December 2019 Principal's Message

It’s been a very busy several weeks!

Here are a few highlights about what’s been going on:

We’re seeing progress on reading levels (as measured by DIBELS) and on interim assessments (both ELA and Math); that’s good news!
The next round of interims will be happening in December and January. Please encourage your students to do their best on them. Also, please talk to your student about how they did and their goal for the next assessment.

SEPs are Tuesday and Thursday this week (Dec. 10 and Dec. 12). You need to arrange with your students’ teachers for an appointment time.

On Tuesday, December 17th at 9AM we will have our winter concert. All are welcome to attend.

Trunk or Treat was a wonderful success, over 700 people attended. A HUGE thank you to Trina Broussard (our SCC Chair) and Annabelle Valencia for planning and orchestrating the event.

Generous donations from the Food Bank, Lucky’s Grocery Store, and the Gang Prevention Alliance made it possible to give families turkeys and other supplies for Thanksgiving. Thank you to our generous donors.

We were also able to give shoes, clothing, hats and gloves to all our students with the help of the Salt Lake City School District Foundation and other generous donors.

Our teachers have been volunteering together in the community, thank to our 5th grade teacher Doree Burt for organizing—integrity matters.

Don’t forget Coffee with the Principal every Thursday at 8AM, and our next SCC meeting will be Thursday, December 19 at 5:30PM

I am so proud of our Meadowlark team. A big thank you to all of our teachers and staff for all they do to support student success!

Margarita Cummings

Trunk or Treat Event

On October 29th 2019 Meadowlark will host its first annual Trunk or Treat event from 5.30-7.30pm.
There will be tons of fun for everyone!  Come and see the stunt show performed by Front Wheels Up and SLC Squidz.
Or check out the Hydraulic Show performed by Utah Lowriders 801.
The car set up and trunk or treat set up will be from 4 – 5pm. 
There will be prizes for the best decorated cars/trunks and Halloween costumes!


Principal's Message: October 2019

It’s been very busy at Meadowlark since I last posted!

We had a great APTT meeting a couple weeks ago, be sure to look at the pictures. We’ve also been busy testing students on their reading levels so we can target our instruction for each individual student. Be sure to talk to your student’s teacher about how s/he is doing with reading. The most important thing you can do for your student’s success in elementary is to read with them every day! Your student is bringing books home regularly; ask them to read to you. If you are more comfortable reading in a different language, that’s ok. Reading is reading. Students need to practice reading out load every day for at least 10 minutes. Be sure to ask your student about what they read.

Another wonderful thing that happened at Meadowlark recently is a small change in the lunch schedule that’s made a huge difference for our Essential Elements (EE) students. Previously, all EE students had lunch at 10:45 with the younger grades. Now, students in EE 4th – 6th grade have lunch with the 6th grade students. Win-win for everyone (see the pictures.)

Lastly, I’d like to remind you about our upcoming Halloween events. On Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, we will be hosing a “Trunk or Treat” event. We will have parents and community members handing out treats from their cars parked in our North parking lot. There will also be cars on exhibit and maybe even a motorcycle show. Then on Oct. 31 at 1:30, there will be a costume parade through the multi-purpose room where parents may take pictures. We hope to see you at one or both events. If you’d like to host a car for Trunk or Treat, please contact Trina Broussard at Please remember, costumes should NOT include masks, blood, or weapons.

For students who do not celebrate Halloween, Ms. Burt will host activities in her classroom. If you want more information on that, contact me at

Halloween Parade Information

Thursday, Oct. 31:

Parents please help us prepare for our annual Halloween Parade!
No masks, blood or weapons as part of student costumes. Students may wear a hat. 

PARADE: at 1:30 music will start playing to announce the beginning of the parade. Kindergarten will lead the parade. They will exit their pod and head to the cafeteria. Behind them will be 1st and 2nd grade, then behind them will be 3rd and 4th, behind them Essential Elements, and behind them will be 5th and 6th. Everyone will be heading to the multipurpose room.  Parents will be invited into the multipurpose room to wait for their kids and to take pictures. We aim to have everyone seated by 1:30. Students should exit the cafeteria through the same doors they use to exit for lunch.

Principal's Message: September 11, 2019

On September 11th, our 6th grade students retired the flag that flew over the old building with a new flag. No one seems to know just how many years the old flag flew over our old building, but the years of wind and rain had taken their toll. If you look at the pictures of it being raised on the first day of school, you can see it needed to be retired. We thought September 11th would be the ideal day to do it.

Meadowlark students learned about flag etiquette and retirement protocol and followed it exactly. They also learn about the events of 9/11 eighteen years ago. Students read and discussed stories of bravery and loss from that day. We are all excited to know this country’s future is in the hands of our students and others just like them.

I want to personally thank our 6th grade teachers John Arthur, Keenan Berkeley, and Christine Gibbs for their outstanding educational efforts for the lessons of that day and every day.

El 11 de setiembre, nuestros alumnos del 6to. grado retiraron la bandera que ondeaba sobre el edificio antiguo y la reemplazaron por una nueva bandera. Nadie parece saber cuántos años esta ondeó sobre nuestro antiguo edificio, pero los años, viento y lluvia  pasaron su factura. Si mira las imágenes,  el primer día de clases, podrán observar que era necesario retirarla. Pensamos que el día ideal para hacerlo sería el 11 de setiembre.

Los estudiantes de Meadowlark aprendieron sobre etiqueta y protocolo de retiro de la bandera y lo siguieron a cabalidad. Ellos también aprendieron sobre los eventos ocurridos el 11 de setiembre, 18 años antes. Los estudiantes leen y debaten historias de valentía y pérdida en ese día.Todos estamos emocionados de saber que el futuro de este país, está en manos de nuestros estudiantes y de otros similares a ellos.

Quiero  agradecer personalmente a nuestros maestros del 6to. grado John Arthur, Keenan Berkeley y Christine Gibbs por los sobresalientes esfuerzos educativos, por las lecciones de ese día y cada uno de los días subsiguientes.

Margarita Borelli Cummings, Ph.D.
Meadowlark Elementary

Excellence and Equity: Every Student, Every Classroom , Every Day

Thank You to Our Community Partners

Meadowlark Elementary would like to offer it’s heartfelt thanks to our many community partners, whose generous support helps make a great educational experience possible for the students of Meadowlark.

We extend our special thanks to Essendant, who donated 400 student backpacks, which we gave to Meadowlark families at our Back to School Night.  A special shout-out to Eric Swensen, Jason Butler and his son Kasey Butler, for being such great helping hands!

Thank you, Essendant!

Principal's Message

It was a wonderful first week of school! Thank you all for supporting your students as they transitioned to the new school building.

Meadowlark teachers spent several weeks this summer planning for the new year, unpacking boxes, engaging in professional learning, and setting up their rooms to welcome your students. The pay-off has been impressive. As I walk around the school, I see students eagerly involved in meaningful learning.

Now that the year has started, I’d like to personally invite you to get involved in the school. Starting next month (September 3), every Thursday morning, 7:38 a.m – 8:15 a.m., we will begin hosting Coffee with the Principal. It will be a chance for parents and other family members to talk with me and the assistant principal about what’s going on in the school. At 8:15 a.m. when the meeting is over, I will take interested adults on a tour of the school, to see firsthand what students and teachers are doing.

Another great way to get involved is with the School Community Council (SCC). These meetings will take place on the third Thursday of every month. Our first meeting will be September 19, at 5:30 p.m. The council is primarily made up of parents and their role is to provide valuable feedback from our school community, and to review and propose changes to academic school plans each year.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email or call me.


Margarita Borelli Cummings, Ph.D.
(801) 578-8529


Welcome Back to Meadowlark

The first day of school is Monday August 19th 2019. School starts at 7.45 A.M. but students may enter the building through the front doors at 7.38 A.M. and begin lining up outside the cafeteria for breakfast.

Parents, please note that the Morton Drive entrance is now open. You should enter through the Morton Drive entrance and follow the driveway around to the front of the school where you may drop off your children. All other entrances and gates will be locked. 

We welcome you to Meadowlark and look forward to a successful school year!

Maggie Cummings 

Wayne Culley
Assistant Principal

Meadowlark Welcomes Principal Maggie Cummings

The 2019 school year brings new beginnings for everyone at Meadowlark Elementary. We have a beautiful, brand new building and a new principal - Dr. Margarita Borelli Cummings.

Dr. Cummings brings 25 years service in public education to Meadowlark, as well as the impassioned work ethic of a first-generation American who believes that all children can succeed.

The Meadowlark faculty and staff invite you to join us in welcoming Dr. Margarita Borelli Cummings into our community!


Important Dates & Events


Wednesday, August 7th 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 8th 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

***Please park at the rear of the building. During construction, school access is from Floisand Circle which is off 400 North and Silent Glen Lane.

Back to School Night:

August 15th  2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

We will begin promptly at 6:00 PM in the Multipurpose room with announcements followed by pizza, ice-cream sandwiches and classroom visits.

School Open House 

August 13th 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

August 15th 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

August 16th 2019, 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

School Open House

On Monday August 19th 2019, Meadowlark Elementary School will open its doors to a brand new school year – in a brand new building! On behalf of Meadowlark faculty, staff, parents and community, our administrative team would like to thank the many, many people who made our new building possible.
Please join us for a sneak peek of the new building! We will be holding an Open House & Building Walkthrough on:

August 13th 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

August 15th 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

August 16th 2019, 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

We look forward to meeting you!

Maggie Cummings

Wayne Culley 
Assistant Principal

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