School Information

Parkside Elementary

At Parkside Elementary, we are proud to offer a warm and welcoming environment for our students, staff, parents and visitors. Parkside serves approximately 380 students in grades K- 5, and also houses two district level programs servicing children in the Quest Gifted/Talented Program as well as in special education. In addition to the core curriculum, our specialist teachers provide instruction for vocal music, physical education, and library media/ technology.  Qualifying students are further supported with Title I instruction and Reading Corps Tutoring. All of our teachers are highly qualified and fully licensed in the areas in which they teach. Parkside rewards positive behaviors to build the social skills of students and create a positive culture. We work together as both staff and students to support each other, learn and have fun.


Parkside CARES

C = Cooperation
A = Assertion
R = Responsibility
E = Empathy
S = Self-control

Collaborative Art project on wall

Our Parkside school motto is:
Parkside CARES - for ourselves, others, our learning, our school.

Attendance Line

If your child will be late or absent to school for any reason, please call our attendance line at 763.682.8582 and leave a message with your child's name, teacher name and the reason for the absence.  Unreported absences will be considered unexcused. If you are planning a family vacation, please remember to fill out and turn in a vacation form from the office in advance.

Parent Visits

Parents are always welcome to visit Parkside!  All visitors must check in at the main office for security purposes. You will be required to sign in and wear a badge while in our building. If you would like to have a school lunch with your child, please call our Nutrition Services staff at 763.682.8511 ahead of time so that we can reserve you a lunch.

Drop off & Pick up

If a child is arriving late to school, we ask that an adult personally check the child in at the office. You will need to sign your child in and obtain a pass for class. If a child needs to leave early during the school day, please come in to the office to sign the student out. Our school is located on city streets, so visitor parking is limited. See the Parent Drop off & Pick up information below for details.


School Day Schedule

7:25 am

Students begin arriving at school.

7:45 am

School day begins. Students should be in their classrooms at this time.


Lunch: 10:30-10:50     Recess: 10:50-11:10

Grade 1

Recess: 10:20-10:40     Lunch: 10:40-11:00

Grade 2 & 1-2 combo

Recess: 10:30-10:50     Lunch 10:50-11:10

Grade 4

Recess: 10:45-11:05     Lunch 11:05-11:25

Grade 5

Recess: 10:55-11:15     Lunch 11:15-11:35


Recess: 11:10-11:30     Lunch 11:30-11:50

Grade 3

Recess: 11:20-11:40     Lunch 11:40-12:00

2:05 pm

Students who ride shuttle buses are dismissed, and meet in the entryway for a staff member to accompany them to the shuttle buses.

2:25 pm

All remaining students are dismissed, and classes walk out to buses with their teachers.

FAQs for Parents

Students can enter the building at 7:25 am, and school begins at 7:45 am. There is no supervision available until 7:25 am as teachers are prepping for classes and attending meetings, and students will need to wait outdoors if they arrive prior to 7:25 am. Make sure that your child(ren) dress appropriately for the weather in the event that they need to wait outdoors for several minutes. If your child is a walker, make sure that they are not leaving the house too early to avoid an extended wait time.

*KidKare is available if you need before school child care, so please contact them if you need child care before 7:25 am at 763-682.8787. 

Students have a rotating Specialist schedule when they are at PhyEd, Music or Media.  This time is also the classroom teacher's "prep" time, so this is a good time to reach the classroom teacher. It is often more helpful to email the teacher directly, and then they can respond or call when they are best able to, as their prep time is their lesson planning time and time to meet with the grade level team. You can also discuss an in-person meeting time directly with the teacher if needed, and they will notify the front office that you have a scheduled appointment.

Here is the schedule below for the teacher prep times and specials for students for the 2019-2020 school year.



Kid Kare offers school age child care for children age 3 through grade 6, as well as the KinderKids program for children ages 3-5 year of age.

Kid Kare is located inside Door #2 at Parkside Elementary, and the parent check-in is located in room 109.  Please enter through Door #2 before and after school hours.  If you arrive during the school day between 7:45 am- 2:25 pm, you will need to enter through the front entrance (Door #1) and sign in at the office as a visitor for security purposes.

Please contact Lori Trogstad, Kid Kare Coordinator, if you want to register or have questions about the program at 763.682.8787. You can find more information on the Kid Kare site.

Families are encouraged to schedule family vacations during school holidays such as winter or spring break, and to work around testing dates whenever possible. Regular daily attendance is important to school success. 

In the event that this is not possible, the Principal’s office as well as the child’s teacher should be informed in advance of any special vacation that will cause a student's absence from the classroom.  Since teachers plan lessons according to the daily needs of their students, they are not expected to have assignments ready ahead of time. Please contact the teacher about make-up work when your child returns to school.

Per district policy, all vacations must be pre-approved by the Principal in order to be considered an excused absence.  Please submit your request to the Principal by filling out and printing the form below.  Please send the completed form to the school office at least one week prior to the start date of the absence.  In cases of excessive prior absences, the absence may not be approved as an excused absence.

Vacation Prior Approval Request

Sick child

Attendance & School Absences

Front of Parkside

Parent Drop Off and Pick Ups

Computer lab

Parkside Testing Schedule

Parkside health office

BHM Health Services

orange sections

BHM Nutrition Services

School Bus

Vision of Buffalo

Sensory Room

Special Education

Students raising hands in classroom

Gifted & Talented


Parkside is a school that fosters creativity for diverse learners, with deeply dedicated staff working with families to ensure the best education experience possible. Students grow by challenging themselves, learning to interact positively and reaching for academic success.  Parkside was built in 1956 as the original elementary school in Buffalo, MN, with additions being added in 1966 and 1988.  It was previously known as Buffalo Intermediate School, housing students in grades K, 4, 5 and 6. As additional schools were built in Buffalo and schools were re-organized, Parkside became a neighborhood K-5 elementary school. 

"My daughters absolutely love Parkside. When kids look forward to going to school each day, the teachers must be doing something right! I believe the faculty here goes above and beyond to ensure each student feels like they belong and that they matter."  ~Pam, parent