Maeser Updates: 27 October 2023

In This Edition

In-Person Advisory & Trunk-or-Treat TODAY, Sterling Scholar Information Meeting, Maeser Girls Night, Volunteer Opportunities (Robotics Mentors Wanted, Gift Cards for Teachers, Lunch Volunteers Needed, Teacher Appreciation Donations, Report Your Volunteer Hours, Questions About Volunteer Hours), Sports Announcements (HS Girls Basketball Meeting & Tryouts, Fall/Winter Sports Academic Eligibility, Sports Physicals), Counseling Announcements (Counseling Donations, Building Resilience: Coping), Can We Reach You In Case Of Emergency? (Opt In For School Text Messages, Update Your Contact Information)

Front Office Hours This Week

7:30am-4:00pm Mon-Thurs
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

Friday, October 27
9am In-Person Advisory
10am Trunk-or-Treat
8pm HS Halloween Stomp

Friday, November 3
8:30am Sterling Scholar Information Meeting in room 150
12-2pm November MS Girls’ Night

Monday-Tuesday, November 6-7
3:45pm HS Girls Basketball Tryouts

Lunch Options

On days that the school uses the preorder forms, please let your child know they will have 10 minutes to get their lunch and after 10 minutes we will start selling the extras to students who did not preorder.

Tuesday: Gandalfo’s Sandwich & Chips – $6
Use the link to pre-order for this day. The link will close at 12pm on Monday.
Gandolfo’s Sandwich Pre-Orders

Wednesday: Pizza – $2/slice
No pre-order is required for pizza.

Thursday Yummy’s Korean Barbecue – $6
Use the link to pre-order for this day. The link will close at 12pm on Wednesday.
Yummy’s Korean Barbecue Pre-Orders

Microwaves are available in the lunchroom for students who bring lunch from home. Please note: we do NOT have refrigerator facilities for student use.

TODAY: In-Person Advisory & Trunk-or-Treat

Next Friday, (October 27) is the first Advisory Friday of the term, which means all students are required to attend in person.

We use these in-person Advisory Fridays, which happen on the first Advisory Friday of each term, as a way for students to reflect on their academic progress, set goals for the upcoming term, and formulate specific tasks to help them be successful.

As with all Advisory Fridays, this week’s in-person Advisory Friday begins at 9am. Students will attend their Advisory classes from 9-10am and are then invited to participate in our annual Trunk-or-Treat. We will send out more information about Trunk-or-Treat next week.

Students may wear their costumes to Advisory. The uniform does not need to be worn if the student is in costume. Street clothes do not constitute a costume — if students are not in costume they must wear their Maeser uniform. Costumes must cover all parts of the body that the uniform covers and may not include weapons (even fake ones), gore, masks, or makeup that obscures the student’s identity.

If your student is ill or otherwise unable to attend this in-person Advisory Friday, please call the front office (801-235-9000) to excuse their absence the same way you would for any other school day.

Sterling Scholar Information Meeting

All high school seniors interested in competing in the annual Sterling Scholar program should plan to attend an important information meeting on Friday, November 3rd at 8:30am in room 150. Questions should be directed to Mr. Kreitzer:

Maeser Girls Night

On November 3rd from 12pm-2pm in Ms. Davis’ room (227) we will have another Girl’s Night Activity sponsored by a couple wonderful senior girls – Salma and Ava! It will be a “Speedfriending” activity and then a Q&A with junior and senior girls. They are in need of some food to make this activity pop! Thanks for considering. If you sign up, please drop off the items by 11am on Friday, November 3rd.

To sign up to help bring food, please visit our SignUpGenius: November MS Girls’ Night.

Volunteer Opportunities

Robotics Mentors Wanted!

The robotics team could always use a few good mentors. No robotics experience necessary, mentors are needed with business experience, finance experience, marketing experience, electrical, fabrication, coding experience, or even just to be an adult body in the room. Contact Mark Summers at if you are interested.

Gift Cards for Teachers

At this time, we are asking for gift cards to give to teachers when they want to purchase items (including food) for various class activities, and for the administration to give to teachers for a pat on the back and a token of appreciation. For more information and to sign up, please visit our SignUpGenius: Gift Cards for Teachers.

Lunch Volunteers Needed!

Do you need to get your volunteer hours? We need help selling and serving lunch every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:15-12:00pm. To sign up to help please email Jared Norris at

Teacher Appreciation Donations

We would like to have a variety of treats/drinks available for teachers in the faculty room. We would also like to celebrate teacher birthdays each month. If you can help, please visit the following links to sign up (can be used for volunteer hours!):
Help Us Celebrate Our Teachers’ Birthdays
Help Provide Teacher Treats

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

HS Girls Basketball Meeting & Tryouts

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, October 24th during lunch in room 301 for any high school girls interested in trying out for basketball. Tryouts are scheduled for Monday, November 6th and Tuesday, November 7th from 3:45-5:15pm.

Fall/Winter (Q2 & Winterim) Sports Academic Eligibility

Eligibility for participation in fall sports/activities that go into the 2nd term and winter sports/activities will be determined by 1st 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 (2023-24) need a physical in order to play. Physicals completed on or after March 10, 2023 are good until July 15, 2024. Any physicals completed before March 10 of this year will not be accepted (per UHSAA policy) for the upcoming school year.

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

Counseling Announcements

Counseling Donations

The Middle School Counseling team is in need of large bags of individual sized candy. You can use this towards your volunteer hours!

Kind: an assortment- chocolate, hard candy like jolly ranchers, tootsie pops or rolls, whatever comes in the assorted bags is fine. We would like some non-chocolate as well.

Amount: 4-5 bags/month

Building Resilience: Coping

There has been a lot of talk lately about students and resilience. In the book Building Resilience in Children and Teens, 7 C’s of Resilience are discussed. We’re taking the next 7 weeks to give you some tips to help your students with resilience.

This week we will focus on Coping.

To cope is to deal with and attempt to overcome problems and difficulties. Some students seem to be born knowing how to cope with hard or disappointing things. Others need to be taught. Here are some ways to help your student learn to cope with the difficulties that come with life.

  1. Guided meditation to help them refocus. Here are some that I like:
  2. Physical: exercise, movement, brain breaks, heavy work are some examples. Physical coping strategies might include pounding a pillow in frustration, using a fidget toy, running, yoga.
  3. Emotional: Thinking about one’s feelings and emotions is the start of emotional regulation and social development. Acting out feelings, talking to a friend or teacher…communication is huge!
  4. Communication: Talking about feelings, talking to others, writing in a journal, singing. Have you ever just had to “vent” your feelings about a situation? That ability to “let it all out” is a way to process a situation and talk through solutions, or find common ground in a situation.
  5. Snuggle: Grab a big cozy blanket and pile pillows around you to build a fort of comfort! The pressure from the blanket and pillows provides proprioceptive (how your body feels) input.
  6. Deep Breathing: Deep breathing exercises are a mindfulness activity for kids with benefits.

Find additional ideas here: Sensory Coping Strategies for Kids

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!