December 2016

Book Drop Box

In our school library we have two bags where students and teachers can return library books.  Last week our school librarian, Lindsey Downey, was awarded a drop box for returning books.  We are so excited about this more organized way of returning books!

Spanish Oaks Secret Santa

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We are fortunate enough to get to do service for our peers at Spanish Oaks to get in the spirit of the holiday season. Here are some of the secret acts of service a few of the classes did at Spanish Oaks. 

Nebo Education Foundation Gives Grants December 2016

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Foundation President, Dale Phelps, remarked, "It is a pleasure to receive the grant applications and see how remarkable the Nebo District teachers are.  The Nebo Education Foundation facilitates these grant monies to help teachers realize their ideas and students' potential.  As a foundation, we get to see a glimpse at how well our teachers are instructing our students.  Our teachers are truly talented and utilize every penny.  They do such a great job!"  Congratulations to the following teachers that continue to inspire the minds of students ...

Spanish Oaks Elementary – Jill Abbott
Jill Abbott, speech and language specialist at Spanish Oaks Elementary said, “Story Champs is a narrative program designed to help preschool through early elementary age students.  It can be used for individual, small group, and large group speech therapy sessions.  Stories and illustrations are included to teach basic story structure as well as enhanced story structure.  Through the Story Champs program, students learn to retell stories and create personal narratives.  The program targets complex language features necessary for both understanding and producing oral language.  The language concepts targeted in Story Champs directly align with Common Core standards.  I will use the program to work on receptive and expressive language goals for the students on my caseload who are in Kindergarten through second grade. I look forward to using the program to give my students real-life opportunities to learn and use their individual language targets to meet their IEP goals.”

http://www.nebo.edu/news/2039

Mrs. Downey Surprised at Assembly

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Merry Christmas to our fabulous librarian, Mrs. Downey.  Thanks to amazing school support at our PTA Book Fair this fall, we were able to purchase a 'Book Drop Cabinet' for our school library.  We are so grateful for everything Mrs. Downey does for our students and we hope the new Book Drop makes it easier for her as she manages books for over 500 kids.

Orchestra Concert Held at Spanish Oaks

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Thank you so much to all of you for coming out last night and supporting your kids in their concert.  They were very excited to be playing for you and were pleased with how it went.  It is always a joy to share the gift of music, particularly at this time of year.  We had a fun time this morning playing a little for the school as they came in, and some of them even took the initiative to go play for their class.  They just can't be contained.That will be it for now.  We will reconvene on January 3rd.  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your break together.  I thank you again for the opportunity to work with your children.  What a marvelous gift.Russell Hansen

Christmas Music Galore at Spanish Oaks

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The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Spanish Oaks this year.  Music is a great way to celebrate, and we have had a variety.  Our orchestra serenaded the student body this morning in the front hall.  The fifth grade presented their recorder concert for their parents.  They were amazing!  And last but not least, we all had a great time in our school wide sing-along.  Each grade level led the students in a Christmas song, then we enjoyed a slide show of some of the great activities we have enjoyed during the first half of the year.  A special thanks to Miss Mellor for organizing the sing along, for Mrs. Drollinger at the piano, and to Mr. Crockett for the slide show!

Secret Santa

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There is no better way to get students thinking about the true meaning of Christmas than by serving others. The students have had such a fun time wearing their Secret Santa glasses and doing service for another class at our school.  It is a great way to show others that you think they MATTER!  Way to go Spanish Oaks!

Mrs. Brown Holiday Book Share

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One of the students' favorite Christmas traditions at our school is Mrs. Brown reading a holiday story to each class.  This year Mrs. Brown shared a new Christmas book called, "Is it Christmas Yet?" and the students loved it! Thank you Mrs. Brown for reading to our students!  

3rd Grade Christmas Program

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The 3rd Grade worked really hard to prepare for their Christmas Program. The students got to help write the play, and all the parts were recorded in advance.  There was a lot of fun acting and singing. The program really helped get students into the holiday spirit by teaching that the true meaning of Christmas isn't about the presents you get, but it is about the people you get to spend the holiday with.  Thank you 3rd grade for putting on such a cute program!

 

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