Farm Field Days - 2nd Grade


The second grade went to Harward Farms on April 1st.  Students learned different aspects of agriculture and how it provides for us each day of our lives.  It’s a perfect field trip for second graders because it ties directly into the second grade curriculum.   The first thing we learned about was where wool comes from and how it is used.  We even watched a sheep being sheared!  Some of the other things we learned about are:

2nd Grade March Students of the Month


Congratulations to the following students in second grade for their outstanding citizenship in their classrooms!  In no particular order:  Boston Duvall, Miguel Espino, Jayden Lister, Dylan Olsen, Blaine Rankin, Lily Thompson, Kourtney Simons, Easton Kojima, Boston Gardiner, Kodi Begay and Brandon Vargas

Also pictured are students who earned either their BRONZE, SILVER or GOLD sticker for passing off their math facts.  Way to soar Eagles!


Jump Rope for Heart


Yesterday we had our annual jump-a-thon kick-off assembly.  Students were sent home with an envelope to collect donations for the American Heart Association.  Last year our school donated $8,195!  Wow!  This money goes to people with sick hearts-infants, children and adults.  Our goal this year is to reach $10,000.  We can do this with everyone’s help!

Rees African Drumming (RAD)


You will often hear students drumming on lunch tables, desks, and their own laps throughout the school.  This is because of Jeff Ballard.  Mr. Ballard has created and directed our very own Rees African Drumming group, also known as RAD.  He has been organizing this group for the last thirteen years!  He spends many, many hours planning, preparing and teaching drumming to students.  The beats and rhythms students play come from all around the world.  We have been so lucky to have him here at Rees giving students this musical opportunity.  Thank you Mr. Ballard!


End of Term 3 Activity - 2nd Grade


Second grade students gathered outside to celebrate their outstanding behavior for Term 3.  Activities students could participate in were sidewalk chalk, jump roping, hula-hooping, play on the playground or activities with the giant parachute.  Mr. Pitcher even joined in on the fun because of all the excitement the kids were showing.  Thanks for being awesome students.  Second grade is the best!


Mrs. Wiley - Classified Employee of the Year


Tracy Wiley has been a valued parent and staff member at Rees for about 10 years.  She has kept everyone well fed with her culinary talents as she has organized and cooked for faculty luncheons.  Everyone looks forward to Tracy’s main course and especially the desserts.  Her amazing food has helped create a feeling of comradery among teachers at Rees Elementary.

Chinese Acrobats


Ni hao (pronounced ‘nee how’) Rees Elementary! 

We had some special visitors come to our school on Tuesday all the way from China!  The acrobats have been performing across the country and made a special stop just for us.  They had some incredible talent to share.  We loved it!  Such amazing talent!  The acrobats had to be dedicated and work hard work to get as good as they have.  Mr. Pitcher reminded us that in order for us to be good at something, we need to work hard as well.


We want sunshine!


Where is the sunshine?!  The first grade and Mrs. Keisel’s 2nd Grade class took advantage of the warmer weather a few weeks ago and spent the last 30 minutes of the day out in the sunshine for Fun Friday.  Here’s to hoping it comes out for Spring Break!  



National Breakfast Week

Photos by Jen Horner

March 14-17 was National Breakfast Week at Rees.  Our awesome lunch ladies had some fun activities going on for students.  Prizes were won and the guessing game of “How Many Cheerios Are in the Jar?” was played.  Thursday, which happened to be St. Patrick’s Day as well, was pajama day to remind students to “Wake up to breakfast!”