Principal’s News: September 2021

Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman

Fall is about to fall upon us. What a great time to get outdoors. We have such amazing access to mountains that there’s no excuse to get out there and take a walk or hike. Make exercise more fun by challenging yourself to a scavenger hunt….Happy almost fall!

1. Find a Pika pile (look for those mounds of greens that Pike build on the rocks).

2. Find what seems like the largest chipmunk possible (it’s really a Golden Mantled Squirrel…no stripes on its face).

3. Can you spot a hummingbird (what else do they eat besides the nectar from flowers?)?

4. Can you see a moose or a deer from a distance?

5. Did you know there’s a mink running around Silverlake…have you seen him?

6. Did you know there are many active Beaver Lodges in our canyons…can you find one?

7. Did you get close enough to a Yellow-bellied Marmot for it to yell at you?

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Principal’s News: April 2021

Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.

Spring showers bring May flowers, but they also bring some fabulous summer vegetable gardens.  Start now to plan for a healthy summer vegetable garden.

  1. Starting March 17, you can plant cool season crops such as beets, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, lettuce and spinach.  Don’t worry if you haven’t planted them yet.  There’s still time…dig a patch and start!
  2. Beginning in April, add your carrots and onions (try to find the onion sets at your local nursery).
  3. By mid-May you can add beans, corn, tomatoes, pepper, squash and cucumbers.
  4. Don’t limit yourself to just these veggies/fruits…there are many more, and lots of varieties to choose from.
  5. Use your grass clippings around your garden to keep the weeds from coming up.
  6. Get your kids involved.  Gardening is healthy, fun and productive.

Happy gardening and healthy eating!

We are pleased to announce that LeeAnne Walker is Granite Elementary Teacher Of the Year.  Miss Walker is one of our amazing 2nd grade teachers who has worked at Granite Elementary since 1996! Congratulations Miss Walker, this is a well-deserved honor.

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Principal’s News: March 2021

“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.” – Thomas Jefferson

With March comes greener things (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) and signs that spring might be approaching.   The hormone serotonin is like the spring for our mind and body…it brings feelings of happiness and well-being and can help stabilize our mood.  So how do we boost serotonin levels in our body?  Here are some tips:

-Get out and get some sunshine (along with it comes Vitamin D).
-Reduce your sugar intake.
-Increase your intake of salmon, nuts, seed, eggs, spinach, soy products and poultry.
-Be pro-active in your positive thinking. 
-Increase your physical exercise.
-Try meditation and massage.

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Principal’s News: February 2021

Educational Apps and Sites with Solid Privacy Policies
High-quality educational apps are many parents’ go-to when kids are home from school for extended periods. But even great apps can have subpar privacy. Tracking, collecting, and analyzing the data of your kids’ online activities and then sharing and selling that information to third parties is a common way app developers make money. Not all companies go that route, and Common-Sense Media recommends that families take a look under the hood before they download anything. If you want your kid using the most highly rated learning apps (and of course you do), then you should expect those apps’ privacy policies to be highly rated too.

At the App Store: Check to see whether the app even has a privacy policy — that’s the baseline requirement. Be cautious with “free” apps (in addition to sharing and selling data, they may be more likely to display targeted ads). 

After you download: Input as little information as required for registration; enable settings to restrict the app’s access to features on the device (camera, contact list, location, etc.). 

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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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