Principal's Message

Principal's Message

August, 2021

Dear Parkview Families,

It is truly my pleasure to be returning for my 5th year as the principal at Parkview Elementary School.  I am very excited to see all of our students return to school and watching them work hard and grow through new experiences and learning.  I know the last year and half were challenging times for families but we will be returning to a full traditional school schedule for 2021-22.   At this time, masks are not necessary while students are outside, but they will be required of all students / staff while in the classroom.  I monitor all the latest news and regulations and will let families know if mask guidelines change. 

Personally, I have been married for 20 years to my wife Katie and have two daughters, Whitney (16 years old and heading to 11th grade) and Delaney (14 years old and heading to 9th 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 administrator in 2008 (Assistant Principal at Irvine Intermediate for 3 years and then Principal at Violette Elementary for 6 years before coming to Parkview).  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 care much for the local team.  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.   

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 students/parents and continuing to build the fabulous learning community at Parkview.  Please keep yourself informed by reading our weekly announcements, viewing our Facebook page, as well as, 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 September 10th at 8:15 a.m. in our MPR.  We will review new safety procedures, Parental involvement opportunities and give parents a chance to ask any questions.    

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!

Mr. Baker