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February 2016

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bash - Wednesday, March 2nd 6:30-7:30pm

Submitted by tiffany.manwaring on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 13:01

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bash

WHO: ALL Sierra Bonita Families & Friends

WHEN: Wednesday, March 2nd 6:30-7:30pm

WHAT: Sierra Bonita Families and Friends are invited to enjoy an evening to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, reading and to visit our PTA Book Fair. Families are invited to bring books, pillows and blankets and come enjoy reading throughout the school. Book will also be shared throughout the evening in the Bears Den. Popcorn will be served!

We hope to see you all there!!


Making New Friends

Submitted by janna.slye on Sun, 02/28/2016 - 16:48

Extraordinary students fill the halls of Sierra Bonita daily however there are a few in particular who are making a huge impact on other students’ lives.  Meet Bryden Knight, Ashton Swenson, and Chase Baird, sixth grade students who are part of the Student Council Service Committee. As part of the service committee, they are responsible for helping out in a classroom. Because of their interest in helping in Miss Peggy’s classroom, these boys have formed remarkable connections in the medically fragile unit. Bryden, Ashton, and Chase are frequently found helping Miss Peggy’s special needs students. They push their wheelchairs to and from the bus, take them for walks around the school, and help them in specialty classes. In fact, they happily sacrifice their recess, lunch time, and wacky Wednesday to spend time with their new friends. When asked about the highlight of this new found friendship they unanimously agreed that “making them laugh is the best thing ever!” 


Student Council Capitol Trip

Submitted by janna.slye on Fri, 02/26/2016 - 22:43
Photo by Roxanna Orellana

Student council members from Sierra Bonita Elementary spent the day at Utah’s State Capitol. Students enjoyed a tour of the Capitol and a meeting with Senator Deidre Henderson.  Henderson discussed current bills, answered questions, and in preparation for the legislative session encouraged students to text her during the proceeding with any additional questions.

Students also had an opportunity to meet with the Education Advisor, Mrs. Tami Pyfer, who showed them around the Governor’s office.

Principal Mike Larsen emphasized the value of such field trips crediting Mr. Myles Peterson and Miss McKell Cope, the sixth grade teachers and student council advisors, for providing leadership rich opportunities.

Miss Cope said “This is such a great experience for students to see first-hand how laws are made. It showed these students leadership in action while strengthening their leadership skills. I want all of my students to see the importance of having a voice.”

Mr. Peterson considers this Capitol field trip a great opportunity for students to see how the state is governed. Peterson said “providing students with these types of authentic learning opportunities will create effective leaders throughout our school and into the future. I am proud of Sierra Bonita’s student council members.”

Thank you to Roxana Orellana from Utah Public Education for the photographs.


D.A.R.E. Program Information

Submitted by tiffany.manwaring on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 14:52

5th Grade Families- 

Over the last few weeks, we have had the opportunity for students to participate in the DARE program in coordination with the Spanish Fork Police Department.  Students have learned the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse, learned strategies for coping with emotions such as stress and anger, and developed a positive relationship with law enforcement. To celebrate participation in this program, we will be holding a DARE graduation program on Tuesday, March 1 at 2:00pm at the Sierra Bonita Auditorium.  Parents are invited to join us in this celebration.  Students should wear black or blue pants, jeans are fine, that day to school.  Students will be receiving a t-shirt to wear to the graduation that afternoon.  We don't know the color of the shirts, so to best coordinate, we make this request.  Students will perform two songs and each receive a certificate of program completion.  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Sincerely, 5th Grade Teachers


Teacher of the Year

Submitted by janna.slye on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 08:38

Congratulations to Mr. Myles Peterson on receiving Teacher of the Year Award!

Mr. Peterson, a 6th grade teacher at Sierra Bonita, has been teaching in the Nebo School District for 10 years. He graduated from Utah State University and earned his degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Mr. Peterson loves to see students succeed through leadership and 21st century skills.

Mr. Larsen describes Mr. Peterson as a person who “cares deeply about helping students succeed academically, socially, and in receiving a wealth of leadership skills. He not only provides learning opportunities within his classroom, he extends learning experiences to students before school, through technology and social media, and even through communication. Mr. Peterson also visits with state legislators at Sierra Bonita and on Capitol Hill. He brings innovation and energy to teaching and learning that not only has a positive impact on his students, but on our entire school community.”

Mr. Peterson’s colleagues love working with him. “He is organized, fun to be around, and is always flexible when needed” said Miss Cope. “He is always looking to improve his way of teaching and looking for ways to integrate technology to ensure his students are prepared for the world we live in. He is always willing to share his ideas to help better those around him as well.”

Sierra Bonita is lucky to have such a talented and gifted teacher.


Science Fair

Submitted by janna.slye on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 13:58

Congratulations to all the Science Fair winners who are moving on. We are wishing them the best of luck at BYU!

Yearbook Pre-Orders Due March 16th

Submitted by tiffany.manwaring on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 14:42

Hello Sierra Bonita Parents-

This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 16th, will be the last day to pre-order yearbooks for this spring. If you did not order a yearbook at registration and would like to ensure that your student receives one, please order one through the office by Wednesday, March 16th. The cost is $8.00.Thank you!


Sierra Bonita Elementary

Mapleton Track and Field Information

Submitted by tiffany.manwaring on Mon, 02/22/2016 - 13:55

HI Parents!

Please mark the following dates on your calendars if you would like to attend your students Track and Field day.

6th Grade - Tuesday, April 26th

5th Grade - Wednesday, April 27th

3rd Grade - Tuesday, May 10th

4th Grade - Wednesday, May 11th

**Rain Out Days May 17th-18th


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