In honor of School Nurse Week, Canyons District expresses appreciation for the good work done by our school nurses. 

The week ends Friday, May 11 — the day before the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing.
Also, Wednesday, May 9 is National School Nurse Day, and was established in 1972 to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. Today, school nursing is recognized as a specialized practice that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students.
Marianne Liu, a first-grader at Peruvian Park Elementary, was cheered by her classmates on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 when she was announced as the state winner in the Doodle 4 Google contest, a competition open to all K-12 students in the United States.

Click here to see a video of the announcement.

As the state winner for Utah, Liu has the chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for her school. Later this month, she will fly with her family to New York City for the national awards ceremony.  
The overall winner, to be determined by online voting, will win the scholarship from Google and have his or her doodle featured on Google for a day in May.
Canyons District has agreed to endorse the philosophy behind and participate in “Stand4Change,” a national anti-bullying effort that will take place on Friday, May 4, 2012.

On Friday, students, faculty, staff and parents nationwide are encouraged to take a stand against bullying and personally demonstrate a commitment to no longer tolerate bullying in our schools and communities. The school communities that have signed up to participate are urged on that day to stand and join hands at noon to show solidarity in the campaign to eradicate bullying in U.S. schools.
A student and parent with Canyons District ties have received awards from the Council for Exceptional Children, an organization for teachers and staff who work in Special Education.  
Andrew Mutters, a student in the Canyons Transition Academy, was awarded the Utah "Yes, I Can" award in the area of "Independent Living/Employment."
Mutters, who is in his second year of work with the Transition Academy, plans to graduate from high school in May. He wants to pursue his dream of going to college and becoming a science teacher.  
Canyons District's “More for 4” has been created to help parents of 4-year-old children learn quick, fun, and easy activities that will build excitement for kindergarten.
Please plan to join us at a More for 4 Parent Academy on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Altara Elementary, 800 E. 11000 South, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free.
"The aim of the More for 4 program is to work as partners with parents to support the growth of children in the areas of early literacy, numeracy, motor, language and social development so they can be successful in kindergarten," said Terri Mitchell, coordinator of Canyons' early childhood programs.
Mitchell says parents who attend the More for 4 Parent Academy are presented with tips to use in everyday life to prepare their children for school. For example, she says, parents could reinforce early knowledge of numbers and quantity by asking their child to count out five dinner plates in order to set the table. They also could ask their children to count the number of red cars they may see while running errands.
Both exercises are easy ways to help children learn about numbers and colors, she said. Participation in the More for 4 Parent Academy is not required. It is designed as a support for parents whose children will attend kindergarten in the coming year in Canyons School District.
Free, on-site child care is provided at the events, which are conducted in both English and Spanish.

Questions?  Please call the District's Office of Evidence-Based Learning at 801-826-5045.