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Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Challenges January 2020 Chief Joseph Journal Chief Joseph School of the Arts Gretchen Hart, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org 1100 E. Chateau Dr, Meridian ID 83646 Julia Woodall, Secretary Phone (208)350-4200 Absence Reporting Line (208)350-4201 email@example.com Fax (208) 350-4209 Dear Chief Joseph Families, Dates to Remember: Wishing you a wonderful winter vacation! Two weeks is quite a break from school, and we’re hoping that all of our Chief Jo students will be able to take the time to read (or be read to) each day while they’re away. We also encour- age writing of any kind – lists, letters, journals, stories, po- Dec 19: 4th/5th Grade Band Concert, 9:45 am ems, or comic book creation! No matter the form, children Dec 23- Jan 3: Christmas Break gain important skills when they use paper and pencil to express their thoughts. As we tell the kids, strong readers and writers practice both at home and at school! Appreciate the effort made by parents to have students Jan 6: School resumes on time each day here at school – thanks, too, for doing Jan 7: Lottery application for 2020-2021 opens your best to keep kids here all day, until our 3:55 dismissal Jan 7: 101 Dalmatians auditions, by appt time. While we understand the occasional need to excuse students early for appointments, we very much want to Jan 8: 101 Dalmatians auditions, by appt preserve every minute of instructional time and keep clas- Jan 9: Deadline for Intent to Re-enroll submissions ses running smoothly all day long. Jan 16: PTO Family Movie Night, 5:30 pm Finally, we’re working here at school to help students un- Jan 17: Early Release, K-12, dismissal at 1:25 pm derstand why they’re learning what they do, and how Jan 20: No school, K-12, MLK Day they’ll know when they’ve learned it. Please ask those Jan 28: Coding Club begins, Computer Lab, 4:00- same questions at home (‘Why are you learning multipli- 4:45pm cation? ‘How will you know you’ve learned your multipli- Jan 30: Lottery application period closes cation facts?’); the more we can build those connections, the better. Best wishes and see you back at school on Monday, Jan. 6! Sincerely, February 8: Ski Night for grades 4/5; Registration required (see pg 9) G Hart Feb 13: PTO meeting, 4:00-4:30, Library Gretchen Hart, Principal February 17: No school, K-12, Presidents Day February 20: PTO K.I.S.S. Dance, 6:00 February 25: Class Photo Day February 25: 3rd gr field trip, 10:15-1:30 February 28: No school, K-12, Teacher Inservice
Intent to Re-Enroll for 2020-21 school year January 9, 2020 – The annual “Intent to Return” response for all current students due, via online survey. Dangerous weather conditions (significant snowfall, extremely icy streets) may force the closure of all schools in the West Ada School District. Should the weather require For more information, please see the school closure, the decision to close school will be made by 5:00AM. flyer on page 6 of this newsletter. Should inclement weather or emergency situations occur which would result in the The link to the online survey is now on closing of schools, the information will be sent from the district’s mass communica- Chief Joseph's home page: http:// tion tool via text or emailed messages and will be announced by the local radio and www.westada.org/chiefjoseph TV stations, as well as the district website. PowerSchool is the district’s online student information system. The district will Failure to submit an “Intent to relay messages regarding school events, reminders, school closures and more using Return” response by the deadline the contact information provided by families in their PowerSchool accounts. will forfeit your student’s place- ment at Chief Joseph. Please make sure your contact numbers and information are always current in PowerSchool! A friendly reminder… Our crossing guards are here to keep us safe – please be mindful of their instruc- tions when driving and walking in our school zones. By Idaho code, the public is required obey directions given by school crossing guards. Cars should not park or idle in cross- walks. Cars cannot be parked in our Bus Zone or Parent Pick-up Loop. To avoid the traffic congestion, please consider dropping off/picking up your children at an alternate entrance (off of Hunter or Blue Heron) and have them follow the sidewalk onto/off school grounds. Thank you for keeping safety in mind! Mrs. Hart, Principal
101 Dalmatians the Musical Auditions: January 7 & 8 Where: After school, Gym & Music Room When: Student’s audition time assigned & notification sent home before Holiday Break Who: Only children interested in a main part will audition Practices: January 22 - April 9, 4:00-5:00 Monday and Wednesday- Whole Cast Practices, Gym Tuesday and Thursday– Main Cast Practices, Music Room or Gym Performance: Friday, April 10, 2020 Where: Centennial High School Performing Arts Center Time: 6:30 PM Auditions will take place January 7 & 8. Notice of students’ assigned audition times have been sent home. WHAT TO EXPECT: Students interested in auditioning for a main part were given a packet with the song and dialogue that they will need to learn for the audition. Please have your child acquainted with all speaking parts in the packet. Parents are not allowed in the audition room. Thanks for your support! Contact Ms. Strader if you have audition questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) Chief Joseph “Coders Club” Our school is excited to provide a new opportunity for our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to learn more about computer coding in a FREE after-school club setting. Our eight-week session will run from 4:00-4:45 pm on Tuesday afternoons each week, Janu- ary 28th - March 17th. Students will be introduced to block coding through Code.org, a free coding website, as well as spend time with Scratch coding and Java Script. Space will be limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Look for more information and registration forms to come home after winter break.
The West Ada School District Art Show is an annual event held each year to recognize budding artists within the West Ada school district. Your student could be selected as the next elementary winner! This year’s theme is “My World” deadline for entries is Friday, March 6th! Chief Joseph will select one piece of artwork as our School Choice Winner. This artwork will represent our school in the annual West Ada School District Art show on April 23, 2020. Our School Choice Winner is then eligible for a District Choice Award which includes local community recog- nition: Meridian Mayor’s Award, Star Mayor’s Award, Eagle Mayor’s Award, Superintendent’s Award, West Ada Director’s Award, BSU Dean of Education Award, ISU Dean Award, Eagle Chamber of Commerce Award, Meridian Arts Commission Award, Eagle Arts Commission Award, and the Board of Trustees Awards. The pieces chosen for these awards will be displayed in the respective offices for one year. Art work will be returned to the artists in April of the following year. What an incredible opportunity to show off our talented young artists! * * Please see Mrs. Antilla for an Entry form * * Included are a few guidelines to remember before you submit your artwork: One entry per student - only original artwork accepted 2-D artwork should be no larger than 18" x24" (no frames please) 3D artwork : No size restrictions Entry forms need to be signed by parents Artwork and entry forms are due to Mrs. Antilla on or before March 13th! We look forward to receiving many creative entries this year! For more information, please contact email@example.com
Physical Education During the upcoming months of January and February, the focus in physical education in grades 3-5 will be on manipulative activities and locomotor movements. The activities will include striking with different implements, jump rope, and throwing and catching activities. Students in grades K-2 will be working on jumping and landing, throwing/catching activities, striking with dif- ferent implements, and basic locomotor activities. Lap Attack Students have the opportunity to participate in Lap Attack, Chief Joseph’s run/walk program, every day during lunch recess. The run/walk program allows students to accumulate additional physical activity during the school day. Students are acknowledged after completing 10 miles and then at 25-mile increments following. The students are re- warded with a foot token and with a shoe to go on the Lap Attack wall near the library. Bogus Basin Ski Night The 2020 Chief Joseph Bogus Basin ski/snowboard night will be held on Saturday, February 8. This program is available to 4th and 5th grade students at Chief Joseph. Registration forms will be distributed to the students before winter break. The pricing for the ski/snowboard is $39 for Package A, which includes ski/snowboard equipment rental, lesson, and bus transportation. The pricing for Package B is $29, which includes bus transportation and ski/snowboard lesson. The bus is limited to the first 36 students who return their registration and payment. The final deadline for turning in reg- istration is Friday, Jan. 31, but the spots may fill prior to this deadline - so please turn in registration as soon as possible. WHAT SORT OF BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK WILL BE CREATED IN CHIEF JO'S ART CLASSES IN JANUARY?? Kinder - pattern and collage techniques 1st grade - pattern and collage techniques 2nd Grade - architecture 3rd Grade - painting with tints and shades 4th Grade - printmaking 5th Grade - winter landscapes inspired by contemporary artist Jen Aranyi Interested in volunteering in our art classroom? We'd love to have you! Please contact our Art Teacher, Annemarie Antilla (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more information.
Current Chief Joseph / School of Choice Families: Intent to Re-Enroll for 2020-2021 The time has come for Chief Joseph School of the Arts to begin planning for the space and staff need- ed for the 2020-2021 school year. To assist the planning process, we need a completed Intent to Re- Enroll Survey from each student – this survey represents a commitment from you (for your student) indicating whether or not you are planning for your child to continue at Chief Joseph for 2020-21. Due to a large number of lottery applications we receive each year, we want to be certain that we retain a seat for your child. This year we are ONLY using an online survey to collect this information. The link to the survey is found on Chief Joseph’s home page. Your survey responses are a commitment and any later change does have an impact on class size and program availability. Important information to understand: This survey must be submitted no later than January 9, 2020, in order to confirm your child’s placement. A separate “Intent to Re-Enroll” survey must be completed for each child in your family. We require the “Intent to Re-Enroll” survey be completed online and cannot accept phone confir- mations. If you need assistance completing this survey, please contact the school to arrange to use a school computer with staff help. Your failure to complete the survey will forfeit your child’s placement at Chief Joseph. Please Note: If your home address is outside of the West Ada School district boundary, your current student(s) may continue to attend Chief Joseph School of the Arts pending space available; priority is given to families living within the West Ada boundary. All out-of district students must complete an Out-of-District Transfer application by March 1, 2020 and receive approval from a West Ada Regional Director. The application can be found on our district website (click on the “Parents and Students” tab, then “Registration and Forms” on the westada.org website). A paper copy can also be obtained from the school office. THANK YOU FOR COMPLETING THE SURVEY BEFORE JANUARY 9!
Familias de hoy en día de Chief Joseph / Escuela de elección para las familias: Planificación para el año 2020-2021 Ha llegado la hora para comenzar la planificación de las necesidades de espacio y los requisitos del personal para el año escolar 2020-2021 de la escuela Chief Joseph de las Artes. Para facilitar el proce- so de planificación, necesitamos un compromiso firme de usted y de su estudiante indicando si usted está planeando que su hijo continúe en Chief Joseph durante el ano escolar 2020-21. Debido a un gran número de solicitudes de lotería que recibimos cada año, queremos estar seguros de que conservamos un asiento para su hijo. Este año SOLO estamos utilizando una encuesta en línea para recopilar esta información. El enlace a la encuesta se encuentra en la página principal de Chief Joseph. Sus respuestas de encuesta son un compromiso y cualquier cambio tiene un impacto negativo en el tamaño de la clase y la disponibilidad del programa. Información importante para entender: Esta encuesta debe presentarse a más tardar el 9 de enero de 2020, con el fin de confirmar la colo- cación de su hijo. Una encuesta separada de "intento de reinscribirse" debe ser completada para cada niño de su fami- lia. Requerimos la encuesta de "intención de reinscribirse" sea completada en línea y no pueden acep- tar confirmaciones telefónicas. Si necesita ayuda para completar esta encuesta, por favor comuníquese con la escuela para conse- guir el uso de una computadora escolar con ayuda del personal. Su incapacidad de completar la encuesta perderá la colocación de su hijo en Chief Joseph. Favor de anotar: Si su domicilio está fuera del límite del distrito escolar de West Ada, su estudiante puede continuar asistiendo a Chief Joseph Escuela de las Artes en espera de espacio disponible; se da prioridad a las familias que viven dentro de las áreas de West Ada. Todos los estudiantes fuera del distrito deben de completar una solicitud de transferencia fuera del distrito hasta el 1 de marzo de 2020 y recibir la aprobación de un director regional de West Ada. La aplicación se puede en- contrar en nuestro sitio web del distrito (haga clic en la ficha "padres y estudiantes", a continuación, "registro y formularios" en el sitio web de westada.org). También se puede obtener una copia en papel de la oficina de la escuela. ¡ Gracias por completar la encuesta
Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors! All new students interested in attending Chief Joseph, including kindergartners, must be accepted through the Lottery. School Tours for prospective new students: Thursday, January 9 ( begins at 4:30 p.m.) Wednesday, January 29 ( begins at 4:30 p.m.) Prospective new families can sign up for a tour spot through Sign-Up Genius (link on our homepage Headlines) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4aa9a82ca6fb6-school1 School of Choice Lottery for 2020-21 opens January 7, 2020 The Lottery Application period for the 2020-21 school year opens in January. The online appli- cation is open from January 7th - January 30th. Go to https://www.westada.org/Domain/11 to find link to application. It’s cold outside! Bundle up! Cold days are upon us. Please note that we still have outdoor recess most days during the winter season. We have indoor recess when the temperature falls below 20°. Be sure to send your child to school with warm clothing - including boots, hats and gloves.
2020 Chief Joseph Bogus Basin Ski/Snowboard Night Who: 4th and 5th grade students at Chief Joseph When: Saturday, February 8, 2020 Itinerary: 2:45 to 3:00- Bus loading time at CJE 5:00-Lessons begin at Bogus Basin 7:30-Return rental equipment & board bus for return trip to CJE 8:00-Depart Bogus Basin for CJE 9:00-Approximate arrival time at CJE and parent pick-up Cost: Package A = $39 Ski/Snowboard Lesson and Rental Equipment Includes: lesson, ski/snowboard & boot rental, slope access, transportation Package B = $29 Lesson Only Includes: lesson, slope access, transportation * Please complete and return the registration/release form and payment to Mr. Schabot as soon as possible. Checks for the ski/snowboard packages must be written payable to Chief Joseph School of the Arts. Additional Costs: Students will have an opportunity to eat on the bus and after the completion of their lesson. It is recommended that the students pack snacks/sack lunch from home. Food is available at Bogus Basin for students to purchase. Students are responsible for their own meal money. Average meal cost ranges from $5 to $10. Any locker rentals or helmet rental is the responsibility of the students and are not included in the package pricing. If a student is renting a helmet, then they will need to bring cash or a check written payable to Black Diamond Sports. Helmet rental is $8.48 Registration Forms will be distributed to 4th & 5th grade students just before Christmas break Limited number of spots are available. Return registrations to Mr. Schabot as soon as possible! The bus has a capacity of 36 paying students. The first 36 students to turn in their registration/release forms and pay- ment will fill the bus! ***Students may also participate if a parent drives them to Bogus Basin. To be eligible for the program rates, students still need to complete the registration form and attach payment. Please indicate clearly on the registration form “STUDENT NOT RIDING BUS”. Deadline for Registration Forms is Friday, January 31, 2020 Class Picture Day Tuesday, February 25th Photos of each class will be taken on Class Picture Day Individual student photos may also be taken if needed. DON’T MISS IT!
We are so excited to have 2 new wonderful parents join our PTO team as Co-Vice Presidents. Thank you to all the parents and staff for continued help making the PTO thrive! Keep scanning and clip- ping those box tops, and help us inch closer to our year goal of $1,000! * * January 16th * * Save the date for the Winter PTO Family Movie Night. Look for more information coming home after break! Did you know? We’re on Facebook! Search for our page: Chief Joseph School of the Arts Meridian It’s a great way to keep updated on all things Chief Joseph!
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