Originally delivered on 12/5/2022 3:25 pm

SUBJECT: December News & Events!

Message from Sally Mills, Principal

EnrollJeffco is Jeffco Public Schools' enrollment system. All families will need to use EnrollJeffco between December 6th and January 13th to indicate where your students will be going to school next August, including if they are returning to Fairmount. This system will digitally manage the choice/open enrollment process. It is super important for returning Fairmount families to complete this process by January 13th because we will determine staffing and open seats available for open enrollment based on your responses. If you know new kindergarten families, please let them know about this process or tell them to call the office. For our 5th graders, this is the time to let Jeffco know what your middle school plans are. You will get additional information from our district soon explaining how you will access the system to complete the enrollment process for next year. You can always call our amazing Sue Bobroske in the office if you have questions about the process or if you would like to come into the office for in-person assistance.

Mountain Vista Nursing Home
Although our 5th graders will not be able to visit our friends at Mountain Vista Nursing Home this year, we are still able to sponsor the residents for a holiday gift. Thank you to Michelle Henriksen for coordinating this effort! Ms. Hirn, our energetic new music teacher, will record our 5th graders’ holiday performance for the residents.

Winter Break
Our students’ winter break starts on Monday, December 19, and they return on Thursday, January 5th. We hope all of our families have a magical and safe vacation! See you in 2023!

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

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A Note From Your President

Thank You
As we wind up the first half of the year, we want to take a moment to thank all of our volunteers for sharing their time, talents and treasures with us. Whether you have dropped off snacks for a classroom party, sent in goodies for the staff, helped with events or programs, or taken on the role of a coordinator position, we want you to know that we appreciate your efforts. Our programs wouldn't be successful without people like you stepping up. 

Open Positions
Please take a moment to read through our open positions (below) and let us know if you have an interest in helping us. It takes a village to run all of our programs! 

We will update the enrichment calendar and registration in the coming weeks so you can enroll your child for classes starting after winter break. Keep checking our PTA enrichment page by clicking here as new registrations open up for the next quarter. Reach out to Victoria Robinson, enrichment@fairmountpta.org for any questions.

Fit Fun Club meets on Wed, 12/14, at 7:30 in the gym for Strength and Conditioning. We will do bodyweight strength and cardio movements, all set to Kidz Bop music. Let's move our bodies and have some fun! Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044da9ab2fa7f49-strength

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. 

Learning Garden Update

The Fairmount Learning Garden has been put to bed for the winter, but before that first snow came, we were able to get a beautiful new brick patio installed. Thank you to Joe Kuk, a Fairmount dad and landscape architect, for designing and installing this amazing feature in our garden. Once the snow melts, take a moment to go into the garden to check it out. If you’ve purchased an engraved memorial brick in the past, search for it, and if you haven’t had the chance, there is plenty of room in our new patio to add one during future fundraisers. We are so fortunate to have this beautiful space to enjoy. The garden is always open to students, families, teachers, and staff, so please wander in and enjoy it.

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

If you signed up to purchase gifts for the Mt. Vista residents, please return them on 12/5, 12/6, or 12/7 from 7:30 am-9 am in the main office. Volunteers will be available at dropoff to help collect them. Please wrap each resident's gifts in one container and affix the provided tag (handed out in Friday folders right before Thanksgiving week) to each package. This will greatly help the staff with gift organization and distribution. Questions: Michelle Henriksen iyq2bu@gmail.com or 303.507.2898. Thank you for your participation!

Restaurant Night at Mannie & Bo's

Dine out at Mannie and Bo's in Golden from 11 am to 8:30 pm on December 6. When you mention Fairmount PTA, we'll get a portion of their sales donated back to the PTA!

Open Positions
  • Co-Treasurer: Shadow current Treasurer to take over the summer of 2023. This person would work with the current PTA Treasurer in the areas of developing the PTA budget, managing the books, providing a treasurer’s report at each meeting, preparing tax forms, preparing interim reports, depositing money in the PTA checking account, signing PTA checks, assisting with the transfer of financial records, etc.
    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. 

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

Second graders stayed with the plant theme in STEM. Using Bloxels, these video game designers worked on creating the backgrounds for their plant characters. They also determined which enemies (squirrels, drought, earwigs, or caterpillars) their character would have to avoid or defeat in game mode. After animating their plant character, students had a game day where they could test classmates’ games and show off their own!

Third graders investigated tools and actions that could prevent damage to homes during different storms. Students tested their knowledge in a computer-simulated activity where they weatherproofed various types of homes. Using what they learned, students engineered an insulated container to keep an ice cube from melting. The objective of the experiment was to stop, or at least slow, the transfer of heat.

Fourth graders investigated ways to increase the kinetic energy of a wind, water, or solar-powered device. Scientists worked with a solar car, hydroelectric generator, windmill, or wind racer. After making a prediction, students experimented and analyzed their data.

Fifth graders were tasked with inventing the “It” toy of the season. This time instead of sketching their design, students used the Tinkercad program to design a 3D Toy. Who better to design a new toy for kids than kids? Stay tuned to see which toys will make the final cut! The innovations are creative in a way

only kids can think of!

Check out the STEM website for more information and photos!

Library Updates

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. 

Upcoming Events - Select Calendar(s) to be presented
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
Monday, April 10
King Soopers Redemption Period Begins
Sunday, April 30
King Soopers Redemption Period Ends
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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