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Ridgecrest Roar

RIDGECREST ROAR       April 27, 2020

Good evening Ridgecrest families,

Let me start by saying this is very long.  Please read carefully until you get to the links for information, then pick and choose what you need.

 

We have two exciting things to make our week special.  The first is that we will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week this week.  Teachers are not aware this will be happening, so it should really lift their spirits if we all participate. We will top off the week with a Reverse Parade.  Students will come to Ridgecrest in cars to pick up their supplies, drop off their library books and wave hello and goodbye to their teachers and staff. Please see below for information on both activities.

 

Teacher Appreciation Schedule for Kids

Monday: Tell your teacher you appreciate them!

Tuesday: Share your favorite memory of your teacher through email, or class dojo

Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day! Show your teacher how crazy you can style your hair

Thursday: Write a letter or draw a picture of thanks to your teacher for all that they’ve done and taught you this year! Share it with them through email, or class dojo.

Friday: Come to the school and participate in the school parade. Tell your teacher goodbye and thank you from waving from your car.

 

Friday’s Reverse Parade/supply pick up and library book drop off

Friday, May 1st from 9:00-10:30 and from 2:00-3:30 teachers will be lined up in the order attached on the parade route. Parade Route.pdf   Teachers will have student supplies waiting for the students in cars.  Please do not walk up!  To honor social distancing and to keep our teachers and community safe, we ask for everyone to come in a car and stay in the car. 

Please bring your students library book to drop in a library bin that each teacher will have. We currently have over 400 books checked out. The librarians sent families an email about library books that are outstanding.  The office will also be at the end of the route with any medicine that has been checked into the office. Parents will need to pick that up if they have any stored in the office.

If you can’t make either session of the parade, please the only other pick up time will be on May 26, 27, and 28th during Chromebook returns.  Due to skylight installation starting May 4th, staff will not be in the building until Chromebook return dates. The Chromebook returns will be on the above three dates from 8:00-3:00.  If supplies have not been picked up by the 28th, then they will be returned next year when school starts.

 

Staff that are leaving Ridgecrest

I should let families know that Mrs. Garduno is transferring to a school that is closer to home her next year, so she won’t be returning.  Mrs. Portzline is going to be an Achievement Coach in our district and she will not be returning either.  Mrs. Hamm, our school psychologist is going to be full time at another school.  Mrs. Ferguson, our school counselor, has moved back to Texas.   They will all be missed as they each gave so much to Ridgecrest. 

 

Hiring for a Recess Aide

If you are interested in our recess aide position, please contact Julie.Winfree@canyonsdistrict.org for more information.

 

Teacher of the Year

My apologies as I overlooked announcing Mrs. Amy Dinkelman as the 2019-2020 teacher of the year.  Each of our fabulous teachers had at least one nomination, which speaks volumes about our incredible staff at Ridgecrest. It was a hard choice!  Here is a little write up about how amazing she Mrs. Dinkelman is and why she was selected.


The selection panel chose Amy Dinkelman, a fourth-grade teacher at Ridgecrest Elementary.  As one parent stated, “Mrs. Dinkelman is a ripple of positivity in our world.”  By improving academics, social behaviors and real-life responsibilities, she touches the lives of each of her students. She chooses to view everything as a step in the direction of progress.  She provides comparisons of a students work and behavior to identify progress. Daily emails are sent home to parents with feedback that are honest and encouraging using details to identify areas needing more attention. She focuses on a general upswing for improvement, and is always thinking ahead to the next achievement right around the corner.

She runs her classroom like a student city, with each student having a job with responsibilities and a paycheck, leadership roles, and classroom collaboration and involvement. Her supportive space is an enjoyable haven allowing her students a safe place to succeed. Her life lessons will nurture students into strong adults and a stronger future for all.

Mrs. Dinkelman is in her ninth year of teaching. She has experience in Special Education, 1st and 4th grades, and she will take on Kindergarten next year.  She is always loved by her students and highly respected by her peers. 

Quotes from students:

  • Mrs. Dinkelman helps our class by helping us to understand the requirements of being an adult.
  • My teacher shows students are making progress by grouping students into groups that are needed.
  • I always felt very safe in her classroom. I always felt when I was in her class no one would make fun of me. She was very supportive my family problems. Sometimes I would come to school crying and she made me feel better instantly. She made learning fun and enjoyable. 
  • She got me ready for 5th grade so that now 5th grade is easier and I am not spending 2 hours on homework.
  • She always makes sure that everyone understands what we are learning, and she gives us compliments. If we don’t understand something, she explains it a different and easier way.

Congratulations Mrs. Dinkelman! 

 

Ongoing planning

We are still working on some plans for our 5th graders and how to help them feel special, closure to the end of the year, or possibly a summer get together, as well as Kindergarten online registration. I will include those items in the Roar as soon as we have finalized some ideas.

 

 

Here are some links of information you may find helpful!

Executive skills article – Tips for Caregivers on Schooling at Home.pdf 

 

Have Technology Questions? Our Tech-Support Experts Can Help 

https://www.canyonsdistrict.org/district-news/item/12472-have-technology-questions-our-tech-support-experts-can-help

 

CSD Adopts New Grading Structure For Final Term of School Year

https://www.canyonsdistrict.org/district-news/item/12470-csd-adopts-new-grading-structure-for-final-term-of-school-year

 

CSD Offers Counseling, Self-Care Strategies for Coping with COVID-19

https://web.canyonsdistrict.org/covid-19/csd-offers-counseling-self-care-strategies-for-coping-with-covid-19/

 

NEXT WEEK

 

  • Registering your Child for School During the COVID-19 School Dismissal (new online registration portal)
  • Plans to bump up construction timelines on bond projects – Ridgecrest Skylights start May 4th.
  • CSD Peer Court: Seeking youth volunteers to serve 
  • Graduation Ceremonies: CSD’s Backup Plans
  • Mental health supports postcard to all CSD families
  • CSD2U mailed
  • Flyers to be distributed during curbside lunch service: mental health supports; technology supports & translation services; 2020 Census information

 

Have Technology Questions? Our Tech-Support Experts Can Help 

Technology is empowering Canyons District students to learn from home, but can pose challenges when they can’t log in to online learning platforms or their computing device malfunctions.

To help students and parents troubleshoot technology blips and breakdowns encountered while navigating the new world of distance learning, Canyons District has created a Technology Help Hotline at 801-826-5200. The hotline will be dedicated to supporting families and staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“The hope with the hotline is that it will give families an extra avenue for connecting with us during business hours,” says CSD’s Information Technology Director Scot McCombs. “The dismissal of schools and switch to online learning is new for students and can be stressful. We want them to know there’s help available to overcome any technological problems they encounter.”

 

Distance Learning Resources

Family Supports, Wellness, Mental Health
For struggling families in need of help with child care, food or medical care, please see the resources on our https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vS33WgI7c579jtmd64HJBOv9P8ODVzAiBRI7JxpmJYZhZpjYZXXTwJWwNvjrkY1n4ahULkPwnwathjq/pub.  There you’ll also find mental health resources, and tips for talking to your children about COVID-19. To address the growing need for mental health supports, the Department of Responsive Services has launched an https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vS33WgI7c579jtmd64HJBOv9P8ODVzAiBRI7JxpmJYZhZpjYZXXTwJWwNvjrkY1n4ahULkPwnwathjq/pub.  A CSD representative will respond to all requests within 24 hours, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

Stay healthy and happy, we can’t wait to see you on Friday.

 

As always, please let us know if you have concerns or questions.  We love working with your students, even if it is online.

-Julie

Julie Winfree, Principal

801-826-9250

Julia.winfree@canyonsdistrict.org

Have Technology Questions? Our Tech-Support Experts Can Help

Technology is empowering Canyons District students to learn from home, but can pose challenges when they can’t log in to online learning platforms or their computing device malfunctions.

To help students and parents troubleshoot technology blips and breakdowns encountered while navigating the new world of distance learning, Canyons District has created a Technology Help Hotline at 801-826-5200. The hotline will be dedicated to supporting families and staffed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone needing to request help outside of those hours may do so through CSD’s online request form.

“The hope with the hotline is that it will give families an extra avenue for connecting with us during business hours,” says CSD’s Information Technology Director Scot McCombs. “The dismissal of schools and switch to online learning is new for students and can be stressful. We want them to know there’s help available to overcome any technological problems they encounter.”

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CSD Offers Counseling, Self-Care Strategies for Coping with COVID-19

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We’ve countered COVID-19’s assault on our physical health by social distancing and working and educating our children from home. But what can, and should, we be doing to safeguard our mental health?

World health experts who have argued for flattening the COVID-19 curve are now warning of a second coronavirus wave of depression, anxiety and emotional exhaustion that could last long after the infectious disease threat has waned.

“It’s important to take care of yourself after any traumatic event,” says BJ Weller, Director of Canyons District’s Responsive Services Department, which oversees counseling and social-emotional supports in schools. “But this health crisis has been particularly worrisome from a mental wellness perspective, because the steps we’ve needed to take to respond can make it harder to cope emotionally.” Social distancing has left many of us socially isolated and economically vulnerable. We are grieving the loss of loved ones and important rituals, from weddings to graduation ceremonies, even as we lose connection with family and friends, the very people to whom we turn to mourn our losses.

But students and parents can take comfort knowing they’re not alone, Weller says. “We’re all going through this together, and help is available.” Throughout the soft closure of Utah’s schools, CSD social workers, psychologists and counselors have been proactively checking-in with students by email or phone. As the growing need for mental health supports has become apparent, the Department of Responsive Services is now launching an online behavioral supports request form that parents can easily access from home.


Request Social Emotional / Mental Health Support

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