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About Parkside

Parkside Elementary School is nestled in the quaint Parkside neighborhood of San Mateo.

Our school offers families a choice of either a traditional learning environment or a Montessori based environment for their child.

Parkside was the first school in the San Mateo-Foster City School District to implement the year round calendar schedule in the district. This continuous learning schedule helps students retain what they have learned by offering a shorter break during the summer.

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Principal's Message

January 10, 2015

Happy New Year to all! A decision has been made about our school by the SMFC School Board. The STEAM Program will be a moving to Bayside STEM for the school year 2016-17. Parkside will become a full Montessori school that same year. So the decision is made, now lots of hard work is to follow! Please read all bulletins that come out to keep yourselves updated on what is happening! The STEAM and STEM programs have been awarded a spot to work with "The Mastery Design Collaborative" to support all of the changes coming up. We are very excited about this, and have our first meeting on February 6th- with representatives from both of our schools, the district and our County Office liaison, Rebecca Vyduna- Stay tuned for more information.  

While this is going on with STEAM- the Montessori program is gearing up for growth and collaboration with North Shoreview Montessori- to become a "district" Montessori program.


  -STEAM (traditional) program tours-January 23 at 11:00 am, January 26th at 9:00, and February 2nd at 9:00.

  -Montessori Tours at Parkside: January 21st at 8:30, January 30th at 10:00 and February 4th at 8:30. Please look at the Montessori Parent's Committee page to see times for North Shoreview's tours. Phyllis Harrison, Principal of North Shoreview, will be giving parents information at both schools on each tour date.

Soon, I will be holding "coffee chats" at the beginning of the day, to give parents time to ask questions and talk about the upcoming changes!

- Sheila Spieller, Parkside Principal

Parkside's Future


Parkside Calendar 2014/2015
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Posted by: Stefan Meier
Published: 9/2/14

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Instructional Supply Donations

Donate pleaseBudget woes really impact what we can provide the school.

Please donate $25 per family for classroom and office supplies.

Preschool Fair

Looking for a quality preschool program?

Come to the SMFCS Preschool Fair.