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Students at Sierra Bonita enjoyed a week full of fun during our school spirit week. Thursday was 'Crazy Hat' day.
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Sierra Bonita was privileged to hear from Mrs. Tami Pyfer, Education Advisor to Governor Herbert, during a Monday morning assembly. The assembly was a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem. Students learned the history of the National Anthem and watched as students and teachers sang, recited, danced to, and portrayed all four verses. Mrs. Pyfer encouraged students to think of the brave men and women who protect our country when they hear the National Anthem. She continued saying “think in your mind that you have a responsibility to make sure that we keep this the land of the free and home of the brave by taking advantage of your opportunities to learn here at school.” A big thank you goes to Mrs. Pyfer and all those involved in making this an unforgettable assembly.
Schedule for Wednesday, February 5
This email is to notify you that due to the upcoming funeral/internment of Sgt. Cory Wride, all Spanish Fork secondary schools will be excused at11:15 a.m. and all Spanish Fork elementary schools will be excused at 12:00 noon this Wednesday, February 5.
AM Kindergarten hours will be according to the regular kindergarten schedule (9:00 – 11:15am). PM Kindergarten will not be held on this day. Parents of AM kindergarten bus students, please see additional note coming home Tuesday.
Lunch for 1st – 6th grade students will be served beginning at 10:30am.
The Spanish Fork Police Department has advised Nebo School District that Main Street and 300 South will be closed from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m., and Spanish Fork City anticipates significant traffic delays and traffic congestion that would interfere with students leaving school at the regularly scheduled time. This early-out schedule is being implemented in order to avoid confusion and concerns associated with significant traffic issues. We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for some families, but we feel this is a small adjustment to make in order to accommodate the needs of many during this difficult time.
All Spanish Fork schools will be excused early Feb. 5. Secondary excused at 11:15; Elementary at noon.
See www.nebo.edu for details.
During the month of February students will be learning about how to be a friend. Please discuss the saying, “The only way to have a friend is to be one!” with your student. We hope that by doing this that your student will seek good friends and be a good friend. Also, we hope that you will encourage your child to spend time with those who set good examples.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Bash/ Book Fair Night will be held Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 6:30-7:30pm. We invite all Sierra Bonita families and friends to attend. Bring your books, pillows, and blankets and join the fun with books and reading throughout the school. Our PTA book fair will be open, and teachers and volunteers will be sharing books throughout the school in a fun way. Popcorn will also be served. We look forward to seeing you at this event.
School Spelling Bee - On January 24, 2014 Sierra Bonita held its school wide 3rd grade spelling bee. We are very grateful to our two PTA representatives, Jana Cazier and Amy Rassmussen, as well as Mrs. Galt, the school’s curriculum coach, who volunteered to be on our panel of judges. Two representatives from each of our five classes were chosen to participate. All ten of these wonderful spellers came very prepared having obviously studied and practiced. Our 3rd grade classes were a great audience and very supportive of their classmates. The spellers were nervous yet confident. They did so very well which was evident in the many rounds they went through before anyone missed a word. We’d like to give big congratulations to Katelyn Gause who took 1st place, Brevan Anderson who took 2nd place, and Samuel VanDyk who took 3rd place. We are already looking forward to our 4th - 6th grade spelling bee which will take place on February 21st. We would like to encourage all those students to prepare early for that great event.
National Anthem Celebration: On Monday, February 3rd the school celebrated the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem. The day began with the National Anthem being sung during morning announcements by Tami Pyfer, the Education Advisor to the Governor. There was an assembly that morning where individual students, groups of students and faculty members participated in a program of music, visual arts, drama and dance. Tami Pyfer then addressed the students as the keynote speaker. It was a wonderful event, and we would like to give our appreciation to Janna Slye and Tiffany Manwaring as well as to the students, teachers, and staff that put so much work into making the program such a meaningful success.
February 26 – School Will Dismiss at 12:00 Noon - School will be held on Wednesday, February 26, for the morning only as the afternoon will serve as a District Development Day for teachers and staff members. Students 1st – 6th will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. Lunch will be served on this day beginning at 10:30am. AM Kindergarten hours will be according to the regular kindergarten schedule. PM Kindergarten will not be held on this day.
Kindergarten Enrollment - On Thursday, March 20, from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., all Spanish Fork Elementary Schools will hold a registration for students who will be entering Kindergarten the fall of 2014. Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2014, are eligible for kindergarten. Please let all friends and neighbors know about this registration day. Thank you.
Sierra Bonita Elementary is proud to present this year’s musical – The Jungle Book
We have many 5th & 6th Grade students participating in the musical this year, and spirits are high as we work towards our performances. Please mark your calendars for the performances; April 2nd @ 9:30am, April 3rd @ 2:00pm, 7:00pm, April 4 @ 7:00pm. We invite you to bring your families, parents, neighbors to share in these wonderful performances! All performances are free and open to the public.
Dear Parents of Sierra Bonita Students,
Due to the upcoming funeral/internment of Sgt. Cory Wride, school will be dismissed at 12:00 noon this Wednesday, February 5th. The Spanish Fork Police Department has advised Nebo School District that Main Street and 300 South will be closed from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m., and Spanish Fork City anticipates significant traffic delays and traffic congestion that would interfere with students leaving school at the regularly scheduled time. This early-out schedule is being implemented in order to avoid confusion and concerns associated with significant traffic issues. We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for some families, but we feel this is a small adjustment to make in order to accommodate the needs of many during this difficult time.
If you have further questions, please contact your school.
Nebo School District
Hello Students of Sierra Bonita,
Monday, February 3rd will mark the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem. We will be holding a school-wide assembly at 9:00a.m. (right after morning announcements). We encourage you to wear Red, White and Blue this day.
Note to Choir Students: Please wear white shirt, black pants and accent in Red, White or Blue. Also, if you have a member of your family (any generation) that has served, or is currently serving in the armed forces, please bring a photo to hold while you sing a medley of the armed forces theme songs.
Sierra Bonita Elementary
Crystal Apple Award
Mr. Jeff Loreen is this year’s recipient of the Crystal Apple award. Mr. Loreen teaches 6th grade and according to his team, has a “magical” rapport with his students. When asked why students love Mr. Loreen, this is their response:
“You’re a wonderful teacher because you make me laugh so hard! Even though you are billions and billions of years old, you are still a great teacher cause age doesn’t matter.” Mylee
“You are such a good teacher because you make lessons fun and engaging. You take time to make sure students understand. You are patient but don’t let us get away with stuff. All unicorns would be proud.” Sadie
“I love how you care about each one of your students individually and how you make learning fun!” Maddie
“You are a great teacher! I’ve never had a teacher make me laugh so hard!” Megan
“I like having you as a teacher because you give us laughs every day. You are the BEST teacher EVER Mr. Loreen!” Bradley
“Mr. Tie Sway, Thank you so much for being an awesome teacher. You have made this year very fun. We’ve had lots of laughs and had fun with games while learning. You have great hair days, and the BEST NINJA SKILLS EVER!” Hailey
“Thank you for helping me through talking in front of the class and for being so nice and helpful. You’re the best teacher.” TiAnna
“U R the bestest, bestest, bestest, teacher I have EVER had! U make everything fun! Spelling tests to wacky Wednesday! I love your funny 6th grader voices!!!! I just love your vocabulary! Totes and everything! U made this the best year ever!” Kaylen
Sierra Bonita students and staff are privileged to work with Mr. Loreen.
Sierra Bonita School Spirit Week!
Monday, January 27th - Friday, January 31st
Do you have school spirit? Show us how much by dressing up each day. One winner from each class will be selected each day to come to the office for a picture.
Monday - "Jersey Day" - Show us who your favorite team is by wearing their jersey.
Tuesday - "Blast from the Past Day" - Dress up from a different Era.
Wednesday - "Switch-a-Roo Day" - Students get to dress up like the teachers and teachers get to dress up like students.
Thursday - "Hat Day" - Wear your favorite hat.
Friday - "Extreme Spirit Day" - Let's see your Sierra Bonita Pride as we dress up in our school colors, maroon and navy.
Don't forget to bring in your Box Tops this week!
**Notice of Meeting**
Sierra Bonita Elementary‘s
School Community Council
will meet on
February 3, 2014
at 11:40 in the
We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, and we wish you a Happy New Year!
During the month of January students will be learning about how to be responsible. Please discuss the saying, “If you don’t take care of your own things- then who will!” with your student. We hope that by doing this that your students accept and take responsibility for their own actions at home and at school.
SEP Conferences will be held on Wednesday, January 8. This is an important time to come and meet with your child’s teacher to discuss progress and to set goals. Reminder notes with your scheduled time will be coming home this week.
January 10 – District Development Day
There will be no school on Friday, January 10, as it is a District Development Day.
End of School Day Checkout
We need your help in reducing the number of interruptions classes are experiencing at the end of the school day due to students being checked out early. Our teachers are instructing right up to the end of each school day, but it has become increasingly difficult for them because of students being checked out. Unless it is an emergency, we'd like to encourage you not to request your child be checked out during the last 15 minutes of the day. This will assist the teachers in making the most of every minute.
School Spelling Bee
Spelling bee lists were sent home just prior to Christmas break for all 3rd – 6th grade students. We encourage all students to participate by studying the words and participating in their class spelling bee. The two top spellers from each class will participate in our school third grade spelling bee or our fourth – sixth grade spelling bee. The third grade school spelling bee will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014. Our fourth – sixth grade spelling bee will take place on Friday, February 21, 2014.
“It Pays to Read” Program
We enjoyed celebrating students’ reading achievements in a school wide “It Pays to Read” assembly just prior to Christmas break. We encourage all students to continue to read, chart reading on their monthly reading calendars, and turn in completed calendars to their teachers. Let us all work together to support our students in their reading, share with them our excitement for reading, and help them understand that “It Pays to Read!”
Student Council Food Drive
Thank you for all of your support to our Student Council Food Drive. The food drive was very successful, and your generous donations assisted many families.
Temperature, Air Quality & Outside Activities
School personnel will monitor the weather, temperature, and air quality each day to determine whether or not to have outside, choice, or inside activities. The Department of Air Quality has a web page that provides the “current conditions” of air quality for Utah County. You can find this information at www.airquality.utah.gov. We will work to follow temperature and air quality guidelines that allow students to benefit from outdoor exercise when appropriate and to provide indoor protection when outdoor activities are not recommended for all students.
Sierra Bonita Web Page
Please visit our webpage at http://sierrabonita.nebo.edu for up-to-date news and information. You can also access the page through a link at the Nebo School District’s web site located at www.nebo.edu. We express our appreciation to Sue Leber, our web page specialist, and Janna Slye, our public relations coordinator, for all of their work with school news and maintaining our webpage.