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#TrotForTech Virtual 5K: A Fun, Healthy Fundraiser to Provide WiFi and Computing Devices to Students in Need

While many traditional celebrations that take place this time of year might look drastically different this season, the Canyons Education Foundation is planning an event that ticks all of the boxes: It’s fun, it’s for a good cause, and the entire community can participate.

The Canyons Education Foundation’s inaugural Virtual Fun Run kicks off Nov. 22-28, and provides an opportunity for participants to complete a 5K that is safe and will benefit members of the community through a fundraiser for Internet connectivity and computing devices for students in need. 

“We know there are individuals who would love to help out within the District, so this is a way for employees and our own student families to be able to help other student families,” said Denise Haycock, Development Officer for the Canyons Education Foundation. 

Those who wish to participate in the fun run can visit this link to sign up.

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Ridgecrest Roar October 26

RIDGECREST ROAR       Oct. 25, 2020

Hello Ridgecrest families,

We have a busy week coming up.  Not only do we have Halloween this week, but it is our Red and White Ribbon week.  Every year the PTA hosts the Red and White Ribbon week for Ridgecrest students.  This year they have done a wonderful job incorporating our crazy year with the celebration!  Thank you to the PTA for hosting these activities!


Red and White Ribbon Week – R&W Ribbon schedule.pdf 

Tomorrow is the start of our combined Red & White ribbon week, which is a reminder to our students about drug prevention as well as safely in media and technology, respectively. 

On Monday we will WEAR RED to say no to drugs

On Tuesday students can wear CRAZY HAIR to stay aware

On Wednesday wear CRAZY SOCKS to take a stand

Also, on Wednesday, students can wear a mask (that will be provided) that they can decorate with crayons (no markers, please) at home showing how they feel empowered to be drug free and/or make good choices when using media and technology. 


Halloween will be celebrated on Thursday.  Students may come in costume.  We will be filming a parade by grade level. I will send out an email with the links by noon of that day if you would like to watch the parade.  I will use Skyward to send out the links, so if you are getting this Roar, you will get the links.


The Ridgecrest PTA will be holding a Food Drive November 9th-13th.  If you need food items and would like to be a recipient of the food drive, please email Mrs. Winfree.


Smiths – As a Ridgecrest staff we try to motivate students to follow the school rules, attend school, and participate in class so that learning is optimized. We do this through many different incentives, raffles, and classroom rewards.  All of these incentives are costly.  One easy way to contribute without sending in money is to connect your Smiths and/or Dans frequent shopper numbers to Ridgecrest.  Each time you shop at the grocery store contributes a small amount to Ridgecrest.  Please take a moment to sign up for these two programs. Attached are the directions.  Thank you!  Smiths.pdf       Dans.pdf 


NAMI Utah (National Alliance on Mental Illness) advocates for and supports individuals and families impacted by mental illness.  NAMI Utah offers free classes, support groups, and mentoring for families and individuals living with mental illness.  Please see the attached flyer for resources that are available to you and you families.  NAMI Utah Programs.docx 


Change of Placements: The window for submitting change requests is Sunday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 8. Learning option changes will take effect with the start of the trimester on Monday, Nov. 23. 



Take a look (and share with your students) our Facebook and Instagram this week for a special Halloween feature from a real mad scientist! 


Reflections Art Contest will look different this year, but it will be amazing! Students reflect on the theme” I Matter Because….” and create a work of art in one or more of these categories: Dance Choreography, Film, Literature, Music Composition, Visual Art 2D, Visual Art 3D. 

Parents/guardians will submit entries online thru the Utah PTA website with photos or videos of the child’s creation. The physical art will remain at home. 

The Video Link below will show you how to enter online.

Here is a link to the rules: 

The deadline is Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 (just after Halloween). Questions? Contact Angela Toone 801.916.2688,


Join the Ridgecrest INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK pages! Instagram: “ridgecrest-pta” Facebook: “Ridgecrest School”

Don’t forget to sign up for PTA to stay involved and informed.


Also, if you’d like to be a volunteer in any capacity throughout the year, don’t forget to get verified through Canyons District.


Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 7- Nov. 25 DLI lottery open for current Kindergarten students
  • Oct 26-29 Red and White Ribbon Week
  • Oct 29 Halloween Celebration at school – No visitors at this time, we will send out links to a grade level parade through the lunchroom that is socially distanced.
  • Nov. 4 Reflections Entries Due online
  • Nov. 1-8 Parents who wish a placement change select new placement online
  • Nov. 9-13 Ridgecrest Food Drive
  • Nov. 10 PTA Meeting 12:00PM
  • Nov. 12 SCC meeting 4:00 PM
  • Nov. 23 New placements begin
  • Nov. 24th Report Cards home
  • Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Break


Have a great week!


Julie Winfree, Principal

801-826-9250 school


Window Opens for Switching Learning Options, Nov. 1-8

Throughout the pandemic, our school has worked to provide families with in-person and remote learning options so they can choose what works best for them given their educational needs and health considerations.

Consistent with that commitment and our promise to allow families to reconsider their options at the end of the grading period, we will soon be accepting change requests. Those wanting to move from one of our two remote learning options to in-person instruction, or vice versa, can submit a change-request any time between Sunday, Nov. 1 through midnight on Sunday, Nov. 8. No action is required of families who wish to stick with their chosen path.

The changes will take effect with the start of the second term on Nov. 23 and carry through to the end of the term on March 5 when families will be given another chance to choose the learning mode that works best for them.

The three learning options are the same as described at the beginning of the year: In-Person Instruction; Online Instruction; or Parent-Guided, District-Supported At Home Instruction. An explanation of those options can be found at

Families will be able to submit their change requests online using the same Skyward Family Access portal they used to register for school at the beginning of the year. Simply log in to Skyward, click on the “online forms” button, select “Term 2 Change-Request Form,” and follow the prompts. Please see this tutorial for detailed instructions or call the Main Office for assistance.

During the Nov. 1-8 window, parents can submit their change requests at any time or log back in to Skyward to amend their request. However, because the choices parents make during this window will guide the complicated process of shifting teaching assignments and allocating classroom resources, we cannot accept requests after the window closes at midnight on Nov. 8.  

As families consider their options it’s important to keep in mind that, depending on how many families choose to return to on-campus learning, class sizes may change. There is also the potential for students to have a different teacher this next term as teaching assignments shift to accommodate change requests.

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