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Virtual Learning Instructions

Well, what a start to 2022! We will send out more information if needed early next week, but here are a few highlights you’ll find in this Skylert:

  • Accessing Virtual Classes W-F
  • New Semester Classes
  • Breakfast and Lunch W-F
  • Registration (Course Selection) Timeframes
  • PTSA Ambassadors Planning Meeting
  • Web Development Workshop

Accessing Your Virtual Classes

This coming Wednesday-Friday, all classes will be virtual. In order to keep things as simple as possible, here’s what you need to know:

  • Classes Happen Live at Normal Times
  • We Will Keep our Normal Bell Schedule
  • Attendance Will Be Taken, except for DEAR – just read a book for that
  • Zoom Links Will Be On Canvas Landing Pages for Each Class
  • If You Can’t Access a Class, Email the Teacher – They’ll have direct links ready.
  • It’s Only Three Days – Don’t stress too much, so get what you can from it and stay safe

New Semester Starts Wednesday

Please check Skyward on Wednesday morning to make sure you’re attending the right classes with the right teachers. Classes on Canvas should roll automatically on Wednesday, but email the teacher listed in Skyward if you have any trouble connecting. You can find staff emails on this page.

Breakfast and Lunch W-F

We will serve both breakfast and lunch all three days we are virtual. Students will need to enter the cafeteria on the west side of the school and it will be both grab-and-go and something they can eat in the cafeteria. 

We are hoping to serve from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. If you plan to come for breakfast or lunch outside of those times, please give us a heads up so we can have food ready for you. Call Holly Taylor at 801-412-2823 to let us know you’re coming outside of those times.

Registration/Course Selection Timeline

We had planned to hand out course selection cards to students on Wednesday. We will post PDF’s of the cards on this page by then for you to review, and you can visit that same page for course overviews, videos, course requirements, and all things registration. 

We will then hand out the physical cards to students on Monday, January 24th. 7th graders will complete them on Tuesday, January 25th and 8th graders will complete them in class on Thursday, January 27th. We plan to hold a registration night for incoming 7th graders on January 27th, where cards will be both distributed and collected. Contact the counseling center if you have any questions about course selection.

PTSA Ambassadors Planning Meeting

On Wednesday, January 19th from 3-4 pm, PTSA ambassadors will be meeting in the Media Center to plan and make posters for Red Ribbon Week.

Web Development Workshop

Jan 26 | 3:00- 4:00 pm

Join us at Elk Ridge Middle School and learn the basics of web development! Students in grades 7- 9 are invited to this introductory workshop. No previous experience necessary! Come & learn with other future coders! See this flyer for more information.

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Angel Tree Thank You, Volunteers Needed

We hope you are enjoying the holiday season as much as we are! Our Angel Tree fundraiser was a huge success, with over 50 ‘angels’ in our school community getting gifts provided by our students. Thank you to the many, many of you with children able to contribute. Giving to others helps the climate of the school more than just about anything else, and we can’t think of a better holiday tradition.

9th Grade Job Interviews – Thursday, January 13th

URGENT – This activity cannot take place without your help.

Adult volunteers are still needed to help with our 9th grade Job Interview experience. We need morning volunteers from 7:50am -11:15am, and afternoon volunteers from 11:00am-3:00pm. The PTSA will provide food for both sessions. Volunteers will be doing short mock job interviews for our 9th grade students. The interview questions will be emailed to volunteers and you do not need to have hiring experience to help out. For more information, please contact the counseling center. If you can help with this fun activity, please fill out this form.  

December MESA-STEM activity has been canceled!

The MESA-STEM after school activity that was previously scheduled for this Wed, Dec. 15 has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.  We will resume our normal monthly MESA-STEM activities in January.  Thank you for your understanding!

Last Chance for Lost & Found

Our lost and found is overflowing and we need to clear it out to make room for more next semester. If you have anything you want to check for, please do it before you leave for the break at the end of the week. We will be donating anything that’s left here on Friday.

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Flex Friday, Surveys, School Store

Believe it or not, we are edging up on Thanksgiving Break already with only a week and a half to go. Thank you again to all of our performing arts students, teachers and parents for the outstanding Veterans Day assembly and evening performances. It was a new format, but one that we plan to keep going forward. Be sure to check out our social media pages for a glimpse of the performance.

In this Skylert, you’ll find:

  • Flex Friday (This Week)
  • School Merchandise
  • Parent & Student Stakeholder Surveys
  • PTSA November Newsletter
  • Volunteers for Job Interviews in January
  • MESA Activities

Flex Friday This Week

This coming Friday, November 19th, will be our second Flex Friday as a district. Each school will be handling it slightly differently, but all within the structure outlined here.

For all Elk Ridge students, they should expect roughly 3 hours total of engagement in schoolwork. This will vary from class to class, but students will be able to complete this work from home. If students have questions about work, they should contact their teacher.

In addition, any student needing extra support will be able to attend in-person between 10 am and 12:15 pm, as long as they have arranged with their teacher beforehand to do so. We love to have you – we just need to know you’re coming. Busing will be provided following the normal Friday bus schedule. Lunch will be served from 12:15 – 1:15 pm, and students who are bused will work in either the cafeteria or the media center until buses come at 2:30 pm.

School Store

Want to show that Wapiti pride? If you want Elk Ridge merchandise, you can visit this link any time from now until December 6th. The store is run by Marchant Design and Elk Ridge does not benefit from your purchase in any way.

Parent and Student Stakeholder Surveys

All parents should have received a survey at the email address listed in Skyward. Please know we take the results of the survey very seriously in our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of every aspect of our school from communication to instruction.

The survey can be taken once for each teacher your student has, so thank you in advance for taking the time to give us feedback and potentially taking the survey seven times so that all teachers get that feedback. Students will also get the chance this Wednesday to take the survey during Wally Time.

PTSA November Newsletter

Our wonderful PTSA puts out a regular newsletter, which can be found here. Check it out for upcoming events, highlights from past events, and more!

9th Grade Job Interviews – Thursday, January 13th

Adult volunteers are still needed to help with our 9th grade Job Interview experience. We need 15 volunteers from 7:50am -11:15am , and 15 volunteers from 11:00am-3:00pm. The PTSA will provide lunch for both sessions. Volunteers will be doing short mock job interviews for our 9th grade students. The interview questions will be emailed to volunteers. For more information, please contact the counseling center. If you can help with this fun activity, please fill out this form.

MESA-STEM After School Activity – WED, NOV 17 @ 3 pm in Media Center

We will be holding our November MESA-STEM after school activity in the Media Center right after school (3:00 – 4:00 pm).  This month’s activity will be the “Engineering and Construction Competition”.  All Elk Ridge students are welcome and invited to participate. For further information, please contact Ms. Hardy or Mr. Bennett.

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Veterans Day, School Store, Stakeholder Survey

We hope you’re all enjoying that extra hour of sleep as much as we are. Veterans Day is this Thursday, and we’ll be holding an open concert that night. Check below for details, thank you to our veterans for their service and sacrifice!

We are also happy to announce that our school apparel store is now open. Information can also be found below.

Veterans Day Concert Thursday at 7 pm

The Elk Ridge Middle School Veterans Day Concert will be held on November 11th at 7 PM. Everyone is invited to attend. We would like to extend a special invitation to any current and former servicemen and women. If you attend we would be honored if you would wear your service uniform to the concert.

This Veterans Day Concert will feature the Advanced Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Dance students. On the off chance we run out of seats, we will also be streaming the concert live. The link will be posted on the school website the day of the concert.

We are holding this concert as a show of gratitude and appreciation for all those who serve our country, as a way to honor those who died serving this country, and as a sign of support and good will for those who will serve this country in the future.

Please join us in wearing red, white, and blue all day on November 11th and especially to the concert. Thank you for your continued support of the ERMS Performing Arts Department.

Thank you,

Mr. Goodrich, Mrs. McDermott, Mr. Lyon, Mrs. Giove and the ERMS faculty and Administration

School Store

If you want Elk Ridge merchandise, you can visit this link any time from now until November 24th. The store is run by Marchant Design and Elk Ridge does not benefit from your purchase in any way.

Stakeholder Survey

You should have received a survey at the email address listed in Skyward. Please know we take the results of the survey very seriously in our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of every aspect of our school from communication to instruction. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback! Students will also get the chance over the next week to take the survey.

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF 8TH GRADE STUDENTS!

8th Grade PCCR Appointments are now available on Skyward – Please sign up ASAP as time is running out!

We highly encourage all parents/guardians of 8th grade students to meet with their assigned school counselor for a PCCR meeting. Plan for College and Career Readiness (PCCR) appointments are available by logging into the parent’s Skyward account and clicking on the “Conferences” button. (The Skyward conference scheduler will be open until Nov 12th to make appointments.)  PCCR appointments are available Nov 1 – Nov 23 during school hours. Evening hours are available on Wed, Nov 17 and Thurs, Nov 18 (4:00-6:00 pm). If none of the available times work for you, you may contact your counselor to schedule a different time. Your 8th grade PCCR meeting will briefly discuss your student’s high school graduation requirements as well as the student’s future college and career interests. 

REMINDER:  8th Grade JOB SHADOW is tomorrow, Tue, Nov 9

This is just a reminder that the 8th grade Job Shadow is tomorrow, Tue, Nov 9. The students should have already filled out and turned in their Job Shadow applications. Please remind your student to take the Reflection page with him/her in order to obtain the Job Shadow supervisor’s signature. Students should then complete the reflection sheet afterward and turn it in to their history teacher by Thursday, Nov 11.

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8th Grade PCCR’s, Job Shadow, Brandon Mull

We hope the sugar has mostly left the system after a great Halloween! We had a great time with the Goblin Chase and Halloween Carnival, and a huge thanks goes out to our wonderful PTSA for all of their hard work and help managing those events. The new dress code is also now in full swing, and we appreciate how many students have made the shift without causing a disruption to the business of school. That is definitely the intent of the change, and it’s been great so far!

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF 8TH GRADE STUDENTS!

8th Grade PCCR Appointments are now available on Skyward – Please sign up ASAP!

We highly encourage all parents/guardians of 8th grade students to meet with their assigned school counselor for a PCCR meeting. Plan for College and Career Readiness (PCCR) appointments are available by logging into the parent’s Skyward account and clicking on the “Conferences” button. (The Skyward conference scheduler will be open until Nov 12th to make appointments.)  PCCR appointments are available Nov 1 – Nov 23 during school hours. Evening hours are available on Wed, Nov 17 and Thurs, Nov 18 (4:00-6:00 pm). If none of the available times work for you, you may email your counselor to schedule a different time. Your 8th grade PCCR meeting will briefly discuss your student’s high school graduation requirements and future college and career interests. 

8th Grade Job Shadow – Applications are due Tuesday, Nov 2nd.  However, we will still accept the applications through the end of this week.

8th grade students need to be working on their job shadow so that they can submit their application to their history teacher by Tuesday, November 2nd. If you miss this deadline, we still encourage you to complete the Job Shadow application as we will still accept it through the end of this week. They may reference the career exploration activity they did in their science class to get ideas. As an alternative activity, 8th graders may also attend one of the following programs at the JATC: Biotechnology, Engineering, Veterinary Science, Garden & Greenhouse,  Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Computer  Programming, Web Development, Welding, Nail Technology, Hair Design & Barbering, Fire Science, EMT, and Aviation Science. Please contact your student’s counselor if you want to sign-up for this option. Last names A-C: alishia.huefner@jordandistrict.org, last names D-J: camille.francis@jordandistrict.org, last names K-Q: richard.lambert@jordandistrict.org, last names R-Z: paul.bennett@jordandistrict.org

Brandon Mull Visit – November 3rd

New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Mull will be visiting Elk Ridge on Wednesday, and we have been selling tickets with Wally Coins all week last week. The goal of selling tickets was primarily to ensure that students who really wanted to hear him speak were able to do so. Today, we gave away tickets for free in all three lunches to any students still wanting to attend. We have a few left, so if your student doesn’t have a ticket and wants to attend, have them find an administrator to get one. The assembly will be during 2nd period. Again, we are grateful to Brandon Mull and his team for making this possible at no cost to the school!

9th Grade Job Interviews – Thursday, January 13th

Adult volunteers are still needed to help with our 9th grade Job Interview experience. We need 15 volunteers from 7:50am -11:15am , and 15 volunteers from 11:00am-3:00pm. The PTSA will provide lunch for both sessions. Volunteers will be doing short mock job interviews for our 9th grade students. The interview questions will be emailed to volunteers. For more information, please contact the counseling center. If you can help with this fun activity, please fill out this form.

Wally Time – Improving School Culture

Our last Wally Time lesson was on what adults can do to make students feel welcome. This time around, the focus is on what students can do to improve school culture. Check out the slides here, and we look forward to seeing what the students come up with!

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Halloween Guidelines, 8th Grade PCCR Appointments, Dress Code Update

Halloween Costume Guidelines

In a sentence, your costume needs to be such that 1) we can easily tell who you are, and 2) we can still have you in class and get productive things done. 

Everything from there falls under those two things. If you wear a mask that covers your entire face, we can’t tell who you are. If you put so much face paint on that we can’t tell who you are, no dice. If you’re in the bathroom adjusting your costume makeup when you shouldn’t be, it’s a problem. If you wear something so grotesque that people are disturbed by it, we’ll be chatting. If your inflatable horse legs make navigating the hallway impossible, we’ll have you deflate it. Hopefully that gives you the tone rather than a specific set of rules. If it causes a stir in a negative way, it won’t fly. Beyond that, we want you to have fun.

Obviously there are still absolutes. You can’t bring a weapon or fake weapon to school, you can’t make gang references or wear sexually suggestive clothing, and you can’t do anything that promotes, represents, or advocates for racism or illegal activity.

Halloween costumes are one of the most enjoyable parts of the holiday and we love seeing your creativity. Help us use common sense and it can be something we continue to look forward to each year! 

Halloween Events

We hold three main things on School Halloween (October 29th):

  • Goblin Chase – a 1 mile race to catch two of our fastest students. Parent permission is required to participate, and forms can be found in the main office.
  • Halloween Carnival – a one-hour celebration at the end of the day with games, food, music and fun. This will take place during 6th and 7th hour.
  • Costume Contest – we’ll pull out and photograph the best costumes and hold a vote at the end of the day.

Dress Code

Visit this page for recent changes to the school board policy regarding dress code. The main takeaway is that we are looking more at the effect of what you wear than the thing itself. There are still some absolutes (bare back or abdomen, gang or drug references, etc.), but other things (hats being the most requested) are allowed as long as it doesn’t cause a disruption and we can still tell who you are.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

NJHS Induction Ceremony is tonight. Students should be in the auditorium BY 5:40 pm.

Calling All Careers!

Our 7th grade CCA students want to know what it’s like to do what you do!  We are looking for a variety of presenters to help students learn about the world of work.  We love to hear from parents, aunts, uncles, and family friends that have interesting careers. Use this form if you can help us out!

8th Grade PCCR Appointments 

We encourage all parents/guardians of 8th grade students to meet with their assigned school counselor for a PCCR meeting. Plan for College and Career Readiness (PCCR) appointments are available by logging into the parent’s Skyward account and clicking on the “Conferences” button. (The Skyward conference scheduler will be open until Nov 12th to make appointments.)  PCCR appointments are available Nov 1 – Nov 23 during school hours. Evening hours from 4:00-6:00 pm are available on Wed, Nov 17 and Thurs, Nov 18. If none of the available times work for you, you may email your counselor to schedule a different time. Your 8th grade PCCR meeting will briefly discuss your student’s high school graduation requirements and future college and career interests. 

8th Grade Job Shadow – Applications are due Tuesday, Nov 2nd

8th grade students need to be working on their job shadow so that they can turn in their application to their history teacher by Tuesday, November 2nd. They may reference the career exploration activity they did in their science class to get ideas. As an alternate activity, 8th graders may also attend one of the following programs at the JATC: Biotechnology, Engineering,  Veterinary Science, Garden & Greenhouse,  Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Computer  Programming, Web Development, Welding, Nail Technology, Hair Design & Barbering, Fire Science, EMT, and Aviation Science. Please contact your student’s counselor if you want to sign-up for this option. Last names A-C: alishia.huefner@jordandistrict.org, last names D-J: camille.francis@jordandistrict.org, last names K-Q: richard.lambert@jordandistrict.org, last names R-Z: paul.bennett@jordandistrict.org

MESA-STEM After-School Activity this Wed, Oct 27

We will be holding our October MESA-STEM after school activity on Wed, Oct. 27.  Each month we do a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related activity. All Elk Ridge Students are invited and encouraged to attend.  Each month’s activity will begin immediately after school and will probably last about an hour (approx, 3:00 – 4:00 pm). Flyers are available in the counseling center.   

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PTSA Reflections Contest, Brandon Mull Visit

PTSA Reflections Submissions Due October 25th

The National PTA’s Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

The theme for the 2021-2022 program year is I Will Change the World By…. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Submissions are due October 25th by midnight and are submitted online at utahpta.org/ref. Submissions at the school are not accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact Diana Baun at diana.baun@gmail.com.

Author Brandon Mull Visit on November 3rd

New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Mull will be visiting Elk Ridge on November 3rd. Brandon’s work includes the world-famous Fablehaven and Dragonwatch series, the Candy Shop War, Beyonders, and the Five Kingdoms. He will be speaking about the value of reading, the joy of writing, and the importance of developing the imagination.

Because his schedule is limited, he will only be available for one assembly. In order to ensure that the students attending want to be there, we are using our school coins (Wally Coins) to purchase tickets to the event. The price will be low enough that any student who genuinely wants to attend should be able to do so. More on that as we determine how many students are interested. It’s an exciting opportunity, and a huge shoutout goes to Brandon and his team for making the opportunity available to the school free of charge.

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Picture Retakes, Job Shadow, PCCR’s

Picture Retakes

If you would like a retake of your school picture, Bell Photography will be here on Wednesday, October 13th. You can check out this flyer for information on ordering. Because of the small number of students that typically participate in retakes, proofs will be virtual and not printed. If you would like a virtual proof, email cs@bellphoto.com with the subject, “Virtual Proof”. Bell Photo will email the proof directly to you once the picture has been taken.

Stay Connected with the PTSA

Want to know what’s happening with the Elk Ridge PTSA? Check out the PTSA Instagram and Facebook pages:

8th Grade Job Shadow – Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

Students will receive their job shadow packet in their history class last week or this week. Also, a career inventory will be given on Thursday to prepare them for their job shadow and upcoming PCCR appointments. Please ask your 8th grader about these items. 

MESA-STEM Next activity – Wed, October 27, 2021

Our monthly  MESA-STEM activity for October will be on Wed, Oct. 27, 2021 right after school (3:00 – 4:00 pm).  All Elk Ridge Middle School students are invited and welcome to participate.  For more information see Mr. Bennett (Counselor) or Ms. Hardy (Teacher, Room #209).

Wally Time

We had a lesson planned for this Wednesday taking the work of making students feel welcome and expanding it to what students can do to change or influence the school culture. However, with it being the last week of the quarter, we had many requests from teachers and students to use that time to help students shore up their grades before the quarter officially ends on Friday. The planned lesson will take place next week instead.

8th Grade PCCR Appointments Coming Soon 

We encourage all parents/guardians of their 8th grade students to meet together with their assigned school counselor for a PCCR meeting. Plan for College and Career (PCCR) appointments will become available soon on Skyward this week. We encourage all parents/guardians of 8th grade students to sign up for a conference appointment with your student’s counselor.  PCCR appointments will be available for sign up Nov. 1 – Nov. 23 during school hours.  If evening hours are needed, we will have the evenings (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm) of Nov, 17 and Nov. 18 available. If you are needing a PCCR appointment scheduled before sign ups become available, please send an email to your student’s assigned counselor with the specific date and time needed.  

Your 8th grade PCCR meeting will briefly discuss your student’s high school graduation requirements. The majority of the PCCR will be used to discuss your student’s future college and career interests.  The PCCR is also a good opportunity for parents and students to discuss any questions or concerns that they might have regarding the student’s college and career interests and other educational endeavors.

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October Events

Welcome to October! There are a lot of great things coming up, from concerts to carnivals. Here’s a quick list:

  • Choir Concert – October 12
  • Picture Retakes – October 13
  • End of 1st Quarter – October 15
  • No School – October 18 – 22
  • NJHS Induction Ceremony – October 27
  • Orchestra Concert – October 27
  • Band Concert – October 28
  • Fall Carnival & Goblin Chase – October 29

As discussed in our last Skylert, there is no Wally Time lesson this week. Instead, teachers are making a concerted effort to take the things your students told us made them feel welcome and apply those during the week this week. Next week, we’re going to flip the conversation and have students look at what they can do to make other students feel welcome in the school.

8th Grade Job Shadow – Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

As part of our career exploration program, 8th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a Job Shadow experience on Tuesday, November 9th. This is a chance to take your student to work with you or send them to work with someone you know. It is our hope that you will share your excitement for your profession with your child or that they will have the opportunity to study a career of interest. If your student pre-arranges a job shadow experience, and they complete the required forms, they will be excused from school on this day. Encourage your student to think about a career area they are interested in. Students that don’t arrange a job shadow are expected to be in school on this day. Parents are responsible to provide transportation to the job shadow. More information will be provided but please start thinking about options that your student might be interested in. 

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Chalk Art Festival, Job Shadow Preview

Chalk Art Festival

The Fall Chalk Art Festival will be taking place this Friday after school. Students had to submit an application on this year’s theme well in advance, and you will be able to check out the work of our finalists when you pick up your students on Friday. Don’t miss it!

8th Grade Job Shadow – Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

As part of our career exploration program, 8th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a Job Shadow experience on Tuesday, November 9th. This is a chance to take your student to work with you or send them to work with someone you know. It is our hope that you will share your excitement for your profession with your child or that they will have the opportunity to study a career of interest. If your student pre-arranges a job shadow experience, and they complete the required forms, they will be excused from school on this day. Encourage your student to think about a career area they are interested in. Students that don’t arrange a job shadow are expected to be in school on this day. Parents are responsible to provide transportation to the job shadow. More information will be provided but please start thinking about options that your student might be interested in. 

MESA-STEM After-School Activities

We will continue to have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related activity each month. All Elk Ridge Students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Each month’s activity will begin immediately after school and will probably last about an hour (approx, 3:00 – 4:00 pm). Flyers are available in the counseling center. For more information or details, contact Mr. Bennett or Ms. Hardy.

Wally Time Update

After much discussion as a faculty about what we love and want to adjust about Wally Time, we’re making a small change to the structure of the lessons. Instead of one lesson we don’t have enough time to really digest and apply each week, we’re moving to one lesson/activity every other week so that teachers can spend more time during all of their classes over the week with no lesson or activity.

To illustrate what this looks like, this week’s lesson is on identifying what makes you feel welcome at school. We’ll spend half an hour having a discussion with our students about the things adults in the school have done so far this year to make them feel welcome. We’ll then use those things over the next week in all classes to make a concerted effort to make all students feel like there are adults who care about them and want them to feel like they belong. If you as parents can have the same conversation with your child, we would love to get input from you as well. Just reply to this email if you have something you want us to keep doing. 

Our end goal is that no student can go through their day without interacting with an adult in a positive and individual way. If your child is having an off day, we also want to make sure there is someone who notices, and that your child knows the people here care about making them feel welcome.