November 25, 2014 Weekly Parent Newsletter

Attributions: 
Alesha LeMmon
A small portion of our food drive contributions!

Dear Diamond Fork Parents,

Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher who once stated, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” We witnessed this phenomenon over the past two weeks at DFJHS as students brought food and needed supplies to school in backpacks, grocery bags and even wagons.

Students filled our storage room one can at a time and created mountains of food. Our goal was to collect 25,000 items during the two-week period prior to Thanksgiving holiday. We collected 49,276 items and $4,020.00 in cash donations that will be used to purchase protein packed foods to fill in the pantry at Tabitha’s Way in Spanish Fork. The students contributed to the DFJHS core value of perseverance as we spread the idea of the power of one, the concept that one person can make a difference for themselves, their family, the community and the world.

Thank you to our students, staff and faculty, and families for your generous donations to help those less fortunate in our own community. You moved mountains this year!

DIAMONDBACK GEMS

School Musical: The school musical this year is 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.

PTA Reflections Winners:  Students who went to the Council level and placed received letters of recognition and congratulations.  The Awards of Excellence winners will go on to Region competition, and all award winners will be recognized at a Council Awards night on December 3rd.

Awards of Excellence:

    Lauren Lehman-Dance

    Zachery Perrins-Music

    Jenevieve Wallace-Visual Arts

Awards of Merit:

    Katrina Pulido-Music

    Brock Anderson-Photography

    Jennifer Pulido-Visual Arts

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: Do you know that books make great holiday gifts? We do! It’s time for the PTA BOOK FAIR on December 2-5, 2014

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

Located in the cafetorium stage during school and in the gym for Parent-Teacher conference.

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

Attendance Information: We have listed the following information to answer your attendance questions.

  • If your student gets marked absent or tardy, and you feel it was in error, please contact the teacher of that class as soon as possible. The teacher, not the attendance office, is responsible for removing or correcting attendance errors.
  • Please check your student’s SIS Student Summary at least weekly; to be sure absences and/or tardies have been cleared. In the Student Summary area, select “tardies” or “absences” to review your student’s attendance for the term. If you have questions about an attendance mark, please refer to the “Attendance Codes” at the bottom of the summary page.
  • Please remember all tardies and absences need to be cleared within “2” days!
  • NOTE: Absences and tardies will not clear until 24 hours AFTER the absence has been excused.

If you have any questions, please call our attendance secretary @ 801-798-4052. Thank you!

Checking Out of School: Prior to leaving the school, students must come to the office when being checked out for any reason.

STARS Assembly: Tuesday, November 25th. DFJHS student talent assembly schedule is as follows:

 8:00­10:15 Assemblies

10:20­10:55 2nd period

11:00­11:35 3rd period

11:35­12:00 1st lunch

11:40­12:15 4th period (2nd lunch students)

12:15­12:40 2nd lunch

12:05­12:40 4th period (1st lunch students)

12:45­1:20 5th period

1:25­2:00  6th period

2:05­2:40  7th period

Midterm: Tuesday, November 25th

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28.

National Jr. Honor Society: Students in this organization will be serving at the Utah Food and Care Coalition on Tuesday, December 2.  Students will miss 4th - 7th periods.

SPORTS

Boys’ Basketball: Home game against Mt. Nebo Jr. High Monday, December 1 at 3:30pm.

Girls’ Basketball: Home game against Mt. Nebo Jr. High Monday, December 1 at 3:30pm.

Did you know…DFJHS teachers nominate a “Student of the Day” for being consistently positive, helping and encouraging others, showing a consistent effort to learn, being hardworking, having outstanding class performance, acts of kindness and displaying our core values of courage, compassion, integrity, perseverance and respect? Students of the day receive a certificate, a letter to parents and a yummy treat. November’s recipients are Kamry Adams, Kytie Beardall, Emily Christensen, Jaicee Hair, Dillon Hall, Harrison Jacobson, Alex Knudsen, Gentry Lambert, Payton Lewis, Amy Minga, Giovanni Perez, Chance Simons, Brett Stewart, David Swalberg and Alicia Zaremba! Congratulations students and keep up the good work!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!