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School Supplies Give Away

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Do you know a child in need this school year? On August 5, Tabitha’s Way will be giving away backpacks filled with all the necessary school supplies for school aged children in need in south Utah county. Read HERE for more information (Spanish version here).

Help Our School Improve

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Our School Community Council has three parent openings available for the upcoming school year.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the council, please fill out THIS FORM - you can also pickup a form at the school on registration day.  This form needs to be completed and returned to the school's office by August 18th.  Elections will run from August 21st to August 25th.  Parents can cast their votes at that time in the office.  Read more about what the School Community Council does here. We appreciate those who have served on the council throughout the past years.  Parent input makes a significant difference in the success of our students.

Registration

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This year all schools in the district are moving to online registration.  This means no more standing in lines for you! You can register your children to attend Park View Elementary for the 2017-18 school year by clicking HERE.  You will find specific directions to follow – it’s pretty easy.  For most of you, this will eliminate coming to walk-in registration on August 1stPlease note that all students, including kindergarteners who came last March, need to go through this registration process.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Student Council Presents Donation to Huntsman Cancer Foundation

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Shanna Stirland
Park View Student Council
Presenting a $936 donation to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation
Mrs. Walker's family

In May, the Park View Student Council held a charitable donation fundraiser to earn money for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation for cancer research.  The hope was to earn $350 in order to receive a paving stone to be added to the Huntsman’s Walk of Hope in honor of Mrs. Walker, the school’s beloved computer technician who passed away this past March from cancer.  Students, members of the school community and the Walker family gave generously in support of the fundraiser. After just five days of selling suckers, the council had raked in over $900 to donate to the foundation – nearly tripling their goal.

On June 2nd the student council’s presidency made a trip to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, where they presented a check to Susan Sheehan, the executive director of the foundation for $936. Ms. Sheehan spent time explaining the importance of what the foundation does with the money donated, and how the school’s donation will be put to good work in helping to find a cure for cancer.

Lunch in the Park

The Utah Food Bank is sponsoring free lunches in the Payson Park this summer for children up to 18 years-old. Lunch is served between 1:00-2:00 p.m. No reservations are required but children must conume the food on site. Please see the flier for more information.

Raising Money for Mrs. Walker and Cancer Research

As you know our beloved Shae Walker passed away in March from cancer. Our school had an amazing opportunity to help raise money on her behalf. Thanks to your generosity, we earned over $800, which is more than enough money to buy the brick paver stating her name for the Hunstman Cancer Institute “Walk of Hope” pathway. Your love for Shae Walker was definitely felt. We love you Shae!

Update: Our story made it into the Daily Herald! You can read it below:

Utah Valley's Everyday Heroes
Payson students raise hundreds to honor teacher who died of cancer

by Braley Dodson Daily Herald

Many people go about doing good deeds in their families, neighborhoods, organizations and church congregations. “Utah Valley’s Everyday Heroes” celebrates these unsung community members and brings to light their quiet contributions.

Included in her termination letter is a comment stating Shae Walker intended to return to Park View Elementary School in Payson next school year. She’d worked at the school for 25 years, three of them while she was receiving cancer treatments. The school was more than a job to her, it was one of her favorite places.

“She absolutely loved it,” said Bart Walker, who was married to Shae Walker for 36 years. “Probably one of the hardest things for her to do was get sick enough where she couldn’t go to work.”

Shae Walker, the school’s computer technician who taught computer classes, died in late March from cancer. She worked at the school up until December.

The school had hoped to raise $350 to pay for a personalized paving stone honoring Walker that will be on the Walk of Hope at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. The school sold suckers before school and during lunch, and raised the $350 by Wednesday of the week-long fundraiser that happened last week.

The students ended up raising more than $800.

Principal Shanna Stirland said the fundraiser was a way for the school to honor Walker.

When students bought a sucker, they were also given a paper heart they could write their name and a message on to be placed on a poster. Stirland was putting the hearts up when a student approached her and said they missed Mrs. Walker.

“I said, ‘I do, too, but she’d be so proud that we were doing something to help others with cancer,’” Stirland said.

Walker’s death hit the Park View community hard. With social media, the students who had watched Walker get sicker knew coming into school that morning their keyboarding teacher had died.

Kamryn Meek, a sixth grader who is the secretary for the student council, remembers when Walker announced she was sick.

“We had to use hand sanitizer more often,” Meek said.

Meek said the fundraiser was a way to show the school cared. Many students donated money without wanting a sucker in return.

“She’s an amazing teacher,” Meek said. “She paid attention to all of the students.”

After a vote from the teachers, Walker was named the school’s Classified Employee of the Year in February.

Walker’s husband arranged to have her go to the hairdresser and have her hair done before she was surprised with the award.

“It was extra special for her, I think,” Bart Walker said.

He said the family is thankful to the school community for the fundraiser.

“That makes you feel good, to know you had that kind of support from people you didn’t know,” he said.

The Walker lived in the Park View Elementary School boundaries, which meant Walker regularly ran into students at church or at the grocery store. Two of their grandchildren also attend the school. Bart Walker said Shae knew all the kids in her class, and he never saw her roll her eyes when students approached them outside of school.

She received good care at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, he said, and they donated two unworn wigs she bought there. She’d bought them expecting to lose her hair from chemotherapy, but never lost it.

He said she would be honored and humbled by the fundraiser.

“To raise the money to honor her up there, it was a pretty big deal to me and my family,” he said.

Biomes of the World

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The rainforest, desert, tundra, forest, ocean, and the savanna. These are the six major biomes of the world! The third grade classes spent a lot of time and energy researching the biome of their choice. They had a great time creating miniature biomes out of shoe boxes, writing reports, and creating Adobe Spark videos featuring their biome. All their hard work paid off when they had the privilege of presenting their projects to their parents on biome night. Parents were impressed with their children as they walked around scanning QR codes to view what their child had created. Great job third graders!

An Out of This World Field Trip

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Aliens, spaceships, and laser guns…The third grade classes were glad they didn’t run into any of those things at the Clark Planetarium! Instead of those fictional items they had the awesome opportunity to interact with all things space and science on their field trip to the Clark Planetarium. The students learned things like the order of the planets, how different gases on different planets smell and even how much they weigh on certain planets. They ended their field trip with a movie in the sweet dome theater! Thank you Clark Planetarium for having us, it was out of this world!

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