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Heritage Elementary
747 East Riverside Dr.
St. George, Utah 84790
P: 435.628.4427
F: 435.628.5771

Summer Fun!

Heritage Families,

I hope that you’ve enjoyed a great 2015-16 school year and are ready for summer break. I know the teachers and staff at Heritage have loved working with your students this year. I also know that the teachers and staff will be working hard over the summer to prepare for next school year!

I wanted to share some resources and information with each of you! Below you will find learning resources, activities, and ideas to help keep your students learning and active. Additionally, I’m sharing information regarding summer lunch programs that are FREE! I hope you find these resources helpful and beneficial! I personally challenge every student to keep reading everyday all summer long!

http://heritage.washk12.org/students/ – Our School webpage has a section just for students. On the right side of the page you’ll find a box titled “quicklinks”.  These learning resources are great to keep your student engaged and learning. IXL is especially great to practice math! Students should remember their username and password to log in. So check this page out for great learning resources!

http://library.washco.utah.gov/ – The Washington County Library has a great summer reading program with great prizes to help motivate and keep your student reading. Make sure to visit often and keep stocked up on great books to read!

PlayUnplugged – Many of you participated in a great program last summer. We have sent home a comic regarding the program. Check out the attached flyer or like them on Facebook for more information.

Summer Lunch – WCSDSummerFood

Have a safe, fun, amazing summer break!

Mr. Adam Baker

Dates to Remember:

  • Aug 8 – Heritage Home Visits (begin visiting at 9:30)
  • Aug 10 – 4:30 to 6pm – Back to School Open House
  • Aug 11 – First day of School!

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Teacher Appreciation Week – April 18~22

Heritage Roadrunners!

Next week we get to celebrate and honor our amazing Heritage Teachers and Staff! Our awesome PTA has prepared some fun activities for each day next week. Please make sure you tell your teacher how much you appreciate and value them!

  • Monday (April 18) – Teacher Appreciation Kick-off Day!
  • Tuesday (April 19) – Thank You Note
  • Wednesday (April 20) – Secret Service
  • Thursday (April 21) – Favorite Things
  • Friday (April 22) – School Spirit

Please see the attached flier for more information! (CLICK HERE)

Thank you for helping us celebrate our wonderful teachers and staff this week!

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Spread the Word ~ Kindergarten Registration ~ NOW OPEN!

Heritage Roadrunners!

Please help spread the word ~ our Kindergarten registration is now open! All future kindergarten students who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2016, should visit our school office and get registered. Registering now helps us plan and prepare for the best possible experience for our kindergarten students. A special Kindergarten Roundup is scheduled for Friday, April 29 at 2:00 pm. At the roundup our Kindergarten teachers will share information regarding how to best prepare for kindergarten this fall.

Parents, please prepare the following to register your student:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization record
  • Proof of address

We look forward to having your future students here at Heritage!

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Track Meet Success!

TrackMeet

Thanks to everyone in grades 3-5 who participated in the recent Heritage Elementary Track Meet at Dixie High School. It was a perfect day and everyone had a great time! Mrs. Olmstead is our track meet coordinator and she works tirelessly to prepare in order to make sure everything runs smooth on our track meet. So a HUGE thanks to her!

I’d like to make parents aware of a couple of great opportunities to get your students involved and participating in some fun track events over the next couple of months.

2016 Youngster Track Meets – PVHS and DHHS are hosting fun open track meets for students in K-8 grades. Please open the link to the flier for more information.

Additionally, St. George City is sponsoring a track meet for students on May 13 & 14. Here is the information regarding this meet:

“Youth Track and Field meet to be held May 13th and 14th in St. George Utah.  This meet will be taking the place of what was formerly known as Hershey’s Track and Field.  It will serve as the District meet and qualifier for the State meet to be held June 25th.  The meet is free to enter on www.runnercard.com and will feature age groups 6-15. If you have any questions you can get more information at www.runnercard.com, the St. George City Races Page https://www.sgcity.org/departments/recreation/running/youth_tandf.php

St. George City Track & Field Meet Information

Go Roadrunners . . . Get Out and Play!

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2016-17 Class lists & Parent Input

Although it is still too early to be too concerned about class assignments for next year, I do want to help everyone understand the process we use to put together fair, equitable, and compatible classes. In the coming weeks, I will ask teachers to work in grade-level teams and put together class lists for the upcoming year. I will ask teachers to:

  • Divide students in a fair and equitable way (boys/girls, academic ability, behavior, language needs, etc.)
  • Put students together who need to be together.
  • Split up students who shouldn’t be together.
  • Try to put students with a teacher who would be the best fit for each class.

As you can imagine, meeting all of these goals is difficult. Our teachers have a unique perspective as the only individuals who see the students interact with their peers all day, 180 days of the year. Additionally, the professional learning community structure we use at Heritage helps guarantee the curriculum experience in whichever classroom students find themselves.

I sincerely hope parents will trust us to put classes together for next year in the best way possible. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly, and we carry it out with the best interest of each child at heart. We have an extraordinary teacher in each classroom, and I feel very confident our school-wide structures will provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum in each class.

From now until April 22 the “Parent Input Form” will be available in our office. Please stop by the office and pick one up if you so desire. The form allows parental input to be considered in the process of class placement for the upcoming school year. The bottom line is this, your child’s current classroom teacher will work to place each child in the best situation possible, your input will be considered and used to make the best class placement decision possible for each child.

Please contact me directly with questions or concerns!

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

Heritage Parent Input Form

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End of Year Testing – Let’s Do Our BEST!!!

Our students at Heritage have had an amazing year of learning. To measure growth and celebrate our learning throughout this year we will soon be participating in our end of year testing. This includes a final DIBELS benchmark with all our students, as well as SAGE testing with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. I like to look at our end of year assessments as a celebration of our learning this year! These tests are important and I would ask that each student take their time and do their very best. Parents, you can help out by also encouraging your child to do their very best and helping with the suggestions below!

Suggestions to prepare for test day:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast
  • Set clothes, backpack, etc. out the night before in order to have a calm morning
  • Dress comfortably, layering clothing
  • Be on time for school, testing sessions start right after the bell and morning announcements

Your children are well on their way to becoming lifelong learners and have worked so hard this year. I am very proud of each and everyone of them and their individual growth. Thanks for the great year!

CLICK HERE for more information regarding the SAGE assessment.

Please stop by and visit if you have any questions or concerns regarding our end of year assessments or anything else happening here at Heritage!

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

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Leader in Me Symposium ~ Success!!!

Our students and staff were amazing this week as we hosted visitors from near and far as part of the Leader in Me Symposium. Heritage Elementary is a special place and it was fun to share our greatness with others. Our school was heavily involved in everything from having students welcome attendees, to having a student give the opening speech welcoming the guests to beautiful St. George! Below are a few pictures that captured the excitement!

Additionally, there was a nice article in the Spectrum that also documented the happenings! See the article by clicking the following link: TLIM Spectrum Article

 

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“Opt In” to receive Text Message Updates!

Heritage Parents,

I hope that this finds you well! I’m excited to reach out to you today in an effort to improve school to home communication. Our district has worked hard to create solutions to enable schools to effectively communicate with our parents. One of these tools is SchoolMessenger. It has the ability to send email, phone calls, and text messages. Recently in a survey response our parents overwhelmingly preferred to receive school updates via text message. Last Friday I attempted to send out a text to our families via SchoolMessenger reminding them of the Monday holiday. Out of nearly 600 students only 174 received the text message. Some of the numbers we have are not correct and other numbers have not opted in, therefore our text message is blocked.

I need your help. Below are the instructions to “opt in” to receive our text messages. In addition to opting in, PLEASE log into Powerschool and make sure that your contact information is current.

It is critical that we have correct contact information. This is the best way we have to notify you in case of emergency.

Please make the time to both opt in and keep your information current via Powerschool. Please call or stop by the office if you need any help!

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

 


 

To improve communication with parents, guardians and students, Washington County School District Technology expanded its ability to deliver phone, email, and SMS text messages using SchoolMessenger. SchoolMessenger will be used to communicate in emergency situations as well as inform parents of day to day progress and school events.

We invite you to fully participate in the process by opting in to SMS Text messaging and keeping contact information in PowerSchool up to date. Just complete two simple steps:

  1. Opt in to SMS Messaging by sending the word “Yes”, via text message, to the number 68453. SchoolMessenger will only send text messages to cell phone numbers whose recipients have agreed to receive them.
  2. Make sure you contact information is up to date by logging in to your PowerSchool Account and accessing the Demographics Change Page.

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Box Top Competition! Going on NOW!!!

how box tops works

Heritage Elementary PTA is holding a Box Tops competition in January to see whooooo can collect the most box tops! Each grade level is competing against the others to see whooooo will bring in the most box tops.  The winning grade will receive a pajama day & movie party hosted by the PTA! We will also have prizes for the student from each grade that turns in the most box tops.  Each grade will get one owl on the tree in the lunchroom for every 25 box tops turned in.  The competition will end January  22nd and the winner announced on Monday the 25th. Get your Box Tops turned in now!

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