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February 2024 Newsletter

Wright Newsletter for February
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Wright Elementary Monthly Newsletter


Happy Leap Year February! As we dive into this unique month, filled with an extra day, let's make every moment count. As we celebrate our state's birthday this month, let's also look ahead with excitement to the approaching spring. Warmer days are on the horizon, bringing renewed energy and opportunities for outdoor learning and play. We are always on the lookout for parents or community members to help out our school in a variety of ways - volunteering to support programs during the school day or even working as a substitute. We constantly have a need for subs as crossing guards, instructional assistants, and office support. If you’re interested in working with our school and the school district, let us know! Join us in embracing the joy of learning, community, and the positive anticipation of spring!

  • Feb 1-29:  Black History Month
  • Feb. 1: PTC T-shirt and Sweatshirt Order Forms being sent home
  • Feb. 2:  No School - Staff Development Day
  • Feb. 2: Groundhog Day
  • Feb. 5-8: Grades 3-5 Lolly-gram sales
  • Feb. 5-9: Counselor Appreciation Week
  • Feb. 8: PTC Goodies with Grownups Grades K-2 7:10a-7:40a
  • Feb 9: PTC Goodies with Grownups Grades 3-5 7:10a-7:40a
  • Feb. 13: Lolly-gram deliveries to classrooms
  • Feb. 14: Oregon's Birthday and Valentine's Day
  • Feb. 18: Little Caesar's Fundraiser Ends
  • Feb. 19: No School - Presidents' Day
  • Feb. 21: Student Exclusion Day (See vaccine section below)
  • Feb. 26: PTC Readathon starts (more information coming soon)
  • Feb. 28: 5th Grade Fieldtrip
View the 2023-24 calendar

Do You Smell Pizza?!? 

Do you know families with kids who enjoy a personal-sized pizza as the perfect after-school snack? Or a family member who needs their pizza fix at midnight? Or someone who buys from their local Little Caesars every week? Send them your Seller link so they can experience what our Little Caesars Fundraiser has to offer. So far, we’ve sold 15 items! We’re getting close to our goal and really need everyone’s help. If you haven’t joined our fundraiser yet, it’s not too late. Follow this link to set up your Seller page in less than 5 minutes:

***Families with students in multiple grade levels can combine into one of the dates***

***Positions available for permanent and sub crossing guards***
Child getting vaccination

If your child is not up-to-date on required 2023-24 school immunizations for the State of Oregon or does not have a valid exemption on file, they will be excluded from valuable instruction time due to the state-mandated vaccination deadline on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

The statewide requirement applies to all children enrolled for five or more days per school year in a school or preschool or five or more days per calendar year in other children’s facilities. This will include Salem-Keizer students within the EDGE program.

For more information please visit our district website for details


For the 2023-24, all Salem-Keizer schools qualify for no-cost meals under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This program allows SKPS to provide all students enrolled at Salem-Keizer Public Schools a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day. You will not be required to complete any free/reduced-price meal paperwork for your students.
Link below for menu
Wright is in need of several items for our clothing closet:

1.) NEW boys' underwear, all sizes
2.) New brushes/combs
3.) Leggings/Sweats size 10/12 (used or new)
4.) Lunch Boxes
5.) Sweatshirts (used or new sizes 10/12 and up)
6.) Belts

We accept all donations of used clothing and shoes in good condition. 


If your student will be absent for any reason, please call our Absence Reporting Line at (503) 399-5503 24 hours a day/7 days a week and leave a detailed message that includes your name, student name, student ID number, reason and/or symptoms.

Student school hours are 7:50am-2:20pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Every Wednesday during the school year will be a one hour late start. School hours on Wednesdays are 8:50am-2:20pm.

Doors open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30am for students to access breakfast and 7:40am to begin entering their classrooms. Wednesdays are one hour later.


Please do not park in the bike lane, block intersections, OR neighboring households driveways when picking up or dropping off your student. This is illegal and creates an unsafe environment for children and families.

Please do not drop your student's off in the bus lane or at the parking lot entrance in front of the school. This is a safety precaution and will be strictly enforced. Additionally, the bus lanes cannot be blocked during school hours. Also, please make sure your student has safely exited your vehicle and is on the sidewalk before starting to drive away.

Please utilize crosswalks that are manned by a crossing guard. If your student walks to or from school by themselves, remind them of the importance of using appropriate crosswalks.
Wright's school counselor is Carolyn Jones. She is highly trained and able to help students and families with a variety of needs. You may reach her by email at or call our office at (503) 399-3198 to speak with her.

Our Community-School Outreach Coordinator is here to help Wright families connect with many different resources that are available in food, clothing, school supplies, and much more. Please contact Samantha Gibson at (503) 399-3198 or for more information on what is available.


If you would like to donate to the food pantry at Wright Elementary, here is a list of what is needed the most:

We are accepting donations for the food pantry for the entire school year! There is a green barrel at the front entrance area of the school that donations can be placed in. We greatly appreciate your help and please remember to only donate non-perishables that are not expired. 

If you are interested in receiving from the food pantry, please fill out this short survey:

Fourth- and fifth-graders, we’re looking for you to submit your favorite recipe from home or a family recipe!

Ten lucky winners from our school district will be chosen as finalists to compete in a contest at McNary High School on March 22, 2024.

As a bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into the Future Chefs National Challenge for some great prizes! Must submit by February 18, 2024. Go to the Sodexo website to learn more.

Need a paper recipe form? Just ask at the school office or kitchen manager

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Oregon Teacher of the Year Program

Every year, each of the 50 states, U.S. territories, DC, and the Department of Defense Education Activity names a teacher of the year. The Oregon Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors teacher excellence, with the Teacher of the Year serving as the face and voice of exemplary educators across the state. Candidates for Oregon Teacher of the Year are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled licensed public school educators in grades preK-12. Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the Oregon Teacher of the Year receives a gift of $10,000 as well as a special fund to cover all travel costs for the year.

Read more about the program.

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National School Counseling Week 2024

February 5-9, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. The 2024 theme is "School Counseling: Standards-Based, Student-Focus.
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Save the date for the Crystal Apple Awards
The 25th annual Crystal Apple Awards will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at the Salem Convention Center! Salem-Keizer Public Schools is excited to host this event in partnership with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce after a successful event in 2023.
 More information will be provided in the coming weeks.


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SEED Survey for students in grades 3-11

EEducators in Salem-Keizer Public Schools work hard to make sure every student has a safe place to learn and grow, while challenging students to do their best.
We know it's important to listen to ideas and suggestions, so we can keep making our schools better.
Students in grades 3-11 will be asked to take a short 10–15 minute survey. Students can complete the survey as a school activity or remotely at home.
Student Educational Equity Development Survey (SEED) will be given between March 3 and June 14, 2024. Each school will set a date to give the survey between these dates

Learn more about SEED Survey


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Latest 2024-25 Budget Updates

Information for you about our budget situation and how we are responding to close the significant budget gap.
Learn more.
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Prepare for the Winter season

As the weather is changing and temperatures are getting colder, it’s a good opportunity to make sure everyone is prepared in the event of weather conditions that may affect school operations. In the event of bad weather, district officials will make decisions on school operations, which may result in changes such as a delay in school start times, or a school closure. If no announcement is made through official district channels, the district is operating as usual.

All families and staff will be notified through ParentSquare as soon as any operational changes are made. Notifications may be sent as a phone message, text message, email and/or push notification for app users, depending on notification preferences. Please take a moment to make sure you have ParentSquare downloaded and your notification settings. 

Additionally, the district will post all official decisions on operational adjustments on the district website and official social media accounts. 

Learn more about Emergency Closures

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Address: 4060 Lone Oak Rd SE Salem, OR 97302
Phone Number: (503) 399-3198