RIDGECREST ROAR January 15, 2024
Good evening Ridgecrest families,
We had a fun week with your children! They worked so hard during their class spelling bees. It is wonderful to see the hard work and effort so many of our students put forth. As always, thank you for the support you provide at home so we can work together to accomplish great things for our children.
Million Minutes Reading Challenge – We are doing a great job making our way toward our Million Minute goal. This week’s resource suggestion is Bookflix which is a HUGE online selection of books for kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade. It has fiction and nonfiction pairing that help kids to build background knowledge on a variety of topics. Building curiosity is a great way to engage children in reading. Take a look!
Ridgecrest Readers: Staff Recommendations –
One of my favorite series to read when I was in 3rd and 4th grade was Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. I found the stories funny. I like fantasy stories, and so I enjoyed how there were magical elements to the stories.
Ms. Peterson, 3rd grade teacher
My fourth grade teacher read this book to us as a read aloud, and I loved it! I’ve read it many times since. This book is humorous and heartwarming. It is the story of a ten-year-old orphan named Bud who runs away from a foster home. He travels through Michigan in search of his biological father using only a clue left by his mother, flyers for a jazz band called the “Dusky Devastators of the Depression.”
Ms. MacArthur, 4th grade teacher
Teacher of the Year- It is time once again to recognize the teachers at Ridgecrest who make such a difference in the lives of our students through the Teacher of the Year nomination process. Please click on the link below to nominate the teachers who have made a difference to your child this year. You can fill out the link multiple times if you are interested in nominating more than one teacher. More information about the selection process, and the nomination form, are found here. We will be accepting nominations through February 2nd.
Winter Weather Guidelines – Let it snow! As winter weather rolls into the Salt Lake Valley, here’s a brief description of Canyons District’s extreme weather guidelines. Keep in mind that while snowstorms can wreak havoc with morning commutes, weather-related school closures and delays are rare. In the event, however, the weather is so extreme that road conditions become unsafe, the District will either implement a late start, giving snow plows time to clear the roads, or close schools and pivot to a remote-learning day. In either case, we’ll notify families and employees early in the morning through our ParentSquare alert system. We also will employ our websites and social media accounts. Please note that closures are for one day only. No announcement means schools will be open and operating as usual.
Choir Resumes– Choir is re-starting and is available for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students! We welcome new and returning members. Rehearsals are in the music room after school from 3:25-4:00, on either Tuesday or Wednesday. We work on the same music both days, so pick the day that works best for your family.
Our spring performance will be on Tuesday, April 30, at 9:00 AM for the school and 6:00 PM for parents and friends. New choir students, please register here, or go to https://tinyurl.com/RidgeChoir23. Returning choir students do not need to re-register. See you next week!
No choir will be held this week. Please plan to join us again for choir next week.
Digital Citizenship – Did you know? A whopping 59% of preteens and teens surveyed by Common Sense reported using their phones between midnight and 5 a.m. on school nights. Common Sense Media has practical tips to help kids establish a healthy balance between phones and sleep. https://cnyns.org/48k6C2P
From the PTA:
Thank you for all the support during our community night collaboration with In and Out!
The class spelling bees were fantastic! We have some great spellers in our school. We are looking forward to the school spelling bees on January 29th.
Chinese New Year- We have our Chinese New Year celebration coming up on February 6th from 6-8! This is a fun community event with Chinese songs, crafts, food and a dragon dance. Be on the lookout for more information as the event gets closer.
Our next PTA meeting is Monday February 12 at noon in the library conference room. All are welcome to join!
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR:
16 Midyear Report Cards
19 Midyear Acadience Assessments K-2
22 Midyear Acadience Assessments 3-5
22 4th Grade symphony field trip
24 SCC Meeting 4:00 PM
29 1-3 Spelling Bees 9:00 AM
4-5 Spelling Bees 1:30 PM
6th Grade Orientation
4-9 College & Career Week
6 5th grade field trip to symphony
6 Chinese New Year Celebration 6:00 PM