1900 W. College Avenue Normal Illinois 61761

Telephone 309.557.4422

Office Hours 8:00-4:00pm
Attendance Hotline 309.557.4471 

Fax 309.557.4523

Principal Staci Mandros  

Parkside Announcements


    All 5th grade orchestra students from Unit 5 will combine to perform together in a Unit Orchestra Concert held at Normal Community High School on Tuesday, March 15th.  In order for them to perform, it is necessary to have a rehearsal before the concert.  The only rehearsal is on Monday, March 14th.  Both the rehearsal and the concert will be at Normal Community High School at 3900 East Raab Road, Normal. Click here for details

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  • Calling All Young Authors! Books are due by February 19th

    Sharpen your pencils and let your imagination run wild!  Young Authors is a chance for each student to create a world of his/her own for others to share.  Please encourage your child to participate! Click here for further details.

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    Parkside is very excited to welcome "Author and Difference Maker" Amy Logan on Jan. 28th. In preparation for this event, We are offering pre-sales for signed copies of her book(s). Click here for more information.

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    PTO is putting together a fun Parkside night at the Saturday, January 23rd Thunder Hockey game.  Thunder Hockey ticket forms are due by next Tuesday, January 19th!

    Children 2 and under are free.  They do not need a ticket to get into the game. If there are multiple kids in a family, the kids' names can be written on 1 form on the free ticket line together OR staple the forms together for each child's name. It doesn't have to be a 1:1 ratio for adult tickets to the free children's tickets.  We have many single-parent families with 2-3 kids and they would purchase the one ticket and then write the kids' name on one form or attach forms together.  Bloomington Thunder just doesn't want a parent to bring 10 free kids that are friends!

    Click on the flier here

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  • FoodMobile Event

    Eastern Illinois Foodbank is having a mobile pantry distribution (Foodmobile) in McLean, IL on January 23rd from 10AM to 12PM. The Foodmobile is open to all income-eligible McLean County residents. There will be fresh produce, frozen USDA chickens, peanut butter and other healthy staples. SNAP application assistance and milk vouchers will also be offered at the Foodmobile. Click Here for the Flier

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    Unit 5 has begun the process of transitioning to Standards Based Grading in the elementary grades.  Teachers and administrators have been engaged in study and research around Standards Based Grading and many teachers have begun to shift their assessment practices to align to this type of grading and reporting.  In the 2016-2017 school year, teachers will begin to report some grades in the Standards Based Grading format, and we will have full implementation in 2017-2018. There will be opportunities for parents to learn more about this shift in grading and reporting. For more information, click here

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    This message is for families that have a student riding the bus to and/or from school.

    My Stop is a web-based application now available to all Unit 5 parents to access live bus GPS information using a smartphone, tablet or computer to securely view the current location of their child’s bus on routes to and from school. The system also provides the school bus’s estimated time of arrival at your child’s bus stop.

    The new MyStop tracking software is integrated with the District’s computerized bus routing system and the GPS devices installed on every bus. Data integration takes the student’s bus route information and overlays it onto a map that tracks the actual location of a student’s school bus to the designated pick-up/drop-off point.

    A parent can only view information related to their child(ren) using a secure login and password.

    Information on how to access My Stop for your student is attached

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    • Ring in the New Year with Rosati’s: Jan. 14th – Rosati’s in Normal off Raab
    • Take off the February Chill with some Chicken!: Feb. 17th – BWW in Normal, campus
    • Monical’s in March: March – Monicals (either the 14th or 15th)
    • Avanti’s in April: April – Avanti’s (TBD date)

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    Veterans Day Salute - Parkside put on an amazing concert honoring our veterans for their fall/winter concert
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    Congratulations go out to the Parkside 5th grade class who put together a prize winning float for the NCWHS homecoming parade
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    Parkside Elementary was grateful to have the opportunity to host Dr. Daniel and the Board of Education
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    Parkside HERO's Participated in our Super "U" Assembly
     super "U" challenge
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    Unit 5 has been involved with Vision 20/20, which is a student‐centered vision for the future of education in Illinois. It focuses on four policy priorities: highly effective educators, 21st century learning, shared accountability, and equitable and adequate funding. To learn more about Vision 20/20, CLICK HERE.
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