Thursday Springville 

9:00 am – 3:15 pm

The Surge Dance Company, 1025 South 1950 WEST, Springville, Utah 84663

Welcome to Epic Day!  Your Educational Specialist, along with a Collaborative Teacher, help each student to learn and grow.  They are assisted by the   paraprofessionals (aide) who support the hands-on-learning environment.  The themed lessons are History-based and include STEM Activities, Science, Social Studies, Art, Math and Language Arts.  We focus on engaging, interactive, project-based lessons that promote critical thinking and discussion.  We are teaching Utah State standards with Hands-On Fun.  The students are grouped in classes youngest to oldest, Aspen, Birch, Cedar and Oak, with similar-aged peers so that they can gain valuable friendships and social opportunities.  Our Dive Deeper activities are available for you to extend the learning at home.

Please be on time so your child doesn’t miss our leadership meeting. Leadership is when your child’s Educational Specialist celebrates student accomplishments and recognizes birthdays. We will also delve into the Canyon Grove Guideposts together. Leadership lessons develop the concepts in the guideposts using learning games, songs, biographies, quotations,  discussions, mindfulness exercises, Growth Mindset principles, and movement. Our students explore each of the guideposts and examine how they can apply them in their lives. We wrap up the year with our final guidepost, Anything is Possible, to launch them into a summer of discovery and fun.  Please bring students on time (between 8:50 – 9:00 am) so they can participate in leadership activities.

RECESS:  12:15 am-12:30 pm Students play first and then eat so they do not rush through eating to get to their recess activities. Recess will be held indoors.  They can choose to play quiet games or join the group for interactive fun!

LUNCH:  12:30 am-12:45 pm  Please send your child with a lunch from home that can be eaten within the given time frame and doesn’t require heating. Please let them know that they will be eating what you send with them in their OWN lunch.    There is no bartering lunch items.

Please send your student to school with a water bottle, home lunch, and backpack each day.

Your student also has the option of attending Innovations and Discovery Days.

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Education Specialist

Sarah Jensen was born in California but moved around the world with her military family. Some of her favorite places that she has lived are England and Germany. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in German from Brigham University in 2010, and later a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix in 2015.

Sarah loves working with children. She worked with the Provo and Alpine School Districts for a number of years, teaching German, cooking, and art clubs and also working with special needs students. During the 2015-2016 school year, she taught 5th grade at Summit Academy. She and her husband Jeff have been married for 10 years and have a sweet son named Elijah. In her free time, Sarah enjoys doing arts & crafts, painting, cooking, reading, camping, traveling, and the opportunity to speak German.

Online office hours:  10am-2pm, M-F  (for security the link is provided via email)

Office hours:  9am-4pm, M-F


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Loves teaching children!  Enjoyed her first year at Canyon Grove.  Taught first grade for 2 years at an online charter school. Taught Elementary grades at several small private schools, and homeschooled her children for 12 years.

Hobbies include hiking up mountains, playing percussion in the local symphony, taking her children on adventures outdoors.

Went to Banff, Canada, for an amazing hiking excursion (first time without her children). She plans to keep going on many more adventures and hopes to have a travel trailer soon to explore our beautiful country.

Mother of 13 children (5 Step-children).

Online office hours:  10am-2pm, M-F  (for security the link is provided via email)

Office hours:  9am-4pm, M-F


Aspen Aide – Tresa Hansen

Tresa was born and raised on a farm in Twin Falls, Idaho.  She is one of seven children and she and her husband, Curtis have five children – 3 girls and 2 boys.

Tresa has worked in education as a paraprofessional, and a long term sub for the last 15 years. Tresa has taught preschool, kindergarten and worked in the ESL program, as well as the IDAHO READS! Program. Her focus has always been on literacy and reading, and she tutored English at the college level, therefore she chose English as her major when she went back to college with her oldest daughter.

Tresa has many hobbies including making cards and jewelry, along with camping, shopping, writing, gardening, decorating and traveling.  She loves children and working with kids, and is thoroughly enjoying her grandson that is nearly two.

Birch Aide – Amber Painter

Amber Painter has been married for 25 years, she is the mom of four boys, three dogs, and now one daughter in law! She loves her family and spending all her spare time with them. She had an in-home daycare for 18 years and served in various PTA positions at her children’s school.

She went to UVU for 2 years and was working on her associate in science towards elementary education. Her favorite past time is camping with her family. She loves being in the outdoors. She also enjoys sewing, crafting and doing home improvements. Amber loves Mexican food and is a firm believer that chocolate is the most important food group!

Cedar Aide – Amy Clayton

Mrs. Clayton loves being with the students at Epic! She has six children of her own that she has been educating at home for the last 14 years. Mrs. Clayton has been working for Canyon Grove for the last three years, and at a similar program in Washington State for seven years before that. She loves learning new things with the children, and especially enjoys doing projects.  In her spare time you can find her reading, cross stitching, or quilting!


Educational Specialists serve as a guide and support throughout the education process. Families meet with their Educational Specialist regularly to discuss student as they progress toward their goals.  Please keep in mind that this communication with your ES is essential and a requirement for participation in this program. Please show that you value our program by having a truly effective conversation about the academic progress of your student with your Educational Specialist.

At the beginning of the school year, you will create an individualized Student Education Plan (SEP) with your Educational Specialist. Your student’s SEP will outline the curriculum your student will be using and your goals for the school year. In addition you will meet regularly with your ES to collaborate on student academic growth and course completion.


Canyon Grove Academy has a common dress code. The intent of the common dress code is to minimize distractions in the learning environment, promote a sense of community among students, and increase campus safety and security.   To keep it simple we have a Canyon Grove Academy T-shirt and sweatshirt available for purchase.  This T-shirt and sweatshirt can be worn with jeans in good repair, skirts, leggings, pants, etc. We also want all toes to stay safe! Shoes must cover the entire foot and be worn in and outside the school. Students should not wear hats inside the school, but they can wear hats outside for warmth. CGA T-shirt and sweatshirt are worn by our students at all our school-sponsored activities such as Epic, Discovery, Innovations, field trips, and events.  Call the school for more information.


Drop-Off: 8:45 am – 8:55 am

  • Please encourage your students to be ready to unload, have their materials ready to go, as you enter the lineup of cars.
  • Have any last minute instructions or conversations with them BEFORE you get to the curb.
  • Once at the curb, please kindly encourage your students to exit your vehicle in a timely manner.

Please ONLY be late if there is a true emergency.

Attendance: If your student misses an Epic Day, please contact your Educational Specialist to excuse their absence.

Pick-Up:  3:15 pm – 3:25 pm

  • Please close your door and move away from the curb in an efficient manner so that we can keep the line moving.
  • Please visit with your students about their day once you have driven away from the curb.
  • We thank you for your assistance in keeping traffic flowing smoothly.

Pick-up Authorization: If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up, please notify the ES before 2:30 pm.


  • Classes will only be cancelled if there is severe weather or another emergency that prohibits teachers and students from safely traveling or meeting together in a healthy environment.
  •  Parents will be notified via TEXT.

Innovations & Discovery

Program Assigned Day Sign up Week of activity Time
Epic Thursday Aug 16 – May 27 9 am – 3:00 pm
Discovery 1 Wednesday July 19-Aug 2 Aug 16 – Sept 10 12:15 am – 2:45 pm
Discovery 2 Wednesday July 19-Aug 2 Sept 13 – Oct 8 12:15 am – 2:45 pm
Fall Break No classes  Oct 11-15
Winter Innovations  Wednesday Sept. 13-27 Oct 18 – Dec 17 9 am – 11:30 am
Winter Break No classes  Dec 20 – Dec 31
Discovery 5 Wednesday Nov 15-Dec 6 Jan 10 – Feb 4 12:15 am – 2:45 pm
Discovery 6 Wednesday Nov 15-Dec 6 Feb 7 – Mar 4 12:15 am – 2:45 pm
Spring Break No classes Mar 14-18
Spring Innovations  Wednesday Feb 14-28 Mar 21 – May 13 9 am – 11:30 am
Summer No classes May 27 – August

Innovations & Discovery Bus

Parent Bus Schedule

Innovations: 9:00-11:30

Drop off: Students arrive at bus location 8:00-8:10 am

Pick up: Bus arrives on location 12:00 (10 minute check out time)

Discovery: 12:15-2:45

Drop off: Students arrive at bus location 11:15-11:25 am

Pick up: Bus arrives on location 3:20 (10 minute check out time)

Walmart parking lot: 660 South 1750 West, Springville

As shown on map, the bus will park in the northwest corner of the Walmart parking lot where the red X is. Please do NOT park in this area. Recommended parking is marked in blue.