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Principal’s Message March 26, 2021

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

Dear Uintah Community,

 

Spring Break is right around the corner. I sincerely hope that everyone is able to safely enjoy some time with loved ones during the break. With the move into April coming soon, we are getting closer to the End-of-Year testing, which the State School Board has mandated for students this year. We are looking forward to seeing how much growth our students have made this difficult year. We will also use this data and other data to help us as we move forward in planning for next year.

Because of the difficulties in learning encountered by students this unique school year, we are planning on supporting students in a few different ways than we have in years past. First, we have a few teachers here at Uintah who have expressed interest in offering some after school tutoring for students who have been identified as needing the help. Look for information coming home about those opportunities after the break. Second, the Salt Lake City School District will be offering around 6 weeks of Summer School for any student. The program will focus on academics in the morning and enrichment activities in the afternoon and will be 5 days a week. There will be a fee of around $70 for the whole summer, which can be adjusted or waived based off need. Look for more information coming out about that opportunity soon as well.

The students who are in-person here at Uintah are doing a fantastic job at keeping their masks on and adhering to the cleaning guidelines in the school. Masks will be worn for the rest of this school year. We are continually working on social distancing and will do so for as long as is needed, too. Please encourage your child/ren to remember to keep their distance to stay safe!

Another place we could use some help is in having your child come to school on time if that was the choice you made for them. We understand if someone stays home to Zoom into class if they are ill, but several teachers are encountering students who are staying home on occasion and join the class on Zoom likely for reasons other than illness. This can make things more difficult for the child as their teacher most times was not aware that the child would be at home and was unable to get that student the items or materials needed for that day’s lesson. This kind of back and forth can also be stressful for children. Minimizing such transitions by having students come into school when that was the choice will help students learn and will prepare them for next year, when we are planning on holding in-person school 5 days a week with Friday the short day and no digital learning day. I’m sure more about what next year will look like will be forthcoming from our School Board and the District leadership. Look for that in the coming weeks and months.

Again, we hope you have a great Spring Break and look forward to seeing everyone in April! Take care.

Bruce Simpson

Principal

Principal’s Message March 1, 2021

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

Dear Uintah Community,

March is finally here! It’s hard to believe that almost a year ago our world started changing in so many ways all because of a microscopic virus. We are so glad to have students safely back in the building. As an update, we will have at least 75% of our students back for in-person learning as of the second week in March. We are still committed to serving our remote learning students as well as those in-person. The teachers have done a remarkable job yet again in changing up their practice to help students both in-person and remotely. They are doing an amazing job in difficult circumstances to help children learn, so please express your gratitude to them when you get a chance.

The kids here at school are doing a fabulous job with wearing their masks and sanitizing as much as is needed. Where we continue to focus on is social distancing as that can be difficult for kids to remember and practice because, well, they’re kids! Please encourage your child or children to keep as much space as they can between themselves and others at all times whenever they are on campus. We will continue to encourage them to do the same and will hold them to maintaining as much distance as we can.

To my knowledge, almost all of our faculty and staff here have received their first dose of vaccine with many having also received their second dose. A huge thanks goes out to the many healthcare professionals and the Governor for supporting educators in this endeavor.

Don’t forget that we have Daylight Savings Time coming up on the 14th of this month and Spring Break starting on the 29th of March for a week. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe during all of the fun this month!

 

Bruce Simpson

Uintah Principal

 

Principal’s Message February 10, 2021

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

Dear Uintah Community,

We hope that your week is going well. The past two days have been exciting as we welcomed back to the school all grade levels for safe in-person learning. Many parents and students have expressed their gratitude at students being able to be back in the building. We are glad, too! All of the teachers, paras, office staff and custodians have put in so much effort to make this transition happen. I am so proud of them and all that we have been able to accomplish. I know that this transition has also had its challenges with technology issues and learning new routines and procedures. Even though we have 'done' school before, things still look different here in the building and likely do on Zoom as well as we now include our remote learners in with in-person learners. This is again a big change, and with that change comes figuring out new ways to do things. Just like the switch to all-online learning took us a while to master, we anticipate that the same will happen with our current situation for both students and teachers. I ask that we all please be patient and supportive with each other as we continue to refine how to make things work for all of the students whether they are online or in-person. I know that everyone wants things to be the best they can no matter where a student is. Working together, day-by-day, we can make it happen. Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful long Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend. Take care.

Bruce P. Simpson

Principal

Principal’s Message January 15, 2021

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

Dear Uintah Parents,

We hope that this finds you and your family safe and healthy. This upcoming week we have a chance to celebrate and remember the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. an iconic leader in the Civil Rights movement and in our country. One of my favorite quotes from him that continues to resonate with me today is, "The time is always right to do what is right." That has never been more true than today. One of the ways we can do what is right is to remember the many positive things that unite us in our community and in this wonderful country such as our love of family and a gratitude for the many freedoms we enjoy in this land. May we all choose to do what is right in a spirit of unity as we move forward these next few weeks and months.

We are continuing our plans here to prepare for the students who will be coming in-person as well as on our plans of how to continue to support our students who will remain remote learners. Part of this preparation is communicating to families our proposed safety protocols and procedures for in-person learning. The following link COVID-19 UINTAH PARENTS HANDBOOK has many of the procedures that we will be following this year in order to keep students and staff safe while at school. Please look it over to help answer questions you or your children may have regarding the return to in-person learning. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to me or your child's teacher, and we will do our best to help. We are committed to working together to help kids learn and stay safe. Have a great weekend.

Bruce P. Simpson

Principal

Principal’s Message January 8, 2021

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

Dear Uintah Community,

I hope that everyone is doing well and is as safe and healthy as they can be in this New Year. This week has shown us that in many parts of our country, people are still divided. I want to hearken back to our theme for this year which is, ‘Unicorns United: Together We are More than the Sum of our Parts.’ Our school is a stronger, more effective, and even a more peaceful place when we are united and come from places of common ground. So is our community, our state, and our nation.

The events of this week have also shown us that we need to learn to disagree with others in more healthy, appropriate and productive ways. One of the ways we can do this is to focus on the common ground we do have. I believe that one of these places of common ground needs to be our commitment to the children and adults who work here at Uintah. We may disagree on what it looks like to care for each other or whether or not students should come back into school or stay remote for learning, but we should never doubt that each of us is coming from a place of genuine concern for the children and adults who attend our school however they may wish to attend. My hope is that we can remember this common ground as we interact in our school, community, state and nation and when we disagree, we can do so in healthy, appropriate and productive ways.

We are also in the process of completing our plans for students to return to our building. If you wish to change your original choice about in-person or remote learning for your child, please contact the office by Friday, January 15th. The number is 801-584-2940. After Friday, January 15th, we will finalize our class lists based on the information we have received. You will have the chance to re-visit your choice in March at the end of the second trimester. As always, if you find you have a pressing concern about your child's placement before March, I will be happy to meet with you and work to resolve your concerns.

Here are some tentative details of Uintah’s plan to return to offering in-person learning to those who desire it along with our plans to continue to offer remote learning for those who choose it:
Grade-Level Configurations:

Each grade-level team met with the principal and, using data provided by parents, decided on the most appropriate grade-level configuration for the students at that specific grade level.

Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades: Teachers will keep their students and teach in an expanded classroom model instructing both in-person and remote students. All students will remain with the same teacher they currently have. Because this change involves bringing students into the class while the teacher is teaching, online instruction may look a bit different than it has these past few months. Despite these differences, we are committed to continuing to offer high-quality online instruction to those who choose this option along with working with the students who are in the classroom.

2nd Grade: Ms. Tiller will teach an online only class while Ms. Hansen and Ms. Murakami will teach in-person only classes. This configuration will necessitate the moving of some students from each class to different classes. In the next few weeks, we will be communicating with the parents of students in these classes to determine the students who need to be moved and where those students will be placed in the grade level. We are hoping to impact the fewest students possible.  

School Schedule:

Uintah will return to our 8:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. school schedule on regular school days. Regular school days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Wednesdays will be an asynchronous day for all students. This means that students will have 4 hours of work to complete at home and will not come into the building unless their classroom teacher requests it of the parent.

Tentative Bell Schedule

The following is a schedule of when school starts, students eat lunch, and school ends. Grade-level teachers will provide families with a more detailed schedule of each classroom’s schedule including recess times and when specials classes such as P.E., Art, and Library will be held. Look for those schedules from your child’s teacher soon.

Uintah Bell Schedule Jan. – Jun. 2021

Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri/Regular Day

8:20                       First Bell
8:25                       School Begins
11:10                     Half-Day Kindergarten Ends

10:05-10:35           Remote Learners may pick up lunch

10:50-11:25           Lunch/Recess 1st 
11:10-11:45           Lunch/Recess Kindergarten

11:30-12:05           Lunch/Recess 2nd

11:50-12:25           Lunch/Recess 3rd

12:10-12:45           Lunch/Recess 4th
12:30-1:05             Lunch/Recess 5th 

12:50-1:25             Lunch/Recess 6th

3:00                       School Ends
3:00-6:00               After-School Program (Extended Day)

Wednesday/Asynchronous Day for ALL STUDENTS; Students remain at home learning. (4 hours of work for students)

8:25                       School Begins
10:25                     Half-Day Kindergarten Ends

12:45                     School Ends (This ending time includes 20 min. for lunch)  
12:45-6:00             After-School Program (Extended Day)

Lunch Changes:

To help minimize the spread of COVID, only one grade level will be in the lunchroom at a time. Thanks to Federal Guideline changes and funding, the school district is providing sack lunches free of charge for the remainder of the year to ALL students (children 18 and under, too) who wish to eat them. We are encouraging students who choose not to eat the lunch the school can provide to bring any home lunches in disposable bags to minimize the amount of lunch boxes/bags that students will need to keep track of. This becomes one more item that needs to be monitored and disinfected. Please consider this when discussing lunch at school with your child/ren.

Students who are remote learners may also come to the school to pick up a free sack lunch if they choose. According to guidelines, this time must be different from student lunch schedules. The time Uintah has chosen for remote/public sack lunch pick-up is from 10:05-10:35 which will allow students to have the lunch when their lunchtime begins and will allow our cafeteria staff to be ready for the students when they arrive. If there are any questions or concerns with school lunch, please feel free to reach out to our Cafeteria Supervisor, Juan Padilla Alvarez.

Uintah COVID Guidelines and Procedures

We will have more details coming home next week that discuss our school COVID guidelines and other procedure changes for the return to in-person learning. Look for that information sometime early next week. As with anything we have learned in this pandemic, we will adjust our practices and procedures as needed to reflect the most current guidelines provided to us.  

 

This is a lot of information; thank you for taking the time to read through it. I sincerely hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Take care.

 

Bruce Simpson

Principal

 

Principal’s Message December 9, 2020

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

Dear Uintah Parents,

Thank you to all those who have filled out the parent survey on returning to in-person learning or staying remote. If you haven't please consider doing so soon. As we have received many questions this week about Uintah's plans for that time, Mr. Simpson will hold a parent information night on Monday, December 14th at 6 p.m. on Zoom to share information on our plans for moving forward and how we will keep adults and children safe here at school during in-person learning. If you have been hesitant to fill out the survey without such information, then this may help you make a more informed choice. Please see the Zoom link below and join the meeting if you are interested in attending. Thank you.  

Meeting URL:

https://slcschools-org.zoom.us/j/99023741568?pwd=U1hCakZxQXU3aTV3cEJYVVEwekoyZz09

Meeting ID:

990 2374 1568

Passcode:

Uintah2020

 

 

Principal’s Message October 23, 2020

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

Dear Uintah Community,

We hope that your October is going well. The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and it feels a lot more like Fall, so bundle up and take a look at a few announcements about upcoming events.

 

PTA Reflections Contest: "I Matter Because..."

Calling all artists and creators! It's time for PTA Reflections! Categories include Film, Photography, Visual Arts (both 2D and 3D), Dance Choreography, Music Composition and Literature.

This year's theme is "I Matter Because. . . "

The deadline for Uintah entries will be Friday, November 20 at 11:59 pm. 

Click the link to the Utah Reflections home page: https://www.utahpta.org/reflections with rules and information and the online submissions portal. If you have any questions or need clarification on the rules contact the Reflections chair, Juliann Law, at juliannlaw@gmail.com

 

A message from our Yearbook Chair

Greetings, Uintah Parents! The first quarter is wrapping up and as your Yearbook Chair, I am getting a little nervous about this year's yearbook. I want to make sure that every Uintah student is represented in this unprecedented year. The virtual nature of school poses a small but overcomable challenge. This is an opportunity for our community to showcase not only the school and our students but how we have adapted and come out better because of it. There are two ways to submit pictures for the yearbook. The first is by emailing them to uintahyearbookpics@gmail.com. The second is by using the hashtag #uintahunicorncommunity when posting on your own Instgram. You can also follow our school Instagram @uintah_uincorn_power.  Our page is new, and we will start posting announcements, event pics and other fun things to get the community involved.  Thank you!"

 

Halloween Drive-by Parade Friday, October 30th starting at 9:00 AM

Please join us on Friday, October 30th from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM for the Uintah Drive-by Halloween Parade! Teachers will be dressed in their costumes and socially distanced along 1300 South in front of the school on the north side of the street in order to wave and say hello to all of the students and parents as they drive by on 1300 South or walk by on the south side of 1300 South. Wear your favorite costume as you come by and say hello and remember, this is the year to wear a mask!  Click here for more information about the Halloween Drive-by!  Mr. Simpson will be live-Zooming the parade for those who are unable to come by, so look for that link to be on your child's teacher's Canvas page the morning of the parade. Happy Safe and Socially-Distanced Halloween!

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

 

October 2nd 2020 Principal’s Message

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

Dear Uintah Community,

October is here complete with two full moons, one of which is actually on Halloween! Pretty cool. I wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone, students, parents and teachers, for all of your hard work and effort in helping us persevere through these first three weeks of distance learning. We have found many of the unknown unknowns that we knew we would encounter and have done our best to work around and through those to move forward. I have heard from everyone that we all have learned a lot through this process; who knew elementary school would end up teaching so many of us adults a few new things as well? We also know it has been difficult for most everyone and required some tweaking and changes in order to make things better. We hope that things are working smoother now for everyone, but we want you to know that we are still open to making more changes as needed in order to help more kids learn the best they can given the current COVID realities. Some of these realities are that there is a lot of division in our society over a myriad of issues, one of which is the education of our children. We want to focus on areas where we agree, like that we care for the well-being and learning of the children in the neighborhood. I know that our partnership will grow stronger and work better as we all communicate concerns with the understanding that we all are coming from a place of caring for each other and the kids. Let’s work together to make this October the best it can be, after all, we all get to wear masks all the time during the month of Halloween, right?! Stay safe and healthy. Take care.

 

Sep. 11th 2020 Principal’s Message 

Unicorns United-Together we are more than the sum of our parts.

Dear Uintah Community,

Some people say that unicorns aren’t real. Well, what about the unbelievable start to this year? You just can’t make this stuff up! We hope that the rest of this year is full of clear skies, unicorns, rainbows, four-leaf clovers and other good things rather than how things have been going lately. We also hope that everyone’s power and internet are back up now or that they are soon. We know that this rocky start has been difficult for kids; it’s been quite difficult for the adults here at school, too! I extend my deepest and most sincere apology to anyone who may be offended by all of the mixed messages and difficulties we may have caused by any actions on our end. Please know that we here at Uintah really just want to get the year started and move through this awkward intro-to- distance-learning phase so we can work out all of the kinks to get things moving in the right direction at a good pace. We are willing partners on the team to help your child learn the most they can this year. I am confident that the amazing teachers and paraprofessionals here at Uintah are prepared and ready to help kids learn.

We will be reaching out the week of the 15th to parents and

students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades so that we can schedule times for these students in small groups of 4 students to come into the building in the next few weeks to take a RISE math half- blueprint test. These tests are state level tests and are considered secure tests, so they cannot be administered remotely. Parents will not need to stay with their child as they take the test. The timeframe to complete the test is an hour.

Thank you for your support in our efforts to help children learn. We very much appreciate you and the chance we have to work with your children. Please stay safe and healthy. Take care.

 

 

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