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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.

If there is a specific learning environment for the 2021-2022 school year, please email Mrs. Mulqueen at ronnie.mulqueen@canyonsdistrict.org by April 15th.  We will try to accommodate where we can, however, there is no guarantee we will be able to meet every need.

Specific communication from Canyons School District will be coming to outline the procedure allowing volunteers back in the schools.  Beginning April 12th volunteers will be allowed in the school if: 1) Your volunteer application has been completed and approved. 2) You provide a COVID immunization card OR have a current negative test.  CSD will be offering a test voucher, which you can pick up in our main office, to get a rapid test at our district office.  The rapid test is good for 10 days. 

It may look a little different this year, however, our PTA will be holding their annual Fun Run on April 27th, 28th, and 29th.  The students will run during their Playworks class. Information will be coming from our PTA. 

Please note, through July 1st, face masks will still be required on school and district properties for all students, staff, and community members.  Thank you for your understanding and participation during this difficult year.

Media Balance and Well-Being: How much screen time is OK for my kid(s)?

Kids are spending more time with screen media — and at younger ages — than ever before. In an effort to help families curb kids’ use, groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released numerical guidelines to limit screen time, but the reality is there’s no magic number that’s “just right.” What’s more important is the quality of kids’ media, how it fits into your family’s lifestyle, and how your kids engage with it.  The idea of screen time as a one-dimensional activity is changing. Even the AAP, whose screen-time rules had been strictly age-based, recognizes that not all screen time is created equal. Computers, tablets, and smartphones are multipurpose devices that can be used for lots of purposes. On the other hand, WHO is sticking with specific amounts of screen time on the theory that sedentary activities, such as playing computer games, contribute to the global obesity epidemic. However, simply calling all device use “screen time” can miss some important distinctions. Common Sense Research studies identify four main categories of screen time:

  • Passive consumption: watching videos or shows, reading, and listening to music
  • Interactive consumption: playing games and browsing the internet
  • Communication: video-chatting and using social media
  • ​Content creation: making digital art or music

Clearly, there are a lot of differences between these activities. But as valuable as many of them can be, it’s still important for kids’ overall healthy development to balance their lives with enriching experiences off screens.  The reality is that most families will go through periods of heavy and light media use, but so long as there’s a balance, kids should be just fine.

Calendar items:
April 5-9   Spring Break         
April 23 Kindergarten Orientation
April 14  9:00am PTA meeting
April 27-29 FUN RUN
April 19  4:15pm SCC meeting

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