Mrs. Jane Olson was recently honored as the Maple Ridge Crystal Apple winner for this year. Mrs. Olson has taught sixth grade at Maple Ridge is now teaching fourth grade. Mrs. Olson is a consistent source of positivity and joy for students, teachers, and staff alike. She has a smile and kind word for everyone she comes in contact with and is always ready to step in and help whenever she can. She is a talented teacher and is well-loved by all. Congratulations Mrs. Olson!
Fourth graders in Mrs. Mathews' and Mrs. Sanders' classes enjoyed a presentation from Dusty Jansen and his daughter Lily. Mr. Jansen taught the students about Native American customs and traditions and Lily did a hoop dance while Mr. Jansen played the drum and sang. The students enjoyed the presentation from one of their peer’s parents.
Today was our annual Maple Ridge Gobble Off! Each class chose a representative to come down and gobble for the school over the intercom. The classes then voted on their favorite gobbles. Congratulations to our winners! First place--Arial Griffin (1st grade), Second place--Micah Julian (5th grade), and Third place--Lexi Jensen (2nd grade). Each of them won a turkey to take home to their family. Happy Thanksgiving to all our Maple Ridge students and their families! We are thankful for you!
Maple Ridge fourth graders in Mrs. Mathews' and Mrs. Olson's classes reviewed math concepts that they have learned since the beginning of the year using black lights. They had a great time and did a fantastic job! Kudos to Mrs. Mathews for organizing this activity and helping make reviewing math fun!
Maple Ridge students and teachers are currently working with one of our GAINS (Growing Arts in Nebo Schools) dance specialists, Rachel Marie Kimball. Mrs. Kimball is teaching classroom teachers how to incorporate dance into their curriculum. Second grade teacher, Ms. Jordan said, "We have been learning about the seven continents and the cultures within those places. Mrs. Kimball taught the students a dance from Samoa. They got to learn about the Fa'ataupati slap dance and even create their own!"
Maple Ridge second graders made their own paper poppies today to celebrate Veterans Day. They were also able to participate in a class moment of silence for two minutes as is tradition to do at 11:00 on November 11th. It was such a good and humbling day to talk about and honor our veterans.
Maple Ridge Elementary held a food drive in honor of Nate Carr. It was a tremendous success and the Carr family came and helped the 4th grade teachers transport the food to the Nebo Food Pantry. It was a wonderful way to honor a man who served many. The food will help many students in Nebo School District. Thank you to all that donated. #inhonorofnatedosomethinggreat
As the pandemic’s unseen costs begin to unfold on the mental health front, some wonder how school children will be impacted. Despite the massive challenge we face, there are growing resources to help families who are struggling.
Virtual Family Mental Health Night–Talk to a Therapist
Ms. Jordan's class did a fun service project in October. They created bracelets and postcards for children that live in an orphanage in Peru. They were so excited to send them off and were so happy to serve others. The students in the orphanage loved the postcards and wouldn't take off the bracelets. We were also able to donate some candy, backpacks and classroom supplies!