Simon Elementary School Newsletter

December 2018

From the Principal

December is upon us. That means that the first trimester is behind us and that our winter break is rapidly approaching. During the first few months of school, there have been many exciting learning experiences for students up to this point in the year. As we approach the holidays, classrooms will be abuzz with new learning and activities to take us into break.

This is a time of year when many families engage in traditions such as family gatherings, making food dishes that are reserved for special occasions, watching sports, playing games, shopping, reuniting with special people that you don't see often, seeing light shows, and simply spending more time with your immediate family. However you as a family celebrate the holidays, it is a time for embracing peace, joy, and love. May you have opportunities to take in and appreciate the people surrounding you as well as the simple things that can provide great fulfillment. I wish you an enjoyable break and happy holidays!

Winter Weather Reminders

As we head into the winter season, there are a several important reminders.

First, anytime that there is snow on the ground, students should have snow pants and snow boots for outside recess. In the event that students do not, they will still be able to have recess but will remain on the blacktop as long as there is no snow present.

Second, children should be dressed appropriately for the weather, including having a warm coat, hat, and gloves. Recess will be outside unless windchill values are 15 degrees or less.

Third, please use greater caution when driving through the parking lots for drop off when the pavement may be covered with snow.

Fourth, if weather conditions warrant school closure or early dismissal, please stay tuned to local media outlets, including WIFR-TV, WREX-TV, WTVO-TV, AM1440, and the school district website: In cases of weather-related closures or dismissals, a district-wide all call will also be made to inform people of the closing.

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Kids Club Update

There will be an early release on December 21st. Kids Club will provide services; the fee for this day is $16/student. There is no sign-up required.

As a reminder, Kids Club services will not be available during break and will resume on January 7, 2019.

Upcoming Events

Here are upcoming events for the month of December:

4 Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Unger’s Nez Perce Presentations

7 Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Edler’s Inuit Presentations

7 Preschool Gingerbread Day

11 AR Prize Day

11 PTO meeting - McNair Library @ 3:30

13 1st Grade Farm Bureau- Evergreens

13 WHS choir Holiday Performance for Simon students

17 Grade 2 Concert (6pm - Canales/Hedlund; 7pm - Buttel/Waggoner)

19 2nd Grade Evergreen Presentation Farm Bureau

20 2nd Grade Polar Express Day, Kindergarten Snowman Day

21 Early Release -12:40

21 1st Grade Polar Express Day

22 Winter break begins

School resumes January 7th, 2019.