Please check out our new PTA website:
Also, don't forget to check out the committees we still need volunteers for:
Thank you for all of the parents who joined the PTA and signed up to volunteer at school registration. We still have volunteer opportunities and needs. Please consider volunteering to help make this year a success. Click on the link below to see where there is a need.
Welcome to Sierra Bonita Elementary!
We extend a warm welcome to students, parents, and families of Sierra Bonita Elementary, Home of the Bears. We look forward to working with each member of our school community to achieve our school mission statement:
In partnership with parents and community, our mission at Sierra Bonita Elementary is to create high levels of learning for every student, celebrate individual differences and abilities, and inspire responsible citizenship and lifelong success.
During this upcoming school year, working together as partners, we will ensure that all students experience this success. Thank you for your support for Sierra Bonita Elementary!
School Registration Day
School registration for all new and returning students will be held on Thursday, July 31, from 7:30am-4:00pm.
According to new state policy, the school and the PTA are required to receive money/payments separately. We just wanted you to have this information prior to registration day so you can be best prepared to make payments for t-shirts, school lunch, yearbooks, school donations, etc.
Students new to Sierra Bonita will need to have a birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency documentation.
School Community Council Elections
Elections for three parent positions on the school community council will be held August 18-27, 2014. We invite all parents/guardians to consider having their name added to the school community council ballot. If you would like to add your name to the ballot, please contact Mike Larsen by Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 801-798-4480 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- School Registration (For all new and returning students) - Thursday, July 31, from 7:30am-4:00pm
- School Open House – Monday, August 18, 1:00-3:00pm
- First Day of School (1st – 6th) – Tuesday, August 19, 9:00am
- First Day of Kindergarten – Tuesday, August 26
- Back to School Night – Wednesday, August 27, 6:30pm
- School Carnival Fundraiser – Monday, September 8, 5:00-8:00pm
Congratulations to our Sierra Bonita science fair winners:
Anna Linford received the Ira A. Fulton Grand Award for her science project “The Desolation of Acid”
Dave Lundgreen and Quade Chidester placed third for their science project “Bright about Light”
Maddison Davis and Maya Buck placed third for their science project “The Rings of Staturn Look Solid…Are They Really?”
Six of Sierra Bonita's teachers have completed their masters course work,through SUU, this summer and celebrated with their classmates at the ALC. They are excited to share everything they learned with the entire faculty and implement new ideas in their classrooms this upcoming school year. Congratulations to Mrs. Jenkins, Mrs. Gregory, Mrs. Mathews, Mrs. Beckert and Mrs. Averett! (Not pictured Erin Creamer)
We are so proud of you!!!
Competition was tight in this year’s Teacher Idol assembly. Grade level teachers came together and showcased their musical talents in a friendly rivalry. The judge panel included the notorious Captain James Hook, the narcissistic Evil Queen, Wonderland’s adventurous Alice, the thrill-seeking Kristoff, and Princess Anna of Arendelle. Each judge brought their own unique insight to the competition.
The show stopping performance from the sixth grade team, a surprising rendition of the popular “What Does the Fox Say,” became a clear front runner in the competition and the ultimate winner. Ms. McKell Cope sealed the deal with unexpected dance moves taking their number right to the top!
Third grade team’s surprising comeback grabbed a second place win. The cleverly arranged video to American Authors “Best Day of My Life” became a quick favorite among the younger grade levels. The show was spectacular however judges felt the video may have sent the wrong message regarding what teachers do in their free time. Encouraging questionable behaviors such as riding scooters in the hallways and throwing water balloons from the school rooftop, along with other shenanigans, seemed to be the overall theme.
First grade team wowed the audience with awe inspiring routine to Frozen’s “Let it go.” The number was perfectly choreographed to Mrs. Coley’s vocal and piano accompaniment. When questioned regarding her moving performance, Mrs. Coley replied “it’s all for the kids!”
The rousing 2010 FIFA World Cup anthem “Wavin Flag” was performed by the fourth grade team. The motivational presentation brilliantly incorporated participation from all students in the fourth grade. Judges could feel the passion behind the lyrics as fourth grade students chanted “when I get older, I will be stronger, they’ll call me freedom.”
The judge’s panel was astonished at the performance from the second grade team; a mash up of feline inspired songs. The judges were impressed with their purrfect costumes and outstanding choreography. The second grade team definitely came to compete this year.
The fifth grade team impressed the judges and audience with their superior knowledge of the states and capitals. The fast paced upbeat “States and Capital” ditty, not only was sung flawlessly, but team members were able to correctly answer difficult follow-up geography questions. Kudos to the fifth grade team for keeping it educational.
Thanks to everyone involved in Teacher Idol!!!
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It is about a girl who is mistreated because she looks different than her peers. She goes on a search to find someone more different than she is and discovers the importance of just being yourself. Lots of laughs and a great message. These 6th grade students did a great job not only relaying the message, but acting it out as well. Nice work Mr. Loreen's class!
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The City of Spanish Fork invited Sierra Bonita Elementary to take part in Arbor Day Celebration. We had our 5th and 6th grade students take part in this event. We had a short program followed by our own amazing 5th grader, Camryn Payne, who sang a beautiful rendition of 'The Giving Tree' by the Plain White T's. The student then planted a few trees and we had a special visitor by the name of Smokey The Bear!! Thank you Spanish Fork City for allowing us this fun opportunity for our students!
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6th grade students were dropped off at Utah Lake to start their hike on the Provo River Trail. Most of them made it all the way to Bridal Veil Falls! Not too worry, if they were tired and couldn't go on, we had a bus following the entire time that they could get on. We stopped at mile 7.5, the Provo Wills Pit Stop, and had lunch. We are so proud of our 6th grade students for such a great accomplishment!
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It pays to read for Sierra Bonita students. An assembly was held to celebrate and reward student readers. Students had the opportunity to shoot for cash and earn prizes. Congratulations to Kara Hickman and Ashely Pratt, our grand prize winners.
After a long day of swabbing decks, arrrr principal, Mr. Larsen AKA Captain James Hook, helped the marooned land lubbers walk the plank. Sierra Bonita has struck gold with Principal Larsen. Thanks for watching out for Sierra Bonita students!
On May 11th mothers all across the country were celebrated. Miss Mathews' class made gifts for this special day. Each student decorated a purse that contained student-made items to show their love for their moms. A mother's purse would not be complete without a wallet, keys, coupons, and a card. All items were made by the students. Some even chose to add in a cell phone, band-aides, gum, receipts, etc. We love our moms and hope they had a wonderful Mother's Day!
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Students and staff at Sierra Bonita Elementary recognized National Poetry Month by reading and writing poetry. A school-wide poetry contest generated hundreds of original poems from all grade levels. A few well known judges were enlisted to help select the winning poem. Mrs. Shanna Stirland, Park View Elementary’s new principal, Mrs. Stephanie Galt, literacy coach, Mr. Nathan Pyfer, Grammy nominated songwriter, and Mr. Jason Gray, local comedian from Studio C, were chosen to complete the daunting task of picking just a few winners. These winners were recognized at a Seuss themed awards assembly:
Grand Prize – Parker Thomas
First Place – Julianna Matteis
Second Place – Grace Johnson
Third Place – Coleton Rasmussen
Ava Welch – Kindergarten
Cher Jackson – First Grade
Carter Brandon – Second Grade
Jaydon Matsuoko – Third Grade
Jamie Payne – Fourth Grade
Anna Linford – Fifth Grade
Sydney Mitchell – Sixth Grade
Sierra Bonita was also honored to have a few distinguished guests in attendance. Mrs. Tami Pyfer, Education Advisor to Utah Governor Herbert, introduced the keynote speaker, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox with a poem titled “What Does the Cox Say.” Sierra Bonita students found out that the Lt. Governor does not like cauliflower or carrots but loves music and his family. Lt. Governor Cox shared his passion for poetry and mesmerized the students with his favorite childhood poem “Casey at the Bat.” When invited to the next Seuss assembly, Lt. Governor Cox replied “only if I can bring my band!” Sierra Bonita is looking forward to next year’s assembly.
**Notice of Meeting**
Sierra Bonita Elementary‘s
School Community Council will meet on May 5, 2014 at 11:40 in the conference room.
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In honor of National Principals' Day, Sierra Bonita's students and staff showed their love for Principal Mike Larsen. Under the direction of Mrs.Tiffany Manwaring, classes created hearts with thumb prints to symbolize that "once someone touches your heart, the fingerprints will last forever." Sierra Bonita's community is aware of Mr. Larsen's dedication and the kindness that inspires and motivates everyone to be their best each day. Mr. Larsen responded to the outpouring of love stating "I am so grateful to be part of Sierra Bonita Elementary. Our students, families, and staff members are so thoughtful and kind! I thank all of our students and staff members for making this day so special for me. Thank you to members of our school community for making Sierra Bonita such a wonderful school!" Thank you Mr. Larsen for all you do and thanks to Mrs. Manwaring for putting together such a thoughtful tribute.
We express our appreciation to our wonderful school community for making this school year so successful. We have the most remarkable students and families and are so grateful to have every one of our families a part of Sierra Bonita. We appreciate the partnership we have with you as we work together to create high levels of learning for every student, celebrate individual differences and abilities, and inspire responsible citizenship and lifelong success for all of our students.
Class Request Information for the 2014-2015 School Year
A change has been made this year to the process of sharing class placement requests and special considerations for next school year. I ask that parents who would like to share a request or other information with me regarding their child’s class placement for next year, to please come to the school’s front office during the request window of May 19-30 to receive and fill out a request form. Forms will include specific guidelines regarding the request process. In order for a request to be accepted, it must be completed according to the guidelines, have a secretary’s signature approving the form, and must be received by a member of our office staff during the request window (May 19-30). Forms will not be sent home. I will consider the gathered information along with other academic and school information as I work to create classes that are balanced according to range of student ability, behaviors, gender, and the number of students. If you have any questions, please visit with me or a member of the school’s office staff. Thank you. Mike Larsen
We invite you to please send in your Boxtops. Our final collection for this year will take place during Boxtops Week that will be held May 5-9. Thank you for all of your support for Boxtops! We will continue this program next year, so please continue to collect all throughout the summer.
We share our appreciation to Christina Otis and our sixth grade orchestra students for all of their time and effort given to our school orchestra. The orchestra will be sharing their musical talents during an end-of-year performance that will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00pm. We invite everyone to come and enjoy this event!
PTA Family Movie Night
Please add our PTA Movie Night to your calendars. It’s scheduled for Friday May 16, at 8:45pm.
End of Year Testing
Thank you for all the support you have provided and continue to provide your students as they complete End-of-Year Testing.
We will be offering a Summer Library Program for all Sierra Bonita families using books from our Take Home Library. We invite families to participate by checking out books from 9:00-11:00am on the following Wednesdays: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. We appreciate Anita Hales for coordinating and running our summer library program.
We appreciate efforts taken to keep a positive balance on all school lunch accounts. When accounts are nearing a zero balance, a red stamp is placed on the student’s hand by the lunch secretary to serve as a reminder to pay lunch money. If you have any questions about student accounts or other lunch questions, please call Glenett Ponis, our lunch secretary, at 798-4499.
Last Day of School and Kindergarten Programs Information
The last day of school for 1st-6th grade students will be Friday, May 30th. This will be a half day of school, and students will be dismissed at noon. Lunch will be served on the last day beginning at 10:30am, and bussing will run as normal beginning at noon. The last day of kindergarten will be on Friday, May 23rd. Kindergarten programs for parents, families, and friends will be held on May 23rd, at 10:00am for morning kindergarten students and at 2:00pm for afternoon kindergarten students.
Lost and Found
We have a LARGE collection of lost and found items that have not been claimed by owners. We ask families to look through our lost and found bins before the end of the school year. The bins are located in the hallway near the auditorium. Items remaining at the school after May 30th will be donated to charity.
Fall Registration for all Nebo Elementary Schools
Please put Thursday, July 31, 2014, on your calendar for Elementary Fall Registration. This registration will be for all new and returning students. This is the day to pick up information packets, make donations, order school shirts, and more.
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Sierra Bonita Elementary held their annual "fun run" on Saturday, April 26th. Despite the rainy weather, dozens of students and parents came out to support the event. Congratulations to Jared Taylor, winner of both the 5k and 1 mile run. Thank you to all the participants and volunteers and a huge "thanks" to Mrs. Erin Creamer for making it such a success!