces and turn them in.
We will be celebrating all Reflections participants’ art in a ceremony in the Fairmount cafeteria on October 19th at 6:00 p.m. Then many of our talented students will have their pieces displayed in the Reflections Art Show at Red Rocks Community College on December 2nd. For entry form and guidelines please click HERE!
ART @ FAIRMOUNT
—Mr. Griffin, Visual Art Teacher
Hello, Fairmount families!
We’re busy creating in the Fairmount Art room, and I hope that you’ll take a moment to read about our first trimester learning and our upcoming fund-raiser.
First graders will be learning about visual storytelling through art during this first trimester. We will explore this idea by viewing, reading, and appreciating a variety of visual stories; but most enjoyably we will be creating our own visual stories using an array of 2D art materials. Second graders will be learning about creating still life. We will learn about a variety of 3D forms, light sources and shadows, and creating depth using overlapping shapes. Third graders will be learning about expressive aspects of color. We will view and appreciate historically significant master works of color, and current uses of color in contemporary art. We will explore basic color theory and color systems, and we will create using predominantly drawing and painting. Fourth graders will investigate abstraction in art, and will practice methods for exaggerating, rearranging, or emphasizing the visual components of their work. Fifth graders will examine balance as a foundational principle of design. We will learn about symmetrical versus asymmetrical balance in nature, art, and architecture; and we will express these concepts visually in drawing and relief ceramic sculpture.
We will again be participating in the Original Works student art fund-raiser this year. This program is a great opportunity to share your students’ work with friends and family, as Original Works can reproduce student work in traditional formats, like matted art prints, or in more nontraditional formats like coffee mugs, garden flags, T-shirts, etc. All grades have begun work for this program, and information about Fairmount’s online student gallery will be coming home in the coming weeks.
Thanks as always, and welcome back!
YEARBOOK SALES &
YEARBOOK BABY PAGES
Deadline to purchase a yearbook baby page for your student is December 8th! Click HERE for more details!
Deadline to purchase a yearbook for your student is March 29th! Click HERE for yearbook package info!