Newsletter for PHES Students and Families

January 9, 2022

Mask Mandate 😷

Providence Hall Elementary Families,

By now you have surely read the memorandum from our director, Mr. Nate Marshall relaying the order from Salt Lake County for all students and staff to wear masks indoors.

Should you have questions about this mandate or the exemption process I urge you to visit our website and then contact me as soon as possible. We have been directed to enforce the mandate. If students come to school Monday without a mask we will be contacting that student's parent to ensure understanding and provide a mask to your child should you wish for them to stay at school.

As you know, this is not a school or a district mandate, it was a County decision. We were not asked for our opinion, we were given a directive. As a parent of students at Providence Hall, please know that I understand the range of emotions and opinions surrounding both the wearing of masks and mandates from various levels of government. In many cases I empathize with you. I respect civil action initiatives and support each citizen's efforts to affect change. It is, however, important to be thoughtful and selective in how we choose to act and react. With the rare exception of a few of our students with medical conditions or other diagnoses, we can comply with this temporary directive for 19 school days and then make the choice to remove or keep wearing a mask on February 7th.


Michael Fry, Principal

Update to Quarantine Process

As of January 7th, Salt Lake County has revised the rules for exposure to COVID-19.
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Students exposed AT SCHOOL can now mask for 5 days instead of having to quarantine at home. This applies to any exposures up to this point and henceforth.

"Well Mr. Fry, all students have to wear a mask at this point". Yes, that is true, which makes it a little less complicated through February 7th, I suppose.

Please contact our Nurse, Ms. Staci Brown with questions.

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While details are forthcoming, we plan to have practice after school, twice weekly.

Click HERE to take the PHES Band Interest Survey.


If you have friends or family interested in bringing children to Providence Hall, please let them know that NOW is the time to enroll.

Enrollment form and information can be found at

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Note: Families of current students do NOT need to complete open enrollment. Families of currently enrolled students will please complete this "Intent to Return FORM" to confirm your child's enrollment for the 2022-23 school year.

Upcoming Events 🗓

January 14th - Quarter 2 report cards sent home via Skyward

January 14th - PACT Winner Dress Down Day (PACT ticket winners only)

January 17th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No school.

February 4 - Focus Friday

February 7 - Salt Lake County Mask Mandate Expires

April 18-22 - SPRING BREAK 🌴

(be sure to stay current on all PHES events by using our Google Calendar)

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Click HERE to complete the permission slip for your child to participate in Choir.

Counselor Corner

Hello, PHES Parents!

Here is what we will be learning in social skills this week:

K: Accidents

1: Strong Feelings

2: Managing Anxious Feelings

3: Handling Accusations

4: Managing Anxiety

5: Resisting Revenge

Contact information:

Miss Kristen Leininger

Grades 1, 3, and 5

Mrs. Amanda Jenson

Grades K, 2, 4, and Special Success

What's for Lunch?

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Look who had a birthday this week:

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Morning Routine at PHES

Hey Parents, its' a new year, a new semester, and a great time to review morning routines. As you know, students can enter the school at the kindergarten gate at 7:30.

When you drop your student off please be mindful of students entering from various directions, towards the kindergarten gate. Often times it is not yet light out and it can be difficult to see children. Please drive slowly, and be careful when changing lanes. If you are dropping off your child directly in front of the kindergarten gate please pull forward as far as possible so that other cars can file in behind you, and try to exit immediately after your child is through the gate.

Once your student arrives they can eat breakfast in the cafeteria or, weather permitting, they can play on the playground. At 7:40 students should either be on the playground or in their classroom. Teachers have several activities for them to choose from. This is an important time for students to prepare themselves for a day of learning, depending upon when they arrive at school.

We wanted you to be aware of this morning schedule so that, depending upon when you drop your student off, you will know what they will be doing.

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Link to PHES Amazon Wishlist
The Providence Hall Website now has a page with direct links past newsletters for the year.

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