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January 2014

Crystal Apple

Submitted by janna.slye on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 15:31

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 Swag, 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.


Spirit Week! Monday, January 27th - Friday, January 31st

Submitted by tiffany.manwaring on Sat, 01/25/2014 - 12:12

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!

SCC Meeting

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 13:35

**Notice of Meeting**

Sierra Bonita Elementary‘s

School Community Council

will meet on

February 3, 2014

at 11:40 in the

conference room.

Health & Wellness

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 08:23

Healthy Rewards for Students

Wellness – As a school and a district, we encourage healthy living. The district’s wellness program provides health and wellness tips for all district employees. The district also encourages teachers and staff to make healthy choices within the classroom. Here at Sierra Bonita Elementary, we have created a wellness tab located at our school website to pass along health and wellness tips for our families to utilize. MyPlate has replaced MyPyramid, which shows the amounts and types of food that will benefit the health of individuals. The district’s wellness program also encourages regular physical activity. Please visit or our school’s website for more information and ideas.
Ideas for Indoor activities
Balloon Volleyball
Exercise Stations
Active Art
Hide-n-go seek
Wii fitness (or any games that provide movement)


Bears' Bulletin - January 2014

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:38

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
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 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 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 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.



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