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December 31, 2014

Book of the Day

  This little gem reveals all the
places imagination, and a purple
crayon can take you!  It all starts
with one small boy
and his
decision to take a walk in the
moonlight.....this tale's a treasure.
Find Harold and the Purple Crayon
the Title 1 Room.  Just ask your teacher.

Thanks for reading to youngsters.
We say "Yes" to good books for kids!

December 30, 2014

Book of the Day

A beautiful story which earned the 1963 
Caldcott Medal, awarded annually to the
artist creating the most distinguished
American picture book for children.  
Keats evokes the excitement and awe
of a little boy awakening to discover
his neighborhood
in the city is
blanketed under thick, heavy snow. 
We promise "delight" in your
forecast when you read it to a child! 

Find this story in our
Parkside Media Center
or at the Lawrence Public Library:

Thanks in advance for sharing.
We say "Yes" to good books for kids!

December 29, 2014

Book of the Day

This rhyming, fun tale treats listeners
to all 26 letters of the alphabet.  In
fact the whole gang prove to be a bit
difficult for the coconut tree. 
A game of follow-the-leader, of course! 

Find this story in our
Parkside Media Center
or at the Lawrence Public Library:

Thanks in advance for sharing.
We say "Yes" to good books for kids!


New Year's Eve Crafts

Time to get "crafty," for
2015 is right around the corner.  

Red Ted Art
has some grand 
ideas to help your family
usher in the New Year! 

December 24, 2014

December 1, 2014

What We Can Learn from PreK

Preschool provides children
essential opportunities to grow. 

We can see students learn
to listen, manage their emotions, 
and follow directions from adults
other than family members.

A child's success later in life can
hinge on important learning
that happens in preschool.

So why not enable an entire
school to nurture the ability
for all kids to develop grit,
and develop strong work habits?

August 4, 2014

Smart Pooch

Did you know we have the
story, "Dog," along with other
wonderful materials waiting for you
in Parkside's Parent Lending Library?

Written by Matthew Van Fleet, "Dog"
is a grand tale for youngsters.  Meet the author: 

Why not investigate your
Lending Library this school year? 

It's located in the Parkside Media Center;
there's no cost to borrow the materials!

July 23, 2014

Great Books for the Young Set

"What are some good books to share with
children in Kindergarten or first grade?"

That's an excellent question.  
It's important to to offer things that
will interest youth who are developing
listening and reading skills, at a tender age.

  Fortunately the Parkside Media Center
is filled with terrific books and pupils
make regular visits to check-out materials.   

Of course teachers have "favorites"
in their own collections as well.  Here
are some titles that will interest children.

"Keep them've got this!"

We can all discover additional
suggestions of books at "GoodReads:" 

July 22, 2014

Unit 20 Meet-the-Teacher Nights

WHO:  Families & Friends

WHAT:  Guests from 5:30-6:30 P.M. for our
         annual Meet-the-Teacher nights

WHERE    Parkside Elementary  *west doors
            1900 Cedar Street
            Lawrenceville, Illinois  62439

WHEN:     August 13th:  PreK to 2nd Grade     

              August 14th:  Grades Three to Five

First day of school:  Friday August 15th


July 19, 2014

Registration Packets Available Now

WHO:  CUSD #20 PreK to 5th Grade Families

WHAT:  Register for the 2014-2015 school year

WHERE      Parkside Elementary  *west doors
                       1900 Cedar Street
                  Lawrenceville, Illinois  62439

WHEN:    Wednesday July 30      *4:00-7:00 P.M.
                  Thursday July 31         *8:00-11:00 A.M.

         Click the link above to find
     "The Parkside Registration Packet
School Supply Lists 
Call 943-3992 for more information!

June 22, 2014

"Paws to Read" Fun on June 24th

"Magic Storytelling with Chris McBrien" is coming to the
Summer Reading Program "Paws to Read" for week four!
It's brought to us by the folks at
The Lawrence Public Library District.  

Be there:  Lawrence Public Library on Tuesday, June 24th.
The program is from 3:30 to 4:30 P.M.  

Note:  this is a different time and day

814 12th Street
Lawrenceville, Illinois 62439
(618) 943-3016

Beat the Heat

May 26, 2014

PreK Family Night This Wednesday

Join us for a final PreK Family Night for
the 2014 year.  We'll gather in the school cafeteria on Wednesday May 28th
from 5:30-6:30 P.M. 

Families should use the west doors. 
Child care will be provided.

"Everything You Wanted to Know
About Kindergarten but Were Afraid to Ask"

Guests will meet the Kindergarten staff,
learn about curriculum, and be provided
with resources for young learners who have just graduated from Head Start, PreK,
and or Early Childhood programs.  

Call Rosemary West (943-3992) or E-Mail
her ( for more information.
We hope to see you May 28th; thanks in
advance for sharing this with your network.

Parkside Elementary School
1900 Cedar Street
Lawrenceville, Illinois  

April 18, 2014

Flubber.....4 Fun!


What is it that’s so magical about flubber? 
It’s a liquid and a solid, mold-able, but firm,
gooey and squishy all at the same time!
It’s ideal for table craft. Just throw in
a few cookie cutters, toy dishes or silicone
moulds and the possibilities are endless

April 6, 2014

April 4, 2014

Laura's "Fine Motor Fridays"

Check out these "Easter basket ideas"
for activities that help youngsters
  develop their find motor skills as
well as hand-eye coordination.  

After all, today is
"Fine Motor Friday,"
as Laura puts it!

April 1, 2014

Nature and Its Wonders

The woods is awakening
snow is slipping away
while branches sway above.
We beg you mother,
share with us again
the magical colors of hope.
Your emerald hues
that beckon the birds and

the violet of leafy-stemmed buds.
Bring us shy daffodils
who share a
beautiful canary song.
These treasured jewels
and each new leaf,
remind us of hidden gifts
this early season has to share.

April is National Poetry Month