We are back! The children have returned to campus, and the staff is moving on to the wonderful business of guiding and growing these magnificent humans. In our sixth year on this campus, we are thrilled to welcome new families and staff members while carrying on the traditions and culture that Joe and Claire have lovingly fostered since 1991. We are so fortunate to have their continued presence and guidance on campus, even as they transition toward retirement, and I [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]