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I grew up in Provo Utah. I am the middle child out of 3 girls. Growing up my mom, dad, sisters and I loved to watch movies, play games, go camping and travel. I have almost been married for a year now to my best friend Peter Haines. I got married in November of 2018, in Salt Lake city. One of my favorite things, is being an aunt to my 2 nephews who are only 6 days apart from each other. I love watching them grow and learn new things.
This summer my husband, brother & sister in-law, nephew and I were able to take a trip to South Dakota to Mt. Rushmore. It was one of the coolest things I've seen. I was particularly excited to go there because this year I get to teach United States history to my 5th graders. Some of my favorite things in this world are my husband, family, reading, my HUGE book collection, watching movies, Gilmore Girls, Dr. Pepper, Sodalicious, warm chocolate chip cookies, sweatshirts, campfires, thunderstorms, and coloring.
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Our 5th graders are getting a good start to writing by learning and practicing the elements of sentence and paragraph structure. Today we focused on adding relevant details to compliment our topic sentence in a good paragraph.
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Here in Mrs. Tautu's first grade class we have been working on our reading stamina! Since the second day of school we have been practicing getting ourselves in reading position and timing ourselves to see how long we can keep up all the expectations of reading to ourselves or reading to a partner! We have seen SUCH growth! Our reading stamina has strengthened since the first of the year from three minutes of straight reading to TEN whole minutes! We are developing amazing reading stamina and strengthening our "reading muscles". We are also learning how to choose books that are just right for each student! This way we can decide which books are good for reading all alone without being too hard or too easy.
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In May 2018, 2nd graders from Brookside Elementary did a drive for loose change to turn over to the Food and Care Coalition. The coalition can buy about $500 worth of food with every $200. We were able to collect $654.93. WOW! That is over $1500 in food that they were able to buy. Besides fulfilling one of the social studies core standards of doing something for the community, second graders got practice sorting, counting, adding, and graphing money.
We are off to a great start for a wonderful school year. We bagan by welcoming the students back to school with a red carpet, balloons, and excitement. Thank you to everyone who helped provide this lively welcome.
Here are a few items of business as we begin our second week:
On September 12th, Brookside students have the opportunity to perform at the Nebo School District Board Meeting. Tami Evans has volunteered to put a choir together for that performance. They will practice each Wednesday afternoon until the performance date. This choir is for 4th through 6th grade students but 2nd and 3rd grade students are invited to join as well if they have an older sibling participating in the choir. We appreciate Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Gallagher for helping with this event and we appreciate your support.
This Friday at 2:45 pm we will be having our first fire drill of the year. I know this can be a frightening experience for our younger students so I wanted to make you aware of the drill in case you wanted to talk to your student prior to the drill. The office staff and teachers will help students understand that it is just a drill and that everything is OK. More information about our emergency drills can be found on the school’s web page in the parent handbook. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Be watching for September’s Parent Newsletter. I will be sending it out toward the end of this week.
Have a wonderful evening and, again, thank you for all your support!
Look at what many of our Brookside Tiger's were caught doing: Amelia Crawford was cleaning up trash on the playground, Kennedy Dabb listens to the teacher and does her best work, Tiffany Eaglefeather is on time to school and ready to have a great day, Henry Orme helped clean up someone else's mess, Hayden Harman is ready to listen to instructions. He works hard to be on task and is a friend to everyone, Shawn Costello has been doing a great job of raising his hand before speaking, Annie Stewart is always polite to others. She is constantly helping others and always says thank you, Mac Christensen really worked hard writing his story this week. he smiled a lot this week too, Quinn Rummage always works hard and follows all our class rules with a smile on her face, Aubree Forbes is helpful when a classmate was hurt, Brielle Ballard is always listening and participates, Adam Archer helps classroom neighbors find their math page, Loraine Anderson is quiet and always listens, Brandt Knoebel picked up trash on the playground without being asked, Alexa Salazar gave a friend her extra headphones while on computers, Olivia Milligan helped a classmate put together their notebook, Taycee Anderson always raises her hand to ask questions, Dominick Mortensen is using polite language and helping the class to stay quiet while working, Joel Arbon went to sit by someone who was alone at recess and is a good friend to others, Ashley Fitzgerald always has a smile on her face and is kind and cheerful in class, Madison Fay is going above and beyond in her writing every day, Maya Arreola has jumped right in at a new school and works hard, Jakzen Vanpatten is always respectful and on task in class. He is also a good example to others.
Thank you students. we love your TIGER PRIDE!
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona with my three siblings and parents. I am the aunt to two nieces, who just started Kindergarten, and two nephews, one who just started preschool and another who was born at the beginning of August. I love to be with my family and make fun memories with them. I recently was married to my husband Tyler Willis. We just moved this summer to Utah so my husband can go to school at BYU.
Some of the things that I love to do are swim, read, travel, watch sports, and go on adventures. This summer I had the opportunity to see Mayan ruins in Mexico and it was amazing! I have also loved traveling to Thailand and around Europe.
I graduated from Brigham Young University where I earned a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in TESOL. My first year teaching I taught first grade at Riverview Elementary School in Spanish Fork. After my first year I moved back to Arizona to teach and be closer to my family. For the past three years I taught first grade at Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School in Phoenix. After choosing to return to Utah I was very excited to be given the opportunity to teach first grade for my fifth year once again in the Nebo School District. I can't wait to make many great memories at Brookside Elementary!
Brookside is off to a great start this year. We have many students who have earned praise notes this week. Students can earn a praise note by being caught doing something great at school. Helping others, being kind, clean, obedient, and other praiseworthy acts. Basically showing Tiger Pride. We hope every student will earn a praise note this year!
Malachi Kentjana Putra helped set up chairs, Camilla Holloway and Evie Ostler helped organize their teacher's cupboard, Ava Moore put away the supplies without being asked, Caroline Felix participated in class with a positivie attitude, Quin Clegg took care of the lunch count without being asked. Also, she helped other students, Anna Larsen picked up garbage in the classroom, Porter Yeagley went above and beyond in caring for a friend, David Carson volunteered to take the lunch bin down, Audrey Moore volunteered to take the lunch bin down and is always willing to help.
Thank you students! We sure appreciate your helping in making out school great! Go Tiger Pride.
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Thank you to the generosity of our Brookside parents, the students of Brookside were treated to a walk down the red carpet yesterday for the 1st day of school. It was complete with music, banners, lots of balloons and teacher's lining the way. Many of the teacher's enjoyed their own walks down the carpet as well. It was a wonderful start to what is sure to be a fantastic year!
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We love our crossing guard here at Brookside. This is her 2nd year and she crosses kids 3 times a day! She grew up in Springville and attended Art City Elementary. She has 5 children and 3 grandchildren. She loves the outdoors especially hiking, floating the river and fishing. She loves Jelly Belly Candy. She is married to Dan who is an electrical/general contractor. She has 2 dogs, a hedgehog, snake, and 5 bunnies. They go to Yellowstone to their cabin every summer, this summer they went to fish lake. Thank you Mrs. Collings, we sure sure appreciate you.
Online registration opened – July 25 th
Walk-in registration – August 1 st from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Class placement information shared beginning August 1st on SIS for students registered before August
1st . For those students registered on or after August 1st , class placement information will be available
August 7th .
School Open House – Monday, August 20, 4:00-6:00 pm
First day of school (1st -6th ) – Tuesday, August 21, 9:00 am
First day of kindergarten – Tuesday, August 28.
Your donation is SO important to our school. These monies are used for student field trips, student classroom
supplies, assemblies, activities, etc. When you register ONLINE, there will be a link to RevTrak to pay
donations. We are asking for $25 per student. Thank you for taking the time to complete this portion of the
registration process. You can also pay the donation fee in the office with a check, cash or credit card.
School Community Council Elections
Elections for 2 parent positions on the School Community Council will be held August 20-28, 2018. 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 Dana Beckert by August 15, 2018 at 801-489-2830 or through email at email@example.com.
We just wanted to remind you that our walk-in registration will be held tomorrow, August 1st from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm here at Brookside Elementary.
Walk-in registration –
• For those who did not complete online registration and need our computer lab to do so.
• For first time Brookside students required to bring documentation.
• For returning students with changes to custody, medical or residency status. (Please bring documentation.)
All registration needs to be done online and will need to be completed by tomorrow evening.
We will have our computer lab open for anyone who may need help completing the online registration.
For those of you who have access to a computer and would like to register at home, you can do so through our Brookside webpage. The registration link is located at the top of the page along with the usual links or you cansimply go to http://brookside.nebo.edu/registration. Please remember to sign the disclosure documents. If you have successfully registered your child, you will receive an email. If not, please log back in to complete it. Our goal is to have all students registered by the end of the day on August 1 st so enrollment numbers can be finalized and class placements complete by August 7 th . Thank you for your help with this!
The PTA will be here August 20th during the open house to take membership dues, t-shirt orders, and answer questions. They would love all of our wonderful parents to join and help out throughout the year.
Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits are available online. You must apply each school year for benefits. Meal Benefit Applications are processed for benefit eligibility at the Nebo District Office site in Spanish Fork by an authorized Child Nutrition Representative beginning mid-July. For assistance with your application, call (801) 354-7438 or visit the Nebo District Office (350 S Main, Spanish Fork 84660).
- Free and Reduced-Price Applications will be available here beginning mid July.
- ELIGIBILITY CHART and FAQ About Free and Reduced Price Meals [ en Español ].
- Fill out your Free and Reduced Meal Application Online.
FEE WAIVER ASSISTANCE IS NOW ADMINISTERED BY THE AUTHORIZED SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE (PRINCIPAL) WITH DOCUMENTATION OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
The student ID# is also the meal computer access# entered to receive a meal.
Meal payments are made at the school of the student, online through PayPams, or by calling our office at (801) 354-7438.
To request meal substitutions or other special meal accommodations the Special Dietary Needs Request form must be completed and certified by a licensed medical authority (M.D., P.A., D.O., A.P.R.N., N.D., or N.M.D.). Forms can be submitted at the school or directly to the Child Nutrition office for approval Please contact our office at (801) 354-7438 with any questions.
Nutritious free meals are available for children ages 18 and younger at many Utah locations throughout the summer while school is out of session. In our area, meals are served in Springville, Spanish Fork, Payson, and Santaquin. For free meals in other areas visit the USDA website at https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or contact the Utah State Board of Education, Child Nutrition Programs at 801-538-7680.
Nebo Menu PricesBreakfast RegularReducedElementary$1.50$.30Secondary$1.50$.30Adult/Visitor*$2.00 Lunch RegularReducedElementary$2.00$.40Secondary$2.50$.40Adult/Visitor*$4.00 *Visitor includes both Students and Adults that are not included in the Student Information System.
You may now Pay for Meals Online.
Parents, we hope you are having a wonder summer. We would like to give you just a quick reminder that school registration is on line. The online window will open on July 25th. If you need to register in person we will be open on August 1st from 8am-4pm. Please call us with any questions. 801-489-2830.