Principal's Message

  • Principal

    Message from Mrs. Hall

    Parkside Families,

    I want to take a moment to welcome all of our Parkside families – those who are new to us and those who are returning.  We are extremely excited to kick off the 2019-2020 school year with your children.  We truly hope you and your families had a wonderful summer and were able to enjoy this time to rejuvenate and refuel for the upcoming year.  This year we will continue to work on developing not only intelligent young boys and girls, but building their character.  Our theme this year will be, Proud to be a Parkside Panther, where you can BE kind, smart, courageous, a good friend, etc.… or you could just be the BEST YOU, you can be. 

    As you prepare to come back to school in just a few short days, we want to ensure that you and your children will be prepared; so please pay close attention to a few helpful reminders.  Our “Meet and Greet,” for your children will be on Tuesday, August 13th.  All of our students who will be entering grades 3-5 may come from 8:30-9:30 am.  All of our students entering Pre-K-grade 2 and ESE, will be able to come from 10:00-11:00.  If you are unable to attend either of these times, we will be happy to direct you to your child’s class on the first day of school.  Please know that parents will be allowed to walk with their children to their classroom at meet and greet as well as the first day of school only.  Beginning on the first day of school, all students will be issued an ID Badge that will be kept at school for our daily use.  All students, staff and any other individual on campus MUST wear an id badge at all times.  Parents have two options for drop-off.  You may park in one of our designated parking spots located on the north side of the school (our car loop) or you may park across the street at the park and walk your child to the front of the school.  Please always make sure you are crossing in the designated locations with our crossing guards.  Parents may also chose to drive through our car loop, which is located off of 101st.  The loop off of 29th is for Bus and Staff parking only. Please do not use this for dropping your children off or picking up your children.  Beginning on the 2nd day of school, August 15th, no parents will be allowed past our teal security gates at the front of the school.  We will have several staff members who will assist you in ensuring your children get to class safe and secure.  It will take a few days, sometimes weeks, but your children will learn their daily routine. Our front office door is locked on a daily basis.  If you need to come into our school office, you will need ring the doorbell and someone will assist you shortly.  Please make sure you always have your identification with you when entering the school.  We will be checking your identification when you are visiting as well as when you are early releasing your child.  Please remember 1:30 is the latest that you can early release your child.   We do love our volunteers and if you are interested in volunteering in your child’s or other classrooms, your teachers will be discussing this at their Open Houses in a few weeks.  Please make sure you have registered online at

    Our school hours are 7:30 am-2:00 pm.  Students will not be allowed to enter the building until 7:30 am therefore will be unsupervised prior to being let on campus.  Classes begin promptly at 8:00 am.  Any student arriving after this time will be considered tardy.  Please do your best to get an early start to get here on time.  We know the first few days will be challenging, but it will smooth out quickly.  Dismissal is at 2:00 pm.  Please make sure your child and their teacher know how he/she is getting home.  This is very important.  If there is a change in dismissal procedures, you must inform the office as well as your child’s teacher.  If we are unaware of this change via phone or note, your child will be sent home their normal way for dismissal.  We do have our own aftercare program which begins promptly at 2:00 and runs through 6:00 pm.  Please see our aftercare coordinators if you are interested. 

    One of the best and most up to date ways to know what is happening at Parkside is through my weekly parent links.  Each Friday, I will be sending out an update via phone, text and email letting you know all of the great happenings here at our school.  Please make sure you have your information correct in our school’s system and please make sure you take the time to listen thoroughly to these messages.  It can help you with planning and save you a lot of time.  Also, our marquee on the south side of the school, always has important dates and times of upcoming events. 

    I know this is a lot of information, but it is important to us that you feel comfortable and ready on your child’s first day of school.  Should you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to ask my staff or me.  We are here to serve you and your children.  We are looking forward to an amazing school year. 

    Laneia Hall, Principal