August 12, 2019
Dear Parents/Guardians,
We are so excited to welcome you and your students back to school.  We hope you have had a wonderful relaxing summer.
We have been working hard to make sure that you school is a clean. safe, and happy place for all students to learn.
Back to School Night will be Monday, August 19, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm.  Please come with your students to meet the teachers and visit their school classroom.
Thank you to our wonderful PTA who will at Back to School Night providing games for the kids, facilitating T-Shirt orders, and welcoming food truck that will be available for dinner.
On Wednesday, August 14th you will be able to see your student’s teacher when you log into Skyward.  If you need help logging in, please call the office.
The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 20, 2019.  Early Birds (AM Track) will be from 8:00am – 2:15pm and Later Gators (PM Track) will be from 9:15am – 3:30pm.
**Please remember that there will be no class changes made until after the first two weeks of school.  After that time, class change requests will be discussed and reviewed by the admin team.
If you have a Kindergartener, you will be receiving an email on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 with instructions for you to sign up for the Kindergarten Assessment.  This assessment will be given August 19th – 23rd.
Kindergarten Back to School Night will be on Monday, August 26th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  This is when kindergarten students will find out who their teachers are.
We hope you notice the wider sidewalk leading to our school.  We appreciate the support of Alpine School District and The Board of Education for providing the funding to complete this project enabling our students to walk safely to school.  We appreciate the efforts of our outstanding Dry Creek School Community Council for moving this project forward.
If you have questions about the bus number or bus stop for your students, please visit this website https://alpineschools.org/bus-boundaries/ or for specific bus questions, please call the District Transportation Office at (801)610-8850.
We are so happy to welcome 11 new teachers to our Dry Creek team and are excited for you to meet them.  Please see the Dry Creek Website to view their pictures.  These new teacher include:
Mrs. Ward / Preschool
Ms. Bowen / Kindergarten
Mrs. Spray / Kindergarten
Mrs. Byer / 1st Grade
Mrs, Pocock / 2nd Grade
Ms. Goudling / 3rd Grade
Ms. Anderson / 5th Grade
Mrs. Catchatoorian / 5th Grade
Ms. McNeil / 5th Grade
Mrs. Frangia / 6th Grade
Mrs. Neilsen / 6th Grade
This year we are fortunate to have a Social Worker, Chelsea Blair CSW and an Intern Social Worker, Alexa McClellan.  They are assigned to help with student and family needs at our school.  These social workers are trained and available to assist students, parents, and others in the school community.  We are so fortunate to have these resources available.
After much discussion with our School Community Council, School Leadership Team, teachers, and other participating ASD schools, we have decided to pilot recess before lunch for our students.  We will have aides facilitating hand-washing/sanitizing before students eat in the cafeteria for lunch.
This new schedule allows students time to play and socialize, eat their lunch, and return to the classroom more focused and ready to learn during the afternoon.  Please study the research we have provided.
https://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/admin/admin/389.shtml
https://www.peacefulplaygrounds.com/download/lunch/benefits-recess-before-lunch-facts.pdf
http://www.nea.org/archive/43158.htm
This is going to be a great school year!  We are excited to share this learning journey with your students!
Thanks for your support,
Patrice Worlton
Principal, Dry Creek Elementary