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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    Parkallen staff creates and sustains authentic and engaging learning environments to lead students into the 21st Century through the effective use of time, technology and collaboration.

    Our students progressively demonstrate personal, social and academic skills that prepare them to think creatively, solve problems, and act with courage and compassion to connect with and contribute to our world.

    Our community contributes to our school by supporting all students to be their best and take ownership of their learning.

    Together we celebrate successes big and small, as we strive to be our best for the world. 

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  • Student Leadership

    Student Leadership

    Parkallen is school that develops student leadership through Student Council and The Leader In Me program.

    Student council is a group of grade 5 and 6 students who organize various school activities and fundraisers that benefit the school population and many charities.  

    The Leader in Me program is a school wide leadership program that develops a culture of leadership at Parkallen School by helping children be leaders of their own lives, helping them identify their own unique talents and abilities, and encouraging students them to make a positive difference in the world.

    The Leader in Me program prepares students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century. There are leadership opportunities for students at the classroom level and at a school wide level.

     Picture: Linda Duncan - Berry Patch Opening 

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  • Community


    Both the Parkallen and Allendale communities have active community leagues with many activities and events for young families. We are grateful to the community members for their hard work over many years, to provide a newly refurbished play park, spray deck, basketball court and ice rink in Parkallen that are enjoyed by the school children. Both communities plan regular social events. There are many playing fields that are used for school-based physical education, as well as soccer and other community sports.

    The communities host Guides, Cubs and Scout groups, and there are martial arts groups that meet at the community halls. Parkallen and Allendale offer organized and drop-in indoor and outdoor soccer programs, and a drop-in basketball program provided in conjunction with Grant MacEwan University. Additionally, the Sprouts community gardening group offer a child-friendly gardening program. The communities, in partnership with the City of Edmonton offer programs for children including learn-to-skate, bicycle riding and road safety courses, babysitting courses, and crafts and science workshops. Also, during the school summer vacation, the City of Edmonton Green Shack provides programing for children in the park. Both communities stay connected with the City of Edmonton on matters of community planning and development that impact the neighbourhoods. For more information, check out the websites:










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  • Special Events

    Special Events

    Our learning and community spirit are enhanced by Special Events. These can be evening social events or a learning focus we share school-wide for a day or a week. Some involve our parents and community; others include special guests to share their expertise. These are some of the events we have at Parkallen:

    1. Fall Social- Parents and staff collaboratively plan a family event that includes a Barbecue or potluck meal, enhanced by student activities and games, and perhaps a special celebration. It is a great chance to re-connect and to meet new friends and neighbours.  

    2. Read In Week-The first week of October we invite our parents and community in to share their favourite stories and celebrate a love of Reading.

    3. Christmas Concert- All our students participate in this special performance that celebrates Christmas and other cultural celebrations from around the world.

    4. Indigenous Winter Festival-Our children have a chance to learn about and celebrate Aboriginal culture through crafts, games, artifacts, and story-telling. We are pleased to welcome in special guests from the FNMI community to teach us and share their wisdom. (Above Picture)

    5. Career Pathways Week-We will invite the community in during a week in April to build awareness of many different careers, and the many possible pathways children can experience on their way to a life of dignity and contribution. 

    6. Artists in Residence- Every second year, the Parkallen Parents’ Association (PPA) helps to fund an Artist in Residence so that every child gets to participate in a creative learning experience. Some recent guest have included Donna Boomer making masks, and Concrete Theatre helping every class prepare a play. 

    7. Family Dance- In the spring, the parents plan a family dance with an engaging theme. We have great music, costume contests, treats, games and a chance to re-connect with friends and neighbours. A popular spring event.

    8. School Fun Day- Once or twice at the end of the year, children gather in cross-graded or class groups and travel through many stations to play games, build towers out of boxes and race with diverse and interesting objects! A fun and active day in the sun.

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  • Volunteering


    Parents and community members are welcome to volunteer at Parkallen.  Many volunteer opportunities are available and your participation can be short or long term.  Parents volunteer in several areas including field trips, running club, preparation of materials, assistance in the classroom, at special events and reading one on one with students.


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Parkallen is a community school where all children can belong, do their best learning and become leaders. We are located close to the University of Alberta in the heart of a mature south side neighbourhood, surrounded by green space and family homes. We are the designated school for children in the Parkallen and Allendale neighborhoods, as well as accepting children from other areas when we have space. We offer the following programs:

  • Kindergarten through grade 6
  • Opportunity Program – Grades 1-6
  • Mandarin Bilingual Program Kindergarten and Grade 1

Our staff and parents work together to create a vibrant learning environment with a strong foundation in the Alberta curriculum and enhanced by special events, clubs, extra-curriculars, field trips, guest speakers and volunteers from the community.

Please explore our website to learn more about our school. We would love to welcome you to our school for a visit and to discuss whether we are a good fit for your child. 

Principal's Message

“We need to prepare kids for their future, not our past” Dr. Richard Moniuszko

This quote has become one of the guiding concepts of the Inspiring Education provincial initiative.  What Albertans are recognizing is that change is happening at a rapid rate, and if we are to prepare our children for the 21st Century, then schools need to look different than they have in the past. At Parkallen, we are committed to leading our students into the 21st century through the effective use of our time, talents and collaboration. We are engaging in conversations about what it means to help children develop competencies, rather than just learn content. We are studying research-based assessment practices, so children can have clear targets to aim for, and then receive the timely feedback they need to produce their best work. We are leading our students through a goal-setting process so they can reflect on what they are good at, and what areas they want to grow in, and then track their progress. We are inviting our community to be a part of a Career week this spring, so that our children can start to broaden their awareness of the possibilities that await them, and how their actions now can start to connect them to their own bright future.

As a school, we have traditions that shape our identity, and yet we know that if our children are to be prepared for an unknown future, we need to change the way we do things to help them develop as learners and leaders. The world doesn’t need more people who can get high test scores. The world needs young people who are aware of their strengths, who know how to learn, and who take ownership for being their best for the world. We keep learning and striving for excellence, because the future has come . . .The 21st Century is already upon us, and all our children deserve an education that leads them to dignity, fulfillment, and a chance to make the world a better place.