Originally delivered on 11/1/2019 11:28 am

SUBJECT: Report cards, Parent/Student Breakfast, and more!


 

Report Cards
At Fairmount, we believe in partnering with you to provide the best education for all of our students. So it was wonderful to see our parents at Conference Nights in October!  The end of the first trimester is November 8th, and report cards will be sent home on November 15th. If you have any questions when you receive the report, please contact your child’s teacher or me.

Lunch on the Roof
What fun we had having lunch on the roof last month! I had the pleasure of eating lunch with our Silent Auction winners on a beautiful October afternoon. Thank you again for all of your support to our classrooms!

Thanksgiving
All of us at Fairmount wish our students and families a joyful Thanksgiving! Students will not have school the week of November 25th. We’ll see everyone back at school on Monday, December 2nd. 

As always, if you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please call the office, stop by, or email me.

Proud Parent? Click here to download this as a PDF.

 

You're invited to our annual Parent/Student Breakfastfrom 7am-8:30am on Friday, November 22, in the cafeteria.

Although this event is PTA sponsored, a suggested donation of $2/person will be accepted at the door. Contact Stacy Atkins with questions and to volunteer, click here. See you there! 

 

For 50 years the students at Fairmount have been sharing the joy and wonder of the holidays with the residents of Mountain Vista Senior Living Community in Wheat Ridge. Each year our 5th grade students visit the seniors, deliver gifts and perform a musical program with the help of Mr. DeWinkle. 

If you are interested in "adopting" a senior citizen this year, click here. You will receive a resident's name and gift suggestions on Wednesday, December 4, or in Friday folders that week. Gifts will need to be purchased, wrapped, labeled, and returned to the Fairmount office December 16-18. The deadline to sign up for a resident is Friday, November 29. If you have any questions, please contact Janna Wertz.

 

New Aeroponic Indoor Tower Gardens
We will be adding three vertical tower gardens in November. Aeroponic systems grow plants in the air rather than soil. Each tower will have lights for maximum growth. Learning will focus around the life cycle of plants and what plants need to survive. They can be seen by Mrs. Arleth’s, Mrs. Gibson’s, and Mrs. Tilton’s classrooms and may travel around the school for extra learning.

Also, be sure to check out, Root to Fruit, a newsletter from the Fairmount Learning Garden.

 

The deadline is next month for purchasing a baby page for your 5th grader's last elementary school yearbook. Space is limited, save your spot by December 6, 2019.Click here for more baby page info.


We need help planning the continuation ceremony in May. Please contact Paige Samson if you're interested in volunteering! 

 


 





The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, November 5, at 9am in the library. Please join us. All are welcome and we would love to have you there!

 



Fairmount Elementary's Annual Talent Show will be Friday, February 7, at 6:00pm. Tryouts will be held January 14 & 15. Dress rehearsal will be February 6. 

 



The Fairmount Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th graders will be Thursday, January 23, 2020.  The written pre-qualifying test will be on January 13.

Thank you to room parent representatives,and the volunteers who assisted with Halloween parties. Our children had a hauntingly good time with all the spooktacular games and treats! Also, thank you to all of the Fairmount staff who took the time to dress up and celebrate with our kiddos! We appreciate all you do!

Thank you to the Hospitality Committee, Megan Kim, and Myndi Rohweder for coordinating the food for teachers during conference week. Also, thank you to all of the volunteers who prepared and brought in food for our staff! We appreciate you!



Thank you to Cathie Rhodes and the Book Cart volunteers for your weekly commitment to getting books home and in the hands of our youngest students so they can grow as readers!



Start saving product caps from Longmont Dairy and help Fairmount earn cash back! You can collect caps from neighbors, friends, and family, too! Click here for details.

Congrats to Sebastian Pei, who won the Aug/Sept giveaway for participating! 

 



The submission deadline for rewards was October 31. Funds will be available in your accounts November 15, 2019.

If you have questions please contact Amy Kline.

 

 

Earn 0.5% for Fairmount every time you make eligible purchases on Amazon!

Don't wait, start earning for the holidays! Click here for directions to enroll.


K – Kindergarteners are reinforcing number sense by drawing, counting, speaking, and writing using activities on the Seesaw app on their iPads. Students also reviewed the ten frames for a short cut counting method. Just try to keep up with them!

1st – First graders had to determine the best solids to use while building a tower. The goal was to make it as tall as possible, using the best materials for the base, middle, and tippy top. Thanks to Brian Poteet and Aaron Fanning’s engineering, each class launched a pumpkin from a trebuchet after their field trip. Students then built mini catapults and launched candy pumpkins through a series of challenges.

2nd – Second graders differentiated between the specialist and generalist species during our Bird Beak Lab, where they attempted to pick up “food” in different environments with different types of “beaks.” After analyzing the class data, they determined whether their beaks were generalists or specialists and what kind of bird they could be. Class discussion included what competition exists in different environments and between which species.

3rd – The third-graders focused on technology by creating Google sites with Mrs. Blumquist, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Veldman. Students also explored Thinglink and Animoto as a way to present their WIN Passion Project in a new way. Ask your tech-savvy student to show you their professional site!

4th – Fourth graders traveled to Ninja Nation as they continued to investigate energy. Students compared how their bodies store energy to how a battery stores energy in electrical circuits. They determined the positions their bodies had to be in for potential energy and kinetic energy. Makey Makey, an electronic circuitry tool, was used to discover which materials conduct electricity. Students also had an opportunity to use the device as the interface to play a game on Scratch, a coding app.

5th – Digital superheroes are prevalent at Fairmount thanks to the fifth graders who, using Bloxels, created a video game combating different online “enemies.” They taught their study buddies how to play the game and reinforced being safe and smart on the internet.

Check out the STEM website for a list of Ms. B’s approved apps and more photos!


3rd Third graders prepared for their Day in Denver field trip and learned how to use Google 'My Maps' to pinpoint the places of interest they saw. They took pictures on iPads and uploaded them to the map pinpoints. They also learned three more new tech tools: Animoto, ThingLink, and Google Sites. They can use these tools to demonstrate and share their learning!

5th 5th graders learned about Information Literacy, including website validity and how to avoid plagiarism by citing their sources. 

Several 5th graders are also preparing to go head-to-head in Fairmount's Battle of the Books competition. Teams will be tested on their comprehension on a set of 10 books. Keep reading and good luck, students!

The Arctic Adventure Book Fair was a huge success! Thank you for supporting our literacy goals and helping raise money for our school! It was fabulous to see all of the students having so much fun picking out new books to read. This critical fundraiser allows us to purchase new books for our library as well as technology resources like PebbleGo. Many thanks!                          

Also, thank you to the following volunteers who helped with the book fair: Abbi Lokits, Alison Beck, Anita Hasenkampf, Erica Hermsen, Katherine Broome, Katie Groke, Kaye Becker, Kristina Klug, Megan Kim, Michelle Henricksen, Sara Kirkendall, and Shannon Mondragon.

Congratulations to Alex Abdelnour and Jaxon Van Ocker for winning the guessing jar contest at the book fair! These kiddos took home the contents of the jar and a gift certificate to spend at the fair. The following students were the runner-ups and also received gift certificates: Andrew Turner, Angeline Ha, Grayson Donaldson, Luke Gieri, Luke Taylor, Lyla Milton, and Riley Esparza. Thank you to everyone for your participation!


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