South Jordan Wednesday

9:00 am – 3:15pm

Empower Dance Studio  10435 S 2200 W, South Jordan, Utah 84095

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. Recess will be held indoors.  They can choose to play quiet games or join the group for interactive fun!

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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Education Specialist -Tenille Tsujimoto

Hi, I’m Tenille Tsujimoto. I have been a Canyon Grove parent for several years (and still am!). I was born and raised in Utah. I’ve had a variety of jobs over the years such as Customer Service Trainer in the Medical Insurance field, cake decorating, data entry, cashier, public speaker, and more. I left it all to stay home with my children and help in their schooling. I have been involved with Canyon Grove for 5 years now as a parent, but I’m excited to help assist in a different capacity. I really enjoy the uniqueness of the Canyon Grove program and am so excited to be working with your children during Epic. In my spare time, I enjoy crafting, off-roading, photography, cooking/baking and exploring our beautiful state of Utah.
Office hours: 9am-4pm, M-F

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Mrs. Laiwakete was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and lived there until she was 10 years old.  Her family then moved to Orem, Utah this is where she did the majority of her growing up.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Utah Valley University. She started teaching right after she graduated in 2018, she has been a kindergarten teacher for the past 3 years.  She loves teaching, seeing the growth and progress of each student, and spending everyday with them. She loves football and spending all her spare time with her husband and 4 children. This is her first year at Canyon Grove Academy and she is so excited to be a part of this program and work with all the amazing students at Canyon Grove!!

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

Office hours:  9am-4pm, M-F

Phone Number: 417-955-0638

ASPEN AIDE – Makayla Stratford

Hi, I’m Ms Stratford. I’m from Riverton, Utah. Some of my favorite things include cheering loud at football games, snow cones, interior design, and collecting anything to do with pineapples! I studied Early Childhood Education at UVU. I absolutely love working with kids and being here at Canyon Grove!

BIRCH AIDE – Ashlyn Chugg

“Hello! My name is Ms Chugg. I am currently attending Brigham Young University Idaho majoring in Early Childhood Education. Some things that I enjoy are hiking, journaling, photography, kayaking, and traveling across the world! I have a strong passion for teaching and I enjoy working with children!”

CEDAR 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.

OAK AIDE –Kaitlyn Bachman

Ms. Bachman is excited to be back at Canyon Grove! She working here a couple years and took a break to go on a mission for her church. She graduated with her associates from Snow College with a focus on education. She loves the education field thinks that education should be a top priority. Outside of school she loves going backpacking, kayaking, and many more things to be outside. She also enjoys theatre, watching shows, being in them, or working backstage for them.


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.

South Jordan Innovations & Discovery Schedule

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

Innovations & Discovery Pickup 

Parent Bus Schedule

Southwest parking lot at The Shops at South Towne, 10450 S. State St. Sandy. Southwest of Home Goods Department store, just off Monroe Street. Pinned Google Maps location. Please see map for meeting location. Park where it is indicated in blue so the bus and pull in and out easily.

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)