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The Parkside Semi-monthly 2/10/19

Greetings Parkside Families!  This is your proud principal, Teresa Caswell, writing with a few updates, reminders, and upcoming events.  The excitement is increasing as we draw near to the 2019-20 school year; I have enjoyed meeting many of you and your students and am so thrilled to be a Sandpiper!


Building site Construction continues and the recent dry, warm, weather is definitely helping get the building to a “dry-in” state where additional interior work can happen regardless of daylight.  I have met and worked with the exterior site managers/designers and we are going to have a gorgeous site that complements the surrounding Breckenridge community.  I cannot wait to see the foliage and other natural elements in the different season’s glory.  Beautiful.

Walk Zone – at parent meetings I mentioned that bus stops are placed 0.3 miles from student’s houses.  I mistakenly believed that this was also the school’s walk zone distance.  In actuality, a walk zone can be up to 1.5 miles from the school.  At this time Parkside does not have a residence further than ~0.9 miles from the school entrance and I am working with transportation on ensuring that the final walk and bus zones are safe.  This includes investigating the options for crossing guards and completing a “walk audit” in the coming weeks with Transportation.  The walk zone at this point has not been finalized and bus routes are still to be determined.  I will keep you updated as we move forward.

Building: Our building is looking beautiful and I have been meeting with facilities on furniture and materials/supplies.  We will have a wonderful science lab – something that is pretty unique in Wake County elementary schools!  We will also have several collaborative spaces near classrooms that will support the work of Project Approach.  We are going to have an amazing year of Empowerment through Innovation!


If you have not yet, Please fill out this track preference form – Once the county transfer process has completed mid-March, the track placement process will begin.  Track assignments will be communicated by mid-April. Thank you!

Upcoming Events:

March and April – I will be meeting with current Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students at our sending schools… I look forward to hearing from our younger Pipers!

April 13th – 10:30am Grades 1 and 2 – Principal Caswell read aloud at West Regional Library

April 13th – 11:30am Grades 3, 4, and 5 – Principal Caswell read aloud at West Regional Libray

April 27th – 10:30am Kindergarten – Principal Caswell read aloud at W. Regional Library

Other event dates to be determined:


Instrument Show and Tell.  Yes!  I have confirmed that Parkside will have a Piper Band taught and directed by Summerglen Music’s Christina Thompson and Andrew Munger.  Band sessions will run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm.  More information will be coming in April. Stay Tuned!


Kindergarten Orientation – YMCA:  Parents of incoming kindergarten students are encouraged to join us to hear from Kindergarten teachers, our counselor, WCPSS transportation, and support staff on all things Kindergarten!

2nd, 3rd and 4th grades – Picnic with the Principal – Pullen Park: Bring your sandpipers and lunch and meet me at Pullen Park one Saturday to enjoy the weather, have lunch (bring your own), play and get to know each other as a school-family.


Kinder and First grade- popsicles with the principal (Saturday at one of the sending school playgrounds).

5th Grade BBQ – All incoming 5th graders, and their parents, along with Parkside administrators, teachers, and other support staff (specials, counselors, etc.)… join us for an evening just for those who will be the first 5th grade class of Parkside Pipers!


July 8th – Save the Date!  Tracks 1, 2, and 3 Teacher Meet and Mingle in the combined gym/café (times TBD) and view the school (assuming full occupancy). Track 4 will just view the school; Track 4 Meet and Mingle will be July 26th in the combined gym/café.

I am looking forward to a strong February finish as a Sandpiper!  Please let me know if I can help you in anyway.