Providence Hall Junior High

12/6-12/10

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Laughter...The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Happy Sunday Patriots!


I don't know about you all, but I feel like I blinked, and the weekend was over.

Perhaps it was the excitement of chaperoning the craziness that is a middle school dance, or maybe it was knowing that the warm December winter is officially coming to an end.

Either way... It flew by at a rapid pace.


I have to start this story by saying, as you all know from my prior emails, I do not condone vandalism in any shape or form, and I have been so grateful that for the most part, the destruction to our school has decreased significantly. (Not completely, but it has decreased.)


I also do not condone the loss of instructional time, but as we all know, sometimes kids do kid things, and on occasion, those kid things make you laugh so hard you ride the thin line of this weird hybrid somewhere between a snort and a sob.


This was one of those moments...


On Friday, Mrs. Plant came into the office asking to talk to me about an issue in the bathroom. The conversation went something like this...


Mrs. Plant- Ummmm Awbree...There is a shrine in the girl's bathroom.

Mrs. Summers- A shrine???

Mrs. Plant- Yeah...You should probably come to see this.

Mrs. Summers- Alright I am excited.


What I saw next was one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my entire life. As I turned the corner to the bathroom I was indeed greeted by a meticulously designed shrine devoted to none other than Dwayne The Rock Jonhson.


There were about 15-20 beautifully colored pictures that were carefully cut out, and artistically arranged displaying all imaginable versions of The Rock. (The one with The Rock skipping a picture of his head across the lake was my personal favorite.) Just under the mural, was a delicate lavender Lei and three unlit candles, two of which smelled lovely and one of which was softly glowing thanks to the modern marvel of two AA batteries.


Once I was able to gain my composure and started to remove the mural, I couldn't help but notice how kind and respectful the mural actually was. All of the pictures were school-appropriate, and one of the pictures had a swear word that was lovingly was blacked out.


The pictures were carefully placed on the wall with the same type of tape we use to put posters up that doesn't damage the paint or drywall, and none of the candles were lit beside the one that couldn't light the school on fire.


It didn't take long to realize that for the first time this year, a student prank, was actually funny. I mean legitimately something I will remember for the rest of my life funny. It was beautiful to see that there was an astounding amount of love and respect displayed during the creation of this hilarious stunt.


It may not seem like much, but to me, it was a beautiful representation of a culture that is starting to shift into something quite astounding. Are we perfect, and always kind to each other at this school? Absolutely not, but little by little, I think we are starting to come together as a perfectly imperfect PHJH family.


We love you so much, Patriots.

Can't wait to see you in the morning!


Mrs. Summers

Mrs. Turley

Mr. Hawkins

GIVING TREE UPDATE

We only have about 20 more items to have every single ornament taken from the giving tree

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PHJH Is Excited to Provide Service To Our Families That Need A Little Extra Help This Year

Starting December 1st, if you are able to participate, please come into the front office and snag an ornament off of the tree that has an item the family is in need of.

Once you have picked an ornament, please tell Mrs. Cutrer or Mrs. Nelson, so they know who has the ornament, and what items are still needed.

Then return the unwrapped gift with the ornament and our Sturcrew elves will work their magic from there. Thank you so much to everyone that has contributed so far. Our PHJH community is absolutely heart-melting.

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Have You Added the PHJH App To Your Phone Yet???

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Alright, Patriots...

We are super excited to see if a Providence Hall mobile app would be something our community could benefit from. If this is something you like and you think is worth investing in, please speak up or forever hold your peace!


Here is a link to a short feedback survey. If you have a moment and would be willing to give your input, please click https://forms.gle/jUU2f3ZT17nAkQs26


I have also sent out the survey link through the app for anyone that has downloaded it.



We will be trying this through the month of December and need to get your input before making any final decisions.

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Please Download and Print The Audition Packet Linked Below

Ukulele Fun In Mr. Olsen's Class

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This was a friend of mine who lives in Noumea, New Caledonia (look it up, is a beautiful place). At the time of the zoom call, for my friend Etienne, it was early in the morning the next day (ie Wednesday afternoon our time and Thursday morning his time). He talked about the history of the ukulele, showed us the difference between the Hawaiian Ukulele and the Tahitian Ukulele, then played some of his favorite songs for us. We had a blast!
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COVID Booster Shot Information

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Educators and community members,

BOOSTERS

COVID-19 BOOSTER appointments are available now! Please feel free to share with anyone you know. Follow the scheduling link below to find where Community Nursing Services is offering opportunities within SLCO.

Following a formal recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)/CDC and in line with direction from the Utah Department of Health, Community Nursing Services (CNS) Immunization Program began offering COVID-19 BOOSTER doses to eligible individuals 10/22/2021.

PFIZER and Moderna

Both PFIZER and Moderna COVID-19 booster doses are recommended for people at highest risk for severe COVID-19 including:

· people who are 65 or older, and

· people 18 and older who live in a long-term care facility, and

· people 18 and older with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and

· people 18 and older who live or work in a setting that puts them at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, such as healthcare workers and teachers.

Note that recommendation applies to individuals who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 or Moderna vaccine for their primary series at least 6 months prior.

“Data reviewed by the FDA and ACIP showed booster doses can prevent further hospitalizations and death for those individuals who are at highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Data shows that the vaccines continue to provide very good protection against severe COVID-19 illness in the general population. Most Utahans do not need a booster at this time, but a booster can help add another layer of protection to those people at the highest risk of severe COVID-19,” said Dr. Leisha Nolen, UDOH state epidemiologist.

Note the underlying conditions below. As with initial roll out, individuals will need to self attest to eligibility for such conditions.

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung diseases
  • Neurological conditions, such as dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions
  • HIV infection
  • Liver disease
  • Mental Health conditions such as depression
  • Overweight
  • Pregnancy and recently pregnant
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Smoking, current or former
  • Solid-organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  • Substance use disorders
  • Weakened immune system

Johnson and Johnson

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Options

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots without preference.

Though CNS will not be providing individual on-site BOOSTER clinics within schools similar to the initial roll out, we would like you to be aware of some CNS locations in SLCO where appointments are now available for those eligible. Note that BOOSTER doses are readily available throughout the state at varied locations including pharmacies, health departments, providers offices, etc.

Please share the following scheduling link as you feel appropriate (minus my own email and signature line as I will be unable to respond).

COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling link:

www.cns-cares.org/covid19

5-11 year olds

CNS will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by appointment to individuals age 5-11 years old beginning Tuesday, November 9th at the following two locations:

· WVC Immunization Clinic

o Tuesday 12:00-4:30

o Thursday 12:00-4:30

· Meadow Peak at Summit Vista

o Tuesday 1:00-6:00

o Thursday 1:00-6:00

o Saturday 9:00-2:00

Appointments are REQUIRED due to the limited amount of vaccine available.

To schedule an appointment for children 5-11 years old, please visit www.cns-cares.org/COVID19 and select the PEDIATRIC COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT (age 5-11) Pfizer option. Should appointments be filled, please check back weekly as additional opportunities will be opened as vaccine inventory increases.

Note that this represents just one of the many available locations for 5-11 year old COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals are encouraged to check with their provider, pharmacy, local health department and community partner each week for open appointments.

CNS will not be providing on-site COVID-19 clinics at individual schools at this time.

Check Out The Amazing Art Recreations in Mrs. Beatty's Class

Mrs. Beatty wanted to share some of the amazing creativity happening in her classroom!


Students were given about 20 random props from my house and a selection of artwork by Hispanic artists and they had to recreate them in 25 minutes!

A Loving Reminder From Our Speech and Language Pathologist Mrs. Collingridge

Providence Hall's Speech Department has recently finished conducting the required fall hearing screenings. We have submitted several audiological referrals and have reminded many students to remember to keep their earbuds turned down to avoid permanent hearing damage. A recent poll by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association suggests that nearly half of all adult Americans have a loved one who has difficulty hearing. Please reference the graphic on facilitating effective communication with individuals who have hearing loss. Feel free to contact jcollingridge@providencehall.com if you have additional questions or concerns about your student's hearing or speech-language development.
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Check Out The Latest Contest Happening In The Library...The Heart Of Our School

The library had a fun contest during the month of November! Each week 10 staff baby pictures were posted outside of the library. The students had a week to figure out who those adorable babies were and submit their guesses. Winners were announced and awarded prizes every Friday. The students had so much fun and we have to say, our staff were all beautiful babies!!!

Paper Crane Wishes

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Dear Patriots,


We had a goal of making 1,000 cranes between all of the grades, and we completely knocked that goal out of the ballpark.


We ended up making a total of 6,100 cranes!!!


When we hit the 1,000 mark, we got to make ONE wish for the school, but since we hit 6,100 cranes, we need your help with all of the wishes we get to make.


Would you please complete this form with the wishes you would like to make:

https://forms.gle/6Zxu1JH9YxEBhPTX9


Wishes that get chosen will get a prize and be announced on video announcements next week.


I am so proud of you!

Mrs. Whittmer

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Please click the link below to view this week's menu

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PTO Newsletter #ourfavoritepeople

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Oh my goodness Patriots we are soooo excited to bring to you the FIRST ever PTO newsletter.

If you have ever been curious about how you can help here at PHJH, we are about to introduce you to the people who work all the magic behind the scenes!!!

Please click on the link to see all of the amazing things our PTO does to support our school. There are so many ways to help even if you can't be at the school in person.

Thank you, PTO for putting this together, and for being the heart of Providence Hall!


https://www.smore.com/dyv71

Partnering with CTEC Business and Marketing Students

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We are so excited to have the opportunity to work with and help students that are taking the CTEC business and marketing course. Each year, this class hears from different organizations marketing needs, and then if selected, works with a group of students to create a marketing plan for the next year as part of their final grade in the class.

We are excited to inform you that the students picked Providence Hall as one of the organizations it will work with this year!


This is a great opportunity for us as a community to support students with hands-on learning and experience and get some free marketing help from a student's point of view.


To start the project, students have asked that we have the PH community complete this survey so they can see what you love and what you would like to see improved here at PHJH.

Please help these kids out by completing the form below.

https://forms.gle/sFX64u6nxKR5mNLG9

Whaaaat A Providence Hall Mobile App?!?!