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Heritage Elementary
747 East Riverside Dr.
St. George, Utah 84790
P: 435.628.4427
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December Roadrunner Update

Heritage Families,

Can you believe that Christmas is nearly here and it will be 2019 before we know it!? I hope that each one of you are enjoying this wonderful time of year. It certainly is a little more cheery and exciting here at school. Today we had our Roadrunner Rally with our Habit Leaders and Academic Leaders from each classroom being cheered on as they ran through our hallways! I love to celebrate our students and the great things they are accomplishing here at our school.

Lately I’ve noticed that we’ve had more tardies than normal as well as many students being checked out early. Please remember our goal for On Time ALL Day attendance. Being here on time and staying all day is so important for your child’s academic well being. As I’ve stated previously, our teachers are dedicated professionals who strive to plan and make every minute count in your child’s day. Please do all you can to have your child here on time each day. Additionally, please do all you can to have your child remain at school through the final bell each day.

REMINDER: Next Monday, December 10, we will be an early release PLC day (we will follow our Friday schedule in Kindergarten and grades 1-5 will dismiss at 1:15). These days are important for teachers and are used to attend trainings and grow professionally. This Monday our teachers will use the time at Heritage to work on building safety, as well as helping build expertise in handling various behavior challenges that may arise in their classrooms or at our school.

Thanks for all the support you provide your student and our school. I love working with your children, it is so rewarding to learn and laugh with them each day!

Wishing each of you the very best this Holiday season!

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

Looking Ahead:

  • Dec 10 – Early Release PLC (Dismiss at 1:15)
  • Dec 11 – 6pm Heritage Strings Concert (Heritage Gym)
  • Dec 17 – Snowman Day
  • Dec 18 – Christmas Sweater Day
  • Dec 19 – PJ or Whoville(Grinch) Day
  • Dec 19 – 9:30 School Sing-a-long
  • Dec 20~Jan 2 – Christmas Break NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 3 – Back to School – Welcome to 2019

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November Update – 3 Important Items

Hello Heritage Families,

Welcome to November and chilly mornings! We’ve completed our first trimester of the school year and our first SEP conference is coming up next week. That brings us to:

  • Item #1 – SEP Conference & Health Fair – please take a few seconds to register for an SEP time before Wednesday, November 7 at midnight, the parent scheduling window will close at that time. You can easily register by visiting our website – CLICK HERE or by calling our office at 628-4427. Additionally, I would encourage everyone to register for an appointment on Wednesday, November 14 – we are having a Health and Community resource fair at Heritage on that day that is open to EVERYONE. From free kids haircuts to a vast array of health resources, there will be something for everyone. The health fair will be available and open to all to help educate regarding resources available in our local community. (Heritage Health Fair Flyer: English  |  Spanish)
  • Item #2 – Coins for Kids Christmas Help

If you need assistance with Christmas this year, please see our school counselor, Emily Sharp, before the Thanksgiving break (11/20) for a referral letter to KONY Coins for Kids. The counselor will provide you with additional instructions.

If you are interested in volunteer and/or donation opportunities, please visit this website http://www.coinsforkids.net

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Si necesitas asistencia para la Navidad este año, por favor vea al consejero de la escuela antes de las vacaciones de Acción de Gracias (Noviembre 20, 2018) para conseguir una carta de referencia. El consejero de la escuela le dará instrucciones adicionales. 

Si tu estas interesado/a en ser voluntario/a o en oportunidades para donar, por favor visite este website http://www.coinsforkids.net

  • Item #3 Absences and Tardies – Remember our goal of ALL day EVERY day attendance. Do all you can to get your child here on time each and every day. Our teachers work tirelessly to create and prepare lessons and learning activities that will challenge and engage our students and many teachers begin those activities as soon as our announcements are over each morning. Additionally, school dismisses at 3:30 most days and at 1:15 on early release days. As much as possible appointments and other conflicts should be scheduled after our release time. Thank you!

I look forward to seeing each of you during our SEP week!

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

Looking Ahead:

  • Nov 6 – Election Day – Don’t forget to VOTE
  • Nov 6 – 4th Grade Field Trip (Staheli Farm)
  • Nov 7 – 5th Grade Field Trip (Sound of Music @ DHHS)
  • Nov 7 – PTA Meeting 7pm
  • Nov 7 – Online Scheduler parent window closes at midnight
  • Nov 12 – Veterans Day Assembly & 5th Grade Marching in Veterans Day Parade
  • Nov 12~Nov 16 – Early Release SEP Conferences
  • Nov 14 – FREE Health & Community Resource Fair (Flyer: English  |  Spanish)
  • Nov 21~23 – NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

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Fall 2018 – SEP Conferences

SEP Conferences will be the held the week of November 12 thru the 16. Students in grades 1st thru 5th will dismiss at 1:15 the entire week (11/12~11/16). There will be NO kindergarten on Monday and Tuesday for SEP Conferences. Kindergarten students will resume school on Wednesday and follow the early release schedule for the remainder of the week.

This year we are excited to be hosting a FREE Family Health Fair at our school on Wednesday, November 14 from 1:30 to 7:00pm. I strongly encourage each family to make their best effort to schedule their SEP Conference on this day so they can take advantage of this great event. Families and community members may attend this event whether they have an SEP scheduled on this day or not so help spread the word! (Health Fair Information)

The scheduling window for parents is now open (and will be until midnight on Nov 7th). 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!

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CLICK HERE for Online Scheduler Parent Instructions.

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Oct 2018 – Parent Night

We had our first parent night of the year last night. It was well attended and full of great information. Our School Counselor Mrs. Emily Sharp presented on local community resources that are available to help our students and their families. Everything from food, clothing, housing, health care, and other types of needs that are students and their families face were presented. CLICK HERE to view the presentation from Mrs. Sharp.

Additionally, Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Bundy shared with parents about the Move This World program that we are participating in this year. This program is a very brief part of each morning as our students start the day and again a brief moment at the end of the day with each of our classes. At the beginning of the day students watch videos about handling their emotions and working well with others. If you hear about “emogers” or the “emotional ABCs” from your student, that is all part of this program. We believe that our students have enjoyed participating and are learning about themselves and how to appropriately handle their emotions.

We look forward to many more informative parent nights as the year progresses.

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Heritage Halloween Info – 2018

2018 Heritage Halloween Information (Grades 1-5):

Halloween is a fun, exciting, and fairly crazy day at school. We anticipate having a great time together with our students on this day.

This year we are adjusting our Halloween plans a bit from what we’ve traditionally done in the past. Instead of a morning costume parade, we’re moving that to the afternoon. Here’s a quick rundown of the day along with some costume guidelines.

Morning (before lunch) – “normal” day with fun Halloween related learning activities.

After lunch students will have an opportunity to change into costumes and participate in classroom parties and other fun Halloween activities.

2:30 Costume Parade – Parents and family can best view our costume parade at rear of building. The parade will zigzag across the playground. The costume parade will conclude at approximately 3:10pm and parents will have the option to take their student(s) home with them at that time or have their student stay at school and dismiss at the regular time (3:30pm).

School Costume Guidelines:

  • Students should bring their costume to school and will have an opportunity to change into their costume after lunch
  • Keep the school costume as simple as possible ~ remember NO masks, NO weapons, NO extreme gore, NO immodest costumes (WCSD Policy 2200)
  • Students should be able to change into the costume with minimal help (practice at home)
  • Students should be able to use the bathroom without any help

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2018 Información para el Día de Brujas en Heritage Elementary:

El Día de Brujas es un día divertido, emocionante y bastante loco en la escuela. Esperamos tener un gran tiempo junto con nuestros estudiantes en este día.

Este año vamos a cambiar nuestros planes un poco de lo que hemos hecho en lo pasado. En vez de tener un desfile de disfraces por la mañana, lo haremos en la tarde. Esto es el horario y algunas pautas sobre los disfraces.

Por la mañana (antes de almuerzo) – Un día normal con actividades divertidas de aprendizaje relacionado con el Día de Brujas.

Después de almorzar, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de ponerse sus disfraces y participar en fiestas en sus clases y otras actividades divertidas.

2:30 Desfile de Disfraces – Padres y otros familiares pueden pasar por atrás del edificio para ver el desfile. El desfile pasará por el patio de recreo. El desfile de disfraces terminará como a las 3:10 y los padres pueden llevarlos a sus hijos si quieren hacerlo. Los demás estudiantes quedarán en sus clases hasta las 3:30 pm.

Pautas para disfraces en la escuela:

➔    Los estudiantes deben traer sus disfraces y tendrán la oportunidad de ponérselo después del       almuerzo.

➔    Los disfraces deben ser lo más simple posible – Recuerde NO máscaras, NO armas, NO demasiado sangre, NO disfraces inmodestos. (Política del Distrito Escolar 2200

➔    Los estudiantes deben poder ponerse su disfraz por ellos mismos (pueden practicar en casa).

➔    Los estudiantes deben poder usar el baño sin ayuda.

 

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Heritage Heads Up – Oct 2018

Hello Heritage Roadrunners & Families,

It is already October! As usual, we have much going on here at school. Our teachers have worked hard to create high expectations and establish classroom routines that facilitate safety and learning. We’re focusing on helping each child learn and grow in a supportive environment. Our classroom teachers at Heritage are exceptional! I sincerely enjoy working with each of them and I know that they are working extremely hard to challenge and support each of your children.

I have a few items that I want to share with each of you.

  1. White Ribbon Week ~ Going on now! Each day this week we’ve been learning and discussing how important it is to use technology appropriately. The overall theme is: Let’s Get Real! One of the main topics has been valuing real relationships over virtual ones. Additionally, we’ve focused on spending time with family and friends on activities that don’t involve a screen. Don’t forget to send pictures and videos of your families giving priority to real life relationships to Mrs. Olmstead.
  2. Check out our September Newsletter – written by our Student Lighthouse Team: CLICK HERE
  3. Washington Community Center Fall Newsletter: CLICK HERE
  4. Last Friday we sent each student home with a Heritage Elementary t-shirt – THANK YOU PTA!! Please have your student show their school spirit and wear their school shirt each Friday. (If your student was absent or didn’t receive a shirt please contact our office and we will provide one for them)
  5. Halloween Parade Info – New this year, classroom parties and our traditional costume parade will be in the afternoon. The parade will begin at approximately 2:45pm. Parents and family can best enjoy the parade from the rear playground area! The Halloween costume parade should be done at approximately 3:15pm. More information regarding Halloween activities will be shared closer to the holiday.
  6. Operation School Bell – Information below (Special assistance for families needing help with new shoes and clothes)

Thanks for your continued support!

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

Looking Ahead:

  • Oct 3 – 7pm PTA General Mtg
  • Oct 5 – 4th Grade Talent Show
  • Oct 10 – 1st Grade Field Trip – St. George Children’s Museum
  • Oct 11~12 – Fall Break No School
  • Oct 16 – Picture Re-takes
  • Oct 18 – 6:30pm Heritage Storytelling Festival

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Operation School Bell Information:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Operation School Bell is a program that gives families shopping vouchers for new shoes and clothes from Walmart. It is funded by the Southern Utah Assistance League. This is ONLY for students at Heritage Elementary who NEED new shoes and clothes. The shopping event will be October 23 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m at the Bloomington WalmartStudents will bring home the vouchers when it gets closer to October 23 and must take the vouchers to the shopping event. 
 
If your students need to participate in Operation School Bell, please email the school counselor, Emily Sharp, and tell her the names of your students. Her email address is emily.sharp@washk12.org
 
Thank you!

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Lunch Information – Sept 2018

Important Lunch Information

Meal Pricing: 

LUNCH Full pay: $2.20/ per day, Reduced: 40 cents/per day

BREAKFAST Full pay: $1.75/per day, Reduced: 30 cents/per day

MILK: 50 cents/per milk

Payment for student meals can be made on-line with a credit card using PayPams (https://paypams.com/) or in the office with cash or check.

**For those receiving free meals, the cost of milk is only covered in a complete meal. If your student takes a single milk, there is a $0.50 charge. **

Meal Benefits: (https://www.washk12.org/food-service/free-and-reduced) Meal benefits must be applied for each year. Applications can be filled out on-line or in our office. If your child was receiving meal benefits last school year, there is a 30 day grace period.  This allows your child to continue with the same benefits until the new application is completed and processed. After the grace period, if you have not yet applied or have not been approved through the district office, your child will return to a full pay status. Please note that it can take applications 10 days to get processed. The deadline for completing the free/reduced lunch application is SEPTEMBER 21st!


If you have any questions, please contact the office at 628-4427

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Información sobre las Comidas Escolares:

Precios de la Comida:

ALMUERZO  Precio completo: $2.20 por día/Precio reducido: 40¢ por día

DESAYUNO Precio completo: $1.75 por día/Precio reducido: 30¢ por día

Precio para comprar solo la leche: 50¢ cada uno

Se puede pagar para la comida en línea utilizando el programa PAYPAMS (https://paypams.com/HomePage.aspx) y una tarjeta de crédito o en la oficina de la escuela con dinero en efectivo o un cheque.

**Para aquellos que reciben la comida gratuita, solo puede recibir la leche con la comida de la escuela. Si quiere solo la leche, tiene que pagar 50¢.**

Beneficios de Comidas: (https://www.washk12.org/food-service/free-and-reduced) Debe hacer una nueva aplicación para los beneficios de comidas cada año escolar. Puede hacer la aplicación en línea. Para los que recibían beneficios durante el año anterior, tiene 30 días para hacer la nueva aplicación. Durante estos 30 días, su hijo recibirá la comida gratis. Después de estos 30 días, si no han hecho una aplicación nueva o la aplicación todavía no ha sido aprobada, el estado de su hijo cambiará a precio completoTenga en cuenta que las aplicaciones pueden demorar hasta 10 días para ser aprobadas. ¡La fecha límite para completar la solicitud de almuerzo gratis / reducido es el 21 de septiembre!

Si tiene cualquier pregunta, no dude en llamar a la oficina en 628-4427.

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Important Info (Sept 4, 2018)

Roadrunner Parents,

As you know this past week we had our first SEP conferences. I greatly appreciate all who were able to come and learn from their child’s classroom teacher about expectations and what their student can expect throughout the school year. Mr. Orchard and myself also presented regarding general school expectations. If you missed out on the general session you can check out the presentation (CLICK HERE). Two highlights: #1 Attendance = on time ALL day every day and #2 Parking Lot Safety – one goal = safety. If you have additional questions or suggestions, please contact me directly. 

Our School Community Council election is currently open. Please contact me directly if you are willing and able to serve on our community council. Additional information can be found on the SCC webpage or by clicking on the notice (ENGLISH  |  SPANISH). Our first meeting will be held on September 10 at 3pm in our Conference Room.

Dixie High School Cheerleaders are having their annual fall mini-camp coming up the end of September. For more information CLICK HERE.

Don’t forget to sign up for WCSD Parent emergency notification (ENGLISH  |  SPANISH).

I genuinely appreciate your help and support. Heritage is an amazing school and a great place for kids. Thanks for all you do,

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

Looking Ahead: Heritage School Calendar

Sept 10 – 3pm School Community Council Mtg
Sept 13 – Internet Safety Parent Mtg @ SCHS (More Info)
Sept 14 – 1:30pm PTA Room Mom Tea
Sept 18 – Fall Picture Day
Sept 24 – Early Release PLC Day (1:15)

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August SEP Conferences

Heritage Parents,

I want to thank you for helping get the school year off to a great start. It was been wonderful to be back in school with your children. One of the best parts of working at a school is definitely the students. Our Heritage students are fun, engaging, and so unpredictable that each and every day is a new adventure.

I have two important items to share with you:

  1. Monday, August 27 – PLC Collaboration Day – Our school will follow our Friday early release schedule and dismiss at 1:15pm for grades 1-5. Kindergarten will also follow the Friday schedule, AM = 9:00 to 10:40 and PM = 11:30 to 1:15. There are five of these days scheduled throughout the school year (Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 29, Dec 10, March 25). These days are scheduled to help facilitate teacher professional growth. Our teachers will spend the time studying and preparing to be more effective in working with your students.
  2. SEP Conferences, August 29 & 30 – Our first SEP conference time will be a chance for parents (Heritage students and other children need not attend this SEP Conference) to come to school and attend one information session by the classroom teacher and one general session in the gym. Classroom Teachers will present on each hour at 4, 5, 6 for approximately 20 minutes. The general session in the gym will be repeated at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 with Mr. Baker and Mr. Orchard discussing Title I, attendance expectations, PTA, parking lot safety, general Q&A, etc. Please attend the session times that are most convenient for you. These sessions will be most beneficial in answering any question you may have regarding your student’s experience at Heritage Elementary this school year.

Thank you for your patience as we work on our school bus schedules and other transportation issues. Our entire school staff care deeply about your children and we are dedicated to providing the best educational experience possible.

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

Looking Ahead:

  • Aug 27 – PLC Collaboration Day (Early release schedule)
  • Aug 29 & 30 – SEP Conferences (detailed information above)
  • Sept 3 – Labor Day (No School)
  • Sept 18 – Fall Picture Day
  • Sept 24 – PLC Collaboration Day (Early release schedule)
  • Oct 1~5 – White Ribbon Week (Technology Safety)

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Padres de Heritage,

Quiero agradecerles por ayudarnos a empezar el año escolar de una forma maravillosa. Estamos encantados de estar de nuevo en la escuela con sus niños. Definitivamente una de las mejores cosas de trabajar en la escuela es compartir con los estudiantes. Los estudiantes de Heritage son divertidos, comprometidos y tan impredecibles que convierten cada día en una nueva aventura.

Tengo dos cosas muy importantes que compartir con Ustedes:

  1. Lunes 27 de agosto – PLC Día de Colaboracion – Este día la escuela seguirá los horarios de un viernes, los grados de 1ro a 5to saldrán a la 1:15 pm. Los niños de Jardín también tendrán el horario de un viernes, clase de la mañana de 9:00 a 10:40, clase de la tarde de 11:30 a 1:15. Durante el año escolar habra cinco de estos dias de colaboracion (agosto 27, septiembre 24, octubre 29, diciembre 10, marzo 25).  Estos dias están dedicados a facilitar el crecimiento profesional de los maestros. En estos dias los maestros la pasaran estudiando y preparando para ser más efectivos en el trabajo con los estudiantes.
  2. Conferencia de Padres y Maestros (SEP) agosto 29 & 30 – Nuestra primera conferencia de padres y maestros será una oportunidad para los padres (los estudiantes y cualquier otro niño no necesitan asistir a esta primera conferencia) de concurrir a la escuela y atender a una unica reunión informativa, se llevará a cabo en la clase de su niño y después una reunión general en el gimnasio de la escuela. Cada maestro presentara en la clase por 20 minutos empezando a las 4 después a las 5 y por último a las 6. La reunión en el gym será a las 4:30, 5:30 y 6:30 con el director de la escuela el señor Baker y con el señor Orchard. Ellos informaran sobre Titulo 1, asistencia a la escuela, PTA, el estacionamiento y preguntas en general que los padres pudieran tener. Por favor no deje de asistir a las reuniones en el horario que mejor le convenga. Estas reuniones serán muy beneficiosas para responder cualquier pregunta sobre las experiencias de los estudiantes en Heritage Elementary.

Gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos en los horarios del bus y otros problemitas del transporte. Todo el personal de Heritage está muy involucrado en lograr el bienestar de todos los alumnos de la escuela y proveer la mejor experiencia educativa.

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

Mas Adelante:

  • Agosto 27 – PLC Día de Colaboracion (Salen temprano)
  • Agosto 29 & 30 – Conferencia de Padres y Maestros (SEP)
  • Septiembre 3 -Día del Trabajo (No hay escuela)
  • Septiembre 18 – Fotos de Otoño
  • Septiembre 24 – PLC Día de Colaboracion (Salen temprano)

Octubre 1 al 5 – Semana de la cinta blanca (Tecnología Segura)

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Fantastic Start!!!

Heritage Roadrunner Parents & Students,

We’ve had a fantastic start to the school year. Our amazing teachers and staff have worked extremely hard to make the school the best it can be for our students. The classrooms that I’ve visited are fun and engaging and our students appear genuinely happy to be back at school. (Hopefully, each of you parents are happy to have your students back at Heritage as well!)

I’ve got a few items to share that will help us all make 2018-19 a great school year for you and your student.

  1. Attendance: On time all day attendance is so important. The school day starts at 8:55 with a late bell at 9:00am. Our teachers work extremely hard to have meaningful activities right at the beginning of the day. Staying at school through the entire day is also very important to remember. Don’t regularly check out your student early! Attendance = On time, ALL day, everyday!
  2.  Daily Reading: I expect that every student would practice reading at home each and every day. This is the best way to improve!
  3. Parking Lot Safety: Let’s work together to ensure that our drop off and pick up are safe for everyone! Drive slow, be extra cautious and aware (No Phone Zone), pull forward, only get out of your car if you are parked in a stall. Thanks for your patience as we ensure the safety of everyone!
  4. Communication: Our school website is constantly updated, our teachers send home weekly newsletters, emails and phone calls will be used to communicate with parents. We want you to know what is going on here at Heritage, please stay in the loop and support our school.

Thanks for your support of our school. We have the best students, teachers, and parents. I know that every student at Heritage will grow academically and have a great experience at school this year if we work together!

One final announcement, we have two part-time positions at our school. If you are someone you know is looking for part time employment please consider applying for the positions. Visit the WCSD website (https://washk12.org), click “job openings” and look by location, Heritage.

Keep on smiling!

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

 

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