Parkdale Elementary School News

June 2016

Message From the Principal

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

I can't believe we are here in June already and looking at the end of the year in a few weeks. Teachers and students are preparing for the end of the year and families are looking ahead to summer plans.

I have very much enjoyed my 2nd year at Parkdale Elementary School. I have found our small school to be a caring, supportive, and engaging place to learn for our children. I hope the year has gone well for you and your child(ren)as well.

I'm looking forward to celebrating the retirements of three of our beloved teachers. Ernie Delgado, Rosemary Valentine, and Staci Schmidt are all retiring this year. I'm excited for them and their next adventures.

We also have some of our staff moving on to new positions. Lydia Petersen, our wonderful music teacher, is moving to a full time position at Mid Valley Elementary School. Our highly regarded counselor Sue Jepson is moving to a full time position at May Street Elementary School. We wish them both the very best. Lastly, Ms. Sischo will be taking a year leave of absence to be with her family. She will be back after the 2016-17 school year.

All this news means some new faces next year! I'm very happy to announce that we have hired the following people:

1st Grade Teacher: Ariel Vaughn
2nd Grade Teacher (Temporary for 2016-17): Betty Nickerson
2nd/3rd Grade Teacher: Emily Barghigiani
PE Teacher: Brack Hassel
Counselor: Cristina Sanchez-Klein
Music Teacher: TBA

We have had many staff members involved in the hiring of our new additions. I'm looking forward to the opportunity for you to get to know them.

Additionally, we have a lot to look forward to in the year ahead. As you know, our school construction bond and operating levy passed. Thank you voters! Things are looking good with our general budget as well. These are some of the many things we have to look forward to in the next year:

* Additional PE instruction (every three days)
* Additional Music instruction (every three days)
* Additional Counselor Support (Cristina Sanchez-Klein will be for 20 hours per week, up from 12 hours this year)
* New Playground and Playshed
* New Bathroom Remodels and many other facility repairs

We have a lot to be thankful as we finish out the year and look ahead to 2016-17. I'm looking forward to seeing you over the next few weeks for our end of the year activities. Please see our list of events below.


Mr. Hedberg

5th Graders at Agate Beach, Getting Ready for Adventures at the Newport Aquarium

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Student Led Conferences

Thursday, June 9th, 2:15-6:15pm

4880 Van Nuys Drive

Mount Hood, OR

Please join us this evening for a chance for your child to show you their year in review. Please stop by anytime between 2:15 and 6:15. We are expecting the busiest time to be between 5:30 and 6. If you can come earlier, please do. This will help disperse the flow of family traffic. Thank you!

ExCEL After School Students learn fiber arts with Artist Chloe Hight

School Board Adopts School Calendar for 2016-17

Here are the stand out dates from the 2016-17 Calendar:
First Day of School: August 30, 2016
Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 21 - 25, 2016
Winter Break: Dec. 19 - Jan. 2, 2017
Spring Break: March 27 - 31, 2017
Last Day of School: June 13, 2017 (later of snow makeup days are needed)
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Lluvia is looking for A Summer Home

Dear Families,

Lluvia, our kindergarten classroom pet guinea pig is looking for a summer home. I will provide bedding and her dry food as well as directions for care. Please call or email me at your earliest convenience if you can care for her. In the past several families have shared the care over the summer, so that is another option if you will be away part of the summer.

Thank you.


Kathleen Welland

Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

Thursday, June 9th, 2:15-6:15pm

Parkdale Elementary School Library

Did you volunteer at Parkdale Elementary School this year? We invite all volunteers to join us in the library the evening of our student led conferences. We will be celebrating the year and all that our community and parent volunteers do for our school. Thank you!

Summer Food Service Program

Summer meals at no charge for children 1-18 years of age will be served at:

Mid Valley Elementary
3686 Davis Dr
July 6th-27th

Meal Times:

Breakfast 7:15-8:00

Lunch 10:55-12:00

Hood River Valley High School

1220 Indian Creek Dr.
July 6th-27th

Meal times:

Breakfast 8:00-8:30

Lunch 11:30-12:00

2nd Graders Performing a Choreographed Dance for the Spring Music Concert

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Upcoming Events

June 1 and 2 - 5th Grade Field trip to Newport Aquarium
June 9 - 2:15 PM - 6:15 PM, Student Led Conferences
June 9 - 4:30 PM - Volunteer Appreciation Celebration in the Library
June 16 - All School Field Day
June 17 - Last Day for Students - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony and Celebration, 8:00 am
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