Wasatch Peak Academy

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Appreciation Station coming soon!

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. We will be setting up a place in the foyer of the school for people to write notes of appreciation to their teachers, TAs, and staff. Stop by our "Appreciation Station" anytime next week. We will turn your kind words into banners for the teachers!
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Cultural Week: May 1-5, 2017. No Evening Cinco de Mayo event in 2017.

Our Cultural Week will be held on May 1-5, 2017. To reduce the amount of evening events, we are now going to have our Cinco de Mayo evening celebration on alternate years. We will NOT be having our Cinco de Mayo evening performance in 2017, but we WILL have it in 2018. Join us on May 18 at 1:00 for our Service Learning/Patriot Day Celebration and Program. It will be like the Christmas Sing-Around where all grade levels will be singing Spanish and Patriotic songs and also presenting their Service Learning for the year.
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Service Learning Fair/Patriotic Musical Program-- schedule change.

Because there are so many events in people's lives in the month of May, we are moving our Service Learning Fair/Patriotic Musical Program from May 18th in the evening to 1:00 P.M.- 2:30 P.M. in the GYM. All classes will participate in the patriotic musical program, much like the Christmas Sing-Around. We hope this schedule change will be more convenient in a month full of recitals and end-of-year performances.
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Dear Parents, depending on the severity of the weather, we may need to have LATE START days where we begin school at 9:00 A.M. Teachers travel from very far away to be here and safety is so important to us for everyone to arrive to school safely. You will receive a ONE CALL the night before. If you DO NOT receive this call, school will begin at the normal time. Thank you.
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Halloween Parade and Parties Friday, October 28.

Our Halloween Parade will begin at 8:30 A.M. on Friday, October 28. Parents, families, and neighbors are welcome. Students need to come to school DRESSED IN THEIR COSTUME! NO Masks!! Students are welcome to paint their faces, but no masks or weapons are allowed. They can bring casual clothes to change into if they want OR they can wear their costume all day. Only one clothing change during the day. Class parties begin at 1:15-2:15. Toddlers and younger siblings may watch a movie in the Library (they're not allowed to be in the class parties). No school on Monday, October 31.
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What does KINDNESS look like?

The "K" in our school wide rules stands for KINDNESS. When you see your children demonstrating this amazing quality, will you please point it out to them, so they are reminded regularly of the impact kindness can have on others? I saw this quote on Instagram a few weeks ago and it has touched me. We often focus so much on academics, which are important. But too often, I am counseling with scholars in my office about what kindness looks like. When I hear of playground incidents, I always ask the complainants "what part of this is kindness?" They all seem to know that none of what they complained about is kindness. Kindness is not pushing someone down at recess so we can be first to line up or play four-square. Kindness is not telling someone they're stupid and we don't want to be their friend. Kindness is not letting someone sit alone at lunch, while everyone is laughing and carrying on around them. Kindness is not blaming him or her for "starting it". Kindness is not stringing words into a sentence that causes someone else to hear a message of hate, humiliation, or cruelty.

But rather, kindness looks like being someone's friend, even if they make a silly mistake. Kindness looks like a lunchroom where everyone has someone to sit by and talk about the best part of their week so far. Kindness looks like standing up for someone when someone else says cruel, humiliating, or hurtful words to them and we hear those words. Kindness looks like thinking about how we react when someone does something to hurt us--and we respond with kindness and forgiveness instead of more blame, anger, and harsh words.

I have been in the lunchroom more that usual lately. We've had some behavior problems with grades 3-6. But the thing I have noticed the most is how many scholars are sitting all alone, while there are people just a few spots away from them not including the person who is alone. This hurts my heart.
Will you please ask your own child(ren) to please seek out and sit next to anyone who is sitting alone? See if your child will ask them how their day is going, or invite them to play, or make a new friend. I hope that we can have a school where everyone knows what kindness looks like and everyone has someone to sit next to in the lunchroom.
Mrs. Swan
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