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Our Mission

We, the Falcon Ridge Community, believe all children can learn, and we will establish high standards of learning that we expect all students to achieve.

  1. All students can and will learn.
  2. Respect for diversity is critical.
  3. Together we are more.

2020-2021 School Year

September 25, 2020

Weekly Update for Sept. 28-Oct. 2

Welcome to Fall! Our mornings are a little cooler! Please remember to send your child with a jacket. Make sure his/her name is clearly marked on it. This way it doesn’t have to be quarantined for 72 hours or go into the Lost & Found. If your child has lost an item, please call the office and we will look for it in the Lost & Found.

Our school picture day has been scheduled for Thursday, October 8th. This is for in-person students only. We will be sending information through Skylert on how to order prints. Virtual learners will be able to call and make an appointment to have photos taken at the studio.

We will not be having global vision screenings this year. Please refer to the attached letter with guidance on vision screenings if you have concerns about your child’s vision. Vision screenings 2020

We have received information regarding a free virtual tutoring option available by college students. The attached flyer has more information.

This Fall, our PTA Book Fair will be held virtually. Teachers will not be sending Scholastic book orders home in the month of November. Please watch for information on ordering books online. This is a great way to get started on holiday presents early!

Please begin sending photos of your child in his/her costume to Ms. Christensen. She is compiling photos for a Virtual Halloween Parade on October 29. Photos can be sent to Theresa.christensen@jordandistrict.org. We are excited to see everyone in their Halloween costumes!

Our PTA Reflections contest is winding down. Please encourage your child to participate. The class with the most entries will win a Pizza party with Ms. Christensen. The theme this year is “I Matter because…”

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, Sept. 29:  PTA Spirit Night at Zupas from 5:00-9:00. Come support our PTA!

Friday, Oct. 2: Boo to the Flu from 3:00-6:00. It will be outside, in front of the school.

Oct. 5-8: Playworks Reboot during recess

Thursday, Oct. 8: School Picture Day for in-person students

Friday, Oct. 16: Last day of the trimester

Oct. 19-23: Fall Break

Thursday, Oct. 29: Halloween costumes and celebrations!

One last reminder to send your child with a full water bottle and a mask every day! We have been so impressed with our students and their resilience! We love having them back at school with us!

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out! I am here for you and want each one of our students to be happy and successful!

September 18, 2020

Weekly Update for September 21-25

The fall season is upon us! We are excited to have some of our regular fall activities, however, they will look a little different this year.

First, we will have Halloween activities on Thursday, October 29. We will have a virtual parade. Be prepared to send Ms. Christensen photos of your child in his/her costume. She will create a virtual parade to be shown in classes on that day. Thanks to the PTA, our teachers, with the help of our aides, will have a party in their classes that will include pre-packaged treats and games. In addition, students will be able to wear their costumes. Watch for the specifics in the next couple of weeks.

Second, parent teacher conferences will be held virtually this year. Teachers will arrange time before and after school during the week of November 9 -12 for parents to sign up for a zoom meeting time. We will also provide evening zoom meeting times on Wednesday, November 11. Please watch for information on how to sign up for your parent teacher conference time in mid-October.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to begin our Playworks recess program the week of September 21. It has been necessary for our trainer to quarantine. We look forward to launching Playworks the week of October 5-8.

We are in need of parents to serve on our School Community Council. It is a wonderful opportunity to assist with the decisions that directly affect your student. Please contact Ms. Christensen for more information and an application.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, Sept. 29: PTA Spirit Night at Zupas

 cafezupas.com and Café Zupas app orders now count toward your fundraiser!  Code FUNDRAISER25 must be used at check out.  Everything is explained on the attached materials specific to your organization.

September 11, 2020

Weekly Update for September 14-18

We have completed our first full week of September and we are starting to feel and see the changes in the season! Even though it is getting cooler in the mornings, please remember to send your child with a full water bottle each day. They still need to stay hydrated and our drinking fountains are closed to use.

Our students are adjusting well to the many changes as we try to maintain a sense of normalcy at school. Please remember we still have different policies in place to ensure the safety and health of our students, staff, and teachers. We ask that parents and other adults remember to wear a mask on school property and send birthday treats which are store bought and individually wrapped.

Friday is an academic day and learning is still occurring. Your child should have assignments to be completed, either paper or online, and may be invited to come to in-person learning from 10:00 to 12:00. This is a wonderful opportunity for our teachers to work one-on-one or in small groups with students and we hope you will take advantage of an invitation for this opportunity. We have made a change to the Friday lunch pick-up time. Lunch is available from 11:30-12:00 for pick up using the southwest cafeteria doors. If you will be having your child pick up lunch, please call the school by 9:00 on Friday morning so we may prepare the right amount of food.

Our students are learning how to be bridge builders in our character education and STEM classes for the month of September. Our Golden Gate Kids program is in full swing. Please read the attached parent letter and have a discussion with your child.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, Sept. 16 School Community Council Meeting 5:30pm via zoom

Thank you for your support of the faculty and staff at Falcon Ridge Elementary. We have wonderful parents and students! As always, please feel free to reach out regarding any questions or concerns. We are here to help!

September Family (Welcome) Newsletter (year 1) (1)

 

September 4, 2020

Weekly Update for September 7-11

We are looking forward to another week of wonderful things happening at Falcon Ridge!

1. We have our safety patrol up and running thanks to Jessica Brinton! As you drop your students off, either by car or walking, please watch out for children and help us keep them safe.

2. During this week, we will have fun activities to focus on Green Ribbon Week and safety! Please see the flyer for each day’s theme so your child can participate.

3. We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Playworks to bring inclusiveness and conflict resolution to Falcon Ridge’s recesses! More information is available in the attached introduction letter.

4. PTA Reflections is coming up! All entries will be submitted online. Review this year’s theme (see attached flyer) and help your child to plan their art project. We love seeing our students create!

5. Falcon Ridge students have been doing an incredible job wearing their masks, socially distancing, and keeping each other safe. Parents, please remember to wear your masks on the school property as well.

Upcoming Events:

Sept 7: Labor day – No school

Sept 8: Green Ribbon Week – Wear crazy or mismatched socks

Sept 9: Green Ribbon Week – Crazy hair day

Sept 10: Green Ribbon Week – Walk to School day

Sept 11: Patriot Day – Day of Service and Remembrance

Sept 21-24: Playworks at Falcon Ridge

Sept 29: PTA Spirit Night at Zupas 5:00-9:00PM

Oct 2: Say Boo to the Flu Clinic 3:00-6:00PM

Playworks Introduction letter (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2, 2020

The week of September 8-10, 2020 is our PTA Green Ribbon Week! Join us in our fun activities as we learn about safety.

Falcon Ridge Weekly Update

Thank you for an incredible first week of school! We appreciate your efforts in helping our students adjust to in-person and virtual learning. We are grateful for your patience, flexibility, and grace toward our teachers, students, and staff.

Each week, we will send an update of information and events to keep Falcon Ridge families informed.

Mon., Aug. 31: No school events

Tues., Sept. 1: No School events

Wed., Sept. 2: First day for kindergarten

Thurs., Sept. 3: No School events

Fri., Sept. 4: By teacher invitation only for in-person learning

Mon., Sept. 7: Labor Day–No School

Sept. 7-10: Green Ribbon Week

Thurs., Sept. 10: Walk to School Day

Actualización semanal de Falcon Ridge

¡Gracias por una increíble primera semana de clases! Agradecemos sus esfuerzos para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a adaptarse al aprendizaje virtual y en persona. Estamos agradecidos por su paciencia, flexibilidad y gracia hacia nuestros maestros, estudiantes y personal.

Cada semana, enviaremos una actualización de información y eventos para mantener informadas a las familias de Falcon Ridge.

Lunes 31 de Agosto: No hay eventos escolares

Martes, 1 de Septiembre: No hay eventos escolares

Miércoles 2 de Septiembre: primer día de jardín de infantes

Jueves 3 de Septiembre: No hay eventos escolares

Viernes 4 de Septiembre: por invitación del maestro solo para aprendizaje en persona

Lunes 7 de Septiembre: Día del Trabajo – No hay clases

7-10 de Septiembre: Semana del Listón Verde

Jueves, 10 de Septiembre: Día de caminata a la escuela

August 27, 2020

This Friday, August 28, 2020, we will begin our new Friday instructional schedule. There will be no in-person classes for all students. Students will receive assignments to be completed at home on Friday.

Parents and students will be invited by their teachers to attend at specific times between 10:00 – 12:00. Teachers will have office hours between 12:00-12:30 for parents to contact them as needed.

Lunches will be available for pick-up on Friday’s from 11:00am-12:00pm.  Please contact the school @ 801-282-2437 by 9:00am to order a lunch for your student.  Your student’s lunch account will be charged.

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Christensen.

Este viernes 28 de agosto de 2020, comenzaremos nuestro nuevo horario instructivo de los viernes. No habrá clases presenciales 
para todos los estudiantes. Los estudiantes recibirán tareas para completar en casa el viernes.

Los maestros invitarán a los padres y estudiantes a asistir en horarios específicos entre las 10:00 y las 12:00. 
Los maestros tendrán horario de oficina entre las 12: 00-12: 30 para que los padres se comuniquen con ellos cuando sea necesario.

Los almuerzos estarán disponibles para recoger los viernes de 11:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Por favor comuníquese con la 
escuela al 801-282-2437 antes de las 9:00 am para pedir un almuerzo para su estudiante. Se cargará la cuenta del almuerzo 
de su estudiante.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Theresa Christensen.

August 21, 2020

Dear Parents,

As we begin the 2020-21 school year next week, the Salt Lake County Health Department is providing some clarification regarding face coverings and keeping students home when they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

We hope this information will be helpful to parents who have had questions about face coverings and keeping students home when they are sick. Please contact your school for any questions or clarifications regarding the information provided below. 

Use the link below to read the most frequently asked questions about wearing face coverings in schools.

Use the links below to read the guidelines for keeping children home when they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

 

August 19, 2020

Please review the following notice from Jordan School District regarding the recent mask update.

Dear Parents,

As you may be aware, The Utah Department of Health issued a public health order update clarifying the standards for face coverings in schools.

The order states that every individual inside of a school building or on a school bus must wear a face mask which covers the nose and mouth without openings that can be seen through. Face masks must fit securely under the chin and snugly against the sides of the nose and the face, even when an individual is able to physically distance.

The order also clarified that face shields may only be worn without a face mask when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, including for an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing or while participating in speech therapy.

An individual with a medical condition, mental health condition, or other disability that prevents wearing a face mask may be exempted from wearing a mask by submitting  the form found at the link below. 

We wish you the very best as the school year begins next week.

August 17, 2020  

Falcon Ridge Faculty and Staff are ready and eager to welcome students back to building! There have been changes to procedures throughout the school. Please review the following School Reopening Plan and become familiar with the expectations in each area of the building. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Theresa Christensen.

School Name: Falcon Ridge Elementary

School Reopening Plan

School Administrator Point of Contact (POC): Contact phone/email:
Theresa Christensen (801) 282.2437; (801) 809.4600

theresa.christensen@jordandistrict.org

 

This school reopening plan is based on the Jordan School District 2020-2021 Reopening plan.

 

Action Plan with Mitigating Strategies:
SCHOOL GENERAL INFORMATION 
Schedules (M – Th + F),

School-Wide requirements,

Chromebooks, etc.

 

Schedule:

  • In-person classes will be held Monday – Thursday from 8:30-3:05
  • Friday instruction will be assigned for completion at home. In addition, individual and small groups will occur at the school between 10:00-12:00 by invitation of the teacher. Teachers will notify students and parents of in-person Friday instruction a week in advance.

School-wide Safety Expectations:

  • All students, faculty and staff will wear face masks in all areas of the school, and when arriving and leaving school.
  • Routines for handwashing and sanitation have been established throughout the school.
  • Floors and walls have been marked to assist with social distancing, where possible.

Chromebooks:

  • Chromebooks will be checked out to each student, virtual and in-person, and logged in their Skyward account. Parents will sign the Chromebook agreement and be responsible for the chromebooks.
  • Chromebooks checkout for virtual learners will occur August 19-21 by appointment.
  • Chromebooks checkout for in-person students will occur the first two weeks of school. 
SCHOOL PLAN DETAILS BY LOCATION
Plans to support “Before Coming to School”:  At Home:

  • Parents will conduct temperature and symptom checks at home using the copy of the symptom self checklist provided by the school. If a student is ill or exhibiting symptoms, parents will keep their student home.

Arriving at school:

  • When students arrive, they will line up in their assigned area. They will follow the guide for social distancing and wear their masks. The play structures, play areas, and field are off limits before and after school. 
  • Teachers will greet their class at their designated area at 8:25 AM. They will stagger classes entering the building.
  • Students who arrive between 8:25-8:45 will need to enter through the front of the building and will be guided to walk directly to class. Teachers will mark tardies in class.
  • Students who arrive after 8:45 will need to enter through the front of the school and will stop at the office window for check-in. Communicating the reason for late check-in should be done by phone or written note rather than in-person by the parent.
  • At this time, no parents or visitors may walk students to their classrooms. Only students, faculty and staff will be permitted in the hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms. 

Before school starts preparation:

  • Falcon Ridge will provide a health/symptoms checklist. Families will be reminded to check  their child’s skin for warmth or redness, or ask if he/she has chills if they do not have a thermometer.
  • Administration, school nurse and Special Education team will review and update health plans, 504s and IEPs.
  • Falcon Ridge will work with families who have identified their students as high-risk and allow for accommodations in the classroom.
  • Administration will enforce the wearing of face masks for students without exemption documentation, using typical school discipline processes.
  • Revised grading and attendance policy will be applied so students are not penalized for staying home ill or isolating.
Plans to support “Bussing”
  • No buses are assigned to Falcon Ridge Elementary.
Plans for Office
  • All students, faculty and staff will wear face masks when in the office.
  • Parents and visitors will enter through the right front door and exit to the right. The door to the office will remain closed. All communication with the office will occur on the video call box.
  • Employees will enter the office through the office door and exit through the door by the boxes. Employees must maintain a distance of 6 feet from others and avoid congregating in the office.
  • Limited volunteers will be permitted and only for essential programs. Prior arrangements must be made for volunteer/visitor access.
  • Falcon Ridge’s quarantine room has been located in the conference room. This will allow for students with symptoms to socially distance from other students in the room.
  • Utah Health Department guidelines will be followed regarding notification, privacy, and quarantine/isolation of Covid-19 symptoms and cases.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available outside the office doors and inside the office.
  • Students will have limited access to the office. Phone calls home must be essential and will be placed from the classroom. Minor injuries will be handled on the playground. Office behavior referrals will push-out to classes.
  • For check-out, parents should call ahead. Parents will show their ID through the window in the front foyer. Parents will remain in the foyer and students will meet them there.
  • Students who arrive between 8:25-8:45 will need to enter through the front of the building and will be guided to walk directly to class. Teachers will mark tardies in class.
  • Students who arrive after 8:45 will need to enter through the front of the school and will stop at the office window for check-in. Communicating the reason for late check-in should be done by phone or written note rather than in-person by the parent.
  • At this time, no parents or visitors may walk students to their classrooms. Only students, faculty and staff will be permitted in the hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms. 
  • Holiday and birthday celebrations will be implemented by the school. School administration will visit the classes of students with birthdays and provide a treat. If parents choose to send a birthday treat, they must be brought by the student in the morning, be store-bought and individually wrapped. They will be handed out by the teacher.
  • Parents will be directed to leave items for students (forgot lunch/backpack) in the cubbie slot assigned to their class. Office staff will deliver the items to the students’ class.
  • Lost and found items without names will be quarantined for 72 hours. Custodial staff will store items and retrieve them for parents and students after they have notified the office.
  • A weekly newsletter will be emailed and sent to families through Skylerts with updates and information. Fliers will be included in this communication and not sent home.
Plans for Classrooms  
  • All students, faculty and staff will wear face masks in class except for approved mask breaks provided by the teacher.
  • Teachers will space desks as far apart as possible.
  • Teachers will choose the best seating option for mask-exempt students.
  • Teachers will create seating charts to assist with contact tracing.
  • Rug and small group activities will be less than 15 minutes.
  • Backpacks, coats, and water bottles will be stored where they are not in contact with others.
  • Teachers will stagger classes entering/exiting the building, going to lunch, and going to PE, library, and music to limit contact in the halls and congestion at doors.
  • Where possible, teachers will prop their doors to limit the need to touch surfaces.
  • Students will use individual supplies wherever possible. Any shared items will be sanitized between uses.
  • Students will follow routines for handwashing and sanitizing.
  • Students should bring a water bottle each day. Water fountains will be off-limits.
  • Teachers will establish routines to limit congestion in the classroom.
  • Teachers will establish socially distance line-up procedures.
  • Teachers will supervise students as they clean their desks and chairs at the end of the day.
  • Students may make essential phone calls home (forgot lunch/backpack) from the classroom. 
  • Teachers will have options for supporting students who are ill or isolating short-term with their academics.
  • Grading and attendance have been revised so students are not penalized for staying home ill or isolating.
  • Chromebooks will be checked out to individual students through Skyward.
  • Teachers will place lunch money or other items for the office on the clip outside their door by 9:00 AM each day.
Plans for Unique Courses: (music, theater, dance, CTE, PE)
  • All students, faculty and staff will wear face masks in music, character education and STEM classes. Face covering must be worn to and from PE but may be removed for socially distanced physical activities.
  • Students will have their temperature checked with a touchless thermometer prior to PE and music classes.
  • Students will remain in their classes for STEM and Character education classes.
  • Students must wash hands before and after rotations.
  • PE equipment will be sanitized between classes. 
  • PE will be held outside when weather permits. In the event of bad weather, PE will be held in classes.
  • The field will be for PE and music use only.
  • Singing in music class will be limited to 10 minutes with masks. Dancing will occur outside in order to allow for social distancing.
Plans for Special Education Classrooms
  • Special Education teachers will follow the same classroom guidelines.
  • Face masks must be worn by students, faculty, and staff.
  • For speech, face masks may be removed and face shields may be used.
  • Plexiglass dividers are available for use during small groups.
  • Special Education teachers or aides will pick up and return students to their assigned classrooms.
  • Special Education teachers or aides will sanitize manipulatives, etc. between groups.
  • No free time as a reward, SpEd teachers will determine alternatives.
  • SpEd teachers will continue seating charts and assigned seating.
  • Grade K-2 SpEd teachers will sanitize surfaces and students in grade 3-6 will sanitize their desks under the supervision of the teacher.
Plans for Hallways  
  • All students, faculty and staff will wear face masks in all areas of the school, and when arriving and leaving school.
  • Hallway traffic flow patterns will be posted. Students, faculty, and staff will remain to the right of the hallway and head directly to their destination. No congregating in the hallway.
  • Students will be supervised by adults at all times, entering the hallway as a destination only.
  • Students will walk single file, facing forward, checking the distance by putting one arm forward or using dots on the wall. 
  • Students entering the hallway for the restroom must have a disposable hall pass.
  • Custodians and sweepers will clean and disinfect daily, all touch point areas, as outlined on each job card for their assigned area.
  • Students will bring refillable water bottles with his/her name on it. Drinking fountains will be closed. Parents are asked to ensure their student has a full bottle at the beginning of the day.
Plans for Cafeteria 
  • Face masks must be worn when entering/exiting the cafeteria
  • Traffic flow patterns and line spacing will be posted.
  • Self-service salad bars and buffets will be removed.
  • Nutrition aides will wear face coverings.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entry and exit points for before/after meals.
  • Students will wash their hands before they come to lunch.
  • Students will be assigned seating by class and will sit on a spaced colored dot. Dots will be cleaned after each class.
  • Students are not required to wear masks while eating. 
  • The wall between the gym and cafeteria will be opened and tables will be space 6 feet apart.
  • Classes will stagger their entry into the cafeteria.
  • Students must remain seated until they are dismissed by an adult.
  • School lunch will be served grab-and-go.
  • Students who have home lunch will take their lunch boxes outside and leave them against the wall–not touching others.
  • Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:25. Students coming for breakfast will sit in their assigned seat and wait until 8:15 before being dismissed by an adult to line up in their assigned area.
  • Virtual learners can pick up lunch Monday – Thursday from 12:40-1:00 by entering the west side cafeteria doors. Parents must call the school by 9:00 AM each morning to order lunch for their virtual learner.
  • Friday lunch will be available from 11:00-12:00. All students can grab their lunches by entering the west side cafeteria doors.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be charged to the students’ accounts Monday – Friday.
Plans for Restrooms 
  • Signs outlining proper hand washing and hand hygiene techniques will be posted above every sink. 
  • Teachers will demonstrate proper hand washing on the first day and review often.
  • All restroom fixtures, sinks, toilets, stall doors, hardware, partition doors, and walls will be disinfected several times a day.  Floors will be mopped and disinfected daily.
  • Dots will be placed on the floor outside each restroom to encourage social distancing.
  • Students must use their assigned restroom and will be permitted to use it as needed. Only one student during class time will be permitted to use the restroom at a time. 
  • Teachers will stagger times for their students to use the restrooms during recess and lunch.
  • Face masks are required in the restroom.
Plans for Recess/Playground  
  • Masks must be worn to and from recess and the playground. They do not need to be worn while playing.
  • Playground equipment will be sanitized on a regular basis.
  • Each class is assigned a section of the playground to play on a rotating basis (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs). Students may only play in their assigned area with their class.
  • The field will not be used for recess.  
  • Students will have colored lanyards to hold their mask and lunch card, which will allow for easy identification of class groups.
  • Students entering the building to use the restroom must have a disposable pass from the aides.
  • Only one student may come into the building at a time.
  • Minor injuries will be managed on the playground. Aides will have an ice chest with disposable ice packs as well as bandaids. Only head injuries and major bleeding will be sent to the office.
  • Students may not bring playground equipment or toys from home. Playground equipment will be provided.
  • Students may not play on the playground equipment or the field before or after school. 
Plans for Gymnasium  
  • The gymnasium will be used as an overflow cafeteria to allow for tables to be placed 6 feet apart for social distancing.
Plans for Library
  • All students, faculty and staff will wear face masks in the library.
  • The library has been set up for socially distancing during stories and instruction.
  • Ten minutes between classes has been provided to allow for sanitation.
  • Library books will be quarantined for 72 hours after being returned.
  • Plexiglass has been provided for use in the library.
  • No before or after time will be provided in the library. Students may only enter the library with their class during their assigned time.
  • The library may not be used as a shortcut. Hallways must be used to navigate the school.
Plans for the Stadium/Field
  • The Falcon Ridge field is off limits before/after school and for recesses. The field will be used for P.E. and Music classes only.

August 6, 2020  Back to School Information

The Board of Education of Jordan School District voted for an online Back to School event for the 2020-2021 school year. Falcon Ridge will be posting a link on Friday, August 21, 2020 on our school website and on our Facebook page with videos and information. Teachers will introduce themselves and provide information about their classrooms. The PTA and SCC will also have information available on the link. In addition, the new principal, Theresa Christensen, will have important information regarding the Reopening Plan.

We understand this is an uncertain time, therefore, if you would like to meet your teacher in person, please contact them to arrange for an appointment. Teachers will be available for individual appointments the week of August 17-21. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding the Reopening Plan at Falcon Ridge, please contact Theresa Christensen by email at theresa.christensen@jordandistrict.org, by phone at 801.282.2437, or by text at 801.980.1498.

The only school supplies your student will need this year is a backpack, water bottle, and a face covering. All supplies will be provided by the school. Please make sure your child’s backpack, water bottle, face covering, and jackets are clearly labeled with his/her name.

During the week of August 17-21, 2020, lunch will be available for children age 18 and younger at the locations listed in the following flyer. We will NOT be serving breakfast or lunch at Falcon Ridge during this week. Breakfast and lunch will be free, however, starting August 25, 2020, breakfast and lunch will be charged to the students’ accounts.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1u2WQ6tZxspUjukW4BxjtJmNl-VJ31H3k

July 30, 2020 Approved JSD School Reopening Plan

On July 28, 2020, the Board of Education of Jordan School District approved the JSD School Reopening Plan. Access to the information if available through this link:

Board Approved Reopening Plan

July 24, 2020 JSD School Reopening Plan

On July 21, 2020, Jordan School District released the draft of the School Reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

The school board will be voting on it on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. More information about the meeting is available through this link:

July 28 Board Meeting Update

For specific questions regarding Falcon Ridge Elementary, please contact the principal, Theresa Christensen, by email at theresa.christensen@jordandistrict.org, by phone at 801.282.2437, or text at 801.980.1498.

 

July 14, 2020 New Principal Introduction

Dear Parents and Friends,

I am so delighted to introduce myself as your new principal at Falcon Ridge Elementary.  I am truly honored and excited to be a part of this amazing community. In the few interactions I have had with teachers, staff, students, and families, I know that Falcon Ridge Elementary is an incredible community. I want to support the work of the faculty, staff, students, and community while continuing Falcon Ridge’s goals for student success.

 I love teaching! Throughout my careers, I have been a corporate trainer and manager then spent several years in the classroom, teaching fifth, third, and first grade.  I have an avid interest in assisting students and teachers in reaching their highest potential. I was a behavior specialist for several years. My desire to be a positive impact in the community and to help others obtain their own success are the main reasons I became an administrator.  I began my administrative journey several years ago as an assistant principal at Hayden Peak and Oakcrest Elementary. This last year I have served as the assistant principal at Eastlake Elementary. I have learned so much from the students, parents, and teachers at these schools, and I look forward to learning more from the amazing Falcon Ridge community.  I am a life-long learner and recently completed my doctoral level studies at Grand Canyon University. I am the mother of three grown children, each with their own talents and strengths. As such, I understand the challenges and celebrations you face each day to ensure your child has the best educational experiences. In my free time, I love spending time with my family. Home is one of my favorite places; however, I love to travel and explore, especially with my children. I love warm (hot) climates and the beach!

One of my most important goals as principal at Falcon Ridge will be to build strong relationships with students, teachers, and families.  In order for this to be accomplished, my plan is to be in the hallways, classrooms, the cafeteria, on the playground and be accessible to students, parents, teachers, and staff.  It is extremely important for everyone in the community to feel safe, confident, and connected. I will work diligently with teachers and staff to make sure our students are immersed in curriculum and instruction that is engaging, rewarding, and challenging. I have an open door policy and will be available for you. I welcome your input and ideas. Helen Keller once stated, “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and working together for a strong, kind Falcon Ridge community.

Kind Regards,

Theresa Christensen, MAT, Ed.S.

Principal

Falcon Ridge Elementary

July 14, 2020

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2019-2020 School Year

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School LAND Trust Plan
The Utah School LAND Trust plan is available online. You can find the Falcon Ridge Elementary School LAND Trust plan at the link below. Click on the link, then you will go to Schools and then School Information where you will select the school district, school, report year, and report type.

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Volunteer Form Information

If you are looking to volunteer at the school,please use the NEW and UPDATED volunteer form for parents. Below is the link for the updated Volunteer Application Form.

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Falcon Ridge School News

State STEM Fair Winner

Recently, Bracken Wooten, a Fifth grade student at Falcon Ridge Elementary, took second place in the State at the Central Utah STEM Fair for his STEM project. His project, A Salty Mystery, was a chemistry experiment in which he tested to see if the amount of salt put into a sugary dessert recipe affected the taste of the dessert. The results were to use the amount of salt called for in a recipe, no salt in a recipe or double the salt in a recipe. Congratulations Bracken for your hard work and for representing Falcon Ridge Elementary well! We also want to congratulate our other students who attended the STEM Fair and who also worked hard on their projects!

OFFICE HOURS

The school office is closed but If you still need to pick a chrome book for your child please call 801-282-2437 from 8:00am to 1:00pm so we can arrange to meet you at the school.

SCHOOL DISMISSAL EXTENDED

Dear Parents,

Governor Gary Herbert announced this week that the school dismissal for all Utah schools will be extended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This means Jordan School District schools will not be in session for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Student learning will continue at home for all students through the end of the school year.

More information regarding the extended dismissal and alternate plans for graduation and other end-of-year activities will be forthcoming.

Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch will continue at current sites through the end of the school year.

 *UpdateFalcon Ridge Elementary is no longer serving breakfast or lunch. Meals will be available at the following schools:

  • Bastian Elementary School
  • Blackridge Elementary School
  • Bluffdale Elementary School
  • Columbia Elementary School
  • Copper Canyon Elementary School
  • Eastlake Elementary School
  • Foothills Elementary School
  • Golden Fields Elementary School
  • Hayden Peak Elementary School
  • Hearthland Elementary School
  • Majestic Elementary School
  • Monte Vista Elementary School
  • Oquirrh Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • Southland Elementary School
  • South Jordan Elementary School
  • Terra Linda Elementary School
  • Westvale Elementary School

Meals are FREE for ALL children age 18 and under. No student numbers or payment will be required. Federal rules require that children be present to receive a meal. Adults may not purchase a meal. Free breakfast is served from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and free lunch is served from 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m. at the above locations.

Thank you for your continued support.   

Michelle Peterson, Principal                Cathy Ford, Assistant Principal

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Despido escolar extendido por el resto del año escolar 2019-2020

Queridos padres,

El gobernador Gary Herbert anunció hoy que el despido escolar de todas las escuelas de Utah se extenderá por el resto del año escolar 2019-2020 para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19.

Esto significa que las escuelas del Distrito Escolar de Jordan no estarán en sesión durante el resto del año escolar 2019-2020. El aprendizaje de los estudiantes continuará en casa para todos los estudiantes hasta el final del año escolar.

Se proporcionará más información sobre el despido extendido y los planes alternativos para la graduación y otras actividades de fin de año.

El desayuno y el almuerzo para llevar continuarán en los sitios actuales hasta el final del año escolar.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo.

FALCON RIDGE NEWS      March 24, 2020

What a wild week this has been with transitioning to online schooling. Teachers and staff members have been working diligently to create meaningful content for your children. I think everyone has had a bit of a learning curve this week while adjusting to school at home. Each day seems to be better than the previous day and more students are accessing the curriculum. Please encourage your child to message his/her teacher if he/she has questions or concerns. Parents can message teachers as well. We are here to support your child with online learning. Thank you for all that you are doing at home to support your child too!

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Falcon Ridge Hours are now 8:00am – 1:00pm

School phone number is (801) 282-2437

In an effort to promote social distancing and for the safety of our staff working in the building, we will be limiting interactions with the public.

 *UpdateFalcon Ridge Elementary is no longer serving breakfast or lunch. Meals will be available at the following schools:

  • Bastian Elementary School
  • Blackridge Elementary School
  • Bluffdale Elementary School
  • Columbia Elementary School
  • Copper Canyon Elementary School
  • Eastlake Elementary School
  • Foothills Elementary School
  • Golden Fields Elementary School
  • Hayden Peak Elementary School
  • Hearthland Elementary School
  • Majestic Elementary School
  • Monte Vista Elementary School
  • Oquirrh Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • Southland Elementary School
  • South Jordan Elementary School
  • Terra Linda Elementary School
  • Westvale Elementary School

Meals are FREE for ALL children age 18 and under. No student numbers or payment will be required. Federal rules require that children be present to receive a meal. Adults may not purchase a meal. Free breakfast is served from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and free lunch is served from 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m. at the above locations.

 

School Community Council Meeting

Thursday, March 26th@ 5:30pm online via ZOOM.

Meetings are open to the public/school community.

To access the meeting go to the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/3949097553     Meeting ID: 394 909 7553

In keeping with the Governor’s directive to facilitate the ability of public bodies to conduct meetings electronically, approval has been given for all School Community Councils to hold electronic meetings. During this meeting we will discuss/agree on the upcoming LandTrust Plan. The official agenda is posted on our school website.

Falcon Ridge Elementary  

School Community Council Meeting Agenda  Thursday, March 26th 

This meeting will be held online via ZOOM on Thursday, March 26th at 5:30pm. You will need to download ZOOM onto your device before joining the meeting. Meetings are open to the public/school community.

To access the meeting go to the following link:                                                                                               https://zoom.us/j/3949097553

                                 Meeting ID: 394 909 7553

 Welcome

Approve Minutes

Budget

Playworks

LandTrust Plan – Discuss/Agree on the upcoming LandTrust Plan

 PTA President Message

I can’t believe it is already February!  We have made it through the month of January.  The school year is more than half over. It really seems to be flying by. Many people consider February to be the “month of love” – but I personally love February because it means we are on the downhill slide from winter into spring.

Having Family Month in January was a huge hit at Falcon Ridge.  We had over 250 attendees join us for a fun night at Classic Skating.  Art Night and the Family Dance Party were well attended and a lot of fun as well.  It is wonderful to gather as a community and enjoy some downtime with our great students and their parents.

We have had a great year so far.  There has been a great turnout for PTA sponsored events.  But as you know, these events would not be successful without the help from you – the parents of these great kids.  Your willingness to volunteer is what makes the difference. In addition to helping here and there, we need parents to join us by serving as members on the board.  Very soon it will be time to look at filling next year’s board positions. We will be announcing open commissions next month. If you are interested in serving on the board, please send me an email at falconridgepta@gmail.com.

As always, it is a pleasure to serve you and your children.  It is so fulfilling to get to know your little ones and see the joy on their faces when they recognize us at the school.  Whether with rewards such as a fun assembly or a popcorn party for a school contest, our children think PTA means fun. And it does!  So please join us and help when you can. Or better yet – come and serve on the Falcon Ridge Elementary PTA board. I promise you won’t regret it                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sincerely,
Karen Beebe
PTA President

falconridgepta@gmail.com

Harassment/Bullying Policy

Bullying and harassment are not tolerated at Falcon Ridge Elementary. Bullying is when a person or group of people repeatedly seeks to belittle, scare, hurt, put down, tease, threaten, harm, or intimidate another person. (see complete Policy as098)

 Bullying and harassment can be:

  • Verbal: The bully aggressively teases or calls names.
  • Physical: The bully physically hits, shoves, punches, pokes, bumps, corners, or harms you.
  • Visual: (leering, showing embarrassing material)
  • Emotional: The bully uses gestures, notes, rumors, gossip, etc. against someone. The bully may also exclude you or use your relationships with friends as a weapon.
  • Cyber: The bully uses emails, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, other social networking websites, or other electronic devices to hurt someone.

Students Responsibility:

What should you do if you are getting bullied? Try the following:

  1. Tell the bully to “STOP”. Look the bully in the eye without emotion or fear and command him or her to stop.
  2. If the bully continues to bother you, WALK AWAY.
  3. If that doesn’t work, TELL AN ADULT (Teacher, Administrator, Counselor, Parent or an adult you trust). If you remain in silence, nobody will know and you will continue to suffer at the hands of the bully.

Teacher/Administration Responsibility:

  1. Investigate
  2. Inform the parents/guardians
  3. Provide consequences as necessary

All reports of bullying are confidential and handled carefully. Remember: Everyone has a right to come to school and feel safe! If you are bullying others, stop. Parents will be notified when bullying is taking place.

For those students who choose this behavior, consequences may include:

  • Mandatory parent/guardian conference
  • Loss of recess or activity
  • Lunch Detention
  • In School Suspension (ISS)
  • Suspension from school

 School Comunity Council Information can be found on this website under the “Community” tab at the top of this website page. Take a look, if you are interested in what is being discussed during these meetings.

Falcon Ridge Elementary Opportunities for Students

Fine Arts :

  • We have a Beverly Taylor Sorensen Specialist at our school. Lori Bassham teaches drama to every student.
  • We offer an after-school choir program taught by volunteer parents.
  • Fourth and Fifth-grade students attend the symphony each year
  • Assistants teach the Meet the Masters to students once a week for 40 minutes.

PE

  • All teachers in our building teach PE classes weekly to our students.

Theater:

  • All of our 6th grade students perform in a Shakespeare play each year. Each class performs a different play.

STEM:

  • We hold annual Science Fair and Monster Math competitions.

 STEAM:

  • We have an active Darts program. Last year all of our students created a large mural that we still have hanging in the hall.

 Character Education:

  • We are a Leader in Me school. We have announcements three times a week that highlight positive aspects of being a leader. We have many opportunities for students to be leaders in the classroom.
  • School-wide we have a Recycling Crew, Safety Patrol, Student Council, Lunch Workers, and student Library Helpers.

Gifted and Talented:

  • Geography Bee held each year.
  • Fourth grade has a Mountain Man assembly each year and they also go to This is the Place Monument for hands-on learning about Utah History.

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