November 2013

Explorer Food Drive a HUGE Success!

Our Explorer Food Drive was a HUGE success!  Thank you to families for helping us collect over 2,400 items ... that is DOUBLE the goal we had set for ourselves!  The student council was pleased to announce that after a hard fought, nail-biting battle for the grade-level who donated the most items ... 1st and 6th grades ended up with a combined total of over 1300 items!  Both grade levels received their reward of a doughnut and chocolate milk celebration!  We want to thank everyone who donated and let you know the student council appreciates your help.  Spanish Oaks Explorers are the BEST!

50 Days of Kindergarten

50 Days of Kindergarten
50 Days of Kindergarten
50 Days of Kindergarten

Learning our A, B, C's, numbers and counting are some of the first things we learn!  So, in line with counting, it has been 50 days of school already!  Our Kindergartners dressed up like they were in the 50's, learned to dance some 50's dances, and had some great root beer floats!  We love 50's Day and our Kindergartners!

5th Grade Colonial Days

The 5th grade has been learning about what it was like to live in the colonial days!  Great times!  To culminate their learning, they dressed like children from the time period.   The students were all given names from the time period, as well.  They had spelling tests, played marbles, and built Jacob's ladders.

 

 

Reading , Reading and More Reading!!!

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We are so excited to continue our 'Race into Reading' reading program for the 2013-2014 school year.  “The goal of the program is to encourage improvement in literacy which will help develop daily and lifelong reading habits, specifically by READING EVERY DAY at least 20 minutes, to improve vocabulary, proficiency, and communication skills” (Garff, 2012). 

THIS was our 1st awards assembly!   There were lots of great give-a-ways, including ... 2 Brand New Bikes!!!

Keep reading and turning in your tickets ... there are lots of chances to win!

 

Agriculture in the Classroom

Ag in the Class
Ag in the Class

Miss Paul's second grade students and Mrs. Phelp's first grade students enjoyed an educational visit from Harward Farms Agriculture in the Classroom.  Thank you to Sara Harward and Robert McMullin for reading to the children! 

 

Staff Highlight: Maren Christensen, Art Specialist

"Where words fail, music speaks."  Hans Christian Anderson said it, but Mrs. Christensen showed it to us all with her beautiful  rendition of Taps at the Veteran's Day assembly.  She studied Medical Specialties after graduating from Spanish Fork High.  Camping or a trip to Disneyland would be a great place to find Mrs. Christensen, her hubby, and 4 great daughters!!

Mrs. Christensen enjoys reading books like "To Kill a Mockingbird", or "Fahrenheit 451", and watching BYU Football or her kids play soccer.   I am sure she is as talented a quilter as she is trumpet player, but what she loves most at school is seeing our kids get so excited about their OWN art and seeing that they can do things they thought they could!!  

 

Veterans Day ... Monday, November 11

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.  However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

This past Friday we were fortunate enough to have service members come and present a patriotic program.  Our very own Maren Christensen played Taps for us.  What an amazing job she did!

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have served this grand republic in the forces that guard her and our way of life.  May those currently serving acquit themselves with honor and dignity, and may the rest of us live worthy of their sacrifices.  Thank you!

 

Believe, Dream, Inspire ... Reflections Winners

2013 Reflections Theme:  Believe, Dream, Inspire

Over 100 students participated in the Reflections contest this year at Spanish Oaks!  The entries were all amazing!  Thank you to all students who participated and Erica Hansbrow from the PTA for organizing this years contest.   The following students' work will be going onto the counsel level!  Good luck and great job!

Scary Strings at Spanish Oaks

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Scary Strings

The orchestra students at Spanish Oaks had a wonderfully scary time the morning of Halloween practicing and showing off their costumes.  "It is very difficult to learn to play a stringed instrument, but they are making tremendous strides," says Mr. Hansen.  The young musicians are working on practicing their music diligently for our concert coming up on December 17.   They are an awesome bunch and definitely keep it lively!