Originally delivered on 10/1/2020 7:14 pm

SUBJECT: Halloween Parties, Book Fair, Restaurant Night and More!

October 2020
Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Thank you to PTA and all of our families who volunteered and participated at our very first Firebirds on the Fairway! We raised $12,000 for the school! It was a joy to see our families out golfing on a beautiful day while at the same time socially distancing and staying safe. I’m glad we were able to be creative to come together in these circumstances. It reminds me once again how blessed we are to have a community that supports our children and our school mission! 

K-2 Beginning of the Year Reading Scores
Unsurprisingly, we have noticed a decrease at the beginning of the year reading scores for our youngest students – kindergarten through 2nd grade. This dip is something we see throughout the district, which I’m sure is similar throughout the state and country. Teachers sent home Dibels/Acadience reading scores last week so you can see your child’s results. At our October 14th and 15th parent/teacher conferences, we will discuss these test results and our instructional plans with you. You can help your child at home by having them practice their Book Cart books, reading to them, practicing letters and sounds, and any other suggestions your teacher recommends.

Halloween at School
We enjoy Halloween at Fairmount! Although our day will be a little different than years past, we will still have an opportunity to let our kids be kids!  Kids can come to school in costume, and we will have an in-class party on Friday, 10/30, in the morning from 9:00-10:00. Please have students bring regular clothes to change into when the party is over. Kids will need to wear masks but please, no gore, fake blood, weapons, or make-up/hair dye that would be a distraction for the rest of the school day.  Room parents are organizing simple treats and crafts. If you are sending in treats for our Halloween parties, we ask that items be purchased instead of homemade this year, and please, absolutely NO TREE NUTS OR PEANUTS!  Drinks must be clear liquids or in pouches/boxes. Thank you for making this day memorable for our students while also helping us get back to the school day afterward!

As always, if you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please call the office, stop by, or email me at Sally.Mills@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Proud parent of a Mindset Master? You can download a print version here

The Book Cart is Back!

The PTA is proud to announce the Book Cart will be starting again for grades K-2! This program helps our younger readers become more proficient and fosters a good home/school partnership. 

Each K-2 student will get a book twice a week (this change is for safety/sanitation reasons). Each book is marked with a colored dot, so you know it belongs to the Book Cart program. When you’re done with a book, send it back to school in the same bag, and a new one will be sent out!

Remote students will also be able to exchange books!  Look for bins for each class in the lobby.

Thank you to Mrs. Mills, Sue Bobroske, teachers, and volunteers who have made this reading program possible.  If you would like to help or have questions, please contact Book Cart Program Coordinator, Cathie Rhodes

Join Us at Dream Dinners!

Dream Dinners is offering Fairmount friends & families an opportunity to not only get dinner on the table without having to plan, shop, or chop but also will be giving money back to our PTA! Check out the meals available and the flyer. Thanks for supporting local small businesses & a Fairmount Elementary graduate!  

Restaurant Night at Five Guys

Join us at Five Guys for burgers and fries on Wednesday, October 7th from 2 pm- 9 pm at the Lakewood location near Colorado Mills. They will be donating 15% of proceeds to the PTA when you mention Fairmount Elementary. 


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:

-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

Grocery Card Screenshots Due!

King Soopers Community Rewards Q3 ended and we will be accepting reward screenshots between October 10th and October 31st! Please send your screenshot, along with your name, and the name and grade of your youngest child to GroceryReimb@FairmountPTA.org. If you have any questions about the rewards program or its process, email GroceryCards@FairmountPTA.org.

 Please note the following redemption period dates: 

● 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! 

Get your Jeffco Fees Reimbursed

Remember you can have your Jeffco school fees reimbursed with your grocery earnings through the Fairmount PTA. Pay the fees, save the receipt, and send  to Treasurer@fairmountpta.org. Please include a current mailing address so we can mail the check directly to you.

Milk Caps for Moola

Last month we collected 4,456 milk caps resulting in $223 for September. Congratulations to Ella Davenport, our $5 gift card winner! 

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 October 31st 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!
Lunch Menu
Cafeteria Menu

Check out this month's menu. As a reminder, students who choose hot lunch will come to the cafeteria to pick up their selection and return to the classroom to eat.

A Note from School Social Workers

Hello Fairmount families, my name is Karie Phillips and I am beginning my third year at Fairmount in the role of a School Social Worker and Social-Emotional Learning Specialist. I support students and staff with tools and strategies that promote health and happiness in school. I also help students with specific identified school-based social-emotional needs. This year I am joined by Mel Thompson, a School Social Worker supporting students and staff at Fairmount and Three Creeks Elementary. Mel and I share a passion for empowering students to utilize their strengths to improve areas of challenge. We also believe that caring for one another and celebrating our similarities and differences creates a strong, healthy community.  

Check out our website, “Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health” for many resources from crisis intervention to supporting unique learning styles. There are also pandemic-specific articles and activities. If you have a social-emotional or mental health concern, please check these resources and reach out if you don’t find what you need. While we don’t provide individual therapy, we are useful resources and can connect you and your family with more robust services as needed. Please call the office at 303-982-5422, email us, or fill out this form. Also, feel free to visit our virtual office
Blessings and Care,
Karie and Mel 

If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 (TALK) or 911. The Colorado Crisis Line is staffed by very kind and professional counselors who can help you and your loved ones through the darkest times.  

Karie Phillips
Mel Thompson
Library & Media Center Updates

Online Book Fair
Due to our current social distancing procedures, our fall Book Fair will be online November 8th-21st. We will send out details on how to order books for your children. Books will be delivered to homes.

Book fairs are integral to the funding of many vital resources for our students. They help purchase new books, magazines, PebbleGo, library supplies and support our Spelling Bee.

Online Library System
Grades 2-5 learned how to use our library system, Follett's Destiny Discover, which students use to check out books. View this video or these Google Slides for directions. They're also available on our library website's home page

Students may still check out two books each week and can check out two more once returned. Remote students may pick up books they have put on hold (if they're available and if they've been put on hold by the end of the day on Wednesday) on Fridays between 11:00-2:00. 

The LMC will quarantine library books for 72 hours before they are available again for check out.

Digital Citizenship in September: Digital Footprint and Identity
In September, we taught students how online activities leave behind a digital footprint. Our digital footprint, or online presence, has long-lasting implications. Children need to understand digital footprints are often public and potentially accessible by anyone. This month, you can help your child(ren) learn how to contribute to a positive digital reputation, both for themselves and for others.

Discussion Question for School and Home: How can I cultivate my digital identity in ways that are responsible and empowering?

Digital Footprint & Identify Family Activities: Grades 3-5  English - Spanish

Tips for Families

Digital Citizenship in October: Cyberbullying
During October, we will be learning to be safe, responsible, and respectful online. Unfortunately, many students will encounter mean behavior at some point in their digital lives. Some of these experiences can have profound, long-lasting effects. For families, the key is staying involved in your children's lives -- both in the physical and online worlds -- so you can step in and offer help if necessary. You can help your child(ren) learn how to avoid drama and stand up for others by using these resources:

Discussion Question for School and Home: How can I connect positively, treat others respectfully, and create a culture of kindness?

Cyberbullying Family Activities: 

Tips for Families

Meet your Digital Teacher Librarians
Fairmount has 2 Digital Teacher Librarians job-sharing the position again this year in our Library Media Center. Andi Johnson will begin her 6th year in the Fairmount LMC and 22nd year in Jeffco school libraries. Suzie Veldman will start her 2nd year in the library but the 7th year at Fairmount. She taught 5th grade here and has been a K-2 teacher in Florida for 15 years. 

Together we plan to collaborate as Digital Teacher Librarians (DTL). The Digital part represents our roles in integrating technology into instruction. The Teacher part reflects our teaching roles, and Librarian means we still manage the library's resources, both print and digital. We are excited to work together to help students use tech tools to enhance their learning and foster a love of reading, an essential key to being a lifelong learner. Though things in the library look a little different, we are still looking forward to another great year at Fairmount!

Pictured: Suzie Veldman, Andi Johnson, and Suzie Fink, Library Paraprofessional

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
Upcoming Events - Select Calendar(s) to be presented
Tuesday, October 6
9:00a October 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
Tuesday, November 3
6:30p November PTA Meeting
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!