What's Happening in Your Grade in August?

Welcome to KINDERGARTEN! We are so excited to be starting a new year! This month in kindergarten we will be doing assessments, exploring our school, learning each other’s names and working in our ABC books.

Welcome to FIRST GRADE! We are excited to spend a WHOLE day at school with you this year! We will spend our first few weeks learning routines and procedures, enjoying lunch, and making new friends. As your first grader gets ready for this transition, start establishing routines at home now to make long term success. Some habits are: eating breakfast, getting to school on time, reading time, homework time, a study area, and getting to bed on time. Setting routines early will help your child to develop good habits.

SECOND GRADERS are off to a great start!  This month they will learn how to write more effectively using “Who, What, Where, When and Why”.  They will focus on the writing process learning about characters, setting, problems and solutions.  Additionally, they will work on punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, nouns and pronouns.  In Math, they will learn about odd and even whole numbers and place value to 1000.  They will learn the associative and commutative properties as well as addition and subtraction strategies.  We will also learn about plants. animals and seasons.

The THIRD GRADE is excited to start off another school year at Foothills Elementary!  We are excited to meet our new students and parents!  Teamwork is the key this year amongst the parents, teachers and students.  We are so glad that we get to work with you and be part of your team.  Let's give a cheer for  a great school year!!!!

Welcome back to school and welcome to FOURTH GRADE.  We are looking forward to a great year!  Please continue practicing your multiplication facts--you will need to know these this year.  Remember to be to school on time every day so our classes can earn a lot of rewards for our attendance.  Parents, please check your child's planner every night so you know what homework to expect.  We are excited to get to know you and your child.

We are all excited about starting the 2011-2012 FIFTH GRADE school year. In fifth grade the kids get the opportunity to join Safety Patrol, graduate DARE, earn the Young American Award, and learn new curriculum. We focus on responsibility and accountability to prepare the kids for the year's ahead. We can't wait to get started!

SIXTH GRADE is up and running!  We jumped right into curriculum on the first day! Our new math program this year is going to require clear teaching, student dedication, and parent support.  We really stress student responsibility.  Students are to use their planners effectively, follow through on all assignments, and work hard to earn good grades.  We have a lot of fun activities planned this year, (Western Dance, Mustang Market, Star Party, Guidance, Crash activities,  field trip, etc.) to go along with all our hard work!   Thanks for your support!

Note from the PTA

We are excited for the new school year! Hope you all are, too. Please consider volunteering a bit of time and/or joining PTA this year. Our parent volunteers are what make our programs work! Your kids love to see you at their school and in their classrooms and you would be helping in their education as well. We will be voting on our PTA budget August 15th at 9:00 am in our general meeting (held at the school).  Please come and be a part of how PTA spends money in behalf of your kids!

August is the month that we kick-off our fundraiser (look for upcoming information about the Jog-A-Thon happening in September).  This is a fun way for the kids to show school spirit!  We will also be sending home school T-shirt order forms.  Support the school and show your school spirit by ordering one!


Box Tops 2011

Hey - - cut that out!!! Get your scissors out and get clipping Box Tops and Campbell's Labels! We are having a contest for 7 weeks, starting August 22nd, to see which class can collect the most! Glue the Box Tops to a collection sheet or simply put them in a ziploc bag and turn them in to your teacher! Cut the Campbell's Labels UPC code off of participating products, such as: Campbell's soup, Spaghettio's, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, Prego Sauce, V8 & V8 Splash caps and Swanson broth/stock/canned chicken. (Links to Box Top collection sheets and Campbell's Labels product lists can be found at the Foothills PTA website.) Turn in Box Tops and Campbell's Labels UPC codes to your teacher. Contest ends at the start of school on October 7th. The winning class will receive mini-pumpkins! (Feel free to ask your grandparents and other relatives to help your class win!)

FYI: Watch the PTA website and future newsletters to see what last year's money was spent on. During the 2010-11 school year we raised $3,907 (cash!) from Box Tops. Last year Foothills Elementary was ranked #9 of #996 schools in the state of Utah for most Box Tops collected. The teachers at Foothills Elementary were recently told they each get to spend $2 per student (in their class this year) on whatever they choose. Your children get the reward from all your hard work cutting and collecting Box Tops! We will be reporting to you what each teacher/grade purchased with the money and how it will benefit the students. We have earned over 22,000 points with Campbell's Labels over the last three years which is used towards their merchandise. We "banked" all these points and will adding to our total this year. We hope to earn enough points so when we redeem them it allows every classroom to get something they can use, such as PE equipment, art supplies, etc.

(The #1 ranked school in Utah for earning Box Tops money is from a nearby neighborhood, so it's very possible we can move up to the top 5 or even become #1 this year! We only have to collect an additional 200 Box Tops this year to become the top earning Box Top school in Utah!)


First Day Open House

All parents and students are invited to the "First Day Open House".

Tracks A/B/C - July 26, 2011
Track D - August 15, 2011

Doors to the school open at 7:50
Session 1 - 8:00-8:15
Session 2 - 8:20-8:35
Session 3 - 8:40-8:55
Students line up at 9:00
PTA General Meeting at 9:00

Students may stay with parents during the open house or students may play on the supervised playground (non-elementary aged children must stay with their parents).

The first day for Kindergarten is A/B/C tracks August 3, D tracks August 23.

First grade students meet with students in small groups on July 26 A/B/C tracks, or August 16 for D track.


Class Lists Posted on School Doors Today

Class lists are posted on the school doors now. A link to the online lists will be added here as soon as they are listed.