Bears' Bulletin - March 2014

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”    Dr. Seuss

We have a lot of fun planned with our Read-a-Thon / Book Fair Week and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. Listed below are the scheduled activities and events. Thank you for all you do to help your child learn and go to all those amazing places through reading.
READ-a-THON / Book Fair Week (February 25 – March 1)
Friday, February 21 -- Students received Read-a-Thon tracking sheets. Classes set a “Whole Class Reading Goal” and helped students understand what their individual goal would need to be for the class to make its whole class goal.

Monday, February 24 -- Read-A-Thon begins. Students begin to keep track of minutes read. Students, families, and staff encourage reading all throughout week. Book Fair opens.

Wednesday, February 26 -- Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash
Who: All Sierra Bonita Families and Friends
When: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
What: Sierra Bonita Families and Friends are invited to enjoy an evening to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, reading, and to visit our PTA book fair. Families are invited to bring books, pillows, and blankets and come and enjoy reading throughout the school. Popcorn will be served!

 Thursday, February 27 -- Read Across Sierra Bonita Day Activities. Throughout the morning, students will receive passports, travel to different classrooms, and enjoy books and reading from Sierra Bonita staff. 

Monday, March 3 -- Read-a-Thon Reading Tracking Sheets to be turned into teachers.

Friday, March 7 -- Read-a-Thon treats will be distributed in the last hour of the school day to all members of each class that made its whole class reading goal.

4th-6th Spelling Bee - On Friday, February 21, 2014 Sierra Bonita held its 4th-6th grade school wide spelling bee. Two representatives from each of our 4th-6th grade classes participated making 22 spellers total. We appreciate the support from our PTA and the help from Heidi Dixon and Angie Ryskamp who served as our judges. We offer a special thanks to Shanna Stirland for organizing and conducting our spelling bee. All 22 of our amazing spellers deserve congratulations for their hard work and job well done. We’d like to recognize and congratulate our top three winners; Rachel Sweat for taking 1st place, Hailey Smith for taking 2nd place, and Bailey Shuman for taking 3rd place!! Keep up the great spelling!!

February 26 – School Will Dismiss at 12:00 Noon - School will be held on Wednesday, February 26, for the morning only as the afternoon will serve as a District Development Day for teachers and staff members. Students 1st – 6th will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. Lunch will be served on this day beginning at 10:30am. AM Kindergarten hours will be according to the regular kindergarten schedule.  PM Kindergarten will not be held on this day.

Kindergarten Enrollment - On Thursday, March 20, from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., all Spanish Fork Elementary Schools will hold an enrollment day for students who will be entering Kindergarten the fall of 2014. Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2014, are eligible for kindergarten. Please let all friends and neighbors know about this registration day. Thank you.

SEP / Student Led Conferences – Wednesday, March 19 
We are excited to share with you that our SEP conferences on March 19 will be Student Led Conferences. Student Led Conferences provide opportunities for students to make learning active as they share with parents their knowledge and understanding of essential learning outcomes specific to their grade level by completing learning activities. These conferences will also help students evaluate their performance on key standards, and in turn, accept additional responsibility for their learning.

Student Led Conferences will include two parts.

  • Part one, students will complete learning      activities with parents.
  • Part two, conferencing time with teacher if      desired by parent, student, or teacher.

Part One
We invite you to come with your student to complete the student led portion of the conference. Students will lead the conference by completing learning activities. Please come at one of the times listed on the schedule below.

Student   Led Learning Activity Schedule

First   Letter of

Last Name


First   Letter of

Last Name


A – I


A – I


H - R


H - R


S - Z


S - Z


Part Two

We invite you to schedule a time to meet with your student’s teacher if you so desire. Meeting times will be scheduled in ten minute increments. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with your student’s teacher, please call the school office prior to March 19 or sign up for a time after you have completed the student led portion of the conference. The times set aside for parents and students to meet with teachers are listed below.

Schedule   to Meet with Teacher

4:30 –   5:15

7:30 –   8:15

If more parents and students desire to meet with teacher than there are times provided, or if these times do not work into your schedule, please schedule a time with teacher to meet before or after school on another day.

Through student led conferences we hope to strengthen the partnership between home and school. We are excited about the individual progress of each student and hope that this will be a positive experience for both you and your student.