December 2018

2nd Grade Learns about Christmas in New Zealand

Attributions: 
Kathy Kelley

Mrs. Kristal Taylor spoke to the 2nd grade students about New Zealand. A favorite Christmas gift in New Zealand is flip flops! We were also able to taste kiwi  - which is from New Zealand - it was tasty! People visit the beach at Christmas and it is warm during Christmas! Thank you Mrs. Taylor for sharing your love of New Zealand with us!

(Written by Mrs. Kelley)

Mrs. Kelley's Class Ties and Donates Blankets

Attributions: 
Kathy Kelley

Mrs. Kelley’s 2nd grade class tied and donated several fleece blankets to a Navajo Reservation in Arizona. A former student, Matthew Hindes, and his family talked to the students about where the blankets would be donated, living conditions there, and explained to the students how grateful the people are each year to receive the blankets. This was truly a labor of love. The students were thrilled to perform this act of service!

Cougar Choir Christmas Concert

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The amazing Cougar Choir performed their Christmas concert today for the school, and will perform tonight for parents and other guests. They have worked so hard the past few months and they sounded great! The Cougar Choir is directed by Mrs. Kathy Kelley, and is accompanied by Mrs. Mary Robins. The choir is for students 4th-6th grade.  Contact the office if you would like to join the next session of Cougar Choir!

4th Grade Visits the Capitol Building

Attributions: 
Joni Cheney

Since Utah history is part of the fourth-grade curriculum, we took a field trip to the state capitol in late November. Here are some fun facts our fabulous fourth graders learned while touring the stunning building: all 50 state capitols have a life-size replica of the liberty bell; the interior is made with Georgia marble; much of the capitol is designed with intricate art work depicting the early life of pioneer settlers; and the governor's desk is made from the trees of maple, linden, and Japanese pagodas that were destroyed in the 1999 tornado that struck SLC.

D.A.R.E. Graduation

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Last night, fifth grade had their DARE graduation! DARE is a program offered to all 5th grade students at Orchard Hills. It is taught by Officer Bell from the Santaquin Police Dept., and is designed to teach students about making safe and responsible choices, being kind to others, being good citizens in their community, and the risks involved with underage drinking and drug use. The point of DARE is to provide these students with appropriate knowledge to make educated & well-thought-out decisions when in the future they are confronted with drugs and alcohol, and other risky decisions.

2nd Grade Experiences Christmas Around the World!

Attributions: 
Kathy Kelley

Our 2nd grade classes are learning about different cultures and countries this month. 

We enjoyed a wonderful presentation by our friend, Mrs. Esquerra about her Native American tribe from Arizona.  Her tribe is known for their expert basket weaving.  She also told us some folktales and showed us some musical instruments that she found at a Pow Wow.

Ms. Winward, one of our fabulous 5th grade teachers taught us about Ghana, Africa.  Did you know people go swimming to celebrate Christmas?  They also wrap lights around palm trees to make Christmas trees. 

Reflections 2018

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A few weeks ago, there was an assembly to recognize all the students who participated in Reflections, and those who won in each of the categories! We also got to see some amazing and entertaining performances! We have some very talented students at our school, and we are so excited for those who advanced to the next round!