Originally delivered on 11/1/2022 9:49 am

SUBJECT: November News & Events!

Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Conferences and Report Cards

At Fairmount, we believe in partnering with you to provide the best education for all of our students. So it was wonderful to have all of you meet with us for parent teacher conferences! It was nice to be able to provide information on our Social Emotional curriculum as well as our academics. The end of the first trimester is November 11th, and report cards will be sent home in Friday Folders on November 18 th . If you have anyquestions after you receive the report, please contact your child’s teacher or me.

Thank you for the Support!
We appreciate everyone’s support from the Firebirds on the Fairway Golf Tournament and Silent Auction! It was so much fun having lunch on the roof with the auction winners and friends – Mason, Zach, Travis, Aaron, Cullen, Keira, Maxwell, and Harlyn. This fundraiser is supporting money that goes directly to classrooms and the purchase of new Mimio Boards. Thank You! 

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? Download a copy here.

A Note From Your President

Blue Ribbon Celebration
The PTA will host a Blue Ribbon Celebration to honor our treasured staff for their achievement after school on November 9. 

If you would like to help us honor them, please consider donating a gift card, gift, or service. We hope to have a gift for every staff member who attends the party! If you would like to donate something, please click here or email. Thank you in advance for your support!

Thanks to the families of Sunrise Ridge who generously came together to donate money to make this celebration possible during the silent auction! 

Halloween Parties
Thank you, room parents and families! The kiddos look forward to these parties so much; thanks for making them memorable!

5th Grade Yearbook Baby Pictures

It’s amazing how quickly they grow up! The yearbook staff is now accepting orders for 5th grade baby pages in the 2022-2023 yearbook. Click here to view.

New this year: All families will purchase yearbooks directly through Lifetouch! You can order yearbooks at ybpay.com and use code: 9984823. 

2nd 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 2nd-grade families to sign up to bring in an item(s) to help stock the lounge. Items will be due on the 5th of December and collected by the main doors from 8:40 am-9:00 am. Sign up here! 

Thank you to our 3rd-5th-grade families who already donated treats for our staff! We appreciate your generosity!

Mt. Vista Holiday Project

For over 60 years, the students at Fairmount Elementary have been sharing the joy and wonderment of the holidays with the residents of Mountain Vista Senior Living Community. Each year, Fairmount families can sign up to "adopt a senior" and fulfill items on their wishlist. Along with the gifts from families, 5th Graders will record a holiday program to bring the residents some extra holiday cheer.

If you would like to participate by adopting a senior, sign up by Sunday, Nov. 20. You may sign up to adopt up to 3 seniors. Sign up here!

On Nov. 17, name(s) of the resident(s) will be emailed with wishlists. Gifts should be wrapped and returned to school on Dec. 5-7.

Restaurant Night at Bob's!

Join us at Bob's Atomic Burgers in Golden on November 15, 11am-8pm for burgers, fries, and fun! They will generously donate 10% of all sales back to Fairmount! 

Volunteer Appreciation Event

The Fairmount PTA would like to thank our Fall '22 volunteers by hosting a volunteer appreciation event at Colorado Tap House on November 16 from 1-3 pm. All are welcome, please join us! View details here.

Avalanche Night Out

Buy a ticket to the Avalanche game and get a voucher for the Mammoth lacrosse game on 1/7! Plus, $5 from every ticket sale goes back to Fairmount! See you on the ice!
Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues
November 14, 2022 at 7:00pm

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. 

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 were scientists all week. They watched the reaction of baking soda and vinegar with their Frankenworms and experimented with static electricity by making their tissue ghosts dance!

First graders are studying waves in Science class. Students made a string phone and tested different variables that made it possible to hear their partner on the phone. Don’t be surprised if they recreate this at home and discover how long the string can be until the phone doesn’t work!

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 chose between two design challenges that solve a real-life problem. They were allowed to pick their own problem and design a solution to fix that problem. Engineers created a wearable technology piece or a digital accessory following the design process.

Fourth graders have been learning about extreme weather in Science. Students were challenged to build a structure that could withstand a simulated earthquake. These student engineers followed the building requirements and had to troubleshoot issues using the design process, testing their toothpick and marshmallow structures in Jell-O. 

Fifth graders got into the Halloween spirit by carving a Jack-o-Lantern with a pool noodle and construction paper and lighting it up with a student-made circuit. 

Check out the STEM website for more information and photos!

Library Updates

Paws For Books Book Fair – A Huge Success!
Many thanks to all of you for supporting our Scholastic Book Fair! It was fabulous seeing all the students having so much fun picking out new books to read. What a great way to support the literacy goals of our students and raise money for our school. We raised over $5,800 for our library! This important fundraiser allows us to purchase new books for our library and technology resources like PebbleGo. We were also able to fulfill many of our teachers’ book wishes. Many thanks!

Battle of the Books
Many of our 5th grade students are preparing for our school’s Battle of the Books competition, which will take place in late February. Battle of the Books is a trivia-based literacy program. Students read from a list of ten books from different genres and then compete against other teams to answer questions about the books. This friendly competition will allow teams to battle each other within the school, and then we will send our TOP TWO teams to a Final Battle between other teams around the Jeffco school district. 

November Digital Citizenship 
During the month of November, many of our students will engage in digital citizenship learning related to Privacy & Security. These lessons will introduce students to online privacy and the potential implications of sharing private information with friends, the public, app providers, and more.  

At home, you can assist your student in understanding Privacy & Security in various ways, especially when creating online profiles with gaming websites, social networking apps, and other sites. When supporting your child in setting up an online account, consider the following:

  • Use a family email address for your child’s first accounts. This will ensure that the account can be monitored and managed by an adult in the family. 
  • Username - Do not use full names or first for usernames, and do not use someone else’s name. Usernames should not include personal information. 
  • Create a secure password - Passwords must be easy enough for kids to remember but not easy for others to guess. Use at least 10 characters, use both uppercase and lowercase letters, and use a number too. 
  • Choosing a profile picture - If a site offers avatars, it is best to use them. When using an actual photo, ensure the image does not reveal personal information like a school shirt, street address, or other identifying elements in the background. 

Family Letter

Winter Digital Citizenship Family Letter

Upcoming Events - Select Calendar(s) to be presented
Monday, November 7
8:30a 3rd Grade Stock the Fridge Drop off
Wednesday, November 9
Blue Ribbon Celebration Day
Tuesday, November 15
Restaurant Night | Bob's Atomic Burgers
Sunday, November 20
Last Day to Sign up for a Mt. Vista Resident
Monday, November 21
Thanksgiving Break Nov 21-25
Monday, December 5
8:40a Stock the Fridge | 2nd Grade
Tuesday, January 10
King Soopers Redemption Period Begins
Tuesday, January 31
King Soopers Redemption Period Ends
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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