May 2018

Final Orchestra Concert Awesomeness


Well done, 6th Grade Orchestra ... and a huge "shout out" and thank you to our outstanding director, Mr. Hansen!  "Thank you for coming to support your children last evening.  They knocked it out of the park and met all my expectations.  This has been an exceptional group.  Bravo to them all, and to you [parents] for encouraging them.  I hope you enjoyed your time listening to the fruits of their labors these past months.  I have had a blast working with them."  - Russell Hansen

Freedom Walk

Scott Aylett

The Spanish Fork American Legion Post 68 hosted the second annual Freedom Walk at the Spanish Fork Sports Park on May 8 and 9. Members from each of the branches of the military were represented and told stories to nearly 1,250 fifth-graders from 13 schools during the two-day event.

Prior to the walk, each student either interviewed or researched a veteran and wrote a summary of what they learned. One-page summaries and photos of these veterans, many of which are family members, were attached to banners, creating a Wall of Honor which lined the walking route.

During the event, students completed a walk around the park, symbolic of walking in the shoes of the veteran they interviewed or researched. Along the walk were seven stations where Legion members would tell stories and even show items from their service. One student designed a shirt that was worn by all students which read, “We didn’t know them all, but we owe them all.”

Last year’s Freedom Walk was the first, and was conceived by Legion member Richard Johnson as a way to help the youth have a better understanding and appreciation for military veterans. According to Legion members, the walk is unlike any other event organized by the Legion.

“This event allows us to help the kids have a better understanding of and appreciation for the Flag and the sacrifices made by everyone who has served in the military,” said Legion Member Wayne Anderson.

Excellent Explorer Award Winners at Spanish Oaks


These students really get it done when it comes to exceptional behavior!  We want to recognize them for having a positive impact on our school.  Our last group of Excellent Explorers for this year are Cooper Johnson, Ezra Christensen, Brynlee Dyches, Heather Laing and Gracie Beck.  They were nominated by fellow peers or teachers for the following reasons: Heather Laing-Heather is one of the most optimistic students I have ever seen.  She works hard and never complains.  When she struggles with a concept she has a growth mindset and asks for help.  She is always willing to try and try again.  She befriends students that are lonely and is friends with everyone.  Brynlee Dyches-Brynlee Dyches is so sweet and nice to everyone.  She always goes up to people and gives them a hug and makes them so happy.  She is also a hard worker and she never gives up.  She inspires lots of people.  Brynlee is nice, kind, sweet, giving, responsible, caring, honest and very polite.  She is such an amazing and talented girl.  Ezra Christensen-Ezra is an exceptional student.  He is always doing his best.  He is always listening to instructions and following directions the first time they are given.  He is a great friend to everyone in class.  He is kind, responsible and always happy.  Cooper Johnson-He works very hard and tries to be a good friend to everyone.  He is respectful and always has a good attitude.  His class has had a long term sub recently, and he helps out and loves her.  He is so kind and plays with everyone.  He follows rules and is always on his best behavior.  Gracie Beck-Gracie is new to Spanish Oaks so she has made sure other new students feel welcome.  I had a mom tell me how much she appreciated Gracie helping her daughter feel welcome when she moved here.  She’s always happy and loves to learn.  Make sure to tell these student congratulations when you see them!!

Kelly Burtenshaw Honored with Spirit of PTA Award

Emily Gunderson

A Nebo parent and volunteer at Spanish Oaks Elementary, Kelly Burtenshaw, was recognized with the State Spirit of the PTA award.  She has served in the PTA at Spanish Oaks for the last five years.  Kelly was treasurer, carnival chair, president-elect, and president for two years!  She exemplifies the PTA mission and purpose.  She helps programs at Spanish Oaks to be meaningful for families.  Kelly organizes reading reward activities, the family art night, Reflections contests, book fairs, and Health and Safety week activities.  She has also encouraged a lot of people to join PTA and works really well with our teachers and principal.  Kelly makes a huge, positive impact on Spanish Oaks Elementary.  Thank you, Kelly!

Fourth Grade Utah Program


Our fourth graders have worked hard to prepare a program that teaches us all about Utah history.  With speaking parts and fun songs, we learned about how our State came to be.  They did an excellent job and we really enjoyed the program.  A special thanks to Miss McKendrick, Mrs. Fagergren and Mr. Rigby for all their time and effort!  

Rodeo Reading Winners at Spanish Oaks

We had some excited students yesterday as they were presented with a pair of rodeo tickets for this summer for being awesome readers during the past month.  Our winners were:  Lilly Mendez, Kallen Brough, Halle Oakey, Kayson Dimmick, Jessica Bishop, Paige Johnson and Kambree Lewis.  These students read a total of 2,791 minutes during the month of April.  That is the same as 63 hours or 2.5 days.  Pretty impressive!  Our school-wide reading minutes for April totaled 213,286 minutes!  That is even more impressive!  Kallen Brough and Jessica Bishop were then chosen out of the seven to win Justion Boots cowboy boots, Wrangler jeans and a cowboy hat.  

Our school reading goal was met and exceeded this year with a total of over 1,800,000+ minutes.  That is amazing, and we get to celebrate this accomplishment on Tuesday with a school-wide reading celebration!  We are all excited for that!  Keep up the amazing reading efforts, Explorers!

Spanish Fork Youth Arts Festival


The Spanish Fork Youth Arts Festival will be June 4-15th at the Spanish Fork high school! registration begins May 9th at midnight (May 8th). With classes for everyone ages 18 months to 18 years. We have something for EVERYONE!! From illustration, painting, culinary arts, dancing, singing, drama, designing, sculpting and so much more!!   Come start your summer with fun at the Spanish Fork Youth Arts Festival!!  For more information and a list of classes and prices follow the link below.


New Masters Degrees at Spanish Oaks


Congratulations to three of our amazing teachers at Spanish Oaks who earned their Masters Degrees from Southern Utah University today!  Well done, Miss Young, Miss McKendrick and Miss Robison ... we are SO proud of your hard work and great example of going after your dream!

Lunch Worker of the Week at Spanish Oaks

Shiloh Slaymaker

Aly listened and followed instructions, had a great attitude and was a hard worker!  Thank you, Aly for a job well done ... and chosing to Be Kind, Show Respect and ... Work Hard!

National Secretaries Week at Spanish Oaks


Administrative Professionals Week - "National Secretaries Week" ...  Each grade-level signed up to take a day to SPOIL our amazing Office Staff, e.g., DeAnn Carter, Stacey Johnson, Sherri Peterson, Tonia Ivie, Shiloh Slaymaker, and Lenay Porter!!  These outstanding professionals were treated to flowers, love notes, "love you berry much" berries, chocolates, songs, gift baskets, etc.  The week came to a grand finale‘ with the below tribute choreographed by our 6th grade students ...  We love you, ladies!