Message from Mrs. Hall
Yay, Yay It’s the beginning of May!!
I can’t believe how fast this year is coming to an end. In just a few more weeks, summer will be here. If I do not get another chance before then, I want to thank you all for entrusting us with your children each and every day. We hope you all have a safe a restful summer and remember to put down that device; read and talk with your children.
Over the last few months our students have been preparing for the Florida Standards Assessment. This week, our 4th and 5th graders took the English Language Arts portion and 5th began their Science Assessment. Next week, the students in 3rd-5th will finish with the Math portion. As much as we know these tests are important, we want to continue to stay positive and not have them become stressed. This is just one measure of their learning and no measure of who they are as individuals. We are so proud of all of our students. Just so you are aware, we have been told by the State, we will receive only 3rd grade reading at the end of May and the rest of the results are expected to arrive in late June. Teachers will be having more conversations with you on your child’s promotion over these next few weeks. As soon as we have the information, we will share this with our families.
Also beginning next week, all of our 1st and 2nd grade students will be taking their end of the year Reading Assessment. This will begin on Thursday and be completed on Friday. Please make sure with all of these assessments your children get a good night’s rest, eat a healthy breakfast and arrive at school on time.
Next week (May 6th – 10th) is Staff Appreciation Week. This is a great time to celebrate your child’s teacher. We know how hard they work for the children here at Parkside throughout the year and this is a great way to show your appreciation. Sending in small items each day like a piece of fruit, flowers, a hand written note from your child, a sweet treat, or lottery ticket are all easy ways to show your appreciation. The most important thing is we want our staff to know how much we appreciate all they do for the children. PTA sent some suggestions to follow as well.
As we get close to the end of the year, make sure you are looking around your house for any books that may belong to Parkside. Each year students have obligations from lost books and we want to try to prevent this if possible. Please let Ms. Rivera know if you have any concerns with media center books.
On May 16th, we will be having a wonderful night here at Parkside where we will be celebrating the arts! We will have art, music, multicultural events, tile painting and a book fair taking place. There will be performances, demonstrations, sales and so much more. We hope to see you at this event.
Finally, at the end of May we will be having several celebrations for the students in each grade level. Please look out for those dates so you don’t miss out. We try to take a moment and recognize each student for their accomplishments this year. Teachers will be sending out more as the dates gets closer.
Happy May to you all!!
Laneia Hall, Principal