Originally delivered on 4/1/2022 11:22 am

SUBJECT: April News & Events

Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Mrs. Kruse and I enjoyed Lunch on the Roof with our Books with the Birds winners: Luke S., Mason C., Landon B., and Zachary P. Congratulations on your hard work! 

April CMAS
3rd through 5th-grade students will be participating in Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) state testing from April 4th to the 21st. They will all participate in English Language Arts and Math. 5th graders will also participate in science. You can access the schedule here to see all of the dates and times. We encourage all students to have a good breakfast and come to school on time! Go Firebirds!

As always, if you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please email me at
Sally.Mills@jeffco.k12.co.us or call the office (303) 982-5422.

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A Note From Your President

As we gear up for the last few months of the school year, we have some exciting events and activities planned for your students and families. We hope you'll mark your calendars and join us!

Open PTA Positions
At the end of every year, we have PTA positions open up. Not all volunteer positions require time spent in school and many can be done from home. Please consider giving us a hand and helping us keep important programs in the school. If we don't have volunteers, we don't have these programs!

PTA Meeting
Please join us Tuesday, April 5th, at 6:30 pm for our PTA meeting. We'll be meeting in the school library. Our guest speaker, Aaron Turner, of American Family Insurance will be addressing homeowner insurance questions and liabilities related to fire dangers. 

Fairmount's Got Talent on April 15

Come watch our talented Fairmount students at our annual Talent show on Friday, April 15nd at 6:00 p.m.

Firebird Chase 5K on May 1

The 2022 Fairmount Firebird Chase will be on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Fairmount Park! Register your students and family, and share with friends and neighbors for this fun community event and fundraiser. We're offering a 5K and a fun run, as well as a "sleep-in" option. Family sponsorships are available as well for $100. Register here.

We Need Parent Volunteers!

 Open Positions:

  • Vice President (Board Position) to support our initiatives, board, parent volunteers, and staff. View responsibilities here. 
  • Fairmount 5K Volunteers to help with our spring 5K fundraiser. No running experience is necessary! 
  • Back to School Bash Coordinator(s) to help plan our beginning of year event to welcome families back after the summer break.
  • Sponsorship Coordinator(s) 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. Work with current coordinator this year, take over next year. 
  • 2023 Talent Show Coordinator(s) to plan and organize Fairmount's Got Talent in the Spring of 2023.
  • Yearbook Coordinator to help organize photos and layout for yearbooks, and work with Lifetouch for production. 
    View open positions and more information here.

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

Monthly Updates
  • Yearbook Deadline: April 1, 2022--TODAY! 
    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.
  • Legacy Brick Fundraiser Ends April 5
    Now is your chance to leave a permanent mark on the Fairmount community by purchasing a brick for the school's Learning Garden. The sale will end on April 5. All proceeds go to purchasing materials and improving our Learning Garden. Click here to learn more, purchase, and customize!
  • Campbell Dean Scholarship Ends April 8
    Former Fairmount students are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship when they are high school seniors. This scholarship is available to any high school senior that was enrolled at Fairmount Elementary School for a period of three years or more and has a satisfactory grade standing, citizenship record, and community service experience. To apply, view the Scholarship Requirements and return your application to Fairmount by April 8.
  • Restaurant Night on April 12
    Visit Mannie and Bo's Pizzeria in Golden on April 12th from 11:00a - 8:30p for great Italian eats, and be sure to mention Fairmount when ordering so a percentage of their sales will go to the school!
  • 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 on April 20
    The Club will meet Wednesday, April 20 at 7:40a in the gym for Track and Field. We'll race short and long distances, jump hurdles, throw shot put, run relays, and more! Please dress for the weather, as we will be outside on the track. Sign up here.
  • King Soopers Community Rewards
    We will be accepting Rewards Screenshots from 4/10-4/30. Please send your screenshot, 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, please visit www.FairmountPTA.org or email us.
    Over the Summer
    Keep shopping and earning for Fairmount over summer break! Our next submission deadline will be after we return for the 22-23 school year; submissions for Q2 will be accepted from July 10, 2022, through August 31, 2022. Mark your calendars!
  • The Book Cart Program Ending April 11
    The program will end for the school year on April 11, 2022. You'll get a notice to return your current book before April 22, 2022. Please help us with our end-of-year inventory by returning books promptly! We're so proud of all the books the kids have been reading!
  • Grief Counseling Children often carry a heavy burden when someone they love dies. At Camp Comfort, your child will have the opportunity to discover skills, develop a better understanding of their grief, and help them preserve positive memories of their loved ones.
Cafeteria Menu
Library & Media Center Updates

Colorado Children’s Book Award Winners
All students at Fairmount voted for their favorite Colorado Children’s Book Award (CCBA) book. We compiled and turned in the votes to the state committee, and the results are in! Here are Fairmount’s top picks.

Picture Books: Winner, The Scariest Book in the Whole Entire World; Runner Up, The Cool Bean

Chapter Books: Winner, The One and Only Bob; Runner Up, Ground Zero

Scholastic Book Fair - Save The Date
Our Spring Book Fair is coming! So mark your calendars and save the dates for May 9th-13th. We hope this Spring Book Fair will put great books into the hands of our students for summer reading and help offset the ‘summer slide’ when learning often takes a dip. So come on by and check out our great selection of books!

Digital Citizenship
During April, 5th-grade students will be learning about Digital Footprint and Identity. Students consider the benefits and risks of online sharing and explore how a digital persona can affect one’s sense of self, reputation, and relationships.  

April Digital Citizenship Family Letter

STEM Updates

Kindergartners discovered the trick to magnets. After forming a hypothesis about items on a tray, these scientists tested their educated guesses. Then, looking around the classroom and using the new information, students made conjectures about other possible magnetic things.

First graders learned what animals do during the harsh winter months. Then, these engineers followed the design process and constructed animal dens based on whether their selected animal hibernates or bromates. 

Second graders tested the absorbency of four different materials. Then, using group and class data, they selected one material that they would use in their flood barrier. Stay tuned to find out if their chosen material protects their dog houses. 

Third graders have moved on to Geometry in math. They use their Dash driver’s licenses from second grade to show their understanding of perimeter and polygons by programming their robots using specific algorithms. In addition, many students learned how to loop their code to decrease the number of steps. Shortcuts are a mathematician’s best friend!

Fourth graders continue to explore circuits. Using Little Bits, students created full circuits and were challenged with keeping the light on while only having the buzzer sound with control. 

Fifth graders are worked through the scientific process as they prepare for the Science Fair. Students satisfied their curiosities about the world around them. Presentations were given on Friday before Spring Break.

Upcoming Events - Select Calendar(s) to be presented
Friday, April 1
Last Day to Order Yearbooks
Sunday, April 3
Last Day to Order Summer Bridge Books
Tuesday, April 5
Last Day for Legacy Brick Fundraiser
6:30p PTA Meeting
Friday, April 8
Last Day for Campbell Dean Scholarship
Tuesday, April 12
11:00a Restaurant Night at Mannie and Bo's
Friday, April 15
6:00p Fairmount's Got Talent
Wednesday, April 20
7:40a Fit Fun Club (Track & Field)
Friday, April 22
No School—Teacher Work Day
Saturday, April 30
Last Day for King Soopers Rewards
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!

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