Brockbank first-graders in Mrs. Lisa Bird's class read the book, "Growing Vegetable Soup". The students then got the opportunity to make their own soup. One of the most important things they learned when getting ready to make the soup was that you need to make sure and wash your hands with soap and water. When it was their turn to help the students were told to recite the alphabet to themselves while washing their hands. The students learned how important it is not to spread germs so they wore gloves on their hands and hats to cover their hair.
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Brockbank first-grade students recently spent an afternoon giving back to the community. Their teachers had shared with them the story of "Listen to the Wind" by Greg Mortensen and Susan Roth. This story is about boys and girls in Pakistan who built their own school with the help and direction of Greg Mortensen, an American nurse who had come into the country for humanitarian purposes but lost his way on a journey. He found himself lost, sick, and injured in the mountains where a small mountain village took him in and nursed him to health.
Ms. Alyson Tobler was recently awarded the Horace Mann Crystal Apple Award at Brockbank Elementary. Ms. Tobler has taught Special Education at Brockbank School for 11 years. She has a wealth of expertise concerning students with learning disabilities and has had many, many success stories. A teacher with a passion that all students can learn, Ms.
Second-grade students at Brockbank Elementary celebrated the Christmas season in January this year by presenting a special program on January 4, 2011 to their parents and grandparents. The students had worked so hard getting ready that even a snow day and the fact that Christmas was over stopped them from entertaining their families by singing several Christmas songs. After the program, the students and their parents returned to their classroom to decorate gingerbread houses. It was a fun day!
Brockbank is happy to announce the Hansen Heroes for December! Congratulations to these students for being such good examples in their classrooms!
Back; McKinley Harrison, Gavin Jensen, Natalie Noorda, Principal Alison Hansen, BrookLynn Ellis, Trinity White, and Tyson Wright. Middle; Bella Cluff, Lucy Sloan, Adiah Olsen, Daxton Hill, Kaleb Adams, Trinity Benson, Brock Beckstrom, and Erick Mendez. Front; Addylade Hart, Jaxon Almodova, Jackson Cornaby, Emma Runolfson, and Samuel Bryson.
Absent from photo; Chase Allan and Brinnley Gordon
Brockbank third-graders show off their family homework project. The goal for this project was to make homework a time for "homeplay". Each student was assigned with their families to make a picture out of leaves. The students read the book, "Look What I Did With A Leaf!" by Marteza E. Sohi, at school to get ideas.
Third-grade students in Mrs. Carolyn Creer's class, once a week, go into Mrs. Tara Farr's kindergarten class and help the students. Each kindergarten student gets a third-grade buddy to work with, whether it be reading to each other, practicing flash cards, or just helping the student with whatever they are working on. Whenever there is a holiday, or at least once a month, the students get to do a fun activity together. On December 20, they got to make Christmas trees made out of ice cream cones, covered with frosting, and decorated with candy.
Brockbank fifth-grade students had a great time making Christmas presents for their parents or grandparents. Each student made a hand-stitched Christmas picture that took many hours of hard work. The students were so excited that many students asked to make a second or even third hand-stitched picture!
Brockbank Elementary first-graders celebrated the holiday season by having a Polar Express Day on December 20. They earned this day by meeting their classroom reading goals. Each first-grade class had to fill their Polar Express train car and in order to accomplish this, each student had to read at least six books. As a reward for meeting this goal, students got to wear pajamas to school; make Polar Express trains out of HoHo's, starlight mints, and chocolate bells; make engineer hats out of paper; and received a bell to wear. That afternoon they got to watch the movie, "Polar Express".
Brockbank fifth-graders in Mrs. Sally Nelson's class made log cabins as a Christmas project. They have been studying and reading the book "The Sign of the Beaver" and this project was a fun activity to go along with what they had read in the book.