December 2015

Bears Bulletin January


Thank you for your wonderful support for Sierra Bonita Elementary!

School will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016

SEP Conferences
Our second SEP conferences of the year will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. SignUpGenius was used to schedule our October and the upcoming January conferences for Kindergarten through fourth grade students. We will be following the same schedule as we did in October. For each appointment that has been scheduled, you should receive a confirmation email from SignUpGenius.

As a reminder, our fifth and sixth grade SEP conferences will be held in the lunchroom. This will accommodate the need for parents to meet with their child’s homeroom teacher as well as their math teacher. Conferences for 5th & 6th will be on a first come, first serve basis.

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

Information about School Choirs – Mrs. Paice & Mrs. Staheli
We are excited to offer once again our school choir to all children 1st-6th grade. The Junior Choir is for 1st-3rd grade students and will be held on Wednesday mornings, from 8:15-8:50am, beginning on January 13. The Show Choir is for 4th-6th grade students and will be held on Thursday mornings from 8:00-8:50am, beginning January 14.

Choir registration forms will be available once we return to school next week. There is a fee of $15 for everyone who would like to participate in this second round of choir, payable to the office. If this fee is a concern for your family, please visit with Mr. Larsen to work out a plan. We want every child who would like to join the choir to come and experience the joy of singing.

January 15 – District Development Day
There will be no school on Friday, January 15, 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 29, 2016. Our fourth – sixth grade spelling bee will take place onFriday, February 5, 2016.

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 others throughout the community.

Sierra Bonita School Musical
Sierra Bonita is proud to present this year’s Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Evening performances will take place on March 24-25. If you have questions about the musical, please contact Kristin Jenkins, second grade teacher and play director.

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

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Darth Vader


Sierra Bonita Elementary had an unexpected visitor this week. Darth Vader from Star Wars came to the school and challenged Alo Tauaese to a lightsaber duel.  Alo defeated Darth Vader in a hard fought battle. However, the real excitement was when Darth Vader presented Star Wars tickets to him. It was a fun day for Alo and for Sierra Bonita students and staff.


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Student Council

This year Sierra Bonita's Student Council is doing things a little different.  Sixth grade Student Council members are creating a video for Friday morning announcements. Students are able to watch these announcements in their classrooms. This has been a fun activity for both the student council members and students.

All Friday morning announcements can be found at the following YouTube link.

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Hour of Code


All students at Sierra Bonita were able to participate in Hour of Code, a global program promoting computer science. Hour of Code week was kicked off with a great assembly with Cathi Ogden, a engineering manager at Symantec. She encouraged students to follow their dreams and generated some enthusiasm for computer science. Throughout the week students were introduced to computer programming through simple coding tutorials. A huge thank you to all those who contributed to this successful event.


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Praise Notes - 12-13-2015

Tiffany Manwaring; photo 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.

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Choir Christmas Concert


Students at Sierra Bonita enjoyed hearing the school choir sing! Students in the choir have been waking up and arriving to school an hour early to practice their songs. Those early morings sure payed off! They were wonderful!

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Praise Notes - 12/4/2015

Tiffany Manwaring; photo 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.

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Turkey Gobbling Winners!


Congratulations to those who won a frozen turkey at the Turkey Gobbling Contest!

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