Important Dates

We have several big dates and events coming up.  Below are the details.

Remember to encourage donations for the 1st Ever Panther Prowl to be held October 5.  This fun walk will be replacing the golf outing this year as a way to raise money for 5th grade camp!  The entire school will be participating and every dollar raised goes to help fund camp.  Parkwood is the only Kalamazoo Public School going to Sherman Lake for 5 DAYS and we want to continue the tradition of parents not having to pay out-of-pocket to send their 5th grader when it’s their time to go.  Support this fun event!

Open House
September 21   5:30 – 7:00

Wondering what your child’s classroom looks like? Want to explore other parts of the school? Come to Parkwood Upjohn’s Open House on September 21st and have your child be your own personal guide. Join us in the gym afterwards for the first PTO meeting of the year!


PTO Meeting
September 21  7:00 p.m.  in the Gym

You are invited to the first PTO meeting of the year in the gym. Great opportunity to put a face to a name. We will release the agenda when we get closer to the date. If you have any questions or agenda items please feel free to PM Jason Morris or Colleen Lucas. FREE childcare will be available!

Panther Prowl

Click to Access Fun Run Information and Donation Page

Panther Prowl Information Letter
Donation Sheet

Money raised for this event will support new equipment for the gym program and raise money to send every fifth grade student to the annual week long trip to Sherman Lake Camp! It is a very important event for the school and we appreciate your support in making it a success.

The Panther Prowl Walkathon will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2017. The kids will have a blast walking a mile-long route around the neighborhood. They will earn prizes, have contests and celebrate with party activities and snacks at the finish line in Crane Park. The walkathon will also be used to promote healthy lifestyles and talk about the importance of feeling fit and happy while giving back to our great school.


HOOPLA!  Details Coming Soon!

In the mean time, gather donations from businesses, find something to donate such as a craft, service, or item, and stay tuned for teacher basket themes.  Hoopla is the PTO’s ONE BIG fundraiser helping to fund a year’s worth of activities, grants to teachers, and more.

 

More details on events are available at www.parkwoodupjohnpto.com or on Facebook at Parkwood Upjohn PTO.

Welcome to the School Year, Panthers!

By now the routines are getting in place, kids are bringing home items from classrooms, and the PTO is busy organizing events.  Here is a summary of what’s coming up:

Parent Teacher Mixer
September 15   5:30-8:00

The Parkwood Upjohn PTO invites you to come and meet your child’s teacher and other parents in a relaxed environment on Friday, September 15th from 5:30-8:00 pm .Appetizers and beverages will be provided at the home of:

Marissa and Harold Harrington
2223 S. Rose St. 
Kalamazoo, MI

This is an adult only event. 


Picture Day September 20

Picture Day will be September 20th. Packets will be sent home with picture information and costs. You may also order pictures online through Lifetouch.


Open House
September 21   5:30 – 7:00

Wondering what your child’s classroom looks like? Want to explore other parts of the school? Come to Parkwood Upjohn’s Open House on September 21st and have your child be your own personal guide. Join us in the gym afterwards for the first PTO meeting of the year!


PTO Meeting
September 21  7:00 p.m.  in the Gym

You are invited to the first PTO meeting of the year in the gym. Great opportunity to put a face to a name. We will release the agenda when we get closer to the date. If you have any questions or agenda items please feel free to PM Jason Morris or Colleen Lucas. FREE childcare will be available!

Remember that information is available online at http://www.parkwoodupjohnpto.com or on Facebook (Parkwood Upjohn PTO).  Also sign up for REMIND to get text messages for reminders.

Reading Month and More is Here!

March is upon us!  The month will be busy with Literacy Night, a celebration of reading for Parkwood-Upjohn kids and families!  Along with that night comes other events, such as Art Hop March 3, Mom2Mom Sale on March 4, and Kindergarten Orientation on March 15.  See below for more information:

Literacy Night
March 1 5:30-7:00

During Literacy Night, each grade level will have a classroom open with math or literacy stations for you to explore. You will be able to attend a short Compass Odyssey presentation in the computer lab, along with an online MSTEP practice test. There will be a parent survey to fill out, along with some give away items and snacks.

For more information please call the school.

Activities for the Week:

Monday, February 27- “Sleep Book” Wear appropriate pajamas or comfy clothes
Tuesday, February 28- “Green Eggs and Ham” Wear the color green
Wednesday, March 1-“Wacky Wednesday” Get silly! Wear your clothes backwards, inside out, or mismatched
Thursday, March 2-“The Cat in the Hat” Wear your favorite hat
Friday, March 3-“Fox in Socks” Wear silly or mismatched socks


flowersMarch 3 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Art Hop with
Parkwood Guest Artists
Bookbug – 3019 Oakland Drive

 


 

Mom to Mom Sale

MOM TO MOM SALE

March 4   9:00-1:00
Parkwood Upjohn Gym
2321 South Park Street

 

Free Admission to Shoppers!
$25 per table; $10 for extras
Sign Up BEFORE February 28

Mom to Mom Information Flyer
Mom2Mom Contract for Tables


UPCOMING EVENTS:

March 10 – No School
March 14 – PTO Meeting with Free Childcare
March 15 – Kindergarten Orientation
March 29 – Half Day
March 30 – Half Day
April 1 – 9 – SPRING BREAK

More Information Available at www.ParkwoodUpjohnPTO.com

 

Hello 2017!

Welcome to 2017!  We hope you found Winter Break full of fun, relaxing, and time with your kids.  Here are a few upcoming events:

Next PTO Meeting:  January 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library
Free child care provided by Loy Norrix National Honor Society


Half Day – Friday, January 20


Valentine’s Day DanceHearts Picture
Friday, February 10
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for a family fun filled night!
$3.00 per person at the door; $2.00 per person fast pass
$10.00 per family fast pass FORMS COMING SOON!

This year there will be pizza and bottled water available for purchase ($1.00 each) first come, first serve or until it runs out.  Some “light” snacks will also be available.

MiPhotobooth will also be there if you would like to pay for a momento.  There will be a craft and cookie station also.

Reminder this is not a drop off event, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteers will be needed. Please contact Colleen Lucas or Nicki Poer or sign up here


More dates to mark on your calendar include:

March 1 – Literacy Night
March 15 – Kindergarten Orientation
March 24 – No School
March 29 & 30 – 1/2 Day
March 31 – April 7 – SPRING BREAK

See us on Facebook at Parkwood Upjohn PTO or online at www.parkwoodupjohnpto.com

 

Fall Into Fun at Parkwood-Upjohn

Fall is here, and the school and PTO have some fun events coming up:

Picture Retakes October 26
If you didn’t like your recent pictures, bring back your packet and a new set will be taken.


Literacy Paradebooks
Friday, October 28 starting at 2:30 p.m.

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade classes will be participating in a literacy parade on Friday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m. Each classroom will be choosing a book that they want to represent in the parade. In the classroom students will be making a costume based on the book. Parents are invited to come watch the parade , which will start in front of school. The students will walk around the block, weather permitting. It will be held inside if the weather is bad.

On October 28 students are not to bring costumes or candy to school. If you would like to help with the costumes for the literacy parade or by sending in a classroom treat, please contact your child’s teacher.


HOOPLA 2016!
hoopla-graphic
November 11
Loy Norrix High School
606 East Kilgore

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Basketball Game starts at 6:45
Auction Ends 15 minutes after game

Hoopla is the one big fundraiser for the PTO for the year!  Come spend the evening cheering on the teachers at the basketball game, bidding on cool items, getting dinner that supports the 5th Grade Camp Fund and have a night of fun!

We have a LARGE need for volunteers to make Hoopla successful!  Help the PTO fill the volunteer spots.  A little bit of time goes a long ways!
I WANT TO SIGN UP TO HELP! (Click Here!)

FAST Pass Forms and Auction Items Are Due NOVEMBER 3
Other HOOPLA forms are available on the Parkwood Upjohn PTO website here

Other events coming up:

No School – Friday, November 4
Half Days – Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11
Thanksgiving Break – Wednesday, November 23 through November 25
5th Grade Camp – November 28 – December 2

More information is available at www.parkwoodupjohnpto.com or on Facebook at Parkwood Upjohn PTO.

School is in Full Swing

Lots of stuff is happening the next few weeks as we get through September and into October.

Open House – September 20   5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Come visit with the teachers, see classrooms and the school.  There will be a Title I meeting in the gym at 5:30 p.m. to explain what Title I is and how it will be used at Parkwood.  After the meeting, teachers will be available in their classrooms.


PTO Meeting – September 20  7:00 p.m.
The first PTO meeting of the year will be held in the gym.  Come find out what the PTO has planned for the 2016-2017 school year, including HOOPLA coming in November.  You’ll be able to hear, too, about the many volunteer opportunities.  The PTO depends on volunteers to pull off successful events for the school community.


Picture Day – September 21
Smile Pretty!  Picture day takes place all day.  To order packets online, go to Lifetouch’s website.


Golf Outing Benefiting 5th Grade Camp – September 25   Tee Time 11:00 a.m.
State’s Golf Course – 20 E W Avenue in Vicksburg
Join us for a day at the links as we raise money to help our 5th grade kids go to Sherman Lake the week after Thanksgiving.  Parkwood-Upjohn is the only Kalamazoo Public School that goes a full week because of generous donations from parents and the community.  Download the form at the PTO website and see how you can help out.  Teams needs to be turned in by Thursday, September 22.

Save the Date!  Hoopla 2016 is scheduled for November 11! 

More information on the PTO and upcoming events can be found at www.parkwoodupjohnpto.com.

 

The Excitement is Building!

Seven more days until the start of the 2016/2017 school year!  We hope you are gearing up for September 6 by getting young minds ready for school with routines, good nutrition, and some last minute fun.  Here are the reminders for the upcoming weeks:


First Day of School 2016/2017!
Half Day September 6   Full Day September 7


Back to School Pizza and Popsicles – Tuesday, August 30  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Pizza, popsicles, and teacher lists!  Come get your information about the first day of school, catch up with friends and meet the new Parkwood Panther family for the 2016/2017 school year!  

PLEASE be respectful of the teacher lists by not taking pictures.

Information will be available at the Back to School event on the PTO, community organizations, and the 5th Grade Golf Fundraiser.  Be sure to stop by the tables to pick up some  information!

Bring a Back to School item to the Pizza and Popsicle event and be entered for a gift card to Carrabas!

What are the most requested in need items?

*Pencils
*Tissues
*Hand Sanitizer
*Expo Markers and Erasers
*Cloxrox Wipes
*Baby Wipes
*Ziplock bags (gallon and quart)
*Spiral notebooks
*Colored pencils/crayons

Check out the Back to School Supply List before shopping for school supplies!
Back to School Supply List


Tears and Cheers!  Tuesday September 6 8:50 – 9:30 a.m.
Come shed a few tears (or jump around and cheer) as the parents celebrate the first day of school!  This casual event is held in the library and hosted by the PTO with coffee and a light snack.


SAVE THE DATE!
Parent Teacher Mixer – Friday, September 16    5:30 – 8:00

Home of Kathy Schultz and Cory Noteboom ~ 2321 Tremont

This adult only event allows parents and teachers to chat and get to know each other in a casual setting.


5th Grade Golf Outing – Sunday, September 25  Tee Time:  11:00 a.m.
States Golf Course – Schoolcraft

2016 Golf Outing Registration Form


We are now on REMIND!  

Text the message @pupjohnpto to the number 81010.
If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @pupjohnpto to (313) 447-0622.

Or go to rmd.at/pupjohnpto in your browser on your phone.

Many of the teachers use REMIND to provide alerts on homework and activities.  The PTO plans to use it notifying you on important events, cancellations, and other items.  Critical messages, such as lock down information, will not be provided by the PTO.

Have questions about the PTO or upcoming events?  Find more information at www.parkwoodupjohnpto.com or on Facebook at Parkwood Upjohn PTO

We’re Getting Closer

Sixteen More Days!  For those of you counting until your little one starts school or for those of you looking forward to quiet time at home again, we are fast approaching September 6 as the first day of school (REMINDER:  It’s a HALF DAY).  Below is useful information to remember:


The new KPS Calendar is available online here:  This provides dates for half days, no school, and end of school year.  Kalamazoo Public School District Calendar


Lunch Information is available for all Parkwood Upjohn Students here:
Lunch Menus Information for Parkwood Upjohn Students

You are able to pay for lunches online at Send Money to School Website. Contact the school for help with your student’s ID number and reduced lunch information.


First Day of School 2016/2017!
Half Day September 6   Full Day September 7


Back to School Pizza and Popsicles – Tuesday, August 30  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.Hug

Pizza, popsicles, and teacher lists!  Come get your information about the first day of school, catch up with friends and meet the new Parkwood Panther family for the 2016/2017 school year!  

According to news articles, the next 2 weeks are some of the best deals for back to school supplies!

At the Pizza and Popsicle event on August 30th we will be collecting supplies!  There are a lot of generous Parkwood families that donate supplies to their child’s teacher. In addition, to that we’d love to be able to start a supply for the teachers that would help later in the year when the supplies start to run low.

What are the most requested in need items?supplies
*Pencils
*Tissues
*Hand Sanitizer
*Expo Markers and Erasers
*Cloxrox Wipes
*Baby Wipes
*Ziplock bags (gallon and quart)

*Spiral notebooks
*Colored pencils/crayons

Check out the Back to School Supply List before shopping for school supplies!
Back to School Supply List

If you donate an item from the list of teacher’s needs you can be entered to win a gift card to Carrabba’s Restaurant. No matter how big or small of a donation it counts! Drawing will be held at the 1st PTO meeting!


Tears and Cheers!  Tuesday September 6 8:50 – 9:30 a.m.

Come shed a few tears (or jump around and cheer) as the parents celebrate the first day of school!  This casual event is held in the library and hosted by the PTO with coffee and a light snack.


Golf Outing

5th Grade Golf Outing – Sunday, September 25  Tee Time:  11:00 a.m.
States Golf Course – Schoolcraft

2016 Golf Outing Registration Form

This is a great fundraiser for 5th grade campers to enjoy a week at Sherman Lake!  Parkwood families don’t pay to have their children attend camp because of the generosity of families who help raise funds to send them and wonderful grant opportunities.  More details coming soon on how you can help out!


More information is available on the PTO website at www.Parkwoodupjohnpto.com or at Parkwood Upjohn PTO Facebook Page

 

Gearing Up for September 6 First Day of School

Happy Summer!  

The PTO is gearing up for another fun year at Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary.  Here is a list of events coming soon:

Kindergarten Meet and Greet
Monday, August 15 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 18 – 10:00 a.m.

Incoming Kindergartners and your families:  Come join us on the playground! Here is the opportunity you have been looking for to connect with the Parkwood-Upjohn community. Meet new and returning families and school staff, get answers to those nagging questions and make some friends. A light snack or treat will be provided.

First Day of School 2016/2017!
Half Day September 6      Full Day September 7

Back to School BBQ – Tuesday, August 30  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.Hug

Pizza, popsicles, and teacher lists!  Come get your information about the first day of school, catch up with friends and meet the new Parkwood Panther family for the 2016/2017 school year!  

School Placement Information
Have questions about whether your child is going to Parkwood Upjohn in the Fall?  Call Student Services for Kalamazoo Public Schools at (269) 337-0161

Need to ask questions?  Want to connect with other Parkwood families?  Check out our Facebook Page at Parkwood Upjohn PTO

Golf Outing

5th Grade Golf Outing – Sunday, September 25  Tee Time:  11:00 a.m.
States Golf Course – Schoolcraft
This is a great fundraiser for 5th grade campers to enjoy a week at Sherman Lake!  Parkwood families don’t pay to have their children attend camp because of the generosity of families who help raise funds to send them and wonderful grant opportunities.  More details coming soon on how you can help out!

We’d love to have help at events and at the school.  Contact us or visit the Parkwood Upjohn Facebook Page or visit www.parkwoodupjohnpto.com for information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!  See you all soon!