Clubs, Activities & Enrichment
The Fireside Gazette has approximately 50 student reporters from third, fourth, and fifth grades and publishes two issues per year - one in the fall and one in the spring. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7:20 A.M. Schedules are announced through the Fireside Chat, Friday Folders, and Ms. Burgert’s Class page.
Fireside’s Student Council aims to build school spirit, foster an appreciation of school community service, introduce students to the workings of student government, increase awareness of students’ rights and responsibilities, and encourage and develop leadership skills. Throughout the year, Student Council organizes various community service events and fundraisers and aims to foster connections within the school and into the greater community. Student Council meets every other Friday morning.
The P.R.I.D.E Advisory Team is a group of student leaders who exemplify strong character and demonstrate Fireside “PRIDE”. They work together, in collaboration with Mrs. Keppler and the P.B.I.S. school committee, to strengthen PRIDE at Fireside by planning assemblies, identifying challenges within the school and generating solutions. The PRIDE Advisory Team works to promote a positive school climate for students.
Though we celebrate our love of reading, writing, speaking, and listening year-round at Fireside Elementary, we also throw a week-long party for literacy each spring. Our annual Literacy Week is designed with input from parents, grade-level teachers, specialists, and administration. We first identify a focus, then create a catchy theme, and then plan activities that explore the theme.
This optional fair is open to students in grades PK-5. Student projects may include a Science Experiment, Model, Survey, Demonstration of a Scientific Principle or an Engineering Solution. There are two divisions: Noncompetitive (open to all) and Competitive (3rd-5th). Students present their projects to Judges in the morning and attend an Awards Ceremony in the afternoon.
Students in grades 3-5 who qualify on a written test may participate in a school-wide spelling contest in accordance with rules from the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The school champion goes on to participate in a Boulder Valley Regional competition. The Regional winner receives a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national competition.
Fireside offers a geography competition in accordance with the National Geographic Society. The contest includes questions about both national and international lands, features, and inhabitants of the Earth. Interested 4th and 5th graders, who qualify in the classroom setting, participate in a school bee in December. The school champion then takes an online test in order to qualify for the Colorado State Geography Bee in Denver.
BVSD Lifelong Learning offers a way for kids to expand their knowledge without having to worry about grades or homework. After the bell rings, students can switch gears from core curriculum to their choice of create, active and/or brain building options.