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*URGENT* Two Special Events!

posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:01 AM by Stacey Rust-Belforti   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 8:22 AM ]

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Parkside Community,

Tonight is our fall Back to School Night.  As previously announced, it is a special organziation this year in which your child will conference with you about the beginning of the year.  Student Led Conferences allow your child to share information and practice important presentation skills with a safe audience.  Your child was given an invitation to bring to you last week. You should have signed and returned this with your child by now.  If he or she did not give it to you, please bring your child to school tonight at 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. to hold your conference with your child.  Your child is receiving a grade in each class for the preparation undertaken for this conference.  The conference will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.  I will be contacting the parents of students who do not complete their conference to determine why a parent or designee did not attend and to arrange for completion of the conference. 

We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Denise Florio teaching science for us.  She teaches science for 7th grade Team Penn.  Her diverse, real-world based background really gives her a unique voice in speaking to students and sharing real world applications of knowledge.  

Mrs. Florio is a former Army Combat Medic who served our country with distinction during the Iraq War.  She now spends significant time helping other veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project.  She, and members of her platoon from her time in the service are part of a competition team.  They compete in “Tough Mudders” an outdoor obstacle course competition.  She also uses participation in this to help other returning veterans make the transition to civilian life. 

A film producer heard about the event and how it was helping returned service members and have asked Mrs. Florio to be part of a documentary about the experience.  Part of the documentary shows her everyday life in the classroom.  The production company (Flatbush Pictures) has asked to film her teaching a class. They have most recently completed a film titled "Keepers of the Game." This filming will take place on the Parkside Campus tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 30) Filming will be limited to her classroom and parents of students who may be part of the filming have been notified in advance and have been asked to sign permission for this event. I wanted the greater community to know about the project as well. No student without specific parental authorization will be included as filming will not take place outside of Mrs. Florio's classroom.

With Parkside Pride Forrest Ransdell, Principal