. . . may be the shortest month of the year, but here at Fairmount we have lots going on!
Please complete your intent-to-enroll form in EnrollJeffco for each of your students by February 8th! We will be using your responses to plan how many teachers we need and how many students will be in each classroom for next school year. We will also be deciding how many open enrollment seats to offer students who wish to choice in to Fairmount. If this number is too high because we haven’t counted your student, the result could be larger class sizes than we would prefer. So please make your plans for next year known to us! If you have any questions, need to use the school computers, or need assistance with the program, please come into the office between the hours of 7:30 and 4:00.
We have set aside time for Winter Conferences on February 12th & 13th. These conferences are different from the fall conferences where teachers meet with every family. For the Winter Conferences, teachers only request conferences for some students. However, please let your child’s teacher know if you would like a conference even if they didn’t request one. As always, if you have a question or a concern, please contact your child’s teacher anytime!
Valentine's Day Jump Rope for Heart & Party Schedules
Jump Rope for Heart will be on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Students 2nd through 5th grade will have Jump Rope for Heart during their regular specials time. All 1st graders will participate at 1:55–2:40, and kindergartners will participate 2:50–3:20. Valentine’s parties will begin at 2:30 for 2nd through 5th grade. First graders will begin their party right after specials ends at 2:40. Kindergarten parties will be 10:45–11:45 so our morning students can take part. It’s going to be a fun day!
As always, if you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please call the office, stop by, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEATURED PTA COORDINATOR OPENING:
CLASSROOM SUPPORT COORDINATOR
Would you like to help coordinate the party process for each of the Classroom Representatives next year? We need someone to take over as the Classroom Support Coordinator. This person would make sure that each class has a Classroom Representative, which takes place at the beginning of the school year. Then, this person would work with the silent auction coordinator to ensure that each class puts together a basket to raise money for the class and school. This position also involves communicating the information for the two classroom parties during the year (Halloween and Valentine’s Day) and attending PTA board meetings and PTA meetings. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Laura Warren at email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who purchased or reloaded their grocery cards in December. A $25 gift card to Chipotle goes to LAURA FREEMAN! Congratulations, Laura!
Who wants to win a $25 gift card to Amazon 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 $22,126 with your reloads. That’s 55% toward our goal for the year. Keep reloading those cards! Each reload benefits our school and our children!
Did you know?
If you have a child going on the D.C. trip, Fairmount’s PTA will give you the entire 5% reward you earn from your reloads, from mid-July 2018 through February 2019, to be applied toward your final payment. You can also use any remaining account credits (2.5% on prior years) toward the trip. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your account flagged for the D.C. trip.
FAIRMOUNT'S GOT TALENT!
Friday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars for Fairmount’s Annual Talent Show!
Come and cheer on your classmates as they show off their unique talents!
You won’t want to miss this fun evening!
PROGRAMS & EVENTS TO WATCH FOR:
Most of us associate February with love because of Valentine’s Day. We here at Fairmount also have another event to love: the annual Fairmount Talent Show. Please join us in cheering on these talented students on Friday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5th at 9:00 a.m. Yes, a morning meeting to provide an opportunity for others to attend. As well, we will have an evening meeting for working parents on April 2nd at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you soon!
Campbell-Deane Scholarship—Former Fairmount students are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship when they are high school seniors. This scholarship is available to any high school senior who was enrolled at Fairmount Elementary School for a period of three years or more, has a satisfactory grade standing, citizenship record, and community service experiences. To apply, print the Scholarship Requirements and return your application to Fairmount by April 12, 2019.
A BIG THANK-YOU TO:
The numerous VOLUNTEERS at Fairmount. The level of involvement from parents and grandparents is what makes our community special! This includes, but is certainly not limited to, anyone who volunteers their time for the many PTA activities, such as the Book Cart program, hospitality as room parents providing classroom assistance, and anyone who donates items for parties or classroom needs. We want you to know how much we appreciate your time, energy, and commitment. Our school and the PTA would not be nearly as successful without you!
Fairmount families: It is that time of year when our classroom supplies are running low. Below is a link to a signup that contains requested items from our teachers and staff. Please take a look and, if you can provide something, sign up for it! Please deliver all items to the school by Feb. 28, 2019. Thank you!
Would you like to help the PTA from home? We are looking for someone to coordinate our external enrichment programs (the before- and after-school classes). This position is a well-oiled machine. You would be responsible for contacting the existing enrichment programs and confirming their involvement for the upcoming year, or you could choose new ones for the school if you would like. For more information on this position, please email Laura Warren at email@example.com.
NEWS FROM THE LMC
(Library Media Center)
—Andi Johnson, Digital Teacher Librarian
Our school spelling bee was held on Friday, January 25. Congratulations to these 20 students who qualified to participate:
And CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!
These three students will represent Fairmount at the Area Spelling Bee on Wednesday, February 13, at Drake Middle School at 4:00 p.m.
CHAMPION: Rylee Sonnenfeld (5th, Robinet)
1st RUNNER-UP: Santana Sabus (4th, Rogers)
2nd RUNNER-UP: Kyle Brownell (4th, Lozano)
Author Visiting Fairmount!
Fairmount will be pleased to welcome Karla Oceanak, author of the Aldo Zelnick series, in our library on Wednesday, February 13. Karla and her illustrator friend, Kendra Spanjer, have created Arsty Fartsy,Bogus, Cahoots, Dumbstruck, etc. alphabetically through Logjam. Students can order autographed copies of the books. The order form will go home in early February.
“The Aldo Zelnick books are illustrated novels starring 10-year-old Aldo Zelnick. Similar to the Wimpy Kid books but with a mysterious plot, challenging vocabulary words, and laugh-out-loud humor, they’re books both boys and girls are raving about. And they’ve won a Top 10 Educational Products Award and the Colorado Book Award! Hardcover • 160 pages • $12.95 • For ages 6 - 13.”
Make Your Voice Heard Survey
Students in grades 2–5 will all have completed our district’s Make Your Voice Heard survey by February 8. The survey gives students the opportunity to provide feedback on our school’s climate, student-staff relationships, and rigor and relevance.
Colorado Children’s Book Award
All students at Fairmount will have had the chance to vote for their favorite Colorado Children’s Book Award (CCBA) picture book. Ten picture books and ten chapter books are nominated by students in Colorado each year. Your students have gotten to hear at least three of these picture books read to them, if not all. All students voted using a Google Form. I will compile and turn in the votes to the state committee who sponsors this event, and they will inform me of the state winner. It has been fun to read all of these great books!
Robotics Club Competition
Fairmount’s Robotics Club students are preparing for their 2nd competition. It will be held on Saturday, February 9, at 9:30 a.m. at Kullerstrand Elementary. All are welcome … It will be an exciting day!
At Fairmount, “We C.A.R.E.” (Community, Attitude, Respect, and Excellence) has been a standing phrase through our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports system (PBIS). Aligned with this focus, we promote and teach five growth mindsets within the classrooms:
Every month students are recognized as “Mindset Masters” for their use of the different mindsets. The following students were chosen by their teachers for this month, and their names will be posted, throughout the entire month of FEBRUARY, in the hallway leading from the cafeteria to outside.
K — Kindergartners explored math apps and activities that align with their math unit and practiced counting teen numbers in groups of ten. Ask them about Kahn Academy, Seesaw, and Park Math!
1st — First graders had to design a bed with their partner so Pigeon would NOT stay up late! Using the design process, students empathized with Pigeon, determined the main problem, and drew a prototype of a bed which they redesigned based on their partner’s thoughts. Finally, students built the bed following the criteria and were able to share their final project with the class.
2nd — Watch for second grade news next month (since we only had three weeks of school in January).
3rd — Third graders are extending their coding knowledge from the Hour of Code in December to robots. Students received their Dash driver’s license after successfully completing a series of challenges. They then attempted further puzzles to show mastery of the coding process!
4th — Fourth graders are extending their coding knowledge from the Hour of Code in December to robots. Students received their Dash driver’s license after successfully completing a series of challenges. They then attempted further puzzles to show mastery of the coding process!
5th — Fifth graders have just commenced a redesign project. Following the design process, students have picked something in their lives at school or home that could be improved on and are learning both the art of prototyping and using cardboard models to make their idea a reality. Innovation at its finest!
All pictures are available HERE on my website under student work.
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 have collected 5,000 product caps, raising $250 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.
This school year’s “Moo-la” monthly winner has received a $5 gift certificate to Little Caesars:
August/September Talon King, 3rd grade October Charlotte Kline, 1st grade November Ben Wheeler, 4th grade December TBD, Drawing Feb. 4
Be sure to have your milk caps in by February 28 to be included in the next drawing! Feel free to contact the Fairmount “Moo-la” parent volunteer, Candace Vorthman, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions you may have.
FAIRMOUNT FIREBIRD 5K CHASE
Calling all students for the 2019 Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase Art Contest . . .
All students are encouraged to participate!
A winner from each grade level will receive a prize!
One grand prize winner for the logo will be chosen, and the winning design will be used on all T-shirts, brochures, and flyers for the upcoming race.
As well, one winner for the chosen slogan will be used on all T-shirts, brochures, and flyers.
Take a plain sheet of 8.5 x 11-inch white paper, and use up to five crayons, colored pencils, or markers (black and white also count toward the five colors) to draw a picture that may become the artwork for this year’s T-shirt and flyers.
No glitter, cotton balls, string, construction paper, etc. allowed.
Judges will be looking for a logo design and theme that are fresh and creative.
Be sure to put your name, grade, and teacher on the back of your entry.
The deadline has been extended to Friday, February 1st! Submit your entry to your teacher by Feb. 1 to participate!
*** Save the Date: Race Day is May 5, 2019 ***
FAIRMOUNT FIREBIRD 5K CHASE
The Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase needs your help!
Did you know that the first Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase was held at our school back in 2006 and has been held at Fairmount Park since 2007? It has continued to grow every year because of the support of Fairmount families, teachers, and the community. It continues to be our largest school fundraiser, and it sure beats selling magazines and gift wrap to support our kids and school!
We’re currently looking for new business and family sponsors and volunteers to join our planning team.
To help with growing race sponsorships or in-kind donations, or to inquire about being a sponsor, please contact Rebekah Kovarik at Rebekah.email@example.com or 720-320-9101.
To help with registration and volunteer coordination, art and classroom contests, race packet stuffing, or race day logistics, please contact Carolyn Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-482-7929.
Whether you can contribute a little or a lot of time, your efforts will help with the continued success of this event and keep it going for another fourteen years!
Thank you, Fairmount! We had over 550 registrations last year, and the kids love this event!
YEARBOOKS FOR SALE
Deadline to purchase a yearbook for your student is March 29th! Click HERE for yearbook package info!