Newman Parent & Family Resources 2020-2021

A list of resources to help Newman families.

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Hour of Code is coming to Newman

Our students will be participating in the world-wide Hour of Code event, December 7 – 11, 2020.  We have been participating since 2013, along with hundreds of millions of other students who are making it the largest education campaign in history.  Ask your student about their experience!

Remote Learning Helps and Communication Information

Newman families: thank you for moving through changes with us as a team. As we continue the 2020-2021 school year in remote learning, a few helpful items are listed below.

Primary Remote Learning Platform for K – 6th Grade will be Canvas.

Primary Communication Platform for K-6 will be Class DoJo.

While teachers will use additional resources to facilitate remote learning, these are the primary platforms.

Computer Technical Support:  Click on the button that reads “Student Technical Support” on the upper, right corner of the Newman homepage.  

Internet Connection:  log into WiFi and then choose the green globe at the bottom of the iPad screen to sign in. 

Canvas Help

Canvas Beginning User Videos Canvas App: (Note: Choose Salt Lake City School District or Salt Lake at login)

Canvas Overview: Student and Guardian Canvas Login Steps:

1) Visit the log-in page:

2) Choose Salt Lake School District as the location if prompted.

3) Your student has an account. The login username format is: First name.first letter of last name last three digits of student (example: The password is their graduation year + initials + classroom#. Student ID numbers can be found in PowerSchool, or by contacting the SLCSD computer Help Desk (801-578-8224), or by leaving a phone message with Newman’s main office at (801) 578-8537. If you leave a message, we will call you back. Please leave a call back number and contact name in your message.

4) Parents may create an account, if desired. Observer accounts can be setup using the Canvas button on either the district or Newman webpage. After your account is created and paired to your student/s, as an observer you can see all student classes and assignments. If you need Guardian/Parent ClassDojo Setup, please email your student’s teacher to get connected to ClassDojo.

​5) Parent Canvas Sign-up help sheet    <=Click here

​6) Each teacher’s main Canvas page will contain a schedule for the current week.

Other Programs Teachers may be using with students (most will be contained within Canvas):

Zoom:  Video platform for remote learning.  Teachers will send a link for your students to join video learning meetings on student Canvas page.  Recorded Zoom meetings will be available in Canvas for delayed teaching/learning.

Clever: Clever is a service that puts multiple, commonly used apps in one place and uses only a single sign-in.  When a student signs into Canvas, all learning apps required by the classroom teacher can then be accessed without an additional sign in.

Lexia:  provides literacy instruction for students in grades pre-K–5. It engages and motivates students in a game-like environment.

I-Ready: designed to give K–6 students an opportunity to use a problem solving-based approach to practice math.  

Newsla:  Newsela is an online news platform that features high-interest articles on everything from current events to myths and legends and from literature to science.  Students can read news stories written at their reading level.

Sora: online library with ebooks and audio books.

Nearpod: an interactive teaching tool that can assess learning as students are being taught.

SeeSaw:  Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links.

Additional questions can be answered by visiting the following links:

Student Password Issues:  Contact your students’ teacher.

Remote Learning Resources/Salt Lake City School District   <==Click on this link -there are instructions and videos available in both English and Spanish.

Newman’s Main Office Contact Information: (801) 578-8537 and leave a message that provides your name and phone number. An office team member will be available to return calls Monday – Friday 8am – 3pm.

Newman School-Level Communication Plan

General communication and updates will be sent weekly via email. 

Calendar and general information will be provided on our school webpage.

Reminders and next day or same day events will be sent via text.


Extra Yard for Teachers Award

Today, the”Extra Yard for Teachers Award” was presented by the University of Utah Athletic Department on behalf of the College Football Playoff Foundation to our Newman teachers.   Teachers were acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to our students as we move forward this year in remote learning.  Usually this award is given during a football game ceremony.  Since we are unable to all meet together at this time, it was presented during a small, informal Zoom call.  That doesn't lessen the weight of this acknowledgement.  During the Zoom call the presenter stated that "we are awarding Newman with $1,923 for their commitment in embracing remote learning."  We are working together to make remote learning effective and meaningful for our students.  Please know that others see the work you do and recognize the impact.

  Extra Yard for Teachers Award

Newman Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Recipient / Recibió el Premio 2020-2021 de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje Digital

Dear Newman Families:
We want to inform you of some wonderful news! Newman Elementary has been awarded the 2020-2021 Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) Grant. We are honored to be the only elementary in Salt Lake City School District to receive this grant opportunity. The DTL Grant produces higher student academic gains through technology models such as Blended Learning. Blended Learning supports in-person instruction alongside digital learning from home or school. What a wonderful time to receive this grant as we move through the various stages of CDC safety guidelines due to COVID-19. No matter the CDC recommendation this coming school year, teachers at Newman will be ready to support your student’s academic growth.
Newman thanks Salt Lake City School District and the Utah State Board of Education for providing this grant opportunity. We also thank you, the Newman community, for all your support and teamwork this school year and moving forward.
Go Tigers!
Roxanne Nix-Sharr, Principal
Jason Finch, Assistant Principal

Estimadas familias de Newman:
¡Queremos informarles de algunas noticias maravillosas! Newman ha recibió el premio 2020-2021 de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje Digital (DTL). Nos honra ser la única escuela primaria en el Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City en recibir esta oportunidad de subvención. DTL produce mayores ganancias académicas para los estudiantes a través de modelos tecnológicos como el aprendizaje combinado. Blended Learning (apendizaje combinado) apoya la instrucción en persona junto con el aprendizaje digital desde el hogar o la escuela. Qué momento tan maravilloso para recibir esta ayuda a medida que avanzamos por las diferentes etapas de las pautas de seguridad de los CDC debido a COVID-19. No importa la recomendación de los CDC este próximo año escolar, los maestros de Newman estarán listos para apoyar el crecimiento académico de sus estudiantes.
Newman agradece al Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City y el Estado de Utah por esta gran oportunidad. También le agradecemos a ustedes, la comunidad de Newman, por todo su apoyo y trabajo este año escolar y en el futuro.
¡Vamos tigres de Newman!
Roxanne Nix-Sharr, Principal
Jason Finch, Assistant Principal

Family Resource Hotline / Línea Directa de Recursos Familiares

Línea Directa de Recursos Familiares

¡Nuestra línea directa de recursos familiares está abierta oficialmente para ayudarlo! La línea directa operará de lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.
Las familias de SLCSD que necesitan recursos pueden llamar al 801-301-6476 para pedir ayuda.
Un buzón de correo de voz estará disponible durante las horas libres y será monitoreado durante todo el fin de semana.
Las familias que dejan un correo de voz deben de recibir noticias de alguien dentro de las 24 horas.
La línea directa brindará apoyo a las familias que necesitan ayuda con la tarea, la tecnología/dispositivos de los estudiantes, los recursos alimentarios de emergencia y otras necesidades básicas. Haremos todo lo posible para conectar a las familias con los recursos de la comunidad si no podemos proporcionar asistencia directamente.
La ayuda está disponible en inglés y español. Podemos proporcionar asistencia en otros idiomas según sea necesario.

Family Resource Hotline

Our Family Resource Hotline is officially open for business! The hotline will operate Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.
SLCSD families who are in need of resources can call 801-301-6476 to ask for help.
A voicemail inbox will be available during off-hours and will be monitored throughout the weekend.
Families who leave a voicemail should expect to hear back from someone within 24 hours.
The hotline will provide support to families needing help with homework, student tech/devices, emergency food resources, and other basic needs. We will do our best to connect families to community resources if we cannot directly provide assistance.
Help is available in English and Spanish. We can provide support in other languages as needed.

Stand Up for a Safe Utah

SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention and also offers anonymous reporting.  

Download the SafeUT app and encourage your friends to do the same.

Also see the SafeUT link at the bottom of Newman’s webpage.

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