Message from Mrs. Hall
Happy New Year Parkside Families! Welcome to the start of 2019. I hope that you all were able to enjoy some time off and that you had the opportunity to celebrate with your friends and families. As we reflect upon 2018 and begin 2019, I wish you all health, happiness, and prosperity this year. Over the next few months, we will be very busy getting ready for the final two quarters of school. These months begin our assessment season. The students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th will begin the month of January with the Broward Standards Assessment. This is our “mock” Florida Standards Assessment which gives us some additional data so that our teachers know which standards to spend more time with in order for students to achieve mastery. This assessment will be on the computer. This data will also help us to identify students who could benefit from attending our academic camps. The beginning of FSA testing will occur right after we return from our Spring Break. Please remember to check your calendar and to listen to your weekly parent link in order to know the specific days your children are testing.
The month of February will be challenging this year for many within our community. As we prepare ourselves to commemorate the tragedy that occurred at MSD, the district has asked for schools to treat February 14 as a day of service. Parents, students, staff, and community members are being asked to use this day to give back to our schools and to others. We have several projects that are in the works and we really will need your support. We also will be selling special T-shirts that students, staff, and parents can wear on this day. These profits will be used to help support the different projects we will be doing. Please be on the lookout for more information coming home soon and IF you have a business or company that you work for that would be interested in donating to this cause, please contact the front office and ask for Beth. We do have a letter that we can give out to you to share with these individuals. We are looking for lots of parents to participate on this day, but PLEASE remember you must have completed the online volunteer forms in order to help us out. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
There are several facilities projects that will be in the works over the next few months as well. We are in the final phase of our single point of entry. I have met with the design team and construction company and our front gates are in the process of being fabricated. As with most things, this process does take time. We are hoping to see the final product installed by the end of February. Also, beginning this year, Parkside is up for the $100,000 SMART discretionary funds. These are funds that were allocated with the SMART bond for school to use at their discretionary. This process will be decided on and discussed through our School Advisory Council. If you are interested in hearing about the possible projects or have an idea, please attend one of our monthly SAC meetings where the District will be explaining this process to our committee. Please remember as we start 2019: let’s get off to a great start by arriving at school on time. The habits we instill in our children early on help to shape them into successful young ladies and gentleman. School starts promptly at 8:00. Thanks again for all you do for our school and Happy New Year!
Laneia Hall, Principal