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Principal Letter

With three weeks remaining in the 2019-2020 school year, we want to express our appreciation for your patience and support through a challenging time.  You rock!  Your child’s teacher will continue to provide learning/work opportunities digitally right up through the end of May.  The last new academic tasks will be posted no later than May 22, but will include work and activities through the 29th.  We have designated two days, June 3 and 4, for families to return Chromebooks and pick up awards, yearbooks (if applicable) and anything that was left at the school when the closure occurred.  Class/Teacher assignments will be distributed to students returning to Oakcrest for the 2020-21 school year on these days as well.  To manage numbers and minimize risk, we ask that you make an appointment in advance for a time that is convenient to you.  Times will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days and most, if not all, of our teachers will be here to assist you and say goodbyes.  To make an appointment, log in to your family’s Skyward Access account at http://skystu.jordan.k12.ut.us.  Select a student enrolled at Oakcrest and click the Conferences link on the left side of the page.  Select All Conferences and click on Select a Time (this conference is set up under the principal’s name – Ken Westwood).  Click Join by the available time most convenient to you.  A window will appear showing your tentative appointment information.  Click on Schedule and Save and you’re good to go!  As an additional safety measure, please plan for all who enter the school (children and adults) to wear a mask or bandana covering the mouth and nose when you come for your appointment.  If neither of the designated days works, you can drop by the main office between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays during the month of June, and we’ll be happy to help you :o)

If you checked out one or more Chromebooks, look for an email from the school between now and June 1 with a printable check-in form to bring back with the unit and its charger.

Report cards for the third grading period will be available through your Skyward Family Access account beginning Friday, June 12.  Just select the Report Cards link on the left side of your child’s page to access it.  If you’d like a hard copy, drop by the main office any weekday after the 12th between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and we’ll print one up for you.

Our last two newsletters have noted that teacher requests will not be considered for the upcoming school year.  We have a terrific group of teachers returning to Oakcrest, any of which would do a great job with your child given the opportunity and support.   A tentative roster of teaching assignments for the upcoming school year has been attached.  If you have reservations or concerns based on prior personal experience with a specific teacher, please reach out to Mr. Westwood at ken.westwood@jordandistrict.org or at 801-302-4714 before May 29.  Class assignments for students returning to Oakcrest for the 2020-21 school year will be distributed June 3 or 4.  Assignments not picked up on those two days will be mailed out.

Congratulations to Ty Carruthers.  After winning district honors and a referral to the regional STEM fair, his computer science project won a first-place designation at the that fair, as well.  Ty and fourteen other sixth graders from our region were chosen to compete in the Broadcom Masters national competition for a trip to Washington, D.C.  Way to represent, Ty, and good luck going forward!

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December 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

In this season of Thanksgiving, I wish to focus on some of the things that are great about Oakcrest Elementary. 

It has been a treat for me to work with the Oakcrest faculty and community for the past seven and a half years. We’ve worked collaboratively evolving and changing to more effectively and efficiently meet student needs. Our teachers are among the best. 

Recently, our teachers submitted applications to receive $250.00 Real Salt Lake Grants through Donors Choose. Nearly all of them have been funded. The much-needed items will enhance student learning, pique student interest, and aide in helping each student succeed.

Our teachers continue to focus on a teacher to student, student to teacher and student to student relationships. They are building communities of trust within their classrooms and children are responding. Younger grades are utilizing a process called “The Peace Path” to teach students the steps of resolving conflict through communication.

We asked teachers to distill their “Why” for teaching down to one word and submit that word to a word cloud generator. The following word cloud was generated. The largest words were submitted the most.

Oakcrest is an exceptional school. Thank you to all the teachers, parents, students, and staff that dedicate their time and efforts to creating a “School Community of Learners.”

Respectfully,

Mr. Pullan, Principal


November 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

I would like to celebrate the PTA and community involvement at Oakcrest Elementary.  Recently, we experienced another amazing Breakfast with Books. Many students participated in PTA reflections—wonderful works of art were submitted.  

A special “Thank you” to the Oakcrest community who supported the ‘Fun Run’ at the school.  We are deeply grateful for your generosity. Your donations support school field trips for students as well as other events provided by the PTA.  

We look forward to the upcoming book fair associated with parent-teacher conferences.

We have much to be grateful for at Oakcrest Elementary.  Our faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of children.  It is a privilege to work with them in the noble pursuit of education.  Teachers and teams at our school are working arduously to make sure each child can read on grade level.  They set specific goals to ensure growth in reading for all students and specifically the lowest-performing 25% of children.  

Currently, 92% of our 6th-grade students are reading on or above grade level as measured by Acadience/DIBELS beginning of year assessment.  This success started for these students 6 years ago in Kindergarten. It is the result of a unique collaborative commitment of parents and teachers continuously working with children on reading.

Thank you for your commitment to student learning.

Respectfully,

Mr. Pullan, Principal

Note:  

State Land Trust funding also supports our reading efforts.  The current Land Trust Plan as well as the final report on last year’s plan can be found on this past year’s final report on the expenditure of those funds can be found at the following link: https://secure.utah.gov/slt-admin/public/reports.html 


October 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

We are mindful of the safety of our students each day as they arrive and return home from school.  The vast majority of individuals dropping-off and picking-up students follow the school and community expectations for safety. Thank you.

There are some individuals, however, who choose to sacrifice the safety of our children to satisfy personal needs, timelines or agendas.  This concerns us. We ask that all individuals dropping-off or picking-up students work to guarantee the safety of our children by adhering to the following DO’s of SAFE drop-off and pick-up at Oakcrest Elementary.

The DO’s of  SAFE Drop-off and Pick-up at Oakcrest Elementary…

Off School Property

  • Do consider the safety needs of children.  Drive cautiously and slowly through streets adjacent to Oakcrest Elementary.
  • Do park in public approved parking areas.  Refrain from parking on private property, in private driveways, or in marked “No Parking” areas.
  • Do park far enough away from stop signs, crosswalks, parking lot entrances, and street corners to allow other drivers and children to safely navigate the roadways.
  • Do communicate in positive ways by smiling, waving and using appropriate hand gestures.

On School Property

  • Do follow school drop-off and pick-up procedures.
  • Do drive slowly and patiently in our drop off and pick up areas.
  • Do utilize the drop off zone in front of the school and refrain from using the bus zone or attached parking lot as a drop-off and pick-up zone.
  • Do pull all the way forward in the drop-off and pick-up zone.
  • Do park in the public parking lot near the front of the school and walk your child across the crosswalk if you choose not to use the drop-off or pick-up zone.
  • Do remain in your vehicle when dropping-off or picking-up your child in the drop-off and pick-up zone.
  • Do smile and wave at our teachers on outside duty.

Thank you for helping all students have a safe school year!

Respectfully,

Mr. Pullan, Principal


September 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to announce that Oakcrest Elementary had a great start to the school year.  We recognize that there are many new families at our school. We welcome each of you.  

We have several new teachers to our staff:

Marsha Stanford—Kindergarten

Eraka Midgley—1st grade

Richelle Baisch—1st grade

Randi Frehner—2nd grade

Michelle Butler—3rd grade

David Lang—4th grade

Cindy Anderson—4th grade

Kassidy Ludeman—Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Specialist (Drama)

Officer Waelty—School Resource & Dare Officer

As part of our school improvement plan, we are working on supporting the behavior, social, and emotional needs of students.  You will notice that we are focusing on building connections and relationships with children this year. Our goal is that each teacher will greet every student by name and offer a smile, a fist bump, a wave or a high five as they enter the classroom. Throughout the day, teachers will identify at least one great thing each student did and complement them as they leave at the end of the day. 

We want students to learn in a happy environment.

We look forward to another great year.

Respectfully,

Mr. Pullan, Principal 


February 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

February is here.  We wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day from Oakcrest Elementary!

Special Thanks to Ms. Nancy Hopkin, our Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Specialist, who provided amazing opportunities for our students throughout the beginning of this school year.  We welcome Ms. Amy Boehme who will spend the latter part of the year with our students working on visual arts.  She, too, is a Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Specialist.  We encourage you to thank your legislators for continuing to fund the arts in schools.

Links to the annual School Climate Survey will be sent out in the next few weeks.  We encourage you to participate in this survey as we use it to make Oakcrest an even better place for children from year to year.  We appreciate and welcome your constructive input.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Oakcrest!

Respectfully,

Mr. Pullan, Principal


January 2, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! The New Year at Oakcrest Elementary brings great news regarding our teachers.

Recently, Mrs. Rupali Munot (4th-grade teacher) was given the Teacher Feature Award.  She was recognized for working with parents to create a positive experience for students.  She has high expectations for her students and works with them along the way to help every student succeed.  In her letter nominating Mrs. Munot for the award, Mrs. Ball said, “Mrs. Munot ended up being an excellent partner in educating our son.  Tough, but fair and completely invested in our son.” Mrs. Ball continued, [My son] …will no doubt remember his time with Mrs. Munot fondly and will point to her as a significant influence in his life.”  The teacher feature announcement will be broadcast January 16, 2018, at 7:40 a.m.

Miss Rachel Ford applied for an education professional development experience through Global Education Allies. She and other educators will visit Finland for a firsthand experience with the most successful education program in the world.  Finland has led the world in education since making major education reforms in the 1970’s.  Miss Ford will bring a wealth of knowledge back to Oakcrest Elementary and will be a tremendous resource as we consider how we help all students be more successful at Oakcrest.

Oakcrest’s future is bright!  Oakcrest, right here, right now, is a great place to be!

Respectfully,

Mr. Pullan

Principal, Oakcrest Elementary


December 4, 2017

Dear Parents,

This is the most wonderful time of the year…at OAKCREST!  

Reflections

We are thrilled with the success of our students at the Council PTA Reflections contest.  Our great students represented Oakcrest well.  

Performances

We also enjoyed the performances of our Choir and Orchestra.  Both performed admirably at two concerts during the school day for peers and one concert in the evening for parents.  The students who participated put in hours of extra effort and work outside of school time.  A special “Thank you!” to Bonnie Heaton, Orchestra Director, and Nancy Hopkin, Choir Director and Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Specialist.  We are privileged to have you and your music programs at Oakcrest Elementary.

Safe Walking

December brings with it shorter days and longer nights.  Our students are walking to school in darker conditions.  Please take time to remind children to follow road regulations, cross at crosswalks, and ride safely to and from school.

Finally, we wish you all the blessings and joys of this Holiday Season.

Respectfully,

Mr. Pullan, Principal