September 2018 Challenger Newsletter

Welcome to the 2018–2019 School Year!

We are excited to begin another year of learning and fun. To our new students, parents, and staff: welcome! And to our returnees: welcome back!

Facts, Fun, and Information!

This newsletter is a great resource to help you stay abreast of upcoming curriculum events and student achievements.

In addition to this newsletter, K–8 students receive an insert called Classroom News, which offers academic classroom information for parents.

Preschool parents receive the Fun Facts insert, which explains what children will be focusing on and suggests activities that you can do at home.

To stay updated and informed, be sure you have signed up for the  Parent Portal on our website. Additionally, keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram, and watch for the occasional notice that we’ll send home!

 This Month

Important Dates

September 3
Labor Day—No School
September 4–6
Evening for Parents (K–G8)*
September 8
Challenger Emergency Notification System Testing
September 12
Washington, D.C., Parent Meeting* (G8)
September 17
Constitution Day and Patriot Day Assembly (K–G8)†
September 21
Student Council Elections
September 27–28
Western Days (PS–K)
Winter Break
December 24–January 4, All Regions
Spring Break
March 18–22, TX
March 25–29, ID
April 1–5, CA, UT
April 15–19, NV

*Parents are encouraged to attend
†Full dress uniform required

Evening for Parents (K–8)

Please make plans to attend our Evening for Parents the week of September 4. This special event is designed to promote a positive working relationship between you and your child’s teacher for the benefit of your child.

During the evening, you will visit your child’s classroom, where teachers will present important information about your child’s class and answer questions you may have. Look for an invitation with dates and times.

Emergency Notifications—Keep Us Updated!

In the event of a campus evacuation, emergency, or unexpected closure, Challenger will use an automatic notification system to inform your contacts via email, text, and automated voice messages.

For example, should Challenger need to evacuate your child’s campus, an emergency notification would alert you to the evacuation and give instructions for where and how to pick up your child. By replying to the notification, you would let us know that you had received the message and had accepted responsibility for your child. As more information became available, additional notifications would go out.

The automatic notification system allows us to communicate far more quickly and consistently than we could with individual phone calls from staff. To ensure you receive important notifications, please visit the  Parent Portal to make sure your contact information is current. We plan to perform a test of the system in early September.

Eighth Grade Washington, D.C., Trip

All parents of eighth graders are invited to an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 12. You’ll be able to learn about the plans for this year’s trip to our nation’s capital. An invitation with additional details will be coming home with your son or daughter.

Constitution Day and Patriot Day (K–8)

Patriot Day–September 11, Constitution Day–September 17

Challenger elementary students will commemorate these two special days with an assembly this month. As our students understand and respect man’s inalienable rights, they begin to develop values that will help them to think for themselves and cherish the liberties secured for them by the Founding Fathers.

Remember, full dress uniform is required for assembly days.

Student Council Elections

Students in fifth through eighth grade will vote to select the 2018–2019 student council for their campus. Those who wish to run for student council offices should request candidate applications from their teachers.

Western Day (PS–K)

We enjoy the historic American culture of the Old West in this celebration during the month of September.

To get into a western mood, preschool students may come to school dressed as cowboys and cowgirls. Kindergartners may accessorize their uniforms with bandanas, belts, cowboy boots, and hats. (But leave the six-shooters back at the ranch, please.)

Our young cowpokes will sing campfire songs, “spin yarns,” and do other activities centered around America’s Old West heritage.

We reckon that students will have a rootin’-tootin’ good time!


NEW! Parent Portal

Have you created your  Parent Portal account on Via the portal, you can view account balances, print statements, request changes to student information, and submit questions directly to your campus. Contact your campus if you need instructions for setting up your account.

Enrichment Classes

Be sure to take advantage of the enrichment classes offered during Extended Classtime at your campus. There is no additional charge beyond Extended Classtime tuition for many of these classes; however, some programs offering specialized content may require additional fees. A drop–in fee applies for students who are not signed up for Extended Classtime.

Enrichment classes are available for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and vary by campus. In past years, offerings have ranged from sports to drama to foreign languages and beyond. First semester classes begin soon.

Campuses Adding New Grades

Several of our campuses have added new grades this year!

In Nevada, our Desert Hills campus now has a first grade; in Texas, the Avery Ranch campus has expanded to seventh grade; and in Utah, the Farmington campus has a brand new third grade for the 2018–19 school year.

We are excited to see our campuses growing!

Logo for Home Use

Visit to browse options for home use of the Terrapin Logo program used in Challenger computer classes.

Contact your campus for a discount code you can use to save on your purchase at checkout.

Programming in Logo or Pascal is never required as homework, however.

Uniform Information

Visit to see store locations and hours and to shop and place orders. California customers can call ScholarWear at (408) 973-1701; all other regions may call (801) 565-WEAR. Refer to the School Uniform Policy for details.

To ensure that your child’s uniform pieces remain crisp and new-looking throughout the duration of this school year, also offers information on caring for uniforms.

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