Originally delivered on 1/4/2023 10:48 am

SUBJECT: Welcome Back, Firebirds! ❄️✏️📚

Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Student Based Budgeting & Enroll Jeffco
January is the time of year that we set our budgets for the next school year. Fairmount’s budget is based on estimating how many students we expect to be enrolled next school year. This budget will be adjusted up or down next fall based on enrollment at the October count. It is important for us to have the best possible estimates so that we can plan for the ideal number of classrooms, teachers, and open-enrolled students! We also would like to avoid an unexpected budget loss next fall that would occur if we overestimate.

Please pass the word to neighbors who have incoming kindergarteners – they might not know this is the time to register for next year! How do families help with this budgeting process? To help us determine the number of continuing students, all families need to let us know if their child will be returning to Fairmount. Please visit EnrollJeffco.org and let us know by January 13th! You can access the site from the school website. If you have any questions, need to use the school computers, or need assistance with the program, please call Sue or come to the office between the hours of 7:30-4:00.

Help Wanted at Fairmount!
We have several important positions that we would love to fill in January! We need: 

  • Kindergarten paraprofessional who would work 5 hours during the school day
  • Fulltime night custodian who would work 2 pm – 10 pm. (This position includes paid benefits!)
  • Grade level para who would work 5 hours during the school day

If you are interested or know anyone interested, please call Chris Kruse at (303) 982-5422. Thanks for your help!!

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

Welcome back, Firebirds!
It's hard to believe winter break is already over! We hope you had a safe and healthy break and your new year is off to a great start! We are gearing up for another fun and exciting semester with our Read-A-Thon kicking off soon, the talent show, the 5K, and of course, our special celebration for our 5th graders with continuation. If you are interested in helping with any of these programs or others, please email vp@fairmountpta.org. It takes a village to run all of our programs!

Mt. Vista Holiday Project
We want to give a heartfelt thank you to Michelle Henriksen, who led another successful year with the Mt. Vista Holiday Project! Also, thank you to our families who adopted a senior and made their holiday much brighter. We're so proud of our 5th graders and their performance, too! 

It's Almost Time!

Save the date for our annual Read-A-Thon which goes from January 20th-27, 2023. We'll be competing against Westwoods Elementary again this year, and we've got big goals to achieve! Registration opens January 15th!

Parents, please help your kiddos register, read, fundraise, and earn FABULOUS prizes! 

1st 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 1st-grade families to sign up to bring in an item(s) to help stock the lounge. Items will be due on the 9th of January and collected by the main doors from 8:40 am-9:00 am. Sign up here! 

Thank you to our 2nd-5th-grade families who already donated treats for our staff! We appreciate your generosity!

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. 

Yoga with Fit Fun Club

Fit Fun Club will meet Wednesday, January 18th, for Yoga at 7:40 am in the gym. Join Karlie for a morning of exploring poses and building mind-body connection through meditation, breathing, and self-awareness. Yoga mats will be provided. Register here and include your student's name and grade in the comments. 

Fit Fun Club meets once a month to get kids moving with some fun-filled fitness! Each month we will have a different focus, and we're currently seeking volunteers to teach dance, Zumba, martial arts, and other classes. If you would like to volunteer, please email Laura Kaufman.

Registration is Open!

Enrichment Opportunities | New and Continuing Classes:

  • Talk to the Camera - YouTube class for 2nd- 5th graders

  • Little Vet class - Puppy part 2 accepts all new or continuing students.

  • Morning Music is now 1 hour long, from 7:40-8:40am and will have up to 10 spots available for piano, ukulele, theater, and drums (NEW)!

  • Spanish Learning Network with two morning classes available

  • Sweet Ridge Art Studios added an older age, grades 2nd-5th studio class in addition to the K-1 class.

  • Knight School of Chess Club is continuing next semester and has flexible enrollment where you can sign up your child for a 4-week period or continue monthly payments for the whole semester!

  • STEM/Robotics classes continue and shift to Wonder Robotics for the younger kids and Scratch Coding/Game Design for the older kids.

  • Popular favorites of pottery, dance, and cooking are all continuing!

Open Positions
  • Co-Treasurer: We are looking for two volunteers to take over the treasurer duties. You would be trained over the rest of 2023 to fully take over the position in the 2023-2024 school year. If you are interested, please email treasurer@fairmountpta.
  • 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!
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. 

Upcoming Events - Select Calendar(s) to be presented
Thursday, January 5
Students Back to School
Monday, January 9
8:40a 1st Grade Load the Lounge
Tuesday, January 10
King Soopers Redemption Period Begins
Friday, January 13
Enroll Jeffco Deadline
Sunday, January 15
Books with the Birds | Registration Opens
Monday, January 16
No School | MLK Day
Wednesday, January 18
7:40a Yoga with Fit Fab Fun
Friday, January 20
Books with the Birds Begins
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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