Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Fun In the Park

Thank You!

Friends & Supporters of Volunteerism
held an egg hunt Thursday March 28th during our spring break

Did you get in o
n the fun? 
These children were part of the excitement at the Lawrenceville City Park
which is located on Cedar Street, across from Parkside Elementary School. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

At the Sea-Side

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote this in 1913.
It is part of a collection called
A Child's Garden of Verse

At the Sea-Side
When I was down beside the sea
A wooden spade they gave to me
      To dig the sandy shore.

My holes were empty like a cup.
In every hole the sea came up,
      Till it could come no more.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A March Egg Challenge

Before spring break Mrs. Christy Whewell’s 3rd graders worked in groups to design crush
proof containers to protect eggs. The moment of truth came when their finished projects were
put to the test on the playground.  Shown above are the students and their teacher
verifying the strength of the individual egg bundles from atop a playground slide.  

Guess what? 
Three of the four teams of students built containers that protected
the contents so well that the eggshells were not smashed in the fall!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Update on P.B.I.S. Can Drive

We "tip our hat" to you.  
Thank you for becoming involved and making our
P.B.I.S. fund raising event on March 21st a success.
What was the grand total?

329 pounds!
We want to give a shout-out to
our Parkside Student Leadership team
along witMr. Mike Preston for making
sure that everything went so smoothly and
getting the collected cans to a recycling center.

Proceeds will help us support future P.B.I.S. activities.
What to learn more about Positive Interventions and Behavioral Supports?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Passover Blessings to You

Peace be with all who observe Passover.

Families honoring this holiday
do so from March 25th to April 1st.

Learn more about Passover at the links above.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Happy Birthday!
American Poet Robert Frost
was born on this day, 139 years ago.
Learn more about his life and works from Kenn Nesbitt:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Proud Grandparents, Indeed

Mrs. Faith and her husband Bob welcomed
the newestmember of their growing
family, grand daughter Savannah
Rose. Congratulations & best wishes
to her parents, Pete and Brandi.

What a great way to spend spring break!  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Thought

Schools in Lawrenceville are community anchors. They're social centers that contribute to the identities of children and their family membersThat's why the support you give our youngsters is so important.  Thanks in advance for enabling kids to be successful.  Have a great week.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Running the 5K March 23rd

Fun at The Southern Illinois Spring Classic?
Yes it was a brisk, busy Saturday morn in Lawrenceville.
Runners, runners everywhere!  "Way-to-go"
Mrs. Theriac
(#127) & daughter Audrey (#126) for
choosing to participate together in the 5K road race.
Thanks to all volunteers, sponsors and participants.

Kids Shopping Day of Lawrence County is the beneficiary of this event:

Thanks to Mr. Ed Brumley for capturing images of the day:

Finishing Up at Loeb Field

Congratulations & hooray; Mrs. Kristina Swanson wins
the Women's Division of the 5K road race at
The Southern Illinois Spring Classic
today in
Lawrenceville, Illinois and finishes up at Loeb Field.
Race results are above; thanks to the volunteers, sponsors & participants.

This event was directed by Casey Jones, Birgit Volk & Lisa Sanders.
Special "tip-of-the-hat" to SERVPro

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sweet Little Girl

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Neal Baum upon the birth
of Jayde, their new grand child.  She was born on March 18th.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Thought

We hope you share many blessings this week whether
you're a part of daily learning for kids or follow our blog.
Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fowl Friday in 3rd

What do you get when unusual guests arrive to class?

 Lots of fun and laughter, of course! 

Thank you to Landon and his mom for bringing
those guests and helping us learn about raising chickens.

It really was a "fowl Friday" in Mrs. Wells' room last week.

Jimmy Jhon, Jimmy Jhon!

Jimmy Jhon, Jimmy Jhon
Just went out to mow the lawn.
He thought he saw a snake.
Ahh!  He beat it with a rake.
But it was really a fake snake
His son did make, to scare him!
His son loved to make art.
                                                                                           ~Kenzie, 2nd Grade

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa black have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir
Three bags full.
One for my master.
And one for his dame.
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
~Kenzie, 2nd Grade

Sunday, March 10, 2013

LOL....Parents Tweeted These

I invite you to follow me
@rosenelsonwest on Twitter.
However, I didn't "tweet" the comments
 the parents in the Huffington Post article (above) did.
Yippee, get ready to laugh..........

Sunday Thought

Thank you for following the blog. 
The Parkside community appreciates your support.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


By Shel Silverstein

Rockabye baby, in the treetop.
Don't you know a treetop
Is not safe place to rock?
And who put you up there,
And your cradle too?
Baby, I think someone down here's
ot it in for you.
                                                              ~Annastyn, 4th Grade
"Click" here for fun things to do from Shel Silverstein

Happy Saturday!

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Cats' Tea Party

                                              The Cats' Tea Party                                                      
  By Frederick Weatherly

Five little pussy-cats, invited out to tea,
Cried:  "Mother, let us go- Oh do! for good we'll surely be.
We'll wear our bibs and hold out things as you have shown us how-
Spoons in right paws, cups in left- and make a pretty bow;
Well always say "Yes, if you please,' and only half of that."
"Then go my little darling children," said the happy Mother Cat.

The five little pussy-cats went out that night to tea.
Their heads were smooth and glossy, their tails were swinging free;
They held their things as they had learned, and tried to be polite;-
With snowy bibs beneath their chins they were a pretty sight.

But, alas, for manners beautiful, and coats as soft as silk!
The moment that the little kits were asked to take some milk,
They dropped their spoons, forgot to bow, and - oh, what do you think?
They put their noses in the cups and all began to drink!
Yes, every naughty little kit set up a mew for more,
Then knocked their tea-cups over, and scampered through the door.
                                                                                     ~Jayden, 4th Grade

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Life Celebration

Life Celebration
Joy leap, joy skip, joy dance!
Joy is there in every mind
Joy is everywhere you find.
Joy is there in every stage
Happiness, fury, kindness and rage!
Sounds of joy, sounds of joy
Oh how I love to hear sweet sounds of joy!
                                                                                    ~Katelynn, 4th Grade

Spring Ahead

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead this Saturday night!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Thanks for All the Support!

to all parents, staff, and volunteers who
continue to help Parkside 3rd, 4th & 5th graders this
week on the 2013 Illinois Standards Achievement Tests.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Good Company

Classroom by Dhillan Chandramowli

Recently a third grader smiled and said, "You are the nicest teacher I have had.....EVER!  Then she paused and replied, "Unless you count Mrs. Lankford.  She was really nice too."  A moment later she smiled and offered, "Oh and Mrs. Bates was nice in first grade!  Oh my, really Mrs. Hulen was nice in kindergarten too!" 

When all was said and done I was glad that I was in such good company!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Miss Mary and Friends

Drew, Phoenix, and Kenlee act out the story Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. 
Preschool teacher "Miss Mary" Bezy was sharing the book with her preschoolers.    

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday Thought

We trust that if someone's reading this, they're having a wonderful day. 
If not, know that in each passing minute we all have a chance to change that. 
Have a great week; thanks in advance for supporting kids at Parkside Elementary.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

I Don't Know Why

Parkside teachers sent portrait previews home to families recently, giving interested adults an opportunity to make purchases of their child's spring picture.  One PreK student in Mrs. Powell's class returned his order form and money thereafter.  Pointing to the outside of the envelope he said, "I don't know why my mom wants to buy these I don't look anything like this!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Getting "All Fired Up" for ISAT!

 We all need a cheerleader now and then!

I don't know, but I've been told we are just as good as gold!
Extended Response, we're not scared you know that we're all prepared.
                                                We're Ready...ISAT!  We're Ready...ISAT!

Read the question first--it's true, so that you know just what to do.
Read the passage--look for clues, use them as evidence for you.
We're Ready...ISAT!  We're Ready...ISAT!

Read the passage a second time
be prepared it's not a crime.
When you've finished reading then it's time to restate the question
We're Ready...ISAT!  We're Ready...ISAT

Use those clues as your support to the answer that you report
One or two pieces of text,
then interpret to do your best.
We're Ready...ISAT!  We're Ready...ISAT!

Then to keep the judge from dozing,
Explain what you've learned as the closing.
We're Ready...ISAT!  We're Ready...ISAT!

You can't fool us!
Mrs. Theriac, Mr. Jennings, Mr. Mikeworth, Mrs. Wells

3rd, 4th & 5th Graders:
Good Luck on ISAT Tests Next Week

Friday Fun

March came in today "like a lion."