Park Place Post

January 21, 2022

From the Principal

Hello Families!


This week I want to update you on COVID management at Park and our campus improvement team's progress.


COVID numbers have been high with the highly contagious Omicron variant. People don't seem to be getting as sick from this variant, but it is affecting staffing. We have been fortunate to have our favorite subs show up on a regular basis, but we also have had teachers fill in during their planning periods to cover for others who are out. Please show some extra gratitude and love for our staff as they work hard to continue providing a great education to our students. If your students are absent, please contact your teachers to stay informed about what students can work on from home, and make sure your children are continuing to work on Canvas if they feel well enough.


Our Campus Improvement Team has been analyzing survey data to make decisions about our needs for next year. Thank you to the parents who filled out the Family Engagement Survey! We do consider all feedback in our decisions. We hope more will take the time to give input in the future, because a broader perspective helps us make informed decisions. Additionally, we are analyzing mid-year student data and are excited to see our students making strong academic progress. Please continue to read with your children each and every day, ask about what they learned in school, and check their progress regularly on PowerSchool.


Thank you for your continued partnership.


With Gratitude,

Kim Lanese

Park Meadows Principal

COVID Testing Information

DVUSD is providing increased testing opportunities for our community during the surge. These events are solely for DVUSD students and staff. We have testing each day of the week now - M/W/Th pop-ups at campuses and T/F at the District Office. Visit www.dvusd.org/covidtesting for more information about testing opportunities.

A Letter from Mrs. Fraemohs...

Greetings Park Meadows Families,


We have been given the chance to partner with St. Mary's Food Bank to start up a backpack program that provides much needed food for the weekends. Backpack food programs offer families free groceries for weekends and school breaks. Food backpacks include healthy, easy-to-prepare food for kid-friendly meals. Feeding America member food banks partner with schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and community centers to distribute backpacks to kids.

We have had this amazing program in the past, and are very excited to start it up again. These "backpacks" will be delivered weekly and will either be sent home with students or the parents can come pick it up if they are able.


If you or someone you know has a need or you would like more information, please contact me at cassandra.fraemohs@dvusd.org


Respectfully,

Cassandra Fraemohs, Parent Liaison

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Life in the Lunchroom

Are you looking for a part time job? If you would like a career opportunity that would allow you to have the same schedule as your school-age child, the DVUSD Food and Nutrition Department is hiring permanent and substitute positions. The Deer Valley School District website list all employment opportunities. For job type, list "Food Service" in your search.


Our department offers a variety of work schedules from 2.5 hours to 6.0 hours a day. Other perks of the job: free lunches during work hours, school holidays off (some are paid holidays), no weekend work, and all jobs are conveniently located within the school district boundaries. Apply today, we are always looking for new team members!

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PBIS Update

School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support is a school-wide system of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.


We are PARK Cafeteria Expectations

Prepared

  • Take Care of Your Dishes

  • Talk to the people only at your Table

  • Know Your Lunch Number

  • Sit In Assigned Seat

Accountable

  • Wash Your Hands Before Eating

  • Use Utensils Properly

  • Bottoms On Benches

  • Hands/Body to self

Respectful

  • Say Please & Thank You

  • Quiet Voices

  • Respect Personal Space

Kind

  • Use Good Manners

  • Include Everyone

GRIT Card Reward Day!

Second quarter GRIT card reward day was a success! Students were able to play board games and enjoy a treat! We are proud of our 5th and 6th graders for the ongoing GRIT behaviors they are demonstrating and look forward to another celebration at the end of third quarter!

From the Shelves of the LMC

We have had our first two Battle of the books with the third Battle being February 23, 2022 at 9 am. The results of the first two battles has Sponge Book Chapter Pants team (Peter S., Mekhi A., & Ivan S.) in first place with 93 points. Second place is The Three Book Amigos team (Allison F.& Malachi F.) with 68 points, and third place is a tie between Fiery Rockets team (Cole B., Kevin L., & Micah Q.) and the Overbooked team (Alexandria S., Zaden S., & Brandon L.) with 50 points each. The District Battle will March 29, 2022.


The library is currently being spruced up with some new pictures and desktop computers going into classrooms in anticipation of some new comfy furniture. Plus sections of the library will be changed up to refresh the overall appearance of the media center.


The next Book Fair is the week of February 14, 2022 with a late night opening of possibly Wednesday, the 16th.


Happy Reading, Everyone!

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Math Interventions with Mr. Cookman

Douglas Jobes created sets of free printable math flashcards that you can download below and print out. These cards are free for use at home or in the classroom.


Using flashcards makes it much easier to memorize basic math facts including multiplication and division. Flashcards allow you to quickly review a large number of facts to test your knowledge.


Please use the below link to view and print a PDF file. You need the free Adobe PDF Reader (downloadable from Adobe.com) or other PDF reader software installed on your computer. If you do not have access to a computer or printer, please email your child’s teacher and ask for them to print it on your behalf to send home.

Tips from the Reading Room from Mrs. Hainline and Mrs. Gibson

Tips from the Reading Room:

Parents when reading with your child, take time to talk about the story or chapter. You can discuss the story elements like the characters, setting, and the plot. Below are examples:


Book example: In the folk story, The Mitten, the setting is outside on a cold, snowy day in the woods. The characters are: the mouse, the bear, and other woodland animals.


You might ask: Where does the story take place? Who are the characters in the story? Who are the most important characters? What happened in the story?


Happy reading!

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Important Dates to Remember

Curriculum Nights- Held via Zoom

  • 4th Grade January 25, 5:00 PM
  • 3rd Grade January 25, 5:30 PM
  • First Grade January 26, 5:00 PM
  • Second Grade January 27, 5:00 PM
  • Kindergarten January 27, 5:30 PM

Early Dismissal Days

90 min early release days:


  • January 21 & 28
  • February 4

Half Day 12:05 PM Dismissal- Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • February 17 & 18

Save the Date

  • Book Fair February 14-18
  • Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences February 14-18
  • Spring photos & class picture day February 16
  • Incoming Kinder Preview Night March 3

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