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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Westlake Ballroom Kids' Camp Fund-Raiser

Westlake High School is proud to present its annual Ballroom Kids' Camp fund-raiser. It is a great chance for students in kindergarten - 6th grade to learn a ballroom dance and perform it at our winter performance: Dancing Up A Storm.

The cost is $35/student, payable at the Westlake High School finance office or through (Westlake > Public Fees > Ballroom). All funds raised will go to helping the Westlake Varsity Team perform at Disneyland in April.

Grades K-3
Lessons: December 2, 3, and 4 from 4-5pm
Perform: night of December 4

Grades 4-6
Lessons: December 4, 5, and 6 from 4-5pm.
Perform: night of December 6

December PTA meeting minutes

Saratoga Shores PTA Meeting
December 2, 2014

Attending: Sara Hoen, Deanna Williams, Jennifer Ball, Brittaney Berbert, Mrs. Bean, Dr. Thomas, Deborah Glissmeyer, Leslie McCleery, Stephanie Norris, Lori Lessard, Melissa Brown, Jennifer Taylor, Nicolette Fike

Sara called meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

Notes from November PTA meeting - Deanna reviewed the minutes and moved to approve; Jill Derrington seconded.

Yearbooks- Mrs. Bean how well did the yearbooks sell? We lost money last year. Maybe sell them with dues? We can revisit this for next year. Kristine Peterson is over yearbooks. She is planning to sell at parent-teacher conferences. Mrs. Ross will email her to see if she wants to sell before Christmas.

Sara moved to cancel January’s meeting. The next board meeting will be on February 3.

  • Since we have to write a check for the t-shirts we need to vote on that. $1800. Jill Derrington motions to approve, Jennifer Taylor seconds.
  • Grant- Take home reading $478.
  • Dads and Dogs- It was a success, about 200 dads came and we ran out of hot dogs. We decided we need more hotdogs for next time. We need to vote for another $200 for that. The other one is in March. Dr. T- the attendance at things this year has been far better than last year. Now we are getting the crowds that we wanted. You are doing a good job with getting the word out. We had 110 meals last time so our plan is to double that number. And we’ll continue to advertise. Also advertise that we are doubling the food. We had $500 in the budget to cover two Dads & Dogs events. Sara moved to approve a budget increase to $700. Brittaney Berbert seconded the motion, and it was approved by members in attendance.
  • Mrs. Gubler was going to submit a grant for music, but she hasn’t turned it in yet and now the deadline is past.
  • Gift for teachers- .50 cents per student for Christmas.
    • Dr. T- Patterns in the past show the teachers should be fine without the money for dry erase markers, etc. But for reading they could probably use the money there.

Dr. T- Christmas sing program. December 17th at 9:30 for B track parents and 1:00 for A track parents. Web page is up-to-date with date and times. Parents shouldn’t attend the students-only program on Monday. There isn’t room for parents along with all the students from the school.

Sara - Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Community Meeting: Keeping Our Children Safe

The Alpine School District and Hope4Utah are presenting a community meeting on keeping children safe. It will be held at Vista Heights Middle School on November 20 at 6:30 p.m. There will be information on:

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Internet Safety
  • Substance abuse
  • Gun Safety
If you are interested in attending but are unable to attend on November 20, there are four other meetings at different schools on different dates. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m.

November 18 - Pleasant Grove Junior High School 
November 24 - Lehi Junior High School
December 4 - Lakeridge Junior High School
December 10 - Timberline Middle School

Monday, November 10, 2014

November PTA Meeting

The PTA held their monthly meeting on November 4. Anyone who is interested can read the minutes HERE. The next meeting will be held on December 2 at 10am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Lowdown on SAGE Testing

The schools in the Alpine School District have received the SAGE testing scores from the tests that students in grades 3-6 took at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. You can click HERE to read a letter from the administration about the test results.

In this morning's PTA meeting, Dr. Thomas talked with the parents present about the SAGE results at Saratoga Shores.

Over all, the test scores were lower than the results we might have expected from CRT tests. This isn't because our students are performing worse; it's because the SAGE test is different from the CRT test. Comparing the two tests is like comparing running with swimming. A great swimmer may cover the same distance as a great runner, but the runner will have a faster time because running is just easier than swimming.

You can click HERE to see the data specific to the SAGE test results for Saratoga Shores Elementary. (You can change the settings from the drop-down menus on the left side of the screen to view results from other schools, other districts, or the state as a whole.)

Saratoga Shores performed the best of the 12 elementary schools on the west side of the Alpine School District, which is the largest school district in the state. The Alpine School District had the 2nd highest scores in the state on the SAGE test. Our school had the highest writing proficiency score in the district. SAGE results demonstrate that teachers are Saratoga Shores are working well together. Are there improvements still to be made? Of course. But the SAGE test helps our teachers and administration recognize where they are falling short, so they can make specific plans to improve. Teachers know how the students in their classes are doing, so they can tailor their lesson plans to help keep (or get) students on track for college and career readiness, which is what the SAGE test measures.

Parents will be receiving SAGE results for individual students soon (goal is before Thanksgiving). The school administration is working on how to best distribute that information.

If you have any questions or concerns about the SAGE test, Dr. Thomas would love to speak with you. You can call the school to schedule an appointment to meet with him.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Red Ribbon Week: October 27-30

Monday – Love Yourself. Be Drug Free. Wear RED. Sign the pledge to remain drug free.

Tuesday – Keep Our Bodies Clean & Stay Drug Free. Wear WHITE. Coloring/Drawing contest.

Wednesday – School Safety Day. Wear Green.

Thursday – Our Future is Bright. We’re Drug Free. Wear YELLOW. Tie ribbons on the fence.

Decorate your front porch, mailbox, fence, or car according to the theme. Then take a picture, and post it on the Saratoga Shores PTA Facebook page by Oct. 31 for the chance to win fun prizes!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dash for Whitnee

October 27
5:30 p.m.
Saratoga Springs development marina & clubhouse 

We will be having a 1- & 3-mile run/walk to raise money for our cute student, Whitnee Stoddard, and her family. Whitnee has a genetic condition called spinal muscular atrophy, which affects the muscles in the neck, arms, spine,and legs. She needs 24-hour care and costly medical care.
The event starts promptly at 5:30 and will end around 7-7:30 with a dinner, face painting and other fun events.  This is not a school-sponsored event. Whitnee's aides, Melissa Brown and Steph Empey, just want to do something for Whitnee.

You can go to to register for the race and dinner. Click "Road races and triathlons," and search for the event "Dash for Whitnee." You then will have the option for what mileage to sign up for. E-mail Melissa Brown if you plan to purchase the pulled pork dinner. Thank you, everyone!

Bright Ideas: Awesome Adventures

Alpine School District 2014-2015  

Bright Ideas is an extra-curricular theme-based program open to all interested elementary students. Come and learn the great adventures of different cultures, regional art, music, history, wildlife, natural sciences, language and more.

WHO Open to all interested, motivated and cooperative K-6th grade students.

WHAT 4-hour Gifted and Talented program based on high level thinking skills and strategies with hands-on learning and creativitiy.

WHEN Each session is held twice, on different Saturdays at either Greenwood and Westmore Elementary. Please only choose one session/school. ** ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY**

October Session: Asia
Saturday, October 11th at Greenwood Elementary
Saturday, October 25th at Westmore Elementary

February Session: Arctic
Saturday, February 21st at Greenwood Elementary
Saturday, February 28th at Westmore Elementary

April Session: Africa
Saturday, April 18th at Greenwood Elementary
Saturday, April 25th at Westmore Elementary

Greenwood Elementary, 50 East 200 South, American Fork
Westmore Elementary, 1150 South Main, Orem

TIME 8:30-12:30 AM

COST $20 per session or pre-register for all three sessions for $50. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the session.

QUESTIONS Contact Holly Stansfield at or Shari Taylor at

Click HERE to go to the Alpine School District's web site for gifted services.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Spooktacular - October 23

Craft: Halloween face masks

Free Booths:
Basketball Toss 
Football Toss 
Rain Gutter Boat Races 
Bean Bag Toss 
Pumpkin Bowling
Nose Picker (reach inside nose - pudding mixture has prizes in goop)
Photo booth pictures (people take their own - provide props)

$ Ticket Booths
Tickets tentatively priced at 25 cents; some activities may require 2 tickets.
Balloon Man
Face Painting
Pop can ring toss
Hay Ride + hot chocolate
Cotton Candy
Bounce House
Inflatable Obstacle Course

Hair Booth (colored hairspray - Great Clips)

Click HERE to sign up to help at a booth or donate prizes or candy.

Westlake Wrestling Club

November 10th – February 7th
Ages Pre-K – 9th Grade

Come be a part of something great learn from some of the best coaches in the state. We will teach your wrestler how to focus, work hard, and have fun! Directed by Coach Jeff Newby, 4X state champion and college wrestler. Wrestlers will be placed in groups based upon age and experience.

Questions? Contact coaches Jeff Newby (801) 358-4933 or Cody Burdett (801) 471-6525.

Go to for more info.

Chess Club

Chess Club will be held every Thursday from 3:30-4:15 in the media center starting today and will run through April 2nd. Return the sign up form and $20 to the office. (Forms can be picked up from the office.)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PTA Budget

Here's the current PTA budget. (You can double-click the graphic to open it larger in its own window.) The PTA submitted a copy of their budget early in the year, as required by the state PTA. The original budget was based on figures from last year's PTA operating budget, with some modifications for programs as envisioned by this year's board; however, it's necessary to modify the budget based on current income and plans for the year.

Because the PTA board would like to get information from parents as they finalize the budget, there's a budget survey to gather feedback HERE. Anyone can provide feedback. After the data has been collected from the survey, the PTA executive committee will revise the budget to accommodate our current funds available and the wishes of parents who completed the survey. At that time, the PTA will give notice of a general membership meeting where the revised budget will be adopted as outlined or revised and adopted by the members of the PTA who vote.

Please complete the survey by October 14 if you would like to provide feedback about PTA programs, especially as they relate to the PTA budget. It's best to collect feedback from interested parents before the general membership meeting where the revised budget will be voted upon. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the PTA by e-mailing, posting a comment in our PTA Facebook group, or talking with one of the PTA board members directly. Thank you.

Questions about what these budget items mean?
  • Assembly - proposing to eliminate this; teachers asked to have students out of class less
  • Audit expense - pay someone objective to balance the PTA books (audit required)
  • Back to School Night - copies, posters
  • Bank charges/bad debt - Covering people's bad checks, etc.
  • Convention expense - send board members to PTA convention at BYU in May for training
  • Dads & Dogs - Lunch for dads who come to spend lunch recess with their students (2x/year)
  • District Awards - small gift for PTA members whom we acknowledge at the district level
  • Donut Dates - Each grade gets one turn to have an adult come read with the student; both student + adult get a donut
  • Field Day Expense - otter pops, equipment for field day games, ribbons for race winners
  • Fitness Fair (food expense) - healthy snacks, prizes for participants
  • Insurance - liability insurance required for the PTA (bond $100, tort $180)
  • Magazine fund-raiser expense - advertising, prizes for students who gave straight donations
  • (To make the spreadsheet work properly, income is also included with the expenses.)
  • Maturation - refreshments for 5th grade students & parents
  • PTA day at legislature - member of our PTA board go to legislature for one day & meet with legislators
  • PTA meetings/members - copies, supplies
  • Safety week (Red Ribbon Day) - wristbands or other handouts or incentives for students
  • Reflection expense - advertising, prizes for winners (medals, trophies), refreshments for awards banquet
  • Room mom - room mom social for instruction, supplies like folders and copies of teacher questionnaires
  • SEP dinners - paper products, small food items not donated by parents
  • Shark fitness - awards for participants, year-end awards assembly, food for people who run with the kids, running club (PTA planning to reduce this budget to $2000)
  • Spooktacular expense - advertising, materials needed for booths/games, prizes for students, inflatable rentals
  • Supplies & materials - photocopies, binders, folders, etc.
  • Teacher appreciation - small gifts during teacher appreciation week
  • T-shirt examples - sample t-shirts to show during back-to-school night and early in year
  • Utah PTA dues - dues our PTA pays to the state PTA
  • Volunteer appreciation - lunches/treats for volunteers who work all day at events, year-end social for classroom volunteers
  • Westlake council dues - dues our PTA pays to the Westlake council PTA
  • Yearbooks - up front expense for producing yearbooks; most of expense reimbursed through yearbook sales
  • Mr. Goodman's survey - follow-up to a character education survey done in a previous school year (committed to earlier)
2014-2015 PTA Executive Committee
President: Sara Hoen
President-elect: Brittaney Berbert
Legislative VP: Deborah Glissmeyer
Treasurer: Jennifer Ball
Secretary: Deanna Williams

Pony Band for 5th & 6th Grade Students

Thunder Pony Band is just around the corner! The elementary band is an after-school program for 5th and 6th graders. Students can learn to play the trumpet, trombone, flute, or clarinet.

Tuesday, Oct.28, 6pm, Vista Heights Middle School Auditorium

Band starts:
Nov. 4, 2014, at Vista Heights Band room

Questions? E-mail Jamie Kim at

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Westlake Children's Choir

Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m.
Westlake High School chorale room
October 21 – December 9 (no rehearsal Nov 25) 

$25/semester ($15 for additional siblings) 
Ages: K-6th Grade 

Registration form HERE
More information at 

Register Oct 21 and Oct 28 from 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Cash, check, or credit card payment accepted

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Book Fair: "Enter the Kingdom of Books!"

This year A+ and Scholastic have combined companies to bring us great service and selection for our book fair next week. 

9:15 - 2:15*
9:15 - 7:00*

*Closed during lunch 11:45 - 12:15

Parents may visit any time during our "open" hours. Students are only allowed in the book fair during their library time and also with parents during SEP evening hours on Wed, and Thurs. Check the library schedule on the volunteer sign-up doc if you would like to be at the book fair when your child's class comes.

Parents, please talk to your students about what is approved by you for them to buy with their money. Also remind them to keep their money in a safe place during school. Announcing to others that they brought money for the book fair is not a good idea.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

School T-Shirt Sales + Membership Drawing Winners

The PTA will be at the school selling t- shirts on the following days:

September 17 2:15-3:30
September 23 2:15-3:30
September 25 2:15-3:30

Shirts are $5, which can be paid with cash, check, or credit/debit card. The order will be placed at the end of the month, and shirts will be delivered in October.

The PTA will also have the prizes from the PTA membership drawing available at the table for the winners who have not picked them up yet. The winners were as follows:

Heidi Balderree - Westlake t-shirt
David Bennion (or his lucky wife, Pari) - Coach handbag
Brittaney Berbert - Westlake t-shirt
Brittaney Berbert - Kneaders Christmas basket
Grayson Berbert - karate membership
Kristine Birrell - Westlake t-shirt
James Bromley - Yogurt Bliss gift card
Melissa Brown - Westlake t-shirt
Michelle Davis - Bath & Body Works + handbag
Jamie DeJong - Westlake t-shirt
Megan Dyer - Westlake t-shirt
Jeremy Eaton - Westlake t-shirt
Laurie Ferguson - Bath & Body Works + necklace
Helen Gurr - Westlake t-shirt
Lisa Hales - Westlake t-shirt
Dan Hoen - Westlake shirt
Josh Hoffman - Bath & Body Works + make-up bag
Jodi Jackson - Bath & Body Works
Heather Johnson - Westlake t-shirt
Catherine Johnson - karate membership
Lisa Jolley - Westlake shirt
Joy Layton - Bath & Body Works + make-up bag
Tyler McCann - Westlake t-shirt
Stephanie Norris - Westlake t-shirt
Seth Norwood - karate membership
Patricia Norwood - Westlake t-shirt
Mrs. Phillip - $50 Walmart gift card (teacher drawing)
Jenny Raventos - Mr. Hotshine gift card
Annie Robbins - Bath & Body Works
Jamie Sanders - Bath & Body Works
Jamie Schmidt - Westlake t-shirt
Jason Shaw - Mister Hotshine gift card
Erin Shaw - Westlake t-shirt
Wade Sticht - Yogurt Bliss gift card
Kristin Stout - karate membership
Julie Warburton - Bath & Body Works + make-up bag
Charlyn Webster - Westlake t-shirt
Gretchen Willard - Westlake shirt
Deanna Williams - Westlake t-shirt
Amy Wilson - Westlake t-shirt
Laura Woodbury - Bath & Body Works + necklace

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Room Moms Tea

The Room Moms Tea will be on Tuesday, September 9, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. If you signed up to be a room mom, you should hear from Leslie McCleery, the room mom coordinator, soon. In some cases, there were multiple people signed up to be the room mom, so the teacher will choose one person. (Many classes may have a "head" room mom and an assistant co-room mom.) Even if you aren't a room mom, you're encouraged to get involved by volunteering in your student's classroom. Thank you for getting involved!

Monday, August 25, 2014

PTA membership drive started today!

Battle of the Books

I know it's a little early to be posting anything about Battle of the Books. However, if you're looking for some reading material for your student's 20 minutes of home reading per day, you might want to consider the excellent books on the Battle of the Books reading list. (America's Battle of the Books is for students in grades 3-6.)

3rd - 4th Grade
Applegate, KatherineThe One and Only Ivan
Atwater, RichardMr. Popper’s Penguins
Blume, JudyFreckle Juice
Bulla, ClydeRobert A Lion to Guard Us
Byars, BetsyTornado
Cleary, BeverlyMuggie Maggie
Cohen, BarbaraMolly's Pilgrim
Davies, JacquelineTricking the Tallyman
DiCamillo, KateBecause of Winn-Dixie
Dowell, FrancesPhineas L. MacGuire…Erupts!
Fleming, CandaceBoxes for Katje
Flournoy, ValerieThe Patchwork Quilt
Gannett, Ruth StilesMy Father's Dragon
Hobbs, ValerieSheep
Manes, StephenBe a Perfect Person in Just Three Day
Pennypacker, SaraClementine
Scieszka, JonKnights of the Kitchen Table
Warner, GertrudeBoxcar Children
White, E. B.Charlotte's Web
Wilder, Laura IngallsLittle House in the Big Woods

5th - 6th Grades
Brittain, BillThe Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree
Christopher, JohnThe White Mountains
Christopher, MattIce Magic
Fleischman, SidBy the Great Horn Spoon!
Fritz, JeanThe Great Little Madison
GrabensteinEscape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
George, JeanMy Side of the Mountain
Gipson, FredOld Yeller
Hahn, Mary DowningTime for Andrew: A Ghost Story
Jacques, BrianRedwall
King-Smith, DickHarry's Mad
Levine, Gail CarsonElla Enchanted
Lowry, LoisNumber the Stars
Palacio, R.J.Wonder
Paulsen, GaryHatchet
Roberts, Willo DavisScared Stiff
Ryan, Pam MunozEsperanza Rising
Sachar, LouisThere's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Wiles, DeborahLove, Ruby Lavender
Winthrop, ElizabethCastle in the Attic
You can find more information about America's Battle of the Books by clicking HERE.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Please join the PTA!

The PTA membership drive will be held from August 25-29, but parents are encouraged to join anytime. We had 49 parents join during the Open House today, and we think that's a great start. Membership costs $6. The class with the most PTA members will be rewarded with a cool treat, and everyone who joins the PTA by August 29 will be entered in a drawing for a Coach handbag.

The PTA supports programs and activities at the school:

  • Reflections
  • Spooktacular
  • Donut Dates
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Shark Fitness Challenge
  • Safety Week
  • Dads & Dogs
  • Teacher Appreciation

The PTA also helps organize room moms for every teacher, volunteers for different events at the school (like vision and hearing screening and book fairs) and provides meals for the teachers during parent-teacher conferences.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Shark Challenge

The Shark Challenge has wrapped up for the year. Together the students traveled 48,000 miles—that's two times around the Earth at the equator!

Landon Larsen from Mr. McCann's 4th/5th grade class had the highest mile count: 475 miles. Way to go and go and go, Landon!

The Shark Challenge assembly will be on Thursday morning, where the students who participated in the Shark Challenge will be recognized. A big THANKS goes to Melissa Brown for all her efforts in organizing and running this great program throughout the year.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Field Day - May 27

Field Day will be on Tuesday, May 27, for grades 1-6. Grades 1-3 will have outdoor activities in the morning, and grades 4-6 will have outdoor activities in the afternoon. Parent volunteers are needed for activity stations, and each class also needs one parent volunteer to go to each station with the class and help the station volunteers. Station volunteers will spend one station time with each class, so it's a great way to volunteer if you have multiple students and would like to see them all during field day. Classroom volunteers will stay with the same class the whole two hours.

The school also needs 20 coolers and 10 hoses for Field Day. Equipment needs to be dropped off at the school by 9:00 a.m. and can be picked up at 2:15 p.m. or the end of the school day. (You're welcome to bring equipment immediately and leave it on the stage if today is easier than Tuesday morning for you.) Please label all equipment.

You can click HERE for the sign-up sheet, which also includes details about stations and the class schedules. If you have trouble with the sign-up sheet for some reason, please e-mail with your name and where you would like to volunteer or which equipment you can provide, and someone from the PTA will add your info to the sign-up sheet. Thank you!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Book Fair - buy one, get one free!

May 12-16 will be our A+ Book Fair. This is the buy-one, get-one-free book fair—a great way to stock up on books for the summer!

Book Fair Volunteer Schedule
Tues - Fri
9:15 - 10:30 (2 volunteers each day)
10:30 - 11:45 (2 volunteers each day)
closed during lunch 11:45 - 12:20
12:20 - 1:30 (2 people each day)
1:30 - 2:15 (2 people each day, only until 1:45 on Friday)
2:00 - 3:00ish (for take-down - 4 people)
Please click HERE if you can sign up to help for a shift or two. You can check the library schedule below if you want to help (or not) while your student's class is there. Thank you!
Mrs. Christensen, Media Specialist,

P.S. All library books should be turned in by May 9.

9:20 - 9:454- Zito4- Bean4- Lindeman4- Allred
9:50 - 10:156- Cook4- Greene6- Brady4- Reid
10:20 - 10:456- Gurr6- Emett5- Johnson5- Lefevre
10:50 - 11:153- Goodman3- Gorham3- Durfee5- Ferre
11:20 - 11:455- RossK- WaltonK- BrysonK- Ashworth
12:20 - 12:453- Burgon1- Schmidt3- Thurston2- Peterson
12:50 - 1:151- Taylor1- Geddes1- Saxton1- Earle
1:20 - 1:452- Wessman2- Mortensen2- Walker2- Bradley
1:50 - 2:154/5- McCannK- MillettK- Bryson

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

School Yearbooks $13 through May 5

The $13 price for school yearbooks has been extended to May 5. After that, the price will go up to $16. Books that sell for $16 will be available on a first-paid, first-serve basis (limited number available).

There will be a table for yearbook sales at the Family Fitness Fair on May 5 for your convenience. You can also order through May 5 by sending cash or a check for $13 in an envelope marked with your student's name, teacher, and grade.

Wondering if you already ordered a yearbook? You can click HERE to check our list. If you believe you ordered a book but your student's name isn't on the list, please e-mail us at, so we can work it out. Thanks.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Family Fitness Fair Postponed to May 5

It may be sunny today, but it's pretty darn chilly and windy. Since so many of the events for our Family Fitness Fair are outdoors—and we actually want it to be FUN—we have rescheduled the event for next Monday, May 5. We hope you'll plan to come! If you'd like to volunteer, there are a couple spots still open. You can access the sign-up sheet by clicking the link on right right side of this blog.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Next year's PTA President

Sara Hoen has been elected as next year's PTA president at Saratoga Shores. 100% of the ballots were cast in favor of Sara. We look forward to a wonderful year with Sara and her board.

The PTA is still looking for someone who would like to be in charge of fund-raising next year. If you're interested, please contact the PTA at or talk with Sara Hoen directly.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wanted: Spring Break Photos

Does your family have active plans for spring break? Don't forget to bring your camera when you head out hiking, rollerblading, playing in the park, swimming, water polo, soccer... or anything active! Students who bring an "active family" snapshot to the front office by Friday, April 18, will be given 20 bonus miles to count toward the Shark Fitness Challenge. (Any size of photo is fine. Student will be awarded 20 bonus miles no matter how many photos they bring, so one photo is adequate.)

Don't forget about the culmination of the Shark Fitness Challenge: our Family Fitness spring fling on Monday, April 28, from 5:30-7:30 at Saratoga Shores. There will be Zumba, an inflatable obstacle course, a DJ and dancing, and healthy food. It will be a fun family night!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

School Yearbooks

Now is the time to purchase a school yearbook if you haven't already done so. The cost is $13, and everyone who orders now will be guaranteed to receive a yearbook. To order, send cash or a check made out to Saratoga Shores PTA in an envelope with your student's name(s) and teacher(s) written on it. 

On May 1, the price will go up to $16. There will be a set number of yearbooks available for $16, and when they're gone, they're gone. (In past years, the PTA has taken yearbook orders at Back to School Night in August. This year, we didn't do that so don't get caught in the trap of thinking you ordered then, only to have your child left without a yearbook in May.)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sharks Fitness Challenge Continues

On February 28, the Sharks welcomed members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department to walk during recess as part of the Fitness Challenge. Everyone had a great time. We are thankful to these brave men who protect us and donated their time to be with us.

Saratoga Shores will continue to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles. Families are invited to enjoy a Fitness Night at the school on Monday, April 28, from 5:30 - 7:30. There will be a DJ and music, karate, Zumba, yoga, and other activities, as well as healthy food to purchase. The evening is being planned with families in mind. We hope you will put this on your family's Monday night calendar for April 28.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

America's Battle of the Books

Our Battle of the Books Competition is starting the week of Monday, March 3-7th. We need MANY, MANY volunteers to help judge our battles. If you are interested in helping, please sign up on the attached google doc. It is a lot of fun to judge the competitions, and previous volunteers have stated how much they enjoyed it and how easy it was. Come and see how our fantastic students have been working hard to get their books read for the battles. We have been doing some practice battles in library the last few weeks, and our students are amazing!

There will be a Volunteer meeting this coming Monday, February 24th. I will hold two meetings... one at 9:30 and one at 12:30. Pick whichever time works best for you. I will teach you how to judge a battle as well as answer any questions you have. The big master schedule should be posted by then also Each battle is about 1/2 hour long. Sign up for as many battles as you can! This year we are using our specialty and extra available classrooms on Monday. This will help us get quite a few battles done that day. If you have already had a background check done at the school, please indicate on the sign up sheet so we can put you in one of our "extra" classrooms. 

Click HERE if you can sign up to help judge battles.

THANK YOU so much for your willingness to help. Recruit your friends and neighbors too. Come and be a part of our Battle of the Books. You don't have to have a student participating in the program to come and judge. WE NEED YOU!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our school media specialist, Gina Christensen at

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kindergarten Registration - February 3

Feb 3, 2014
7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Students who turn 5 by September 1, 2014, are eligible to enroll in kindergarten.

The following items are needed to register:
· Birth Certificate (Original)
· Immunization Records
· Proof of Residency (Utility Bill)
· Court Documents (If there are custody changes)

Tracks may be chosen when the registration process is complete.
All immunizations must be complete to choose a track.
No Packets will be given out prior to February 3rd, 7:30 a.m.

Please help us spread the word and notify your friends and neighbors. Please contact the office with any questions. Phone 801-766-6440 or fax 801-766-6443.

Classes offered for those with mental illness

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is offering a series of free classes for students with mental illness and their parents. The first of two series of classes begins this Thursday, January 23. Click HERE to see flyers with details about the dates, locations, and times. The classes for students and parents are held at the same time and location, so it's convenient to attend together. You must call 801-323-9900 to register.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Board Positions Open

The PTA is looking for a treasurer to finish out this school year. Joy Layton has been filling in, but she has now served a full two years, which is the maximum allowed by the PTA rules. Joy is willing to train the new treasurer, so the new person won't just be left alone and wondering what to do.

The PTA is also looking for someone who would like to be the president-elect for the remainder of this year and the president for next year.

If you are interested, please text Kelcy at 801-636-76. Interested parties will be voted on by members ASAP.

Testing for Gifted & Talented Program

Testing for students interested in participating in Advanced Learning Labs (ALL) programs grades 3-8 begins Saturday, January 11. Information and registration is online at Saratoga Shores is a magnet school for the ALL program, which means there are ALL classes in our school, while parents in some neighboring school boundaries bring their students to Saratoga Shores if those students are enrolled in the ALL program. It's a wonderful program!