Santa Visits Sierra Bonita

Chris Latham

Mr. and Mrs. Claus paid a visit to the students at Sierra Bonita just before Christmas break.  Unfortunately, the Clauses were unable to land the sleigh in their usual spot due to icy rooftop conditions but the students did not seem to mind.  They were only interested in seeing Santa.  Mr. and Mrs. Claus encouraged the students to be kind to one another and wished them a Merry Christmas before they headed around the world to deliver presents.


Sing Around the Tree


Sierra Bonita students, staff, and parents look forward to the annual Sing-Around the Tree Assembly.  Each grade level performed an assortment of Christmas Songs.  The gymnasium was filled, not only with Sierra Bonita’s supportive families, but also filled with the spirit of Christmas.  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this a memorable tradition.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Veteran's Day Assembly

story by Kelcie Richmond (6th grade student)

On Friday, November 9, Sierra Bonita had a wonderful Veteran’s Day assembly.  Some veterans came to visit.  They told us how long they served in the military and what they did.  They also showed us a very interesting slide show.  It was full of pictures showing what they did to serve.  At the end of the slideshow, the veterans told us that we should step up and make good choices and decisions.  They then retired the American flag, concluding the assembly and celebrating what they did for our country.

Sierra Bonita's Got Talent

photo by Terena Anderson

Every Monday morning Sierra Bonita students and faculty stand in honor of the National Anthem.  Most often it is a recorded version played over the intercom.  Recently though, the student body and staff were treated to a live performance by a very talented third grade student from Mrs. Robin Wheatley’s class.  Halee Crowther delighted everyone with an amazing rendition of the country’s anthem.

Principal Mike Larsen is so impressed with Halee’s talent that he encouraged Mrs. Susan Crowther to have her daughter professionally recorded singing the National Anthem.  He feels that Sierra Bonita, as well as other schools throughout the district, should benefit weekly from Halee’s beautiful voice.

Music has been part of Halee’s life since the very young age of two.  She would hear a song and repeat it back in perfect pitch.  Halee’s passion for singing is heard everywhere she goes.  Crowther states “music is a part of Halee and she knows this gift is from God.”  She also acknowledges that Halee’s talent helps her get through personal struggles as well as bless the lives of those around her. 

Halee’s inspiration is her family, especially her mother.   Crowther has a love for the performing arts and has since she was a small girl.  Her love for dancing prompted her to start the company Steps Dance and Performing Arts.  Halee also has three siblings, Kelsey, Kaden, and Grace who all share enthusiasm and talent for singing, dancing, and musical theater.

While Halee is a gifted singer, she is also a remarkable girl.  Larsen states “Halee is kindhearted, caring, and thoughtful in her words and actions.  Halee is positive and always smiling.  She brightens the days of others every day.  Halee has a great talent of singing, and our school has enjoyed listening to her sing the National Anthem on multiple occasions.  We are grateful to Halee for all of her many contributions to student and staff members of Sierra Bonita Elementary.”

Halee’s third grade teacher is also aware of Halee’s talents and kindness.  Wheatley describes Halee as one amazing girl.  She says “Halee sings like no other student I have ever taught.  Her voice is beautiful and her confidence while performing is inspiring.  Singing is not Halee's only talent.  She is kind and always happy. She always has a smile on her face and kind words for everyone.”

Sierra Bonita is lucky to have this incredible girl and the Crowther family as part of their school!

Turkey Gobbling Assembly

story by Bailey Rollins (6th grade student)

Here at Sierra Bonita Elementary we had a Turkey Gobbling Assembly!!! It's where we have one kid from each class who can gobble and go up on stage and gobble like a turkey. We had three FABULOUS judges, Mrs. Nikki Huntington, Mrs. Janna Slye, and Mr. Larry Beaudin! It all happened on November 19, 2012 hosted by the student council representatives. All the students did a great job and the winners are: Payton Foster from Miss Sherin Olson's first grade class, Owen Kallas from Mrs. Crystal Averett's second grade class, Jared Taylor from Mrs. Janet Pyne's third grade class, Vanessa Memmott from Mrs. Shareka Gregory's class, Riley Mantsuoka from Miss Krista Hjorth's class, and Jacob Reeves (aka Champ Gobbler) from Mr. Troy Andersen's sixth grade class. Congratulations!!! The winners received turkeys and all contestants received delicious sugar cookies.

Crystal Apple Award

Susie Perrett

The faculty and staff of Sierra Bonita Elementary feel that Janna Slye
is an outstanding teacher and deserving of the Crystal Apple award. Janna has
been teaching for four years, but also worked in Nebo School District before she
started teaching. Janna is very professional and is a huge support to every
grade level. She always sees to the needs of each individual child and shares
ideas and advice throughout the faculty. She is a dedicated teacher who spends
countless hours planning and preparing lessons that will benefit her students.
She is well deserving of the Crystal Apple award.

Colonial Days

story by Kaylee Manwaring, photo by Anna Goldsmith
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The 5th grade students went back in time and experienced a day in colonial times.  They made candles and wrote in cursive with an old-fashioned feather pen.  They watched videos of what the Colonial Days were like.  They played fun games such as potato sack racing.  Everyone had a great time.

SCC Meeting

**Notice of Meeting**

Sierra Bonita Elementary ‘s

School Community Council

will meet on

November 15th

at 11:40 in the

conference room.

Pumpkin Patch

photo by Tiffany Manwaring

On October 2nd the second grade students enjoyed a field trip to the pumpkin patch.  They loved the corn maze, picking pumpkins (they later decorated), and climbing the hay pyramid.  However the highlight of the trip, according to second grade students Will Murri and Kaleb Hales, was swimming in the corn pool.  A corn pool is a large enclosed space with dry, cut up corn that the students could get into like a swimming pool. Will stated “it was awesome, some kids put the dried up corn in their pockets to take home and make popcorn!”   Kaleb said “the corn pool was my very favorite part of the trip.  A kid lost his shoe in the corn pool and our class couldn’t get in unless we all looked for the shoe.”  Unfortunately the shoe was never found but the students had a great time looking for it. 


Student Council Assembly

story by Reilly Rogers

On October 10 the Sierra Bonita student council arranged an assembly for the students.  This assembly was based on the book Have You Filled A Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud.  The student council was trying to teach the students to be “bucket fillers.”  They used the story The Wizard of Oz to teach the students.  The assembly was about a boy (Kaden Crowther) who was on a journey to find the key to happiness.  He starts his journey with help from the good witch (Bailey Rollins).  He helps a lonely girl sitting alone at lunch (Reilly Rogers), an unconfident boy playing basketball (Braxton Smithson) and stops two bullies (Julia Dorny and Nathaniel Palmer) from picking on a poor girl (Helen Linford).  In the end the wizards (Addison Paystrup and Tage Langford) tell them the key to happiness is what they have been doing, filling others buckets.  The narrator (Kelcie Richmond) helps the students know that actions speak louder than words.