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5th Grade

Parkside Elementary School
Teresa Caswell, Principal
332 Parkside Valley Drive
Morrisville, N.C. 27560
tel: (919) 431-7400

5th Grade 2020-2021!

Greetings Parkside Parents of 5th Graders!  I hope you are doing well and are ready for this most unique school year to begin.  Whether you are part of the Parkside Virtual Academy or Plan A/B/C – we are all beginning with 100% remote instruction and your Sandpiper Staff members have been working exceedingly hard to not only plan rigorous instruction, but to also ensure that we are developing strong RELATIONSHIPS!  One of Parkside’s core values is “Relationships Before Content.” Never has that been more important than in 2020. This is a long email (apologies) but all the info is very important for the new year and may different slightly from other grades (if you have more than one child at Parkside)!  As always, thank you for your partnership and support.

To that end, the 5th grade team has developed an instructional process that will include all 5th grade teachers providing instruction across content areas – for example, one teacher may provide the math lesson to the grade level before they break into smaller groups with each teacher. This will provide our 5th graders a range of expertise from our staff, allow them to build relationships across the grade level, and ease any uncertainty as we move through this year where students may move from online to cohort rotations, etc.

The 5th grade team will be sending information this Friday regarding the Google classroom for students and additional information for parents.  It is important that students always log into their Wake ID and then open Google through that portal in order to access their classroom and to sign on to other application/resources (“sign in with google”). This email will also include a schedule of relationship building and grounding events for the first two Orientation weeks (August 17th and August 24th).

Speaking of schedules - Master Schedule 2020-21.pdf  takes you to the Parkside Master Schedule that will begin the week of August 31st (after the orientation weeks). Note that there are synchronous (in real time) activities and asynchronous (scheduled but without live interactions) activities. Attendance will be taken each day and coursework graded.  The noted office hours will be by appointment (parent or student) to ensure 1:1 support of content or lesson-specific questions. The 5th grade teachers will provide information regarding how to make an appointment.

Finally, please mark your calendars for virtual parent open houses and supply/material pick up

During the supply/material pick up:

  • Teachers will be outside with other staff providing material distribution (good opportunity to see them in 3-Dimensions!). 
  • If you were not able to pick up your child’s materials from last year, there will be an opportunity to do so on this date as well.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to provide multiple grade level materials (for siblings) on the grade specific days.  If you are unable to come both days, you may find the Alternate date (with admin but not necessarily with grade level teachers) more accessible to your schedule. This date is also for those unable to make the grade specific day/time:
    • Alternate date:  August 26th date from 5-6pm

Finally – if you completed the WCPSS technology survey and indicated you are in need of device, you will be contacted soon (if you haven’t already) by district personnel regarding a day the week of August 17th for you to pick up your child’s device from one of the 5 regional distribution center schools. Please note this will NOT occur at Parkside and is separate from the supplies/materials pick up.

That’s it for now!  Stay tuned for more information from your 5th grade team (Friday) and have a great rest of the week!​​​​​​​


Teresa Caswell, Principal



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