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Letter From Mr. Dastrup

August 10, 2020

Uinta Meadows Parents and Guardians,


We are experiencing unprecedented times and because of the world pandemic, we feel so fortunate and excited that we have the option of starting school this fall face-to-face. As you read the guidelines from the UME Reopening Plan they may seem daunting, however, we are up for the challenge. We can all make this happen in a positive manner by working together. We will roll this school year out in a positive, proactive way, putting the needs of our students first. The content in this welcome back letter will be different than the information shared in the UME Reopening Plan. I hope you make the time to read both letters. 


I hope you have had a memorable summer with your family and friends. This will be my sixth year as the building principal at UME. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know each of you and your children better this upcoming year. Hopefully I have an entire school year, in person, to do this. My primary goal is to provide a school that is safe for all students. We want to provide a well-rounded education where students can grow and develop academically, physically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. I sincerely hope that you feel comfortable participating in your student’s education at UME.  Let’s make their education a team effort. We need you!


Our Open House will be done virtually this year. Teachers are pre-recording their Open Houses as they discuss pertinent school-wide and classroom information through a powerpoint presentation. There will also be a live virtual Q & A opportunity with each teacher. We encourage you to watch the recorded Open House powerpoint presentation prior to the live Q & A. Information for the pre-recorded virtual open houses and live Q & A are below.


Pre-recorded Virtual Open House Powerpoint Presentation

This will be done by each teacher individually, but using grade level common powerpoint presentations. Teachers will individually send you an email with the link to watch the presentation. This will be done no later than Monday, August 17. If you have not heard from your teacher by the end of the day on the 17th please contact your child’s teacher or the office and we can assist you. 


Live Question & Answer Schedule and Zoom Links

  • Question and Answer session by grade level following the schedule below. Your child’s teacher will email you a Zoom Meeting invitation and link.
    • Tuesday, August 18
      • 5:00 - 6:00 - Kindergarten
      • 6:00 - 7:00 - Fifth Grade
    • Wednesday, August 19
      • 5:00 - 6:00 - Second Grade
      • 6:00 - 7:00 - Third Grade 
    • Thursday, August 20
      • 5:00 - 6:00 -  Fourth Grade
      • 6:00 - 7:00 -  First Grade 


As we all know, learning does not just take place during the school year. It is critical that each and every UME student continues growing during the summer. This goal was promoted once again this summer with the Summer Math Challenge and Soaring into Summer Reading. I also hope that your children have been reading, doing math, and keeping track of it on their summer reading and math logs. UME is the five-time defending Wyoming state champions for the most minutes read over the summer. Let’s keep the streak going for a sixth consecutive year. We have some great parties planned for those who worked hard over the summer. We want every student on the top reading shelf. Summer reading is an important bridge to your child’s success. Remember, it is never too late to start reading and keeping track of those minutes!! For each goal your child reaches they will earn incentives and spots on the UME bookshelf.  


The rewards are as follows:  600 minutes - pizza party with Mrs. Symes and Mr. Dastrup and a spot on the base shelf; 1,000 minutes - pizza party and UME reading T-shirt along with a spot on the center shelf; 1,500 minutes - all of the above plus a gigantic celebration and a spot on the very top of the book shelf.  Students who are new to UME can turn in a note from parents or a calendar from their previous school to qualify for the celebrations. 


We have some new faces at UME this year! We welcome these new staff members and know that they will make great contributions to the success of UME and its students. 

  • Mistie Ecklund: First Grade Teacher
  • Paula Bennington: Second Grade Teacher (transferred from Aspen Elem.)
  • Sidney Ward: Second Grade Teacher 
  • Bailey Heide: Fourth Grade Teacher 
  • Marena Zeller: Fifth Grade Teacher 
  • Paraprofessionals/Aides: Megan Hamilton 
  • Kim Wolfe - Custodian 
  • Katherine Dent - Food Service 


The following are certified staff who have changed positions within UME:

  • Amy Smith: First Grade Teacher (moved from second grade)


I’m looking forward to seeing each and every one of you shortly! Go Eagles!!!

Jerrod Dastrup, Principal