Nuts & Bolts
October 15, 2018
We made it one quarter through the year! Lesson plans are coming in and your efforts at planning engaging learning opportunities and differentiating instruction are evident. Thank you for your hard work this quarter.
Our students are making wonderful progress as a result of your efforts. Our student who spent part of the day in the Learning Lab last year is now leading their reading group in the general ed classroom with their peers.
Thank you for your continued support of our school, especially those of you who participated and contributed to Fall Festival. The JH haunted hall was a success and always seemed to have a line. The Rootbier garden was well attended. Special appreciation goes out to those brave souls who sat in the dunk tank - Kat, Sarah, and Clarissa - I hope you took the weekend to rest and warm-up.
I was thoroughly impressed with the student wares at the Jr Artisan Fair and even purchased my new favorite knit hat.
Be sure to recognize and thank MAPA and the parents who set-up, ran, and cleaned up after the Fall Festival. They did an amazing job and we are lucky to have such a supportive community.
We have three long days this week with Parent-Teacher Conferences and then a well-deserved fall break. Please enjoy your fall break and fill your buckets. I am honored to work with such a tremendous group of individuals who care deeply and teach in a way that honors children.
If you have submitted a student counseling referral, have not heard from Andrea within two weeks, and desire and update - please email Ms. Andrea a brief summary and ask for an update.
As always, if a child is self-harming, discussing self-harm (including suicide), or you suspect that the child is not safe at home or anywhere outside of school - contact Andrea immediately by calling her office or coming to the office and asking the office staff to contact Andrea. If Andrea is not available, you must immediately report this to Lana or René in-person about the situation.
It has been brought to our attention that the previously stated time for the November 15th Cultural Festival of 2-4pm will be complicated with dismissal happening in the middle. We are seeking input from staff members regarding preferences for when families will be invited into school to tour the projects.
The times under consideration is from 1-3pm or 3:15-5pm on November 15th. If the after school option is chosen, staff will be excused and not have to meet in PLCs that week. Please complete the Cultural Festival Time Survey before Thursday, October 18th to voice your opinion. The final visit time will be in next week's N&B.
Time Off Requests
Professional Development Forms
There is an additional form - the PD Request form, that should be submitted anytime you desire time off to attend PD outside of MMA. I will put that form in the next N&B as I do not have access to it at home at this moment.
FSA Open Enrollment
The open enrollment period for Flexible Spending Accounts for 2019 will be from November 1st, 2018 through November 21st, 2018. This process will need to be completed online through Helpside’s employee portal. If any of you need help with their username or password, please contact Maddie@AcademicaWest.com via email or 801-444-9378.
As a friendly reminder, FSA elections do not roll over from year to year. Full-time employees are eligible for a FSA.
Attached below is a list of sample expenses. This list is not all inclusive, but is a general guideline on items that are asked about frequently.
Submitting Yearbook Photos
You can upload photos for this year’s yearbook using this link:
*You must be logged into your MMA Google account in order to access the link.
Once you log into this Google drive folder, it will appear under your “shared with me” tab for all future log-ins.
Please, make sure you TITLE the folder of your photos with the event name, classroom, or whatever important info you think should be included.(Individual photos do not need to be labeled if they are placed into an appropriate folder.) Feel free to upload everything and anything, and we will do the editing.
Thank you and let me know if you have any questions or ideas about this year’s yearbook!
Andria Yost & the Yearbook Staff
Political Activities of Public Entities
Pizza Friday Update
Thank you for supporting our school efforts with fundraising and Pizza Fridays. Money will be collected on Tuesdays, rather than Wednesdays, and will be collected in the office only. Please follow the schedule and have your students bring their order and money to the office at your designated time- this will help with congestion of students, money, and receipts. THANK YOU for your flexibility.
Jalee / Krista
Mikaela / Jill
Holly / Brittany
Christina / Kaley
Karen / Amy
Laura / John
Shanan / Amity
Kirsten / Kotie