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Praise Note Students For December 6, 2019

Submitted by liz.porter on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:46
Principal Beckert

Thayne Stansfield has been working hard in class all week, Vanessa Renteria has done all of her reading homework for the last 8 weeks, and Max Dietz always wants to help and is a good friend. 

We think our students here at Brookside Elementary are amazing and many are looking to extraordinary things every day. Keep it up Tigers!!!

#brooksidepraisenotes, #brooksidetigers


Submitted by susan.bird on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:30
Miss Susie Bird

The fifth graders recently studied division.  In the division unit, we learn about interpreting the remainder.  Every year, we perform a readers theatre about what to do with the remainders.  The students practice and then perform for their class about whether they need to round up, drop it or share it.  The students do an amazing job and have fun learning about remainders.

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Friends Friday - Mrs. Olsen

Submitted by susan.bird on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 09:18
Miss Susie Bird

It’s Friday and we are highlighting our fabulous librarian, Mrs. Trisha Olsen.  Mrs. Olsen makes library fun. She helps the kids find books to read, teaches them how to use a library and reads them stories.  We are grateful to have Mrs. Olsen here at Brookside.

What do you love to do on the weekend: “On weekends I love to be with my family and friends.  I enjoy going camping and being outdoors. I love to go to work on the farm with my husband.  I love to snuggle up and read a good book and find fun things to do in the library.”

If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would it be? Thor

Who was your favorite teacher and why? “My favorite teacher was Mrs. DeHart inf 2nd grade.  She was my teacher and the principal at a very small school.  She made me feel like I was the most important person and smartest student.  I'm sure all the kids felt the same way.”

If I had a $1000, I would buy a plane ticket to Hawaii.  I have never been to Hawaii and would love to see those beautiful islands. 

Who or what inspires you? “Marjorie Hinckley inspired me to be a better mother, wife, and person.  I loved her humor and down to earth advice.”

What is your favorite thing to teach every year? “My favorite thing to teach students is to love books and introduce them to new books.”

What is the best thing about your job? “The best thing about my job is hands down the students.  I have learned so much from them. I love showing them books to read and finding lessons to reinforce fun in learning.  I also love reading children's books so that is a bonus.”

Favorite Quote: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.  Dr. Suess


  • Pizza: Combination
  • book/author: Harry Potter
  • Ice cream: Chocolate
  • Sport: Softball
  • Color: Red
  • Snack: Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Zoo Animal: Polar Bears
  • Recess game: Jump rope

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Magnets, Magnets Everywhere

Submitted by susan.bird on Thu, 12/05/2019 - 09:09
Mrs. Miranda Graves

We learned about magnets and magnetic fields. We also had a guest physicist, Mr. Christensen, who taught us more about the magnetic fields.

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Third Grade Arrays!

Submitted by susan.bird on Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:44
Mrs, Miranda Graves

Exploring the MANY ways we can create arrays in our classroom! This is a powerful tool to help us understand multiplication. Loving it!

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Teacher Tuesday - Mrs. Stapel

Submitted by susan.bird on Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:01
Miss Susie Bird

Our teacher this week is a fabulous second grade teacher, Mrs. Darla Stapel.  Mrs. Stapel is an amazing teacher and you can tell that she really loves the kids, every kid in the school. We love Mrs. Stapel

What do you love to do on the weekend: I love having family dinners and play games with my family.

If you could have lunch with a fictional character, who would it be? I would have lunch with Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Johnstone is my favorite teacher.  She was my high school teacher and cheer coach.  She was fun yet tough and demanding. She respected us students and we all loved her.

If you were given $1000 - what would you buy? A new back door for my house.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy

Who or what inspires you? My mother.  She has survived three different types of cancer and just keeps on going with a positive attitude. She works hard, thinks of others before herself, and is an amazing person.

Share a memory or two of school:

  • I remember being in 5th grade, my teacher was Mr Snyder.  He loved teaching Science and we did some amazing experiments and investigations.  I loved playing with electricity and batteries.
  • I learned how to jump rope in 1st grade.  I have fond memories of my friends teaching me how to jump during our recess time.  It felt so good to finally figure out how to do it.

What is your favorite thing to teach every year? I love teaching Math.  I have so much fun helping them learn and seeing how excited they are when they "get it."

What is the best thing about your job?  “The best thing about my job is MY STUDENTS!  I love them all and feel so lucky to have them in my class!”


  • Pizza: Chicken Garlic
  • book/author: Harry Potter (All of them)
  • Ice cream: Chocolate Mint
  • Sport: Track and Field
  • Color: Purple
  • Snack: Anything chocolate
  • Zoo Animal: Monkeys
  • Recess Game: I loved to jump rope.

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Our New Brookside Crossing Guard Teresa Crown

Submitted by liz.porter on Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:05
Mrs. Liz Porter

Our new crossing guard has been a life saver for the students here at Brookside Elementary. She was born and raised in Payson but has lived here in Springville for 10 years. She served a mission in El Salvador, and has traveled around most of the western United States. She is married with 2 daughters. Her hobbies include singing, sewing and building things. She has another job of sewing Minky blankets. Her favorite food is poppyseed chicken and her favorite treat is anything chocolate. An interesting fact is that her mother was a crossing guard when she was a girl in Payson. Please say hello next time you see Mrs. Crown.

Principal Beckert's Monday Message

Submitted by liz.porter on Mon, 12/02/2019 - 14:16
Principal Beckert

December 2, 2019

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break filled with blessings, fabulous food and family. I had the opportunity to take a trip to California with my husband and two of our daughters. California wasn’t very sunny with all the rain we experienced, but it was a great time all the same. 

This week we have the opportunity to have our district music specialist here at Brookside working with our teachers and students. We value the arts in education and feel fortunate to focus on integrating music into the core curriculum. We appreciate our talented district specialist, Laura Brockbank! 

The December’s Newsletter has been posted to the school’s webpage. Please review the information and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for all you do to support Brookside Elementary. It is a wonderful place to be!

Have a great week --

Dana Beckert

Principal, Brookside Elementary


Teacher Tuesday - Mrs. Jorgensen

Submitted by susan.bird on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 09:35
Miss Susie Bird

It’s Teacher Tuesday and this week we are highlighting an amazing second grade teacher, Mrs. Becky Jorgensen.  Mrs. Jorgensen is amazing with her second graders. You can tell, just by walking in the room how much she loves them.  She works endlessly to make sure she has the best lessons for her students. We are so lucky to have Mrs. Jorgensen at Brookside Elementary.  

What do you love to do on the weekend: boat, cross country ski, ride bikes, time with family, nap.

Who was your favorite teacher?  Why? My son's teacher - Mrs. Chatterly because she cared about my son.

Who or what inspires you? People who don't sit back, instead they get up and do something about it.

Share a memory of school: Caught my brand new dress on the slide and it pulled out all the gathers at my waist.

What is your favorite thing to teach every year? Reading Strategies, read alouds, music, dance, math, science, ok just about everything

What is the best thing about your job? The Kids, challenges of constructing a good lesson and reaching all the kids.


  • Pizza: Pepperoni (Is there any other kind?)
  • book/author: Stargirl, Anne of Green Gables, Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Ice cream: Vanilla with brownies and raspberries
  • Sport: baseball
  • Color: green, also pink, yellow, blue, orange.  (I have a problem with one favorite!)
  • Snack: fruit pie, cake, ice cream, pretty much anything
  • Recess game:  Swing

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