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LIBERTY LETTER
November 24, 2014
 
Principal’s Message
 
This year I have something extra special to be thankful for, and it is the privilege of working at Liberty Elementary.  Our school and its community have a huge place in my heart.  Thank you for all you do to help shape the lives of our students.  The hugs, smiles, laughs, and stories they share with me make my bucket overflow daily.  Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving break!
 
Our Turkey Trot was great fun, and we are proud of all of our runners!  Here are the results:
 
Kindergarten  -  Girls   1st Emree Peterson       2nd Alexis Benadik       3rd  Anna Roberson
Kindergarten  -  Boys   1st Jesse Maquin           2nd  Trae LaRocco      3rd  Levin Addison
 
1st grade       Girls    1st Katelyn Jorgensen    2nd Elle May                3rd Ava Lopez
1st grade       Boys    1st Carlos Nieto           2nd Samuel Eyre            3rd Amos Turner
 
2nd grade –       Girls   1st Kaela Evans       2nd Mia Christensen           3rd Isabel Mills
2nd grade –       Boys   1st Ryan Lobach      2nd Parker Nelson             3rd Jesse Mitchell
 
3rd grade –       Girls 1st Miliana Gaudia      2nd Reina Perez           3rd Hailey Myers
3rd grade       Boys 1st Drew Carpenter     2nd Caden Peterson     3rd Dagen Taylor
 
4th grade -      Girls    1st Mackenzie Loveless   2nd Abby Cook        3rd Meredith Nelson
4th grade      Boys    1st Josh Boulden           2nd Dallin Mabey        3rd Carson Workman
 
5th grade Girls         1st Hailey Owens             2nd Tyler Underwood   3rd Hailey Mulvey
5th grade Boys        1st Colton Hunter            2nd Jacob Carpenter    3rd Ethan Myers
 
6th grade Girls         1st       Jessica Boulden      2nd Ruth Philbrick           3rd Allie Jensen
6th grade Boys         1st Brian Perez                   2nd Ozzy Jensen             3rd Damien Harney
 
Have you been logging Road to Success Reading minutes with your child?  Did you know that students can earn special badges that are only available on certain days? If students log their time on that day, they can earn one of the special badges. On November 28th students can earn a Hanukkah badge, December 3rd a Cookie Day badge, and December 7th a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day badge.  There are many other special badge days throughout the year.  Also, in the hallway next to the huge banner, we’ve added photos of the winners from our first Road to Success Assembly.  Next time that could be one of your child or their class.
 
Thanks to everyone who remembers and follows our PAWS expectations.  That means you are practicing kindness, working hard, acting responsibly, and showing respect.  Last week’s PAWSome ticket drawing winners were: Bailey Wilkerson, Anthony Guerra, Brielle Schwendiman, Avery VanReimann, MaKalee Sample, Jesse Mitchell, Hailey Myers, Tessa Carrell, Abby Cook, Makayla Donahue, Hailey Mulvey, Quentin Poole, Cameron Wright, and Dana Mitchell. Congratulations!
 
Each Friday (or last day of the week) you should see your child’s Be Here, Be On Time attendance card.  Please sign it and return it with your child on Monday.  Last week’s winners were Jaden Tran and Samantha Payan.  Both students and their families got to choose a gift card as the prize.   
 
We are having our Science Fair kickoff meeting tomorrow, Tuesday November 25th at 1:15 in the gym.  Students in grades 5-6 are invited to participate, and those interested in K-4 along with parents may attend the meeting as well. 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Mrs. Natalie Stouffer
Principal, Liberty Elementary
 

Student Council
The Student Council wants to remind you that Tuesday the 25th is Spirit Day and Chocolate Sales will be on Tuesday the 25th at the end of the day.  Also, the Traveling Leopard award goal this month is The Class with the Lowest Tardies, so please be here on time.
 
PTA
Our PTA meeting is on Wednesday, December 3rd at 8:50am in the Perspectives Room.  We hope to see you there.
 
Calendar Items
November  
25                Hard Work Assembly & Spirit Day
26-28            Thanksgiving Break-No School
December
          3                  PTA Meeting @ 8:50am in Perspectives Room 
          10                 Wear gold/yellow for RESPECT
 
 
 
 
LIBERTY LETTER
November 10, 2014
 
 
Principal’s Message
 
It was very nice to see our hallways filled with Liberty families last week during Parent Teacher Conferences.  Thank you to all of the PTA parents who helped feed dinner to our wonderful teachers.  We are very appreciative!
 
Our new Bucket Filler character trait of the month is Hard Work.  We will be wearing the color black on Wednesday, November 12th to help us remember that hard work is important.  Black is often the color of a graduation cap and robe, and you cannot graduate without a lot of hard work.  People who work hard finish what they start, do not give up (even when it is difficult), and learn from their mistakes
 
Congratulations to our school for earning a PAWSome Ticket reward.  We have a school bin that gets filled with all of the grade level tickets each week.  When it is full, the school gets a reward.   This Friday, all students will get an afternoon recess.  Last week’s grade level winners were Caden McNeal, Draeko Olsen, Christian Kopp, Gabby Jefferson, Aiden Wenk, Miguel Nielsen, Nevaeh Anderson, Michael Shoeman, Anthony Perez, Garrett Heaton, Colton Winger, Mitchel Mangum, and Keyauna Bolander.  . 
 
Each Friday you should see your child’s Be Here, Be On Time attendance card.  Last week’s winners were Jayden Draper and Oaklee Dille.  Both students and their families got to choose a gift card as the prize.  Today, every student who was at school every day (Mon-Thur) last week on time, who did not check out early, and who returned their signed attendance card received a certificate for a free ice cream cone at Burger King.  Yahoo!
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Mrs. Natalie Stouffer
Principal, Liberty Elementary
 
 

Student Council
Chocolate sales will be on Friday at the end of the day for $1.00. Look for more information soon on how we will name our Traveling Leopard.
 
PTA
Our next Family Feast Night is on Wednesday, November 19th at Noodles and Company at 5207 S State Street.  You will need a flyer.  We can earn money from dine-in, take-out, and phone orders. 
 
Calendar Items
November
          12                  Wear BLACK for Hard Work
          19                 Family Feast Night at Noodles and Company -Flyer Needed
          20                Reflections Art Show and Awards @ 6:00 PM                                                                           21                 Turkey Trot
          26-28            Thanksgiving Break-No School
 
 LIBERTY LETTER
November 3, 2104
 
Principal’s Message
Our Halloween parade and celebrations were a ton of fun, and we could not have done it wothout the help of our amazing parents and community.  Thank you for sharing your time with us and making our school so “spook-tacular”!  At our afternoon assemelby on the 31st, Liberty stuents showed exceptional behavior and I was incredibly proud to be their principal.  At the assembly, we recognized students who were extremely repsonsible, and we gave out Road to Success reading prizes.   Please join us in congratulating the following students for being selected as extremely respsonsible Liberty Leopards:
 
McIntosh Caden McNeal Jesse Maquin
Sorensen Bailey Wilkerson Quinten Race
Benware Payton Cassidy Derek Canova
Vuyk Kylee Miller Ben Philbrick
Maxfield Byron Mitchell Dylan Foote
Sheen Max Steele Maren Buist
Birch Emalie Morrill Jim Jensen
Flower Mia Christensen Carlos Nieto
Dean Nevaeh Anderson Genassei Valladolid
Parry Annalee Knott Jet Slater
Okumura Abby Cook Logan Cheshire
Wilkins Jon Benware Mykenzee Davis
Routh Relena Pattison Wells Carrell
Ferrero Garrett Heaton Sierra Drew
Mahoskey Bong Chapman Raegan Winn
Benedum Jeff Benware Jayden Draper
 
Our new Bucket Filler charcter trait of the month is Hard Work.  We will be wearing the color black on November 10th to help us remember that hard work is important.  Black is often the color of a graduation cap and robe, and you cannot graduate without a lot of hard work.  Students who demonstrate a great work ethic have an “I can do it” attitude, keep trying when things are tough, ask questions when needed, and remember to finish things.  We will be looking for the hardest working Liberty Leopards to recognize at our next Bucket Filler assembly.
 
Mrs. Lightfoot did an amazing job getting our Road to Success (RTS) reading program up and running and with organizing our first recognition assembly.  Of course, this program is only successful when we have students reading and logging minutes, and we are thrilled to announce that they have.  Nice job Liberty Leopards! Every student who reads and logs minutes in entered into the grand prize drawing.  Liberty’s total reading minutes so far add up to 170,950 minutes.  We are 18% of the way to meeting our school reading goal of 1,000,000 minutes.  We can do it!  Keep reading and logging those hours. Here are some fun facts about our first group of RTS winners:
 
Grade Level Winners-Received a bowling pass and kid’s meal:
Gabriel Torres McIntosh, Katelyn Jorgensen Flower 1st, Chase Hunter Birch , Michael Porter Dean, Lindae Tabor Wilkins, Cassidy Waite Ferrero, Bong Chapman Mahoskey
 
Class Winners in Grade Bands-Received a giant bowl of treats
Kindergarten Sorensen 10,239 min, 1st/2nd Birch 12, 155 min, 3rd/4th Okumura 13,873 min, 5th/6th Ferrero 46,049 min
 
Grand Prize Winner-Received a voucher for an iPod shuffle, scooter, or bike at Walmart.
Annika Findlay from Mrs. Dean’s class
 
 
Congratulations to our PAWSome Ticket drawing winners last week. Each student at Liberty can receive a PAWSome Ticket when an adult sees them following our school rules.  After students put their ticket in their grade level bin, they eagerly await the Friday drawing.  Two tickets are selected from each grade level bin.. Last week’s winners were Paisley Radcliffe, Anthony Guerra, Trinity Bradshaw, Lily Johnson, Layla Bullock, Ryanne Ansted, Patience Palomo, Sabrina Roman, Anthony Perez, Tiuana Tayborn, Safiya Ashworth, Hannah Elder, Caermon Wright, and Bong Chpman.  Also, congratulations to Kallie Young and Ben Snow who were our our Be Here, Be On Time attendance winners last week. 
 
We have a couple of opportunities for volunteers at Liberty.  We are looking for another person to help with our Take Home Library on Thursday mornings. Also, we are looking for someone to come help copy, cut, and distribute PAWSome tickets once a week or every other week. If you are willing to help, will you please let us know?  I am looking forward to seeing you this week during Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair.  Please note that our morning and afternoon half-day kindergarten classes are not in session on Thursday or Friday.
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Natalie Stouffer
Principal, Liberty Elementary
 

Student Council
Chocolate sales will be on Thursday at the end of the day for $1.00. The Traveling Leopard Award winner for the class with the best lunch room behavior goes to Mrs. Vuyk's 1st grade class. They get to keep the giant leopard for the month. November’s goal is the class with the lowest tardies. Good Luck!
 
PTA
Our Book Fair will be held on the two days of parent teacher conferences this week.  The hours are as follows: Wed, Nov. 6th 9am-8:30pm & Thurs, Nov. 7th 9am-5:30pm. Feel free to invite parents, grandparents, family & friends because books make great Christmas, birthday, and baby shower gifts. We use the profits to help support reading night and for bringing more books to the kids and the classrooms.  Come help support the PTA through our A+ Book Fair!  . This will also be the last time to order t-shirts and sweatshirts to have them by Christmas.
 
If you have any pictures of any event so far this year, could you please send it to libertyleopards@gmail.com. We would love to get more variety of pictures of Classic Skate Night, School Carnival, and Red Ribbon Week. Thank you so much for supporting your PTA! We have such a great school because of all of you. See you at our next PTA meeting Wednesday, November 5th @ 8:50 am. 
 
Calendar Items
November  
          5                   PTA Meeting @ 8:50 AM
                                Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair                                                              
          6                   No school for half-day morning and afternoon kindergarten
                              Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair (Please note the Book Fair will close at 5:00 PM)
          7                   No School (Teacher Compensatory Day)
          10                  Wear BLACK for Hard Work
          20                Reflections Art Show @ 6:00 PM  
          21                 Turkey Trot
          26-28            Thanksgiving Break-No School
 
LIBERTY LETTER
October 28, 2104
 
Principal’s Message
We are looking forward to seeing our Liberty Halls filled with families and community members this Friday during our Halloween Parade and class parties.  Please read the information later in this newsletter that has helpful reminders.
 
Congratulations to our PAWSome Ticket drawing winners last week. Each student at Liberty can receive a PAWSome Ticket when an adult sees them following our school rules.  After students put their ticket in their grade level bin, they eagerly await the Friday drawing.  Two tickets are selected from each grade level bin.. Last week’s winners were Jonah Jarivs, Dillon Dinkleman, Stevie Underwood, Sami Harvey, Drake Breinholt, Natalia Rueckert, Sabrina Roman, Liz Mangum, Maidson Manning, Allie Brady, Ashlyn Kiter, Dana Mitchell.. Congratulations! 
 
We are working hard to meet the Murray School District Attendance goal of 95%.  Our Be Here, Be On Time attendance program at Liberty will have some fun new recognition additions during our second term. Congratulations to Ean Mills and Jonathan Benware for winning gift cards in our latest prize drawing!  
 
We are proud to announce that Liberty Elementary had several winners in the Haunted Tales Literary competition.  The winners and their families were invited to attend one of the Haunted Tales Storytelling sessions at the Murray Library auditorium on Monday, October 27, where each winner could read their story.  Each winner also received a family pass to Missoula Children’s Theater production of Jungle Book scheduled for April 11 at Riverview Jr High. 
 
Winners for the Scary Stories category in 3rd/4th grade are:
First Place, Johnny Huffman
Second Place, Abby Gourdie
Third Place, Logan Cederlof
Honorable Mention Abby Cook
 
Winners for the Humorous/Other Stories category in 4th grade are:
First Place, Kelton Boren
Second Place, Jordon Chatelain
 
As you know, SAGE results have been released from the Utah State Office of Education. Our third through sixth grade students took the SAGE Summative last spring.  Starting this week, they will take the Sage interim test that informs our instruction and monitors student progress.  If you would like to learn more about the SAGE assessment system, please attend the Open House on October 20th from 7:00-8:00pm at Murray High School.   
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Natalie Stouffer
Principal, Liberty Elementary
 

Student Council
The student council will be selling chocolate bars for $1.00 on WEDNESDAY, at the end of the day.   Wednesday is also buy a book for a quarter at lunch. The Traveling Leopard Award Goal for October is "The Class with the BEST LUNCH ROOM BEHAVIOR”. The winning class gets to keep the giant leopard for the month. Good luck!  
 
PTA
This year's Reflection theme is: "The World Would Be A Better Place If..."  All Reflection submissions are due Wednesday, October 29th.   We will be in the main hall outside the office that morning from 8:00am until the first bell to collect all entries.
 
The categories in which students can enter are: 3-D art, dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.  Students can submit one entry in each category of their choosing.  Forms are available in the office or can be downloaded online at: http://www.utahpta.org/reflection.  Please remember the visual arts category has a rule that the submission must be flat and not more than 3/8 inch thick.  Keep in mind that this includes any canvas that might be used for the entry.  If the item is thicker than 3/8" it would then qualify as a 3-D art submission.  In addition, all visual arts entries must not exceed 24x30 inches, including matting.  Thank for your support of reflections.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Stephanie at rajaofbaja@yahoo.com.
 
Western Nut Company Fundraiser flyers were sent home before fall break. We receive 50% of each sale and the prices are great! Take advantage of some great Christmas gifts.  The orders are all due on Wednesday the 29th.  Also on Wednesday, October 29th, we have our family feast night at Rubio's from 4-9 pm. Make sure to take the flyer that will be sent home with your student, and present it to them. This is the only way that we will receive credit.
 
Our Book Fair will be held on the two days of parent teacher conferences next week.  The hours are as follows: Wed, Nov. 6th 9am-8:30pm & Thurs, Nov. 7th 9am-5:30pm. Feel free to invite parents, grandparents, family & friends because books make great Christmas, birthday, and baby shower gifts. We use the profits to help support reading night and bringing more books to the kids and the classrooms.  Come help support the PTA through our A+ Book Fair!  . This will also be the last time to order t-shirts and sweatshirts to have them by Christmas.
 
If you have any pictures of any event so far this year, could you please send it to libertyleopards@gmail.com. We would love to get more variety of pictures of Classic Skate Night, School Carnival, and Red Ribbon Week. Thank you so much for supporting your PTA! We have such a great school because of all of you. See you at our next PTA meeting Wednesday, November 5th @ 8:50 am. 
 
Halloween Information
Halloween is such a fun and exciting time, and I imagine that your children are very excited about it.  We want you to know ahead of time that we will be having our Halloween Parade at 9:00 am on October 31st.  This will allow you as parents to get your child ready at home.  The tardy bell will still ring at 8:40, and your child should come to school in their costume and be in their classroom on time for the start of the school day.  Mrs. Benware has been sending notes home to remind her class that they will attend kindergarten in the morning this day, 8:40-11:25am, so please male arrangements for transportation.   
 
The parade winds through the classrooms picking up the students.  Parents are able to view the parade in the gym or in the hall.  The parade will end at approximately 9:45 AM.  Please be aware that even though the parade starts at 9:00, students do not arrive in the gym until 9:15 9:30.  Please schedule your arrival accordingly.  Class parties are scheduled for a time after the parade.
 
In order to make our Halloween celebration safe and fun for everyone, the following guidelines need to be adhered to:
-No masks will be allowed - including adults. This allows students to properly see where they are going and for adults to know who is who.
-No facsimiles of weapons (plastic, metal, etc.) will be allowed. This is school district policy. (Safe Schools.)
-No bloody/gory costumes. They can be traumatic for some students.
-No immodest costumes including adults.
-Face paint is acceptable.
 
Calendar Items
October 29               Family Feast Night-Rubio’s-flyer needed
                              Reflections submissions due     
                              Western Nut Fundraiser due-We get 50% of the total sales
30                           Make-Up Picture Day #2
                              SAGE Assessment Results Open House, 7-8pm, Murray High School
31                           Halloween Parade and Parties
                              Bucket Filler and Road to Success Assembly
November
5                             PTA Meeting @ 9:00 AM
                              Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
6                            Parent/Teacher Conferences and Book Fair (Please note that the Book Fair will                              close at 5:00 PM)
7                            No School (Teacher Compensatory Day)
 
 
 
LIBERTY LETTER
October 13, 2104
 
Principal’s Message
 
We have an amazingly supportive group of people working together at Liberty Elemetnary. Recently, two outstanding adults from our community were recognized by the Murray Board of Education.  In September, a Murray Board of Education Recognition Award went to teacher Michael Okumura.  Parent volunteer Cyndi Boulden received the award on October 8th.  Congratulations to each of them for the well-deserved recognition!
 
Our attendance rate at Liberty has been sky high the past several weeks.  Thank you for helping your student to be present at school and to be on time.  Our gift card winners last week for Be Here, Be on Time were Keeton Whiting and Carter Meyers. We hope each of their families enjoys the gift card!
 
Congratulations to our PAWSome Ticket drawing winners last week. Each student at Liberty can receive a PAWSome Ticket when an adult sees them following our school rules.  After students put their ticket in their grade level bin, they eagerly await the Friday drawing.  Two tickets are selected from each grade level bin.. Last week’s winners were Caden McNeal, Allie Lobach, Leila McCloy, Avery VanReimann, Jacob Gourdie, Jeffrey Hill, Andrew Carpenter, Annalee Knott, Alicia Peretto, Cody Kennedy, Dahlen Bereton, Mitchell Buist, Molly Buist, and Fernando Cruz-Duran. Congratulations! 
 
On Tuesday, October 14th, some visitors from the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) will be at Liberty helping with a school-wide survey.  I wanted to be sure you all knew of their presence as they will be asking some basic questions about our school-wide behavior policy to students and adults.  
 
Our Bucket Filler character trait of the month is responsibility.  Here are three ideas to help teach your child about responsibility at home:
 
1. Try using a simple cardboard box to help make your children responsible for school belongings. Have them choose a place for the box, perhaps near the door or in their room. Every afternoon, their first task should be to place all belongings in the box. When homework is finished, it goes in the box, too. In the morning, the box is the last stop before heading out the door. 

2. Help children understand, and take responsibility for, the consequences of their choices: "I chose to do my homework; the result was that I was prepared for the new lesson." "I chose to get up 15 minutes late; the result was that I missed breakfast and nearly missed the bus." 

3. Try giving your child the responsibility of growing a small flower pot. The positive and negative results of carrying out their responsibilities are very clear.
 
I hope you have a safe and enjoyable Fall Break.  See you back at Liberty on the 21st.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Mrs. Natalie Stouffer
Principal, Liberty Elementary
 
Student Council
The student council will be selling chocolate bars for $1.00 on WEDNESDAY, at the end of the day.   Wednesday is also buy a book for a quarter at lunch.
 
PTA
This year's Reflection theme is: "The World Would Be A Better Place If..."  All entries are due Wednesday, October 29th.  The categories in which students can enter are: 3-D art, dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.  Students can submit one entry in each category of their choosing.
 
Forms are available in the office or can be downloaded online at: http://www.utahpta.org/reflection.  Each student/parent must fill out and sign a Student Entry Form and an Arts Category Form (ie: Music Composition) that has the Artist Statement and required information.   A Consent Form is needed if the student creating the art asks other students to be a part of their entry (ie: Film Production, Dance Choreography).  If the student chooses to enter more than one category they will also need a separate Student Entry and Consent Form for each Arts Category Form.  There is also a division for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.  It is called the Special Artist Division.  This division offers modified rules and guidelines to ensure every student has the chance to be part of the National PTA Reflections program.   More information is available upon request.
 
Thank for your support of reflections.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Stephanie at rajaofbaja@yahoo.com.
 
Teacher Stories
Murray City School District has wonderful teachers doing amazing things. In an effort to give recognition to those great individuals, we have had a request for names and stories to be submitted to Judy Mahoskey at Liberty Elementary School to be highlighted in an Outstanding Teacher recognition program.  The teacher stories will be made into posters that can hang in local businesses. If you have a teacher story to share or if your business would like to participate in this valuable effort, please contact Judy Mahoskey at 801 556 6445 or jmahoskey@murrayschools.org .  We wish to thank our committed community partners for participating. 
 
Halloween Information
Halloween is such a fun and exciting time, and I imagine that your children are very excited about it.  We want you to know ahead of time that we will be having our Halloween Parade at 9:00 am on October 31st.  This will allow you as parents to get your child ready at home.  The tardy bell will still ring at 8:40, and your child should come to school in their costume and be in their classroom on time for the start of the school day.
 
The parade winds through the classrooms picking up the students.  Parents are able to view the parade in the gym or in the hall.  The parade will end at approximately 9:45 AM.  Please be aware that even though the parade starts at 9:00, students do not arrive in the gym until 9:15 9:30.  Please schedule your arrival accordingly.  Class parties are scheduled for a time after the parade.
 
If you have a student in the PM Kindergarten class, they will be having a morning session of Kindergarten on Wednesday, October 31st, so that they can participate in the parade.  The dismissal time for the ½ day kindergarten students on October 31st is at 11:25 AM.
 
In order to make our Halloween celebration safe and fun for everyone, the following guidelines need to be adhered to:
-No masks will be allowed - including adults. This allows students to properly see where they are going and for adults to know who is who.
-No facsimiles of weapons (plastic, metal, etc.) will be allowed. This is school district policy. (Safe Schools.)
-No bloody/gory costumes. They can be traumatic for some students.
-No immodest costumes including adults.
-Face paint is acceptable.
 
Calendar Items
October 14th        Empowering Your Student Parent Seminar @ Murray High School 6:00-7:30pm
15th                    Western Nut Kickoff
                        Wear Green for Responsibility
16th-20th             NO SCHOOL-Fall Break & Professional Development Day for teachers
23rd                   SAGE Assessment Results Open House @ Murray High School 7:00-8:00pm
24th                   Road to Success Assembly for students
                        Picture Make-up Day
27th                   NO SCHOOL-Professional Development Day and work day for teachers
29th                   Family Feast Night-Rubios-flyer needed
                        Reflections submissions due
31st                    Halloween Parade and Parties
                        Responsibility Assembly
 
 
LIBERTY LETTER
October 6, 2104
  
Principal’s Message
 
We had our first Bucket Filler Assembly last Friday and appreciate all of the support from familes who attended to see their student receive an award.  It was exciting to reward so many students and faculty memebrs for exemplaray efforts in the area of showing kindess to others.  We also had a drawing to reward students who’ve met the goals with our Be Here, Be On Time attendance program and with our PAWSome school-wide positive behavior program.   
 
Of course, we had our weekly prize drawings for attendance and behavior too.  Our gift card winners last week for Be Here, Be on Time were Annie Knott & Zach Burton. Great job!  Congratulations to our PAWSitive Ticket drawing winners last week.  They were Brayden Marin, Samuel Cameron, Leila McCloy, Gabe Foxley, Chase Hunter, Taedynn Ladd, Serenity Snow, Annie Knott, Lily Stinson, Kelton Boren, Zoe Johnson, Jace Minchey, Winter Stock, and Mitchell Mangum.  Keep up the great work!
 
The new Bucket Filler character trait we will learn more about this month is responsibility.  Someone who is responsible remembers to: Do what you are supposed to do Plan ahead Persevere: keep on trying! Always do your best Use self-control Be self-disciplined Think before you act consider the consequences Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes Set a good example for others
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Natalie Stouffer
Principal, Liberty Elementary
 
 
PTA
This is RED RIBBON WEEK.  There are daily activities planned to help remind students about the importance of staying drug free.  A flyer came home last week, and here is a reminder of the daily themes:
*      Monday-I’m Too Bright for Drugs-wear neon colors and sunglasses
*      Tuesday-Put a Cap on Drugs-wear your favorite hat
*      Wednesday-Drugs are a nightmare!  Dream Big-Wear your pajamas
*      Thursday-From Head to Toe, I’m Drug Free-Wear crazy socks and have crazy hair
*      Friday-These PAWS don’t touch drugs.  Spirit Day, so wear school shirts and colors
 
This year's Reflection theme is: "The World Would Be A Better Place If..."  All entries are due Wednesday, October 29th.  The categories in which students can enter are: 3-D art, dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.  Students can submit one entry in each category of their choosing.
 
Forms are available in the office or can be downloaded online at: http://www.utahpta.org/reflection.  Each student/parent must fill out and sign a Student Entry Form and an Arts Category Form (ie: Music Composition) that has the Artist Statement and required information.   A Consent Form is needed if the student creating the art asks other students to be a part of their entry (ie: Film Production, Dance Choreography).  If the student chooses to enter more than one category they will also need a separate Student Entry and Consent Form for each Arts Category Form. 
 
There is also a division for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or Section 504.  It is called the Special Artist Division.  This division offers modified rules and guidelines to ensure every student has the chance to be part of the National PTA Reflections program.   More information is available upon request.
 
Thank for your support of reflections.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Stephanie at rajaofbaja@yahoo.com.
 
Student Council 
On Wednesday during lunch it is “Buy a Book” for 25¢, and on Friday you can buy chocolate bars at the end of the day for $1.00. The Student Council will be attending a Leadership Conference on Friday.
 
The Traveling Leopard winner for September is Mrs. Benware’s class.  Their class had the highest percentage of PTA memberships at 70%. The prize for winning is a giant LEOPARD in their classroom all month.  The Traveling Leopard goal for October is the class with the "Best Lunchroom Behavior."  Good luck!
 
 
Family Enrichment
Liberty Elementary is hosting a family enrichment program called “Communities Empowering Families.” You might have seen the flyer we recently sent home. The classes are at Liberty from 5:30-8:00pm on Tuesday nights starting October 7thParticipation, dinner, and childcare are all FREE.  We would love to have you be a part of this! Please contact Julie Carter or Cherran Zullo at 801-264-7424 with any questions or to sign up.
 
MUSIC
Mrs. Arnold is happy to announce that Mrs. Benware’s, Mrs. Vuyk’s, Mrs. Parry’s, Mrs. Ferrero’s, Ms. Routh’s & Mrs. Benedum’s classes are the B# Award winners for September.  The class with the most B# Awards at the end of the year gets a party with Mrs. Arnold to celebrate great BEE-havior and BEE-utiful music. 
 
BUS SAFETY AND WALKING SCHOOL BUS
One of our Liberty parents, Brandy Lathrop, has organized a “Walking School Bus” for Liberty families using the UDOT phone app.  Her phone number is 801-680-1834.  Please contact her if you are interested in joining the group and for more information about the app.  Thanks Brandy!
 
We continue to have numerous cars parking, dropping off, and picking up in the bus zone.  This poses a safety issue for our students.  The Murray City Police Officer assigned to our school has talked with several drivers about this situation, and shares our concerns.  If you have any questions about the bus zone location or where to drop off/pick up your students, please contact the office.
 
Calendar Items
October
6th-10th           Red Ribbon Week
7th                Vision Screening
15th               Western Nut Kickoff
                    Wear Green for Responsibility
16th-20th         NO SCHOOL-Fall Break & Professional Development Day for teachers
27th               NO SCHOOL-Professional Development Day and work day for teachers
29th              Family Feast Night-Rubios-flyer needed
                   Reflections submissions due
31st               Halloween Parade and Parties
LIBERTY LETTER
September 29, 2104
 
SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIOR & Attendance
Congratulations to our PAWSitive Ticket drawing winners last week.  They are Levin Addison, Caden McNeal, Tucker Largent, Jonah Andrews, Samantha Lutz, Melina Eisert, Serenity Snow, Chris Wright, Logan Cheshire, Michael Shoeman, Alysia Shaffer, Jacob Carpenter, Cameron Wright, and Mitchell Mangum.  We are proud of each of you for following our school rules. 
 
Wednesday, September 24th was NO EMPTY SEATS DAY.  We had several classrooms with no empty seats because every student was there. As a school, we had 98.4% of our students here. That’s excellent! Our gift card winners last week for Be Here, Be on Time are Kendelle Thornton and Keyauna Bolander. Great job, ladies!
 
PTA
Liberty’s Carnival & Silent Auction was last Friday, September 26th from 4:00-7:00 pm.   Even though it was rainy and windy, we still had a lot of fun and raised money for our school.  Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this such a successful event.  There is a PTA meeting this Wednesday, October 1st, at 8:50 am.  Please join us to hear more about the carnival and to help plan upcoming events.    
 
Student Council 
On Wednesday during lunch it is “Buy a Book” for 25¢, and on Friday you can buy chocolate bars at the end of the day for $1.00. It is also SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY, so wear our school colors and attire to show your Liberty Leopard pride. Also, there is a Student Council meeting Wednesday, Oct. 1st from 3:15pm - 3:45pm.
 
Family Enrichment
Liberty Elementary is hosting a family enrichment program called “Communities Empowering Families.” You might have seen the flyer we recently sent home. The classes are at Liberty from 5:30-8:00pm on Tuesday nights starting October 7thParticipation, dinner, and childcare are all FREE.  We would love to have you be a part of this! Please contact Julie Carter or Cherran Zullo at 801-264-7424 with any questions or to sign up. 
 
Calendar Items
October 1st    PTA Board Meeting at 8:50am
3rd                Bucket Filler Assembly-Kindness 2:00 pm *Parents will be notified if student is receiving                     an award
6th-10th           Red Ribbon Week
8th                Wear Green for Responsibility
7th                Vision Screening
15th               Western Nut Kickoff
16th-20th          NO SCHOOL-Fall Break & Professional Development Day for teachers
27th               NO SCHOOL-Professional Development Day and work day for teachers
29th               Family Feast Night
                   Reflections submissions due
31st               Halloween Parade and Parties
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Natalie Stouffer
Principal, Liberty Elementary
 
LIBERTY LETTER
September 22, 2104
SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIOR
 
Congratulations to our PAWSitive Ticket drawing winners last week: Bailey Done, Adrian Topete, Jonah Andrews, Gabby Jefferson, Saira Macie, Ryanne Ansted, Patience Palomo, Hope Wilkinson, Dallin Mabey, Mykenzee Davis, Jaden Tran, Justin Barlow, and Sierra Morellui.  We are proud of each of you for following our school rules. 
 
We also had our family attendance drawing for GIFT CARDS.  Congratulations to Tessa Carell and Averee Sutherland.  Thank you for being at school every day last week, on time every day, and for staying all day (no early checkout). We hope you enjoy using your gift cards!  This Wednesday, September 24th is NO EMPTY SEATS DAY.  If every Liberty student attends all day on the 24th, we will have a school-wide reward. 
 
School Community Council
Our school held elections for our 2014-15 School Community Council. (SCC). The newly elected members are Cyndi Boulden, Matt Boulden, and Christy Snow.  Our first School Community Council meeting will then take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 5:30 6:30 PM in the school media center.  All community members are invited to the meetings.
 
PTA
Our first Family Feast Night for the year was a HUGE success.  We thank you for all of your support and hope you will attend next time.    
 
Liberty’s Carnival & Silent Auction is on Friday, September 26th from 4:00-7:00pm.   Carnival Pre-Sale is this week on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings from 8:00-9:00am and Wednesday & Thursday after school from 3:00-3:45pm. (NO Pre-Sale after school on Friday). Come and enjoy a fun evening with our school community.  You’ll even have the chance to try and soak the principal and teachers in the dunk tank. 
 
Student Council 
Our Student Council is selling chocolate bars on Friday at the end of the day for $1..  It is also SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY, so wear your Liberty colors and attire to show your pride.  Also, on Wednesday during lunch it is “Buy a Book” for a 25¢.
 
Bus Concerns
After many thoughtful discussions in response to all of the safety concerns with our Liberty bus, the route has been altered.  Please know that we looked at all viable options before making these changes. Notes were sent home to students last Friday, but we will not implement the changes until Monday, September 29, 2014. Here is a link to the announcement:  http://www.murrayschools.org/liberty-elementary-busing-information/
 
Calendar Items
September 26th           Spirit Day:  Wear Liberty Leopard attire or colors
                               Liberty School Carnival 4:00-7:00 pm at the school
October 1st                PTA Board Meeting at 8:50am
October 3rd               Bucket Filler Assembly-Kindness 2:00 pm
October 7th               Vision Screening
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Natalie Stouffer
Principal, Liberty Elementary
 

Liberty Letter
Principal’s Message                                                                
September 14, 2014
 
SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIOR
 
                 We had a fantastic kickoff week for our school-wide positive behavior program.
 
On Monday, we had a family drawing for COLDSTONE and SMITHS GIFT CARDS.  Each student who was here every day, on time every day, and stayed all day (no early checkout) could return a signed attendance card for the drawing.  Congratulations to Christopher Metcalf and Morgan Andrews & their families.  We hope you enjoy using your gift cards!  We will have a drawing every Monday. J
 
On Friday, we drew two PAWSitive tickets from each grade level bin.  The winning students got to come down to the office for a congratulations from Mrs. Stouffer, which included a token for the Treasure Tower.   They will also have their picture hanging on The Leopard Tree in the main hallway.  Congratulations to CC Ludlow, Jesse Maquin, Rahiem Jefferson, Autiyona Hayes, Katie McIntosh, Chase Hunter, Patience Palomo, Elisia Cruz, Abby Gourdie, Carter Meyers, Alysia Shaffer, Jackson Wright, Molly Buist, Aliya Brown.  We are proud of every student who follows our PAWS rules!
 
There has been a lot of discussion about showing kindness as we work on being BUCKET FILLERS.  Here are some books about kindness that your family can read together and discuss:
  • The Lion and the Mouse  by Jerry Pinkney
  • Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed  by Emily Pearson; illustrated by Fumi Kosaka
  • The Golden Rule  by Ilene Cooper; illustrated by Gabi Swiatowska
  • Somebody Loves You, Mr Hatch  by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Paul Yalowitz
 
School Community Council
Our school is still holding elections for people who are interested in serving on the School Community Council. (SCC). The SCC is comprised of staff members and parents who meet monthly to work together on school improvement plans and school needs.  It is a great way to be more involved with the school.  The nomination period for parent positions ends September 15, 2014, so please let Principal Stouffer know if you are interested in serving on the SCC by that date.
 
Voting on parent positions will take place in the Liberty Elementary Office on the following dates and times:
September 16th, 17th, & 18th from 8:30 AM 3:30 PM.  School Community Council Members will then be announced in the Liberty Letter on Monday, September 22nd.  The first School Community Council meeting will then take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 5:30 6:30 PM in the school media center.  All community members are invited to the meetings.
 
PTA
Our Room Parent/Art Parent Meeting is this Wednesday, September 17th right after school.  If you are interested in teaching art or helping out at the holiday parties please plan on coming.  Our first Family Feast Night for the year is also on the 17th.  It will be at Chick-fil-A at 5175 S State Street, and our PTA will earn 10% of the total sales that night. Please invite your family and friends to come and eat. No flyer is neededjust come and enjoy a tasty dinner. 
 
Lastly, our Carnival & Silent Auction is quickly approachingit is on Friday, September 26th from 4:00-7:00pm.  We will be collecting donations from local businesses and each classroom.  In addition to donating auction items, we encourage donating services.  If you have a service to provide, or any questions, please contact Roxanne Nelson at 801-560-2531 or roxannernelson@gmail.com.  
 
 
 
Student Council 
The student council will be selling chocolate bars for $1.00 on Fridays during the last few minutes of the day.  The student council uses this fundraiser to cover the costs of a leadership conference they attend. Thank you for your support!
 
During lunch on Wednesdays, the Student Council will be selling used books for a quarter.  The money goes towards purchasing new books for our school library.
 
The Traveling Leopard Award goal for September is the class with the highest percentage of PTA memberships.  Good luck!
 
Bus Concerns
The safety of all Liberty students on our busses is critically important. In response to parent concerns when the year began, Mrs. Stouffer rode the bus in the morning and afternoon, met with our driver Orlando, and has been in contact with our transportation department about solutions. There was also information shared at Back to School Night about bus applications and deadlines.   Our transportation department has finished processing all of our bus applications, and we now have a list of students who have permission to ride our bus in the mornings and afternoons.  Starting Wednesday, September 17, 2014, only those students who have an approved application will be able to board the bus.  Please contact the school immediately if you need an application.  There is a possibility that we might adjust our bus eligibility based on the total number of students who need bussing and their proximity to the school.  We will keep you updated as more information becomes available, and we are happy to talk with you at any time about your concerns. 
 
Calendar Items
September 17th        Room Parent and Art Meeting 3:15pm
                           Family Feast Night at Chick-fil-A 5:00-7:00pm  Dine in or Take out
                           Spirit Day:  Wear RED for Kindness
September 19th      School Picture Day
September 26th      Spirit Day:  Wear Liberty Leopard attire or colors  & 
Liberty School Carnival 4:00-7:00 pm at the school
October 1st                PTA Board Meeting at 8:50am
October 3rd               Bucket Filler Assembly-Kindness 2:00 pm
October 7th               Vision Screening
 
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Natalie Stouffer
Principal, Liberty Elementary
Be Here, Be on Time: ATTENDANCE MATTERS!
Liberty Faculty and Staff want every student to be at school every day, to be on time every day, and to stay the whole day with no checking out early.  We hope our video inspires you and shows you how much we care. Thanks to Mrs. Lightfoot for her amazing vocals and overall video inspiration. 
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