Parkside March 2020 Newsletter

Middle School at Parkside Parent Liaison: Kristy Dillon

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Upcoming News & Events

The goal of PAVE (Parkside Adult Volunteers for Education) is to support Parkside through volunteering, donations & fundraising. We believe that the school NEEDS parents & community members involved to be successful & to enrich the children’s learning experience. We meet once a month to plan events or set up volunteering opportunities.

If you are interested in being a part of this initiative please contact:

Kristy Dillon: (517) 841-2278 or

*We will not be having a PAVE meeting in March due to some schedule conflicts.

Half Days/No School

Friday, March 6th – ½ Day

Monday, March 9th – No School

Friday, March 27th – No School

March 30th – April 3rd – Spring Break

School Resumes – Monday, April 6th

Band Boosters

The next Band Boosters Meeting is:

Tuesday, March 3rd at 5:30 pm in Band Rm #12

School Dance

Thursday, March 13th

is the next school dance!

It is right after school from 2:30 - 4:30 pm in the

Parkside Cafeteria. Admission is $5.00.

Concessions will be available to purchase. Let me know if you are interested in being a chaperone.

Spring Pictures

Spring Picture Day is Tuesday, March 17th. Only students that wish to have these done will have their picture taken. More info will come home soon regarding this.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be here March 16th-19th from 7:30am -12:00pm. If you are available to volunteer during any of days, please let me know ASAP. Thank You! The Book Fair will also be open during the

“Leap Into Literacy Night.”

Leap Into Literacy Night

Please join us on Wednesday, March 18th from

5:30-7:00 p.m. for our “Leap Into Literacy Night!” JPS K-8 families are invited to come participate in fun activities, hear our 6th graders read their children’s stories that they created and many other fun stations. We will also have the Scholastic Book Fair open.

8th Grade Community Project

Our annual Exhibition of the 8th Grade Community Projects is this month! Our students will showcase their work on Thursday, March 19th at 6:00 p.m. We will use space in the library as well as in the cafeteria to set up the trifolds and slideshows so that there is more room for movement. We look forward to seeing you there as our students show how "Vikings Give Back".

Here is what your 8th grade child should be doing in March to finish their project on time:

1. Make sure they have finished their 15 hours. Remind your child that the time they spend creating their trifold counts toward the 15 hours as well as the three hours we allow for time used in class.

2. Remind your child (we have given many reminders about this) to make sure their Process Journal is up-to-date. This is an electronic journal found in Google Classroom. This is the way your child shows us that they completed their 15 hours of service.

3. Your child or child's group (depending on how they decided to do their project) needs to create their trifold that will show their project during Exhibition. The trifold requirements can be found in Google Classroom. If your child worked with a group they need 15 pieces of evidence on their trifold. If your child worked alone they need 10 pieces of evidence on their trifold. Following is a brief overview:

· Goal of the project. (Required)

· Need for the project. Why did this need to be done?(Required)

· Community Involved. Who did you go to or donate to in doing this project? (required)

· Global Context. This comes from their initial project worksheet in Google Classroom. (required)

· What inquiry question did you answer? (required)

· Bibliography: Where did you find that information? (required)

· Pictures

· Receipts

· Timeline

· Agency Brochure

· Thank you note from organization

· Process Journal

· Brief Reflection

As you can see there are six requirements and then the students may select items for their trifolds that tell the story of their work. Boards should be neat and organized in a way that showcases their project. Please have your child bring their trifold to office 449 by March 18th. All trifolds must be turned in to Mrs. Oswalt in office 449. March dates that she is here to take trifolds include: March 3rd, 4th, 5th, 11th, 17th, and 18th. We will need to have all projects here in order to set up for the event.

4. After Exhibition the IB coordinator will meet with the students one final time. We will instruct the students about how to complete their final reflection for their Community Service Project. Each student must submit their own reflection. This is not to be done as a group. Reflections are scored by your child's adult supervisor. You may access the requirements for the reflection as well as the rubric that will be used by the supervisor in Google Classroom. The reflection is written and is four paragraphs long. We give guiding questions to help students think about what they might want to include in this reflection. Your child will use Google Docs to write the reflection and then share it with their supervisor for scoring. It is possible that your child could complete the reflection prior to spring break, which we encourage.

Reflections are due to supervisors on or before April 9, 2020.

Thank you for all you have done to help your child give back to our community through this project. We look forward to seeing you on March 19th!