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December Social Skill

The social skill for December is:

      How to Ask for Help

  1. Ask yourself, "Can I do this alone?"
  2. If not, raise your hand.
  3. Wait patiently.
  4. Ask for help in a friendly way.

We have reviewed and practiced these steps at school and we hope that you will review and reinforce them at home.  The following are some ways you can encourage your child to ask for help when he or she needs it.  Keep in mind that many children don't ask for help because they're too embarassed to admit they need it.

2nd Grade Community Field Trip

 

2nd Grade Community Field Trip

The second-grade classes went on a community field trip around Santaquin.  They went to the Senior Citizen’s Center where they sang Thanksgiving songs and recited poems.  They also visited the Veteran’s Museum where Ted Jones (a veteran) presented to the kids.  They also visited the Pharmacy, Credit Union, and the Santaquin Library. 

Reflections Contest Winners

Orchard Hills Reflections Winners

The theme for this years reflections contest was "Diverisity is......"  There were 73 entries entered in.  The winners for the different categories are: 

Music Composition

Middle Division:  1st Madison Houston, 2nd Claire Rowley, 3rd Abigail Lisonbee, 4th Whitlee Monroe

Intermediate Division:  1st Riley Wood, 2nd Jade McMullin, 3rd James Rowley, 4th Elise Lisonbee

Primary Division:  Ada Broadbent

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Fifth-grade Field Trip

 

The fifth-grade was able to go to Scera Theater and Classic Skate in Orem for a field trip in October.  At Scera Theater they enjoyed the play "How I Became a Pirate." Following the play, they hopped on over to Classic Skate to get some exercise skating.  While several students already knew how to skate or roller blade, several students learned a new skill!  The fifth graders had a great day!

November Social Skill

The Social Skill for November is:

  How to Deal with Strong Feelings

Step 1:  Stop and calm down

Step 2:  Watch your body signals

Step 3:  Name the feeling

Step 4:  Think about your choices

Step 5:  Act out the best choice

Please discuss with your students the importance fo appropriately dealing with strong feelings.  Watch for your child to use these steps and reinforce or compliment them when they do it correctly.  When correct behavior is reinforced, it is more likely to be repeated.

Fall Dance Festival

Anyone who grew up in Santaquin and went to the “old” Santaquin Elementary School will remember Dean Peay and his May Day Dance Festival.  All students learned some classic dances and performed them for the May Day celebration.  Orchard Hills Elementary is following in the same footsteps as Mr.

Sixth-graders Visit Santaquin Cemetery

Sixth-graders at Orchard Hills Elementary spent a beautiful morning at Santaquin Cemetery.  Students learned about the inspiring military monument that honors our community and early pioneers that settled this town.  Students gained an appreciation for the art and poetry represented on the headstones and made a rubbing to mount and hang in the school hallway.  How to show respect for others and property was also an important part of the day's agenda.  The students were pleasantly surprised how many things can be learned at the cemetery. 

School-Wide Social Skills Program

Cougar Pride: Orchard Hills is implementing a new school-wide social skill instruction program. One social skill will be focused on each month for the entire school year. Students will be rewarded for showing proper use of this skill by receiving cougar pride notes. Also, a note will be sent home once month telling parents what skill we are working on as well as give ideas of how to discuss and reinforce the skill at home.

 

In September we focused on Empathy.  The students were taught to:

2nd Grade Field Trip

The second grade visited the Red Barn for our first fieldtrip of the year! We were picked up at the school by wagons and learned all about apples. Each child got to pick an apple from a tree, play in the maze, and enjoy a delicious donut! Yum! Each class also got to pick a pumpkin to keep in their classrooms. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a fabulous time!

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