Bonneville Elementary School

February 2021

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A Letter from the Principal

Dear Bonneville Community,

I am grateful for the privilege of serving such a great community. I am learning that Bonneville is a community that is strong, resilient, helpful, and community focused. My vision for Bonneville is to continue the traditions and to support an ideal school environment where students feel safe, comfortable, challenged, and engaged in class (whether that is in person or online). Teachers will feel supported in their teaching and inspired to try new things. Our school campus will stay clean and beautiful. Parents will feel welcome to be involved in school activities, classrooms, and all celebrations. Students will achieve academically at high levels as “Zoomers” and “Roomers.” Only together with all stakeholders, is it possible to maintain Bonneville’s traditions and high-level academic success.

Thank you all for your support!

Principal Culley

Our Virtual Classrooms

Mrs. Davis' Art Class Kicks Off 2021!

We have started 2021 with some printmaking in the lower grades k-2. Kindergarteners created a "shape of their heart" artwork where they filled a heart with all the things that are their favorite things. First graders will be creating some pattern prints, then we will add some word art on top with uplifting words, like Love, and Kind. Second graders created some great radial symmetry printing artworks after learning about how radial symmetry happens a lot in nature like in flower, shells, and snowflakes.

Students use a material called scratch foam to carve a printing plate. Then they use that printing plate to be able to make prints or copies of their original artwork. Making a printing plate is like making your own stamp you can use again and again. Because we are still working and creating from home we are using ink alternatives like crayon rubbings and water based marker prints. Its always the most magical thing to see what shows up when you pull a print or do a crayon rubbing.

Mrs. Ford's Kindergarten Morning Share

Every morning we get to do a morning share with a buddy in a breakout room. The questions are usually pretty silly and the students have to explain why they would choose that answer.

We're practicing taking turns with our partners, saying good morning when we enter the breakout room and thanking our buddies for sharing with us. When we return to class I usually have them share whole group by acting out their answer, usually involving some silly action or face.

Mrs. Lindsay's 1st Graders Make How-To Books

The children will gain writing skills as they write the stories. The children will gain reading skills as they reread and revise their work. The children will gain speaking skills as they present their books to classmates through demonstrations. The children will gain listening skills as they listen to each other present their books to their peers.

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Ms. Okabe's 1st Grade Does Junior Great Books

In my "Beyond Grade-level" reading group, we just finished "Under the Lemon Moon" by Edith Hope Fine in the Junior Great Books series. I have been using Jr. Great Books for four years but I just created a booklet to go along with the stories last Spring when we went remote. We are just starting another story, "Those Shoes" by Maribeth Boelts. I love this story because it ties in nicely with Jr. Achievement and the topic of Needs vs. Wants.

"Under the Lemon Moon" takes place in Mexico. Students learned some Spanish vocabulary, about the culture, analyzing feelings of anger, being brave, scared, having empathy, and wondering. As I mentioned, "Those Shoes" teaches about needs vs. wants, friendship, making sacrifices, and making choices.

First Grade to Participate in Grow Lab

1st Graders will do lessons from Red Butte Garden and Arboretum and The University of Utah called the Grow Lab as we return to the in-person setting.

Students are excited to plant brassica rapa (fast growing mustard) seeds, take care and watch as the plants go through the entire plant cycle in 45 days.

From Mrs. Christensen's 2nd Grade Class

In my class we are learning how place value works. Adding and subtracting numbers with re-grouping is a big concept in Second Grade. We are also focusing on comprehension in our reading and making predictions as we make sense of the paragraphs we read.

Rocks and minerals is our next fun topic in Science. We will be doing an experiment when students return to the in-person setting to predict and find crystals in geodes. Our class will take turns breaking geodes, which is a BIG HIT!

During our rocks and minerals lessons, we learn that minerals can get trapped in rocks. Theses minerals are what form the crystals in geodes. Students examine the outside layers of the geodes, looking for where or how these minerals may have entered or developed.

Mrs. Teerlink's 2nd Graders Virtually Attend Snow White

In December, 2nd Grade had the opportunity to attend another virtual field trip. We were invited to watch Ballet West's production of Snow White. This particular production was narrated by none other than Wilhelm Grimm and Jacob Grimm who authored the original tale.

This experience was a wonderful way to immerse the students in both the art of ballet and classic literature. The students were amazed by the athleticism of the dancers and the beauty of the costumes and scenery. It was enjoyed by all! Thank you Ballet West!

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Third Grade Writes About Their Favorite Childhood Toy with Mrs. Noble

Comprehension Strategies in Mrs. Leys' 3rd Grade Class

We are learning many different comprehension strategies -- visualizing, making connections, re-reading, predicting, etc. To this end, I have developed several Comprehension Characters. There's Vivienne the Visualizer, Peter the Predictor, Connie the Connector, Rebecca the Reteller, Quentin the Questioner. I have simple little costumes and super annoying accents to go with each character. I've been doing it for years since it works across grade levels.

Kids love interacting with these fun (and slightly obnoxious) characters. It's a fun way to learn critical comprehension skills. So far, kids have worked hard on visualizing, asking and answering questions, and re-reading.

Utah Animals in Mrs. Sellin's and Mrs. Winegar's Class

We are studying the state of Utah. Students researched animals that live in Utah and wrote reports.

Students learned how to organize a research paper with subtopics. They also learned how to note take and paraphrase. The students have also become pros at using Microsoft 365 word.

Settling of the West in Mrs. Warren's 4th Grade Class

Fourth grade's Utah History study includes learning about persons who were influential in the settling of the West. Using Studies Weekly, we've been reading about people such as tribal chiefs, mountain men, and explorers.

Using research and technology skills, students will summarize and present 4-5 important facts about their selected Utah History person. Students will present through a PowerPoint or oral presentation.

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Norah Ricker's powerpoint about Chief Washakie, Chief of the Shoshone Tribe, who played a role in developing territories in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

Mr. Little's 4th Graders Reflect on the First People of Utah

In our class, we have been studying the Native people of Utah. This includes the Paiutes, Goshutes, Shoshone, Navajo and Ute people. Following the learning of preliminary background information, students selected a Native band to research. They then had a choice of presentation methods. These included writing, directing and starring in a play of their own creation, creating a poster exhibiting their original artwork, creating and performing a song, creating a diorama, presenting a power point or a traditional report. All selections had to include the history of the chosen people, their first contact/conflict with Europeans and early settlers, assimilation into Anglo culture as well as contemporary culture, including challenges and celebrations.

Students gained an appreciation for, and knowledge of the first people of Utah. They learned a seldom heard side of their state's history, including the systematic persecution, prejudice, enslavement and annihilation of the first citizens of Utah, their culture and their language.

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Aviva shares what the Goshute ate.

Mrs. Wadge Shares Thoughts on Weather & Climate Unit in 6th Grade

In 6th grade science, we just started a unit on weather and climate. My favorite lessons that we've done or are soon doing are phenomenon that really affect us here in Utah - including a lesson on our lake affect snow that gives us the "Greatest snow on Earth" and a lesson on inversions - how they happen and the affect they have on our air quality.

These lessons are great examples of how things we've learned about weather - like the water cycle, global air currents, and density of air masses - affect us locally!

During this lesson we talked about a weather event, an inversion, that happens in Salt Lake City because of our geography and prevailing winds. We also discussed the resulting air pollution that accumulates when this happens.

Mr. Wild's Class Creates Vision of Utopia

Students engaged in discussions about laws, "fairness," the concept of rights and of being right, etc. They worked on a final project where they designed their own Utopia, responding to several prompts and creative opportunities. Some students opted out of this and instead created comics based on the novel.

Counselor Corner

SEL: Social Emotional Learning

Schoolwide Second Step is on our 12th lesson!

Kindergarten and first grade continue to work on managing big feelings. We have also discussed handling when accidents happen. Skills for learning are reinforced in each lesson so students can practice skills in SEL lessons and core subjects.

Second, third, and fourth grades continue to reflect on how compassion is empathy in action. Students have reflected on ways to show compassion by doing and/or saying something that shows care or concern. Third grade also hit on some friends-making skills including starting and carrying on conversations with new people.

Fourth and fifth grade more recently learned about calming down techniques. Students practice using a "STOP" signal, naming their feeling, then using a calm-down technique like counting, deep belly breaths, or using positive self-talk.

Students will continue to receive bi-monthly Second Step lessons in their Zoom classrooms from the School Counselor.

Families are encouraged to follow along with the weekly scope and sequence of lessons by logging on to Second Step and visiting some of the at-home resources.

To visit and gain access to Family Resources, follow this link and enter your student's corresponding code:

Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70

1st Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71

2nd Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72

3rd Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73

4th Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74

5th Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75

Drug, Alcohol, and Substance Abuse Prevention & House Bill 58

In Utah's 2020 General Session, House Bill 58 was ratified to address student use of alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarette products and other substances through education, prevention programs, and discipline policies. The Salt Lake City School District has since designated Positive Behavior Specialists at school sites to gather information on current, developing, and future programs to support HB 58. At Bonneville, and despite school settings due to COVID, we are able to identify a number of programs in existence and being developed that build pro-social skills in our students to combat the use of drug, alcohol, and other behaviors that may lead to substance use. To learn more about our Positive Behavior Plan, I invite you to attend our April School Community Council meeting.

In late 2020, Student Services in the SLCSD has accepted Life Skills Training by Dr. Gilbert J Botvin, as a health and personal development curriculum for our fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. Life Skills Training stands out as a program based on a combination of health information, general life skills and drug resistance skills to support the HB 58 requirement of providing evidence-based instruction relating to drug, alcohol, and controlled substance abuse.

For the current school year, sixth graders will be receiving lessons provided by the LST curriculum including topics such as Self-Esteem, Decision-Making, Assertiveness, and Smoking Information. In school years to follow, roll out of the LST program will include both fourth and fifth grade.

Parent Teacher Association & School Community Council

Our 2020-2021 PTA

PTA wants to welcome our students, teachers and staff back in the school! In an effort to show our support, we are asking parents to sign up to help safely make this happen. On our PTA website, we have provided a sign up to help with drop off, lunch/recess or pick up. When you come to help, there are reflective vests in the lobby on the Bonneville T-shirt table. Please wear a vest while volunteering so people can easily identify you as a “helper.” Also, another way to help our school is through registering as a substitute through the SLCSD. Thanks for all you do! For more information about what’s happening at PTA, join us for our general board meeting on zoom on February 3 at 7 pm.

Warm Regards,

Macy Bell and Kerstin Bean


PTA Info & Membership

Go to our website to learn more about Bonneville PTA!

Our next meeting is February 3, 2021at 7pm.


Click here for the School Community Council website.

Please join us for our next SCC meeting, February 18th at 7am on Zoom. Link provided on Bonneville Broadcast. For items to be considered for the agenda, please email the chair, Leanne Freedman at no later than February 10th.