Day in the Life

Two young students arrive at school

While some students walk or get a ride from their parents, many Park Terrace students arrive at school each day on a school bus. The buses safely transport the students to school, ready for the start of day at 9:20 a.m.

Breakfast Program
Three students smiling while holding their morning breakfast trays

Prior to the start of the school day, breakfast is available for students. A healthy breakfast is essential for students to have a successful day of learning. The cost of breakfast is $1.30 per day and free for students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. There is no charge for kindergarten students.

Morning Meeting
Students and their teacher doing a fun dance during morning meeting

All students at Park Terrace participate in a daily morning meeting to prepare for the day. Each meeting provides opportunities for students to connect with their teacher as well as other students. Daily meetings help to build a sense of community in each classroom and sets up each student for success.

Reading Block
reading block

All elementary students in Spring Lake Park Schools spend 120 minutes each day on reading instruction with 60 minutes in smaller groups focused on specific student needs. Teachers and academic specialists help to focus on each student’s specific needs.

Math Instruction
two students learning math

All elementary students in Spring Lake Park Schools spend about 60 minutes each day on math learning. Our students learn to use math in powerful ways across all content areas.

Other Instruction
A Park Terrace studnet holding up a drawing, smiling

Student in grades one-four have 45 minutes of art, music and physical education on a three-day rotation. These classes are taught by art, music and physical education specialists.

Two students laughing while working on a STEM project

We offer and continue to expand STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for each student at Park Terrace. Each elementary school in the district has a full-time gifted/STEM specialist. Our gifted/STEM specialist works with both students and teachers, providing professional learning and support to teachers to assist them in providing STEM learning and using the specially designed STEM spaces in each school.

Media Center
Students working together in the Park Terrace Media Center

The media center at Park Terrace has been recently renovated with new furnishings added to make the space more flexible. While the media center still has many books for students to check out, the space is also used as another flexible learning space for teachers and students.

Lunch Program
students standing in the lunch line

A nutritious lunch is part of every day at Park Terrace. While some students may choose to bring a lunch from home, our cafeteria offers healthy lunches for students and staff. A 30-minute lunch period is provided for students as a more relaxed atmosphere to eat lunch and interact with peers without a rush to get to recess.

Special Education
A student with glasses smiling

All district elementary schools offer a continuum of specialized services to ensure that each student makes both academic and social/emotional/behavioral progress.

Before and After School Child Care
A young student smiles

Before and after school child care is offered at Park Terrace through the district’s Learning Ventures program. The program offers high quality and affordable child care services in a safe and supportive environment for each student.

Four student smile near the playground with their backpacks

Park Terrace, along with the other district elementary schools, has recently changed the look of recess time during the day. Students have two opportunities for movement each day with teachers providing a supervised outdoor recess each day. The teacher-led recess time is primarily free play, with some organized, collaborative play to incorporate social skills, instruction and development. Our recess periods are purposefully and flexibly placed within the school day to increase student attentiveness and focus. Students who finish their lunch early are also given a short 10 minute recess at the end of their lunchtime.  

A Park Terrace student smiling with her iPad

Our district uses Schoology as an integrated learning management tool that helps track and improved student outcomes as well as enhance student engagement. With Schoology, students can engage in a variety of activities, such as submitting homework assignments, reviewing grades, participating in interactive discussions, receiving announcements and feedback, taking tests, and writing academic blog. Parents are given access to their student’s account. Teachers also use a variety of other digital tools to regularly communicate with parents.

Availability of Deans/Student Support/Health Services
Student Support/Health Services

Park Terrace has a health office staffed by a nurse and paraprofessional. Along with providing care and comfort for students who are not feeling well, our school’s nurse helps manage chronic health conditions, assesses and treats students’ illnesses and injuries, maintains health records, and promotes a safe and healthy school environment. Our nurse works closely with families to assist with any student health issues.

End of Day Departure
Parent pick-up area

At the end of each school day at 3:55 p.m., our buses return to Park Terrace to take our students home from school. Adequate time is provided for students to board buses and buses are staged to allow students to easily find their bus.