Saturday, November 30, 2013

Holidays in Our Hometown #4

We celebrated so many things this month!

The Lady Indians captured
the first basketball "win" in 
Lawrenceville's new L.H.S. gym

Gathering together with cousins

Special family times

 Games to learn and play

New lives and loves were born

 Chances to find the perfect tree

Lots of L.H.S. support at the 25th
Annual Capitol Classic Tournament

The Arrowettes entertained us

The faithful, enthusiastic fans 
Plus, winning ways for the Tribe!

Holidays in Our Hometown #3

"When mom stocks up on butter and baking supplies we smile at our house.  It means the kitchen warms up and yummy holiday treats we love are not far behind!"  ~Abby

Friday, November 29, 2013

Holidays in Our Hometown #2

"After Thanksgiving we'll be at the Capitol
Classic Tournament all weekend because it's
the kick-off of the L.H.S. basketball season. 
I'm excited!"
  ~Basketball Mom

This weekend Lawrence County opens its
arms to families across southern Illinois
at the 25th Annual Capitol Classic.

We welcome you all to the tournament! 

Businessman Mr. Roger Kull speaks
behalf of the Chamber of Commerce:

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Holidays in Our Hometown #1

"We have a Peppermint House; it's
beginning to look a lot like Christmas."

                                                        ~Parkside Parent

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November Thanks #30

 Photograph courtesy of the Lawrenceville Daily Record
Fifth grade students at Parkside Elementary School visited
the Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana this month.
They listened to how Eva Kor and her twin sister endured
life as prisoners at Aushwitz, a German Concentration
Camp.  The sisters were housed there from 1940-1945.
Above, Kor is pictured with Parkside fifth graders
Breanna McKinstry and Mason Parrott. 

"Life!"  ~Breanna

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November Thanks #29

"I am really so thankful to have a warm,
safe house to live in.  Some people are out
on the street in the freezing cold." 

November Thanks #28

"We're thankful the PTO has invited Santa and Mrs. Claus to have breakfast with us.  But I thought Mr. C. was too busy this time-of-year to come by and visit kids at Parkside."  ~Dylan

Saturday December 7th is
PTO's Pancake & Sausage Breakfast.

Adults:  $5 and Children:  $2.

Serving from 7:00 to 10:00 A.M. 
and children can have their picture
taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

All proceeds go toward supporting
student projects during the school year.
Won't you join us?

Monday, November 25, 2013

November Thanks #27

"I'm thankful for a holiday and for my parents too because they both have time off from work."  ~Austin

November Thanks #26

"I am very thankful for my family and my friends.  I am also thankful for freedom.  I
like spending time with my family and with
my friends.  What are you thankful for?" 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November Thanks #25

"We have so much to be thankful for.  I am thankful for my Grandma and grandpa, and for my friends.  There is my mom and dad, sisters and brothers, and my uncles.  I am thankful for God.  I am thankful for living in the U.S.A. and for my freedom.  Are you thankful for anything?"  ~Jazzy

November Thanks #24

Six year old Danny Keefe shows his excitement as he hears the Bridgewater Badgers D5 PeeWee team chanting his name on Danny Appreciation Day in the Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater, Connecticut on November 20th. 


"We're thankful for those who remind kids
and model for them the golden rule:  making fun of others isn't right."  
~Parkside Teacher


Sunday Thought

"Every child is just one caring adult
away from being a success story." 
~Josh Shipp

May your week be 
filled with much happiness.

For all families who leave home
over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday,
we wish you safe travels in the coming days.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mark Your Calendar

Breakfast with Santa on
Saturday December 7th @ School?
Yes!  Guests will enjoy all-you-
can-eat pancakes and sausages. 

Our dedicated 
Parent Teacher Organization
is always serving the kids.   

HO-HO-HO.....don't miss it!
Adults- $5 & Children- $2.
Join us from 7:00-10:00 A.M.

All proceeds support pupil projects
during the 2013-14 school year.

Thanks in advance for spreading
the word about this PTO event coming
on the 1st Saturday in December;
plan to use the west entrance.

Parkside Elementary School
1900 Cedar Street
Lawrenceville, IL  62439

Friday, November 22, 2013

November Thanks #23

"Guess what we had at lunch on Thursday?  It was an early Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, and even pumpkin pie.  It was so delicious and we laughed and laughed.  Do you know what?  We are so lucky to have special days like this, all together!"  ~Olivia

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November Thanks #22

"More pie...... less turkey!" 

Quote from a smiling, happy dad at
the PreK Thanksgiving dinner .  

We're so thankful for our wonderful
cooks.  They always find ways to make
special meals such as this, memorable events!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November Thanks #21

"I have many things to be thankful for.  My mom and my dad care for me.  My brothers and sisters are nice to me.  My friends are always there when I need them.  I am lucky to have a home.  What are you thankful for?"  ~Brayden

November Thanks #20

"I'm thankful for our friends at school and my family."  ~Harley

November Thanks #19

"I'm thankful for many things.  I love my sisters, brothers, and our grandma too.  I love my mom and dad.  I am glad to have my freedom.  What are you thankful for?"  ~Tatiana

November Thanks #18

"We have many things to be thankful for.  I am glad to be in the U.S.A.  I am glad to have my pets.  I am glad for our school.  I have my health.  What are you thankful for?"  ~Ashlynn

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I Like Thanksgiving

"We like to go to my grandma's house for Thanksgiving.  I like having her delicious rolls, mashed potatoes, and turkey.  After eating together I play with toys, along with all my cousins.  I like Thanksgiving because we spend it together as a family.  Why do you enjoy Thanksgiving?  ~Jake

November Thanks #17

"I wish offer a 'shout-out' thanking Parkside for all that they do!  My child absolutely loves PreK.  It's a wonderful program and the teachers are just awesome."   ~Proud Parent

Sunday Thought

Lucky are we to
create opportunities
that make a difference for kids.

Have a great week.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November Thanks #16


"I  just want to say how incredibly
proud I am of our students. Throughout
our recent Book-Fair & Spirit Week,
they donated over $500.00 that will go
towards purchasing new books
for Parkside's Media Center.
What heart our students have.
Congratulation to the kids and thank you so much.  You did a fantastic job!  ~Proud Parent

Friday, November 15, 2013

Weekend Wish

"Hello" to the weekend.
Make it happy, safe, and an
enjoyable time with friends or family! 

November Thanks #15

"I'm thankful that our children have special, fun days that make coming to school inviting.    This week was just that with their dress-up days, a PTO Book Fair, and Family Reading Night on Thursday."   ~Proud Parent

Western Day

Back to the 80's

November Thanks #14

"The most important people to me are my mom and my dad.  I am thankful everyday because they love me so much!"  ~Elizabeth

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November Thanks #13

"I am thankful for my family because my parents protect and take care of me.  They are great because we play together too."  ~Kaya

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November Thanks #12

"I am thankful for my family because they
  are so special to me." 

Monday, November 11, 2013

I Love Fall

"Fall is my favorite time of the year!
Fall is beautiful, with leaves of orange
and red while
we find apples everywhere." 
                                                   ~Haley Marie

November Thanks #11

Adults aren't at the same
place in a "learning curve." 
Neither are children. 

It takes "a little" from a lot.

We're thankful for 

our school community &
those who support the kids.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November Thanks #10

It's commonplace having substitutes in schools, at every grade.  Professionals have sick days or commitments that take them away from their pupils.  Our building is no exception.

Just last week a sub commented, "I was so very lucky and thankful to have good teachers when I was a child."  That's "sweet music" to all who care about young people.   

Those very words were uttered by a woman who was recently in our building.  She subsequently discovered that another staff member sharing that conversation, had cared for her while she was a newborn.  Truly, it's a small world!  Beautiful are all the children..........



Sunday Thought

Essential:  a willingness to listen, smiles,
words that convey understanding, and patience.  No matter what we do, acts of support and kindness make school days worthwhile for everyone.

It's a fact that children who experience destitution and all the problems that it creates are struggling to survive.  Succeeding in school is next-to-impossible for some.  

Young people  deserve a safe place to learn and caring, nurturing adults make the difference.  Thanks for advocating on behalf of our kids.  That's the "real deal."   

Go on to a beautiful week.....we all make it so!