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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!