Maeser Updates: Winterfest 2023

In This Edition

Message from Administration, Winterfest, Used Uniform Exchange at Winterfest, Applications for New Students, Brighton Ski/Snowboard Program, Volunteer Help Needed (Winterfest Used Uniform Sale, Teacher Appreciation, Report Your Volunteer Hours, Questions About Volunteer Hours), Sports Announcements (Spring Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals, Maeser Sports Guide), Can We Reach You In Case Of Emergency? (Opt In For School Text Messages, Update Your Contact Information)

Front Office Hours Next Week

7:30am-4:00pm Mon-Tues
8:30am-12:30pm Fri

**PARENTS: Please remember to check in at the front office when visiting the school during school hours, including Fridays. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe!**

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Thursday, January 19
4:30-7:00pm Winterfest!

Friday, January 20
NO SCHOOL – Teacher Work Day

Monday, January 23
First Day of Quarter 3

Message from Administration

Dear Maeser Community,

As Maeser grows, we are so excited to have you on this journey with us. We are pleased to invite you to join us at Winterfest on Thursday to yet again showcase our students and their learning. We also want you to browse our gallery for our future Maeser expansion and see how you can get involved! There will be parent and student Maeser swag as well for you to show your PRIDE!

At this time, we also want to announce that at the end of this school year, Mrs. Ellis will be taking an 18 month leave of absence to serve a church mission with her husband in BridgeTown, Barbados. Our team is already preparing for the restructure and transition, so there should be no interruptions or concerns. In addition to being our current Director, Mrs. Ellis is a founding member of Maeser, served on the Board of Directors and has four Maeser alumni, so you can bet she will be back and involved in some way in the future.


Winterfest is TONIGHT! Please plan to attend with your family to celebrate our students’ Winterim accomplishments.

WHEN: Thursday, January 19 from 4:30-7:00pm
WHERE: Maeser

Attendance is REQUIRED for all high school students (and RECOMMENDED for middle school students). Full dress is required at Winterfest.

Refreshments will be served to celebrate Karl G. Maeser’s birthday! 🥳

Winterfest Class Presentations

Our students are excited to share what they’ve been working on for the past three weeks. Here’s a sample of what you can expect:

The ACE The ACT class will be displaying their college portfolios as well as some posters that include hints and helps on each of the ACT sections. They have also been researching scholarships and will be displaying many of those.

The Game Design Theory class explored the history and enjoyment of board games. After playing countless varieties of games, we have now designed our own, which can be enjoyed by any willing to sit down and play.

The Healthy Eats class will be preparing finger foods for your tasting using skills learned over the past few weeks.

The Hispanic and Latino Culture Through Art class will be showing off some arts and crafts they have created over the course of Winterim.

Our Independent Study Winterim students will be meeting presenting their projects in the gym during Winterfest. Any and all are invited to come and take a look!

The Jewelry Making class will be displaying some of the adornments they have created the last couple weeks – as well as demonstrating the resin and wire ring making processes – in room #202.

The Landscapes of Utah class will showcase their best edited photographs from our 9 days of travel throughout Utah from Bear Lake to Zion National Park, complemented with written explanations of the sites, including their geology. See you in room 115!

Was there a violation of Shea Lyman’s 4th Amendment rights? Join the Mock Trial Intensive class for a full-blown court trial, complete with judges, attorneys, a bailiff and witnesses! Our students have worked so hard on their parts and would love your support – their courtroom is in room 205 on the second floor.

The Therapeutic Recreation class will be displaying pictures of their adventures and showing off projects that demonstrate what they learned about connection over the past three weeks.

How much water is that ten minute shower really costing? Come learn about water conservation with the Water Conversation class. See what it’s like to carry water for miles when your village has no water. Learn how to test your water to make sure it’s safe, and if it’s not, we have the answer. Join us to learn about the overuse of ground water and sinkholes, and desalination, and polluted rivers. You may even make the smallest donation to Africompassion, an NGO that builds wells, and take home a bathtub duck and bath crayon.

Used Uniform Exchange at Winterfest

The Uniform Committee is sponsoring a Used Uniform Exchange during Winterfest! We note many students have had a HUGE growth spurt over the past semester, so lengths of pants and skirts are getting shorter — so this is a GREAT time to replenish their uniform wardrobe in time for Semester 2.

DATE: Thursday, January 19, 2023
TIME: 4:30-7:00pm
LOCATION: Maeser Library

***Timpanogos Embroidery will also be at the sale to take orders for new Maeser hoodies and Lion sweatshirts!***

Volunteer Help Needed!

The used uniform exchange is a parent-sponsored and run opportunity to allow parents to resell their students’ uniforms and for parents to purchase needed uniforms in good condition at a low cost. We need your help to make these events happen! For more information and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Maeser Used Uniform Parent Swap.

To Sell Uniforms

  1. Launder all uniform items. Make sure there are no holes, stains, or excessive wear on the clothing.
  2. On an envelope clearly indicate:
    • Your name
    • Article of clothing for sale
    • Size/gender
    • Price
    • Payment method (cash or Venmo account) — if using Venmo, please include your name and Venmo username (with QR code of last 4 digits of the phone number)
  3. Safety pin the envelope to the uniform
  4. Drop off items to sell at Maeser today (Thursday, January 19) between 8:30-9:30am or 1:30-4:00pm. The uniform committee would appreciate an earlier drop-off so they have time to set up the sale.
    • The front office can not take items for the uniform exchange. Please drop off uniforms to be sold ONLY at the designated times.
  5. Sign the Uniform Exchange Waiver (available at drop-off)

**The uniform committee reserves the right to turn away any uniform items that are not in good condition or that do not meet the Uniform Code.

**At the end of the sale, YOU are responsible to pick up any unsold items. You will be required to show a picture ID to pick up your envelopes with money from sold items.

**Maeser WILL NOT be taking donations of unsold uniform items.

Suggested Pricing for Used Uniforms
Blazers $25
Cardigans $10
Maeser Hoodies/Sweatshirts $10
Polos $5
Shorts $5
HS Plaid Skirts $10 -$15
Skirts $5
Pants $5
Ties $ 5
P.E. uniforms $5

To Buy Uniforms

CASH: Bring lots of small bills (ones and fives).
VENMO: If a seller accepts Venmo, you may pay using your Venmo account. You will need to show the uniform committee proof of your Venmo payment before you will be allowed to take the uniform items.

If you are selling items at the Uniform Exchange you can pick up your envelopes of sold items AND your unsold items between 7:00-7:30pm.

**The front desk CANNOT keep envelopes with money in them for pick up at a later time. If you do not pick up your money at the end of the sale, the money will be donated to Maeser’s Uniform Fund.

Applications for New Students Close Tuesday, January 31

If you would like to apply to Maeser for your student’s siblings for the 2023-2024 school year, be sure to submit an application by January 31. Applications can be found on the Maeser website under Admissions. Please be sure that you are using the 2023-2024 link.

All applications received by midnight on Tuesday, January 31 will be entered into our lottery. Siblings of current students will receive priority status in the lottery. After the lottery, any applications will be added to the waitlist.

If you have any questions, please contact our registrar at

Brighton Ski/Snowboard Program

Skiers and snowboarders or those who want to become skiers or snowboarders: Signups for Brighton Ski/Snowboard for family and friends of Maeser is now open! It is $190 for 5 Friday nights, Feb 24 – Mar 24, and includes a 2 hour group lesson and the lift pass for the rest of the night. Plan on being there at 4 pm because the classes leave at 4:15 sharp. This price doesn’t include rentals. Maeser students, family members, and faculty/staff and their families of all ages 8 and older are welcome. To sign up, go to: The link will be open until the slots are filled or until about Feb. 10, whichever comes first.

This activity is a service provided by Brighton for the Maeser community; it is not sponsored by Maeser. If you have questions, email Laralee Ireland at

Volunteer Help Needed

Help With Winterfest Used Uniform Sale

The used uniform exchange is a parent-sponsored and run opportunity to allow parents to resell their students’ uniforms and for parents to purchase needed uniforms in good condition at a low cost. We need your help to make these events happen! For more information and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Maeser Used Uniform Parent Swap.

Teacher Appreciation

Volunteer to help bring Teacher Appreciation treats for the year by month. Thank you for putting a smile on a teacher’s face today! This is TRULY a blessing for our team. The little things are often the BIG things! For more information and to sign up, please visit our SignUp Genius: Teacher Appreciation Opportunities.

Report Your Volunteer Hours

DON’T FORGET! Report your volunteer hours once you’ve dropped off your donation: Report Parent Service Hours. Each $5 spent for donations counts as one hour of volunteer service!

Questions About Volunteer Hours?

Contact us at

Sports Announcements

Spring Sports Academic Eligibility

Eligibility for participation in spring activities/sports will be determined by 2nd and 3rd term grades. All students (middle and high school) must have earned a 2.7 GPA with no Fs. In addition, high school students cannot have any Fs/NGs/Incompletes from previous high school terms. All Fs/NGs must be made up by the last day of term.

Sports Physicals

All students, middle school and high school, who will be playing sports this year (2022-23) need a physical in order to play. Physicals completed on or after March 10, 2022 are good until July 15, 2023. Any physicals completed before March 10, 2022 will not be accepted (per UHSAA policy) for this school year.

Here is a link to the UHSAA form which Maeser uses for ALL athletes: UHSAA Physical Form

Maeser Sports Guide

For a list of the sports that are available at Maeser for both MS and HS students, click here: Maeser Sports Guide. The Sports Guide includes whether the team is boys, girls, or coed, when tryouts are, who the coach is, and the coach’s contact information, if it is available.

Can We Reach You In Case Of Emergency?

It’s important to keep your contact information up to date and opt-in to receive text messages from Maeser — in case of an emergency, this is how we notify parents! In addition, we use your contact information to notify you about important school events and school fees deadlines.

Here’s how to make sure you’re getting all of our important announcements and information:

Opt In For School Text Messages

Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts, student fees, and more. We will only use text messaging for urgent and important information.

You can participate in this service by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.

You can also opt out of text messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.

Update Your Contact Information

If any of your contact information has changed – email address, mailing address, phone number – please let us know asap so we can be sure you’re getting school and teacher communications.

Thank you for helping us keep in contact with your family!