Originally delivered on 9/1/2023 4:00 pm

SUBJECT: Fairmount Firebird PTA Newsletter - September 2023

Message from Sally Mills, Principal

Welcome to 2023-2024!

Welcome to a great, new school year!  We have gotten off to an amazing start already!  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new staff members:   Mrs. Lisa Dorn – 5th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Theresa Sharp – 2nd Grade Teacher, Mrs. Kristin Larkins – 1st Grade Teacher, Ms. Nancy Nevarez – Learning Specialist, and Ms. Cassandra Ewert-Lamutt – ESL Teacher. We also have new member to our amazing paraprofessional team – Stacy Atkins, Alison Meara, Jen Piel, Kim Wheeler, and Kelly Whitcomb. 

Assessments and School Goals

Great News! We have received our students’ CMAS data from last year and their achievement continues to lead the area, district, and state in almost all content areas and in all grades. In fact, our students scored in the top 4% of Colorado schools for English Language Arts and the top 3% for Math!  Congratulations to our students, staff, and families for such great learning results!

For our new school year, teachers have spent the first few weeks of the year getting to know all of our students and gathering assessment data so that effective instruction can be planned.  All of this information will be shared with parents at our October conferences.  

We have two school goals this year in reading.  One is to increase student growth as measured by MAP data, and the other is to increase the number of K-3rd grade students who reach benchmark on the DIBELS by the end of the year. Teachers who teach reading will set their Individual Educator Goal around reading instruction for their students. Other staff members, such as our school psychologist and STEM, DTL, Art, Music, and PE teachers, will set goals that best represent their work with students. Goals for Mrs. Kruse, our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Nickerson, our Instructional Coach, and me are directly tied to the teachers’ goals.

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

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A Note From Your President

Welcome to the '23-'24 school year, Firebird Families! We're excited to get back into the swing of things. It was great to see so many faces and connect with many of you at the Back to School Bash! 

As the new academic year begins, we are excited to welcome new and returning parents to our community. Our school is not just a place of learning but where everyone comes together to create a nurturing and supportive environment for our children.

We are eager to share with you the many activities and programs we have planned to build and strengthen our community while supporting our children and school.

Lauren Snow
Fairmount Elementary PTA President

Spirit Wear

It's time to show your school spirit! The ONCE-A-YEAR opportunity to purchase your Fairmount gear has arrived! The items will be available to buy through the Fairmount PTA starting Wednesday, August 30th through Wednesday, September 6th. New this year are golf shirts arriving just in time for the Firebirds on the Fairway! 

Fun Fit Club

This month, we're kicking it up with an amazing Soccer Skills session. Join us as we welcome expert coaches from the Denver Kickers soccer club. They're bringing a dynamic session packed with exciting drills, awesome skills, and heaps of fun! Your kids won't want to miss this chance to learn, play, and enjoy the game.

Bring comfy clothes and sneakers. We'll take care of the rest!

Date: Wednesday, September 20th 

Time: 2:45 pm 

Location: Gym

Ready to get in on the action? You can sign up now to secure their spot: SIGN UP HERE.

Fit Fun Club is your kid's monthly dose of active excitement. We focus on something new each month, so every session is a fresh adventure.

Let's keep moving and having a blast together!

After School Enrichments

Most of our enrichment classes for after school are already full for the fall!  All classes will be starting within the next two weeks. There are still a few spots left in our K/1st Art Studio class with Sweet Ridge Studios so sign up here before it's too late! 

Anyone interested in taking over the enrichment coordinator position please reach out to enrichment@fairmountpta.org. It is a rewarding position on the PTA that adds new after-school opportunities for the kids at Fairmount to explore that they might not normally try or that is more convenient since it's right after school. If you have your own ideas for enrichments or just want to see this enrichment program continue then please reach out with any questions!

Room Parents Needed

Welcome to the 2023/2024 school year! The PTA is excited to partner with you this year. If you want room parent information, please see the signup below.


Recycle Your Ink At Fairmount

Please drop off any empty printer ink cartridges for recycling in the main lobby bin.  

Fairmount will earn money for your ink cartridges.  

Mabel's Labels Fundraiser

The Fairmount PTA has partnered with Mabels Labels this year for another fantastic fundraising opportunity. 

By purchasing these dishwasher and laundry safe labels, you are keeping your child's items safe and out of lost and found AND supporting Fairmount Elementary. 

PTA will get back 20% of the purchase price to support our school. 

Be sure to click on "Follow a Fundraiser" and select "Fairmount Elementary Golden" prior to purchase.

Restaurant Night Fundraisers

Make money for Fairmount while eating at your favorite places! 

  • Bliss Frozen Yogurt (11651 W 64th Ave) - September 6th from 12-9 pm
  • Modern Market (14630 W Colfax Ave) - September 20th from 11 am - 9 pm

You MUST mention Fairmount Elementary PTA at the locations to earn credits for the school.

Help us when you shop

We have several business partnerships that generously donate money back to our PTA when you shop. 

King Soopers Community Rewards

Sign up for Community Rewards with King Soopers and earn money for the school every time you shop for groceries. 

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.

Amazon Smile

Link your Amazon account to Fairmount PTA and earn 0.5% of eligible purchases for the school.

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

Lunch Menu

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

Upcoming Events
Monday, September 4
Wednesday, September 6
11:59p Spirit Wear *DEADLINE TO ORDER*
Friday, September 8
Fall Picture Day- Lifetouch
Monday, September 11
Fall Picture Day- Lifetouch
Wednesday, September 20
7:30p Colorado Rapids Night
Friday, September 22
12:00a NO SCHOOL- Teacher Work Day
Friday, September 29
7:30a Firebirds on the Fairway (Golf Tournament)
Saturday, September 30
7:30p Colorado Rapids Night
Thank You Sponsors!!

Please join us in thanking our 2023-2024 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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