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August 13, 2020

We have heard your concerns about the school year and we want to ensure that ELA is as ready and prepared as possible for your students to return. We have been working diligently to make sure we provide the best possible learning environment for your students.

As such, we will be pushing back our start date to Monday, August 24.

We recognize that change has been the only constant this year and we thank you so much for your patience and flexibility. We can assure that this delay will provide us with the necessary time and resources to open ready for the best school year at ELA ever!

Your ELA Administration


Important Dates:

-Virtual Back to School Night Aug 19 5-7 (More information to follow)

-First Day of School Grades 1-9 Aug 24

-First Day of School Kindergarten Aug 26

July 30, 2020

We are excited to see our students, whether in person or online! We are so impressed with how our ELA family is pulling together to make this coming year a great one. Thank you, parents, for your support. Thank you, teachers and staff, for the many hours of prep you are doing. We are amazed and grateful.

We wanted to keep you updated regarding plans for returning to school.

  • The first day of school will be Aug.19th. Additional details regarding how the first day of school will look for your child, whether they start in person or at home, will be provided by his/her teacher.

  • Additionally, today we sent a request to parents for more information who have requested daily/in-person learning for their student. While we would love to accommodate these requests, some classes are more full than we had intended. If possible, please consider enrolling your student into a hybrid or online learning model to assist us with helping to meet the needs of our whole school community.

We know you are eager to know the model your students will be coming back on. We are working at a bustling pace to place students in the best possible placement. If you requested a M/W hybrid model, T/TH hybrid model, or online, we are happy to announce that you have received that placement.

When school does begin, it will be important for us to meet the academic and social/emotional needs of our students. By formally and informally assessing student learning throughout the year, teachers and support staff can stay informed on how students are progressing and where students are struggling within the day-to-day instruction. Teachers can and will rely on progress monitoring to determine where all of our students need support in order to thrive this year.

Students with IEPs

A note regarding students with IEPs. We will look closely at each student, consider their IEP, and determine the best way to meet their needs depending on the learning model they are on. We will be in regular contact with parents/guardians to communicate regarding your student and their needs throughout the year.

COVID-19 Updates

We have a section on our website where you are able to find the latest updates that relate to Covid-19 and our school. You will find this information under the “About Our School” tab here.

Employment Opportunities

We are bolstering support for our teachers and are looking to hire a few more part-time paraprofessionals. Positions available are posted on our website. If interested, please apply.

Positions Include:

Special Education Administrative Assistant

Special Education Paraprofessional

Teacher Assistant

We will keep you up to date with the latest information we have for you. Thank you for your patience and support as we work through this unprecedented time in history.

Together, we are Phoenix Strong!

Early Light Academy Administration and Leadership Team

July 20, 2020

Dear Early Light Academy Families,    

We are looking forward to the upcoming school year and are excited to teach your amazing kids! We know there is a lot of uncertainty about what school will look like. We have a plan in place, and are excited to share that plan with you. Please note that more detailed information regarding the delivery of curriculum and our extensive safety protocols will be provided as we get closer to the beginning of school. 

We are preparing to reopen ELA in the fall with some modifications to the “usual” way school looks. We will begin the 2020-2021 school year in a Hybrid Learning Model that involves students alternating days between being on-campus one day and online the next. This will take place Monday-Thursday. Fridays will be used for online learning, make-up work, and targeted small groups as needed. Teachers will be on campus every day. With this plan, a reduced number of the student body will be on campus at any given time, making class sizes smaller. With reduced numbers of students on campus, social distancing is possible and will provide more opportunities for movement and invaluable, in-person interaction for students and teachers. This will help in the classroom, and at times such as recess and lunch. We feel this is the best way to transition into a full reopening of our campus. We will be flexible as the situation with COVID-19 changes and will re-evaluate, at a later date, our need to be in the hybrid model. Our sincere hope is to see all students safely back on campus. 

We realize that the needs of families vary and individual situations may require a different approach. Parents may apply for Daily/In-person Learning (M-Th) or Online-only Learning options per an application process. Placement will be considered on a case by case basis. Details regarding the plans can be found here on our ELA Learning Models document and our Quick Reference Guide. This information will also be on our website.

Your choices are important to us. Please fill out the attached form (Learning Model Preference for Fall) to declare your intentions for your family in the fall. This form is due this Friday, July 24th at noon. Once the survey closes, all students will be auto placed, if preferences have not been declared. 

We are thrilled for the opportunity to see our students again! We are confident that as we work together, all of our students will be able to rise to their great potential. Empowering your students to learn and to find success in all of their endeavors is our greatest desire.

Our ELA community is #phoenixstrong!

All the best to your families,

Early Light Academy Administration & Leadership Team

May 11, 2020

Listed below are the important dates and activities you will need to be aware of as the school year winds down.  Please calendar these dates and times and be prepared to participate in these events.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the office or email. 

Important Dates:

May 14: Library Book drop off from 10am-12pm. Please pull up on the WEST side by the Gym, **stay in your vehicle** and someone will be there to collect your books! If you have any questions, please reach out via email to Mrs. Jellum.

May 18: Parents have received a checklist from teacher(s) of items to return to school

May 18: Drop off and pick up map with pick up times sent to teachers and families

May 21 and May 22: Families return all school issued tech and textbooks between 9-12 p.m.

May 22: No new Assignments given to students. 

May 25: All school fines and fees paid through Aspire

May 27 and 28: Families will come to school at designated times to pick up prepackaged student belongings

May 28: 9th Grade Promotion Drive-by at ELA

May 28: History Fair Video sent to families

June 2: All grades are finalized by 4:00 p.m.


On May 18: A map for drop off and pick up procedures with pick up times will be sent to teachers and  families.

On May 21 and May 22 from 9:00-12:00 families will be asked to return all school loaned items such as computers, iPads, textbooks, and Library books to the school. Teachers will have sent checklists to families to verify that all items have been returned. If families need to return tech at a later date to finish assignments, they may do so when picking up their personal belongings on May 27 and 28.

Families can drive by the school anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on May 21 and 22.  We will have teachers and paraprofessionals at the drop-off zone with wagons, masks, and gloves to collect all items from families. No family members will leave their vehicles.  This is a drop off situation only.

Teachers and paraprofessionals will account for all school loaned materials and communicate with families if items were not returned.  This will be completed before May 26 in order to accurately provide yearbooks to those who have returned all school property.

From May 22-June 4:  Teachers will continue contacting students through Zoom for end of year activities. Wrap up the year with highs and lows. Teachers will continue reaching out to students and help with missing assignments to raise their grades.  Teachers may share Read Alouds with students,  use Nearpod to do virtual field trips, Talk about how to prepare for next year and the next grade level.  

On May 27 and 28 All families will come to school at designated times to pick up student belongings. All student belongings will be pre-bagged and located in a central area. School staff will clear desks, lockers, and classrooms of all belongings prior to the pick up dates. Parents will be given a mapped route for pick up.  Again, families will stay in cars.  Staff will communicate which family has arrived, collect the student bags, and deliver them to families in cars.

A staff member will also be available to collect any items not dropped off beforehand and check items for accountability purposes.

On May 28 is 9th Grade Promotion. Families with 9th graders will be sent a promotion video at 6:00 p.m. and given directions on the driveby promotion which starts at 7:00 p.m. Junior High teachers will be at school to wave farewell.  Students will receive their certificate and swag bag at the end of the graduation trail.

On May 28 a History Fair Video will be sent to families through social Media and a S’more.

On June 2: Grades will be finalized and locked by 4:00 p.m.

April 23, 2020

Early Light Academy Students and Parents,

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for the amazing job that you are doing during this unique and challenging time. We recognize that things changed for you and your families very quickly. We know the circumstances that we find ourselves in are challenging. We appreciate the new role that parents are playing in the education of your students and we continue to value that partnership today and in the days to come.

We are concerned about the health and well-being of all of our students. We know that this has been a challenging and stressful time for many. Please know that your teachers, counselors, administrators and other school employees miss being with you and want to do anything they can to help.

Governor Herbert announced last week that he was extending the school dismissal through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Although this means that no more classes or activities will be held in person, at-home learning will continue. This email provides additional guidelines, information, and updates on the dismissal. 

  1. Teachers will continue to provide rich content, meaningful instruction, and valid assessments through online learning to the end of the school year. 

  2. No new assignments will be given after May 22, 2020. 

  3. Grades and credit will still be issued, but with certain modifications in order to be sensitive to the difficulties students may encounter as a result of at-home learning.

  4. Arrangements will be made for parents and students to return to our campus to return and retrieve items from the school, such as collecting purchased yearbooks, text books, chromebooks, library books, or locker and desk items.  More information will come regarding these procedures.

  5. Collected student fees for sports, 9th grade Capstone, etc. will be reimbursed to parents before the end of May.

  6. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will continue online. If you have any questions concerning this process, please contact our school counselors.  

  7. It is important to maintain engagement in the educational activities being provided by teachers to avoid gaps in learning. However, we acknowledge that every student is in a different circumstance, and at-home learning may create challenges not present in the classroom. 

  8. If your student is concerned with their grade, please contact their teacher.

  9. Details on a virtual 9th grade promotion will be sent out soon, but it will still be “held” on May 28th.

Grading for Grades K-6

  • Report cards will still be generated

  • Some standards listed on the report card may not be covered, as teachers have focused on essential standards.

  • Potential grades for K-2 students will be 2, 3, or 4 and students in grades 3-6 will be A, B, or C depending on the quality of work submitted.

  • If enough evidence of student learning has not been gathered for a particular standard, that standard may be left blank on the report card

  • Citizenship grades will not be recorded for the last grading period


Grading for Grades 7-9

  • Report cards will still be generated

  • Potential grades will be A, B, or C depending on quality of work submitted and no failing grades

  • All M’s and R’s will be kept in Aspire as a way to help students and parents better understand what their student has and has not completed

  • Student’s whose grade would be below a C due to retakes and or missing work will be adjusted to a C

  • Students in 9th grade will continue to have the opportunity to earn high school credit during 4th quarter

  • Citizenship grades will not be recorded for the last grading period

Thank you for continuing to stay engaged in learning. We hope that these changes will take some much needed stress off of students, parents, and teachers during this challenging time. Please take care of yourselves. You are an important part of our ELA Team!

Early Light Academy Administration and Teachers

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