First grade students from Sierra Bonita Elementary School enjoyed the morning at Scera Theater’s production of “How I Became a Pirate” at the end of October 2011. During the play they enjoyed the exuberant pirates and theatrical singing and story line. Some of their favorite characters were Captain Braid Beard and Sharktooth. The story started with a boy that went on an adventure with a small group of pirates. While on the ship he learned how to act like a pirate, but decided after many adventures that a life of piracy was not the life for him. The actors really brought the book to life on stage. It was a wonderful way to spend the morning.
On October 24, 2011 the Sierra Bonita Kindergarten students had the opportunity to visit Pumpkinland. While at Pumpkinland the students were able to see many different types of pumpkins, gourds, and squash. Some liked the white pumpkins or the funny green, bumpy squash and others preferred the traditional orange pumpkin. They were able to see all sizes of pumpkins growing in Farmer Grant’s pumpkin patch. Students also enjoyed a corn maze that had a secret room (some of them found it and some didn’t!). During our time at Pumpkinland students participated in completing an I Spy paper on which they circled all of the fall items they were able to find. Students also enjoyed seeing turkeys, rabbits, chickens, goats and peacocks. We had a great time seeing some of the signs of fall
The fourth grade students at Sierra Bonita Elementary had the opportunity to watch one of their peers perform in the Utah Valley Symphony. Amelia Bateman along with eleven other Utah County students performed a violin piece on Thursday, October 27. The Utah Valley Symphony put on a wonderful performance and getting to listen to one of Sierra Bonita's students perform was an amazing experience.
Sierra Bonita kicked off Red Ribbon Week with an assembly. With the help of their dogs, Officer Nixon and Officer Livingston, they presented on the dangers of drugs and talked about the resources available in our community to help stop drug crimes. The students were able to watch as the dogs tracked down a toy and they also got to see Mr. Larsen try to get away from the dogs. This was a great opportunity for the students to learn about staying drug free.
Maple Mountain football players recently visited Sierra Bonita Elementary. They were able to work with students in small group as well as in whole group settings. Some of the football players read stories and answered a lot of questions from very curious students. Others took part in reader's theaters and modeled great fluency. The football players wanted to set a good example and the students were very glad to receive a visit.
On September 27, 2011 the Kindergarten students of Sierra Bonita Elementary enjoyed their first field trip of the year at Bicentennial Park.The teachers were able to expand their class discussions of things they find outside and reminded the students to use their five senses to learn about the world. The students were able to engage in many different activities in the park which included:
Examining pond water looking for live critters, using binoculars to look at the mountains and to find birds flying in the sky, they compared the types of leaves and needles on each of the trees, they walked on the boardwalk to observe the wetlands area, and they tallied the different animals they got to see.
What an amazing opportunity for our kindergarteners.
The third graders at Sierra Bonita Elementary had the opportunity to sell Otter Pops during school. They wanted to go on a fantastic field trip snowshoeing-skiing but didn't have the money for it. To help raise money they purchased three large boxes of Otter Pops and each class took a turn selling them during lunch recess. The students would take money with their teachers’ help, snip the ends of the Otter Pops off, and even clean up the wrappers. They sold the Otter Pops for 8 days and they made close to $300. Next year, they plan on starting earlier in the year and ending a few days later. The students really enjoyed the cold treats during recess.
Our next Student Community Council meeting will be held on October 3rd at 12:40pm in the conference room.
School Motto Suggestions:
We look forward to adding a school motto to Sierra Bonita, and we invite all school community members to assist by sharing ideas for our motto. If you have a suggestion for a motto please fill out the blue form which has been sent home with your child or pick one up at the office. Please complete the forms by Friday, September 23, 2011. Thank you.
Thank you to the families and community who supported our school carnival. Faculty, staff and PTA members feel the carnival was a huge success and that a great time was had by all. Families were able to enjoy exciting inflatable rides and games with prizes. The silent auction showed some fierce competition among bidders for some wonderful baskets put together by the PTA through donations by the parents of Sierra Bonita Elementary. Thanks to everyone for their hard work. We hope everyone had a fantastic experience!