The Groundhog Gazette

Amity Elementary - Home of the Groundhogs

September 2018

From the Desk of Mrs. Uhlorn

Happy September Parent(s)/Guardian(s),


I hope this newsletter finds you settled into the new year. First, I have to thank you for your support of public education and the passing of the Bond campaign two years ago! Because of your overwhelming support we started the school year off in this beautiful state-of-the-art building. For those of you who were able to attend the dedication ceremony last week, thank you for taking the time to celebrate the grand opening of our school. I think we can all agree the ceremony was amazing because of our student representation. Events like these always humble me and make me feel honored to be a part of the Amity community.


As we are officially underway I wanted to remind you of a few school policies in order to help your student(s) be successful. If your child has a smartphone or communicative device, such as a Gizmo, our policy is that when the 9:15 bell rings the devices are turned off or silenced and stored in backpacks. There are a few reasons for this. One, we want to cultivate and maintain a learning environment with as little distractions as possible. If a device is ringing or beeping throughout the day this can be a considerable distraction for some. Two, there are times our children feel ill and want to bypass the procedure of going to the school nurse or health technician and call or text home. There are times when parents/guardians show up at the school to pick up an ill child, yet our nurse or health technician has not seen the child. If your child is feeling ill we ask they start with the nurse/health technician, they will then contact you directly to make an informed decision on whether to pick up your child. Third, in the event of an emergency we want to maintain a controlled and calm emergency site. This includes communicating directly with parents through our communications director. We have an emergency response plan that must be followed in order to keep all students safe. Thank you for your understanding and support of this school policy. Our teachers are aware of the policy and are more than willing to help your child communicate throughout the day if they need to.


In the same regards, I want to direct you to the student handbook. This outlines student policies per our Board Policies for students Pre-K - 6th grade. I often refer to this handbook when working with students and parents. Please know I will always communicate with you regarding discipline and any concerns regarding your child. Also note, I will never share information with you regarding a student that is not yours. This is due to the Family Education Rights and Protection Act. I strive to maintain confidentiality of all students. Again, my number one goal is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all children in the Amity community in order to provide an optimal learning environment.


In closing, a friendly reminder that our first monthly parent meeting starts tomorrow at 8 AM in the library. We will be focusing our monthly meeting on social media and how to empower our students to be leaders in an ever-changing world of social media platforms. The information will be based from the book Social Leadia. These meetings will occur every first Wednesday of the month. If you are unable to attend, but would like to gain the information and provide commentary, we will be broadcasting live from our PTA Facebook page. Please reach out of you have any questions regarding this information.


I am optimistic that September will be a great month. Thank you again for all your support and patience as we transition from the old to the new. This is going to be a fantastic year full of wonderful memories. Do not hesitate to email, call, or set up a face-to-face meeting if you have any questions or concerns. I am always here to support you and your students.


Sincerely,

Valerie Uhlorn

Annual Notification Regarding Public Release of Student Directory Information

The Boise School District complies with federal law (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) as it relates to the release of student directory information to the public. To learn more, log on to www.boiseschools.org and navigate to Parents & Patrons > Parent Information > FERPA Form. Or, you may pick up a FERPA form at your school, or call the Clerk of the Board at 208-854-4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.


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From the Counselor

Welcome to the new school year and the new Amity Elementary. I am so happy to be joining your students and families in this new adventure we are embarking on this school year. I have already had the opportunity to be in classrooms teaching counseling lessons in all classes. I think my favorite part of this year so far is the connections I have previously made with your students. As this is the start of my third year at Amity, I have noticed all your students have been so comfortable engaging in discussion when I work with them in the class. I believe we will have a lot of fun this year! So far, students are working on school success. Take some time to ask your kiddos what they learned about school success in their grade level. Some are working on following rules; understanding the difference between rules in different places; knowing it’s okay if they do not know something yet, they are at school to receive the support they need and keep trying; goals for their future; mapping out a plan for what they want to do, and much more.


Linked here is a full description of what the counseling program at Amity looks like. Feel free to look it over. If you would like to discuss more with me or opt out of your student coming to meet with me in my office, feel free to print off the form and send it back, or send me an email directly at randi.brattin@boiseschools.org .


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