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September 2021

Principal's Post

Hello, Parkwood Families!

Welcome to our Parkwood Elementary Family! We have had a wonderful start of the 2021-2022 school year. THANK YOU so very much for allowing us to work with your children and many thanks to everyone who volunteered to make sure our first weeks of school ran smoothly.

During our first week of school, we introduced our students to Panther Pride:

We are Respectful

We are Responsible

We are Problem Solvers

We are committed to teaching building-wide behavioral expectations for all common areas (Hallway, Cafeteria, Restrooms, Playground and Bus). As students practice these traits throughout the school year, they will have the opportunity to earn “Gotcha” tickets to acknowledge their Panther Pride. They will have the opportunity to be a “Bucket Filler” for their classroom and building. They will also have an opportunity to win small prizes each week.

Student Fee statements will be sent home mid-September and fees are due starting the day after. If you need assistance with this process, Fee Waiver Forms will be available in our main office and Mrs. Kersteiner will be glad to assist you.

Please read about all of our PTO events below. There are many new events for this year. We would love to see you at our monthly PTO meetings. Your input and support means a lot to everyone at Parkwood!

I enjoyed seeing everyone who attended our ‘Back to School Bash’ and visited their child’s classroom. We are very fortunate to have such supportive parents at Parkwood. Thank you for sharing your children with us!


Sue Bamford

Counselor's Corner

It’s so exciting to welcome back familiar faces and to greet all of our new friends at Parkwood Elementary! As well all return back to school, I’d like to take the opportunity to remind everyone about our school counseling program at Parkwood.

What Does the School Counselor Do?

· Works with all students in the building

· Provides Small Group Counseling focused on skill building or psychoeducational topics

· Provides Classroom Lessons targeting social emotional skill building and development

· Works with students individually in a brief, solution focused manner to address a social/emotional concern or to problem solve barriers to learning.

· Consults with parents and teachers concerning social/emotional, behavioral or academic concerns.

· Provides referrals for community resources

If you have any questions about how I can help support your child, please contact me at 937-458-2336 or

In September I will be meeting with all of our new students to the building in New Student Groups to assist and support our 1st -5th grade students who are new to the district with their transition to Parkwood! I am excited to get to know all of our new Parkwood Panthers!

Parkwood will also continue to offer our “Backpack Buddies” program. This program is intended to support the nutritional needs of our young, developing children of families experiencing financial hardships. Participating students will be provided weekly with a free bag of food to take home, prepare and eat over the weekend. The food items will be delivered discretely and care will be taken not to draw attention to the child. This program is available in many neighboring communities such as Centerville and Kettering and we are excited to be able to offer it to our Parkwood families. Participation in the program is optional. If you have not received a permission slip for this program and would like additional information please contact me.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do for you or your child. I am looking forward to working with our families and community to continue to support our students at Parkwood Elementary!

Military and Family Life Counselor

Military and Family Life Counselor

Hello everyone, my name is Erin Snider, and I am the new Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) that will be serving in the Beavercreek City School District. I will be working at the following schools: Fairbrook Elementary, Parkwood Elementary, Valley Elementary, Main Elementary, and Ankeney Middle School. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families. I am excited to serve the military population in Beavercreek. I hope to be a source of stability, resiliency, and health for your family.

Brief Overview of the MFLC Program:

  • The Military and Family Life Counseling Program provides confidential, non-medical, short-term, counseling services

  • Services are FREE for military families

  • Counselors are master’s-level or higher independently licensed mental health clinicians

Services Provided:

  • Individual and Family Counseling for stressors related to military life such as separation, reintegration, relocation adjustment, parenting, relationship and family issues, coping skills, homesickness, and grief and loss

  • Walk-around coaching and support to military children, youth, families, and staff at schools and child development centers

  • Military Lunch Bunch

  • Presentations and group facilitations relevant to military children, such as deployment and stress management groups

Side Notes:

  • Written parental consent is required for those under the age of 18

  • Services are confidential and anonymous, with the exception of mandatory state, federal and military reporting requirements

  • Counselors manage their schedules and offer flexible meeting times

If you would like your child to be eligible for these services please call me (513) 265-2483, or ask for me at the school. I will provide you the consent form to complete and return. Once again, I look forward to serving as your MFLC!

PTO Mum Fundraiser - Monday, August 23 - Tuesday, September 7

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Parkwood PTO Calendar of Events

After School Bowling Information

2021-2022 School Year Calendar

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, Aug 23 - Tuesday, Sept 7

PTO Mum Fundraiser

Wednesday, September 1

PTO Spirit Day - Cherry House

Sept 6 - No School - Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept 7 - 16

PTO Boosterthon

Wednesday, Sept 8

Character Education - The Golden Rule

Wednesday, September 22

PTO Spirit Night - Jet Freeze

PTO Meeting - 6:00pm

Wednesday, Sept 29

Fall Pictures

Friday, Oct 1 - 8

Fall Book Fair

Monday, Oct 11

NO SCHOOL for Students - Professional Development Day

Friday, Oct 15

End of 1st Quarter - 1 Hour Early Dismissal 1:55pm