Paramount Elementary School

FEBRUARY 18, 2021



2/22 - 2/26 - Student Council Food Drive

2/22 - 100th Day of School


3/1 - 3/5 - Dr. Seuss Read Week! (details below!)

3/10 - PTA Papa Murphy's Night

3/15 - 3/19 - Dental Days (details below)

3/16 - PTA Panda Express Day (all day!)

3/17 - Roaring Reader Logs Due (info below)

3/22 - 3/26 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

3/23 - PTA Cafe Zupas Night (5:00 - 9:00 pm)


4/8 - End of Quarter 3

4/9 - NO SCHOOL (K-8) / Teacher Inservice


Mrs. Minogue, our school counselor, taught students about kindness and gratitude last week. As part of that experience, students were invited to write down acts of kindness they observed or experienced and/or things they were grateful for. Our gratitude tree blossomed quickly! It was wonderful to see all the small and simple acts of kindness going on within our school and community!
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Please join us in congratulating Cynthia Cook as the Paramount Teacher of the Year!

Cynthia's musical talent and art of teaching have touched Paramount students' lives since the school opened 14 years ago. Throughout the years Cynthia has championed the development of the Character Education program which Paramount's learning community is built upon. Her role as music teacher provides her with the unique opportunity to work with every single one of our Paramount Stars and we are excited to recognize her with this honor.

This awardee is selected by staff members. Here are some of the kind words staff used to describe Cynthia:

"Cynthia Cook is always on top of her game, and she has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities to and for all students to enjoy, learn, and be successful in the arts. It was beauty to my ears and pure magic walking into her classroom and seeing the level of engagement of the students. She takes every aspect of her job seriously and never lets a teachable moment pass. She incorporates the pillars of character into every lesson. I cannot think of a teacher more dedicated or more in love with her content than Cynthia."

"This lady is a ray of sunshine! She always has a kind word, smile, and song (even behind the mask!) She is so flexible and willing to change direction to make things happen. She truly loves and cares about our kids and sharing her love of music with them - she has gone to great lengths this year to make music a great learning experience for them. She's simply the best!"


Please join us in congratulating Heather Crosby as the Paramount Classified Employee of the Year! Heather is our Safe School Assistant.

Heather transitioned from the office to the Safe School Assistant position in the fall. The start of a new school year amid the COVID-19 crisis brought many new and unexpected challenges. As an essential member of the Paramount team, Heather approached each challenge with sleeves rolled up and a 'can do' attitude. She helped implement systems to increase safety during arrival/dismissal, lunchtime, and recess. Heather is willing to take on help wherever there is a need. Above all, Heather's positive interactions with students are evidence of how deeply she cares about each one of them. Congratulations Mrs. Crosby!

This awardee is selected by staff members. Here are some of the kind words staff used to describe Heather:

"Outstanding attitude thinks on her feet, and works tirelessly to keep up with our ever-changing year. She loves the kids and is wonderful to have here at Paramount!"

"Heather wears many hats, and has filled this role of SSA to a "T", she is awesome, and will do anything for anyone....she has a heart of gold."

"Heather treats kids with dignity, respect, and love. And the kids love her in return! She is great at what she does, and we are lucky to have her at Paramount."

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THANK YOU PTA for showering us with LOVE last week!

Monday - 💙 Heart Attack!!

Tuesday - 💛 Heart Art - Spreading love to our community

Wednesday - 💙 Love for our students! Special Visitor & Smencils for everyone!

Thursday - 💛 - Wear something red/white/or that you love & staff appreciation

Friday - 💙 - Class Parties!


Please help us help others around us by participating in the annual student council food drive!

What? - Non-perishable food items

When? - FEBRUARY 22 - 26TH

As part of the drive, the student council will be running a daily competition between K-2 and 3-5 classrooms. Winners will be announced in the morning and winning classes will get a small treat and superstar tickets.


Take the survey: Parent survey link

One of the pieces of Idaho’s school accountability system is a parent survey. This survey asks for your input on several topics to help measure how our schools are doing in meeting your student’s needs. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous. You can submit your survey until March 31, 2021.

We will use these survey responses to identify opportunities for improvement. Additionally, the state will report the results and the number of responses on Idaho’s new school report card (

Please log in to this anonymous survey at the link above, select your school from the drop-down list and complete the survey. If you have students attending more than one school and do not want to take the survey multiple times, please select the school attended by your oldest student. If you do not mind filling out the survey for each of the schools your students attend, please feel free to do so.

If you would like to preview the survey it can be found at the link below. To take the survey you must log in to the link above. Copies of the surveys are under the “Files” tab on this page.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey.


Join with us in celebrating National Read Week the first week of March!
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We are excited to offer Paramount students an option for dental cleaning services. West Ada School District and the Family Medical Residency of Idaho have teamed together to open a pediatric dental clinic serving children in the West Ada School District that do not have Medicaid or private dental insurance. The clinic is located on the Meridian Elementary School campus. It offers no-cost dental cleanings to qualifying students.

The week of March 15th, the Meridian Schools Clinic has reserved appointments for Paramount students. If your student has no dental insurance and you would like to schedule a no-cost dental cleaning for your student, please contact the Meridian Schools Clinic at 208-514-2527.

When: Week of March 15th

Where: Meridian Schools Clinic - 925 W 1st St., Meridian, ID 83642

Who: Paramount Elementary Students - For those without dental coverage or Medicaid

Contact: Meridian Schools Clinic - 208-514-2527

The deadline to call is February 15th!


Interested in joining our Paramount team?

We are in need of an afternoon crossing guard! The schedule will be daily (M-F) from 3:45 - 4:15.

For more information, please contact our Safe School Assistant, Heather Crosby at 208-350-4120 or via email at



Just $10 will reserve your copy of the 2020-2021 Paramount Yearbook - an amazing treasure of school-year memories!

Online ordering is not an option this year. However, you may send in cash, check, or money orders. All checks should be written to Paramount PTA, with "yearbook" on the memo line. If paying with cash, it must be the exact amount - change cannot be provided.

Seal payment and order form inside the envelope and return it to school with your child (Please write "PTA Yearbook" on the outside of the envelope).

It is difficult to estimate the exact cost of the yearbook as we must preorder them. Any extra money above the actual cost will be a donation to the PTA yearbook account to purchase additional cameras or needed supplies.


The PTA is happy to announce that our students can continue to participate in this annual tradition.

Information and reading logs will be sent home with your student. The reading logs are due MARCH 17, 2021.

What is Roaring Readers?
This year our school is participating in the Roaring Springs Waterpark Roaring Reader Program. By participating in this program, your child can earn a FREE day pass to Roaring Springs Waterpark! This program is designed to encourage children in elementary school to read for fun.

Every student who completes the required minutes of recreational reading before the school’s deadline of MARCH 17 is eligible for a free admission ticket. We hope that you have fun encouraging your child to reach this goal!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Students attending your elementary school in grades K-5 are eligible to participate. Students can only earn one ticket.
  • Review the Roaring Reader Student Chart that your child brought home. Your child should use this sheet to record what and how long he/she reads. Please date and initial each reading session. If your child is in grades K-4 they must complete 600 minutes of recreational reading to be eligible for the free ticket. If your child is in grades 5-6 they must complete 800 minutes.
  • Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books. Reading for homework or a class assignment does not count. Remind your child to return the student chart to his/her teacher by the due date. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

About the tickets:

  • Tickets will be available for pick up from the Roaring Springs Ticket Booth starting May 08, 2021. Tickets will not be distributed through the school.
  • The free ticket is valid from May 08, 2021-July 4, 2021 only, no exceptions. From July 5 - September 06, 2021, the ticket will be valid for a 'Buy One General or Junior Full-Day Ticket, Get One Free’ offer. The buy one get one free offer is not valid on Saturdays or with any other coupon, promotion, daily special, or discount. General/Junior Full Day Tickets must be purchased at the Roaring Springs Ticket Office to receive the buy one get one free offer. Redemption for equal or lesser value only.
  • The ticket may only be used by the individual who earned it. The ticket cannot be used for group events or school outings. Lost, stolen, or damaged tickets cannot be replaced.


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