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"Read More" Challenge at Spanish Oaks

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 13:01


We enjoyed our Rodeo Reading Assembly yesterday, and are so appreciative of Spanish Fork City presenting that to us each year.  We had "horses" to ride, a hat stacking "barrel racing" contest, a shoelace tying contest, and a bike give away.  Our two bike winners were:  Jessica Bishop and Marleigh Loveless.  Congrats!!  Our reading goal for this year is 1,250,000.  That is 1,440 days or 34,560 hours of reading.  Wow!  That is a little higher than last year's goal, so they challenged us to "Read More!"  The Rodeo reading calendars will come home on Monday and the contest runs throughout that month.  Two students will then be drawn out to win boots, a cowboy hat and Wrangler jeans to wear to the Spanish Fork Rodeo, which they will also win 2 tickets to attend.  Also, 2 rodeo tickets will be given in each grade level.  That's worth reading for, right?  Let's get those books open, Explorers!


Kindness Week Day 3

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Wed, 02/26/2020 - 15:32

Kindness Week-Day 3

We started off Day 3 with the following quotes from Jaiden Millard and Wrigley Henry: “You will never be forgotten if you’re kind,” and “To have a friend, you have to be a friend.”  Thanks for these awesome thoughts to keep in mind today.  Our song was “A Little Bit of Honey,” which got us dancing, and our challenge is to write a note of gratitude to any Spanish Oaks staff member.

Our activity for the day is to have each student finish the sentence “I love my school because . . .”   Here are some of their responses:

*It is inviting

*The school keeps us safe

*Everybody is nice in our school

*It has good, amazing teachers and staff and office members and principal   (numerous times!)

*I spend half the day with the people I love, doing what I love

*Because they care about me

*Everyone is kind and helpful and the teachers are understanding and everyone has teamwork

*They treat me like I belong

*Because I get to see my friends and I get a good learning education

*Because it’s a fun place to be at and there are such good people and good teachers and we have the BEST principal, so that makes this school 100x better!


Pie Throwing for Good Behavior?

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Tue, 02/25/2020 - 14:54
Miss North

In Miss North’s class we have been working hard to show respect by following directions.  When we follow directions we earn a class point. As a class we voted that if we earned enough points we got to throw pies at our teacher.  We had fun throwing pies in Miss North’s face! :)   

Kindness Week Day 2

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Tue, 02/25/2020 - 14:07

Day 2 in our Kindness Week has really been fun!  Our 2 quotes this morning were "being kind to friends is good, but being kind to everyone is better,"  by Katie Bennett and "Be the reason someone smiles today!" by Alli Christiansen.  What great things to remember!  Our song was I Like Being Me and our challenge has been smiling at 25 people throughout the day!

For a special activity we have been writing "thank you"messages to Superintendent Nielsen on large hearts we are going to hook together in a book and deliver to him (along with a cookie!).  We have also had some random and anonymous acts of kindness going on, such as little notes, compliments, etc.  It seems that kindness is contagious :)

Throughout the day we have been catching people being kind.  Each hour we have chosen 4 of these people to come to the office for a Kindness Treat.  


Kindness Week Day 1

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Tue, 02/25/2020 - 13:43

We kicked off our Kindness Week yesterday with 2 quotes about being kind (written by students) read on the intercom.  Our quotes were: "If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind," by Kenzie Baird and "Be the big umbrella on someone's raing day" by Caleb. The song for the day was "I'll Be Nice", our challenge for the day was to say good morning or good afternoon to 15 people, and we shared a video showing acts of kindness caught on camera.  We also presented each student with a Kindness Cookie.  Feel free to come check out our Kindness Rocks bulletin board where each student's quote is posted.


Staff Spotlight Mrs. Hill, Librarian

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Mon, 02/24/2020 - 10:36

Mrs. Hill is the Librarian here at Spanish Oaks.  She is from Tennessee and grew up there.  Mrs. Hill would be an uber driver if she wasn't a teacher because she wants to meet new people, and go to new places.  She has been a Librarian for two years at Spanish Oaks and she loves it.  When she was a kid her favorite subject was reading because she always loved to read.  Mrs. Hill’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because of family and June is her favorite month because there is no school.


PTA Volunteers Needed at Spanish Oaks

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Mon, 02/24/2020 - 10:10

Spanish Oaks PTA needs you!  Yes, you!  

Dear Spanish Oaks friends, we need you at Spanish Oaks Elementary!

Many of you may have heard of PTA but don’t really know what they do or if you want to get involved. PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. In public education we are face with shrinking budgets and growing class sizes, not to mention high standards for teacher and student performance—schools today need the support of families and the community. PTA can help. We harness the power of PTA to: 

• Increase family engagement and volunteerism
• Implement programs you engage families in student success or school improvements
• Qualify for grants and awards to support your school
• Communicate with families more effectively 
• Partner with other community organizations
• Enhance fundraising efforts
• Realize measurable results in student achievement

We love being involved in the Elementary PTA for a few reasons:

1. It's a concrete way to support our school, our students, the teachers and staff and build community. 

2. It's fun to get involved and get to know other parents as you work together on a committee and be social and creative with other parents who like to help.

3. You get to know the school and the principal a lot more. You know what's going on. It's so great to be in the loop during the formative years of your students schooling.

Here’s what we need for next year; a whole new Executive Board and some Commissioners (a commissioner is a committee chair and there can be co-commissioners.) For most of these areas, we have established traditions, so you wouldn’t have to generate new ideas if you don’t want to; you can follow the outline of what we’ve done in the past. If you would like though, you can also discuss new refreshing ideas with our board at a meeting.

Executive board:
President Elect
Treasurer So far, the commissioners we need are: 
Membership and Awards
Health & Safety Week
Community Involvement- (Teacher birthdays)
Education- Reading 

If you’d like to co-chair one of these things, grab a friend and let us know. Or if you’d just like to be on the signup list to help with things at the school, that’s wonderful too!

Send us an email with your name and number to or you can text or call Holly Moss 602-689-9382 with any questions.

Our current board is:

Holly Moss- President
Kailee Anderson-Secretary 
Heidi Rowbury-Treasurer

Hope to hear from you wonderful PTA parents!

-Holly Moss



PTA Family Art and Education Night

Submitted by sherri.peterson on Mon, 02/24/2020 - 10:05

Come join the fun!!

PTA Family Night  All Spanish Oaks families are invited for this fun and informative night!  Mark your calendars for: Monday, March 2nd @ 5pm School gym!  Kids will rotate between 4 different Dr. Seuss craft stations while parents attend a presentation on “Raising Resilient Kids” presented by our school counselor and Administrative intern, Mrs Winkler and Mrs. Laird-Trandum!  


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