Wright Elementary Monthly News

January 2023


Please make sure you have activated your ParentSquare app through the email address and/or phone number the school has on file for you. ParentSquare is an app that you must download to your device in order to activate.

It is very important that parents keep their contact information current.

Be sure to let our school office know as soon as possible if you have a new address, email or phone number.

The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.

Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools uses the ParentSquare platform for district, school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their preferred email address and phone number.

ParentVUE and ParentSquare are different, so please reach out if you need assistance with either one.

Each month we send a newsletter out to keep you up to date on all the events happening at Wright. There is also important information from Principal Coyle, happenings in the district and community, updated health information, contact information, and much more so please read all the way through. The monthly newsletter will also be available on our Wright website for a quick reference at any time.

Another way to stay informed is by visiting our Wright website at https://wright.salkeiz.k12.or.us/,

our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WrightElementaryOfficial/?notif_id=1630366683279729&notif_t=page_fan&ref=notif, and

our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/wrightelementaryofficial/.


Let me begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with many successes and continued progress. During winter break, I hope you had the chance to catch up with friends and family and enjoy some rest and relaxation. I certainly spent some time reflecting on 2022 and thinking about the work and opportunities that lie ahead in 2023.

One of the things I appreciate most about our Wright staff is that we work together to provide a high-quality service for children and families. We place great value on seeing our students showing continued success and academic progress as they move through their academic journey while here at Wright. I am excited to begin our work for the second half of the school year to ensure that learning continues. As we ring in the new year, we see this as an opportunity to check in with students and families to ensure that our students are on-track, prepared and ready for the second half of the year. With two rounds of parent-teacher conferences on the horizon, we will be able to connect with families to collaboratively support students in the areas they individually are working to grow, and continue to celebrate together the progress they are making.

As we enter 2023, I look forward to continuing to create opportunities that make our school a place where all children enjoy learning, develop strong relationships, and continue to grow each day socially, emotionally, and academically. As always, thank you for your continued support!


Mark your calendars with these important dates:

January 1st - January 31st - National Soup Month

Monday, January 2nd - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 3rd - RETURN TO SCHOOL

Wednesday, January 4th - 1-Hour Late Start

Thursday, January 5th - National Bird Day - Go, Falcons!

Sunday, January 8th - Saturday, January 14th - National Pizza Week

Monday, January 9th - Little Caesar's fundraiser starts (see below)

Monday, January 16th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 17th - PTC Meeting in the library at 6:15pm

Friday, January 20th - PTC Bingo Night in the cafeteria at 6:15pm


  • Student school hours are 7:50am-2:20pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • Every Wednesday during the school year will be a one hour late start. School hours on Wednesdays are 8:50am-2:20pm.
  • Doors open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30am for students to access breakfast and 7:40am to begin entering their classrooms. Wednesdays are one hour later.
  • Breakfast and lunch is served in our cafeteria and are both FREE for all students (no forms or qualification required).
  • Please remind your student that they must enter through the front doors in the morning if they would like to get a school breakfast.
  • Please do not park in the bike lane or block intersections when picking up or dropping off your student. This is illegal and creates an unsafe environment for children and families.
  • Please do not drop your student's off in the bus lane or at the parking lot entrance in front of the school. This is a safety precaution and will be strictly enforced. Also, please make sure your student has safely exited your vehicle and is on the sidewalk before starting to drive away.
  • If your student will be absent for any reason, please call our Absence Reporting Line at (503) 399-5503 24 hours a day/7 days a week and leave a detailed message that includes student name, ID number, diagnosis, symptoms and date symptoms started.
  • We highly encourage students to bring a water bottle to school with them every day labeled with their name on it.

  • Please remind your student to check the LOST AND FOUND by the office if they have lost something. Items that are found that are not clothing may be stored inside the office. Items that are not claimed will be donated shortly after we return from Winter Break.

  • Salem-Keizer Public Schools often take photos or video of school activities or events in which students are featured. These photos or videotapes are frequently used as promotional items for the school district. If you do not want your child photographed or videotaped while at school, please send a written notice to your child’s school office as soon as possible. If there is no written notice on file, the school will assume it has the right to photograph or videotape your child AND post to social media.

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We are accepting donations for our food pantry for the entire 22-23 school year. Here is a list of items we would like to provide to families in the Wright community:

Canned Meats (chicken, beef, tuna, spam)

Canned Soups

Canned Fruits

Canned Vegetables

Drinks (juice boxes, hot cocoa, dried milk, tomato juice)

Desserts (packaged mixes for cookies, brownies, cakes, muffins; Jell-o, pudding)

Seasonings (salt, pepper, seasoning salt, taco seasoning, gravy mixes, cinnamon, garlic salt, garlic powder, onion powder, minced onion)

Canned Beans (chili, refried beans, black beans, mixed beans, pork and beans)

Dry Beans

Instant Potatoes

Rice (white, brown, boxed flavors)

Cooking Products (baking powder, baking soda, canned milk, shortening, vegetable oil, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar)

Snacks (raisins, apple sauce, granola bars, chips, crackers, olives, nuts, trail mix, fruit snacks, jerky, handi-snacks, fruit bars)

Condiments (ketchup, mustard, ranch, jellies, peanut butter, mayonnaise, syrup, salad dressings, salsa, honey, pasta sauce; red and white)

Sugars (white granulated, brown)

Flours (pancake mix, wheat flour, white flour)

Pasta (macaroni noodles, Macaroni and Cheese, Hamburger Helper, spaghetti, packaged noodles, Top Ramen, Cup o Noodles)


Canned Chef Boyardee

Baby Products (diapers, wipes, formula, baby/toddler food)

Household Products (foil, plastic wrap, paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper)

We are and will be consistently in need of all items on this list. We greatly appreciate any donations, but cannot accept any expired items at the school. Also, at this time we are only able to receive shelf sustainable items since we do not have a way to keep perishables cold.

If you are interested in receiving, please follow this link to answer a few quick questions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1nVywLfTKnTWOLCsdiFsiSman_6IiQhnAmURbQQ1t8vA_jw/viewform?usp=sf_link


This winter, the whole Salem-Keizer community can work together to keep our schools, students and community safe and healthy.

Remember to follow some simple precautions to prevent illness:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and keep your hands away from your or your child’s face.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and electronic devices.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor settings, especially if you or someone in your home is at high risk for severe disease.


Proper Hand Washing


Do you have a question or need clarification about district operations or schools? The district recently launched, Through the Grapevine, where you can find accurate information regarding common questions and topics of conversation within the district and community related to SKPS.

Click here for more information: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/about-us/through-the-grapevine/


It’s time to ride! With the launch of the new Youth Zero Pass in partnership with Cherriots, youth ages 0-18 can now access public transportation at no cost to them! Did you know that there are key differences between riding a school bus and a public bus? Working together as a team helps ensure rides are efficient, safe, and enjoyable transportation for everyone.

Click here for more information: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/news/cherriots-now-offering-no-cost-rides-for-area-youth/


Recently, schools across the Salem-Keizer School District have experienced an increase in school threats, rumors of threats, and the spread of false information, which has been disrupting our learning environments and creating fear in the community.

When schools receive hoax threats, rumors of threats, and when there is a spread of false information, learning environments are disrupted and and there is understandably increased fear in our community.

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families is our top priority. Maintaining safety in our schools requires an ongoing partnership with school staff, students, families, law enforcement and the surrounding community.

Safety is critical, and our district fully investigates each threat in collaboration with the FBI and/or our state and local law enforcement partners.

As a district, we have investigated a number of hoax threats of targeted violence against local schools. These threats—often issued via text message or posted on social media—are taken very seriously. Our law enforcement partners investigate every tip to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community. Hoax threats can result in both arrest by law enforcement and/or suspension or expulsion by the school district. Hoax threats are not a joke, and they can have devastating consequences—both for the public and for those who post them.

Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, verbally, through email, or other means—is a crime. Please share with your kids and those in your community that making a threat is a poor choice that could impact them for years to come.

In addition to the individual consequences a person may face, these threats have a serious impact on our community. They divert district resources from providing support for students and disrupt the learning environment for hundreds of students. Law enforcement resources are diverted from investigating other crimes, and they cost taxpayers a lot of money. The threats can also cause severe emotional distress to students, school staff and families.

Things to remember:

Don’t share or forward a threat until law enforcement has a chance to investigate—this can spread misinformation and cause panic.

  • Don’t ever post or send any hoax threats online
  • If you are the target of an online threat, call your local law enforcement immediately
  • Salem Police Department Non-Emergency 503-588-6123
  • Keizer Police Department Non-Emergency 503-390-2000
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office 503-588-5032

If you see a threat of violence posted online, contact local law enforcement or call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You can also submit information online to the FBI on the FBI’s website.

Use SafeOregon by calling or sending a text to 844-472-3367 anytime. Tips also can be emailed or made through the SafeOregon app.

Remember – a hoax threat is no joke. Think before you post.

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If your child is not up-to-date on required 2022-23 school immunizations for the State of Oregon or does not have a valid exemption on file, now is the time to schedule immunizations with your childcare provider.

Click here for more information: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/news/immunization-exclusion-day-2023/


Come one, come all, for the 24th annual Crystal Apple Awards! In partnership with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, the awards will be held at the Salem Convention Center on February 10, 2023.

Get your tickets now!

The nominees from Wright Elementary are Mrs. Recher and Mr. Thomas! Congratulations to you both and thank you for the amazing things you do every day!


In partnership with Santiam Hospital, Salem-Keizer Public Schools is providing FREE K-12 screening for COVID-19.

Click here for more information: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/news/free-k12-covid-19-weekly-screening/


Wright's school counselor is Carolyn Jones. She is highly trained and able to help students and families with a variety of needs. You may reach out by email at jones_carolyn@salkeiz.k12.or.us or call our office at (503) 399-3198 to speak with her. Please keep an eye out for her videos to families on ParentSquare!


Our Community-School Outreach Coordinator is here to help Wright families connect with many different resources that are available in food, clothing, school supplies, and much more. Please contact Samantha Gibson at (503) 399-3198 or gibson_samantha@salkeiz.k12.or.us for more information on what is available.


Is your student sick? Please do not send them to school. More guidance about serious illnesses, medication and other health conditions/concerns has been provided HERE.

If your student has a contagious illness and will be out, please be sure to include this information when you excuse the absence on the all-day attendance line at 503-399-5503. Please be sure to include student name, ID number, diagnosis, symptoms and date symptoms started.


Please review the following information regarding head lice and how you can help reduce an outbreak in our school. Please contact our office if you have found head lice on your student. Thank you for your help!



Are you interested in health coverage through the Oregon Health Plan? Click the link provided HERE for more information.


If you are interested in volunteering, please click on this link and follow the required instructions: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/volunteering/

If you have completed the background check, but are not sure if you have been cleared to volunteer at the school, please reach out at (503) 399-3198.


For the 2022-23 school year, breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge for all Salem-Keizer students.

Click the link for a monthly breakfast and lunch menu: https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/parents/food-services/


ABSENCE REPORTING LINE (503) 399-5503. Please leave a detailed message that includes student name, ID number, diagnosis, symptoms and date symptoms started.
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