PTA Information

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Full Days of School Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th. NO SCHOOL Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. School resumes Monday, November 26th 

The Winter Clothing Drive  is in full swing. Thanks to all who have brought something in. The boxes in the lobby are filing up with warm coats, hats, and gloves, sweatshirts and sweaters. Thank you for being so generous to the children at Bennion Elementary! It will certainly make their winter a little warmer. We will continue to collect items through the end of November. 

Answer The Door / Office Help Volunteer Opportunity  Now that the front doors are locked from 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Kenya could use a little help. Sometimes she's on the phone or helping a student and can't answer the doorbell as quickly as she'd like. If you'd like to volunteer to sit in the office and help answer the doorbell, it would be greatly appreciated! You could bring a good book to read during the downtime.  Or you could offer to correct papers for your child's teacher while you're waiting! The times Kenya needs help are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:00-3:00 pm. Please contact Kenya if you're interested. You don't have to commit to the three-hour block every week...even just an hour here and an hour there would be helpful.  (And thanks for being patient if it takes the office staff a minute to answer the door. Kenya, Heidi and Suzanne - we think you are amazing! Thanks for all you do to keep our school running smoothly.)

Lost and Found Items:   We have set up 5 tables of items from the lost and found in the front lobby. Please take a few minutes to look for any lost items your child might have accidentally left behind. There are coats, sweatshirts, lunch boxes and umbrellas. We'll leave the tables up for a few weeks to give you a chance to look. 

Toys for Tots...December Service Project  With Black Friday coming up and Cyber Monday after that...we're giving a shout out to Student Governments December Service Project. They will be collecting new toys for Toys For Tots. This is a wonderful project sponsored by the U.S. Marine Core. After Thanksgiving through December 13th, you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy to Kenya in the front office. The toys will be donated to deserving children in our community. 

Winter Singing Concert -Save The Date:  Do you know what the world needs? More music! The PTA sponsored Winter Singing Concert is coming up on Friday, December 14th at 9:00 am. All our welcome! The children will be singing two songs with the whole school and then each grade sings a song as well. Now in its third year...the Parent Orchestra will be performing a musical number! We laugh and play music in equal measure, so if you're looking for a way to add more joy in your life - come join us! No musical experience necessary. All instruments will be provided.  Special thanks to our district music teacher David Asman and music mom Tammy Scoville for putting this concert together. Parent Orchestra Rehearsals will be held in the music room behind the stage on the following dates: Please try and come to at least two of the three practices. Thanks!

  • Tuesday, November 27th @ 7:00 -8:00 pm 
  • Thursday, November 29th @ 7:00 -8:00 pm 
  • Thursday, December 6th @ 7:00-8:00 pm


From BOOT (Buy Our Own Technology) Speaking of shopping...Amazon Smile is an easy way to raise money for Indian Hills while you shop!!  Just use the link instead of the standard link, and Amazon will donate a portion of all the things you purchase to Indian Hills BOOT fund.  


Is it listed as Indian Hills Elementary?

No, it is listed as Buy Out Own Technology.  This is the non-profit that is unique to Indian Hills that allows us to raise funds for Arts and Science Enhancements at Indian Hills, as well as other great funding opportunities.

How do I do it?

It's easy!  Just go to and set Buy Out Own Technology as your Charity of choice.  Then, just go to for all your normal Amazon shopping, and a portion of all the items your portion will go towards Indian Hills programs.

Can I link it in my Amazon app?

Unfortunately No, the app will not work with Amazon Smile.  But you can use your regular smartphone browser with and it works very similarly to the app.

Just the Link

 Enjoy your holiday this week! 



Miriam Jenson and Lindsey Stobbe

PTA Co-Presidents







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Principal's Message

Dear Indian Hills Community:

We at Indian Hills Elementary are excited to begin another school year. To prepare, I would like to make you aware of several important dates and introduce you to new members of the Indian Hills faculty and staff.

Our Back to School Night is on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Grades Kindergarten through Second Grade teachers will meet at 5:00 (Session 1 at 5:00 and Session 2 at 5:30). Grades 3-6 will hold their Back to School Night at 6:30 (Session 1 at 6:30 and Session 2 at 7:00). Be sure to check out PTA information and sign up to volunteer. These are informational meetings so students do not need to attend.

Kindergarten will be administering the Kindergarten pre-test on Monday and Tuesday, August 13-14, 2018. Please contact the school if you have not yet received an invitation to test from our Kindergarten teachers. We can get you scheduled.

School begins in earnest on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 8:40 AM. We have fewer short days this school year which allowed us to shorten the regular school day slightly. Our schedule has changed so please see the following bell times:


Monday – Thursday: 8:40 AM – 3:15 PM.

Friday (and most short weeks): 8:40 AM – 1:00 PM.

Kindergarten Half-day: Monday – Friday: 8:40 AM – 11:40 AM.

We have been fortunate to hire some exceptional new faculty and staff members this year. Allow me to introduce them along with a little background. In our Kindergarten, Room 107, you will find Darcie Austin. Darcie comes to us from Washington Elementary where she has taught kindergarten for the past several years. She is a graduate of Weber State University.

Anna Blacker, in Room 125, will take over our ESL instruction. Anna is a graduate of the University of Illinois- Champaign and the University of Utah. She has most recently taught kindergarten and second grade at Emerson Elementary.

Our Resource is now in the capable hands of Elaine Tuck in Room 237. Elaine is a graduate of Utah State University with a Bachelor and Masters degree and has over ten years of experience in Special Education.

As you may know, Mrs. McGinley decided to retire so Traci Heise is being promoted to fifth grade in Room 310. We are lucky to get Becky Chamberlain with us full time in our fourth grade, Room 314. Becky taught our Neighborhood ELP for several years. Taking Becky’s place in ELP is Catherine (Kit) Wedge, Room 308. Kit has taught the last few years in Charleston, South Carolina and is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of South Carolina.

Jana Wayment is taking over Speech in Room 149. Jana came to us from Ensign Elementary. Alas, don’t forget to welcome Ethan Glenn our new night custodian. Ethan is taking over for Antonio Zavala who has moved to another school in the district. Welcome to all.

I look forward to another great year. Thank you for the helping our school community make Indian Hills Elementary a place where exceptional is commonplace.


Earl R. Arnoldson, EdD

Indian Hills Elementary

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