School News

Staff Highlight: Maren Christensen, Art Specialist

"Where words fail, music speaks."  Hans Christian Anderson said it, but Mrs. Christensen showed it to us all with her beautiful  rendition of Taps at the Veteran's Day assembly.  She studied Medical Specialties after graduating from Spanish Fork High.  Camping or a trip to Disneyland would be a great place to find Mrs. Christensen, her hubby, and 4 great daughters!!

Mrs. Christensen enjoys reading books like "To Kill a Mockingbird", or "Fahrenheit 451", and watching BYU Football or her kids play soccer.   I am sure she is as talented a quilter as she is trumpet player, but what she loves most at school is seeing our kids get so excited about their OWN art and seeing that they can do things they thought they could!!  


Veterans Day ... Monday, November 11

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.  However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

This past Friday we were fortunate enough to have service members come and present a patriotic program.  Our very own Maren Christensen played Taps for us.  What an amazing job she did!

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have served this grand republic in the forces that guard her and our way of life.  May those currently serving acquit themselves with honor and dignity, and may the rest of us live worthy of their sacrifices.  Thank you!


Believe, Dream, Inspire ... Reflections Winners

2013 Reflections Theme:  Believe, Dream, Inspire

Over 100 students participated in the Reflections contest this year at Spanish Oaks!  The entries were all amazing!  Thank you to all students who participated and Erica Hansbrow from the PTA for organizing this years contest.   The following students' work will be going onto the counsel level!  Good luck and great job!

Scary Strings at Spanish Oaks

Scary Strings

The orchestra students at Spanish Oaks had a wonderfully scary time the morning of Halloween practicing and showing off their costumes.  "It is very difficult to learn to play a stringed instrument, but they are making tremendous strides," says Mr. Hansen.  The young musicians are working on practicing their music diligently for our concert coming up on December 17.   They are an awesome bunch and definitely keep it lively!

Race Into Reading

Race into Reading
Race into Reading

We are so excited to continue our “Race into Reading” reading program for the 2013-2014 school year.  “The goal of the program is to encourage improvement in literacy which will help develop daily and lifelong reading habits, specifically by READING EVERY DAY at least 20 minutes, to improve vocabulary, proficiency, and communication skills”  (Garff, 2012).  This month we were lucky enough to have a Popcorn/Movie celebration with Mrs. Brown.  Next month we will have our Race Into Reading assembly where we will give away two bikes!  Don't forget to read and turn in your minutes!


Love and Logic

Love and Logic Parenting Classes will start on November 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

The class is three weeks long and will be taught at East Meadows Elementary.

Come join us in developing new or practicing some old parenting skills.


Pumpkinography in 3rd Grade

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The 3rd grade students in Ms. Sumway's class had the opportunity to pick a famous American that they would like to learn more about.  After choosing their person, they checked books out from our library and read them as an introduction.  We learned what a biography was and the essential parts included.  The students then wrote their reports and picked three things they learned that were most interesting to share.  The students each decorated their pumpkins at home in the likeness of their famous American.  They were so happy to share their facts and pumpkins!  Everyone did such an amazing job presenting in front of our parents!!  Pumpkinography was a success!

Salem Witches 5K - Spanish Oaks Elementary Team ROCKS!

Salem Witches 5K

First thing in the chilly morning on Saturday, October 26, the dedicated staff from Spanish Oaks Elementary participated in Salem's 5th Annual Witches 5K Run and Children's Mile!  This is a fundraising event for Salem Hills High School and track teams, open to all comers:  age, ability or experience level.  There were gift cards for race winners, medals for age groups places, prize drawings for all runners, and prizes for best costumes.  Run, Spanish Oaks ... RUN!

* Story Update:  Our Spanish Oaks team took 3rd place ... Woo Hoo !