Parkside Happenings:

Here is a full and complete list of what we've been up to at Parkside.

Pathway to Adolescence 2/4

Pathway to Adolescence

When: Tuesday, February 4, 6:30-8pm
Where: Parkside
By: Bethany Prescott
For: Parents of children 8-12 years old

Please RSVP via your online volunteer account. 

Our children are growing in so many wild and wonderful ways as they head towards adolescence. In this workshop, we’ll talk honestly about what it means to be a tween and teenager, and what they need from us as parents.

Please join us for this FREE parent workshop. There will be no childcare, so please make arrangements. Please RSVP.

 Pathway to Adolescence flier

Holiday Bazaar 12/20

Parkside’s Annual Holiday Bazaar

Thursday, December, 20th 8am – 2pm

Join us for last minute Christmas shopping, homemade tamales and tacos. A plethora of gifts ranging from $2 – $150 awaits you. Each vendor will donate 20% of their sales from the day back to Parkside so stop by for lunch and shopping!

Click on each vendor to get a sneak preview from their website:


Your Extraordinary Family Life

Your Extraordinary Family Life: A Parenting Workshop

Tips and tools for creating more ease, joy, connection, and love every single day!”

Location: Parkside
Date / Time: Thursday, November 7th, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Description: This is going to be a high-energy, nuts-and-bolts talk packed with actionable wisdom and some ideas for making life with little ones really spectacular. This will be  an informative and inspirational talk that will get you flowing as a family. 

You will leave with the skills to:
>>Minimize meltdowns
>>Support your little ones when they are feeling big emotions
>>Understand, read and respond to your child’s brain state
>>Tune into your own inner knowing
>>Faster deep connections now, for great relationships later
>>Know and choose what’s right for you your family






Brain Development in the New Millennium

Tuesday, September 24th, 6:30-8:00pm
Presented by Dr. Linda Swank
Please RSVP

The development of the New Millennial Brain is very different from the development of human brains in the past. Archeologists estimate that modern humans have been on the Earth for about 200,000 years. For most of that time, humans interacted closely with the rhythms of nature. Even our public school schedule was designed in the 19th-century to accommodate morning chores and harvest schedules.

Our New Millennial Brain children are being exposed to very different types of stimulation and interactions. The World Wide Web became available to the public in 1991, and the iPod and iPad revolution occurred as the New Millennium dawned. We now have a video gaming culture that is even more popular than TV. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Fund, young people now spend more than 7.5 hours a day on smart phones and computers and watching television.

As the human brain develops continually from the time the child is in utero into the 20s, how does all this “wired” Interaction wire our children’s brains? And how do we entice our techie kids back to nature to ensure development of a well- balanced brain?

We’ll examine possible explanations for the motor development of our children being almost two years delayed as compared to children of 50 years ago, resulting in sensory integration deficits and a possible increase in autistic-like behaviors.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss these important issues in an open forum format, and offer helpful ideas and solutions for all parents of New Millennial Brain children.



About Linda K Swank, B. A., M.A., M. Ed., PhD, CCC-SLP:

Swank Enrichment Center
Dr. Swank received her B.A. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology followed by a Masters Degree in Special Education Administration from Wichita State University. Dr. Swank received her Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas, the nation’s premier research program in Child Language Development, Language Disorders and Life Span Studies.  Dr. Swank taught for several years at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia prior to returning to Wichita State University, as Chairperson of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences. Dr. Swank is a published author in several peer-reviewed journals. Her passion is diagnosing an individual and designing individualized and customized therapies to accelerate acquisition of needed communication skills in all four modalities of listening, speaking, reading, and written expression. She is the co-author of the Phonological Awareness and Literacy Skills (PALS) Assessment that is the tool the commonwealth of Virginia uses to screen and identify children who are at risk for oral and written language delays such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Dr. Swank also has expertise in auditory/language processing deficits that relate to oral and written language disorders.

Austin Families in Nature: Parkside

Austin Families in Nature: Parkside

The Parkside Group

Austin Families in Nature is a program designed to help get families outside to learn, play and volunteer together. It was started in 2008 by Parkside parent Heather Kuhlken, and will be the recipient of the 2013 John Covert Watson Award for Vision in Connecting Children to Nature this September.

This fall, AFiN will be starting a new group just for Parkside families and will include families with children of any age from birth through high school. The activities will be planned by Heather and taught by former Parkside teacher Deven Penn.

The group will meet once per month usually on Sunday afternoons. The whole family is welcome at all activities. Some of the activities we have scheduled this year are: a kayaking trip to see the bats emerge from Congress Bridge from the water, a hike at a local nature preserve, a creek clean up and fossil hunt, special activities at the Parkside Campouts, and creating wildlife habitats at the new Parkside campus such as bird house building and butterfly garden planting.

Each child in AFiN will receive a day-pack to carry their water, snacks and tools that they earn in the program. The cost of the program is $300 per family for the whole year from September 2013 through June 2014.

To sign up for Austin Families in Nature Parkside, please print, fill out, and sign the 4 forms that are under “resources” on the AFiN web page. Then place the forms and a check for $300 made out to “Austin Families in Nature” in the AFiN folder in Shannon’s office. Registration needs to be completed by September 9th so that the bat paddle trip on the evening of Sept 14th can be finalized.

For more information and registration forms, please visit


Heather Kuhlken



Ready, Set, Go! Aug. 24
Parkside Happenings 2013-2014

Look back at previous Parkside Happenings’ Emails.

February & March Calendar 2014

Parkside Happenings January 30, 2014

Parkside Happenings January 23, 2014

Parkside Happenings & Campus News January 16, 2014

With love from Parkside

2014-2015 Re-Enrollment

January 2014 Parkside Calendar

Parkside Happenings December 19, 2013

Parkside Happenings December 12, 2013

Parkside Happenings December 5, 2o13

Parkside Happenings November 21, 2013

Parkside Happenings November 14, 2013

Parkside Happenings November 7,2013

Slaughter Campus Update Nov. 5, 2013

November & December Calendar

Parkside Happenings October 31, 2013

Parkside Happenings October 24, 2013

Parkside Happenings October 17, 2013

Parkside Happenings October 10, 2013

All Things Fall Fest!

Parkside Happenings October 3, 2013

October 2013 Calendar

Parkside Happenings September 26, 2013

Parkside Happenings September 19, 2013

Parkside Happenings September 12, 2013

Parkside Happenings September 5, 3013

September 2013 Calendar

Parkside Happenings August 29, 2013

Parkside Happenings August 22, 2013

Parkside Happenings August 15, 2013

Parkside Happenings August 8, 2013

Parkside Happenings August 1, 2013



Summer Camps at Parkside
Parkside Campus will be hosting a few summer camps. Take a look at what is available. You may also check out the bulletin board in the hallway for other camps.
Cielo Room (upstairs) Ages 6-12 years …Summer Voice & Theater Workshops taught by Camille Latour. These Montessori based programs are designed for children who love the Performing Arts! They provide an excellent opportunity for children to focus on skill building and JOY in a safe and supportive atmosphere without the pressure of a public performance. Camp Sessions are Monday-Friday and $250 per session. Camp held from 1:00-4:00pm. June 17-21 “The Hills Are Alive!” June 24-28 Favorite Songs: A Family Legacy July 15-19 What Moves You? July 22-26 “The Hills Are Alive!” August 5-9 Favorite Songs: A Family Legacy August 12-16 What Moves You? Click here for more details.
Get Your Groove On Summer Camp
Auditorium and Playground Ages 4-10 years old This will be a memorable summer with lots of fun activities for your sweet ones. Among the many activities are movement (including martial arts, yoga and dance), eco- friendly storytelling, family tips, Friday-fun water days and plenty of time for chilling! Email Talitha to reserve your spot or sign-up in the front office. Camp Sessions are two weeks at a time and $400 per session. Camp held from 9am – 1pm. Session 1: June 24- July 4 Session 2: July 8- July 19 Session 3: July 22- August 2 Click here for more details.
Active Learning Services Camps
Classrooms TBD Ages 5-15 years old Chess Camp- Ages 5-15 (Introductory-Intermediate) Introductory Video Game Creation- Ages 8-15 (Introductory-Intermediate) Video Game Creation, The Sequel- Ages 8-15 (Introductory-Intermediate) Advanced Video Creation- Ages 9-15 (Intermediate) Click here for more detailed information on each camp. Prices vary by session. Session 1: June 17-21 Session 2: July 29- Aug 2 Register at the Active Learning Center website.  
Spring Campout – March 22-23


Friday – Saturday (March  22-23) Click here for printable PDF of information.

What is it?

Youth Campground of Pedernales Falls State Park is reserved for our Community Camping Friday and/or Saturday Nights Swimming in the River Pot Luck Dinner Saturday Evening Songs around the campfire with Joe & Parkside Players (this means you)

Directions to the Park (about 40 miles):

MAP to Park From Austin – Hwy 290 West to Johnson City, 26.6 miles (past Dripping Springs) Turn Right on FM 3232 (brown Park sign) go 6.4 miles Turn Right on CR – 201 (RR 2766 – Pedernales Falls Rd) Turn Left on Park Road 6026 Stop at Ranger Station and go inside and pay fees You are gong to the Youth Group Area, reserved by Parkside (they will give you a map)

What to Bring:

Pot Luck Dish to Share for Saturday night, utensils and plates for your Family’s use, Camping Gear, First Aid Kit, Swim Gear, Water Shoes, Musical Instruments, Bikes, Lawn Chairs, Drinking Water, Food for your Family, Fire Wood (illegal to gather), Warm Sleeping Gear (gets cold sometimes), Flashlights (no full moon – very dark once sun goes down), Headlamps, And anything else you might want or need. Plan to come and participate in any way your family can manage. Spend one or two nights, come for the day on Saturday, come for the pot luck and singing around the campfire Saturday night. You will be so glad you made the effort as soon as you step out of your car – it is an enchanting place! *We do such a great job reducing our footprint on the planet while at school, now it is time for us to try to reduce our footprint while we are camping. There is a program called “Leave No Trace” which teaches people how to camp and enjoy the outdoors while making as little impact as possible. In general, the rule is that if you bring it, you leave with it. There are a few simple steps we can all do to help “Leave No Trace” this camp out. First, after we finish our potluck dinner, everyone could pick up all of their dishes, food, plates and trash and put it away before the singing begins. The second part of the plan is that everyone make a sweep of their camping area in addition to the table area and the river area before they leave Pedernales Falls to go home. In an effort to protect our environment and still keep our kids safe, we are suggesting you bring some sort of reusable lighting device – flashlight, headlamp – instead of plastic glow sticks & necklaces. Come on out and join us for this wonderful Parkside tradition!
Campout Campout
Campout Campout
Music Matters – March 2nd
Montessori school in Austin TX

Join Parkside for a rockin’ good time at our annual MUSIC MATTERS shindig. Break out your boots and/or your tiara – anything goes! This is our largest annual bash and we encourage you to invite friends and family to come along for the party. The full bar will be open and Lucy’s has created a special “Little Buddy” tequila drink for us to enjoy. All the funds we raise go directly to the betterment of our sweet community school – 75% to scholarships and the remainder to music and development. Click here to get a sneak peak at the live and silent auction items.  *adults only please

With music by Nathan Hamilton & No Deal (a former Parkside parent) Saturday, March 2, 7-11pm Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar, 506 West Ave (off of 5th Street) Tickets: $50 each (includes fajita buffet & drink ticket) Parking: $5 parking available at The Monarch across the street  


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