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October 2012

By Principal's Message

With flu season just around the corner, I want to encourage everyone to get flu shots early this year. Below you will find information on vaccination locations and insurances that are accepted to get immunized as a preventative measure. We need all Bonneville students to be at school and this is a great way to keep students healthy and in the classroom. Thank you for helping Bonneville Elementary to be “flu-free” this season.

Sincerely, Mr. Shawn Brooks

 

Form available online http://www.utahcountyonline.org/dept/Health/flushots

 

October

  • Fri. 5th     Sharon Elementary (Orem)     3:30-5:30
  • Mon. 8th     District Office     11:00-1:00
  • Mon. 8th     Lindon Elementary     2:30-4:30
  • Wed. 17th     Travers Mt. Elementary     2:30-5:30
  • Tues. 23rd     Vista Height Middle     3:15-5:30

Insurances Accepted:

  • Medicaid/Medicare
  • Humana/Choice Care
  • Select Health/CHIP
  • United Healthcare
  • Molina
  • PEHP
  • DMBA
  • Select Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Altius
  • Educators Mutual
  • CIGNA

Immunizations Offered:

  • Adult and Child (4 yr & older except flu) required and recommended vaccines
  • North County Office: 599 S. 500 E. American Fork 801-851-7331. Walk-in’s and Appointments Welcome

 

August 2012 Welcome Back!

By Principal's Message

Dear Bonneville Families,

HAPPY SUMMER BREAK!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer break—filled with whatever you and your family need to refresh, restore, and relax during these beautiful summer days.  Although the start of school is still a couple of weeks off, this letter will give you a few things to think about before we get together again in August.


WELCOME TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR!

As we begin another school year at Bonneville, there are many things to make you aware of so that you will be able to support your child’s education.  I encourage you and your family to start the year off right by calendaring the following important dates.

  • Bonneville Open House Monday, August 20, 2012 (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

  • First Day of School (Grades 1-6)             Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (Early Birds-8:00; Later Gators- 9:15)

  • Kindergarten Testing August 13-15, 2012 (Please call the school to set up a testing appointment.)

  • First Day of Kindergarten Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • Labor Day Holiday Monday, Sept. 3, 2012

  • Back to School Night Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012  (*Parents only, please.)


Early Out Mondays and Minimal Days:  Every Monday is an early out day at Bonneville.  Students are released at 1:25 p.m. (early birds) and 2:40 p.m. (later gators), respectively.  Early out Mondays are set aside to provide professional collaboration time for teachers.

The Alpine School District has also provided teachers and staff professional development days during the year called, “Minimal Days”.  On a “Minimal Day”, your child will be let out of school at 12:30 (early birds) or 1:45 p.m. (later gators).  Please mark the following “Minimal Days” on your calendar: September 24, November 5, February 4, and March 4.


Attendance:  One of the challenges that Bonneville has faced the last couple of years has to do with attendance and excessive tardies. Regular attendance is essential for student learning and progress.  Please coordinate your family vacations when school is not in session (*see school calendar attached).  Students lose out on critical instruction and interactions when they are absent or are not in school for the entire day. Therefore, late arrivals and early dismissals are highly discouraged.  We request that medical and dental appointments be scheduled after school hours, if at all possible.  If students are ill and unable to attend school, please notify our office the morning of the absence.


P.T.A.:  We have a very dedicated and enthusiastic Parent Teacher Association that goes above and beyond to support our educational programs and enhance student education.  Mrs. Susan Roy is the PTA president for this school year and will be encouraging your participation as a P.T.A member.  There will be information available at the Open House and “Back To School” night, from the P.T.A., on ways you can help serve the students at Bonneville Elementary.


Student Nutrition:  School lunch cost is $1.75 for elementary students.  Reduced price is $.40.  Adult/Visitors will pay $1.50 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch. Breakfast for a student is $ .85 and reduced price is $.30.  Milk is $.30.  Lunch balances must be kept current.  Students are only allowed to charge one lunch or breakfast.  You will be able to pay for lunches at the Bonneville Open House on Monday, August 20, 2012 (5-7 p.m.).  Please make checks payable to Alpine School Lunch.


Free and Reduced Lunch Packet Materials

We are especially encouraging all Bonneville Elementary families to submit a confidential application for free and reduced price meals for the 2012 – 2013 school year.  If enough families are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch, Bonneville Elementary may receive additional Federal funding to help support student achievement.  This additional funding may be available whether or not your child chooses to use the free or reduced price meal benefits, but in order for us to receive the funding, your completed form must be returned.

This year the district is asking that parents go online and fill out the Free and Reduced Meal application. To access all of the forms, please go online to http://alpineschools.org/departments/nutrition-services-lunch.  The online application is a paperless option that allows parents to complete the form and submit online.  Parents can even print a copy of the application for their records. Remember, submitting an application is strictly confidential.  If you would rather fill out a paper copy, you can come to the school’s office and ask for a paper copy. Thank you for your help.


Student Safety:  Student safety is a high priority at our school.  To further ensure safety, the driveway on the south side has been divided into two lanes.  The lane closest to the school will be used for student pick up and drop off lane.  The lane closest to the street will be a “ drive through” lane only.  Please avoid parking in either lane to help keep traffic flowing smoothly and alleviating the possibility of students becoming hurt or injured.

To help alleviate traffic congestion in front of the school and in the south parking lot, you may opt to pick your student up behind the school in the church parking lot.

Well, this is just a little information to get you up and going before the school year starts.  Enjoy the last few weeks of your summer break.  Be good to yourself and your family.  I will see you and your student on August 20th for “Back to School” night.  I look forward to another great year at Bonneville and working with you to help your child have a successful year at school.


Sincerely,


Shawn Brooks, Principal

Bonneville Elementary

May 2012

By Principal's Message

Another wonderful school year has come and gone. Our theme this year was, “Quest for Success!” The students took hold of this theme and made great efforts to help Bonneville Elementary reach a new level of success. Students earned “Road to Success” reading parties and assemblies for their exceptional reading minutes with home reading. They also worked hard to stomp out bullying and had a desire to show respect and responsibility for themselves and those around them. This helped the tone in the building to be warm and inviting, especially the last three months of the school year. I appreciate all of the students here at Bonneville and all that they did to make this year a success.

Now for a couple of items that you may be wondering about as we close out this school year.

On the last day of school (May 31st), we will send promotion slips and report cards home with your student. If your student cannot attend school the last day, all materials will be saved and available to pickup at the school during the summer months. (*The school office will be open on Mondays from 10:00 until 12:00 p.m. and due to construction, the library will be closed for summer book check-out.)

Finally, this year we have several educators leaving Bonneville. Mrs. Deb Gehris and Mrs. Ann Watson have decided to retire from teaching this year. Mrs. Cammie Dickerson is opening her own pre-school and won’t be back next school year. Mrs. Christiansen and Miss Budd will be finishing up their one-year contracts at Bonneville and Mrs. Downey has finished her teaching internship. Mrs. Whitezell is preparing for a new baby and will be moving with her family to Colorado. Mrs. Penovich has been assigned to Cascade Elementary for a new reading recovery assignment.

It is never easy to say goodbye to great teachers. They have all contributed to the success of Bonneville Elementary and they will all be missed.

Thank you for helping make his a successful year at Bonneville Elementary. Have a great summer and we will see everyone in the Fall.

Sincerely,

Mr. Shawn Brooks

April 2012

By Principal's Message

During the month of March, our school announced and implementing the “Spring into Action Bullying Prevention Program” to help students to focus on making good choices and to take a stand against bullying behaviors. It has been a very positive experience for the students and we will continue to run the program during the month of April.

For the month of April, the new theme will be, “Shower others with Kindness.” Students will be encouraged to spend tiem during the school day being kind to teachers and students. Teachers and staff will be watching and catch students being kind to others. Then, teachers will write the student’s name, along with the kind deed, on a paper umbrella to be displayed in the front windows of the school. All students will be able to read about what their classmates are doing to help our school be “bully-free.”

Students will also be able to suggest unique ways to be kind to classmates and teachers. These suggestions can be written can be written on paper raindrops and placed in a small rain barrel by the office. Mr. Brooks will select a couple of raindrops a day to read on morning announcements. It is our hope that by having students come up with ways to be kind and by being caught being kind, we will see an increase in attention to kindness to others and see less bullying.

As a suggestion, we would appreciate parents taking time to talk with their child about the new theme for April and even challenging them to do one kind act of service each day at school. Your child could even report back to you at dinnertime about what they did each day. As we work together, we can help Bonneville to be an even better place for students.

Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,

Mr. Shawn Brooks

 

March 2012

By Principal's Message

Welcome to the month of March! It’s hard to believe that we have just three months left of school. Where has the time gone?

I want to extend a special, “Thank You” for your support at our Parent Conferences in the month of February. I heard back from many teachers that they had 100% of their parents and students attend. That is terrific news! We have great parents at Bonneville!

As you many know, many of our grade levels are already putting into motion a form of “FLEX” just like the junior high and high schools have put in place. This “FLEX” time is a way to embed extra learning time for at-risk students in the school day, while extending the learning of students that are already experiencing success. Many of our Bonneville parents have offered to help with the teaching of the classes during our “FLEX” time and we want to thank you for your time and talents. It has been a success so far because of your efforts.

We would like to recognize our double dose aides, who help many of our students with intervention strategies every week. The aides are Heather Crisp, Shawna Christensen, Christine Anderson, and Ginger Budd. We are seeing improvement with students who are receiving this extra help. Thanks a million “Double Dose” Team!

Mrs. Mason was recently recognized by the school district as Bonneville’s “Teacher of the Year”. She is an amazing teacher and has given so much to our sixth grade students and school. Thank you, Mrs. Mason!

As you come into our hallways at Bonneville Elementary, I hope you will notice how nice things look at our school. We have a wonderful custodial team that makes a big difference every day. A big “thank you” goes out to our head custodian, Matt Draper, and his assistant custodians – Gabby Sandoval and Lucia Arreola. They do a great job!!! Take a minute and let them know 🙂

Finally, I wanted to recognize our amazing PTA and School Community Council (SCC). Our PTA and SCC are so supportive with all of the school activities throughout the school year.  They genuinely care about the education of all Bonneville students and they support our teachers. We are making great progress on our quest for success because of these great men and women. Thank you!

We have a great school, wonderful parent support, an excellent staff and outstanding students. It is a pleasure to be at Bonneville. Thank you for everything you do!

Sincerely,

Mr. Brooks

February 2012

By Principal's Message

As spring approaches, we all need to be reminded of appropriate dress attire for school. Please review the Alpine School District Dress Guidelines.

  1. All children should dress modestly, and appropriate for the weather.
  2. No short-shorts or biker shorts. Knee shorts are o.k.
  3. “Grubby” clothing or clothing containing vulgarities, profanities, obscenities or advertisements for alcohol, tobacco, or drugs are never acceptable. Clothing which is ragged, tattered or deliberately distracting in appearance must be avoided.
  4. Hats or other headgear should not be worn indoors.
  5. Tank Tops or bare midriff shirts or blouses are unacceptable.
Thank you for supporting the district dress guidelines at Bonneville.
Mr. Brooks

November 2011

By Principal's Message

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

                                                                                                                   -John F. Kennedy-

November is a perfect opportunity for me to express gratitude for the many people whose hard work and generous contributions make Bonneville Elementary such a great place.

  • We are so fortunate to have such an incredible staff…thank you for the hard work and steadfast dedication to helping all students succeed.
  • To our wonderful parents…we so appreciate your support and partnership…it makes a BIG difference for your own child(ren) and for our whole school community.
  • WOW…our amazing students… we are so grateful that you work hard each day, taking risks, challenging yourselves, expanding your hearts and minds…and thank you also for being our best teachers; we learn something new from you every day…and that makes us better teachers.
  • To our many dedicated volunteers… a mere thank you is not adequate appreciation for all your hard work…your amazing contributions (big and small) continue to inspire us and help us go above and beyond in our efforts to help all students succeed.
  • To our hardworking PTA…thank you to this incredible group for their many efforts to support our school and to provide fun, family-centered activities for our students and families.
  • To our dedicated School Community Council…thank you to this group for helping to make decisions that allow Bonneville to be a safe school for children.

          I am THANKFUL to be here and to be a part of this extraordinary place we call Bonneville.  I hope you too take time to look around and see just how much we have to be grateful for here at our school.  Perhaps you can take a moment to share your thoughts with us.  Have a wonderful month!

 

          Sincerely,

          Mr. Brooks

October 2011

By Principal's Message

It is already October and the fall season with its changing weather and colors is settling over our valley.  Students are situated in their classrooms, they are becoming comfortable with learning routines and schedules, and teachers are vigorously preparing lessons and teaching the Utah State Core Curriculum. While things are humming along nicely in the classrooms, I wish to again encourage all parents to become involved with their child’s education.  Perhaps, you are already a member of P.T.A. or you volunteer in your child’s classroom.  Maybe, you are a room mother and are able to donate a little time to assist your student’s teacher with classroom parties and class work.  Whatever your availability, we need you here at Bonneville Elementary.  We welcome each of you and encourage you to come and help us to make Bonneville a great place for learning.  There are some particular needs we have and I would like to tell you about some of these opportunities to get involved here at Bonneville.

Ways to be Involved at Bonneville

  1. Teacher Aides: Not a day goes by that I don’t have a teacher asking for additional classroom assistance with students.  You are probably aware that some of our classes are quite large and an extra hand from a mom or dad is appreciated.  Please contact your teacher personally and ask if they could use some help in the classroom.  Many parents don’t always have time to donate help at school, but they are available to do things at home to aid a teacher with putting together lesson materials, cutting, or assembling items that will help a child understand a concept more easily.

 

  1. School Community Council: Our school community council is another way to be involved with your child’s education.  The purpose of the school community council is to:

 

    • build consistent and effective communication among parents, teachers and administrators
    • allow parents an opportunity to be actively involved with school decision-making and
    • to make good schools great

 

Currently, we meet once every other month through the school year.  If you are interested in collaborating with      teachers, the principal and other parents, please give me a call at the school.  I will give you a calendar of our meeting dates and times and invite you to come help build our school.  We need your input and voice concerning important issues that affect our students and school.

  1. P.T.A.: Finally, our school P.T.A. is a very good place to donate your time and energies to benefit students here at Bonneville.  Our P.T.A. is one of the best and contributes in areas such as safety and welfare, health, education, individual development, family life, community involvement, public relations, and student involvement.  There are opportunities for P.T.A. members to help with Red Ribbon Week, carnivals and fund-raisers, literacy programs, moms and muffins/ dads and donuts, the Reflections contest, hearing and vision screenings, and the list goes on and on.  We couldn’t be a successful school without the fabulous parents who volunteer so much of their time and talents through our school P.T.A. It really is a wonderful way to get involved!

 

Each of these opportunities is available to each and every parent.  Once again, we need you here at Bonneville.  When we work together great things happen on behalf of children and their education. Remember, Bonneville is a great place because of this community being involved in children’s lives.  Let’s have another great year!  Come get involved!

 

September 2011

By Principal's Message

We are inviting all parents of Bonneville students to attend “Back to School” night on Wednesday, September 14th. This will be an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s teacher and review class expectations, sign up for volunteering opportunities and ask questions about the curriculum or other items of interest. **We encourage parents to leave all students and siblings with a babysitter that night.

Back to School night begins at 5:00 pm with a short PTA parents meeting in the cafeteria. We encourage all parents to attend this first meeting. Then parents will be excused to visit their children’s classrooms. Teachers will be talking with parents in 20 minute sessions with 10 minute transition times. Sessions will start at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30. Please come to the teacher session that best fits your schedule. We appreciate this opportunity to meet with parents to communicate important information so that your children will have a successful year at Bonneville. Thanks for your support!