May 2014

Teacher Idol

Competition was tight in this year’s Teacher Idol assembly.  Grade level teachers came together and showcased their musical talents in a friendly rivalry.  The judge panel included the notorious Captain James Hook, the narcissistic Evil Queen, Wonderland’s adventurous Alice, the thrill-seeking Kristoff, and Princess Anna of Arendelle.  Each judge brought their own unique insight to the competition.

 The show stopping performance from the sixth grade team, a surprising rendition of the popular “What Does the Fox Say,” became a clear front runner in the competition and the ultimate winner.  Ms. McKell Cope sealed the deal with unexpected dance moves taking their number right to the top!

 Third grade team’s surprising comeback grabbed a second place win.  The cleverly arranged video to American Authors “Best Day of My Life” became a quick favorite among the younger grade levels.  The show was spectacular and students loved it!

 First grade team wowed the audience with awe inspiring routine to Frozen’s “Let it go.”  The number was perfectly choreographed to Mrs. Coley’s vocal and piano accompaniment.  When questioned regarding her moving performance, Mrs. Coley replied “it’s all for the kids!” 

 The rousing 2010 FIFA World Cup anthem “Wavin Flag” was performed by the fourth grade team.  The motivational presentation brilliantly incorporated participation from all students in the fourth grade.  Judges could feel the passion behind the lyrics as fourth grade students chanted “when I get older, I will be stronger, they’ll call me freedom.”

 The judge’s panel was astonished at the performance from the second grade team; a mash up of feline inspired songs.   The judges were impressed with their purrfect costumes and outstanding choreography.  The second grade team definitely came to compete this year.

 The fifth grade team impressed the judges and audience with their superior knowledge of the states and capitals.  The fast paced upbeat “States and Capital” ditty, not only was sung flawlessly, but team members were able to correctly answer difficult follow-up geography questions.  Kudos to the fifth grade team for keeping it educational.

Thanks to everyone involved in Teacher Idol!!!

 

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Mr. Loreen's 6th Grade Play - "The Girl Who Was Different"

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Tiffany Manwaring

It is about a girl who is mistreated because she looks different than her peers.  She goes on a search to find someone more different than she is and discovers the importance of just being yourself.  Lots of laughs and a great message. These 6th grade students did a great job not only relaying the message, but acting it out as well. Nice work Mr. Loreen's class!

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Arbor Day Celebration

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Tiffany Manwaring

The City of Spanish Fork invited Sierra Bonita Elementary to take part in Arbor Day Celebration. We had our 5th and 6th grade students take part in this event. We had a short program followed by our own amazing 5th grader, Camryn Payne, who sang a beautiful rendition of 'The Giving Tree' by the Plain White T's. The student then planted a few trees and we had a special visitor by the name of Smokey The Bear!!  Thank you Spanish Fork City for allowing us this fun opportunity for our students!

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6th Grade 13 Mile Hike!

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Tiffany Manwaring

6th grade students were dropped off at Utah Lake to start their hike on the Provo River Trail. Most of them made it all the way to Bridal Veil Falls! Not too worry, if they were tired and couldn't go on, we had a bus following the entire time that they could get on. We stopped at mile 7.5, the Provo Wills Pit Stop, and had lunch. We are so proud of our 6th grade students for such a great accomplishment!

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It Pays To Read

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It pays to read for Sierra Bonita students.  An assembly was held to celebrate and reward student readers.  Students had the opportunity to shoot for cash and earn prizes.  Congratulations to Kara Hickman and Ashely Pratt, our grand prize winners.

 

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Ahoy Mateys

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article by Lori Matteis

After a long day of swabbing decks, arrrr principal, Mr. Larsen AKA Captain James Hook, helped the marooned land lubbers walk the plank.  Sierra Bonita has struck gold with Principal Larsen. Thanks for watching out for Sierra Bonita students!  

 

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Mother's Day Project

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Article by: Miss Mathews' Second Graders

On May 11th mothers all across the country were celebrated.  Miss Mathews' class made gifts for this special day.  Each student decorated a purse that contained student-made items to show their love for their moms.  A mother's purse would not be complete without a wallet, keys, coupons, and a card.  All items were made by the students.  Some even chose to add in a cell phone, band-aides, gum, receipts, etc.  We love our moms and hope they had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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Seuss Assembly

Students and staff at Sierra Bonita Elementary recognized National Poetry Month by reading and writing poetry.  A school-wide poetry contest generated hundreds of original poems from all grade levels.   A few well known judges were enlisted to help select the winning poem.  Mrs. Shanna Stirland, Park View Elementary’s new principal, Mrs. Stephanie Galt, literacy coach, Mr. Nathan Pyfer, Grammy nominated songwriter, and Mr. Jason Gray, local comedian from Studio C, were chosen to complete the daunting task of picking just a few winners.  These winners were recognized at a Seuss themed awards assembly:

Grand Prize – Parker Thomas
First Place – Julianna Matteis
Second Place – Grace Johnson
Third Place – Coleton Rasmussen

Honorable Mention
Ava Welch – Kindergarten
Cher Jackson – First Grade
Carter Brandon – Second Grade
Jaydon Matsuoko – Third Grade
Jamie Payne – Fourth Grade
Anna Linford – Fifth Grade
Sydney Mitchell – Sixth Grade

Sierra Bonita was also honored to have a few distinguished guests in attendance. Mrs. Tami Pyfer, Education Advisor to Utah Governor Herbert, introduced the keynote speaker, Lt. Governor  Spencer Cox with a poem titled “What Does the Cox Say.”  Sierra Bonita students found out that the Lt. Governor does not like cauliflower or carrots but loves music and his family.   Lt. Governor Cox shared his passion for poetry and mesmerized the students with his favorite childhood poem “Casey at the Bat.”  When invited to the next Seuss assembly, Lt. Governor Cox replied “only if I can bring my band!”  Sierra Bonita is looking forward to next year’s assembly.

 

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SCC Meeting

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**Notice of Meeting**
Sierra Bonita Elementary‘s
School Community Council will meet on May 5, 2014 at 11:40 in the conference room.

Principals' Day

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In honor of National Principals' Day, Sierra Bonita's students and staff showed their love for Principal Mike Larsen.  Under the direction of Mrs.Tiffany Manwaring, classes created hearts with thumb prints to symbolize that "once someone touches your heart, the fingerprints will last forever."  Sierra Bonita's community is aware of Mr. Larsen's dedication and the kindness that inspires and motivates everyone to be their best each day.  Mr. Larsen responded to the outpouring of love stating "I am so grateful to be part of Sierra Bonita Elementary. Our students, families, and staff members are so thoughtful and kind! I thank all of our students and staff members for making this day so special for me. Thank you to members of our school community for making Sierra Bonita such a wonderful school!"  Thank you Mr. Larsen for all you do and thanks to Mrs. Manwaring for putting together such a thoughtful tribute.

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