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May Leaders of the Month!

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Thank You Blackridge Teachers! 

We appreciate all that you do!

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April Leaders of the Month!

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REQUEST FOR TRACK CHANGE LOTTERY PROCESS

ALL REQUESTS FOR TRACK CHANGES WILL BE DONE ONLINE THIS YEAR.

2020-21 Online “Request for Track Change” Form

Forms are due no later than 2:00 pm, Friday, June 5, 2020.

  1. Changes to your track assignment will be granted on a lottery basis by the School Community Council.
  2. Two lotteries will be held to help accommodate requested track changes:
  • Lottery #1 – May 15, 2020
  • Lottery #2 – June 8, 2020
  1. Changes to a track assignment will only be permitted when enrollment for a specific grade and track can facilitate comparative class sizes between all tracks.
  2. Requests that the School Community Council are unable to accommodate will be assigned a random number and will remain on a waitlist until space becomes available. Some track changes may take place after the school year starts on July 27, 2020.

Year-round calendars can be found at jordandistrict.org.

Please feel free to call the office should you have any questions regarding this process.


Students and parents,

We are so excited to welcome each of you to Blackridge Elementary! We wish we could see and meet each one of you in person right now, but we will have to wait until later this summer. You are going to love coming to school! We have the best teachers and staff in the district! We are so excited to meet you and hope to have an open house before school starts next year.

Please let us know if you have any questions or specific needs.

David Butler, Principal
Elizabeth Felt, Assistant Principal

Please take a minute to watch our Kindergarten Introduction Videos:

Kindergarten Orientation - Welcome and Expectations

"Day in the Life"

Meet our Kindergarten Teachers:

Mrs. K. Smith Introduction

Mrs. M. Smith Introduction

Mrs. Wilson Introduction

Mrs. Bardolph Introduction

Mrs. Epperson Introduction

Important Orientation Documents:


 

Blackridge Elementary,

Beginning this Monday, April 13, 2020, all tracks will continue online learning during off-track time and dismiss as follows:

  • Students on A track will be dismissed on Friday, May 29, 2020.
  • Students on B, C, and D tracks will be dismissed on Friday, June 5, 2020.

If school resumes on May 4, 2020, off-track students will still continue online learning and will be released on the dates listed above.

Students and parents will be able to pick-up learning materials and checkout Chromebooks on Monday, April 13th from 8am – 1pm. Please sign up for a time at the following link. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094CA4A82DA2F49-atrack This will be the last day to check-out Chromebooks.

Other Updates:

  • The school building is currently closed and accessible to the public by appointment only. Please contact the office between 8am – 1pm to schedule an appointment at (801) 254-0326.
  • Starting on Monday, April 13, Lunch (with a to-go breakfast for the next day) will be served at Blackridge every day from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Lunch is free for all students 18 and under.

We miss seeing each of your children at school! Stay healthy!!!

 

David Butler

Principal, Blackridge Elementary


Snowman Spectacular!

Watch the videos to see the amazing snowman builders at our school!


Principal's Message

3/16/2020

Dear Parents,

We appreciate your patience and support as we work to transition to an at-home learning model. After consultation with the district and teachers, we have made a few changes to what I previously sent out.

Please take note of the following changes:

  1. Students can access at-home learning on any internet ready device. Students may share devices as there is no set schedule for completing on-line assignments. Most teachers will be using Google Classroom for instruction. If your teacher is using Google Classroom, you can access it through any browser here, or get the smartphone app here for Android, and here for iOS.
  2. Chromebooks are available for checkout from the school for at-home learning for students needing a device. In an effort to maximize social distancing, please sign up here for an available pick-up time (One time slot per family). Chromebooks may be picked up Tuesday, March 17th from 10:00am - 3:00pm for A, C, and D track students. B Track students may pick up a Chromebook on Monday, March 23rd from 1:00pm-3:00pm. If you cannot pick up a Chromebook during these assigned times, please contact the office to make arrangements for an alternative pick-up time. Parents will need to fill out the attached district Chromebook agreement.
  3. Grab-and-go lunches will be available in the front entrance of the school starting Wednesday, March 18th. Lunches will be served from 11:00am-Noon. Students must return home after receiving their meal as we are practicing social distancing. Our lunch personnel will type in the student’s lunch number. The cost for a school lunch remains the same.
  4. You should each receive an email from your child’s teacher detailing your child’s at home learning today or tomorrow. These documents will also be posted on our school website tomorrow.
  5. Attendance will not be taken; however, teachers will be grading assignments given to students.

In an effort to minimize exposure, students and families will not be allowed to enter the building and we ask that you not linger.  If you have other questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We really appreciate your support, patience and understanding as we transition to an at-home learning model.

Sincerely,

David Butler

Principal, Blackridge Elementary


Principal's Message

Dear Blackridge Families,

Spring is a time for renewal, opportunities for growth, and competition! Here at Blackridge we are gearing up for the competition season with our upcoming Battle of the Books and Math Olympiad tournaments.

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 3-6. Interested students will be part of a team of 4-5 students, who compete in a “Sweet-16” style tournament to be held on March 20th. Students have been working hard to read the books from the recommended book lists. Grade bands 3-4 and 5-6 each have 20 books for which students will be asked trivia questions to answer. The more books students read, the better the chance their team will have to answer the questions and earn points. The answers in the battles will be given in the form of book title and author's name, each will be worth 5 points. This is quite an exciting time for students to engage in and share the love of reading with team members!

Additionally, Math Olympiad students have also been preparing and training since the beginning of the year. Students in grades 5 and 6 have been collaborating daily and engaging in challenging math problems. Math Olympiad allows students who excel in math to continue to grow and challenge themselves in a broad variety of mathematical concepts. Students participate in multiple rounds where they perform independently to compete for trophies as well as with their teams for a school plaque. Teams of students will complete this year at Daybreak Elementary on April 2nd. It is amazing to see the students’ mathematical confidence grow each day!

We look forward to the excitement of the upcoming tournaments and for our students to show off their academic aptitude and passion! It is a joy to see the students’ delight in learning new content as well as see their confidence grow each and everyday. Their determination in working toward meaningful goals is both empowering and inspiring.

We appreciate the way our parent volunteers have helped coordinate and inspire students to reach reading and comprehension goals for our Battle of the Books tournament. Thank you PTA for your continued support and desire to help students grow!

Let the competitions begin!

David Butler, Principal

Elizabeth Felt, Assistant Principal


Principal's Message

Dear Blackridge Families,

Starting the week of February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness week. Kindness is a virtue we all aspire to model for our children as well as emulate in everyday life. Even though this is something we all strive to focus on, kindness is something that is easily overlooked. Focusing on kindness has powerful implications for our relationships with others as well as some significant biological positive impacts.

One biological impact of kindness is the brain’s release of oxytocin. We generally feel this as an allover warm feeling we get by engaging in an act of kindness. This release of oxytocin not only makes us feel good, but also has been shown to reduce anxiety, stress, pain, and blood pressure. Additionally, oxytocin increases energy, happiness, and positivity!

Tapping into and harnessing our ability to be kind to ourselves and others is one thing that we have been focusing on here at Blackridge through our Golden Gate Kids program. Our Golden Gate Kids program emphasizes kindness through a monthly focus and classroom based lessons that engage our students in finding ways that they can learn and show how they live up to the motto of “Stay Kind” every single day. Simply finding time to be a friend to someone out on the playground, smiling at someone, or showing gratitude for the things we have are easy ways to show kindness in our lives.

Each month has a unique pledge and teachers can emphasize skills weekly to support the overall goals and aims of the Golden Gate Kids program. The program has eight essential aims:

  • Include every student
  • Welcome new students
  • Provide a sense of belonging
  • Provide social opportunities
  • Cultivate healthy connections
  • Build social and soft skills
  • Promote and teach pro social behaviors
  • Teach the value of kindness and selfless service to others

This month’s pledge is, “I will make someone’s day.” During this month, students will learn how they can make someone’s day and help provide service to others. Ask your children in what ways they are learning about showing kindness to others and working toward making someone’s day. Consider ways you can spend time one on one with your children doing something that will make their day too!

As always, it is a joy and a pleasure to be here with you at Blackridge! We are grateful for the many ways you have shown us kindness!

David Butler, Principal

Elizabeth Felt, Assistant Principal


We are getting ready to send out our Track Registration Forms for the upcoming 2020-21 school year in the next few weeks. In order to process your family track request, ALL of your students must be enrolled at Blackridge Elementary, with an online application and all required documentation turned in.

What this means is that if you have a student starting Kindergarten in the upcoming 2020-21 school year, you'll need to take a few minutes to follow the attached instructions and complete the online enrollment application.

The Online Enrollment Application AND required documentation (listed below) for Kindergarten need to be turned into the office by 2:00pm on February 14, 2020. Failure to complete your Kindergarten Enrollment by February 14, 2020 at 2:00pm will affect your track request, as your family will not be able to participate in the 2020-21 Track Lottery and will be placed on the lowest enrolled track. This could result in your children being on DIFFERENT TRACKS!

Kindergarten enrollment cannot be processed and completed until the required documents are received in the office.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:

  • CURRENT IMMUNIZATION RECORD (bring in what you have currently... you can bring in proof of kindergarten immunizations when received)
  • CHILD'S ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE (we will make a copy)
  • PROOF OF ADDRESS (mortgage statement, lease agreement, recent utility bill, etc.)
  • GUARDIAN'S PICTURE ID

Thanks for you help ensuring all students are enrolled and are eligible to participate in the track lottery.

To Enroll Your Child for Kindergarten CLICK HERE!

Use the step by step instructions below.


Pick-Up & Drop-Off Procedures

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Letter From the Principal

Dear Blackridge Parents,

We are about to begin an exciting new year here at Blackridge Elementary! I am thrilled to join your school community and have heard wonderful things about our teachers and parents! Principal Giles is someone I have admired and respected for many years and am honored to follow such a great leader. I will do my best to make school a wonderful experience for all of your children and am excited to meet each of you.

 

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to each of you. My name is David Butler. I have been an educator for 21 years and am committed to helping children excel at school. My wife and I live in Herriman and we have 3 children and 1 on the way! I love being a parent and have enjoyed watching my children grow and learn. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, canyoneering, waterskiing, mountain biking, camping, and snow skiing.

 

As we begin a new school year together, I invite each of you to:

  • Ensure your child is on time and ready to learn every day.
  • Participate in your child’s education by volunteering in his or her classroom.
  • Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher about your child’s progress at school.

 

Thank you for supporting your children and our school. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please feel free to contact me via email, phone, or by coming into the office. I promise that I will do everything in my power to ensure your child is successful at school.

 

Sincerely,

David Butler, Principal

Blackridge Elementary