Phoenix in a Flash

Early Light Academy - Week of December 11

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From the Desk of Mrs. Young, Director

I enjoy my weekly reading visit to our kindergarten classes here at ELA as I read series of books with them on Tuesdays. Whether we are reading about Fly Guy, monsters, aliens, dinosaurs, pirates, or pigeons, I know that we will enjoy a small adventure together as we turn the pages of each book we read. It has become a highlight of each week for me!

No matter how old or young kids are, they get a kick out of reading aloud together. Reading with children is an important way to build healthy relationships while supporting the development of literacy and language skills. Please consider taking some time over Winter Break to read a book together as a family. What adventures will you share as you read together? What memories will you make? I'd love to see your reading in action--feel free to post a reading picture to ELA social media or you can even send me an email with a picture of your family reading (

I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

Mrs. Young

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Early Light Academy's Annual Parent Survey is open and we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to share your feedback, if you haven't already this year. Here's the link. Thank you!
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It's a PEAK Dress Down Day THIS FRIDAY! ($2 or 20 boxtops)

This Friday, December 15, is a dress down day. If your student would like to participate, please have him/her bring $2.00 or 20 box tops to the cafeteria that morning to get a wrist band. This is a PEAK fundraiser and a great way to support our school! Friday spirit dress or normal dress code standards are also options. Thanks for your support!

Need a drink or sweet treat??
Remember every PEAK dress down day is also a SWIG fundraiser day! Head to swig for our PEAK fundraiser on Friday, December 15th. Mention that you are with Early Light Academy and they will give a portion of the sale to PEAK!

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From the Desk of Mrs. Kinikini, School Counselor

We are looking for ELA Alumni students from Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan, Bingham, and Copper Hills​ to come and speak to our Junior High on January 16th. (Non-School Day for Jordan School District). They will be answering questions from students, and will speaking about their transition into high school. Please email me if you are interested!


Follow the link below for "ALL" charter students enrolling in Jordan School District High Schools. There is specific paper work for students coming from charter schools.

​Follow this link. Just a reminder that enrollment starts after January 8th.

Mark you calendars for Herriman's Sophomore Orientation date and times below. I will send out reminders on for "ALL" high school sophomore orientation dates or check our counseling calendar.

Please make sure you add yourself to my 9th grade class. Text @kinikini9 to phone # 81010.

Sophomore Orientation

​​at Herriman High School

will be March 21st 2018 4:30-7:30

​They will ​have an Auditorium presentation at 5:00 and the exact same one @ 6:00 so parents can choose either one.) There​ is also a specific packet at Sophomore Orientation where students from "out of district" or "charter schools" will pick up.

​Counselors are ​happy to answer questions over the phone or email, but individual appointments are pretty difficult that time of year.

-9th Grade Parents, Itineris Early College lottery is now open! This charter is an early college high school with a concurrent enrollment classes through SLCC and students can get ahead in college and earn an associates degree while in high school. Go to the website for more information.

-If your 9th grade student is planning on attending their boundary high school open enrollment for Jordan School District is December 1st-February 16th. Remember Herriman Open Enrollment is closed. Please ALL 9th grade parents read though this link with the information concerning 9th grade charter students.

LAST WEEK! Early Light Academy's Annual Food and Coat Drive

It's that time of year again-ELA's Annual Food and Coat Drive! We have set an ambitious goal of 1000 LBS. of food and 500 coats to help feed and warm those who are in need. We will be collecting canned and dry goods as well as gently used coats/sweatshirts/hoodies, which should be taken to each student's teachers who will track totals. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Turley (!

This is the last week so please donate if you can!

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ELA Sports Update...Go Phoenix!

The ELA boys and girls basketball teams finished the regular season this week with wins over American Preparatory Academy. The girls' team finished the regular season undefeated at 10-0 and will be a number 1 seed in the tournament. The boys finished with an 8-2 record and will also be a number 1 seed.

The UCSSAL State Basketball Tournament starts on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Early Light Academy. The ELA boys will host the first round of games. Legacy Prep Academy will play AISU at 5 pm, and the ELA boys will play Ascent Academy Farmington at 6 pm. The girls will also host games on Tuesday, 12/12/17. Ogden Prep Academy will play Monticello at 5 pm then the ELA girls will play Ascent Farmington at 6 pm. Depending on the outcome of the games ELA may host games again on Wednesday, 12/13/17. This will be a very exciting week of basketball! Come out to the ELA gym on Monday and Tuesday evening to watch your ELA boys and girls teams as they compete in the State Basketball Tournament.

Open gym for ALL ELA 5th & 6th graders continues on Wednesday, 12/13/17 in the ELA gym. Boys and girls are invited to attend from 7 pm to 8:30.
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1 Math Goal + 1 SURPRISE in January = 1 GREAT Incentive

STUDENTS: How would you like to earn a special surprise in January? All you have to do is complete 50% or more of your ST Math lessons (grades K-2), ALEKS pie (grades 3-8), or Math XL lessons (9th grade) by January 12! You can work on this goal during class or at home. You’ll have lots of time during winter break to catch up, if needed, to meet this goal.

Surprise to be announced after the conclusion of Term 2.

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Do you love to run? Are you looking for more volunteer hours?

We are excited to offer this program at our school again. Mrs. Villastrigo is looking for someone who would be willing to help her coach this. This would be a great way to get in your volunteer hours! For more information on what is required to help coach, please check out their website, and/or email
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Inspirations Art Contest

Get creative over Winter Break!
2017-2018 Theme is “What makes”
Entries are Due January 9, 2018

These will be turned into room 221, with the entry form attached.
Categories: Visual art, photography , musical composition, theatre, literary composition, 3-D art, film/video, choreography/dance, digital art
Questions? Contact:

Do you have a second to spare?

If we can collect 100 signatures by January 1st, the BTSALP will give ELA $50 to spend on music supplies for the K-6 program! Please take a moment and fill out the form above to help our music department.

Coming soon....

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December Lunch Menu

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Utah Educational Leadership Standards: Public Review Window

The current Utah Educational Leadership Standards have been reviewed by a standards review committee and draft review standards have been written under the direction of the Utah State Board of Education. The writing team consisted of principals, charter school directors, district central office staff, superintendents, and representatives from higher education. The writing teams used a number of resources in their work.

The draft UELS are available for public review for 90 days ending on February 4, 2018. You are invited to review the draft standards and complete a survey to share any feedback you may have.

The full text of the standards, except the introduction, is included in the survey. However, if you would like to read the full text of the standards before taking the survey please click here to see the draft Utah Educational Leadership Standards.

Cool things happening around the school

Previously shared, but still pertinent

  • We are still looking for volunteer career speakers for our junior students. Last year we had amazing speakers! If you wanted to present (even if you presented last year) we would love it! Please use this link view dates and sign up times. There are 7 slots available. Thank you! Mrs. Kinikini (

  • Sign up your students for their 9th Grade Plan for College and Career Ready Meeting with Mrs. Kinikini. We will go over academics, high school 4-year plan and registration, career pathways, high school courses, early college, how their grades now affect scholarships etc. Click on this link and put in your student's first and last name. If you cannot attend please sign your student up for a time that works best for them.

  • Our annual school tradition, ugly sweater day is coming on December 22! Be on the look out for an ugly sweater. It doesn't have to be a Christmas sweater, but it does need to be free of holes or tears. We look forward to seeing everyones' sweaters!

  • Absences may be excused by calling the main office at 801-302-5988. We have a dedicated line for absences. Leave a message with your name, your student's name and date of absence and we will get it updated in our system. Vacation excusal forms, not to exceed 10 school days, can be picked up in the main office. Thank you!

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Keeping you informed

Check out all of the ways we share information:

  • School emails (like this one) go out every Monday
  • School Website and public school calendars
  • Official ELA Social Media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
  • Aspire for attendance and grades
  • Teacher websites & apps like Remind 101 in the junior high
  • School app [Android and Apple]
  • ELA Chat chatbot [during office hours]
  • Text reminders and school closure notices [text ALERT to 22300 to subscribe]
  • ELA Parent Facebook (managed by PEAK, closed group)