December 2014

January Newsletter


Hello Parents!
I want to express my sincere appreciation to you for your continual support for Sierra Bonita Elementary. The outpouring of support for our Sing Around the Tree events was amazing. Your children performed so remarkably well, which helped us all to experience the joy of the season. It is such a privilege to be part of your children’s and families’ lives, especially during this special time of the year.
As a school, we have thoroughly enjoyed the school year so far and look forward to experiencing the same success the second half of the year. We thank you for all you do for children and for our school.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mike Larsen

School will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015

 SEP Conferences
Our second SEP conferences of the year will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. SignUpGenius was used to schedule these January conferences. For each appointment that has been scheduled, you should receive a confirmation email from SignUpGenius. If you have any questions or concerns about conferences or the schedule, please call the school at 801-798-4480. Our office staff will be happy to help however possible.

January 16 – District Development Day
There will be no school on Friday, January 16, as it is a District Development Day.

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 upcoming 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 23, 2015. Our fourth – sixth grade spelling bee will take place on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Student Council Food Drive
Thank you for all of your generous donations to our Student Council Food Drive. The food drive was very successful, and your generous donations assisted many Sierra Bonita families and families throughout the community.

Sierra Bonita School Musical
Sierra Bonita is proud to present this year’s Musical, Disney’s Aladdin! Performances will be March 25-27. Fifth and sixth grade students are invited to audition and participate in the play. Auditions will be held after school, January 8-9, from 3:30-4:30pm, on the stage of the auditorium. Students will be able to sign up for a time to audition in Mrs. Hightower’s room. During auditions, students will be asked to sing 30 seconds of any song of their choice and read selected lines from the script. These lines will be available to pick up in Mrs. Hightower’s room the week of auditions. There is a $25 fee for cast members due at the parent meeting on January 16. Practices will be held every Tuesday and Thursday in January/February and every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in March. If you have any questions, please contact the school. Thank you.

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 & Tiffany Manwaring, our public relations coordinators, for all of their work with school news and maintaining our webpage.

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Sing Around the Tree


Each grade level performed songs at Sierra Bonita’s traditional “Sing Around the Tree” assemblies.  Faculty members even contributed with their own rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas.  A special thank you to Santa Claus who stopped by to visit students!



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Pays to Read


Sierra Bonita student's enjoyed games and prizes at the Pays to Read Assembly.  Thanks to all involved for making this a huge success. 

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters


Winners of the 2014 Ugly Sweater Contest

 1st Prize - Mr. Myles Peterson

2nd Prize - Miss Lori Matteis and Mrs. Janna Slye

3rd Prize - Mrs. Erica Dietz

Honorable Mention - Mrs. Miranda Graves and Miss Alyssa Oldroyd

Thanks to everyone who participated!


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SCC Meeting


**Notice of Meeting**

Sierra Bonita Elementary‘s

School Community Council will meet on January 5, 2015 at 11:40 in the conference room.

Fun in Miss Olson's Class!

Tiffany Manwaring Photos by: Sherin Olson

Looks like there has been a lot of Holiday Cheer in Miss Olson's First Grade class this week!!!

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Warm The Soles

Tiffany Manwaring

We would like to send a big "Thank You" to America First Credit Union and their "Warm The Soles" program for providing shoes for students in need at our school! Thank you!!!

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Praise Note - 12-12-2014

Tiffany Manwaring photos by: Terena Anderson

Every Friday, "Praise Notes" are read during morning announcements. These students are called to the office and get thier picture taken. Students can earn a "Praise Note" by being caught doing kind things throughout the school and classrooms. Way to go!

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Classified Employee of the Year for Sierra Bonita

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Congratulations to Lori Matteis for being selected as "Classified Employee of the Year!"

Janna Slye writes: ""Lori is the backbone of my classroom.  She is behind all the creativity and fun activities.  She holds students to a high standard and makes them accountable for their successes.  I am privileged and honored to work with Lori and am lucky to have her as one of my dearest friends."

Congratulations Lori!!!

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