Phoenix in a Flash

Early Light Academy - Week of December 4

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From the Desk of Mrs. Young...

From the beginning, Early Light Academy has been a school that celebrates diversity and the winter holiday season is no exception. This has been and continues to be an important element since our school was in its early founding stages. Throughout classrooms this month you will see students learning about holidays from around the world and how holidays are celebrated in different cultures. We invite you to explore with your own families the diverse ways holidays are celebrated this season.

Speaking of the holidays...Thank you for supporting our first ever holiday boutique last weekend! We had great vendors participate and look forward to this new annual tradition. Thank you to Kristy Laxman and PEAK for all of the logistics, planning, and support as well as all of the vendors and shoppers!

Tis the season for being generous! Congratulations to our 6th grade students for collecting and donating so many items for the Pathways Domestic Violence Shelter. Way to go!

Please consider donating to our food and coat drive this week.

Our annual parent survey will be going out later today--please share your feedback with us and know your responses help guide our school improvement efforts.

Remember to give yourselves ample time during carpool drop off and pick up to be courteous and put safety first--You carry precious cargo!

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Young

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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!
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ELA Sports Update...Go Phoenix!

The ELA Basketball teams played two games each this week. The boys lost a close game at AISU and then bounced back with a win against Monticello. The boys record is now 7-2. The girls won both games against AISU and Monticello and are still undefeated at 9-0. The last regular season game will be at ELA on Monday, 12/4/17. Girls will play at 5 pm, and the boys at 6 pm. The state tournament will be the week of December 11th thru the15th. Come out and watch both teams as they prepare to go to state.

Open Gym for 5th and 6th grade

Basketball Open Gym for 5th and 6th grade ELA students starts on Wednesday, December 6 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. All ELA 5th and 6th graders are welcome to attend. This will continue on Wednesday, December 13, and 20th ( 7pm to 8:30 pm). Come out and practice your skills. This is not a tryout for a team but just an opportunity for ELA students to shoot some hoops in a semi-organized setting. Coach Brian Lund will be supervising.

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School Heritage Week- ELA Founders Day

Founder's Day marks the day that 10 years ago construction began on Early Light Academy. This was a day of huge celebration because it marked the culmination of a lot of hours of hard work and passion to create what is now Early Light Academy. It was 11 years ago that a group of parents met wanting more for their children's education. After a lot of meetings and discussions these parents felt it was time to start a new school. These parents worked many hours developing a successful school plan while meeting with Kennecott, the City of South Jordan, Jordan School District, neighboring schools, the State Office of Education and the Charter Board of Education. They did this without pay and were passionate about researching ways to develop the most successful school possible. Through this work they brought a community together by giving parents a voice and a choice in the education for their families. It truly took a village, which became a family. ELA has continued its success and this growing family because of the many parents, educators and administrators who continue to work tirelessly to see that every student who enters its school has the ability to learn, grow and be good leaders in their own unique and individual style. Just as founding members believed that every student can learn and can be given the ability to succeed, so do the staff and parents of ELA today.

Each year all students and staff at Early Light Academy spend a week deep cleaning the school and taking extra special care of our buildings and grounds. Among the cleaning days students can be found cleaning and sanitizing desks and chairs, scrubbing walls and trash cans, picking up litter outside, and dusting off shelves in the library. Everyone in the school has the opportunity to show pride in our school by helping it stay nice and clean.

We are so grateful to the parents and community members that wanted a new school experience for their children. We have all benefitted from their great ideas and love our school choice.

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Coming soon.....

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!

Attention 9th Graders!

-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.

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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

Check out our 6th Graders

Our amazing 6th grade students and teachers had the wonderful opportunity to rally together to make a difference for families in Tooele County, Utah. Sixth grade students implemented a Second Step Compassionate Service Project the last week of November for Pathways Domestic Violence Shelter. Pathways, provides a temporary safe place to live for about a 100 children a year and their parent. The sixth grade students were able to raise around $1700.00 in products for the shelter by bringing in various paper products, cleaning products and other needed items to help Pathways. Now that is COOL!!!

Winter weather is coming..

As we prepare for the winter season, we want everyone to be safe and prepared! Please make sure to take the extra safety measures!
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Calling all 8th and 9th Grade students!

If you would like your student to take the ACT Aspire test please fill out this form. Details of testing information are provided in the form. Parents need to pay the front office $35 by December 8th, 2017 in order for us to meet the testing deadline.

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Inspirations Art Contest

Get creative over the Thanksgiving break!
2017-2018 Theme is “What makes”
Entries are Due January 9, 2018
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.
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Calling all 7-9th Grade students

Mr. Lyons is setting up a trip through EF tours to Paris, Normandy and the Loire Valley in France. This trip is not school sponsored. The trip will be in April during ELA's spring break. There will be a meeting on December 7th to go over the itinerary, pricing, etc. in Room 403 at 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Please use this link to RSVP to the meeting. Contact Mr. Lyons for more information:

Check out whats happening in our community..

It's $5 days at the Natural History Museum of Utah from Dec 2-10!
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December Lunch Menu

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Math Kangaroo is an international math competition for students in grades K-12. Our school will be hosting this competition on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in room 221 at starting at 3:30. For more information and to enroll your student, please follow the directions below.

Enrollment: October 26th – December 15th. Nonrefundable registration fee: $20 (the same for 20 years!).

Late enrollment: December 16th – December 31st Nonrefundable late registration fee: $35.

Registration link:

Families may request financial assistance by contacting Math Kangaroo with the proof of financial hardship at before registration.

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.

  • 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 parents informed about all of the fun and exciting things here at Early Light is a priority for us.

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)