Each month our Principal, Mr. Welburn, reads to the students here at Salem Elementary. Students are always very excited to hear the stories that he shares, and the stories are remembered and talked about throughout the year. It has been a fun way for the students to get to know their principal a little better. They look up to him for his love of reading, and appreciate him taking some time to share it with them.
Last week Salem Elementary Kindergarteners invited their Grandparents to come to school with them for Grandparents Day. It is such a fun day for Kindergarteners. They are so excited to have the opportunity to be the 'teacher' and teach their grandparents some of the things they do each day at school. Grandparents are always amazed at how much their grandchild knows and has learned in Kindergarten! A lot has changed since they were in kindergarten!
Salem Elementary recently held it's anual Spelling Bee. It turned out to be an interesting one indeed, as brother and sister battled it out for the title of Spelling Bee Champ. Finally, after several words, sixth grader Anna won the battle against her little brother Reed, a fourth-grader. Goodwork to everyone who participated and congratulations to Sydney who placed third, Reed who placed second, and to Anna for winning this year's Spelling Bee.
Salem Elementary students are given the challenge to work on academic and personal goals throughout the year. When students complete the required number of goals, students are awarded the Super Star Award during a school assembly, the first of which was held on January 27th. To show an example of hard work and dedication of working towards a goal, Brynn and Ty performed on their violins during the assembly. Congratulations to those who earnied the Super Star Award.
It is a well known fact at Salem Elementary that when you enter the fifth-grade you will get to learn to play the recorder. It is something that every student anticipates, for they have had the privilege of watching the fifth-graders perform Christmas songs on their recorders each year.
On the last day of school before Christmas Break, Salem Elementary students gathered together to celebrate Christmas and reading. Each grade level performed a Christmas song that they had been learning and practicing in Miss Priday's music class. Between each performance a drawing was held to reward students who had earned and turned in their reading tickets. Students whose names were drawn got to pick a prize from underneath the Christmas tree. At the end of the assembly a grand prize drawing for two two stuffed animals, two remote control cars, and two bikes was held.
This month the students from Miss Holthaus' class were encouraged to bring joy to others during this holiday by doing random acts of kindness for those around them. Their goal was for each student to do at least one anonymous kind act for a family member, neighbor, or friend each day this month. Each act of kindness was written down and added to their class chain of kindess that was displayed in their classroom. It was so much fun seeing how many people in their community they could help by being kind. It was also a good way for students to experience the joy of serving others.
Salem Elementary sixth-graders had the privilege of having Clark Planetarium, from Salt Lake City, visit them during a special assembly at school. Sixth-grade students were able to visually learn about space as well as participate in some fun hands on science experiments.
Salem Elementary fourth–grade teacher Miss Holthaus, has been awarded the Crystal Apple Award by her colleagues for being a dedicated educator. Miss Holthaus goes above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. She is dedicated and committed to the succes of her students, as she teaches, challenges, and inspires.