Originally delivered on 2/1/2020 5:44 pm

SUBJECT: February Snapshot: Talent Show, Class Parties and Conferences


It's a busy month for the Firebirds, read on to learn more!

New Mural in the Health Room
A big thank you to Jorge Cuartas, Elena, and Violet for the amazing firebird mural in the health room! We appreciate your time and many artistic talents to brighten up the health room for all our students who may not be feeling their best.

Winter Conferences
We have set aside time for Winter Conferences on February 11th-13th. These conferences are different than 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 Parties & Jump Rope for Heart Schedules
Jump Rope for Heart and Valentine’s Day parties will be on Thursday, February 13th, because Friday the 14th is a teacher’s workday and students stay home.

Students in 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will have Jump Rope for Heart during their regular specials time. All 2nd graders will participate at 1:55pm–2:40pm. Kindergarteners will participate in Jump Rope for Heart at 2:50pm–3:20pm.

Valentine’s parties for all kindergarten classes will be 10:55 am–11:55 am. Second grade parties will begin right after specials at 2:40 pm. Parties for all other grades will be from 2:30pm–3:30pm. 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 smills@jeffco.k12.co.us.

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Friday, February 7, 2020 at 6pm
Please join us for Fairmount’s Annual Talent Show! We have an exciting line-up with incredible performances in comedy, dance, magic, music and much more. There is even a Star Wars battle! Don't miss this fun-filled evening!

It's that time of year when supplies are starting to run low in classrooms and programs. Click here to view the sign-up list. All supplies are requested by February 21. Thank you in advance for your help!

Fairmount Night Out
Our third restaurant night will be held at Five Guys Burgers on Tuesday, February 11 from 2pm-9pm. Don't forget to mention Fairmount Elementary so they donate 15% of your order total to our school. The address is 14630 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, near the Colorado Mills Mall. You can view the menu here.

Thank You, Fairmount Families!
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build the youth for our future.” We want to recognize our volunteers and donors who help Fairmount's efforts to build our children for future success, while providing them with the best elementary school experience, too. From dropping off items and supplies, to volunteering your time and talents, to showing up to events and fundraisers, we sincerely appreciate your participation in Fairmount Elementary. Together, we can do so much more.

Open PTA Positions
Yearbook Baby Page Coordinator: This role is responsible for working with the Yearbook Coordinator to collect photos and information from fifth grade parents and then create baby pages for Fairmount's annual yearbook.
Fairmount Firebird 5K Chase Media Coordinator: Our spring fundraiser is just around the corner and we need a media coordinator to maintain and keep our race Facebook page up to date! This position may help with other pages, if interested. This creative person will work with the race team (co-chairs, sponsorship and registration) to collect pertinent information.
PTA Board Secretary:This position is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of the association, board and executive committee meetings. This person is responsible for meeting minutes and agendas. Promptness, accuracy and knowledge of PTA Purposes and policies are very important to this job.

If interested in any position, please contact Laura Warren, PTA Vice President. You can also check the open positions page for more information. 

Developing Your Child's Reading Skills
Fostering a love and aptitude for reading is critical to your child’s success. Your child needs strong reading and comprehension skills to succeed—not just in English, but in science, math, social studies and various school activities as well. This National PTA's family guide offers tips to support your child at every stage of their education.

We collected 1,000 caps in November bringing our grand total of caps collected this school year to 4,900—which means $245 for our school! Thank you to Candace Vorthman for running this program! Congrats to our November winner, Amelia Melcher in the 4th grade. 


From October to December, we had 351 households participate in our King Soopers rewards program, yielding $8188.55 for Fairmount! Thank you to all who participate, and to Amy Kline who manages this fundraiser. If you're not enrolled yet, click here for more information. 


Our restaurant fundraisers are already a great success. Thanks to Jessica Emery for coordinating and our families who have participated, we've raised nearly $600 in the first two events! 

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, February 4 at 3:45pm in the library. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Even if you only have one hour to give, your presence is always appreciated. 


Winter conferences will be held February 11-13.

The Hospitality Committee is coordinating dinner for the Fairmount staff and we ask for your help in providing supplies.Click here to sign up!


As a result of no school on Valentine's Day, all class parties will be held on Thursday, February 13




K – Kindergarteners engineered a noisemaker to use at parties or sporting events. Students had to comply with specific criteria and constraints with this design project in addition to communicating and compromising with their group members.

1st– First graders designed a bed for Pigeon with their partner so he 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– Second grade students worked with partners to create a new organism. After determining the type of animal, they described diet, adaptations, and fun facts. Meanwhile, the other half of the team created a habitat, taking into consideration all its’ features and the ideal living environment. Innovative ideas were in abundance as students were confined only by their own imaginations!

3rd– Third graders empathized with a character in a fairy tale story, and determined a problem they could fix (either preventative or reactionary). For example, in Goldilocks and the Three Bears teams either constructed a working door latch to prevent a break-in or built a stronger, more durable piece of furniture that would hold both the weight of Baby Bear and a potential heavier intruder. The ideated, sketched, and then built and tested their prototypes.

4th – Fourth graders are learning all about innovation! Our class example compared the traditional fan to the Dyson bladeless fan. Following the design process, students picked something at school or home to improve on and are learning the art of prototyping and using cardboard models to turn their ideas into reality.

5th– Students are off to an exciting start on their Science Fair projects! Their passions are coming through in their topic choices after lots of research in class. Templates for the scientific method were started at school, although most of the work (including the experimenting process!) will be done at home.

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

Make Your Voice Heard
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, rigor, and relevance.

Colorado Children's Book Award
All students at Fairmount have voted for their favorite Colorado Children’s Book Award (CCBA) picture book. At least 3 of these picture books have been read to your students, if not all. All students voted using a Google Form. Votes are sent to the state committee, which sponsors the event. We look forward to learning the winners! It has been fun to read all of these great books!

Spelling Bee
We are so proud of our courageous students who competed in Fairmount's annual spelling bee on January 25. They all worked very hard! Congratulations to the 20 students who qualified through a written test to participate: Aubrey Grieve, Colin Meier, Collin Portie, Carter Pearson, Caleb Coffing, Edward Sum, Ethan Hasenkampf, Greyson Donaldson, Hannah Dill, Jackson Bakanec, Luke Hamilton, Natalie Helmer, Kyle Brownell, Owen Earl, Owen Grimes, Sage Barbour, Blake Anderson, Sadie Weborg, Seb Pei, Tatum Irwin, Teagan Peters, and Tess Dreeszen. 

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Winners!
Our champion, Hannah Dill, 1st runner up, Caleb Coffing and 2nd runner up, Natalie Helmer will represent Fairmount at the Area Spelling Bee on Wednesday, February 6, at 4pm at Drake Middle School. We wish our students good luck on the next round!

Robotics Club Victories
Congratulations are also due to the Fairmount’s Robotics Club students! They competed in their 2nd competition at Kullerstrand Elementary on January 25. It was an exciting day! Out of the 36 students who competed, our Fairmount students did exceedingly well.

Congratulations to Ian Boeckman, Edward Sum, and Evan Warren of Team X-Valkyrie, who won the Excellence Award. This highest level of achievement is given to the team that exemplifies overall excellence in several other award areas including, design, building skills, conduct, and interviews.

Jackson Bakanec, Kyle Brownell, and Cole Trebilcock of ZAP team also placed in the finals with 4th place overall. They also won the Programming Award, which is given to the team that received the most points in communicating their strategies in tackling problems and displaying teamwork. 

We are proud of all of our students who showed commitment and perseverance in the Robotics Club!

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