Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Parkview Families,

It is truly my pleasure to be the principal at Parkview Elementary School. I come to Parkview from Violette Elementary School where I was the principal for the past six years.  Mr. Ingalls and I have been close friends and colleagues over this time, and he has told me repeatedly about Parkview's wonderful staff, students, and parents. I am so very excited to meet all of our students and families upon returning from summer break and watch our kids work hard and grow through new experiences and learning. I know all teachers are eager to get to work with their new classes and prepare them to be successful during this year and beyond.

Personally, I have been married for 16 years to my wife Katie and have two daughters, Whitney (12 years old and heading to 7th grade) and Delaney (10 years old and heading to 5th grade). We live in Portola Hills and they attend schools in the Saddleback Valley School District. I taught 8th grade History in Long Beach/ Saddleback Valley for 10 years before coming to Garden Grove as an Assistant Principal at Irvine Intermediate School in 2008. I am very active and love being outdoors running, participating in triathlons and have played ice hockey for most of my life. I am an avid Kings fan and don’t talk about that other team down the street. My girls both play club soccer which takes up the majority of my time (and money) these days but I love soccer and being on the pitch. Unfortunately, due to this lifetime of activity, my body is starting to show the effects and I will be undergoing a full right hip replacement in August of this year. This will require me to be out for the first couple of weeks of school but Ryan Loberger (Assistant Principal at Bryant Elementary) will be available for any questions or concerns until I return in early September.

I am excited to begin a new year with lots of opportunities for learning, exploring and growing for all students. I look forward to meeting all of our new parents and continuing to build the fabulous learning community at Parkview. Please keep yourself informed by reading our weekly announcements, accessing our website, reading monthly newsletters, and attending Pastries with Parents, PTA and School Site Council meetings. I have an “open door” policy and would love to hear any ideas, concerns or comments from all families. Please visit our school website at parkview.ggusd.us to keep up-to-date on events, view our wonderful programs and see pictures of our school activities.

We are making class assignments on the basis of present enrollment figures and will make any necessary adjustments shortly after school begins.  We will notify you if there are changes to your child’s classroom assignments.

Our school staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of all our students.  We believe that a strong relationship between the home and school is vital to the educational success of our students.  We’d like to remind you that daily attendance is very important to student achievement and we expect all students to be at school by 8:10 to be ready to learn by 8:15 a.m.

For the safety of your children, please be patient during pick-up and drop off. The road into Parkview gets extremely crowded at these times but our wonderful staff does a great job getting cars through quickly. Thank you in advance for listening to all staff directions and your patience during these busy times.

I welcome your feedback at our first Pastries with Parents meeting on October 19th at 8:15 a.m. in our MPR. We will review school safety, emergency procedures, student behavior and Parental Involvement plans for the year. This is also a great time for me to meet parents and for you to ask me any questions or bring up any concerns you may have. I look forward to seeing you at our meeting.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance. Our school office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

I look forward to a great year!

Sincerely,

Ryan Baker