December 2018 Administrative Update
by: Jessica Lyons Parkdale Elementary Principal
The first few months of the school year have been an exciting time at Parkdale Elementary and I am thrilled to share some of our accomplishments as well as what’s in store for the coming months.
We have implemented several new Chromebooks into our classrooms, and many teachers are now incorporating new technologies to help students stay organized and keep parents connected. Some of our teachers are experimenting with Google Classroom; a unique tool that allows teachers to share information and announcements as well as track assignments and provide feedback in real time, making teachable moments more effective.
Our new Character Connections program is helping students to learn more about themselves and their classmates as they focus on character traits in a series of activity-based modules every 5-7 weeks. Thus far, they have completed Respect, Responsibility and Empathy lessons & activities and will be learning about Self Control in December and January. As part of this program, articles and activities are shared with parents to encourage continued character building outside of school.
October and November brought a number of fun and educational events. Our annual Halloween party, though held indoors for the second year in a row, still provided a day of costumes, crafts and parties. Fall Fest was a great success with a record turnout of families, and our first annual Turkey Trot was launched but also held indoors due to Mother Nature. Our third and fourth graders prepped for a half-mile run in physical education class and completed their run in the gymnasium. It was a great way for them to learn about healthy living, the importance of training, and racing etiquette.
The PTO Book Fair raised over $7,000 that will go directly to programs for the students, and we are just beginning our Make-a-Wish fundraiser with monthly spirit days. The last Friday of each month is a designated theme day. Everyone is encouraged to participate and contribute to raise money for a great cause. This all culminates with our outdoor carnival in June. Parkdale’s 10th Annual Food Drive is also underway and this year’s competition is between grade levels. The grade level bringing in the most canned goods will be awarded a movie in the auditorium complete with popcorn.
With snowflakes about to fly, I’d like to remind everyone about winter safety. All students, whether walking to school or riding the bus, should remember to dress appropriately. We go outside for recreation every day for 25 minutes unless it is raining or temperatures drop below 10-15 degrees. Please prepare your child(ren) with boots, a warm jacket, gloves or mittens, a hat and snow pants. Everyone on the Parkdale campus should always stay in designated walkways where staff provide snow and ice removal. Also, be sure to use caution at entrances where snow can often be tracked indoors. We take great pride in maintaining our building, but it can get slippery both inside and out.
A few dates to mark in your calendar are: Thursday, December 13 - Grade 1 Concert at 9:30 a.m. and Grade 4 Concert at 7:00 p.m.; Friday December 21 - Make-A-Wish Pajama Day; and Friday January 11 - PTO Movie Night.
Lastly, there have been some changes in safety and security procedures concerning our holiday parties. If you are a parent or guardian and are unclear on these updates, please contact our main office for clarification. We appreciate your understanding.
Thank you for your continued support of Parkdale Elementary, and Happy Holidays!