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The purpose of the Countryside Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is to support and enhance the educational programs at Countryside Elementary and to strengthen the relationship between home and school. Read More ...

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Save the Dates: 

Saturday, November 11
Countryside Bash, Westin Edina Galleria (6:30-11pm)

Tuesday, November 14
Book Fair (8am-8pm)
Dinner (5-7pm)

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Annual Events:

September 2017     5 –   First Day of School - grades 1-5     6 –   First Day of School – Kindergarten     15 – All School Party (6-7:30pm)      21 – Room Parent Volunteer Info Meeting (9:30am) October 2017     5 – Picture Day (North 1/2 of Gym)     18 – Early Release     19-20 – MEA No school     31 – Fall Classroom Parties November 2017     9 –   Picture Retakes     11 – Bash Fundraiser     14 – Book Fair (8am-8pm             Dinner (5-7pm)     22 – No School     23-24 – Thanksgiving Break

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Tickets are now on sale for the 
2017 Countryside Bash! 

Our annual fall fundraiser, The Countryside Bash, will be on Saturday, November 11th at Westin Edina Galleria. This is a huge fundraiser for our school, as well as a fun evening to socialize with fellow Countryside parents. This event is a great way to support Countryside and includes silent auctions, heavy hors d'ouevres, DJ, games and more. Click on the link below for details and to purchase tickets.


Come to a Grade Level Party and 
Support the Countryside Bash Fundraiser!

In support of the Countryside Bash, parents in each grade (neighborhood and CP combined) will be hosting an evening out to socialize with friends, meet new ones, and help donate to the Countryside Bash Dream Wall with great prizes! Click on the respective grade level evite links below for further details and to RSVP.

4th Grade Parent Party!
Please join us on Saturday, November 4th at 7pm
Enjoy a fun night out with fellow 4th Grade Parents and support our school at the same time! Hosted by: Jill and Neil Johnson, Erin and Jon Newburg, and Jennie and Joe Carpenter. For further details and to RSVP:

School Tool Box: On-Line School Supplies

The Countryside PTO is once again teaming up with School Tool Box, a third party vendor, to order school supplies.  For your convenience, everything for the 2017-18 year - school supplies, planners and Countryside Pride shirts - can be purchased through Countryside's online store at www.MySchoolAnywhere.com.  That means one-stop shopping!  No visits to Target, no lines for Pride shirts at Back to School!!!

Anyone who prefers to order directly through School Tool Box may do so at: www.schooltoolbox.com; however Pride shirts and planners will not be available at this site.  

Please also note 

there will be no paper order forms for school supply packs this year.  
Regardless of how you order, School Tool Box will donate one meal for a starving child through Feed My Starving Children for every order delivered.  In keeping with the spirit of giving, families ordering through Countryside's online store on MySchoolAnywhere have the option of either sponsoring a student-in-need's school supplies for the year or contributing to a fund that will purchase scholarship packs for the students who need them. 

Annual PTO dues can be paid at any time through MySchoolAnywhere. Questions can be directed to
Jen Patterson at 

Your new online directory and shop

Countryside Parents: as we begin this 2017-18 school year, we want to make sure that all of your information is updated and correct in MySchoolAnywhere.  Families will utilize this information throughout the school year as it is the foundation of our school's family directory and room parents will begin using this information to keep you informed of events and opportunities to get involved in the classroom.  Please take a moment to review your family's profile and ensure that everything is accurate.  Pay especially close attention to grade levels as we cannot guarantee a student's inclusion on a class roster without the correct grade level.  If you previously adjusted your child's/children's grade level, then it likely advanced a year when we ran our "graduation" late last month.  If your family has not yet registered, please do so at: 

In addition to serving as Countryside's directory, MySchoolAnywhere also acts as an on-line store where you can conveniently purchase Pride shirts and grade level planners for your student(s).  You'll also have the option of paying PTO dues through MySchoolAnywhere. 

Why are we doing this?

* Saves time – this new system allows us to publish the directory right when school starts AND we can keep it up to date throughout the school year, plus your profile remains in the system as long as you have students enrolled at Countryside (we'll only ask you to confirm your information each year to make sure everything remains accurate)

* Less waste - no more paper forms, no more paper directories

* Reduces errors - because you enter your information yourself, you can be guaranteed it's what you want

How does it work?

First, you will input your information online, and then you will be granted secure access to the online system. To enter your information please go to the link below and follow the instructions. This is a secure form and you can print your submission for your records.


Enter code: countrysideedina

Once we have received and reviewed your family’s information you will receive an email with login instructions. (note: student information will be merged with their teacher's profile after teacher assignments are announced)

What are the benefits of the online directory

* It’s secure – your family will have a unique login and password and the directory can’t be lost or stolen

* You can search by student’s first name, grade, teacher and family last name.

* You can create your own custom list of frequently-called families

You can access the family directory from any internet connected device: your computer, smart phone, iPad, etc.

* You can purchase Pride shirts and grade level planners, as well as pay your PTO membership dues

Is it secure?


YES! All data is stored behind secure firewalls and can only be accessed by authorized users with a validated username and encrypted password. All data is viewed and passed using SSL encryption.

**Please note that a limited number of paper directories will be available for those families who need them.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions; however the following link will take you to a guide which should address most issues:  



Jen Patterson