March 2016

Science EXTRA Club Going Strong

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Miss Babcock has been running our Science EXTRA Club for the past several weeks, and the students are loving it!  They are covering a variety of science concepts, such as "forces in motion".  Empty toilet paper rolls came in handy as the students designed and created cars to analyze and adjust before doing the final race.  Keep up the great work, students, and thanks to Miss Babcock for her time and effort.

Kindergarten Registration 3-23-16

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                     It is time for ... 2016-2017 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION!!

All children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2016 are eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Enrollment for next year’s kindergarten will take place at the school on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Parents should bring proof of residency if your family is new to our school (see requirements on links below), a birth certificate and immunization record to registration. 

Please have your kindergarten student accompany you on this day so they can participate in our Kindergarten Screening to guide future instruction and placement.

If you have neighbors who have students who are eligible to attend kindergarten next year, please tell them about this important enrollment date. 

Enrolling your kindergarten student in March allows schools to accurately plan for the coming year. 

Reading Champions Challenge March 1-March 31

Spanish Fork City has invited all the students of Spanish Oaks Elementary to ‘compete’ alongside the Cowboys in The Reading Champions Challenge, March 1-March 31.  Students were challenged to keep track of the reading they do during the month of March and return the attached calendar it to their teacher at the end of the month.  Winners will be chosen from all of our returned reading calendars from each grade level.  Seven Champion Readers will be awarded two (2) tickets each to the rodeo!  There are only two weeks left in our awesome reading challenge!  Yee haw!!

Student of the Week: Jacob Theodosis

Jacob Theodosis is a sixth grade student at Spanish Oaks Elementary. He was chosen as the Daily Herald's Utah Valley Student of the Week.

"Jacob is not only an excellent student, but an amazing older brother," said Theodosis' father Nicholas. "He often will take care of younger siblings without being asked when parents are sick. I could not ask for a better son."

Theodosis enjoys football, basketball, orchestra, robotics and Boy Scouts. He loves reading, especially action adventure and biographies, and has a passion for U.S. history, math and technology. He has been an after-school math tutor to younger students at his school. He also won an award for reading minutes this year.

In the future, Theodosis would love to study history or engineering. His top three school choices are Stanford, BYU and University of Utah.

"He has a passion for knowledge and a maturity that is far beyond his age," Nicholas Theodosis said. "Jacob's ability to care for and demonstrate compassion for fellow students, neighbors, and family make him an excellent candidate for recognition."  Congratulations, Jacob ... Well done!

Spanish Extra Club Finishes Up Strong

First through third graders at Spanish Oaks said goodbye to Spanish Extra.  We finished the six week Spanish Extra club off with a small chips and salsa "fiesta"!

We had an awesome time learning some beginning Spanish.  The students learned different words and phrases each week that they recorded in their dictionaries which they finally got to take home.

Great job, mis amigos!

Principal Brown Awarded Outstanding Administrator

Our wonderful principal, Kali Brown, was selected as the Outstanding Administrator for Utah PTA Region 10. This is a wonderful honor and we are so proud of her!  She was recognized in a luncheon and award ceremony on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

We are grateful for Mrs. Brown's excellent work here at Spanish Oaks Elementary!  She does an amazing job of strengthening parent involvement and fostering a caring school environment!  Teachers and students, alike, love her and her warm hugs.  She has made this school a great place to be!  Congratulations, Mrs. Brown!

Spanish Oaks Elementary also received the Utah PTA Region 10 100% Teacher and Staff PTA Membership Award!  This is an amazing accomplishment, made possible through the outstanding efforts of our PTA President, Emily Gunderson!  Thank you, Emily, for all you do for our school!

Smart with Art at Spanish Oaks

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Voyage with us from Sea to Shining Sea as we create art in a wide variety of mediums that are sure to capture the creativity of every child in our after-school Smart with Art class.   Beginning Wednesday, March 23 - May 5, K-6 registered students will meet after school from 2:30pm-3:30pm to explore seascapes, ocean life, lighthouses, and more while learning from masters in art such as Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Henri Matisse!

Catch a wave with us into visual arts looking below the ocean surface in a submarine, and taking a walk along the sandy beach picking up sea shells.  We will explore oil pastels, watercolor techniques, acrylic paint, paper collage, origami and more!  Join us this spring to expand your artistic skills as we sail the open seas!  And, as always, Dress for Mess!

PTA Spring Carnival May 13, 2016

Plans are being made for the annual PTA Carnival, which will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 from 5pm-8pm.

This is a major fundraising event for our PTA.  The funds earned are used to buy bikes and books for the reading program, provide food and activities for staff appreciation, buy prizes for Walk to School Day, recognize teachers on their birthdays, and provide dinner on SEP nights.  Did you go to the great Family Art Night?  Funds from the carnival purchased the art supplies for that evening.  Love the Reflections art program?  PTA pays for the medals and recognitions. These things, and many more, are made possible only by families like yours .  Besides attractions and food that bring money in at our carnival, we also have success auctioning themed baskets.  This is in large part to all of you!  We appreciate your generous donations to the carnival baskets.

This year each gradelevel is assigned a theme.  Look around your gift closets, check out the store clearance sections, or ask your boss for a donation ... and send them to the school.  Your child will receive 1 ticket to throw a ball at the dunk tank for every item they bring.  The grade-level that brings in the most items will win an awesome prize.  Below are the different themes available ... Feel free to contribute to whichever theme you’re most able!

  • Kindergarten - Camping
  • 1st Grade - Family Fun
  • 2nd Grade - Date Night
  • 3rd Grade - Summer Activities
  • 4th Grade - BYU vs U of U
  • 5th Grade - Emergency Preparedness
  • 6th Grade - Star Wars

Have questions?  Concerns?  Itching to do more?  Reach me by phone, text or email ... Thank you!

Emily Gunderson
PTA President
8013104468
emily@gundy.org

Pennies for Peace in the News

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During the holiday months, a group of 55 fourth and fifth graders from Spanish Oaks 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 story continues to be celebrated ... please see the below links for more infromation:

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