Originally delivered on 10/3/2022 4:58 pm

SUBJECT: October News & Events

Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Fairmount School Performance
Fairmount has been awarded the 2022 National Blue Ribbon School Award for our Exemplary High Performance! We know this is a community accomplishment, so thank you to our students, staff, and families! Mrs. Arleth and I will travel to Washington, D.C., in November to receive our award. Our 2021-22 School Performance Framework from the Colorado Department of Education is based on the prior year’s CMAS results. This report indicates the following:

  • Our students exceeded expectations for academic achievement.
  • Our students met expectations for academic growth.
  • Our students scored in the 93rd percentile of all Colorado schools in English Language Arts.
  • Our students scored in the 96th percentile of all Colorado schools in math.

Halloween at School

We enjoy Halloween at Fairmount! Kids can come to school in costume, and we will have a school parade and class parties on Monday, 10/31, in the morning from 9:00-10:20. Please have students bring regular clothes to change into when the party is over. Kids can wear masks once they are in the classroom, but please, no gore, fake blood, weapons, or make-up/hair dye that would be a distraction for the rest of the school day. If you are sending in treats for our Halloween parties, absolutely NO TREE NUTS OR PEANUTS! Drinks must be clear liquids or in pouches/boxes.

If parents want to watch the parade, you will sign in at the office, and then you can go to the cafeteria or the gym. Please note that you MUST stay in those spots until the parade is concluded. We don’t want parents walking to classes during the parade. Thank you for making this day special for our students while also helping us to 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.

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A Note From Your President

Congratulations, Fairmount!
While I've always been proud to have my son go to Fairmount, I'll admit I wasn't aware of what a Blue Ribbon Award meant or the significance of receiving one. I am now. I congratulate the Fairmount teachers, staff, students, and families who made this prestigious award possible. In the 39 years of offering this award, only 9,000 schools have won it! This is a monumental accomplishment, and you can bet we'll be planning celebrations in the future!

Firebirds on the Fairway
Wow! What an event! Thank you to all who golfed, came for lunch, volunteered, and had a hand in the success! We appreciate your participation, growing friendships, and general community camaraderie! Please also join me in thanking Sarah Page, Amanda Schultz, Lisa Reich, and Jenn Powers for their hard work in planning the event!

The Silent Auction
It was wild until the very end, and we exceeded our initial goal of $10,000 and stretched it to $13,500! Thank you for bidding, donating items, and being so generous! Amanda Schultz did a fantastic job organizing! We hope you got some great things, and please know the staff appreciates the extra funding from this auction in the classrooms, and we know your kiddos will enjoy their dates with their favorite staff members! 

PTA Meeting 10/11
We hope you'll join us in the library at 6:30 pm on October 11th for our next PTA meeting!

The Directory is Ready!
Thank you for your patience! The directory is now ready for use in MembershipToolkit on Fairmountpta.org. Note: you must be a PTA member to access.

Firebirds on the Fairway Winners

Congratulations to the following winners!

1st Place: Ben Portie, Braiden Portie, Collin Portie, & Bill Miller

2nd Place: Mike Castillo, Jon Luciano, Lance Perez, Alex Marmitt

3rd Place: Paul Larkins Ted Bakanec, Dave Feir, Chad McKune

Putting Contest: Laura Warren

Women's Longest Drive: Chris Kruse

Men's Longest Drive: James Katsaros 

Into the Paint: Joe Carlton

3rd Grade: Let's Load the Lounge

During the school year, we will be stocking the staff lounge with treats and drinks for our treasured Fairmount faculty. Each month families of a designated grade level will be invited to participate. This month, we welcome our 3rd-grade families to sign up to bring in an item(s) to help stock the lounge. Items will be due on the 7th of November and collected by the main doors from 8:40 am-9:00 am. Sign up here! 

Thank you to our 4th and 5th-grade families who already donated treats for our staff already! We appreciate your generosity!

Spirit Wear is Coming!

Spirit Wear will be delivered later this month. If you purchased items, they will be coming home with your youngest child.

Every Friday at Fairmount is Firebird Friday (a spirit day). We'll be tracking classroom participation for fun rewards. Again, thank you to Ashley Kelley, Victoria Robinson, and Matt Watson for your help in coordinating this year's efforts. 

Upcoming Fundraising Nights

We've got a full line-up of Restaurant Nights for the 'Birds

  • Bliss Frozen Yogurt, Oct. 5th, 4 pm to close
    Join us for a sweet treat after school or dinner at Bliss, where they'll donate a portion back to the PTA. Please mention Fairmount when paying!
  • Urban Air Westminster | 10/19, 4-7:30 pm 
    Bring the kids to hop, skip, and jump all over Urban Air Spirit Night on October 19th, and they will donate 20% of admission back to the PTA. Mention Fairmount at check-in!
  • Dream Dinners | October 26, 5:30 pm
    Dream Dinners is going to make weekday meals much easier! Receive three delicious, medium-size dinners to take home for $60. They will donate $10 from each order to Fairmount PTA. Orders will be picked up on Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30 pm. Order here. 
Book Cart is Back!

Please be on the lookout for books coming home with your kindergartner, first or second grader at their independent reading level. Parent volunteers run this daily program to help support your child’s reading success. Fairmount’s Book Cart Program provides our students with the extra boost in becoming proficient readers and fostering a good home/school partnership by sending books home with K-2 students nightly to improve literacy. 

If you would like to help, please contact our Book Cart Program Coordinator, Beth Reichardt at bb4evr@comcast.net.

Open Positions
  • Newsletter Editor: organize and create the monthly newsletter using the website application within Membership Toolkit. This position will edit and proofread monthly newsletter submissions. Work can be done from home. 
  • Yearbook Coordinator: to help design the yearbook through the LifeTouch website.
  • Summer Book Box Coordinator: to collect orders in the spring for Summer Bridge Books, Brain Quest Books, and Summer Book Boxes to help prevent the summer slide.

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

Before + After School Enrichment

We are always striving to provide the best in before/after school enrichment. We have added Knight School of Denver Chess Club, News Broadcast Film Making with Talk to the Camera, Sweet Ridge Studios Art for K/1, STEM/Robotics, and more to come! Keep checking our PTA enrichment page. Reach out to Victoria Robinson for any questions.

Fit Fun Club is Back!

Fit Fun Club will meet Wednesday, October 19th at 7:40 in the gym for Track and Field. We'll race short and long distances, jump hurdles, throw shot put, run relays, and more! Dress for the weather, as we plan to be outside on the track. Sign up here.

ONE PARENT VOLUNTEER IS NEEDED TO HELP RUN THIS EVENT. If you are interested, please email us.

Fit Fun Club meets once a month for fun-filled fitness. Each month has a different focus: running, dance, obstacle courses, yoga, Zumba, and strength-based exercises. One or two volunteers are needed for a 30-60 minute time commitment each month. If you are in the fitness industry and would like to teach a class, please email Laura at 1laurakaufman@gmail.com.

Help us when you shop

Have you signed up for Community Rewards with King Soopers? We also have several partnerships with businesses that generously donate money back to our PTA when you shop. 

Milk Caps for Moo-la!
Last year we collected 20,750 product caps, raising $1,037.50 for our school! Not only does Fairmount benefit by receiving 5 cents for every cap we collect, but we save many caps from going to a landfill by returning these to the dairy so they can be recycled.

Learn more about King Soopers, Amazon Smile, Milk Caps for Moo-la programs here.

Lunch Menu

View the lunch menu here.Check your download folder after clicking. 

What's Happening in STEM

Kindergartners experimented with new technology by bringing their drawings to life using the Quiver app. Firetrucks were spraying water, birds were eating worms, and rockets were blasting off the paper. Minds blown!

First graders are engineering. Pigeon from Moe Willems’s book Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late needs a bed, and first graders are just the problem-solvers for the job. Following the design process, students

sketched, built, and tested a bed made from restricted materials.

Second graders stayed with the plant theme in STEM. Science meets technology! Using a video game design, students shared information about a specific type of plant and included all components necessary for survival within their game. Their plants (or character) needed roots, stems, and leaves. Collecting sunlight, water, nutrients, and oxygen was a goal along the way.

Third graders specialized in one simple machine this month. After constructing a Lego catapult, go-cart, or merry-go-round model, third graders analyzed the data and compared models after changing just one component. The hands-on building has increased knowledge of pulleys, levers, gears, wheels, and axles!

Fourth and fifth graders are designing the Running Club Charms for Fairmount runners. Students sketched a month-appropriate charm and created and filmed a commercial for their charm, which was voted on by another class. Tune in to Fairmount’s social media to see the winners!

Check out the STEM website for more information and photos!

Upcoming Events - Select Calendar(s) to be presented
Wednesday, October 5
4:00p Restaurant Night | Bliss Frozen Yogurt
Monday, October 10
King Soopers Redemption Period Begins
Tuesday, October 11
6:30p PTA General Meeting
Thursday, October 13
Book Fair Begins
Monday, October 17
Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, October 18
Parent Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, October 19
Parent Teacher Conferences
7:40a Fit Fun Club Track + Field
4:00p Urban Air Spirit Night
Thursday, October 20
Teacher Work Day | No School
Friday, October 21
Fall Break | No School
Wednesday, October 26
5:30p Dream Dinners Fundraiser
Monday, October 31
King Soopers Redemption Period Ends
9:00a Halloween Parties
Thank You Sponsors

Please join us in thanking our 2022-2023 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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