Sunday, November 30, 2014

Family Tradition

"The perfect Christmas tree? 
All Christmas trees are perfect! 
                                                        ~Charles N. Barnard

Many families have special holiday traditions.
Whatever yours may be, enjoy them together. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fan Support in Lawrence County

Let the tournaments begin. 
Thanksgiving's over & many fans
are having fun at the Lawrence
County Capital Classic.
Safe travels and
"Good Luck"
to all the area teams!
The Lawrence County Capital Classic is a
high school basketball tournament co-hosted by
Lawrenceville High School and Red Hill High School.
The Capital Classic founded in 1989, is a fundraiser
for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.  

Friday, November 28, 2014

First.....Thanksgiving Snow & Now "Black Friday!"

Never thought I'd say this:   
"My kids were playing in the
snow on Thanksgiving Day!"
                                                                                             ~Parkside Parent

What exactly is the shopping
day known as "Black Friday?"

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

This Bargin Costs One Quarter

Send 25 cents to school
on Tuesday November 25th.

  Parkside PTO is popping corn & 
proceeds go toward projects for kids.   

Have a safe Thanksgiving break!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Witness to History

"Anger is a seed for war.
Forgiveness is a seed for peace!" 

                                                                  ~Eva Kor

Parkside fifth graders were able
to hear Eva Mozes Kor speak
today while touring the CANDLES
Museum and
Education Center.

"I was very proud of our 5th graders.
They were informed, attentive, and
well behaved during her presentation."

~Parkside Parent

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Let Us Celebrate Together

“The whole culture is telling you to hurry,
while the art tells you to take your time.
Always listen to the art.”
~Junot Diaz

Top 10 Reasons to Come to "Fine Arts Night"
 10.  The best time of a day is spent creating.                               
  Read to kids because it's the start of wonderful projects.
  8.   The janitor is the teacher's best buddy.
  7.   There's never enough space to display every piece.
  6.   Art should be on the refrigerator once it "goes home."
  5.   More beauty's found in the imagination than anywhere.
  4.   Keep asking......because then the teacher will let us paint.
  3.   An artist will autograph their work.
  2.   Showing off art unabashedly, is a great thing!
  1.   We believe in our young artists.

Please join us at Parkside on Thursday
November 20th from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M.  

Mrs. Rachel Tewell and pupils from 
Lawrenceville High School have helped
make this event even more special!

Refreshments will be served,
compliments of 
The Lawrence County Arts Council 
Guests should use the West entrance.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

And There Was Merry-Making

What do you get with a group
of hard working fifth graders,
their reading teachers, and a
community of well-wishers rooting
them on through Social Media?

You score THE big win, by
accumulating more points than
1,200 other teams from across the U.S. 
That's our
#LexiaLearning  #Transformers
They each worked
steadily ahead on individual 
computerized reading programs,
gaining the most points possible.

Congratulations to
Jessica Waggoner, Jessica Crawford,
and Shannon Stallings' pupils.
The group earned a 1st place finish
and a pizza party in a contest
sponsored through Lexia Learning! 

 Of course they wore party hats.

 Special delivery.....lunch is served.

 Don't forget some dessert.

We salute our learning community.
Thank you for your support!  
At Parkside it's always a team
effort, on behalf of our customers.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We Read at Our House

Today each Parkside Elementary child
received a copy of an Illinois READS
book.  The Illinois Reading Council
sponsors an initiative to promote reading
and authors with ties to Illinois.  The books
chosen for this initiative are selected
in various age categories.  The categories
range from birth to adult.

The presentation of these books was made
possible in part by support from the
CUSD #20 Academic Foundation, and
the Ed Loeb Special Projects Grant.  

Having their own book is such a treasure
to a child.   This book will provide pupils
and their families the opportunity to
practice reading and nurture the
accomplishment of this skill.  Since
this creates a connection to a
statewide reading initiative, providing
the book also shows students that they are
connected to a larger learning community.

There have been many studies researching
the benefits of children owning books and
having ready access to reading material. 

 One study from the University of
Nevada indicated that book ownership
had just as great an impact on
educational attainment
as a parent's education level.  
Reading to and with children is an
essential part of their academic success.  

Parkside Elementary is promoting
reading in the home with the theme
"We READ at Our House." 
Along with a new book, each child was
given a static cling and a bookmark.  

The goal of this project is to help children become successful readers.  If you want more information on the Illinois READS initiative, their website is

Photograph compliments of 
The Lawrenceville Daily Record

Read more about the gift of books
as well as an opportunity to join
us at Parkside this Thursday,
November 20th (6:00-7:30 P.M.)
for a special Fine Arts Night!
We're celebrating talented
youngsters with help from
The Lawrence County Arts Council: 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Boys to Men

 "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applies the best of ourselves to the task at hand."  
                                                                          ~Vince Lombardi

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

All in the Name of Science

What happened on Halloween at Parkside?

 If you were in Mrs. Gray's 2nd
grade classroom, it meant you
participated in a rocket launch.

 Mr. Gray assisted in this adventure.

It was cold.  However, in the name
of science....a great time was had by all! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014


A cold November Saturday

Yet a little support

Goes a long way!

 Congratulations to
our L.H.S. Indians

 They've always been winners to us!

Lawrenceville Indians- 32
Nokomis Redskins- 0