Art City Elementary Fourth-Grade students had the opportunity to go to the University Mall, in Orem, Utah, on December 17th to sing for shoppers and proud parents. The Fourth-grade classes have been singing Christmas songs since September to get ready for their big day at the Mall. A couple of favorites are "Christmas Bills" and "Santa's Using Zebras Now". They also sang for the school on the 16th of December helping everyone get into the Christmas mood.
It is a long time tradition at Art City Elementary School, in Springville, Utah, to sing around the Christmas tree. It started shortly after the school was opened in 1978 and has contiued ever since. The school is split into two groups, upper and lower grades; the children get quite excitted when they sing.
There were many participants in this year's Reflections and at this time we would like to announce the winners in each category. Photography: Awards of Excellence: "I Believe I Can Fly" by Lilly Binks; "The Ewok" by Danica Gwilliam; "Endless Possibilities" by Kimball Snapp. Awards of Merit: "The Stairs that Lead to the Future" by Ryan Conrad; "Starcruiser" by Nicolas Elliott; "Princess" by Megan Gwilliam; "The Meadow of Cloudville" by Allie Harris; "Blooming Cactus" by Lilli Payne; "Through the Trees" by Ellie Taylor.
Mountain Man named Scott Grizzly Sorenson came to Art City Elementary fourth-grade students to talk about "Mountain Men and the History of the Fur Trade" a little about what it means to be a "Mountain Man" in the twenty-first century. He grew up in the Wasatch Mountains, but lives in Canada in the summers on Kipawa River. He learned about mountain men when he was in fourth-grade and decided he wanted to become one. We learn about mountain men as part of our social studies core.
Before Thanksgiving Art City Elementary first-grade classes performed for the school then for their parents. Thanksgiving was the theme; from "A to Z" they gave reasons to be thankful and had songs to go along with the theme. One of my favorites is "Gobble, Gobble, Strut". Students also had the opportunity to "dress-up" a turkey, which were on display in the Gym.
Each year, just before Thanksgiving, the Kindergarten, at Art City Elementary school, in Springville, dress as Pilgrims one day and Indians the next day, in remembrance of the first Thanksgiving. The students had opportunities to be a pilgrim and make butter for bread, washed clothes on a wash board, sewed on a button to make a pocket and played old fashioned games, the next day they were Indians they popped popcorn, ground corn, made a pot with clay, read stories in a teepee, made “beaded” necklaces using pasta, banged on drums and danced around the teepee. The smile on their faces said
Veterans Day at Art City started with a flag ceremony from one of our local Cub Scout Pack's; we then had the opportunity to hear from an artist and illustrator, Julie Olsen. Students were invited to write "What it means to be a Veteran" and the top students from each grade were honored at the Veterans' Day assembly. During the assembly Julie Olsen shared with us one of her books that honors, not only Veterans but the United States of America. The book she shared was "Discover America". She shared the following on how she came up with the idea for the book:
On October 29, 2015 Art City Elementary kindergarten classes performed in a Halloween Program. Songs include: Halloween what does it mean?; Five Little Pumpkins; Ghost Toast Orange Pumpkin; Little Ghost; Jack-O-Lantern Poem; In the Pot; Diddle-Dee; Little Witch; Witch Poem; Witch With an Itch; Halloween is almost here; SHUSH!!!; Fly Little Bats; Five Little Bats; Ghost of John; High in Air; Dark, Dark House; Time to trick or treat; and Halloween! Art City was proud of the kindergarteners for celebrating Halloween while showing school spirit!