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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Make Your Mark" Bookmark Contest

Remember the old playground rhyme, “Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor …”? Or the jingle that called up, “The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker?”

Like you did when you were young, your child probably has a dream career in mind. That’s why you invest for his or her future qualified higher education expenses with a Utah Education Savings Plan (UESP) college savings account. Support that dream by encouraging your child to enter the “Make Your Mark” Bookmark Contest sponsored by UESP and Step Up Utah. He or she could be one of eight students to win a $1,000 UESP college savings scholarship account from UESP and Step Up Utah. Additionally, each winner’s professionally reproduced artwork may be handed out at UESP events around Utah.

The contest runs from Tuesday, September 1, 2015, to Wednesday, September 30, 2015, during National College Savings Month. It is open to Utah students in kindergarten through grade 12. A panel of judges that includes Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and First Lady Jeanette Herbert will select two winning designs from each of four grade categories. Contest winners will be notified by Monday, October 26, 2015. All decisions by UESP and the judges are final.

To be eligible, your child must be a Utah resident and enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 at a Utah school or be home-schooled. His or her bookmark design must be submitted on the official entry form, accessible at uesp.org/bookmark. Only one entry per student is allowed.

UESP must receive your child’s bookmark design no later than September 30, 2015, at 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time. The entry can be submitted to UESP by mail, courier, or hand delivery. Address information and a complete set of contest rules and restrictions are printed on the back of the official entry form.

The “Make Your Mark” contest is not open to past contest winners or children of an adult affiliated with the Utah State Board of Regents, Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, UESP, Step Up Utah, or their advertising agencies.

Participants and parents are not required to own a UESP account.
If you have questions, visit uesp.org, email info@uesp.org, or call 800.418.2551 toll-free.

Sincerely,
Utah Educational Savings Plan
PO Box 145100
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5100

Shark Challenge

The Shark Challenge is one way that we encourage students at Saratoga Shores to participate in physical activity. This year's challenge will run from September 14, 2015, through May 10, 2016. The Shark Challenge works as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program that Saratoga Shores participates in.

With parent permission, students can accept the challenge of exercising to reach 100 miles during the school year. Students can walk or run at school, and teachers will tally their miles. Students can also log miles at home and return signed log sheets to the student's teacher. Physical activity other than walking/running can also count toward the total; one hour of physical activity (such as soccer practice) = 1 mile. Students will be awarded a pin for every 25 miles earned; students who complete 100 miles or more will receive a medal at the end of the year.

You can click HERE to print the Shark Challenge flyer that includes a parent support form to return to your student's teacher.

If you have questions, you can contact Melissa Brown at healthymomma99@gmail.com.

Shark Runners Club

This season we will bring back our Shark Runners Club that runs/walks after school. There is a fall and spring session. Last year our Runners Club was able to participate in a cross-country meet with Hidden Hollow Elementary. We are planning at least one meet this year.

Our fall start date will be Friday, September 11. We run/walk from 3:30-4:15. This fall session meets every Friday and ends October 23. We may have to cancel if weather won’t allow us to run/walk.

Our spring session will run from Friday, April 8, through Friday, May 13.

For questions, please email Melissa Brown at healthymomma99@gmail.com.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Volunteer Instructions - Field Day

Parent volunteers/teachers will be responsible for running games/activities and helping the students be respectful, engage, and have a good time. Thank you for your help!

Click HERE to view/print/download the schedule for grades 1-3.
The 3-legged race has been changed to a sack race.

Click HERE to view/print/download the schedule for grades 4-6.
The 3-legged race has been changed to a sack race.

Flag Tag

Rules: Each student puts two flags on his/her belt. Flags must be easily accessible (not stuffed into pockets or into pants/skirt). Students are divided into 2 groups. Each student is “it.” When the leader says “GO,” each student tries to pull flags of the opposite color off of the belts of other students. When both of your flags are pulled off, you are out and you go to the side and sit down. When all the flags of one color are pulled off, the other team wins.

Multiple games can be played as time permits.

Sponge Relay

Rules – Sponge: Using 3 groups of equal number in lines, line up between buckets. The first person in line picks up a sponge out of the bucket of water with 2 hands. Using 2 hands, they hand the sponge to the next person in line OVER their head. The next person takes the sponge with 2 hands and, putting the sponge between their legs, hands it to the person behind them. The pattern continues OVER and UNDER until the sponge reaches the back of the line and the last person puts it in the other bucket. When all the sponges are in the back bucket, the pattern reverses and all sponges are likewise moved back to the front bucket using the OVER and UNDER pattern (students should turn around to face the back). The first team to move all the sponges from the front bucket to the back bucket and back to the front bucket while following the rules wins.

50-yard Dash

Each class will run a sprint. Distance will be marked on the field. Top three runners will receive a ribbon. Do not give out extra ribbons, or the students in the afternoon classes won't get any. If there's a tie, have a tie-breaker race.

Sack Race

Students divide into groups and race as the number of sacks permit. No prizes, just for fun.

Tug o’ War

Rules – Classes will be divided several times into different groups to complete this challenge. Divisions should include:
  • Boys (Class 1) vs Girls (Class 1) and Boys (Class 2) vs Girls (Class 2)
  • Boys (Class 1) vs Boys (Class 2)
  • Girls (Class 1) vs Girls (Class 2)
  • Class 1 vs Class 2

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Last Week of School

Tuesday, May 26 - Field Day
Kindergarten field day activities in kindergarten area
Grades 1 - 3: field day activities in the morning 9:20 - 11:20, movie in the afternoon
Grades 4 - 6: movie in the morning, field day activities 12:15 - 2:15

Wednesday, May 27
Kindergarten graduation: morning @ 9:45, afternoon @ 1:00

Thursday, May 28
Last day of kindergarten
Yearbooks distributed
Shark Challenge Gold Medal Awards ceremony K-3 @ 9:30 and grades 4-6 @ 10:15. 
6th grade clap out 10:45
6th grade dance 12:30-2:15

Friday, May 29 - Last day of school
A track 8-9:30
B track 9:15-10:45. 
No backpacks on last day of school
Report cards sent home

Friday, May 22, 2015

Yearbook order update

The following students have purchased yearbooks since the last spreadsheet update:

Sorted by first name
Bradley Abel Sorensen 6
Bridger Johnson Richard 6
Colby Rollins Allred 4
Cyrus Neilson Sorensen 6
Damion Montejano Cook 6
Derek Whiting Cook 6
Eavan Tucker Kleinlein 2
Eliza Straun Durfee 3
Ellery Foess
Emma Beavin Burgen 3
Grace Ashworth Allred 4
Haidee Ball Schmidt 1
Halle Gubler Bradley 2
Hunter Ball Lindeman 4
Jack Gubler Greene 4
Jackson Ward Gurr 6
Jacob Lewis
Jaden Ball Richard 6
Jailyn Garcia Reid 1
Jaron Simons Mueller 4
Joselyn Garcia-Rojas Durfee 3
Justin Andersen Thurston 3
Kaleb Furey Brady 6
Kate Blackburn Richard 6
Kay Peterson Peterson 2
Khale Neilsen Ferre 5
Laney Emerson Wessman 2
Lily Blackburn Thurston 3
Madison Foess Brady 6
Maggie Neilsen Ashworth K
Marissa Whiting Bradley 2
Mason Whiting Allred 4
Michael Lewis
Nicholas Jenkins Cook 6
Nick Lessard Goodman 3
Penelope Blackburn Bryson K
Remmy Neilsen Peterson 2
Ryan Lee Brady 6
Samara Neilsen Lindeman 4
Sydney Collet Cook 6
Tanner Hawley Brady 6
Tristan Ball Bryson- AM K
Zachary Foess

Sorted by teacher
Grace Ashworth Allred 4
Colby Rollins Allred 4
Mason Whiting Allred 4
Tristan Ball Bryson- AM K
Maggie Neilsen Ashworth K
Halle Gubler Bradley 2
Marissa Whiting Bradley 2
Madison Foess Brady 6
Kaleb Furey Brady 6
Tanner Hawley Brady 6
Ryan Lee Brady 6
Penelope Blackburn Bryson K
Emma Beavin Burgen 3
Sydney Collet Cook 6
Nicholas Jenkins Cook 6
Damion Montejano Cook 6
Derek Whiting Cook 6
Joselyn Garcia-Rojas Durfee 3
Eliza Straun Durfee 3
Ellery Foess 
Khale Neilsen Ferre 5
Nick Lessard Goodman 3
Jack Gubler Greene 4
Jackson Ward Gurr 6
Eavan Tucker Kleinlein 2
Hunter Ball Lindeman 4
Samara Neilsen Lindeman 4
Jaron Simons Mueller 4
Remmy Neilsen Peterson 2
Kay Peterson Peterson 2
Jailyn Garcia Reid 1
Jaden Ball Richard 6
Kate Blackburn Richard 6
Bridger Johnson Richard 6
Haidee Ball Schmidt 1
* Bradley Abel Sorensen 6
Cyrus Neilson Sorensen 6
Lily Blackburn Thurston 3
* Justin Andersen Thurston 3
Laney Emerson Wessman 2
Zachary Foess 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

3K Fun Run & Family Night on May 15


In addition to the meals, inflatables, dunk tank, and Jamba Juice (which will be available with paid tickets as indicated on the poster), the family night activity will include FREE activities and booths: Zumba, RAGE Fitness, Devoted Fitness, karate, gymnastics, and maybe a climbing wall and a Metal Mashers mountain biking club booth. It should be a fun evening for the whole family.

A big shout out goes to all those who have already registered to support the school fund-raiser by registering for the 3K Fun Run as a participant or a sponsor! There will be supervision all along the race route, and the Saratoga Springs Police will also be monitoring traffic on Grandview Blvd to improve safety for the participants.

You can click HERE to sign up to help at either event. There will be a meeting at the school on Friday, May 8, at 11am for anyone who would like to be more involved with either the fun run or the family night.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Youth Drama Camp

Saratoga Springs Arts Council Presents
2015 Youth Drama Camp
For ages 8-14

 June 1, 2015 - July 18, 2015

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00- 3:00 pm
at Harvest Elementary

Registration is now open, and spaces are limited.

Got to www.saratogaspringscity.com for more information

Sunday, March 22, 2015

AP Exam Proctors Needed

Would you like to proctor AP exams at Westlake High School in May? No special skills are needed. Tests begin at either 8:00 or noon. You should allow 2-4 hours at the school. (Most tests will end in less than 4 hours.)

You can click HERE for additional details or to sign up. Thanks.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Ballroom Showcase: Shake It Off

The Saratoga Shores Elementary ballroom team will present the spring ballroom showcase, "Shake It Off," in the Saratoga Shores Elementary gym on Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. The two ballroom teams from Saratoga Shores will perform, and there will be guest performers from the Westlake Ballroom team.

Big thanks to Clarissa Thomas for all her work with the Saratoga Shores students and to the students for working hard to learn the dances!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Yearbooks

School yearbooks are on sale. The price is $10 through the end of March. Your child should have brought home an envelope that you can use to place an order. If you didn't get the envelope, you can send cash or a check for $10 in an envelope with your student and have him or her turn it in at the front office. Please make sure the envelope is clearly marked with your student's name, grade, and teacher's name. You can place orders for multiple students in one envelope. Orders placed by the end of March will ensure your student receives a yearbook. A limited number of extra yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for a higher price (TBD but probably $12-15).

You can click HERE to see who ordered yearbooks (as of March 10 - sorted by first name).

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Congratulations, Saratoga Shores chess players!

Congratulations to the Saratoga Shores chess players who competed in the West Jordan Chess tournament on Saturday, January 24th. The following people received medals: Grayson Berbert, Isaac Granata, Elsie Wood, Alayna Peterson, Matthew Lynn, Zander Marian, Anna Lindsay and Drew Peterson.

Congratulations to Luke Wood who received the 8th place trophy for the 5th-grade division and to Khale Nielsen who received the 6th place trophy in the 5th-grade division.

The Saratoga Shores chess team came in 4th place in the 4th-6th grade division.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Communities That Care

Communities That Care is offering a FREE five-session workshop series called "Guiding Good Choices" to parents of children in grades 4-8.

In this FREE workshop, parents will learn to set clear family guidelines, as well as learn and practice skills to strengthen family bonds, help their children develop healthy behaviors, and increase children’s involvement in the family. Dinner and daycare provided.

Following are the dates, times and locations of the Guiding Good Choices workshops.

March 4, 11 18, 25, and April 1
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saratoga Springs City Offices

Registration is now open. Space is limited. Please contact Caryn Nielsen at (801) 888-9147 or cnielsen@ saratogaspringscity.com for more information and to register.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Smith's Community Rewards

If you shop at Smith's grocery store and have a Fresh Values rewards card, please consider linking it with Saratoga Shores. If you do, Saratoga Shores will receive funds based on a percentage of total sales through the Smith's Community Rewards program. Our school can earn thousands of dollars this way, and all you have to do is use your rewards card. The Community Rewards program does not take away from bonus points for discounts on gasoline. There is no downside for you beyond the time that it takes to register! Enrollment must be renewed each year.

Click HERE for complete instructions about how to enroll, whether you already have an account with Smith's or you need to create one. If you have an account but you aren't sure whether you've enrolled, you can sign into your account, then click your name (near the top-right corner of the window). Your Account Summary will display. Your Community Rewards settings will display at the very bottom of the list. If Saratoga Shores Elementary doesn't show, you can click Edit right there to add it. If your account is already linked to an organization, the screen will show the amount Smith's contributed in connection with your account during the last quarter.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A.L.L. Classes for 2015-16

Various programs are necessary to meet the diverse needs of academically advanced students. To address some of these needs, Alpine School District has established classes at an advanced level for third through eighth grade called ALL. (Advanced Learning Lab).

The Alpine School District (ASD) Gifted Services department will be conducting 8 sessions of testing for placements in the district ALL classrooms for the 2015-16 school year. Testing for both Elementary and Secondary ALL programs will be done on Saturdays, January 10th to January 31st. The online registration is now open and will close the Tuesday prior to each testing session. There will be a $20.00 fee for the testing. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch status can register on-line for a reduced cost.

You can click HERE to access the online registration. (The test closest to home will be at Thunder Ridge Elementary on Saturday, January 31.)

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration will be on February 11 from 7:30 – 3:30. Parents should bring their child's birth certificate, current immunizations, proof of residency (like a utility bill or a driver license that shows your address) and any court documents that may apply. Please pass the word to neighbors with children who are turning 5 by September 1 if they do not have other school-age children and therefore are not getting the school announcements. Thanks.