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Tea at the White House

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The 5th Grade at Spanish Oaks hosted a Tea at the White House. The guests were the students dressed as different United States presidents and first ladies throughout history. Parents were also invited, and they even participated. Students gave clues about their person, and then parents tried to guess which person the students represented. Hot chocolate and cookies were served. This was the culmination of a research unit that the 5th graders did on their chosen president or first lady. During this time, students did projects such as making monuments, writing newspaper articles, designing campaign buttons and posters, creating poetry, songs and video broadcasts. It was a great day!

Staff Spotlight


Mrs. Stacey Richey is a Speech and Language Pathologist at Spanish Oaks. She is married to Kyle Richey and they live in Provo. Stacey is from a small town in Southern California. She has attended college at BYU and has earned a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders. Her favorite vacation is at the beach in San Diego. She enjoys reading and some of her favorite books are October Sky and the Redwall Series. Her favorite quote is, “There is nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.” In her spare time she likes to bake, do jigsaw puzzles, exercise, and watch The Big Bang Theory. Her favorite foods are mint chocolate chip ice cream, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and strawberry cheesecake milkshakes from JCW’s. She says that she loves hearing the funny things the students say. It makes her laugh. Spanish Oaks is lucky to have such a wonderful person on our staff!

Spanish Oaks Elementary Places in Chess Tournament


On December 1st, 2012 students from Spanish Oaks Elementary competed against 23 other schools in Nebo School District at Art City Elementary in Springville. They took 7th place overall. Awesome job boys!
Students who participated:
2nd grade: Aiden Johnson, Talmage Johnson, Quinn Burtenshaw,
3rd grade: Ethan Wilding
4th grade: Samuel Gunderson, Zachary Brown
5th grade: Jacob Gunderson,
6th grade: Tyler Brown, Caeden Wilding

Photo of participants with trophy

Spanish Oaks Staff Spotlight


Miss Rachel Hughes teaches fifth grade at Spanish Oaks. This is her eleventh year of teaching at our school. She graduated from Brigham Young University and earned a Master’s Degree from Southern Utah University. Her favorite foods are hamburgers, French fries and pizza. She loves to travel and some of her favorite destinations are Boston, the Oregon coast and anywhere new that she has never been before. Her favorite books are Fanny’s Dream, Fever, and 1793. Rachel is very active and loves to run, watch sports, read, travel and shop. She expressed how much she loves to see the students learn and understand what she is teaching, and she believes that the students at Spanish Oaks are the best! Spanish Oaks is lucky to have such a wonderful person and teacher on our staff!

Spanish Oaks Staff Spotlight


Mrs. Angie Lindstrom is our Take-Home Library Coordinator and technician at Spanish Oaks. She has worked at our school for eight years. She and her husband live in Spanish Fork, and they have 4 daughters and one son. She has 3 grandchildren that she adores. Angie is from Lindon, Utah. Her favorite foods are chocolate, lobster, strawberry milkshakes and watermelon. She loves to spend time in Robertson, Wyoming where her parents live during the summer months, so they spend a lot of time there too. Her dream vacation would be to Scotland or Italy. Her favorite books to read with her children are the Fablehaven Series, Percy Jones Series, Two Crazy Pigs and Ellen and the Goldfish. Her favorite quote is, “Let go of whatever you were, and allow yourself to become who you are!” In her spare time Angie likes to sew, read, watch movies, and make snacks. She loves it when students from Spanish Oaks recognize her outside of school and she also loves their smiles and the funny things they say. Spanish Oaks is lucky to have such a hard working, dedicated person on our staff!

Reflection winners at Spanish Oaks


Spanish Oaks Elementary just completed their yearly Reflections Contest, and students were honored at an assembly. Students were very excited to share their entries with other students in the school. The theme this year was “The Magic of the Moment.” The students listed below will be moving on to Council.
We also want to thank our PTA helpers, D. Dee Rex and Erica Hansbrow, for all of their time in helping and encouraging students to share their talents and preparing a dvd presentation of all of the entries. All Reflections participants were invited to an ice cream social at the end of the assembly. Congratulations to our winners!

Photography: Picture 1
Amy Warnick, Avery Whittaker, Mandy Rothaug, Oliver Davis, Rachel Thomas

Literature: Picture 2
Ethan McInelly, Cosette McInelly, Alex Huhtala, Elle Jewkes, Miles Watkins

Musical Composition: Picture 3
Brooklyn Johnson, McKayla Nelson, Leah Mendenhall

Film/Video: Picture 4
Caeden Wilding

Dance Choreography: Picture 5
Kierra Oyler, Heather Johnson, Londyn Branch

Visual Arts: Picture 6
Sophia Borba, Rebecca Swain, Grace Herbert, Jared Poulter, Mackenzie Cowan

Spanish Oaks Elementary Students Honor our Veterans


The students of Spanish Oaks Elementary were honored to have the members of our local American Legion visit our school and share their veteran experiences with us. Steve Wilson, a local veteran, encouraged students to be grateful every day to be able to live in our wonderful country. The veterans attending from the American Legion shared where and how they had served their country. We watched a video on what a veteran is and how we can show our appreciation to the veterans for their service. The veterans were also honored with patriotic songs from our school choir. Spanish Oaks students would like to say “thank you” to all the veterans who have served or are serving to protect the freedoms we enjoy!

Photo of Veterans Steve Wilson, Shirley Wilson and their granddaughters and great granddaughters Abby and Emma Wilson

Colonial Day at Spanish Oaks


The fifth grade at Spanish Oaks celebrated a Colonial Day as an end to their studies of Colonial times. On that day, they came dressed as colonial children, and some students even brought their lunches in a knapsack. They participated in many learning activities such as writing with a feather pen, learning lessons from colonial classrooms, making butter, constructing a Jacob’s Ladder and playing many fun colonial games. Students gained a great appreciation for colonial life.

Prevailing Winds Preform for Spanish Oaks Elementary


The Prevailing Winds Woodwind Quintet preformed for the students at Spanish Oaks Elementary. They individually introduced each instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon) and demonstrated the distinct sound of each one. They discussed the history of each instrument and how the instruments have changed over the years. Some of the pieces they played were Beethoven Ode to Joy, Harry Potter Suite, and Turkey in the Straw. The students and faculty enjoyed this assembly very much.

The 50th day of school at Spanish Oaks


On Friday, November 9th, the kindergarten students at Spanish Oaks Elementary celebrated the 50th day of school this year by dressing in 50’s attire. The students enjoyed activities in language arts, music, math and science. They counted 50 objects, wrote numbers to 50 and made a necklace with 50 rings. They enjoyed listening to music and dancing to music that was popular during the 50’s. It was a fun day!

Photos of kindergarten teachers and students