Friday, June 3, 2016

Happy Friday!

Dear Park View Families,

It’s hard to believe it is June 3rd, our final Friday of the year.  We’ve had a very busy week completing summative projects, signing yearbooks, and preparing for end of year festivities.  We honored many of our 8th graders at the awards assembly this morning. The teachers eeked out a win over the students in the Student-Staff Volleyball game today.

This is our last weekly email and I wanted to thank you for being such a supportive, involved, and welcoming parent community.  You and your families make Park View the very special place it is and we are grateful for all we’ve learned here!

Have a wonderful weekend and fantastic summer,
Ivy

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Please take a minute to look over the PTO volunteer form for the 2016-2017 school year. There will also be volunteer forms available in the front office. We hope you will consider joining one of the committees for the upcoming school year--many committees only require a small time commitment. Your time is very much appreciated! Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact a PTO board member.
Thank you!
Park View PTO
2016-2017 PTO FORM

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Upcoming Events at Park View

Monday, June 6 - 8th grade graduation rehearsal at Niles West -  9:00 am
8th grade final walk around school - 11:10 am
                                    8th grade graduation at Niles West - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 7 - 7th Grade Bike Trip
                                     1st-4th grade picnics

Wednesday, June 8 - 6th and 7th grade Awards Assembly - 9:00 am
5th - 7th grade picnics
Last Day of School, 1:30 Dismissal

Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Friday!

Dear Park View Families,

We had another incredibly busy - and fun week!  Our Final Countdown started with daily fun themes/activities. The Foundations Committee of teachers, along with some Student Council Board members, planned 10 silly, fun, kid things for the last 10 days of school. Inside each balloon is one of these activities to do as a whole school. Each day Mrs. Kiedaisch along with some student and staff helpers will pop a balloon over the intercom and then announce the "celebration" for the day. Next Wednesday the students will need sunglasses at school for their fun activity so please send your child with a pair.

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Sunday was the Girls on the Run 5K, which was the culminating event of our first year doing the program.  The girls did a tremendous job!  Thanks to Ms. Harris, Mrs. Davis, Mr. Wilkinson, Ms. Moller, and Mrs. Cobb for coaching and supporting the girls for the whole season.
Tuesday was the final evening of the College Mentors Program for this year.  Thank you to Ms. Anderson for facilitating such a great experience for the students.
The Beginning Orchestra had a wonderful performance on Wednesday.
Almost half of our 8th grade class took off this morning for their Washington DC trip!  They are already there and enjoying time in the nation’s capitol. The 8th graders who stayed at Park View had a fun and educational day back at school.

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend,
Ivy


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Highlighted Department: Social Work - Mrs. Menke and Ms. Yearout
We have reached the end…..
…..of the 2015-16 school year.
We have seen much growth and change in our Warriors, from the youngest to oldest.  Students have worked on communication skills, being a friend, self-calming techniques, and perspective taking, among many other skills throughout the year.
While the students have been very busy with structured school days and activities, summer can be unnerving for parents and kids as well.  In the article, Strategies for a Successful Summer Break, author Beth Arky offers tips to help your family have a more predictable and enjoyable long summer break.  Throughout the article she encourages families to make schedules, with both structured and unstructured activities, to help maintain predictability and decrease anxiety and/or behavioral issues.  To read more and get a full picture of the suggested strategies, please see http://childmind.org/article/strategies-for-a-successful-summer-break/.
Here’s another great article on positive parenting tips for managing the summer months, http://www.schoolcounselor.org/magazine/blogs/july-august-2011/positive-parenting-tips-for-summer.
From the School Social Workers to your family, we wish you a relaxing, happy, and safe summer.  We look forward to seeing you and your children back here in August!




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Upcoming Events at Park View

Monday, May 30 - NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY

Thursday, June 2 - 8th grade Field Trip

Friday, June 3 -8th grade Awards Assembly - 9:00 am
       8th grade dance - 6:30 pm

Monday, June 6 - 8th grade graduation rehearsal at Niles West -  9:00 am
8th grade final walk around school - 11:10 am
                                    8th grade graduation at Niles West - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 7 - 7th Grade Bike Trip
                                     1st-4th grade picnics

Wednesday, June 8 - 6th and 7th grade Awards Assembly - 9:00 am
5th - 7th grade picnics

Last Day of School, 1:30 Dismissal

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Friday!

Dear Park View Families,
It’s been a busy week with PARCC testing, a visit from the mayor, a trip to downtown Chicago, a band concert, Variety Show and the PTO family breakfast.  Phew!  The next 12 school days looks to be just as busy.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Ivy

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Highlighted Department: STEM/Technology - Ms. Harrison
Park View Technology

First graders have really grown and learned to utilize technology in many ways.

We have been working on poetry the past few weeks and have written both Acrostic Poems and Cinquain Poems. The have used Microsoft Word and Pixie to type out their poems and add pictures, change the font style, color and size.

Second graders have been working on poetry as well. They learned to write List poems, Haikus, Limericks, and Make–Me-Think of Poetry, in library. Then created a Poetry Book using Google Slides. In preparation for third grade
students are now able to log into their Google Drive Accounts!

The third grade students have been working very hard on a Chicago Presentation. We have gone over effective research methods and organization of information. Students created a Google Slide or Keynote presentation about the topic they chose using their iPads.

In our first year with the PLTW Launch program, the fourth Graders are currently finishing up their Energy Collisions Unit. We used our knowledge of kinetic and potential energy and inelastic and elastic collisions to create an egg restraining
cart. The cart would protect a raw egg from cracking as we send it down a ramp. Additionally, when we have time, we are working on our Keyboarding skills using

This year in the 5 th Grade Launch program, we have investigated robots. We have programmed a game on the Tynker App, created our own unique toys using the Vex IQ parts. We are learning about inputs and outputs, using motors, sensors, and bump switches. Students are currently building and programming their own Robots that will complete a task of moving blocks into a target zone.

In sixth grade, students began Project Lead the Way, (PLTW), the National leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs. The beginning course is Design and Modeling. Students begin to understand what engineering involves and how STEM is involved in every invention and innovation. Additionally, students begin to think like an engineer completing Design Briefs, a design process, and using Autodesk® design software. We are finishing up the measurement unit with a Skimmer Race, students have precisely measured, cut, folded, and glued their Skimmers together and we will race them down the hall now that they are complete!

Seventh graders continue the Design and Modeling course going more in depth into the 3D Cad program, even creating a product using the 3D printer. Students are finishing up their unique key chain designs that we are printing. Students are also introduced to the Automation and Robotics course. They begin to understand how to use the VEX parts and create functioning gears.

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and elevators. 8 th grade students are working hard to complete their Pull Toys using their recently acquired knowledge of mechanical gears.

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Upcoming Events at Park View

Wednesday, May 25 - Beginning Orchestra Concert - 7:00 pm
Friday, May 27 - Washington DC Trip
Monday, May 30 - NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY
Wednesday, June 1 - 7th Grade Bike Trip
Thursday, June 2 - 8th grade Field Trip
Friday, June 3 -8th grade Awards Assembly - 9:00 am
       8th grade dance - 6:30 pm
Monday, June 6 - 8th grade graduation rehearsal at Niles West -  9:00 am
8th grade final walk around school - 11:10 am
                                    8th grade graduation at Niles West - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 7 - 1st-4th grade picnics
Wednesday, June 8 - 6th and 7th grade Awards Assembly - 9:00 am
5th - 7th grade picnics
Last Day of School, 1:30 Dismissal

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Friday!

Dear Park View Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out last night for Open House.  It is always great to see the kids show off their hard work - and incredible dancing talent!

  • Two of our 5th graders, Maja Applequist and Almeera Mushtaq, are working on a drive to collect items for refugees coming to America.  Click here for more information and even a QR code to help you determine what YOU can do!  We are requesting that you sign up for the items you’re bringing -  www.mysignup.com/welcomepackMortonGrove70

  • PARCC testing begins on Monday for 3rd-8th grade students.  Please be sure your child has their headphones for the test.

  • Park View School was selected to take part in Google’s Expedition Pioneer Program.  On Thursday, May 5, Google brought their latest innovation, Google Cardboard, to Morton Grove. Expeditions took over 400 students, 3rd through 8th grade, on virtual field trips around the globe through virtual reality panoramas.  Our students visited Egypt’s pyramids, the Grand Canyon, traveled with a family as they left Syria, flew with the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII, explored the Seven Wonders of the World, went underwater with sharks and more! Google integrated 360°photo spheres, 3D images, video, and ambient sounds to allow students an unparalleled opportunity. Special thanks to Mrs. Shelist for organizing and facilitating the exciting opportunity!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Ivy

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Highlighted Department: Art - Mrs. Minelli
Greetings from the Art Room!

We are busy as ever creating and having fun. A HUGE and special SHOUT OUT to Natalie Dotlich, who has been an amazing art volunteer this year! She wanted to see more variety in our poster collection, and created a list to present to the PTO. Thanks to Natalie and the PTO, our BASIC poster collection will grow by A LOT! BASIC volunteers take time out of their lives to show works of art to grades 1-5. They get students thinking about art through observation and conversation. It's a valuable life skill that helps our kids learn about our world through art. Thank you NATALIE!

First graders are busy creating their second self portrait of the school year. This is the time we see a lot of growth when we compare our September portraits to the May version. First graders have spent a lot of time drawing in our mini sketchbooks learning about lines and shapes. Their skills are put though the paces when our May self portrait comes around. Our drawings developed into mixed media portraits when we painted them and added a variety of colored paper shapes to enhance the work. They are proudly displayed outside of their first grade classrooms for Open House, so please check out their beautiful works of art.

Second graders have been studying the life cycle of the caterpillar and butterfly. In the art room, we are creating large, stuffed butterflies that students made with partners. The Monarch, Queen Alexandra Bird-wing, Zebra Swallow-tail, and Viceroy are just a few of the gorgeous butterflies that were created using art concepts such as symmetry, contour line drawing, and water color painting. It has been an amazing month of creating in the art room.

Third graders are having tons of underwater fun making snorkel self-portraits in art class. These are like regular self portraits, but with added features such as goggles, snorkels, and fish! They are hysterically cute and will soon be adorning the hallways of PV.

Fourth graders are working on Fish Trophies. They are 3-D sculptures that look like mounted trophy fish. These turn out so adorable every year, that they quickly become the favorite art project of fourth grade. Students utilize the concepts of drawing, watercolor paint, and sculpture to create these fish trophies. We use cardboard that we wrap in brown paper, then draw on to look like woodgrain. Fish are stuffed and "mounted" onto the boards.

Fifth graders are finishing up our outdoor ed inspired paintings. Paul Cezanne and Hans Harder are two artists who were famous for painting lush forests. After looking at a variety of their work and refreshing ourselves on the concepts of foreground, middle ground, and background, students drew forests in pencil. Watercolors were layered to create shades of green in our forests. Texture was a very important concept to discuss when painting the leaves and pine needles of the trees. Students added animals, streams, and did beautiful sponge painted skies. They are stunning, and on display outside of some 5th grade classrooms.

Sixth Graders are working on their clay projects. We begin our ceramics unit by creating pinch pots. The pinch pot is the most basic of hand-building projects, so from there we move onto creating an animal from 2 pinch pots. Students learn how to add pieces onto their art using the "scratch and attach" method. By the quarters end, 6th graders have a small collection of ceramic pieces they create. It is by far the favorite unit of 6th grade art!

Seventh graders love our 3-D sculpture unit. Inspired by Earth Day and using recycled objects such as newspaper and plastic bottles, students build individual sculptures. Masking tape is then added to hold frames into place and paper mache is applied to the entire frame. We have some amazing sculptures that students built entirely from their own imaginations and hard work. Circus elephants, M&M characters, and even a giant Star Wars space ship. The talent in this grade is amazing to witness.

8th graders are deeply involved in their mosaic pieces. Using clay tiles, they cut and shape each piece to fit into their own original work of art. This is the project of all projects. 8th graders design, tile, and grout their artwork. We learn about the different mosaic techniques and are pleasantly surprised when grout is applied to fill their cracks. Taking home their mosaic work is always followed by a story of how much their family members loved their piece.

Thanks for your support of the Art Dept.
Have a happy and relaxing summer!



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Upcoming Events at Park View

Monday, May 16 - PARCC Testing in Grades 3-8 Begins
                                     Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, May 18 - Variety Show - 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 19 - Beginning Band Concert - 7:00 pm
Friday, May 20 - Family Breakfast for 4th-8th grade - 7:30 am
Wednesday, May 25 - Beginning Orchestra Concert - 7:00 pm
Friday, May 27 - Washington DC Trip
Monday, May 30 - NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY
Wednesday, June 1 - 7th Grade Bike Trip
Thursday, June 2 - 8th grade Field Trip
Friday, June 3 -8th grade Awards Assembly - 9:00 am
       8th grade dance - 6:30 pm
Monday, June 6 - 8th grade graduation rehearsal at Niles West -  9:00 am
8th grade final walk around school - 11:10 am
                                    8th grade graduation at Niles West - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 7 - 1st-4th grade picnics
Wednesday, June 8 - 6th and 7th grade Awards Assembly - 9:00 am
5th - 7th grade picnics
Last Day of School, 1:30 Dismissal



Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Friday!

Dear Park View Families,
Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the spring concert on Wednesday.  The Concert Orchestra, Concert Band, and Choir were phenomenal! Spring is in full swing and things are really busy around the halls of Park View.  We hope to see you at Open House on Thursday evening at 6:00 pm.
Have a wonderful weekend and very Happy Mother’s Day,
Ivy
  • 8th grade parents - please be sure you got the Evite for the graduation dance.  If you didn’t, please email Katy Shemanski at katyshim@yahoo.com so she can send you another.

  • As you probably know, we are starting to plan for next year.  Some of our teachers have moved to new positions.  Mrs. Paskiewicz will be teaching social studies and science in 6th grade, Mrs. Coyne will be in the PEP Math/Intervention position, and Mrs. Pellum will be in the 7th grade LA/LIT positions.  Some other staff are leaving for new opportunities. Mrs. Styons, Mr. Novak, Mrs. Ostrowski, Ms. Fullerton, Mrs. Edelstein, Mrs. Cobb, Mrs. Parry and Ms. Harris will not be at Park View for the 2016-17 school year. Mrs. Friedman, Mrs. Kiedaisch and grade level teams are currently in the process of hiring new people for open positions.
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Highlighted Department: General Music - Mrs. Cobb
The Park View music students are keeping busy and active this spring.

The 2nd graders put on a fantastic concert earlier this April. They did a beautiful job singing “America the Beautiful” and “Limericks” with the whole grade level and did outstanding on their individual class pieces.  Lately we have been working on composition techniques using our Mi-Re-Do pitches and quarter note and eighth note rhythms.  Each class composed their own version of a poem entitled Tarzan and performed it on our boomwhackers and buckets.

Last week our 3rd Graders had their spring concert entitled Caps for Sale.  The evening was filled with fun instrumental features that helped to tell the story of a peddler and some very mischievous monkey.  All of the classes worked really hard to prepare for the concert and had a very musical showing!  A special thanks to Mrs. Kiedaisch for helping to narrate our story.  With a successful music concert behind us we are moving back to our recorders.  We are continuing to work on expanding our instrumental techniques while also moving on the eighth and sixteenth note rhythm combinations.

4th Graders and 5th Graders are busy creating our STOMP compositions.  We drew inspiration from the famous percussion group with the same name.  After watching several examples with musical basketballs, newspapers, plungers and kitchen items we started to brainstorm our own ideas of what this could look like at Park View. For this projects the students are combining their knowledge of rhythm and musical forms with uncommon musical instruments to create a fun and creative piece.  I can’t wait to hear the fun creative pieces they come up with!

The 6th and 7th Graders had a chance to combine their music and technology skills at the end of our last quarter in the Makey Makey project.  Makey-Makey is a small electronic device that allows you to transform everyday objects into musical instruments.  As a class we created human pianos and drum machines for the students to play.  Once they understood the concept the students broke up into small groups to create a composition that included real musical instruments with makey makey instruments.  The results were really cool and showcase the students creativity.

The 8th Graders are studying the history of American Popular music.  We just finished our first unit that studied Blues and Ragtime music.  The students are now completing their first project - Silent Films.  They are busy creating, acting, filming, and editing using their iPads.  Up next we move on to the the 50’s and 60’s unit where we will listen to everything from Elvis to Motown to Folk Rock and the Beatles.  
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Upcoming Events at Park View
Wednesday, May 11 - Early Dismissal - 1:30 pm

Thursday, May 12 - Open House 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 16 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 18 - Variety Show - 7:00 pm

Thursday, May 19 - Beginning Band Concert - 7:00 pm

Friday, May 20 - Family Breakfast for 4th-8th grade - 7:30 am

Wednesday, May 25 - Beginning Orchestra Concert - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 30 - NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY
Wednesday, June 1 - 7th Grade Bike Trip