If Buddy the Elf showed up at Park school this week he would be ecstatic! The synergy and teamwork that went into the gingerbread houses from all the teachers and staff set the mood going into Christmas Break. In a teambuilding activity set up by the jolliest elf in the school-Mr. Kay, teachers worked vigorously to build a gingerbread house in under an hour. Teachers and staff could plan and design anything they wanted to for this event. And what a sight to behold at the end!
"He came with a smile. He came nice and sweet. He came so friendly, all students he had to meet. He read and he read till his reader was sore. He thought to himself, this time of year...the kids is what it's for."
Fifth grade students enjoyed a visit from the Grinch last week. He read a story, visited classrooms, and he may or may not have got a kiss from Mrs. McAllister. Thanks Grinch for bringing some Christmas Cheer to Park Elementary.
The Leader in Me is catching the eye of many leaders in the community of Spanish Fork. Last month Stacy Beck from the City Council and representative of the Chamber of Commerce, visited with students at the Victory Breakfast and became impressed with the skills and habits students are learning at Park Elementary. Ms. Beck reported back to the Chamber and came back to Park with other members from the Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce and presented a check of $1,500 to help keep the Leader in Me going in the years to come.
When thinking about service the greatest feeling is the end result. Park students collected over 700 teddy bears for Project Teddy Bear sponsored by Bank of American Fork. These donations will bring comfort to children dealing with trauma or lonlieness and comforting others is something we care deeply about at Park. We are grateful for the generous donations students and families made for this great cause.
Mrs. Shauna Gardner is this year's recipient of the Crystal Apple. Mrs. Gardner has taught for 14 years at Santaquin and Park Elementary. Her teammates describe her as trustworthy, friendly, professional, and always willing to share. She is a great friend.
She is called on regularly with her musical talent of playing the piano and leading music. Mrs. Gardner loves horses and going to horse shows. She is a big sports fan, especially when her kids are playing. She is married to Mike Gardner and together they have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.
Mr. Kay received a PEAK award at last night's board meeting. The PEAK award is given to any Nebo employee that displays Positive Energy And Kindness. PEAK winners are nominated by anyone in the school--teacher, parent, staff member, you name it. We are honored to have such a caring principal that does so much for the students, teachers, parents and community. Click Here for December PEAK winners.
The following is the nomination letter for Mr. Kay:
There is something special about serving in the community. We have a great opportunity at Park School to help with Project Teddy Bear sponsored by Bank of American Fork. Please help by donating your new or gently used clean teddy bears. Students can bring them to school and our Park Student Leaders will pick them up at each classroom every morning until December 11th. Thank You for your support!
A vision in Nebo School District is to develop 21st Century skills in our students. At Park Elementary we have the best computers teacher in the district in Lorie Graham. Mrs. Graham does a tremendous job teaching keyboarding and computer skills that prepares students for the technological world.