Online Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling

Jordan School District has a new online scheduling system. A letter will be sent to all C & D track parents explaining how to access the system.

You can access the system at the Jordan District site by clicking this link

For any questions about online scheduling contact the school.

Box Tops and Campbell's Labels Spring Update

Our Annual Battle of the Box Tops and Labels ended on February 12th with the GIRLS winning. Mrs. Yost wore the winning t-shirt "We Won! Girls Rule!" on Friday the 19th of February.

Foothills is the real winner though: $1265 in Box Tops and 2200 Campbell's Labels from this contest! Amazing! Way to go Mustangs!

All that work cutting off Box Tops and Labels pays off! Just to show how wonderful Foothills is doing, of the 952 schools in Utah that participate in Box Tops for Education, Foothills Elementary School is ranked #37!

For the 2009-10 school year we have a grand total of $2988 in Box Tops and 8850 Campbell's Labels. We will keep you posted on what the money is used for and the difference you've made to our school!

Thanks for your incredible support. Keep cutting those Box Tops and Labels - - the next contest will be in the fall of 2010!


What's Happening in Your Grade in March?

(this is an article from the March newsletter)

Kindergarten – February was a busy month with learning about teeth, cultures (Chinese New Year), Valentines and the Presidents and arriving at our 100th day of school (with reading, writing and math activities. In Math we are measuring and ordering objects and learning about 3-D shapes. All students should be able to count to at least 30 and write the numbers correctly. To be "on grade level" now, students should be reading on a B level. We love reading lots of books and appreciate those parents who support the reading programs with home reading and returning the notes.
We love kindergarten.

First Grade – First grade will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Suess on March 2. We will also be doing many fun St. Patrick's Day activities throughout the month. D track will be celebrating their 100th day of school during March. C and D tracks will be having Parent Teacher Conferences as well. We will be learning more about weather and seasons as we watch to see if March will blow in like a lion or a lamb.

Second Grade - We will be finishing up our "Going Buggy" programs on February 25th. We are very proud of the children and the wonderful job they did in presenting their programs this past month. We are in the process of learning some new math concepts: adding and subtracting with regrouping, identify fractions of 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 and create fractions within groups, measuring with many different types of tools, and we will working with 3-dimensional shapes. In reading we are advancing with our reading skills, fluency and comprehension. We will be sending our recipe books out at the beginning of March. Thank you for helping your children with this project. Tracks A & B send thanks to those who attended parent/teacher conferences. Tracks C & D parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for March 15-19.

Third Grade - March Madness

We are half way through the year, yes it is true
Third graders are working hard they have a lot to do.
There are so many genres that we read about
From fairy tales to non-fiction we read with out a doubt.
Our fluency is coming along great
Helping preparing our students for that testing date.
Multiplication, division, we will cover it all
Along with reviewing to help our memories recall.
Three, two, one blast off to the moon
We study this in science every afternoon.

In Social Studies we will learn about those in Peru
Discovering the different things that their cultures do.
As you can see we have a lot to learn,
But learning is something that our students yearn.
During the month of March we feel “lucky” you see
Because third grade is the BEST place to be!

Fourth Grade - March is a busy month for 4th grade. We will be doing some fun activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss on March 2. B and D tracks are reading a ton to help our school win the Book Battle. Remember to turn your calendars in on March 5. On March 9, tracks A, C, and D will have a special presentation on pioneers. C and D tracks will have their Parent Teacher Conferences on March 17 and 18. Parents, watch for a letter to come home about scheduling your conference on-line. Many tracks are starting county reports this month. Continue to read, study your math facts, and practice your recorder.

Fifth Grade - March brings some exciting activities to the 5th grade! We are all finishing up our Student Treasure books that we have been working very hard on for the past few months. We have also been preparing for the State DWA writing test. In the middle of February we were able to attend the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall, which was a very fun field trip. We have enjoyed meeting with students and parents for Parent Teacher Conferences. Many classes are working hard on their Young American Award by reciting the Gettysburg Address and memorizing the National Anthem. We are looking forward to all the fun and excitement that spring brings to 5th grade!

Sixth Grade -We are beginning to prepare for middle school. Middle School math placement tests are taking place and soon orientation meetings for new seventh graders will be announced. World Fair fever has caught on early this year with the sixth grade. Watch for your classes dates and times. We are also dancing up a storm. At this time of year we are having a masquerade dance. The students get to decorate masks and dress nice. They have learned country swing, line dancing, and some mixers, with some fun modern kids dances. The dancing style might not match but we will have a blast! Parent Teacher conferences are coming up for C and D tracks so make sure to schedule your time.

Help Wanted: Foothills PTA Board 2010-2011

Hey all you Foothills Mustangs! We're so excited March is here. I don't know about the rest of you, but I get a burst of energy in March as I look forward to warmer weather, spring flowers, and getting outside more. We hope you are all feeling energized and are looking forward to spring as well. Hopefully renewed energy can be put to good use by our students in the classroom and by parents volunteering at the school! We're working on organizing next year's PTA board and need some energetic volunteers to help out. Please look over the attached flyer about what positions are available next year and think about how you can be involved in PTA! Happy spring!

Valerie Peterson and Jennifer Emery
Co-Presidents Foothills PTA

Help Wanted!

Foothills PTA Board is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2010-2011 school year PTA Board. We’d love to have some fresh, new faces sign up to be involved. We need help in the following areas:

President – Don’t be scared off, it’s really not that bad…you just need to have a few organization and leadership skills and a desire to be involved at Foothills!

President Elect – shadow the current president and learn the ropes to step in as the following year’s president.

Treasurer – do you have some good budgeting and organization skills? Help keep track of PTA income and expenses and other financial needs.

Membership Coordinator – help recruit PTA members and collect membership dues.

Health Commissioner – coordination vision and hearing screenings and the Maturation Program

Newsletter Editor – help organize and put out a monthly newsletter to parents

Field Day Coordinator – coordinate our fun Field Days at the end of the year (in the spring).

Room Parents Coordinator – organize room parents for the teachers, help with volunteer needs, classroom parties and Teacher Appreciation week.

Please don’t think that you need lots of spare time to do one of these tasks…each position requires just a little of your time but can make a big difference in our school! Please let us know what you are interested in helping with.

March Newsletter has a form you can fill out and return to express your interest in the PTA.

What's Happening in Your Grade in February?

(this is an article from the February newsletter)

Kindergarten – Our kindergarteners seem so much more grown up after Christmas! We are in the midst of doing the mid year PALS (Phonemic Awareness Literacy Screening) and the second round of the Math Benchmark tests, as well as determining the Guided Reading Levels--a busy time for testing in Kindergarten. Also, we have been learning about Animals in winter, the Winter Season and the Five Senses, as well as preparing for Valentine's Day and our 100th Day of School which will happen this month. The Chinese New Year happens on Feb 14 this year and we are learning some interesting cultural information with that! All activities will involve reading, writing and math as we continue to develop skills in all those areas!
We love Kindergarten!

First Grade – February is a busy time for first grade. We will discuss and learn about Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, money, dental health and some of our famous presidents. Many of the tracks will also be celebrating the 100th day of school.

Second Grade - Teacher have been testing and gathering information for the upcoming parent/teacher conferences on
February 16-19, 2010 for Tracks A and B. Parent/Teacher conference will be the middle of March for Tracks C & D. The children also have been practicing for our music program on February 11. This program will be taking place here at school during school hours; so set aside this date and come support your children. During the Science rotation time, the children have been learning about plants. We even have some plants in that room. Other events for this month are Valentines parties on February 12. There is no school on Presidents Day February 15. We wish you all a Happy Valentines Day.

Third Grade - Third graders are diligently working to complete their Treasure Books by the March 1st publisher's deadline. Each student is composing and illustrating a book of poetry. How exciting that each child will be an accomplished author!
Students are working with their parents for a few minutes each evening to master multiplication facts. This program has earned the nickname "Rocket Math" as students record levels that are passed off on their rocket. How helpful it will be to know the facts when it is time to begin division in fourth grade!
The children are excited about the plans that are being made for their classroom Valentine's Party. Thank you to all of you parents who are volunteering to help with a game or craft or send in materials to make this party successful.

Fourth Grade - We can’t believe it’s February already! 4th Grade students are working hard, learning long division and double-digit multiplication. We are also preparing to begin our county reports. Look for more information to come regarding these reports. Remember, it’s still cold, so bring a coat. 4th graders are also reading to help win the Battle of the Books contest. Miss Haynie’s class won the lesson with Brandon Mull in 4th grade. Don’t forget to do your homework and practice Rocket Math!

Fifth Grade- 5th grade is continuing to work hard. We'll be doing lots of writing practice, especially in persuasive writing. This will prepare students for the DWA (directed writing assessment) that will be in February or March, depending on tracks. Of course we're also busy learning 5th grade math, science, and social studies curriculum. We'll have our annual Valentine's box contest on Friday, February 12th featuring 4 categories: Creative, Technological, Prettiest, and Funniest. A detailed note about this activity will come home with students soon. A & B track will participate in a Disability Awareness activity on February 8 (C & D tracks will have a turn in March) We'll be going on a field trip to Abravanel Hall to see the Utah Symphony perform on February 17th. All classes will be working on Student Treasure books as well. It's going to be a busy month!

Sixth Grade Our 6th grade has really been hitting the books lately! We are trying to prepare for the rigors of middle school. The 6th grade will soon take a middle school math test to determine math placements for next year. Our students should be well prepared when the time comes. This year is flying by and we still have so much more to do! We have a lot of fun activities planned for the rest of this year. Stay tuned for more details.


Two Foothills Students move on to State Reflections

Congratulations go to Ruth B. and Russel M. who have received Awards of Excellence at the Regional Reflections. They will move on to compete at the State Level.

Ruth B. (4th grade) won in Theater for her entry entitled "An African Tale." Her original puppet show tells the story of an ostrich who feels like he is the ugliest bird in all of Africa, and how he discovered that true beauty is found inside.

Russel M. (3rd grade) won in 3d art. His entry was a large eagle, very colorful and detailed, hand made from clay.

Both Ruth and Russel will compete in the Utah State Reflections in April.