Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada

Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Challenges                                                    January 2020

                           Chief Joseph Journal
Chief Joseph School of the Arts                                                              Gretchen Hart, Principal
1100 E. Chateau Dr, Meridian ID 83646
                                                                                                       Julia Woodall, Secretary
Phone (208)350-4200              Absence Reporting Line (208)350-4201                        
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
Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
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
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

     A friendly
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-

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

Thank you for keeping safety in mind!

Mrs. Hart, Principal
Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
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 (

                          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, 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.
Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
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
Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
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 (, for more information.
Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
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
   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-
   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 website). A paper copy can also be
obtained from the school office.

Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
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-
   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 También se puede obtener una copia en papel
de la oficina de la escuela.

                              ¡ Gracias por completar la encuesta
Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
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)

                     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 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.
Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
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

                          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

        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!
Chief Joseph School of the Arts - West Ada
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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