Principal's Message

    PARKWAY ELEMENTARY PARENT UPDATE

                          NOVEMBER, 2019

Dear Parents:

      The Parkway Schools will be hosting a Veterans’ Day assembly on Monday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m. in the high school gym.  Our veterans and their families will be recognized and each grade level will contribute through music and hand-made creations.  Following the ceremony, families can have their pictures taken and there will be a reception with coffee, juice and muffins served.  Please join us in this patriotic salute to those who have served or are currently serving our country.

   If your child visits the doctor or dentist during the school day, please be sure to turn in a doctor’s excuse the next day your child is in attendance.  Having doctor’s notes will not count in days missed for the House Bill 410 attendance letters that schools are required to use to notify parents of too many absences.  This is a new change by the state.   

      The Ohio Department of Education has announced the promotion score needed for our 3rd graders on the state ELA test to advance to 4th grade.  Students need to score a 683 for the ELA scaled score or a 46 on the reading subscore. We should get the results back just before Christmas.  Students who do not achieve the promotion score will receive additional intervention and will take an alternate test (Terra Nova) in late January to try to achieve the needed score. 

      As the weather will be turning sharply colder and students will be consistently wearing hats and coats to school, we ask that you talk to your child about not sharing those coats and hats with other children in order to prevent the possible spread of head lice.   If you have any questions about pediculosis, please contact Patty Hipply, our school nurse for more information.  It would also be helpful to write your child’s name on the labels of their belongings as our lost and found tends to fill up quickly at this time of year.

       Remember to count the blessings in your life—family, friends, health and especially your children as Thanksgiving approaches!

 Sincerely,

 Mr. Mark Esselstein, Principal                         

 IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS                 

            November 5—School-wide safety drill, 10 a.m.
                              6—1st grade to OSU-Lima Theatre presentation, 9:00-2:45.
                              7-- Parent-Teacher Conferences, K-4, 4:30-8:00 p.m.
                              8—Paw Wow, 1:15 p.m. 
                            14—Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4:30-8:00 p.m.
                            25—2nd grade to WSU-LV for STEM Day, 8:20-2:45.  Parent-Teacher
                                     Conferences, 4:30-8:00 p.m.
                            26—Two-hour early release for students. Thanksgiving Break starts.

              December 3--School resumes. Columbus Children's Theater presents "Scrooge", TBA.
                               5--Winter concerts for 2nd and 4th grades, 6:00/6:45 p.m.
                               12--Winter concerts for 1st and 3rd grades, 6:00/6:45 p.m.
                               20--Last day of the 2nd 9-weeks grading period.
                               23--Christmas break begins.  School resumes on January 6.