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Extended Learning Program (ELP) Information

2020-2021 Magnet Extended Learning Program Information for the 2021-2022 school year

The Extended Learning Program supports the mission of Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) to cultivate a love of learning in a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to educational excellence and integrity. In collaboration with families and community, we hold high expectations for all students. We respond effectively to individual needs, and provide a safe, healthy environment in which every student can learn the academic, problem-solving and social skills required for success in college, career, and life. The district has designed and implemented an Extended Learning Program to meet the cognitive and affective needs of identified gifted students. Through ELP, a continuum of program options provides a beneficial learning environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of gifted/talented and high ability students. The Extended Learning Program is designed to serve gifted and high ability students in two service models in elementary and middle schools: (1) Magnet self-contained ELP (grades K-8), and (2) Neighborhood ELP (grades 4-8). Grade 4 this year is open to all 4th grade students who would like more depth, complexity, and challenge.


For more information, see documents below:





ELP Assessment

Preschool and Kindergarten applications for the Extended Learning Program (ELP) assessments are open through February 12, 2021. 

Additional Grade 1-7 applications for the Extended Learning Program (ELP) will open on February 15, 2021.

Assessments in the 2020-2021 school year are for eligibility in the 2021-2022 school year.

Please see the deadlines below for applying for eligibility for Magnet ELP.

Application Windows

Elementary Magnet ELP application windows:

        Preschool and Kindergarten: September 8, 2020 - February 12, 2021

        Grades 1-7: February 15 - April 30, 2021

Assessment Windows

Elementary Magnet ELP assessment windows:

        Preschool and Kindergarten: March 8, 2021 - March 26, 2021

        Grades 1-7: May 17 - June 11, 2021



PTA Information

Hello Indian Hills families-


We hope this email finds you all doing well. We just wanted to send out a few reminders about things coming up...



Don't forget that tomorrow, January 12th, Pizza Studio in Foothill Village will donate 25% on all orders back to our school, simply by mentioning Indian Hills. This is such an easy and great way to help our school, and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner (or both), that you didn't have to cook! We are so thankful for businesses like this that support our neighborhood schools and we hope that you will support them in return. Please note that while this offer is good all day, on either dine in or carry out, it is not applicable on 3rd party delivery orders (like doordash, grubhub, etc).



STEAM FAIR - projects due Tuesday, judging on Wed/Thu

Final reminder that all STEAM fair projects are due tomorrow by 3pm. This year all projects will be submitted and judged online. You can find help and instructions on the Indian Hills Hands On Science Website or by contacting Ms Bonner. We could also still use some help with judging on Wednesday and Thursday. If you are able to help, please sign up here...


BOOT MEETING - Thursday, 2:15pm

BOOT (A.R.T.S.) is a non-profit volunteer run organization unique to Indian Hills that supports our school art program, hands-on science, technology upgrades, and supplemental teacher and student resources.  We need your support in planning and organizing our upcoming spring ART Night!  It's an amazing community event and fundraiser that celebrates our student artists and it is set to happen safely this spring, but we need help to make it happen! We would like to invite any parents and potential volunteers to attend our next meeting on Thursday, January 14 at 2:15pm via zoom (  Please join us! 




As many of our students prepare to return to in-person learning in the coming weeks, we are concerned about the lack of an adequate substitute pool. Throughout the district and the state, substitutes are currently very difficult to find. We are hoping to join with nearby Bonneville Elementary to create a pool of substitutes, that includes parents within our school communities. Anyone who is willing and interested, please contact Suzanne Kingsford ( and she can help answer questions about the process and give further direction. 



We are currently accessing some additional teacher and school support volunteer needs as we prepare for school restart. Please be on the lookout for an upcoming email regarding opportunities to help our teachers and faculty to ensure things go as smoothly as possible (things like IT help, etc).  


And lastly, don't forget to follow along on Instagram for regular updates about school wide happenings!


Thank you all for your commitment to Indian Hills and for all of your positive support. We know that this has been a year unlike any other, and difficult in many ways. We are all wearing many hats, and juggling different circumstances, but we really appreciate the desire to help and especially the things that our students are learning from watching us all respond and adapt. We can do hard things!


Work Hard and Be Kind!

Kim and Suzanne

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Book Checkout

Greeting K-2 Families!

Would you like to have a paper book for your child to read?  The Indian Hills Library is starting to check out books to K-2 students.  Students/Parents must complete the Book Check Out Form , and then collect the books from the grade level tables in the foyer.  Books will be grouped with the child's name and placed in a crate on the grade level table.  Books will be returned to the library bin in the foyer.  My Goal is to checkout two books for each student every two weeks.   

Because books need to be quarantined after being returned, not everything will be available right away.  Thanks for your patience as I gather books similar to what you have requested.  Students grade 3-6 will be able to use a different method of holding books, please see Fall Newsletter for more information.  Happy Reading!


Please contact Ms. Christian with any questions.

Eagle Update

Greetings Families and Friends, 

We are in the process of completing our plans for students to return to our building.  If you wish to change your original choice about in-person or remote learning for your child, please contact the office by Friday, January 15th, 801.584.2908. After Friday, January 15th, we will finalize our class lists based on the information we have received.  You will have the chance to re-visit your choice in March at the end of the second trimester.  If you find you have a pressing concern about your child's placement before March, I will of course be happy to meet with you and work to resolve your concerns.  

Plans for return to in-person learning while continuing online only for those who choose to stay in that modality are: 

  • Week of Jan 25 – Kindergarten & 1st;  

  • Week of Feb 1 – 2nd/3rd;  

  • Week of Feb. 8: 4th 5th 6th grades.   

The school days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for in-person while concurrently serving online only students- with Wednesday being an all-remote day for all students. The school day will begin at 8:30 AM and end 3:00 PM. Bus schedules will officially be sent out soon but their arrivals at school are currently set to be at 8:20 AM while departing from school at 3:07 PM. 

We are currently finalizing our class structures and will have that out to you on Friday the 15th once all families have submitted their final choices. 



Mark your calendars for another "Dine-Out" fundraiser. This Tuesday January 12th, Pizza Studio Foothill will donate 25% back to our school, when you mention Indian Hills. This is a great way to pick-up a yummy lunch or dinner while helping raise money for our school. (*3rd party delivery orders not applicable) 

The BOOT Foundation also invites any parents/volunteers to attend our next meeting on Thursday, January 14 at 2:15pm via zoom (   

BOOT is a non-profit volunteer run organization unique to Indian Hills that supports the art program, hands-on science, technology upgrades, and supplemental teacher and student resources.  We need your support in planning and organizing our upcoming ARTS Night!  It's a great community event and fundraiser celebrating our student's artwork set to happen safely this spring.  Please join us! 



We are still looking for judges to help with this week's STEAM Fair. (Hopefully many of your students are working on their projects) All projects will be submitted and judged online this year, making it easy for anyone, anywhere to help. If you are anyone that you know might be willing to help, please sign up here as soon as possible...[goog_1151334798] 

Volunteer opportunities- Please be on the lookout for an upcoming email regarding a few volunteer opportunities with regards to the upcoming school re-start. There will be a few opportunities for parents to help with this transition. If you are not signed up to receive our PTA emails, please do by registering at and make sure you are following us on Instagram for regular updates about school wide happenings! 


School Community Council (SCC) 

We have an SCC meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 AM. Here is the Zoom invite, 

We are excited about all the upcoming events and please reach out with any questions or concerns. 



Tom Luthy 


Indian Hills Elementary, Salt Lake City School District 

801.584.2908 ext. 1610 

Battle of the Books 2020-2021

What is Battle of the Books?

Students (grades 4-6) who read at least 8 books and complete the online summary form will be able to participate in the school Battle of the Books in late winter 2021. Students will compete in a question and answer format about the 20 assigned books. The top four school winners will represent Indian Hills during the district Battle of the Books in 2021. The Battle of the Books is a competition, but most importantly, it creates excitement about high quality children's literature. There is a variety of books, so everyone will find something that they like. Students might even discover a new genre type. So keep reading and don't forget to complete the summary. Most of the new Battle books are found on the Sora .  Students use their school student username and password.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Christian (

Online Battle of the Book Summary Form

Battle of the Books

Andrews, Ryan.  This Was Our Pact.  First Second, 2019.

Auxier, Jonathan. Sweep: The story of a girl and her monster. Amulet Books, 2018.

Barton, Chris. What Do You Do With A Voice Like That? Beach Lane Books, 2018.

Elliott, Zetta, and Geneva B. Dragons in a Bag. Yearling, an Imprint of Random House Children's Books, 2019.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. The Strangers (Greystone Secrets, Book 1).  Harper Collins Publishers, 2019.

Heidicker, Christian McKay.  Scary Stories for Young Foxes.  Henry Holt and Company, 2019.

Hernandez, Carlos Alberto Pablo.  Sal & Gabi Break the Universe.  Disney Hyperion, 2019.

Korman, Gordon. The Unteachables. Balzer + Bray, an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 2019.

Lord, Cynthia.  Because of the Rabbit.  Scholastic Press, 2019.

McDunn, Gillian. Caterpillar Summer.  Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2019.

Oppel, Kenneth. Inkling.  Alfred A. Knopf,  2018.

Parry, Rosanne. A Wolf Called Wander. Greenwillow Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 2019.

Roberts, Barbara Carroll.  Nikki on the Line. Little, Brown and Company, 2019.

Robeson, Teresa. Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung helped unlock the secrets of the atom. Sterling Children’s Books, 2019.

Sichol, Lowey Bundy. From an Idea to Disney: How Branding Made Disney a Household Name. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2019.

Van Eekhout, Greg. Cog. Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 2019.

Venkatraman, Padma.  The Bridge Home.  Nancy Paulsen Books, 2019.

Wang, Jen.  Stargazing.  First Second, 2019.

White, J.A.  Nightbooks.  Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

Watson, Renee.  Some Places More Than Others.  Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2019.

Ms. Christian will be holding office hours at the time below:

Now Hiring After School Group Leaders

Now Hiring Group Leaders.


Salt Lake City School District is looking for group leaders to supervise students in the Community Education After-School program.  See above flyer for more information.

2020-2021 After-School Registration

Click HERE for information about how to register for the after-school program.

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