January Spring Canyon Newsletter

January 2023

Welcome Back

We hope you had a fabulous break with your friends and family! We are so glad to have students back in the school, and love to hear about the fun and safe times you all had.

Report Cards & Term 2 Reward Activity

Term 2 ended on December 21st, the last day of school before the holiday break; final grades for term 2 will be posted ASAP and a final report card will be emailed to all parents.

We will be hosting a fun reward activity on Thurs, Jan 12, for students who earned all A's, B's, and S's on citizenship. This reward activity will be housed here at school. Students who do not qualify will remain here at school as well, but they will not participate in the activity.

Inclement Weather

We have had quite a robust winter! In the case of a delayed start or any other alternate schedule due to weather, the status will always be posted on both the Nebo website (nebo.edu) and our school website (scms.nebo.edu). We will also use every method we can to notify you in case of an alternate schedule. Click HERE for Nebo District's inclement weather policy and process of determining weather-related delayed starts or closures.

Canvas and Infinite Campus

A quick reminder to check Infinite Campus regularly to help your student stay caught up in class. To check grades you can go to https://nebout.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/nebo.jsp and log in using the credentials from registration.


We have some fun intramural activities going on this month! School play, chess club, and Latin American club. Intramural info and permission slips can always be found on our school website, under the Intramural tab. Here is a summary of our current activities.

*Latin America Club: with Mrs. Kristen Ontiveros

Times/Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays (January 17, 18 , 24, 25, Feb 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, March 1) from 3:15-4:15 p.m.


This club will involve all students that are fluent in Spanish. We will meet right after school in the front corridor. We will walk to Meadowbrook Elementary and help students that are chosen by their teachers who need a little extra help with their homework. After an hour we will walk back to the school. Students involved in this club will need to have all "S" 's in every class.

*Chess Club: with Mr. Danny Parker

Times/Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays (January 10, 12, 17,19, 24, 26, 31 and Feb 2) from 3:10-4 p.m.

Description: Chess Club is a club where people of all experience and skill level come to play. After a short lesson, members play against each other, sometimes matched against each other based on skill, but most times you play who you want to play. All boards, clocks, and pieces are provided.

Permission slips can be picked up in the office, and more information can be found on the Intramural's tab of our website.

We're so excited about our upcoming School Musical!

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Looking for an Instructional Aide - Applicants Wanted!

We are looking for an aide to work in a classroom setting in both language arts and math. This position will be assisting students who need a little bit of extra support to be successful. The hours are 8:45-3:15 each day with a 30 min lunch. Pay is $15/hr. It is a delightful and rewarding job - if interested or know somebody who is, please have them apply on the Nebo website under Jobs. (www.nebo.edu).

Chinese New Year

On January 22nd (Sunday) is when Chinese New Year starts and our school is going to celebrate it on Friday January 20th with an activity involving the iconic "red envelopes" of the Chinese culture. Students in all classes (not just dual-immersion) will receive a red envelope or two from their teachers (depending on their classes). This red envelope contains a gift ... if we were in China, students would likely receive money or gifts from relatives. At SCMS, students will receive a teacher gift - free homework pass, tardy pass, etc. Stay tuned for details of how we will celebrate this as a school and enjoy our Chinese Dual-Immersion program with all of our students.

2023 is the "Year of the Rabbit"

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STEM Fair is January 26th! If interested, talk to your science teacher!

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School Fees

If they have not been paid yet, school fees need to be paid ASAP! You can do so by contacting the finance office at 801-609-2400, or you can go to SCMS.

Parent Classes Winter 2023 (Free!)

Nebo District offers a variety of parent classes at no charge - click below for titles, dates, and registration information.

Parent Classes Flyer

Especially for Parents of Students with Special Needs

A Word From our School Nurse

Happy chemicals and how to make them

Welcome to January, the most depressing month of the year, the “Monday of Months,” where the days are dark and cold. The Holidays are over and it’s time to get back to the reality of life. And to make things more depressing, this month’s Health Topic is Drug and Alcohol Awareness. Drugs and Alcohol are used to artificially stimulate the release of “happy” chemicals that your body naturally makes. So to help combat the “January Blues,” here are a list of some of the “Happy” chemicals and hormones your body makes, what they do, and how to naturally and more healthily release them:

Serotonin: Regulates moods, helps you sleep, promotes digestion, inhibits impulsive behavior. How to make them: Exposure to sunshine and light, physical activity. Foods: Bananas, Beans, Eggs, Leafy greens, Nuts and seeds, Fatty fish, Probiotic/fermented foods (kefir, tofu), and turkey (Yummmm!)

Dopamine: Sparks pleasure and motivation, enables coordination, boosts short-term memory, drives impulsive behavior. How to make them: Meditation, listen to music. Foods: Bananas, Oranges, Spinach, Peas, Eggplant, Apples, Mung beans, Avocado, Tomatoes, fish, eggs, seeds.

Norepinephrine: Controls blood flow to muscles, blood glucose levels, mood stability, muscle contraction. Promotes the healthy function of the eyes, kidneys, pancreas, lymphoid organs, and intestines. It also enables your stress response, temperature regulation, and increases alertness, focus, pain tolerance, reaction time, breathing rate, and memory retrieval. How to make them: Regular exercise, getting enough sleep, setting and meeting goals, Enjoying music or making art, and meditating. Foods: Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Oxytocin: Promotes bonding and affection towards others, helps regulate gastrointestinal function, uterine contraction and shrinkage. How to make them: Hugging, physical touch, petting an animal, exercise, meditating using visualization and deep breathing. Food: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

Endorphins: Pain relief, feelings of pleasure, increase self-esteem, stress and anxiety reduction, influence other hormones like Oxytocin, lessens the negative impacts of mental disorders. How to make them: Exercise, Exercising with others, Acupuncture, Laughing, Creative activities like creating poetry, music, prose, or paintings.

So get going! Get started! From here on out the sun shines a little brighter each day. Each little step is an essential part of moving towards great things!

Welcome to a New Teacher at SCMS!

We'd like to extend a hearty welcome to Ms. Rachel Peay in our social studies department. Ms. Peay will be replacing Ms. Welch who left for health reasons. Because of this new addition, we have rearranged a few classes in this department - if your student has debate or 6th gr social studies 2nd semester (starting this week after the break), they could have had a teacher change from what was previously published on their schedule back in Aug. Ms. Peay worked with us last year as a skill builder and has 3 children, two in high school and her youngest here at SCMS. We are beyond happy to welcome her aboard (again!).

Springville Library BINGO Blitz

“Keep cozy and read this winter with the Springville Library Bingo Blitz. This fun, free program runs from December 1st, 2022 to January 30th, 2023 and is for ALL ages. Complete a BINGO and turn in your card at the Springville Library to earn a prize and receive a ticket to our completion party on January 30th. Keep those kids, teens, and adults reading through the winter holidays for free with our Bingo Blitz.
Attend the halfway celebration, a PJs and Movie party on Thursday, December 29th at 11:00 am. Don’t forget the completion celebration a mini-golf party on Monday, January 30th from 4:00-8:30pm and enter to win additional prize.
Print more Bingo cards at https://www.springville.org/library/winter-reading-program/ or pick up at the Springville Library. For any questions, contact Thomasina Taylor at thtaylor@springville.org<mailto:thtaylor@springville.org>.”

Mark Your Calendar - Last SEP Conf Coming Up

Please mark your calendar for Thurs, Feb 9 - it is our next (and last) SEP Conf of the year. It will be held from 3:45-8:00.

January Calendar Items

11- School Community Council Meeting

13- No school, District Development Day

16- No school, MLK day

17- Audition for school play

26 - STEM/Sci Fair, 3:10-4:00, school stage

30- Start of PACK Week

Term 3 SEP's will be held February 9th