800 East 11000 South, Sandy, UT, 84094

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Miss Fielding’s Monday Minute – February 12, 2024

Dear Families,
Happy Valentine’s Day this week!  I hope you have a wonderful week.  Remember that there is no school next Monday due to the Presidents’ Day holiday.  I’ll send home the Monday Minute on Tuesday next week.


Tech Tip

Apps and smartphones are designed to capture and keep our attention. In a 2023 study by Common Sense Media, they found that preteens and teens received a median of 237 smartphone notifications per day and that they engaged with 46 notifications per day. Notification management on phones, tablets, and Chromebooks can be an important step in taking control of screen time and minimizing unneeded distractions.    https://cnyns.org/3S9WpRjLinks to an external site.


Aide Position available

We have an open position for an instructional aide at Altara.  It is 17 hours per week, Monday-Thursday, during the school day. If you are interested in this position, please respond to this Parent Square message and I’ll contact you.  Thanks!


Fifth-Grade Students, Parents Invited to Maturation Programs


To ensure fifth-grade students and their parents are able to take advantage of Canyons District’s popular maturation program, eight presentations have been scheduled through the month of March at four locations. The aim with this program is to provide consistent, sensitive and approved health and maturation instruction districtwide. All girls and boys presentations are conducted by Carrie Ann Kemp, a popular professional speaker who has been educating and entertaining young audiences, and their parents, for nearly 25 years. Families may attend the presentation that best fits their schedule. Parents are advised to leave younger siblings at home. For more information see the flier below or visit canyonsdistrict.org.


2024 Program Schedule


Indian Hills Middle, 1180 E. Sanders Road, Sandy

Wednesday, March 6 — Boys Program, 6-6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6 — Girls Program, 7:15-8:15 p.m.


Midvale Middle, 7852 S. Pioneer St., Midvale

Thursday, March 14 — Boys Program, 6-6:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 14 — Girls Program, 7:15-8:15 p.m.


Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, Draper

Wednesday, March 20 — Boys Program, 6-6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20 — Girls Program, 7:15-8:15 p.m.


Butler Middle, 7530 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights

Tuesday, March 26 — Boys Program, 6-6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26 — Girls Program, 7:15-8:15 p.m.


School Website:  https://altara.canyonsdistrict.org/
Instagram:  altaraelementary
Facebook: Altara Elementary School
Parent Volunteer application link:  https://www.canyonsdistrict.org/depts/external-relations/volunteer/
Upcoming Dates

Feb. 12th-16th—PTA Kindness Week;  Each day students are challenged to do an act of kindness.  A note was sent home last week with students.  Today was “let someone jump ahead of you in line.”

Tuesday, Feb. 13th is designated as “crazy hair day and play with someone new at recess.”

Wednesday is “Be Kind to everyone!”

Thursday is “Perform a random act of kindness.”

Friday is “Wear your Altara t-shirt and give someone a high-five!”
Feb. 14th—Valentine’s Day school parties
Feb. 19th—No School, Presidents’ Day

Feb. 26th-29th—Parent teacher conferences

Feb. 29th—Early Out Day; Dismissal at 1:25

Feb. 28th-29th—Book Fair

March 1st—No School; compensatory day

April 19th—Kindergarten Orientation for students entering Kindergarten in August 2024; 2:00-3:00

Have a great day!

Julie Fielding, Principal
Altara Elementary

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