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4 months ago

February 2018

Dear South Routt Elementary Family,

Many people say that “April is the cruelest month”, but to those of us in education, that distinction might go to February.  The stretch from January to Spring Break in March seems to go on forever.  In reality, this is prime learning time at the elementary school.  So many of the distractions that take our attention away, like warm weather, Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, and learning the ways of a new classroom, are over.  Students know the routine and teachers know their students.  The building seems to run with a steady hum in February, and as the principal of this smooth running operation, I can almost see our students grow every day.  It is truly an amazing thing to watch, and I invite you in to see it for yourself.  I would be happy to act as your guide if you would like to schedule an appointment, just let me know.

A few things for you to know about this month;

  • We have seen a real uptick in illness at the end of January.  As many as 22-25% of our students are out on any given day.  The worst culprit appears to be a nasty strain of the flu, but several students are complaining of symptoms that look like the common cold and, there seems to be a stomach bug keeping some students out as well.  If your child is running a fever, vomiting, or coughing uncontrollably, please keep them home.  The surest way to prevent the spread of illness is to not expose one another to the illness.  Also, please be sure that your child is getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of liquids, and washing their hands all the time.  For more information about preventing the spread of illness, see our website at

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be February 22, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., and February 23, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Like we did in October, we will be scheduling conferences on line, via Meet the Teacher.   Scheduling will open on Monday, February 12, and more information will follow to guide you through this process.

  • Third through fifth graders will be taking practice PARCC tests in February and March.  Actual State testing will happen after we return from Spring Break.  The tests are challenging, and look nothing like the old paper and pencil, multiple choice assessments from my elementary school days.  You can take a practice PARCC test, online, if you are curious about what is being asked of our students.  Let me know and I can get you the link to do this at home, or, you can come in and use one of our computers.  I’ll buy you a cup of coffee when you are done.

  • In Art, all grades have been working on artistic purpose! Why do we create and where do our ideas come from? How do we make artistic choices that have to do with our purpose? Students are working on projects with purpose being their guide. Projects range from: Elmer the Elephant on an adventure (narrative), Hokusai's "The Wave" (cultural), Matisse inspired collages (inspirational), Pop art sweets (inspirational and exploratory), Abstract Expressionism (expressive and exploratory), and meaningful sculptural trees (celebratory, expressive and narrative). Come enjoy all these masterpieces and more at the art show on May 23rd at 5:00pm!

  • In PE, students are honing their PE and Health vocabulary skills, reviewing basic coordination skills, and, as always, working on becoming a good teammate and a great sport.  Watch the calendar for upcoming PE nights!

  • In Music, our students are working hard, preparing for the spring musical performances.  Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will perform Thursday, May 17th, while third through fifth grade will perform the evening of May 24th.  Both performances will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m...  I for one, am looking forward to hearing recorders, ukuleles, and the fifth grade band.

There will be a lot going on in the coming months at the elementary school.  We continue to work hard on mastering grade level math facts timed tests.  We are working at improving our writing all across the grades.  As a school, we will continue to push your student to be the best they can be, not just in academics, but as a whole, well-rounded person.  Please stop by to watch us work, and have fun at the same time.

Randy Foster

Principal, South Routt Elementary School

P.S.  We DO have school February 19th!


By Lori Lombardi