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May 2012 Newsletter

May 2012 Newsletter

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Vol. 7 No. 9
May 2012
7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week9 National Bike to School Day10 Dads & Donuts, 8 a.m.14 Fun Run kickoff assembly25 Fun Run packets due28
No School
Memorial DayRecess
1 Fun Run, 9 a.m.6
Last day of School
, classesWill dismiss at 12:45 p.m.
Stay Informed
 “Like” Draper
Elementary on Facebook,follow us on Twitter, and visit our PTAblog at draperelementary.blogspot.com.Watch our Blog and frequent Facebookposts through the summer for informationon registration and other details related tothe start of the 2012-13 school year.
Draper Elementary
1080 E. 12550 S.Draper, UT 84020Ph: 801-826-8275
Christine Heywood Named Teacher of the Year
Fifth-grade teacher Christine Heywood has been selected as Draper
Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.
She has taught the past 25 years,
the last three at Draper Elementary. “I
believe every child can learn and I will dowhatever I must do to help each one besuccessful in a rigorous learning
environment,” she said. A National Board
Certified teacher, Mrs. Heywood holds a
bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah
and a master’s degree from the
University of Utah. She will receive prizesand recognitions during the May 5 RealSalt Lake halftime and a May 15 Canyons Board of EducationReception and Honors Ceremony. Mrs. Heywood also will have achance to be selected as the Canyons School District Teacher of theYear.
PTA Board Members Needed for 2012-13
We are looking for volunteers for next year’s
Draper Elementary PTABoard. If you want to be more involved at school, we hope you
llconsider helping coordinate volunteers, fundraising, communityinvolvement, diversity, art and many others. If you would like to bemore please contact our 2012-13 PTA President Ashley Boyle,
Dewey’s Diary
Draper Elementary PTA Newsletter
Principal’s Message
I am trying to wrap my head around the
idea that May is here. Where did the yeargo? We have had a very busy, productiveyear. Our students are incredible. Thankyou to all of our parents who support theirchildren and teachers. Together we domake a difference.
It’s Testing Season
It is time for your child to show what heor she has learned this year. From nowuntil May 17, students in grade 3-6 will betaking the Criterion Referenced Tests
(CRTs). These tests determine whether
your child has mastered the Math,
Language Arts, and Science Core
Curriculum for his/her grade level.
How Can I Help My Child Do Well onthe CRTs?
Ensure your student arrives well rested,relaxed, and prepared to show what they
have learned. Avoid cramming for these
comprehensive tests. Instead, help your
child learn in a consistent mannerthroughout the year which greatlyimproves long-term retention of concepts
and skills. We don’t
 just want studentsdoing well on tests; we want themremembering the information and being
able to use it in meaningful ways for many
years to come. The concepts learnedduring the elementary years are vitalbuilding blocks for the concepts that willcome in middle school, high school, andcollege.
Building Remodel Update
This summer our building will be getting a
new roof, an upgraded HVAC system andany needed seismic upgrades. Theconstruction crew will begin working theday after school dismisses and there willbe limited access to the building andgrounds. Mrs. Broderick and I will beworking at other locations during the
summer and most of the neededcommunications will be sent out throughSkylert.It has been my pleasure to work with our
dedicated PTA Board and members, SCC
Board, and all our families. Our
community works well together. Therehave been ups and downs, compromise,agreement, and celebrations. Thank youeveryone! I especially want to thank theteachers and students. Your hard workdoes not go unnoticed. I appreciate every
one of you.
Kenna Sorensen, Principal 
Lace Up Your Shoes for the June 1 Fun Run
Plan to join us June 1 for Draper Elementary's annual Fun Runfundraiser at 9 a.m. Our goal is to raise $46,000 through studentsolicited and community donations to: purchase a mobile laptop labwith 30 computers, and fund PTA ongoing programs. Students willreceive their fundraising packets atthe May 14 kickoff assembly and willhave until May 25 to return theirpackets. There will be daily raffleprizes awarded during the week of May 21-25 for those studentsreturning their packets each day, inaddition to classroom prizes awardedfor 100 percent participation, andthe class which brings in the mostdonations. We encourage you to come the day of the Fun Run toeither run with your child or watch and cheer them on. There will beno official T-shirts this year (so that the $3,000 can go toward thecomputer lab). We encourage everyone to wear a white T-shirt or aT-shirt from a previous year
s Fun Run. Strollers are welcome forthose with small children. Parents are asked to wait outside theschool in the back of the cafeteria. The Fun Run will start over onthat side of the school this year. For those interested involunteering on our Fun Run Day (and we will need many of you toensure a safe course), a volunteer form will be included in thefundraising packet for you to fill out and return to the school. Welook forward to a successful event!
May is National Bike Month
In honor of National Bike Month in May, May 9 hasbeen designated as the Inaugural Bike to SchoolDay (as opposed to Bike to Work Day). We willnot have a formal biking event, but all of thoseable and willing should strap on their helmets andbackpacks and bike to school that day.
Update on Presidential Fitness Testing
We had two great weeks of Presidential Fitness Testing in Aprilwhich challenged students' strength, agility, flexibility, andendurance. Awards will be given at the Fun Run kickoff assemblyMay 14. We saw some great improvement in scores from last fall.To qualify for the Presidential or National Awards, students neededin all five areas. Please remind your children that qualifying forthese awards is difficult and they should celebrate their successes inwhatever event they made improvements. A big thank you to ourparent volunteers for helping to make this possible!
Thanks to Our Dog Tag Reading Volunteers
We would like to thank Dawnita Hendricks, Kelli Ball, and SuzanneMackey for organizing and administering the Dog Tag Readingprogram this year. These ladies have spent many hours collectingreading minutes, and handing out dog tags and certificates to ourstudents. Thanks for helping to encourage our students to read!

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