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.
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.
The annual spring book fair began today March 12 and will run through Thursday March 15. Monday and Tuesday will be open from 8:00-3:15. Wednesday will be open 8:00-8:00 to accommodate SEP's. And Thursday will be open 8:00-12:00. Come look at the wide selection of books and check out our teacher board. There will guessing jars for the kids to guess how many items are in the jar and the closest guess wins the jar and its contents. Remember all purchases benefit our school. The book fair can be found on the stage. Hope to see you there!
On March 8, East Meadows family members proudly watched their children participate in the third-grade Spelling Bee. Three students from each class were chosen to represent their class and they all did a great job. The final three students remaining were Sam Colledge, Max Colledge, and Sydnee Seeley. Sam is this year’s champion and his name will be added to the Spelling Bee Plaque. East Meadows is proud of all participants. The staff wishes to thank the Rotary Club for helping with this event.
Participants; Kennady Charlton, Maisy Reid, McKenzie Whitney, Sam Colledge, Max Colledge, Ashlyn Pulley, Mariah Acuna, Annabell Mecham, Isabel Francis, Ethan Graham, Sydnee Seeley, Nicole Oviedo
East Meadows sixth graders joined the Lobos at Spanish Fork Junior High (SFJH) on Friday, March 02. The students were welcomed by the SFJH Student Council, Assistant Principal Mark Bake and Assistant David Huff. The students also met Counselors Cheryl Brown, Todd Jackson and Dylan Dewey. They enjoyed listening to the band, orchestra, choir and touring the school. Among other things, the new seventh-grade students can look forward to getting lockers, having lots of teachers, choosing elective classes and especially pack time. Pack time offers opportunities for students earning good grades to do something fun four times a week. Other students can get extra help from teachers and catch up on assignments. East Meadows wishes to thank Spanish Fork Junior High for rolling out the welcome mat to our wonderful sixth-grade students.