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Principal Newsletter – December 2016

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Principal Newsletter

December 2016

December is here! I can’t believe that it is really that time of year. 2016 seems to have flown by and we are on the steps of 2017.

We have had a great fall. The weather has been beautiful, our students have made great gains in their learning, and our teachers are bar none! We had a wonderful turn out to our parent teacher conferences, and our Veteran’s Day Assembly was fantastic. Thank you to all who supported Hayden Peak by attending conferences, thank you to our service men and women for the freedoms they allow us to have, and thank you third grade and scouts for providing a wonderful assembly.

As we transition from fall to winter, there are some important things to remember. As the weather gets colder, please remember that germs are everywhere. Please encourage your children to wash their hands often and thoroughly. One way that I have used with kids is to have them sing the alphabet song or the happy birthday song the entire time they are washing. Remind them to use soap and water and that the number one way to spread germs is through touching things.

Another thing to remember is to dress for the weather. It can get pretty cold in Utah during the winter. Coats and hats and boots and gloves provide much more comfort and warmth than hoodies and flip flops. Our students go outside for recess until the thermometer reaches 20 degrees. Please have your students dress to be outside. There is so much good that comes from fresh air, students go outside for recess as long as the weather, temperature and air quality permit.

One more reminder is that the first bell rings at 8:25, and instruction begins at 8:30. Music begins playing outside at 8:22 as a cue for students to line up to be picked up by their teacher. Please have your children to school on time every day. Every tardy, absence or check in/out is a disruption to learning. Bad attendance habits that are started in elementary school become very hard to change in later grades. Teachers begin teaching at 8:30 a.m. and students miss out on valuable instruction, even when they are only five minutes late. In October we had 413 tardies and 904 absences. That is a lot of missed instruction.

Thank you for your help and support as we work to make sure that students get the best education possible. It is a joint effort, one that we cannot do with the help of our parents. Thank you again! Have a great month, and when we come back it will be a brand new year! Can’t wait!

David Butler-Principal

Amy Adams-Assistant Principal


Veteran’s Day Assembly

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Elementary Students Sing Their Hearts Out in Tribute to Military Heroes

Students at Hayden Peak Elementary perform for veteransIn a special program to honor and celebrate America’s military men and women for Veterans Day, students at Hayden Peak Elementary School took the stage to perform a heart-warming tribute.

Parents and grandparents who have served or are currently serving our country were on hand and students thanked them for their sacrifices. The program was called “Freedom is Not Free,” and it reminds us all what a special opportunity Veterans Day is to offer our gratitude to all those who serve.

Enjoy this video featuring a musical medley and a photo gallery on our Facebook page.


November 2016 Calendar of Events

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November 2016

Calendar of Events

 

4         No School – Grade Transmittal Day

9         Dads & Donuts 7:30 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.

9         PTA Board Meeting 8:45

9         Student-Led Conferences

Book Fair on the stage

Lost & Found in the front hallway

10       Veteran’s Day Assembly 10:00 a.m.

11       No School – Conference Comp Day

14-18            Anti-Bully Week

18       Leadership Luncheon 10:45

23-15            Thanksgiving Recess

30       Kid’s Marketplace 3rd grade 9-11 a.m.


Principal Newsletter – November 2016

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Principal Newsletter

November 2016

Tis the season to be thankful and Hayden Peak is a great place to be thankful for. We have had lots of great things happening at the Peak in the last month. We had our PTA Fun Run, and fun it was! Everyone got to wear super hero gear and show off super hero skills. Even Mr. Butler got into the fun and dressed as a super hero basketball player. He ran with all the grades and cheered them on as they crossed the finish line. It was a fun day, and we were very thankful for the great weather we had and the participation we had from our community.

We are thankful for our teachers and all the hard work they put in. They come early and stay late to make sure what they are teaching is ready to go. They are looking at data and collaborating with each other and sharing their best ideas. We have completed Math and Language Arts Benchmark 1. Teachers are busy diving into that data to see what needs to be mastered and planning accordingly. Teachers are also getting ready for Student-Led Conferences. They are making sure they have grades updated, reading levels current, and report cards completed. Conferences are on November 9-10, please plan on attending.

November is a time when we are thankful for the country we live in and the men and women who serve in the military. Our Veteran’s Day program will be November 10 where we get to honor those have served or are currently serving to keep us safe. Remember that November 8 is Election Day. Please make sure you vote. It is a privilege that our country has that we should be very thankful for.

We are very thankful for our students here at Hayden Peak. They make us smile, laugh, and be excited to come to school every day. We are thankful for all the hard work they are doing and all the learning that is happening. We are living up to our motto every day:

Engage*Empower*Excel.

We are grateful for supportive and involved parents. We know how hard it is to make sure things that need to happen after school happen. Thank you for the time you spend reading with your students, helping them with homework, and doing the projects that come home. We appreciate all you do to help your students be successful.

Hayden Peak is a great place to be, and speaking for both Mr. Butler and Ms. Adams, we are very grateful we get to come here everyday. We have a great school, students, faculty and staff. Thanks for all you do for us, we are thankful for you!

 

Mr. Butler, Principal and

Ms. Adams, Assistant Principal

 




Principals Newsletter – September

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Principal Newsletter

September 2016

We are so excited to start a new school year at Hayden Peak Elementary. We have missed our students and families and teachers. It is fun to hear the buzz and feel the energy that those very important pieces bring to our school.

We had a fantastic Back to School Night. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights:

PTA had a booth set up showcasing all the things they do for our students and school. They provide funding for field trips, put together the Fun Run and Field Day, sponsor multiple weeks focusing on safe habits and practices and are in charge of Reflections. PTA also provides help for teachers in the classroom, meals for teachers at Parent Teacher Conferences and helps with Harmony Choir.   The cost to join PTA is $5.00, and it is money well spent. If you haven’t joined PTA, we encourage families to join.

School Community Council also had a booth set up. School Community Council is a group made up of parents, teachers, administrators and community members. They help make decisions in how to spend Trust Land money for the school. The have an annual fundraiser to raise money for the school. This year they are selling Little Caesar’s cards, where every pizza bought allows for free Crazy Bread Combos. If you would like to join School Community Council, we would love to have you. They meet four times throughout the year, usually on a Friday morning before school starts. Contact the school if you would like to part of this very important group.

We served hotdogs, chips, drinks, and Otter Pops to all who came and visited with teachers, PTA, and School Community Council. Our PTA and School Community Council, as well as Sam’s Club in Jordan Landing, generously donated money and water for this event. We received very positive comments about this format for Back to School Night, and we enjoyed this community event as well.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped with our parking blitz the first two weeks of school. Please remember to follow the procedures for picking up and dropping off students.

  • Pull all the way forward to the yellow line or the car in front of you. (Please do not stop without pulling completely forward.)
  • Stay in your vehicle and pull forward as space becomes available.
  • Students should enter and exit vehicles on the curbside of the road. (Arrange car seats to accommodate.)
  • Yield to students in crosswalks and obey safety patrol students and teachers.
  • There is no parking in the pick-up/drop-off loop. (If you are checking students in or out of school, please park in the parking lot.

Please help keep all of our students and patrons safe by following our procedures.

Finally, Hayden Peak wants all of our students to do well in school and in life. We have updated our mission and vision statements, and our motto.

 

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to engage students’ minds to excel academically,

think critically, and be kind and ethical.

 

Vision Statement:

Empowering lifelong learners through the partnerships of family, school, and community.

 

Motto:

Engage, Empower, Excel

 

Thank you for all your support. We are excited for a new year of learning and opportunities.

David Butler Principal              Amy Adams

Principal                                      Assistant Principal

 

 


September Calendar of Events

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September 2016

Calendar of Events

 

5       Labor Day – No School

12       Classic Skate Night 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

14       PTA Board Meeting 8:45 a.m.

21       Hearing Screening

Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th, SpEd, and

students new to Hayden Peak

22       School Pictures

22       Community Bond Information Meeting

7:00 p.m. Hayden Peak gym

23       Leadership Luncheon 10:45 a.m.

26-30            Green Ribbon Week (Safety)

27       Vision Screening

Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, Sp Ed, and

students new to Hayden Peak


Principal’s Message – August 2016

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August 2016 Principal Newsletter

Welcome Back!

School is back in session! Did the summer just seem to fly for you too? We are so excited to have our students and teachers back in the building. It gets kind of lonely when our favorite people are not at Hayden Peak.

We have had some changes over the summer. Change can be hard for people, but they can be very good too. This year we are pleased to welcome the following teachers to Hayden Peak Elementary.

  • Sierra Brooke is teaching Kindergarten.
  • Regan Stowell will be teaching 3rd
  • Lisa Martin will also be teaching 3rd
  • Amanda Frandsen is teaching 5th
  • Emily Machin is teaching 6th
  • Cindy Smith is also teaching 6th

Along with our new teachers, we had some teachers who wanted to embark on a new adventure and have changed grades. We are happy they are still here.

  • Cherie Lawson will be teaching 2nd grade this year.
  • Kristen Jarman will be teaching 3rd
  • Sarah Roberts will be teaching 3rd
  • Lani Vigil is going to teach 4th
  • Stefanie Walker is going to teach 5th
  • Sharra Palmer will also be teaching 5th
  • Debra Banning will be teaching 6th

We are excited for the changes we have made. We have a fantastic faculty at Hayden Peak and can’t wait for you to get to know them. We also have a marvelous support staff! We couldn’t do it without them.

This year at Hayden Peak we will continue some of the things we started last year. We will have our art teacher, music, P.E., computer, and media assistants, as well as assistants to teach Meet the Masters. We saw success last year with Assessment to Achievement and can’t wait to continue to improve our strategies, teaching and learning.

Remember that Hayden Peak is a 7 Habits school. We embrace the 7 Habits and find ways to incorporate them into our daily lives. The seven habits are: Be proactive, Begin with the end in mind, Put first things first, Think win-win, Seek to understand and then to be understood, Synergize and Sharpen the saw. We believe these are life skills that help students find success. What ways do you use the 7 Habits in your families?

We can’t wait to get into the swing of school. Please remember that instruction begins at 8:30, students are brought in at 8:25 and when students are late they miss important information. Please be to school on time!

Again WELCOME BACK!!! It’s going to be a great year and we can’t wait to get going!

David Butler               Amy Adams

Principal                     Assistant Principal


Calendar of Events for August 2016

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August 22: Back To School Night: Open House 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

August 23: First day grades 2-6, 1st grade appointment with teacher, Kindergarten Prep Day

August 23-30: Kindergarten Assessments

August 24: First day 1st grade

August 31: First day Kindergarten