RAD or otherwise known as the Rees African Drummers, performed for our students here at Larsen Elementary on Thursday, April 17, 2014. This "RAD" group is made up entirely of students from third to sixth grade students at Rees Elementary here in Spanish Fork. Mr. Ballard, their advisor, is a teacher at Reese Elementary and the students meet two days a week at school to practice. Our students enjoyed listening and learning about the different and interesting instruments and it was fun to hear them and see their bright African clothes. We want to give them a big thank you for taking the time to come and perform at our school! WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!
Wednesday April 16, 2014 our wonderfully awesome 5th and 6th grade choir presented their "Hope Of America" Program to our students in a very patriotic assembly. Our Larsen choir has been practicing long and hard for this program since the beginning of the year. The Hope Of America program which was held on Thursday April 17th in the Marriott Center, is the official kickoff to the July 4th Freedom Festival in Provo.
The students sang fourteen songs which teach students about the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, how the government works, an appreciation for the military and other American heroes as well as promotes a greater love for our country. This year nearly 8000 elementary school children in the state of Utah were invited to participate in this free program, making it the biggest patriotic celebration of its kind in the country.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Mrs. Johnson for her love and dedication to our school choir and the students. We are so proud of our Larsen choir and the awesome accomplishment this was for them. WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!!
This is a reminder that the fundraiser sales sheets are due on Monday, April 28th. They have a quick turn-around in getting the orders ready and back to us. I would plan on getting the bags to deliver in the later part of the week next week. Thanks for your help and support and for all you do to make Larsen great! This is the best school because we have the best students and parents.
Friday April 4th, we held our March Madness Basketball Shootout!! Students were required to read during the month of March and received tickets with their names on them to be put into a drawing. We drew one girl and one boy from each grade level. The students were able to choose ANY adult in the school to shoot baskets for/with them. They had one minute to shoot from five different marked spots on the floor and for every basket shot they received $1.00. tons of other prizes were given out such as gift certificates, books, folders and lots more fun items. WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!!
On April 1, we had an assembly from the Champions' Challenge Rodeo that is coming to Spanish Fork on Saturday, May 31. The assembly was hosted by Randy Munns, the rodeo clown, along with members of the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Royalty and members of the Rodeo Committee. Randy Munns dressed up one of our students Cameron Rose, like a rodeo clown and taught him how to jump in the bull-fighting barrel. He also taught Mr. Andersen what it was like in the barrel! During the month of April we will be doing a Champions' Reading Challenge where the students will be eligible to win two tickets to the rodeo. There will be two tickets available on each grade level for reading. So lets READ READ READ!!! WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!!
Larsen Elementary recently celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with a very Seussical celebration. We started the morning with a special assembly and sang the song "Dr. Seuss, We Love You." We read part of McElligot's Pool as a school and then each class, Kindergarten through 6th grade memorized a Dr. Seuss poem and recited it in front of the entire student body during the assembly. Everyone did a wonderful job!
The rest of the school day was filled with more Dr. Seuss stories and reading fun. Dr. Seuss would be proud of our Larsen Leopards!! WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!!
Larsen Elementary 5th grade students celebrated National Engineer's Week on February 21, 2014. Craig Friant, a civil engineer, gave a pesentation on how all types of engineers solve everyday problems. the 5th graders participated in a toothpick and marshmallow bridge building contest. The longest bridge came from Mr. Teuscher's class at 12 1/2" long. WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!
Larsen Elementary's Fourth Graders have been learning about Utah pioneers and traveled back in time to the 1850s. Dressed as Pioneers, they celebrated this day by playing pioneer games, churning butter, pioneer cooking and crafts. The highlight of the day was dancing the Virginia Reel and the Texas Star for and with their parents. WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!!
For Chinese New Year here at Larsen, we were privileged to have Mr. & Mrs. Robison come and speak to the 1st grade and 5th grade students about the culture and traditions that are customary in China for the New Year Celebration. Mrs. Robison spent 2 years living there while serving an LDS Mission. The celebration lasts 15 days and this year is the year of the horse. The Chinese calendar has 12 different animal symbols which rotate every year.
Some of the different customs celebrating the New Year are a lot different than ours here in the United States. The older generation will give money in fancy envelopes to everyone in their family as long as they are not married. They believe that oranges symbolize wealth and good luck, and firecrackers bring luck and new life. They also drink a lot of tea and they do not think that cold water is good for you.
Rice is one of their mainstays for food and they do not use silverware. Instead they have mastered the art of eating with chopsticks.
Mr. & Mrs. Robison were nice enough to bring several different things for everyone to taste and sample. The students got to try White Rabbit candy, Strawberry and Chocolate wafer sticks, Lucky Candy and Chrysanthemum Tea.
A BIG thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Robison for coming and introducing us to something fun and new. WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!
February is national dental hygiene month and the second graders have been learning alot about taking care of their teeth! Several of the wives of dentists in our surrounding area came and put on a puppet show for them! The second graders learned how important it is to take care of their teeth! They learned how to brush and floss and how often, they learned when to go to the dentist, and what to do to make sure their permanent teeth don't fall out. They had a lot of fun and loved the puppets! WAY TO GO LEOPARDS!!