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November Newsletter

Principal's News
"Our Chief Example to Others" (CEO) Skill This Month is Gratitude

Dear Parents and Friends,

This month we will be focusing on the character trait of gratitude with our students.  I was recently reading about the many ways to express gratitude and came across a wonderful story about how one man expressed gratitude for all that he had been given by offering to help fifty to seventy-five families with a gift of approximately $5 during the Great Depression of 1933.  $5 today doesn’t seem like much, but 86 years ago it was really the equivalent of $100.  The man called himself B.Virdor and wanted to help these families so “they will be able to spend a merry and joyful Christmas.” Virdor was an anonymous name and he was actually a Jewish man who came to the U.S. from Romania.  He did well for himself and wanted to help others. He revealed almost nothing about himself in the newspaper posting and asked that those in trouble write to him, care of general delivery and describe their “true circumstances.”  He promised to keep all identities a secret and that they would never know his.

The Great Depression was a time of overwhelming despair.  Many children actually starved to death and were sent to orphanages because their families could not care for them.  Although Virdot was not really rich, he was able to do something meaningful that provided hope for others and expressed his gratitude.  His identity remained a secret for nearly eight decades, but his grandson discovered the letters that were written to him.  The story is in the book “A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness – and a Trove of Letters- Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression” by Ted Gup.  Knowing my own father’s stories of growing up right after the depression and how he was frequently hungry, couldn’t go to college because he had cardboard in his shoes and needed to support his mom has given me an appreciation for all that I have.  I wonder if sometimes, our children (and adults), do not understand how wonderful it is to have food or warm clothes, even if we don’t have the newest cell phone, car or video game. 

Would you please join us in helping our children identify the things in their lives to be grateful for?  Just discussing three things every night or jotting them down can bring awareness to be grateful. Even better would be to ask relatives to share some of the hard times they experienced growing up and what they are most grateful for now.

You might also want to ask your student how they liked our rewards assembly with Scales and Tales.  They got to see and even touch some amazing reptiles! Pictures will be posted on Facebook.

I want to let you know how grateful for all of the caring parents and families that we have at Oakdale!

                                    Principal Jones

Bus Delays

BUS Delays
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We work hard to keep our buses on time. Under normal circumstances, your student can expect the bus to arrive within 1 to 2 minutes of its scheduled time. But with 167 daily bus routes to manage — and the inevitability of our drivers encountering inclement weather or construction-related detours and slowdowns — delays can happen. Canyons District has established communication channels to immediately notify families of bus delays. If a bus is running more than 15 minutes late, our Transportation Department will email or call you with information about the cause of the delay and expected time of arrival. New this year: Parents can opt to receive these and other District alerts via text message. Instructions for adding text messaging to your communications settings can be found at

Snow Day Procedures

What you need to know

Bundle up! With the arrival of the season’s first major snow, and more in the forecast for the Salt Lake Valley, there will be days in the coming weeks when traveling to and from school is challenging for families. Please give yourself extra time to walk and drive to school or arrive at the bus stop safely. On wet, wintry days, our schools are lenient with tardies because we want everyone arriving to school safe, sound, and ready to learn. Keep in mind that, while some of us would prefer to be hitting the slopes or staying tucked in bed with a good book, “snow days,” or school cancellations are rare in Utah. More often, the District will choose to delay the start of school in order to provide our partner cities with more time to clear sidewalks and streets. What factors do administrators weigh when deciding whether to delay or cancel school — and how are parents notified? Read more at


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