September 2013

Bears' Bulletin - October 2013

 

 Dear Parents, 

Thank you for your tremendous support for Sierra Bonita. We are grateful for the partnership we have in working together to help all students learn at high levels and be successful. Thank you for supporting our School & PTA Fundraiser. This year we set a new record. The money generated from this fundraiser will be used to benefit students. We extend an invitation to all parents and school community members to take an active role in volunteering in the classroom and being part of school activities & events. We invite comments and suggestions of how we can best serve the students and families of Sierra Bonita Elementary. 

Thank you, 

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 30 – October 4). 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 this Wednesday, October 2nd

SEP Conferences 

Our first SEP conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 23. SEP Conference Sign-Up Sheets were available during our Open House and Back-to-School Night. If you were not able to sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher, Liz Worthern, our school secretary, has assigned you a time. SEP Letters, with assigned times, will be sent home just after Fall Break. If you would like to check on your SEP time or have need to make a change, please feel free to call the school. Thanks! 

PTA Bookfair 

We look forward to our PTA Bookfair that will be held October 21-24. Our Bookfair will have the following schedule: 

Monday, October 21 – Preview for classes throughout the school day. 

Tuesday, October 22 – 8:30-9:30am, 3:00-3:45pm, and 5:00-6:30pm for Grandparents Afternoon. 

Wednesday, October 23 – 8:30-9:30am, 2:30-9:00pm during SEP Conferences 

Thursday, October 24 – 8:30-10:00am 

Design, Create, Write and Imagine! 

Reflections is right around the corner, and we hope that everyone is working hard on their Reflections projects. The deadline and entry date is October 24th; please bring your projects and forms filled out to school that day. There will be a doughnut and popcorn movie party on the 28th for all of the students who turn in an entry. We will also have our awards assembly on the 5th of November at 7pm in the gym. If you still need an entry form, the office has lots of them in all of the entry categories. Thanks for working so hard on your projects, and we look forward to all of the talent pouring in. Your PTA Reflections Committee 

Halloween Costume Parade On Thursday, October 31st, at 1:00pm, we will be holding our Annual Halloween Costume Parade and invite all who would like to participate or watch the parade to come and enjoy this event. We ask that our students participate by bringing a costume to school and changing into costumes after lunch. We do ask that students not wear masks or gory costumes or bring any kind of weapon with their costume. Parents are invited to attend this parade and to help their younger children into their costumes. Chairs will be set up in the auditorium and in the hallways for all to enjoy the parade. 

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

Bully Blockers 

At Sierra Bonita this year, the “Bully Blocker” program is being introduced and implemented. At the beginning of the year, our school counselor, Mike Lewis, went to each classroom and explained the “Bully Blocker” program and shared the promise. 

The promise of a Bully Blocker is: 

I will... 

Stand up to Bullying 

Never Bully 

Be a Friend 

 

Each student was able to commit to be 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. When a member of the faculty/staff witnesses “bully blocking” taking place, the staff member will present the “bully blocker” recognition to the student. 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 28 – November 1) 

Be a Buddy Not a Bully! It’s Cool to be Kind! This year for Red Ribbon Week we are putting a STOP to bullying and being kind to everyone. 

Bullying comes in many different forms. It is when you keep picking on someone because you think you're cooler, smarter, stronger or better than them. Bullying is when a person or a group repeatedly and intentionally uses or abuse their power to intimidate, hurt, oppress or damage someone else. It can be covert or cyber-based (happening online through social networks or even through mobile phones). Bullying can be physical or emotional. 

Bullying behavior can include teasing, insulting someone (particularly about their weight or height, race, religion or other personal traits), shoving, hitting, excluding someone, or gossiping about someone. Bullying can cause a victim to feel upset, afraid, ashamed, embarrassed, and anxious about going to school. 

So we want you to stand up and say NO to bullies. Don't let it happen to you or anyone else. If you see it happening tell a teacher or another adult. Stand up and say be kind!! 

Monday, October 28: It’s cool to be kind! Crazy hair day 

Tuesday, October 29: Put a STOP to bullying! Wear red 

Wednesday, October 30: "Sock It" to bullying! Wear crazy socks 

Thursday, October 31: Boo to Bullies! 

Friday, November 1: Team up against bullying! Wear your favorite team’s shirt or school shirt. 

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SCC Meeting

**Notice of Meeting**
Sierra Bonita Elementary‘s School Community Council will meet on October 7, 2013 at 3:45 in the conference room.

 

Kindergarten Field Trip

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article by Kindergarten teachers

Kindergarten had a wonderful time on their first field trip of the year.  They focused on using their five sensed to learn about the world around them.  The students were able to engage in many different activities at the park:

  • They examined pond water looking for live critters and found some tiny tadpoles and insects in the water.  While at the pond they observed many ducks that were swimming in the water and looking for bugs to eat on the shore.  They also saw lots of colorful dragonflies.
  • They had fun looking through the binoculars and were able to see the mountains and to find birds flying in the sky.  It was fun for the Kindergarten students to be able to see things that were far away up close.
  • At the park there were many different kinds of trees.  They compared the types of leaves and needles they saw on each of the trees.  They talked about what it would feel like to be a tree and stretch their "branches" up to the sky.  They also felt the bark on the trees and discussed how it protects the tree.
  • Kindergarten students had fun walking on the boardwalk and looking at the wetlands area.  They were able to watch carefully and see spiders in their webs, water skippers on the water, tiny fish swimming, and lots of different types of grasses.  They even used their sense of hearing to listen to a bunch of croaking frogs.  
  • They tallied the different types of animals they were able to see while at the park. 
  • They even used their sense of taste to eat a gummy treat at the end of the day.  The students loved their field trip!

 

The kindergarten teachers want to give a huge THANK YOU to all the great moms and dads who were able to help out and make the experience so successful.

 

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Gateway Discovery

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Article by Melissa Green

Last Monday, the fifth grade classes had a visit from Gateway Discovery, an outreach program from the Gateway Children's Museum. All fifth grade students gathered first thing in the morning for a presentation teaching the difference between physical and chemical changes. Later in the morning, each class had an individual session with the presenter to conduct their own experiments. The fifth grade students had a great time being involved in the science experiments and look forward to next semester’s science unit.

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Early Explorers

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Article by Melissa Green

The fifth grade classes were busy learning about Early Explorers. Students worked in groups to create an Explorer Poster. Then, all the fifth grade classes got together in the gym to view all the posters and guess the identity of each explorer based on the clues given in each speech bubble. Next in Social Studies fifth grade students will be learning about Colonies and Revolution.

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Natural History Museum

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Article by Sydney Callahan (4th grade student)

Recently the fourth grade visited the Utah Natural History Museum in Salt Lake City. Buses loaded at 9:15 for an hour drive to the museum. After arrival the museum worker explained the rules and students put on their wrist bands to help keep them in groups. The first exhibit was about natural disasters. It was really cool. Student were able to see the left overs of a tornado and experience a simulation of what it looked like in the twister. They learned about hurricanes, volcanoes, wild fires, and earthquakes. The next exhibit was about life. It was fun to look through magnifying glasses and see real animals. The dinosaur exhibit was cool because it was interactive. The fourth grade loved their field trip.

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Carnival

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Article by Sydney Jenkins (6th grade student)

Sierra Bonita recently had a very successful school carnival.  On Monday, September 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 o'clock, students and their parents came and enjoyed all the activities.  There were bouncy houses everywhere, fantastic games, and even a fortune teller!  Baskets filled with fun items were also bid on.  Kids were able to buy pizza, popcorn, soda, and cotton candy.  The carnival was so much fun, you did not want to miss it!

PTA Father/Daughter Activity

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The Father/Daughter activity sponsored by the PTA which was originally scheduled for Friday, September 27th has been changed.  It will now take place on Friday, November 1st.  Please add this event to your calendars!