Monday Pleasant Grove 

9:00 am – 3:15 pm

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

Welcome to Epic Day!  We are here to help each student to learn and grow.   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 teacher 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.

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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Site Coordinator – Heather Buckles

Ms Buckles studied Elementary Education at BYU and later got her Montessori certification so she could operate and teach at her own school. Heather has worked in several Montessori schools and has done other jobs such as help her husband produce trade shows! She is excited to join our CGA team as a collaborative teacher! 

Ms Buckles has 4 beautiful sons, all in their 20’s, and 4 beautiful grandchildren! I love spending as much time as I can with them. She also loves to read and play word games, walk and bike and everyone close to her gets a special, homemade quilt!

Aspen 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!

Birch Teacher – Ellery Meade

Hello! I’m Miss Ellery, I am from a small town in CA named Oakhurst and went to school in Santa Barbara. I graduated from UCSB with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and minors in Education and Psychology. I moved to Utah last fall and worked in a pre-k classroom. Outside of teaching, I love to be outside hiking, camping, running, backpacking, skiing, and playing games with friends. I also love to bake, paint, and read! I’m always looking for a good book recommendation.

This will be my first year working at Canyon Grove and I am so excited. I love working with students and families to help them grow and find ways to love learning!

Cedar Teacher- Adelaine Olsen

I grew up in Colorado on a cattle ranch and am a graduate of BYU! My husband and I love to be outdoors and spend time with our families. We love adventure, good food, and funny movies.

Oak Teacher – Taylor Lurie

Hello! I’m Miss Taylor! I’m from Las Vegas, but have been so happy to call Utah home for the last 4 years. I went to school at BYUI and am taking classes for my Masters Program through UVU. I’ve been teaching reading and art classes at a middle school and am so excited to get to work with the Oaks classes this year! I love to read, paint, cook, swim, and travel. My sister and I were homeschooled and she is my best friend! We love to discover new restaurants together, bake, and dance! I am so excited to get to know all the students as we learn together! Teaching is the best job in the world!


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.


Teachers serve as a guide and support throughout the education process. Families meet with their teacher regularly to discuss student as they progress toward their goals.  Please keep in mind that this communication with your teacher 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 teacher.

At the beginning of the school year, or at the end of the previous year, you will create an individualized Student Education Plan (SEP) with your teacher. 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 teacher to collaborate on student academic growth and course completion.  Evidence of student learning can also be uploaded into our school software to show progress through their power standards.  This is an easy way for both parent and student to see their accomplishments.

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

PG Monday & Springville

Program Assigned Day Registration Dates Dates of Activity Time
Epic Monday 9:00-3:00
Discovery 1 Wednesday July 31-Aug. 10 Aug. 23-Sep. 13 12:15-2:45
Discovery 2 Wednesday July 31-Aug. 10 Sep. 20- Oct. 11 12:15-2:45
Fall Break No classes Oct. 16-20
Innovations 2 Wednesday Sept. 25-Oct. 9 Oct. 25-Dec. 20 9:00-11:30
Thanksgiving No classes Nov. 21-24
Winter Break No classes Dec. 25-Jan. 5
Discovery 5 Wednesday Nov. 16-Dec. 4 Jan. 10-Jan. 31 12:15-2:45
Discovery 6 Wednesday Nov. 16-Dec. 4 Feb. 7-Feb. 28 12:15-2:45
Innovations 4 Wednesday Feb. 1-Feb. 15 Mar. 6-May 8 9:00-11:30
Break No Innovations classes March 12-15
Spring Break No classes April 1-5