On Friday, January 6th, Westside students celebrated Three Kings Day, which is a holiday celebrated in many Latin American and European cultures. Three Kings Day celebrates the day the the Three Kings (or Wise Men) found the baby Jesus and presented gifts to him. It is typically celebrated with gifts, parades, and eating a special cake or bread. At Westside, each of the classes spent a few minutes learning the meaning of the holiday, and then were able to try a piece of Rosca de Reyes, a Mexican sweet bread.
In December, as part of their Christmas party, Mrs. Coates' fifth grade class decided to serve people in need. They collected hats, hand warmers, and food, then put together cold-weather bags to donate to the Food and Care Coalition in Provo. The kids were excited to serve and were anxious to give what they had to help those in need.
Today the second and fifth grades were visited by outreach educators Jessica and Andy from the Bean Museum at Brigham Young University. Both grades were treated to a fun, interesting, and educational presentation. The second graders learned about animals and their habitats, and the fifth graders learned about animal adaptations. Both presentations supplemented science curriculum that each grade is learning this year, and included live animals, which the kids were able to pet as they left.