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RIDGECREST ROAR       Jan. 10, 2021

RIDGECREST ROAR       Jan. 10, 2021

Hello Ridgecrest families,

Well we made it through the first week of January with flying colors. The students were tired but well-behaved and we had such an enjoyable week seeing everyone back in the building!  This is a long newsletter this week, please read to the end, it has a lot of information that is new and important!  Thank you!

Safety:  I want to address a few safety concerns that came to my attention this week.  First, I want to remind parents to make sure students come to school wearing a mask and to put an extra mask in their backpack for emergencies.  We passed out a lot of masks this week.  I know it was hard getting back in the habit of wearing them after being home for several weeks. Also, please watch your speed in the drop off and pick up lines, I realize many are in a hurry but we need to make sure our students are safe.  We also have many families asking their children to walk over to the church for pick up. This is your choice but realize we do not have teachers supervising and we do not know if children are picked up or not.  This is a safety concern for us.


Friday, Jan. 15th:  As a reminder, Friday, Jan. 15 is a no-student day, which means students will not be expected to engage in independent learning. Before the school year began, the day was identified on the District’s approved calendar as a professional development and grading day for teachers. As such, schools will not be sending sack meals home with students the preceding Thursday. Canyons schools will remain closed through Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We hope you enjoy the four-day break, and we look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.


Free Meals:  I have had several questions about the Free breakfast and lunch and if it will be continuing.  The answer is YES!  Here is an article that explains that school breakfast and lunch are free to all children through the end of this school year. Free Meals for Children Extended through End of 2020-2021 School Year”.


Teacher of the Year: It is time for Ridgecrest and Canyons District to select their teacher of the year. Of all years, this would be a great time to nominate a teacher!  We review all nominations and pick a teacher that stands out to the community, students, and staff.  Please take a moment to fill out this google doc.  If you would rather fill out a nomination on paper, that is great. We are sending home a paper with each student on Monday. Please return paper copies to the office. You only need to do one or the other, not both!


SMART START Kindergarten:  Ready for “big kid” school? Our school is pleased to be offering Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction next year. Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m., Canyons District will begin accepting online applications for the program for the 2021-2022 school year. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2021 to participate in the opt-in, tuition-based program. Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Phase one of the application process will end on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 11:59 p.m. By Feb. 11, families will be notified of whether their students have been admitted to a school of their choosing or placed on a waiting list with the option of enrolling in a school with openings. Students who are accepted into the program will receive nearly four additional hours of instruction every school day. The participating children begin and end school at the same time as the school’s first- through fifth-grade students. Cost for the program is $2,950 a year, and can be paid in monthly installments. A 10 percent discount is available for parents and guardians who pay the yearly tuition in full at one time. There also is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $100. Financial-need scholarships also are available for qualifying students. More information, including an FAQ, is on the CSD website.

[Rock School House 2018 EnglishFlyer20-21 .pdf ]

[Rock School House 2018 EnglishFlyer20-21 .pdf ]


CHIP: Raising children is hard. Keeping them healthy doesn’t have to be. Too many of our kids are uninsured that can qualify for CHIP right now. You can apply at any time of the year. Get free and confidential help today.  Here is a flyer to tell you all about it!  2020 CHIP FLYER.pdf


Do you want to change learning options:  I have been asked when the window will be open for parents to change the learning option for the last term.  The window opens from Feb. 7th -Feb. 14th. Parents wanting to move from online to in-person or in-person to online will need to login to Skyward on one of those days and change the learning option for term 3.  The window is not flexible, so please put this on your calendar.  The new learning option begins March 8th.


If your student would like to record a short video clip reciting a favorite Dr Martin Luther King Jr quote, we would like to create a compilation of these video clips to post to our social media and/or show in classrooms next week.

Please send video clips (taken horizontally) to 801-809-5925 or by this Saturday 1/16.


We are having a Virtual Book fair for 2 weeks starting 2/21/21. Check it out to see how much it feels like you’re walking through a “real” Book fair.


“Watch the Instagram this week for another Teacher Feature guess who!”


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.


Upcoming Events

Jan. 12            PTA meeting 12:00 online

Jan. 14            SCC meeting online

Jan.  15           Friday – NO at home learning, NO school, NO sack lunches

Jan.  18           MLK Jr. Day – NO school

Jan.  22           Friday – at home learning

Jan.  25           Acadience testing K-3 in media center

Jan.  25           Acadience testing K-3 in media center

Jan.  29           Friday – at home learning


Have a great week!


Julie Winfree, Principal

801-826-9250 school


Ready for ‘Big Kid’ School? • Time to get a jump on planning for kindergarten

The start of the 2021-2022 school year might seem like it’s light-years away, but when it comes to making arrangements for kindergarteners to attend school, the time to start planning is now. While students who are 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2021 won’t be heading to class until late next summer, there are several decisions parents and guardians will need to make before then — and it’s better to start sooner than later.

“Parents need to think about which option they want, the half-day option that we offer, or the Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction program we offer as well,” said Canyons Teacher Specialist Leigh Ann Fisher. “This may determine the school their child attends, because if their boundary school isn’t offering the Supplemental program, then they need to think about, ‘Where am I willing to travel to take my child so that they have that option to have the Supplemental program as well?’”

Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m., Canyons District will begin accepting online applications for its Supplemental Hours of Kindergarten Instruction program for the 2021-2022 school year. Computers are available at Canyons schools for families who do not have Internet connectivity at home. The opt-in, tuition-based program is offered at schools based on community interest and available space in the building. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Free Meals for Children Extended through End of 2020-2021 School Year

Canyons School District is extending its free meal service through the end of the school year.

This means all students — whether they are learning in the classroom or remotely — can receive free lunch and breakfast through June, 30, 2021.

There’s no need to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-authorized benefit, which was originally set to expire at the end of December. All students are automatically eligible.

Canyons District is committed to ensuring no child goes hungry and has sponsored free meals throughout the pandemic. The USDA waiver provides the flexibility and funding to ensure nutritious meals continue to reach all children at a time of rising food insecurity.

Schools will continue serving meals in their cafeterias per the staggered schedules they’ve established to promote physical distancing. Online and at-home learners may pick up meals at specific times and locations as designated by each school. Additionally, these families may pick up meals for any siblings who are 18 years of age or younger. Schools ask, however, that they preorder their meals so that the kitchens know how much food to prepare.

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