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December 2012

December 2012

By Principal's Message

Dear Bonneville Families,

Recently I was visiting family in Gunnison, Utah. While there, I noticed that my mother-in-law had a lot of yarn that she was using to crochet Christmas gifts for others.

While looking at all of this yarn, it occurred to me that a single strand of string can support a light load. It definitely has some weight limitations, but it can lift. If I wanted to use string to lift a large load, I may decide to use three separate strands which would at least triple the weight that I could lift. If I wanted to carry a much heavier load, I could braid or intertwine those three strands of string into one rope. Isn’t it interesting that three intertwined strands are able to support a much heavier load than three separate strands? This is primarily due to the added support that intertwined strands garner from each other in the weight bearing process.

Over the last several years, the social, academic, and personal demands placed on our students have surely increased. It is amazing how much better those demands are met as students, parents, and educators collaboratively unite efforts to lift this heavier load. Much like the yarn, we are stronger as we work together to support student learning.

This year, students are working harder than ever to improve their learning with the new FLEX program. During FLEX time, students receiver immediate help with concepts they may not have understood completely the first time. You can see it in their faces when they light up from understanding. Their self-esteem has improved and they are more eager to learn because they experience success. It has worked so well that some students are asking their teacher to be re-taught during FLEX because they like how it makes them feel to have the extra help and not get behind in any given subject.

You may or may not know about another of this year’s great successes. At Bonneville, some of our wonderful parents and patrons come to be literacy aides and read with our students needing additional reading support. This is largely due to the efforts of our Americore representative, Kenice Whitaker, and the local church members who have taken time out of their busy schedules to help students feel reading success. Their efforts are paying off and students are reading at much higher levels than ever before.

Finally, we are so lucky to have nurturing and competent teachers and staff that work tirelessly to meet the needs of each child. As students, parents, and educators work together, just as intertwined strands on a rope, we can do amazing things. Let us all continue to pull together for the benefit of children at Bonneville Elementary.