The Parkside Eagle Press

May/June 2017, Vol. 23, Issue 5

From the Principal's Desk:

Happy Spring!

We are fast approaching the end of the school year. Our MCA testing sessions went quite smoothly, and we are wrapping up our remaining spring assessments. As always, it is wonderful to celebrate the growth our students have made! Our teachers and support staff work so hard to ensure that students have made the most growth possible over the course of the school year. Reports will be available to you at the end of the school year via the Parent Portal.

Next fall, we will return to monitoring student progress in the district with an online test, using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing that we had several years ago. We had moved away from this measure with the Performance Series, which was more closely aligned to MN Standards. However, technical issues that resulted in great frustration to the students and staff caused the district to eliminate that measure this year. The new MAP tests are now better aligned to MN Standards, and students in grades 2-5 will take the online tests starting next fall.

As we transition into the summer months, I encourage you to take a look at all of the various summer programming options available through Community Education. Even if you do not choose the Summer Sunblock program, there are a number of fun and creative enrichment classes that will keep your child actively learning this summer. Please look into the free summer reading program sponsored by the Buffalo Public Library as well! Any way that you can encourage your child to read regularly over the summer will be a huge benefit for academic growth.

Many thanks to all of our Parkside families for supporting your children and our school this year in so many ways. We are so grateful. I am excited to share that we have a number of parents interested in returning to form a more active parent group next year. We will send out notice for a meeting in August for all interested parents to help with planning and implementing activities for our students and their families. Everyone is welcome. If the meeting doesn't work for you, you can be sure to include your name on the volunteer mailing list so you are alerted to the various opportunities as they arise. We encourage families to be involved in any way that works for them.

Have a relaxing and safe summer! We will be eager to see all of you again in late August.

Take care...

-Michelle Robinson, Principal

Important Dates

May 29: Memorial Day - No School
May 30: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Minnesota Zoo
May 30: Parkside Talent Show at DES Auditorium at 7PM
May 31: School Production of Parkside Talent Show
June 2: Grade 5 Track & Field Day at BCMS
June 5: Grade 1 Field Trip to Baker Park Reserve
June 5: Grade 2 visit to Sturges Park
June 6: K-4 Track & Field Day
June 6: Grade 5 visit to Sturges Park
June 7: Parkside School Party and Picnic
June 8: Grade 1 visit to Sturges Park
June 8: Last Day of School!
June 9: Report Cards available on Parent Portal
August 29: Parkside Open House from 5-7PM
September 5: First Day of School!

Parkside Yearbooks

Yearbooks are almost ready to be distributed! Students who preordered can expect to receive their yearbook on Wednesday, May 24. Extra yearbooks will be available before school on Thursday, May 25 for $18.00 each while supplies last. Due to the limited quantity available, there will be no waiting list and books will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Seuss Field Day 2017

K-4 students will be participating in a Dr. Seuss Field Day on Tuesday, June 6. We are hoping for great weather so that students can enjoy this fun day of games and races with their classmates. If you would like to volunteer for Field Day and have a background check on file with the school district, please contact Marci Wills as soon as possible by emailing her at or by calling her at (763) 682-8526.

Parkside School Party and Picnic

Parkside Staff and Students are looking forward to our 2nd Annual Parkside School Party and Picnic coming up on Wednesday, June 7! Students will participate in the party with their classes by going to outdoor stations such as face painting, lawn games, kickball, and crafts.

Parents are invited to join us for the picnic on the PES front lawn at their child's regularly scheduled lunchtime.

Lunch Schedule:
10:25: Robeck & Ryder
10:45: Grade 2
10:50: Casey
10:55: Grade 5
11:05: Grade 1
11:20: Grade 3
11:35: Olson & Beaumont
11:40: Grade 4

Please be sure to RSVP by returning payment and the green form sent home in your child's backpack by May 26. Adult meal tickets are $3.65 and child meal tickets (for younger siblings) are $2.65. We will have a special menu for the picnic, and there will be no alternate meals that day.

Grilled Hot Dog with Bun
Whole Apple
Goldfish Crackers
Baby Carrots
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Report Cards

Report cards will be posted on the Parent Portal on June 9. If you haven't registered for the Parent Portal yet, please bring a photo ID with you to the office and we will help you sign up. If you are already set up and forgot your password, please contact our technology department and they will assist you: (763) 682-8737

Summer Food Program Offered at Parkside This Summer

We are excited to let you know that the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District will be continuing the Summer Food Program again this summer! We will be offering free breakfast and lunch to area children ages 18 and under this summer, thanks to a special program provided by federal funding. The goal of this program is to make sure all youth in our community have access to nutritious meals while school is out for the summer.

Families will not be asked to fill out paperwork and no names will be taken. Kids just need to show up to eat! Meals include both hot and cold entrees and will be served on a first come/first served basis. Shoes and shirt are required.

For the safety of all children, the district requests a responsible adult, or older child, bring the younger children to the cafeteria, stay with them for supervision, and escort them back out of the school building when they are finished eating.

Parkside Elementary, 207 3rd Street NE, Buffalo

Monday - Friday, June 14th - August 25th

Breakfast 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Closed July 3rd & 4th

Opt-Out Form for the 2017-18 School Year

You may download the Opt-Out form for 2017-18 by clicking on the link below and scrolling down to the Opt-Out form if you are choosing to opt out of any of the categories on the form for your child(ren). This form needs to be completed each school year and returned to the school office. Please have your form in by June 1, 2017 if you wish to opt out for the 2017-18 school year. Call the Parkside office with questions.