Parkside Elementary
156 Lewis Street
Rockford, MI 49341
Larry Watters, Principal
Phone616.863.6360Fax616.866.2327Hours7:45 AM - 4:15 PM
Blue Ribbon Exemplary School

Principal's Welcome

Parkside Elementary School is proud to be recognized as a Michigan Blue Ribbon School. Parkside currently serves 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The principal of Parkside is Larry Watters. There are 20 professional teachers including K-5 teachers, art, music, physical education teachers, and a reading specialist. We also have a variety of Special Services personnel, including a school social worker, gifted and talented consultant, speech and language therapist, resource room teacher, occupational and physical therapists, a behavioral interventionist, and a district nurse. Our support staff consists of a media specialist, secretaries, custodians, and paraprofessionals who work in classrooms, the computer lab, the lunchroom, and on the playground. Parkside is a family of caring professionals who make it our daily goal to make a difference in the lives of children.

Parkside is fully accredited by AdvancED, formerly the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Michigan Accreditation Program. The State of Michigan awards letter grades to all schools through the "Education Yes" program based on test scores and school improvement data. Parkside Elementary has been awarded an "A" the past seven years and recognized as a State of Michigan "Rewards School" for the past two years. We are proud of our Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) scores as they are consistently above the state average in all subject areas.

Welcome to Parkside Elementary!

Larry Watters, Principal
Parkside Elementary

Important Information for New Parkside Families

If you need to register a new FIRST – FIFTH grade student during the summer, please call the Administration Office at 863-6320. They have registration packets for Parkside.  After the packet is completed, it will be sent to Parkside when the Parkside office opens onAugust 18. 

If you need to register a new KINDERGARTEN student during the summer, please call DIANE K. at the Administration Office at 863-6320.  She will schedule your child for a screening appointment.


Important Dates

August 18             Office Opens

August 25             Kindergarten Open House @ 6 p.m.

August 27             Curriculum Night – Choose one session – 6:00 or 6:40


Student placement notification will be sent out electronically around the third week of August.

Announcements and Information

Fall, 2014 Happenings     


August 21

Office Opens


August 25

Kindergarten Open House

6:00 p.m.


August 27

Curriculum Night

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. or

6:40 – 7:10 p.m.  (repeat sessions)

·         Parents with students in grades 3 – 5 are asked to attend with their child

·         Parents with students in grades 1 – 2 are asked to attend without your child.  Adult supervision will be provided on the playground


September 2

First day of school

Our school color is Blue

Mascot: We are the Parkside Pachyderms!

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