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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.


    Another exciting school year will begin for students on Tuesday, September 5th... and we are so looking forward to hearing all about their summer, and to see how much they have grown!
    Just a few important details you need to know.  
    School Bell Times
    Our school bells are virtually the same this year:
    8:30am - First bell
    8:35am - Instruction begins
    10:13am - 10:28am - Recess
    11:32am - 12:30pm Lunch
    12:30pm - Instruction begins
    2:10pm - 2:25pm - Recess
    3:30pm - School day ends (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)
    *** 2:25pm - School day ends (Thursday, early dismissal) ***
    We have had a number of renovation projects over the summer.  Our District's Inclusive Learning Department has moved out of our building to accommodate the yearly expansion of our Chinese Bilingual Program.  We now have a Room 19 in the east hallway of our building.  Our Facilities department will continue to work on other areas vacated by Inclusive Learning to transform former office spaces into classrooms.  As a result we have shuffled a few classrooms around.  Also, we now have new lighting throughout our school with energy saving sensors to turn lights off when not in use.  You will see that our hallways are so much brighter now!!
    Entering the School on the First Day
    • Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 students should enter through the Division 1 doors (SouthWest). 
    • Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6 students should enter the through the Tarmac doors.
    • Classroom teachers will work with students so they know which doors to enter and exit for the remainder of the school year.
    • The majority of our Opportunity Program students travel by bus and will be met at the front entrance my our staff.  Any Opportunity Program students not taking the bus, will also meet staff at the front entrance.
    • All bus students will be met by our morning supervisors and taken to the appropriate door.
    • A number of school staff members will be outside to help you find rooms and teachers. We will also have a few inside to help people find rooms.
    • remember -- we have switched a few classrooms around to accommodate our new Grade 2 Chinese Bilingual Program classroom.
    Lunch Program
    Information about our lunch program will be coming home the end of the first week.  We have increased the number of lunchroom supervisors for this year and will send more information to introduce these individuals to you.  All students will eat in their classroom, if they will be staying for lunch.  If not, we ask that students don't return before 12:00pm when our outside supervision begins.  We would encourage students not to bring items for "heat up" as it takes a fair amount of time away from their eating time.  A thermos is a great way to send hot items with your child.  Staff will gladly help students open items that they are unable to on their own.
    New Administrative Assistant & Class Lists
    Mrs Ramirez retired over the summer after more than 20 years at Parkallen School, and is likely traveling the world at this point.  We wish her well in all she chooses to do.  Please help us welcome Ms Carla Dubetz (Ms C) to our front office.  She has been working exceptionally hard over the past few days entering all of our students into our student management systems and is getting closer, and closer to finishing!  But is does take a tremendous amount of time, especially when she does not know our students (and teachers) yet.
    We have been receiving a number of new student registrations, so we continue to work on placing students in the best learning groups possible as decided by classroom teachers, and getting all students into our system.  In the past, Parkallen School has put class lists up on the first day of school.  This is consistent with many of our District schools, including our Catchment partner schools that have more than one class per grade (like Belgravia School).  We will continue to monitor registrations on Friday to determine if we can release lists earlier on SchoolZone, but if not, lists will be available at all west (Main) and south school entrances on Tuesday, September 5th morning.
    Staff Update
    A quick staffing update.  Ms Planden continues to be on leave until at least January, and as a result,  Ms Teresa Krohman has been brought on-board to take over in her place.  Ms Krohman will partner with Ms Bentum as a teaching duo.  Please help us welcome Ms Krohman to our team!
    School Supplies
    If you are still shopping for school supplies, you can find Supply Lists on SchoolZone, as well as on our school website. (parkallen.epsb.ca). You will need to click on "For Parents" and "Registration" to find them.
    Have a great long weekend and we will see you on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:30am.  We will all be awaiting your arrival!


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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


    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:

  • 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!


Rick Gingras