Parkview Elementary Weekly News

Thursday Newsletter: January 12, 2023

From the Principal

Good Afternoon Parkview Families,

What a surprise we have had with weather again this week! On behalf of our entire staff, I want to thank you for your flexibility and support as we navigate the changes we worked through to switch to an e-learning day on Wednesday. Your partnership and support make such a difference on the outcomes for our students and staff. We know it's not easy to have plans change, and we recognize that everyone is doing their best.

Since we have a lot of winter ahead, all additional weather related school closings will be e-learning days. All of our students have iPads they have been using at school for learning. Because our weather is more uncertain during the winter months, starting tomorrow, we will begin bringing iPads home each night just-in-case we have a weather related school closure. In the section below, you will find details about E-Learning. Your child's teacher will also be sending additional information. We know some families have expressed they do not want iPads to come home. If this is a plan you have in place, we will continue to work with you on this plan.

Please take a moment to look over our district website to learn more about weather related schedule changes and E-Learning expectations.


Nicole Garcia, Principal

E-Learning Information and Expectations

If we have weather related e-learning day, you can expect the following:

  • Teachers will post assigned learning activities on Schoology/Seesaw by 9:30 AM
  • Learning activities will be designed for students to complete independently at home. There will not be live/synchronous (Zoom) instruction.
  • Approximate time allocated for each subject is as follows: 30 minutes math, 40 minutes literacy, and 30 minutes for specialist time.
  • Teachers can be reached for questions via Seesaw/Schoology message, email or voice mail during normal school-day hours
  • Students are expected to bring their iPad home and back to school each day.
  • Parents should report an “absence” if their child is unable to participate in E-Learning due to illness or vacation.

iPads are used for learning, and in our classrooms that may include:


1. Dreambox or IXL

2. Reading ebooks

3. Seesaw/Schoology assignments

In order to make sure the iPads are working at their optimized level please refrain from:

1. Downloading new apps

2. Signing into accounts that are not your student’s account

3. Taking pictures/videos that are not for a school assignment.

To minimize the potential for damage to devices, it is recommended to store them in a safe location when not being used for educational purposes. Remember, as a family, you can always choose to leave the iPad in the backpack or place it in a safe space every evening. Just as teachers are the guides of iPads in the classroom, you as parents/guardians monitor and steer digital use at home.

With iPads coming home every day, It is NOT too late to sign up for the protection plan!

Families can sign up for the protection plan at anytime.

Here is a link to the plan information:

News from the Music Room with Mrs. Petter

Congratulations to Parkview 5th grade students who participated in the very first 196 Sings! This was a district wide event connecting all 5th graders in District 196 to singers from other schools. The project was in collaboration with the local high schools and was celebrated by performing music together for the community. Parkview students gathered at Eastview High School on Sunday January 8th and had a great time singing with the Concert Choir. Great job Parkview Pandas!

You're Invited to the Parkview PTO Winter Event: Bingo Night

Join us for a night of fun! The PTO is hosting a Bingo night on Saturday, February 4th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. This event is free of charge! The event will be held in the cafeteria. All students attending must be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to seeing you!

It's time to register for Kindergarten 2023!

Online registration is open for incoming kindergarten 2023 beginning on January 14. We are excited to welcome our new kindergarten friends to our community. If you have siblings or neighbors that will be attending, please watch for the registration information letter that will be emailed next week. If you know of anyone new to the neighborhood, please tell them to call the office so we can help them get started. 952-431-8350

Watch for an email for STEM Night sign up...coming soon!

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District 196 is moving forward with May 9 bond referendum election

The District 196 School Board on Monday unanimously approved a resolution calling for a two-question bond referendum election on May 9, 2023, to address the district’s facilities and equipment needs for the next 10 years and beyond. To read the complete story, click here.

Important Dates:

Jan. 16 No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 20 No School Data Analysis Day

Jan. 24 Grade 5 Band Concert 6:00 PM

Feb. 4 PTO Winter Event: Bingo Night

Feb. 8-9 Parent/Teacher Conferences

Feb. 9-10 No School due to Conferences

Upcoming PTO Meeting - Date Change

Due to the normal meeting date landing on Valentines Day, the February PTO meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 13th at 7:00 pm in the library.

Save the Dates!

Parkview Waffle Breakfast

Saturday, February 25

Catered by Dad’s Belgium Waffle’s

Saturday, February 25 8:30-11:30 AM

Ticket information coming soon!!!

STEM Night

Thursday, February 23

5:30-7:30 PM

Dinner is provided

PTO Spring Event

Thursday, May 18

5:30-7:30pm (No rain date)

Many volunteers are needed for this event to be fun and successful.

More information and a Sign-up Genius to come!

Important News from Last Week

PTO Parkview Family Directory

The family directory is now available. Participation in the directory was optional so not all students and families are included.

The directory is located on the Parkview website under Families > Community Folder or by using this link:

Viewing of the directory is safeguarded by a password. The password is pvpanda

Thank you to the Parkview PTO for organizing and formatting the directory.

Minnesota Dentists' offer free dental care for children in need

“GIVE KIDS A SMILE” February 2 and 3

Did you know?

  • Tooth decay is one of the most chronic diseases of children and adolescents
  • Nearly one in five children ages 5 to 11 years old has untreated cavities in their baby teeth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Well over half of Minnesota children enrolled in Medicaid have not received dental services in the past year – with the situation made worse by Minnesota ranking among the lowest-in-the-nation for reimbursement of government dental program fees

The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) has nearly 1,000 dental professionals volunteering at over 50 clinics across the state through Give Kids a Smile.

To find a clinic with open appointments, visit or call the United Way at 211 (just dial 2-1-1).

Appointments can be scheduled directly with the dental office. No eligibility questions are asked, in an effort to remove any possible barrier to care. Patients must be 18 years or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Specific services provided at each location will be outlined when an appointment is scheduled. Volunteers speaking multiple languages are also available at many locations to help with language barriers.

Participating Clinic in DAKOTA COUNTY

Mosaic Dental Eagan
(651) 681-9044
4555 Erin Drive, Suite 180
Eagan, MN 55122
Services Offered: Exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, fillings, extractions
*Event Date: 2/2/23
Office Hours: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Translators: Spanish, Cambodian, Ukrainian

If You Need Assistance or Translation Services

Please call United Way 2-1-1 (or 800-543-7709), where Information and Referral Specialists can assist you in Hmong, Somali and Spanish Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The specialists there can place a three-way call to the dental clinic and assist you in making an appointment. (info on the program) (additional clinics in other counties)

Order Your 2022-2023 Parkview Elementary Yearbook

Go to (Yearbook ID Code 2092223)

Parkview Elementary

Parkview Elementary School is part of District 196. Our attendance area middle and high schools are Scott Highlands Middle School and Eastview High School and Valley Middle School STEM and Apple Valley High School STEM.