Wright Elementary Monthly News

February 2023


Please make sure you have activated your ParentSquare app through the email address and/or phone number the school has on file for you. ParentSquare is an app that you download to your device in order to activate.

It is very important that the school has current contact information.

Be sure to let our office know as soon as possible if you have a new address, email or phone number.

The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.

Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools uses the ParentSquare platform for district, school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their preferred email address and phone number.

ParentVUE and ParentSquare are different, so please reach out if you need assistance with either one.

Each month we send a newsletter out to keep you up to date on all the events happening at Wright. There is also important information from Principal Coyle, happenings in the district and community, updated health information, contact information, and much more so please read all the way through. The monthly newsletter will also be available on our Wright website for a quick reference at any time.

Another way to stay informed is by visiting our Wright website at https://wright.salkeiz.k12.or.us/,

our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WrightElementaryOfficial/?notif_id=1630366683279729&notif_t=page_fan&ref=notif, and

our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/wrightelementaryofficial/.


Happy February! We’re officially at the halfway point in the school year. Our students recently wrapped up a second round of district assessments in reading and math, which our teachers are using to measure growth and set goals for the rest of the school year. I am very excited to share the tremendous growth our students have shown in math from the fall to winter assessments. The percentage of students testing at or above grade level in math has grown from 17% to 31%! Additionally, our students performing below grade level dropped from 30% to 18%! It is so exciting to be able to measure the hard work and dedication of our students, parents, and staff through these benchmark assessments. We definitely have a lot to celebrate!

Speaking of celebrations, February also brings Valentine's Day and related classroom events. Please defer to your student’s classroom teacher to know exactly what festivities will be happening.

As always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office, your student’s teacher, or to me directly.


Mark your calendars for these important dates:

February 1st-28th: Black History Month

February 2nd & 3rd: No School - Winter Conferences

Tuesday, February 7th: Last day of Little Caesar's Fundraiser

Friday, February 10th: Crystal Apple Awards

Tuesday, February 14th: Oregon's Birthday

Wednesday, February 15th: Immunization Exclusion Day

Friday, February 17th: PTC Movie Night 6:15pm

Monday, February 20th: No School - Holiday

Tuesday, February 21st: PTC Meeting in the library @ 6:15pm

Monday, February 27th: PTC Read-a-Thon starts


  • Student school hours are 7:50am-2:20pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • Every Wednesday during the school year will be a one hour late start. School hours on Wednesdays are 8:50am-2:20pm.
  • Doors open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30am for students to access breakfast and 7:40am to begin entering their classrooms. Wednesdays are one hour later.
  • Breakfast and lunch is served in our cafeteria and are both FREE for all students (no forms or qualification required).
  • Please do not park in the bike lane, block intersections, OR neighboring households driveways when picking up or dropping off your student. This is illegal and creates an unsafe environment for children and families.
  • Please do not drop your student's off in the bus lane or at the parking lot entrance in front of the school. This is a safety precaution and will be strictly enforced. Also, please make sure your student has safely exited your vehicle and is on the sidewalk before starting to drive away.
  • If your student will be absent for any reason, please call our Absence Reporting Line at (503) 399-5503 24 hours a day/7 days a week and leave a detailed message that includes student name, ID number, diagnosis, symptoms and date symptoms started.
  • Salem-Keizer Public Schools often take photos or video of school activities or events in which students are featured. These photos or videotapes are frequently used as promotional items for the school district. If you do not want your child photographed or videotaped while at school, please send a written notice to your child’s school office as soon as possible. If there is no written notice on file, the school will assume it has the right to photograph or videotape your child AND post to social media.


We are accepting donations for our food pantry for the entire 22-23 school year. Here is a live inventory list to show what donations are needed: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yX2IQINP1F4AIufiJJnP1wvq5wJuhAgngGDXIgU_HCQ/edit?usp=sharing

The beginning of the month is the highest need for donations since orders go out to families at the end of each month.

If you or someone you know, has a business that is interested in doing a food drive for the pantry, please reach out to Samantha Gibson to get that scheduled. We currently have almost 20 families signed up to receive each month so any and all contributions are greatly appreciated to keep this resource available to Wright students and their families. Please make sure items are non-perishables and are not expired.

Can't make it to the school? No problem! For the entire month of February you can swing into Princeton Property Management at 695 Commercial St SE Suite: 112, Salem, OR 97301 or Les Schwab at 1405 Barnes Ave SE, Salem, OR 97306 and help fill the barrels we have there!

If you are interested in receiving from the food pantry, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1nVywLfTKnTWOLCsdiFsiSman_6IiQhnAmURbQQ1t8vA_jw/viewform?usp=sf_link


If your child is not up-to-date on required 2022-23 school immunizations for the State of Oregon or does not have a valid exemption on file, now is the time to schedule immunizations with your childcare provider.

Students not in compliance with Oregon school immunization laws will be excluded on the statewide exclusion day on February 15, 2023. If they do not get their immunizations up-to-date before February 15, 2023 then DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL ON FEBRUARY 15TH. They may not return to school until their immunization records are up to date. Students may be exempted from receiving certain immunizations for medical conditions or nonmedical reasons.

Click here for more information: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/news/immunization-exclusion-day-2023/


Come one, come all, for the 24th annual Crystal Apple Awards! In partnership with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, the awards will be held at the Salem Convention Center on February 10, 2023.

Tickets are sold out, but you may join us at the Red Carpet Event outside that evening. Wright's nominees will be walking the red carpet between 6:45p and 7p.

The nominees from Wright Elementary are Mrs. Recher and Mr. Thomas! Congratulations to you both and thank you for the amazing things you do every day!

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This winter, the whole Salem-Keizer community can work together to keep our schools, students and community safe and healthy.

Remember to follow some simple precautions to prevent illness:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and keep your hands away from your or your child’s face.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and electronic devices.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor settings, especially if you or someone in your home is at high risk for severe disease.


Is your student sick? Please do not send them to school. More guidance about serious illnesses, medication and other health conditions/concerns has been provided HERE.

If your student has a contagious illness and will be out, please be sure to include this information when you excuse the absence on the all-day attendance line at 503-399-5503. Please be sure to include student name, ID number, diagnosis, symptoms and date symptoms started.


Please review the following information regarding head lice and how you can help reduce an outbreak in our school. Please contact our office if you have found head lice on your student. Thank you for your help!



Do you have a question or need clarification about district operations or schools? The district recently launched, Through the Grapevine, where you can find accurate information regarding common questions and topics of conversation within the district and community related to SKPS.

Click here for more information: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/about-us/through-the-grapevine/


Wright's school counselor is Carolyn Jones. She is highly trained and able to help students and families with a variety of needs. You may reach out by email at jones_carolyn@salkeiz.k12.or.us or call our office at (503) 399-3198 to speak with her. Please keep an eye out for her videos to families on ParentSquare!


Our Community-School Outreach Coordinator is here to help Wright families connect with many different resources that are available in food, clothing, school supplies, and much more. Please contact Samantha Gibson at (503) 399-3198 or gibson_samantha@salkeiz.k12.or.us for more information on what is available.


Are you interested in health coverage through the Oregon Health Plan? Click the link provided HERE for more information.


If you are interested in volunteering, please click on this link and follow the required instructions: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/volunteering/

If you have completed the background check, but are not sure if you have been cleared to volunteer at the school, please reach out at (503) 399-3198.


For the 2022-23 school year, breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge for all Salem-Keizer students.

Click the link for a monthly breakfast and lunch menu: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/parents/food-services/


ABSENCE REPORTING LINE (503) 399-5503. Please leave a detailed message that includes student name, ID number, diagnosis, symptoms and date symptoms started.
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