This year's annual Christmas Books and Candy Canes was a big success! Many families gathered in the halls of our school to enjoy reading their favorite Christmas books while eating a candy cane. Some gatherings were small, while others were quite large. Thank you to everyone for joining us!
This past week, the jingle, jangle of the season united with the sounds of laughter, galloping feet, and elated voices to create a choir that could be heard up and down the halls of Park View Elementary.
The familiar sounds of the season were not the traditional reverberation of bells or the perfected tone and pitch of those who move in unison through a piece of music, but rather the sounds of service and caring, as students dropped coins into jars which decked the halls of this school.
The annual Penny War was started three years ago at Park View under the direction of principal, Kristie Reynolds, and has benefited dozens of families struggling with overwhelming and far reaching challenges. “Last year we helped 10 families with Christmas. This year we expect about the same,” exclaimed Reynolds. “We are helping a little girl who has been diagnosed with leukemia. We also have several families that could use some extra money at Christmas. All families are part of Park View’s catchment area.”
Park View has had anywhere from $1,800.00 - $2,300.00 donated each year. The students and parents LOVE it. Many save money specifically for the Penny War. Once the money has been collected and accounted for, selected families are called, wish lists are created, and then the Student Council, along with parent volunteers and Mrs. Reynolds, spend the evening going shopping, wrapping presents, and building memories that will last a life time. The best part of the Penny War is knowing that others will have a Merry Christmas too.
Congratulations to sixth grader, Natalie Shultz, who is now an award winning artist! Natalie’s artwork was chosen to be part of the 24th Annual Christmas Lamb Show held at the Springville Art Museum. The exhibit will be held from the 5th of December through the 29th of December in the Ingrid F. Nemelka Gallery, at the Springville Museum of Art.
The sixth graders showed their agility and good humor while skating at Peaks Arena in Provo. The field trip was a great way to enjoy the beginning of winter while learning a new skill or practicing an old one. While ability of the skaters varied, everyone had a great time!
Mr. John Clark, a beloved third grade teacher at Park View Elementary, retired this November. Clark led an eventful life before becoming a teacher. He served in the National Guard at age 18 before fulfilling an LDS mission to Sweden. Mr. Clark then served in the regular army for two years where he earned the prestigious Din-a-Ling award for getting his unit lost in the woods. He served in the Reserves for many years and was honorably discharged as a Major.
He has also served in the Boy Scouts of America every year since he was fifteen and has received a Venturing Leadership Award, Second Miller Award, Service Award from the Order of the Arrow, and the District Award of Merit. He even met his wife, Becca, at Camp Evergreen, East Fork of the Bear scout camp. They were married in 1974 and have five children and eight grandchildren.
Mr. Clark speaks Russian, Swedish, has learned German and Spanish and understands Danish and Norwegian. He has lived in Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, and Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a major in Russian and a minor in Political Science, plus a secondary teaching certificate. He earned an Elementary teaching certificate from USU and his Masters Degree at BYU in Elementary computers. He cheers for BYU at all their football games, but then cheers for U of U for their games. He also plays the piano, clarinet and the cello.
Mr. Clark started his teaching career at a preschool and tutored at a reading school. He taught in Lake Shore until the school was torn down, then moved to Park View until it was renovated during which he taught at Spring Lake and then came back to Park View.
“I first got to know John when I substituted in his classroom,” said fellow teacher, Lori Toutai. “He was gone for two weeks of training for the army. I remember thinking what a great contrast it was to have this very tall man teaching those little second graders. One of my favorite memories of John was seeing him out at recess playing kickball with those little kids.”
“He is an awesome third grade teacher and he is always kind to others,” says student Tyler Jones.
“He always did my Rubik’s cube when I couldn’t finish it.” Shantell Angell said.
“I’ll tell my kids that he was an AWESOME teacher!” exclaimed Madison Montoya.
“I loved looking at the plants in the back of the room,” commented Aspen Forster.
“I think he is a cool teacher because he taught me to use email,” said Aubrey.
Thank you Mr. Clark for all of you have done for each one of us and for the many extra hours you spent at school. The place won’t be the same without you!
After learning all about plants, first graders at Park View visited the Red Barn in Santaquin. Students started their tour with a brief presentation in the loft of the Red Barn explaining what the farm grows and the process in which the fruit and vegetables from the farm make it from to homes. Students then loaded up the hay wagons and head to Mountainland Apples packing plant to watch what happens to the apples in order to have them ready to ship to the grocery stores where consumers may purchase them. Each child was given an apple when leaving Mountainland. The hay wagons then took them to the Pumpkin Patch where students picked a pumpkin of their own. After the picking, students returned to the Red Barn for a homemade apple cider doughnut. It was a blast!
Sixth graders at Park View Elementary used teamwork and creativity to transform pumpkins into works of art. Students were given time to plan the design of their projects before the creation day. Students received one hour to create their masterpieces and what wonderful results!
Park View was filled with exclamations and giggles when students found Ms. Nevins reading in bed on Pajama Day. Students and faculty wore their pajamas to school to show their commitment to being drug free. Ms. Nevins surprise was a great way to start the day!
Park View Elementary fourth graders show their entrepreneur skills at the annual Economics Fair. As part of their social studies curriculum, students learned about the economic development and procedures in Utah. Students then made products of their own, such as foam swords, hair clips, pencil toppers, and many other items which they then sold to their fellow students. The fourth graders earned over $900.00 which will go towards guest speakers and any necessary classroom supplies.
Fourth grade students at Park View Elementary were invited to the State Capitol on September 24, by Representative Patrick Painter. The three fourth grade classes have been learning how representative government has developed in Utah and how people who live in Utah have rights and responsibilities associated with representative government. Students were able to see our state legislature in action, go on an extensive tour of the capitol, and even sit in the desks on the floor of the House of Representatives.