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Let’s Celebrate MLK Day of Service!

Everbody can be great because everbody can serve. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Granite Elementary would like to encourage our community to join together in our celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday that celebrates King’s birthday and honors his legacy of civil rights and service.  Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community and focus on serving our family and fellow neighbor. 

Here are some ideas you may want to consider while celebrating this national day of service. 

  • Reading stories with your child about Martin Luther King’s Life, such as: My Brother Martin,  by: Christine King Farris, I am Brave:  I am Brave: A Little Book about Martin King Jr., by:  Brad Meltzer.
  • Bring meals to a homebound neighbor
  • Service around your community, such as cleaning up a local park
  • Shoveling snow/yard clean up for a neighbor
  • Organize a food, clothing or book drive
  • Write a note of encouragement and leave it on the porch
  • Put together care kits for our local EMTs, fire fighters, police officers, nurses, doctors

The Granite Elementary Community has always been supportive and compassionate to one another and we hope this is yet another opportunity to consider coming together in a positive manner.

Third Grade: Multiplication Fun!

 In Third grade, we are hard at work learning our multiplication facts fluently. In the fall, we had a “Multiplication Bootcamp.” An entire week devoted to learning each of the facts from 0-12! Now, we use a program called “Reflex” to master the facts and develop fluency. Each week, we see which class has solved the most facts. That class gets the “Angry Fact Bird” for the week. Our goal is to solve 350,000 facts. We are well on our way there with over 200,000 facts solved!

Students also build an “ice cream sundae” when they pass off a three-minute timed test for each fact, 0-12. For example, when they passed off 0 and 1’s, they received their bowl. When they had their 2’s mastered, they added a scoop of vanilla, and so on. We recently had our party to celebrate all that we have mastered. It was a sweet day. 🙂

We love learning our multiplication in third grade!

Free Meals for Children Extended through End of 2020-2021 School Year

Canyons School District is extending its free meal service through the end of the school year.

This means all students — whether they are learning in the classroom or remotely — can receive free lunch and breakfast through June, 30, 2021.

There’s no need to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-authorized benefit, which was originally set to expire at the end of December. All students are automatically eligible.

Canyons District is committed to ensuring no child goes hungry and has sponsored free meals throughout the pandemic. The USDA waiver provides the flexibility and funding to ensure nutritious meals continue to reach all children at a time of rising food insecurity.

Schools will continue serving meals in their cafeterias per the staggered schedules they’ve established to promote physical distancing. Online and at-home learners may pick up meals at specific times and locations as designated by each school. Additionally, these families may pick up meals for any siblings who are 18 years of age or younger. Schools ask, however, that they preorder their meals so that the kitchens know how much food to prepare.

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Principal’s News: January 2021

The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us. – Terri Marshall

Put a “Rein” on Stress:
Between the holidays and a well-known pandemic, our stress levels can be out of control.  Here are some tips to help:

  1. Be active every day.  Exercise is mentally and physically healthy.
  2. Limit the caffeine to reduce anxiety, sleep and digestive interruptions.
  3. Eat for health, by including a good amount of plant-based foods.
  4. Use meditation or yoga to calm our thoughts and bodies.
  5. Remember to breathe…really breathe.
  6. Think of positive possibilities, not “what ifs.”
  7. Be compassionate to yourself and to others.
  8. THRIVE!  Many set-backs do have a silver lining.

Let’s face 2021 with the attitude that good things are and will continue to happen.

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How Kindergarten Saved Christmas!

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