Tuesday Pleasant Grove 

9:00 am – 3:15 pm

Canyon Grove Academy, 588 West 3300 North, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062

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 pm-12:30 pm Students play first and then eat so they do not rush through eating to get to their recess activities.

LUNCH:  12:30 pm-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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Educational Specialist – Sara Holt

Sara and her husband have 5 (favorite) children and she has spent the last 18+ years on a journey of homeschool and hybrid charter schools. She loves learning about how we (as humans) learn. She also loves to build environments that foster a love of learning and thrills to see when people start owning their own education and finding their passions. She has a special place in her heart for Shakespeare plays and history and is currently furthering her studies in secondary physics education. She has worked at Canyon Grove for the last 3 years in the curriculum department and loves the vision of Canyon Grove and the exciting programs they have created.
She loves that her children take care of all the family’s chickens (there are 18 of them) and loves being close to the mountains. She also loves to sing, read, travel (wants more travel) and create memories with her family.
If you have any questions or concerns Sara is happy to help.

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

Office hours:  9am-4pm, M-F


Check out the samples of our Adventures at Home classes.

Collaborative Teacher – Julie Tate

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

Email: julie.tate@canyongrove.com

ASPEN AIDE – Tresa Hansen

Mrs. Hansen 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.

Mrs. Hansen a 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.

Mrs. Hansen 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.


Mrs 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.  Mrs Painter loves Mexican food and is a firm believer that chocolate is the most important food group!


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!

OAK AIDE – Ana Ramirez

Ms Ramirez recently moved from California in the fall of 2021 and has enjoyed her time here in Utah.  She recently graduated from Cal State Fullerton, CA and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Elementary teacher. She has been working with children for 6 years, including infants all the way to 6th grade. Ms Ramirez was also co-teaching at Santa Ana College, CA as a math tutor for 2 years. She truly enjoys working with all age groups and her goal has been to focus more on K-6. Even Though she have just started my journey at Canyon Grove, she has truly enjoyed every minute of it. In her free time I enjoy watching movies, reading, hiking/ going outdoors (especially the beautiful scenery in Utah).


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:  8:50 am – 9:00 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 Tuesday Aug 16 – May 27 9 am – 3:15 pm
Fall Innovations  Wednesday July 19-Aug 2 Aug 16 – Oct 8 9 am – 11:30 am
Fall Break No classes  Oct 11-15
Discovery 3 Wednesday Sept. 13-27 Oct 18 – Nov 12 12:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Discovery 4 Wednesday Sept. 13-27 Nov 15 – Dec 17 12:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Winter Break No classes  Dec 20 – Dec 31
Winter Innovations  Wednesday Nov 15-Dec 6 Jan 10 – Mar 4 9 am – 11:30 am
Spring Break No classes Mar 14-18
Discovery 7 Wednesday Feb 14-28 Mar 21 – Apr 15 12:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Discovery 8 Wednesday Feb 14-28 Apr 18 – May 13 12:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Summer No classes May 27 – August