Read for the Record

Jessie Olsen, Kristie Reynolds
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On Thursday October 7th, students at Park View Elementary helped set a world record in reading. Students participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record by being just a few of over 2 million students to read Llama Llama, Red Pajama at school that day. The students were lucky enough to have one of the school board members, Christine Riley, come and read the story to them. The kids dressed in red to celebrate (some even wore red pajamas), and they loved reading with Mrs. Riley.

Park View’s principal Mrs. Reynolds commented, “It was a wonderful treat to have Mrs. Riley as a guest reader at our school. She obviously loves children and reading. I know the first grade children loved her infectious positivity, and who wouldn't enjoy a good Llama Llama book.”

It was a memorable day. The students and teachers at Park View were grateful to Mrs. Riley for helping inspire children to read.

Students Walk to School

Joann Kirk
Beverly Serynek, of the PTA, greets students who walked to school.
Happy for exercise; excited for more recess.
Heath Turner walks his children to school. It's wonderful when parents get involved.

The students at Park View were encouraged to get their daily exercise by walking or riding their bikes or scooters to school on Oct 4, 2011. It is an ever increasing temptation to play video games or watch TV before and after school and become sedentary. Some youngsters don’t get enough exercise to remain healthy. With these thoughts in mind, Park View Elementary organized a Walk to School Day. If the students chose to walk to school, they could earn extra recess. “Even if it is raining, I will walk to school. I want extra recess,” commented Treven Huff.  Sheila Moreno added, “I can get more exercise and more recess.”  Heath Turner walks his children to school every Wednesday if it’s good weather.  He likes the idea of parents walking with their children.   Abby Sorensen and Ruby Baird were on Patrol Duty. They watch the crosswalk and make sure students are safe every morning. They said it was busier than usual because so many students decided to walk.

PTA parents were there to hand out stickers to all who exercised, and supervised students during their extra recess time. Beverly Serynek said, “It’s a great idea. I think they should do it every day.” Dempsey Hardy summed up the experience this way, “It took the breath out of me.”

Thanks to everyone for making this a special day for the children.


2011 Park View Storytelling Festival

Joann Kirk, Evelyn Ellsworth
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Cameron Ottesen, Hayley Ottesen, Manuel Escobar, Skylar Cox, and Jordan Cox greet Mrs. Reynolds as the festival begins.
Children enjoy the hayride around the school.
Two beauties strike a pose before buying tickets for the festival.
The flusher is a favorite activity. Seeing teachers, parents and friends get flushed is exhilarating.
Serious golfing buddies at play.
Who will be the winner of the Cake Walk?
Mrs. Tanner encourages a student to make a good toss.
The festival provided many exciting activities for all ages.
Karaoke was a new favorite event at the festival this year.
Each class chose a book and ...
Parents and students donated items symbolizing the book, then ...
Baskets were created to be auctioned off at the festival.
Mrs. Reynolds tops off the event by being flushed.
Thanks to the PTA for their support in making 2011 Rock n Read Festival a success.

On Saturday, September 24, Park View friends gathered for their annual Storytelling Festival. This year’s theme was “Rock and Read.” Students were treated to exciting activities such as face painting, hayrides, karaoke, photo booth, the bounce house and of course, the famous Flusher. Each class was responsible for creating a basket representing their favorite book. Students gathered items to donate to their basket, which was then auctioned off to the highest bidder.

PTA president, Vanessa Schmidt said, “It was a very successful event, raising money which in turn goes to the school.” Shannon Flippin commented, “It was fabulous!”

Park View would like to thank the PTA for the many hours spent on behalf of our school and thank parents for supporting this activity. All proceeds are used by the school to improve instruction for our children.

Parent’s Homework Night Held at Park View Elementary

Mrs. Reynolds and Joann Kirk
Mrs. Lundell teaches parents about 1st grade homework expectations
Mrs. Doxey and parents become a team
Mrs. McAllister teaches parents how to help their child complete homework


“Do you have homework tonight?” is a question parents often ask their children. “Will you help me?” often follows.

Park View Teachers wanted to assist parents in supporting their children and give them tools to create a positive experience as they do assigned homework. Homework Night was held on September 8, 2011 to accomplish this goal.

Mrs. Reynolds, the principal of Park View, stated, "I chose to do a Homework Night to bridge a gap between parents, teachers, and students. Often parents are frustrated because they do not know how to help their children master math strategies taught currently in classrooms. Instruction has evolved so much since parents learned such concepts as multi-digit addition or long division. Also, parents want to help their children read better, with more fluency, accuracy and expression, but they are not sure how to accomplish this. My hope is that Homework Night gave them ideas that will enable parents to help their children make doing homework a positive experience for all involved."

Parents were very excited about Homework Night. One parent commented, “It was very helpful to receive practical tips on simple things I can do with my students.” Another remarked, “I liked being able to ask the teacher questions about homework. It was helpful to learn exactly what the teacher expects from homework. This was a helpful evening.” Many parents expressed a desire to have more of these evenings throughout the year.

Teachers and parents, working as a team, can enhance the educational experiences and opportunities for our youth.

Park View Rolls Out the Red Carpet

Rolling out the Red Carpet for the Kindergarten Students

Nothing is more electrifying than the first day of school. This held true for the kindergarten students at Park View Elementary as Mrs. Reynolds helped make these bright-eyed scholars’ first day a special one by literally rolling out the red carpet and greeting them one by one as they crossed over the threshold of learning.

Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Toelupe and Mrs. Thomas, provided a wonderful day of enriching activities that helped them forget about missing mom and dad at home.

A big "Park View Bee Welcome" goes out to all the students at Park View who are returning or who are new at the school, and wishes to all the students at Park View to have a delightful and inspiring year.  Welcome Back!

New Faces at Park View Elementary

Joann Kirk
Rebecca Millet, Heather Hutchinson, Gemma Pittman, and Jessie Olsen join the faculty at Park View Elementary

Park View Elementary has four new teachers added to the faculty. Rebecca Millet grew up in Salt Lake, graduated from UVU and will join the second grade team. She has two beautiful children, Ethan, age nine and Saige age six. As well as being trained as a teacher, she is an experienced massage therapist. Gemma Pittman will also work with the second graders. She grew up in England, however, came to the states when she was fifteen years old. She graduated from UVU and loves quilting and making exotic cupcakes. Heather Hutchinson is joining the fifth grade team and calls St. George home. She also graduated from UVU. She worked as a beautician to help pay for her schooling. Jessie Olsen graduated from Brigham Young University and taught second grade at East Meadows. She grew up in Sandy. She loves music and plays the violin and the piano. Over the summer, she ran and completed a half marathon. She will be teaching first grade. The Park View students are lucky to have these four talented teachers. We wish them a wonderful school year.

Award Winning Author Visits 4th Grade

Ben Gowans

E.J.Timms, author of The Big Red Bike, visits with Mr. Gowans' 4th Grade class after they had finished reading his book. Timms even brought the actual Schwinn Mark II Phantom bicycle from his award winning book. The book, The Big Red Bike, is a warm recollection of being nine years old in a time when bike-riding, bottle-collecting, and jumping into ponds were enjoyed all summer with one’s best friends. Timms book has won the IPPY Book of the Year Award as well as the Moonbeem Childrens Award.

While visiting the class, Timms took the time to share some inspirational thoughts, answer questions, and even gave away an autographed copy of his book to two lucky students.  The class has really enjoyed reading The Big Red Bike, and appreciates the time Mr. Timms gave to their class.  The students have learned that there is no dream too big to achieve if they just work hard and believe they can succeed.

Park View Spelling Bee

Joann Kirk and Natalie Mellen

Park View held their annual Third Grade Spelling Bee. We would like to congratulate our winners. Hannah Eddington took 1st place, Madison Drake 2nd, Ammon Begay 3rd, and Stuart Charles 4th. The 22 Finalists that competed in the spelling bee were; Katy Hinton, Anna Turner, Zoe Mellen, Fallon Nickelsen, Lylah Beaudry, Braxton Hall, Jaxon Bahr, Sydney Jensen, Abby Malloy, Stuart Charles, Danielle Wilkinson, Jennifer Wilde, Chase Johansen, Arllie Taylor, Madison Carroll, Evan Nielson, Rachel Faust, Ammon Begay, Hannah Eddington, Ashton Eaves, Madison Drake, and Kya Heimuli. All the contestants did a great job and we had fun showing what great spellers we have at Park View.

April Students of the Month

Joann Kirk

Students of the month of April were honored in an assembly on April 5, 2011. These students have displayed exceptional behavior in their pursuit of excellence.

Kindergarten: Caulyn Wilde, Keeley Robinson, Emma Chapman, Hank Brandford, Evelyn Cervantes, Brooklyn Cox, Blake Burraston, America Espino, Lia Wengert, Joey Dickerson, Mackenzie Brundage, Jonathon Gonzalez, Mason Young, Skylar Marshall. First Grade: Collin Johnson, Syrus Butts, Claire Maloy, Alec Eaves, Attilyn Seely, Hailey Peay, Kohen Losee, Kyler Ewell, Aleah Seely.

Second Grade: Fernanda Guevara, Wylie Wilson, Eliza Price, Eli Sorensen, Karson Young, Presley Fullmer, Cameron Stone, Carson Anderson, Kieser Frost.

Third Grade: Hannah Eddington, Brandon Wheeler, Ethan Gowans, Lance Edwards, Brandon Presson, Arilie Taylor, Anthony Trauntvien, Athena Nakos, Zoe Mellen, Grace Wilson, Lylah Beaudry.

Fourth Grade: Conner Nielson, Kaylin Walker, Makayla Peterson, Amanda Anderson, Carrissa Hansen, Ashton Frost, Mckenzie Price, Tyler Knapp, Jordon Guinones, Brighton Gustafson.

Fifth Grade: Megan Dixon, Jose Valle, Hunter Johnson, Jennifer Cabarra, Megan Welton, Carissa Hansen, Brock Bulkley, Paisley Finch, Madison Smith, Adaia Mendoza, Abby Trevort.

Sixth Grade: Jose Hernandez, Vanessa Moreno, Dane Peterson, Luis Garcia, Austin Swensen, Amanda Norton, Kylee Wharton, Brienna Olson, Marley Alexander

Reading Around the World at Park View Elementary

Students at Park View Elementary participated in the annual reading contest. This year the contest was all about Reading Around the World. Students were each given a passport to fill with facts about different continents as well as to keep track of books read about or from different continents. Each week students reported on their reading goal which was then converted to miles and used to move them around the world. During the month, students who met the weekly reading goal were eligible to win prizes. The prizes included books, games, mp3 players, sports equipment, cellular phones, and more!

The top grade level readers were: Desiree Barker and Caulyn Wilde for kindergarten, Landon Serynek in first grade, Allana Lemperle in second grade, Jennifer Wilde and Stuart Charles in third grade, Danielle Paxton in fourth grade, Paisley Finch in fifth grade, and Austin Swensen in sixth grade. All together students read approximately 600,000 minute/miles! That's a lot of reading!