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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Over the summer, we take time to make improvements to the campus and get things shipshape to welcome the children back in the fall. We host a camp or two, but we do not offer a Parkside summer program. SO, what do our families needing care or fun activities do? Here are some ideas:
Franklin Music Academy Summer Camp
Literacy Ladders Summer Reading Bridge K-2 Camp (email [email protected] for info)
Girls Performance & Advocacy Animal Advocates Camp for Girls 5-12 (email [email protected] for info)
Outside Voice [...]
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 [...]
Despite the cold, crazy weather we’ve seen in Austin, Texas as of late, things are all sunshine and rainbows on the Parkside campus! The children are happily working in their classrooms, building sweet friendships, and loving our new playground equipment!
Thanks to the generous support of our “Come Play with Parkside” campaign for Giving Tuesday in November, we have added new equipment to each of our play areas. The Primary children have a new geodesic dome climber, Lower Elementary has new [...]
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 are really in the swing of things here on campus, preparing for some favorite events this week – Ghosts of the Past on Thursday, November 2nd and Fall Fest on Saturday, November 6th. These are both 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.
Our Fall Fest is open to the public, and we welcome friends old and new to join us [...]
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 [...]