On Tuesday, November 21st, upper-grade students had the opportunity to travel by bus (fancy buses at that!) to BYU, to watch the women's basketball team play against Weber State. Students had fun watching themselves on the jumbotron, dancing to the music, cheering on their team of choice and eating lots of fun snacks. The highlight of the field trip was watching Mrs. Sandberg's third grade class do the chicken dance on the court. Mrs. Sandberg was even fortunate enough to get some extra special attention from Cosmo the Cougar.
The day before the Thanksgiving break, students from all grade level participated in the annual Gobble Off. One representative from each class was chosen, and then performed their 'gobble' for the rest of the school over the intercom. Every class voted on their favorites. The winners were: Reed Ryskamp, Spencer Smith, and Brayden Cardon.
Becky Manning, our facilitator at Maple Ridge, recently was awarded the Crystal Apple Award from Horace Mann. Craig Harvey from the Horace Mann Agency awarded Becky Manning with the Crystal Apple Award. The Crystal Apple Award recognizes excellence in education by honoring those making a significant impact in the lives of children. Becky was recognized because of her dedication to helping her fellow teachers, and because of her professionalism in all aspects of her teaching. Becky is always very positive with any challenge she has, even when it takes her outside of her comfort zone. She is organized, and always willing to help teachers in any way she can. WE LOVE BECKY!
On Tuesday, October 31st, students continued witht the Red Ribbon Week activities, and Halloween, by having a school-wide parade through the school in their costumes. The theme for Red Ribbon Week was "HOCUS POCUS, don't let DRUGS BE THE FOCUS. Drugs are SCARY!" Students were encouraged to wear their costumes. Throughout the day, most classrooms celebrated Halloween with parties and Halloween related activities. Teachers throughout the school chose to wear costumes based on Mario, Trolls, and yes, even CACTI!
It is a fun Maple Ridge tradition to send 'Ghost-O-Grams' to other students in the school. The student council sold Ghost-O-Grams in the morning over the course of three days before Halloween. The Ghost-O-Grams were delivered to other students in the school with a little treat attached.