Changes for Solar Eclipse viewing and first day of school

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I have some sad news to share.  The Eclipse glasses I thought were safe turned out to be fakes.  This means it would be unsafe and irresponsible to let your students view the eclipse.  This change only affects 4th and 5th grade.  Since an eclipse is part of the 6th grade science core, they will be allowed to view the eclipse through a pin-hole viewer that our 6th grade teachers will provide.  This does not involve looking directly at the sun.  This is the only exception that is being made.  The potential damage that could occur to your child’s vision is too great a risk otherwise.  I am so sorry we were unable to help provide a safe viewing experience.

If you want your child to experience the eclipse in a different way than the school is able to provide I suggest you either keep them home or come to check them out of school during the main part of the eclipse.  The 93% coverage will occur at 11:33 a.m.  Please help us communicate to the students the importance of never looking directly at the sun.  Major, lifelong issues could occur if unsafe viewing of the sun happens. 

Additionally we cannot allow you to send viewing glasses with your child.  Please check your child out from school by visiting their classroom, presenting photo ID and signing them out.  Asking for photo ID is a safety measure that must be followed to ensure your child is being checked out by an approved contact on your list.  

I am very disappointed that this did not work out.  I was very excited and hopeful that we could make this a memorable experience for your child.  This is the best solution we can come up with considering your child’s safety as our number one priority, it’s the first day of school, and this once in a lifetime event is occurring in the middle of the school day during lunch recess. 

With that said, I am very excited for the school year to begin!  I don’t want this to overshadow the excitement of the first day of school for your children.  It will be a great day and one I’m sure we will all not forget soon.  See you Monday!!

Sincerely,

Matt Nelson

Principal, Viewmont Elementary

 

Class lists will be posted on doors on Monday 8/14/2017!

RETURNING Students: Register online at www.murrayschools.org BEFORE Saturday, August 12, 2017!

Class lists with students who have been registered online will be posted on the front doors on Monday, August 14, 2017.

 

 

 

2017-2018 Student Registration

Registration is now open for ALL students in the Murray School District.

IMPORTANT: Because there is a change in the registration procedure this year, the school cannot place your student in a classroom until after you have completed the online registration! For this reason, please register your student before August 12th, 2017.

Click here to start registration for a RETURNING/CURRENT student at Viewmont Elementary School

Click here to start registration for a NEW student at Viewmont Elementary School

 

Parents, please complete the following steps to register your NEW student at Viewmont Elementary School:

 

  1. Make sure the student is living within our school’s boundaries. Click here for a list with street addresses within Viewmont Elementary boundaries. Students not living within these school boundaries must apply at the Murray School District Office for a permit first.
  2. Complete the online registration for 2017-2018 at www.murrayschools.org (click on “Parents” tab, and select “Registration Materials”).
  3. Submit a copy of the following required documents to our office on Wednesday, August 9, between 9:00 am- and 3:00 pm:
  • immunization record, signed by a medical provider
  • birth certificate
  • proof of residency (2x) – click here  for a list of acceptable documentation

If you don’t have access to a computer you may use one at Viewmont Elementary School to enroll your student online. This takes approx. 20 minutes per student. Please come prepared with the information you will need for registration (emergency contacts, addresses, phone numbers, etc.).

New students may not start school until the required documents have been submitted and online registration is completed.

 

2017-2018 School Calendar-UPDATED June 2017

The dates for the Winter Break were changed on the 2017-2018 School Calendar. It now starts on Friday December 22, 2017 (last day of school Thursday, December 21, 2017) and will end on Monday, January 1, 2018 (school begins again on Tuesday January 2, 2018.)

Click here for the updated version.

 

School’s Out!

Have a great summer

Enjoy your summer!

1st Day of School for Grades 1-6: Monday, August 21, 2017
1st Day of School for Kindergartners: Monday, August 28, 2017

 

Summer Reading Challenge

2017 Summer Reading Program – Details

2017 Summer Reading Program – Bingo Card for Grades 1-2

2017 Summer Reading Program – Bingo Card for Grades 3-6

2017 Summer Reading Program – Bingo Card – Back side

“Read Today with the Bees”

 

 

Video about Viewmont Elementary

To watch the video about our school, please click here.

Safety Rules and Map

Due to incidents of jaywalking and other safety violations in the past, we wanted to take time to review with you our safety procedures.  Please assist us in teaching good safety habits to our students by obeying proper traffic flows at drop off and pick up. 

  • Parents needing to drop off or pick up their child should use the drop zone lane closest to the school following the one-way only direction.  Students may not be dropped off or picked up in the pull through only lane closest to the street.  Do not allow students to cross the drop zone to meet vehicles in the pull through lane.

  • Students are able to walk along the sidewalk to be picked up on Anderson Lane but should only cross at crosswalks while on campus.

  • Urge children to refrain from running or pushing other children into streets and in front of cars.  Drive slowly and watch for children who might run in front of your car.

  • Please be considerate of other drivers and park only in the parking stalls provided, regardless of how long you plan to be in the building.

  • Roller blades, roller shoes, scooters, skateboards, and bikes are not to be used on school property.

For our safety map, please click here.