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December 1, 2014 Weekly Parent Newsletter

Submitted by alesha.lemmon on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:32
Attributions: 
Alesha LeMmon
DFJHS Core Values

Dear Diamond Fork Parents,

Many of us can recall a teacher or other educator throughout our academic career who gave us a gift of knowledge. Some teachers even shared with us tidbits of wisdom on other topics, as well. Often, we may not even remember the academic concept teachers taught us, but we remember how they made us feel. Teachers have a way of validating and frequently helping students to explore or find their talents, skills, abilities and at times, their very self-worth.

Carl Jung, a noted psychiatrist submitted, “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”

As I observe teachers with their classes and those relationships constructed upon academic building blocks, I also see student personalities come alive and thrive. I know our teachers are forever changing how students experience the world through engaging content and genuine kindness.

At this time of year, may we think a little more frequently on gratitude for what we have? Diamond Fork Junior High has the great fortune of retaining teachers not easily forgotten. Teachers who engage students in meaningful ways and who leave a memory with each student.

We hope you’ll take the opportunity this season to show gratitude for what you have and what our students have. From this side of the school building, we are grateful for parents and the trust you place in us as we work with your most precious possessions. Thank you.

DIAMONDBACK GEMS

Parent Teacher Conference: The conferences will be held on Thursday, December 4th from 3:30pm to 8:00pm. We are looking forward to seeing parents! Latinos In Action (LIA) will be providing a childcare and translation services for those who need it. Look for the signs and tables when you arrive.

La conferencia de padres y maestros: La conferencia será jueves el 4 de diciembre de 3:30pm a 8:00pm. Estamos animados a ver los padres. Los Latinos en Acción tendrán una guardia de niños e interpretación para aquellos que lo necesiten. Busca para las señales y mesas cuando llega.

School Musical: This year we go back a few years in the Disney archives to produce -- Aladdin! There will be an informational meeting after school on December 2nd. We need students on and off stage to create a successful production. Students can talk to Mrs. Poulson or Mrs. Lewis for more information.

DFJHS Facebook Reminder: On the Facebook site, in the search area, type in: Official Diamond Fork Junior High School, then click on the “Like” button and you will be set-up to automatically receive updates from our website.

PTA Scholastic Book Fair: December 2-5, 2014 in the cafetorium. 

Tues 7:45 am – 3:00 pm, Wed 7:45 am – 2:15 pm

Thurs 7:45 am – 1:45 pm AND During Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Fri 7:45 am – 12:00 noon 

Can’t make it to the book fair? Check out our online shop through Dec 8! Books ordered online will be delivered to the school before winter break.

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/diamondforkjrhighschool

Midterm: Midterm grades will be available for pick up on Thursday during Parent Teacher Conferences.

Teen Living Class Field Trip: As the capstone activity of our Teen Living section on dating and etiquette, we will be dining in the Grotto at Magleby's in Springville. This is a great opportunity for the students to come in their best dress, and practice their dining and social etiquette. We eat well, and have lovely conversations! Also, it's a fun opportunity to see the students dressed up, and looking their best. They find that their social behaviors change with the atmosphere. 

SPORTS

The Rivalry Continues… Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams will play against Spanish Fork Junior High at SFJHS on Wednesday, December 3rd at 3:30pm. This is the game to see! Come support our Diamondback players!

Wrestling: Home match against Salem Junior High on Wednesday, December 3rd at 3:30pm.

Swim:

SFHS - December 4th at Richfield HS

            December 5-6 Canyon View Invitational at SUU Pool in Cedar City

Did you know…The counselors hold a special pizza party lunch several Fridays throughout the year?  A different student is selected to participate each time.  He or she then invites up to 10 friends to join the party.  During the lunch the counselors ask 3 specific questions – 1.  What do you like about our school?  2.  What don’t you like about our school?  3.  What improvements would you make and how?  This panel of students helps us to see things from the student perspective and to make changes that would be most beneficial to our student body.