Dear Families,

    I am Don Parnell and I am your child’s 2nd grade teacher.  I am excited to be working with you and your child this year. 

    I have been teaching at Mississippi Creative Arts for a number of years.  I have been a Kindergarten and 3rd grade classroom teacher, a Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade basic skills teacher, a K-6th grade Rti teacher and a 2nd grade Math specialist teacher. 

    It is important for us to have an open line of communication.  All of my contact information is listed at the bottom of this letter.  The best time to reach me by phone will be before 9:10 in the morning or after school at about 4:10.  I will be checking my emails during lunch and before and after school.  If there is an emergency, please call the office at 651-293-8840. Please let me know the best emails and/or phone numbers to reach you.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

    Your child has a homework folder that they bring home every day.  There is reading homework and other subjects almost every night.  There will also be important letters and forms sent home in this homework folder.  Please check your child’s homework folder every night.  Forms or notes that you have to send to school, you may place in the folder for your child to turn in.  There is a Monthly Newsletter from our classroom.  The newsletter informs you of what is happening in our classroom.  The back of the newsletter has a Family Update, it informs you if your child is following classroom rules, using time productively and completing assignments.

    We spend most of our time on math, reading, writing and phonics.  I will teach the St. Paul Public School Districts curriculum in all of these areas.  Your child has Art, Music, Drama, Dance and Scince class too. 

    I hope only to have to contact you for all of the great things that your child is doing in school.  However, the office or I will contact you if your child is having a behavior problem.  As a class, we worked together to make our classroom rules during the first few weeks of school. 

     I am truly excited to work with your child and you during the school year.  Again, please contact me with any questions or concerns.


    Don Parnell


    651-293-8840 ext. 47073

    Room 1322

  • Don Parnell


    651-293-8840 ext. 47073

    Room 1322



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