Manila Arts Festival March 17th 4:00pm-6:30pm (School Fundraiser)


Here are some examples of how our family decorated some soda bottles for the event!   once you get going you can’t stop!  our family just keeps making them, it’s sooo-da fun. (minnie’s dress didn’t fit all the way around the bottle,  so we put her decoration on a 2 liter of DIET COKE! it’s time to watch that figure minnie 🙂

your family can decorate and bring in as many soda bottles as they want!  the more we have the more fun our soda walk will be! so grab your family and start designing!

after seeing so many creative valentine’s boxes at manila, i know we’ll have some amazing soda bottles!

i can’t wait to see how many brilliant ideas “POP” out of our students imagination.  (if you want to see the ideas up, just click on either photo too enlarge)

Parents, next time you’re at the store, grab a few 2 liter sodas. Keep them full and sealed. Then let your kids decorate them however they want. As you can see the skys the limit!  (animals, star wars, teachers, robots, etc) You can decorate and donate as many 2 liters as you like.   if you end up covering up the entire soda bottle, please write the name of the soda somewhere on the bottle, so we can separate them the night of the festival.    we want winners to be able to choose the soda not only based on the decoration but also the soda itself!

Students may bring in soda bottles all week long starting  Monday, March 14th, where they will be stored in the classrooms until the night of the festival.

Soda Pop Walk will go from 4:30 – 5:30. tickets will be .50 each and it plays out like a cake walk/musical chairs.   kids walk around on numbers and when the music stops we call a number.  the person standing on the number called is the winner and gets to  choose a 2 liter to take home and enjoy!

hope to see you there!


October is here!

We have had an awesome first month of school!
The kids have had a blast and are ready for more fun.

This first week of October is packed full of events.
October 3-8 is the BOOK FAIR in the library.
October 6-7 is SEP’s
October 8 is Dad’s and Donuts. A track 7:15-8:00. B track 8:30-9:15.

Red Ribbon Week is coming on October 25-28.
Please check back for all the details!

If you have not already, please join the PTA!

A New Year

So Melanie’s blogging skills are gone. We will miss her. (mostly I will miss her.)

My name is Chelsie Moody and I will be doing the blog this year. Please be patient with me as I learn this WordPress site and how to use everything.

I am going to try to post once a week (unless I have so much to post). So please check often for updates!

The Manila PTA is ready to go and SO excited about this new year. Kim Sparks has done a wonderful job organizing everything over the summer

A few announcements for the week of August 30 – September 3

  • Monday August 30 – Stand and Shout Assembly. Make sure you ask your kids about it.
  • Tuesday August 31 – Back to School Night at 6 pm. Please make sure you come to the parent meeting in the gym. We promise to make it quick and not boring!
  • Wednesday September 1 – Kindergarten begins.
  • Please make sure to note the new Monday schedule. A track will be getting out at 1:25 and B track will get out at 2:40.

A few announcements for the rest of September

  • Monday September 6 – no school – Labor Day
  • Wednesday September 8 – PTA meeting at 9:30
  • Wednesday September 8 – PICTURE DAY
  • Thursday September 16 – Room Mothers Tea 4 pm
  • Week of September 20-24 – Health and Safety Week! More details to come.
  • Friday September 24 – Manila Mini Marathon 5 pm
  • Monday September 27 – Professional Development Day. A track out at 12:30. B track out at 1:45.

Teachers have CLASS!

teacher appreciation is next week!   it’s our time to show the faculty how much we adore them!  if you’ve spent any time at the school you’ll realize how lucky we are to have such wonderful staff take care of our children!

i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again…..manila is one of my happiest places on earth and i hope your children feel the same way!

if you are looking for some gift ideas for teachers, our room moms should have some ‘wish lists’ posted next week.

here are some general gift ideas teachers appreciate–

* gift cards to wal-mart, target or macey’s

*gift cards to their favorite restaurant

*classroom supplies- dry erase markers, glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons, clorox wipes


*gift certificate to the mall

*books for the classroom

*30-40 minutes with students…give us some time to relax

*donate money as a class for a bigger gift- paper cutter, vacuum, lots of books!

*jewelry- necklaces, earrings, bracelets

*favorite drink or treat

*gift certificate to the movies/ or to rent movies

*copy paper


*cash–who doesn’t love this?!

*bath and body works lotions (i’d ask on this one. some people are allergic to scented items)

like to GIFT OUTSIDE THE BOX?  here are some CLASS ACT ideas that might get you an “A” grade  🙂

*classroom cookbook-each student brings their favorite family recipe, you compile them into a cookbook.  really cute if the kids get to write in their own words why they think teacher will like that recipe.

*SHOW how much you appreciate your teacher with movie tickets.

*bouquet of thanks-photos on front of flowers, kind words of thanks on the back. add green pipe cleaners and a vase.  voila it’s a garden of thanks

*themed baskets-put themed items in a bowl, basket, tub, etc that the teacher would like. (examples: summer theme-flip flops, book, water bottle wrapped in a towel or beach bag.    cooking theme- you take the cake! cake mix, sprinkles, frosting)

*bowl her over-in spring target usually has them for $1.00. fill it with fun snacks. popcorn, treats, movie tickets)

*books-let your child choose their favorite book for the teacher. they can draw a picture inside the cover or write their name and date it.  it’s always fun for a younger sibling to get that teacher and find that book!

*flower pen bouquet-you can let the kids make the flowers and bring them in on a certain day. that way the teacher will always have a bouquet of flowers on her desk!

*aprons, hand bags or tablecloths- kids can sign, stamp or paint things on them.  usually requires a few parents to help this gift be made.

*party in a box-put everything the teacher needs to throw a last minute party for when the kids have earned it. little treats, games, prizes, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, etc.   even a limbo stick and a cd would be a hit!

*to a NOTE-worthy teacher-buy a package of post it notes and stick them all over the classroom with little thank you notes on them. i’m sure the students would love to hide them.    this can also be done like a heart attack. each child brings in a heart with thank you notes written on it and they can hide them around the room.  then the teacher always has a fun surprise.  she may find them weeks down the road 🙂

A “DOOR” ABLE decorating ideas: 1st and only rule of decorating doors–DON’T STRESS!  decorating is fun!  don’t think you need to hand draw, personally design or spend hours on the door.  my suggestion is pick a theme that works for you or the teacher, pick a title to show off your theme and then a picture or two.  some people like to involve the entire class for the door.  that’s great but takes more time and organization.  NO WORRIES! the students love all the doors and so do the teachers, so enjoy this project and have fun.  if you prefer to have fun with all the kids help, that’s great.  if you prefer to buy a pre-done kit that you just tape up……that’s great as well.

2nd rule-ask the teacher if she’d prefer the inside or outside of the door to be decorated.  some prefer one over the other.

3rd-measure the door!!!!  take into consideration the door handle, top hinge and door stop.  it’s so frustrating to spend time on a door and then you have to cut it all up because you forgot the handle in the middle of the door!

i wish every door at the school was decorated year round.  i love walking the halls when all the doors are decorated.  what a great feel it brings to the school.  please don’t stress about the doors.  if you’ve never attempted a door before teacher appreciation week, i suggest you give it a try one year.  here are some fun ideas to help you out.  you can cut out and design your own patterns or you can visit my favorite store-utah idaho map world.  they have cute bulletin board packets that are all themed and only $5-$10 each.  you can just tape the stuff up without coloring, cutting or designing.   so easy, just pick a theme.

scrapbook titles are a great source for door ideas!

*miss smith is a “souper” teacher.  big bowl of soup with tons of die cut letters.  spoon sticking out of bowl.  sign could read:  special today: alphabet soup.

*miss smith is out of this world-alien ship, planets, black background

*recipe card reads: recipe for a grade A teacher.  1 cup of patience, 1 tablespoon of fun, a pinch of courage, with a side of love for learning.   big chefs hat that reads: we’re cookin up some fun in miss smith’s class

*sports themed doors-in an all star league, on your mark, get set….learn, TEAM-t-ogether e-ach a-complishes m-ore, we tackle the tough stuff, touchdown, slam dunk, homerun, grand slam, etc.

*having a ball in miss smith’s class-just have pictures of all different kinds of balls (soccer, b-ball, golf, etc)

*the bus stops here-picture of kids in bus

*on the road to success-black winding door up road

*report card-words like what a teacher would use (super! great job! A+)

*”dino”mite teacher-dinosaurs all over the door

*discover wild life-teach 4th grade-jungle or animal theme

*heard the news?  miss smith’s the greatest!  cover the entire door in newspaper

*working hard in miss smith’s -construction theme, wood, nails, orange tape/cones, yellow hard hats, etc

*don’t forget, miss smith’s the greatest!  (big elephant on door)

*having a dog-gone good time in miss smith’s -dog house or puppies on door “no bones about it, we love miss smith”   little dog bones all over

*miss smith’s the best and we’re not LION  (big lion head)

*no monkey’n around in miss webb’s-  we’d go bananas without her.   (monkey themed)

*we treasure miss smith-pirate or treasure chest

*havin a blast in miss smiths-fireworks, rockets, stars, sparklers

*miss smith is “egg”stra special.   big colorful eggs, green grass,  paper weaved basket

*we’re so LUCKY to have miss smith.  lucky charms, green clovers, rainbow, pot o gold

*thumbody loves miss smith-kids thumbprints all over the door or blown up.  you can draw characters on the little thumbprints

*having a great TIME in miss smith’s or how time flies in miss smiths-big clock on door

*hats off to you-mad hatter or tons of hats on door

*here’s the buzz or un-BEE-lievable,  keepin very buzzy in 2nd grade. (bumble bee with big beehive)

*miss smith is the best…..PLANE and simple.    blue background, white clouds with planes all over

*love hangin’ out in miss smith’s class-clothes line with little shirts, pants, socks on clothespins (kids could color the clothes)

*just “developing”  skills for a picture perfect year.   or picture this year to be a great one.   (big camera, film)

*miss smith is “toad”ally awesome.  lily pads, toads….we’re “leaping” to new heights

*big open book,  an adventure is just a page away in 3rd grade.   little book worms on page

*twinkle, twinkle little star, miss smith is just the best by far.  black background tons of stars

*we have perfect harmony in miss smiths’ class.  music notes, full sheet of music behind lettering

*having a REEL good time in miss smiths–fishing pole with little fish everywhere

*we’re NUTS about miss smith-nuts, squirrels, big tree

*we’re SHORE miss smith is the best!  (beach , sand theme)

*having a “whale” of a time in miss smith’s.  blue water, big whale tail,  sea world looking colors blue, black white

*miss smith’s class is ship shape and sailing through 2nd grade (porthole, water, anchor, big sail, sea look)

*all aboard for a fun time.  we “choo” choose miss smith.  train hat and tracks would be perfect on this door

*lasso up some fun, see how the west was fun, howdy pardner (horseshoes, lasso, cowboy hat)

*there’s SNOWbody better than miss smith.  snowman made out of white batting.  kids can make snowflakes

*a “zoo”-per teacher.  black stripes like a cage, with zoo animals on door

*we’d go to pieces without miss smith.  big puzzle pieces out of paper or real jigsaw puzzle pieces  just taped all over

*miss smith takes the cake-big piece of cake on the door, plates, forks, glass of milk.

*you are the “write” teacher for us.  (white background with blue lines like lined notebook paper 3 holes down side, then just write the words with a big marker in cursive)  big pencil or pen off to the side

*miss smith is “puddin” the fun in learning.   big pudding cup!

*kindergarten is rockin out with miss smith.  jukebox, records, maybe fun song titles

*we’ve added everything up and miss smith is #1.  math themed door.  calculator or big numbers falling all down the door

*no matter how you slice it, miss smith is #1.    big pizza with all the toppings.

*miss smith is really groovy!    70’s theme, hang beads in doorway, paper lava lamp, peace sign, retro colors.

*we think “EWE” are the best teacher ever!  big sheep made of cotton balls or lots of little sheep.

WHEW!  over the years i’ve taken photos of the doors.  hopefully i can get my computer to work and post a slide show of the doors soon.   i’m having ‘technical difficulties’  for now you get 3 options showing how different doors can be.   just have fun and enjoy being creative!

here are some ideas that another school shared:


thanks to everyone who bought tickets to the princess and the frog last week.  we have less than 10 tickets left and then the theater is sold out!  if you are interested in those tickets, shoot me an email before they are gone.

mark your calendars for dec. 12th it’s going to be a great day at the movies!

mom’s bring your BIG purses because you will need somewhere to put all the little prizes we’ll be handing out.

thanks again for supporting our pta family fun events!

HOP over to Manila’s Movie Day Dec. 12th

a princess? a frog? popcorn! and fun!   tickets on sale……so run, run, run, run!    tickets are officially on sale!!!!

saturday, dec. 12th at 12:30pm our manila families will fill a theater to watch disney’s the princess and the frog at thanksgiving point theater in lehi. tickets are $5.50 per person and must be purchased ahead of time.  checks only, no cash.  please make checks out to manila pta

seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.   all seats are assigned, so if you’d like to sit by your neighbor i suggest you come purchase your tickets together. 😉

VERY IMPORTANT: please do not send a check with your student to the school to pay for tickets.  with the way the seating works tickets must be paid for and picked up by a responsible adult.  i apologize for any inconvenience but this is the only way i can guarantee the tickets will make it to your home.

once again, tickets and seat assignments will be handed out at time of purchase, so adults must purchase tickets in person. (or have another adult purchase their tickets for them.)

FREE POSTERS, FREE PRIZES, FREE GIVEAWAYS!!!!!  HUGE, HUGE, HUGE, THANKS TO RADIO DISNEY FOR DONATING SO MANY PRIZES! we will hand out lots of free goodies at the movie, so plan on a family fun event!

radio disney also donated tons of princess and the frog posters to hand out.  we will give one poster to each family upon ticket purchase.  hopefully this will keep your little ones ‘happily hoppin around’ until dec. 12th.

the ticket booth will be set up inside the front doors of the school by the library.   you can purchase tickets this week, wed, thurs and fri 30min before and after each track of school.   (7:30am-8:00am,   8:45am-9:15am, 2:15pm-2:45pm and 3:30pm-4:00pm)    if we sell out before friday, the ticket booth will not remain open.  watch for ticket sales updates on the blog

seeing as this is a pta sponsored event, please address all questions to myself at and not to the sweet secretaries at the school.  i hate to tie up their phone lines.    thanks again for supporting pta!    we’ll see you at the movies!

and the winners are……..


huge thanks to everyone who entered our disney on ice giveaway,  we had a great response!   names were drawn during school announcements this morning and the 5 winning families are:

Bryan and Marilynn Koehler

Chad and Alison Carr

Rory and Paula Henrie

Bryan and Shauna Wright

Mark and Robyn Evans

if you didn’t win and would like to take your little princesses to Disney on Ice Princess Classics, tickets are still available for purchase through the Energy Solutions Arena Box Office.  801-355-SEAT  or through

the show runs from Wed. Nov. 11th through Sun. Nov. 15th   if you’ve never seen a disney on ice show before they are wonderful!

the best way to describe disney on ice is……picture the amazing parades you see walking down the middle of main street u.s.a. in disneyland?   now picture all those beautiful characters and costumes wearing ice skates!   it’s brilliant!

thanks again for reading the blog, being supportive and making a difference at manila!


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