Welcome back to school

School Office Hours

  • Summer Office Hours June 1st - June 10th:
    Mon-Friday 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00

    Regular Office Hours starting August 10th:
    Mon-Friday 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00

     

Dates to Remember

  • Back to School Night August 19th, (virtual, email pending)
    First Day of School (1st through 6th) August 20th
    First Day of School (Kindergarten) August 26th

    Picture Day September 15th

Letter from Principal Wilson

  • August 7, 2020

    Birch Creek Elementary Parents and Students, 

     

    Welcome Back! Every fall I look forward to the students coming back to school. It is a very lonely (and quiet) place without them. This year I’m especially excited after such a strange spring. I want to thank all of you for your support during online learning last spring.  It will finally feel “like school” with everyone here! I know this year will be different. I’m asking that we continue to work together, as a team, to keep everyone safe and school in session.

    As we prepare for the upcoming school year I wanted to share some information with you so that you have time to be prepared for the first day of school, August 20th.

     

    Back to School Night:

    Our Back to School Night will be “virtual” this year.  Please watch for an email from your child’s teacher on or before August 19th.  During the school year, the school sends out general information and reminders via emails, phone calls, and text messages. You are the only one who can update your information and settings in PowerSchool. Without changing your preferences you will not receive text messages.

     

    Kindergarten Info:

    Kindergarten will start on Wednesday, August 26th. AM Kindergarten will run from 9:05-11:45 Monday-Friday. PM Kindergarten will run from 12:10-2:50 Monday-Friday. Kindergarten Class lists will be posted on the front doors Monday morning, August 10th.  If your child’s name isn’t listed, we don’t have all the required registration information we need. Please call the office 435-792-7692 to complete registration.  I am currently in the process of hiring two new kindergarten teachers.  Because of this, classes will be listed as Teacher 1 (AM/PM) and Teacher 2 (AM/PM).  Kindergarten parents please watch for more information coming to come. There will be no Back to School videos for kindergarten since all kindergarten students and their parents will be coming in for a 30 minute assessment before kindergarten begins. You will receive more information once new teachers are hired.

     

    In-Person School:

    Our school day has been adjusted and will run from 9:05-2:50 Monday-Friday for 1st – 6th graders.

    The majority of our students will be returning this school year for in-person instruction. To provide the safest and healthiest possible environment we will be cleaning throughout the day on high touch surfaces, sanitizing/washing hands when we leave/enter the classrooms, moving out non-essential furniture, and spacing desks to give students more physical distance.

    We do not have the ability to space desks 6 feet apart. To maintain a healthy learning environment, students will need to have a clean cloth face covering worn daily. We ask that all students have their face covering on before entering school property. There may be a rare circumstance that a child will need to use a clear face shield instead of a mask, permission for that accommodation needs to be given by the principal.

    2 cloth face masks will be provided by the school/state for all students.

    All faculty and staff will be trained on appropriate health and cleaning practices to help ensure that your children have a safe, healthy, and happy school experience.

    We encourage you to send a water bottle with your child daily.

    As a school we are committed to keeping your children safe!  We will follow all protocols outlined by the district in our Reopening Plan for 2020-2021.  Please review this information on the district website.

     

    Online School:

    Online school pre-registration ends today, Friday, August 7th. If you would like to have your child attend school through online instruction, you need to register as soon as possible. If you miss this deadline you will need to contact Curt Jenkins at the district office (435-752-3925) to get registration information.

    There are other online school options available other than our school district program. Please consider the district program when making these decisions. By attending the district program your child will still use and receive instruction using the same curriculum and programs that we are using in the school. We are also able to maintain your student in our school count to determine the number of teachers we will be able to have the following year. 

    If your child is on an IEP or 504 and receives specialized instruction, we will still be able to provide them support and accommodations online to meet those needs.

    If you choose the online option, you will have the ability to reenroll for in-person school during the year. When you are ready to come back into the school, you will just need to contact me by email or phone and we can determine the best time for your child to re-enter. Whenever possible, we would like for student to re-enter when they are able to be at the same place as the students in the regular classroom in their reading and math programs.

     

    School Community Council:

    Birch Creek Elementary has a very supportive School Community Council.  This year we are in need of several parent members to join our council. Please contact me (trudy.wilson@ccsdut.org or 792-7692) if you are interested in serving on the School Community Council.  This is a 2-year commitment, with meetings being held at 4:00 one day each month.  The council's main focus is to help develop the School Land Trust Plan. If more parents than we have openings for are interested in being a part of this committee, we will hold an election for these positions the first week in September.

     

    Free and Reduced Lunch:

    In order to receive Free and Reduced breakfast and lunch prices, you will need to fill out an application online. (Free and Reduced-price Lunch Information and Applications)  You must reapply every year. If you need a paper application call the office and we can send one home with your child. They are available in both English and Spanish. If you feel you qualify, please sign up today. All school-aged children in income-eligible households can receive meal benefits regardless of immigration status of household members.  Information provided by the household will not be used for immigration-related purposes.

     

    School and District Policies:

    Please review the following policies with your children: Cell Phone Usage Policy, Dress Code/Rules of Conduct Policy, Acceptable Use Policy The Dress Code Policy should also be helpful when shopping for Back-to-School clothes.

    I know that right now there are still a lot of unanswered questions about how this school year. We will share information with you as soon as we finalize details. I want to thank you all for your support and trust in our school. We will do everything we can to give your child a safe, healthy and positive experience this school year.

     

    I look forward to another great year at Birch Creek Elementary.  My door is always open. Welcome back to school!

     

     

    Trudy J. Wilson

    Principal