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Volunteers Needed to Help Us Finish the School Year Strong

It’s time to spring into volunteering! With vaccination rates picking up, and the expanding availability of rapid COVID-19 testing, we are now able to safely welcome parents, grandparents, and other helpers back into our classrooms — and it couldn’t happen at a more opportune time.

As we look to finish the year strong, and make the most out of the last few months of instructional time, our teachers could use the extra hands and our students could use the extra encouragement.

“We’re at that point where, by taking the right precautions, it’s safe. And the help is needed,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. “One of the great strengths of Canyons District has been having parents and volunteers in our buildings working with our students, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be welcoming them back.”

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Staying the Course • Crossing the Finish Line of the COVID-19 School Year

The pandemic finish line is in sight, and — as with any marathon — we need to stay the course and keep up our stamina in order to safely put this test of endurance behind us.

With COVID-19 case counts falling and Utah’s vaccination rates picking up, what safety protocols remain in place in Canyons District schools? Are any changes to the weekly school schedule expected this year?

Canyons District will continue to follow all applicable laws and consult with local health guidelines in determining next steps as we head into the final leg of the 2020-2021 school year. For now, here are the latest COVID-19-related developments and updates:

Are face masks still required in schools, on buses?

Yes. Face masks will continue to be required in schools, on buses, and at the District Office after April 10, even for those who have received a vaccination for the novel coronavirus. A bill approved by Utah lawmakers during the 2021 legislative session ends the state’s mask mandate starting April 10. Schools, however, are exempted from the legislation. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has said that, in line with the most recent Utah Department of Health order, “the mask mandate will continue after April 10 in schools and for large gatherings.” Canyons will continue to seek guidance from health authorities and update families and employees of any changes in our safety protocols.

How long will Virtual-Learning Fridays remain in place?

The blended-learning model that calls for four days of in-person learning, while reserving Fridays for independent study, will remain in place for the rest of the school year. The expectation is that next fall, schools will return to a five-day schedule. But to preserve planning and collaboration time for teachers this year, and predictability for staff, parents and students who have established childcare and work routines, the Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, March 16 opted to stick with virtual Fridays through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It’s a decision favored by the majority of teachers, parents, and students who voiced their opinions via email and through in-person public comments. The schedule has served as a “release-valve” for teachers who have been required to teach changing rosters of students across multiple learning environments (in-person, online and students in quarantine). Students say it’s also helped them cope with the stresses of the pandemic. Many are using Fridays to consult with faculty, receive tutoring, and meet with students in test-prep groups. To further support students with unfinished learning challenges, the District will offer summer learning opportunities. More details about the programs are forthcoming.

RIDGECREST ROAR       Mar. 7, 2021

RIDGECREST ROAR       Mar. 7, 2021

Hello Ridgecrest families,

We would like to welcome back new and returning students and their families. We realize for some of you it has been a year since you have been to school and we are so excited for you to be joining or returning to our school!  We are excited for this week and for the new energy our 30 plus students will bring.

 

I wanted to review the Drop off and Pick up procedures for everyone.  The Ridgecrest School Community Council prioritized parking lot safety this year.  We ordered some new signs to help the traffic flow smoothly and create a safe environment.  The first video is from the beginning of the year and shows how to properly maneuver through the drop off and pick up lanes. The second video discusses the new signage and some new routines we are asking parents to follow.  Please watch the first if you are new or need a reminder of the pick up and drop off procedures. I am asking everyone to watch the second video, it is under 3 minutes.

Thank you!

Drop off and Pick up videos

  1.  Please scroll to the bottom of this link to view the video of the drop off and pick up routines:  https://ridgecrest.canyonsdistrict.org/elementor-1309/
  2. Video of new signs and routines:   https://youtu.be/HG8l_QxfNvU

 

AB Calendar  2020-2021 AB Calendar 4 Day Week.docx

As we start a new term I wanted to attach the A/B calendar.  All students 2nd-5th Grades will be on an A/B schedule for the remainder of the year.  This is showing that what days your child will be in their homeroom in the morning.  Please reach out to your teachers for more information.

 

Pokemon Cards – Each year we struggle with Pokemon Cards.  Children bring them to school, trade them, and then are upset they are gone.  We are starting to have problems with them this year. We are asking that Pokemon Cards stay at home so they do not end up disrupting our learning. If they come to school we will simply collect them and parents can pick them up from the office.  Thank you for your help with this.

 

PTA
If your student is interested in participating in our upcoming VIDEO TALENT SHOW the deadline for videos is the end of day, Saturday, March 13th.

Videos should be one minute of less, taken horizontally, with good sound quality, and good lighting.

Please complete this simple google form linked below. Once we receive the form we will email you the google drive link to share your video.

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO CHEER ON THE MANY TALENTED STUDENTS AT RIDGECREST!

Ridgecrest Talent Show entry form 

 

Our VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR ENDS TODAY, 3/7. Items can be purchased online and will be shipped directly to your door. 25% of your purchase goes back to our teachers for purchasing items for the classroom.

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ridgecrestelementaryschool16

 

If you are interested in being on the Ridgecrest PTA board next school year please contact Christybblake@gmail.com or text 801-809-5925.

The upcoming virtual PTA meeting is this week, March 9th at 12:00. Everyone is welcome.

To Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81328349231?pwd=QjRlMlIwQVQraW1WaE5BWEdzZzRtUT09

Meeting ID: 813 2834 9231
Passcode: 390413

 

Upcoming Events

March 8     Term 3 Students Return

March 9     Work-Based learning presentations 9:00 AM

March 9     PTA meeting 12:00 PM

March 11   SCC meeting 4:00 PM

March 13   Videos for Talent Show are Due to the PTA

March 22   Virtual Arts Assembly 10:30 and 11:00

March 26   Online Video Talent Show

April 5-9     Spring Break

April 22      SCC meeting

April 26-30          Teacher Appreciation Week

May 13       SCC meeting

May 20       Last day of Kindergarten

May 27       Last day of School

 

Have a great week!

 

-Julie

Julie Winfree, Principal

801-826-9250 school

Julia.winfree@canyonsdistrict.org

 

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