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.
January 3, 2017
Thank you for your patience on our “welcome back” late start snow day. If you did not receive an email, text or phone message about the late start please contact the office so we can update your SIS information.
A reminder that our second SEP Conferences of the year will be held on Thursday, January 12th SignUpGenius is again being used to schedule conferences for Kindergarten through sixth grade students. The website is here:
This month a group of 5th grade students got to meet Ranger Cinimin who has been their classroom National Park Ranger during the first half of this school year. The students were excited to ask questions about her experiences and expertise as a National Park Ranger at Guadalupe Mountain National Park in Texas. Her involvement with Westide has been part of UVU’s Nature to the Classroom group.
Congratulations to Miss Balli, who was chosen to receive the School Leadership Award for the 2016-2017 year, chosen by the faculty of Brigham Young University in the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department. Miss Balli is a phenominal educator and facilitator who loves the students and supports the faculty and staff. She is an asset to our school, and we are so grateful to have her working at Westside!