• February 2021 Administrative Update

    Jessica Lyons, Parkdale Elementary Principal

    Jessica Lyons 

    Parkdale Elementary Principal

    It’s hard to believe that an entire year has passed since we first learned of the strange new virus that would ultimately impact nearly every aspect of our lives.  It has truly been an interesting year.  Although we may feel restricted in many ways, I see accomplishments each day. I believe this to be the result of the collective efforts of our staff, families and students working together.  It has been said that “it takes a village”, and we know that to be true.  We are stronger together.  There certainly have been changes to the school day, but our students remain happy, safe and eager to come to school to learn and see their friends. 

    Some things that are happening at Parkdale:

    Along with knowing that we must always follow safety guidelines, we have also learned what is safe to do.  Since the fall our students have been enjoying some free time outside and on the playground.  More recently, they have been having lots of fun playing in the snow, climbing snow mountains and making snowmen!

    We have had spirit days the last Friday of each month including mismatch day, Sabres day, crazy sock day, pajama day and LOTS of Buffalo Bills days!

    We will be hosting a food drive from February 1st – 12th to benefit FeedMoreWNY.  During the past year, FeedMoreWNY has contributed to nearly 300 pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters.  We encourage families to participate by sending in or dropping off canned/boxed foods, diapers and hygienic supplies.  Our Parkdale family is happy and eager to lend a hand and do our part to help those in need.

    Parkdale students are also making Valentine cards to be distributed to local senior citizen centers, senior living facilities and through Meals on Wheels.  I am certain their handmade cards will bring a smile to our seniors at a time when they need it most!

    Our PTO continues to find innovative ways to support our school. They hosted a staff holiday cheer day in December, were able to still hold our annual Book Fair in November, orchestrated moving our student school pictures outdoors, arranged for the Cheesy Chick food truck to serve lunch from our parking lot in February and helped facilitate the Structure, Routine and Strategy during COVID-19 presentation for caregivers and parents in January. They have also found virtual ways for parents to get involved including electronic Box Tops, shopping through Amazon Smile and registering your TOPS Bonus Card with the Parkdale PTO!

    Looking ahead to next school year, Kindergarten registration will be held from February 4th – March 12th.  Our annual Kindergarten Information Night will be conducted virtually on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 PM.  Please visit the district and/or Parkdale websites for additional registration information and links to the Kindergarten Information Night.

    Although our lives have changed in more ways than we can count, we remain committed to our goals: to encourage a love of learning, to provide students with a safe educational environment, to encourage them to have fun while learning, and to instill good citizenship.  The virus cannot change the things most important to us - our respect, caring, and empathy for one another. 

    Stay well and stay safe.