All aboard! The 1st graders boarded The Polar Express today and paraded through the halls to the North Pole. They had decorated a box to look like a Christmas train car at home. They were served donuts and hot chocolate and watched the movie The Polar Express. Thanks to the parent volunteers who decorated, brought donuts and chocolate milk and helped serve.
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If you came to East Meadows on Tuesday, the 18th of December you probably wondered about the teacher’s sense of style. Many of the teachers and staff wore very festive holiday sweaters to school that day. The wearing of ugly sweaters has become a fun tradition at various work places, parties, school activities, etc. over the past few years. So don’t ever throw away those coveted pieces of clothing. So who won the ugly sweater contest? The students participated in a school wide Christmas sing-a-long and while they were singing those carols they were able to vote for the ugliest sweater. Although there were many ugly sweaters, Mrs. Nichol Lyman is the lovely recipient and winner of the ugliest of the ugly.
Congratulations, East Meadows Elementary, you donated $1,001.10 to the Warm the Soles program. The Warm the Soles program is sponsored by Nebo Credit Union. This program allows Nebo Credit Union and its members the wonderful opportunity to provide a new pair of shoes to children in need. They have provided over 2,000 pairs of shoes since it started. The monies have been collected from schools in Nebo, Juab and Tintic School Districts. Thank you students, parents and staff for donating to a wonderful cause.
East Meadows 2nd graders got to be creative and as they decorated their graham-cracker gingerbread houses. Students got creative with the assorted candies. They made chimneys, trees, fences and even some ponds with fish. This is a fun tradition here at East Meadows for the holiday season. Thanks to all the parents and teachers who volunteered their time and all of that candy and frosting.
Janell Haskell, our school secretary at East Meadows is the recipient of the Crystal Apple Award for classified employees. The award was presented to Janell by Craig Harvey of Horace Mann Insurance. Janell is an amazing person! She is usually the first one here in the mornings and last one to leave. She is the do all person here at East Meadows. She is helpful to everyone that comes by her desk. She organizes, plans, listens, and counsels, mediates, accounts, and takes care of most anything here at the school. She knows where everything is and how everything works. One of our faculty members said of Janell, “She is just a little piece of heaven here at East Meadows.” She is kind and loving to all our students. Thank you Janell for your dedicated service to all of us.
SNAP, Walk 'n Roll is an assembly about walking and biking safely to school, produced by the Utah Department of Transportation Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP)™. East Meadows enjoyed the assembly put on by SNAP on Thursday, November 29. With larger-than-life characters and music fit for a rock show, the four-member SNAP Team teaches students about the importance of following the safest routes on the school's SNAP Map, traffic signs and signals and necessary gear, and it helps them get excited about walking and biking to school.
The front windows and office windows at East Meadows Elementary are colorfully adorned with paper cut-outs of stained-glass windows made by our 5th grade students. This is a tradition here at our school for the Christmas Holiday as well as other schools throughout the district. Mr. Liddiard’s mother, LaRee Liddiard created the patterns. Be sure to come by the school to view them.
The third graders at East Meadows Elementary have recently been learning about Native American Culture. On Tuesday, November 20, each class performed a plays for their parents depicting the culture of Native Americans. The plays they performed were: “The Birth and Creation of the Corn God.” “A Possum’s Tail.” “The Strongest One.” “The Cannibal Monster--A Tlingit Legend” and “The Glusabe and Old Man Winter.” Leading up to this culminating event, students had previously learned the meaning of legends, made pottery out of play dough, and created teepees out of paper. All the students did a wonderful job!
On Tuesday, November 20, East Meadows 5th graders became D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduates. Officer Chris Sherriff welcomed family and friends as he commended the 5th graders for completing their 10-week educational training. In order to receive their graduation certificates, students participated in class discussions and activities, learned songs, and wrote thoughtful essays on why it is important to stay away from drugs and other harmful substances. The D.A.R.E. mission statement is: Teaching students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. The official D.A.R.E website states that, “D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. The mission is to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life." Outstanding D.A.R.E. essay winners are: Cydney Nielsen, Grace Fillmore, Nathaniel Alton, Kyler Porter and William Horlacher. Two students from each class were selected as the Outstanding D.A.R.E. student. From Mrs. Andersen's class John Harding and Cheyenne Satteson. Mrs. Hogle's class, Josie Anderson and Kyson Briggs. Mrs. Hughes' class, Bryce Marshall and Emma Tuttle. Mrs. Jackson’s class, Justin Butler and Adriana Sorsenson. Killpack’s class is Tanner Jex. Winners of the DARE Lion are: Sydney Hansen, Dallin Smith, Lexi Sorensen and Jonah Green. Congratulations to all the 5th grade students on graduating from this program. We also thank Officer Chris Sherriff and the 5th grade teachers for their time in this worthwhile program.