A Note From Our Principal
Thank you all for your participation in our Kids Helping Communities initiative this summer! We collected 3 bins full of canned and boxed goods to donate to The Meridian Food Bank! We are grateful for the opportunity to watch our students serve others these past few weeks and appreciate the role you all had in this.
We still have a few more weeks of summer and our teachers are hard at work preparing our classrooms for the new school year. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns in the interim.
Summer Camp Survey
We will be reaching out to camp families in the next few weeks to gather feedback on our summer camp program. The survey will be sent via email and we’d love for all camp parents to participate so we can celebrate our successes and make plans to improve our camp program next summer. Please keep an eye out for the survey!
End of Summer Classroom Celebrations
On August 21st students will be celebrating the end of summer with music, themed crafts and games in their assigned classrooms. Please encourage your child to wear their favorite summer outfit or a brightly colored t-shirt. We will take lots of photos of each class and distribute them through the Links 2 Home app.
Links 2 Home
If you’re not currently receiving photos and daily reports for your child you can easily change this by downloading the Links 2 Home app on your phone. Just type ‘Links 2 Home’ in the search bar for the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Links 2 Home you can register with the same email address that you used to enroll your child in our school.
Updating Your Information in Alma
Have you changed your email address or phone number? Need to add or remove an emergency contact? You can do this at any time in Alma. If you need help logging in or accessing the system please let us know.
As we continue to ensure the safety for our parents, students and staff pick up and drop off will continue in the front lobby with an initial health screen and temperature checks for all students. Only staff and students will be allowed inside the building. All persons over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask when inside the building. As a school, we will continue to thoroughly sanitize our classrooms and common areas while encouraging social distancing. Please reach out to our administration if you have any questions regarding our protocols.
Central District Health Order (Restriction 4): https://cdhd.idaho.gov/pdfs/cd/Coronavirus/Order/CDH%20Quarantine%20and%20Restriction%20Order%2007-28-20%20Final.pdf
Art to Remember
It’s not too late! While the main order deadline has passed, you can still place a late order for our fundraiser. Every purchase of a keepsake customized with your child’s artwork helps raise funds for our school. Go to ArtToRemember.com to place an order.
August 21st: End of Summer Celebrations
August 24th – 28th: CLOSED FOR TEACHER IN-SERVICE
August 31st: Parent-Teacher Meet and Greet (We’ll share more information closer to the date)
September 1st: 1st Day of School!
September 7th: CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY
From Our Education Department
5 Children’s Books to Continue the Discussion About Diversity
Your family has likely already begun the conversation about diversity and inclusion. It’s important now more than ever to continue that discussion and further expand your child’s awareness and appreciation for people of all cultures. Below are some books to read with your child that are diverse and representative of the world we live in.
1. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
Your child will enjoy looking at the colorful illustrations in this book about children all over the world. They might not all look the same and their lives may be different, but inside everyone is alike.
2. All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
This story follows a group of students from all ethnic backgrounds as they go about their day at school. They are loved and welcomed for their differences, while learning about each other and the diverse world around them.
3. One Family by George Shannon
Families can look very different, and this book showcases that in a child-friendly way. They can be big or small and include people of various races and genders.
4. It’s OK to be Different by Sharon Purtill
This book celebrates differences of all kinds, including ethnicity, size, and personality. It encourages children to love what makes them unique and accept people who may not be like them. As the story says, “You should be kind to those who are different from you. Because to them, you are different too.”
5. The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
The main character, Lena, is a seven-year-old who wants to use brown paint to make a self-portrait. After a walk around her neighborhood with her mother, Lena realizes that there are many shades of brown skin and all are beautiful.