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  • School Vision & Mission

    School Vision & Mission

    Parkallen School's Vision Statement

    Fostering engaged, lifelong learners who will have a positive impact on the world.

     

    Parkallen School's Mission

    Empowering all students by meeting individual needs to cultivate academic and social growth.  To accomplish this, we will provide leadership, collaboration and meaningful learning opportunities in a dynamic school community.

     

     
     
     
     
     
     

     

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  • Student Leadership

    Student Leadership

    Parkallen is school that develops student leadership through Student Council, Student Advisory Meetings, and numerous in-house leadership opportunities.  Each child can be a leader!

    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

    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:

    http://www.parkallen.ca

    http://www.allendalecommunity.ca

     

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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

    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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Welcome

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:

  • Regular Program - Kindergarten through Grade 6
  • Opportunity Program – Grades 1 through Grade 6
  • Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Program - Kindergarten, Grade 1 & Grade 2

For the 2017-2018 school year, the Chinese Bilingual Program expanded to include Grade 2. This expansion will continue each year until the program includes classes for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6.

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

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Parkallen School.  I feel so fortunate each and every day to be part of this vibrant school and community. Parkallen School is a true community school. It is most certainly the hub of the Parkallen and Allendale communities.  Having said this, it is also a hub for our Chinese Bilingual and Opportunity Programs which include families in much of south and southwest Edmonton.

I believe that having high quality, nurturing and passionate Teachers, Educational Assistants and Support Staff is essential to a school's success. We truly operate as a team to provide your child(ren) with "high quality teachers, and a high quality classroom environment, each and every day." (Superintendent Darrel Robertson's words)

To borrow John Hattie's words; "teachers should build classroom climates where errors are welcome, student engagement is the norm, questioning is high and students gain reputations as effective learners." 

It is important for all of us to take time to celebrate successes and acknowledge the hard work of students, staff and community, as I believe this is fundamental to creating and maintaining a happy and productive school environment. All students, staff, parents and community partners should feel valued and appreciated when in our school. 

Community engagement and involvement in the school are important to me as Principal. I regularly consult with our community partners and encourage community engagement in the curriculum and learning programmes.

2017-2018 is certainly shaping up to be another stellar year.  If you have children here... we are so thankful you have chosen Parkallen School.  We will look forward to working with them each day. If you don't have children here, Parkallen is absolutely a welcoming environment where we all work toward "fostering engaged, lifelong learners who will have a positive impact on the world."

Wishing everyone a wonderful school year!

Sincerely,

Rick Gingras