Families came together at Park View Elementary on December 9th to share Christmas stories and candy canes. Parents brought their favorite Christmas stories and read to their child and friends. Everyone was given a candy cane to enjoy while appreciating the story. Everyone needs a friend during Christmas, and the characters in books, like Frosty, Rudolph and the Noble Fir, can become our best friends. Special thanks goes to all the parents who made this an exciting event for all the children at Park View.
The halls of Park View Elementary were filled with the spirit of giving as the students brought their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to compete in the annual Penny War December 5th - 9th. The main goal was to raise money so families in their neighborhood could have a merry Christmas. Students had fun bringing their pennies each morning and tossing them in their bottles; pennies represented positive points for their team. They tossed nickels, dimes and quarters in their opponent’s bottles which represented negative points.
Jessie Warner and Thomas Quayle, scientists from the Clark Planetarium, paid a visit to Park View Elementary on November 13, 2011 to show the students how much fun science can be. They reminded the students, "Science is a process by which we learn. We must ask questions and search for answers using all our senses to discover new things." They performed several science experiments that dazzled everyone.
Throughout the months of September and October, the students at Park View were tapping into their creative sides and preparing artifacts for the Reflections Contest. The Theme this year was “Diversity Means” and was held under the direction of Angela Larsen, Emy Porter and the PTA. Many excellent entries were provided by the students. An assembly was held in November to honor the students who participated, and to reveal the winners. Here are the winners in each category:
Students of the Month at Park View were honored at an assembly December 2, 2011. The assembly began with a presentation by the sixth grade class. The theme was Kindness. In preparation for the assembly, the sixth grade classes took part in a writing contest in which they were to write an essay about what kindness means to them. Each class picked their favorite essay to present at the assembly. The essays chosen were written by Cambrielle Fitzwater, Cooper Brundage and Paisley Finch. Megan described kindness as courteous, responsible, respectful, and compassionate.
In November Park View's fourth grade students visited the Utah State Capital. The students prepared for the field trip by writing bills, voting for the best bills in class, and then presenting these bills to our principal, Mrs. Reynolds. Some of the bills were passed, some were vetoed, and others were sent back for revision.