Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snowy Friends

"Watching the cardinals is such a treat!"  ~Jonathan

Climate Changes

 Walking out to the garage........
"Bbrrrr, that wind is chilly!"
"It's okay, mom. I'm used to living in an arctic climate now, like the polar bears."  ~Daniel

Budding Architects!

How about this snow fort?

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Glimpses of Christmas Vacation

"Around 3 in the morning I heard my son yelling that Santa had been here."  
                                                                              ~Parkside Dad early, early on December 25th

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Thought

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
~ Peg Bracken

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Last Friday Before Christmas & Break

"I have a special gift for my teacher!"   ~Annastyn
"Today we get to play games and have a Christmas party."  ~Evan
"'s COLD outside.  Maybe we will get some snow now."  ~Kristen
"Can't wait for my mom's wedding & Christmas.  ~Henry
"I hope the Christmas carols don't go away......."   ~Christopher
"I have special treats for our party today!"  ~Amy
"The decorations in school are so pretty."  ~Madi
"My mom brought goodies for my sister and I to give the teachers."  ~Josh
"Hooray, we get out early today!"  ~Thomas
"Glad 5th graders collected food for the Humane Society."  ~Colton
"On a scale of one-to-five, I'm a five today.~"  ~Lathan
"I can't wait for my teacher to open up her gift."  ~Dakota

A New Edition!

Welcome to Josephine Jane Pulleyblank.
1st grade teacher Mrs. Pulleyblank and her
husband became grandparents this week. 
What a beautiful Christmas gift, congratulations!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's Important to Help the Kids at Sandy Hook

"I am glad we're making these handprints for the school."   ~Skylar
"The green and white are their school colors, right?"  ~Rachel
"A colorful border around the page will make them smile."  ~Tanner
"I invited the janitors to make one too!"  ~Xavier
"Can we make another one?"  ~Andew
"My mom gave Mrs. Mack this idea!"  ~Drew
"I invited Mr. Mikeworth & Mrs. Petty to make one too."  ~Cody
"Mrs. Hayes took a picture while we were drawing."  ~Harley
"I hope our messages helps them feel hope and love." ~Megan
"It was sad.  It's important to help."  ~Tanner

Holiday Wear

The Christmas sweaters around here are are bright and fun.  Everytime you turn around someone has on something different!"  ~Justice

Sweet Sounds of the Season

"I love music class with Mrs. LaGrand."  ~Tabytha

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Show Them You Care

Really Miss Her

"Linda was my babysitter but I called her grandma.  She died last week and I will
 really miss her.  She made the best Christmas cookies for us every year."     ~Katelyn

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Thought

Saturday December 15th's "Saturday Night Live" opening.

Grief knows no stranger while compassion rewards us with new friends.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Prayers, Thanks, Remembering

"I am thankful for the many educators who go to work daily to serve as positive, compassionate, steadfast, and caring role models.  It's important, it's what we do.  The lives of our students are in our hands, a precious responsibility.  Let us lift up the Sandy Hill community in anyway we can."

Friday, December 14, 2012

On the List

"I sure hope Parkside kids are all on Santa's GOOD list!"   ~David

"How do you know who makes up the list!  What if they spell my name wrong?  ~Nikali

"Hmmm, I did some not too funny things this year.  Do I still have a chance?"    ~Brianna

"I am trying to make Santa's list......don't want coal in my stocking!"    ~Mark

"Mrs. Wells' first graders are all on Santa's list.  She has them outside her room."  ~Lisa

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Something New

"Having cookies with Santa & Mrs. Claus is a new tradition for us at Parkside, right?"  ~Wade

Holiday Poll

Official Holiday Poll:
YES or NO? The mother intended to break the "leg-shaped lamp" when watering the plants.

                          Pupils say "YES!"
                          And we're out of glue.....                                                          

Almost Show Time.....

We're ready for the PreK Christmas program to begin!
How about you?

Great Memories

"Caroling with my students was so much fun this week!" 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Quick Change Artists

"Some kindergartners change into special outfits with
a little help from mom, on Christmas Program days. 
Oh these quick-change artists make me smile and the heart sing."


Christmas programs are the best!

All Dressed Up for a Special Visit

Weekend fun.......our little ones loved seeing Santa & Mrs. Claus! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Think You Might Like This!

Nothing like life in our hometown, Lawrenceville, Illinois. 
It's almost Christmas & another project 5th graders in Mrs. Waggoner's class are involved
in is  collecting canned goods for others.  Now that's a great plan, kind of "magical!"

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Thought

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."

Our 5th graders are collecting dog & cat food,
to make a donation to the Lawrence County Humane
Society before we start winter break on December 21st.
Thanks in advance for helping them make a difference.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

"Milk and Cookies with Santa"

Santa and all his helpers made our Saturday something special.

Santa Knew Our Names!

"Santa knew my name, my sister's and my brother's too.  How can he remember us all?    ~Wade

Busy Lady

"I heard that Santa brought his wife with him to Parkside from the North Pole.  With all those cookies to bake, how did she have a chance to get away and come here to see us?"    ~Nikali

She Came Prepared!

Mrs. Hayes:  "Thanks for coming today to 'Milk & Cookies With Santa.'                      
                         Did you tell him what you wanted for Christmas?"
Gabriella:  "No, I gave him my list instead!" 
                                                                                ~Mother, standing by just smiled and smiled.

Friday, December 7, 2012

2nd Graders Wish You a Merry Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly; thanks for coming to our program today!

Reading Check-ups

Miss Williamson:  "I am going to show you some letters. I want you to point
                            to each letter and say its name.  Start here; ready, begin."
Rachael:  C, R, o, d, y, j, A, g, O, H........
Miss Williamson:  "Keep going honey."
Rachel:  "I'm on it!"

We Can't Wait

"Did you see the lights, reindeer, and the snowman on our stage?  Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to Parkside Saturday.  We can't wait!"  ~Hailey and Jenna

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Santa on Vacation

Morgan:  "I bet Santa is busy making all those toys this time of the year."
Joseph:  "Yes, Santa works all night long!"
Simon:  "I think he needs a vacation.  Do you think he goes on The Polar Express?"
Joseph:  No, I I think he goes to bed and sleeps for two weeks after Christmas."
Morgan:  "I think he goes to the beach."
Simon:  "Santa on the beach, in a swimming suit?  Oh no!"   
                                                                             ~lots of giggling at this point

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Are You Coming to Hear Us?

"I wore a red Christmas sweater for the program today.  I love to sing!  We've been practicing and practicing."  ~Alexis, 1st Grade

Our Traditions 2012

"We're lucky!  Can you guess why?  We have an Elf on the Shelf, our very own Christmas spirit.  We call him Rex.  He's been busy in the room decorating --yes all over the place!  See him hiding in the  Christmas tree?  He even wrapped some holiday gifts for us."  ~Mrs. Wells' Third Grade

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's All About Lights

"I like watching all the different lights this time of the year.  My family used to enjoy the display in Mattoon, Illinois, where we lived.  We also go to Olney to see the ones in their park.  There are even a lot of houses in my neighborhood that are lighted up in December.  It's all about the lights!  Seeing the different kinds is a lot of fun.  It feels like Christmas.  Now all we need is some snow, right?"   ~Dorian


                                  Who knew it would be 70 plus degrees on December 3rd? 

Mrs. Arnold:  "Hi, how was your weekend?"
Jamie:  "Fine, it sure is warm though."
Mrs. Arnold:  "Yes, so are you ready for spring break?"


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday Thought

December is here!  Time marches forward, and as our students grow and achieve new things we could not be more thankful and proud of our learning community.  "Hats-off" to the young athletes at Parkview Jr. High School who won a regional championship game Friday night, for the second year in a row!  Congratulations to the players, coaches, Parkview teaching staff, and proud families.  We recognize these young people; it seems as if just yesterday, they were at Parkside.  Yes, time marches forward......

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Our Traditions 2012

"My family puts up a lamp and it's pretty funny.  It looks like the one in that movie "The Christmas Story."  When it goes up, it feels like Christmas at our house."   ~Katelyn

Friday, November 30, 2012

Our Traditions 2012

"Christmas is always the same:  lots of cousins and lots of food!"  ~Louis

Our Traditions 2012

"I love the Christmas parade, are you going?  Oh....I'm on Santa's list of good boys!"   ~Jordan

A Case of Mistaken Identity?

Throughout November many classrooms explored the origins of Thanksgiving.  During one such lesson, a child excitedly raised his hand to respond to the teacher's question, "Does anyone know something they could share about the great Indian Chief, Massasoit?"  He proudly exclaimed, "Yes, yes, I've got this one!  He was that famous guy who died.  But then, guess what? 
Three days later he came back to life." 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Our Traditions 2012

"On Christmas morning our family has a special red, round ornament that helps us decide just who gets to open up the first present.  It's hidden somewhere on the holiday tree but no one knows just where it will be. On December 25th we all hurry into the living room where the presents and tree are, looking among the branches.  Someone finally spots our red ornament.  Hooray!  I may be the lucky person who's able to open the first gift this year."   ~Justin

Our Traditions 2012

"During this time of the year my Oma spends special time with us.  Oma is German for grandmother. She lives in Illinois but leaves her home here and goes south for the cold, winter months.  She's what some people call a snowbird.  Last week she was with us and we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas at the same time.  I loved it!  We decorated a little for each holiday, had a lot of delicious food, time together, and opened gifts.  I'll miss Oma when she's gone but I know she will be back again in the spring.  Do you know any snowbirds?"    ~Megan

Our Christmas Traditions 2012

"At the holidays we visit our grandparent's house and celebrate Christmas together.  Every year there is a special, wrapped mystery gift.  It's passed around and around for a good look!  We see check out the size and shape, the weight,  and everyone tries to guess what's inside. Whoever guesses correctly is awarded "The Santa Trophy."  The winner gets to keep the present and it's their job to buy the mystery gift for our next Christmas gathering.  Our grandma came up with the idea for this and we love it." 
                                                                                                         ~Alexia and Sydney

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our Christmas Traditions 2012

"At our house, we like having holiday decorations.  After Thanksgiving day we put up a candle in each window.  They are lighted now and people can see them when you drive by.  Next we will put up the Christmas tree and decorate it.  I love doing that!"  ~Haley

Discover Lawrenceville Lore

Looking back and the history of Lawrence County:  what did the holiday season of 1939 look like?
Share this blog with your favorite reader and let's get some student writing started about how we celebrate in 2012!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

POLL: Best Part of Thankgiving

~Celebrating with family
~Traveling to see relatives
~Helping make Thanksgiving dinner
~Playing with my cousins
~Sleeping over at a friend's house
~Going to basketball games
~Seeing my grandparents
~Playing basketball
~Watching my favorite TV shows
~Getting a new puppy
~Going Christmas shopping
~Eating favorite foods
~Getting a Christmas tree
~Saved for and got an iPad
~Making noodles with mom
~Seeing my Aunt and Uncle
~Playing video games
~Getting to see the school my dad went to
~Playing outside
~Having seconds on pie
~Picking up visitors at the airport
~Seeing Christmas lights
~Shopping with my dad
~Spending time with my family
~Christmas songs on the radio
~Riding my bike
~Taking lots of pictures
~Going to the movies
~Playing in the park
~Getting to stay up late
~Getting to sleep in
~Being with the people I love  
                     It's the little things that make Thanksgiving break memorable!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Chicken Pox

During reading, 1st graders were spelling the word pox.  Two students commented that it was part of "chicken pox."  Worried, one quickly questioned:  "If we eat chicken, does that cause chicken pox?"

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Thought

One time of the year, here come the December holidays.  Let's make
them special for one another, all in our learning community
After all, it's just that "that time of the year." 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

"We're going to go with Aiden and Max to pick out a tree tomorrow,
a fresh one.  My husband likes the Charlie Brown type."  ~Mrs. Crawford

Friday, November 23, 2012

Going to the 2012 Capital Classic?

Basketball players just want to have fun!
Good luck Lawrenceville Indians in the Lawrence County Capital Classic.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fun for 1st Grade Classmates

"Here you go!"  ~Madi
Isn't the power of imagination, kindness, and "giving" what
Thanksgiving should be about for our young people?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Festive Look

"Oh, the Christmas bulletin board Mrs. Crawford put up for us is neat!"  ~Gracie

So Thankful

"My neighbor's son is in the military and he spent Thanksgiving last year in Afghanistan.  This week he's home, celebrating the holiday with his parents.  What a blessing." 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Thought

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."
                                                                                                   — Jacqueline Kennedy

 Thank you to the many volunteers who were a part of making last week's PTO Book Fair
and our 2012 Family Reading Night of November 15th successful for Parkside families and staff. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012


"Local clergymen are going to help meet the needs of homeless students. This is huge." 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Wise Words

During reading time a pair of Miss Negley's students were attempting to match up pictures with
correct letter sounds.  One was having difficulty and his buddy patted him on the back saying,
"You are trying hard and not giving up.  That is good because it's all about the learning.  We
get there in different ways."  ~Chris

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I Will Never Forget It

Parkside 5th Graders made a trip to CANDLES Museum today.
"It was so amazing.  Eva Kor is something else.  Her speech was
something I'll never forget."   ~Skylar

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Taking the Stage

"Did you know my teacher's in the play "Airplane" at the high school?  He's a real actor!"  ~Roman

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Simple as That

While busy within a small group in Miss Mary's PreK room today, one girl attempted to settle a difference of opinion between two friends.  The discussion among them was at a stalemate and no one could come up with a solution.  She finally put her hands on her hips, turned to them and exclaimed, "You get what you get and don't throw a fit!" 

Monday, November 12, 2012

"If I Were President"

The 2012 Presidential election is "in the books."  Mrs. Emily Wells' third graders wrote their thoughts about serving others, if given the chance.  Mr. Obama, here's what our younger generation dreams about:  "I would......"

~treat the world fairly
~help world hunger and homelessness
~deal with pollution
~bring about world peace
~not allow people to smoke
~give some of the money from rich people to the poor
~make laws that prevent bullying everywhere
~keep endangered animals safe
~give money to hospitals
~give poor people homes
~get poor children toys
~not take money from people's banks
~stop costly policies
~give money to those who need it
~lower the cost of health insurance
~help kids learn
~include people that are poor
~help the churches
~give money to Medicare
~find jobs for everyone                           Maybe we should get this input to Washington D.C.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Thought

We remember those who served as Veterans this week at Parkside Elementary, and across Lawrence County.  Today President Obama laid a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. (video link above)

Thank you to all who honor the men and women who serve in the armed forces, by helping young people understand the importance of their contributions.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Tribute for Time Honored Veterans

Fourth graders at Parkside perform "God Bless the U.S.A." at school to honor Veterans on Friday November 9th.  Thanks to Mr. Ryan Roush for this film as Mrs. Robin LaGrand and her students shared a special tribute with families and invited guests.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lawrence County Courthouse Clock Ringing Again!

Lawrence County Illinois Courthouse Clock Restoration - installation and bell ring test.
Take a climb with Mr. Ed Brumley to the top of the courthouse clock and bell tower.
A special "Thanks!" goes to Mr. David Burgett for starting this process.  History in
in the making; we can all hear the bell ringing again on the square!

A special day, this November 6, 2012

Pictures of the restoration process from Mr. Ed Brumley:

Thinking Ahead

What do you want to be when you grow up?
     a lawyer          Jade
     a pet sitter       Harley
     a professional singer     Yzabella
     a marine          Thomas
     a teacher          Kristen
     a vet                Haley
     a policeman    Joseph

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day 2012

"The polls are open.  Go out today, do your duty and vote!"  ~WAKO Radio

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Thought

It is a week of elections across the U.S. as well a time to honor Veterans.  
Thanks to all who served or are serving today. 
Such dedication makes possible freedoms we all enjoy.    

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Together We Learn & Grow

Failure is part of growing up.  Kids need real support from adults who stand behind them all the way.  "Finishing a race together," is so very important.  The process and modeling is how our young
people will learn to negotiate life.


There's always something special at the Lawrence Public Library!
Mrs. Dianne Brumley (above) is their Youth & Program Director
Mrs. Terrie Tucker, Director
814 12th St.
Lawrenceville, IL 62439  (618) 943-3016
M, W, F -  10:00a - 5:00p
T, Th - 10:00a - 7:00p
Sat - 10:00a - 3:00p
Sunday - Closed

Follow them on Facebook:

Lawrence Public Library is also on Pinterest:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Coming into the room after his classmates had arrived ahead of him:

"Wait!  Wait!  Don't start the learning without me!  ~Chase

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Votes Are In

If Parkside's NIGHT OWLS were voting for President, Mr. Obama would defeat Mitt Romney and return to the Oval Office.  Thanks Joseph and Megan for tabulating the results!

"I think adults should look carefully at the candidates, listen,
 and make a choice responsibily because it's a big decision.

Monday, October 29, 2012

They Notice............

"I wish we didn't have a sub.  My teacher is gone today and it is not the same!"  ~Emily

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Watch Out for Those Little Halloween Guests!

"Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night."     ~Steve Almond

Saturday, October 27, 2012

LHS Indians Make Us Proud!

Congratulations to the Lawrenceville Indians & Lawrenceville Cheerleaders,
their coaches, families, and supporters.  Your successful football season will set
dreams and goals afire for all who cheered you on throughout a special 2012 season
and into the playoffs.   We all benefit from the rich contributions you've made to LHS
sports history, while painting a fantastic picture of accomplishments in the lives of
your teachers and the entire community
.  Best wishes and thanks for the memories!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mr. Pulleyblank Can Help

While teaching this week Mrs. Arnold commented to a student, "I sure could use a cup of coffee."  The child quickly replied- "Go tell Larry!  He can help you out."  For those familiar with Parkside volunteer and retired educator Mr. Larry Pulleyblank, it's a well know fact that he loves his coffee!  Deb Arnold laughed, knowing she had a story to contribute to "Shining Moments."

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cheers for the LHS Indians!

"Hey all you Lawrenceville Indians football fans......let's send off our football team in style. Meet at the parking lot at 9 A.M. on Saturday morning October 27th in your Red and White. Feel free to make signs, paint your cars, whatever it takes. Let's show these boys how proud we are of them. See you there!"
                                              ~Mrs. Schultz   Assistant Principal at Lawrenceville High School

Good Luck Lawrenceville Indians!
Go-Fight-Win and beat the Cerro Gordo Broncos.