The fourth grade held their annual Mountain Man Rendezvous on Thursday, October 23, 2014. This is a fun tradition the fourth grade does to finish their unit on Utah's Explorer's and Mountain Men. These past weeks the students have been earning beaver pelts for good behavior, staying on task, etc. They then use the beaver pelts to trade for goods or services that the students brought from home. The students had collected items from their homes such as: toys, trinkets, games, things they thought might trade at the rendezvous. Some made games and had small prizes. One class even had a photographer to take pictures.
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The sixth grade held their Egypt Walk on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. This event is a culmination of their unit on Egypt. Students made projects at home to show off the things they had learned. They made sarcophagi, canopic jars, crooks and flails, sphinxes and pyramids made from clay, candy, cereal, wood, Lego’s and other such mediums. They transformed their classrooms into tiny museums. They made Egypt’s flag. They drew cross sections of pyramids. They wrote reports on the process of mummification. They learned how to make papyrus. They shared many other facts about Egypt. Parents and the rest of the school were permitted to come walk through their classroom museums and admire their work.
A big THANK YOU from the PTA to everyone at East Meadows for participating in our Back to School Box Tops Drive for this school year 2014-15. Together every class helped raise over $800 for our school just from collecting Box Tops! Along with our last School’s Out Box Tops Drive from May 2014, our school brought in $1508.40 simply by cutting out and saving Box Tops from your every day purchases!
A friendly reminder. Please do not submit expired Box Tops, make sure that you trim the Box Tops along the dotted lines and please do NOT cut off the expiration date or they won’t accept them. Start saving NOW for our Holiday Box Tops Drive in January 2015! And a drum roll please... Congratulations to our top three classes that collected the most Box tops and enjoyed a delicious treat. They were ... 3rd place - Mrs. Bennett's morning kindergarten class; 2nd place - Mrs. Moyes' 1st grade class and 1st place - Mr. Youd's 6th grade class that alone brought in 1604 Box Tops! Wow!
Continue collecting Box Tops and ask ALL of your friends and family to collect Box Tops for our Holiday Box Tops Drive in January 2015 followed by our School’s Out Box Tops Drive in May 2015. Collect and save them ALL year!
Also consider shopping through the Box Tops Marketplace at https://www.boxtops4education.com/marketplace and link your purchases directly to our school! With holiday shopping starting and Halloween costume purchases online, you can easily earn a lot of Box Tops that benefit our school immediately. Please take a moment to go to the marketplace website.
The Kindergarten classes learned about different aspects of our community. They heard from Officer Warner. He talked to them about being safe on the streets this Halloween season. The students promised to be safe and follow the rules Officer Warner talked to them about. They went outside and were able to get inside the police car, watch the flashing lights and hear the siren. The fire truck was going to come also but got called out. To top off the day they learned how to make pizza from Two Jack's Pizza.
Today was the last and final day for our Ribbon Week activities. The students learned about internet and media safety. They wore white today. We had an assembly this afternoon with guest speaker Sara Coyne. The students were sent home with a family media pledge form. Please take a moment to review the pledge with your families. We want to thank all the PTA volunteers and all the teachers that helped coordinate a fun and educational week! Below are some internet and media guidelines:
Be safe and smart when using the internet and other media.
- Never share names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses;
- Never send pictures to strangers;
- Keep passwords private (except to parents);
- Never open email from strangers – it may contain viruses that can harm a computer; and
- Immediately tell an adult if something mean or creepy happens.
Rules of the Road for Kids
1. Guard your privacy. What people know about you is up to you.
2. Protect your reputation. Self-reflect before you self-reveal. What’s funny or edgy today could cost you tomorrow.
3. Nothing is private online. Anything you say or do can be copied, pasted, and sent to gazillions of people without your permission.
4. Assume everyone is watching. There’s a huge, vast audience out there. If someone is your friend’s friend, they can see everything.
5. Apply the Golden Rule. If you don’t want it done to you, don’t do it to someone else.
6. Choose wisely. Not all content is appropriate. You know what we mean.
7. Don't hide. Using anonymity to cloak your actions doesn’t turn you into a trustworthy, responsible human being.
8. Think about what you see. Just because it’s online doesn’t make it true.
9. Be smart, be safe. Not everyone is who they say they are. But you know that.
Today was Red Ribbon Day. The students wore red to school and pledged to say NO to drugs. Each grade made up a skit and performed it for the student body. Each of our students signed a paper chain pledging to never do drugs!
I pledge to say
NO to drugs
to encourage my friends
to say no to drugs,
to provide support to
others who use drugs,
to help them learn
to say no to drugs,
to become educated on
the dangers of drugs
and provide this
“No use of illegal drugs, No illegal use of legal drugs!"
Today was walk, bike, scoot to school day. As the students arrived they were greeted by some of the Spanish Fork High School football team and cheerleaders. As part of todays activities the teachers walked their class to Abbey Court Park and talked about using safety when crossing streets. The students were encouraged to wear green today. Here are some ideas of why we should walk to school.
Communities and schools are using Walk or Bike to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old. Here are some reasons to support walking and bicycling to school:
Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence.
The trip to school is a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need.
Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions.
Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community.
Reducing traffic congestion, boosting a sense of community, and improving neighborhood connections benefit the community.
Today we talked about courage and character. We talked about being a good friend and not bullying. We had a very fun assembly with the Green Man Drum Group from Utah Valley University(UVU). The students were encouraged to wear purple today! Each class made a poster about Courage. They are displayed in the hallways in the front of the school. Below are some of the items that were discussed in each of the classrooms.
Use courage, confidence and character as you stand up for values, be a good friend and become who you want to be.
- · If you've ever been isolated from others at school or you were new at school and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.
- · Make friends with someone at school who you don't know. Invite them to sit at your lunch table or join you in an after school activity. You probably wish someone had done that for you.
- · Be a leader. Take action and don't let anyone at school be in isolation.
- · When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.
- · If you don't feel safe get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution -- not the problem!
ARE YOU A PERSON OF COURAGE?
- · Stand up for what is right even if I stand alone.
- · Don't cave in to negative peer pressure.
- · Don’t let fear of failure prevent me from trying things.
- · Don’t be afraid to express myself just because some people might disapprove.
- · Work to solve problems without violence.
- · Never intentionally ridicule, embarrass, or hurt others.
HOW TO DECIDE WHAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO
Some decisions you make aren't terribly important. For example, you might decide to have chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla. But other decisions may involve a choice between right and wrong, and sometimes it's not easy to know what to do. Whenever you aren't sure what's the right thing to do, stop and think! Ask yourself these questions:
- · What does my conscience—that "little voice" inside my head—say about it?
- · Could it hurt anyone—including me?
- · Is it fair?
- · Would it violate the Golden Rule? (How would I feel if somebody did it to me?)
- · Have I ever been told that it's wrong?
- · Deep down how do I feel about it?
- · How will I feel about myself later if I do it?
- · What would adults I respect say about it?
- · If you still can't decide, talk it over with someone you trust and respect.
HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND
To have good friends you must be a good friend. Here are some of the ways good friends treat each other:
- · Good friends listen to each other.
- · Good friends don't put each other down or hurt each other's feelings.
- · Good friends try to understand each other's feelings and moods.
- · Good friends help each other solve problems.
- · Good friends give each other compliments.
- · Good friends can disagree without hurting each other.
- · Good friends are dependable.
- · Good friends respect each other.
- · Good friends are trustworthy.
- · Good friends give each other room to change.
- · Good friends care about each other.
HOW NOT TO BE A BULLY
Sometimes it is difficult to know what is or is not bullying. Often, actions start out just being fun, but may at some point actually turn into bullying. If you are not sure whether something has become bullying, stop and think and ask yourself these questions:
- · Are my actions or words hurting someone else's feelings?
- · Are my actions or words hurting someone else physically or making that person feel afraid?
- · Would I want someone else to do this to me?
- · Am I unfairly taking my anger out on someone?
- · Am I trying to control someone against his or her will?
HOW TO APPRECIATE YOURSELF
Be careful about comparing yourself to other people. Sometimes that can make you feel good or even inspire you to improve in some way. But sometimes it can make you overlook what's truly good about yourself and cause you to feel bad.
- · Think about times when you've done something good. Include those times when you've made a difference to somebody else by being helpful, kind, or thoughtful.
- · Take part in activities that make you feel good such as hobbies, reading, sports, or spending time with good friends.
- · Don't be so afraid of failing that you're not willing to try something new. New experiences can help you grow and discover wonderful new things about yourself.
- · When you do fail at something, don't get down on yourself. Think about what you can learn from the experience and how you can do better next time.
- · Think about things you do well. Take pride in your successes.
- · Remember, the most important thing about people is what we're like inside, not what we own or what we've accomplished.