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Mr. Hudson's Principal Message on Sunday, July 7

Welcome, Sandpiper families, to an exciting new school year at Parkside! As we start on the journey of 2024-25, our commitment to your child's growth and success shines brighter than ever. This year promises endless opportunities for exploration, learning, and personal development. Together, we'll nurture curiosity, celebrate achievements, and foster a community where every student thrives. Get ready for an amazing school year filled with innovative learning experiences, supportive friendships, and unforgettable moments. We can't wait to partner with you on this extraordinary adventure that is the 2024-25 school year!


Upcoming Events:

  • July 8 - First Day of School for Tracks 1, 2, and 3
  • July 26 - Meet the Teacher Track 4
  • July 29 - First Day of School for Track 4 

Walking Your Child to Class

We are excited to welcome both you and your child to Parkside on the first day of school! To help ease the transition and make the first day special, we are allowing parents to walk their children to class on the first day of school only. Please remember that this is not a time to try to have a parent conference or linger in the classroom.

After the first day, we kindly ask that all students proceed to their classrooms independently. This helps promote their confidence and independence while ensuring a smooth and efficient start to our school days.

Track 4 Teacher Assignments for 2024-2025 

Track 4 families will receive their notification Thursday, July 25 by noon.


BOY Attendance Reminder

It is very important that students are present at the beginning of the school year. Please plan trips during your students' track out period and return once the track out has ended. Please know that we are not able to send work with children for extended absences, nor are we able to prevent the daily phone calls from the county about each absence. Letters regarding the absences will be sent home based on the number of days required by board policy. Long term absences may result in missing grades for areas of student report cards due to lack of student work and/or skill assessment data. Additionally, please be aware that students with a significant number of absences are required to be considered for withdrawal.  If your student is withdrawn, you will need to re-register, and we cannot guarantee that a seat will be available at Parkside.  If we are at capacity due to our enrollment cap, your child will be sent to our overflow school (Carpenter Elementary) and placed on a waitlist to return.


If you have any questions please contact Parkside’s principal, Mr. Hudson, or social worker, Ms. Russ.


The Instructional Day and Tardies

Students should not start arriving on campus before 8:45. The building opens to students at 8:45, and morning arrival lasts until 9:15. At 9:15 the tardy bell will ring. Any student not in the building by 9:15 will be marked tardy. Afternoon dismissal begins at 3:45.


New Signing a Student In or Out

Starting July 8, all families must use the Verkada system for signing students in late or checking them out early. The process remains unchanged: scan the QR code outside the main entrance to access the Verkada system, then follow the steps to check your student in or out. The only new requirement is scanning your driver's license to begin the process.


Sign Up to Volunteer

We want to remind you of the importance of renewing your volunteer registration each year. This is required if you plan on volunteering at school, chaperone a field trip, or participate in school sponsored activities that take place during the instructional day. If you have not been cleared through the volunteer registration system you will not be able to volunteer.


If you have never registered as a volunteer before, please follow the steps below to complete the registration process


Volunteer Registration Renewal

Families who were approved to volunteer in the 2023-24 school year should have received an email on July 1 outlining the simple volunteer renewal process for the 2024-25 school year. Encourage families to renew their volunteer status during the renewal window, July 1-Oct. 1.

Register as a WCPSS Volunteer For the First Time

All WCPSS parent and community volunteers are required to register again every school year through the MyVolunteer system. (When your child begins a new grade level for a new school year, you must fill out a new volunteer application.) Please complete your registration on a computer at home or school. It is very difficult to complete using a mobile phone. It can take several weeks for your registration to be approved so don’t wait until field trips to try and register.  Register now so you are ready and able to volunteer in the classroom, volunteer for school events, or chaperone at any time this school year!

  1. Click the link below to start your volunteer registration:
  2. Click create new account.
  3. Complete the online form and select all the schools that you are requesting to volunteer or chaperone for the 2023-2024 school year.
  4. It will then say pending. 
  5. Soon after you will receive an email with a customized link for you to complete next steps for your background check. This link expires 10 days from the day you receive the email.  Follow the instructions in that email.  You will fill out all items in red boxes and then you will review and digitally sign four documents (Summary of Rights Under the FCRA, Disc & Auth, NC Security Freeze Notice, and WCPSS Volunteer Agreement).
  6. If you leave the CRC background site before completing your contact information, you will have to begin the process again. 
  7. You must include your social security number to register to volunteer.  If you do not have a social security number, please contact or call 919-694-8233.
  8. Great news is that this year you will be notified by the MyVolunteer system if you are approved to volunteer!
  9. For Technical Support contact the Customer Care Group at 877-272-0266, Ext. 0 or email

Please Note:  If you are a WCPSS Employee seeking to volunteer/chaperone in the schools, you do not have to complete a criminal background check. However, employees will still need to register in the MyVolunteer system ( and complete the Wake County Volunteer Agreement and other required forms.  Employees must select the “Current Staff of WCPSS” link on MyVolunteer to complete the volunteer registration process and must use their WCPSS email address to complete the 

Carpool and Walker Tag Information for 2024-25 School Year 

If you are a new or returning family for the 2024-2025 school year here are the links to request carpool and/or walker tags.  Remember only families in the WCPSS designated walkzone are eligible to receive walker tags. New tags will be provided to students at the beginning of the new school year.  Here are the links:  Carpool Tags and Walker Tags


Families who are eligible for the bus will get an email with directions of how to check your  bus assignment (stop and time information) in Powerschools. This email will also include information of how to register for the bus or decline bus transportation. Sometimes these automated messages go into people’s spam / junk folders so it is recommended that you check those folders periodically. Bus routes change from year to year. Do not assume that a bus that went in your neighborhood for the 2023-2024 school year will be the same for 2024-2025. 


Parent Resources for the Summer

Linked here you will find cross-curricular parent resources to help students stay engaged during the summer.


Important Links to Access Easily