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We had a blast last night jamming to music by local star Ashley Garbe Smith and her amazing band! Families came and enjoyed hotdogs, popcorn and mingling with each other. Mr. Gull started the night out by sharing our new Positive Behavior Intervention Plan with parents. He explained what SOAR stands for, Serve and Support, Own Your Actions and Words, and Respect. Mrs. Darrington then explained what Title One means and how we use our Title One allocation funds. The PTA shared with us the benefits of PTA and encouraged parents to get involved with the different PTA activities. The weather was beautiful, the support was amazing and the night was one to be remembered.
Monday, September 18 is a minimal day in Nebo School District. Students will be released from school at 12:00. Lunch will be served one hour early. There will be NO Afternoon Kindergarten. All Nebo teachers will be attending district wide training.
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Rees Elementary was honored last night with not only ONE but TWO Peak Award Winners. Our amazing secretary Mrs. Nikki Thomas was nominated by Mr. Gull. "“Nikki is everything you want in a secretary. She is kind, happy, professional, organized and she just gets it done! She is always so positive and happy with everyone that enters the office at Rees. She is quick to respond to the needs of parents, students, teachers and staff members. She has an incredible laugh that fills the room and just makes you feel good when you talk with her. Nikki brightens the school with her presence. Many people come to her, and she is right there to lift them up or keep them smiling. Nikki sets a professional, positive tone and is efficient in her duties. Nikki will take care of you when you visit Rees Elementary.”
Mrs. Burton is new to Rees, and has been here this year as a part time Resource teacher. She has been a wonderful addition to our SPED department and we love having her here. Mrs. Burton splits her time between Rees and Art City, and her principal at Art City, Mrs. Muirbrook, nominated her for the PEAK award. "Karen absolutely loves her job. She is very experienced and knowledgeable about special education students and student development. She is willing to share her knowledge and expertise with all faculty members at any time. She has volunteered her time in other classrooms offering intervention ideas and techniques to teachers. She not only cares about her students but each student and staff member at Art City. Karen truly exemplifies positive energy and kindness.”
Congratulations to both of these very deserving ladies!!!
We are looking forward to our BACK to SCHOOL CELEBRATION next Monday, September 18th at 6:00 at Rees. Bring your families, and enjoy some amazing entertainment from local star Ashley Garbe Smith. Bring a blanket to sit on, enjoy a hot dog, and visit with your neighbors and friends. Hope to see you there!!!
Mrs. Kelly is a familiar face around Rees as she has been a favorite substitute for many years. We are thrilled to have her join us as an official 4th grade teacher this year. She is married with 4 kids, all of whom have attended Rees. Her favorite vacation was a trip to Disneyland, and someday she would like to travel to Italy. In her spare time she enjoys reading, scrapbooking and spending time with her family. She loves Zupas, and Hot Tamales are her favorite treat. If she won the lottery, she would buy a new house and travel to Hawaii and New York. We are so happy to have Mrs. Kelly join us as a REES EAGLE!!
Mrs. Kristi Hansen is our new afternoon skill builder. Mrs. Hansen says her favorite part of the job is getting to be with kids. She says "they are great and so much fun." Mrs. Hansen has 4 boys and no girls. Her family lives on a farm and they have cows, lambs, chickens and cats. In her spare time she likes to run, scrapbook, make crafts and read. Her favorite restaurant is anything with Mexican food because she loves chips and salsa. The strangest talent that she has is that her thumbs are double jointed and she can twist them around backwards. Riding in a helicopter, visting New York and going to Hawaii are things she would eventually like to do. We are thrilled to have Mrs. Hansen with us at Rees. She is kind to everyone and very professional and we feel so lucky to have her.
Mrs. Heidi Groneman is joining us this year in 2nd grade. She has taught school for 5 years, and has taught both 6th and 2nd grade. Her husband is also a teacher. They have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. Her favorite trip was to Disneyland, and someday she would like to travel to New Zealand or Hawaii. Her favorite restaurant is Carrabas and she loves peanut butter M&M's. Someday she would like to get a Masters degree and finish her basement. If she won the lottery she would pay off her house, help her family, and travel. We are so excited to have Mrs. Groneman join us this year. She is very friendly and has been a great addition to Rees Elementary.
Marissa Jackson, a 5th grader in Mrs. Crandall's class shared this essay about the new S.O.A.R theme:
At school we have a motto called S.O.A.R. Each letter means different things. S stands for Serve and Support. O means Own Your Actions and Your Words. A is Aim High and Achieve. Last is R which is Respect. We follow this S.O.A.R. motto in the learning areas, cafeteria, hallways, and in the bus, bike, and walking areas. Each week we focus on a letter at a time. This week we are focusing on letter S. Then we will focus on the other letters for the next few weeks. We are Rees Eagles and we S.O.A.R. high.
If you look closely, you will see the hands of 600 plus Rees Elementary students who have pledged to live the SOAR motto this year. "S" stands for Serve and Support others, and this week students are learning what that means with daily lessons in their classroom. REES EAGLES SOAR!!!
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Rees Elementary students were welcomed back to school by this years Student Council members. The Student Council walked around greeting students on the first day of school to introduce themselves and pass out a treat. Council members encouraged students to S.O.A.R. this year by asking students to "Follow My Lead". Student Council members include: Jayden Kennedy, Jaynee Tanner, Ava Young, Lily Mason, Olivia Huff, Jake Strunk, Zack Moulton, KayLynn Kelly, Denton Mills, Jett Knowlden, Pieper Duvall, and Nolan Staheli. We are looking forward to a wonderful year!
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Rees Eagles S.O.A.R! This year Rees is implementing a new PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) using the acronym S.O.A.R. In our opening assembly we learned that S stands for Serve and Support, O stands for Own our Actions and Words, A stands for Aim High and Achieve and R stands for Respect. As part of the kick off event, students had an exciting visit from Sundance, a Golden Eagle from the Great Basin Rehab located here in Spanish Fork. They were able to learn some neat facts about Eagles that go along with S.O.A.R. The students loved seeing the giant Golden Eagle spread its wings, and we know our Rees Eagles will fly high this year too!
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The school has been a buzz with lots of happy children and excited teachers today. We are so thrilled to have all of our little Eagles back in the nest for another great school year. As Mr. Gull and Mrs. Darrington walked through the school this morning, there were classes learning procedures, taking tours of the school, playing get to know you games, reading books, learning about super hero powers, and even getting the wiggles out with a quick dance party. It has been a GREAT day!!!
We are so excited to welcome our Rees Eagles back to school! Please plan to attend the Back to School Openhouse.
When: August 21st
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Where: Rees Elementary
Why: Come meet your teacher, say hi to your friends and get excited for school to start!
Our PTA will have shirts available to order for your students to wear on Spirit Friday! We also encourage you to join our PTA, dues are $6 and can be paid this day as well.
School starts bright and early at 9:00 AM on August 22nd for all students except Kindergarten.
Kindergarten starts August 29th, Preschool starts September 6th.
This year, Nebo School District is moving to a more paperless registration. This will allow you to register online on your own timeline and in the convenience of your home. Online Registration begins Satuday, July 1st and runs through July 31st. I encourage you to take the time in the coming weeks to register online. If you complete registration during this time, there is no need to come in during Walk-in Registration. Once you have registered, you will be able to view your students' teacher on SIS beginning August 1st. To register, click on the link below.
Walk-in Registration will take place on August 1st, from 8:00-4:00 at the school. Computers will be provided to complete registration. Students will not receive their teacher assignment until registration is completed. If you are registering a NEW student to Rees Elementary, you will need to come in the school and provide the necessary documentation provided on our website http://rees.nebo.edu/registration. You can come in anytime this summer to provide this information. Our office hours are Mon-Thur 9:00-2:00; Fri 9:00-12:00 or join us on August 1st from 8:00-4:00.
For those registering kindergarten students, if you would like your child to be considered for extended day (all day kindergarten) you will need to bring your child on August 1st to be assessed from our wonderful kindergarten teachers.
PTA will also be here on August 1st to help you with joining PTA. We are grateful to our PTA for what they provide to our school, students and teachers. Please consider how you can contribute to the school and the success of all Rees students by joining PTA.
I hope you enjoy this new registration process and find it more convenient. If you have questions you can call the school at 801-798-4055 or email me at email@example.com.
We are delighted to announce that our very own Jesus Ponce, a recent 6th grade graduate of Rees Elementary, was awarded the Freedom Award in the 2017 Freedom Festival Essay Contest. This is the highest award given in each age category. An excerpt from his speech reads "I am a proud American born from a Mexican heritage. Thanks to this country, my parents have a good life. I am very thankful for the sacrifice of every veteran. In America we are cared for by the government. This is what freedom means to me. I love this country and I will always honor the people who died for it." We are so proud of Jesus!!!