Friday, April 29, 2016

We're Learning, Mrs. LeGrand

"Our greatest natural 
resource is the minds of our children."
                                                 ~Walter Disney

"Music can change the
world because it can change people."

"The guitar is a small orchestra.  Every
string is a different color, a different voice."
                                                   ~Andre Segovia

"Music is well said to
be the speech of angels."

Gifts in the memory of Robin LeGrand are
 the beginnings, a beautiful catalyst for 
students learning how tplay the guitar.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Little Joy For All

I spotted her walking slowly down the hallway on Tuesday morning, peering into each
passing doorway.  We said hello to one
another; then she explained, "I'm
delivering Mr. Watson's popcorn money
 but I don't know where to look for the PTO."

I smiled and encouraged her.  
"It's easy......just follow your nose.  Let's go."  

Sure enough, the aroma of fresh popcorn
 was irresistible; Mr. Watson's courier 
found our PTO volunteers in no time at all.  
Her eyes lit up as we approached the lounge
and she shyly said, "This will be more fun
than having popcorn at the movies!"  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


The truth is that your kids won't
remember you for the Christmas gifts
you gave them.  They will remember the
times you took them mushroom hunting.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Earth Day 2016

Conservation Day was awesome yesterday with Lawrence 

County 5th graders! A huge THANK YOU to Farm Credit 

Illinois employees for coming and assisting with the day an 

cooking lunch for everyone. Another big THANK YOU to 

Lawrence County Farm Bureau for your generous donation 

providing supplies and "The Birds of Prey" for the kids. 

Thank You to People's State Bank for donating bottled water 

for lunches.  On behalf of the students, teachers, presenters, and 

Extension staff we thank you for your continued support.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Thought

Do the world a favor; 
give us your smile & your beautiful laughter!
Have a great week.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Chalk Walk


"My Friday began with this
glimpse into dreams and wonder,
at the east entrance.  What lovely art!"
                                              ~Rose West

Friday, April 15, 2016

Little League

"This made me happy, nervous, 

and nostalgic last evening. 

My little man is getting so big."

                                                         ~Parkside Mom

Thursday, April 14, 2016

It's Tough to Wait.......

"A countdown to the  PTO Carnival is on."
Saturday April 16th
4:00-6:00 P.M.

Enter at Parkside's West Doors
We'll be patient
 but it's tough to wait......

Thank you, thank you Parkside PTO!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Rain, Rain Go Away

"Rise and shine my friends

Don't let rain ruin your day.

Slip on those rubber 

boots and conquer the world!"
                                                ~Parkside Mom

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Thought

For this learning community, 
let us be at "our best."  Have a great week!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Is It Really April?

Some parents come
prepared for all kinds of weather.

 #Thanks  #TrackMom

Friday, April 8, 2016

From the Mouth of Babes

History is a "favorite topic" for many.  
This week groups of students were reading 
and discussing the story of how Frenchman Frederic Bartholdi worked to create Lady
Liberty, and the challenges that existed in getting
 the massive work "delivered" to New York City.

One child was particularly impressed. 
"I didn't realize the man who designed her was
from France.  I thought she came from Japan.  You know, everything these days is made in Japan."  


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

If You Missed Opening Day......

The substitute looked somewhat alarmed 
as she came down the hallway.
  She nodded and said "Good morning.  
I need to get a hold of a janitor right away." 

"Really?" I replied.  

 "Oh yes, yes" she emphasized
while waving her arm.  
"I want him to get rid of all the
Cardinals in my classroom!"  

 Everyone has a favorite team.

Lots of Cub and Cardinal fans out there!

Looks like baseball season is in full "swing!"