Parkside Connection

  • Springtime is always packed to the gills with special projects and events that showcase the children’s personal growth and the rich lessons that have been presented in the classrooms over the school year. It’s such a pleasure to see each child, from Primary through Upper Elementary, rise to the challenge and celebrate their accomplishments! 

    We were recently inspired and educated by our Elementary children through Lower Elementary’s Invention Fair and Upper Elementary’s Science Fair! These wise and creative minds [...]

  • 02.21.19

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    Love Abounds

    Last week, we hosted our first-ever Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day – and by all accounts, it was a big success! The weather was glorious, the singing was beautiful, and the company was delightful. We had nearly 100 guests, and after Simple Gifts, they were invited to tour their child’s classroom. We know that many of our children are able to attend Parkside due to the generosity of grandparents, extended family, and special friends, and we are so grateful for [...]

  • Fall days are upon us, and we are really in the swing of things, having just wrapped up some of our favorite Parkside events – Fall Fest and Ghosts of the Past, which included a Living Wax Museum this year! These are both wonderful (and fun!) opportunities for learning, fostering community, and creating lasting memories, all of which Parkside is dedicated to providing to every child and every family entering our gates.

     

    Earlier in the semester, we enjoyed another beloved tradition [...]

  • Dearest Parkside families and friends,

    Now that the school year is firmly underway, Joe and I want to share some personal plans that will be unfolding over the rest of the year and into the next. After 28 years of creating and growing our dream, the beautiful living and learning community of which you are all a part, we have decided it is time for us to transition into retirement. Breathe … This is a wonderful, bittersweet moment, and we want [...]

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    Happy Birthday to Maria Montessori! Thanks to her genius, we have been educating the whole child and sending intelligent, compassionate, and creative citizens out into the world for over 27 years! We celebrate her contributions every day, but we’re giving her special accolades as we begin a new school year – our fifth on this campus! And despite the extreme heat, the whole campus is buzzing, and we’re ready to switch this school year to Full Steam Ahead!

     

    We are kicking [...]

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    Spring has sprung and brings with it new life in many forms at Parkside. For instance, gardening has really taken off this school year. All of the classrooms have their own gardens, and the children have been busy planting, tending, and harvesting. There have been several delicious feasts, and we plan to “grow” our gardening focus even more next year! We also love sharing our campus with so much wildlife, and we recently found a fawn enjoying a nap under [...]

  • We have been celebrating love in our community this month, and the children shared heartfelt messages of friendship with each other and their teachers this week. Valentine’s Day always includes special treats, songs, and activities, and it’s definitely one of the sweetest times of the year.

    Lower Elementary students have been working on passion projects and making great art in addition to their academic work. And Upper Elementary students treated the whole community to a Mardi Gras parade complete with floats [...]

  • Fall days are upon us, and we are grateful for the cooler weather. We just wrapped up some of our favorite Parkside events – Fall Fest and Ghosts of the Past – and the children put their full energy into both of them!

    Earlier in the semester, we enjoyed another beloved tradition – the Fall Campout at Pedernales Falls State Park. Current and former families come to explore, swim, eat, and sing together under the Texas sky, and this event [...]

  • We began a new school year on August 28th, our fourth on this campus, and the air was full of as much joy and excitement as it was our very first day on Toomey Road. It’s always a pleasure to see the children enter their sparkling classrooms, meet and reconnect with friends, and dive in to their work with great enthusiasm.

    Over the summer, we welcomed new staff members and implemented new programs and are preceding with a renewed attitude of [...]

  • Our 25th Anniversary celebration was a huge success, and we were thrilled that so many members of our community could join us! It was a brisk, spring day, but the rain held off, so we were able to enjoy our incredible outdoor spaces and offer classroom tours to our guests. The children’s beautiful artwork decorated the campus, and we were all entertained and inspired by musical performances from current and former students. Seeing sweet faces from years past was a [...]

“I tell my friends endless stories about Parkside all the time. It was the best school I've ever attended. I don't think I'll ever meet two people as extraordinary as Joe and Claire -- they really changed my life. Thank you, Parkside, for all of your contributions, love and support! ”
Bella Castillo