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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

4th Grade Donut Date

The 4th grade Donut Date will be this Friday, December 9, from 9:15 - 9:45 in the 4th grade classrooms. Students are encouraged to invite a dad, mom, or another adult friend or relative to join them in the classroom to read together and have a donut. You can bring your own reading material or read books from the classroom. Adults do not need to sign in at the front office for this event.

If at all possible, we request that adults find a babysitter for younger children, so you can focus on your fourth grader.
Participating in a Donut Date counts toward hours for the PS{squared} program. For more information, see the link on the right side of this blog.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Special Ballot - Treasurer

Jessica Savage, our PTA treasurer, is moving. Alas. She has done a great job as our treasurer, and we will miss her. Joy Layton has offered to step in and fill the treasurer position for the remainder of the school year, but we need to vote her in before she can be official.

Please click here to vote! It will only take a minute, I promise.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

PTA General Membership Meeting

Our next General PTA Membership Meeting is Tuesday, December 6th at 10:00 a.m. at Saratoga Shores Elementary -- and YOU are invited!

One of the important items of business to be conducted at this meeting is the election of at least three PTA Members (plus two alternates) to serve for the next few months as our PTA's Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee's job is to work together to find candidates to serve on next year's Executive Board -- Pres-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Legislative VP, and Leadership VP. Those currently serving in those positions on the Exec. Board cannot be a part of the Nominating Committee. However, other current Board Members and PTA Members can serve on the Nominating Committee.

If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, or know of anyone who might be interested, please come to the meeting on Tuesday! (If you are interested, but cannot attend the PTA Meeting, please email Remember -- this is not a long-term commitment (just until February, when the Nominating Committee must report its nominees to the Executive Board). But we do need committed volunteers to help fulfill this very important role in our PTA!

Thank you for your continued support of the Saratoga Shores PTA!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Teachers' Workroom

This is just a friendly reminder for all adults at Saratoga Shores: Please do not bring your children into the teachers' workroom. There are paper cutters, a hot laminating machine, and lots of cupboards with easy-to-reach doors where children can get into things that aren't kid-friendly. We want to keep all children safe and also protect our school equipment.

Children are welcome at the school. Please bring them anytime--just not in the workroom. Thanks for understanding!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

School Lunch Payments

Dear Valued Parents,

With a demanding schedule, keeping up with your child’s lunch account isn’t always easy. In an effort to better serve you, MealpayPlus is happy to provide you with some tips on managing your student’s account online.

Did you know MealpayPlus offers free low balance alerts? If you’re not already signed up, you can update your MealpayPlus profile to send you an e-mail each time your student’s account falls below a specified threshold. Here’s how:
1.     Log into
2.     Select “Manage Notifications” under “Manage Account
3.     Choose your threshold(s) for the account(s) you use and save your changes [A threshold of $5.00 or more is recommended]
Cross another thing off your to-do list with the auto-pay feature. You can set your account to auto-replenish each time it falls below a set amount. Setting up auto-pay is easy:
1.     Log into
2.     Select “Manage Auto Pay” under “Manage Account
3.     Choose or save your payment information in your secure wallet
4.     Enter your threshold/deposit amount and save your changes [A threshold of $5.00 or more is recommended]
We hope this information will assist you in better managing your student’s account. Thank you for your loyalty and participation in the MealpayPlus program.

Best Regards,

Thursday, October 13, 2011


The Fall Festival will be postponed--and it will morph into a different celebration later in the school year. Details TBA.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall Festival on October 28

The Fall Festival at Saratoga Shores will be on Friday, October 28, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Several classrooms will sponsor booths with games and activities. There will also be a Halloween costume contest. The PTA will provide prizes and serve a pizza dinner at a bargain price. This event is not a fund-raiser. It's just a fun family night. Last year this event was well attended and enjoyed. We hope this year will be even better!

The PTA does need some help with food, prizes, and set-up. We have tried to organize volunteer efforts so that no one will be overwhelmed with responsibilities. If you would like to help, you can click here to sign up. If you have trouble with the link, you can e-mail, and someone will contact you directly to see if there's a volunteer spot that works with your life. Thanks!

(If you're a room mom and you're going to be helping with a booth, please don't feel like you need to be a superhero and sign up for another volunteer spot. We want our room moms to be happy and sane.)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Red Ribbon Week

It's Red Ribbon Week at Saratoga Shores! There will be an assembly to encourage students to stay away from drugs. There are also dress-up days 4 days this week.

Monday - Wear red - Two classes with the most red get lunch from Chick-Fil-A.
Tuesday - Lay off drugs - Wear Hawaiian attire.
Wednesday - Don't be a dum-dum; stay off drugs! (Bet you can guess what the treat will be.)
Thursday - Sock it to drugs - Wear crazy socks; there will be a prize for the craziest boy & girl.
Friday - Team up against drugs! Wear Sharks shirts, team jerseys, or sports team colors.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

There are still opportunities to sign up and help at the Book Fair this week. Click here if you would like to volunteer for a shift.

As of right now (Monday morning), there are open shifts at these times:

2:00 - 4:00 (2)
4:00 - 5:15 (2)
5:15 - 7:15 (3)

2:00 - 4:00 (1)
3:15 - 5:15 (1)
4:00 - 5:15 (2)
5:15 - 7:15 (4)

12:00 - 2:00 (1)
2:30 - 3:30 (2 - to help take down all the books)

Some people have been having difficulties with the Google Doc sign-up sheet. Sometimes it helps to open the document from a different Internet browser. If you can't open the sign-up sheet, please e-mail, and we'll work with you directly.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Take-Home Reading Library Schedule

Here is the schedule for the take-home reading library for 2011-2012. Classes will take turns swapping out the books by grade level. Please make a note of when your student's teacher's class is in charge. Heidi will send a schedule to the relevant people with volunteers and times listed each month. If you haven't signed up to help but would like to, you can contact Heidi at

October: Geddes/Lewis
November: Schmidt/Peterson
December: Saxton/Bradley
January: Earle/Casey
February: Geddes/Larsen
March: Schmidt/Peterson
April: Saxton/Bradley
May: Earle/Casey
Thanks to all the volunteers who make the take-home reading library such a success for Saratoga Shores students!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Westlake Homecoming Parade

Show your school spirit at Westlake's Homecoming Parade tonight (Wednesday, September 21). Wear Saratoga Shores school colors (purple, green and silver). Line up at the Westlake west parking lot (by the soccer field) at 6:15 p.m. The parade will begin at 6:30. The school that shows the most school spirit will be acknowledged at the Homecoming football game this weekend. Saratoga Shores won the school spirit contest last year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Time to Schedule Fall SEP's

The Online Scheduler is open, so you can schedule SEP's (parent-teacher conferences) for your students. SEP's will be on October 5 and 6. The student who is your family representative (the oldest student you have at Saratoga Shores) should have brought home a bright orange paper with instructions for how to sign up online.

You can access the Online Scheduler from the link at the right of this blog. Then choose Saratoga Shores from the Elementary Schools drop-down menu, and follow the prompts from there. If you need further help, track down the orange paper or call Stacy at the front office (801-766-6440) for assistance.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thanks to all our volunteers!

Last week, parent volunteers at Saratoga Shores did some amazing things.

Thanks to Janet Cherrington, Jill Derington, Julie Ostler, Sarah Granata, Stephanie Howell, Tania Young, and Teri Blatter who organized the whole new take-home reading library under the direction of Heidi Glenn. These wonder women did in one day what Heidi thought would take three days. We had additional parents who had volunteered to come in on Thursday and Friday, but they weren't needed because the job was already finished. We thank those parents for their willingness to help also. If you have a student in kindergarten through second grade, watch for more details about the take-home library coming soon.

On Wednesday, parent volunteers worked with our school nurse, Carissa Jensen, to complete vision screening for the students in all grades. Thanks to all of these parents for their help: Laura Curtis, Lisa Gibby, Kristin Pickering, Jennifer Taylor, Susan Burdette, Stephanie Empey, Kyra Slider, Annette Thompson, Julie Ostler, Teri Blatter, Angela Webb, Erin Whitaker, Brandy Shelley, Tania Young, and Melissa Brown. It was a big job, but it went without a hitch.

The PTA and the school administration thank all the wonderful parents who make great things happen at Saratoga Shores.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

6th Grade Donut Date This Friday

Sixth graders are encouraged to invite their dad, mom, or another adult friend or relative to school on Friday morning. September 16, for the 6th grade Donut Date. Parents and students can go directly to the classrooms from 9:15 - 9:45 for this event. There is no need to sign in at the front office. You can bring your own reading material, or choose from the teacher's classroom library.

Parents are encouraged to leave younger children home with a babysitter if possible, so your focus can be on your 6th grader. One idea is to swap babysitting with a neighbor. You can see the schedule for future Donut Dates for each class on the lower right portion of this blog.

Thanks for supporting our Donut Dates!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Entertainment Books Due Tomorrow

The Saratoga Shores PTA fund-raiser ends tomorrow. Please turn in your money for purchased Entertainment books, and return any book that you are not going to purchase. It is easy to recoup your $25 by using just a few of the coupons in the book.

If you want to support the PTA without purchasing an Entertainment book, you can make a straight donation (tax-deductible), payable to Saratoga Shores PTA.

The PTA will use the money earned from the fund-raiser to pay for additional books for the take-home reading library, school newsletters, the Reflections program, the Room Mom social, Teacher of the Month awards, Donut Dates, Red Ribbon Week, Teacher Appreciation, and Field Day. If we don't meet our fund-raising goal of $6000, we will adjust the PTA budget to support fewer programs this year.

Thanks for supporting the PTA!

Friday, September 2, 2011

PTA Meeting on Tuesday

Welcome to another year at Saratoga Shores Elementary!

Everyone is invited to attend our first general PTA Meeting on Tuesday, September 6th at 10:00 a.m. at the school.  If you haven't had a chance to join PTA, but would like to, we'll have membership forms available at the meeting.

PTA Members will be voting to approve the proposed 2011-2012 PTA Budget, as well as discussing important upcoming PTA events and volunteer opportunities. Please come and share your ideas ... we look forward to planning a great year and doing great things in our PTA as we work to support our students, and the teachers and staff at Saratoga Shores.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Smith's Earn & Learn Program

Did you know that Smith's will pay Saratoga Shores every time you use your Fresh Values card at the grocery store? You just need to sign up for the Earn & Learn program and designate Saratoga Shores as the school you want to support. You can sign up at the customer service desk.

You can tell if you're enrolled by looking at any Smith's receipt. It will include a section that says "Giving $1 million to schools" and below that it will show your Earn & Learn purchases for that trip and also year-to-date. If this info doesn't show, you aren't enrolled in the program.

If you have enrolled in this program earlier, be aware that your enrollment expires and must be renewed every year. Your Smith's receipt will show if your enrollment has expired. You can have the receipt scanned by any cashier to re-enroll. It takes only seconds to do.

Please consider enrolling in the Smith's Earn & Learn program to help our school get this money. Thanks!

Friday, August 26, 2011

New 5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Wilson got authorization from Alpine School District to hire an additional 5th grade teacher at Saratoga Shores, since the classes are so large (36-40 students each). Some students will be reassigned to the new class when it is established, but it will be nice to have another 5th grade at the school.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Volunteer Opportunities at Saratoga Shores

Friday, August 26 - Monday Packets
Mrs. Wilson has asked that the PTA help get parents who can help assemble the Monday packets for this year. Teachers will send information home with students in the Monday packets throughout the year. (For those of you who are familiar with the Wednesday packets from last year, it's the same thing--just moved to Monday.) Volunteers will meet in the PTA room (room #177) on Friday at 1:00 to stuff envelopes. You can bring young children with you while you volunteer. Click here if you can help stuff envelopes.

Friday, September 2 and Friday, September 9 - PTA Fund-Raiser
The PTA fund-raiser will begin next week. Students will be bringing home Entertainment coupon books to sell. You can recoup the price of the book by using it just a few times during the year. This fund-raiser has been very successful for our school and many parents like it, which is why we continue to do it every year. The PTA will be handing out prizes for students who have sold books on Friday, September 2, and Friday, September 9, at 9:30 in the front entry area of the school. We are looking for 6 volunteers each day. Click here if you can help hand out prizes on either day.

Wednesday, September 14 - Vision Screening
The school nurse, Carissa Jensen, will be doing vision screening for all the students. She needs help from parent volunteers to make it work. She needs 15 volunteers in the morning from 9:10 - 11:00, and 4 volunteers from 12:30 - 1:30 (for afternoon kindergarten students only). Please click here if you would like to help with vision screening. The PTA will send out an e-mail reminder or call you.

Thanks for all you do to help at the school. We look forward to a great year at Saratoga Shores!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back-to-School Night & Hotdog Hello

Saratoga Shores will have Back-to-School Night and the PTA's Hotdog Hello this Friday, August 19, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. We hope everyone will come to the school!
  • Find the classroom.
  • Meet the teacher.
  • Pay for school lunch (in the cafeteria/gym).
  • Find your bus, bus stop, and bus times (posted outside the front doors).
Of course we hope you will join the PTA as well. The PTA supports many programs at Saratoga Shores, including Reflections, Donut Dates, Box Tops for Education, Campbell's soup labels, Red Ribbon Week, field day, and finding volunteers to help with additional events during the year, like book fairs and vision and hearing screening. The PTA counts on its members for support. PTA membership is $6. If you join at Back-to-School Night, you will get a free hot dog meal for every paid membership.

Additional hotdog meals can be purchased for $2. You can also pre-order a school yearbook for $10.

School t-shirts (same design as last year) will also be available to purchase or order. Bella (girl-style) t-shirts are $10. Standard t-shirts and polo shirts are $8. Zip hoodies are $22. Pullover hoodies are $15.

Checks for all of these items can be made payable to Saratoga Shores PTA or SS PTA. (You can purchase all items together with one check.)

See you there!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Class Lists

Class lists will be posted on the front doors of Saratoga Shores this Friday, August 12, by 7:30 p.m.

There won't be any classes in trailers this year.

The 5th grade classes are very large right now. If you know people who have moved into the area with 5th graders (or any new students, actually), please have them contact the school at 801-766-8349. If we get just a couple more 5th grade students registered, Mrs. Wilson will be able to hire another 5th grade teacher.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer Library

We hope your families have had a chance to enjoy some good books through the summer library at Saratoga Shores ....

Please remember that the last day of summer library is next Tuesday, August 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  That will be a "check-in only" day.  Please be sure to return all books to the library during that time. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A parent's letter to children in school

This letter appeared in Jeff Thredgold's column in the Deseret News today. It includes good advice for students, and I thought it was worth sharing.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a kindergarten student to register at Saratoga Shores for the upcoming school year, please do so as soon as possible. If you have friends or neighbors with incoming kindergarteners, please let them know that the school is eager to get their students registered as well.

Mrs. Wilson, the new principal, will hire another kindergarten teacher if we get just a few more kindergarten students registered. If the students register late, the teacher will be hired late as well.

The front office is open for limited hours from July 14 -21 because they are waxing the floors, but it will be open on July 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. for student registration and to answer any questions from parents.

As a note, the school library will be closed on July 19. It will reopen on the 26th and on August 2 from 10 - noon, so students can check out books for summer reading.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Popsicles with the New Principal

Come and meet Mrs. Wilson, our new Principal of Saratoga Shores Elementary School. Everyone is welcome. Share the invitation with your friends and neighbors.

Tuesday June 21st, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Open house - come & go as you please
Saratoga Shores Elementary School

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hope of America

The Hope of America program (in which 5th grade students from Saratoga Shores performed along with many other students from the area) will be broadcast on KBYU July 3rd at 12:00 p.m. and July 4th at 6:00 p.m. BYUTV will show the program on July 22 at 11:00 AM and July 23 at 11:00 p.m. Set your DVR & enjoy!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Saratoga Splash Parade

Just a reminder -- Mr. Martin invites all interested students and families to march with him in the Splash Parade this Saturday June 11th, 2011. We will meet at Westlake at 9:15am for the 10am parade. Wear your school T-shirts or school colors (purple, green, gray/silver). The school will have green and purple pom poms for kids to shake for $1 each or bring your own balloons to carry as we walk. Strollers welcome for the little ones.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help with concessions at the radKIDS booth right next to the Saratoga Springs Police Department at Harvest Hills Park during the Family Fun Festival that same day as the parade. We’ll be selling food to help raise money for a red man suit for the radKIDS program in our public schools in our city.

If you can help in the concession booth please e-mail! Below are the available time slots. We'd love to have two or more people per slot. Bring your spouse with you or responsible children ages 12 and up are welcome to help pass out food. The Family Fun Festival is Saturday, June 11th from 11am to 6pm. Come and support the radKIDS program.

11am-1pm: Heather and Dana Kuntz
12 Noon to 2pm: Angela Webb
1pm -3pm:
2pm – 4pm:
4pm – 6pm:


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Track Request Problems

The school is not able to accommodate all the track requests that have been submitted. The 9:15 track is overfilled with lower-grade students. In addition, more kindergarten students are needed in the afternoon classes to keep class sizes balanced.

If you are willing to consider a change in either of these areas--or if you are moving over the summer or switching your students to another school (other than Thunder Ridge)--please contact the front office at 801-766-8349 and let them know. If there are not enough volunteers for changes, the school will have to adjust students' schedules based on the order in which track request forms were submitted. Thanks for your understanding!

Summer Math Facts Challenge

The School Community Council has determined that Saratoga Shores students will focus on improving memorization of math facts during the next two school years. To get a jump start, the PTA is supporting a Summer Math Facts Challenge. Students can use a worksheet to track their progress in memorizing the math facts that are appropriate for their grade level. Students who complete the challenge and return the signed form during the first week of school will receive an award--and, more important, they will have a good baseline for learning math during the school year.

The Thunder Ridge PTA is also supporting this Challenge.

Click here for the Math Facts Challenge worksheet, or use the one that was sent home with your student on June 1. The Challenge sheet includes more details about the Challenge and also information about helpful and free math web sites that your student can use to complete the Challenge.

Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Movie Under the Stars

As school is coming to a close, we wanted to make sure our Utah kids know about 2011 Movie Under the Stars at the Utah State Capitol this summer. The movies are free! Popcorn is free! And it will be a great opportunity for the kids to create memories with their families at the State Capitol.

The movies will be shown at dusk on the southwest lawn of the State Capitol.

July 1 - The Sandlot
July 15 - Napolean Dynamite
July 29 - Despicable Me
August 12 - Better Off Dead
August 26 - Tangled

These events have been added to our PTA calendar (at the bottom of this blog).

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Champion Village Summer Fitness Program through BYU

Saratoga Shores students have the pleasure of joining forces with a team of BYU students to help reduce childhood obesity. They would like the students of Saratoga Shores Elementary to participate in their fun research program this summer. The flyer explains in greater detail what this program will entail.

Click here to be directed to their web site, where you can sign up for the program and be entered in a drawing for a free iPod.

This will be a fun and beneficial experience for your child. We highly recommend it!

Friday, May 20, 2011

radKIDS Instructors Wanted

Help make our world safer one child at a time.

Saratoga Shores Elementary is looking for individuals to volunteer their time to become instructor-certified in the radKIDS program. The radKIDS Instructor Program is a four-day certification course (which is paid for by Saratoga Shores) detailing the program’s core curriculum. Candidates will receive information on teaching children about school safety, home safety, out-and-about safety, vehicle safety, strangers and tricks (including physical defense skills), and personal safety.

Our school would like to send one or two people to be certified at the upcoming certification course in Provo, which is hosted by the Utah County Sheriff’s department on June 8-11th (8am-5pm all days).

After the certification, the volunteer instructors would then commit to teaching the 3rd graders next year at Saratoga Shores. The volunteers will work with teachers and administrators in developing a schedule of training for the students.

If you are interested in becoming certified and helping our children learn how to be safer, or have questions, please call Mr. Martin at the school 801-766-6440.

You can find out more information about the radKIDS program at:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Buy One, Get One Free!

The Book Fair is happening now at Saratoga Shores! Come in and check out all the great books. Buy one, and get one of equal or lesser value for FREE.

We could still use some volunteers tomorrow and Friday. Click here to see what's needed and to sign up. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Community Input Meeting Tonight

There will be a community input meeting at Willowcreek Middle School, tonight (May 11) at 7 p.m.  

Alpine School District Board Members and Cabinet Members will be in attendance at the meeting to discuss the results of the bond survey and well as to get input about the bond and other current issues. Please invite your friends and neighbors.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Cookie Dough - Help Needed

The cookie dough for our school fund-raiser will be here on Wednesday, May 11. The front office staff needs help from parents to sort and distribute the cookie dough. If you are available for a 1-hour shift sometime between 10: 00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., please sign up online. Thanks!

Friday, May 6, 2011

BOGO Book Fair will be May 17-20

There will be a Book Fair at Saratoga Shores from May 17 - 20. Buy one book, and get a second book of equal or lesser value FREE! It's a great time to stock up on books for summer reading or gifts.

Mrs. Christensen is looking for parents to help run the Book Fair. Click here to see the sign-up sheet. She appreciates the many parents who help make the Book Fairs at our school such a success!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Student Safety in Parking & Drop-off Areas

We are having some trouble with parents dropping off and picking up students. We ask that you please-oh-please be mindful of the safety of the students. We had a student hit by a car one year, and it's not an experience we want to repeat.

These are the safety tips that the school administration & teachers would like everyone to obey:
  • Please don't double-park in the drop-off loop. The lane closest to the sidewalk is where you should stop to let students in and out. The outside lane is just for pulling out to leave the loop.
  • Please don't drop students off on Grandview Blvd on the north side of the school or anywhere else where students have to cut across traffic to get to the school.
  • Please don't talk on your cell phone when you're in the drop-off area.
  • Please be patient with everyone: students, teachers, bus drivers, and other parents. We're all trying to make it work!
  • If you can, consider coming 5 minutes after school ends to pick up your students. It's not a long time for students to wait, and it really helps cut congestion if we can have fewer cars converging on the school at the same time.
These guidelines are 95% about keeping students safe and 5% about not ruining someone's day with thoughtless behavior or comments. You can help make the world a better place by making student drop-offs and pick-ups a little nicer for everyone. Thanks!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Soup Labels

There is some confusion over Campbell's soup labels vs. Box Tops for Education. Saratoga Shores collects both, but they do not go to the same place when we turn them in. We can't turn in collection sheets that include both Box Tops and soup labels. Also, we need the UPC portion of the soup label. The picture below shows several Campbell's soup labels that could be redeemed. (They don't look the same on every can and package.)
Thanks for turning in your Box Tops and soup labels. It's a great way for the school to earn "free" money!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

School Improvement Plan

The 2010 CRT performance scores indicate that Saratoga Shores made Adequate Yearly Progress with a whole school proficiency score of 85% and with a progress score of 217. Our sub-groups scored at the 73% level with a progress score of 205, not quite hitting the target expectation but making sufficient progress to get a pass. The only sub-group not making the mark were the students with disabilities; we had 90 students in this sub-group.  For the coming school year, our goal is to increase our progress score by 10 progress points over the 2011 score, which will be revealed in August 2011.

Language Arts Goal
88% of our students passed AYP with a proficiency language arts score of 3 or better. This represents a progress score of 213. The acceptable range is progress score of 176.

This year our language arts goal is to increase the percentage of students passing proficiency by 5%, or a whole school language arts proficiency of 93%.

Math Goal
80% of our students achieved a proficiency score with a 3 or better. This represents a progress score of 222. Our math goal is to increase the percentage of students passing with proficiency scores of 3 or better by 5%.

Target Students
We will target all students in the school to increase the level of proficiency; however, special emphasis will be placed on proper interventions in supporting the at-risk subgroups at the school, especially the students with disabilities.

While we want to have all students improve their language arts and math proficiency, we recognize that 55.5% of our present 90 students classified as students with a disability did not pass the CRT with proficiency in Language Arts, and 43.5 % of this same group did not pass with proficiency. The school will be downsized by approximately 28% next year; however, the projected number of students with disabilities that will be leaving the school will be less than that proportion of students.

Costs for School Improvement Plan
5 aides    16 hours @ $8.50 per hours for 25 weeks      $17,000.00
   Benefits    @ .22                                                            3,740.00
Copy aide    25 hours @ $8.50                                            212.50
    Benefits    @ .22                                                                46.75
Conferences & workshops                                                2,004.29
Technology - total cost of using the network                       2,000.00
CTL/teacher summer collaboration 227 hours @ $17.50    3972.50
    Benefits    @ .22                                                              873.95
Total                                                                             $29,850.00

Action Step #1
Provide opportunity for staff members to work on math fluency expectations based on the new state common core. The end product will be daily math review sheets, time tests and time lines for mastery.

Time Line
Using the common math core, teachers will work  under the direction of their curriculum team leader (CTL) during the summer of 2011 for 7.5  hours  paid time.

Estimated Resources
The cost of teacher work time will be $3972.00, plus $873.95 for benefits.

Progress on Step #1
Teachers will meet in June through early August to have the math fluency program ready to go by August 15, 2011.

Action Step #2
Hiring and training the STAR Tutors, copy aide and  the reading fluency coach. These aides will be supervised by a teacher with a reading endorsement that will be paid from school funds.

Time Line
Have aides hired by August 10, 2011, and have them trained at State Office in-service.

Estimated Cost
The aides will be paid at $8.50 per hour and will work for 16 hours weekly for 25 weeks during the school year.  The approximate cost of the aides, including the copy aide will be $17212.5, with $3786.75  in benefits.

Persons Responsible
The principal will select the supervising teacher and will hire the aides.

Progress on Step #2
We will look for previously trained aides or employees who have worked with these programs.

Action Step #3
A teacher in-service component will be included to help teachers better understand the new state common core math objectives and standards, State Core Academy opportunities, CITES Literacy Promise Conference, and other district sponsored trainings that focus on math and literacy.

Time Lines
Teachers interested in attending the State Sponsored Summer institute must register in the spring according to the timeline set by the state. Other district training sessions will be made available to teachers as offered to teams and individuals.

Estimated Resources
District sponsored workshops are free, and substitutes will be paid by the district. The CITES conference will be paid from Trust Land funds at the cost of $279 per teacher, with a maximum of 5 representatives from the school.

Responsible Person
The principal and the secretary will handle invitations to attend and will pay for the expenses of attendance at the conferences and workshops.

Progress on Step #3
Attendees will give a formal presentation to the staff to share “take aways” gleaned from their in-service attendance.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kindergarten Donut Date This Friday, April 22

Kindergarteners are encouraged to invite their dad, mom, or another adult family member or friend to their Donut Date this Friday. You can bring your own books or choose reading material from the classroom. Parents do not need to check in at the office; you can go straight to the classroom. If you can find someone to tend preschool children while you go to the Donut Date, that is the best option but you can bring youngsters if you need to. Students who do not have a parent join them will be invited to read with another student.

Morening kindergarten time: 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Afternoon kindergarten time: 12:40 - 1:10 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Public Notice from ASD

Alpine School District is required to give public notice before destroying archived special education records. If you were born between January 1, 1984, and December 31, 1985, received special education services through Alpine School District, and want to claim your records before they are destroyed, please contact Lacey Jackson 801-610-8461 before Friday, November 11, 2011. Records will be destroyed December 30, 2011.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Box Tops Contest Coming Soon!

Gather your Box Tops & watch for a flyer coming home about a contest that will run through May 13. The classes that collect the most Box Tops for our end-of-year drive will win an ice cream party.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Track Requests

Track request forms were sent home with students today for both Saratoga Shores and Thunder Ridge. The paper is light green. You need to fill out one form per family. If you already did one for kindergarten and listed all the students from your family who will be at the school next year, you don't need to fill out another form.

Forms will be accepted at the front office between April 18 and May 12.

If you are moving out of school boundaries during the summer, please let the front office know. That information helps plan for the upcoming year. Thanks!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Take-Home Reading Library Volunteer Schedule for April

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help in the take-home reading library. This program couldn't work without volunteers.

Click here for schedule

If you have a conflict with your scheduled time, please e-mail

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March Pot o' Gold Teachers of the Month

March's Pot o' Gold Teachers of the Month are Mrs. Lewis (2nd grade), Mr. Goodman (3rd grade), and Mrs. Smith (4th grade). The teachers got gift certificates from the PTA, and they got to see how they might look as leprechauns. How lucky was that?
Mrs. Lewis
Mr. Goodman
Mrs. Smith
You can vote for April's teacher of the month at the front office. One vote per person.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jump Rope for Heart

The P.E. teacher, Kristen Berrett, had some extra people coming to help with Jump Rope for Heart tomorrow, but now they can't come. The PTA is helping her come up with extra volunteers. If you can help from noon to 2:15 at the school, please click here to sign up and help. Thank you!

If your student has the green jump rope that was given out at school at the beginning of the Jump Rope for Heart campaign, please have him or her bring it to school tomorrow to use for this event. If your student's jump rope got lost or broken, there are some P.E. jump ropes that students can use (just not enough for everyone). If you are sending a contribution for the American Heart Association, tomorrow is the day to send those in.

1st Grade Donut Date Tomorrow - March 18

First graders are encouraged to invite a parent or another adult friend to come to school tomorrow from 9:15 - 9:45 to have a donut and read together. You can bring your own books or use one from the classroom. There is no need to check in at the front office for this event.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Learn to Help a Struggling Reader!

Do you have a struggling reader? Come learn about paired reading, an easy practice strategy that only takes 5-15 minutes a day and helps readers gain confidence, fluency, and a love of reading.

Thursday, March 10
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saratoga Shores Media Center

This reading strategy is effective for students from 1st - 6th grades.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Help Needed at Westlake

The Westlake PTSA is looking for help with testing next Tuesday, March 1, between 7:30 a.m. and noon. Volunteers are needed to hand out testing material, read instructions aloud, monitor testing in the auditorium or classrooms, and collecting test materials. If you can help, please contact Kathy at 801-706-7077. Thank you!

Please note that our Saratoga Shores PTA meeting is happening the same day from 10:00 - 11:00 in the north-most trailer behind the school. We will be voting for next year's PTA board, so we would really like good attendance at the meeting. (We are still looking for someone who wants to be next year's PTA president or president-elect. If you are interested, please contact

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

People Needed for Next Year's PTA Board

Saratoga Shores PTA is still in need of a PTA President and a President-Elect for the 2011-2012 school year!

Training is available for both positions. It’s a wonderful way to be involved and serve your school and community. You can make a big difference in the lives of our students and their families. If you’re interested in either of these positions, please e-mail or call:

Heather Kuntz, Saratoga Shores PTA President, 2010-2011  or    801-766-8841

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Student Hygiene

This is a timely topic from the National PTA and applies to some students in our upper grades, so I thought I'd post it.

Not-So-Sweet Smells

Monday, February 7, 2011

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is this Wednesday, February 9, from 8:00 - 2:00. Students who turn 5 by September 1, 2011, are eligible for kindergarten. Please bring your child's birth certificate and immunization records.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Skate Night on February 4

This Friday is family skate night at Classic Skating (9151 S. 255 West in Sandy). There is free admission for all students from Saratoga Shores and their families from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Skate rental is $1, rollerblades are $3, and scooters are $3. You can also bring your own skates or scooter.

$2 dinner deals: choose from nachos or pizza & a drink or a hotdog, chips & drink.

Discount activities also available for $3: Bounce Zone, Jungle Climb, 3D Laser Tag, and Blast Zone.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Help Feed the Teachers During SEPs Next Week

The PTA is looking for parents to contribute food for the teachers on February 2 and February 3. Items are needed at the school by 1:30 each day.

February 2: Soup in bread bowls, dessert 
Soup in a Crockpot (5-6 people)
Cheese (large bag of shredded cheese from Costco)
Cheesecake (2)
Cake (2)
February 3: Pulled pork sandwiches, side dishes, finger desserts

Hamburger buns (large bag of buns from Costco)
Baked Beans (in Crockpot)
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Cole Slaw
Another Side
Large bag of chips from Costco (2)
Brownies (3 dozen)
Cookies (4 dozen)

If you can bring any of these items, please sign up online by clicking here or e-mail If you have an alternate choice, e-mail that also, so we can ensure that we get good variety (especially for Thursday). When you bring your foods, please label them with your name. Kelly is going to post a menu that includes who brought each item.

Friday, January 21, 2011

January Teachers of the Month

Our "Snow-Cool" Teachers of the Month for January are Mrs. Ashworth (kindergarten) and Mrs. Rogers (5th grade). Congratulations!

Remember, you can vote for Teachers of the Month every month in the front office at the school. You can even send a note to school with your student with the teacher's name and why he or she should be the Teacher of the Month, and the student can put the note into the voting box. Winners receive gift certificates from the PTA.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Third Grade Donut Date Tomorrow!

Third-graders are encouraged to invite dad, mom, or another adult guest to come and read with them tomorrow from 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. You can bring your own reading material or choose something the teacher has in the classroom. If possible, please find someone to watch preschoolers for you.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Time to Schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences at Saratoga Shores will be on Wednesday, February 2, and Thursday, February 3, from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the classrooms. Most of the teachers use the Online Scheduler to set up appointments. If your student's teacher uses another system, you will have received a note from the teacher already. If you haven't gotten a note, please use the Online Scheduler and set up an appointment by January 29.

Click here to open the Online Scheduler. Then choose Saratoga Shores from the Elementary Schools drop-down list, and click Go. The password is sharks. You will need your student's ID number to schedule an appointment, but you can look it up online if you don't have it. You will get a confirmation at the end of scheduling; you will need that confirmation number later if you need to change or cancel your appointment.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Proclamation for Parent Engagement Month

Whereas consistent, positive and convincing studies have shown that the number one factor in individual student success in school is parent involvement; and
Whereas it is found when schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and enjoy school more; and
Whereas Parent Engagement in a child’s educational experience assures better cooperation between student and teacher and home and school; and
Whereas Parent Involvement in the lives of their children decreases the chance of risky behavior; and
Whereas additional studies also show that students of involved parents earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, are promoted more often, attend school more regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school; and
Whereas Students supported by the participation and engagement of their parents are more likely to graduate and go on to postsecondary education; and
Whereas, the success of children who have parents who are engaged in their lives continue into their adult life; and
Whereas the vision of Utah PTA for education is to help all children and youth reach their full potential and assure the involvement of parents in the education of their children;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that January 2011 is hereby proclaimed UTAH PTA PARENT ENGAGEMENT MONTH in the state of Utah, to encourage all parents to increase their participation, commitment, and involvement in the education of their children and youth and to encourage further engagement at the schools by joining their local PTA and participating at their school.