Kindergarten Field Trip

article by Kindergarten teachers

Kindergarten had a wonderful time on their first field trip of the year.  They focused on using their five sensed to learn about the world around them.  The students were able to engage in many different activities at the park:

  • They examined pond water looking for live critters and found some tiny tadpoles and insects in the water.  While at the pond they observed many ducks that were swimming in the water and looking for bugs to eat on the shore.  They also saw lots of colorful dragonflies.
  • They had fun looking through the binoculars and were able to see the mountains and to find birds flying in the sky.  It was fun for the Kindergarten students to be able to see things that were far away up close.
  • At the park there were many different kinds of trees.  They compared the types of leaves and needles they saw on each of the trees.  They talked about what it would feel like to be a tree and stretch their "branches" up to the sky.  They also felt the bark on the trees and discussed how it protects the tree.
  • Kindergarten students had fun walking on the boardwalk and looking at the wetlands area.  They were able to watch carefully and see spiders in their webs, water skippers on the water, tiny fish swimming, and lots of different types of grasses.  They even used their sense of hearing to listen to a bunch of croaking frogs.  
  • They tallied the different types of animals they were able to see while at the park. 
  • They even used their sense of taste to eat a gummy treat at the end of the day.  The students loved their field trip!


The kindergarten teachers want to give a huge THANK YOU to all the great moms and dads who were able to help out and make the experience so successful.


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Gateway Discovery

Article by Melissa Green

Last Monday, the fifth grade classes had a visit from Gateway Discovery, an outreach program from the Gateway Children's Museum. All fifth grade students gathered first thing in the morning for a presentation teaching the difference between physical and chemical changes. Later in the morning, each class had an individual session with the presenter to conduct their own experiments. The fifth grade students had a great time being involved in the science experiments and look forward to next semester’s science unit.

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Early Explorers

Article by Melissa Green

The fifth grade classes were busy learning about Early Explorers. Students worked in groups to create an Explorer Poster. Then, all the fifth grade classes got together in the gym to view all the posters and guess the identity of each explorer based on the clues given in each speech bubble. Next in Social Studies fifth grade students will be learning about Colonies and Revolution.

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Natural History Museum

Article by Sydney Callahan (4th grade student)

Recently the fourth grade visited the Utah Natural History Museum in Salt Lake City. Buses loaded at 9:15 for an hour drive to the museum. After arrival the museum worker explained the rules and students put on their wrist bands to help keep them in groups. The first exhibit was about natural disasters. It was really cool. Student were able to see the left overs of a tornado and experience a simulation of what it looked like in the twister. They learned about hurricanes, volcanoes, wild fires, and earthquakes. The next exhibit was about life. It was fun to look through magnifying glasses and see real animals. The dinosaur exhibit was cool because it was interactive. The fourth grade loved their field trip.

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Article by Sydney Jenkins (6th grade student)

Sierra Bonita recently had a very successful school carnival.  On Monday, September 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 o'clock, students and their parents came and enjoyed all the activities.  There were bouncy houses everywhere, fantastic games, and even a fortune teller!  Baskets filled with fun items were also bid on.  Kids were able to buy pizza, popcorn, soda, and cotton candy.  The carnival was so much fun, you did not want to miss it!

PTA Father/Daughter Activity


The Father/Daughter activity sponsored by the PTA which was originally scheduled for Friday, September 27th has been changed.  It will now take place on Friday, November 1st.  Please add this event to your calendars! 


Welcome to Sierra Bonita Elementary!

We extend a warm welcome to students, parents, and families of Sierra Bonita Elementary, Home of the Bears. We look forward to working with each member of our school community to achieve our school mission statement:

In partnership with parents and community, our mission at Sierra Bonita Elementary is to create high levels of learning for every student, celebrate individual differences and abilities, and inspire responsible citizenship and lifelong success. 

During this upcoming school year, working together as partners, we will ensure that all students experience this success. Thank you for your support for Sierra Bonita Elementary!

School Registration Day 

School registration for all new and returning students will be held on Thursday, August 1, from 7:30am-4:00pm. If you will be unable to attend registration on August 1, please contact the school at 801-798-4480 or let Mike Larsen know through email at


School Community Council Elections 

Elections for three parent positions on the school community council will be held August 21-29, 2013. We invite all parents/guardians to consider having their name added to the school community council ballot. If you would like to add your name to the ballot, please contact Mike Larsen by Monday, August 19, 2013, at 801-798-4480 or through email at

Upccoming Events

  • School Registration (For all new and returning students) - Thursday, August 1, from 7:30am-4:00pm
  • School Open House – Wednesday, August 21, 1:00-3:00pm
  • First Day of School (1st – 6th) – Thursday, August 22, 9:00am
  • First Day of Kindergarten – Thursday, August 29
  • Back to School Night – Thursday, August 29, 6:30pm
  • School Carnival Fundraiser – Monday, September 9, 5:00-8:00pm 


T’was the Night Before Idol

third grade team

T’was the night before Teacher Idol,

and all through the school

all teachers were hiding,

preparing to act cool.


The stage was all set

for the next day with care

in hopes that all teams,

would participate there.


The great day arrived with 1st grade taking the stage,

they started things off, with One Direction

who is ALL the rage!

They looked like five delicate swans, swooshing and swirling

When what to our wondering eyes should appear,

none other than Luke Skywalker, and his father so dear.


Next, we welcomed 3rd….Wheatley, Malo, Latham, and Pyne

They put together a show, dazzling and divine.

Lack of audio enhancement was the cause of their decline.

Judge Simon Cowell called it an up and down ride,

as he winked to the crowd looking from side to side.


5th then took the stage with the Gummi Bear Song

They know how to ROCK it, as all joined along.


Those sixth grade men throw a bash after school

Enlightening all teachers, that ‘cupid’ leaps really are COOL!


Mrs. Slye, Casey, and Miss Peggy so brave…definitely were not born in a cave.

Peggy bolted out a magnificent tune

As all three together danced with a cup, not a spoon.

Casey, never missed a beat.

While Mrs. Slye had a stash in her desk, as her other cups took fleet.

To the naked eye, one never would have known,

as her quick and tricky handiwork replaced the one flown.


A hard act to follow, thought 2nd grade as they entered the playing field.

Competition had been stiff,

but there was NO WAY they would yield.

With confidence and poise they began their tribute,

singing a song about trouble,

they hoped they wouldn’t get the boot.

Glamorous judge Mariah declared with absolute glee,

“Girls, that was Trouble, with a capital T.”


Last, but not least, our technicians stood strong.

They showed us things CAN be done with a BANG and a BONG!


Kindergarten and 4th missed most of the day,

for they were out learning on fieldtrips

more than ten miles away.


When students returned to their classrooms with care,

word had already been made known

that the 2nd grade team were the new heirs to the throne.


Anxiously we’ll await the performances of next year,

when the competition will resume,



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This is the Place

story by Elise Jones (4th grade student) photos by Erica Dietz

At my first sight of the park I saw an old wagon and an old pioneer house.  There are amazing statues that I couldn't wait to learn about.  The first building that I saw was the Brigham Young Academy.  It was established in 1876.  It only had 59 students!  Sadly it was destroyed by a fire.  In 1903 it became BYU or Brigham Young University.

The early settlers would always wear a vest because their shirts were their underwear.  They would also wear big hats to keep their faces cool.  They would wear pocket watches and boots for working in the fields.

The pioneers first made the town hall which was more like a hut.  The pioneers would use it to sleep under and to hold religious meetings, unlike nowadays.  We have big buildings with many rooms.

The Pony Express was created in 1860.  It only lasted for a year and a half because the telegraph was invented.

Tom Thumb lived in Utah too.  He was the shortest man in the world.

The Huntsman Hotel had many places to buy things and trade things.

The trees at the monument are 2,000-3,000 years old!  I think that is very unbelievable.  I think that the train tour was truly amazing.

Later we went to a school.  It was fun to see the different customs they did and learn part of the Deseret Alphabet.  I loved hearing their school rules.  The teacher made this lesson very fun.

The black smith can make almost anything that you want using metal and iron.  He was very funny while telling us great information.

We all got to pull handcarts.  It was very challengine having to work together to push and pull the handcarts.

After all of my adventure, I think that it is a great experience for families.  I learned so much and had a great time.  In my opinion, THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Kindergarten Author's Celebration


Last week kindergarten students celebrated being authors!  Kindergarten teachers are so proud of all the hard work and effort students expended in creating their masterpieces.  They went through the entire writing process to create the final product of a poem book.  They learned about different types of poems and then wrote poems together as a class.  The students then wrote their own poems!  Then they read their poems to their teacher who then typed them and printed them out to become the book of poems.  Students then illustrated their poems, making sure their pictures matched what their poem was about.  They practiced reading their poems to themselves and each other in class.  They also had the opportunity to share their poem books with third graders. 

Then finally they were able to share their wonderful books with many parents.  The students did a fabulous job during this whole process and especially in presenting their books to adults!   THANK YOU to all the parents and family members who were able to come and enjoy their author's celebration and share the accomplishments of each of the students.  The kindergarten teachers appreciate you supporting your child's writing talents.  The students were able to feel very successful and accomplished by being able to share their writing with so many adults.


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