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Welcome from PTA President Nikki

Welcome to our second year of school at Parkside and a new year of PTA!  This year is a little different than normal because we are starting the school year virtually.  We want to keep the school community strong whether you are on Plan B transition or enrolled in Virtual Academy.  If this is your first year at Parkside, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to each of you.  If you are a "seasoned" Parkside family, I know that you are as excited as we are to be starting a new school year. 

We would like to extend the opportunity for each of you to get involved in your child's education by joining the PTA and volunteering for events.  Whether you are a new PTA member or a returning PTA member, we thank you for your continued support, contributions, time, and commitment to our organization, our teachers, and most importantly, our students.  As a member of the PTA, you are a voice for our students and a part of the largest child advocacy program around the world!

As I embark on my first year as PTA President but fourth year as a PTA member, I look forward to working with all of you as well as the school, the staff, the teachers, and the community to provide a learning experience for our children that they will never forget!  I encourage each of you to become a part of the PTA.  The number one reason to join the PTA is to benefit all children at Parkside and to show support to the staff and teachers.  

Some goals we have for this year is to raise funds for project approach which includes training for teachers and staff, individual materials for students, more shade structures, and to provide an innovative outdoor classroom experience for all students.  We spend a lot of money on programs and events that enhance our children's learning experience.  These events are not sponsored by the county but are sponsored through the PTA.  As we continue from year to year, we would like to offer more programs.  Yet in doing so, we will need more funds to allow these programs.  If you have any ideas or would like to help in any way please contact me at

"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire!"...William Butler Yeats

Thank you and have a great year!

PTA officers 2020-2021

PTA membership

Parkside Elementary is better...with YOU! With your PTA membership, all things are possible!

PTA Membership Levels:

  • $12 - BASIC (includes one email address and one vote at PTA meetings)
  • $20 - FAMILY (includes two email addresses and voting rights for both members)
  • $75 - PREMIER (includes two email addresses, voting rights, AND T-Shirts for students)
  • $10 - Teacher / Staff

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Shade structure update

We are currently looking at 2 bids for the shade structures. The plan is to have one cantilever style shade 20x20x12 on each playground. Ms. Caswell and Mr. Helfrich are currently reviewing the bids that are submitted, and once approved, an installation timetable will be established. Hopefully the shade will give students a reprieve from the hot sun we experience in NC.

Spirit wear and Friday Spirit Wear Day

Our Spirit wear store is up and running! Get the newest Parkside gear here!
Whether you are in the school building, or learning at home, lets #ParksideItUp and wear your Parkside shirts every Friday!

Monthly staff spotlight

We are so impressed by your ingenuity, your resilience, your passion and your strength, as we have navigated unprecedented challenges over the past few months. We will never forget how you led our students and families through bewildering times while keeping a sharp focus on our core mission: preparing young lives for bright futures that will come.

We love you Ms. Caswell and are thankful for everything you do!

Box Tops

Great job returning Parkside Families! Last year we earned just over $770 through Box Tops and were able to give out prizes to seven classes for being the top earning class for the month. This year will look a little different, most of the Box Tops will be earned through the BTFE App by scanning in your receipt. While physical pink tops are still found on products there are fewer of them and we will figure out how to collect them from you before the November submission deadline, so stay tuned. 

For those families new to the Box Top program, it is a fun program that can easily earn the school money. For each participating product you earn 10 cents, and there are many bonuses found in the app to help multiply those earnings. In order to participate you will need to download the BTFE App in Android or iOS and associate your account to Parkside Elementary. 

Make sure to use the "Give Credit" star seen once you take the first picture of your receipt to track which grade your Sandpiper is in. If you have more than one student, enter both grades and I will split the earnings. For this year, I will be tracking the earnings to the grade since we are not in brick and mortar school and will determine how to do fun prizes for the kids once we see how the school year evolves.

Looking forward to another great year earning money for fun prizes for the kids! Any questions please E-mail me, Erin Simmons, at

Support Our School

Help support our school and local businesses! Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for link to be able to purchase an Attractions coupon book.

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