Welcome to Solon Schools and the Solon Family

Congratulations to Solon students, staff and families on an excellent State of Ohio School Report Card. Solon Schools ranked #3 in the state and #1 in Northeast Ohio!

Kudos to Parkside on its A+ grade in the new 2015 K-12 Best Schools Niche Rankings!

Parkside PTA King Nut and More Fundraiser This Week
Monday, March 02, 2015

Parkside families have the opportunity to purchase King Nut items this week as part of a PTA fundraising program to support PTA-sponsored events. This sale is for one week only from today until March 6.

Please have your child return his or her order form to school with payment for the items you are ordering by this Friday, March 6. Checks should be made payable to Parkside PTA. Please be sure to write your child's teacher’s name on the order form.

Orders will be ready for pick up the week before spring break. Details regarding the pick-up day and time will be sent soon.

If you have any questions, please contact our PTA chairperson for this program, Jennifer Schusterman, at j227s1@aol.com

Kindergarten 2015: Parent Information Night Is Wednesday, February 18
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Solon's Kindergarten Information Night for parents is Wednesday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the Solon High School Auditorium.

This program is a welcome and information session for incoming kindergarten parents to the Solon City Schools. Kindergarten registration folders with all the materials for registration day will be distributed. Completing these forms in advance shortens your time on registration day.

Centralized Kindergarten Registration is March 4 (A-L) and March 5 (M-Z) in the Arthur Road Elementary School cafeteria from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Resources: Three Steps to Kindergarten Parent Flier 2015

Parkside Students Ready To Be Heart Heroes February 23-27
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Parkside students will have the opportunity to participate in the Jump Rope for Heart program next week during their physical education classes. Families may consider collecting donations for the American Heart Association and having students be HEART HEROES!

Mr. Conner is encouraging students to participate by offering any class with at least 50 percent participation (students turning in money) an extra activity period with him. The class at each grade level that raises the most money for the American Heart Association will receive a classroom trophy.

Through this program, students also earn incentives from the American Heart Association, including a Heart Hero Duck, Quacky, as well as a lanyard, for a $5 minimum donation.

Donations are due by Friday, February 27. Students will turn in their collections during their physical education class next week. If your child needs a donation envelope, extras are available from Mr. Conner or in the front office. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Conner or Holly Boykin (hboykin@aol.com).

Thank you for your support.

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Updated Assessment Schedule for Third and Fourth Grade Students
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Please find below the updated testing schedule for third and fourth grade students. The most significant change is for third grade students as a change in state law now requires all third graders to take the spring Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) in reading. Third graders will not take the new state test in English/Language Arts this year.

This schedule is for the state assessments aligned to the learning standards in the core content areas of English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. These new assessments have two parts:

• A performance-based assessment
• An end-of-year test

Solon students are taking the paper and pencil versions of these tests this year. Please note that these tests are given on multiple days, but the actual testing time per day is shorter than in the past with the OAAs. The testing window allowed by the state is short. It is important for your child to be in school on these days.

To measure students’ achievement and growth, the new tests assess deeper knowledge application skills as problem-solving, writing and critical thinking.

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Resources: Printable Schedule

Date Change for Parkside COSI - January 28
Monday, January 26, 2015

Students will enjoy the COSI on Wheels program at Parkside on January 28.

This is a date change from the district calendar published at the beginning of the school year.

COSI is a PTA-supported program.

Transition Enrollment Open Houses at Lewis, Parkside and Roxbury on January 22
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This is a reminder for families who live in new elementary attendance zones for 2015-16 that Lewis, Parkside and Roxbury Elementary Schools will all be open for families to visit on Thursday, January 22, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The open houses are not structured events. They are just the first opportunity for parents and students to get a look at their potential new school.

More formal orientation and new family welcome programs will be scheduled once final transitional enrollment decisions are made for all students. Information about those events will be communicated to families in late spring.

Letters were sent via email and US Mail to all families who live in new attendance zones with a link to the Transition Enrollment Request Form for each child. Thank you for completing the application. The deadline is February 6.

If you did not receive an email or hard copy letter and you believe you live in a new attendance zone, please contact us at tstrom@solonboe.org. A high-resolution version of the new K-4 attendance zone is posted on the Solon Schools’ home page under News & Notes.

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Kindergarten Registration 2015: Calling the Class of 2028
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kindergarten registration for the Solon Schools is just around the corner. The first step in the process is a Kindergarten Information Night program on Wednesday, February 18, at 7 p.m., in the Solon High School Auditorium. The information night program is a welcome to all parents of incoming kindergarten students for the fall of 2015. The principals and guidance counselors from Lewis, Parkside and Roxbury elementary schools will provide an overview of the kindergarten program and the registration process. Registration packets will be distributed during this program as well.

With the new redistricting process under way, Solon will have kindergarten in Lewis, Parkside and Roxbury only beginning this fall. Both full- and half-day kindergarten will be offered. However, it is not yet known which schools will have half-day sections and whether those sections will be in the morning or afternoon.

Kindergarten registration takes place Wednesday, March 4, for students with last names beginning A-L and Thursday, March 5, for students with last names beginning M-Z from 8–11:30 a.m. in the Arthur Road Elementary School Cafeteria.

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Resources: 3 Steps to Kindergarten Info Sheet

Yearbook Photos Needed - Deadline is January 14
Monday, January 05, 2015

The Parkside yearbook is being produced digitally this year and the yearbook committee needs your help in submitting photos online.

The deadline for submitting photos is Wednesday, January 14.

The committee needs photos from the following Parkside events:

Meet the Teacher and First Day/Bus Stop – Photos of the first day of school, students' visits the day before school started to meet their new teacher, and bus stop pictures of groups of Parkside students.

Calling All Siblings! - Please provide ONE picture of your children who attend Parkside.

Outside Activity - Photos of Parkside students participating in an outside/extracurricular activity such as sports, dance, plays, music, etc. The goal is to showcase students' special talents, not playdates, events or parties. Group photos that include other Parkside students are helpful so the committee is able to include as many students as possible. Please submit ONE photo only.

The committee only includes one picture of each student on a page and cannot guarantee that pictures will be used. Only photos submitted by the January 14 deadline will be considered.

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Resources: Submit Parkside Yearbook Photos Here

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News and Notes:

Summer Learning Opportunities

Click on the link below to explore Summer Learning Opportunities for elementary school students.

Summer Opportunities Elementary School

Kindergarten 2015

Kindergarten Info Night is 2/19 and Registration is 3/4 and 3/5!

3 Steps to Kindergarten Info Sheet

Chess Club

Parents must complete the attached permission slip in advance for their child to attend the Parkside Chess Club at 7 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Chess Club begins September 23.

Parkside Chess Club Permission Slip

2014-15 Bus Schedule

Click on the link below to see this year's Parkside bus routes. Please check back for updates through the start of school.

Parkside Bus Routes - Updated 8-20 pm

Day Care Transportation Form 2014-15

Please be sure to complete the Day Care Transport form and submit it to the Transportation Department if your child will be attending a before or after school day care program in Solon.

Day Care Transportation Form 2014-15