The Groundhog Gazette

Amity Elementary - Home of the Groundhogs

December 2019

From the Desk of Mrs. Uhlorn

Welcome to December, families.

We are quickly approaching the end of the second quarter! I know, I cannot believe it either. As we begin our descent into the second semester, I want to bring you up to speed on a few initiatives we are working on as a whole at Amity.


I am happy to report, we are seeing an overall increase in empathetic relationships at Amity. I truly believe this is in part due to our commitment by our teachers to foster Morning Meeting and a strong sense of community within the classroom. Our teachers/students are also being supported by Ms. Melissa, our in-building student advocate, also known as a “behavior support specialist”. She is working diligently with our school counselor, Ms. Brattin to run small social groups for each grade level 30 minutes a week. So far our students who participate in these groups are learning about zones of regulation in conjunction with the Toolbox strategies. Not only are we seeing new relationships form, but we are seeing students start to hold one another accountable for when unexpected behavior occurs at school. I am humbled to see the many successes our students are having while fostering a kind and accepting community.


The week before Thanksgiving break our talented reading specialist, Mrs. Taylor, every grade level team, and I met for half a day to discuss literacy data. The goal of the meeting was to identify students who needed continued intervention and enrichment opportunities within the T2 block of instruction. This is a 30 minute time frame where students receive direct instruction as needed, either to enrich or remediate. Conversations were rich, meaningful, and student-centered. Our teachers are committed to the success of our students and I couldn’t be more excited to report, we are seeing growth across grades K-6. Thank you for your support at home by reading to or with your child every night. Your help allows us to work as a team to quickly bridge the reading gap.


We will be embarking on a month long journey to address grading at the elementary level. All schools in the Boise School District are committed to have collaborative conversations in order to develop grading practices that align with the school district board policy. Amity will be partnering with Hawthorne and Hillcrest elementary in an attempt to glean different ideas and approaches to grading. At the end of the 5 meetings, we will come together as a school and determine what works best for Amity as a whole and our students. I am looking forward to the opportunity our teachers have with other teachers in our district.

In closing, I want to thank you for your continued support of what we do at Amity with your children. Thank you for trusting us to educate your children and keep them feeling safe so they can learn. If you have any questions about the above information, do not hesitate to email, call or pop in.


Valerie Uhlorn

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Amity PTA is currently looking for a few officers for the 2020-21 school year. The PTA plays a crucial part in funding and supporting many things that all of our students enjoy at Amity Elementary. They fund field trips, buses for the field trips, teacher project fund, G.R.I.T. awards, assemblies, S.T.E.M night and many other item/activities our students benefit from. If our fundraisers are successful, the PTA puts money back into the school. Recent items include contributing towards the new green playground, providing i-pads/chrome books for the classrooms, and, coming soon, blinds in the gym.

Listed below are the officers and their duties on our board. We work collectively has a whole and have an amazing volunteer pool to help back us! It doesn’t have to be one person; two people can share a position.

President : Run meetings (4 time a year), coordinate Fall fundraiser,

help coordinate teacher appreciation

Vice President: coordinate Spring fundraiser, help coordinate teacher appreciation

Secretary: keep notes at meetings, coordinate PTA membership drive, help coordinate

teacher appreciation

Treasurer: coordinate financials for PTA, help coordinate teacher appreciation

Volunteer Coordinator: Set up volunteer assignments, help coordinate teacher appreciation

We will hold our next PTA meeting on December 11th in the library at 4:00 pm. You can also watch and participate via Facebook Live on the Amity PTA Facebook page.

Amity Night at the Steelheads is January 17th. A flyer with more information will come home in Friday Folders soon.

Save the Date: Bingo Night

It's almost time for Amity's Bingo Night! Our Spring fundraiser will be held February 6th from 6:00 - 8:pm . There will food, prizes, silent auction baskets and, of course, BINGO! This is a great opportunity to be with family, teachers and friends enjoying a fun night together while raising funds for our school. Look for more information after the first of the year.

From the 6th Grade Classes:

The sixth grade classes will be responsible for collecting items for and putting together the Silent Auction Baskets. All funds earned from the baskets will go towards our Horse Thief field trip in the spring. We thought that by giving you this information now everyone may be able to find great deals on items during the holiday shopping season. Here is a link to a signup genius listing the basket theme and suggested items for donation. Please feel free to send donations in at any time. If you prefer to send a cash donation, those will be used to purchase any missing items for baskets. Bingo night will be February 6th.

Basket Themes: Dad’s basket, Mom’s basket, Baking, Outdoor, Family Game Night, Family Fun Night, Movie Night, Reading basket, For Girls, For Boys, Date Night, BSU, U of I.

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Did you know that your Amazon purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Amity PTA when you do your holiday shopping. Click here for more information.
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From the Nurse

The topic of head lice can make us all feel a little...itchy. Here are some helpful facts about head lice and nits (lice eggs):

  • Head lice move by crawling and cannot jump or fly.
  • Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact—for example, during play at home, sleepovers, sports activities,or camp. Lice are not frequently passed in the school setting.
  • Head lice do not pass diseases

  • The Boise School District does not require students to leave school if they have lice. Parents or guardians may choose to pick up a student to start treatment immediately, but students do not have to stay home because of lice or nits.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact the school nurse at

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