Monday 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 – Sarah Jensen

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


Collaborative Teacher – Constanza Chiatti

Constanza Chiatti is one of our bilingual educators. (Spanish and English) She grew up in the Big Apple, New York, but is originally from Argentina. Ms. Chiatti received her Associate’s degree from Westchester Community College in Liberal Arts and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the City University of New York, Herbert Lehman College. After moving to Salt Lake City in 2015, she started her teaching career as a preschool instructor. She worked on receiving her teaching credentials through the program Alternative Routes to Licensing from the Utah Department of Education. For the last 6 years, she has taught 1st grade, 3rd grade in a charter school in Salt Lake City. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree In Education through Southern Utah University. 

During her spear time, Constanza likes to spend time with her daughter one year old daughter, her husband and her dog, Duke. She enjoys traveling to different states, countries and learning about different cultures and languages. She loves to spend time in the outdoors and grill in the summer time. 

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

Office hours:  9am-4pm, M-F


Teacher – Kimberly Laiwakete

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!!

Teacher – Tara Christensen

I graduated from Utah State University with my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and have taught fifth grade for the last four years. I have nannied, worked with toddlers in a daycare, and student taught in a first and fourth grade class. I adore working with children of all ages, and helping them reach their potential. In my spare time I love experimenting with makeup, finding new restaurants to eat at, spending time outdoors and with my loved ones. I also have a cat who makes my life so happy! I can’t wait to start my journey at Canyon Grove!

Teacher – Teresa Larsen

I graduated from BYU with my Bachelor’s in elementary education and a minor in TESOL. I started out as an intern at Lindon elementary teaching 5th grade. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending my time outdoors whether that be hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, running, or swimming.  Some of my other hobbies include reading, painting, cooking, or spending time with friends. I am excited to start my first year at Canyon Grove Academy!


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.


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.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up

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 Schedule – Wednesday

Springville & PG Monday Groups

Program Assigned Day to Attend Registration Dates Week of Activity Time
Epic Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Innovations 1 Wednesday July 25-Aug. 8 Aug. 24-Oct. 19 9:00  – 11:30 am
Fall Break No Classes Oct. 11-14
Discovery 3 Wednesday Sept. 19-Oct. 3 Oct. 26-Nov. 16 12:15 – 2:45 pm
Thanksgiving  No Classes Nov. 22-25
Discovery 4 Wednesday Sept. 19-Oct. 3 Nov. 30-Jan. 4 12:15 – 2:45 pm
Winter Break No Classes Dec. 19-30
Innovations 3 Wednesday Nov. 28-Dec. 12 Jan. 11-Mar. 1 9:00  – 11:30 am
Innov/Disc Break  No Innov/Disc. Classes  Mar. 8
Discovery 7 Wednesday Feb. 13-27 Mar. 15- Apr. 12 12:15 – 2:45 pm
Spring Break No Classes April 3-7
Discovery 8 Wednesday Feb. 13-27 Apr. 19- May 10 12:15 – 2:45 pm