Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
Our programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.
Carl Sandburg has been participating in this program for several years. It is fun and informative for the students as well as the volunteers that teach. If you would like to help with the Junior Achievement Program, please contact the PTA president.
To find out more information about Junior Achievement, visit their website https://www.juniorachievement.org
JAZZ READING CONTEST – January 17th – February 18th
Carl Sandburg has participated in the Jazz reading Contest for several years and has won several autographed basketballs from the Utah Jazz. They are on display in the media center for all of the students to enjoy. This year we have chosen to work on a school-wide goal of 400,000 minutes. All students should be bringing home tracking sheets (each week) for this specific contest. Included on these sheets should also list a minimum amount of minutes (by grade levels) we are encouraging students to read. They are more than welcome to read more if they so desire. Any amount of reading can help us achieve our goal so make sure you turn those sheets in. And don’t worry…if your child forgets to bring them in when they are due, please send it with them the next day or anytime during the contest. We want to be able to include any and all efforts the children put into this program.
More about the Program…
The Utah Jazz will begin the 16th annual “Be A Team Player – Read!” contest on Friday, Jan. 17. With continued support from Scholastic Book Fairs, Russell’s Ice Cream and Med One Capital, the month-long challenge requires thousands of students to chart and report their out-of-school reading minutes. The competition encourages students to develop a life-long love of reading, while emphasizing the importance of literacy and the value of teamwork.
Approximately 24,000 students from 40 elementary schools will participate in this year’s contest. The 10 schools that log the most out-of-school minutes read per student will each be awarded a visit from Utah Jazz players and an ice cream party for the entire student body. This year, the Jazz will also provide one additional participating school with the opportunity to receive a player visit via a random drawing upon the completion of the contest.
“The Utah Jazz organization is proud to support a variety of educational initiatives, and Be A Team Player – Read! is one of the team’s largest community outreach programs,” said Randy Rigby, Utah Jazz president. “The contest not only provides students with the motivation to spend time reading outside of the classroom, it also shows them that reading is an enjoyable activity that they can continue throughout their lives.”
“Be A Team Player – Read!” will conclude on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Utah Jazz players will visit the top 10 schools, along with the randomly selected 11th school, on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Each visit will feature a reading assembly led by players, followed by a Q & A session.
Last season’s contest featured participation by more than 21,000 students who read a combined total of nearly 17.3 million minutes. “Be A Team Player – Read!” is held in conjunction with NBA Cares, the league’s global community outreach initiative, and is part of the Utah Jazz organization’s ongoing efforts to make a positive, lasting impact on local youth January 17th-February 18th.
Your child should be getting started. All entries are DUE: FEBRUARY 3rd. Display boards are available in the office for only $1.00 (Great price-thank you office staff for providing this). Please be sure to have your student check with their teacher for more details.
KUED SCIENCE NIGHT – February 6th
We will again have KUED coming to our school this night and have 6 or so different activity stations. Dinner will also be provided so mark your calendars now for this fun-filled event. They will also be giving books out to each student. We will also have the students’ science boards on display for all to see.
BOOK FAIR – February 10th – 11th
Our book fair is a great way to get your student reading and raise money for our school. Please visit us in the Media Center during SEP conferences to purchase books or educational tools to motivate your student to succeed.
Each year Scholastic Book Fairs®, in partnership with schools across the country, hosts more than 127,000 book-sale events that give more than 35 million students and their families access to thousands of affordable and educational products, helping foster a lifelong love of reading.
School and parent volunteers work with Scholastic Book Fair representatives to organize these events at school, where children can peruse and purchase their favorite books. From its nationwide network of more than 60 warehouses and customer service facilities, Scholastic delivers its Fairs to schools, with the majority of books arranged in mobile, easy-to-access cases. Books are displayed face-front and grouped by age or grade-level, so it’s easy for kids to find characters and subjects they love and want to read about. Scholastic also provides planning materials, promotional tools, and merchandising displays to help the school create an exciting bookstore environment.
Scholastic Book Fairs’ team of book experts – former educators, booksellers, and Book Fair veterans – reviews thousands of titles from hundreds of publishers each year, and every Scholastic Book Fair offers a new assortment of books for the fall and spring seasons and consistently includes the latest award-winners and most popular books, often in exclusive Book Fair-only editions.
At the end of the Fair, the school is awarded either a percentage of the revenue or books and educational materials. Scholastic Book Fairs helps generate more than $175 million in fundraising for school projects and classroom materials.
We will be asking children to bring these in on February 19th, 20th, & 21st. When we did this in the fall, (just before Halloween) we earned $560.00! That’s a good amount for little pieces of paper. Every little bit counts!!!
To learn more about how BOXTOPS works, visit http://www.boxtops4education.com/all-about-boxtops
“BELIEVE, DREAM, INSPIRE” is our theme for this year’s Reflections Program. We had several students advance in the program and we are proud of all who participated. Look for next year’s theme in the Fall.
RED RIBBON WEEK
Monday: We wore red shirts to remember that we are going to “SAY NO TO DRUGS. We also placed red flags out on the school lawn and signed a banner pledging to be DRUG FREE! Students were sent home with a drug facts sheet to be discussed and signed and brought back for a treat.
Tuesday: Crazy Sock Day to declare that we can SOCK IT DO DRUGS! And a judging on the drug free bulletin boards for classroom prizes.
Wednesday: WE HAVE PRIDE THAT OUR SCHOOL IS A DRUG FREE ENVIRONMENT. Students wore school colors (blue & yellow) or their school shirts. Officer Brumley, a West Valley police officer came to discuss ways your student can stay away from drugs.
Thursday: Students received a red wristband to remind them to JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS. The bulletin boards turned out wonderful and reminded us to be DRUG FREE!
KUED Media Literacy Family Night! – Thursday, October 24, 2013
We had a night of hands on learning/educational Activities -FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY & Free Dinner. THANKS KUED!
INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY!!
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.
Walk to School Day 2013 is scheduled for October 9. (And Walk to School Day 2014 will be October 8.)
Walk safely to school on this day and get a treat!
We will be having our school carnival, this Thursday, September 19, 2013~4-7 pm~wristbands (for rides) are $6.00/each. However, if you are a PTA member, your only pay $5.00/each.
You may also purchase dinner and games, as well. Please come and support our school and kids while having lots of fun!!! Can’t wait to see you there!
We invited all grandparents to visit our school and spend some quality time with their grandkids. While at the school grandparents were able to observe their grandchildren in the classroom. Students and their grandparents were then invited to the lunch room for a craft and some light refreshments. Our Grandparents Day Event made it onto Region 5 PTA (Utah)’s fb page and was liked by Utah Public Education! Thanks yet again to the wonderful Grandparents that came out to make it a success!!! Keeps the support coming! YOU CAN make the difference! See what they said here http://gsdnews.org/2013/09/13/grandparents-vital-partners-in-education/
BOOKS and BUDDIES
Occasionally through the year we host a morning reading to encourage you and your student to read together. We meet in the Gym from 7:30-8:00 with books from the library to read with your student.
Part of the PTA responsibility is the safety of the students in case the students are required to stay in the school for a long period of time. The emergency kits we provide are a simple drink pouch and a granola bar for each student. If they are not used, the students are able to enjoy them on field day at the end of the year. We have collected enough for the 2013-2014 school year. Please watch for a flyer at the beginning for each school year to replenish these kits.