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
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T, Th - 10:00a - 7:00p
Sat - 10:00a - 3:00p
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