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St. George, Utah 84790
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Heritage Heads UP – Dec 1, 2017

Heritage Parents and Students,

December has arrived, this year continues to roll on much faster than I seem to be able to cope with. However, looking back I am proud with what our teachers and students have accomplished so far and look forward to what we will accomplish through the remainder of the school year. December is certainly a fun time to be at an elementary school. There is an excitement and magic in the air that is almost palpable.

As a school we have a goal for reading minutes that I wanted to encourage you to continue to work on at home. Our school wide goal is to read at home for 1,500,000 minutes this year. We are progressing towards accomplishing this goal. After October reading minutes were turned in we were near 400,000 minutes as a school. The students earned a Dance Party and will enjoy that during lunch next Friday (12/8). We have other benchmark incentives for our students to earn and we hope to accomplish our goal prior to May 2018. Please keep reading at home, this is truly one of the most important gifts you can give your child. I have a few other gift recommendations for your little learner as you prepare for Christmas this year.

  1. Boxed Set of Beloved Books. Does your child have a favorite series? Make sure he or she will be able to read every word of the adventures by presenting him or her with a boxed set of books. 
  2. Crafty Coloring Books. Coloring books are another form of storytelling. Your child can use crayons or markers to render what’s going on in the picture, which nurtures imagination.
  3. Word of the Day Calendar. Keep track of the date and improve vocabulary at the same time with a Word of the Day calendar. Another, newer option is a Magnetic Poetry calendar, which comes with a magnetic board and a word bank for creating poetry. Both foster a love for words, and in turn, reading.
  4. Magazine Subscription Surprise. Support your child’s interests by giving a gift that will last for a whole year: a subscription to a magazine. With so many publications available on everything from sports, nature, fashion, current events, and more, it’ll be a snap to find one that she’ll look forward to every month.
  5. Personalized Journal or Diary. Add a fun writing pen, and unlock your child’s imagination. Journals encourage personal writing and doodling, and help develop ideas and opinions. Plus, the more your child writes, the more she’ll want to read!
  6. Boredom-Busting Activity Books. Exercise your child’s brain with crossword puzzles, word finds, Sudoku, or MadLibs when he’s stuck indoors during the blustery winter season. He’ll improve his spelling, vocabulary, and interest in exploring books!

These are just a few ideas for gifts that foster and encourage a love of reading!

Remember make all day, every day attendance the norm! We really miss your students when they are absent, tardy or are checked out early.

Thanks for your support! Please contact me directly with any questions, compliments, concerns, or suggestions!

Adam Baker (Principal)  |  435-628-4427  |  adam.baker@washk12.org

Looking Ahead: (https://heritage.washk12.org/calendar/)

  • Dec 11 – Early Release PLC (1:15 Friday Schedule)
  • Dec 20 – 2:30 School Sing-a-long
  • Dec 21 – Christmas Break Begins
  • Jan 3 – Teacher Prep Day
  • Jan 4 – 1st Day of School 2018

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Heritage Heads Up – Nov 13, 2017

Parents and Students,

Hooray for SEP Week. I look forward to seeing each of you as you visit the school this week for your SEP conference. I wanted to invite you to complete a few tasks as you visit the school.

  1. Meet with your child’s teacher. Ask about progress. Create a plan to keep your child moving forward. 
  2. Visit the book fair in the Library. PTA sponsors the book fair, this is a great opportunity to build your home library and get books for your children. Books make GREAT Christmas gifts!!
  3. Stop by the office and:
    • check your child’s lunch balance
    • double check that your contact information is all current (address, email, phone, emergency contact, etc)
    • purchase a Dixie Direct Book
  4. Missing a jacket, coat or lunchbox? Please check our lost and found.

Thank you for your continued support. SEP conferences are a wonderful opportunity to ensure that we are working together to create the best educational experience possible for your child!

Adam Baker  |  435-628-4427  |  adam.baker@washk12.org

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Heritage Heads Up – Nov 3, 2017

Heritage Roadrunners and Families,

Can you believe it is November!? This school year is going by really quickly. I sincerely hope each student has enjoyed working and learning in class so far this year and that you can see the progress of their learning. Our first trimester has ended and we are looking forward to sharing progress with you during our upcoming SEP conferences. These will be held the week of Nov. 13~17. Grades 1st through 5th will dismiss at 1:15 each day that week (think Friday schedule). Kindergarten will not be in session on Nov. 13 and 14. Kindergarten classes will then resume and follow the early release schedule for the 15th, 16th, and 17th. Please take a moment and register for an SEP conference time by visiting our school webpage @ heritage.washk12.org and clicking on the “Online Scheduler” link. You will find a link for parent instructions if you haven’t used the system before. Our school password is “roadrunners”.

November 10th at 9:30 in the morning our 5th grade students will present our annual Veteran’s Day assembly. This is an outstanding assembly that is sure to make you proud to be an American! If you or anyone you know is a Veteran I’d love to invite you to join us, please help spread the word! (Veteran’s Day Invitation)

I want to give a shout out to our amazing teachers here at Heritage. I am truly in awe of the hard work they put in each and every day. They care deeply about your children. They strive to make each day matter. They put in long hours in planning and preparing meaningful lessons. They stress and worry over the progress your children are making. They strive to intervene and help those who struggle. They strive to challenge and push those who are ahead. In short, I believe our Heritage teachers are miracle workers! Please take time to thank them for the difference they are making for your child.

Keep smiling!

Adam Baker ~ Principal  |  adam.baker@washk12.org  |  435-628-4427 

Looking Ahead:

  • Nov 7 – Vision Screening
  • Nov 8 – SEP Conference Scheduler closes @ midnight (schedule appoint NOW)
  • Nov 9 – PTA Board Mtg 7pm
  • Nov 10 – Veteran’s Day Assembly presented by 5th Grade students 9:30am
  • Nov 13~17 – SEP Conferences & PTA Bookfair (Remember adjusted schedule)
  • Nov 22~24 – Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL
  • Dec 1 – Roadrunner Rally & Habit 3 Assembly presented by 3rd Grade students

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Heritage Update – Oct 27, 2017

Heritage Roadrunners,

Next Tuesday is Halloween. Here are a few updates with information that will hopefully answer any questions you may have.

  • Parade Info – Kindergarten will start the parade at approximately 9:15. Students will view the parade from outside of their classes. The parade will go around the school and zig zag outside on the playground blacktop area. Parents and family can best enjoy the parade from the rear playground area! The Halloween costume parade should be done around 9:45.

School Costume Guidelines:

  • Students may arrive at school in costume, or be able to change quickly into their costume
  • PLEASE NO weapons, NO extreme gore, NO immodest costumes, Remember WCSD Policy 2200
  • If you have any question as to whether or not it will be allowed then DO NOT have your child wear it to school ~ Keep the school costume as simple as possible.
  • Students should be able to change themselves and use the bathroom without any help.

We look forward to an exciting and fun day!

Please contact me directly with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Adam Baker  |  adam.baker@washk12.org  |  435-628-4427

Looking Ahead:

  • Oct 31 – Halloween ~ Parade starts at 9:15
  • Nov 2 – PTA Meeting 7pm
  • Nov 3 – 5th Grade Harry Potter Day
  • Nov 10 – Veteran’s Day 9:30 Assembly
  • Nov 13~17 – SEP Conferences (dismiss at 1:15 each day this week)
  • Nov 13~17 – PTA Bookfair
  • Nov 22~24 – Thanksgiving Break (N0 School)

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Heritage Heads Up – Oct 2, 2017

Heritage Roadrunners and Families,

Together we’ve made it through our first full month of school. White ribbon week was a success – your student should remember to: “Turn it off – Talk to a trusted adult – Turn to something active”. Our classrooms are in full swing with learning procedures and routines well established. I’ve visited each classroom and am in awe of the great teachers that we have working with your children. They work hard throughout the week and most weekends to make sure that meaningful learning activities are prepared for your students. Heritage has wonderful teachers and I am fortunate to working with them!

Below are a few informational items to be aware of:

  1. We have a school wide goal of reading 1.5 million minutes as a school. Each student should be reading at least 20 minutes each night. Please take time to read with your child, it really is the most important 20 minutes of your day!
  2. PTA Reflections – entries are due on Oct 9. This year’s theme is “Within Reach”. Entry forms and additional information are available in the office.
  3. Puerto Rico Service Project – We are helping “Fill the Jet” with relief supplies. Students received a paper with specific information (check your student’s backpack). Supplies are due by Oct 5 to the office.

This month our students will be learning about Habit 2 – Begin with the end in mind ~ Have a plan. Students will learn how important it is to plan ahead and set goals. They will also learn how important they are to their classroom and the difference they can make by working hard. You might consider these questions that could spark a discussion with your child. Why is it important to have goals? When have you set goals and achieved them? How does creating a plan help you accomplish your goals?

Thank you for your continued support of Heritage!

Adam Baker (Principal)  |  435-628-4427  |  adam.baker@washk12.org

Looking Ahead:

  • Oct 5 – PTA Meeting 7 pm
  • Oct 5 – 4th Grade Field Trip (Staheli Farm)
  • Oct 9 – PTA Reflection entries due
  • Oct 12~13 – NO SCHOOL Fall Break
  • Oct 17 – Picture Re-takes
  • Oct 25~31 – Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct 26 – Heritage Storytelling Festival 6pm
  • Oct 27 – Roadrunner Rally & Habit 2 Assembly
  • Oct 31 – Halloween Parade 9:15

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White Ribbon Week – Sept 2017

Heritage Families,

We want to protect our kids from online dangers. It’s a tough job! When kids recognize threats and know exactly what to do, they are capable of making healthy choices for themselves.

Sept 24~29 is our White Ribbon Week at Heritage. Our goal is to teach our students to be safe and smart with media and technology. Our theme, “I’ve Got the Power” promotes personal power at every age. It encourages kids to take an active role in what they view or do online.

Each day your child will earn a “Power Boost”

  • I have the power to not view embarrassing pictures or share hurtful words
  • I have the power to turn it off
  • I have the power to tell a trusted adult if something doesn’t feel right
  • I have the power to ask before I download
  • I have the power to help my friends make safe choices online

We will ask your child to teach these Power Boosts to you. Your discussions together are key. Please help your child find ways to apply these principles in your home. Empowerment and confidence will naturally spill into other areas of your child’s life. Together you can make a plan to use technology safely for learning and fun.

— Heritage White Ribbon Week Committee

Daily Parent Notes: Monday  |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Thursday  |  Friday

What is White Ribbon Week? CLICK HERE for our Parent Mtg Presentation

www.whiteribbonweek.org

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Heritage Heads UP – Sept 15, 2017

Heritage Roadrunners and Families,

We have settled into our school routines and the teachers and students seem to be doing excellent work so far. I can feel the excitement of learning in classrooms as I drop in and visit. I also really enjoy visiting with students throughout the day in the hallways, at recess and even during lunch. Heritage teachers and staff are excellent people and even better educators, they make Heritage GREAT!

I have three important items to make sure each of you know about!

  1. Picture Day – Tuesday, Sept 19 will be our Fall Picture day. CLICK HERE for the Lifetouch Picture day flier or visit my.lifetouch.com and use the Heritage code: UM377211Q0
  2. White Ribbon Week – This is our annual internet safety week. It will be Sept 25~29. There will be many great learning opportunities for your students and families. Prior to the White Ribbon Week with your students we will have a special Parent Night. This will be on Sept 20 at 6pm in English and again at 7pm in Spanish. Please make plans to attend this informative evening. Please view the informational flier for more detailed information: White Ribbon English | White Ribbon Spanish
  3. Heritage School Goals for 2017-18 School Year. CLICK HERE

Thank you for your support of our school. I know we can continue to ensure learning is maximized with your students as we work together!

Mr. Adam Baker  |  435-628-4427  |  adam.baker@washk12.org

Looking Ahead:

  • Sept 18 – School Community Council Mtg (3pm)
  • Sept 19 – Fall Picture Day
  • Sept 20- White Ribbon Week Parent Information (evening)
  • Sept 25 – Early release Monday (Friday Schedule)
  • Sept 25~29 – White Ribbon Week
  • Sept 29 – Roadrunner Rally & Habit 1 assembly

 

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Heritage Heads Up – Aug 23, 2017

Thank you for a great first few days of school. Your students have brought a smile to my face each day, I love working with them. Our teachers here at Heritage are all so fantastic and I hope you have enjoyed getting to know them. Below I have a few important things to share with each of you.

SEP Conferences: Scheduled for Aug 30 & 31. School will be in session from 9:00 to 3:30, then SEP Conferences will run from 4:00 to 7:00 pm each night. Each grade level has created a unique plan to meet with parents and set up each student for success. The most important and specific instructions regarding the SEP conferences will come from your child’s teacher. Please pay attention to notes and instructions from them. I look forward to seeing each one of you during our SEP conference time. These conferences are so important to establish a great working relationship with your child’s teacher. Attending this conference will help set up your student for success throughout the entire school year. At Heritage we strive to establish and maintain positive relationships with each of our students and their families. By working together we can have the biggest positive impact on your children.

**Grades 2, 3, 5 – Parents use the Online Scheduler to create appointments for SEP Conferences (link and instructions on our school website: https://heritage.washk12.org)

**Grades K, 1, 4 – Individual teachers will send home information regarding SEP Conferences and times for attending.

School Community Council: CLICK HERE for more information. We have multiple parent positions open and would love your help! Any parent interested in participating should contact Mr. Baker as soon as possible.

Student Safety: Please continue to remember safety as you pick up or drop off your student. Once you enter the parking lot please put down your cell phone and remember to be kind and courteous. If your student walks to and from school remember that the sidewalk along Riverside Dr is closed, make sure you have walked a safe route with your student and have shown them how to safely navigate to and from school.

Thank you!

Mr. Baker | 435-628-4427 | adam.baker@washk12.org

Looking Ahead:

  • Aug 25 – PTA Bike Rodeo 1:15 All students invited bring bike & helmet, meet behind school
  • Aug 28 – Early Release PLC (Friday Release Schedule) – Early out for teacher training
  • Aug 30~31 – SEP Conferences 4-7pm
  • Sept 4 – Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

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Welcome Back Roadrunners! – Aug 2017

Hello Heritage Roadrunners,

Summer is over and we are ready to get back to school! I have been working with your amazing teachers and I am so excited to have each of you back at school. I think that this school year will be spectacular.

Our secretaries and custodians have been working extra hard to ensure that everything is ready for the new school year.

Many of our teachers will be heading out on the morning of Wednesday, Aug 9th to introduce themselves and meet their new students. Hopefully they will find you home and ready to get back to school.

Our back to school open house will be on Friday, August 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. This is a great time to drop by the school, visit classrooms, walk the halls, chat with teachers, confirm bus information, pay for lunch, give me (Mr. Baker) a high 5, and ask any questions you may have. We hope to see everyone there!

Top 6 Pro Tips for Parents at the beginning of a new school year:

  1. Begin on the first day of school with transportation routine that will happen on your regular days. (bus, walk, bike, etc) This is especially helpful for our younger students to be prepared to get on a bus to go home the first day. They sometimes struggle if they didn’t ride the bus to school in the morning.
  2. Have school lunch the first day or two, even if you aren’t planning on eating it normally. Teachers and lunch staff help students practice the routine and help students know what to do those days, that way if your student ever wants to eat school lunch, they will know exactly what to do.
  3. Keep contact information current with school office. Please double check if you want to make sure we’re current. (435-628-4427)
  4. Make sure you have “opted in” to receive text messages. CLICK HERE for more information.
  5. Heritage Parking Lot – SAFETY First, please always be safe, cautious and careful when driving in or around our school. Video and more information on our school blog @ https://heritage.washk12.org/safety-first/
  6. Questions? Check the School website (https://heritage.washk12.org) – the calendar and information should always be current.

Please be assured, our entire school staff wants your child to be successful here at school and be prepared to face the future with confidence. Let’s work together to make this our most successful school year ever!

Sincerely,

Mr. Adam Baker | 435-628-4427 | adam.baker@washk12.org

Looking Ahead: (https://heritage.washk12.org/calendar/)

  • Aug 11 – Heritage Open House from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Aug 14 – First Day of School (Grades 1-5)
  • Aug 21 – First Day of School (Kindergarten)
  • Aug 25 – PTA Bike Rodeo 1:30
  • Aug 28 – Early Release PLC 1:15
  • Aug 30 & 31 – SEP Conferences 4:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Sept 4 – Labor Day No School

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Heritage Update – May!

Hello Roadrunners!

Can you believe it is May!? As we power through to the end of the school year I’ve got some information to share with our Heritage families.

  • St George City Youth Track Meet – FREE Event May 12 & 13 (More Info: CLICK HERE)
  • Health Resource Fair sponsored by Take Care Utah – May 19 (More Info: English / Spanish)
  • Summer Lunch Program – Free lunch for ALL children 18 and younger (More Info: English / Spanish)
  • Summer Arts Camp – June 5~9 at DSU (More Info: CLICK HERE)

Those students in grades 3~5 are continuing with their end of level assessments, if you have a student in those grades please encourage them to do their very best and help them come to school prepared by getting a good nights rest and eating a healthy breakfast.

I sincerely appreciate all the help and support you’ve provided throughout the school year. I hope that each of you can look back on the year and see that much growth has occurred with each of your children. I encourage each of you to continue learning throughout the summer. Visit the library together (http://library.washco.utah.gov/), spend time reading good books together, get outside and explore the beautiful area we live in, make memories together. You’ve got amazing children, thank you for sharing them with Heritage Elementary!

Adam Baker – Principal | 435-628-4427 | adam.baker@washk12.org

Looking Ahead: (https://heritage.washk12.org/calendar/)
**General Items, please contact your child’s teacher for specific classroom events

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