November 2015

5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation

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Reminder that D.A.R.E. Graduation is Thursday, Dec. 3 at 1:30.  All 5th grade parents are invited to attend.  Thanks for all the your support.

Daily Herald Educator of the Week: Katie Berns

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Katie Berns was selected by the Daily Herald as the "Educator of the Week".  Ms. Berns teaches 6th grade here at Larsen Elementary and also taught 5th grade for 2 years.  Congratulations Ms. Berns on being selected.  We are lucky to have you at our school!

Below is the link to read the article:

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/community/education/article_162f0f42-9178-57cb-aa16-75a020f229f7.html

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

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Larsen Kindergarten classes started the Thanksgiving holiday early by having their turkey feast today.  The students have been learning about the Pilgrims, Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving.  They were able to have a fabulous feast thanks to the teachers and parent helpers.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

5th Grade Stained Glass Windows

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We love this time of year when our 5th grade classes make these holiday stained glass windows to decorate our school.  This has been a tradition for many years at Larsen Elementary.  They are made with black contruction paper and many different colors of tissue paper.   If you get a chance, drive by our school and see how beautiful they look.  Thank you 5th grade for starting off the holiday season with your excellent work!

4-H Computer Class Awards

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Students in the Larsen 4-H Afterschool Computer Class did some
wonderful work with MIT's Scratch programing language. Here are our
award winners:  Eli Hewitt (Not pictured), Ezra Cadena, Josh Slaugh
(Not pictured), John Marshall, Xander Tolman, Abby Hoyt, Canyon
Ferguson, Hyrum Jewkes, Hayden Kober, Josh Jackson, Joe Harty and
Natalie Jewkes.

4-H Christmas Around the World Registration

4-H Afterschool Christmas Around The World

Come learn about Christmas traditions, food, and crafts from different countries around the world. A special club that meets every day from 2:45-4:15 (except Wednesdays 2:00-3:30) for 1 week. 

Choose one session: Session 1 runs Nov 30-Dec 4,

                                    OR Session 2 runs Dec 7-11

 

Registration will be Monday, Nov 23 online beginning at 7:00 am. Use the 4-H registration link below.  Cost for this session is $5.00 paid in an envelope with your child’s name on it to the office. Clubs are split Kindergarten-3rd grade, and 4th-6th grade.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4-h-christmas-around-the-world-tickets-1968...

Mrs. Diede's Class Has A New Two Headed Classmate

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Thanks to Triple T Heating and Cooling in Spanish Fork, Mrs. Diede’s Class has a new two headed student!   The students arrived on with excitement in the air!  Mrs. Diede’s class was willing and so acceptable to our new friends.  We voted on their names. We decided first that one head had to be female while the other needed to be male just to make it fair.  We named one Britney after her maker and the other Freddy.      

Some of the first comments were about trying to create science. How we are going to make it move?  How do you turn it on? Does it speak?  All innovate questions that can spark a light in a student to make them more curious which leads to learning. 

We appreciate their kindness to let our robot friend join us and decorate our classroom to make it safe and comfortable but mostly an engaging classroom to learn in. Thanks again for the generous donation to our classroom.  We love to learn and enjoy our atmosphere in our classroom even more now with Britney and Freddy!  

4-H Food and Clothing Drive November 16-20

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Larsen 4-H will be holding a food and clothing drive on November 16-20 for Tabitha's Way.  Please bring donated items to the bins located in front of the office.  The food must be non-perishable items.  Thank you for helping!

November Message From School Counselor Ms. B

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Generally for me, the holidays are a time of joy, but also increased stress in my life.  I hope you enjoy this reminder from Psychologist Kelly McGonigal about how, when viewed positively, stress can be our friend.  She says "caring creates resilience-how you think and how you act can transform your experience of stress.  When you choose to view your stress response as helpful you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress you can create resilience." Here is a link to the full 15 minute Ted Talk.  It is excellent; enjoy!http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend#t-790902

Larsen 5th Graders Visit Olympic Park

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Larsen Elementary 5th graders got the chance to go visit Olympic Park in Park City this week.  They had fun learning more about when the Olympics came to Utah in 2002.  The students learned about many of the athletes that competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics and also the many different sports that were a part of it.  Some 5th graders got to test out the bobsled and other equipment. The 5th grades got to see luge athletes in action.  Way to go 5th Graders!

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