Wright Elementary Monthly News

May 2023


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We've made it to May! The number of weeks left in this school year are quickly dwindling, yet we have so much excitement ahead. Our 4th and 5th graders have been working so hard to produce a musical which will be performed this morning, and we have several classes attending field trips. May also marks National Teacher Appreciation Week, which we celebrate as Staff Appreciation Week (May 8th-12th). I think we can all agree that the Wright staff is a phenomenal group of adults who work so hard every day to educate and nurture the students in our care. Please join me in expressing high levels of gratitude and admiration for everyone that works at Wright!

As the weather changes and we see more sunny days, we can't help but feel the anticipation of summer ahead. Let’s finish strong!


Mark your calendars for these important dates:

May 1st - May 30th: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 1st - May 30th: National Military Appreciation Month

Monday, May 1st: National School Principals' Day

Table of Plenty Food Drive starts (see details below)

Friday, May 5th: NO SCHOOL for students - regular office hours

School Lunch Hero Day

Cinco De Mayo

Monday, May 8th - Friday, May 14th: Staff Appreciation Week at Wright

Wednesday, May 10th: National School Nurse Day

Saturday, May 13th: Salem Kids Relay

Sunday, May 14th: Mother's Day

Monday, May 15th: PTC Meeting in library at 6:15p

Tuesday, May 16th: 4th/5th Grade Musical at 6:30p

Wednesday, May 17th: 4th/5th Grade Musical at 6:30p

Saturday, May 20th: School Beautification Day 11a-3p (keep an eye out for details coming soon for this community event)

Monday, May 22nd: Choir Festival 7p

Tuesday, May 23rd: Future Falcon Night 5p-6p (see details below)

Monday, May 29th: Memorial Day NO SCHOOL

The full updated academic calendar, including a breakdown of key dates for parents and guardians, is available on our district website.


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

Be sure to let our school office know 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.

Please click the link below for more information:



  • 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.
  • Please do not park in the bike lane, block intersections, OR neighboring households driveways 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.
  • 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 our 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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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

For more information click on this link: https://www.asianpacificheritage.gov/


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!



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/


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


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/


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 her by email at jones_carolyn@salkeiz.k12.or.us or call our office at (503) 399-3198 to speak with her.


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.


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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