Lights, Camera, Action

Chris Latham and Janna Slye

Sierra Bonita’s third grade classes had the privilege of spending time with Ryan Woodward.  Ryan is a very talented local artist/animator who has worked on well-known movies such as Where the Wild Things Are, Ironman 2, Superman 2 & 3, and most recently The Avengers.  He is currently working on a zombie commercial for Ford vehicles.

Growing up Ryan loved to draw.  In fact, his report cards would frequently come home saying “Ryan does not pay attention because he draws too much.”  His dad would lecture “Ryan, it is time to put your boyish dreams aside and become a man!”  Meanwhile, his mother would whisper, “keep drawing Ryan.”  Ryan followed his dreams and is an accomplished artist.  However, having your dream job does have its setbacks.  Ryan confesses that he spends many sleepless nights working because his passion for art, at times, consumes him.

Students were able to see how a movie storyboard is created from beginning to end.  With high tech computer gadgets, Ryan showed them how he draws directly onto the computer screen with capabilities to erase and re-create.  Sierra Bonita’s third grade students seem to have more fun watching Ryan create the images to The Avengers than actually watching the movie.

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Welcome Back

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 Wednesday, August 1, from 7:30am 4:30pm. 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

All students will need to have a birth certificate and immunization record that documents that all required vaccines have been received on file at the school before they will be allowed to attend school. (Utah Code: 53A-11-301)

School Community Council Elections
Elections for three parent positions on the school community council will be held August 20-24, 2012. 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 Friday, August 17, 2012, at 801-798-4480 or through email at

Upcoming Events
• School Registration (For all new and returning students) - Wednesday, August 1, from 7:30am-4:30pm
• School Open House – Monday, August 20, 1:00-3:00pm
• School Community Council Elections - Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24
• First Day of School (1st–6th Grades) – Tuesday, August 21, 9:00am
• First Day of Kindergarten – Tuesday, August 28
• Back to School Night – Thursday, August 30, 6:30pm
• School Carnival Fundraiser – Monday, September 10, 5:00-8:00pm

5th Grade States Report

by Anna Goldsmith.
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5th graders at Sierra Bonita memorized the 50 states this year.  They held a State Fair on Friday, May 18, to celebrate all they had learned.  They each made a diorama to represent one of the 50 states.   Members of the school community enjoyed  visiting the State Fair and seeing all the hard work the students did.

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This is the Place

by Amber Muhlestein. Photos by Jill Strong.
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As a fourth grade at Sierra Bonita, we had the opportunity to go on a field trip to This is the Place, in Salt Lake City.  While we were there, we had the chance to visit a few different rotations to learn about Utah’s history.   A few of the rotations that we went to while we were on our field trip were pioneer dancing, learning about pioneer schooling, as well as learning about real mountain men. The students had a great time learning a circle dance as a class.  The students also enjoyed going to the pioneer schooling rotation because they were able to pretend they were really there by having to answer every question standing up, and having their arms placed nicely in front of them to show respect to their teacher.  All of the presenters made the History of Utah come alive for the children.  The students were able to learn new information and take Utah’s history home with them. The students really enjoyed this field trip and loved learning more about Utah and its past!

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Jackie Olsen Outstanding Employee of the Year

by Mike Larsen.

Jackie Olsen was the recipient of the Outstanding Employee Award at Sierra Bonita Elementary School. Jackie is the school secretary and has been the head secretary of two schools over the past nine years including Sierra Bonita and Rees Elementary. Jackie connects with all students, families, and staff members. She gives of all of her time and talents and goes above and beyond to contribute to the school. Jackie is loved and appreciated by everyone. Congratulations to Jackie for being the Outstanding Employee at Sierra Bonita!

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Teacher Idol

by Rebecca Echols.
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The student council had a blast hosting "Teacher Idol" on Friday, April 27th. Haley Crowther beautifully performed the national anthem to kick the assembly off. The contest was judged by our special guests "Jennifer Lopez", "Stephen Tyler" and "Randy Jackson". In the end, the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers won first place, followed closely by the 2nd and 3rd teacher team. We look forward to seeing what the teachers will do next year!

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Penny Wars

by Jill Strong
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The students at Sierra Bonita Elementary recently participated in a Penny Wars fundraiser for students in Cambodia. The students first participated in a presentation given by Carina Ream about the students in Cambodia. She shared with the students that all of the money raised would be going to purchase school uniforms. Carina let the students know that in Cambodia children cannot attend school without a uniformand got them excited to help raise money . The students were also motivated to bring their pennies by competing as grade levels in a school wide competition. 4th grade along with Mrs. Snyder's class ended up winning the competition and were able to participate in a root beer float party. It was amazing to watch the students at Sierra Bonita so willing to help during our fundraiser. Altogether we were able to raise around $1000.

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Sierra Bonita Fun Run

Please come and join us for the Sierra Bonita Fun Run5K and 1 mile fun run on Saturday, April 21, 20125K begins at 9am and the 1 mile fun run begins at 10am.It is free of charge but participants must have a signed waiver turned in to the school by Wednesday, April 18th.  Click on the attachments below to print out the adult and child waivers. 

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Crystal Apple Award

by Laura Elzinga.
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Erin Creamer was the recipient of the Crystal Apple award at Sierra Bonita Elementary.   Erin teaches first grade and came to Sierra Bonita from Rees Elementary where she also taught first grade.  She has been teaching for 8 years.  Erin has been a huge motivator on the first grade team this year as they set up at the new school.  Erin's team calls her supportive and always willing to help with a smile on her face.  The entire staff at Sierra Bonita is appreciative of her positive attitude and her willingness to go the extra mile.  Erin says she has wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a little girl and has found it to be a very rewarding experience.  Erin lives in Spanish Fork with her husband, 4 sons and Daisy, the dog.

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101 Dalmatians

by Leah Farnsworth and Nishelle Cox.
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One Hundred and One Dalmatians is a fun and exciting play filled with comedy. Stage crew has had tons of fun making sets, the actors have had a good time practicing, and everybody has worked hard. We are all excited to perform. by Leah Farnsworth and Nishelle Cox

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