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Make-A-Wish Campaign

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Dear Altara Parents,

We had our MAKE-A-WISH assembly on December 6th.  Little Elaina was not well, so we were unable to meet her.  We still had a fantastic time learning about MAKE-A-WISH, and how our Altara community will be contributing to this organization.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to "adopt" Elaina, particularly where Elaina and her family live right here in our Altara boundaries!  Just a few reminders:     LETTERS TO SANTA -

·            Macy’s will donate $1.00 for every letter to Santa received at our school to the National MAKE-A-WISH Foundation.

·            We will have special "Santa letters" for each student at our school.  Children are welcome to use this letterhead, but may also write letters and/or draw pictures on any paper they would like to send to Santa. 

·            Children are welcome to submit as many letters as they would like!


·            We are asking the kids to bring in spare change to fill our large collection jar at our school.

·            You are also welcome to donate cash, or donate with a check.  If donating with a check, please make check to Altara, with "Make-A-Wish" in the memo line. 

·            If you know of businesses that are looking for service opportunities, or have extended families looking for meaningful service opportunities, please share this letter with them.

Papa Murphy's -

·            Sandy location (9413 Union Square) has offered to donate 20% of all sales linked to our special Spirit Week flyer to our MAKE-A-WISH campaign.  They will accept our fliers from Monday, December 12th through Sunday, December 18th

Bahama Bucks -

·            Draper (582 East 12300 South) is hosting a Dessert Night on Tuesday, December 13th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. No flyer is required. Bahama Bucks will donate 20% of all the sales that evening to Make-A-WISH.

The Printed Garden Bookstore-

·            Sandy (9445 Union Square Suite A) is also supporting our MAKE-A-WISH project!  They are hosting a special Spirit Day for us on Thursday, December 15th from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm.  No flyer is required, but please mention Altara and MAKE-A-WISH.  A portion of these sales will also be donated to MAKE-A-WISH.  This local bookstore is only a couple of doors south of Papa Murphy's.  You may want to make an evening of this, by picking-up a delicious pizza and a good book for a wonderful cause!



Thank you for supporting Altara and our service project for MAKE-A-WISH.  We are looking forward to December 12th-16th! 

Upcoming Activities and Holidays

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We will be having a “Make a Wish” kick-off assembly at 9:00 am on on Tuesday, December 6.  Our Orchestra will be performing at 9:00 am on Thursday, December 15.  In addition, the first grade will be doing their annual Winter Program at 8:45 am on Wednesday, December 21st.

Upcoming Spirit Day

Every month, the Student Council hosts a spirit day.  This month our Spirit Day will be December 21st and the theme is “Wear an Ugly Sweater or Scarf.”  The class with the most participation gets to keep the Spirit Banner for the month.

Winter Break

Just a reminder that Winter Break goes from Thursday, December 22 through Monday, January 2.  School will resume again on Tuesday, January 3.  The building will be closed during this time.

Red Ribbon Week

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MONDAY - "Mustache" you to say no to drugs!" (Students may come to school with a mustache)

TUESDAY - "Drugs are crazy, Just say no to drugs!" (Students may come to school with crazy hair)

WEDNESDAY - "Be Smart, Don't start!" ( Students may come to school dressed like a hero)

THURSDAY - "Follow your dreams, say no to drugs." (Students may come to school in pajamas)

FRIDAY - "Don't let drugs wreck your health." (Students are encouraged to walk to school, and may dress in exercise/workout clothes. A special "healthy" activity is planned during lunch recess.

Fall Break Reminder

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This next school week is a three day week. There will be no school on Thursday or Friday. Wednesday is a regular school day and will end at 3:05 pm.

If you haven't joined the PTA, please consider doing so. Besides discounts to local businesses, your funds support our school projects and our students.

Our first BoxTops collection is due on October 24th. Last year, we raised over $3,000 dollars with BoxTops. It is an easy and quick way to support our school.

Shelter in Place Information

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As most of you are well aware, Altara Elementary experienced a Shelter in Place this morning. There was a domestic dispute within a mile of our school involving an armed suspect. It was handled by the police, and the incident has been take care of.  Our students were kept safe, and Sandy City sent some officers to our school to reinforce our safety precautions.  

When there is potential risk to our students and staff, we will go into a "Shelter in Place." During a Shelter in Place, teaching and classes go on as normal. However, we lock all windows and doors. In many cases, we will cover the windows as well. A "Shelter in Place" means that something is occurring outside of the school and our students are safer "sheltered" inside the school. We do not release students outside for recess or for any other reason during a shelter in place. The district will send out a skylert notifying parents when we are asked to do a shelter in place. They will also notify parents when the shelter in place has been lifted. As the principal, I will release a more detailed message after the situation has been handled. We appreciate your patience and understanding.