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Parkside Family Update 9/18/17

posted Sep 22, 2017, 11:06 AM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

The school year has begun in a really strong manner.  Students and staff have been engaged and getting right into the important jobs of teaching and learning since day one.  Already a large number of things have taken place that are preparing your children for a successful year.  As we enter the third week of school, (time is already flying) here are a few updates you need to know.  As you may already know we have a new Assistant Principal.  Mrs. Colleen Fields has joined us and is doing a terrific job.  New programs this year include Health - grade 7; Spanish - grade 7 and 8;  Art for High School credit, as well as an expansion of our reading program to serve more students.   Our First PTG Meeting

The PTG will meet on Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parkside Library.  This is a very active group of parents and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Primary Election Day (School Closed)

Tuesday, September 19th is the City Primary. Parkside will be closed to allow for district facilities to be used as polling places.

Picture Retake Day

October 24th will be picture retake day.  By that time packages will have come home and you will be able to make any arrangements for retakes.  If your child did not get a photo taken on the first day this is the day to get that done.  

Student Led Conferences (Back to School Night)

Your child will be bringing home an invitation to his/her Student Led Conference.  This is your opportunity to learn and understand the classroom curricula, expectations and school wide information for the coming year.  Your invitation will have a specific appointment date and time on it.  

8th Grade - Tuesday, September 26

7th Grade - Wednesday, September 27

6th Grade - Thursday, September 28

Conferences will take place at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 pm.  To assure seating, please follow your scheduled time and enjoy the time talking with your child about the beginning of the year.  Your child will receive a grade in each of his/her classes for preparation undertaken for this event.  S/he will be really excited to share with you.  It is important you attend.

Reading Instruction

All students can improve their reading proficiency.   To address this, students will be participating in a program titled Reading Plus.  To assess a child’s reading proficiency levels and needs we must give each child a reading assessment.  This assessment will begin taking place at the end of this week or during the following week.  We hope to have as much information about your child’s reading levels as possible in the Student Led Conference Portfolio.  Please speak to your child about this assessment and help them understand their best effort will lead to the most informed decision regarding the instruction they need.  Students who are 1-3 grade levels below their current grade level will be scheduled for additional reading instruction beginning within two weeks in place of a regular Unified Arts Class.  School wide use of the program will begin during second semester and be incorporated into regular instruction.


Parkside has instituted “Breakout.”  This is a daily 15 minute period allowing students to run, play and/or just take a few minutes of “down time.”  Physical activity allows for better concentration and is missing from many kids lives.  Improved academic performance as well as behavioral outcomes are likely when the balance of physical and academic time is a target goal.  This takes place after period C at 10:25 am and basically splits the day.  All students participate and are segregated by grade level during this time.    

The Agenda Book

You should have seen the Student Handbook (AKA -  The Agenda Book) by now.  Please ask for this each day and check it.  It should contain assignment information for all of your child’s classes.  If it is blank, you need to know why from your child as it is an expectation that all classes provide daily posted information for the book as well as time to complete it.    

School Wide Fundraiser

Today we had grade level assemblies to introduce our school wide fundraiser.  We do one per year here at Parkside.  The PTG, Music, teams, etc also may do fundraisers but this is the only one that is of benefit to the entire school.  We use the money raised to support student activities such as field trips and events in school.  For example if we need to bus students to someplace as close as the SNHU Center for a field trip, the cost to send one grade level is between $400.00 and $600.00.  The costs increase from there as the distance to the trip location increases.  This fundraiser allows us to help defray some of the costs that we would otherwise have to pass on to families.  Your child will bring home the packet today.  We hope you can support this important cause.  Packets are due back by October 4.  

We welcome you to the school year and hope for great success for all.   Again, it has been a terrific start and the kids are doing a great job.  

With Parkside Pride,
Forrest Ransdell, Principal