Principal's Message


 

PARKWAY ELEMENTARY PARENT UPDATE

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Dear Parents:

    These first two weeks of school have gone very smoothly and our students seem very eager to learn.  Please make sure you set up a homework routine at home—same time, same quiet place—so they get the needed practice on the skills they are learning in the classroom.  Homework is the student's responsibility, not yours.  I do want our parents to make sure that homework is completed and done with full effort and focus, and, in grades 2-4, to sign the agenda book each night to let the teacher know that you have checked over your child's work.

    The month of September is dominated by state-mandated assessments, primarily in reading.  We utilize the data from state diagnostics, STAR Reading and DIBELS to determine which students may need specific interventions during our RTI time. If students continue to struggle, parents and/or teachers may request that the Intervention Assistance Team meet to discuss the difficulties that a student is encountering and develop a plan to address them.  The IAT consists of the parent, teachers, guidance counselor, school psychologist and principal.  There are strict guidelines/timelines that the school has to follow before we can refer a child for testing for special education.

    All parents need to update all school-related forms online.  Please create an account by visiting https://parkway.esvportal.com/ or visit our website at http://www.parkwayschools.org and click on Parkway ESV Portal under the Parent Tab and create your own account.  We have 30+ parents who have not yet done so. Emergency medical information, parental contact numbers, computer acceptable use and field trip permission forms among others need to be completed.  If you need help with completing these forms, be sure to call Michelle Tribolet, my secretary, at 419-363-3045, ext. 720 and she will be happy to assist you.  It is also important that we have current custody papers on file in our office as well.  Thank you for your help with these matters.

 Sincerely,

 Mark Esselstein, Principal

 IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

September 3—Labor Day.  No school for students.
                  4-7—Fall DIBELS screening.
                  5—Athletic Booster Club meeting, 6:30 p.m.
                  11—School Board meeting.
                  12—Student pictures with LifeTouch for alternate preschool.
                  13—Student pictures with LifeTouch for PS-4th grade.
                  16—Athletic Booster Club golf scramble at the Celina Lynx.
                  21—Mid-term reports go home.
    October 12—Local visiting author, Michell Houts.