Principal’s Message

March 2016

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for your support of our annual Literacy Night/ Book Exchange evening in February! This is one of our favorite events at Copper Canyon, and it would not be a success without your support. We estimate that over 2000 books were brought for the exchange. What great efforts to keep kids reading!!! Also, a huge thank you to our PTA for providing pizza and cookies for everyone!

Thank you to Miss Vongwingelo, Mrs. Johansen, and Mrs. Griffith for their part in organizing the event. I also hope you were able to take some time walking through the halls to enjoy our student’s artwork. They have done an amazing job this year learning about famous art masters and trying their hand at their various art styles. I am very proud of their efforts!

I also want to thank our 2nd grade teachers and all those who attended the Grandparents/Special Person Day last week. A great time was had by all, and our 2nd graders were so delighted to have their special person attend! Thank you again to our PTA for helping with this event and for providing refreshments.

This month we are enjoying our MARCH MADNESS school-wide reading contest! We hope every child chooses to participate and appreciate your encouragement at home. Please ask your child about MARCH MADNESS, and encourage them to read every day, record their reading minutes with a parent signature, and turn the minutes in to their teacher. Every good thing we do is successful because of parent support! Thank you!

Remember Spring Recess is March 24th through March 28th. Please enjoy this time with your family, and be safe during any travels and activities. School will resume on Tuesday, March 29.

Patty Bowen, Principal

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February 2016

Dear Parents,

It’s February, the month for Valentine’s Day and a perfect time to tell you how much we LOVE your children! Thank you for the great job you’re doing at home with them, and please thank them for helping to make Copper Canyon a great place to be! During our recent assemblies, several presenters have commented that we have some of the most well behaved students in the state and that they enjoy their visits with us. Congratulations are certainly in order!

February’s Leader in Me habit of focus is “Synergize – Together is Better!” We encourage all students whether on the playground, in the hallways, or hanging out with friends after school, to always create positive relationships and conditions where good things happen and everyone feels cared about. The result is better friendships and caring relationships, which result in less conflict and happy children! Ask your child what “Synergize” means.

Habit 6 — Synergize                      Together Is Better!

          UntitledI value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us can alone.

 Let the leader in you shine through!

Please reserve the evening of Thursday, March 25 for our annual Literacy Night, complete with a book exchange, and this year a “Gallery Walk” will be included! With the help of some outstanding parents, we’ve implemented an enrichment program known as Meet the Masters.   Your children have been learning about some of the great Art masters throughout history and have had the opportunity to make some of their own artwork, patterned after the various styles of these artists. We invite you to participate in some wonderful literacy activities, then to walk through the school and enjoy our students’ amazing artwork. This will be a great family activity that you will not want to miss. We hope to see you there!

Patty Bowen, Principal

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January 2016

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year everyone! I love the beginning of a new year. It is a time of renewal and a time to set goals and reflect on how things are going. I look forward to seeing more accomplishments of our great students. They have learned so much already and have returned to school with continued enthusiasm for learning! Please continue to encourage them to READ EVERY DAY! Also, encourage your children to participate in our upcoming Literacy Night and Gallery Walk coming up in February!

I have to give a shout-out to our teachers who wrote grants and were awarded a grand total of $6800 from the Jordan Education Foundation and Donors Choose. Wow! Way to go Copper Canyon teachers! They took extra time to write these grants when they could have spent that time with their own families, and they did it because they love your children and want the best for them. Please let your child’s teacher know that you notice and appreciate all they do for your child.

As you have noticed, the past few weeks we have had A LOT of snow! I want to thank Sean for arriving early and taking care of the snow removal so that everyone can stay safe. It’s a big job! I also have to offer a huge thank you to our recess aides who brave the cold weather with the kids for an hour and a 
half each day. When the temperatures are too cold, they spend this time monitoring all of the classrooms and hallways. We appreciate their good-natured approach to a difficult job. Amazingly, they always have a smile! Hats off to Amanda, Amanda (Yes, there are two), and Jamie and also to Katie who is so kind to fill in when someone can’t be here.

Our office staff are also heros in the winter. Ruth, Kristen, and Kristy help all the kids who need a Band-Aid, ice pack, or just a friendly 
voice. They also help monitor the weather conditions so we can make sure kids will be safe outdoors, and they offer a warm smile and helpful attitude to everyone! The school simply could not run without them!

Parents, thank you, for making sure your children are appropriately dressed for the weather. This helps ensure the children are safe and comfortable in the cold. We also appreciate your patience in the morning and afternoon when Old Man Winter causes havoc in the drop-off/pick-up lane. Thank you for following the rules and helping things run as smoothly as possible. Thank you for helping reinforce the school snow rules of no throwing/kicking snow and no sliding. These rules keep everyone safe.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Copper Canyon a great place to be and for sharing your wonderful children with us! They truly make our days joyous!

Patty Bowen, Principal

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December 2015

Dear Parents,

The cold winter months are here! Please be sure to send your children to school with the appropriate clothing, such as heavy coats, gloves, hats, and winter shoes or boots. Whenever the outside temperature drops below 25 degrees F, students will be kept inside at recess. Otherwise, they will be outside in the mornings before school and will go outside for a lunch recess and a 15-minute grade level recess. As you can see, appropriate clothing is very important for students to be comfortable outside.

During the cold months, and especially when we have snow on the ground, the drop-off/pick-up area can be a little busier than usual. Thank you for being courteous and patient as you access this area. This helps us ensure the safety of all students and have things run as smoothly as possible for everyone.

Thank you for your support of our Student Leadership Council’s recent charitable efforts with the Utah Food Bank food drive and the PTA’s Share the Warmth clothing collection. With your students’ help we were able to make sizable donations. You and your students helped us offer hope and support to many in our area who are struggling with financial difficulties. What a wonderful effort to be a part of! Thank you again for your generous support.

I want to thank all those who help with our morning orchestra and choir programs. We just enjoyed beautiful concerts for both organizations! I am impressed with your children and their dedication to early morning practices. Thank you to Bonnie Heaton, our orchestra director, and parent volunteers Cherilea Pace and Tammy Cooley. Thank you to our choir director, Jennifer Petersen, and her parent helpers Jennifer Luker, Shauna Poulson, and Toby Webb. You ladies all do a fabulous, and we are so appreciative of all you volunteer hours to provide these outstanding extracurricular activities for our students!

Please note that the last day of school this month is December 18. Enjoy the Winter Recess time with your families. May you make many happy Holiday memories! We look forward to seeing all our students back on January 4, 2016!

Patty Bowen, Principal

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November 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s November, the month for gratitude! Thank you for your support during our Halloween day activities! The parade and class parties are events the students so look forward to, and they were a tremendous success because of the overwhelming parent support! I appreciate all you do to make it an exciting and successful day for all students. I also want to thank my wonderful faculty and staff for all they do to help each child in their class be successful every day.   They all work many more hours than they are paid for and truly love your children. I am grateful to work with such great parents and staff at Copper Canyon!

With the changing of the leaves and the chill in the air, comes our first Parent-Teacher Conferences of the school year. It is exciting to see so many of you involved in the educational process with your children. It’s very important that they have your encouragement and support. The following are some suggestions to help your children continue to be successful in school.

First, if you are not already doing this, make school a topic of conversation at the dinner table. Ask your children what they are learning. Ask open-ended questions, such as “What was your favorite lesson or activity today?” or “What was the most challenging thing you did today?” This allows them to recall and retell specifics of their day, which helps solidify their learning.

Second, make sure your children have a study area for doing homework. Have needed supplies ready and establish routine times for doing homework. As you stick to a specific homework schedule, your child will get into the habit of doing schoolwork in a certain place at a certain time. If your child struggles with getting homework done on a consistent basis, talk with his/her teacher for suggestions. Work as a team to help your child be successful. Also, please check your child’s progress often by checking Skyward or emailing the teacher. This will prevent any unwanted surprises.

Another suggestion is to help your child set short and long-term goals. Short-term goals might be due dates for projects or assignments that take more than one evening to complete. Make sure the goals include reading every day for a minimum of 20 minutes! Long-term goals could include plans for high school and college. Sharing your hopes for their success now and in the future will help students see the importance of their schooling. At parent-teacher conferences, you and your child set goals with the teacher. Place these goals in a visible place and talk about them often. Achieving these goals will go a long way in helping achieve the long-term goals you have set with your child.

Finally, be positive! Being positive just might be the most important thing you do for your children. Even if you have had bad experiences in the past, help your child see every obstacle as an opportunity to learn as they proactively solve problems. Be enthusiastic and supportive. If you have specific problems with schoolwork, show your child how you solve these issues by contacting the teacher or the school to work them out. Remember to CELEBRATE improvement, not perfection! When your child is successful, even in small things, acknowledge their efforts. Your positive response will encourage them to continue to make the effort needed to be successful now and all throughout their lives!

As always, thank you for all you do and for sharing your wonderful children with us! We love them!

Warm Regards,

Patty Bowen, Principal

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October 2015

Dear Parents,

The first full month of school is over, and we’re feeling GOOD! What friendly, happy, loving children you have! It is such a pleasure to see them each day. When I walk down the hall, I am greeted by waving hands and big smiles. When I visit the cafeteria or playground, children greet me with hugs and excited news. What a warm feeling of acceptance I get from these wonderful children. I also appreciate the help and support from you parents and my great staff. We have an amazing Copper Canyon Community! Thank you for all you do!

During the month of October we are focusing on safety. We began in September with our PTA Green Ribbon Week and continue this month with school and bus safety assemblies and PTA Red Ribbon Week. Please take some time this month to reinforce some basic school safety rules with your children, such as the following:

1. When bringing your children to breakfast, please drop them off at the front of the school, and have them walk around to the cafeteria. Do not drop them off in the faculty parking lot.

2. If your children ride bikes or scooters, remind them to never pass parked cars by going into the street. They should pass by going onto the sidewalk until they pass the car(s). They also must walk their bikes and scooters when they reach school grounds.

3. Children AND adults should only use the crosswalks to cross the drop‐off/pick‐up lanes in front of the school.

4. Please use the parking lot for parking only. You may use the parking lot for dropping off or picking up ONLY if you are willing to escort your children to and from the crosswalk. The drive-through lane should never be used for drop‐off or pick‐up.

5. When in the drop‐off/pick‐up lane, please be thoughtful of those waiting behind you. Pull as far forward as possible, have your children hustle out or into the car, and try to leave as soon as possible to avoid making others wait behind you. Please never park and leave your car in the inner drop-off /pick-up lane. The outer drive-through lane should never be used for drop‐off or pick‐up!

October is also the month to celebrate with our annual Halloween Parade, which will be held on October 29 at 9:00 AM. This is always an exciting time for students, parents, and teachers! Please remind your students that their school costumes cannot include masks or any weapons or facsimiles of weapons (including toys). This requirement is according to District policy and must be observed.

I look forward to another great month, and thank you for your continued support! I invite you to participate in our School Community Council, which will meet this month on Friday, October 23 at 9:30 AM. Subsequent meetings will be posted on the school website, the front door, and the school bulletin board. All are welcome! Together we can make a difference for all children at Copper Canyon!

Warm Regards,

Patty Bowen, Principal
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September 2015

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back as we begin the 2015-2016 school year! Welcome to all the new students who have joined us this year. I am very excited for a year of growth and development in many important areas.

As we begin this school year, we continue implementing the Leader In Me (LIM) program with our theme of LeaderSHIP: Anchored by the 7 Habits. We are excited to continue implementation of this character education program that helps our students set and accomplish many significant goals that prepare them to lead out in today’s world. Please encourage your children in this program by asking them about the 7 Habits and the leader beads they will be earning to add to their leadership lanyards, which we all wear every Friday. I encourage you to access LIM program materials to use in your home at http://www.leaderinme.org/parents.

This year, we will continue our student incentive programs, such as Captains of Character. Every month, each teacher will nominate one student who exemplifies one of the 7 Habits. These students and their parents will be invited to a Captains of Character assembly at the end of each month where student accomplishments are recognized. I will also be continuing the Copper Canyon tradition of a monthly principal’s lunch with students: Lunch at the Captain’s Table. A huge THANK YOU goes to our local Arctic Circle for their sponsorship of this event by providing each selected student (one per month per class) with a free Kids Meal!

The best way for your student to have a successful year is to have them here and on time every day! We have a goal this year to decrease chronic absenteeism, which is missing 18 days or more in the school year. Please see the included article on the subject and help your student understand the importance of school attendance. We miss them when they are not here!
As we go forward with our many academic programs, it is our goal to educate the whole child—fostering and achieving academic, social, emotional, and character growth for every child. Know that we are anxious to work with you to foster all students’ love of learning and help them discover their own unique talents and abilities. Please email your child’s teacher or schedule a meeting if you feel you need more support for your child’s success. You are also welcome to contact me for support. Let’s work together to make this a positive year of achievement for EVERY CHILD!

Warm regards,

Patty Bowen, Principal
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May 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s already May! I can hardly believe this school year is almost over! We are enjoying many end-of-year events with your children, as well as still learning something new every day! Our annual awards assemblies will be held this year on June 3. Each grade has its own assembly that day. Please check our website for the times. This is an exciting time as we reward our students for their leadership and academic performance.

I have to say my favorite part of this year has been getting to know your children. I know so many of their names, and I love working with them every day. They have worked so hard to progress this year, and I am proud of the academic and social growth they have achieved. Please tell them how much they mean to me!
As my first year draws to a close, I want to thank the many parent volunteers, the PTA, and the School Community Council for all they have done for Copper Canyon this year. They put in so much time for the benefit of our students and school and are very committed to help with the many programs and activities we have; most of which would simply not be possible without them. I thank them for their dedicated service to our students!

I want to thank the teachers and staff as well. I so appreciate their hard
work and commitment to the children of this school. I am impressed at all they accomplish daily to help children succeed and how they sincerely care about meeting the needs of “every child every day”. I want you to know that our teachers put in many extra hours and donate from their own pockets to create an exceptional learning experience for your children. I appreciate all they do and all they give!

As we end this school year, I want to encourage parents and students to take the opportunity to fully enjoy these fun filled summer months and to continue learning every day. The best way to do that is to continue to read daily. Make it an important part of your summer plans to keep those hard earned reading skills fresh! One fun way to give your children an incentive to read this summer is to sign up for the KSL Read Today program. This site helps kids track their reading and receive fun prizes by 
mail. If you are interested, go to this website: http://www.readtoday.com.

A few reminders: Our Back to School Night will be held on Monday, August 24, and the 2015-16 school year will begin Tuesday, August 25, for grades 2-6. Grade 1 will start on August 26, and Kindergarten begins on September 2. We now complete registration online, so we will be sending out an email in August giving you directions to use Skyward for the registration process. Please have a wonderful summer filled with lots of relaxation, fun, and a little reading! ☺

Warmly,

Patty Bowen, Principal

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April 2015

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support with many important events at Copper Canyon in the past month! Our students did fabulously with our March Madness School wide Reading event. I’m pleased to report that we increased our overall reading homework percentage, with some classes increasing from 40% to as much at 96%! That’s amazing!

We had some wonderful talent shows, and appreciate the outstanding participation. I am impressed that Copper Canyon students are destined for GREATNESS! We also had several students participate in the Math Olympian competition held at Daybreak Elementary. We appreciate their preparation and great representation of Copper Canyon Elementary! Congratulations goes to:
Team #21 Josh Daw, Manuel Ruiz, Sariah Allen, Avery Dominguez, Morgan Madsen
Team #42 Tamia Dumas, Trevor McKenna, Asia Johnson, Cole Gunderson, Austen Merrell
Team #15 Keller Coester, Mitchell Huber, Karizma Saleapaga, Brilee Hymas, Kason Crapo

Upcoming events include the annual Egg Drop event on May 1, organized by the Enrichment Committee; the Jump Rope for Heart event on May 15, run by the Student Council; and the Fun Run on May 22, organized by the School Community Council. We appreciate all those who help make these events possible for our students and for all the parent support at home.

Lastly, we begin our end of year SAGE Testing (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence) on April 27. Please have your children in attendance and on time every day so they do not miss any testing. Some suggestions for helping your children do well on the SAGE tests are to make sure they get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast each day. This will help ensure students perform their best on the tests and that the assessments accurately reflect their learning.

Once again, thank you for all you do to support Copper Canyon Elementary. You help make it a wonderful place for your children to grow and learn!

Warmly,

Patty Bowen, Principal
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March 2015

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for your support of our annual Literacy Night/Book Exchange evening in January! This is one of our favorite events at Copper Canyon, and it would not be a success without your support. We estimate that over 2000 books were brought for the exchange. What great efforts to keep kids reading!!! Thank you to our visiting readers for the evening, who truly made listening to stories a pleasure. Also, a huge thank you to our PTA for providing pizza and cookies for everyone!

Earlier the same day, our students participated in a school-wide Leadership Day, where our Student Leadership Council and Student Ambassadors led groups of students through leadership building activities. Students were well prepared and the event was a huge success! We are blessed to have such strong leaders and caring students. We’re very proud of them!

We also had the opportunity this month to have several teachers participate in a training event for the Leader In Me program.   Nine teachers and I traveled to the Leader in Me Symposium held in Layton, UT. We enjoyed visiting other Leader In Me schools and learning from them and attending informative classes. It has helped us all focus on continuing to encourage students to focus on learning and leading every day. I’m especially pleased that two of our teachers were presenters! Thank you Gina Vondwingelo and Cheryl Gibbs for your contributions to the symposium and for representing Copper Canyon so well!

Coming up…MARCH MADNESS ! You have now received information regarding our school-wide reading contest! We hope every child decides to participate and appreciate your encouragement at home. Every good thing we do is successful because of parent support! Thank you!

Warmly,

Patty Bowen, Principal

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AS A REMINDER ….

Whenever you come to school, please go to the office and sign in before going to your child’s class. Although it may be an inconvenience, for your safety and everyone else’s safety, please sign in! If you have questions regarding snow day closures and other weather-related concerns, please check information between 6-8 a.m. on KSL – 1160 AM or 102.7 FM. You may also check TV stations KUTV – Channel 2, KTVX – Channel 4, KSL – Channel 5, or Fox News – Channel 13 for messages.

Parents are asked to keep their phone numbers updated on our class calling trees, and keep; the school phone lines free. Parents are asked NOT TO CALL THE SCHOOLS or the School District directly.

We, in the office, monitor the air level quality specific to West Jordan each day and will let teachers and students know what kind of a day it is. Students with special health concerns (noted on blue cards, health plans, doctor’s notes, etc.) should plan on staying in on yellow, orange or red days (dependent on their health issues).