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Principal's Message, May 4

TEACHER and STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK
This week is teacher and staff appreciation week! We’re busy celebrating all of their hard work and dedication, and we thought you’d want to know about it too - just in case you’d like to tell them thank you as well. 

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
The last day of school for kindergartners will be Thursday, June 3rd. It will be a regular school day, complete with buses, meals, and normal start and end times.

Friday, June 4th will be the last day of school for all students in first through sixth grades. All in-person students will be invited to attend in person from 8:20-12:20 that day. Busing will be provided for students as usual, but no meals will be provided on this day.

ONLINE STUDENT CHROMEBOOK RETURN
All online students are invited to visit the school on Friday, June 4th between 1:00 and 3:00 to return their chromebook and cord before summer break. Please meet your teacher on the South side of the school by the kindergarten playground. We’re excited to have all of these students back in person next year, unless they’ve decided to enroll at Rocky Peak Virtual Academy or another school.

UTAH SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY
This Friday is the last day to participate in the Utah School Climate Survey from the Utah State Board of Education. Your responses will be very helpful in improving student relationships, learning conditions, and the overall school environment. The survey is completely confidential and brief. It only has questions about our school as a whole and not about your experience with specific teachers or staff members. It will take about six minutes to complete. Please submit your responses at the link  HERE by May 7. Your students have taken a similar version of the survey at school.

UTAH FOOD BANK MOBILE PANTRY
We have another monthly delivery coming from the Utah Food Bank Mobile Pantry on Thursday, May 20th. If you have signed up before, you don’t need to sign up again. Please complete THIS FORM and return it to your child’s teacher or our office if you would like to start receiving the food. Each family can receive one set of food each time the pantry truck visits our school. In-person students will bring their food home with them at the end of the school day. Online students’ families can pick up their food in the cafeteria from 2:00-2:30 by entering the doors on the South side of the building between the cafeteria and gym.

2021-2022 JORDAN VIRTUAL LEARNING ACADEMY
Please remember that at the end of the current school year, online classes connected to Oquirrh Elementary will be ending. If you’re interested in continuing online classes for next school year, you will need to enroll your students in Rocky Peak Virtual Elementary and withdraw them from Oquirrh.

>If you’re interested in enrolling your students in Rocky Peak Virtual Elementary, now is the time to complete the pre-registration form at the link HERE.

See this FLYER and another WEBSITE for more information about this exciting new opportunity!

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
It’s time for Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year! If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2021, they will qualify for next year’s kindergarten classes. Please complete online registration for them as soon as possible. See more information HERE. The number of students who register now determines the number of teachers and the number of full and half day classes Oquirrh will be allowed to have for next year. It’s important that we get an accurate count now, because next year’s staffing decisions will begin happening at the end of February. If you know someone who lives in our school boundaries and has a child that will qualify for kindergarten classes next year, please share this information and encourage them to register their children at this time.

WELLNESS CENTER and MOVE THIS WORLD
Oquirrh opened a fully-staffed Wellness Center in August 2019! Watch a short introduction video HERE to see more about how it works. A 10-minute visit to the Wellness Center gives all students an opportunity to regroup, recharge, and proactively manage their emotions in healthy ways. We understand that learning can be hard work and sometimes the social-emotional part of a child's day can be especially challenging. A trip to the Wellness Center can provide needed support and a safe place for students to prepare to get back to work in their job as students and friends in our school community. Check out THIS WEBSITE to see more information about Move this World, a program we use to help our students learn how to develop emotional intelligence for long-term wellbeing.

FREE MEALS
We wanted to remind you that breakfast and lunch are free for all students for the rest of the school year or until federal funding runs out. Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:00 Monday through Thursday. Lunch is served to online students and their siblings ages 18 and younger from 12:00-12:30 Monday through Thursday. All students can pick up a breakfast and lunch to go on Fridays from 12:00-12:30. Please enter the doors on the South side of the building between the cafeteria and gym to pick up your meals.

TITLE I INFORMATION
It’s time to send out our annual information about our school’s Title I plan and what the extra funding means at our school. Please see more 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.

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
PTA is looking a little different this year with in-school volunteering put on hold, but we are still actively enriching our school with much needed funds. You can help by joining the PTA. 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.

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.

-Shauna Worthington, Principal