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Mrs. Beckert Receives PEAK Award

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 9:16am
Attributions: Article by Stephanie Galt. Photo by Lana Hiskey

Nebo School Distict recognizes and awards employees who show positive energy and kindness (PEAK). Sierra Bonita's facilitator, Mrs. Dana Beckert, was this month's recipient of the PEAK award.  Mrs. Stephanie Galt nominated her by saying "“Dana truly goes above and beyond to support not only interns and new teachers, but the entire faculty and staff at Sierra Bonita. She is continually working with teachers to improve their skill and craft of teaching. Dana not only supports teachers, but she organizes and manages the tier two interventions and trains, supports and assists all technicians. On top of all of this, Dana pulls students out one-on-one for individualized reading instruction. Oh, and did I mention Dana also presents monthly professional development for the entire staff? Dana shows everyone she comes in contact with what it means to truly be fully immersed in your job. She makes sure those visiting Sierra Bonita see and feel the great things happening at the school.”

Congratulations Mrs. Beckert!


Sierra Bonita Students being called heroes were featured on KSL TV

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 7:42am
Attributions: KSL TV

Four 6th graders at Sierra Bonita Elementary School are being called heroes. In the middle of recess, one of their classmates had an asthma attack.

Click here to watch the story featured on KSL:

On Monday, October 20, Eric Record, Bradley Baadsgaard, Kobe Peterson and Kai Nelson were playing football. Eric and Kai were running up field when Eric began having trouble breathing.

"My lungs felt like they were caving in, and my airway — I could feel it being blocked," Eric said.

Eric collapsed.

"We saw him grabbing his neck like this, and his veins popping out, and he's turning blue struggling for air," Bradley said.

Kai and Kobe yelled for help while Bradley ran to Eric.

"I was kind of scared that he wouldn't make it," Bradley said.

"I was feeling warm, and my eyes were kind of blurred a little bit," Eric said.

Bradley stayed calm and carried Eric to the nurse's office. He said it likely took him 30 seconds, but it felt like forever.

When the boys got to the office, Eric was hooked up to an oxygen tank. It was Eric's first asthma attack.

"Without my friends, I probably would've gone into shock," Eric said.

Eric is now ok. He's back playing football, but with an inhaler nearby.

"Oh, I have the coolest friends," said Eric.

Kimball Art Museum Visits 2nd Grade

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:39pm
Attributions: Article by Kyler Prescott, 2nd grade student
(more pictures available)

People make art with what they can find.  Art is made of material.  Art can have digital elements.  “The great thing about art is you can’t be wrong!”  Modern art is being created right now.  Art is whatever you make of it.  An artist that like to surf uses the resin he uses on his surfboard for his art.  Collage art takes many materials and puts them together to make one piece of art.  We created collage art today!


Red Ribbon Week

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:54pm

RED RIBBON WEEK:  October 27-31, 2014  
Pledge cards will be sent home with your students.  If they fill them out and bring them back to the front office during Red Ribbon Week they will get a reward.  There will be daily drawings for students who are wearing their Red Ribbon and rewards will also be given for dressing up according to the themes.

Put a cap on drugs- Wear your favorite hat!
Team up against drugs- Wear your favorite team attire!
Drugs are old fashion- Wear your favorite 50’s outfit or dress up like an old person!
From Head to Toe be drug free- Crazy hair & sock day!
Say BOO to drugs- dress up in your Halloween costume.  (Please no gory costumes, weapons or masks).



SCC Meeting

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:35pm

**Notice of Meeting**

Sierra Bonita Elementary‘s School Community Council will meet on November 3, 2014 at 11:40 in the conference room.


The Aaliyah Rose Assembly

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:43pm
Attributions: Article by Abby Green. Photos by Sherin Olson
(more pictures available)

 On September 26, 2014 Aaliyah Rose from Radio Disney came to Sierra Bonita Elementary.  She did an assembly on the theme of Follow Your Heart.  During the assembly she sang “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen, an original song titled “Not Looking for Love” and many other songs.  She also did a drawing for t-shirt’s and CD’s in between the songs.  Students earned tickets into the drawing for good behavior.  After the assembly, Aaliyah Rose visited some classrooms in the school.  She was a great singer and she will become a great artist one day.


October Bears Bulletin

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:49pm

Dear Parents,
We thank you so much for all you do for our students and our school. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for carnival fundraiser, even while the rain was coming down in buckets. We are so grateful to be a part of your family and children’s lives. We care for your children and appreciate all the happiness and joy they bring into this school each day. We extend an invitation to each parent and family member to come and participate in school events/activities, volunteer in classrooms, and to be part of our PTA. We thank you again for all that you do for students and staff members of Sierra Bonita Elementary!

Mike Larsen

 Box Tops - We express our appreciation to all families for saving their Box Tops and participating in our Box Tops program. Classes are enjoying some friendly “Box Tops” competition this week (September 29 – October 3). We invite families to please send in your Box Tops. We will have another Box Tops collection week the end of January. Thank you!

School Picture Makeup Day
School Picture Makeup Day is tomorrow, October 1st.

SEP Conferences

Our first SEP conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 22. We have been using SignUpGenius to schedule for our October and January conferences. For each appointment that is scheduled, you should receive a confirmation email from SignUpGenius. If you have any questions or concerns about SignUpGenius, please call the school at 801-798-4480. We’ll be happy to assist you.

 PTA Book Fair
We look forward to our PTA Book Fair that will be held October 20-23. Our Book Fair will have the following schedule:
Monday, October 20 – 8:30-9:30am, 3:00-3:45pm & Preview for classes throughout the school day.
Tuesday, October 21 – 8:30-9:30am, 3:00-3:45pm, and 5:00-6:30pm for Grandparents’ Afternoon/Evening
Wednesday, October 22 – 8:30-9:30am, 2:30-9:00pm during SEP Conferences
Thursday, October 23 – 8:30-10:00am;
The book fair ends on October 23 at 10:00am. Come early, so you don’t miss out on all the great books. Thank you!

Halloween & Costume Parade
Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school on Friday, October 31st. We do ask that students not wear masks, gory costumes, or bring any kind of weapon with their costume.

Our Annual Halloween Costume Parade will begin at 1:30pm, and we invite all who would like to participate or watch the parade to come and enjoy this event. Chairs will be set up in the auditorium and in the hallways for all to enjoy.

Dressing for the Weather of the Day / Lost and Found
With colder weather approaching, I wanted to share information about weather and dressing for the weather of each day. We encourage all of our students to come to school dressed appropriately for the weather of that day. Please assist your children to wear appropriate cold weather clothing.
If possible, please place a name or family name in coats and jackets, so we can get a lost coat or jacket returned.

If your child has lost a jacket, coat, or any other item, please look through the Lost and Found bins located in the hallway near the auditorium. Thank you!

Bully Blockers
At Sierra Bonita, the “Bully Blocker” program will continue to be taught and implemented by Mike Lewis, our school counselor, and our staff. Students, working with Mr. Lewis have been able to sign a pledge to be a Bully Blocker.
The promise of a Bully Blocker is:
I will...

  • Stand up to Bullying
  • Never Bully
  • Be a Friend
    We appreciate each student being a “Bully Blocker”.  If a student witnesses a bullying act taking place, directed at either himself/herself or another student, the student is to ask the individual bullying to, “please stop...” The student will then make sure the student is alright and extend care and friendship. We are proud of our students for being bully blockers and being kind and respectful to each other.

 Red Ribbon Week Message from our PTA (October 27 – 31)
Monday, October 27:  Put a Cap on Drugs!  Wear your favorite hat.
Tuesday, October 28:  Team-up against Drugs!   Wear your favorite team attire!
Wednesday, October 29:  Drugs are Old Fashion!   Wear your favorite 50’s outfit or dress up like an old person!
Thursday, October 30:  From Head to Toe, be Drug Free!  Crazy Hair & Sock Day!
Friday, October 31: Say BOO to Drugs!   Dress up in your Halloween Costume!

Story Problems

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:54am
Attributions: Article by Addie Brinkerhoff

Mrs. Youd's 2nd grade class did story problems. The students did the story problems with their friends. It was a fun day. The students learned so much.

Early Out - Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17th

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:01pm
Attributions: Tiffany Manwaring

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17th, school will dismiss at 12:00 noon.

AM Kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:15am. PM Kindergarten will not be held this day.

All AM kindergarten students who ride the bus will remain in class with their kindergarten teacher from 11:15-12:00 noon and will ride the regular first through sixth grade bus home once school is dismissed. If you wish, you may pick up your kindergarten child up when AM kindergarden dismisses at 11:15am.

Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.


Hiking Field Trip

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 8:24am
Attributions: Article and photo by Krista Hjorth

The third grade went hiking up to Whiting Campground.  They were able to stop and do activities along the way. Some of the activites included a scavenger hunt, looking at nature up close with a magnifying glass, measuring tree's, breaking the balance of force, and so many more fun activities. They enjoyed a well deserved lunch when they reached the top. It was a great field trip to kick off the year!!!! 

Friday's "Rock"

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:56pm
Attributions: Article and photo by Mrs. DeAnn Sanders

Friday afternoons rock in 4th grade! Every Friday from 2:40 until 3:10 the 4th graders gather to sing their hearts out. They sing popular songs from artists of today and classic rock from the 80's. The songs are carefully chosen for lyrics and meaning. You might be walking down the hall and hear "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor or "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi. Whatever the decade there is something for everyone and it brings a smile to all of their faces!

School Instagram

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:48pm

Many Sierra Bonita classrooms have started Instagram accounts to keep parents and students informed of upcoming events as well as providing pictures of classroom and school wide activities.  You can follow Sierra Bonita’s Instagram accounts at:

mrs.youd (Mrs. Youd 2nd grade class)

misshjorthsb (Miss Hjorth 3rd grade class)

strong4mrs (Mrs. Strong 4th grade class)

dietz4sierrabonita (Mrs. Dietz 4th grade class)

4thgrademrs.gregorysb (Mrs. Gregory 4th grade class)

sandersclass4thgrade (Mrs. Sander 4th grade class)

mrsgraves4sb (Mrs. Graves 4th grade class)

mrsgreengr5 (Mrs. Green 5th grade class)

mrpetersonrm50 (Mr. Peterson 6th grade class)

copesclass2015 (Miss Cope 6th grade class)

humansofsierrabonita (Mrs. Slye and Student Council)

sierrabonita11 (Mr. Larsen)


School Carnival Video

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:20am
Attributions: Video by: Janna Slye

Thank you for the wonderful support we received for our school carnival! We hope you all had a great time! Please enjoy the video that was put together by Janna Slye.

Ice Bucket Challenge - VIDEO!

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:04pm
Attributions: Video: Janna Slye

Please enjoy the video:

The Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation, has helped raise awareness and funds for ALS, a disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s.  Former Boston College baseball captain and ALS patient, Pete Frates was diagnosed when he was just 27 years old.  He and his family helped the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge go viral, raising millions of dollars for the ALS Association research fund.

Ice Bucket Challenge

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 5:48pm
Attributions: Photos by Sherin Olson
(more pictures available)

The Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation, has helped raise awareness and funds for ALS, a disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s.  Former Boston College baseball captain and ALS patient, Pete Frates was diagnosed when he was just 27 years old.  He and his family helped the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge go viral and increase ALS research donations to over $41 million dollars.

Friday at Sierra Bonita’s opening assembly, staff members including Principal Mike Larsen, took the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Students watched as gallons of water and ice soaked each nominee.  Many Nebo School District personnel were then nominated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Sierra Bonita is looking forward to seeing the challenge accepted!  

*for more information on the Ice Bucket Challenge nominations follow humansofsierrabonita on Instagram*


School Carnival

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:38pm
(more pictures available)

Come join us for an evening of fun and games!  We will be having our annual carnival on Monday, September 8th from 5-8pm.  The PTA will be holding a silent auction that evening and they need your help!  Attached you will find information about what you may want to donate to help prepare the baskets that will be auctioned off.  Watch for notes to be coming home as well.  Wrist bands and tickets will be on sale at the front office soon. 

We're Back!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:04pm
Attributions: Tiffany Manwaring

Bringing back the laughter our first week of school!

Our very own Shane Fawson walking around one of our Sierra Bonita students. It's great to be back!

PTA Website

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 3:48pm

Please check out our new PTA website:

Also, don't forget to check out the committees we still need volunteers for:

PTA: PTA Committees


PTA Opportunites

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:03pm

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.


PTA: PTA Committees


Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:16pm

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.

If you will be unable to attend registration on July 31, please contact the school at 801-798-4480 or let Mike Larsen know through email at


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


Upcoming Events

  • 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