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October 2015

Elizabeth Hyatt, Speech Therapist at Spanish Oaks

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 09:24

Elizabeth is the speech therapist at Spanish Oaks this year. She grew up in Georgia and came to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. She now lives in Provo with her husband who is finishing a degree in mechanical engineering. Elizabeth loves being outdoors and especially enjoys hiking around Spanish Fork and canoeing in the Everglades. Other activities she enjoys include reading classic literature, cooking treats, and playing board games with family.   We love Mrs. Hyatt and are so glad that she has joined the Spanish Oaks team!

Pay It Forward - Connor's Toy Drive

Submitted by kali.brown on Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:36

"... Want to provide a little fun and love to children stuck in the hospital during the holidays?  Little Connor Quigg, [a student at Spanish Oaks Elementary], can help you do that.

Connor recently realized that while he got to go home after doctor visits, other children spent the night in the hospital.  He decided he wanted to bring toys to them, because "the kids don't have anything to play with.  And if they get scared or bored, I got them something to play with."

Connor and his family collected 101 toys for Christmas last year.  His goal this year is 500 gifts for children at Shriners Hospital.  That's why Connor is this week's Pay It Forward recipient ..."  Well done, Connor!

LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLY ... Reflections 2015-16

Submitted by kali.brown on Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:10

The Theme for the 2015-2016 Reflections program is:  LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLY!   "National PTA Reflections welcomes students from all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts ... thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts." 

ALL Reflections Entries are DUE Friday, October 30, 2015.

Our Awards Assembly will be held on Tuesday, November 10 from 2:30-3:00pm.

Entry forms, category rules and information can ALL be found at:

Cafe Zupas School Night on October 27

Submitted by kali.brown on Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:08

Our PTA Cafe Zupas School Night is THIS Tuesday, October 27 from 5:00pm-9:00pm ...  Please come join the PTA in raising money to put tether-ball poles at Spanish Oaks Elementary!  When you come eat during our school's assigned time, our school will receive 25% of your entire order.  Thank you, PTA!!

Flat Stanley Returns to Spanish Oaks

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 14:13
Katrina Graham, second grade teacher

Second grade students in Mrs. Graham's class had a blast sharing about the adventures that their Flat Stanley dolls had!  We had one travel as far as Singapore!!!

Nebo Education Foundation October Grants Given

Submitted by kali.brown on Tue, 10/20/2015 - 21:12

"The Nebo Education Foundation Board had a record number of grants awarded in October ..."  Below are two of our very own Spanish Oaks family who received funds to meet student needs.  "This Foundation Board functions through generous donations made by individuals and businesses, as well as fundraisers where all the money goes to educate students in Nebo School District.  Thank you to all those that so generously supported Nebo students through donations.  Congratulations to the following teachers that continue to inspire the minds of students!"

Spanish Oaks – Susan Phelps, First-Grade Teacher
Susan said, “I am so grateful and excited to receive this generous grant to use in my classroom.  This grant money will go to purchase sets of books and compact discs for students to use in our listening center.  Having a well supplied listening center is so beneficial for students.  It allows them to hear fluent reading including skills such as voice inflection, expression, word emphasis, phrasing, and reading punctuation.  All of these are skills that we strive to help our students incorporate into their own reading.  A listening center helps students practice the vital skill of listening.  A listening center also encourages a love for reading because of the fun and joy students experience while hearing and reading a story!  I love watching my students as they listen to a story, and smile as I hear them laugh right out loud and grin ear to ear as they enjoy a great book.  Students love having their own copy of the story to follow along with and to see how the words they are hearing look.  It allows them to have a personal relationship with the book.  My goal is to purchase MP3 players and save these recordings into a digital format so that they are preserved for my students for years to come!  Thank you for this gift to students!”  

Spanish Oaks – Lindsay Robison, First-Grade Teacher
“Thank you so much for the grant.  It is immensely appreciated.  In our Journeys program we have a list of six to eight sight words for students to learn each week.  Journeys has leveled readers that we use during guided reading that incorporate those sight words.  There are three different leveled books, each on a different reading level, but our school only had one copy of each book.  This grant allows each teacher on the team to have a copy of each leveled reader that contains that week's sight words. I am extremely grateful for this because I can guarantee that my low readers are reading their sight words each week since they are being reinforced in guided reading,” stated Lindsay Robison. 

Sixth Grade Teacher Spotlighted

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:56

Amy Lewis-Sixth Grade Teacher

Amy lives in Spanish Fork with her husband CJ and their little boy, Connor.  She grew up in Utah and Hawaii.  She enjoys playing soccer, especially on co-ed teams with her husband. Some of her "favorite things" include the color yellow, anything mint flavored, Italian food, Disney and action movies, and the book To Kill a Mockingbird.   She loves water sports, reading, and music.  Amy has a passion for traveling. Some of her favorite places she has been to include Paris, Washington D.C., and anywhere with a sunny beach.  Amy is doing a great job at our school and we love having her!


Online Coding Camps for Students

Submitted by kali.brown on Fri, 10/16/2015 - 07:22

Interested in online computer coding?  Nebo School District is offering after-school classes for students in grades 4-9 in various locations throughout the district.  Please click on the link for further information, or to register for coding camps @

These are camps taught by Nebo teachers in Nebo schools for Nebo kids, but run through UVU Community Ed.  There are two introductory camps which will run one day a week for 4 weeks beginning in November, and another class beginning mid-January.  Introductory classes have a $20 fee.  There will also be an intermediate/advanced class beginning mid-January that runs for 8-10 weeks for a $45 fee.

Informational Writing on Pumpkins at Spanish Oaks

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Tue, 10/13/2015 - 15:43
Katrina Graham, second grade teacher

Students in Mrs. Graham's class have been having SO much fun learning about pumpkins for our informational writing unit!  Today we explored the inside and outside of pumpkins first hand and recorded our observations in our pumpkin flip books.  Two lucky winners get to take the pumpkins home with them at the end of the day!  We're ready to do some informational writing!

We're Not Crazy, We Are Safe On the Internet

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Tue, 10/13/2015 - 14:30

Spanish Oaks is working on being safe on the Internet.  We started the day off with crazy hair!  In the afternoon we had a NetSmartz assembly, where we learned all about being aware of the dangers online and how to avoid them.  We all want to be safe!  We're not crazy ... we are safe on the internet!


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