Originally delivered on 9/1/2020 11:19 am

SUBJECT: Back to School September 2020

September 2020
Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Welcome to a great, new school year! It’s definitely going to be a different school year, but here at school, we are planning to make it the best one possible! The staff has been working hard planning to teach all students remotely with our in-person students starting September 8th. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new staff members, Mrs. Amanda Roche,1st Grade; Mrs. Niki Pardoe, P.E.; Ms. Natalia Simoni, Art; Ms. Mary Paris, Learning Specialist; Ms. Mel Thompson, Social Worker; and Ms. Nicole Fischer, paraprofessional.

Health and Safety Regarding COVID-19
At Fairmount, we take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously!  We have put in place the Jeffco school's safety measures, which include cohorting, extra handwashing, increased ventilation, sanitizing/disinfecting, etc. We will conduct a daily health screening for all students and staff as they enter the building. The screening will include a temperature reading (must be below 100.4) and a questionnaire about runny nose, cough, sore throat. Below is additional information for parents to help decide if a child should be sent to school and explaining the protocol if there is a positive COVID-19 case.

  • Can I go to school today? Parents and guardians should assess their child's symptoms at home each day. Do not send your child to school if they are experiencing fever, chills, sore throat, new and unexpected cough, loss of taste or smell, extreme fatigue, muscle aches, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or runny nose. For information on how to symptom screen children at home, review these guidelines by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

  • What happens if there is a confirmed case at school? We have collaborated with Jefferson County Public Health to develop this quarantine process that describes protocols for a variety of situations involving COVID-19 and schools.

    If you have any questions regarding this topic, feel free to contact Kristin Arnold in the Health Room (303)982-5422 or our registered nurse at Gina.Scheidt@jeffco.k12.co.us.

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.

Message from the PTA

Welcome back, Firebirds! We hope the first couple week of online learning was successful. This year is going to look different than years past, but PTA still has big plans. Please see below for some of the programs, events, and other support that your PTA is able to provide to Fairmount students this year. We’d love your help!

 ∙ Upcoming Events: Firebirds on the Fairway, Golf Fundraiser on September 18 at Applewood Golf Course (more below)

∙ Other: Directory, Newsletters, Yearbooks, Spirit Wear, Scholarships, Angel Fund, and the Learning Garden.

Our fundraising efforts this year will go toward the purchasing of replacement iPads and Chromebooks, funding the Kindness Crew, and the programs noted above. If you're interested in helping with any of these programs, please email Laura Warren

Firebirds on the Fairway

We are proud to offer Firebirds on the Fairway, an important fundraiser designed to supplement fundraising losses due to the cancellation of our Fall BBQ and Silent Auction. Help us continue to support our classrooms, teachers, and wonderful programs at Fairmount Elementary.

The tournament will be held Friday, September 18th at the Applewood Golf course. It is a Scramble event with best-ball play. You can register with a foursome or as an individual. Two shotgun start times are available, 7:30 am and 1:30 pm. 

Don't golf or can't make it? 
Participate in a remote "19th Hole" Relaxation Donation.  

Register Now!

We are looking for hole sponsors for this event, and welcome businesses and families to reach out if you're interested in sponsoring. This is a great opportunity to advertise to our community while helping our Fairmount Firebirds.

Sponsorship ranges from $100-$200 and includes name/logo on the event banner as well as a sign at your designated hole. Businesses are welcome to have a representative at their hole to offer materials to participants. 

Become a Sponsor
Room Parents Needed

While the school year looks different this year, we are still hoping to provide Halloween and Valentine's Day celebrations for our students. We need classroom parents to help facilitate communication and organization for parties. 

We also hope to help the teachers by organizing a restock of classroom supplies halfway through the year.

At this time, parent volunteers are still not allowed in the building, however, your volunteer efforts will be very appreciated by both staff and students. To read more about this, visit our Sign-up Genius page for details. 

Sign Up
Online Enrichment Opportunities

We are proud to offer a variety of online enrichment opportunities to our students this fall, ranging from art and music to cooking and computer programming. Check back often, we'll update as more programs become available online. 

PTA MEETING DATES

Please consider joining us for our monthly PTA meetings. We welcome all parents and friends of Fairmount. Your voices are important and needed! Our PTA meetings will be held on the following dates and times via Zoom:

-September 1st - 3:45 PM(Today!)
-October 6th - 9:00 AM
-November 3rd - 6:30 PM
-February 2nd - 3:45 PM
-March 2nd - 9:00 AM
-April 6th - 6:30 PM
-May 4th - 3:45 PM

Register for Today's PTA Meeting

Meeting ID: 858 6184 0204, Passcode: 134648

New to Fairmount?

We are glad you're here! We want you and your student(s) to get the most out of their educational experience so the PTA will be partnering with faculty to offer an online meeting where some of your most pressing questions will be answered in a short presentation as well as an opportunity for Q&A. The Zoom meeting will be held on September 9, 2020, at 9:30am. We hope you'll join us! Link to come soon!

2020-2021 Redemption Dates

If you already participate in the King Soopers Community Rewards program, you can plan on submitting your screenshots during the following redemption periods this school year:

● October 10, 2020-October 31, 2020

● January 10, 2021-January 31, 2021

● April 20, 2021-April 31, 2021

If you'd like more information on enrolling in the grocery card programs, please click here. We appreciate your support! 

Milk Caps for Moola

With your support, we collected 10,700 caps so far in 2020, raising $535 for our school. 

How can you help if you aren’t already participating?  

  • Start saving Longmont Dairy product caps if you already have products delivered to your home, or sign-up today

  • Collect caps from family, friends, and neighbors!

  • Clean caps and place in a plastic bag with the student’s name, grade, and the number of caps enclosed written on the outside of the bag.

  • Place bags in the “Milk Caps for Moo-la” collection box by the main entrance of school.

To be entered to win the monthly prize, students must place caps in the collection container by the last school day of each month. 

Be sure to have all your caps in by September 30th for the next drawing and for your chance to win a $5 Golden Sweets Ice Cream gift card.

Visit the our Milk Caps for Moola page or contact Sarah Cooper with questions.

Open PTA Positions

We are looking for an Advertising Coordinator to help us manage relationships with Fairmount's generous sponsors. This is an easy volunteer opportunity that can be done from home. If you're interested, please contact Laura Warren for more information. 

Join or Renew PTA Membership

With schools facing challenges like shrinking budgets, your PTA support is more critical than ever.

The cost is only $10 for one adult or $20 for two adults for the year!

Your membership fee supports all of the programs our PTA typically offers our students. Your support also helps us provide teacher support, updates to our school, and the purchase of new classroom technology! 

Become a Member Today!
Did you know...

Jeffco Schools has healthy, entertaining, safe, and educational activities on its website? You can find ideas to try and resources for enrichment and learning opportunities. From health & wellness and academics to enrichment and assistance resources, this website is a great tool for families. 

Take Me There
Lunch Menu
Cafeteria Menu & Updates

Classes will still come to the cafeteria by grade level if they are having hot lunch. We will place their main entree choice, fruit, vegetable, condiments, a package of utensils, and their choice of milk into a to-go back for them. Students will take their bags back to the classroom and eat there.

We will be using ID cards to collect payment, so we won't have to use a shared pin pad. We expect to help the younger grades by scanning their cards and are ready to help start new routines. Please call Leanne Alton at 303-982-5393 or email her if you have any questions or concerns.

September Cafeteria Menu 

Update from Mrs. Blomquist, STEM

Welcome back, Firebirds! We hope you're enjoying the STEM challenges this week. Each grade level has been assigned three tasks to complete: an engineering lesson, a LEGO design challenge, and an artistic assignment. All three require innovation, creativity, and perseverance! Send Mrs. Blomquist, STEM teacher, pictures of your child’s final creations and she will share them on her website and Fairmount’s social media sites.

Upcoming Events - Select Calendar(s) to be presented
Tuesday, September 1
3:45p PTA Meeting
Thursday, September 10
Last Chance to Register for the Firebirds on the Fairway Golf Tournament
Friday, September 11
Lifetouch Student Pictures
Monday, September 14
Lifetouch Student Pictures
Friday, September 18
Firebirds on the Fairway Golf Tournament
Tuesday, October 6
9:00a PTA Meeting
Wednesday, October 14
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, October 15
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday, October 19
Student Picture Retake Day / Remote Student Picture Day
Thank You Sponsors

Please join us in thanking our 2020-2021 Sponsors. When you visit their business please be sure to let them know you are with Fairmount Elementary! Interested in sponsoring? Let us know!

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