Envision Utah – get involved and get us cash!

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Dear Parents,

We have been invited by Envision Utah to participate in a conversation about Utah’s future by completing a survey entitled “Your Utah Your Future”. They are asking Utahans across the state to carefully consider the information presented in the survey and make choices based on what they want Utah to be like in the year 2050. The results will be used to create a vision for the state that will be a guide to policymakers, local governments, businesses, developers, and all of us as we prepare for the future. Please be thoughtful and conscientious about your responses. The survey should take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on how deeply you wish to examine the information available.

We invite you log on to envisionutah.org to complete the survey. Not only is this information valuable to planning the future in Utah, Envision Utah will donate $1 to our school for every parent, teacher, staff member, or adult community member who takes the survey in behalf of our school. There will be a place at the end of the survey to indicate Hayden Peak Elementary.

This survey will launch Thursday, April 2nd and will run through May 31st.

Thank you,

Diena Riddle

Spring! And Safety!

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Dear parents and guardians,
Think Safety as you think Spring. Both go hand-in-hand.
More children will be riding bikes, scooters and walking to school. This is great IF more children are doing it safely. Helmets, chains for bikes and scooters, and following the crossing guards and safety patrol and your family’s rules make it the best.
Please remind your children to respect our neighbors by not crossing through private property, and respecting trees and flowers and bushes by not tugging on them, picking them or breaking them off.
You can also demonstrate respect and following safety guidelines as you pick up and drop your children in the pick-up/drop off areas. The ‘it doesn’t apply to me, I’m only going to leave my car for a few minutes’ in this area makes it difficult for everyone. If you are going to park you car, please park your car and use the crosswalks to pick up your children or bring them in to the building.
Kindergarten parents — please respect this rule as well. If you leave your car in the pick up/drop off area to wait for your children, you hold up others who are trying to drop off or pick up. This applies to our afternoon kindergarteners and parents as well.
Would you please help us with this?

Principal’s Newsletter – February 2015

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Dear Parents and Students,

The students we have here are the best! They have a good understanding of making good choices,

setting goals for themselves, and living the Seven Habits of Successful people.

Here are some thoughts shared by some of our sixth graders as they were thinking of

Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind.

When people describe me, I would like them to use words like:

“Kind and funny, because I care if anyone is sad. I lift them up. Funny because I make people


“Cool, funny, smart, nice, tall because that is the best way I could describe myself.”

“Sweet, funny, nice, girly-girl.”

“Kind, beautiful, amazing, a good friend, awesome, talented, funny, friendly and confident.”

“Nice, funny, proactive and helpful. I think that I am helpful for a lot of reasons. I like to help

people not feel down and I stand up for them.”

“Nice, awesome, cool, smart, energetic and happy.”

“Nice, exciting, funny and athletic.”

One thing I would like to start doing is:

“Cleaning up after myself more often.”

“I would like to hang out with my friends more often because I hardly hang out with them.”

“Singing or gymnastics.”

“Spending more time with friends and learning how to play more instruments.”

“Putting first things first. I think putting first things first will help people get their grades up so

they can get into a good college.”

“Have more math time. I want more time because it is my favorite subject and we only get one

hour and 15 minutes of math.”

“Help the people who get bullied.”

“Try an uncommon sport, like fencing.

“Clean up after myself, because it irritates my mom and dad.”

One thing I would like to stop doing is:

“Watching TV for hours a day.”

“Being inside and watching the computer.

“Stop waking up at 8 am every day.”

“I have a really bad habit, clutching my hands together.”

“Not joining in on the fun. Sometimes not joining the fun with effect your grade.

“Art, because we would get more time to finish our work.”

“Stop lying and stop being selfish.”

“Being kind-of Mason.”

“I want to stop getting in trouble a lot because I am a nice kid and I love to share with people. I

need to stop getting in trouble.”

My biggest dream is:

“Where I live in a barn with horses, cows and chickens and all sorts of animals.”

“To either be an architect or an engineer.”

“To be a teacher. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher.”

“To marry a nice husband and live in a big house with a ranch, and become a mother.”

“To live in a huge house with dogs and some different animals and have the perfect job.”

“Have a good college with a good education. Having a good college will depend on how your

life goes.”

“To become an inventor.”

Why not take a few minutes and ask your child or children the same questions. Get to know them

better and know what their goals are.

Also, take a few minutes and make family goals for this year. It’s not too late to do so (even in


Listen to your children speak from the heart during our upcoming Student Led Conferences. The

children prepare for this and hope that you will celebrate their accomplishments and support them in

their goal setting.

Attached you will find a “service chart” that has been created by students as part of our Leader in Me

committees. Each day of the month has a suggested act of service, with the name of the student that

has submitted this idea. We hope that these simple suggestions will make an impact for both those

giving and receiving service.


Diena Riddle

Notes from November 6, 2014 meeting

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Date/Time : 11/6/2014 7:30 AM
Location : Hayden Peak
I. Attendees
1. Diena Riddle
6. Emily Kesten
2. Tina Lyon
7. Melissa Hoch
3. Alicia Ryder
8. Greg Hoch
4. Peggy Bawden
5. Kellie Tobin-Nichols
II. Agenda
1. Fundraiser discussion – SCC comm. will meet on 11/12 at 10:30 AM to wrap up fundraiser
2. Curriculum that needs updated? – School district office takes care of this.
3. Biz town bussing – Had a mix up with the time request for the bus.
4. Purpose of SCC – See PDF file on this e-mail
5. Next meeting date? Jan 9th at 7:30 AM. March 13th at 7:30 AM. May 8th at 7:30 AM.
III. Additional topics of discussion
Any more parent members needed? – Yes. Alicia has another parent coming to the next meeting

Greg will follow up on business partnerships and the parking area by the north side drop off. We also discussed the Risk Management assessment regarding the drop off and pick up areas.

SCC members to petition city to not allow vehicles to park on the street by the north entrance during school hours.

It’s True!

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The Skylert just went out!
It’s true!
We are going “Traditional” next year.
This means lots of changes — both good ones and ones that will be different for us!
Stay tuned! Get excited!

Principal’s message – December 2014

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December 2014

Dear Parents,

Time is flying past us very quickly. We at Hayden Peak Elementary had a busy October. Red Ribbon week was successful and each on-track class had parties for Halloween. We also had Dads and Donuts and our fall book fair. We also enjoyed a family week. Thank you to our great PTA and all of our parent volunteers for helping with these activities.

We also had our student-led conferences last month. We pride ourselves in the high percentage of parents who join us for our conferences. If, by chance, you haven’t had the opportunity to conference in person or over the phone, please do not hesitate to contact your teacher to arrange for this.

SAGE results have been released to us by the Utah State Office of Education. Students in grades 4-6 who attended Hayden Peak during the 2013-2014 school year received a copy of their scores at the student-led conferences. A parent letter on how to interpret the scores was also given to you at that time.

Our Veterans Day celebration was amazing. Thank you for the great Veterans for your past or current service. A huge thanks to Mrs. McKnight and Mrs. Ryan-Davis for heading this, and for everyone who participated.

We are finishing up Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind (our Leader in Me program). Throughout December we will be focusing on Habit 3, Put First Things First. This means to work first, then play. Some ways you can help your child develop this habit are:

*Give your child some important responsibilities such as making his/her bed, doing their homework, taking out the garbage, and talk to him/her about the importance of being responsible.
*Have your child do homework before they play.
*Have your child do his/her least favorite or hardest part of homework first.

Thank you for your continued involvement and support at our school. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season where you can strengthen relationships with your family.


Mrs. Riddle

It’s our tradition

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We have our annual Veterans Day assembly at 10:00 am. Be sure to come early so you’ll have a great seat (and a parking spot).
A big thanks to Mrs. McKnight and Mrs. Ryan-Davis as they were in charge of this.
Another big thanks to our Harmony leaders and our Student Lighthouse team and all of the boys and girls who have written stories, drawn pictures, practiced or prepared and participated in any way!

Veterans Day Program

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All Veterans are invited to come to our Veterans Day Program.
This will be on Tuesday, November 11th at 10:00 am in our gym.
If you are a Veteran or are currently serving, we would be honored to have you join us.

November 2014 Principal Message

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A Message from our Principal
November 2014

Dear Hayden Peak Families,
We recently shared Language Arts growth scores as part of our Trust Lands report, and I met with all of our teachers regarding our SAGE results for grades 3-6. As a school, we discuss data in our PLC’s and team meetings.
I have also written letters to parents of our first through third grade students addressing the current reading status (on or below level) for their child in those grade levels. (Teachers hired by Jordan School District are the evaluators that give the DIBELS assessment to each child within the first two weeks of school.) This test is used to determine the on or below status for each child as required by the Legislator. As a parent of first, second and third grade students, I encourage you to reach out to the classroom teacher if you have any questions about how well your child is doing in reading.
SAGE testing data for grades 4-6 will be available as part of our student-led conferences this year. As you review the data, there will be a sheet provided to help ‘decipher’ the assessments. Keep in mind that you cannot compare the CRT scores with SAGE scores. The rigor of the new assessment is significantly greater than the previous assessment (CRT).
Our increased rigor is aligned to the Utah State Core Standards both pedagogically and academically. As all teachers continue to teach the Utah Core, I anticipate increased proficiency over the next few years.
We are here to help you and your children be successful. Please don’t wait until conferences if you have academic or other concerns that you could bring up with your child’s teacher. We appreciate your communication and teamwork to create the best learning scenario. We welcome your input and want to do what’s best for our children.
We have the best kids in the state, with concerned and caring parents, and a wonderful faculty. Thank you for trusting us to work with your child.

Diena Riddle, Principal