Students spent the first six weeks of school learning about how to fill buckets, what bucket dippers are and much more in our kickoff Anti-Bullying campaign at Soldier Hollow. They spent time performing Random Acts of Kindness and learning how important it is to be a bucket filler and prevent bucket dipping. Our finale was a Wear Orange to School Day, to support those who have experienced or witnessed bullying, and a pledge to be bully free all year.Read More
The first grade students at Soldier Hollow Charter School are taking delight in the wonderful season of autumn here in our valley. We have been learning about the leaf cycle, leaf types, leaf structure, their functions and why leaves change color in the fall. Ask a first grader about the changing colors and they will be sure to tell you. “They change when it gets cold.” “They change because they don’t make food for the tree anymore.” “ They change … →Read More
Students in Kindergarten, first grade and second grade gathered in our apple orchard and sang a Johnny Appleseed song. Low and behold, Johnny Appleseed walked out from the apple orchard to visit with the students. He walked with a large walking stick, a pan on his head, barefoot and carried a variety of apples with him. What a treat for students to meet Johnny Appleseed.Read More
Each year, our creative fourth graders make scarecrows to decorate our school and keep away the crows. :) This year, students were very creative in their design and clothing and they are sure to keep away the crows and maybe the magpies.Read More
Friday, October 9, 2015
Aiden in kindergarten has a birthday today. Happy Birthday Aiden, have a wonderful day and please come to the office for a birthday pencil.
Green Deed Tickets for Today: Sophia Medina earned a green deed ticket for cleaning up a muddy sink in the bathroom, Cindy, Hannah and Dulsay from Mrs. Poirier’s class all earned green deed tickets, Greyson earned a ticket for cleaning the office, Finn, Isabel, and Rhylan earned a ticket from Miss Debbie. Thank you all for being such wonderful help around our school.
Let the Countdown begin for our annual Environmental Education Week!
It will be next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (there is no school next Thursday or Friday). Our theme this year is “Earth Art,” so start summoning your creativity and get ready for lots of learning and fun!
We are excited to announce our Soldier Hollow UPCYCLE Art Contest! Get your creative juices flowing and join in the fun! Search your house, junk drawers, recycle bins, and backyards for items that you can UPCYCLE! Upcycling is the process of transforming waste products and everyday items into art and other creative items. There are 2D and 3D categories. If you choose to participate, this project is to be created at home and brought to school next Monday, October 12, 2015, our start of EE Week. PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED!
The 6th grade is very honored to announce that our very own, Faith Hull, will be attending the United Nations International Climate Summit in Paris, France this November. She will be representing Soldier Hollow Charter School and will have the opportunity to interview leaders, scientists, and artists and send reports back to our school. Please start thinking of questions to send with Faith and yours may be chosen to be used in Paris!
Please submit any potential interview questions for Faith to Mrs. Snelling by Oct. 22. These questions should focus on, but are not limited to, climate.
For the Month of October, we will be celebrating healthy habits through nutrition and staying drug free. Each morning you will hear about a healthy habit on the announcements, and we will end our month with a Red Ribbon Assembly. Your healthy habit for today is:
Consider your drink
Choose water, fat-free or low-fat milk, and other drinks without added sugars to complement your meal.
Student Store: If you need a snack or forgot your lunch, bring your money to Mrs. Snelling’s room at lunch time and you can make a purchase from the Student Store! The proceeds will help the 6th graders pay for their trip to the Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming this spring!
Our neighbors, Rocky Mountain Outfitters, have placed a spooky Hollow decoration in the field across the track from our soccer field. It is a fake black horse, and we are trying to get them to move it, but please stay away from this large object. It is very heavy and could easily fall over on you and hurt you.
Please visit the Farmers Market today after school.
Have a great day Soldier Hollow!
Friday, September 18
First Grade Field Trip to Cascade Springs
Monday, September 21
Parent Breakfast for parent of students in grades 4-6. See you at the Snowflake at 8:15 for good food and great conversation.
Calendar of Events
Monday, September 14: Breakfast social for parents of students in grades 1-3 held at the Snowflake. Join us for good food and great conversation.
Tuesday, September 15: Spanish after school in Ms. Hanks room
Wednesday, September 16:
Thursday, September 17: Spanish after school in Ms. Hanks room
Friday, September 18: Student Farmers Market 12:00-1:00,
Monday, September 21: Breakfast at the Snowflake for parents of students in grades 4-6. Come and join us at the snowflake for good food and great conversation next Monday.
Golfing Instructor(s) Needed for Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon.
Equipment is here and ready, we just need YOU. We would love to offer you an opportunity to teach golf this fall if you are interested. We had another golf pro lined up to begin teaching last week, and he too notified us he was unable to teach. We are looking for Thursday instructors from 10-11 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Please call or stop by the office if you have an interest. Thank you.
Parents in Grades 1-3 Breakfast Social
If you are a parent with children in grades 1-3, please stop by the Snowflake tomorrow morning for snacks and great conversation. This is a great way to connect with other families. Next Monday, September 21st, we will have a social for parents of students in grades 4-6.
Substitute Teachers Needed
If you are looking for an opportunity to work with students and earn a bit of income, please speak to Mrs. Hedden about becoming a substitute teacher. You must be able to pass a background check and have a high school diploma at minimum. The state prefers subs have some higher education experience. We pay $80 for a 6 ½ hour day, so please consider helping us when we really need it.
Our first farmer’s market took place Friday, with eight vendors selling eggs, cotton candy, zucchini bread, shaved ice, popcorn, cupcakes and more. Thanks to all of you who supported our young farmers, bakers and craftsmen. If you did not participate and want to sell goods, please let the office know. We will plan to have those that participated last week, to continue, unless we hear otherwise. All items sold must be something that our students made, grew, raised or created.
Looking for After School Help 20 Minutes Each Tuesday/Thursday
Our after school Spanish program begins shortly after 3:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Mark, our teacher, teaches at the high school and cannot make it until then. We are looking for a parent who could oversee our children on the playground as they play and eat their snack prior to class beginning. If you would be so kind to do this for 20-30 minutes once or twice a week, we would greatly appreciate it.
Parking Lot Pick up and Drop Off Updates
Please share this process with family members that may not receive this newsletter. Fridays, while the Farmers Market is being held, we will NOT have drive through pick up, as too many students socialize at the Farmers Market.
Afternoon pick up can be accomplished in two ways:
You may park outside of the coned and flagged area and walk in to pick up your children in our lot. PLEASE USE THIS OPTION IF THE DRIVER MUST GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE.
Parents that want to drive and pick up will follow the perimeter of the full parking lot, staying outside of the orange cones, and pull in the same lane that drop off takes place in the mornings. (the south side of the parking lot). Please remain in your vehicle and students will load on the driver’s side of the vehicle from the coned safety zone. Please adjust any car seats to accommodate this loading. There will be three staff members lined up along the south side of the coned area to assist with loading. If a child must pass to the other side, they will need to cross in front of the parent vehicle, rather than behind.
3. If you need to buckle up your little ones, please wait to do so after passing the crossing guard and pull over along the fence line on the east side of the parking lot.
Go Green Lunch Boxes Raise Funds:
Would you like to make packing healthy, waste-free lunches as painless as possible, all while supporting experiential learning at SHCS? Here is your opportunity! Check out the products at https://www.gogreenlunchbox.com/. They sell quality lunch kits that include a single-piece lunch container with multiple leak-proof compartments, a stainless steel beverage bottle, a reusable ice-pack, and an insulated fabric carrier. The kits are rather expensive, but they should last for many years to come. If you choose to purchase a kit, please enter the school code SHCS at checkout, and $8.00 of your purchase price will be contributed to the sixth graders' annual field trip to Teton Science School. Please feel free to share the link and school code with others who may be interested in buying this product. Thank you!
After School Spanish
Our after school Spanish program began last week. It will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:30 p.m. Mark South, the high school Spanish teacher is teaching the class. Ms. Hanks has generously offered her classroom. The fee is $50/month per student and sign up are in the main office.
October 5 is our student picture day, and begins at 10:00 a.m. Please make sure your children are here Monday, October 5 for picture day whether you purchase or not, as we use these pictures for our yearbooks.
Picture Retake is December 2.
Attendance is Important
Please start off the school year modeling punctuality for your children. The Governor is declaring September as Attendance Awareness Month. When your children attend school daily and arrive on time, you are:
demonstrating that being punctual is important
not disrupting the learning of others
allowing them to build relationships, collaboration and many other skills during our Morning Meeting
respecting the teacher by allowing them to address all of their students and not need to play catch up with late arrivals
allowing your children to integrate effectively each morning, so they do not feel uncomfortable entering a classroom late
not requiring the teacher to take attendance twice, or the office to issue a tardy slip.
As a free public school, we are funded by our student attendance. Average daily attendance is calculated and becomes our funding, so pulling your child out for vacation during school days and other absences, inhibits our funding for programs, our ability to secure grants and takes teacher and student time to make up the assignments. Please consider this when scheduling vacations. Thank you.
Declaration of Household Income Form
This document was emailed to all of you with our school registration forms. We are given federal funding for students of families who fall within these outlined guidelines. Although this form states Free or Reduced Lunch and we do not have a lunch program, we still need you to sign this form if you qualify for the range of household income outlined. If there are at least 10 students in our school that qualify, we will be given over $31,000 in federal money for school programming. The more that qualify, the more funding we receive. Please read this form, and if your household income falls within the ranges, please sign and return the form to the office.
PTO, Monday October 5
Community Council Meeting, Friday October 9, 12:15
School Board Meeting, Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 PM