November 2012

Reflection winners at Spanish Oaks

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leslie.loftin
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Spanish Oaks Elementary just completed their yearly Reflections Contest, and students were honored at an assembly. Students were very excited to share their entries with other students in the school. The theme this year was “The Magic of the Moment.” The students listed below will be moving on to Council.
We also want to thank our PTA helpers, D. Dee Rex and Erica Hansbrow, for all of their time in helping and encouraging students to share their talents and preparing a dvd presentation of all of the entries. All Reflections participants were invited to an ice cream social at the end of the assembly. Congratulations to our winners!

Photography: Picture 1
Amy Warnick, Avery Whittaker, Mandy Rothaug, Oliver Davis, Rachel Thomas

Literature: Picture 2
Ethan McInelly, Cosette McInelly, Alex Huhtala, Elle Jewkes, Miles Watkins

Musical Composition: Picture 3
Brooklyn Johnson, McKayla Nelson, Leah Mendenhall

Film/Video: Picture 4
Caeden Wilding

Dance Choreography: Picture 5
Kierra Oyler, Heather Johnson, Londyn Branch

Visual Arts: Picture 6
Sophia Borba, Rebecca Swain, Grace Herbert, Jared Poulter, Mackenzie Cowan

Spanish Oaks Elementary Students Honor our Veterans

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The students of Spanish Oaks Elementary were honored to have the members of our local American Legion visit our school and share their veteran experiences with us. Steve Wilson, a local veteran, encouraged students to be grateful every day to be able to live in our wonderful country. The veterans attending from the American Legion shared where and how they had served their country. We watched a video on what a veteran is and how we can show our appreciation to the veterans for their service. The veterans were also honored with patriotic songs from our school choir. Spanish Oaks students would like to say “thank you” to all the veterans who have served or are serving to protect the freedoms we enjoy!

Photo of Veterans Steve Wilson, Shirley Wilson and their granddaughters and great granddaughters Abby and Emma Wilson

Colonial Day at Spanish Oaks

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The fifth grade at Spanish Oaks celebrated a Colonial Day as an end to their studies of Colonial times. On that day, they came dressed as colonial children, and some students even brought their lunches in a knapsack. They participated in many learning activities such as writing with a feather pen, learning lessons from colonial classrooms, making butter, constructing a Jacob’s Ladder and playing many fun colonial games. Students gained a great appreciation for colonial life.

Prevailing Winds Preform for Spanish Oaks Elementary

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leslie.loftin
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The Prevailing Winds Woodwind Quintet preformed for the students at Spanish Oaks Elementary. They individually introduced each instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon) and demonstrated the distinct sound of each one. They discussed the history of each instrument and how the instruments have changed over the years. Some of the pieces they played were Beethoven Ode to Joy, Harry Potter Suite, and Turkey in the Straw. The students and faculty enjoyed this assembly very much.

The 50th day of school at Spanish Oaks

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On Friday, November 9th, the kindergarten students at Spanish Oaks Elementary celebrated the 50th day of school this year by dressing in 50’s attire. The students enjoyed activities in language arts, music, math and science. They counted 50 objects, wrote numbers to 50 and made a necklace with 50 rings. They enjoyed listening to music and dancing to music that was popular during the 50’s. It was a fun day!

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Spanish Oaks Staff Spotlight

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Mrs. Kris Truex is a computer technician at Spanish Oaks. Her husband has been in the military for over twenty years. She and her husband live in Spanish Fork and they have two sons. Kris grew up in California and graduated and attended college there. She has lived in Utah for the past twelve years. She is interested in going back to college and pursuing a degree in mortuary science. Her favorite foods are anything you can wrap up in a tortilla and a good sloppy joe. Her favorite vacation destination is anywhere with a good beach! She enjoys volunteering for the army, and loves to read. A favorite book she just read was Divergent. Her favorite quotes are “What you live with you learn, what you learn…you become” and a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” She loves watching the students mature and grow every year. She enjoys helping the students at Spanish Oaks learn technology. Spanish Oaks is lucky to have such a wonderful person on our staff!

Spanish Oaks Staff Spotlight

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Mrs. Angela Olsen teaches kindergarten at Spanish Oaks. She and her husband, Matt, live in Spanish Fork, and they have two daughters and one son. Angela grew up in Spanish Fork and has attended college at Dixie State, Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. Her favorite foods are chips and salsa from Joe Banditos, peanut M&M’s and pizza. Her favorite vacation destination is Lake Powell where her family enjoys relaxing on their houseboat. Her favorite genre of books is anything with mystery and suspense. She loves to go camping in the mountains with her family whenever she gets a chance and enjoys reading, riding horses and boating. She expressed how much she loves it when former students that she has taught throughout the years come back to visit and give her hugs. Her favorite quote is, “Through perseverance victory shall be obtained.” Spanish Oaks is lucky to have such a fun person and wonderful teacher on our staff!