Principal's Message

Dear Students, Families, and Friends,

Welcome back and happy new year! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing winter break! Here are some exciting and important items to start the year (and decade) off:

We would like to welcome Mr. John Webster as our new PE Instructor. Many of our students already know Mr. Webster from substituting in their classrooms. We feel fortunate to have someone who is already connected to our school, and he will be a terrific addition as a regular member of our staff.

Science Fair is on January 8th and 9th.  Ms. Bonner has been working hard to get everything ready- from assisting with students’ projects to organizing the judges. What a great opportunity for learning!  The Science Fair Open House for families will be on Thursday the 9th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. We hope to see you there.

The winter weather will be pouring it on and here are some friendly reminders. Our street/driveway (aka “The Luge”) leading into school is tricky to navigate when it is snowy and icy. For these days, All Wheel Drive (AWD) is highly recommended as well as winter/all-season tires. Salt Lake City School District does their best to keep it clear, but the weather can change quickly. Please, take this into consideration when planning for pick-up and drop-off.

This time of year means we are also in the “Inversion Season”. Here is a brief summary to help explain the policy surrounding this issue.  Air quality is monitored at for current conditions. We do this before school and then right before recesses throughout the day. It is updated hourly. In the mornings, I will put up the indoor sign when it is orange or red. When it is orange, students with respiratory symptoms and sensitive students need to stay in. In the mornings, it may be tricky for all parents to check, so I have all students line up inside on those days. I realize that not all students fall into this category but I worry that the students who do, will go outside unwittingly.  We do Go Noodle activities in the gym and students can hang out with friends. Sometimes we put a Pixar Short. This is only for a short wait until the first bell rings.

For Red, everyone stays in. Recess, before school, etc.

During the day, we announce over the intercom the conditions when the air quality is orange or red. Otherwise, the conditions are safe to go out and we don't make the announcement. If you have concerns that go beyond the recommendations or your child does not have a health plan then we need to be notified. We will accommodate.

For students who do stay in during recess, they can play board games, read, hang with a friend… These students with health plans are welcome to bring in books and games for this time.  At this point we do have some recess times covered for gym use and an extra, empty classroom so kids can move around more. We are working on getting more coverage for this, and we want everyone to get exercise, play, and movement. If you have further questions or concerns, please reach out to me.

Our kiln is up and running and some great items have already been fired. Look for more on the way!

We have a couple of days off this month. On Monday the 20th is MLK Day and on Friday the 31st is a Professional Development day for faculty so it will be a non-student day as well.

From now till the end of the school year is a great time of learning in elementary education. Currently, students are about half-way through their grade level and they understand very well our high expectations of them. We will be challenging them further and expecting their best. Thank you for all your support. The Indian Hills community is the most engaged and caring community around, and I feel so lucky to be a part of it!

Best Regards,


Tom Luthy

Principal, Indian Hills Elementary

"Toys for Tots"

The Indian Hills Student Government is supporting the Marin Corps Annual Toy Drive. What: New toys for kids ages 0-18 When: November 18th – December 11th Where: You may deliver new unwrapped toys to the Indian Hills office during school hours. Thank you for help and support of our service project.


Toys For Tots

Grades 4-6 Book Clubs

Dear Students (4th-6th) and Parents, 

You are invited to attend the  November/December book club on December 18, 2019.  It will be held during your lunch and recess time.  You will bring your lunch to your assigned location.  As you eat your lunch, we will discuss the book.  It will be fun to hear how your classmate's opinions compare to yours. The books have been selected from the Battle of the Books list; however, joining the Battle of the Books is not a requirement.  So, grab a book and start reading!  Parents are welcome to attend also!  


Fourth graders Meet in Library at 12:00 with your lunch (Ms. Christian) 

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi 


Fifth and Sixth graders Meet at 12:40 in room 226 with your lunch (Mrs. Mergens) 

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani 

If you have any questions, please email  

Ms. Christian.

Bus Routes

Parents and Students:

Due to routing issues it has become necessary to make a change to the route your student takes to and from Indian Hills Elementary. Beginning Monday, October 7th route 507, bus 312 will be run in a new order. Listed below is the new order for morning and afternoon as well as stop times.


Morning Route Pick Up

Kennedy Dr & Vista View Dr 8:04 AM

Sunnyside Ave & Woodruff Way 8:09 AM

900 S & 2300 E 8:10 AM

University Village – North Entrance 8:12 AM

University Village & Arapreen Dr 8:14 AM


Afternoon Route Drop Off Early Out Drop Off

University Village – North Entrance 3:31 PM 1:16 PM

University Village & Arapreen Dr 3:33 PM 1:18 PM

900 S & 2300 E 3:35 PM 1:20 PM

Sunnyside Ave & Woodruff Way 3:36 PM 1:21 PM

Kennedy Dr & Vista View Dr 3:40 PM 1:25 PM


Thank you for your cooperation,


Jordan Peace

Routing Coordinator

Salt Lake City School District Transportation

Extended Learning Program (ELP) Information

Learn more about our Extended Learning Program by reading the flyers below:

Extended Learning Program Information

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