There are many special moments everyday at our school. It was one of those moments as I arrived during the morning carpool drop off as Mr. Waghorn was getting help from Hudson Mair. Thanks for your help Hudson!
Our annual Fall Festival is coming up this Friday and fortunately, Marianne Porter from our FSO was in the lobby this morning selling tickets, so I was able to get wristbands and meal vouchers for my students. Someone from our FSO will be in the lobby every morning this week selling tickets and wristbands. Don’t wait until Friday, get your wristbands now!
Every week our students get the chance to “Show what you know” at our assemblies. These are opportunities for students in the various grades to share some of the poetry and songs that they learn in their classrooms. Showcasing the knowledge and content they are acquiring is a great way for students to share this with parents and students from other grades. Since we are sharing the indoor spaces with our secondary students, we decided to move these assemblies outside. This is the first time it has been done at our campus and the weather was fantastic for our first one with grades 4-6.
About 4 years ago, one of our 6th grade teachers starting wearing bow ties on Tuesdays. This one idea has transformed into a tradition that some of the male teachers have been participating in since that time. In addition to all the staff participating we also have been joined by some of our students. If you see many of our male staff wearing bow ties, then there is a likely probability that it is Tuesday!
Coming in from afternoon carpool, I was able to catch a ride with Dan Bazan, our Communications Director and parent of two students at American Prep. Our school was started by parents wanting to create the best school possible for their children. It is wonderful that many years later our staff are enjoying the opportunity to have their own children attend American Prep. Thanks for the ride and for participating in our carpool.
There is always a lot of activity at the school and here is a little “behind the scenes” work that is needed to make our school events happen. The wonderful and amazing FSO leaders from all of our Draper campuses along with our Facility Director, Philip Miner, met to plan for the Fall Festival happening on Friday, September 8th. This is an annual tradition at our campuses and is a great way to have some fun and meet the members of our school community.
Our first graders were visited by some of our local Draper Firefighters today. They were introduced to fire safety and information that can help them stay safe in their homes. Thank you to our Draper Firefighters for taking the time to talk with our students.
A crazy weather event happened today right as carpool was starting. A very strong localized rainstorm produced lots of heavy rain and some marble-sized hail! Students waited under the eaves for as long as possible before going to the carpool curbs at the tail end of the storm. Considering the weather delay and it still being only day #3, we completed the entire afternoon pick-up 5 minutes faster than yesterday!
One of the hallmarks of our school is facing challenges with a positive attitude and demeanor. We had a great surprise today when one of our parents, Mark Dang, brought in some donuts for our carpool staff to share for all the efforts we are making to solve the challenges facing our school community. We are so grateful for these positive gestures and thanks being shown by our parents.
What a great and interesting start to our school year. The solar eclipse celestial event was celebrated throughout the school today. We had many parents, students and staff enjoying the event many different ways. Some had special glasses, some had an extra pie plate to keep their glasses on and other parents brought in special telescopes to reflect the event onto a board to view safely. Thank you to all the parents that came in with the special viewing boxes!
As the summer comes to an end, we got to enjoy a movie night in our courtyard. Sponsored by our Family School Organization and the American Prep Education Foundation, or Friends of APA, many of our new and experienced families got to spend time socializing and getting to know each other. A special thanks to our operations team, especially Philip Miner and Mitch Benson for getting everything set up for this first time event!