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Principal's Message, September 26

Hello Oquirrh Families,
Thank you for another great week of in-person and online learning! We hope you’re enjoying this beautiful fall weather while also staying healthy and safe. 

SCHOOL SHIRTS
Tomorrow, September 27th, is the last day to pre-order additional school shirts and sweatshirts! This year, Oquirrh’s PTA is donating a FREE school shirt to every student and staff member, and your child’s teacher has already placed size requests with the PTA. You can purchase additional youth and adult size t-shirts and sweatshirts in various colors and additional designs at https://oquirrhpta.new.memberhub.store/store. Because of current circumstances, this will be the PTA Fundraiser for the year. You will be able to place additional orders throughout the year. We hope you’ll check out the store and help support our school! See more information HERE.

PTA REFLECTIONS ENTRIES
The PTA is doing the reflections art contest again this year! The theme is “I Matter Because…” You can enter in more than one category, so get thinking about what kind of art you’d like to create. Entries are due by October 12th. There will be a drop box in the library for in-person students. Online students can bring their entries to the office. See more information HERE.

FREE VIRTUAL SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL WELLNESS SCREENINGS for STUDENTS
On October 7th, the Jordan School District Health and Wellness Team will be conducting free virtual social and emotional wellness screenings for students. See information on how to sign up HERE.

RESILIENT UTAH
An organization called Resilient Utah has created a website of resources for families to help strengthen resilience in children. One of the best features on their website is a list of 10 ways to build lasting resilience in children. It also has a music video for kids and a free 60 minute parenting conference video. See all of the information HERE

CURBSIDE CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT
At the beginning of the school year, we started curbside check-in and check-out! If you’re bringing your child to school late or picking them up early, just park by the flagpole and give our office a call at 801-565-7474. We will come to you! If you’re checking a student out, we will check your phone number in Skyward and ask you for your student’s lunch number before bringing your student to the car.

OFFICE ACCESS
At the beginning of the school year, we also started using a video doorbell system that everyone is required to use before entering the office. All elementary schools in Jordan School District are implementing this procedure. When you need to visit the office, just push the intercom button to the left of the doorway. The office ladies will see who you are and ask how they can help you before allowing you to enter.

IN-PERSON FRIDAY SCHEDULE

  • Regular in-person classes will not be held on Fridays. Please do not drop your children off at the school in the morning at the same time you usually do on Monday-Thursday.
  • In-person attendance between 9:30-12:30 will ONLY be available if the student is invited by their teacher to attend. Students with an invitation who usually ride the bus will have bus service at the beginning and end of this time window if needed. Otherwise, please only come at the time your teacher has invited you to come.  
  • All students will have some school work to do this day, but it may be online or paper homework to complete. Don’t worry if your child didn’t bring home a Chromebook for the weekend. The teacher will decide if they need to bring one home each week.
  • All teachers will have an online office time to communicate with parents from 9:00-9:30. They will send you a link to a virtual meeting if you’d like to video chat. You may also call or email them during this time. 
  • Teachers will be in collaborative meetings and preparing materials from 8:00-9:00 and 12:30-3:30. They will be unavailable to help you during these times. 
  • Students will have the opportunity to pick up breakfast and/or lunch to-go meals from 12:00-12:30 each Friday. Students should enter on the South side of the school at the door between the kitchen and cafeteria to pick up meals. Students will be able to take their food on the bus, but they won’t be able to eat it until they get home, because they will be required to wear their masks the whole time they're on the bus.
  • West Jordan City crossing guards will be available to assist students at their usual locations just before 9:30 and just after 12:30.

RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN
Please review the district plan HERE and the school details HERE

One thing to note is that due to the governor's updated order, every individual inside of a school building or on a school bus must wear a face mask which covers the nose and mouth without openings that can be seen through. Face masks must fit securely under the chin and snugly against the sides of the nose and the face, even when an individual is able to physically distance. 

We will have a mask available for each student who needs one, and a limited supply of additional masks available. Please make sure your student has a mask that covers their nose and mouth that they can wear to school each day.

Thank you for your continued support. Please let us know what questions you may have by calling our office at 801-565-7474 from 8:00-3:00, Monday-Friday.

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SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS:
You can update family information, add emergency contacts, pay lunch money, and check students’ attendance and grades. Please see English instructions here and Spanish instructions here.

If you need computer access or assistance using Skyward Family Access, please visit our front office. We have a computer set up just for this purpose. Our secretaries can also send you an account reset link if you’ve forgotten your username and password. Just give us a call at 801-565-7474, and we’ll be happy to help.

PTA is looking for volunteers to help with events throughout the year. 2020-21 PTA Memberships are available for $5 in the school office or by electronic membership payments. This is a great way to help support our school to help fund field trips and extra curricular activities for our students. 

Oquirrh has a fully-staffed Wellness Center to allow our students a place to go to regroup and recharge when they need a short 10-minute break in their school day. We understand that learning can be hard work and sometimes the social/emotional aspect of a child's day can be overwhelming to him/her. A trip to the Wellness Center can provide some needed support and is a safe place for students to reset and be better able to resume their job as students and friends in our school community.

Thank you for your great support.

-Shauna Worthington, Principal