Monday, April 29, 2013

A Special Visit

Miss Mary & husband Tom visited
with daughter Kristi in Atlanta,
Georgia over the weekend. 
Kristi Bezy is on an eleven month
mission trip, which will be
completed in



I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
                                                                                         ~Joyce Kilmer

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Huge Thank You

Ariel view of Palestine, Illinois
"Just wanted to send a Huge Thank You out to  all those who are spending countless hours keeping a watch on the levee. Your time & efforts haven't gone unnoticed!!
               May God watch over you all."   
                                                                                                 ~Proud Parent

From T-Ball to Dancing

Beautiful, beautiful are the 
children in our school community.
Saturday April 27th was a whirl-wind
of activities across Lawrenceville.

Thank you to all those
who support wonderful opportunities
for our young people, in so many ways! 

Sunday Thought

Smiles take just a moment.
For the person who needs 
one, that very moment
is often
a turning point.  

Have a great week!
You make a difference for our kids.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Play Ball: Opening Day on April 27, 2013

Mr. Bob Fielden, a longtime contributor on the
youth baseball scene threw out the first pitch
Saturday, during the opening day ceremony of
the baseball season in The Lawrenceville City Park.

The lives and loves of our
Parkside families.  It doesn't
get much better than this.

The Lawrenceville Daily Record has complete details:

Spring Time Dilemma in the County

The river is rising in
Lawrence County but
volunteers come to aid others.
An example for us all........

Friday, April 26, 2013

LHS High School Students Make a Difference

Thank you to Mr. Ryan Roush at Old50 Photography for this image.

"The river is officially the highest it's been
since 2008. I'm really really thankful for all
the folks out on the levee sandbagging,
including the high school students. The efforts
are undoubtedly paying off big time. Hoping
and praying that the levee stays intact
for the next forty eight hours!"
                                ~Proud Parent

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Friends are Like an Umbrella

Friends are like an umbrella.
Some are colorful, and they
protect us when things are stormy.

The Ducks Just Love This

"I helped mom make breakfast
for men at levee camp."

"Good, we're having baseball practice!"  ~Eli

"Opening day of our season is Saturday.
It can't rain then, can it?"  

 "Look at my pretty new rain boots!"  ~Hailey

"The grass is so green and
             it is full of worms for the robins!"  

 "Well the weather is perfect if you like
to swim.  The ducks just love this."  ~Ryan

"Hooray, it's my birthday
      and the sun came out!"  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

There is Just Not Enough

Today a child recounted an 
uncomfortable situation at home.
Know what it was about?

Adults who were
arguing and fighting over food.
There's just not enough.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day Thoughts

"Our earth and the creatures are special."   ~Destiny

"I love the lakes!~Xavier
"Fresh air makes me happy."  ~Anie

"Running and playing, why not?"  ~Chaelon
"Farmers are able to feed us from the land."  ~Andy

"Blue, blue skies makes us smile today."  ~Jozie
"What perfect weather to be outside."  ~Amy

"Hearts are singing in a beautiful garden."  ~Hannah

"Careful with the Earth.  It is breakable."  ~Blace

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I Was Worried About Her All Night

One of our staff members got an abrupt phone call recently,
and the pupils in the after-school program were aware of it.
The message was relayed to her at the end of the hour-long session
of NIGHT OWL tutoring.  All the youngsters in the room knew
was that her husband was unable to find their dog.

The next day we all learned that her beloved pet had died.  
We- meaning the adults on the staff.  

At 3:30 P.M. that same afternoon when the NIGHT OWLS were lining up after snack,
a child came up to me and put his hand on my shoulder.  He looked to see
if his teacher was coming from the break room to get their group and
then quickly inquired,  "Is the dog OK?  I was worried about her all night."  

He had no clue.  
He went on to explain, "I wanted to hurry and ask you now.  If we say
something in the room, I don't want to hurt her feelings."  

I was stunned.  Here was a child of nine who gently inquired
about someone he cared about showing an intuition and
concern that often are lacking in people twice that age! 
I explained that the dog had passed away.
Hearing that he turned to the children and suggested that they
should not question her during class.  "If our teacher wants
to talk about it, let her bring it up. OK?"
His peers all nodded in agreement. 
That child, that day, that insight is one of the reasons why teaching kids is
such an honor.  The photographs above are snapshots of the beloved pet that
this family lost.  Our school is filled with special people, don't you agree? 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Thought

We believe in kids,
families, and one another.
Why?  It makes our learning
community stronger, more resilient.
Thanks for being a part of it all.

Have a great week.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 13th-- Busy Day at Loeb Field

We see you Mrs. Wells, in
 the back on the right....wearing
the shades & your red-n-white!

Congratulations to the participants
and coaches who made the Invitational
Track Meet at Loeb Field on April 13th
such a success.  Thanks to all the volunteers too. 

Parkview Braves, you really rule!


Did you see what went
up this week across the
street from Parkside?