Thursday, April 30 Library Book Drop Off
Friday, May 1 Spirit Wear Day
Friday, May 15 Last Day for Curriculum Check Out
May 18 – 22 K-3 Core Knowledge Testing
Friday, May 22 Missing Work Deadline
Friday, May 22 Last day of Kindergarten
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day – No School
May 26 – 29 4-6 Core Knowledge Testing
Friday, May 29 Last Day of Classes/Groups
Monday, June 1 Last Day of School – Field Day (at home)
June 2 – 5 Book Drop Off/Summer Packet Pick Up
For updates and additional information, please visit our campus website: https://draper2.americanprep.org/
April Builders Theme
I am a builder when I use kind and courteous words.
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, and where they had been on vacations.
Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by hearing about all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene. One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days, weeks, and months passed.
One morning, the nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.
It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse, “What could have compelled my deceased roommate to have described such wonderful things outside this window?”
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She went on to say, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”
The author of this story is unknown, but the message is clear. Focusing your conversations on kind and encouraging words doesn’t only change the way you see the world, but it affects how those around you see their world as well. Next time you find yourself complaining or saying unkind things, change your words and see if you can change your situation. Words are a sort of superpower, like Superman. The sooner you learn to use them for good, the happier your life will be!
Library Book Drop Off – Thursday April 30
We are preparing book inventories to send home to families, and would like to collect all non-necessary books at this time. Please drop off library books and any other books your student does not need for homeroom or groups classes.
Bring these to the school between 7:00 am and 12:00 pm – follow the map below. Please contact Pam Gibbons firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirit Wear Day – Friday May 1
Take a picture of your student wearing spirit wear and doing home learning, and we will put it in newsletters next month! Email photos to Marion Minson email@example.com. Mrs. Minson will put them together in a video we can attach to one of our newsletters next month.
From the Academic Office
Home Learning Resources
We have several new videos for you and your students.
- Parent Video – How to Motivate Your Student(s)
- Student Video – Email Etiquette
From the Administrative Office
Parent Advisory Committee Elections
Thank you to all the parents that applied to be part of our Parent Advisory Committee. We will be sending out more information about the parents that applied and the details of the voting process.
School Nurse – Immunization Requirements BEFORE 2020-2021 School Year Starts
Immunizations are very important to keep our children safe from preventable communicable diseases. All children entering Kindergarten must be up to date with a second MMR, Varicella, final polio and DTaP immunizations.
Those entering 7th grade must have received a Tdap booster as well as a Meningococcal vaccine.
If your child is not properly immunized you will receive a letter in the mail requesting proof of immunizations. If this documentation is not provided, your child will be excluded from attending school until the required documentation is provided. Questions regarding Utah immunization requirements can be answered by the Utah Department of Health. http://www.immunize-utah.org/, or our District Nurse Karen Thelin, RN, BSN. firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about immunizations can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html
Karen Thelin RN, BSN – APA District School Nurse – email@example.com
School Lunch Update
We are not serving school lunch during the dismissal due to COVID-19. You can find locations near you that serve free breakfast and lunch to children ages 1-18 by clicking here.
We have canceled all pre-ordered lunches and issued credits on those lunch accounts. By default, all funds will be left on the account to be used next year. If you prefer to receive a refund, please email your name, mailing address, phone number and student(s) name(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Email Box Tops When You Order Groceries Online
Great news! If you shop for groceries online, you can now submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn Box Tops for your school.
How it works –
To ensure that earnings from email grocery receipts are properly credited to your account:
1 – Sign up for Box Tops: Make sure you have a Box Tops for Education account. You can create one via the Box Tops app or website.
2 – Forward your receipt to email@example.com using the same email that is associated with your Box Tops for Education account.
3 – Earn $ for your school! Box Tops will be credited within 1 business day; you can view your earnings in the MY EARNINGS section of the app or YOUR ACTIVITY section of the website.
How to Call or Leave a Message
- Call 801-810-3590
- Press 0001 or 0002 during the message
- If you go to voicemail, leave a message
- Press #
- Press 0
All messages are forwarded to the secretaries and will be answered as soon as possible.
Packet Pick Up
If your student needs to pick up packets from the school, you will receive an email from the homeroom teacher with a date and time to come to school. All pick ups will happen behind the school (west side) in a “drive through” line. Teachers and instructors will stand outside to distribute packets while you stay in the car.
Student Materials Pick Up
If your student needs specific materials for home learning (like books or workbooks), please coordinate with your student’s homeroom teacher or groups instructor. All items will be distributed in a “drive through” method as shown below. Email Mrs. Carman at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to pick up materials.
American Preparatory Education Foundation (APEF)
Michelle Goudge, Executive Director
e: email@example.com | p: 801.661.1928
COVID-19 ASSISTANCE FUND
Requests are coming in from our staff and teachers for supplies that are needed for our APA students and staff. If the Foundation had the means, we would help every APA family with financial needs. Unfortunately that’s not the case. Our Foundation gets its funding, for the most part, from school fundraisers. As fundraising at our campuses has come to a screeching halt, those funds aren’t coming in.
A suggestion was made by one of our teachers to give a portion of what you would have spent on childcare or gas money driving to and from the school to our Foundation. If you have the means, please consider making a donation to the Foundation so that we can help those families who aren’t as fortunate. To make a donation, please go to https://www.americanprepfoundation.org/donate. Thank you for your support!
FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PAGE
The Foundation has created a new page that will keep everyone informed about current fundraisers and ways that you can get involved. Please go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/americanprepfoundation and like our page to stay up-to-date. Thank you!
With online shopping becoming increasingly important, now is a great time to sign up for Amazon Smile. The prices are exactly the same and our schools benefit! Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4568023 to set APEF as your charity. Then make your Amazon purchases at https://smile.amazon.com.
If you use the Amazon app, you can get instructions for adding AmazonSmile to your app purchases at https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=15576745011.
Thank you for your support!