Welcome to East Midvale Newsletter 2019-20



Canyons School District works within a Community School model that supports our students and families along 5 pathways to ultimately achieve academic   success:

  • Academics
  • Youth Development
  • Parent Engagement
  • Health & Social Services
  • Community Partnership

How do we strive for ACADEMIC Success?

  • Principal Matt Nelson and Assistant Principal Danya Bodell lead an amazing group of PK-5th teachers in inspiring love of learning &  curriculum mastery.
  • All day Kindergarten & half day Preschool.
  • Achievement Coach Julie Butler supports teachers with curriculum,  teaching techniques,  classroom management & PBIS.
  • Special Education Teachers (Melissa Porter & Lena Johnson)
  • Brain boosters in Art, Computer, Gym & Library.
  • Reading Interventionists to support instruction.
  • A bilingual front office staff to welcome & nurture our students.  (Charlotte Graham, Erika Bonilla, Britney Hainsworth & Lucy Galvan).
  • Speech Pathologist Susan Lundahl who works with students to develop communication skills.
  • PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) & monthly character focus creates a school   culture that is safe, respectful & responsible. 
  • Afterschool programming for extra support and enrichment (Jasmine Guzman, Director). 
  • Academically focused school events.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences in Fall & Spring.



How we encourage YOUTH DEVELOPMENT?

STUDENT LEADERSHIP Opportunities:  4th & 5th grade students can be involved in Student Council, Safety Patrol, Flag Masters, Morning News crew, & be Playworks Junior Coaches.

PLAYWORKS –Coach Haley enhances & transforms recess and play time into positive experiences that make the most of every learning opportunity.  Students are encouraged to bring out the best in themselves & each other. 

ATTENDANCE & BEHAVIOR SUPPORT PROGRAMS: Encourages school attendance.  Mentors on positive social and behavior skills.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM— Academic programming mixed with enhancement activities in Arts & Science.  Provided by Canyons District.  Enrollment necessary.

LATINOS IN ACTION from Hillcrest High – LIAs come weekly to provide 1:1 reading supports, affirm efforts, and celebrate success with our students.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT— Volunteers from the     business community spend a day teaching financial and civic lessons.  5th grade participates in Biztown at the Gateway Discovery Center for more engagement.

CHOOSE GANG FREE partners with UPD and Canyons to teach curriculum to  5th grade students.

UNIFIED FIRE DEPT. #126 “adopts” 3rd grade and  provides programming in classroom & attend events.

COPPERVIEW RECREATION CENTER– Affordable     activities for children: afterschool programs, school  vacation camps, and organized sporting programs.

RUTH VINE TYLER LIBRARY — Local resource for reading & learning, technology & internet, large Spanish collection & kids’ activities.  Kids’ Café daily.



 VOLUNTEERING—EME welcomes parent & community volunteers.  Register online to volunteer in classes, in the school, on field trips & with events.

PTA (Parent Teacher Association) – A community of parents who join together to plan, organize,  volunteer & fundraise activities, events, and teacher supports. PTA sponsors the Fall Carnival, Pastries with Parents, Fun Run, Teacher Appreciation & more. Meetings at noon on 2nd Friday of month.  New members welcomed!

SCC (School Community Council)  Parents, teachers, community members &administration come together monthly to communicate and collaborate on how school trust funds are best spent to          support student education.

WATCH D.O.G.S.—For fathers/father figures to volunteer in the school.  Work 1:1 in classrooms, play at recess, patrol the halls, and be an extra set of eyes and ears for the teachers! Attend Pizza with Pops (Sept.3) or Donuts with Dads (Feb.4).  Look for the Wall of Fame.

FAMILY LEARNING CENTER—An EME classroom for parents!  English, computer, financial literacy & parenting classes. Also learn how to participate, understand, and value the Canyons District education system.

PAT (Parents as Teachers) Through Canyons  District, parents of young children are taught about child development.  Resources provided so parents can make the best choices for the family.  Free personal home visits and Friday Parent & Child classes.  Contact Roxanne 801-826-5118 or Patricia 801-826-5104 (for Spanish) for information.

SCHOOL EVENTS Families Welcomed! Back to School Night, PTA Carnival, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Halloween Parade, Turkey Trot, Living Traditions Night, Fun Run & Family Health & Fitness Night


SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST Karen Brown — Uniquely qualified at our school to support student learning through assessment, testing and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEP).   Ms. Brown works collaboratively with teachers and parents to create safe, healthy & supportive learning environments.  She utilizes expertise in mental health, learning and behavior to help students succeed academically,      socially, behaviorally & emotionally.

SOCIAL WORKER Davey Ornegri – Mr. Davey collaborate with teachers, administrators, and staff to provide social, emotional and behavioral supports and classes to students.  He utilizes social skills groups,  designs effective behavioral management plans with teachers, supports students in crisis situations & meets with students individually to support goals. He also connects students and families with community resources. Mr. Davey speaks Spanish & Portugese.  Stephanie Knight & McKinley Merchant, Master’s level interns from the School of Social Work at the University of Utah will be working as supports with our SEL team this year.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES—Sometimes students and families need tools and strategies to cope with life stressors.  Through mental health assessments, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, collaboration with teachers, school CARE team & outside referrals if needed, our partnership with outside services provides a school based licensed Clinical Therapist who is able to offer supports to students and families.      Contact at 801-826-8402.  Ms. Kimberly Forsythe works for Hopeful Beginnings at East Midvale

SCHOOL NURSE—Essential support in each school.  Nurse Gerard works with front office staff to: follow student health plans, train and educate staff & students on health and coordinate vision screenings.

 CLINICS – Immunization, Boo to the Flu, Vision &  Medical through partnerships with CNS, CBC, & Utah Partners for Health .  Referrals to Health Services. 

 MOBILE FOOD PANTRY —For East Midvale students. Approximately 20 lbs of food per family provided.  Pantry dates 2019-2020:  Sept 3, Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb.4,  March 3, March 31, May 5.  Through Utah Food Bank and sponsored this year by  Regence BCBS. 


UNITED WAY of SALT LAKE   uw.org Canyons School District partnered with United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) to support its Collaborative Community Model for School Improvement at Copperview, East Midvale, Midvale, Sandy Elementary, Midvale Middle & Hillcrest High. UWSL works to connect the greater community with schools to support students and families.   Celebrating over 25 years of volunteer engagement, the Year of Action events include Stuff the Bus, Day of Caring,  Season of Service, Read Across America Day & Day of Action.

THANK YOU:  Canyons Foundation, Deseret Industries, Dominion Energy, Five12, IHC Print Center, IRC & CCS, Midvale City, Midvale Road Home, PEO, Regence BCBS, Rizepoint, RSL Foundation, Therapy Animals of Utah, TOSH,  Utah Food Bank, & many others..

RESOURCES provided by Community Partners:     Contact Shelley McCall for more information 801-826-8406

BACKPACKS – Stuffed with school       supplies, these are available to every student enrolled.  Provided by UWSL’s Stuff the Bus.

FIVE12 Weekly Food Bag –  Given on Fridays for students in need of food resources over the weekend.  Requires enrollment.

OPERATION SCHOOL BELL – Provides new school     clothing & winter jacket to students based on need.  Donated by Assistance League of Salt Lake

WARM THE SOLES – Provides new pair of shoes for students based on need.  Resource provided by  Jordan Credit Union program.  

Holiday Supports – Available through community donors.  Application required and based on need.




The partnership with Canyons and UWSL created this CSF position within each Community school.  The role is to make sure the 5 pathways align to support academic outcomes, to communicate within the community and to coordinate resources to meet needs.  For more information on any of the resources in this newsletter please call 801-826-8406.  Shelley McCall

 The EAGLE’s NEST CAFETERIA—Each day, all    students receive free BREAKFAST and LUNCH at East Midvale!  Healthy SNACKS are delivered twice a week to classes.  The free “Nutrislice” app is available for school menus and nutritional info. Gluten free meals are available from district Nutrition website or the main office.  Completed medical form needed.  Contact Joanna Hougland, Cafeteria Manager, with questions or concerns 801-826-8358.

COMMUNITY GARDEN—At the heart of our school is a lovely open air space with a small vegetable garden. The dream of this space is to offer another learning environment for our students where they can get their hands dirty and participate in the science of growing plants.  Junior  Eagle Gardeners program is offered to 2nd-5th graders afterschool.  Sign up required. Volunteers are always welcome to nurture this place!


2019-20 Year at a Glance


15 – Immunization Clinic (5-7 pm)
19 – First Day of School 1st to 5th grade (8:15 am)
22 – First Day of School Kindergarten (8:15 am)

2 – No School – Labor Day
3 – Mobile Food Pantry 2:55 pm
3 – WatchDOGS event – Pizza with POPS
12 – UWSL Day of Caring at EME
25 – Parent and Teacher Conferences
26 – Early Out (1:15 pm)
26 – Parent Teacher Conferences
27 – No School—Compensatory Day

1 – Mobile Vision and Medical Clinics
8 – Mobile Food Pantry 2:55 pm
2 – Maturation Programs 5th grade
17-18 – No School – Fall Recess
31 – Halloween Parade & Parties
31 – Boo to the Flu Clinic (Free Flu Shots)

5 – Mobile Medical & Vision Clinic
5 – Mobile Food Pantry 2:55 pm
22 – TURKEY TROT 9 am
27-29 – Thanksgiving Recess

3 – Mobile Food Pantry 2:55 pm
17 – Choir & Dance Holiday Performance
20 – Holiday Extravaganza 9 am!
23-Jan. 3 – No School—Winter Recess

6 – First Day Back to School (8:15 am)
7 – Mobile Food Pantry 2:55 pm
16 – End of term
17 -No School for Students
20 – No School – MLK Day
29 – Utah Partners for Health Medical Clinic
29 – Utah Partners for Health Vision Clinic
31 – Big Smiles Mobile Dental Clinic

4 – Mobile Food Pantry 2:55 pm
4 – Donuts with Dads – WatchDOG Event
17- No School – President’s Day
26 – Parent and Teacher Conferences
27 – Early Out (1:15 pm)
27 – Parent and Teacher Conferences
28 – No School – Compensatory Day

2-6 – Read Across America Week!
2 – Read Across America Day!
27 –   Career Day!
31 – Mobile Food Pantry 2:55 pm

6 – 10 – Spring Recess (No School)
30  Midterm
23 – Kindergarten Orientation 5:30-6:30 pm

 1 – PTA Fun Run
4-8 – Teacher Appreciation Week
5 – Mobile Food Pantry 2:55 pm
25 – No School – Memorial Day
26 – Awards Ceremony 9:00 am 3rd-5th
26 – Awards Ceremony 10:00 am 1st-2nd
28 – Field Day Grades 1st-5th
29 – Last Day of School! 
        Dance Party 11:00 am! 
        Dismissal 12:20! (no lunch)

Before & After School Enrichment Activities

After School Program

The after school program at East Midvale Elementary is every day from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  The program integrates extended academic learning in a fun interactive platform along with enrichment activities to spark creativity, imagination, exploration and curiosity.  Applications are available through the front office and students need to apply to attend.  Snack and dinner are provided.  

Before and After School Activities

Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to participate in the following activities after school from 3-4:00 pm on select days:  Basketball, track or soccer club, Junior Chefs, Junior Gardeners, Dance Team, Adventures in Art, Choir, Math Olympiads and before school book club and Friday morning yoga!  All these programs are led by teachers and community members volunteering their time to share their passions with our students!  

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