Bonneville Elementary School

November 2021

A Letter from the Principal

Happy November to Everyone!

In October Bonneville students and staff have been busy! We have enjoyed a wide variety of Fall activities in classrooms including math with pumpkin seeds, “Day of the Dead” art with Mrs. Davis, science with worms, creating authentic haunted houses, and an incredibly fun Halloween parade. We are now entering November, which is the month to be thankful.

I would like to take this moment to thank all our volunteers, parents, and community members for making Bonneville such a high-achieving school. This incredible school community has made Bonneville the best elementary school in the state. Thank you, parents, teachers, and staff, for being engaged in our students’ educational experience.

It has been two months since school started up. Students and teachers are in the groove and working towards their academic goals. The first trimester ends on November 19 so please reach out to your teachers if you have any questions about your student’s progress.

I am constantly amazed by the kindness of Bonneville’s teachers, students, and parents. I am thankful and privileged to be the Principal of such a great elementary school.

Many Thanks,

Wayne Culley

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Ground Rules for Respectful, Responsible, and Safe Learning

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November's Trait is Citizenship

We want our students to learn about the importance of giving back to our community!

We want to have classroom discussions on what citizenship looks like, ways to be a responsible citizen, and how students show citizenship at school, home, and in the community. We will also reflect on how other patrons in the community show citizenship and the results and effects of being a responsible citizen. This includes different improvements we see in our local community as a result of giving back.

1. August: Teach GRRS (Bonneville’s Guidelines for Respectful, Responsible, and Safe Learning)

2. September: Responsibility

3. October: Respect

4. November: Citizenship

5. December: Caring

6. January: Fairness

7. February: Kindness

8. March: Trustworthiness

9. April: Perseverance

10. May: Character

Mrs. Davis' Art Class

Cyanotypes by Third Grade Artists (see picture for info)

Mary Blair inspired Castles by Second Grade Artists

-Mary Blair was an artist who worked at Disney, her claims to fame include Cinderella, Alice in wonderland and It's a small world ride at Disneyland. Second Graders used her style as in inspiration for their own castles. Not only are they beautiful but they also used lots of math and science to create them. We practiced making halves, thirds, and fourths out of geometric shapes, we used arrays (columns and rows) to create a castle, and we even included constellations and a reflective moon as a science tie in. They are all unique just like our amazing second grade artists!

6th Grade Tessellation Printmaking

Sixth graders were inspired by the art of M.C. Escher. Not only was he an amazing artist but he even had mathematicians prove the exactness of his artwork. The most amazing thing of all is that many of his artworks were prints, meaning he had to carve into wood or etch into metal to create the imagery. Our sixth graders realized just how tricky making a great print really is. We also learned how to make a tessellation (another of Escher's specialties) a tessellation is a repeating shape that fits perfectly together with no gaps or spaces. No boring squares here, our sixth graders really came up with some neat shapes!

Bonneville Pumpkin Patch in 1st Grade

The first grade pumpkin patch field trip was cancelled because of rain so teachers arranged something at Bonneville!
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Mrs. Barrett's 2nd Graders

Halloween was a hit in Mrs. Barrett's second grade class. We had fun in the parade, played Bingo, and made a spider web craft and glow in the dark necklace. We watched a movie and ate popcorn outside.

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Skulls in Mrs. Teerlink's 2nd Grade Class

Mrs. Teerlink's class kept the Halloween spirit going by learning about the skull and its importance. Did you know that if we didn't have a skull, our brains, eyes, and face muscles wouldn't have a place to be? We then created our own skull masks with a little help from Mystery Science!

Mrs. Christensen's 2nd Graders Explore the Bones in Our Hands

Mrs. Christensen's class did a Mystery Science project drawing the bones in our hand. We also had a fabulous class party with crafts and games. So much fun!

Mrs. Leys' 3rd Graders


The writers in Mrs. Leys's class would like you to guess What Cat is That? Each of them wrote a purrrfect set of clues about themselves. Stop by our display to try and decipher who wrote what. You can lift the cats' bellies to find out... but please don't pull their tails!

Mrs. Maxwell's 3rd Graders

Third grade dissected tulip bulbs and learned about life cycles with guests from Thanksgiving Point. They also built a terrarium to observe the life cycle of mealworms and grass seeds.

Ms. Maxwell’s class spent the last week of October learning all about pumpkins. They used math skills to measure their pumpkins and round the values. They used their reading skills to read all about how pumpkins grow from seed to full gourd before being processed for food. They wrapped up the week making pumpkin pie in a bag!

Ecosystem Mobiles in Mrs. Noble's 3rd Grade Class

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4th Graders Create Haunted Houses

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Mrs. Sellin & Mrs. Winegar's 4th Grade Class

We are studying Organisms Functioning in the Environment in the Science Lab and students are making observations of crickets and roly-poly's and how they respond to touch, smell, sound, and temperature.

5th Graders Engineer Haunted Houses

In 5th grade we have been engineering Haunted Houses. The students have been so creative with their different houses. We went through the engineering process. We planned, created, and improved. These are pretty spooky!

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Our links to our digital bulletin boards on Padlet are below:

Jacobsen's class:

Mx. Taylor-Lof's and Mrs. Paur's classes:

Counselor Corner

SEL: Social Emotional Learning

In October, k-5 grades covered important skills for learning. Students reflected on Focusing Attention, Listening, and Using Self-Talk at school. This month, we learned the importance of using Assertive communication rather than passive and aggressive. Students practice keeping their heads and shoulders up, facing a person, and using a calm firm voice to ask for something they need. Students also recognize that times it may be difficult to be assertive are when our emotions are not regulated or we are talking to someone older, bigger, or don't know well. November kicks off the month with recognizing and understanding others' feelings and emotions. This is a pivotal skill to help us practice empathy.

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. You are also welcome to contact the School Counselor, Mrs. Schleifman, with any questions you may have about Second Step.

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

Parent Teacher Association & School Community Council

2021-2022 PTA

  • Social Media Contest: Follow @bonnevilleslc, and post a picture on your instagram account tagging us and letting us know your favorite thing about Bonneville. Is it the Shakespeare play? A certain teacher? The art program? Tag @bonnevilleslc and use the hashtag #bonnevillerocks. Let us know you posted by commenting on our instagram post. We will feature each post on our instagram AND two lucky families will win a $10 giftcard to a local business! Please also let us know if we can share your post to our page.
  • Reflections Contest: Lookout for a flier about Reflections! We are so excited about this year's theme.
  • Upcoming PTA Meeting: Nov. 9 @ 7:30pm in the Library or on Zoom.
  • Have you signed up for the PTA Portal yet?


Click here for the School Community Council website.

We’re happy to announce the parent representatives who will be serving on the Bonneville SCC this year:

1-year parents:

Amy Jameson:

Amanda Greenland:

Frank Cipriano:

Jason Barlow:

Kassie Belcher:

2-year parents:

Salli Fiefia:

Heather Hayes:

Jonathan Freedman:

Macy Bell:

Nina Bennett:

Chair: Amy Jameson

Vice chair: Heather Hayes

Secretary: Jonathan Freedman

Everyone in the Bonneville community is welcome join us for our SCC meetings! Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 pm (check upcoming announcements for Zoom link).