Principal’s News September – September 2018
Just a little over a week of school and we have already been learning so much. Routines are taking place. Relationships are being established. We even had our first fire drill. Back-to-School Night was a great success. If you were unable to attend, please contact your student’s teacher for any pertinent information you may need.
Fall is a favorite time of year. The leaves change colors. The mornings are a little cooler. You can purchase pumpkin everything!!! Also, school is in full swing. We want to thank you for your continued support and dedication to Granite Elementary.
This year we are going to explore the importance of…
The Power of YET.
I can’t do this…yet
This doesn’t work…yet
I don’t know…yet
It doesn’t make sense…yet
I don’t get it…yet
I’m not good at this…yet
For this month’s challenge, try to use The Power of Yet at home when faced with a trial or difficult task. This will help to build GRIT and perseverance in our Granite Grizzlies through the challenges of life and school.
September 3rd No School
September 7th Picture Day
September 10th 4:15pm SCC meeting, library
September 11th bday table for July, August & September
September 12th 10am PTA general meeting
September 13th Fun Run packets are DUE by 9am
September 14th FUN RUN
September 21st No School
September 25th 7:45am Books and Bagels
September 26th&27th Parent Teacher Conferences
September 28th No School
Principal’s New – August 2018
Welcome back!!! Our hallways will now be filled with little feet and backpacks. I hope your summer vacation was filled with long nights, sleeping in, smores, swimming, laughter and plenty of family time.
We have a few staffing changes at Granite Elementary. Ms. Young is our new 4th grade teacher, replacing Mrs. Zarbock who retired. Ms. Patterson is our new 5th grade teacher. Mrs. Perry left education to pursue a different career opportunity. Mrs. Durrant is our new social worker. Ms. Leonard is our achievement coach. Mrs. Palmer is our speech and language pathologist, supporting our extended core students. Please help by giving them a big welcome!
Granite Groove: Muscle is our best friend, especially as we age (and there isn't one of us who isn't doing that). Unfortunately, we can lose up to 8% of muscle mass each decade...which may lead to weakness, fatigue, mobility issues and an increase in falls and bone injuries. Fortunately, there IS something we can do about it...
Go easy at first, with just a few exercises and light weight. You can increase both over time.
Here are a few calendar items to be aware of for August and September:
August 22nd First Day of School for 1st-5th
August 27th First Day of School for Kindergarten
August 27th First SCC meeting; 4:15pm
August 28th Back to School Night; 6:30pm-8:00pm
August 31st Fun Run Assembly for students
September 3rd No School
September 7th Picture Day
September 11th Birthday table for July, August, and September birthdays
September 12th Dibels testing for 3rd-5th grade
September 14th Dibles testing for K-2nd
PTA annual FUN RUN
September 21st NO SCHOOL
September 26th & 27th Parent Teacher Conferences
September 28th NO SCHOOL
Granite GRIT: Listening is the best way to connect with children. When we put down our phones, our to do lists, and give our children eye contact we show them we are listening. Try to increase your eye to eye contact with intentional listening with your children by 5-7 minutes a day. Starting this ritual early on will benefit future connection and conversations.
Monday thru Thursday Friday Early Release
8:55 Welcome Bell 8:55 Welcome Bell
9:00 School Begins 9:00 School Begins
3:35 School Dismissed 1:55 School Dismissed
March 2017 – Principal’s News
This week Granite Elementary will participate in White Ribbon Week. Monday we had a kick off assembly with the Utah Grizzlies. We discussed setting goals, believing in yourself, showing kindness, and teamwork. We will connect this great message to White Ribbon Week on how to make wise choices on social media and how to use social media to make a positive difference. On Tuesday, March 7th Granite will host a social media conference for parents. Debbie Dujanovic and a retired FBI Cyber Crimes supervision, Petra Butler, will discuss the realities of internet safety. Join us at 6:30pm in the gym for this raw and honest discussion on how to implement internet safety in your home.
With just one look outside we see a glimpse of spring. Sun is shining. Snow is falling. Please continue to help your students dress for the weather. A little sunshine and vitamin D is good for all of us. If the temperature drops below 21 we will keep them inside. We continue to monitor the air quality. If we experience a RED day, all students will remain inside. If we have an orange day students with asthma and sensitive issues will remain inside.
If you know of any incoming Kindergarteners for the 2017-2018 school year, please have them call the office to register.
We are proud to announce that Granite Elementary raised $4242.42 for our sister school, Magale Primary School, in Kenya. Way to go Granite Grizzlies!
March 1st – PTA meeting, 10am
March 7th – Internet Safety Parent Conference, 6:30pm
March 13th – SCC (School Community Council) meeting, 4:15pm
March 16th – Spring Pictures
March 23rd – 3rd grade School House Rock Performance, 2:00pm