Bonneville Elementary Newsletter

November 2019

Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that a month has gone by and what a month it was! It was certainly time of learning for the staff, students and especially for me! The students’ hard work showed at their beginning of year assessments, their SEP’s, and their attention to their school work. I am getting great reviews from the teachers and am amazed by the Bonneville students’ commitment to learning and their willingness to do hard things. It is exciting to be in a school where each and every teacher is focused on student learning. I was excited to see how happy the students were to return to school after Fall Break. The Halloween parade as always was the highlight of the month, even if it was inside!

As we enter November, I can’t help but be grateful for the many positive things I see everywhere at Bonneville Elementary. Our teachers and staff, who look for positive teaching moments and go the extra mile for our students. Our families who are so generous with their time and talents. I am especially grateful for our PTA and it's leadership, who feed us and clean up our school inside and out and work on important projects and initiatives that make Bonneville the friendly, safe space it has become.

My wish is that during this month we take the time to be thankful for our many gifts,

Mrs. Grisley

From our Faculty & Staff

Seeking Science Fair Judges

Bonneville’s annual science fair will be on the morning of January 14, 2020 this year and we are looking for judges! We generally need between 25-30 judges in order to judge each project 3 times. As a judge, you would interview students, listen as they describe their science fair projects and rate them according to the scientific criteria provided. You do not have to have a scientific background to volunteer!

The fifth and sixth grade winners will represent our school at the Salt Lake City School District Science Fair. Winners from the District Fair will move on to the Salt Lake Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Rice Eccles Stadium and possibly continue on to national and international competitions. It is very exciting!

Please email Lisa Wadge ( or Kristy Johnson ( if you would be available to help out or if you have any questions. We appreciate your generous support!


The Bonneville Science Fair Team

Scrub Top Donations to Mrs. Davis' Art Class

Please donate any clean scrub tops to the Art Department at Bonneville. These will be used as smocks to help keep art supplies and projects off of students!

Donations can be brought to the front office.

Visit Mrs. Bell's Instagram

You can now follow our Science Specialist, Mrs. Bell, on Instagram to see what your kids are doing in science lab! Come check out the fun! @bonneville_science

News from the Media Center

Book Fair Success

During SEP conferences, the library was packed with parents and children browsing through hundreds of newly published books. The Story Cupboard provided a wide variety of books: holiday, picture, poetry, adventure, fairy tales and information books. Children left the book fair eager to read new selections. Teachers were thrilled to receive their donated books. “It’s like Christmas!” exclaimed a teacher when handed her bright green bag bulging with new books donated by parents and students. Bonneville’s library is able to purchase over 200 new books for students to check out. Thank you to all the parents for making the book fair a huge success. A special thank you to Tonya Egan and all the parent volunteers that helped make the book fair possible.

Sheryl Burton

Library Technology Teacher

Librarian’s Tip of the Month:

Homework help is available at Pioneer Online Library. This huge database contains current information for Utah’s students. Resources such as Almanacs, Biographies, Encyclopedias, Newspapers, Maps and Magazines can be accessed at home by logging on to the internet:

Login Name: online

Password: school

In-Class Circles and Initiatives

In October, the School Counselor visited Ms. Maxwell and Mrs. Taylor-Lof's classrooms to work on inclusiveness. Using the Restorative Circle format, all students were given the opportunity to share answers to a variety of prompts about teamwork and inclusion. Prior to processing in the Circle setting, students were given a timed group initiative and challenge.

The Circle format was a great space to allow all students to listen and to share. Students honored the Circle norms of only talking when they had the designated talking piece and being kind and respectful of others' thoughts and experiences.

For more information on Restorative Circles, tune into the Counselor Corner in the December newsletter.

Project Cornerstone

Project Cornerstone will be starting November with My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig. The book follows a student named Monica who has a close friend who does not treat her with respect or kindness. The term for what Monica experiences is relational bullying: subtle emotional bullying including “under the radar” actions like spreading rumors, intimidating and humiliating, excluding and ignoring.

In this lesson, students will process traits of a true friend and be engaged through discussion, games, and sorting worksheets.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Lesson Standards:

Kindergarten-2nd Grade

I CAN...

  • Build and maintain healthy relationships with peers and adults
  • Describe traits of a good friend
  • Name a trusted adult at school and at home

3rd-6th Grade

I CAN...

  • Build and maintain healthy relationships with peers and adults
  • Use communication and social skills to positively interact with others
  • Identify a trusted adult at school and at home

Parents can reinforce lesson standards by talking to their students about their I CAN statement cards distributed during their lessons. Parents are also encouraged to review the attached Parent Information Handouts below as well as the Project Cornerstone Parent Letter sent home with your student once they receive their lesson.

Project Cornerstone Parent Bulletins

Parent Teacher Association

Bonneville Elementary Clean Air Committee

The Bonneville Elementary Clean Air Committee would like to thank those who participated in our focus group and subsequent survey during the 2018-2019 school year! The results have been used to guide our idle-free campaign for the 2019-2020 school year. We found that a strong majority of parents had very negative feelings toward idling and air pollution, and that some had even experienced physical and mental health problems that they attributed to pollution. From the survey, 98% of respondents thought idling impacted human health, 69% thought idling was a problem at our school, and 39% selected temperature as a significant barrier to being idle-free. Stay tuned for upcoming activities related to the 2019-2020 idle-free campaign!

If you would like to join the Bonneville Elementary Clean Air Committee, please reach out to Rachel Forrest at

Community Service Week November 18-22

We are seeking food donations needed for Holiday Meal Kits to be donated to the East High School Food Pantry. Each Classroom’s room parent will be sending out an e-mail to their class with an attached sign-up genius for families to sign up for food donations. Donations can be brought to students' classrooms anytime before November 22nd. Students will also be participating in a small craft at lunch during the week of Nov 18-22 to be given to each East High family in need.

Thanks to all of our families able to help out! For more information, please see the flyer below.

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Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 1- Short Day

Thursday, November 6- PTA, 8:45-9:45am

Friday, November 8- Short Day

Friday, November 15- Short Day

Monday, November 18-22- Community Service Week

Tuesday, November 19- SCC, 7-8:30am

Wednesday, November 20- A Midsummer Night's Dream, 9am for students, 7pm for public

Thursday, November 21- A Midsummer Night's Dream, 9am for students, 7pm for public

Friday, November 22- Short Day

Wednesday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break

**(11/26 is a full day)

Thursday, December 3- PTA, 8:45-9:45am

Friday, December 6- Short Day

Friday, December 13- Short Day

Wednesday, December 18- Dads + Donuts

Friday, December 20- Short Day

Monday, December 23-January 3- Winter Break

Please visit the Bonneville Elementary School Website to see more events and an updated calendar.