November 2011

Turkey Gobbling Assembly

Attributions: 
by Sarianne Condie.
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On November 22, Sierra Bonita students showed their best impression of a turkey gobble in hopes to win a turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner during the Turkey Gobbling Assembly. Each class chose their best gobbler to compete for the grade level turkey in front of the entire school. The world renowned judges did a wonderful job at picking the best gobblers to win the prize! We had a great time not only hearing turkey impressions, but the judges required some gobblers to act like turkeys to decide the winner of some grade levels. Even the faculty had a chance to show their best gobbles! Congratulations to Sophie H, Ryker R., Vanessa M., Hampton B., Michelle M., Camden S., and Mr. Loreen who won a frozen turkey and congratulations to those students who participated in the contest! You all were fantastic!

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Mountain Man visits 4th Grade

Attributions: 
by Erica Dietz
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Sierra Bonita 4th graders were entertained last week by mountain man, Scott “Grizzly” Sorensen.  Dressed in buckskin clothing, Scott demonstrated the use of various tools, traps and weapons used by the mountain men and Native Americans of the 1800s. Mr. Sorensen told the students stories of legendary mountain men such as Jedediah Smith, Jim Bridger, Kit Carson.  The students were introduced to the early methods of trapping, tanning, muzzle loading, and the telling of tall tales. They also enjoyed a slide show of many of the animals the mountain men would have encountered as well as pictures from the mountain man rendezvous held at Fort Bridger, Wyoming each year. It truly made western history and the mountain men era come alive for students.

Author Brandon Mull Visits Sierra Bonita

Attributions: 
by Jill Strong. Photos by Tiffany Manwaring.
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Fablehaven author Brandon Mull recently visited the 3rd-6th grade students at Sierra Bonita Elementary. He began his visit by telling about his journey in becoming a writer and introduced his books. Some of the students then got to participate in a game of creating an imaginary world. The focus of the presentation was using your imagination. Brandon shared pictures of places he has visited because of his writing/imagination. They were given ideas on how to improve their writing and encouraged to read. The students were very engaged during the presentation and were very excited to have such a famous author visit.

4th Grade Water Conservation

Attributions: 
by Jill Strong
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Sierra Bonita’s fourth grade students participated in a water presentation this week. The purpose of the presentation was to review the water cycle and learn about Utah’s watershed area. The students were also taught about their role in water conservation and about the different sources of pollution that negatively affect our resources. The students were able to actively participate during the presentation and came away with a lot of new information.

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Scera Theater

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by Kristen Jenkins
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First grade students from Sierra Bonita Elementary School enjoyed the morning at Scera Theater’s production of “How I Became a Pirate” at the end of October 2011. During the play they enjoyed the exuberant pirates and theatrical singing and story line. Some of their favorite characters were Captain Braid Beard and Sharktooth. The story started with a boy that went on an adventure with a small group of pirates. While on the ship he learned how to act like a pirate, but decided after many adventures that a life of piracy was not the life for him. The actors really brought the book to life on stage. It was a wonderful way to spend the morning.

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Pumpkinland

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by Sue Leber
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On October 24, 2011 the Sierra Bonita Kindergarten students had the opportunity to visit Pumpkinland. While at Pumpkinland the students were able to see many different types of pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Some liked the white pumpkins or the funny green, bumpy squash and others preferred the traditional orange pumpkin. They were able to see all sizes of pumpkins growing in Farmer Grant’s pumpkin patch. Students also enjoyed a corn maze that had a secret room (some of them found it and some didn’t!). During our time at Pumpkinland students participated in completing an I Spy paper on which they circled all of the fall items they were able to find. Students also enjoyed seeing turkeys, rabbits, chickens, goats and peacocks. We had a great time seeing some of the signs of fall

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4th Grade Symphony

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by Jill Strong. Photo by Erica Dietz
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The fourth grade students at Sierra Bonita Elementary had the opportunity to watch one of their peers perform in the Utah Valley Symphony. Amelia Bateman along with eleven other Utah County students performed a violin piece on Thursday, October 27. The Utah Valley Symphony put on a wonderful performance and getting to listen to one of Sierra Bonita's students perform was an amazing experience.

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