Originally delivered on 3/1/2022 4:44 pm

SUBJECT: March News & Events

Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Colorado Schools Testing Program: The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) will be in English language arts (ELA) and math for grades 3 through 5 and science for students in grades 5. The testing will be given in one state testing window – April 4th through April 29th. Standardized tests inform our parents and school in many ways. Our teachers, for example, review the results from the state tests to adjust their instruction. Students and families will be provided a fuller understanding of their mastery of grade-level expectations from the CMAS. In addition, Fairmount is accredited, in part, based on CMAS results. We will send home a detailed testing schedule by grade level as we get closer to the testing window. We will also post it on our website.

Spring Break is March 21st -March 28th for students. Students return on Tuesday, March 29th. We hope all of you have a safe and enjoyable break with your family!

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please call the office or email me at Sally.Mills@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Proud parent of a Mindset Master? Download a copy here.

A Note From Your President

PTA Meeting
Please join us today, Tuesday, March 1st, at 6:30 pm for our PTA meeting. We'll be meeting in the school library. You can also join online via Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 918 956 5441. Passcode: firebirds

Monthly Updates
  • Stock the Fridge
    This month, we welcome ALL families to sign up to bring in an item(s) to help stock the staff lounge. Items will be due on Monday, April 4, and collected by the main doors from 8:40 am-9:00 am. Sign up here! Thank you to all families who already donated treats for our staff this year! We appreciate your generosity!
  • Restaurant Night--Bliss Frozen Yogurt
    Join us on Wednesday, March 16 at Bliss Frozen Yogurt in Arvada. Make sure to mention Fairmount when you check out!
  • Legacy Brick Fundraiser:  Did you miss the Learning Garden's legacy brick fundraiser a few years ago? Now is your chance to leave a permanent mark on the Fairmount community by purchasing one of these bricks for the school's Learning Garden. The sale will end on April 5. All proceeds go to purchasing materials and improving our Learning Garden. To learn more, purchase and customize your brick, visit:  https://www.thatsmybrick.com/fairmountco, Email Liz Bravman, lizinmexico@hotmail.com, with any questions.
  • Spirit Fridays
    Don't forget to send your kids in their Fairmount spirit wear on Fridays! Classes with the most spirit will win fun prizes throughout the rest of the year.
  • Fit Fun Club
    Join us on Wednesday, March 16 for soccer! The first half will be skills and drills with fun soccer-themed challenges and games. Then we'll split into teams for a game! Meet in the gym at 7:40. We will be playing outside, so please dress for the weather! Sign up here. If you would like to volunteer to teach a class, please email Laura at 1laurakaufman@gmail.com.
  • Yearbooks on Sale
    Yearbook packages and individual items are available online at Fairmountpta.org through Friday, April 1, 2022. Yearbooks are distributed at the end of the year. Purchase now, as you must preorder for end-of-year distribution.
  • Book Drive for Lawrence Elementary
    If your family has outgrown books, we would love to have them included in a book drive to benefit our Title 1 Sister School, Lawrence Elementary near Olde Town Arvada. Click the flyer for more info. Download the flyer here. 
Talent Show—New Date!

Save the Date for Fairmount Elementary’s Annual Talent Show on Friday, April 15nd at 6:00 p.m.

Dress Rehearsal: April 14th after school 

Auditions: March 30th & 31th, 4:30-7 P.M.

Sign up here. 

We Need Parent Volunteers!

 Open Positions:

  • Fairmount 5K Committee to help organize our spring 5K fundraiser. No running experience is necessary! 
  • Sponsorship Coordinator to help with business and family sponsorships, and inclusion in our events.
  • Staff Appreciation Coordinator(s) to plan and facilitate staff appreciation week during the first week in May. 

If you're interested in helping us, please contact PTA VP, Laura Warren for more information. 

Cafeteria Menu
Library & Media Center Updates

Battle of the Books
The Fairmount Battle of the Books competition was held on Wednesday, February 23rd. Eight teams of 5th-grade students tested their knowledge of 10 different books. Congratulations to our top two teams representing Fairmount in the Jeffco district Battle of the Books competition on March 1st.
1st Place - Shawna Pei, Vivian Pearson, and Julia Becker
2nd Place - Henry Bauer, Beckham Hall, and Kellan Hamilton 

Digital Citizenship
During March, students will be learning about Online Privacy and Security. Students will be taught how to protect personal information and gain a deeper understanding of their data privacy rights so they can advocate for themselves and others.

March Family Letter With Resources

STEM Updates

-Kindergartners engineered an umbrella that was sturdy enough, big enough, and waterproof enough to protect their stuffed animal from the “rain”.
-First graders learned about pill bugs (or roly-poly bugs) and designed a “Pillbot.” Then, using biomimicry, students copied features from the pill bug to create their robot.
-Second graders designed a windbreak to protect their doghouses from the wind.
-Third graders found out how different beak types thrive (or fail) in different environments in a Bird Beak Lab. They were able to determine which beaks belonged to specialists and generalists based on the class data.
-Fourth graders explored circuits and literally and figuratively brightened someone’s day with a circuit valentine using copper foil tape, a button cell battery, and LED light.
-Fifth graders are working through the scientific process as they prepare for the Science Fair. In addition, students get to satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. 

Upcoming Events - Select Calendar(s) to be presented
Monday, March 7
Used Book Drive Begins
Friday, March 11
Used Book Drive Ends
Monday, March 21
Spring Break
Tuesday, March 22
Spring Break
Wednesday, March 23
Spring Break
Thursday, March 24
Spring Break
Friday, March 25
Spring Break
Monday, March 28
No School—Teacher Work Day
Friday, April 1
Last Day to Order Yearbooks
Friday, April 15
6:30p Fairmount's Got Talent
Thank You Sponsors

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

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