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Heritage Elementary
747 East Riverside Dr.
St. George, Utah 84790
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Class Lists Creation for 2018-19 and Parent Input

Heritage Roadrunner Families,

Although it is still too early to be too concerned about class placements for next school year, I do want to help everyone understand the process we use to put together our classes each year. Prior to the end of the school year, I will ask teachers to work in grade-level teams and put together class lists for the next school year. I will ask teachers to:

  • Create class placements that are fair and equitable (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 student.

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

Additionally, a student’s classroom placement is 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 at Heritage, and I feel very confident that our school-wide structures provide a suitable and similar curriculum experience in each class.

From now until April 27 our “Parent Input Form” will be available in our office. Please stop by the office and complete a form for your child if you so desire. The form allows parental input to be considered in the process of class placement for the upcoming school year. Remember, the bottom line is this, your child’s current classroom teacher will work to place each child in the best learning 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

Looking Ahead:

  • April 10 – Heritage Elementary science fair
  • April 11 – 3rd Grade Tuacahn practice & Performance 6:30pm
  • April 12 – PTA Fundraiser Information packet sent home (Color Run)
  • April 21 – Dixie Power Kite Festival @ DSU
  • April 23 – PTA Color Run 6pm

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Heritage – Bike to School April 6, 2018

Heritage Parents and Families,

Today at Heritage we enjoyed learning about bike safety from the St. George Police Dept., Mrs. Berglund and our Student Lighthouse Team. They taught us some important tips to be safe while we ride our bikes. We even learned the ABC’s of Bike Safety.

A = Air Pressure – Always make sure your tires have enough air.

B = Brakes and Bolts – Check your brakes to make sure you can stop and look for any loose bolts.

C = Chain – make sure your chain is oiled and ready to go!

This was a great assembly to get us ready for our BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY!!! In conjunction with the Southwest Health Department, St. George City Police Department, St. George Bicycle Collective and the students, teachers and staff of Heritage Elementary we are excited to participate in a group bike to school day.

WHO: Students, Family Members, Teachers, Staff of Heritage Elementary

WHAT: Bike to School Day

WHEN: Friday, April 6, 2018 (Meet at 8:00 am – leave at 8:15 am)

WHERE: Meet at the LDS Chapel at 550 East 700 South

WHY: Establish good health habits, to learn and practice bicycle safety, and to have fun together!

UPDATE:

St. George News was there to share with us in our experience. Check out there story: CLICK HERE

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Stay Strong Roadrunners!

March 23, 2018

Dear Heritage Parents & Students,

Spring is in the air and together we have zoomed past spring break. We are entering the final home stretch of the school year. I hope that we can all work together to finish the school year strong. I’d like to address a couple of items that will help us all finish strong!

  1. Reading 20 minutes daily – Please continue to read each and every day with your child. Reading 20 minutes daily with your child is one of the best investments you can make! You’ll make memories, build language and vocabulary, and show your child how important reading is to you! … and you’ll help our school reach our goal of 1.5 million reading minutes and you can attend the Dixie Power Kite Festival on April 21 and get a cool kite!
  2. On Time ALL Day Attendance – I can’t express enough how important it is for your child to attend school each day. Coming in late, leaving early or not attending at all will disrupt learning. Please strive to attend each day, arrive on time, stay all day!
  3. Maintain routines – even though spring is in the air and the sun is up later each evening, keep your family routines. Regular meal time, bed time, and other regular routines help maintain order and structure in life. It also helps your child feel safe and secure. Keeping up routines keeps the chaos away!

These are just a few tips to help you continue to enjoy success at home and school!

Finally, you may have noticed that we are continually striving to improve and ensure that Heritage Elementary a safe place for your children. Please bring a Photo ID when checking a student out. Please check in at the office and receive a “Visitor” sticker every time you visit the school. Notify the office immediately if you see something that just doesn’t seem right. We rely on everyone to help maintain our safe environment here at Heritage Elementary.

Thank you for your continued support, we value each and every one of you, thank you for helping make Heritage an amazing school!

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

Looking Ahead:

  • March 27 – Spring Pictures (Lifetouch)
  • March 28 – 5th Grade Maturation
  • March 29 – Heritage Track Meet @ Dixie High School (Grades 3-5)
  • March 30 & April 2 – Spring Recess NO SCHOOL
  • April 3 – 5th Grade Field Trip DSU Science
  • April 3 – 2:45 Bike Safety Assembly
  • April 4 – PreK & K Registration
  • April 6 – Heritage Bike to School Day

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SEP Conferences – Week of Feb 26 thru March 2

SEP Conferences are coming up February 26 ~ March 2. Our elementary school will dismiss at 1:15 the entire week (02/26~03/2). The kindergarten schedule will be adjusted as well. Monday will be an early release PLC day and follow our Friday schedule. There will be NO kindergarten on Tuesday and Wednesday for SEP Conferences. Kindergarten students will resume school on Thursday and Friday and follow our early release schedule (same as Friday).

The scheduling window for parents is now open (and will be until midnight on Feb 21st). Please click the logo below to go to the Online Scheduler website. Additionally, step-by-step instructions are also available by clicking the link below (the school password is “roadrunners“). We hope that you will take the time to schedule and attend your SEP conference with your child. As parents, students, and teachers we must all work together to ensure the BEST education for your child! Thanks for your continued support of Heritage Elementary!

CLICK HERE for Online Scheduler Parent Instructions.

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Heritage Heads UP – PTA Info

Parents – We need your help!!

PTA Information coming your way. Two major things coming right up.

  1. Looking ahead to next school year (2018-19) we need a PTA President, President-elect, and Secretary. PTA is critical for Heritage Elementary and it’s continued success! Please read the attached note and carefully consider whether or not you would be able to help our PTA maintain the excellent service it provides to our school. As the principal of Heritage Elementary I can assure you of the valuable contribution that PTA provides our teachers and staff and especially each of our students. It really is something that is essential for our school to continue to excel and be an amazing place for our students! (PTA Parent Note.pdf)
  2. Family Week Information: Feb 5 ~ 9, 2018
    • Monday – Family Fun Night
    • Tuesday – Grandparent Show & Tell
    • Thursday – Family Lunch Day
    • Friday – Parents & Pastries
    • All the handouts: CLICK HERE
    • Please take a moment and complete and return the paperwork for family lunch (Thursday, Feb 8) and Grandparent Show & Tell (Tuesday, Feb 6) to your child’s teacher!

I greatly appreciate our PTA and all that these great individuals do to help Heritage Elementary be a more excellent school. Please consider volunteering this coming year and helping our PTA remain a strong component of Heritage Elementary school.

I also want to give a quick shout out to our amazing Student Lighthouse Team and the teacher leaders who work with them. They meet every Tuesday morning at 8am and have planned activities for our students and work to make our school an awesome place for all who visit.heritage student lighthouse teamAs you can see they make my job much more enjoyable.

Heritage Elementary is an amazing place for our students! I am so grateful for your continued support. Please contact me directly if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns.

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

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

  • Feb 1 – PTA Board Meeting 7pm
  • Feb 5~9 – PTA Family Week
  • Feb 13 – 3rd Grade Field Trip to Desert Garden
  • Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day
  • Feb 16 – 5th Grade Field Trip Tonaquint Intermediate School Tour
  • Feb 19 – No School President’s Day
  • Feb 23 – Roadrunner Rally & Habit 5 Assembly (2nd Grade)
  • Feb 26~March 2 – SEP Week

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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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