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 for information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!  See you all soon!

Valentine’s Day Dance

As of 4:00 p.m. February 12, we are still a go for the Valentine’s Day dance at Parkwood Upjohn tonight.  If it ends up being cancelled, we’ll send out another post.  Please be careful driving if you are out and about!

If you purchased fast passes just go right through the Fast Pass Entrance and give your name and you’ll be in. Otherwise admission is $3.00 per person or $10.00 for the entire family living in that household.

Here’s some of the awesome things in store…cookies, candy, popcorn and craft free to you! We will also be handing out mustaches to the kids at the door. The following will be available for purchase:
Pizza $1.00
Water $1.00
Photo booth pictures $4.00
Flowers $2.00

The dance goes until 8. Can’t wait to see everyone there!
*reminder this is not a drop off event

Fall Fun Has Begun!

October and November are fast becoming full of fall fun at Parkwood-Upjohn!  Be sure to check in at the PTO website for updates or catch up on the Facebook page.  The fun includes:

Literacy ParadeFriday, October 30 – Literacy Parade starting at 2:30 p.m.
Come watch the kids showcase their class’s book as they walk around the block (inside event if weather is bad).  This includes PEEP through 3rd grade, with each classroom creating a costume based on a book.

Friday, October 30 – Fall Family Fun Festival – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
A new event for Parkwood! Come dressed up in your non-scary costume and have fun dancing and hanging out with friends! Pizza and other fun treats will be available! $2.00 per person / $10.00 Family Max ($3.00 at Door)


HOOPLA is Coming! 

November 13 – Doors Open at 6:00
Game Starts at 7:00
@ Loy Norrix High School Gym (NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!)

This HUGE fundraiser raises money for the PTO to help with providing funds for such things as teacher grants, special assemblies, field trips, family fun nights, and more!  Come and enjoy the atmosphere!  Bid on fun items!  Fast Pass gets you in for $1.00 / person with $2.00 at the door.

T-Shirt Orders Due October 21 (Order Forms are available in office or online at PTO website)
Auction Items Due November 6
Deliver to school office or contact Shannon Curtis or Minchie Brockman

A great big THANK YOU to the following businesses for being a HOOPLA t-shirt sponsor! We really appreciate it!
Big Burrito   ~   Bookbug   ~   Kalamazoo Valley Appraisals
Southside Dojo   ~   Westnedge Hill Community Church
Experienced Plumbing   ~   Child and Family Psychological Services, PC
About You Builders

Other Important Dates:

School Improvement Team Meeting in Library – October 22 at 4:15
Picture Retakes – October 28
NO SCHOOL – November 6
1/2 Days – November 12 & 13

Busy Week Ahead!

We have one busy week going on at Parkwood-Upjohn!

Tuesday, September 22
Open House and PTO Meeting

The Open House starts at 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Come see your child’s classroom, find out about the PTO, and sign-up to help out at Hoopla scheduled for November 13.

The PTO will be holding their first meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  This is a great time to see where you can help make Parkwood awesome!

Wednesday, September 23
Picture Day

Bring out those smiles for picture day!  You can order online at Lifetouch or order forms are available at the school.

Sunday, September 27
5th Grade Golf Fundraiser

This annual event raises funds for 5th grade camp.  We have a great course at The States in Schoolcraft with tee time starting at 11:00 a.m.  Even if you don’t have a team, come on out and we’ll pair you with a team.  We need food as well for the event.  Check out the Parkwood-Upjohn PTO website for more details.

Any questions regarding events can be directed to a PTO member or find information on the Facebook PTO page.

Week One in the Books!

One week down!  School is in session, and we have several events coming up over the next few weeks as school gets into full swing:

September 17 – School Improvement Team   4:15 – 5:15
Parkwood Upjohn Library

The School Improvement Team looks at ways to improve the learning environment at Parkwood.

September 18 – Parent/Teacher Mixer 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
Olson House, 230 Garland Street

This is an ADULT ONLY event with a chance to talk to teachers in a more casual setting.  Stop over for a snack and beverage to start your weekend.

September 21 – FIRST DAY OF PEEP!  Welcome!

September 22 – Open House  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
This is a chance to see your child’s classroom and learn more about Parkwood.  Stay for the first PTO meeting of the year at 7:00 in the GYM to hear what events are coming up during the school year and how you can be involved in making Parkwood great!

September 23 – PICTURE DAY
Bring out those smiles!

5th Grade Golf Outing – September 27 at States Golf Course
Benefiting 5th Grade Camp (see a 5th grade teacher for more details)

REMINDER:  There was a change in the start and end time this year.  Entry Bell is at 8:44 with Tardy Bell at 8:50 a.m.  Dismissal Bell is 3:50 p.m.  (full day) and 11:58 a.m. (half day).  If your child arrives after 8:50 a.m., you MUST sign them in at the office.  Also, please make sure you pick your child up at the end of the day and not before.  Early dismissals interrupt the learning environment.

More information and upcoming events are on the PTO website at


One More Week!

So are you getting excited about Tuesday, September 8?  I bet many of the adults are just as excited as the kids!

Be sure to join the Parkwood Upjohn family for the Back to School BBQ on Tuesday, September 1 starting at 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.  Hotdogs, watermelon, and other snacks will be available.  Come and find out who your child has this year, meet the teachers, learn about the PTO and other activities offered at the school, and meet with other families as we gear up for back to school.  This is a RAIN OR SHINE event.  If it rains, we’ll be visiting in the gym.

Other important dates coming up:

September 8 – 8:40 a.m. – 11:56 a.m.  FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
September 8 – 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Tears and Cheers in Library for Parents
September 9 – 8:40 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.  FIRST FULL DAY OF SCHOOL

Information on school lunches is available here:  School menus will be available soon.  Pricing for lunches as well as prepaying for lunches is available through this site.  The first lunch will be on September 9.  All kids at Parkwood get free breakfast every morning.

Be sure to check the PTO website at for more information on lunches, school information, and upcoming events.

The Countdown Has Started!

Another school year is fast approaching!  September 8 the kids go back to Parkwood-Upjohn.  We have some fun events planned to get the school year off to a great start:

Kindergarten Play Dates:  August 20 at 10:30 and August 24 at 5:30 at the Playground
Back to School BBQ – September 1  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
First Day of School (Half Day) – September 8
Cheers and Tears – September 8 starting at 8:45 a.m. in the library
Teacher Meet-and-Greet – September 18 (more to come!!)
Hoopla!  November 6 (tentative)

Be sure to check out the PTO website at for more details or LIKE us on Facebook to get up to date information as well!

See you soon and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Winter Fun Ahead!

Happy Snow Day!  (or is it Happy Snow WEEK?)  We sure hope you are all having fun enjoying the snow of Michigan and the days off that come with cold and inches of the white stuff.  The PTO has been busy planning fun events to break the winter cold:

Movie Night – Friday, January 16  6:00 – 8:30 pm

Come to the Frozen Sing-along!  Sing with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf and enjoy an evening with friends. Parents are welcome too!  Pizza, popcorn and treats will be available for purchase.  Funds from this movie night will help purchase Raz-Kids for the 1st graders at Parkwood-Upjohn.

If you are dropping off your child, you will need to have contact information left with staff.  Please be ready to provide information when signing your child in at door.

Hearts PictureValentine’s Day Dance
Friday, February 13   6:30 – 8:30

Please join us for a full family night of fun on Friday, February 13th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Parkwood Upjohn gym!

There will be dancing, crafts and snacks!! Fun for the whole family!

Advanced ticket prices will be $2.00 per person or $3.00 at the door. Or $10.00 per household.

This is not a drop off event.  A parent/guardian must be in attendance for this event with child.

Mom to Mom Sale!  – Saturday, March 21  9:00-1:00
2321 South Park Street

Come clean out your closets or get those summer clothes for the kids!  Sponsored by the Parkwood-Upjohn PTO.  Contact Minchie Brockman ( with questions about the event.  Registration forms are available at the PTO website.

Hoopla is Here!!!

Are you coming tomorrow?  Hoopla starts at 6:00 pm at Milwood Middle School.  If you didn’t get a Fast Pass, $2 gets you in the door.  Almost 200 items were donated for this year’s event, with items ranging from a kids’ bike to park passes at Disney to gift certificates for many restaurants in the area.  Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat from the 5th Graders Concession Stand.  All of their proceeds benefit their trip to Sherman Lake in December.  The basketball game starts at 6:45 pm with the teachers geared up to take on the Milwood and Maple staffs.

The PTO hopes you have a great time and enjoy the Parkwood spirit during this fun event!

Hoopla Excitement is Building!

November 7 is fast approaching!  The PTO Board has been working hard to get volunteers in place, making sure the game will be super fun, and securing auction items that will make the night unique.  Here is the outline for the night’s activities:

6:00 Doors open and auction opens
Face Painting, Caricatures, Temporary Tattoos, Spirit Shop, Concessions
6:45 Basketball Game Starts in Gym
Auction will end 15 minutes after basketball game ends

Some reminders:

Fast Pass Forms are due Monday, November 3. $1.00 in advance and $2.00 at the door

Be sure to bring your child’s classroom Hoopla basket items in this week. ALL AUCTION ITEMS DUE NOVEMBER 3. Questions about auction can be directed to Susan Pritchard.

We still need a few volunteers to help with setup at Milwood Middle between 2:30 and 5:30. If you can give some time, contact Dawn Wright or email the PTO Board.

Get ready, too, for Spirit Week next week with your child!  The schedule of the fun days is coming home this week!