On April 24, East Meadows 4th-grade students spent a beautiful day in Diamond Fork Canyon. They put on waders and got in the water to observe life and gather samples. They used binoculars to see more clearly the birds and nests in the trees around them. They got to walk inside a teepee and see what it would be like to camp in one. The US Forest Service guided them in their activities and instructed them on the interesting wildlife in the area.
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April 21st marked the 2nd annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser here at East Meadows Elementary. In conjunction with the breakfast we held our Safety Fair. The Spanish Fork Police Department came to register bikes and scooters. The Fire Department brought a shiny red fire truck with a big tall ladder. They even retrieved a ball from the roof of the school using the ladder. The Ambulance Department let all the kids see inside the ambulance. The Utah County Health Department was there to answer any questions about car seat safety. There were booths set up to teach about crossing the street, following road signs, blind spots and bus safety and animal safety. Thank you to all the teachers and staff and PTA member who helped make the event a success. We raised money to help fund the PTA activities and enough to make a generous donation back to the school.
Holidays are significant days for Americans. They are days to set aside time for family, friends and traditions. On their own initiative, third graders at East Meadows Elementary set aside a day to celebrate holidays in general and called it “Blue Day.” Ashlyn Pulley described it this way: We celebrated Blue Day on March 28th, 2012, to show the world that we should show respect on certain days and holidays, and we should show that those days are important. Blue Day is just Blue Day, but some days and holidays are important and we will show our respect.
April 3, marked the end of another successful session of 4-H Afterschool clubs here at East Meadows Elementary. Parents were invited to come see all the fun and exciting things the students have been participating in for the past ten weeks. Our theatre club performed the play Alice in Wonderland. Some of the clubs this session were Jump Rope, Works of Art, Science, Volleyball, Line Dancing, Origami, Babysitting, Kitchen Science, Paper Crafts, Basketball, Theatre, Music & Art, Lotions, Potions, etc., Indoor/Outdoor Games, Cloverbuds and Young Artists. Thanks to all the teachers and staff who helped teach each of our clubs. A big Thank You to Mrs. Janell Haskell and her family for overseeing and coordinating this wonderful program.
National Honor Society and 4-H students from East Meadows Elementary filled almost 5,000 Easter eggs. These eggs will be used for the annual Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt. If you want to find any of these eggs, you can go to the event which will be held on April 7, 9:00 AM, at the Spanish Fork Sports Park West Complex.
On Thursday, March 29, kindergarten children from East Meadows went to the Living Planet Aquarium. They learned about aquatic life as they viewed stingrays, sharks, penguins, sea horses and other curious sea creatures. Students touched stingrays and watched penguins play in the water. They especially enjoyed looking at the different kinds of sharks. This field trip is a favorite for kindergarten students. If you are interested, visitors can enjoy the exhibits at the Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, Utah.