Fairview principal encourages parents to build strong relationships, recommends app

Allynne Mower, the Fairview Elementary School principal, directed folks to install the Sora app as the first step to getting e-books and audiobooks at no cost.


Fairview principal encourages parents to build strong relationships, recommends app


By Rhett Wilkinson

Staff writer



FAIRVIEW—The Fairview Elementary School principal has asked parents to build strong relationships.

Principal Allynne Mower said to “stay connected” and “develop family rituals that foster connection.”

“Spend some downtime just hanging out with your kids, doing nothing,” Mower wrote, elaborating on her “stay connected” point. “Now is when you lay the foundation for a great relationship once they are teenagers.”

Mower suggested “family meetings,” “Sunday morning brunches,” “Saturday lunch dates on the way to weekly grocery shopping,” “apple-picking trips every September” and “making costumes together before Halloween” when elaborating on her point of “develop family rituals that foster connection.

“Whatever works for your family,” Mower said. “Make these connection opportunities into routines, so everyone expects them and looks forward to them.”

Mower also made it a point in her most recent newsletter, dated Sept. 28, to invite caregivers to contact her.

“We are committed to establishing strong school-home communication,” Mower wrote. “Should you ever have any questions about anything, or just need to touch base, please feel free to contact me.”

Mower also said that “the bus lane is for buses only.”

“If you are dropping off or picking up your child, please park in the parking lot,” Mower wrote.

Also, “Take Home” books must be returned by Fridays, Mower said.

“Books returned Monday will not get a new book for the week,” Mower wrote.

Mower also asked folks to “label everything that comes to school, such as masks, backpacks, water bottles, etc.”

The school’s Red Ribbon Week was running at the time of publication. It took place Oct. 5-9. Monday was Wear Red Day. Tuesday marked staying strong against drugs, with students asked to wear workout clothes and sneakers. Wednesday was Crazy Hair and Mask Day. Thursday marks “Give Drugs the Boot!” where children are invited to wear any boots they have. Friday is Hunting for Drug-Free Kids Day, where students are invited to wear hunting gear.

The school also reminded children to wear the waterproof red bracelet they got Monday all week for a treat on Friday.

Fairview Elementary is planning its traditional Halloween parade, Mower announced, saying that students should wear their costumes to school Oct. 30. If the school remains on an early-release schedule, the parade will start at 10:30 a.m. that day. If the school returns to a full-day schedule, the parade will start at 12:30 p.m. that day.

“If you would like to participate by handing out candy, you will need to wear a mask and gloves,” Mower said. “All students will need to wear a mask during the parade.”

Mower also reminded students that as they are choosing a costume, to ensure it is “comfortable” and “easy to walk in” over the course of the parade.

Mower also pointed out that folks can get e-books and audiobooks at no cost by installing an app. Here are the instructions:

  1. Install the Sora app (by Overdrive) from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. In Sora, find CUES (Central Utah Education Services) then select North Sanpete School District.
  3. Students log in with their Google password information.
  4. Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.
  5. Close the book and go to your shelf to see all your books. From there you can open a book or open an audio book.