What Makes Parkside Unique

Kindergarten class

Nurturing Environment

We embrace the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support framework (PBIS), which provides clear expectations and rewards for positive student behavior. Building relationships with students is an important part of that process. We celebrate with our family Bingo Days, our Family Fun Festival and our annual school party. Out students also have opportunities to build relationships with senior citizens in our community. 

 

 

Gr 4 students learning outside

Special Learning Opportunities

Students have a daily rotation to provide learning opportunities in music, physical education, and art that provide exciting pathways to learn and grow. A "Makerspace" area also fosters creativity and hands-on learning.

teacher working with students on a computer

Student-Centered Learning

Small group instruction allows students to work at their own pace and ensures each child's learning needs are met. Teachers use flexible seating and workspace options to individualize learning and enhance engagement. Parkside is home to the district-wide Quest program, serving highly gifted students in grades 2-5. In addition, Title I instruction and Reading Corps tutoring support qualifying students. 

kindergarten students on a tablet

Meaningful Use of Technology

Technology is integrated into classrooms through the use of iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, Smartboards and more. Robotics, Makerspace and coding provide our students with extra enrichment opportunities and more hands-on learning experiences. 

Students in music class.

Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds

Physical movement is built into our daily routine in the form of recess, Brain Breaks, and Morning Movers. Morning Movers is an optional before-school movements opportunity for interested students. It is facilitated by the PhyEd teacher and runs from 7:25-7:40, with various grade levels participating on specified days. Teachers use a variety of activities to teach students about the mind/body connection. Activities include calming strategies, stretching exercises, quick energy bursts and brain training. 

Music notes

Mindful Melodies

Mindful Melodies is an optional before-school ease into the day opportunity for interested students.  It is facilitated by the Music teacher and runs from 7:25-7:40 am, with various grade levels participating on specified days.  

Students doing science experiment

Quest

The Quest program services highly gifted students (top two to three percent in class) in Grades 2-9 and is a tuition-free school within a school program located at Parkside Elementary for Grades 2-5. Siblings of students in the elementary program may choose to enroll at Parkside as well. You can find out more information on the Quest program and assessment forms here.

Photo of Maker Space sign

Parkside Maker Space

The Parkside Maker Space is a classroom set up with all kinds of different items and supplies. Students can explore, build, create and tinker which then fosters curiosity, creativity and collaboration. Students are able to ponder “What can I create/invent/explore with this?” This unstructured learning time leads to innovation, inventing, and making connections while they are working on projects.

parent working on an art project with students

Parent Involvement

We value parent support and involvement, recognizing that parental involvement is important in a child's education. Parent help in many ways, from volunteering in the classroom to helping raise funds to organizing family events throughout the year. Our Parent Volunteer Coordinator helps parents connect in meaningful ways. 

Little Library in front of school

Parkside Little Library

The Little Library sits in front of Parkside, and students and families are welcome to stop, browse and borrow a book to read!

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