December 2015

The True Reason for the Season

Attributions: 
Andrew Lovell

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.  In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”  - Margaret Mead

Today a group of 55 fourth and fifth graders changed the lives of many of the 608 children in the Utah Foster Care system.  These students donated a grand total of $2,514.80!  They earned this money by having donors pledge a penny for each minute read.  Students read a total of 18,897 minutes during their week-long “Pennies for Peace” reading marathon.

The idea for service came from Mr. Lovell’s fourth grade students.  During a class democracy meeting, they decided they wanted to better remember the “reason for the season”.  Mr. Lovell stated, “It is one of my personal goals as a teacher to help students understand one of the great ironies of life; that when you serve others in need, you almost always benefit more than the person whom you serve.”  Miss Babcock’s fifth grade students heard about the project, and decided to join in.

A check was presented to representatives from the Foster Care Program, who, with emotion, stated, “This is the most generous gift we have ever received.  I am sweating from my eyes, I am so touched.”  One of the students commented, “I was adopted and it really touched me that we could do this.”  Another child thoughtfully stated, “I decided to donate an extra twenty dollars my grandpa gave me after thinking for a minute about things I could buy for myself.  I decided to donate it because I wanted to make this Christmas special for other kids.  I felt like by giving gifts to others, I received the gift of feeling happy and good inside.”

This was an amazing opportunity for students, parents, teachers and the whole school community.  Can one good deed from an ordinary child change the world?  Yes . . . yes it can!  Thank you, students, for your example of kindness and selfless giving. 

 

Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today

During this holiday season, the faculty and student body of Spanish Oaks Elementary School have been engaged in some "Secret Service" around the school.  Each class chose another class to serve in some way throughout the month.  Among the numerous services performed, we witnessed such things as:  desk washing, class decorating, treats given, letters written, books created, songs sung and ornaments designed for class trees.  The students used our "secret service" glasses as they snuck around the school doing their good deeds.  This has turned into such a fun activity that we hope to make it a school tradition.  Enjoy a sampling of the service as you browse through the pictures ... Happy Holidays!

Spanish Oaks Fifth Grade Recorder Professionals

Attributions: 

Our fifth grade students did a fantastic job sharing with their parents what they have learned about reading music and playing the recorder.  They have worked so hard the past several months to learn a variety of songs, from Beethoven to Jingle Bells.  Congratulations on a job well done, and a special thanks to Miss Babcock who worked so hard with the students in preparing for today.

Reading Celebration with Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown was so excited to host our monthly reading celebration with a student from each class who had completed their reading goal for this past month.  They got to decorate (and eat) Christmas trees.  That green frosting was mighty good!!  Thanks to our PTA for helping to organize and set up this great activity!

Third Grade Christmas Program

Our third grade students have worked so hard learning songs, choreographing dances and learning parts for their program presented to parents and family last night here at Spanish Oaks Elementary School.  We loved the variety, and the opportunity to view first-hand the creativitiy of the students.  The parents enjoyed joining-in for a lively version of 'Have a Holly Jolly Christmas' to round out the night.  Well done students, and "thank you" to the third grade teachers for their hard work!  The night was a huge success!

Teddy Bears For Christmas

Attributions: 

The students at Spanish Oaks have helped to make 565 children happy this Christmas season!  Our student body council have been collecting stuffed animals for the annual drive held by the Bank of American Fork.  Thanks to all the students who shared with other children in need.  A special congratulations to fourth and first grades for bringing in the most stuffed animals.

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