Our orchestra did such a good job as they shared their talents with us today. They have worked so hard and come a long way this year. Students, you can be proud of yourselves for a job well done! A special thanks to Mr. Hansen for all his hard work and effort!
Last week's lunch worker of the week was Colton Webster. Colton was so kind he even stopped to see if there was anything he could do for the lunch ladies.
This week, Ryan Teasdale was making sure the tables were clean for every student. Thanks to our last two lunch workers of the year :)
Youth up to 18 years old can receive free healthy lunches this Summer from June 11-August 17. This takes place Mondays-Fridays at Spanish Fork City Center Library Park from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. No registration is required. Children are just required to consume the food on-site.
Baskets are ready for the PTA carnival! In addition to class-themed ones, we have: Hale Center Theater, Discovery Gateway, Just Your Style salon, Baird Honey, Utah Symphony, Kneaders, Shep's Culinary, Big-O, Summit Spa, The Leonardo, Boondocks, Virtual Reality Activity, Natural History Museum of Utah, Precision Vision, Ambi Escents Diffusers, Jump Around Utah, Cinemark and Shear Indulgence salon certificates. Get excited!
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
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.
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!!
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!
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!
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!