Welcome to the Janet Q. Lawson Campus! We will begin our tour at the front reception area, where you will likely recognize our awesome front desk team: Catherine and Cassie. As we continue down the hall, you will notice tutor alcoves, or sections of the hallway set aside just for small group activity. These are especially useful for our Adult ESL tutors to utilize during evening classes. In addition to the alcoves, we will pass our staff and volunteer lounge and the Adult Education office.
Up next is American Express Toddler Beginnings classroom. You will notice everything in this room is tiny to accommodate our little learners.
Leaving Toddler Beginnings, you will see our mutli-purpose room to your right where we have meals, activities, and assemblies. Next, you will see our computer lab with a class in session and the In-Home program office. In-Home visits typically take place in the homes of infants and toddlers, but you will notice that our office also has a home-like atmosphere so that if parents need to come to our facility for any reason, they can feel at home here as well.
The last of the Early Learning Center is our preschool classroom, which will be full of new students today on the first day of classes for Pre-K and Kindergarten.
The remainder of our lower floor houses our lower grades from Kindergarten to second.
Just up the stairs, you will find the pride and joy of the Janet Q. Lawson campus - our library! The books painted on the wall just outside were voted favorites by our very own students.
The second floor is composed of our art studio and the upper grades - 4 through 6. Moving into the new campus last year allowed us to expand to the 6th grade.
And, finally, back on the first floor, and out the doors, we have our beautiful playgrounds overlooking the Rose Park Golf Course! We start at the Toddler Beginnings playground, where you will see two play sets generously donated and assembled by Edwards Life Sciences, and our "big kid" playground sponsored by Ally Bank. We are so fortunate to begin a second school year at this beautiful campus, and we are thankful for our donors and supporters who made this happen everyday of the year!
Want the real tour for your volunteer group, business, or family? Contact Danielle Lankford at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an in-person tour.
By Audra Mulleneaux, Guadalupe School Executive Assistant and ESL Teacher
My name is Audra Mulleneaux, and I've been teaching ESL in Guadalupe School's Adult Ed. program for 8 wonderful months. Before becoming a teacher on staff, I was a volunteer tutor.
The dedication of our students is unlike anything I've ever seen. The majority of our students are parents. Many of them work two or three part-time jobs to provide for their families. After working an eight and sometimes twelve- hour shift, these hardworking and dedicated students come to school to learn English for two hours, two times per week.
I've often wondered what motivates our students to come to school after a long day at work. The obvious motivation is so they can better communicate with employers and coworkers and to, hopefully, receive more gainful employment. For many of my students, however, this motivation is minuscule.
Maria, for example, learns English in order to set an example for her children: "I go to work hard every day and come learn English so my kids can see hard work. I come and tell them to work hard now so they don't have to have a life like me." Another student of mine, Olivia, said she learns English to better communicate with her grandchildren: "I learn because my grand kids learn [English] so fast, and I want talk with them. They help me with my English."
I'm humbled to work with such hard working and dedicated individuals who want to create better lives for themselves and their families.
By Danielle Lankford Communications Specialist
This last week before school starts is a great time to get your child back in the habit of reading, and reading can be a great way to facilitate conversation about going back to school. Your local library can be a great resource for not just back to school books, but books of all kinds depending on what your child is interested in. But, if you're making a trip to the library this week, you might want to check out some of our favorite back to school books to read together, with siblings, or even have your child read to you!
1. The Night Before First Grade
Age Range: 4-8 years
Just like the classic Night Before Christmas, this book follows a young girl making big plans before her first day of First Grade.
2. Froggy Goes to School
Age Range: 3-5 years
Another preschool classic in the Froggy series, this fun and quick read is all about Froggy's antics on his first day at school. This one is great for you and your preschooler to read together!
3. First Day Jitters
Age Range: 5-8 years
This is a great option for anyone sending their child to a new school. It can be scary starting a new school, and the night before can be especially daunting, but Sarah Jane finds the courage to face her fears in a new class.
4. Llama Llama Misses Mama
Age Range: 2-5 years
This fun rhyming book featuring the familiar llama llama will help any preschooler or kindergartener feel at ease on their first big day going to school.
5. Eddie Gets Ready for School
Age Range: 4- 8 years
On the lighter side of going back to school, this story about Eddie's unconventional morning routine is guaranteed to make your child laugh.
6. Amelia Bedelia Goes Back to School
Age Range: 4- 8 years
Another hilarious take on back to school, Amelia Bedelia decides to spend the day at school and takes everything the teacher says very literally. Amelia has been an elementary school favorite since I was in elementary school - she's a classic!
7. Miss Nelson is Missing
Age Range: 4-7 years
Miss Nelson is another classic that goes way back, and a good story to teach children the importance of respecting and appreciating their teacher. After all, no one wants to be in class with Ms. Viola Swamp!
8. How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
Age Range: 4-8 years
Perfect for the kid who loves dinosaurs, this outrageous tale asks what would happen if one tried to attend school.
9. Clifford Goes to Dog School
Age Range: 4-8 years
Everyone loves Clifford the Big Red Dog! Find out what he learned at dog school, and the cool new tricks he can do.
10. If You Take a Mouse to School
Age Range: 4-8 years
A continuation of the best-seller, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, I think we all know where this day at school is going, but your little one is sure to have fun reading about all that mouse's crazy requests!
You may have noticed we are going to have lots of new faces around Guadalupe School this year! As we expanded the school, we have also expanded our wonderful staff. So, this week, we are letting some of our new administrators, teachers, and staff members, tell you who they are in their own words. Meet our new team members!
Cassie Bingham, Volunteer Coordinator
I received my bachelor's degree in sociocultural anthropology with an emphasis in international development, through which I developed a passion for all worthy social causes. If you ever bump into me outside of work it will probably be at some obscure indie concert or in a contemporary art gallery. I have lived on 4 different continents, and in my spare time enjoy daydreaming about how I will increase that number.
Becky Bouvang, 5th Grade Teacher
I grew up in Georgia. However, I have lived in Utah since 1985. I have been teaching for 25 years. I love to travel, quilt, and read books. I am excited to teach fifth grade and be a part of this wonderful team.
Mary Draper, Development Director
I grew up in Utah where I received my B.S., Philosophy from the University of Utah and a Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University Law School. I have11+ years of development (fundraising experience) and first began affiliating with Guadalupe School in the late 1980's as a Board member, and have loved the School ever since! The students, adult and youngsters, are terrific, the staff is inspiring, and our new building...WOW! : I love art ...looking at it, and making it, and some of the most fun I have had has been teaching art to kids at Boys and Girls Clubs! Also, I make a mean batch of brownies!
Danielle Lankford, Communications Specialist
My job is a dream because I get to write about such an amazing cause for a living! My passion for writing and activism is why I chose political science as my undergraduate major. I am also an active military spouse, and volunteer for a group called Pets Enriching Troops with my certified therapy dog. After four years stationed in England and developing an infatuation with all things British, my husband and I transferred to Utah this year.
Susan McGovern, 3rd Grade Teacher
I graduated from Metropolitan State College in Denver with a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. I grew up in western New York State with my parents and two brothers and two sisters. I've taught kindergarten, 1st, second, and third grade. I'm very excited to be here at Guadalupe school, and ready to get to know everyone!
Audra Mulleneaux, Executive Assistant/ESL Specialist
My name is Audra Mulleneaux. Having moved to Salt Lake City 3 years ago, I'm originally from Minnesota. I have a BS in Communications from BYU-I and am currently working on an MA in TESL (online) through St. Cloud State University. I have been employed at Guadalupe School since December of 2014. I am thrilled to be here.
By Danielle Lankford, Communications Specialist
It is officially August, and you know what that means – back to school time! And, it won’t just be our charter school and early learners going back to school in a few weeks. Thousands of local elementary, middle school, high school, and college students will be shopping for supplies, packing backpacks, and planning out a routine before the first day of school. No matter where you or your child go to school, we’ve put together this checklist to keep you on-track and stress free so you can enjoy the last leg of your vacation.
Here are some things you can do now to get ready for the first day of school.
1. Make time for registration or orientation
Registration and orientation days usually take place on specific dates just before the first day of school. Make sure you have marked these dates on your calendar and have made arrangements to attend. This is where you will receive the bulk of information you will need for the upcoming school year. Our parents will have two opportunities to get this information at our Registration Round-up happening on August 10-11.
2. Gather all the documents necessary for enrollment
Most schools and colleges require some documents for enrollment. These can include transcripts, photo identification, immunization records, and more. Talk to your point of contact at your school to be sure you know what documents you will need, and how to go about obtaining them if you are missing any. Gather all the documents or copies of documents in a safe place a few days before enrollment to help curb any last minute stress. Our parents will need to bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records, a proof of income, and dental and medical forms (Kindergarten and 3rd grade only) to the Registration Round-Up.
3. Double check the dress code before you shop
Does your school have a strict dress code or require uniforms? If you’re not sure, contact your school or look for dress code information in your student handbook if you receive one at registration. School clothes shopping can be a fun time to try out new looks and styles, but you don’t want to stock your wardrobe with items you can’t wear five days a week. Our students are required to wear uniforms on most school days, and parents are encouraged to donate lightly used uniforms any time before registration.
4. Tour your school
If it’s your or your child’s first year on a new campus, touring the school can help ease first day jitters. Most colleges offer a tour on orientation day, or you can schedule one before the summer ends. For elementary and secondary schools, you can usually call the school’s front desk during summer office hours and the receptionist or principal will set up a tour time for you. For new or prospective Guadalupe students, please call (801) 531-6100 Ext. 315 to schedule a tour.
5. Practice your school day routine
We all know there’s nothing worse than having to leave your warm cushy bed to get up and rush for the first day of school. It’s easier said than done, but adjusting your sleep schedule gradually in the weeks before school starts can help ease the transition into school-mode. For younger students, practicing the rest of the school day routine can be helpful as well. Questions you should ask in the weeks leading up to school are: is my child on an eating routine similar to the school’s? Do they know how much time it will take to get ready and catch the bus? Does my child stay for afterschool activities, and do they know what time they will be picked up? Discussing this ahead of time can save mom and child a lot of worry.
6. Set up a place for homework
Designating an area for homework or outside of school assignments (for college students) can help increase productivity and performance. It seems like a no-brainer, but setting up a place in your home where you have all your tools like pencils, computer, and textbooks and where you can have some peace and quiet before the year starts will help lessen the stress when it comes to assignments.
7. Start a calendar
Keeping a calendar or planner will help you or you and your child feel on top of all the various assignments and activities going on at school. Certain times of the school year, like the end of semesters can get pretty hectic, but having a calendar will keep your family organized. For college students, keep a planner and begin writing down important dates and big assignments from the first day of school, so you will never be surprised by a deadline. For families with small children, a good idea is to keep a dry erase calendar somewhere in the home that’s easily visible and have your children write down each week their activities and assignments on the calendar. If you’re into printables, this is a great week-by-week planner template: http://worldlabel.tumblr.com/post/49882409846/classroomcollective-weekly-to-do-list-get-the
8. Plan your transportation
Transportation is another one of those no-brainers, but it’s worth thinking about in the weeks leading up to school. Are you going to take the train to school? Drive? Put your child on the bus or have them walk? How long will it take for you to arrive on your preferred mode of transportation? What time does my child need to catch the bus? These are all questions you should ask yourself to avoid tardiness and the stress of rushing to catch a bus or train and subsequently rushing to class. A day started in a rush is not going to get off to a good start, and you want to make sure you or your child is as focused and prepared as possible.
Checking off all these items before the first day of school will make for a successful start to a new school year no matter what grade, age or school. For our Guadalupe students and parents, we'll see you in three weeks!