Principal’s News – May 2017
We are in the final stretch of our 2016-2017 school year. There are many things to reflect on and to be thankful for. Spending time with your students to consider some of the highlights for 2016-2017 is a great way to encourage positive thinking, problem solving, and perseverance.
There will be a few changes to our staff at Granite Elementary next year. Jan Hansen, our amazing head secretary, will be retiring. She is a pivotal part of our school community and we will greatly miss her. We wish her well on her retirement and deeply thank her for her love and dedication to our school. Mrs. McRoberts will be returning to Indiana with her family this summer. We want to wish her and her family a safe and smooth transition and thank her for her commitment and dedication. We will miss her contributions and involvement in the faculty and community. Mrs. Smith, in third grade, will be retiring this year. We want to thank Mrs. Smith for her time and dedication to Granite Elementary and wish her well in her retirement.
With these changes we have hired 2 new teachers. Miss Justine (soon to be) Perry is our new 5th grade teacher. She currently teaches 5th grade at Traverse Mountain in Alpine School District. Ms. Velazquez will be the new 3rd grade teacher. She currently teaches 4th grade in Jordan School District. Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Oakeson will job share in 2nd grade.
SAGE testing for Granite Elementary will begin for most teachers on Monday, May 8th. Please check with your students 3rd, 4th or 5th grade teacher for specific testing times and dates. You can help your child be prepared by helping them get a good night’s rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and send them off with words of encouragement to simply try their best.
If you are interested in participating and being nominated for the 2017-2018 SCC (School Community Council) applications are available in the front office. Please return by May 26th.
Calendar Schedule for the remainder of the year:
Monday May 1st – Friday May 5th Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday May 2nd – Birthday Table
Wednesday, May 3rd – Administrative Assistant Day
Monday, May 22nd - Diversity Day…Celebrating US…wear Polka Dots
Monday, May 29th – Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
Friday, June 2nd – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, June 6th – Field Day
Wednesday, June 7th – Dance Festival, Last Day of School
Common Sense Media has released the report Plugged In Parents: Attitudes, Behaviors and Role Models. As teachers, we are also role models and need to be reminded that our behaviors are viewed by our students in ways we may not think. Please take a moment to look at this infographic Inforgraphic and this article including video.