Principal's Message



MAY, 2019

Dear Parents:

            Less than 3 weeks left in this school year—so hard to believe!  We have so many events scheduled for these next three weeks—field trips and field days—for students to enjoy! 

            Our students have finished with state testing for this year. I want to thank our students and staff for their great efforts to prepare for and be successful on the state tests. The results will be released by June 15 for the 3rd grade reading test. All 3rd graders met their promotion scores for the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee!  The results of the other state tests will not be available until the end of June.  

            Mrs. Diane Otten, our speech therapist, is retiring at the end of this school year.  We appreciate all of her efforts on behalf of our students over the years. Best wishes to her in her new endeavors!  

            In order to assist the transportation department in establishing bus routes at the beginning of the year, there will be a period of time where NO busing changes will be permitted.  The last day to make busing changes for the 2019-2020 school year will be August 13.  The transportation department will start accepting busing changes for the remainder of the school year starting August 27.

            Yearbooks for the 2018-2019 school year are available in the elementary office, if you did not order one previously.  First come, first served. The soft cover yearbook is $20.00 and checks can be made payable to Parkway Local Schools.  If you need a yearbook from a previous year, call or stop in the office to check pricing.

            We hope that everyone has a wonderful, active and safe summer.  Be sure your child finds time to read!  Thank you for supporting your children and school staff throughout the year!  Back to School Night is August 13 and the 2019-20 school year starts on August 19.


 Mark Esselstein, Principal


               May  6—Panther Pride Photos for April.

                        7—Kindergarten to Hellwarth Dairy, 8:45-10:30.

                        8—Last Kids’ Club for this year.

                        9—1st grade to Ft. Wayne Zoo.  3rd graders to Rockford

                       10—Last day to earn AR points for incentives.  3rd graders to 
                                    Rockford Museum. 2nd grade to Science Central.

                       16—Cash Box drawing for AR qualifiers.  Behavior reward 
                                     movie for 4th 9 weeks, 8:30 a.m.  Spring preschool 
                                     parent meeting followed by concert, 6:15 p.m.

                       17—Last day to earn AR points for grades.  Celina 2nd grade Pen
                                      Pals visit.

                       20—3rd grade field day at Shanes Park, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
                                         2nd grade field day,12:15-2:45 p.m.  Summer library
                                        program presentations.

                       21—Kindergarten to Shanes Park, 9:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m..  DJ 
                                          Dance Party for AR qualifiers for all four 9 weeks.

                       22—4th grade field day, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Last day of