Elementary Principal's Welcome!

Wranglers Back to School -- August 2020

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Hello, Wrangler Families!

It's almost time!!!! First, a big, warm, Wrangler welcome to all of our new families that will be joining our Wrangler community! We are so glad you're here! For our returning families, I hope by now you have received your welcome materials in the mail - including a letter from me, one from your child's classroom teachers, Nurse Post, and the 2020-21 school calendar. I wanted to share a few items of interest in this newsletter that I am certain will be helpful in further preparing for this school year! In this newsletter, you will find:

  • introduction of our new staff members
  • health information from Nurse Post
  • links to our Virtual Open House -- meet your teachers!!!!
  • arrival and dismissal details
  • and other opening logistics!

I would like to share a couple of quick Wrangler shout-outs! Our custodial crew (Stacie, Pam, Bonnie, Tyler, Tennell, & Tasha) have worked incredibly hard this summer in readying our building and grounds to welcome staff and students back and it is sPaRkLiNg!!! Their care, concern, and commitment to excellence in all they do is a gift and is appreciated greatly! In addition, our Maintenance Director, Bo Kasper, our Nurse, Donna Post, and Superintendent Thoren have taken on many additional responsibilities to help ensure the safety of our facilities and wellness of our staff and students as we return to school and we are grateful for their time, efforts, guidance, and all of the extra hours put in this summer in support of our safe return to school! Thank you!!! Also a shout-out to the many extraordinary teachers and staff members that worked throughout the summer to make our summer programming possible and successful!!

As we navigate these unfamiliar times together, I want to thank each of our Wrangler families for your continued support in the education of our children. It is an honor to get to do this important work side by side with you. Our staff is extremely proud of our Wrangler students and families and we look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence at Shoshoni Schools! We are Wrangler strong!!

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. I am so excited and so ready to get our year started! Remember, if you participated in our summer reading challenge and/or did any work in you summer activity packet, please return your log/packet when you come back to school.

See you soon!!

Andrea Gilbertson

Elementary Principal




Please Welcome Our New Wrangler Staff!

We are extremely fortunate to get to welcome two new teachers and a new paraprofessional to our elementary Wrangler staff. All three ladies are dynamite people who bring outstanding expertise to our school! Welcome, ladies, we are so glad you're Wranglers!

Health Information

Please take a moment to review this important health information from Nurse Post:

Important Details for Back to School!


For the safety of our children and staff, we are minimizing the opportunity for the spread of the virus by not allowing visitors past our front entry.

Due to the temperature checks that are required prior to boarding the bus or entering the school, we will have separate entrances for those that have had a temp check and are arriving via school transportation, and those that will need a temp check prior to entering the building.

Students arriving by bus, look for this sign on the main Elementary entrance, this is where you will enter school:
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Students arriving by parent drop off, you will use the elementary entrance west of the main entrance. Look for this sign, this is where you will enter:
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Our Preschool and Kindergarten students -- for any parents that wish to bring your children the first day (and for the first week of school), you will enter the gate to the playground, go across the playground to the far northwest entrance, where your Kinder & PreK teachers will be waiting to meet and greet you and your child!

Other School Opening Logistics!

You can find further details regarding our school opening and procedures (arrival/dismissal, classroom procedures, lunchtime, recess, transitions in hallway, etc) in the link below:

Elementary -- Opening School Logistics

Welcome to our Virtual Open House!!!

Our annual Open House is always an evening of excitement and anticipation and we are disappointed not to get to enjoy this time with you in person at school. However, our staff has put together welcome videos so you may have a glimpse into the upcoming school year; we hope you find them helpful and fun!!

Elementary Principal Welcome -- Mrs. Gilbertson

Front Office Staff -- Mrs. Music, Mrs. Ladner, Mrs. Thoren

Classroom Teachers:

Preschool -- Mrs. Christensen

Transitional Kindergarten -- Mrs. Davis & Mrs. Kassens

Kindergarten -- Ms. Gilbert

1st Grade -- Mrs. Davis & Mrs. Kassens

2nd Grade -- Mrs. Gibbel & Mrs. Cady

3rd Grade -- Mrs. McCoy & Mrs. Engelbrecht

4th Grade -- Mrs. Rodriguez & Mrs. Doebele

5th Grade -- Mrs. Good & Mrs. Weaver

6th Grade -- Mrs. Kisling & Mrs. Brown


Physical Education (PE) -- Mr. Good

Music -- Mr. Neale

STEAM -- Mrs. Jarvis

Library -- Ms. Biltoft

Technology -- Mr. Olson

Social Worker -- Mrs. Michelena

Occupational Therapy -- Mrs. Cassity

Special Education Teacher - Mrs. Whitener

Nurse -- Mrs. Post

School Resource Officer - Officer Myers


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Communication is very important to us at Shoshoni Schools. At the elementary level, we use Class Dojo as a platform for communication with families. It will be the main mode of communication for day-to-day details, including the share-out of our weekly Elementary bulletin and lunch menu. We will continue to push critical announcements out via emails, text messages, and phone calls. Please be certain your contact information is up-to-date in Infinite Campus!! We also post ongoing information and updates on our website and on our Shoshoni Schools Facebook page.

We restructured our Class Dojo this year, so please click on your child(ren)'s grade level invitation below to be sure you have joined your child's class!! We thank you in advance for your participation; it makes all the difference!



Transitional Kindergarten


1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

6th grade

Parent Survey

We are asking that you please help us out by taking a moment to complete this important survey if you haven't done so already. Your feedback helps us shape education in our school as we move forward. This survey encompasses your experience during the 2019-20 school year as a whole. Thank you in advance for your time! Your input is valuable to us!

Please click on this link:

Parent Survey

Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year!!! See you soon!!!